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A blend of mature Orange Virginia tobaccos from the Old Belt in Virginia and North Carolina. The blend is lighted pressed into tobacco cakes, which are stored for aging. After cutting, the tobacco is rubbed out to facilitate easy filling of the pipe and an even burn. The tobacco burns exceptionally well with a cool smoke and a well-balanced and supreme natural taste.

BrandW.O. Larsen
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging100g Tin
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Extremely Mild
Mild to Medium
Room Note

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

I would go ape over this tobacco if it carred more power in its smoking presentation. I just could not be satisfied due to the light nicotine and flavor content.

I did detect a slight casing of some sort, but it was not at all obtrusive. I did enjoy the coolness of the smoke, and it had a very pleasant odor both in the tin and at the match.

If you enjoy Virginia tobacco in lighter doses, try Old Belt. I think you'll think you discovered manna from heaven.

If, on the other hand, you don't like being teased, look elsewhere for your pipe smoking satisfaction.

3 people found this review helpful.

Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I don't know if I got a bad tin perhaps, but the tin note (which has unfortunately been preserved in my jar) has a chemical quality which reminds me, I have finally determined, of wet paint. When I dry out a portion to smoke, this unpleasant scent goes away, and is not present in the actual smoking of the bowl. I am thankful at least for that. I don't really sense the alleged topping others have noted. I really wanted to like this one, and have given it several chances in different pipes, using varied smoking rates and techniques, and though I can't call it bad tobacco, it has failed to impress me. It smokes fast and somewhat harsh no matter what I do. Just now, an amount of tobacco that would have lasted me well over an hour had it been a nice McClelland or even a nice MacBaren was burned away in less than 40 minutes, and I wasn't puffing heavily or heating up my pipe. This particular bowl was pretty dry (taken out of the jar, it dries very rapidly) and finely rubbed out, and smoked in my favorite billiard (a no-name!), but still there were problems with the burn. Now, relights are fine; I will often rest a pipe, flatten the ash with my tamper, and start again, but in this case, the going out was neither intentional nor desired.

The blend would seem to be fully lit, burning away profusely despite my attempts to smoke with care, and then would suddenly "hit the wall" like a marathoner at mile 17 or so, and abruptly fail right between puffs. The taste is not all that bad, I guess, but obviously I won't be reaching for this one all that often. Maybe some time in the jar will help. It's also not bad enough to throw away, it just doesn't have the pleasant natural sweetness of my favorite Virginias. I get no bite from it, but I do get a harsh mouthfeel such as one would associate with an originally good quality, yet stale cigarette, and I must say it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I've sort of got the feeling I might like to brush my teeth right now; I guess there are some healthy benefits to this weed.

Again, I might have been unfortunate enough to have simply picked up a bad tin or a bad batch. Remember how I said at the beginning that the tin note reminds me of wet paint? The tin is of the paint-tin genre of tobacco tins. Maybe they forgot to fully purge my tin of its original contents...

One can't love everything.

1 person found this review helpful.

Helpanto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Helpanto (2)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

Another nice priced 100g tins from Larsen. Seems to be almost natural tobacco, in fact, when you try it in a pipe the first time, you will see the two components of this mixture: VAs and creamy sauce.

As you smoke more pipes of this, you begin to feel not the two tastes, but a mixture of them. If you puff too hardly, sauce will dominate, and that's disgusting. Also I'm very dissapointed of the flavor this tobacco leaves in a pipe (you have to smoke it out for a long unpleasant time).

The used sauce, in my opinion, is typical for Larsen and, maybe, other Orlik brands. I felt it in Larsen's Kentucky Gold and, probably, in Stanwell Full Aroma.

Sauce is creamy and sweet. I find it pleasant sometimes, it could be a good evening smoke of a tired man, if the sauce would be a bit less persuasive. On the other hand, I can't say much about the VAs in this mixure: they seem just nothing special to me.

These tobaccos tends to burn hot. I feel room note not to be pleasant: creamy smoke becomes heavy, sweet, aromatic smoke. Probably, for non-smokers it's a good deal, but I really think, aromatic smoke is heavy and evil.

I've bought a tin some months ago and soon I've given it away. Lately I decided to give this tobacco one more chance. Well, I somewhat like this mixture, but I can't smoke it every day. It needs a dedicated pipe anyway, I'm still not sure, would I afford it. The tobacco is rather pleasant, but I'm getting tired of it very quickly, so, probably, I'll have no Old Belt tins on my shelf anymore.

1 person found this review helpful.

Darwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darwin (101)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

06/09/2005: Based on the previous reviews, I decided to give this blend a try. My tobacconist said this tin had been on the shelf for several years. The paint can style tin has an inner foil seal, and it was ballooning out due to gases inside, so I'm pretty sure I got an aged tin.

