The Story: Midway down the bowl a sharpness appears; far from unpleasant, this shows up as a tickle on the palate and a spicy flavor that I (when I first tried it) mimics incipient bite. Stop puffing for a minute and it fades gently, leaving only a pleasant aftertaste.The flavor changes very little as the bowl is smoked, only increasing slightly in heaviness and sharpness.
Packing and Lighting: The cut of 965 makes it easy to drizzle pinches into my Jobey ' Asti' Canadian for filling, yet it doesn't seem to clog the airhole or pack too tightly.
Drawing through the unlit pipe yields a nice leathery flavor - this is another tobacco that I'll sometimes put in a pipe for dinner in a non-smoking environment as I can 'use' the pipe unlit and get a nice flavor.
Denoument: The end is approaching and there is still no sign of sour, bitter or ashy taste.
Relights become a bit more frequent but not because of any moisture - I don't dump the ashes at all as there is very little produced and I like to coat the bowl with them (by shaking the pipe with a cleaner in it and the bowl covered with my thumb) and I think this also helps it burn cooler.
The neat thing is that what it unifies /into/ seems to change with my moods and which pipe I smoke it in.
My Jobey emphasizes the nutty and leathery flavors, whereas my Italian pipes bring out the musky sweetness of the Cavendish and Macedonian. This is an easy blend to smoke hot, both due to the cut and the fact that I keep mine rather on the dry side.
It has a dark sweetness from the brown Cavendishes and lighter Macedonian, and a woody, leathery smell from the some of the choicest Latakia I have ever experienced.
Appearance: This is a finely-cut tobacco consisting of medium to short ribbons varying evenly in color from golden-brown to black with some birdseye stems with an interesting woody texture.
This is so gradual that I find it barely noticeable unless I put the pipe down for a short while and come back to it.
The aroma hardly changes, and the sidestream smoke from the bowl remains sweet and nutty - if I had an Oom-Paul, I'd reserve it for this.
This is a mixture that is medium in strength and definately FULL of flavor.