The autumn night wind crawls over the rolling hills of the Kentucky landscape in the background. It slips it’s sinewy, leaf-stained fingers through the crack in the window and comes to meet my hands, which are warmed by a crackling match.
My lids feel heavy, and the sulfur dissipates as the starry breeze dances around me, down to my bare ankles where it settles and nibbles at my senses.
I hold the flame to the full bowl and puff short and even for the char as my eyes drift to the full-dark sky past the pane. I move the match in small circles.
(The moon should be so lucky…)
The char-light wakes the shagged Cyprian Latakia, and it dances for a moment within the bowl, curls, and spasms, sending its campfire tales to my olfactory senses.
I reach over and close the window before I tamp down the char and give it the true light. Now the wind outside whips around, I hear it, and I strike the second match.
The Virginias come alive and crawl under the whispering tree branches to join with a barn-door fervor of hay and grass and fermented citrus that remind me of picking pumpkins at old Milton’s Produce Patch when I was a young one. The wind would blow through the open barn doors–
I taste the syrupy, honeyed and sour spice of the Greek Orientals and Maryland tobacco. The essence rolls over my tongue and mixes with the woodsy base of the latakia.
I blink suddenly as I taste apricots and stewed figs, and it all melds together in a nectar cocktail, held by the underneath of mellow English fundamentals.
The sweet, piquant notes play a song behind my teeth, and I take a drink of tea to bring it all in.
The bed is calling, but one last smoke — I have business with my pipe. (Always holding on to that last moment, it’s a characteristic of my persona.)
This is a moment I will remember.
“And So To Bed”, a Tobacco by J.F. Germain and Son’s Esoterica…
Other Tobacco Notes:
Pipe Used: Peterson System Standard 307
Age When Smoked: Fresh From Tin, Dried 30 Minutes
4/4 Stars. Astounding!!
|Manufactured By||J.F. Germain & Son|
|Contents||Latakia, Maryland, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia|
|Packaging||50 grams tin, 8 ounce bag|