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Old 09-22-2015, 06:49 AM   #1
Critiquing Perique
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Default Tsuge: Ryujin by Drew Estate

I'm still under halfway through this tin so I'll keep this review pretty short.
I got this tin from nutcracker (Thanks again Neil!) in the pipe lotto along with Raijin. I hadn't tried any of the Tsuge blends yet and picking between the 2 tin-described powerhouses was tough.

Ryujin is advertised as:
Ryujin (the dragon god) is a medium-to-full-bodied blend of especially sweet Virginias married with the deep smokiness of Latakia and the spiciness of Acadian Black (a rare fire-cured, fermented tobacco made in the same way as Perique). Robust in body and taste, Ryujin is in a league of its own.

Black Acadian you say? Sounds dangerous, pass that over here please. I'm not sure where the medium to full comes in as I want to rank this well seated in the full realm. The main performer here is the Acadian Black which towers over any VaPer I've had in the past. Spice by the truckload here and behind it, the most cigar tasting pipe blend I've had to date (even the wife noticed the cigar like aroma and said she liked it). By mid-bowl I had that nice lump feeling in my throat and chest only achieved from blends dripping with the lovely Lady N. Moisture from the jar was just right and I was able to make it through a bowl in my churchwarden without paying mind to the ember or relighting. Thick voluminous smoke and that spice. This is definitely not a early morning blend for me but fits well into the after-meal category when a stronger English doesn't fit what I'm looking for. I'm curious what a little resting time will do to the brightness and spice. While they are very "in your face" they work well and I'm not sure muting them would make this blend stand out among others with the same components.
All in all enjoyable. I recommend this to lovers of Perique as well as for those that like cigar leaf in their mixtures.
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