Just pulled a puck out of the press from 80% Proper English and 20% 1-Q. The normally overwhelming 1-Q flavor has now been pushed behind the Latakia, adding a slight sweet note that I wouldn't be able to identify as 1-Q if I didn't know it was there.
Finally finished the upgrades to the big kid press. Got the base bolted down to a plank and crafted some oak pistons so I can finally make the full-size 4" plug. Got one cranked down right now. Whole leaf bright Virgina with some Kendal Kentucky and Semois mixed in. Simple casing for the bright leaf, just boiled down water and brown sugar with a touch of vanilla and gum arabic. Used a hair dryer to get the body of the press hot to the touch when doing the final cinch-down. Got that sucker cranked down as hard as I could. Gonna give it a couple weeks probably.
Found a little leftover chunk from this plug tonight. Smoking it now. All I have to say is holy crap, three months of aging have made a difference. This stuff is not the same. Ordinarily I wouldn't expect three months to make much difference, but maybe when you're dealing with freshly cased and pressed whole leaf you do get some rapid change up front.
This stuff is actually not too shabby, now, not too shabby at all.