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A dark, coarse, finely-shredded shag

Notes: Made of what is called in France "dark" tobacco[s]. Naturally-flavoured (no casings.)

BrandImperial Tobacco Group, PLC
Blend TypeCigar Leaf Based
ContentsCigar Leaf, Virginia
Packaging40g Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected
Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable to Strong
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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

For the antecedents of this breed of tobaccos, see my CAPORAL [plain] review.

To speak of CAPORAL Export is a bit like speaking of meat loaf cordon bleu. One either wants to experience the killer qualities of the original, or one leaves the whole thing alone.

Ever-so-slightly more ?blond? than the PLAIN, this finely-shagged strip is more probably intended for persons in Berkeley who wish to roll cigarettes with the same stuff as uncle Ho and St Germain jazz-cave-dwellers.

How will ya keep ?em down at the farm, after they?ve seen Paree??

5 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Well, I partly disagree with the tobacco description. First of all, it seems made not only of Virginia, but of dark Kentucky-type leaf.

It is not a completely natural tobacco, as the pouch says 89% tobacco and 11% flavoring and preservatives. The taste is natural enough, though.

Bear in mind that there are two versions of Caporal: one, in the red pouch, is meant for rolling cigarettes. The other, in the brown pouch ("pour la pipe") is meant to be smoked in a pipe.

I have tried the brown version, hoping to find something similar to the taste of the very dark Gauloises and Gitanes of old. Well, it is a bit reminiscent of them, but not as dark and intense.

This is a good tobacco, a bit like the Italian blend called Forte: very intense, natural, fermented, like a dark cigar. It can turn bitter, but it's a rewarding, woody, licoricey experience. It is not a delicate tobacco, or a complex one, but if you like strong and rustic stuff it should be very pleasant.

It burns great, quite dry and easy to pack, and it offers a lot of taste. Just take care not to rush your bowl, or it turns bitter.

A good everyday tobacco, not as refined or complex as the most prized american or English blends, but worth trying.

3 people found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (170)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Caporal Export is a typical french tobacco and it is called brown tobacco because of its dark brown color. And the color refer to the Paraguay tobacco, essential constituent of this natural basis mixture. Caporal Export can be considered a national - popular mixture, typical of France. In my opinion this is a very natural tobacco, quite good but not extraordinary and in my personal rating (from 1 to 10) my score is 6/7 and two stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This is a pretty raw, masculine tobacco, not refined at all. If you like a strong impact this is for you. The cut is a fine shag, and that helps packing and steady burning, but pay attention to smoke slowly because it can become very hot, even if it never becomes a wet smoke. To tell the truth, if you smoke it really slow you can find some hints of sweetness, but don't look for complexity here.

1 person found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (191)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

The pouch comes sealed and the dark-brown tobacco is perfect for smoking. A shag cut that has some preservative or flavoring but I cannot detect any. Powerful yet flavorful, this is the kind of pipe weed I would carry if nothing else were available. To be smoked with caution as the nicotine content enhances the full bodied taste and one tends to forget that by puffing at a faster rate than advised. Slow and easy, in contemplation is the best way to tame this beast and better yet after a meal in the evening.

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