I like the topping. It's a nice sweet plum that mixes with the great Virginia burley base and is pretty sweet, but balanced. It's a sweet tooth thing, kinda like FVF you know? Has always delivered a consistently good smoke. I have a tin from the late 90s I'm about to open, probably when I get back from Colorado. I'm honestly not sure why I like it, I'll smoke a bowl and report back because the description from my memory sounds gross.
okay smoked a bowl this morning while walking the mutt. i do really like this tobacco, and it's because of the topping. i don't really smoke aromatics at all these days. this one is the exception. to me it's a really high quality VaBur with a plum casing. the plum casing comes through in the smoke. it's sweet, and mixes with the sweet VA and the nutty/chickory burley exceptionally well. to me this is what pipe smoking was in my head when i first tried a pipe with some aromatics. maybe not for everyone, but i bet i'll smoke this the rest of my life. Chris, it's a shame i missed you at Edwards, i could have sampled you out on some!
There are two Peterson blends I do like. Sweet Kilarney and Sunset Breeze. Still experimenting with tobaccos here. I spend more time making pipes than smoking them. Go figure... Of the couple McClellands I do have, they are the better. Davidoff Red is another one of my fav's. Guess I like the sweeter ones. Having only been smoking a pipe for a year or so now, I have a TON to learn about the different blends. There's so many to choose from it gets overwhelming trying to figure out what to try. I pretty much flip a coin and hope for the best. That #22 is the bomb though.