Number of posts: 11554
Location: Reno, NV
Tobacco: SG-KP/SL/BBF, R-HOTW, MacB-VA#1/NF/ODF, GLP-Emb/US/JKP/SXT/Nav, D-EMP/NC, C&D-BB, JP-SF/OD, S-660, WTF, BBQ -- hissing at Old Lady Lakeland; Cajun Hater.
Pipe: Slightly bent bulldogs, classy Rhodesians, venerable cobs, pithy pokers, curvy blowfish, sleek Canadians, and almost anything bizarre.
Registration date: 2011-09-18
|Subject: I just tried Russ Oulette's Virginia Memory #10 Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:56 am|| |
It's been great really getting to know a few pipes, and get to know a few types of tobacco lately, and this has to be one of the more "component rich" Virginia-based mixtures I've dove into lately. My morning smoke is usually something subtle and simple, which isn't the same as "tame" or "bland" or any nonsense like that.
VA Memory #10 was sent to me by Shane (and, thanks again, Brother, if you haven't heard that enough
) and in flavor profile, was right in line with what I've been craving lately, especially in the morning.
It doesn't smell like much as-is, just fresh, sweet, cut tobacco. It's light in color and chunky. First lights bring on a spicy, savory tongue and nose, sage-like, hints of cumin and even...chicken? It's really an interesting blend. There's an earthy richness, likely from the cigar component, and it's meaty in every sense of the word. Midway through, a little sweetness develops, but more on the fragrant/nasal end than up-front on the tongue. Like smelling fruit blossoms of some kind. It stays this way, meaty, savory with a tad bit of sweetness throughout the bowl. It's dynamic, but it's also a little sharp. While it lacks grassy or lemon notes common to lighter Virginias, there's a "young" and fresh flavor--it's satisfying, but one has to wonder what a few years might do for this stuff.
Great out of the tin fresh, moderate DGT and Lady "N," easy to pack, easy to light, easy to smoke: it's another Oulette success that would be ideal for Virginia lovers (and those interested in cigar components, ala yours truly). A perfect candidate for cellaring, but will treat you at any stage in the process--which is something a lot of "needs age" tobaccos can't do so well.
Number of posts: 2357
Location: Near the Emerald city
Tobacco: Va/VaPers mostly. Appreciate burley blends also. Latakia, not so much these days.
Pipe: I'm a "bent" kinda guy!
Registration date: 2011-05-04
|Subject: Re: I just tried Russ Oulette's Virginia Memory #10 Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:04 pm|| |
Got a tin of this somewhere. Need to open it and git 'er done.....
Number of posts: 1716
Location: North Carolina
Tobacco: Many favorites include the original Three Nuns with perique, Balkan Sobranie, Torina, Black House, Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls, Louisiana Red, Anniversary Kake, Dorchester, Virginia Spice, Dunhill Elizabethan, FVF, and several Burley blends.
Pipe: Dunhill, Peterson, Charatan, Ardor, Ben Wade, Savinelli, Caminetto, Ascorti, Rinaldo, Ferndown.
Registration date: 2012-08-31
|Subject: Re: I just tried Russ Oulette's Virginia Memory #10 Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:59 pm|| |
I bought a tin about three months ago and decided to wait a year before opening. I'll report on it when that time comes. I think this will be a winning blend.