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Small-leaved, sun-cured ?oriental? tobacco grows in many parts of the Middle East, the Balkans and Russia. This tobacco has a distinctive flavor and aroma, arising from the alkaloids and aromatic waxes that the plant secretes in its growth process. Each region produces one or more varieties with characteristic flavor and burning qualities arising from the specific microclimate and soil characteristics of the area, as well as the farming and curing practices employed. Together these many varietals represent a broad array of intriguing ?colors? for the blender. From this array, we have selected a single rare varietal, long absent from the American market. Thin and rather unattractive in the leaf, when properly cured this tobacco comes into its own?it burns cool and sweet, has a soft mouth, and reveals layer upon layer of delicate but distinctive flavor as it burns. The aroma compliments the flavor, and speaks of salt, pine woods, and myrrh. It needs no addition or combination, and receives none except a sprinkle of distilled water in the preparation. An excellent doorway to the intriguing world of oriental tobaccos.

BrandStone Pine Tobacco Company
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsOriental/Turkish
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
2.7
3 reviews
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Bear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bear (24)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I approached this one with a bit of trepidation, having recently tried "Diogenes", and having barely escaped with my Bear Carcass intact. It claims to be made from a single varietal of Oriental "long absent from the American Market", and judging from the uniformity of green brown color, it is indeed one type of tobacco. Ok, it looks a bit like hemp, a little like a pouchong tea, unfurled after steeping (except there would be much greater uniformity of leaf size in any respectable tea). Leaf size ranges from a huge oolong leaf to bits to fannings (unusual, given that it is quite moist). Tin note: Good Tobacco fragrance with some high winey notes, mixed with a bit of wood on the lower registers. Moisture is dead on, for my tastes, let's Rock! Flame hits weed releasing an interesting soft smoke. Hints of lime, salt, and Creosote (warning, don't inhale!) Room note is that of a good oriental, very little bite. As the smoke develops hints of a pleasant mustiness abounds, with an occasional surprise citrus note sneaking in. Not terribly complex by any means, but could be a good occasional smoke for when concentrating on the weed in your pipes isn't a priority (for me, about 95% of the time ). Stays bite free all the way down, with the end bowl becoming just a tad too earthy for me. Conclusion: Decent tobacco, and the producers should be credited with bringing something way different into the market place. I wouldn't smoke a ton of the stuff, but for a change, not bad. Not bad at all. Rating: Worth a try, if for the novelty alone. 6 out of 10 Bearclaws.

-- Bear Graves

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pmonroeb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pmonroeb (92)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Seven Veils is the most unusual tobaccos I have ever tried or seen for that matter. The tobacco comes in a mason jar, not in a can. The look of the tobacco is of slightly greenish flakes that look like oregano or parsley. The smell reminds me of tea. This is not a blend, but just one tobacco.

Like one of the other reviews above, I must applaud Stone Pine for bringing something quite different to the market. I suspect there are not many pipe smokers who would fall in love with this immediately, but rather that one would have to acquire a taste for this. For me, I just found it to be very monochromatic as one might expect from a single leaf tobacco.

Short of having a revelation as I try another couple of bowls later, this tobacco has little chance of finding a place in my cabinet. One recommendation I do have is that Seven Veils is good to use as a blending tobacco. I put a pinch into several bowls of some of my English blends and it does add a distinctive flavor.

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provguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
provguy (52)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

This is my first venture into StonePine tobacco. I must say this is something very different than anything else I have ever tried. It is said to come from a single oriental varietal and fire cured. A varietal that has not been available in the US market of recent. I am puffing on it as I write this. It has a very decent flavor with alot of earthiness to it and the aroma has a pleasant mustiness to it that reminds me of when I visited the middle east. Almost a cross between camel dung and turkish tobacco. The tobacco is of uniform color and small pieces, that I initially questioned whether this was really tobacco or some other herb. The aroma is sweet and pleasant with some wine notes. I am enjoying this quite a bit but don't think I can smoke this all the time, but I am not sure as this is just my first bowl. I probably will come back to edit this in the future after several more bowls of this. Three and half stars.

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