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Here's a very special blend in all its aspects. The uniqueness comes from the Havana tobaccos used. If a tobacco could be descibed as "creamy" in taste, this is definitely the one. A great pleasure when smoked after dinner. If you occasionally (or often) enjoy a quality cigar, you should try this mixture.

Blended ByHans Schürch
Blend TypeCigar Leaf Based
ContentsBurley, Cigar Leaf, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionNo longer in production
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Medium to Strong
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2151)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The cigar taste is not prominent; it's more of a team player. It adds strength, a little cream, wood, and spice without harshness, and it's not strong enough to knock you off your feet. That sweet creaminess prevents tongue burnout. The dry, sweet and sour, woody, smoky Oriental also has a touch of spice in a supporting role. The Virginias have grass, earth, dark fruit and citrus as it forms the base. The latakia is a team player; smoky, woody, kind of sweet and wine-like, so I wonder if both Cyprian and Syrian are present. The nic-hit is not quite mild to medium. No chance of bite, and has no harshness, but there is an occasional note of a rough edge. Burns cool at a moderate pace, has a fair amount of complexity, and a clean consistent flavor to the finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs an average number of relights. Has a pleasant after taste, especially if you like cigars, though the room note won't make you many friends. Not an all day smoke, but is a repeatable one.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I enjoy several cigar leaf blends and I find Mogano to be among the best (along with Cuban Style Cigar Blend from Comptons). As an avid, 20yr cigar smoker prior to my “pipe life,” I don't agree with reviews that compare this to cigars. This is a pipe tobacco in taste and presentation. The ribbons are somewhat thin and can burn a little hot (not biting) if not tended to properly. The pouch scent is very, very similar to many of the Murray's era Dunhill blends. As others have noted, the smoke is creamy and for me it builds in spice as the bowl progresses. Mogano retains a subtle sweetness for the first half of the bowl at which point the spiciness takes over. The proportions of the component tobaccos are in harmony. Mogano is just slightly rough around the edges and I can't wait to see what some aging will do the blend. I continue to be impressed by Hans Schurch's tobaccos. Highly Recommended!

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JB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JB (43)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I have been dying to try some of the Schurch blends based on the glowing reviews they consistently get both here and on ASP. Morgano didn't disappoint in the least! It is a "creamy" tasting tobacco, or at least that's the sensation you get when you nose exhale the smoke from this blend. However, it's not sweet cream in an aromatic sense. This is a wonderful blend. Sometimes cigars can be overwhelming or harsh, as can latakia in the wrong blender's hands. What Mogano delivers is the best of the cigar and the best of latakia and wraps it all together in one extremely satisfying and delicious package.

I should say that this is a very full blend, and it doesn't strike me as the classic, "all-day" smoke. However, I wouldn't want to drink rich espresso all day either. This is a very good blend and I give it my top recommendations!

2007 Update: I agree that the room note left by this blend will never be a crowd pleaser, but who cares? Enjoy it on the bad porch. You could find countless cherry glop blends at Walgreens that will doubtless leave a more soothing smell. Smoking Mogano isn't analagous to smoking a fine Cuban cigar, but it has some of the same great qualities. This isn't a light weight blend, nor is a blend for those who aren't sure if complex English blends are for them. For those who aren't sure if they want to have their Mogano around, please contact me and we'll work out a trade!

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Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Professor (67)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

It is interesting that I have the same feeling about Schürch's Mogano as I did with Schürch's Onyx. It is smokable, but I will not be purchasing more. I have tried other cigar Havana leaf pipe tobaccos before. This certainly is the best of the ones that I have tried. In a large pipe (at least a group six by Dunhill standards) and by treating it like a cigar (i.e., in the mouth only and out of the nose), Mogano is okay. It has some spice, some creaminess, and gives the essence of a Cuban cigar. I can only now echo the description of this stuff: 'If you occasionally (or often) enjoy a quality cigar, you should try this mixture.' Indeed, it is worth a try, but you might find (as I did) that it is not worth keeping around. In fact, pondering my review, if you are in the mood for a cigar, buy one and pass on this stuff....

1 person found this review helpful.

DrDNA Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDNA (58)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Notes: From the hand of a master blender who definitely knows his pipe tobacco. Smoked in several pipes, but I found it best in a patent Dunhill.

