Esoterica’s And So To Bed (A Longform Tobacco Review For You)

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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 smile.

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!!

Brand Esoterica Tobacciana
Manufactured By J.F. Germain & Son
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Maryland, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Flavoring None
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin, 8 ounce bag
Country UK
Production Currently available

 

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