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A rich blend of pipe tobacco for a mature, satisfying smoke.

BrandBenson & Hedges
Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50g Tin
CountryDK
ProductionUnknown
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Mild
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Pleasant
2.1
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Kentishman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kentishman (5)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Pleasant

Oh dear. Living where I do without a decent local tobacconist I have had to resort to newsagent or supermarket tobacco on occasion. And this was one of those times. At the tesco metro it was this or st Bruno so I thought give it a go. Really sweet and gloopy virginia and little else. I learnt a lesson I should have learnt much earlier. Make sure you have some pipe tobacco a home and don't run out. All British supermarket options are xxxx. And the price difference to your favourite smoke is minimal. Not just a review for this tobacco. Avoid everything from a supermarket or newsagent.

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?pe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
?pe (41)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

"A rich blend of pipe tobacco for a mature, satisfying smoke" eh? I wouldn't describe it as rich or mature (whatever THAT means), but it is pipe tobacco and it is comforting, and may even be described as satisfying.

This is a classic British newsagent pouch tobacco. It's less strong than Condor or St Bruno, but the clue was in the title, it's mellow.

Perhaps some here might feel that "Recommended" is too generous as this tobacco is nothing unusual or special. But isn't that exactly the point of this tobacco? For a mellow unassuming pouch tobacco it doesn't put a foot wrong, and just because it's mellow that doesn't make it bland.

1 person found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (111)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was one of the first tobaccos I tried, I found it a bit rough and thought it was down to me not packing or smoking it properly. After doing the rounds with a few other tobaccos, I came back to it and gave it another go and wasn't impressed.

The aroma in the packet aroma is reasonably pleasant though nothing special. Lighting and packing is easy too. It's there that the troubles start. Even with filters in the bowl and stem, the flavour is, at best, okay and descends reasonably quickly into that rough bitter taste that cigars often reveal towards the end of their smoke. Without the filters, I get about two good puffs before descending into bitterness. I get not so much tonguebite as tongue three course meal and my lips feel so swollen and numb that they feel like Lesley Ashe after her botched collagen treatment. Also, the gurgling from the bowl suggests that this is a very damp smoke, not a pleasant sound when I'm trying to chill with my pipe.

Okay, so I admit I am still an inexperienced pipe smoker, so might be packing it wrong or suchlike, but considering this is the only tobacco I've not enjoyed thus far and the only one where I've thrown away a half full packet, I see no reason to try this again.

Update: 14/02/2013

Strange that I find that myself reviewing this again. I only bought 25 grams of this recently as it was a week before payday, only a fiver left in my pocket and was in desperate need of some of the naughty leaf. I was in my local shop having just topped up my electricity key and espied this on the shelf. In my hour of need, I took the plunge and thought "What the hell! At least it will give me something other than money to worry about.".

After finally getting home, I thought I'd best tuck in. The packet aroma was as nice as I remember from the first time, it was the best bit of it back then if I rightly remember. A little trepidation crept in as I whacked it in the pipe and lit up. A hint of pleasure and pleasant surprise as tasty wafts of toffee arraigned themselves upon my taste buds and nostrils as I sat back and chilled out. There's also something else there, something akin to a milder Condor Green. The flavour continued throughout most of the smoke only getting a little rough towards the end. There was only the slightest hint of tonguebite at the bottom of the pipe and none of those numb lips either.

Although my original review was right at the time of going to press, I can't help thinking a lack of both experience and a certain physical tolerance to the vagaries of pipe smoking played a part in my lack of enjoyment of this and some other tobaccos. With a bit of hindsight, wisdom and experience I am now in the process of correcting some of these. My correction here then, is that this is a good, solid, earthy smoke, perhaps a little brother of Condor Green. At some point I look forward to getting a full 50g of this so I can enjoy its worthy three star delight.

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Quoll Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Quoll (17)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Easily available as a newsagent/supermarket/corner store product in the UK. Branded Benson & Hedges (a cigarette brand) and made by Gallagher I think.

For a 'high street' tobacco I find it OK. Pouch presentation is a coarse ready rubbed with a distinct caramel topping. First light is easy and I get a biscuity flavour over the tobacco. The tobacco itself does make itself known though - medium nicotine and some earthy Virginia flavours. Overall though, I am left with a slightly coarse, cheap impression. I suspect this isn't really high quality stuff. Popular with my (non-smoking) other half though.

For me, this is fine in small doses, but could not be a regular all-day smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

Noodle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noodle (4)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

I bought this as I wanted to try a few of the easily found brands and the tesco just a mile away has it. First off I can't rate room notes as I'm an outdoor smoker and have no sense of smell. Moving on inhaling over the tobacco gives a faint creamy vanilla 'taste' and that is the highlight. It smokes like there is very little there and I ended up throwing it into rolling tobacco every now and then which once it's dry and crumbled a bit it works fairly well. In pipes though no it's not great it's bland insipid stuff. Buy if it's all they have but don't go looking for it

Pipe Used: Pre republic Pete system, mm Great Dane spool

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Tesco

Similar Blends: Fresh air.

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jimmy2shirts Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jimmy2shirts (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I had overlooked this tobacco because of the many negative reviews on this site. Then I was in the tobacconist and a man before me bought a pouch, so spur of the moment I got one too.I found it a very pleasant, nicely burning, easy going and tasty tobacco. An all day smoke.Will be in my rotation.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Maccas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Maccas (6)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Not for me - tasted of cheap cigarettes, I have watered this down with a cherry cavendish to get through it. Would not buy this again.

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TheRunningPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheRunningPiper (5)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

As somebody who is relatively new to pipe smoking,i am about to write my first review.This was one of my very first tobaccos and it would be fair to say it did not leave any great impression on me.The pouch is very interesting as they always come with a picture and information on various pipes,shapes,country of origin etc, but for me thats about as interesting as it gets.The smell from the pouch is quite sweet...almost like a mixture of jam and some not so pleasant chemical of sorts, something akin to the smell of some hair dye that you will get from the bathroom when the fairer sex are sprucing themselves up for a night out.It loads very easy and stays alight quite well.The quality of the tobaccos is fine and it does have a not so bad mild aromatic aroma to it. I could never say though that i would be likely to buy again,it is what it is.A middle of the road tobacco,that will do the job,but for me...not one i will stock up on...in saying that i did think it allright..worth a try.

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garydobbs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
garydobbs (15)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I picked this up because I was stuck away from home and it was the only variety of tobacco I could find. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it because I've read so many indifferent reviews, but I found this a pleasant and quite enjoyable smoke. In the pouch it smells of apples and did have a fruity taste when smoked, though the taste didn't last down to the bottom of the bowl. At first I experienced some tongue bite but found this was less of a problem after a few bowls. It's one to be smoked gently rather than quickly and when the smoke is allowed to travel around the mouth the taste is rather special. It's not the best of the easily available brands but it's certainly not as bad as some are claiming.

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Raffles Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raffles (11)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The more I smoke this, the more it grows on me. I find it burns better with some drying, after which you can pretty much take it down to the so-called "fine white ash". The flavour seems just fine to me all the way to the bottom. There's a peppery effect mid-bowl, which can be mistaken for bite, but isn't. Otherwise, it appears so mild and well-mannered, you can easily be caught by the sting in the tail! Am I the only one to find this tobacco deceptively strong?

One benefit of using a Falcon pipe is that inspection of the condensate is made easy. Dried MV produces no more than an average amount of moisture. For a tobacco that produces a prodigious amount, try Haunted Bookshop. If anything will set your cheap briar a-gurgling, that one will!

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Philosopher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philosopher (27)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This was the first tobacco I smoked in a pipe back in 1983, and I think it is a good one: can't see why so many don't rate it. It's a nice toffee sort of flavour, doesn't bite easily, and is altogether very pleasant.

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jeffo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jeffo (17)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

i like this when i take my dog about 5/30 i have a smoke listen to the birds this is one of them tobaccos that is nice to start the morning off then i like my condor

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Vathek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vathek (6)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I agree with others who have noted the peculiar Jekyll & Hyde way in which this one starts out as a rather nice mild smoke but then becomes quite nasty. It is the only pipe tobacco sold by my local newsagent; and it is a pity that a blend that is quite widely available is not better quality. Good enough for an emergency, I suppose, but I would recommend only ever smoking half-way through the bowl.

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Gilthoniel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gilthoniel (25)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

After a trip to the UK I noticed that if a newsagent only stocks one pipe tobacco, it will be this one, so I thought I'd try it out.

I must say that in my opinion it is nowhere near as bad as some say; I actually find it a pleasant mild smoke with a proper 'Grandad' room note that reminds me of going to watch Bradford City at Valley Parade when I was young, and sitting behind a pipe smoker. Slightly vanilla scent in the packet, not much in the smoke, which is fine by me. I doubt I'll buy it again since I have to get all my tobaccos by mail normally and I prefer tins, but I'll finish the packet happily. Three stars!

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Carrot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carrot (13)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

This tobacco reminds me of chewing gum. It starts off with a pleasant flavour then soon becomes bland and insipid. This is a blend and not as the name indicates a Virginia tobacco. There is Virginia in it but there is also other stuff too.

Once the lovely sticky toffee flavour has worn off you are left with a very mediocre tobacco. There is none of the blending skill you find in quality blended tobacco. I think part of the reason for this is that they have used very average tobaccos to go in the blend. This is not the worst tobacco I've tried but is sure is not the best by a long way. The good thing about Mellow Virginia is that it's cheap and readily available. If I was to buy a supermarket tobacco I'd buy something else. If the topping lasted the whole bowl I'd give it more points but it doesn't so I wont. All in all a disapointing smoke, not recommended, there are far better tobaccos out there.

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Archo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Archo (6)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

You know Mellow Virginia actually starts off pretty well. In fact the first quarter of the bowel is an extremely affable affair. The tobacco is of the rough cut variety. It handles well and lights easily enough. With the first few puffs you discover a sweet almost vanilla like flavour. There's a wonderful mildness about the tobacco and as you progress towards the high water mark of the smoke you begin to seriously consider this as your new all day companion.

It's the moment you pass the quarter mark that problems start and boy do they start with the rapidity of a peeved off tornado. Suddenly the delightfully sugary flavour evaporates and is replaced a bitterness which is stomach retching in its intensity. This lasts for the reminder of the bowel and gets its worst. Yes it is actually possible to go beyond gut retching. I suspect this foulness is because as this point in the smoke the casing is used up and the cheapness of the tobacco reveals itself. Nasty, nasty stuff.

All in all the last three quarters of bowel was without doubt the most horrendous smoke of my life. Even though this tobacco is readily available in most supermarkets in the UK and Ireland, my advice is to avoid unless your tongue delights in having a trowel load of hot ash plastered over it. I'll very reluctantly give this blend two stars but only because enjoyable start.

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Stewiebob69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stewiebob69 (7)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Pack smell: Old fashioned toffee note

Flavour & Taste: a bit like sticky toffee pudding with a slight 'soapiness' - not in league with Condor original though (wich made me feel sick). Needs to be smoked gently to taste the flavour and not get that harsh bitterness of ash lower down in bowl.

Room smell: sweet toffee aroma (possibly a bit sickly), not the richer molasses & peaty smell of St Bruno.

Had some St bruno left but not enough for a full bowl, so mixed some Mellow Virginia with it. It was quite pleasant. Fuller flavour, not as sweet & sickly as MV alone.

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MickMc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MickMc (3)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

Not on my Desert Island list, sickly overwhelmingly sweet aroma from the pouch. Tastes very mild, but tolerable for perhaps the first ten minutes. However, tends to make pipes go wet, and after the first ten minuted the tobacco itself turns sour.

Not good....

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paddy1981 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
paddy1981 (4)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

An easily available leaf but thats about its only strength. Its room note is very sweet and almost sickly especially to others in the room. It needs to be re-lit often and with 1/2 to 1/3 of a bowl left it taste dreadfully ashy. My recommendation is hold out and buy a better quality tabacco.

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Daggers62 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Daggers62 (18)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I found this one to be very similar to St. Bruno in texture if a little lighter.

Once lit I get some very sutble flavours of caramel which makes for a very pleasant smoke. As has been said, the further down the bowl this gets it starts to turn bitter and ends up being nasty.

It is a real shame because it starts so well.

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Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Like a good few others I too smoked quite a bit of this about 10 to 15 years ago. I must admit that whenever I smoked Condor or St Bruno, I got given a load of grief from SWMBO...so taking the route of least resistance, I usually ended up with this.

As I remember it though, it wasn't half bad actually and like another reviewer I wonder if the recipe has been changed or the standard of tobacco diminished. For one thing the flavour seemed to last to the end of the bowl...which it doesn't appear to do today. Smoked gently, it starts off well enough and lasts maybe to the last third of the bowl and then goes a bit sour and ashey. I'm quite sure that it's the topping not lasting, and once it has gone, the cheap tobacco reveals itself.

Shame really: if Imperial/Gallaghers/Whoever took a bit of pride in what they produced and not just set out to make the cheapest crap that they can get away with, with the punters; this tobacco could become a nice little number again.

As it is, it's just about tolerable...well no...it's tolerable...but could be a lot better.

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DEN-C1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DEN-C1956 (26)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

i was very disappointed with this pipe tobacco but to be fair i did buy a few packets of it, but there was no kick to it,no room note to shout about,i was glad when i finished the packs and moved on.never again will i buy this tobacco. update....the fool that i am i bought a pouch of this stuff again after a very long layoff,i said i would never buy this tobacco again..well i let my guard down and i bought some...let me say that mellow virgina has changed.....i will repeat that..mellow virgina has changed....but not for the better..in fact is worse..a lot worse than it ever was,its more bland than i care to remember it as it was years ago..please dear reader...leave this alone..i hate the stuff.and i mean it this time...never will i buy it again.

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (111)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a mild Virginia, roughly rubbed out, with what I'm inclined to call a trite, unsubtle vanilla/caramel/malty topping. It used to be available as a flake, but I don't think this is still true (in the UK, at least). It's an easily-available supermarket/drugstore brand, mild, with not too much vitamin N, and quite a pleasant room note.

Several people that I've known over the years have adopted MV as an all-day smoke. It's certainly unassertive, and it won't weary you in the way that more robust and demanding tobaccos can. Like several other reviewers, I've noticed that MV tends to deteriorate in quality as you go down the bowl. DGT fails to deliver its customary reward, too: re-lit, MV comes across as hot, tasteless and ashy. Personally, I don't care much for the vanilla-type flavour, and the product as a whole leaves me with the impression of something a bit cheap and third-rate. My suspicion is that the topping is there to gussie up a somewhat low-grade leaf.

Let me try to rank MV in relation to other UK supermarket tobaccos, though. On the one hand, if it's a choice between MV and St Bruno or Three Nuns or Player's Whiskey, don't go for MV. On the other hand, MV is far, far superior to either of the Craven abominations; it has more character and body than the contemporary version of Gold Block; it smokes better than Clan (cooler, and without the mannerisms of flavour and room note); and it's nothing like as strong as the Condors. I don't notice that MV bites worse than most other Virginias will, either. The secret is not to rush, and not to smoke it when it's too dry.

As supermarket brands go, MV is all right, even if no more than all right. Availability is its strongest point. I'd give it two and a half stars if I could. Somewhat recommended: if you're stuck, it's a decent stopgap; MV is by no means a tobacco of distinction, but it's not bad for what it is.

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21stcenturyphantom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
21stcenturyphantom (1)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Perhaps its because I'm a novice and I've only just started smoking a pipe and this is my first tobacco..but I find this tobacco pretty disappointing. The pouch aroma is pleasant although I am sure it smells vaguely chemical to me, the sort of smell a cheap cigarette gives off. Upon lightning a bowl it is very mild and uncomplicated and can be quite pleasant to smoke requiring little attention to keeping it lit etc. But then in the last half of the bowl this all seems to change..no matter how I smoke this it just seems to give me horrible tongue bite, burn the roof of my mouth and leave my throat feeling jagged. A disappointment because like I said, the first half is very nice to smoke. I have smoked about half the pouch and on 2 occasions dumped the bowl and wasted product because the mouth burn was just THAT bad. I wouldn't recommend.

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Plunket Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Plunket (39)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Interesting reviews below: this is available to me on every street corner, which is why I avoid it like the plague, especially when there is much more to offer in London.

Benson & Hedges of Bond Street were once a force to be reconed with in pipe tobaccos and for a number of years I enjoyed smoking both their Cut Plug and Virginia Flake. As a note of interest, Orlik still blend a virginia flake under the B & H brand

Sadly, MV is now delivered by Gallaher and it's not as it was when first launched B & H; it's harsh, insipid and unpalatable.

No recommendation here - It would need to be the last in existance, before I could contemplate the thought of a purchase.

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (96)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Blend did they say ? but with what I ask ? all I get is gob fulls of soap a burnt tongue and pallate, it doesn't smell bad in the pouche (where it should be left) lights easy and burns well, the tobacco, your tongue roof of mouth and tonsils if you have them, if this is B+H's attempt at an English lakeland soap then they would have done better to leave out the kerosene topping. This is an easily available offering in England and there are those who do like it, I for one many years ago, oh how times change. Count me not amongst their ranks today. I just can't beleive this is recommended for new pipe smokers, it must be some sort of test.

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
★★★☆
Medium Strong Full Strong

This is my second EDIT and I up it to 4 STARS. This is by far the best packet/pouch baccy I have ever smoked, I can only buy it back in Dublin at ?6.50 for 25grms....I shall be stocking up regardless of price next time when I'm back in the fair old city. This is a Lakeland perfume blend, this will ghost a pipe worse that the sweetest vanilla aromatic you've ever smoked. I still give it four stars, why? Well I like a wee bit of English soap, but for me the definitive English soapy VA is Irish Flake by Peterson's of Dublin, ironic or what! A wee pinch of this into Irish flake - I have yet to try, but it just might be one of the most amazing smokes I've ever had. Mild on nicotine, max on lakeland perfume, little tongue bite...and I just wish the Dutch could appreciate a good English soapy...but alas no, that would require them to think outside the box..and that is never possible. I have a source for St. Bruno in Naarden...another famous standard English lakeland....I will buy a few tins of that one too.

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Scottish Steve Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scottish Steve (14)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Mild Tolerable

"A rich blend of pipe tobacco for a mature, satisfying smoke" ? DO NOT MAKE ME LAUGH! This is horrible stuff. I used to smoke MV a long time ago and either its got really really bad or I was a complete pillock then. I smoked two half-bowls of this and threw the rest away. It tastes of perfume, has no nicotine and the texture of the "tobacco" itself is wierd and unsettling. Stay away from it. (the only supermarket blend I've tried that I rate is St Bruno, which seems honest and of real quality. It's just a shame I don't like Cavendish)

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Bigbadbun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bigbadbun (2)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I picked up my 25g pouch of Mellow Virginia at a local supermarket. As noted by other reviewers, it is indeed a commercial offering, which explains why it is stocked in most supermarkets here in the UK. As an aside, it is produced by Gallaher, who also make copious amounts of cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco.

Anyway,

Appearance: a well-rubbed out brown-gold tobacco, with a few small 'chunks' of flake.

Pouch Aroma: rich, caramel-like, fruity and sweet. It is not unlike Amber Leaf hand-rolling tobacco, however, that Gallaher offering is much more acrid and acidic in aroma.

Packing and lighting: it is easily packed, lights easily and, moreover, stays lit reasonably well.

First half of the bowl: a mild-medium strength with a flavour of caramel and stewed fruits. Delicious!

Second half of the bowl: oh, what a change! The tobacco becomes stale and bland, not unlike over-chewed chewing gum: you still get hints of sweetness, but the overall flavour is close to zero. It remains mild-medium in strength and I wonder if the staleness is due to the burn-off of the delighful flavouring, leaving an insipid base tobacco. It leaves some dry dottle.

To sum up: cheap-ish, widely available and pleasant enough for a commercial product (cf. Gold Block). I just wish the flavour would last.

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tockus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tockus (3)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

For an easily obtainable tobacco (in U.K.) this is quite good. Mild to Medium strength with a pleasant room note. Seems a bit 'sweetish' at first. With present litigation who is going to notice the aroma anyway, apart from your nearest and dearest!

Tried it in briars, cherrywood and corn cob, and good in all of them. Cheap enough to experiment with and recommended.

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Not at all bad! Mellow Virginia is rather a decent tobacco, to my palate at least bearing some resemblance to Stokkebye virginias, with a biscuit like taste. The nicotine content is satisfactory, the room note quite pleasant and light and the flavour simple without being boring. It is a trifle heavy on the stomach, otherwise it would make an excellent first smoke of the day. It would be a mistake to write it off as being negligible. Well worth a try.

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ROMMER Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ROMMER (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant

Thank god for this tobacco. Unlike nearly all of the pipe tobaccos youre going to come across who claim to be 'mild' this one actually is and that is a rare thing indeed. If like me you are quite sensitive to harsh tobaccos then this little beauty could be the answer. A cool clean smoke with a pleasant aroma that does not leave any nasty lasting taste. The sort of thing you can smoke all day and not really notice a after taste. A good, cheap, well burning and reliable brand. Go for it. And I dont work for em either :)

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ex20adayman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ex20adayman (30)
★☆☆☆
Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

I was looking for a mild, readily available, virginia to break in a new pipe I recently bought. Read the reviews on this and thought it might fit the bill. Wrong.

Smoked in the new pipe it was tolerable at best. Initial taste a bit like Dunhill EMP I thought but that was where the similarity ended. The rest of the bowl was unpleasant - smoked hot and harsh IMO. In order to not discount the tobacco completely I smoked two or three bowls in my regular virginia pipe and amazingly it tasted worse than in the new pipe!

