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There's no sweeter tobacco comes from Virginia & no better brand than the Three Castles.

BrandW.D. & H.O. Wills
Blend TypeVirginia Based
Packaging92g Tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Extremely Mild, Mild to Medium
None Detected, Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat), Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable to Strong
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2057)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This was a simple uncomplicated shag cut Virginia with a lot of citrus, grass and hay. While it was also sold for RYO, I smoked it in a pipe only as some people did. The nic-hit was just past being mild. The strength level was in the center of mild to medium. Had a very consistent flavor from start to finish, and didn’t bite or get harsh. Burned a little fast, and needed to be puffed at a slower than usual pace to avoid a hot pipe and a few cigarette notes. Left virtually no moisture in the bowl, and hardly needed a relight. Had a pleasant after taste, and was an all day smoke.

4 people found this review helpful.

TW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TW (34)
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

Not sure why this is in this database, in the UK it was sold as a hand-rolling tobacco not a pipe tobacco.

But since it's here, and I remember hand-rolling it from the 80s I'll give it a review anyway.

Three Castles was a very thin-cut hand rolling tobacco, the strands often being several inches long. It was a very pale yellow in colour throughout. Very easy to handle and roll in paper. The pouch aroma was of very little, mostly a hint of ea de cologne or something very similar like a cheap aftershave, no noticeable tobacco aromas at all.

On smoking it tasted flat, nothing there at all, except a faint haze of ea de cologne or cheap aftershave. No noticable nicotine either. Like smoking hot air.

And boy did it bite - like sucking on a blast furnace. Not just the tip of your tongue but your whole mouth. And that's as a roll-up, I dread to think what it would have been like in a pipe. The acrid smoke produced didn't smell of much, but caught in spectator's throats.

When I was a student in 79-82 lots of us hand-rolled and the campus shop sold Golden Virginia and Old Holborne in huge quantities. Out of all the people I knew back then who smoked only one bought Three Castles more than once, and he said that was because it was cheap.

I'm not surprised it's no longer available, and it probably isn't missed by many.

Pipe Used: none, this is a rolloing tobacco

2 people found this review helpful.