I thought Pembroke would be my favorite, and I really wanted it to be because good Cognac has always been my preferred spirit.So far, Pembroke is my fav Esoterica
While I enjoy MB Plumcake, I don't think it tastes anything like Pembroke, ASTB, or anything else made by Germain's. It has far less latakia, the rum topping has more of a sweet traditional Danish flavor, and the tobacco takes much longer to dry and burns hotter at the same rate of smoking. Where I can get away with puffing like a freight train with Germain made blends, Plumcake is like most of it's MB siblings and pretty unforgiving of anything beyond the softest sip (I'm aware that factor that doesn't affect you, but for us mere mortals, it's a thing).If you like both, Mac Baren Plum Cake and The Solent Mixture may also be good for you.
And without the soot, latakia is just a mild flavored oriental. You've smoked too many processed burleys, the strong stuff will give you're taste buds a black eye.No, I have not smoked cotton boll. Still, if it is a non-aromatic burley, I can't see it being as flavour- intense as Latakia. It's still burley
The pipe I smoke it in smells like burning wires. I sometimes cut it with 50% Old Dark Fired.I found it at least interesting. But the burned rubber / vegetable oil taste was a bit too heavy for regular use.
By the way this blend did not only ghost my pipe, but also my smoking room for rather long time.
Well since I'm too much of a pussy to smoke Cotton boll, what would you recommend? Id say the fullest tasting burley I've had would be HH Bold Kentucky. Since that is dark-fired burley, I'm assuming that is why the taste is so rich compared to something like haunted bookshop (which I realize is not straight burley, but pretty damn close)And without the soot, latakia is just a mild flavored oriental. You've smoked too many processed burleys, the strong stuff will give you're taste buds a black eye.