I was gifted 2 oz of this from CPS' own very generous soul, das. I would had never purchased this for myself.TR.com wrote: A firmly-pressed crumble cake blend of Bright and Red Virginias, it comes as a solid cake which can be broken or sliced and rubbed-out, and the flavor changes depending upon how you prepare it. Knowledgeable Virginia fans often compare it to Hamborger Veermaster as a smooth, but tasty Virginia blend.
Blend presents in a very compact blocks of small chips of light to dark tan VA leaf. Scent is a very light form of the mown hay VA variety. The Kake breaks up and rubs out fairly easily. The amount I received was very dry and needed some slight rehydration after about a week. It was better after rehydration, not that it was bad dry.
This blend is good and fun. The taste is all natural solid VA, no additives, no toppings, just solid VAs. I have not tried Veermaster, but I find the TR description spot on. I rubbed it out so that it resembled small corn flakes and I had some more chunky. It is a blend that has just a bit of sour VA and you can gauge the smoke to just be on the edge of bite and then ease up a hair. It's like red lining an engine that screams to be treated like that. It really responds well to it. Narrow tall chambers is the way to best enjoy this blend. I enjoyed it in several VA dedicated pipes and it did the very best in Meerschaum and in my cob. It does well in an apple and cutty's too; but in poker shapes, that's the money smoke.
I do think this is a blend for a slightly more advanced piper. And if you have not tried VAs, this is probably not the one you want to cut your teeth on. It does burn a little hot, as in the bowl heats up. But when you're playing the red-line game what do you expect?
My only complaint is that it does burn fast, red-lining notwithstanding. I am looking forward to keeping a brick or two in jar on hand. Thanks, Mr. Hilton! Ya know, it really is too bad that you suck.
This gets a very well deserved DL Rating of 4.25 out of 5 stars.