First, let me apologize for taking SO long to get back to the keyboard. It's been a hell of a month. Second, let's jump right in. This is my first ever review of a tinned tobacco, Villager 1888 (by Peter Stokkebye) Early Day. This is an English blend, described on the tin as "Mature golden Virginias blended with oriental leaf and Latakias from the Balkan region. The rich share of Latakia makes this blend a true English classic with the characteristic smokey room note"
The orientals are taste-ably present, but the latakia definitely dominates the blend. The virginias do sweeten the blend, but cause it to burn a little hot for an english blend. The villager 1888 line is a good bang for the buck, being one of the cheapest tinned tobaccos around, but holding a flavor and quality of a premier blend. The early morning blend isn't AS fine as some other english blends I've smoked, but the convenience of the tin definitely balances that out.
I've had to relight once or twice near the bottom of the bowl, but with minimal maintenance, it burns to a fine, white ash every time. I'd definitely buy a tin of this for vacation, or when I know I won't be around the house for a few days, for the security of a well kept english I can pack anywhere, anytime, and enjoy well enough to sate my own spoiled tastes. A well done job for a nominal cost.
Thanks for staying 'till the end! Hopefully, I'll be able to post once or twice a week for a while now, so stay tuned for the rest of the Villager 1888 line!