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The art of pipe smoking is something that is highly individual and whichever type of pipe you like to smoke - be it a brandy, a billiard, or bulldog - and however you like to pack your pipe, the quality and blend of tobacco you choose is key.

Special Virginia is a hand crafted pipe blend of Virginia, Kentucky and burley tobaccos that can trace its origins back to as early as 1770. However you like to smoke your pipe, we hope you enjoy this high quality coarse cut ready rubbed blend with it's distinctive character, appreciated around the world.

Notes: In May 2017 the pack name changed to Special Virginia Ready Rubbed due to legislation, and now has Gallaher Ltd. on the pouch, although this is a subsidiary of JT international. Now in a pouch only as the tin was phased out.

BrandGallaher Limited
Manufactured ByJapan Tobacco International
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Virginia
FlavoringCaramel, Other / Misc
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Very Pleasant
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thesmoggypipester (52)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

As I have noted in the blend notes, this now has Gallaher Ltd on the pouch and is now called special Virginia ready rubbed due to new legislation.

Anyways this is the same stuff as it was when it was labelled Benson and hedges, a beautiful mixture of Kentucky, but let and Virginia with a caramel like flavour which when it is mixed with the tobacco, creates an almost ginger biscuit like taste and aroma.

Quite a mellow smoke, with a good dose of strength but it never overwhelms, it's a slow burner and although it is smokeable straight from the pouch I don't think a little dry time would be detrimental if that is your thing.

The room note is delicious, that ginger biscuit/caramel note transfers well into the room note as it does whilst smoking, either way the room note shouldn't offend even the most sensitive of company.

4 stars earned, perfect for when you want a nice medium smoke without a sledgehammer of strength and mildly aromatic.

Pipe Used: Falcon international with hunter bulldog bowl

Age When Smoked: New

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