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Cool, satisfying mild blend in the traditional style - rubbed out for ease of filling.

Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
PackagingBulk; 25g Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Rob Kimberley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rob Kimberley (4)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Firstly I can't agree with the constituent parts as listed above. Certainly no Latakia or Orientals. Virginia yes, plus the nutty flavour of Burley and a background sweetness of what tastes like honey. Not a bad smoke.

Pipe Used: Blakemar

Age When Smoked: New

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1194)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Craven Ready Rubbed. I decided recently to try a few more O.T.C blends, also to try and be as un-biased as possible and to not mark them deliberately low due to their "popularity". I start of my new O.T.C journey with Craven Ready Rubbed and immediately surmise "whatever it tastes like at less than £6.00 a pouch it's worth a shot"! The smell that comes from the mixture quite a tame aroma: I get an OK tobacco smell but in the background there is also a strange floral/falseness which is a little difficult to identify. The mixture comprises mainly longer pieces, a good few are over an inch in length! A good point is the hydration level: spot on! The moment I light it up I feel nonplussed as to what tobaccos I can taste, it seems to be a bit of a melange of flavours without any particular one taking the lead. Another of the few better points is the burn: an even one, leaving behind a white ash and not necessitating many re-lights. The smoke from Craven I find to be quite warm if pulled too hard, so gentle sips are needed to try to enjoy the flavour, although I find that to be a redundant exercise as there isn't much in the way of a discernible flavour there anyway! Vitamin N? Well this is quite formidable with nicotine so if you smoke for N then it will get a tick for that from you but if you are a flavour only smoker it will present some delinquency with its nicotine amount and lack of character! I'm glad I have tried this to broaden my horizons but now my horizon has been broadened will I smoke it again? No.

Pipe Used: Peder Jeppesen

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (122)
Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

A cool, satisfying, mild blend, eh? I'm here to tell you that Craven Ready Rubbed is a tobacco completely without character: one of the worst I've ever tried, and I've tried some beastly stuff over the years.

I bought a pouch of CRR in the vain hope that it might be something like the old Craven Mixture. It isn't. It really has nothing to be said for it: nondescript in every way - taste poor, room note poor, everything poor. There's no casing/topping that I can detect, but the tobacco itself seems to me just cheap and tasteless. Virginia, Latakia and Turkish? Sorry, I just don't believe that there is any kind of respectable tobacco in this horrible apology. You could smoke the fluff out of your vacuum cleaner and get about the same degree of pleasure and satisfaction.

My local Tesco always has Craven Ready Rubbed on the shelves, so there must be people who like it. Who can tell what will appeal to others and why? Personally, I can't imagine why anybody buys this dismal garbage twice.

Update (17th October 09): Well, I went back and had another stab at CRR, just in case, in my disappointment at finding that it's nothing like Craven Mixture, I had misjudged it. I hadn't. It's dreadful stuff, without body or flavour or any kind of distinction. To my mind - and I'm pretty tolerant, on the whole - it hasn't a single redeeming feature. Avoid, friends. Avoid at all costs: I wouldn't smoke this again to please a dying grandmother.

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bennyslattery Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bennyslattery (2)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Thick, unpleasant, rough smoke. In tobaccos without casing, the blend really needs to be well picked and flavoursome, rather than course, harsh and similar in taste to chewing on carpet. The pipe-tobacco equivalent of Drum.

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Carrot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carrot (13)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I bought a small pouch of this from my local supermarket here in the UK because I'd run out of tobacco which I normally order on line from a tobacconist. I chose this one because it came in small pouches and I only wanted a bit to tide me over till my order arrived through the post. From the start I did not like it. I found this stuff very harsh and dry. I smoke for my pleasure and relaxation but there was neither to be found here. I don't feel that great about writing such a negative review but there is nothing good I can think of to say about Craven ready rubbed. They sell it in supermarkets so I guess people buy it and enjoy it too, but it really was not for me. There are some great tobaccos out there but I personally feel that this is not one of them. If you are looking for something new to try I'd look elsewhere. This experience has put me off buying tobacco from supermarkets. I'll rely on tobacconists in future, they seem to stock the best products and have a good range. I will not be buying this again. If this was the only thing available in the shops I'd quit smoking altogether.

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