- May 25, 2011
- near Blacksburg, VA
This is an enjoyable, relatively mild perique that @GreenDragon sent me. Its pouch aroma is that of gentle perique, with no suggestion of barnyard. I took a section of the whole leaf, and twisted it into a column that would squeeze into this tiny cob. (Its bowl is about the diameter of a cigarillo--32 ring, or ½ inch.) Treating it as a bouchon, I just lit it up, and puffed away. Burn is excellent. I sense a mild tang toward the back of my tongue, so the smoke is definitely more alkaline than that of the source leaf. But it's still mild enough to smoke alone. I think this would blend well with an Oriental. I'll try that, but only if I can resist just smoking all of it straight. I suspect that a wider pipe bowl would beg for it to be blended.
It's difficult for me to envision the detailed microbiology of this process. I taste nothing that resembles wine. But clearly, if there was any Pichia anomala yeast also in the ferment, there couldn't have been much. Regardless, I consider this an unquestionable success. What fun!