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Old 09-16-2009, 09:58 AM   #1
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Default Rattrays Black Virginia

while shuffling through my open tins at the house, none of which were what i was "feeling" or had been "feeling" as of late (other than Bracken Flake and the ropes...), decided to open something out of the cellar. so, since it was going to be freshly smoked, that ruled out any C&D or McC tobaccos as they take weeks to get into smoking humidity...

nabbed a tin of Rattrays Black Virginia from '04. don't know how i came about this tin, or the other that it was sitting on... i think i bought them a while back.
http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend_...LPHA=B&TID=950

anywho, upon opening said 100g tub, it's definitely BLACK, and only a few speckles of dark brown. to the touch, it felt weird... weird in the fact that it felt like it was dry, but was still plyable, it also felt like it was a little goo-ey/waxy, similar to a bulk aromatic (or Capt Black). the strands weren't all closely mixed, as the ribbon cut seemed twisted up and not soft enough to be compressed together. anyway, just an odd feel/look out of the tin.

tin aroma reminded me of a dark syrup sweetness.

smoked in a pipe i reserve for VAs and VA/Pers, my stanwell pot. ol' trusty.

flavor was great, when i was getting it, as i had to fight with it while driving and it was fresh out of the tin. i also dont' have a decent tamper in the truck w/ me, which i should put one of the many i have in there (one i can twist as i tamp). flavor was very much like the tin aroma, dark syrup sweetness.

i had to re-light it a few times more than i'd like, obviously, and puff a little harder... but overall, very positive experience, can't wait til it dries out some more. this did NOT tongue bite at all.
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I was given a 100 gm can of BV a couple of weeks ago. I totally agree with your accessment of this product. It is my understanding that it is no longer produced. I love stoved Virginias. I found this blend to be somewhat one deminsional ,however a excellent change of pace. Perchance I can find a source for this blend I will aquire additional amounts. Thanks for the review.

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I was given a 100 gm can of BV a couple of weeks ago. I totally agree with your accessment of this product. It is my understanding that it is no longer produced. I love stoved Virginias. I found this blend to be somewhat one deminsional ,however a excellent change of pace. Perchance I can find a source for this blend I will aquire additional amounts. Thanks for the review.

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They're not making it anymore? Dammmmmn...this is a favorite of mine...I better find myself a few more tins if there are any around...
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They're not making it anymore? Dammmmmn...this is a favorite of mine...I better find myself a few more tins if there are any around...
I stand corrected. Rattrays does produce Black Virginia. It was discontinued for a while ,however it has be revived. So not to worry.The can I was given was about seven years old. I was told by my local B&M that it was no longer in production,however that's not the case. It is in production, just a different blender. Sorry for the scare,

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who gave you the tin? isn't springdale over by fayetteville?? if you got it from Justin at "the tobacco shop", it was the tin I gave him in October, which is the tin i talk about in the first post...

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who gave you the tin? isn't springdale over by fayetteville?? if you got it from Justin at "the tobacco shop", it was the tin I gave him in October, which is the tin i talk about in the first post...

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Andrew Hyatt gave me the tin. I think he got it from Justin. Can't tell where Fayetteville ends and Springdale begins. "The Tobacco Shop" on Gregg street,Fayetteville will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on April 16th. Food,Fun and prizes. I have to work ,but will drop by before I go to work.
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indeed it is.
did you go to the last "HillBilly Herf" that CaddoMoney & Kayak Rat threw this past Dec??
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indeed it is.
did you go to the last "HillBilly Herf" that CaddoMoney & Kayak Rat threw this past Dec??

Didn't make it,I had to work. I hear it was great. Lot of fun. I'll make the next one for sure.
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I only smoked a couple of bowls of this long ago; to me, it had no magic. Quite one-dimensional, and a very disappointing dimension it was.
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