I'm pretty impressed with the quality of the Virginias used in this blend. The cut is mostly rubbed, with a few broken flakes present. The Virginias are probably orange with some yellow Virginias. There is a pretty sweet tin aroma, that suggests there is a mild topping, but it could be natural; it's hard to say.

The burn is excellent, due to the perfect humidity of the leaf. The flavor is naturally sweet and slightly tangy. Old Belt Ready Rubbed is a little on the mild side in the nicotine department, but has plenty of flavor. This is a fine blend that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys bright Virginia blends. It is similar to Rattray's Old Gowrie.

Update: In the 2 years since I opened the tin of OBRR I have only smoked it a few times due to the tongue bite I get after smoking it. It's funny, I only seem to get bitten by Danish tobaccos. So even though its taste is good, it's not one I will return to. I somewhat recommend Old Belt Ready Rubbed if you are immune to Danish tongue bite.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tony B Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tony B (8)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I found W.O Larsen?s Old Belt Ready Rubbed to be extremely smooth and mellow straight Virginia tobacco. The ready rubbed tobacco packed well, was easy to light, and burned well to the bottom of the bowl. I found the flavor naturally sweet with a slightly tangy undertone. This is a light straight Virginia tobacco that is easy on the palette.

As Darwin posted ?Old Belt Ready Rubbed is a little on the mild side in the nicotine department, but has plenty of flavor.?

This a tobacco that I will keep around

1 person found this review helpful.

UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (110)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was recommended to this by the Tinderbox folk Pyroboby mentioned. They seemed bewildered when I asked for a "non-flavored" mild and simple, cavendish-free tobacco. So much for their entire stock of jars. The manager thought a bit and produced a tin of this from a hiding place (sorry, buddy, he'll reorder). The name put me off, all I could think of was the razor strop used for discipline in my youth. I tried it anyway, muttering at the price, gambling on something unheard of (not yet knowing about this list). Glad I did.

This was my first and still favorite virginian tobacco. I LIKE mild. I like the sweet rolling flavor that changes with puffing intensity. No aging was necessary; just a bit of drying. I must have a sensitive tongue. Virtually every tobacco has bitten me despite very careful packing and puffing, this bites very little. The flavors intensify as the bowl progresses until about 1/5 is left and then turn somewhat acrid. Could be the pipe.

I've since stocked up on a half dozen various tinned tobaccos more highly rated than this, of different varieties. It is fun trying them, but this will be my keeper for straight virginias, my "comfort food". Cigarette smokers respect the smell and non-smokers wish cigarettes smelled like this. No vanilla, no soap, no bubblegum. There may be a casing, but I don't want to know. Subtle is good. Pipestud was right, this is my manna.

1 person found this review helpful.

pyroboby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pyroboby (5)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Im new to tinned blends and was suggested to try this blend out. It felt like a huge step for me, moving up from the tobacco jars at Tinder Box, which by the way I find the one in Mishawaka, IN to be great. When i got the tin home, I went over it went over it several times at home looking at this new beauty. As soon as the foil seal was broken I was met by a wonderfully tangy smell that was reminisent of Lipton instant lemon ice'd tea. On first touch of flame a sweet and very mild taste that i could only place as natural uncased tobacco assailed my mouth and it was wonderful. I love aromatics, but this was awesome. No tongue bite, which get fairly often if i dont let the jarred stuff air for a few days. I am now very interested in sampling other VA and not so aromatic blends. Great stuff. My eyes have been opened.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

This is an extremely mellow, smooth and soothing Virginia blend. High grade leaf, very well processed and with the right amount of moisture (typical Larsen quality), it has a gentle, almost hidden almond like sweetness that, nonetheless, retains all the natural flavour of tobacco.

Ribbon cut, with some broken flake, it is a pleasant combination of mid to light browns, with some reddish hues. Opening the tin you get a very faint whiff of that tangy Virginia smell (close to, but not as evident as Rattray?s Old Gowrie or Brown Clunee, and definitely more subtle than any McClelland?s). It is very easy to pack (gravity method) and lights quickly and well. It smokes cool and dry and leaves the pipe walls and inner stem clean. The whole experience is very mild, fresh and palatable, with no tongue bite.

The only drawback I fin in Old Belt is that it lacks a bit more of body and punch. Other than that, I agree this could be an all day Virginia smoke: discreet, refined and amiable.

1 person found this review helpful.

Andersson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Andersson (14)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

This tobacco is good for starter. A good taste of pure virginia without flavouring so enough to fall in love with the pipe.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

This is indeed a light, fresh, Virginia blend. It is very easy on the palette. I believe I detect a light apricot topping, and something else I can't quite define. It is very discreet, and in no way ruins the mild, sweet, tobacco taste. I can see this as an excellent hot weather smoke, but would be good at any time. If you crave full, rich, or very sweet Virginias, this is not for you. This stuff arrived at the perfect moisture content, and smoked cool, dry and biteless. It is not complex, but it does have subtle nuances. The room note is very mild and fresh as well. I will definitely pick up some more. This reminds me very much of what a McClelland blend would taste like, without the vinegar.

