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"Finally he smokes again, thank god!" as Wilhelm Busch said it. Ripe Virginia, perique and black cavendish with a decent "English" touch in the background, are processed to cubes, ready rubbed and loose cut and then are combined. A delicate sweet licorice casing is added to make for a mild, full-bodied smoking experience, as lovers of natural pipe blends like it.

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BrandDan Tobacco
Blended ByDan Tobacco
Manufactured ByDan Tobacco
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringLicorice
CutMixture
Packaging50 grams tin, 250 grams bag
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Extremely Mild, Medium
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Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant
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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (269)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Opening this tin, the tin note has just a hint of the advertised liquorice, but some fruity wine-y notes, too: good Virginia. The top note is not overwhelming, but quite present. Inside the tin is a really wild cut—I would go so far as to call it a „weird cut“—with large cubes, ready rubbed, some flake scraps and medium ribbon. Colours range from bright yellow highlights through reds, browns to a goodly amount of black: both Black Cavendish and Latakia.

The flavour is sweet, with enough spice to offset, and thanks to the wild mix of cuts remains interesting, with one or another of the individual components popping up in force every now and then, to gently retreat into the overall experience. The room note, incongruously, is more of toffee than liquorice, but quite good.

Lighting may be a little tricky, depending on what ends up near the top of the bowl after stuffing, but once it burns you’re in for a good, calm smoke. For an aromatic, this is top notch, though I end up with a rather large amount of dottle that I cannot relight no matter how, and that is my only niggle with this blend. Recommended, but use your larger bowls.

Pipe Used: Passatore Splendida Oliva, MM cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

Purchased From: DanPipe

3 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (291)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Intriguing looking and smelling tobacco. Fine cubes, some ready rubbed parts and ribbons. Black, brown, gold... as well as a appetizing aroma. I don't really get licorice from it, but a fruity note. Reminds me of HU's Red Sparkle, which is also said to have a licorice flavoring and smells exactly the same as Fred the Frog does. I start to belive it's the same flavoring-agent used.

Besides the fruiy flavoring, I get some honey, sweet Virginias, as well as hints of Latakia.. that's what's ment with "english touch". But really just a touch of Latakia, this will also appeal to smokers who don't like Latakia, or only like Latakia as a very small condiment in their blends (like me).

Grabbed my clay and filled it, handling is a joy and easy. Just grab a pinch, gently stuff it into the bowl, let gravity to the work. Don't pack too tight, it'll burn slow and cool due to the various (well crafted) cuts.

On first light I immediatly noticed a whisp of Latakia, but in a very pleasant way! Some smoky, spicy undertone that seasons the rather natural taste of this blend. Sweet Virginias, with honey, some fruit-notes and minor earthy qualities. The Perique is only a tad more present than the Latakia and in interplay with it, it creates a smoky, peppery and delicious spice, that is rather mellow, but pleasant! It may also contribute to the fruity feeling. Whilst I noticed a fruity flavoring in the tin aroma, there's none to be found in the taste! Either it's so light handed applied, that it's just for the room-note, or blended so skillfully, that it really only underscores the natural fruit qualities of Virginia and Perique.

Creamy smoke, with pleasant spice, decent, buter never overpowering sweetness. Very well blended, I like this! One of the few DTM blends, I'd re-order! Worth trying for Va/Per fans who like some "english touch" to their blend (really just a touch!!), English lovers, who want a sweetish and environment friendly smoke for inbetween, as well as for Latakia newbies who want to get a grasp on what it may taste like.

3,5-stars for me!

Pipe Used: Clay Pipe

3 people found this review helpful.