The Fayyum Special Kake is a characterful blend in the tradition of Fayyum Blends. Fire Cured Virginia and Kentucky tobaccos, a good portion of Cypriot Latakia and some Black Cavendish characterize the Fayyum Kake. After mixing, the tobacco is pressed into cakes, stored for a few weeks to mature and then cut into plugs. The Fayyum Special Kake convinces with its complex and ethereal character. A real highlight for friends of unusual and high-class tobaccos.
The Fayyum Special Kake comes in a round tin with a pressure lid. There are actually two plugs measuring approx. 8x4x2 cm. In order to keep them from drying out, they are packed in a bag with a pressure seal. The resulting scent is reminiscent of burning autumn leaves, with a hint of sweetness, and the rich black-brown with few dark brown fibers emphasizes the dark character of the tobacco. The tobacco block looks elastic at first, but is actually slightly brittle, which means it tends to crumble when cut.
Plug tobaccos require some experience, care and preparation. A sharp knife is essential if you want to cut flakes from the block, which you can bring into the pipe then as one folded piece or as a ready rubbed. The crumbly consistency of the Fayyum Special Kake also makes it possible to pluck off flaky pieces, which can then be layered in the pipe. So the Fayyum Special Kake invites you to experiment.
The Fayyum Special Kake takes on the flame surprisingly quick and evenly, which is not a matter of course for a plug. Nevertheless, the surface should be smoothed out again with the tamper in order to create a permanent bed of embers with a second flame.
The Latakia in the Fayyum Special Kake comes in a pleasantly cool smoke that transports the expected incense aromas. With a noticeable spiciness, the tobacco is still mild, with a subtle sweetness that is clearly not artificial. Well prepared and plugged, the Fayyum Special Kake requires little attention, but you shouldn't puff too hard on the pipe, otherwise the tobacco may gargle or even get hot. Impatience is not necessary with the full-bodied natural aroma, as the Fayyum Special Kake comes up with an exciting development in the course of the smoke. The flavor notes tend in the second third towards the bittersweet and the smoky-spicy Kentucky also emerges more clearly. The medium-grey ash that then remains and the small amount of condensate do not cause any problems with cleaning.
The smoke of the Fayyum Special Kake is not suitable for every environment due to the Latakia it contains. However, it is suitable for cozy smoking sessions as well as it does not lose its aroma in the fresh air.
Because the Fayyum Special Kake is a plug, it requires attention and experience to prepare. In fact, it can be brought into the pipe in many different variations and thus invites you to experiment. Its smoke is not too strong and pleases with a balanced play of lightness and spice owed to the Latakia and the Kentucky, towards the end the aromas intensify, making the smoke particularly interesting. The Fayyum Special Kake is a good tobacco to be smoked with pleasure, but also a reliable companion for walks. Gladly also in autumn, when its dark character appears particularly harmonious.
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