It burned quite well and very cool to the bottom of the bowl with only two relights necessary.
The flavors were of hay (not in a bad way, I really enjoyed it), slightly sweet raisin and a little leather.
-1917 Lemon and Bronze Virginia leaves are carefully conditioned and are added to rich heavy body Virginias, a unique flavour is added to the final blend.
The leaf was still too moist for my personal preference, but will probably be at the perfect moisture content in a few days.
I took a handful of the leaf and fully rubbed it out, then whacked it up in my one speed food processor for a bit (as I did with the Murray's version.) I loaded up and lit up.
While the new blender is still using the old tins, they are putting a heavy label on the bottom of the tin that does say Made in The EU.
The way I know the old tins are still being used is because the top label still says "Made in the U. in association with Dunhill Tobacco of London." Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with a very broken flake rather than ribbon cut leaf.
It has an outstanding tin note, slightly sweet, but with hints of raisin and fall leaves. It also seemed to have just the right moisture content with no apparent drying necessary.
My mail arrives earlier in the day, and after opening the tin, smelling and feeling the tobacco, I of course was not going to wait until after dinner to try it... It packed quite easily and took light after an initial charring with minimal expansion of the tobacco.
I believe (and hope) it will age just as well as the Murray's version which I think aged as well as any Virginia tobacco I've ever smoked.
Once properly aged, I think I may actually appreciate this morfed Royal Yacht more than the Murray's version because the taste is not quite as heavy and the casing has been applied a bit more delicately. And I will be interested to hear from those of you who regularly enjoy other Dunhill offerings to get your impressions of the taste change (if any) you have discovered.
It is a big seller at pipe shops around the country, and for good reason. RY is my favorite blend, and the perfect way to start each day.