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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.

4 people found this review helpful.

Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

Better than the regular Caporal, which is lighter in colour, as where this one is dark.

In answer to the remarks below, the dark tobacco is called "Scaferlatti", which is typical of most of the French pipe tobaccos, and cigarettes.

Not recommended in society.

Very harsh, acrid, very strong tasting.

I can't say I like it.

3 people found this review helpful.

Davie Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davie Jones (61)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A remarkable, simple tobacco, very similar to Caporal, but with some complexity added to it. And a very distinct little sweet note.

Again, like Caporal, it needs to be packed tight, and smoked slowly in a mid-size-bowl.

It smokes very well. I regularly replenish my stock of both Caporal and Caporal Export. These have been a major and extremely pleasant discovery for me.

2 people 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.

2 people found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (167)
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.

Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This tobacco came as a surprise. It is mostly kentucky, like all scaferlati related tobaccos in France, with probably a small addition of VAs and probably some orientals.

The cut is a long shag, if I may, and the tobacco has a woodsy, spicy and smoky aroma.

It smokes very well, provides good vitamine N and smokes dry all the way to the bottom. The taste is - again-woodsy, spicy, smoky and sweet.

Caporal export is not complex by all means but the flavors are rich and enjoyable. You must try it if you can!

Definitively recommended!

1 person found this review helpful.

ItarPeyo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ItarPeyo (19)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

The word "export" in the name confuses me, my pouch was bought from a shop in France and I can't seem to find this tobacco anywhere else (offline or online). When I was a cigarette smoker my favorite brand was the French Gitanes, this tobacco reminds me of those fags, the tastes are not comparable, but it's strong with a raw natural taste and you know your presence is felt when you smoke the stuff. I bet I would have liked this if I tried it as RYO tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

Collezionista Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Collezionista (59)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Being quite the fan of rough, rustic tobacco such as the the Belgian Semois and American Burley blends, Eulenburg's fascinating review of Caporal put the stuff near the top of my TAD list. My recent holiday in France gave me an excellent opportunity to track some down. I ducked into nearly every Tabac shop I passed, much to the chagrin of my folks, who accompanied me on this particular vacation. Most stores had the brown "Export" caporal for the pipe as well the red RYO variety. At a shop in the lovely yet touristy Perigord town of Sarlat, I picked up a pouch and a nicely shaped St. Claude briar to smoke it in.

The dryish brown shag that greeted me upon opening the pouch had a promisingly brash aroma. The mention of "tabacs bruns" on the pouch leads me to believe that Caporal is not Burley or Virginia per se, but rather the old style brown tobacco grown around the city of Bergerac, which is the center of French tobacco farming.

Whatever the variety of leaf happens to be, it was messy to pack, as the shag often stuck together in long strands. It lit well, and smoked nicely. As mentioned in other reviews, Caporal tends toward bitterness if smoked with excessive vigor. The flavor was pretty much what I expected it to be, cigar-like and woodsy. Out of all the 'raw' or 'rustic' tobaccos I've tried, Caporal has the most vulgar and unrefined flavor. This is not a drawback in my opinion, but others may be put off by the rough, one- dimensional flavor of this weed. The nicotine content is not as cold sweat-inducing as, say, a Lakeland rope but is very robust nonetheless.

All in all, I'd strongly recommend Caporal to fellow tobaccomasochists who like rough and rugged tabacs with plenty of punch.

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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