Hard To Classify (Bjarne Viking Saint Olaf)

pt-bja0050Some reviews are just simpler than others to do.  Sometimes the words flow easily, and I find myself having to rein myself in to prevent blathering on, and other times, like this one, I struggle to find the words to describe something that should, in all fairness, sell itself.

So it is that I find myself sitting here late into the evening trying to dictate my thoughts on a remarkable tobacco that defies classification.

From the back of the tin;

Saint Olaf was the King of Norway, and this is a truly regal tobacco, suited for royalty.  Fragrant Latakia is at the heart of this flavorful bland, which is supported by some of the finest and rarest of Oriental tobaccos.  Some sweetness is added by the inclusion of choice Virginias, and depth and spice comes from rich Louisiana Perique.

So, is it an English with Perique, or is it a Va/Per with Latakia?

In a vain attempt to answer that question I’ve been smoking this blend all day, and the conclusion that I’ve drawn is;

I have no idea.

So, as the old saying goes;

“I don’t pretend to know much about art; But I know what pleases.” New York Times – May 28, 1880

In other words, I don’t know if it’s an English or a Va/Per, but I know I like it, and I know it’s a satisfying smoke.

The tin note is nothing to speak of, just a plain tobacco smell, rich and earthy, and the presentation in the can does nothing to impress me either, just plain brown and black tobacco flecks that are, perhaps, a little too dry.

Nothing unusual about the load; I tried a few different pipes, and they all performed adequately, and the overly dry tobacco was a very easy light.

So, I sat with the first bowl this morning, trying to figure out the words to describe this tobacco.

And here I sit about 20 hours later still trying to figure out a description.

What I can say about this tobacco is; I’ve smoked it all day, and I am still enjoying it.  The room note is nothing special, but the taste is exquisite, and the blend has virtually no bite.

I have a clear picture of this tobacco in my head, but whenever I go to write anything about it, I find myself at a loss for words, which is why I say it defies classification.

In the end, I have to say, this tobacco is a win for Bjarne Viking, and I would have to recommend it to anyone who wishes to try either an English blend with Perique, or a Va/Per that includes Latakia and Orientals.

I got mine at pipesandcigars.com where you can buy the 1.76 ounce can for $8.45 USD.

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!

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