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


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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