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As Velvan Plug but with the international famous fruity sweet aromatic taste of Erinmore.

Notes: Discontinued Blend.

BrandErinmore
Blended ByMurray's
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
CutPlug
Packaging50g Foil Wrap
CountryUK
ProductionUnknown
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Medium
Flavoring
Mild to Medium, Strong
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
2.7
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BriarChef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarChef (100)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tobacco. Sharp objects. Fire.

What's not to like?

Slices and rubs easily. Plenty of airtime diminishes the flavoring to a tolerable level. Lights easily.

Flavor is fruity, but I don't feel compelled to put a pink paper umbrella in my pipe bowl. If there's any pineapple in here, it's MIA. Juicy Fruit? Maybe. Hawaiian Punch with Viagra side effects, if you get my drift.

Hard to believe that the Erinmore Mixture is related.

Good stuff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Darwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darwin (101)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have never understood the extremely negative reactions to Erinmore Flake, much less Erinmore Plug. The tobacco seems to be of very good quality and once the flakes or shavings from the plug are dried sufficiently the fruity top note is quite pleasant. Granted the flavor may not be for everybody, but the extreme reactions...? (See Bear's funny review of the flake.)

An earlier reviewer said he couldn't keep the plug lit. I shaved some slices from the plug and dried them in front of the space heater on this cold Christmas afternoon. Next I rubbed the flake out and loaded my Cavicchi flake pipe. The burn is perfect: slow and even. The flavoring is in the background of a moderately strong Virginia tobacco. The smoke is so smooth and rich with absolutely no tongue bite. I think the flavoring of the plug is less than the flake, but I have heard others disagree claiming the opposite.

If this were available in the US I would smoke this regularly. I prefer it to the flake. Keep in mind I love British scented flakes with Ennerdale Flake probably being my favorite. I'm even awaiting a friend to bring some Condor back from his Christmas holiday in England, so YMMV.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (125)
★★★★
Medium Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

KABOOM! Oh My! This has got it all. Well, not quite all. It does not possess that inimitable straight Virginia essence of Best Brown Flake or Full Virginia Flake. Instead, it engulfs your palate, nose and psyche with thick, sweet volumes of smoke that transport you to another plane. It is as if your equilibrium has been altered by a Sophia Loren lip lock. At first, I experience the distinctive flavor of Erinmore Flake raised to the sublime power. The smoke is warm and smooth, and you can draw clouds of it with ease and no bite. In the nose it tingles like a Monte Cristo #3. I smoked this in a Stanwell Royal Danish poker which I dedicate to Erinmore Flake, a luscious, long-time favorite. So the pipe was possessed with the Erinmore spirit, a wise choice in which to smoke this Irish Delight. I prepared the tobacco by paring the plug with my trusty Swiss Army Knife. It came away in bits and flakes about the size of small tea leaves. It packed easily. Right at the match the flavor soared beyond Erinmore Flake, and after six or seven puffs receded to a mellow, warm Virginia glow. This tobacco has entered into my regular rotation like Ingrid Bergman walking into my bedroom in a negligee. I am in love. Paddy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Podge Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Podge (2)
★★★★
Strong Very Strong Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

Murray?s Erinmore range provokes some strong opinions. On the one hand it is internationally popular and must have many thousands of devotees, and on the other hand it seems to provoke the great disdain of many in the on-line pipe-smoking community. The reasons for this are not hard to understand. It is very strongly flavoured, and it is infamous in its desire to remain in a pipe long after it has been smoked. It should be treated with caution then when first smoked, preferably being ?test smoked? in a cob or a pipe of little value to its owner.

Erinmore Plug could be considered to be the ?grandfather? of the Erinmore range. Plugs are a very traditional form of tobacco manufacture in which the leaf is pressed and cut to produce a hard block, which is then cut and rubbed to suit the preference of the smoker. Erinmore, like other Murray?s plugs, come in a sinister looking bar of approx 3x2x1 inches. It is wrapped in a sealed foil pack. Examination of the plug reveals a dark brown, shiny bar with small flecks of lighter leaf and stem. One assumes that a predominance of dark fired African leaf is used as the base.

Preparation involves slicing the plug across the grain, and rubbing to the desired thickness. For indoor smoking I usually rub fairly well, but for outdoor use the cut flakes can be packed directly into the bowl, if sliced reasonably finely.

Lighting is very easy, particularly if rubbed out, and then comes the famous taste, which is the subject of so much controversy! The flavouring is strong and very fruity. It is well known that pineapple is one of the main ingredients used, although I do not find it as pronounced as some others have commented. ?Juicy Fruit? flavour has been suggested by some, but again I feel this is a little bit over the top. It is possible to taste some pretty good quality tobacco under the favouring.

The aroma seems to be one of ?baking cookies?, and should be agreeable to many bystanders. The flavour and aroma last to the end of the bowl (even long after it!) and the nicotine content is relatively high. Erinmore Plug does not bite the tongue, although I suspect it might heat up if rubbed too finely. It burns dryly throughout. If you prefer natural Va flakes, you will no doubt hate this tobacco. I would however recommend it for those who prefer aromatic tobaccos and want to move away from more ?gloopy? drug store varieties. Whist providing lots of taste, it is not wet and the flavourings are not chemically derived. It will continue to have a place on my shelf as a happy break from the Lake District twists and flakes which are my staples, unlike Erinmore Mixture which is a very different beast altogether! Paul Campbell.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Fuzzypeg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fuzzypeg (9)
★☆☆☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I used to smoke this when I was living in Ireland as a very young man and it was a delightful smoke in every way. It is not made in Ireland any more, but on the continent somewhere, someone told me Rumania!

I bought the new foreign stuff, on the premise that there is no point in developing a liking for something which is no longer available. It looked similar, but proved both impossible to light and to keep alight. I cut it into ever decreasing pieces, but all to no avail. This is, unhappily, one to avoid, however romantic it may have been in the past. I ran out of tobacco this evening and reached for the remains of this stuff. It smelt and tasted like an electrical fire.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

If you are going to savour the legendary Erinmore, a favourite since c. 1920, try the plug (or, second best, the flake): that way, you will get the most undiluted and categorical impression of the exceptionally fine Virginia leaf used in this famous tobacco. Your opinion of the notorious topping will depend on your feeling for the tobacco itself. In the ready-rubbed formats, the flavouring overwhelms everything; not so in the plug (or flake), where the inside of the cake is comparatively shielded from topping.

In general, Erinmore is too strong, tobacco-wise, for the usual aromatic fancier; and the topping is too much?especially in ready-rubbed versions?for the echt-Tabak puritans. Unquestionably, the notorious fruity bouquet is a specialised taste: I find it floral, herbaceous and refreshing, when juxtaposed to the strong?and delicious?flavour of the plug tobacco. But I smoke it outdoors, in a small-bowled clay, and not often.

If you can keep it from cloying, this tobacco is CHANGE OF PACE writ large! At any rate, like near-death experiences and certain forms of asphyxiation, you can't conceive of it until you've experienced it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

farndog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
farndog (22)
★☆☆☆
Strong Extra Strong Overwhelming Very Strong

On the advice of a pipe smoking friend I tried some Erinmore. The tin aroma was a little much for me, but I trodded onward. Packing the pipe was pretty decent once the tobacco was prepared. Upon lighting I was met with a taste that I will describe as skunky. I don't know what flavor this stuff is supposed to be, but reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum. I made it about halfway through the bowl before becoming overwhelmed by the Juicy Fruit. Erinmore stunk up my pipe and I had to smoke some strong English tobacco in it before the Erinmore was exorcised.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.