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2002 tin description: Naturally aromatic pipe tobacco flavoured with traditional West Country Regimental Cider.

Notes: Small, loose disks, similar to Three Nuns (tin version). Virginias and Perique. Originally sold in 100 grams hinge tins, and the tobacco was sealed inside a foil bag.

Blended ByWessex
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
CutCurly Cut
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is sort of like the baby brother of the VaPer Three Nuns in that it's uninformed by comparison. It's sweeter, and sort of tart at times. The sweetness comes as much from the cider topping as it does the grassy, citrus, dark fruit Virginias, which sports a little earth note. The description for this blend said there's no topping, which is untrue, and it detracts from the tobaccos a bit. The spice, plum and raisins from the perique does little for this blend, and is a minor player. If the blender had VaPer Three Nuns in mind -and he must have - he did not succeed in replicating it. There's no cider topping in the old Three Nuns. It has a mild nic-hit, and little punch to the consistent flavor. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and reasonably smooth. Needs an average number of relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. An all day smoke.

12 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Curly Cut is a much sought after blend by those who appreciate aged tobacco. I sell a lot of it on my website with age and upon query, have been told it is one of those blends that really ages well. So, naturally I had to try a tin - I selected one with five years of age - and boy, was it good! The Virginia had great depth of flavor and the Perique component, while discreet, made its presence known with every puff. And even more fun was the fact that the farther down the bowl I progressed, the deeper the richness of the Virginia leaf. I want another tin!


11 people found this review helpful.

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

I am a fan of Wessex Classic Virginia and Campaign flake, so I thought Sovereign would be worth a try. As another reviewer mentioned, it appears in the tin a lot like the current version of Three Nuns. However, I enjoy Three Nuns more. I have not yet smoked MB Roll Cake so I can’t make a comparison although both of those blends have some Burley, this blend doesn’t have any. The small coins pack easily enough. The brighter Virginias seem to rule the day, and I guess there is some Perique here too. I say I guess, because it is added so lightly that I found myself searching for it. There is some manually added sweetness to Sovereign too although the description claims none. It will burn a little hot if pushed so puffers beware. I like VaPers with deeper flavors like Escudo, St. James, and Deluxe Navy Rolls etc. so this wasn’t in my wheelhouse. If you are a fan of lighter VaPers that are light on the Perique, than this is your blend. It isn’t an awful tobacco and I am hoping that my remaining two tins will offer a pleasant surprise after three or four years in the cellar.

UPDATE: After smoking some this with some additional age, I have to bump this up to 3 stars (aged only for me)

Age When Smoked: New

6 people found this review helpful.

Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

There is some red Virginia here, but the dominant flavour is of something very like a supple semi-sweet English tea biscuit. To that is added the Périque which bubbles up on top, peppery and buzzy like Champagne or, if you wish, sparkling hard cider. I love it. I normally prefer some further oomph down below, which the old Three Nuns certainly had and this one certainly does not. All in all though, this is a completely delightful offering. Perfect for Summer smoking.

4 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a pretty good VaPer. Sweet hay and a hint of tang from the Virginias. Dark fruit and a fair amount of spice from the Perique. That seems to contradict some of the other reviews here and I'm thinking if you can't find the Perique in this, maybe you should try it in a cob or a different briar. I have no trouble at all, in fact, I'd say the two components have near equal influence. There is some added sweetness in a topping. Perhaps it's technically correct to say there is no casing. Casing? Topping? Meh, just semantics. I won't give this 4 stars as there are at least a half-dozen VaPers that I prefer, but I will give it a rock solid 3.

Mild to medium in body and taste. Added sweetness is mild. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Mars cigars and pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

rintrah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rintrah (14)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Extremely disappointing. Absolutely not a VaPer to my sense of taste. This tastes just like a MacBaren roll cake, and I don't say that just because it is a spun cut. I say that because as soon as I light this up I'm overwhelmed with sugar-syrupy sweetness.

I almost wonder if I have a different blend than other reviewers as this is obviously not VA sweetness. My tin says "Piquant 1840's RoyalNavy formula" - well, no clue what that means but this isn't what I've experienced with other "navy" blends.

