I nabbed a tin of Blakeney's Best Bayou Slice dated 2006 from the b&m while looking for a new va/per to try. not really knowing anything about the blend or the Toasting process it reports to have. I opened the tin to small broken flakes in the classic Mclelland style, with gold and black leaf intermingled. It had an "escudo" type smell mixed with a hint of the Mclelland virginia smell and had little sparkly crystals when sunlight hit it. most likely due to its 6+ years of aging. Rubbed it out, loaded and set fire. WOW. Its been a while since i tried something new and said "Now thats excellent" on the first few puffs. It was so well behaved, approachable, and flavor full. again a very escudo like flavor, but a touch heavier on the perique. the spicey element was there in perfect balance. I knew from that moment I'd stumbled on something top notch. So, who is Blakeney? whats the Toasting? How are the other BB blends? A four star (TR.com scale) blend right off the bat.