Hot-pressed and ready rubbed Rustica is stoved, resulting in a smoothing of the bold leaf, but its familiar BBQ tang and floral spice are preserved, dynamically complementing the caramelized sweetness of the Stoved Virginia. The Oriental Katerini takes to the Cavendish process beautifully, offering herbal, woody undertones. The result is an exotic mélange with a vitality that reimagines what a stoved mixture can be.
Stoved—or Cavendish—tobaccos are often thought of as the vehicle for top flavoring. Though this is certainly a fine attribute, the wonderful characteristics imparted from the stoving process can easily be overlooked. Pipe Force illustrates just that with the stoving of two varietals for the first time, Rustica and Katerini.
Pipe Force, a series that celebrates pipe smoking by showing innovation isn’t a thing of the past, there are still frontiers to explore.
Model: Pipe Force - Captain Ryan Episode V
Tobacco Type: Stoved Rustica, Stoved Virginia and Stoved Katerini
Blend Type: Virginia
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Pleasant
Amount: 1.50 oz.
- Room Note:
Well Captain Ryan may be an alien but he has a superb and very human taste in tobacco as he has endorsed Pipe Force Episode V with his likeness. This episode has both of the tobacco’s unique to the Pipe Force, Stoved Rustica and Stoved Katerini in combination with some fine stoved Virginia, and the three way alliance is strong with the force but very easy on the palette and tongue. Unlike Episode IV which was Oriental forward, this blend has the hot-pressed and then rubbed out and stoved Rustica in more of a balance. The Cavendish process smooths out its somewhat formidable reputation into a melange of flavors and in a more even balance with its allies. A light sweetness with sugar herbs and bread, spice, wood, earthy truffles, bbq, a touch of marmalade, tea and cigar and more. While the stoved Cavendish processed Katerini adds more earth, herbs, spice, dark fruitiness, and a floral incense and again much more. The stoved Virginia is just behind the other two with its classic citrus notes, bread, sugar, some mild acidity and tartness. The result is a very rich deep tasting smoke with a very complex and well filled out flavor. Smooth and without bite, cool and with a rich deep mouth feel that is very satisfying on its own. Thick smoke ring level smoke with a long lasting and enjoyable aftertaste. The mix of stewed sweetness, spiciness herbs, smoky goodness that’s hard to describe but very easy to enjoy, simple to smoke like a burley with an amazing array of subtle complexity is very full. It’s not to be taken lightly as it’s not quite strong in strength, the nic-hit is not far behind. The room note is always hard for me being alone but I would say it lingers and is on the heartier side. It’s easy to prep by rubbing out the crumble cake and either shake as is or dry slightly which is preferred method. A few extra lights may be required. Definitely 5 out of 5 in my taste and not an all day smoke but close to it. Over all I highly recommend Episode V as a rich, complex, enjoyable experience that keeps the Pipe Force flying in a galaxy not so far away and brought to us by our ambassador Per Georg Jensen. Dave da Dragon