|estate Wally Frank pipe, with the stem closer to black|
|discoloration cleaned off the rim of the estate Wally Frank|
A couple notes about H&H Obsidian ... first of all, if you have not tried it, get some. This is the polar opposite of my codger-style burley blends. It's a complex blend of four black tobaccos: stoved Virginia, black cavendish, latakia, and perique cut chunky (rough) ... which makes it a bit of a botch to get lit and keep lit but that may be the point. I get the most intense bursts of flavor the moment it goes out, so I am really not minding the many MANY relights involved in each bowlful. While I don't have the experience to describe the tastes without looking things up, it has been educational to try to figure out what my senses are picking up. I've smoked some straight black cavendish, so I do recognize that wonderful smoothness. The description of stoved Virginia matches the wonderful bursts of sweetness. Now I need to distinguish between latakia and perique as I don't seem to get the "peppery" flavor others do. All four tobaccos work together harmoniously like my favorite Oak Ridge Boys tunes.
|smoking the last bowl of Boswell No-Bite Delight in the caramel apple|