Well, I promised you this review last night, but better late than never I always say, so here it is today.
When Steven Umbrello over at The Leather Library recommended this tobacco for me to try, I was eager to try it, as Steven and I usually agree on good blends.
So here goes;
Orlik Golden Sliced comes in both 50 gram and 100 gram tins, and is cut into slices (flakes). I guess it is available in pouches as well, which I assume are 50 grams, but I’m not sure they are available in North America.
The tin note is so unpretentious as to be almost non-existent. You have to put your nose right up to the tin to smell anything, but if you do this sweet smell of the natural Virginia tobaccos will delight your nostrils.
I found that the tobacco smokes better rubbed out than folded and stuffed, and I packed my Chacom Punch Billiard 340 with a bowl to go with my morning coffee.
That was exactly the right move.
When my wife smelled the room note, she said, “that’s very pleasant, but really unassuming.” This is where I got the name for the review from.
I usually smoke my punch billiard in the morning, and mixed with my morning cup of coffee, this tobacco made for a brilliant wake up.
Most pure Virginia flake is packed exceptionally moist and has to be aired out for about half an hour before it can be smoked. Not so with Orlik. The golden slices can be rubbed out and smoked immediately.
Being an uncased tobacco, there is nothing to get in the way of the wonderful, naturally sweet Virginia taste, and the tobacco is mild enough that you can enjoy a whole bowl.
There’s almost no tongue bite, or indeed bite at all, in this tobacco.
Again, being uncased, the tobacco left very little dottle in the bottom of the bowl, and for the most part burned very cleanly and evenly.
I emptied my pipe, drained my coffee, and sat back satisfied and awake.
Thanks Steven for recommending this wonderful blend, it will definitely make a part of my regular rotation.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!