I've been looking forward to this tin for awhile now. The tin art is exceptional and this one was bulging (had a few years on it). Popped the top about 2 weeks ago and have had a number of smokes since. Short version: I like it. Long version: below.
Testing was done in a Savinelli Pianoforte bent apple and a Savinelli Punto Oro Dublin (pictured).Tin Note:
Wow, overpowering aroma of fermentation like wine and sweet fruit (peaches and apricots, NOT raisins and figs). Hint of citrus rind. Delicious. This has faded now after a few weeks in the jar but it's still awesome, just not as potent. I've never been excited over a tin aroma like I have this one. Amazing.Flavor:
Tangy up front, you can taste that fermentation and fruit. Spicy too with a bite though this had faded after a few weeks in the jar. This subsides and then the VA's become more present with some dried grass and the fruity notes take a backseat for awhile. This power shift continues throughout the bowl, always changing. The Perique waxes and wanes as well but it's ever-present and adds a nice spiciness. The fruit/fermented flavor is also dynamic ranging from sweet to tangy to sour (but not unpleasant). The complexity here is really fun and I have enjoyed it most when I have time to just think about what I'm smoking. It has mellowed a bit (in a good way) after a few weeks in the jar. The Perique is less spicy and the sour notes are less sour. Room note/aroma:
Aroma is important to me. I love the second hand smoke as much as the taste. It's rich with good hay notes from the VA and the fermentation smell really adds complexity and doesn't leave a heavy footprint on the room.
Overall this tobacco rocks but for me it's not an all day smoke, I want some time on my hands when I'm smoking this. The times when I've been occupied I've found it less enjoyable. I will say the complexity is the hook for me, it's not the best tasting blend I've had but it's easily the most interesting. The X-factors being the truly exceptional tin note and the awesome tin art, I will be sitting on more of this.