Monday, October 19, 2015

Standard Tobacco Company of Pennsylvania Bengal Slices

The Celebrated Bengal Slices. A blend of legend and lore, Bengal Slices is a unique Latakia based crumble cake made with yellow and black Virginias, some of the most delectable Orientals available and a touch of unflavored black Cavendish. The tobaccos are heated and firmly pressed along with a subtle and exotic essence, creating a bright, complex flavor with an aroma that’s reminiscent of incense – a cool, bite-free cascade of tastes.

     Strength: Medium
        Flavor: None
         Taste: Medium to Full
Room Note: Tolerable

The tin note was smokey and earthy from the Latakia. I was never lucky enough to smoke the original Bengal Slices, so I will not be able to attest as to weather or not it is a faithful reproduction. Bengal Slices like most of Russ Ouellette's blends was ready to smoke no drying necessary. On the charring light the smokiness of the Latakia was front and center. On the true light the spiciness of the Orientals joined the flavor profile. A quarter of the way into the bowl the tanginess of the Virginias came through. The sweetness of Cavendish was present through out the bowl. Bengal Slices burned cool and well once lit stayed lit to the bottom of the bowl. This is definitely Latakia forward blend, but the Latakia did overpower the flavor of other tobaccos. I can see this blend quickly becoming one of those hard to find blends. So when you find it stock up I know that I will.

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