Esoteric Penzance is another one of those elusive tobaccos. It has an aura about it, and it’s reputation precedes it. If you can even find it (it is out of stock 90% of the time-everywhere) most stores also limit you to one bag per person. Luckily, I have friends in high places. ;) So, I was able to luck upon some to smoke.
Company: Esoterica Tobacciana
How Packaged: 8oz Bag
Tobacco Used: Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Bowls Smoked: 3
Date Purchased/Obtained: 08/01/15
Storage Method: Mason Jar
Pipe(s) Used: Basic $40 Pipe
Price Point: $49.99
Purchased: Sample from another BOTL
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Tin/Jar Note: A dark plumy, smokiness. Very nice, smokey tobacco, with deep, dark dried fruit notes.
Visual: Looks like thick, clumpy ribbon cut tobacco. It’s mostly dark tobaccos, with just a small amount of light specks.
Flavors: While lighting there is a soapy, floral note, which fades once burning fully.
Smoking Experience: Took a lot of effort to get lit, but burns great afterwards. Lots of smoke and needed very few relights.
Tobacco Strength: Medium+
Room Note: Tolerable-Strong
Comparable Tobacco: I've got nothing...
Conclusion: Enjoyable, slightly stronger tobacco. The taste was clean and had just a bit of strength tingle, with no tongue bite. Only needed a few relights, so there wasn't much bad to say. The room aroma is definitely strong on this one though. Good stuff, I'd smoke it again. At first i thought $50 was high, but then I realized that is an 8oz bag. So, it is actually right in line with many others. It's right in between keeping in the rotation and only buying on sale, sooo...
Rating: 3.5 Stars AKA "When it is on Sale" – Wouldn't pay full retail but would purchase it on sale