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For Solani's Red Label, a touch of single malt Scotch has been added to selected bright and red Virginias from the"Old Belt", ripe burleys and mellow, sweet black cavendish for a"Tropical Aroma--delicious. Wild Cut.

Blended ByR.L. Will
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin, 100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2114)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

The lighter, grassy Virginias are fairly subdued by the very pleasing topping, though part way through the smoke, the tangy dark fruit red Va. taste pops up once in a while. The same can be said for the nutty, earthy burley, though that seems a little more noticeable. Overall, the sweet, honey and sugary cavendish is the most prominent tobacco taste I got, though it still plays second fiddle to the topping. The scotch whiskey is choice, and the main reason to buy this as it sublimates the tobaccos a bit. Sweet, malty, and intoxicating, if you'll pardon the pun, it needs to be sipped and not puffed fast. Has a mild nic-hit, and won't bite. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace for a flake with no weakening of its consistent flavor, and has no dull or harsh spots. It may require some drying time. Leaves just a light dampness in the bowl, and needs some relights. The after taste and room notes are exceptionally pleasant. Not an all day smoke.

14 people found this review helpful.

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

The only tobacco blend flavored with scotch whiskey that I've appreciated is Peterson's Irish Whiskey. It has been the only one where the casing did not overpower the "natural" flavor of the tobaccos.

Solani has made a terrific effort here - and while it will not become a regular smoke in my rotation, it will receive attention from time to time.The leaf is supple and reeks of quality, but the flavoring does make its presence known the moment the lid is popped. You will smell a wonderful bouquet when you open the tin, and you might even be tempted to pour this blend into a shot glass rather than your pipe!

The good news for me (and great news for you aromatic fans) is that this blend is quite cool while burning, and very flavorsome too. It's just a bit over the top for my everyday consumption. Don't get me wrong, the blend does have some nice qualities. For instance, I found it makes a nice after dinner smoke. It satisfies my sweet tooth without adding any calories. Hey, I'm liking this stuff more and more already!

6 people found this review helpful.

NJA62 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NJA62 (3)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I lean towards light aromatics and selected this blend as a freebie with the purchase of a new pipe. They had an open tin as a sample, and the aroma was very strong, a combination of sweet and whiskey. Not a fan of the way whiskey smells or tastes as a liquor, and was dissapointed it was in my tobacco. I would not have purchased this because of the strong whiskey aroma. I thought it would sit, unopened, and use it to trade, but curiosity got the better of me, and glad it did because i found an excellent product. Although i can taste the whiskey, it is subtle and just flat out works in this blend. I dont smoke it every day, but i make sure i always have some on hand. I was pleasantly surprised all around ay how well it smokes, biurns, tastes and smells to others.

5 people found this review helpful.

Tuckers Gpa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tuckers Gpa (29)
Very Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Really liked the tobaccos, milder Virginias and lighter burley. The single malt flavoring is noticeable; but it's there almost as a afterthought. Don't get me wrong, this is a aromatic type tobacco, but for me, the taste is an accompaniment. Not a major player. Although one would swear it is the point of the tobacco. I liked the way the tobaccos presented themselves while smoking. Each inhale/exhale produced flavors of hay, grass, and there it is, the tooty fruity flavor I so enjoy in Vas. So, excellent flavors, will reorder.

4 people found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (140)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

The critics caught my attention so i had to try this blend!when you crack the tin you get a very pleasant flavour of whiskey and vanilla.the moisture is higher than needed let it dry out for an hour.the lighting needs a bit effort.while smoking the flavours come out with malt whiskey and sweet vanilla.the burleys give a nuttyness with a very earthy flavour wich i don't like.the virginias are drowned from the topping and the burleys.burns very cool and slow.the moisture level is ok.the room note is very pleasant.the nicotine level is ok for an all day smoke.i don't give 4 stars because though the flavours are great they are not balanced.

Age When Smoked: After dried out for 1 hour

3 people found this review helpful.

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

An utterly delightful blend.

