RINCON DE LA PIPA No. 1
Blend worth to be discovered
11/23/2012 10:50 PM
I am still unfamiliar with the way the diverse ingredients are detected, but after a week of daily smoking this blend in different pipes, I can now state with certainty that this blend is worth trying and even keeping in regular rotation. The slight lemony flavour reminds me of lemon grass that is also delightful to the palate. Burns very well at zero tongue bite. Another less known treasure to be appreciated more widely.
my review of Rincon de la Pipa #1 .... orginally posted on pipesmagazine.com
3/21/2012 8:12 PM
Last week I placed my first TAD order with 4noggins. I ordered various tins of VA flakes, 100g of Frog Morton, a pound of PS Cube Cut for cellaring and some cleaning supplies. I like 4noggins as it is the only place that offers free shipping to Alaska for orders over $95 ( 15 bucks for Priority Mail is, after all, a tin or two or 4-6 oz of bulk baccy ). I had spoken to Rich on the phone about Balkan blends, Sasieni vs PS Balkan Supreme, that sort of thing. He was kind enough to include a sample of Rincon de la Pipa #1 in the box.
- a very nice strong Balkan note, very noticeable. Warranted a "you got some of that sh*t smelling tobacco again, didn't you?" from the wife. Sharp, but not overwhelming.
- bit on the dry side from the baggie. Fairly coarse strands, mostly yellowish brown.
I loaded an Amphora X-tra straight apple which was freshly cleaned an scraped and went to work on on a full bowl.
Took fire really nice, no charring needed. Lots of smoke. Campfire and old leather but not extremely spicy tasting. Halfway through the bowl I got a Nic kick. Tastes like it smells from the bag. Creamy smoke, but lots of body. Very rich oriental taste, no extra flavors added. Burns very cool to a nice white ash. Gently tamped it some toward the end which was a mistake, because it bit me pretty hard. I smoked it outdoors on my walk so no idea on room note, but there were no complaints from Momma when I returned.
Smoked another bowl from same pipe this morning with coffee on the way to work. I really took my time with it. It went out on me once. Thanks to slow traffic I was able to relight, without tamping of course. Just scraped the ashes out. It got really really Oriental right before the finish line, but it didn't attack me. Leaves a nice old leather scent in the car ..... I usually crack the windows to air out while I smoke on the ride, but it was 8 degrees F so I had just the sunroof open.
This is a good quality solid Balkan.
Well balanced mixture
3/11/2012 12:38 PM
A very balanced mixture, full of body, with the white burley as main flavour support, spicy orientals giving a piquant character and virginias bonding all of them, resulting a sweet medium atypical mixture.