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A mild, aromatic blend of sweet Danish black cavendish and natural Virginias with a hazelnut top note.

Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringNuts / Beans, Other / Misc
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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Denevei Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Denevei (58)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Wessex Premier is a very typical Danish aromatic. Blended from Virginias and black cavendish, the tobacco comes packed on the moist side; the appearance is of brown and black. The flavor of the blend stays pretty consistent through the bowl, providing a cool and surprisingly dry smoke. The taste is, to me, overly sweet, though I find that most Danish cavendish blends are too sweet. The hazelnut topnote is more apparent in the room note than in the taste, which really seems to have more of a sugary, vanilla flavor than hazelnut. As with many such blends, the cavendish portion of the blend is what drives the smoke. Many Danish cavendishes, however, are overpowering with the syrupy sweetness imparted by the processing of the tobacco. While the cavendish taste is definitely strong here, it's not so overwhelming as with some others. Fans of Danish cavendish should find this to be one of the better blends on the market. However, those who prefer natural tobaccos would most likely prefer to avoid this blend.

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2315)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The Virginias provide some citrus, earth and grass, along with light dark fruit. The sugary black cavendish is in-between being a condiment and supporting player. Generally, I find hazelnut toppings to be light in effect, but this does tone down the tobaccos a little in spite of its lack of richness. A couple of times, I noticed a slight chemical note. It’s slightly syrupy, too. The strength is mild, while the taste level just passes that mark, but both recede a tad in the last quarter of the experience. Hardly has any nicotine. Won’t bite or get harsh, and has a touch of creaminess. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a mostly consistent sweet flavor that dulls at the finish. Leaves some moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. An all day smoke. One and a half stars.


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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28690)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Tolerable

Like the previous reviewer, I was woefully underwhelmed with Wessex "Premier", and I wasn't even expecting very much. The ingedients sounded like a viable hunch but this blend didn't seem "blended" at all, just tossed in the same tin. Though the tin aroma was powerful enough the taste was mostly of not-so-good cavendish interspersed with eruptions of possibly shoe polish. Very unpleasant and, obviously, no stars to Wessex for this concoction.


2 people found this review helpful.

CDM Jr. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CDM Jr. (10)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Reading the reviews of this underdog tobacco made me think it was one of the worst smokes on this site. Not one 4 star rating? Not even 3 star! Jeeez...

Wessex calls this blend "slightly aromatic". Forget that. It's an aro. Black Cavendish & natural Virginia heavily topped with hazelnut, vanilla and maybe caramel though vanilla is the dominant of the flavors. Overall, I like it for what it aromatic.

It burns slow, cool, evenly, left no dottle and it doesn't bite. Those factors alone should earn it 3 stars. It is a little damp on opening so dry it out for an hour or so.

I've experienced better blends but I certainly had worse(C&D Shandygaf comes to mind even though I like Burley, Oriental blends).

If you like Vanilla/Hazelnut blends, I can't see why you wouldn't at least try Wessex Premier.


Pipe Used: Peterson Christmas 2017 408

Age When Smoked: 1 hour

Purchased From: Iwan Ries, Chicago

Similar Blends: Vauen Italian Blend No. 20, Cult Militia.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28690)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

If you have smoked blends in the Lake District genre, you'll be familiar with Premier (yes, I know it is Danish by description, but it is scented to my palate- TEHO).

Dark in the tin, with an even mixture of brown, mahogony and black. It is almost a broken flake or medium-long rough cut. Moisture is fine for an espoused aromatic. Tin aroma requires little to catch, as it fills a room upon opening the twist-style, flat tins lined with ruffled paper that makes loading less messy than the de jour pop-tops.

Toppings of Hazelnuts and fruit essences are pleasant enough, but really do not survive lighting. As was said previously, this is tough to light and to keep the smolder going.

Taste is light at the beginning and never gets beyond medium. No real nicotine hit, sorry if that disappoints you. It is in the puffing that the Lake District, scented flake presence arrives and stays, fairly subduing the genuinely decent leaf.

Not bad and somewhat recommended, just not what I was looking for by the tin description.

Think of this as a "ribbon" of Best Brown Flake No. 2 by Gawith & Hogarth topped ever so insufficiently with Hazelnut.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28690)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Not a fantastic blend for me. It hits you like a mac truck when you open the tin. The casing is very strong. The tobacco is mottled with lights and darks.

It packs well but took quite some time to get it lit. The room note was nice so my wife says. I couldn't taste the casing very much while smoking. It was there but in the background. The tobacco was ok and I will finish the tin but I don't think I will get another.

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