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An exquisite blend of many fine tobaccos. Toasted Burley and Virginia Cavendish, blended with loose and square cut Golden Virginia. The Kentucky Gold is finished with full flavor Kentucky Dark Fire Cured tobacco in loose cut. A medium strength blend for the experienced pipe smoker who appreciates the flavor and good taste of natural tobaccos.

BrandW.O. Larsen
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Kentucky
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging100g Tin
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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am very upset that I am down to my last tin of Kentucky Gold. Back in 2007 or so, I purchased 5 paint can style tins and they have aged to perfection. The inner foil seal was bulging to the point of imminent explosion which usually means something magical and delicious is going on in there. An apparent liquor based topping which I believe is Bourbon adds a slight sweetness to the Kentucky. Perfect amount of Nicotine and full of flavor, will burn warm if allowed and has potential bite but if you respect her, she will reward you with a solid manly smoke.

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sirchud68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sirchud68 (58)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

O.K., so I've been eyeballing this tin for three years at my baccy shop and finaly decided to go for it. Thanks for all the previous reviews. For me, the bite from this blend kills any chance for enjoyment.

Update: I just can't get past the bite for some reason. Ive had my tin jarred up for about 8 years now and from time to time I revisit it to see if I've changed. Nope. Can not smoke this in any way without tongue bite. Just not for me.

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Brother Liberty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brother Liberty (4)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I love Kentucky Gold... The can that I purchased was significantly aged; so much so, that the inner foil was bulging like a pillow. As a result, my experience may vary from others...

It has a nice naturally sweet and smooth smoke with a full tobacco flavor. Additionally, I had very little tongue bite compared to other Virginia tobacco blends. Other than a more affordable price, this tobacco is nearly perfect.

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farmer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
farmer (5)
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

I enjoy Kentucky Gold. It is the most refined burley-virginia mixture I know. I think of burley and virginia as straight tobacco. For straight tobacco flavor and stimulation, I know nothing better. Kentucky Gold is pricey at the Davidoff shop where I buy it, but I pay the price. I am looking for an economical alternative, but I have not found it.

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VAman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
VAman (26)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I enjoy this baccy. I would buy it again, it is ready to go out of the tin. KG is differant the what I usually smoke, but when savored slowly it is a pleasent companoin out on the porch, in the evenings of summer. this is a good smoke, as a change of pace for the VA smoker or as an evryday puff for anyone who can afford it.

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NapaWineLover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NapaWineLover (66)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Kentucky Gold seems to be a well balanced tobacco that burns very well. For me, right out of the tin it's easy to load and whatever the casing, it is very subtle and brings together the flavors of natural tobacco. It is a high quality tobacco that I like to smoke when I'm doing other activities which would cause me to re-light often since it doesn't get a bad attitude when treated that way.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

This is NOT your typical Danish blend. It is an aromatic (I think there may be a touch of Bourbon or rye whiskey), but there is nothing fruity, or sweet about it. The burley used is quite full, and the Kentucky gives it the quality of oak logs burning. The flavor is earthy, spicey, and astringent, but not bitter.

The moisture level is perfect out of the tin. I can manage this with one match. This was wonderful, sitting outside on the first cold day down where I live. I have to agree with bigjonburley, that it would be a great way to end the day.

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bigjonburley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigjonburley (64)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This one just happens to be my favorite tobacco in the market place. I love this stuff beyond the limits of reason. I have a passion for great burley and, the blend that was formulated here has to be one of the best. I love how this blend is mildly scented yet still maintains a natural mistique that brings a tear to my eye. Every pipe smoker finds a certain blend that seems to grow near and dear to his or her heart and, it just so happens that this one does it for me. The tobacco is perfectly dry and rubbed out so that there is no effort in the preparation of your smoke, simply pack it up and puff away. There is the perfect amount of cavendish matched to the burley as to slightly mellow and sweeten the blend into a wonderful menage of spice and vanilla. I have a passion for Gawith & Hoggarth's dark Kentucky, and Larsen seems to match the wit of dark Burley with the elegance of a mild cavendish to produce a true "Masters Blend." I buy five tins of this at a time and have a back stock that seems excessive but, when it's your favorite blend, you just get paranoid that one day they'll discontinue it. I've had most of the Larsen line but, without exception this one tops them all. As a traditional southern man I must say that there is nothing better than a glass of Booker's bourbon and the essence of Kentucky Gold to close the day.

