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Naturally aromatic pipe tobacco flavored with traditional West Country Cider.

Blended ByWessex
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cavendish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Unique and tasty. I tried to buy a few tins of this recently but could not find it. Not sure if it is still in production. The bittersweet cider taste was complimented by some mighty fine stoved (lightly) Virginia leaf. It burned clean and rather quickly for a blend of this type. The flavored (lightly) black cavendish provided some further bottom to the blend. I liked it as a change of pace and it did take awhile to finish the tin. This one also has some strength, which I appreciated.


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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Wessex makes some great, often underrated blends, so I was excited to try the original. Upon opening the tin, I was reminded of my grandfather's wine cellar. While I have fond memories of that cellar, that fondness didn't transcend to this pipe weed. This blend just didn't work for me. I found it to burn on the warm side and the flavor was off putting. The tobacco is of good quality, but like most aromatics, if you are not a fan of the topping, it doesn't matter if the quality of the tobacco is good. So, if you like cider in your tobacco in addition to your glass, then it's worth a try. One other thing I noticed that lovers of aged tobacco should be aware of and that is the packaging of the older tins. I had a tin of original from 2004 that was labeled “Wessex Brigade” with “Classic Virginia” on the top portion of the label. If you are looking for an aged tin of the “Classic Virginia” this can be confusing at best. Buyer beware.

1 person found this review helpful.

Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Well, I can give this three stars. To me, it's a fun mild aromatic. It is not the greatest quality tobacco I've smoked by a long shot-smokes fast and hot, but since it does not bite me, I can find a way to enjoy it. My tin is from 2004, nearly six years old. I was going to wait before I popped it, but since I am drinking hard cider (one of my favorite libations) tonight, I just had to try a cider-flavored tobacco! I'm not sure if I would recognize the cider if it didn't tell me on the tin, but I taste a certain maltiness. I can taste tobacco too, so I don't consider this one to be gooped up by any means. Ash is dry at the end of the smoke. Again, does have a fault in that it smokes fast-a pipe that would take 45 minutes to smoke with a S. Gawith or McClelland Virginia smoked in 25 minutes with this. But hey, tasted nice and is good in the nose as well, like an aro should be. I do not plan to stock up on this one, but will buy it again if I can get it at a good price, or maybe just one more time, some time after I have finished this tin, for its uniqueness. Cider, who woulda thunk it?

1 person found this review helpful.

1979 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
1979 (62)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Wessex - Original Fragrant Virginia

This is a light aromatic or crossover aromatic in the sense that while it has not been heavily topped there is definitely an added flavoring that enhances the taste and particularly the room note.

The base tobacco is a sort of chop, small portion of gold virginia, larger portion of brown virginia and largest share of what appears to be black cavendish.  This base has a warm, nutty, slightly earthy taste.  To this is added a very typical Danish style flavoring, possibly sugar water or honey, and a second flavoring that is somewhat distinguishable as apple, slightly bittersweet.  Not much nicotine.  Not a very complex taste.  Have not noted any bite ever but does tend to burn quickly. It's good but not outstanding by any means.  A peaceful, mild blend.  If you're looking for good virginia flavor, go for the Red Virginia Flake or Campaign Dark Flake instead.  More a two-and-a-half star blend than two even.

Age When Smoked: At least five years

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