Purchased some of this to try out in my new Peterson pipe.
First thing I noticed upon opening is the tobacco is "damp" and has a very pleasant (and strong) odor of fruits.
I removed some from the mason jar I had stored it in and let it dry out for about 20 minutes and then loosely packed it in a new Peterson 999 Rhodesian I had recently purchased. Upon the charring light I immediately noticed a pleasant odor. Have to wait a minute to see if it transposes over to the actual smoking until I light up for the adventure. Upon lighting the tobacco fully I'm assaulted with a very pleasant vanilla & fruit odor with a slight tinge of what smells like a good rum. Draw my first mouthful of smoke and I'm in heaven. I've found nirvana in a briar bowl.
I slowly sip on the pipe and enjoy the flavors that are coming through, some fruit with a hint of vanilla. I hear my wife walk by in the hallway and then she turns around and asks "What's that, it sure does smell good!". I can't help but agree with her - even with me smoking it I can sense the distinct and pleasing room aroma.
After smoking this bowl and testing out another I figure I need to let it air a little longer as I am getting some tongue bite - but not sure if it's because the tobacco needs to dry or me being a pig and sucking the flavors in faster. After the second bowl the wife and I decide to head out to a local pub for a bite to eat.
Perfect timing, as I've still got some of this good stuff drying a little more. Place it in my tobacco pouch and off we go to the pub, where we place our order and then sit outside awaiting it's arrival. I light up a pipe full and within a matter of minutes I've got a young lady and her friend coming by the table asking what it is that I'm smoking. I tell them and they can't stop talking about how great it smells. One of them mentions that her dad smokes a pipe and she's got to get him some because what he smokes "stinks".
One thing I have found with this tobacco is it likes to be treated "gently". Don't over pack it, don't puff like a train on it and you will be rewarded. It does need to be aired out some prior to smoking, but it is a nice beginners tobacco and great for those that smoke around those with delicate noses that don't like most other tobaccos.
I liked this tobacco well enough that when we got home I ordered another 32 ounces to cellar.