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Savory and smooth, the richness of the Perique and Turkish tobaccos is offset by a subtle sweetness. Close to Bishop’s Move, but with a bit less Latakia.

Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging1.5 oz bag, 7 oz bag, 14 oz bag
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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Effluvinator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Effluvinator (42)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This one reminds me of Blend #71, but with the addition of Turkish Monopoly and a bit more latakia. It is somewhat richer in taste due to the Turkish, and with more latakia strength it approaches the taste of a mild to medium English/Balkan blend. This is coarser in cut than the Blend #71 and is also a dry tobacco, which is normal for these blends, so little moisture is generated. I really enjoy this tobacco when I want the taste of Turkish and latakia but in somewhat lesser quantities than a full English or Balkan blend. I should point out that it is stated in Uhle's description of this tobacco that it is Blend X with latakia added. This is not entirely correct. You will note that Blend X also lists latakia as an ingredient, and Blend X is listed as an aromatic tobacco. According to Jim at Uhle's, Blend X was originally a non-aromatic blend of burley, virginia, Turkish, and flue-cured cavendish. It was changed to include a condiment amount of latakia along with an aromatic flavoring. Golden Shag, therefore, is the OLD version of X with the addition of fire-cured cavendish and latakia and contains no aromatic agents.

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smokerings Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokerings (1)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

Here is a nice body of smooth, naturally sweet tobacco leaf wrapped securely the perfume and spice of the condiment tobaccos, Turkish, Latakia, and Perique -- the perique being subtle. It leaves a sweet, mildly spicy taste on my tongue.

The blend has a small cut with little moisture. It burns well and smokes evenly. I enjoy the room note so much that I don't hesitate to smoke it before company arrives.

It's a little rich to be an all-day smoke for my taste. I enjoy it on a walk, or when sitting to ponder. For those who wish to inhale, this is smooth for me and the nicotine level seems moderate.

All-around, a really nice experience. Go for it.

Pipe Used: briars: Stanwell & Shalom

Age When Smoked: One month in pouch

Purchased From: Uhle's

Similar Blends: Bishop's Move.

1 person found this review helpful.

Captain bob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain bob (38)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

I enjoy this as much as I enjoy Uhles Bishop's Move. Slightly different and just as delicious. Always consistent and well worth your while if you enjoy blends with a fair amount of Latakia. A very smooth, tasty, satifying smoke. One of my favorites.

1 person found this review helpful.

NorthwoodsSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NorthwoodsSmoker (8)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I started smoking this when it was a little too warm for blend 232. It wasn't what I had expected but was good in its own right. It packs and lights easily. I found that it had a somewhat sweet earthy taste to it. It was a bit milder than I had expected as well. For me it's not the best offering from Uhle's but it's a good smoke for a change of pace.

1 person found this review helpful.

BigSwede Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigSwede (75)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

The genius of the blend is that it really does seem to have a little of everything and yet the balance IMHO couldn't be any better. The overall impression is somewhat like that of Revelation but Golden Shag goes way beyond that in overall quality. The turkish base for me is at the leading edge of the flavor with just enough latakia to help. The other leaf (Uhles website lists black cav, perique and VA) keep up keeps up so that, at least for me, I am always tasting the mixture of flavor. The end result is indescribable. Kinda "englishy", kinda "spicy" yet naturally sweet. Packs, lights and burns very well. A great smoke for a more contemplative session, yet needs minimal attention. Smokes cool and dry. I am finding at the end it just goes out and when I empty my pipe light grey ash drops out with no dottle. This is a keeper, from a small blender known for outstanding quality and attention to detail.

1 person found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A nice smoke. Starts with a good taste of Turkish shortly followed by the Virginias with the Lat in the background. The Lat catches up about the halfway point and the background starts giving hints of the Burley and Perique. A pleasant smoke with a nice evolution.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. No added flavoring. Excellent burn.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

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canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (77)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Billed as the lighter Bishop's Move, this English had a sweeter mustier smell in the jar, but it certainly retained that sharp latakia overtone. It lit up with an acrid bite and some light spice. It was tangier than I remember Bishop's Move being, and not in a good way.

Some relights later, midway through the bowl, the bite subsided and the more familiar English became the star player again. The nicotine was always present.

I'm glad I tried it, but would likely never buy it over Bishop's Move.

Purchased From: Uhle's

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1826)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

When I purchased some Uhle's tobacco a few years back, I ordered the Golden Shag thinking I was going to get either one of their exceptional burleys or a shag cut Virginia, which is not often seen. Instead, I got a so-so Virginia/Burley combination with Perique. Not a bad smoke and crazy to look at in the tin. I guess Uhle's went to a meat market and stole somebody's beef shredder. Anyway, not bad stuff but not really my cup of tea.


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grimpeur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
grimpeur (84)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Here's one I've been smoking rather a bit of lately, and very much enjoying it too!

It is not an uncommon type of blend: a bit of everything...the above description says it all. Much like Revelation, Kentucky Club Mixture, and others which I haven't sampled yet. It is a difficult review to write because there is no one thing to point to, to give as an example of it's wonderful nature. It's base is a soft, mild tasty Burley; it holds down the fort, so to speak. Everything else is just there: slightly sweet virginias, the merest whiff of Latakia, and a pleasant, complementary flavour. Someplace in the Uhle's literature I believe it's mentioned that perique is added too. As usual, if it's not added in "Escudo" proportions, I can't positively identify it. Oh well.

Bottom line. An old style American blend. Very good tasting. Compelling aroma to the smoker and bystander. It's not a powerhouse, but rather it's a wonderful, natural, easy-to-smoke,all day mixture. So far, that pretty much sums up my experience with all of the Uhle's blends.

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