Perique content is minuscule. I can usually still taste it small amounts - in this I taste none, only the sugar topping used.

If you like sweet VAs with a topping, there's nothing wrong with that. This might be right up your alley, but not what I want in a VaPer. I'm rating as 1 star even though it is not terrible tobacco per se, and I know some people will really like it. But definitely 1 star (zero maybe) to my tastes coming to this looking for a VaPer. Value is bad here, too.

If you're looking for an actual VaPer that tastes like VA and Per tobacco, seek out Escudo/Dunhill Navy Rolls, McClelland's St James Woods/Beacon Extra, or Gawith's St James Flake.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Wessex - Sovereign Curly Cut (Brigade).

As this blend has a lot of diversity with the reviews, especially regarding the added flavour and strength of Perique, it just goes to prove just how subjective our tastes are!

Curly Cut and Roll Cake are often very uncertain descriptions, sometimes the blend's presented as neat coins yet on other occasions it's almost ribbons. This is quite neat: mostly small coins with very few ribbons. For immediate smoking my tin couldn't have been any better, but in all honesty I wouldn't trust it in the cellar for long; it looked a LITTLE too dry. I give the small coins a further rubbing, and they become coarse ribbons with only a delicate touch.

There seems to be a slight amount of acrimony regarding added flavour: it runs from None, to Medium to Strong, so this intrigued me. I can only identify a sort of sweetness, at first, but this transpires into a kind of dough/pastry-esc flavour. The other area that attracts rancour is the strength of Perique; I can clearly taste it, to my palate it's the stronger of the two leaves: dark fruit, lots of spice, and slightly sharp. The burn from Sovereign is good, but the smoke has a predilection to become too warm.

Again, I have to disagree with the common view on nicotine: I find it medium to strong, but I'll roll with the crowd on the room-note: pleasant.

This is a nice smoke, but falls just short of being highly recommended:

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Fred Tranter Own Make

Age When Smoked: Three Moths

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

Taste Buds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taste Buds (65)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoked this after reviewing Peter Heinrich Special Curly, as they are very similar. I prefer to rub out the disks to a ribbon cut. The Virginias in Wessex Brigade Sovereign Curly Cut are a little darker and provide a deeper taste profile. This has a touch more perique and is a little fuller with less sweetness. This burns slightly cooler. Both are excellent, but I prefer the Heinrich Special Curly because it is mellower, milder and easy on the throat. This is closer to The Three Nuns of years past. Not the same, but an acceptable replacement for those who miss the original.

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

zunismoke5484 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zunismoke5484 (1)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

I have read a number of the reviews for Sovereign and I wonder if quite a few of them are being reviewed using relatively fresh tobacco. I have no way to compare using fresh tobac, as I only have aged specimens. That said, I find the tobac(aged) to be of excellent flavor and the perique to be of sufficent quantity to be quite satisfying! The only tobacco I can recall that has more pungency is Elizabethan. I Find both the flavor and pungency to be uniform from first light to the bottom of the bowl. Igive this one 4 stars! I have changed the room note after asking my wife(no like).

Pipe Used: Jen Briar, Astley's sandblast stack

Age When Smoked: 10 years

Purchased From: Private

Similar Blends: Peter Heinrichs - Curly Special (Special Selection).

2 people found this review helpful.

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

UPDATE 5/24/13

As I had purchased two tins of this, I popped the second to see if a few more months of age had changed this. Nope. I actually gave two bowls worth each to 4 other smokers, 3 of which guessed it to be a Mac Baren's blend (the 4th guessed a Stokkebye). Their tasting comments pretty much mirrored my own... overly sugary virginia and cavendish blend with no perique and a pretty fair masking of the tobacco taste. My original 1 star rating stands, not because this is a bad blend - it isn't - but because I'd recommend that if someone wanted this type of blend, they should save money and buy Mac Baren's. And also because this is advertised as a VaPer and the perique is completely MIA.


Cute little spun discs of light brown to golden color. Tin aroma was of zero perique, a bit of virginia and a whole lotta topping. Smelled like a Mac Baren roll cake. Unfortunately, it tasted like one as well.

