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A light-medium bodied blend based on bright and red Virginias, Cyprian Latakia, a bit of toasted black Cavendish, and just a touch of air-cured leaf. It offers an extremely smooth and balanced smoking experience that is soft on the palate, with a natural caramel-like sweetness and a comfortable, smoky complexity that is both familiar and new. A wonderful all-day blend, or an engaging change of pace from the heavier "English" styles. This tobacco was named after the lions head which appeared on the original Drucquer family crest, and which now graces our blend. - Gregory Pease

BrandDrucquer & Sons
Blended ByG.L. Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
Packaging3.5oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2254)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The base of the blend is the sugary, citrusy, lightly grassy bright Virginia, and the earthy, tangy dark fruit sweet red Virginias, which have a hint of vinegar and spice. The red is slightly more obvious than the bright. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia plays an important second lead to the Virginias. The spicy, raisin and plum perique is a background player. The toasted black cavendish provides a little caramel and brown sugar in a minor role. The nic-hit is mild to medium. The strength and taste levels barely reach medium. Won’t bite or get harsh. Well balanced with some complexity, it burns at an even, moderate pace, cool and clean with a smoothly consistent flavor all the way through. Requires few relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. The pleasant after taste and room note are short lived. An all day smoke with enough body to continually hold your interest without wearing out your taste buds.


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clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (103)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Passage of Time will definetly affect one's memory of something - So, While I remember this blend being a little Sharper in the Latakia department - this new incarnation rocks. A complex medium English that is absolutely delicious. There is a light sweetness that must come from the Virginia's used while the Latakia is just perfectly balanced. There are no Turkish Tobaccos that I can detect in this blend but you won't miss them. A really approachable mixture that seems to be perfect for the Fall. Highly Recommended.

Pipe Used: Wally Frank Bent

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

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Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (82)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

I found Red Lion to be an interesting English. The virginias carry the day with their sweetness forming the base. On top of that is a nice mix of Latakia and Perique giving it a smoky and fruity compliment. I don't get much from the burley which is hiding in there.

Easy to pack and light, I found that it burned really well and the different tobaccos each had a chance to shine as I smoked through the bowl.

A solid mix which I'd buy again.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: fresh to one year

Purchased From: Trade

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