The very woody, earthy, nutty, cocoa-ish burleys also sport some rugged savoriness. The savory aspect reminds me of aged burley. A small amount of woody, earthy, lightly spicy and sour, floral, dry and nutty, smoky dark fired Kentucky boosts up the blend in an important condimental role. The grassy, lightly citrusy, slightly floral Virginia is far in the background. There are no toppings as per Per Jensen (I always wanted to write that.). The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium, while the taste level almost reaches medium. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite even when pushed, though it does have a rough edge at times. It’s not overly sweet, but the sweetness present is natural. A ready rubbed cut mixture that burns cool, clean and slightly slow with a very consistent flavor from start to finish that also translates to the lightly lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a little more than an average number of relights. Even though it has a bit of depth and body, it can an all day smoke if you wish.
I was laughing my arse of when I read about ‘per Per Jensen’. Great review Jim. I’m looking forward to trying it.
Thanks. I usually try not to do stuff like that, but I had wanted to use the phrase for a long time, and just couldn't resist. Per is a good friend of mine, and I know he'll laugh at that, too.
Btw, the pouch of ABB I have been smoking was given to me by Per at the Chicago show. He said, "I carried this pouch in my coat pocket all the way from Denmark because I wanted to make sure you got one." He's a great man.