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Tiepolo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tiepolo (40)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The reviews of the Colonel and Tantric are extremely much to the point here. I would like to say that being quite an agressive puffer, this is one of the very few tobaccos that don't have me passing a cleaner to correct the moisture midway. Add to this that I smoke this blend on an Achille's Favorite II, which is a big canadian (around size 6, I would say). Yes, it doesn't pack much of a nicotine kick, but on the other hand it is an excellent all day smoke, which in contemplating moments and with careful smoking can reveal excellent nuances in the leaf especially at the second half of the bowl (try "breath smoking"). This together with Bjarne's Flake are excellent tobaccos to introduce someone to the art of pipe smoking, without passing through the vanilla-sugar-tongue-hell experience, starters are normally exposed to. The room note is very nice, not objectionable at all. Try this blend, you will not regret the experience.

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Cashmere Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cashmere (11)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Long, even strands of light-colored Virginia tobacco.

Dry. Packs fairly easily, but the long strands would do better in a larger pipe. In a small bowl, it helps to rub ol' Ready Rubbed.

Lights easily. A faint toasty note at the beginning that soon disappears.

Very clean, bright taste. Very light body. A hint of apricot-like casing. One could wish for a bit more body.

Moderately short tangy finish.

Burns easily to the bottom of the bowl, at which point it goes out like a light switch.

Room note is exceptionally light and unobtrusive. My wife says it's "like sage."

Overall: A light, clean smoke. Natural and straightforward, but not without some subtlety and character. Would make a good morning smoke.

Rating: /==

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

Cheers to all at W.O. Larsen. For a man who was born and raised in the southern United States, specifically in the business of tobacco, this one is a true delight. I must say that the heavily cased, scented, and preserved tobaccos have never been a part of what I fancy. This blend is one of my favorites, hands down. I love it when a manufacturer is able to extract all of the delicate nuances of a tobacco and pass it on to the smoking community for the purpose of pure delight alone. This tobacco comes 75% rubbed out and ready to go with a willingness to delight the senses of all who appreciate the textures present in the most refined tobacco. To tell you the truth, at the first opening of the tin this tobacco's aroma and taste was not what I prefer at all. I smoked 6 bowls in two days after opening the tin and found it to be a bit acrid and pungent. I thought to myself, could this be the result of a casing or scent added that I was not yet experienced with? All in all though, I thought my senses were just playing tricks on me. I set the tin aside for approximately 6 month after its' first test drive. I picked it back up again after this period of waiting and, low and behold this tobacco had taken on a totally different personality. It seemed that all that was needed was a bit of fresh air and time to reveal the beauty that was locked inside this Danish tin. Since this discovery, I keep tins of this stuff cellared under the same condition to achieve the same result that I yeilded the first time. As far as flavor goes, one can expect a smoke that is light on the lungs and pallet. The lower nicotine is a minus in my opinion but, you sacrifice nicotine content with age and maturation. The flavors emitted from this masterpiece are that of leather, spice and a charred-caramel that will warm your soul. Pick up a tin of this stuff, give it a breath of fresh air and then sit on it for a bit. I find it hard to believe that any confirmed pipe smoker would find it to be anything less than irresistable.

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DUPE.629 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.629 (133)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Old Belt Ready Rubbed. This tobacco light's very easily and smoke's with ease to the bottom of the bowl. There's a slight sweetness in the back ground and it's extremely mild.Infact,a little to mild for me.The tobacco is top quality and doe's not bite at all,no matter how fast I puffed. Unfortunately I found it to be a little boring as it did not hold my interest,infact,I found myself puffing faster to finish the bowl so I could go and smoke something,alot stronger. Great for a beginner or someone seeking a cool mild blend. 5 out of 10.

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Skilling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skilling (80)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A straight forward, "straight virginia".

Ever so slightly sweet that vanishes quick.

Somewhat dry ready rubbed. Easily packed. Easily lit. Easily smoked.

This Va has a good "kick" to it. ...Pure honest natural taste all the way down.

A very very good all day VA. Good working/fishing smoke. This one is close to being a favorite of mine; if it already isn't.

Hey Maynard! ...The Colonel's right!

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Colonel Panic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Colonel Panic (42)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

This is a very lightly top-noted all-virginia tobacco in a mostly rubbed-out flake. It comes rather drier than most tobaccos right out of the tin and smokes great as is.

The aroma is lightly sweet and has grassy undertones and a distinctly spicy note. It loads and packs well, and is an easy smoke. It starts mellow and sweet, and as the bowl burns down it gains in strength as the subtle flavoring evanesces and leaves behind a lovely woody aroma and flavor on par with the best matured Virginias.

Good stuff, Maynard!

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