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Hickory flavored pipe tobacco. Made in the USA.

BrandJohn Middleton, Inc
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutRibbon
Packaging1.5oz Pouch
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
2.2
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A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (73)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is the drugstore tobacco that gives drugstore tobaccos a bad name. I love drugstore tobaccos, generally. I don't like that Smoker's Pride stuff. It's a Johnny come-lately, anyway, and doesn't deserve to be compared with the old, classic "codger" burleys. Come what may, I'll always fall back on the blends I can buy in plastic tubs from the local Rite Aid.

Hickory, though, is just awful. From the sad, little orange flecks of warehouse floor sweepings that the blend consists of, to it's bizarre, artificial fruit and nut smell, to the way it bights your tongue no matter how you smoke it or what you smoke it in, to it's gutless, pointless, abysmal lack of any nicotine. It's bad, you see, and I don't like it. If Hickory were the only pipe tobacco left in the world, I would seriously consider smoking autumn leaves liberally mixed with earthworms and dog droppings as an alternative. If hickory were the only pipe tobacco left in the world, I would likely resort to picking cigarette butts out of the gutters near a homeless camp in order to get a fix. If Hickory were the only pipe tobacco left in the world, I would think that anybody who smoked a pipe was a fool or a masochist.

Thank heaven; thank heaven, say I, that Hickory is not the only pipe tobacco left in the world.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A few years ago at my pipe club's first anniversary meeting, we revisited many old blends just for fun. Hickory was one of those blends (we purchased a large tin from Iwan Ries & Co.) and it was not fun at all.

It was hilarious watching my fellow pipesters unload this stuff much faster than they loaded. The moisture content and fine cut of the leaf made it easy to pack and light but the flavoring was extremely off-putting. It left an almost "dry-sweet" taste on my tongue that was quite nasty. It did taste mostly like tobacco, but was very mild in that regard and the nicotine content just didn't get the job done either.

It is one of the most inexpensive tobaccos I've ever purchased. You know the old saying, "You get what you pay for."

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pop pops pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop pops pipe (24)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I miss hickory, it was a good codger blend. I loved the aroma and mouthfeel of it, it was so unique. I liked the package, plaid with two guns, reminded me of the old west. A good burley smoke with a tad of va for sweetness. It stayed cool and was satisfying. I remember when u could have got a can of this for 10 bucks ! Its a shame this disappeared, this was a good budget baccy.! I don't know what the topping was but it was unique. Nothing else was like it and nothing will replace it. It was kind of a cross between Kentucky club aromatic, walnut, and cherry blend. That's the best I could put it. Sorry this old friend is gone !

Pipe Used: cobs, briars

Age When Smoked: fresh, aged

Similar Blends: Walnut, Kentucky club aromatic and cherry blend combined..

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El Blue Mule Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
El Blue Mule (3)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Circa 1980, I tried Hickory. I thought I was buying a tobacco that was going to taste like a hickory tree (yes, I was naive). What I tasted was nothing special, except for the tongue bite. Oh sure, I liked the pouch design and price--yellow color with a hickory tree for around $1.60. But, the tongue bite was enough to store the tobacco pouch into limbo. In around 1995, I found the pouch in a drawer. Uh....I just tossed it in the trash. I didn't bother to give it a second chance. I probably should have tried smoking a bowl. Back then, all OTC tobacco smelled like raisins to me, so I can't recall the pouch aroma of Hickory.That's all I can remember about Hickory, so I never bought it again.

Pipe Used: briar

Age When Smoked: I was 20. The tobacco was maybe 1 year old.

Purchased From: K-Mart

Similar Blends: Chewing on tiny tacks..

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

i tried a pouch of this tobacco a while back..i cannot say i am impressed. it reminds me of prince albert yet it have a stronger casing similar to cherry blend i guess however it lacks the good room note and the nutty burly taste that it should have. its an easy to pack and burn well blend with low maintenance. comes a bit on the dry side and have to be smoked slowly or it can be harsh. an uncomplicated smoke to fill your pipe on the go thats all i can say in its favor!

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Henry Mars Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Henry Mars (20)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I am sad that this mulch is gone. For the life of me I don't know why I continued to buy it for so many years. I would still buy it if it was still being made. This stuff is heavily flavored and cased with a plethora of chemical additives but it doesn't taste too bad .. I assume that the flavoring is some kind of Hickory extract which seems to cover the taste of some real low grade tobacco. There is supposed to be some Virginia tobacco in the mixture ... possibly floor sweepings from a cigarette manufacturer not enough to get past the chemicals though. Despite all that I still enjoy this on a summer night ... it keeps the mosquitoes and gnats away.

When you open the pouch it is too wet to smoke so you have to dry it out for a few days. It packs easy and burns well. Be careful, it could make your tongue feel like the space shuttle's re-entry shield if smoked vigorously.

Not a bad offering for what it is but I wouldn't recommend this for beginners, it might turn them off to pipe smoking.

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pop-pop's pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop-pop's pipe (96)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I don't know why this was put out of production? I used to call it Walnut on a budget! I liked the Hickory smell. I liked the two guns on the package, it reminded me of a tobacco that was possibly smoked during the old west era. It was sweet but not vanilla or cherry. It produced a nice sensation on the throat like many English blends do. If you compared Hickory's aroma with Walnut's aroma, you would find the similarities. Walnut had more types of tobacco in it, where Hickory was Burley based with a hint of VA. It was cheap, $10.00 for a 12oz tub! Now that it's out of production, everyone who smoked it will buy whatever they could find! Much like when they stopped importing Amphora to the U.S. Another " Good Old Blend " down the drain. Who knows, maybe House of Windsor will buy the rights to it, put it in 10oz cans, and sell it for $32.00!

