I've been exploring a style of tobacco lately that doesn't seem to have a name, so I think of them as "Syrian desert desserts." I happened upon the family by accident: first I had McC. Three Oaks Syrian, then Wilderness, then Orient 996, then Samovar, then Ringlow Reserve, and now Syrian Star. Something beautiful is going on here. There's something about Syrian that goes quite well with sweet Virginias and various Orientals, and the more focus given to the sweetness, the better. It seems as though it's the Syrian that is holding everything together, even though there's a lot more going on with each of the mentioned blends. I will be quite disheartened when Syrian, inevitably, goes away. Luckily, Scottish Woods manages to use Cyprian in a similar way, though it's a little hamfisted in comparison. Hie thee hence and get some Syrian mixtures while thee still can, I beseech thee.