- Feb 21, 2013
So it's just the first bowl, so what do I know? But it is full-strength, full-flavored and a happy experience. I have one of the old rectangular tins, and the contents were fresh in texture and moisture content, came apart easily but stuck together as I packed the leaf. I did pile up a few matches keeping it lit as I tamped and sipped, but it was so tasty, I hardly noticed. I did not get a big nicotine hit, but I often don't, and I had had a big meal and nice wine beforehand. The only glitch as I enjoyed this first foray was the Peterson Donegal bent Calabash, in the last third of the bowl, clogged almost completely. I could still smoke, but the ease of draw and level of flavor were completely blocked, because of the sticky moisture of the pieces I suppose. So I let it cool a little and carefully took out the stem and cleared the shank, and the draw was completely open again. But for flavor, to me, a burley lover, this is a grand experience. I'd held the tin for some years, thinking it might be just another strong tobacco trip, an adventure, but not something I'd want every few days. Wrong. Such a bold landscape of flavor unfolds, it is my kind of leaf. On the strong end, just what I like.