I agree with Rintrah's review. As a Vaper, this fails miserably. It's probably the worst representation of that genre that I've ever smoked. The perique was missing in action and the virginias were much sweeter than they should have been, due to the Mac Baren-esque syrupy, pastry-like topping, a flavor I find nauseating. This saccharine taste covers up most of the tobacco flavor. I could only smoke a few bowls of this and nothing I did to this one elevated it to smokable for me. I smoked it moist and dry and it never changed. This is to Three Nuns what a powdered donut is to corn chips. No casing on this one? Yeah... sure....

The problem I see with this one is that I can't recommend it to any serious VaPer aficionado because it doesn't fit that style. The style it does fit is done to perfection by Mac Barens, and at a much reduced price. Consequently, I can't find anything that this brings to the marketplace that isn't done better or cheaper by someone else, and as such I cannot recommend it to anyone.

2 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Motoyoshi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Motoyoshi (68)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A friend gave me a very generous sample of this that was roughly 5 years aged. It was actually a blind taste test.

The little coins are very similar in size and shape to MB Roll Cake. That's about it as the colors are not the same and the smoke is a completely different world.

This tobacco packs very easily and the pancake method of stacking the little coinds seems to get great results. I never had any dottle left with this blend.

The flavor of the smoke is a nice clean tobacco taste. I don't think it's been topped or cased in any way even. The VA is sweet and the perique is more like a very light condiment. One reviewer made the comparison to a cider and I find that very appropriate. Reminiscent of a hot cider with some cinnamon and maybe the teeniest amount of paprika or chili powder just to give it a little zing.

This tin is a little pricy compared to some other Vapers; see Escudo. So I can see how people are less than thrilled with it. Perique fiends will probably find this boring but if you find some blends have too much of it, this is probably a good start. I would love to give this 2.5 stars but it the lack of perique doesn't make it a bad blend at all. It is a high quality easy to pack flavorful blend.

Pipe Used: Cobs and briars

Age When Smoked: >5 years

1 person found this review helpful.

Smokeybear86 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smokeybear86 (14)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

Tin Note: The Blend had that same vinegar smell that va/pers usually have but this one also had an iced tea note to it.

Initial Light: Only took 2 false lights to get a nice burn going, flavor kicked off with some nice mild spicy hints from the perique.Burn was kinda fast but even none-the-less.

Mid-Smoke: The mild spice continued to the beginning of the mid-bowl, there wasn't much of a sweetness to the smoke but more like a wood tasting flavor, old cedar furniture taste. As i preceded through the mid-bowl i began to pick up slight hints of plum and fruit. The bowl was a bit hot but the smoke was even hotter i was getting a tingle on the tip of my tongue but that's all it was just a tingle, no bite.

Bottom of the Bowl: The spiciness eased down a bit and made room for more of the fruity plum flavor which increased as i smoked further down, the smoke itself was a lot cooler now but the flavor maintained its mildness.

Room Note: Not much to say wife said it just smelled like a pipe/cigar, which by the way shes not a fan of smell wise.

Dottle: It left a mixture of dark and white ash but the bottom was wet, i didn't get any gurgle or moisture through the stem during the smoke but it was really wet near the draft hole.

Smoking Duration: 35 min

Overall: This is a blend that starts off spicy, gets hot and then ends with a savory taste rather then a sweet one. I didn't find it horrible, but it was a bit annoying to smoke in between the spicy and savory, where it didn't know what it wanted to be. During that time i felt like i was sucking in hot air. So the beginning and end of this smoke was the highlights but even still i don't think it was worth a replay.