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (256)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

Well, another old blend is gone...

If you loved Hickory, you won't find one just like it. If you didn't get to try it, you aren't missing a world shaking experience. Hickory was made to be a cheap, reliable smoke.

That's exactly what it was...

Mellow puffs and dry ashes to you all.

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Frosty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Frosty (37)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Hickory is indeed an old school blend. As stated on the plastic tub, this is a good value for the money. The tobacco is mild, a bit of a bite, but not bad. I live in the midwest, where hickory trees abound, and having eaten many a hickory nut, I can say that this is indeed authentic flavoring. It has a buttery, tangy nutty smell and taste which I enjoy. As another reviewer stated, hickory nuts are very difficult to extract from the shell, so I am wondering how the blenders ever got enough for production. This tobacco is a must in the rotation of old school burley fanciers, and has enough Virginia's to keep thinks lively. A cob really brings out the best in this blend. And if one factors in how many pipe fills are in the 12 OZ tub, it is almost free!

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Loboatomy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Loboatomy (36)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

UPDATE Just picked up a dusty sealed can of this from a tobacco shop for $10...nice to have tucked away now that it's out of production...

Basic American burley with a Hickory top-dressing. Unbelievably appetizing scent out of the pouch, makes you consider eating it. Typically crunchy dry out of the pouch, moister in the can. Pouch tobacco does well with some judicious dH2O re-hydrating. A pleasant smoke, suitable for an all-day smoke. Can be a little hot burning at times, but not a flamethrower if smoked correctly. Good nicotine content. Smokes well out of a cob, will not impart off flavors into briar like some other cased blends. The rule of smoking bargain burleys holds here: Slow and steady, dump the bowl at about the 1/4 mark to avoid an "unhappy ending". Cheap too ($1.89 per pouch in my neck of the woods).

Recommended if you're into the drugstore burleys.

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CantTest Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CantTest (14)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

This is not a tobacco for those who can't stand aromatics. It has a "perfume" smell that puts me off. It smokes well after the intial harshness of the first third of the bowl, and the last third is as good a smoke as anything out there. But it's work, getting by the perfume during loading and the harshness, for that last fifteen minutes of great smoking. I've mixed this with Burley London Blend and it has made a fine smoke of Hickory. And I've experimented with "parfait" loading of this with other burley blends and it works well.

So this blend isn't something I'd recommend rushing out to buy, but I'm glad I have that can of Hickory sitting on my shelf and in a year or so will have to replace it--that last fifteen minutes of a load of Hickory shouldn't be missed.

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DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Like other Middleton blends I've tried, Hickory is a simple no frills burley that burns cool, dry and creates no goop. A simple lightly cased burley, with very subtle fruity notes with a pleasant taste. A dependable smoke.

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UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (108)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Good old friend, my first smoke back in '72. It now strikes me as the least tobacco-tasting of anything I've ever smoked. The casing is over-cloyingly cotton-candy sweet, the flavor more pineappley than Erinmore Flake ever dreamed. Impossible to keep lit out of the can. It sizzles like a cheap sausage on a hot grill. Minimum purchase is now 12 ounces; the pouches were apparently too cheap for the store shelf space. The quintessential drugstore blend that makes Captain Black look upscale.

Jab jab jab... That's why we're here. Sneer at unsophisticated aromatics and by extension, their smokers. Well, fie on sneerers. One likes what one likes.

By all logic and current preferences, I should despise Hickory, but how can I turn away an old friend whose aroma brings me back vivid memories of misspent youth? I took the plunge and bought a can last week. No regrets. I still love it. I may dilute it with other plain burleys to thin the flavoring though.

A suggestion: 12 ounces is an eternity if you dislike this. Beg a sample first.

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prison chaplain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
prison chaplain (38)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This tobacco does not have those things which many so called "drug store" tobaccos have. It does not have an overwhelming odor of vanilla. It does not have the heavy, scent of cherry. It does not have an excess of moisture. It does not have any detectable artificial moisturizers.

On a whim I bought a 12 oz. plastic "can" of this tobacco at a local discount store for about $11.00. The tin literature says that it is a blend of Virginia in a base of Burley. It states that this blend has been in existence since the 1940s and that it strives to be the best tobacco in its price range. It boasts of a fruity scent and a long, cool smoke.

Looking at it I see a lot of Burley and some very light Virginia. I don't know what the "fruity" aroma is, but it is a little off putting to my nose. But, the short, narrow, slightly crimped ribbon packs well and lights and smokes easily.

It is mild, it smokes quite cool. More than anything, it tastes like a rather good tobacco, not great, but good for the price. John Middleton accomplished what he set out to do. I would not go looking for this tobacco again, but if I was out of tobacco and had to fall back on "drug store" brands, I would pick this over the cherry and vanilla glop that fills store shelves.

ADDENDUM: 03/03/2004 I need to start dating my reviews. However, I think that 8 to 10 months has passed since I first reviewed Hickory. And I now have a real tobacco cellar. As real as I am ever going to get. It is a 50+ year old Philco fridge that my sons rescued from a trip to the dump. It still seals up tight and I keep it in my basement shop. I keep all of my stash there now.

My hickory has been aging well. The fruity taste, which a fellow reviewer ID'd as actual hickory,is now quite subdued. I find myself enjoing it more and turning to it more often. Still a lingering sweet room note. Nice tobacco flavor. No bitterness. It really is a nice tobacco for the $. I am upgrading my rating from "might try again" to "I smoke on occasion."

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