|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DenizBeck (213)||Medium||None Detected||Medium to Full||Tolerable|
(For german readers, I have a review about this tobacco in german on the blog I'm writing with a fellow pipe smoker: http://tabak-pfeife.com/index.php/tabak/sonstige-tabak/26-motzeks-alte-hasen-plug )
"Kieler Freu(n)de Alten Hasen" was introduced in March '17 if I recall correctly, along with "Hallo Twist". And both are masterpieces, made from, and around Perique and Oriental leaf!
EDIT: As stated in the Note-section it was unavailable for 2 months an re-introuced in september 2017 with a "refined recipe"; it has changed only very slightly, but gained even more character and taste imho. This review is about the new, "refined" version, which is slightly less fruity and slightly more Oriental-forward than the former incarnation.
First thing to mention is the outstanding look of the plug.It has three stripes layered. In the center a totally black core, which is the Perique and I think the Black Cavendish is also spun into it, as there's no other black spots in the plug. The upper and bottom layer are from bright brown, with golden dots to medium brown. Not as dense as Salty Dogs Plug f.e., but not as loose as JackKnife Plug as a comparison. It doesn't crumble apart and flake slices can be cut easily. A joy to handle, a pleasure to look at, a magic smoking experience!
Taking a sniff on the plug reveals only a very decent scent of the typical Perique fruitiness with minor sourness to it. Sticking my nose real close to the plug I also perceive the ethereal, exotic and distinctive Oriental aroma.
It comes perfectly conditioned and is rather on the dry side compared to other plugs. It can be smoked rightaway, without developing too much moisture in the bowl. Some may prefer drying times from 30-60 minutes.
This plug has such a rich taste, and is multi-layered not only in appearance, but also in the taste department! Kieler Freu(n)de starts out with a bit of tartness, before the woody-dry, and mildly nutty very slightly sour, and richly ethereal Oriental kicks in to form a uncomparable melange with the lovely, decently fruity-sour and peppery taste of the Perique. The Virginias form a solid base by providing a slightly sweet quality and some hints of dark-bread by times. The Black Cavendish is a Chameleon and hard to find, I think it's spun into the Perique core, to enhance the natural fruitiness of the (excellent!!) Perique, as well as it contributes a "toasty/toasted" feeling to the smoke.
This is as natural as pipe tobacco can be. Even if Tom Darasz (Head and master blender of Motzek) wouldn't have told me that they only use natural things (Salt, Sugar, Water, Maple-Syrup, Vinegar, heat/cold to flavor and prevent mold. No chemicals added at all!) to process their tobaccos I would've guessed this is most natural pipe tobacco.
Alte Hasen shares similarites with "Acadian Perique" by Mac Baren, but just slightly. Acadian Perique also holds dark fired Kentucky, and definetly less Perique than "Kieler Freu(n)de Alte Hase". But they somwhat live up in the same alley I'd say.
Mellow, palatable and never overpowering, even tho it holds a decent share of Oriental leaf in it. Great entry tobacco for smokers who want to try Oriental-forward blends, and "Alte Hasen" of pipe smoking will love this blend for its digestible, mild, yet rich taste that can be enjoyed all day.
4/4 stars and I'd give more if it were possible. Really, anyone who likes Acadian Perique will love this. Anyone who's interested in Orientals and/or Perique should give this a go, it's excellent.
Pipe Used: Clay Pipes / dedicated Briar pipe
Purchased From: http://dein-tabak.de/index.php (Motzek)
Similar Blends: Somewhat in the same alley as, Mac Baren - HH Acadian Perique.
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