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From Strauss: It has been described as a spiced berry flavor that is sweet but not cloying, with a slightly smoky nutty note. It contains burly, some golden and dark cavendish, and magic.

Notes: Is only available during Christmas time by calling Strauss and ordering over the phone.

BrandStraus Tobacco
Blended ByStraus Brothers
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Unknown
FlavoringFruit / Citrus, Nuts / Beans, Other / Misc, Spices
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
3.5
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TXBulldog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TXBulldog (74)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Been smoking this for quite some time and it remains a great alternative in and out of my rotation. There is a subtle sweet undertone as well as a subtle soft raspberry like experience - but not as prominent and dominant as it smells when opening. More like a subtle flavor softened by buttery sugar/honey and a slight hint of vanilla. The flavor does not always remain steady and dominate as other flavors peak through in and out as does the sweet tones - something I actually enjoy about this blend. Maybe the little "magic" that's in the description. There are nutty undertones from time to time and I pick up a slight almond/marzipan type nuance as well and maybe even a hint of cardamom. Reminds me of an outstanding sugar coated short bread/linzer holiday cookie with berry/currant lIke notes from time to time. This smoke is best with a slow and soft cadence. You don't want to smoke it like a chimney if you truly want to enjoy it's variation and sweet notes. If you like surprises, nuance, and trying to figure out what's in a blend, there's plenty of enjoyment to be had with Wenceslas.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: 0-12 months

Purchased From: Straus

2 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2058)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The raspberry is the dominant topping, aided and abetted by some fruit (I detect mango and another may be present), light coffee, and some spices, including nutmeg. The black cavendish has a very mild vanilla, and isn’t always noticeable. The burley is nutty with a little earth while the gold cavendish offers a drop or two of honey and grass. The tobaccos are sublimated by the toppings, but you’ll notice them to a small extent, particularly after the half way point when the richness of the toppings weaken a little, especially at the finish. The raspberry doesn’t do that as much as the other toppings do. Won't bite. Has little nicotine. Creamy smooth, it burns at a moderate pace, but the tobacco is moist, so it requires some relights. Leaves little moisture in the bowl. Has a nice after taste and a sweet fruity room note. Gets two and half stars because I occasionally get a tart alcohol taste that I find distracting when it shows itself to my taste buds, and loss of flavor depth in the last quarter of the bowl.

2 people found this review helpful.

pylorns Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pylorns (13)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This comes around once a year after thanksgiving up until Christmas time or at least until they run out and is a delightful mixture to consider for holiday smoking. The room note is amazing and the women folk will appreciate it, and the taste is great. It really tastes like raspberry or blueberry cobler with some heavy whip cream.

Pipe Used: Peterson Deluxe 1S

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Strauss

2 people found this review helpful.

Justindaze Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Justindaze (6)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Straus Wenceslas is a delightfully magical blend that I look forward to every winter as the Yuletide season unravels in a flurry of blustering winter winds, cold-oak hikes, and white rolling hills over the horizon.

What is better after a frigid jaunt than peeling off your winter armor next to a crackling fire and grabbing your favorite Saint Nicholas briar for a smoke?

Well, I can tell you what will be in my pipe that day. A bowl of Straus Tobacconist's Wenceslaus.

It's a mildly sweet black cavendish and burley aromatic with a light casing of winter berries and Christmas spice. It is ribbon cut and comes ready to smoke in a goldilocks moisture.

You will taste many flavors in this complex blend: warm citrus, raspberry, vanilla, toasted nuts, sweat beans, and bright, magical spices.

This blend is best sipped slow and steady. Grab a mug of hot coffee, kick up your feet and consider how lucky you are to know Part of the mystery of fine living.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Noce 320

Age When Smoked: 1 Year

Purchased From: Straus Tobacconist Florence Kentucky

1 person found this review helpful.