Blended by Russ Ouellette, Fusilier's Ration bears a great similarity to the classic Bengal Slices, by design. Using dark latakia tobacco with oriental, Virginia and a touch of black cavendish, this was a very unique blend to me. Of course, the old fashioned top dressing, added for a light scent may have something to do with it.
Company: Hearth & Home
How Packaged: 1.5oz Tin
Tobacco Used: Black Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Casing/Topping: An old fashioned top dressing
Cut: Krumble Kake
Bowls Smoked: 2
Date Purchased/Obtained: 6/10/15
Storage Method: Mason Jar
Pipe(s) Used: Drew Estate Tsuge
Price Point: $
Purchased: Sample from another BOTL
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The aroma off this tobacco is great. It has the usual campfire note, with some great smokey woods notes. But there is also a caramelized sweetness note poking through, though it is a heavily smoked sweetness.
Visual: Hard pressed block of dark tobaccos. You can see the black cavendish and Latakia, with speckles of golden Virginia.
Flavors: The flavors keep alternating between the slight sweetness of the black cavendish and the strong bite of the Oriental. It was a very different flavor than I have gotten from any other pipe tobacco. This definitely doesn't seem like a good tobacco for a beginner, but it's great for a more experienced smoker.
Smoking Experience: This particular blend was actually tougher to keep lit than most. It took a a good bit of flame to get this pipe lit, but the it would burn fairly well, and then fade out. I think it was just the way this tobacco broke up from the press.
Tobacco Strength: Mild +
Body: Medium +
Room Note: Decent.
Comparable Tobacco: This one is in a league of its own. Never had anything that tasted like this.
Conclusion: Fusilier's Ration is definitely an enjoyable & smokable tobacco. There are a lot of different flavors to pay attention to, but the burn problems were a bit of a turn off for me. And really, the bite I was getting wasn't really something I liked, at least not on the evening that I was smoking.
Rating: 2/5 AKA “Only when it's free”