|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|the_german (256)||Medium to Strong||None Detected||Medium to Full||Tolerable to Strong|
Bought on a day trip to the Netherlands to dip my toes into the waters of Dutch pipe tobacco, which has a rather different tradition from Germany.
Opening the roll-your-own-'baccy style pouch, this looks like pure Java leaf, the kind that goes into the better kind of Dutch cigars. Spicy, little sweetness in the aroma, sort of good and clean horse stables. The leaf is a fine, very long ribbon, medium-dark brown with a grey-ish tint to it. Due to the packaging, it's also rather dry, just right to be stuffed and lit straight out of the pouch.
This blend needs small, or at least very narrow, bowls, wants to be stuffed very tightly, and requires very slow sipping. Too hard a draw will have you choking--this is a very unforgiving blend! But if you can keep it under control, your smoke will be nice and spicy, with a gentle sweetness and a good amount of oomph. Keep properly tamped down at all times or it will go sour. A single match will get it going to a grey-ashes-only finish, not much variation, but solid flavour throughout, with a good touch of pepper in the second half. The room note is not everybody's darling, but I can savour it.
If you like the classic French blends (which are often described as old-style Dutch blends, for whatever reason), this probably is for you. It is old-fashioned, but to me, enjoyable. Aromatics smokers should look in a different direction, though.
Good enough for me to get another pouch whenever I'm in the Netherlands, and this can be used as a blending addition to spice up an overly bland VA.
Pipe Used: Kürle handcut, BC Marseille
Age When Smoked: 1 month
Purchased From: Tabak Specialist, Groningen, NL
Similar Blends: Somewhat similar to , Imperial Tobacco Group, PLC - Coopvaert.
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