Pipe Used: Stanwell 1987 POY

Age When Smoked: 4-5years

Purchased From: Sample From a Friend

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I really wanted to like this tobacco more, as it is nearly everything I like in a VaPer. A friend who is a VaPer fan that I shared some with used adjectives like 'delightful,' and 'smooth.' I found it a bit boring, on the other hand, and even a little bitey at times, but on the whole, a fairly solid if unexciting VaPer. 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 no.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

With all respect to the two previous reviewers, I find no similarities here to the MB roll cakes other than appearance. My tin is from 2003, and maybe there was a difference in other time periods, but I just get quality Virginia with a touch of Perique here. Truth be told, I like MB roll cakes as well, though I prefer them to be well-aged (think 1980s), since the younger ones tend to bite me a bit. This is my favorite of the Wessex blends I've tried, and though I'm sure there is a subtle topping (nearly undetectable to me), it is nothing like the Mac Baren topping, and the Virginias really shine! Like I said, I do like MB roll cakes, and like the roll cake style in general, but this one is good for when I'm all Mac Barened out, but still want a roll cake, just because it is so different in taste! Now, I know blends can vary from year to year and even from tin to tin, but the tin I'm smoking from contains one of the most perfectly balanced Virginias I've ever put in my pipe.

1 person found this review helpful.

BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (72)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I am surprised this has so few reviews.. this is a fantastic va/per.. More on the sweet end of the va/per spectrum, this puts me in mind of dunhill navy rolls more than escudo.. very nice, well- behaved, balanced tobacco. I havent had the pleasure of trying any of the incarnations of three nuns, so i cant compare them. but for me this is perfection. the tin aroma is very subtle, an interesting spice aroma.. during the smoke the perique comes and goes, sometimes strong sometimes subtle.. a little sourness, which is always nice when paired with the predominant sweetness. I will stock up on this one for sure. i am curious to try more of wessex other offerings now.

1 person found this review helpful.

incendio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incendio (33)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't understand what the fanfare is with this particular tobacco. It reminds me of Mac Baren's Latakia Blend. That is to say, in the same way the Latakia is practically missing from Mac Baren's Latakia Blend, the Perique is, at best, a ghost on the tongue, leaving one wondering whether what you imagine you're tasting is actually Perique or not. Not to mention that, upon visual inspection, there is practically no Perique to be seen. I don't know if this is because this is a new tin--perhaps older preparations were better and the new tins aren't what they used to be. As for the Virginias, they burned hot, even when dried a little, and the flavor was quite unremarkable. For a VaPer I'd call it a failure; for a typical Danish "boutique" tobacco--something you'd smoke when you're bored with your regular lineup, I'd say it's somewhat of a success-- if what you want is to go running back to your regular favorites. Overall I found it quite lacking in character to any degree, and I'd give it back or trade it for something else in a heartbeat. To be fair, though, the tin aroma is enticing, and the presentation--the loose disks--is quite appealing.

1 person found this review helpful.

puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (74)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I'm sorry to end the love fest but I must. Like most people I often fall for such lines as "similar to" or "if you like..." It is true that like Three Nuns (old) this is a curly cut, but that's it. This blend was a major disappointment, especially considering the stiff price. To say the perique is subtle is an understatement. I found it often smoked hot and simply lacked significant character. If you have never tasted the original Three Nun's don't feel bad. It was a very good tobacco but not quite the Holy Grail it is portrayed as. Like so many things we can no longer have, the memory is far sweeter than the reality.

1 person found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The best thing about this blend is the old style folding tin that although large due to the 100G size, is still quite convenient. Inside the foil pouch are nicely prepared disks ~ the size of a nickel, interspersed with golden to dark brown color. The individual disks varied widely in color from one to the next perhaps from the twisting process. Many had also started to unravel. This is one of very few blends that I have ever opened and been greeted by apparent white mildew on some of the tobacco even though the moisture content wasn't that high. I've done this myself when trying to rehumidify tobaccos with distilled water. Perhaps an imperfect foil seal was the cause but this is not expected from an expensive, tinned tobacco. Without rubout, packing technique was critical to an even smoke without relights and difficult to consistently duplicate. As with some other Wessex VA flakes that I've tried, I did not find the taste as inviting as the tin or room aroma. The advertised Perique was hardly detected resulting in a rather bland VA. Other VA flakes and Va/Perique blends are much more enjoyable than this one.

