Post by roadsdiverged on Jun 3, 2018 21:33:15 GMT -5
I had 2 bowls of this today. The first was in a cob mid morning, The 2nd was in my Grabow freehand later on tonight. I let both of them dry out for about 15-20 minutes, the tobacco wasn't "wet" but it did have some moisture to it.
With an amateur pipe tobacco palate, I pick up chocolate, or cocoa maybe. It was kind of hard to miss. There's also a nuttiness to it. There are some other things going on in there too and I hope to figure it out as I smoke a few more bowls throughout the month.
I enjoyed it a lot more in my bigger bowl than I did in the cob. It seemed to have a better, or more pronounced, flavor. Overall, both bowls were rather smooth and burned a lot slower than most of my other tobacco. Didn't experience any bite.
I finally had time to sit and try to figure out what I am tasting.
I gravity packed my no-name bent egg. The pouch has an earthy smell with hint of chocolate and fig? Not really sure.
When I first lit it, the predominant flavor was chocolate. It left a subtle lingering sweetness on the tip of my tongue and lips.
About half way through the chocolate fades a bit, but it is still there, as is the sweetness. I start to taste a little nutty taste and maybe a hint of spice that I can't place. It is much better as the chocolate starts to fade (not that it was bad at first). Toward the end, I get just a very little bit of citrus and some earthiness to go with the nuttiness and hint of chocolate.
It is a lot more complex than I thought when I wasn't paying as much attention.
It didn't bite at all. This pipe gurgles easily but I didn't have to run a pipe cleaner through it during the smoke.
I have been smoking Amphora Original Blend (Brown) for about 4 years after purchasing a pouch in the Dominican Republic. The chocolate is very noticeable. There is some sweetness (molasses?) and the burley nutty flavor is present. It burns well when smoked at a moderate pace and I get no moisture in the bowl if I let it dry a few minutes before lighting up. I enjoy the flavor of a few sips prior to settin it afire!
Post by Beardedpipesmoker on Jun 6, 2018 23:54:49 GMT -5
I feel like this blend has a lot going for it but just misses that full seal of approval by being a little to general. I too get a lot of chocolate but it also is very heavy in that aromatic perfume taste, which I don't really care for. The blend has a great room note though. I found it to be a little difficult to get lit at first but it could have just been me. Overall, I'd give this a solid 3.5 out of 5. I'd smoke it again and since it is on sale right now, I may pick up a few pouches to let age.