This tobacco seems to bridge the gap between an English blend and an aromatic. Smooth and mellow, creamy sweet caramel tastes with hints of “earthiness” (that is the latakia; lat uh kee uh) which smells like a camp fire and tastes a bit smoky, hence the “earthiness” (this is also what makes a bit of an English blend). The oriental leaf, the basma, tempers the latakia not allowing it to overpower and mates well with the air cured Virginia leaf bringing it back to more of an aromatic (sweet & fragrant). Room note (the way it smells to others in the room) is very pleasant as noted by several who were sitting nearby and commented so. It’s an all around good evening smoke and would pair well with a old vine red zin of mildly bold flavors to aid in relaxing and de-stressing from the vulgarities of the day.
A relaxing afternoon.
Enjoyed the FMOTT in my Lorenzetti Bent Dublin I purchased a year or so ago for around $90. It took quite a while to break this one in. In fact, I came close to selling it off but stuck with and glad I did as it is now one of my best pipes in rotation.