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BriarNorth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarNorth (49)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Sixteen years ago I had a shiny new Dr. Grabow and a pouch of the Prince, and let's just say I have kept Burley-heavy blends at an arm's length ever since. Thanks to the knowledgeable gentlemen above who pass along their smoking insight, I tried this tobacco and loved it. I'm used to Burley as a supporting role in Virgnia-dominant blends (such as Tilbury, which I love) but here it jumps right out at you. I loaded up an old gnarly Swinks Extra Long Canadian and smoked myself giddy. The weed from my tin was on the dry side of moist, just how I like it. The smoke is sweet (in a natural tobacco sense, not heavily cased) and spicy, with a wonderful anaesthetic effect on my tongue and cheeks. A truly bright and vibrant smoking experience that totally awakened the palate. A hint of bitterness was at the bottom (of my CLEAN pipe) but I guess that's characteristic of Burley. Those who prefer latakia 24/7 would probably find this too much of a shock to the system, but burley-wary Virginia guys like me should jump right in with both feet. Although this is an "American" style blend, it had enough of the Danish profile going (it is made there after all) that you MacBaren junkies out there might want give it a spin too. All I can say is that I'm glad I broke the Burley ban and I'll be trying some more (good ones) soon. I'm off to the Barbary Coast! Thanks again lads!

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I normally smoke a whole tin (or, at least attempt to) before reviewing a blend. Kentucky Gold comes in one of those round 100g tins, so, at least I made it to about 7 bowlfuls before submitting this review.

First, I grabbed a tin of this stuff after reading tillmanj's review. I love reading his reviews because our taste buds appear to be similar. I also share tantric's love of a good burley blend. So, knowing both enjoyed Kentucky Gold, I thought I might too. And indeed I do!

In the tin I smelled a honey/whiskey odor. The leaf is long, stringy and a bit moist. I zapped the stuff in my blender and then packed a bowl. I don't think I can describe the smoke as well as tillmanj & tantric, but I do agree that it was a very nice smoke that packed a bit of tobacco wallop. Yes, you taste a wonderful burley along with the other leaf, and unlike many burley blends, there was no bitter taste at all, even during the last third of the bowl.

I found a natural sweetness through the first half of each smoke, and then less casing was detected during the lower half. It smokes cool and mostly dry and I think all "good ole boys" will enjoy a dose of this W.O. Larsen blend.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Kentucky Gold is a surprising tobacco. In terms of the nicotine kick, it is the strongest Larsen I have smoked. Yet, the flavour is not at all harsh or overwhelming. The blend consists of brown ribbon cut, slightly darker broken flake and cavendished strands, with some bright and dark rough chunks thrown in (probably the Kentucky fire cured). Most Burley and Virginia Cavendish mixtures tend to have a woodsy, roast nut like aroma. This one does not. Upon opening the tin, one encounters a very delicate, almost watery, scent. I do not find this particularly attractive. The tobacco is fresh, musky, but not overly so. It is easy to pack. Lightening was easy. Then it hits you: a deep, slightly bitter taste spreads throughout the palate as the nicotine rushes up. Wow! The different, subtle flavours start developing. This is a tobacco you need to pay attention to. Not sweet, but zesty and fresh. It burns very well as it gradually engulfs the senses. Wonderful smoking experience.

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tillmanj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tillmanj (73)
Mild Extremely Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Tin Aroma: Light and nutty, definately a blend with some Burley to it. Initial Reaction: I smiled at the first light, I love Burley! Then the PG set in, and for a second, I almost retched. The PG settled down after the initial reaction, and another good Burley blend enters my rotation. I smoked this in a Larsen pipe on the first try, and have since considered highly the possibility of devoting the pipe to this blend exclusively, with perhaps an occasional break for another Larsen blend. I am a big fan of what I call 'Southern Blends', containing lots of Burley, Cavendish, or Kentucky tobaccos, and this fits nicely in that niche. The Cavendish and Burley combination in this blend produced an astringent quality that goes well with a cup of Orange Pekoe, or a tall glass of iced tea. The second half of the bowl is a slightly fuller and more basso experience than the first half, and a tiny bit harder to keep lit. Perhaps the Cavendish naturally seeks a level lower tha nthe Burley. Careful packing seems to eliminate this to a degree.

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