Re: Rich's Tobacco
Here is the first review. The blend I am reviewing is called Craven's Wing, and it is a VA/Perique. I love the aroma and taste of perique, so this genre is one of my favorites.
This blend is composed of matured virginias and perique tobacco. The appearance is of ribbons of brown and black tobacco. The aroma is strongly influenced by the perqiue, and it smells just slightly fruity, but there is some virginia earthiness there too.
I smoke this blend from a bent peterson, with a slightly taller, narrower bowl. From the appearance and smell, I thought the perique would be a bit overpowering, but in fact this is a well balanced tobacco (as all of Mr. Books blends are). I was expecting a perique solo, with a virginia back up, but it wasn't the case. The strong almost fruity flavor of the perique comes through, but the virginia is able to keep up, providing an earthy base, with both tobaccos singing in harmony.
This is one of my favorite blends, but I only have a small amount left as I got it is a free sample with my last tobacco purchase. I will deffinitley be buying more of this next time I am in Portland. I Highly recommend to any pipe smoker.