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Black pressed Cavendish, with matured, air-cured and flue-cured tobacco. An old-fashioned style, with plenty of taste.

BrandJ. F. Germain & Son
Blended ByJ. F. Germain & Son
Blend TypeCavendish Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
CutBroken Flake
Packaging50g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
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oldorder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldorder (22)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Mild, middle of the road, relaxing, yes. The reviews were so mixed I didn't really know what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. It is true nothing really jumps out at you. On opening the whiffs were sweet and more peaty, mossy, than anything else I noticed. I don't know how old the tin was but the moisture was about right. It lit right up and took one re-light. Seemed like it might bite but didn't. Go slow. Room note was unobtrusive, very "old-fashioned" whatever that means.

Pipe Used: Old Briar Nose Warmer

Age When Smoked: Not sure, but open and smoked from the tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Although not the same as African Queen it is in the same category - very mixed reviews. For some reason it came across to me as a peaty Old Gowrie and as much as I love OG I have a affinity for Uncle Tom's. Easy, Smooth, Sittin' Down by the Water, kind of smoke. Subjectivity reigns..

5 people found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (86)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very mildly aromatic virginia based tobacco with a smidgen of black cavendish and a bit of burley from the description which went unnoticed. The tin aroma has a distinct fig-fruity aroma that seems to me to be the same or similiar to the manufacturer's blend Esotorica Dunbar. So, that blend has an aroma enhancement, not just from the fruity character of perique respective to it. The flavor is dominated by slightly sharp golden virginia flavors. Occasionally, there was an unusual flavor nuance(perfumed spice, slight bitterness) that I think is the black cavendish that reminded me also of the same manufacturer's blend Plumcake so, perhaps this element is the same in both. I wish this was a little milder on the palette but, I'm one of those sensitive to virginia bite. Overall, this is a very pleasant blend in character but not outstanding. Nevertheless, I'll finish the tin and perhaps order it again. It wouldn't be a bad idea to order this and add a bit of blending perique when Esotorica Dunbar and Dorchester are out of stock.

Pipe Used: corncob

4 people found this review helpful.

Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (72)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This tobacco isn't going to blow anyone's socks off. That said, it is a very enjoyable smoke, and quality is really high.

Opening the tin, I am presented with a little brick of tobacco wrapped in some kind of silver-lined plastic, and the silver is peeling off and sticking to some of the tobacco. Not acceptable, and coupled with the stupid square tin, it's almost enough to put a guy onto some other brand. Aroma is Virginia and stewed prunes, not unlike Peterson Sherlock Holmes or even Dunhill Elizabethan.

A mixture of ribbons, leaf bits, and some stems, this stuff packs easy and lit up pretty well. I wonder if the tin was a bit old, because it was not very moist at all.

Smoke is voluminous and pleasant... not a particularly hot burning blend. The pruney smell comes through, and I am reminded of the plummy notes in Presbyterian. In fact, add some orientals and maybe a bit of latakia, and you've got Presby.

Lacking the ashy harshness that Elizabethan gives me, this is a nice mild smoke. Not completely monotone, but not particularly complex. A good choice for one moving from aromatics to English or Virginia blends.

4 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (726)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Weird and unique blend. Stringy ribbon - almost a shag - of mostly light to tan but with a few strands of black, which I assume is the Cavendish. Oddly, many of the black pieces were of a harder consistency. The tin aroma was just bizarre for a pipe tobacco... very earthy and almost peaty. Smelled like newly mown hay that had contracted mold somehow.

This is listed here as "Cavendish based" but the Cavendish seems more of a condiment. A light sweetener, pretty much just sugar with no added flavors. Imagine Odgen's Gold Block with a touch of black Cavendish that had been excessively moistened and then hurriedly dried. Yet, this tastes better than I'm making it sound. Somehow it just works in the pipe. It's not a world-beater but it's interesting. It's a mellow smoke, with just the right proportions of earthiness and sweetness... unless you prefer more sweetness in your bowl. This is more balanced. Smells funny, tastes on the odd side, but it works. The original blender must have had a stroke of creativity with this one - nothing like it that I've ever tried.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (764)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

