There are a few sour and many tangy notes amidst the sweetness. The “lemon grass” topping may well account for some of the flavors, but there’s more in the mix for sure. Burns cool and fairly smooth at a reasonable pace with a very consistent taste. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but no dottle. While it is highly aromatic, the flavors combine to make this an either you like it for not blend whether you like aros or not.Quickly ghosts a briar, and will do the same for a meer, so prepare to dedicate a pipe to it.The tobacco characeristics could not be deduced by their aromas.I was unable to tell whether this was because of the flavoring, or the steaming process. Nice springy feel when pressed, no tendency to harden up on top.I didn't even care about the lightness, the lack of nicotine. I wondered what the hell a grouse was, and learned it was a very swift bird, hunted by the British for game. I will hunt this tobacco with the ferocity of a man chasing wild game. I will shoot you with my shotgun if you people turn Grousemoor into an endangered species!Grouse-Moor is a very often maligned tobacco and this is simply not fair.
Only the finest steamed and stoved bright Virginia is employed, cut into deliciously long ribbons that pack easily and are perfect for slow, relaxed puffing.
When I cracked open that tin for the first time, I must admit, the scent was bizarre. It was, to me, the British equivalent of Mixture No. I found myself popping the lid, and taking gentle whiffs of that odd Grousemoor aroma.
It wasn't the same floral note of the more traditional Lakeland tobaccos, Kendal Flake and the like. The tobacco was a beautiful bright golden color, lighter even than many of the golden Virginia blends I have smoked. Those gentle whiffs became greedy gulps of intoxicating air, and that led to the inevitable and more frequent "occasional" smokes.
It is the top casing that truly defines Grouse-Moor, and the sauce used is the very best blend of essences of any that are employed for Lakeland-style aromatics, managing to be floral and herbal and fruity in delicate balance all at the same time.
The essence used by Samuel Gawith is a secret blend of all natural components known only to one employee of that historic blending house.
Grousemoor was one of the first blends that I fell in love with as a new pipe smoker.