Opening the tin, the aroma is positively mouthwatering, fruity, hay like aroma with a good lashing of whiskey, it's more of a wild cut, which in turn makes filling the pipe very easy. Takes the flame like a charm and carry on throughout the bowl, it's flavour stays with the smoke but never masks the actual tobacco flavours.

An excellent whiskey aromatic, and a deffinitely bucket list tobacco for the aromatic enthusiast and a very positive change of pace for those who don't dabble in aromatics very often.

Never overlyrics strong in nicotine and a beautiful room notwith that would take offend

I hear that the man who invented solani also came up with the original recipes for borkum riff, those who like the borkun riff line are well advised to try solani for they truly are a fantastic addition to our little world. Solid four stars from me.

Pipe Used: Falcon and hardcastle crescent

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1578)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Solani - 131 Red Label.

This gives a strong aroma from the mix, I get whiskey but there is also an extra sweetness in there. Mine appears to include a healthy amount of each tobacco, it's an even mixture.

Once lit I wouldn't say it tastes like your usual whisky aromatic, the whisky is really faint. The main false taste is just like the sweet nougat I remember I used to eat as a kid, it tastes different to anything I have had so far! The Burley and Virginia are a little lost in the flavour, out of the tobacco tastes the only one I can identify clearly is the black Cavendish. All the way through the flavour stays the same, there's no fluctuation with either the tobacco tastes or additives. I find the nicotine mild in this one, I don't think it would be much good for a hardcore nicotine lover! I can't pick much out in the room note, all I really get is a simple tobacco one, not offensive but not special! My tongue has remained bite free all the way through, it has been a very comfortable smoke. The burn is a good with Red Label, it is a proper sit back and relax smoke!

As I said earlier, this tastes different to other blends I have smoked but DIFFERENT doesn't necessarily mean bad, hence four stars!

Pipe Used: Strambach Vienna Calabash

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos

3 people found this review helpful.

Otis56 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Otis56 (31)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Yummy yummy yum. Excellent selection of tobaccos. Packs perfect, nice burn. Taste of Carmel a hint of vanilla, and scotch wiskey. What could be better? If you are going to try an aro. This should be one for sure. Peace.

Pipe Used: Peterson/ Sherlock Holmes

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Canadian natives

3 people found this review helpful.

M.Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Toney (59)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I found this blend to be almost identical to Dan Tobacco Blue Note in tin aroma & similar in taste, strength, etc. Also nuances of Peterson's Sweet Killarney come to mind. This one is a true crowd pleaser for sure. Fairly comfortable on the palate for an aromatic & very little of the enticing, sweet flavoring comes through while smoking.

The tin aroma is such that one might be enticed to find a spoon & dig right in. It leaves no goopy dottle in the bowl but it will leave a ghost in there for the next couple of rounds. I don't smoke many aromatics these days & this review is based only on the merits of an aromatic blend. Therefore, IMHO, Solani's 131 blend earns three stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (86)
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Very high quality smoke, perfect whiskey flavored tobacco and one of the best in aromatic line. Clean and dry smoke without tongue bite. Personally for me bit to light in nicotine and taste. Overall highly recommended for everybody at least to try it once.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 3 years in vacum tin

2 people found this review helpful.

Hillbilly08 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hillbilly08 (38)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This blend smelled great when fresh. With time the aroma the taste got even better. The tobacco is a moist ribbon when new, and improves with airing. Smoking is a pleasure. Although the topping is reasonably strong, it is pleasant and does not distract. The cavendsh emerges as the main flavour with virginia and burley in the background. The flavour mix remains constant throughout the bowl. While slightly sweetish it is not cloying and displays malt-like overtones which reflect the name. It is a pleasant blend of high-quality tobacco. It is not particularly complex but is very dependable and will be in my regular rotation.

Pipe Used: several Stanwell briars with 9mm filter

Age When Smoked: from fresh to 6 months old

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: 4noggins - Father Orin.

2 people found this review helpful.

Upon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Upon (15)
Mild Strong Full Pleasant

An old acquaintance calling my name from the shelves of the B&M. It was one of those moments when strange things and crazy actions suddenly seem perfectly normal. Traveling abroad, becoming drunk from friendship and beverages, not enough sleep, beautiful old houses, carpe diem, maybe fall in love. So you buy a tin of Solani 131, just like that. Later you sit home with - just that - a tin of frea-king Solani 131 blend of Virginia, Burley and Single Malt Scotch Whiskey thinking "Why?"

