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The famous Royal Scot, a most aromatic blend, remains unique and unlike any other aromatic ever made. The flavoring for this classic mixture has been a closely held secret for over 100 years. This melange of plugged Virginia, North Carolina and Burley can be smoked as is, or used to enhance your own favorite blend.

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByCarole Burns
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging2 oz. bag, 4 oz. bag, 8 oz. bag 16 oz. bag
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Mild Strong Mild Strong

The Bicentennial. Gerald R. Ford. Blond American Cavendish. A vanilla sundae. My late mother-in-law used to say: "Ned, you smell like a pastry shop"! As aromatics go, this was a classic. It certainly went with plaid bell-bottoms and extra-wide, burnt-tangarine ties. Gosh, never again.

Girls with white lipstick used to love it, though.

5 people found this review helpful.

SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Royal Scot is definitely not a full aromatic. It is a mild blend, flavored with a distinctive top dressing. What the flavoring is I couldn't tell you. It is indeed a mystery. If I had to describe it, I would say it reminded me of some pastry I have tried, and there is a hint of buttercreme to it. It is not particularly sweet. I could taste the tobacco just fine, but I can tell you that Carolina is a neutral tasting leaf, and helps keep blend mild. This may be why some feel the flavoring is stronger than it is. It also lightens the nicotine level. It left my palate clean, and ready for another pipe.

This is gentle, pleasant, and undemanding. Sasha is right. This would be a good blend for the morning. It would also be a good choice for the lover of mild, Burley based aromatics. This was certainly designed for the all day smoker, who didn't want to be overwhelmed with a complex blend, requiring careful technique. This packs, lights and smokes with very little effort. There is absolutely no goo on this one. It ends dry and clean as a whistle.

An old American classic, certainly worth trying.

P.S. The more I smoke this, the more I like it

1 person found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

Another fine aromatic from Pipeworks&Wilke. Although I don't usually like and smoke aromatics, theirs are enjoyable and without the horrible characteriscs of the black cavendish ones. This made me smile because it smells exactly like the typical Italian Easter cake in form of a dove, so I thought it was the perfect tobacco to smoke in this period! It's definitely aromatic, you can't detect a lot under the flavour, but it burns well, cool and above all dry. The flavour is given for sure by some vanilla, probably with a pinch of anice. The body is light and without any kind of evolution, but the flavour keeps up to the end of the bowl. Good one for the morning.

1 person found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A very soft and fluffy chestnut brown ribbon cut, a bit too moist out of the bag. I dried this to varying degrees and found that just a hair drier than it came provided its essence. Any drier and you lose the aromatic agent... which I did to improve it... but then why buy an aromatic? Interesting bag note, sort of a fruit and nut combo. Not a heavy aroma.

This strikes me as a pre-1970's aromatic, just before the advent of black Cavendish-based aromatics that became mega popular. No goop in this one at all and not heavily scented. Heavy American-style aromatics usually fall into two camps for me - the first is the chemical tasting ones whose flavor lasts almost to the bottom, and the second is the ones that are a bit more natural tasting for half a bowl and then turn ashy. This one falls into the latter camp. First half-bowl was a sort of codger burley with some added flavoring, which was not bad at all. From there, it turned ashy tasting and lost all its original flavor. Consistently. So I tried using it as a blender where it imparted a little of its flavor but otherwise didn't impact the blend. Of course, I didn't have nearly enough to test it fully, so at least a wagon-load of salt goes well here. Bottom line is I won't be repeating this one but if you like the concept of a light aro where the flavoring doesn't choke the life out of the leaf, try this one. It takes me back to when the codgers would meet at my dad's house to watch football on a chilly Sunday. Oh, and this goes better in briar than in meerschaum and may suit cob smokers even better!

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Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (150)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

A blending component of many Pipeworks and Wilke tobaccos, this one starts out rather innocuously in the jar with a very mild, almost neutral aroma. Presentation is on the finer side of ribbon cut.

While shipped moist, this blend takes a match very well and burns straight through, without ever becoming hot. Absolutely no bite in this blend, and I pushed it hard looking for the breakpoint. I never found it.

Sipped, Royal Scot is an outstanding Aromatic: slow-burning and cool, dry- smoking, with a very unique flavoring that I would describe as cotton candy without the cloying sweetness, with hints of caramel and vanilla. Just a nice, naturally sweet taste that is subtle enough that you don't forget you're smoking tobacco, rather than chemicals and flavoring agents. Room note receives positive feedback.

This is clearly the mystery ingredient that makes so many Pipeworks and Wilke blends so pleasant, particularly their unique mild English blends and English Aromatics.

A very interesting and unique blend. While seemingly used primarily as an ingredient in other blends, Royal Scot is a very enjoyable blend in its own right. While this blend is too mild for my preferences and wouldn't do for my everyday smoke, I would strongly recommend this for novice pipe smokers suffering tongue bite, as none can be found here. Also for those who enjoy very mild, pleasantly aromatic blends that are not goopy or overdone. Where this blend shines, in my opinion, is as a mixer with other blends. I must agree with the poster from way back in 2004 who commented on the magic this can bring to English blends.

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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This blend has quickly become one of my favorites. The flavor is hard to put my finger on but reminds me of vanilla ice cream. Very light topping that lets the base tobaccos shine through. There is no black cavendish in this blend, its a mix of browns. The blend is just perfect for a stroll as it does not overheat nor goop up ones pipe rarely needing a pipe cleaner. The aroma is to die for as my girlfriend swoons over this one and i always love the room note after i leave the room and enter again later. Delightful chunky blend, i see why it has withstood the test of time!

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