Appearance: a light to dark brown medium cut ribbon, fully rubbed out, rather nondescript to look at honestly.

Aroma: A very promising bouquet, with vinegar, smoke, kethcup, charcoal brick, ripe plum, apricot -- everything one could hope for in a well-balanced English blend. There is also a certain spiciness suggesting the presence of cigar leaf.

Taste: Impressively heavy, which makes me imagine it might do well as a smoke later in the day. Flavors of charcoal and plumcake, creamy oatmeal, stewed barley porridge, lemon cake. Smooth and mellow, but with a finish rather bitterly dull, smacking of cigars and latakia.

Comparisons: Not as refined as the old Dunhill blends like No. 965 or London Mixture, but certainly better than the new Orlik-blended Dunhills and more refined than most other English blends available these days.

Bottom line: A nice well-balanced English blend with a bit of cigar leaf. English fanciers may not want to bother, but those who enjoy cigar leaf blends have precious few from which to choose. For those who want a cigar leaf blend that is mostly a nice mild to medium English, this may be the ticket.

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a change of pace smoke for me. I do not consider it an English blend. The overall effect of the smoke to me is light latakia and Havana tobacco. The Havana puts me in mind of a cigar, but does not taste like a cigar. It adds a certain roundness and mellowness to the flavor. I also pick up a bit of a neutral sweetener. The quality of all the components is first rate, and the flavor is unique. I have never tasted anything quite like it. I keep it on hand for when I want something very different and nothing else will do. I expect that when I run out, I will order more. Three stars and well recommended. Paddy.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1281)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Two days ago i opened a Mason Jar with Mogano, filled in december 2005.

Only one snif and i was rembered on the Wingate Mixture F&T 20 or 25 years back from now.

what a pleasure.

the description of the old Wingate ( best English + Havana ever )

A powerful blend of Virginia, Havana, Latakia and Perique-tobaccos. For less experienced smokers perhaps a bit too strong diet for connoisseurs, however, who like a strong English tobacco, it is a smoking experience of a special kind

Pipe Used: Ashton, Castello etc.

Age When Smoked: 1 - 8 years

Similar Blends: a tiny bit to the old F&T Wingate Mixture.

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f.j.tomas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
f.j.tomas (3)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Highly recommended mixture for lovers of cuban tobaccos! No, it is not a fine cigar but it's a medium-cut complex pipe mixture with some strength and velvet havana punch.

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DownSouth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DownSouth (8)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Creamy indeed! This is one tasty 'baccy !! I bought a pound (well, ok, 500g) 2 years ago and just opened the first jar last week, and whoa! Even better with age, this is one of my all time favorites! It is quality all the way. Unfortunately, it is a little pricy to have it shipped to the states, but I will save this one for special treats, and keep C&D's Billy Budd around for my every day cigar blend. This one gets my HIGHEST recommendation!

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I was pretty worried when approaching this tobacco, having read the previous reviews, expecting a really strong blend. At the beginning of the bowl I couldn't notice it, but the power builds up going down. The flavour is something you don't step into very often, really spicy and balanced; you can taste clearly both the latakia and the cigar leaf. I like to smoke a cuban cigar here and there, and love that earthy and leathery taste. A great blend.

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Redneck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redneck (15)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

I find this tobac to be very cigar-like in smell & taste. My wife & kids say 'yuk'. It burns dry, stays lit, and is easy to pack. One bowl a week is enough for me.

I would recommend this tobac to any ex-cigar smoker, but not to the main-stream pipe smoker.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Since I couldn't find this blend in the US, our friends @ SYNJECO in Switzerland were used via the net. I would class this one as a long ribbon cut of dark brown to black tobaccos with an ideal mositure content. The greenish/grey Havanna leaf is less prevalent but also obvious. The pouch and room aromas are strong; inviting to me, but objectionable to non-smokers. Even with a closed pouch, the aroma was sensed by others within 5'. This blend is the closest in taste that I've come to smoking a cigar in a pipe bowl. However, the added Latakia compliments the Havanna and the result is a rich but cool smoke that is consistent from bowl to bowl. However, pipes are infected with the flavors that last thru multiple bowls of other blends so dedicate a pipe or more to this one. Probably a mid- sized bowl is best since I found long smokes just too heavy and intense. Even after the nicely formed grey ash is emptied, the Havanna flavor is still quite pronounced on the stem. The packing and burning rate result in an effortless smoke. Although in the same vein as James Fox's The Bankers, this blend is even higher-test and too strong and powerful for me as a steady diet. However, after a meal, it's really enjoyable and the Havanna/Latakia taste lingers long after the pipe goes out. It is not suggested for a novice pipe smoker unless they are transitioning from cigars or plan to pass out.

