Brand: Seattle Pipe Club
Model: Mississippi River Special Reserve
Tobacco Type: Latakia, Oriental, Perique, Virginia
Blend Type: English
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Size: 4.00 oz.
Very good tobacco. Mild English, but with rich and deep notes.
Smells a little more vintage than the original. Needs to really really dry out. I cut some off the block and smoked it out of a bent pipe and when I was done I had a pool of Moisture in the bottom of the bowl.
After reading all the hype I just had to try MRSR despite the price.
Upon opening the container it looked scrumptious but was a touch too moist. (Considering the price & the fact that this is a limited edition, surely SPC could have packaged in a tin instead of cardboard)
The first bowl was disappointing. It left me wondering 'what the fudge is all the hype about?'.
So I stuck it in my cupboard intending to cellar it for a while.
But it's lure was too strong & surely there must be something behind the hype? Maybe a different pipe is needed I told myself.
Several days after opening, I loaded my 1950's meerschaum lined Heibe Dublin.
Wow, what a different experience than the first.
All it needed was some time to rest after opening & a little drying time.
Tobacco, in my opinion, should arrive ready to smoke & so I'm not keen to dry out any blend.
This blend is worth doing so. It is the smoothest smoke that I've yet to try, that has so much flavor.
Smooth, creamy, complex, rich & slightly sweet...
The blending of the tobaccos is masterful.
Even those who would normally steer clear of a latakia/oriental blend would enjoy this, I would think.
This is a blend that every tobacco lover needs to try for themselves at least once.
Keep in mind that when it's gone it will be gone forever.
Were I in the position to do so, I would cellar a decent supply.
SPC MRSR really is 'special'.