J.F Germain Uncle Tom's Mixture . The unlit mixture has a very "raw" and "earthy" natural tobacco smell , where the Virginia dominates the blends aroma . It is mainly a medium brown Virginia colour with a smaller amount of darker Cav specks in there . Moistness is great , not damp or dry , a superb amount . This one takes to lighting up with amazing ease , and when lit it leaves behind a very white ash . The burn is really even , it doesn't need a re-light unless left to long without any attention . The flavour of the smoke now , like the unlit mix , it is prominently a Virginia one . To be fair you do also get a small amount of a "basic" Burley Cigarette type quality with a very slight addition of Black Cavendish sweetness . Nicotine level is very pleasing (for me) , if you don't smoke for N I would recommend that this one is avoided , but if you do crave N this is superb and another plus with this is inhalation as it slides down a treat ! Tongue Bite does not occur throughout the entire bowl , but we all vary for that ! The room note is a pleasurable one , again mainly Virginia but a fairly light one . The only negative is subjective , for me the flavour of Virginia becomes a touch laborious after a while but it would make a splendid regular "no-nonsense" smoke if you enjoy a Virginia / Burley !

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

3 people found this review helpful.

agentlemanfromindiana Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
agentlemanfromindiana (18)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

For me this tobacco had a very stale and gross taste. Reminiscent of milk that has gone sour. The aftertaste was also quite nasty.

2 people found this review helpful.

SMOKETSES Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I was not cheering after tasting this tobacco. I have to admit though that it is a very pleasant tobacco and it is of a high quality. When opening the box, the first thing that impresses you is its color. Dark brown tobacco wrapped in a silver coating. Really strange. It reminds me of the one and only CAMPANILLE. Its flavor is light and discrete without topping the natural taste I seek. The taste reminds VIRGINIA & CAVENDISH that it contains, NOT TOO STRONGLY OF COURSE. It is good but I will not taste it again soon.

2 people found this review helpful.

DeltaSnake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeltaSnake (31)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I tried this one last week, during a time when resting from heavier blends. This is a standard virginia type blend, which after a short intitial period of having to avoid getting the pipe too hot to prevent tongue bite, settles into a nice rich sweetness that isn't cloying. The burning qualities are fine, although the tobacco in the tin came a lot more moist than I prefer and thus very small traces of white on the dark top pieces. The blend is clearly of good quality, as once it settles down, you can puff away within reason and it's a cool smoke with a nice rich but not overpowering flavor. Not much nicotine buzz, so a nice candidate for a all day or frequent smoke for virginia tobacco lovers looking for something on the mild end of medium. My rating is biased as I've smoked enough virginia to know what I like there, so I won't judge it by the standards of a smoker who prefers latakia blends. If you have a virginia blend you already like, this might not make you change, but given the fullness without an oversweet aroma and taste, this might be a nice change of pace for some.

As an update, I found, to my surprise, that this tobacco mixes very well with heavier blends like Mississippi Mud, or heavy latakia blends. I wouldn't buy it just for that, but if you find yourself disappointed in the can you buy, or find it too mild, then it's a very fixable blend. Also, it has good burning qualities when drier also, as opposed to out of the can. In fact, it burns noticably cooler, on a par with Peterson's Sherlock Holmes blend, if not better.

2 people found this review helpful.

SteveH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteveH (32)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I am enjoying my first ever smoke of this, in a meer, as I type. In the tin, it is medium cut, mainly mid-brown, some black (the Cavendish, no doubt). It is a mild, smooth, slightly earthy, pleasant if unexciting smoke.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: The Pipe Shop, Edinburgh

Similar Blends: Sam Gawith Best Brown Flake (but milder).

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (217)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I found this more mellow than mild, with just a bit more N than something like Carter Hall or SWR. The tin note was very date-like (reminded me of date steam pudding), but while sweetish, this was not a sweet aro by any means. I can see why it doesn't get many very good overall reviews here -- not sweet enough for many aro lovers, too mellow for many VA or VaPer fans, not complex enough for many Oriental lovers, and of course most Latakia lovers would find nothing to love.

For me, this is a very middle-of-the-road relaxing smoke. It hit the spot when I am looking for such a blend; not great by any means, but good overall. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is yes, and I have.

