Goose Poop Connoisseur
I've ordered a few samples of some remakes of "Drug Store" blends and would like to start a thread of my impressions as well as those of other members. Now, I am not a connoisseur by any stretch but have been a piper for more than 50 years so I'm going to take a shot at it even though I'm not particularly good with the descriptive words used in tobacco reviews, or wine for that matter. I just know what I like and don't like. I wrote insurance contracts and there was a dearth of touchy feely writing in those. The first I tried was Match Revelation. Having never smoked the original blend, the blend of VA, Burley, Kentucky, Latakia and Perique. Sounded intriguing and I was also swayed by its being Einstein's favored blend. As to my thoughts on my first impression: VA leads, Burley is obvious, there is some spiciness (Perique?) and the Lat doesn't really stand out but it is certainly there lending a smokiness. The cut of the tobacco is much like Prince Albert as is the burn - it did require a few more lights than PA but not a problem. It gives a decent long smoke and doesn't burn hot or bite. There is a bit of a citrus note, even though said to be plum, it seemed more citrus to me. In any case, the topping was very subdued and my overall impression is very good and it would be a good all day smoke. It isn't a fascinating smoke but it is an interesting smoke. I have a sample of Cornell & Diehl Epiphany on order for comparison as it is another remake of this blend some seem to prefer. I also have Match Walnut, Match Holiday and Match Dunhill BB 1938 to try (smells heavily of Lat and I' a bit of a Lat freak). I'm looking forward to the Match Walnut because the original was one of my very favorite "Drug Store" brands and I've smoked a lot of it. Sorry it went away. I also have Match Edgeworth on order. Back in the day when I was living in VA, it was very common in slices and I smoked it on occasion beause I liked the little rectangular tins it came in but I hadn't learned to appreciate American VA/Burley. It just wasn't fancy enough for me in those days of youthful ignorance (I was a too cool tobacco shop dude). If I had only known what I was missing!