Why, this is the tobacco most of you would coin as "change of pace". That's what it is, you change the pace to the opposite direction and run! Run for your life!

Actually I'm quite curious to find out exactly which Single Malt Whiskey reeks cooking fudge at home, so I would know to strictly avoid the label. The tobacco tastes like the combination of decaying flesh and toffee, quite an achievement as such. Also it produces an ocean of gurgle when smoked. If smoked, I mean.

Pipe Used: next briar

Age When Smoked: fresh

2 people found this review helpful.

stoked Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stoked (6)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

131 tin description reads very promisingly. When I opened the tin I Thought oh no not another sweet cased tobacco. Upon lighting I was immediately impressed with the tobacco but still dismayed at the casing. However 5 min into the bowl I got the taste and mouth feel of a fine Singke malt. The casing lingered until half wssy through the bowl. But it lessens and makes way for fine tobacco taste. This blend is nice and wont burn hot, but clean and cool.


2 people found this review helpful.

Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Red Label is a lot better than Green. As Green, the tin aroma is fantastic but the casing in Red is not overwhelming.

A bit too mild for me, it is still very enjoyable.

Worth a try for the fans of cased tobaccos.

2 people found this review helpful.

Planet Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Planet Scott (60)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A mild, yet nice smoke. Not too sweet. The tin states Virgina, Burley and single malt scotch whiskey. I can sort of detect the whiskey. To me, it levels the sweetness and adds to the room note which is somewhat peppery. I really like this one. Tongue bite is not an issue here.

2 people found this review helpful.

Mike Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Toney (44)
Medium Strong Extra Full Very Pleasant

Tin aroma...sweet smelling with a strong casing that will make you salivate. Absolutely one of the sweetest and most tasteful blends, ever. I feel it should rank high among other top quality, flavored aromatics icluding Blue Note! I love this stuff! Marvelous taste & aroma...leaves the room smelling like an oven baking delicious desserts. Lovers of flavored aromatics who enjoy a mild, sweet taste should try this blend. Burns OK with hardly any tongue/palate discomfort & nicotine content is satisfactory. Being a lover of quality aromatic blends, I will definately be keeping some on hand for regular rotation. Sample some for yourself. I strongly feel you won't be dissapointed. Therefore, IMHO, Solani's 131 Red Label merits four **s!

2 people found this review helpful.

Sonaris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sonaris (10)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Another successful blend from Solani boasting the usual high quality tobacco in the tin (in this instance) rounded off by Single Malt Whiskey. After trying out Solani's X-Sweet Mystery and the Green Label 127 which are excellent aromatics, I wondered if they could get it right a third time. They certainly did! A lovely whiff wafts out of the tin and immediately brings a smile to ones face. Slightly moist out of the tin, one is well advised to (like with most aromatics) to pace this one. Lights and smokes easily and adequately substantiates a change of pace. The essence seems to be be on burleys rather than virginas augmented with cavendish. Personally, I would have liked the virginas to come through - but thats a personal preference. Well deserved three stars from my side.

2 people found this review helpful.

Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is definitely my favorite among all the aromatic blends that I've tried over the last years, and my favorite among Solani's aromatic blends.

Primarily, I enjoy VA/PER, Oriental/English blends for the most part, with a high preference for the Flake/broken flake types. I also try an aromatic every once in a while, but only keep one in my regular rotation: Erinmore Flake. But I am seriously considering adding Solani Red Label... which is a high quality aromatic, and I suspect because of the outstanding work of Mr Will.

What really convinced me to try it was the tin aroma: a sweet, enjoyable, highly intoxicating incredible smell. After I opened it and got the first hint of aroma, I just sat down, smelled it over a long period and totally freaked out on that robust sweet aroma. Then, I looked at the leaf content: not as much Bright VA as in Green Label and X Sweet Mystery - which is good-, brown, red and black leaves for the rest, in equal proportion.