1 person found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (153)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Va/per coin cut means a must try blend!once the tin breaks a nice fresh aroma comes out.citruses,grass,spices and plums are combined with a cider topping.the blend is consisted of little coins mixed with broken coins and some virginia ribbons.the moisture is low and the blend can be packed as it is or rubbed out.i prefer it the way it is as lighting is not hard and burning is slower.while burning the flavours are decent natural and satisfying.virginias are grassy ,citrusy,sour and earthy.perique is in the backround offering some spices,figs and plums.the cider topping nullifies a bit the tobacco flavours and in my opinion sometimes ruins the experience.generally the combination is mostly balanced and pleasant.burns medium speed and if rubbed qick,medium to hot with a lot moisture being created at the end of the bowl and the filter not to perfect ash.the room note is pleasant and nicotine level chance of tongue bite.definitelly an all day smoke.aftertaste is conclusion this is a nice blend but not something opinion is that the cider ruins a bit the whole experience.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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RoundTwo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RoundTwo (38)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Cider flavoring, lots of perique, goes great with scotch, late at night, medium strength but the perique will light up your taste buds if you haven't killed a few of them first with some Johnny Walker Black Label.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Iwan Ries

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TimHart Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TimHart (3)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

One of my favorites. Nice Virginia notes, with just the right amount of Perique to season before being rolled. Piquant Royal Navy formula just as the tin description reads. Ages quite well !! Highly recommended**

Pipe Used: Dunhill 5120 Cherrywood

Age When Smoked: 5+ years

Purchased From: Pipestud's Consignment Shop (Thanks, Steve)

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Pipenutt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipenutt (2)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Being a Escudo lover I can't say this is anywhere near it but, is definitely a Vaper that I go to quite often. On opening the tin you smell a peppery aroma mixed with light Virginia's. It's moist, maybe just a bit too moist because I have a hard time keeping it lit. It smokes smooth with just a hint of bite from time to time but, delivers just the right amount of nic with a marvelous flavor. Can't compare it to MB or 3 Nuns not having tried either. But, it's one that I definitely will keep on hand and enjoy between Escudo smokes.

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itsKoit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
itsKoit (5)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A great VA/Per! The disks loosen up easily into a chunky shag which fills a pipe rather delightfully. Lights easily with no bite whatsoever, even when provoked. The virginias they used are sweet and flavorful and are kept in a nice balance by the perique. A very approachable VA/Per for the newbie and seasoned veteran alike. Very highly recommended!

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Made in Germany by the same blender of Rattray?s, Astley?s and McConnell?s, this is a faintly sweet tobacco, manufactured with great attention to detail and outstanding craftsmanship. On opening the elegant silver tin (its one in Wessex?s Brigade Series) one is greeted by the naturally sweet aroma of golden Virginias, and a spicy whiff of Pèrique, all very delicate and sober. The tobacco itself is beautifully presented: light and reddish browns, and golden ribbons, intermingled with the slightly darker hues of penny-like discs. There is a reminiscence of the original Three Nuns, but because of the milder aroma of Curly Cut this would be more like the Three Novices. The general impression is of a blend of high quality, clean, fresh and inviting. The tobacco is easy to pack (you may wish to further rub out the tiny discs, but they can be packed inside the bowl as they are) and it lights gingerly. After an initial acidic and piquant tang the flavor settles down to deliver an elegant, tasty smoke, not unlike the taste of fresh pastry or biscuits, slightly sweet but not cloying. Mild in strength, and with a tendency to burn hot if carried away, it nevertheless burns evenly and joyfully. The Virginias predominate, while the Périque impishly lurks in the background, almost like a whisper. It reminds me of some of the Four Square renderings. It is a soft, consistent smoke that leaves a very nice room aroma but, unfortunately, a bit too mild for my taste. This could be a subdued version of PS Navy Cut, meaning that those weary of Pèrique?s aggressiveness need not be concerned, while Pèrique lovers will probably find this blend too soft and uneventful in that department. It may not be an extraordinary tobacco in terms of strength and flavor, but it certainly is a reliable, quality smoke, ideal for those who wish to get acquainted with both natural Virginias and Va/P mixtures, or as an early morning smoke before switching to a more powerful tobacco.

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