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Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (90)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Well, this one from Schurch is quite a pleasant surprise...obtained via Synjeco (unbelievably fast shipping from Switzerland) amid a subtantive order of others I wanted to try. Yes, the cigar leaf is indeed a fair compliment to the Latakia, both playing back and forth. A good depth of flavor in the background at all times. Smooth, never harsh. I'm sure that I can actually detect when each individual Latakia leaf fires up: Foom! Latakia! Then: Cigar note...deep background...Foom! Latakia!...Cigar...deep background...Foom! Latakia! Well, enough of that, you get the idea. It's quite the interplay - and very, very well done. Agreed that it coats the tongue so a beverage is a wise accompaniment. BYO as I haven't found just the right one yet. Very high quality as with all Schurch I have tried. Not a mainstream for me but an 8 1/2 for me, for quality, success in achievement of a specific goal and in overall goodness.

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pmonroeb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pmonroeb (92)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Another winner from Schurch. I have read descriptions of various English blends with the addition of cigar leaf, but this is the first one I have tried.

Like other Schurch tobaccos, this is a rather wild cut and comes a little moister than I like. I knew I was going to like this one after just the first puffs. The cigar leaf complements the latakia very nicely. The only problem I had with this was that it tended to dry out my palate somewhat, so that I was having to wet down my mouth more often than usual with something to drink.

The flavor is big and unusual because of the cigar leaf. Burning qualities are excellent. The flavor builds near the bottom of the bowl, though there is not much variation of flavors. If you like strong latakia and want something a little different, give this a try.

Available from (Switzerland)

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tillmanj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tillmanj (73)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin Aroma: Mogano has a unique aroma in that it is a very 'dark' scent, but without the standard Latakia or Turkish overtones to make it so. This is likely the famed Havana leaf in the blend. The scent is vaguely fruity and vegetal, so I will hazard a guess that it is cased with some sort of herbal liquer.

Physical Characteristics: A very fluffy, long-cut ribbon. Mostly dark brown to black pieces, but a few lighter ones here and there. This blend packs easily, though needs some drying out first, for my taste. The burn is even and uncomplicated, leaving no dottle and a dark grey ash.

Notes: As a lover of darker, heavier blends, I am absolutely in love with this blend. I have dedicated my sole Tinsky pipe to it, and manage to smoke it just about every day, which is saying soemthing for a guy who usually keeps two dozen or os blends going at any time. Though the Latakia is not the prominent scent in the aroma, it is definately present in the smoking. That wonderful Latakia aftertaste is complemented very well by the Havana leaf, sort of like smoking a cigar, but not really. There are, however, moments during the bowl where I would swear that the taste is identical to a good Cuban cigar. The Havana and Latakia trade places numerous times during the course of a bowl, dancing back and forth around my tongue. This is a POWERFUL blend, and careless smoking could lead to a head-rush, and perhaps nausea in weak-stomached smokers. I would heartily recommend it to cigar smokers looking for a pipe tobacco with the punch and depth of a Cuban or Honduran cigar, and to anyone who loves deep, dark, powerful tobaccos. Smoke it on a full stomach!

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hoyodude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hoyodude (1)
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Pleasant

This is one of those blends that, when you try it for the first time, you say "Oh my god!" The flavor really lives up to the description in spades and then some. I have never smoked a blend that so perfectly matched what I was looking for as much as this one. I love a good Cuban cigar and I love a rich Latakia blend, this is the perfect marriage of the two. "Creamy" only begins to describe this stuff. I would also say "rich", "dark", "velvety soft", and "cool smoking". If this describes what you are looking for in a pipe tobacco, Mogano is home base for you. Personally, I can't wait till I have a large stash of this stuff. Nothing short of a pound will do.

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