|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|StevieB (1803)||Mild to Medium||None Detected||Medium||Pleasant|
Charatan - Rolls.
This is another I've been writing about for the UK tobacconist McGahey's. So, am nearly through a tin of it!
Almost every website I see this on has it touted as a replacement for Dunhill De Luxe Navy Rolls. Well, to put it simply, it isn't.
The first perplexing feature comes in the way of a black Cavendish centre to the coins. That was Orlik Bull's Eye and Davidoff Flake Medallions territory, not 'Navy Rolls! That aside, the tobacco has a smell of fruit and hay, and a decent hydration.
I enjoy the smoke, a lot. Hence, why the tin's nearly empty in just a few days! It's neither a match for 'Navy Rolls or 'Bull's Eye. Similarly to DLNR, I get a good blast of sharp Perique, but like Orlik 'Eye I get a softening from the black Cavendish. The Virginia forms the base of the blend, offering the usual hay, etc., and being unpretentious. It burns perfectly, manufacturing a smoke which only bites me when really forced to do so; harsh chugs can bite, but with a regular cadence the smoke presents no problem to the tongue.
Nicotine: about medium. Room-note: nice, but the Perique's identifiable.
Charatan Rolls? As I said, this is often offered as the 'new' De Luxe Navy Rolls, which isn't the case. I find it more like a dichotomy of 'Navy Rolls and 'Bull's Eye; the best of both worlds. So, have no problem highly recommending it:
Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: My Friday pipe
Age When Smoked: New
Purchased From: McGahey's
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