MacBaren Momoyama II 100g
100g from 2012 - Made by MacBaren for Japan Tobacco, and before it was discontinued was only available in Japan. This is a true rarity. Five tins available.
The woody, earthy, floral, spicy, herbal, vegetative, sweet and sour, fragrant, incense-like Orientals are the lead component most of the time. The red Virginia provides a burst of tangy ripe dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, some sugar, light floralness and spice. Occasionally, it edges out the Orientals. The peppery, earthy, woody, plumy, raisiny perique is in the third slot most of the time. The nutty, earthy, woody, molasses sweet burley is occasionally a tad more obvious than the perique. Usually, it’s behind the perique by a razor’s edge. The tart and tangy citrus, grassy, bready, sugary, floral bright Virginia plays below the level of the burley. At most, it’s a condiment. Sometimes, I think I notice a touch of Cyprian Latakia, but I believe the Orientals cause that. The lead topping appears to be a fruity, sweet and sour Japanese plum wine. I also observe a little caramel in the background. The toppings moderately sublimate the tobaccos. The strength and nic-hit are medium. The taste level is a couple of steps past that mark. There’s no chance of bite or harshness present. Has a few minute rough notes. It burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with deeply rich, sweet, floral, mildly spicy, lightly sour, inconsistent, very complex flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a notch stronger.