Let's be honest, the company went out of business about ten years ago. I am looking for something cheap in price, and Velvet is a familiar blend to me going back to the mid-1960s, so I buy it. At times, the product will be moist and having bits of white mold, or so dry that it flakes and has no mold. It's cheap, it works for me but I am not fussy. I can only speak for myself.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Velvet. An American icon. Dark burley tobacco. What's in Velvet, you ask? Take a seat. Velvet, is made of, Sunripened burley. That's it. Pure. Simple. Easy smoking, Cool. Just remember, it is burley, rain, and sunshine. My preferrence is a drier tobacco. No bells, whistles, or gimmicks. Velvet is a wonderful tobacco. Some younger smokers compain at times that it has a "Play-Doh" type of taste. I never tasted Play-Doh, but have smelled it when my grandchildren play with it. There is a hint of a raisin-type flavor because of great sun curing. Cob smokers, love it. "Mac", loved it. What a gentle, quiet, smoke. I also blend it with other tobaccos to my taste at the moment or on a whim with what is available. Add a touch of Black Cavendish for background. If you have a "wild" or unstable tasting blend, put a pinch in the palm of your hand, then add about half that, of Velvet. It acts like a Chair and Whip, and will tame it real quick. I rated Velvet 5-stars only because 10-stars are not available. Enjoy it all day, every day.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend