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Named for one of its most famous devotees, Sir Henry Irving, during the time he portrayed Mephisto in the London production of Faust, ca. 1885. The Devil's Own is a medium mixture with a wonderfully balanced taste and aroma. It is simultaneously somewhat sweeter and fuller than Inns of Court due to a greater proportion of golden Virginias and Cyprian Latakia. The addition of a little air-cured leaf and unflavored black Cavendish add body and richness to the smoke. - Gregory Pease

BrandDrucquer & Sons
Blended ByG.L. Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Virginia
Packaging3.5oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected, Extremely Mild
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2177)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Forming the base of the blend is the golden Virginias, which offer citrus and lemon, light sugar, some grass and spice, and a few pinches of toast and honey. The toasty, earthy, nutty, woody, lightly molasses sweet burleys also have a mild sharp note and rough edge in support. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is not quite the equal of the burleys in proportion, but is significant enough to be just a little more than a condiment. The brown sugar, toast and slight caramel from the unflavored black cavendish adds a little smoothness in a minor role. The nic-hit is mild to medium. The strength and taste levels are medium. It won’t bite or get harsh, though the aforementioned rough edge will be a little more noticeable to a fast puffer. I recommend a moderate smoking cadence, especially as this blend does gather just a little more strength in the last third of the experience. A fairly complex blend with a slight inconsistency in its rich, deep, clean, sweet and savory flavor, it burns at a reasonable pace with few relights from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl. Has a pleasant woody sweet after taste, and a pleasant to tolerable room note. Not quite an all day smoke.

9 people found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (61)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I remember the Drucquer blends from years ago though , living in new York , I seldom was able to smoke them . While re-issues can never be exact because we simply do no longer grow the same tobacco in the same fields, this smokes relatively close to the original . Devil's Own seems to be Virginia forward blend with burley and latakia present , though as minor players . The Virginia is fine cut and of the golden type . The quality of the Virginia is decent as are all of the included tobaccos . Though a minor player , the latakia is a definite presence .The burley gives the blend a bit of extra body . The fine cut of the tobacco causes to smoke a little hot down the bowl if puffed to hard. I found this to be a " woodsy" smoke reminding me of a fall day in New England . Going deeper into the bowl I noticed a sharper , more pungent taste . This is a complex tobacco very suitable to an afternoon walk or a quiet evening on the patio . I am in debt to Greg for making these classic blends available to us again . This seemed to me like a labor of love and we are , as smokers , embellished by his effort .

5 people found this review helpful.