1 person found this review helpful.

owaindav Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
owaindav (6)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

Wow. There was only one tobacco that I just decided to toss before I got halfway through the bowl. Now there are two. This stuff bit my tongue like I just started smoking. It has a flavor when it hits the tongue that really turned me off. Kind of a sour flavor. Didn't like this a bit.

1 person found this review helpful.

jankoez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jankoez (67)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

After smoking a tin of this blend probably you will never recall of its taste. Nothing special.

My rate: 2.0

1 person found this review helpful.

Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
Very Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

I would somewhat recommend this tobacco based simply on the fact that others may be able to detect within it that which my tongue is somehow overlooking. It is a sweet smelling tobacco in the tin, it looks good, and lighting is pleasant enough.

Unfortunately, the entire smoking experience never gets past the 'pleasant enough'. Halfway through the bowl, I was still expecting the mild flavors to begin developing a fuller, richer body; never happened. It simply remained fairly bland, almost palpably so. Toward the very bottom of the bowl, it turned skunky on me. This happened in three different pipes of varying sizes and shapes. Bland, blander, then skunky at the end.

I have noticed that most of Germain's mixtures are rather weak in character, nearly like they were watered down (same problem with the old Three Castles ryo tobacco). They are tasty, but lacking in body and flavor. This is the Niles Craine of pipe tobacco (or possibly his wife Maris).

1 person found this review helpful.

manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (43)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

boring is the only word that comes to mind. hard to "hate" it but for the fact that it takes away another smoke that you would rather be having. nothing objectionable. nothing memorable. if you like to smoke but don't want to "really smoke" go for it.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1419)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Good old Uncle Tom! Processed in the delightfully unique way that Germain has of combining leaf, this is a light naturally aromatic blend with a casing that I can't put my finger on. It is way off in the background to expose the old world flavor of the Virginia. Crackin' good!


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Jason72 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jason72 (2)
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Greetings, Well Opening of the tin, note of some kind of faint fruit and fishy smell. Nothing like a good Virginia, almost sour. I used a new Cob, figured if I didn't like it I could break in the pipe. As far as the taste of this, That is all I would use it for, So far half the bowl in, I taste hot air, Maybe, just maybe a little sweetness, but I can chalk that up to being from the fresh Cob, not the tobacco. The tobacco is a shag in Wax paper, with Little pieces of Cavendish, but they do nothing for the taste, after half the bowl I am getting a odd urine like note, and I am ready to dump it. So I will conclude this review. There is so much better out there, I might try to blend this, but I would hate to mess up some good tobacco, with this. Sorry but its not worth the price, and the makers should pay you to smoke this tobacco.

Pipe Used: MM Legend

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Nothing, I have ever smoked tasted like Piss..

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NobbyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NobbyR (77)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an old fashioned English pipe tobacco that comes in a fine ribbon cut, almost a shag. The fibres have been presed into the rectangular tin and have the just the right moisture. There seem to be equal amounts of Virginia grades and Black as well as Golden Cavendish in the blend.

The tin note is pleasantly earthy and sweet like brown bread with hints of freshly cut hay.

Filling your pipe is easy (I usually use the Frank method). Just don't pack it too tightly, because this specific cut tends to burn rather hot and fast.

The mellow taste is kind of toasty, tangy and sweet with hints of grass and dried fruits, and a subtle nutty aftertaste. Very old fashioned, but delicious. Enjoyed with leisure, it's a satisfying smoke that'll give you no tongue bite. It burns down evenly, seldom requiring a relight, leaving some dark greying ash.

The room note is just as old fashioned, but rather pleasant.

Pipe Used: Chieftain's Balance

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Crescent City Cigars

Similar Blends: Esoterica Dunbar.

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renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (61)
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

In the description of this tobacco the cut is broken flake.

If this is the right sample I've sent it isn't.

Not that it matters. I won't be ordering the 50g tin in a hurry.

It's not that it's horrible or anything.

Oh no, no.

The tobacco itself feels rather loose and soft, rather like a Robert Lewis tobacco. Careful loading.

Lots of smoke, when it finally decides to catch.

No taste.

No character.

No smell.

A very sterile tobacco.

No tongue bite as it wasn't worth puffing out.

Don't bother.

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