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G. L. Pease: Virginia Tobaccos

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Name: Cairo
Type: VA-Oriental
Strength: 5-6
Photo: Tin - Tobacco
Bjarne: "Cairo is a wonderfully complex mixture of Red, Orange, and Bright Virginia tobaccos, exotic Oriental Leaf, and just a whisper of Perique. The flavor is naturally sweet, slightly nutty, delicately spicy and rich. Subtle citrus-like notes harmoniously support the more robust flavors of the darker Virginias. A medium-bodied tobacco with a delicate aroma, Cairo will satisfy Virginia lovers and the connoisseur of Oriental mixtures alike."
My Comment: Upon opening the tin for the first time, you get a strong smell of fermented tobacco, presenting a combination of sweet and sour. The mixture is made up of tobaccos of a wide range of colors, from bright yellow to black and cuts. If I hadn't read Greg's description, I would have bet that there was a bit of Kentucky and/or Burley. The tin aroma doesn't appear to me to be that natural. While I do not think that the final mixture was flavored in anyway, I tend to think that Greg used a type of tobacco that was already flavored. This is later confirmed by my palate during the smoke. Throughout this review, it was evident that this is a first-class mixture, made to stand out. I find the taste to be the ultimate combination of the oiliness of the Orientals, the sweetness of the Virginias, and the spiciness of the Perique. Paricularly, during the first third of the bowl, you feel the spiciness more in the nose than on the tongue. For a natural Virginia "purist" the sweetness may be than welcome all the time! I find the taste extremely consistent till the last shred of tobacco; however, the sweet and spicy seem to become occasionally more pronounced, particularly towards the end of the smoke. The "citrus-like notes" become increasingly evident, and quite pleasant. The mixture presents you with some very intriguing and gratifying moments of absolute brilliance. Then it subsides, taking you back to the main "route", which is always quite pleasant. The combustion is exceptional: regular and leads to very little and fine ashes. This is the kind of mixture that one would enjoy any time of the day, on any occasion. I would not recommend smoking it in the open on a windy day; it seems to be a perfect indoor mixture. I would recommend smoking it in a medium-large bowls, since it doesn't smoke that slowly, esp. if you are used to pressed VAs.
PS: I find this type of narrow-necked cans irritating. I have to take some tobacco out of the can and put it into an ashtray in order to fill my pipe.

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