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Virginia tobaccos with added latakia and Oriental leaf.

Notes: Dunhill Durbar clone, and was originally called Dunbar Square.

BrandRobert McConnell
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeOriental
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
3.0
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2329)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The dry, mildly floral, woody, spicy, and fairly sour Orientals takes a lead here. The dark Virginia offers dark fruit and earth as a important secondary player. The smoky, woody, musty sweet Cyprian latakia competes with the dark Virginia for attention, and at times supersedes it a mite. The citrusy, lightly grassy yellow Virginia also provides a touch of spice in the background. In most all respects, it’s rather similar to the re-release version of Dunhill Durbar, except the latakia and especially the spice are a tad more obvious, and this is a slightly fuller smoke, so it doesn't quite have the balance that Durbar has. This blend is a little sweeter as well, which I attribute to the dark Virginias. The strength is just past the center of mild to medium, while the taste is medium. The nic-hit is almost at the center of mild to medium. Those last three attributes are similar to the Dunhill version. Won’t bite, or get harsh, and has no rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a very consistent, moderately sweet and lightly more spicy, savory flavor through out the experience. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke. I gave three to the Murray’s production, and the re-release. This gets three and a half stars.

-JimInks

10 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (360)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The tobacco is mostly a medium-narrow ribbon cut of tan, brown and black leaf. There are a few "fish food" bits. It came ready to smoke and did not need time to dry. I am reviewing this on its own merits because I have no meaningful recollection of the STG version, and I have never had the Murray.

This is Oriantal forward with the slightly sweet Virginias and the latakia campfire in the background. There is a floral, incenselike quality to the Orientals at times, and they sometimes present as sour. This sounds like an odd combination of flavors, but it works well for a fan of Orientals. There was a somewhat creamy quality to the smoke especially in the last half of the bowl. All of this is hard to put into words, and I think that qualifies as complexity.

The tobacco took a match and burned as expected. It did not leave a damp heel.

This is easy to recommend if you like Balkans.

Pipe Used: WDC pot

Purchased From: Gift from a friend in Germany

4 people found this review helpful.