Thanks for giving it a try, and for the feedback. You'll have to wade through the earlier half of this thread for fundamentally kinder, gentler blends. I've found that sometimes, quite subtle changes in the specific crop year or shipment of some of the ingredients (e.g. WLT Dark Air-Cured, vs @BigBonner Dark Air-Cured) can make a big difference.
When chilly weather drove me from my front porch (away from cigars), and back into my study (pipes only), I ended up making 8 generous batches of Exmoor in a row. Each was a variation, and each expressed a slightly different character. I admit that every version was stout.
I actually have to correct myself. The blend I thought was harsh was from Dan Tobacco:
- 40% Bright Virginia
- 40% Latakia
- 10% Kanterini
- 10% Kentucky