Charlemagne, born sometime in 742, ruled the Franks, The Lombards, and the Romans until his death in 814. His time was marked with prolonged periods of warfare. He lead a bloody excursion into Muslim Spain and violently christianized the East, killing thousands.
Now, if this person was represented in the form of a tobacco, what do you think it would taste like? Blood? War? The desperation of a man using wanton bloodshed to assuage his fear of the almighty?
Well, if you’re the Sutliff tobacco company, you think Charlemagne tastes like a mild blend of burley, virginia, and black cavendish aromatic tobacco with a bit of fruit/plum flavoring. I’m not sure how accurate this is, but it certainly makes for a nice smoke.
Now, to get the unpleasantness out of the way, the tobacco in my tin went far beyond moist. It was actually sopping wet. I had to let it dry on a piece of paper towel for at least an hour to be able to smoke it. It also smoked just a little bit too hot for my tastes, but all these problems really didn’t matter when measured up to the blends truly delightful flavor.
The tobacco is nice and mild, with a light oak flavoring. The burley was actually more sweet than it was nutty, which is very interesting. There is a mild fruit/plum taste overtop, and among the cavendish is a little bit of vanilla. It was very smooth overall and, despite the flavor pallet being busy, it was cohesive and contained little bite. A good dessert smoke.