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The dark side of power. 50% dark fired Kentucky and 50% perique provide rich aroma and powerful spice. Still gentle and mild, almost velvety. Very rich, but never aggressive. Hand-spun and carefully baked for flavoring.

Notes: Comes in pouches of 100 grams, and [your] experience may vary from the pouch to pouch.

BrandMotzek
Blended ByTom Darasz
Manufactured ByMotzek
Blend TypeOther
ContentsKentucky, Perique
FlavoringNone
CutRope
Packaging100 grams pouch
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Very Full, Extra Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable

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DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (292)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

Toms Dark Twist is THE best tobacco I've had so far. Not one of them...THE best! I'm crazy about this tobacco.

As mentioned before the smell from the bag is like dung of body odors, especially when the tobacco gets a bit warm in the bag. Don't let that scare you! I've learnd if a tobacco smells bad, it will taste insanely good. Thats a rule to me so far!

The twist has lovely apperance, is hand-made from a bunch of rather young guys in Kiel, Germany. They offer a selection of tobaccos, that no-one offers anywhere. At least I don't know any other blend thats 50%/50% Kentucky & Perique. Or blends with 40% perique, a range of twists, plugs, crumble cakes and a bunch of curls. Which other pipe tobaccco company makes a selection like this? This is unique, innovative and foremost creative as hell! This is what the pipe market in Germany was missing, this is what stands out inbetween countless blends which are soul-less and mass-productions. They told me they only produce small batches of 10-15kg per blend. And every one of those blends is unique as it could be, hand crafted!

After a bit of drying time, the tobacco is rather easy to light and no hard work to keep lit, even tho some re-lights are needed.

Toms Dark Twist has a taste unlike any other blend. 50% Perique accompanied by 50% Kentucky. Thats it...And that's what it tastes like! Deep, woodsy notes of dark fired Kentucky with a few cigar-ish notes. Rich fermented taste of the Perique with a good amount of spice & pepper. Also a whiff fruit is to be noticed, that rounds the tobacco.

The taste is a bit inconsistent, as flavours may vary depending on how you pack it. The twist has black leafs on the outside and a brighter, medium brown core with lighter dots. But that's part of the experience. Flavours vary while getting through the bowl and keep the smoke from being one-dimensional or boring. It's always interesting and the range of flavours it offers is surprisingly and pleasuring.

Chapeau! THIS is tobacco to the true nature of tobacco. No fancy stuff, just honest, bold tobacco with bewitching flavours that will be a pleasure to any pipe smoker who likes a stronger and spicy tobacco.

4/4 stars! I'd give 10 if I could!

Edit: For anyone, who speaks german I have a more detailed review on this site: http://tabak-pfeife.com/index.php/tabak/sonstige-tabak/11-tom-s-dark-twist

Pipe Used: Clay Pipe

Purchased From: Motzek / TAK

Similar Blends: there is no blend like this, at least I don't know any. If you do, please inform me, too! ;-).

2 people found this review helpful.

Wallenberg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wallenberg (10)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Presentation is beautiful. A twist more than an inch thick featuring everything from blackish brown to golden.

The smell of the tobacco is very strong. It ranges from dung to body odors and you need to have an iron will to investigate further.

There's a live broadcast of a Korean car brand on Fox 10 and I don't care. I just had a bowl of this blessing.

I prepared this tobacco by cutting a slice off, then again cutting it into cubes and then rubbed it out. There was a cover leaf hanging off, very dark, so I assume it must have been pure Perique. This I ripped apart and mixed it into the bowl. Lighting was easy; I think it can take a tighter packing. Relights were necessary.

Enter the taste; this is a man's 'baccy for sure. Smoky, sometimes also cigar-leaf like Kentucky, always accompanied then yielding and taking back the foreground to and from the peppery and immensely tasty Perique.

For lovers of strong tobacco, this could be the pinnacle of blending. You must try this. You must also fasten your seat belts for the nicotine ride.

