Review: Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky

This tobacco just smells so good. Not to mention that it looks really sweet! This seems like a strong, natural tobacco based off the name, looks and aroma. After reviewing this, I read that it had a licorice flavoring, but I am not sure that I ever really noticed it. I would never have guessed there was any flavoring, and it is not classified as an aromatic either.

Dark Strong Kentucky

Company: Orlik

How Packaged: 1.76 oz. tin

Style: Burley/Virginia

Tobacco Used: Kentucky & Virginia

Casing/Topping: Licorice

Cut: Flake

Bowls Smoked: 2

Date Purchased/Obtained: 10/1/15

Storage Method: Mason Jar

Pipe(s) Used: Simple pipe

Price Point: $12.50

Purchased: Sample from another BOTL

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Tin/Jar Note: Molasses, grain, sweet tobacco.

Visual: Pressed and sliced cake in a three layer, sandwich stack of tobaccos.

Flavors: Smokey, dark, natural tobacco mainly. Some nuttiness and a hint of natural sweetness, like molasses and grain.

Smoking Experience: Only complaint was that it needed to be relit religiously.

Tobacco Strength: Medium+

Body: Medium+

Room Note: Pleasant-Tolerable

Comparable Tobacco: Fairly similar to a few other natural tobacco's I've had, but I honestly can't pin it down to one in particular.

Conclusion: Good smoke, overall. The flavors were good, there was no tongue bite or gurgle and I would smoke it again. My biggest complaint was the continuous lighting.

Rating: 3 AKA "When it's on sale"

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Comment by Shooter on January 13, 2016 at 12:26pm

Nice review Jared. I find I'm relighting my pipe a lot. I must be packing it wrong or something, I'll just keep practicing. 

Comment by Jeff M. on January 13, 2016 at 2:15pm

I have that problem with some tobaccos, not so much with others.  Escudo is one of the worst for me.  I'm going to let it dry a little next time.

Comment by Jason Meyers on January 13, 2016 at 3:00pm

Nice review. Did you rub this out or did you fold the flake?

I've found that when I rub out flakes and coins I have to let them sit out for a while before I load up the pipe. I've been getting good results by rubbing it out a day or two before and putting it in a ziploc bag until I want to smoke it.

I need to experiment with folding this type of tobacco because I've heard the smoking experience is different, and sometimes better.

Comment by 007MI6 on January 13, 2016 at 3:06pm

Shooter - I have it both ways. Most of the time I don't have to relight too frequently at all, as long as I am paying attention. But I used to relight a lot, no matter what. Seems to be a skill that gets better with practice.

Jeff - It's funny. Some tobacco that seems "wet" can burn perfect and a "dry" tobacco require relights. It's just hard to tell, as you said, it varies from tobacco to tobacco. I haven't tried Escudo yet to have a basis though.

Jason - This time I just rubbed it out. Maybe next time I'll try folding it. I need to do that, but always forget until after I've already rubbed it. I should try to experiment with both, just have to remember. lol

Comment by Jeff M. on January 13, 2016 at 3:55pm

The first time I smoked Escudo it was from a freshly-opened tin.  I folded it and it burned well after I got it going.  I tried the same thing the next time and had a heck of a time relighting.

I rubbed some out last week and it did pretty good.  It appeared dry until I rubbed it out. It was stored in a small Mason jar and hadn't dried out as I suspected it had.


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