To add insult to injury the wife thought I had been smoking fags again such is the aroma this tobacco gives off - that'll be the B&H touch no doubt!

Not recommended, try St Bruno or Three Nuns if you're wanting a smooth readily available UK virginia.

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Air Commodore Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Air Commodore (8)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I used to smoke this regularly in my youth. It has changed and is not the same as it was 24 years ago. It used to have a lovely caramely taste and very sweet aroma. I find it quite harsh now and gives a hot smoke.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Mild Virginia is an excellent choice when looking for a cheap, uncomplicated smoke. In spite of its name, it has nothing to do with the bygone excellent Benson & Hedges pipe tobaccos, such as Cut Plug, Sullivan?s Mixture or the wonderful Original Virginia Flake (IMO one of the best tobaccos there ever was).

This is a more commercial product, blended by Rothmans or Odgen?s of Liverpool, and together with St. Bruno, Clan, and Erinmore, it can easily be found in any news stand or Deli, anywhere in England. Ready rubbed, the tobacco is mainly light brown, with some darker strands thrown in, very soft and silky (not syrupy). It is easy to pack, it tends to burn cool, and it has a nice, nutty flavour. The room aroma is quite agreeable (to the point that non smokers would actually praise it) and subtle, dissipating quickly. For more experienced smokers, this tobacco would be a trifle bland, and not at all a memorable smoke. Then again, it is an excellent choice for beginners.

Think of it as an upgraded Gold Block, or the English version of American drug store blends.

(N.B.: for some reason my Tantric ID was obliterated from my review, the first one for this tobacco, so I have posted it again)

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Capulet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capulet (8)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This was my first tobacco, being extremely popular with the pipe-smoking fraternity in the UK. The smoke is clean, uncomplicated but not drab, a little bit of tongue bite with it.

Anyone starting out, this is a cheap good all-rounder.

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Deleted Account (523)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Mild Virginia is an excellent choice when looking for a cheap, uncomplicated smoke. In spite of its name, it has nothing to do with the bygone excellent Benson & Hedges pipe tobaccos, such as Cut Plug, Sullivan?s Mixture or the wonderful Original Virginia Flake (IMO one of the best tobaccos there ever was).

This is a more commercial product, blended by Rothmans or Odgen?s of Liverpool, and together with St. Bruno, Clan, and Erinmore, it can easily be found in any news stand or Deli, anywhere in England. Ready rubbed, the tobacco is mainly light brown, with some darker strands thrown in, very soft and silky (not syrupy). It is easy to pack, it tends to burn cool, and it has a nice, nutty flavour. The room aroma is quite agreeable (to the point that non smokers would actually praise it) and subtle, dissipating quickly. For more experienced smokers, this tobacco would be a trifle bland, and not at all a memorable smoke. Then again, it is an excellent choice for beginners.

Think of it as an upgraded Gold Block, or the English version of American drug store blends.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I recently ordered this one from across the pond along with some St. Bruno and Mick McQuaid. It comes in a pouch, is ribbon cut and easy to load and smoke. And while, as the above reviewers indicate, this is a milder type of smoke it is not bland. (Not in the American sense anyway.)

I rather enjoyed the unique taste of this Virginia/Burley mix. Just a hint of some discreet flavoring made the experience even more enjoyable. B&H Mellow Virginia burns cool, does not bite and leaves a rather dry dottle. I certainly shall order another pouch in the future. Perhaps not as elegant as the blue blooded St. Bruno and Mick McQuaid, but still, a dadgum nice batch of weed for this simple country boy.

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Bluebottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluebottle (18)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

A rich and (surprise, surprise) mellow VA blend, thinly cut could possibly be hand-rolled. No surprise since here in GB B&H are most famed for their cigarettes anyway. I found a tendency to burn hot - but I'm used to cooler Cavendish blends, so probably puffed too hard! Sweet and very nice room note - that pipe smell, very traditional. Obvious choice for regular student smoke here in GB due to low price and extremely good availability...

Packs and lights with the ease normally associated with ciggies or cigars. Could become a staple in my tobacco diet due to above reasons.

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Flatcap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flatcap (7)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Tolerable

One of the most readily available 'ready-rubs' here in the UK. I would echo Tantric's review above, to the letter. For the novice its a reassuring blend, which adds confidence by lighting (and more importantly staying lit!) easily and offering no hint of harshness or the dreaded tongue-bite. But as your tastes develop I'm sure like me you will find this bland and uninspiring. Still if you're on the road and miles from your favourite pipe shop it's better than total abstinence.

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