Don't make the mistake and think that this is just some Irish Flake with Perique or some Black XX rip-off. This tobacco should be as known to the world as them for its own right!

Pipe Used: Savinelli 601 "Long John" and other briars

Age When Smoked: few weeks after opening of the pouch

Purchased From: not purchased; a sample was given to me by a friend

Similar Blends: I don't know of any similar Kentucky/Perique blend. If you do, please let me know!.

2 people found this review helpful.

Spinflight Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spinflight (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Extra Full Pleasant

Took the plunge and ordered a death star's worth from TAK.. Which was quite an act of trust some ways as you need to do a bank transfer...

Arrived promptly a week ago and I've waited to do a review, and very much considered not doing one... To keep it to myself..

TDT was the first one I went for, cutting off a couple of slices.. Packing what seemed to be entire tobacco leaves into the bowl and lighting up. Seemed almost like an act of desecration as the twist itself is so beautiful to behold, and smell. Admittedly the first rope I've ever bought but...

Burns very cool, though is a pain in the whatnot as requires many relights... But tastes divine.

I thought I'd found my perfect tobacco with Nightcap though I now save my TDT for the sort of situations that nightcap is meant to be for. Late at night or as a special treat. Tastiest tobacco i've ever tried, quite a nicotine hit though sometimes feels like a hit per light as keeping it going can be a puff fest, though maybe I'm not drying it out properly first. Can be harsh on first light or subsequent but only for the first draw.

Taste wise it is thick, leathery, spicy and cool... I'm sure those with better palettes will detect plums, raisins and whatnot but to me it is exactly what I think strong tobacco should be.

I also bought Latakia revival, which is far tastier but a little less vic N than nightcap, Kieler Foerde, black gold and received a sample of moizo cake. All excellent in different ways.

Will be ordering more that's for sure. When Condor get's high stars on here one wonders what the limits of the rating system is but this is my absolute farourite and compared to the 1 1/2 packs of such which haven't been touched in a month it is food of the gods.

Pipe Used: Cheap basket pipe.. Darvil I think

Age When Smoked: 1 week

Purchased From: TAK

Similar Blends: Nowt.

1 person found this review helpful.

VBBill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
VBBill (6)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Pleasant

The rope looks beautiful. Darker leaves outside and brighter inside. The covering leaves sometimes a full leaf of Burley Kentucky tobacco. The rope is quite dense, it is easy to cut thin coins with a sharp knife and rub them by hand. The moisture level is quite high, requires a bit of drying before smoke. The smell is earthy, woody, leathery, with a hint of raisins and figs in the background. Once it is dried a bit, it is easy to pack and light. For me, the Kentucky dominates in the taste. Also, the nicotine level is quite high, but not overwhelming even without filter. The taste is very complex, you can discover new notes after each smoke. Gives a fair amount of smoke as well. At the last third of the bowl the peppery taste of Perique shows itself, giving a nice frame to the whole bowl. Leaves a fine white ash. Highly recommended after a big meal with a glass of Syrah. Not for beginners.

Pipe Used: Peterson Dublin Castle

Age When Smoked: 2 years

1 person found this review helpful.

Käpt`n Cook Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Käpt`n Cook (17)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I ordered Tom`s Dark Twist a few weeks before. As I got it I was happy about the nice looking, but a bit sad about the wet condition of the Twist. My first pipe I smoked was not really a great smoking pleasure. I decided to put it a few weeks beside to dry it a bit. Now, the Twist is a bit dryer and it burns very a well. It´s a strong Perique/Kentucky blend with a great taste. The sweetness and fruitness of the Perique is well balanced to the Kentucky leaf. A very well made twist, I like it more than the Lakeland twists, but for the daily smoke too strong. I would give it 3 stars because the twist was too wet and the taste is not soo complex I would wish.

Pipe Used: Bentley

Age When Smoked: 8 weeks

Purchased From: Motzek Kiel

1 person found this review helpful.