This tobacco is medium /long cut and packs very well. lighting is fairly easy, it smokes well and dry for an aromatic, and becomes a little stronger as I work my way down. The thing is, the taste of the casing never leaves, it remains constant all along and never turns sour or hot or goopy like most fairly cased aromatics. It smoked dry until the end.

The other beauty is that, if smoked properly, it will not bite at all. But if overpuffed, it might bite. I smoked it outside in a Meerschaum when it was rather windy and my tongue reminded me for a couple hours that it was a bad idea.

This is a good Bakkie, very high quality. I will most certainly consider adding it in my regular rotation.

Highly recommended!

2 people found this review helpful.

jackhackett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jackhackett (76)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Solani 131 is a superlative blend that actually pulls off the scotch whiskey casing successfully, complementing and harmonizing with the leaf instead of burying it in syrupy sweetness.

I rarely smoke aromatics of this type, but when I do, this is the one I reach for consistently. The quality leaf and careful preparation of the product is evident in each tin and each bowl I've smoked.

The leaf can be a little wet out of the tin, so drying helps considerably. She still doesn't jump in my lap and call me "Hef" when I smoke it, but Solani 131 is one of the few blends that my wife actually likes me to smoke inside.

Also, this blend seems to be hard to locate at times, so grab a tin if you see one. Well worth a try.

2 people found this review helpful.

BigChairPuffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigChairPuffer (11)
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable

I expected to find candy in the tin the smell was so sweet. Smoked very well but the flavour is far from subtle.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipesrevisited Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesrevisited (45)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

Way too sweet for me, as well the tinnote as the taste while smoking.

Luckily one of my pipesmoking friends loves this tobacoo, so he may finish the tin for me. I'll stick to Peterson's IW in this bracket...

1 person found this review helpful.

Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (84)
Very Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I had never really given this blend a second look, but when the reviewers below said this was a whisky topped blend that got it right, I had an urge to give it a try when I saw this at my B&M tobacconist recently.

This is my first whisky aro. I've been afraid to try any others because the reviews for them are generally not so favorable, seeming to range from abysmal to mediocre at best. But I like whisky, and if a blender got it right, then I think it's worth a try.

Unlike the other reviewers here, I don't really taste the whisky as such. Or, to put it more precisely, I suppose I can convince myself that what I'm tasting is somewhat whisky-ish, but it could be a case of perception following suggestion instead of what's really there. Maybe the casing is more like a whisky liqueur, since the vaguely whisky-ish flavor I'm getting is delicately sweet with hints of honey.

Whatever it is, it's pleasant. This is a quality leaf with a slightly sweet, smooth, vaguely whisky-liqueur casing that's applied with a firm but sure hand. So many of the virginia based aros I've tried are way too high key for me, and burn hot. Not this one -- 131 burns cool, has a nice balance, good range, and accessible complexity. This is a quality aro that can be appreciated by non-aro smokers willing to venture into new waters. Plus it has received more comments from total strangers about its delicious room note than any other blend I've tried, so it's definitely a hit in public, which is good PR for our defamed hobby and so nothing to sneer at.

This is my second Solani blend, and they've both been successful, quality blends. They're doing something right, so I will be trying more of their blends in the future.

1 person found this review helpful.

The Punisher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Punisher (44)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

A very nice aromatic from Solani. Top quality leaf, a combination of broad cut loose bright VA with red partially rubbed VA, black Cavendish and some burley that remains overall discreet.

The tin aroma is splendid and appealing. It looks like a topping rather than a casing, which is good, as where the green label is a casing more than a topping. Moisture content is excellent and the pipe is easy to fill and light. The scotch whiskey is detectable in the taste as well as pure tobacco. This mixture smokes very well and never bites.

For those new among us and requesting a top quality aromatic that will spare their pipes or tongues, or for the established aromatic lovers, Solani red label is the way to go.


1 person found this review helpful.

DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very akin to Peterson's Irish Whiskey, the tobacco flavor comes through, the casing is not overbearing and this burns cool enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. Overall good flavor and aroma. If whiskey aromatics appeal to you this maybe your smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.