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BrandImperial Tobacco Group, PLC
Blend TypeCigar Leaf Based
ContentsBurley, Cigar Leaf, Virginia
Packaging40g Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Raines Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raines (52)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

In France we call this blend type "braun tobacco". I don't know if there's a counterpart word in english. Whatever ! You must smoke this tobacco dryer that an aromatic tobacco or an english blend, so it can developp all his taste. Not too dry anyway, of course. I suggest you to smoke with something to drink if you don't want to have your mouth slurred because of the dryness of the tobacco. The taste is rather strong, but not the nicotine strength. So if you want a "heavy" tobacco without being dizzy, this tobacco is for you. Even if you're a young smoker. To me, this blend type ("braun" or natural) is my every day tobacco. And when I want more sophisticated taste, I turn to english mixtures. If I can smoke it every day, it's because I find it good. So I highly recommend it.

Similar Blends: Traditab - 1637, Joseph Martin - Semois Lux No. 3, Joseph Martin - Langue de Chien, Joseph Martin - Old Bohan, Vincent Manil - Réserve du Patron, Vincent Manil - La Brumeuse.

4 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable

I bought a pack of this while in Nice France and I found it to be a very strong, heady blend but full of tobacco flavor and very little additives or flavoring. It is not for the weak of heart but for an experienced smoker like myself (47 years) I found it to be very enjoyable. I like a blend that can be strong yet be enjoyable to smoke and I smoked the pack of this in a very quick time. It does burn fast, but it is very easy to pack and light. I also found it left a strong tobacco aroma on my beard and clothes, not a bother to me but might be to nonsmokers around. The room note is very strong and heavy but still pleasing to me. I bought this in a rollup pack and containing a rough cut khaki brown tobacco with the perfect moisture content. The pouch aroma almost has a Lakeland like aroma but I could not taste this while smoking it. What I did taste was just a full flavored tobacco flavor with a head on it. It does not bite though and it burns quite easily all the way down in my pipe leaving very little moisture or dottle. This was an interesting blend that I wish I had bought more of as I have never seen it in the States. If you are a fan of strong tobaccos, I would highly recommend giving this a try. I enjoyed it very much.

Pipe Used: Briars and Falcons

Age When Smoked: Right off the shelf

Purchased From: Tobacco shop in Nice France

Similar Blends: Five Brothers and Dark Birdseye..

2 people found this review helpful.

TomJ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TomJ (2)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Being in the quest to find the most similar flavor to Gitanes cigarettes but in a pipe tobacco form, came across this blend threw a friend in France.

The Grey Scaferlati being the sharpest strongest ( which by the way resembles the most to Gitanes until now without knowing the Scaferlati Superior, but if anyone points out a better, will be appreciated ) this blend falls in the Brun and Virginia blend category with a little flavorings added being honey I guess. Very similar to the Italia blend from Italy which has more Kentucky ( Fire cured Burley ) as the base. St.Claude has more Brun tobacco ( flue cured or air cured European Burley or Black tobacco) involved here. As someone stated, Drum tobacco at least smells similar but do not remember how they tasted.

Virginia and Brun are noted, sweet nutty and earthy with the honey-ish flavoring enhancing the earth note. Spice is moderate compared to Scaferlati Gris.

Pipe Used: St.Claude

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Purchased From: Local

Similar Blends: Italia, Comune, Scaferlati Export.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

St. Claude tastes very similar to Five Brothers. The Virginia presence here though, brings out a bit more tang. I really liked my pouch and would not turn down more. Straight forward, in your face tobacco taste. Ribbon cut and dry in the pouch, it burned quickly and easily from top to bottom. Good stuff!

1 person found this review helpful.

Kamerling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kamerling (27)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Strong

My nightmare memento from France. If you're broke and you're looking for some cheap mix of Virginia with cigar leafs then... no, that's still no solution - absolutelly do not buy Saint Claude. Instead of this, get some 10 g pack of Samuel & Gawith's Black XX or Cigar Leaf.

I knew few pipe-smoking beggars who would never try again Saint Claude - that explains a lot about it's low quality.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

BaconAndEggs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BaconAndEggs (4)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

If you've smoked really cheap cigars of the kind that come in a little tin and constantly leave little crumbs of baccy on your tongue; then you already know the taste of Saint Claude. Not too bad is the best that can be said.

My packet was very dry (as many other reviewers have said) so I don't think it was old, it's just that's how it comes.

Pipe Used: Blakemar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Tabac, Rue Paul Bert, Cheny France

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

Saint Claude is a quite good tobacco, really natural, in line with Caporal Export. Perhaps a little bit more subtle than Caporal Export but with the same character. In fact it is a typical French tobacco (brown tobacco) with Paraguay (cigar leaf) as fundamental element. Nevertheless I am not convinced about it: this blend is a national-popular mixture, good…..but so and so. In my personal system rating (from 1 to 10) my score is 7 and two stars.

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

A lighter scaferlati that could be smoked all day. Brown tobacco still dominates with that roasted, earthy, cigar like taste. A no fuss, inexpensive pouch tobacco that could be bought in Tabac stores in France at around 7 euros. It's good to know that Europe still has some affordable pipe tobacco. The same cannot be said about those tinned ones whose price has doubled because of new taxes.

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tritrek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tritrek (6)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My first French blend I've tried so far, I've picked it up in Paris just recently during my honeymoon. The tobacco looks like something between roll-yer-own cigarette tobacco and a classic ribbon cut. The tobacco in the pouch was just right after opening (for somebody might be a little dry-ish). Burns evenly however it needs a bit of an attention as it has a tendency to burn fast (and hot and bitter) but if you watch it it's a treat. All-in-all it's an easy natural, rather rustic tobacco of a cigaretty/cigary/earthy flavour.

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

This is a better version of the Caporal export, if you look for a refined and complex smoke. This contains a part of Virginia and a part of Semois leaf, so it returns more subtleties during the smoke than his Caporal cousin. It is sweeter, firstly, and a lot less hot, but pay the same attention in smoking it slow because it can easily turn bitter.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

poupehan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
poupehan (23)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the tobacco that a relative of my wife smokes all day, everyday. Along with 3 hour meals, fine wines, alcool de prune (and a chateau in the south of France) I took it that St Claude was part of that French art of living. So the next time I was in France (honeymoon in Paris) of course I picked up a pouch of this! So it is a rather blonde ribon cut. Pouch has indeed a sweetish/honeyish smell, but when smoked, IMHO this is straight tobacco. I feel the urge to compare it to caporal, or st. bruno ready rubbed or even semois, but it is way less robust and strong than those. In fact it is well behaved, no bite, pure tobacco room note ? but not arcid in any way. Ok, it burns fast. But sometimes it is nice to be able to finish a bowl in 30 minutes. So why don?t I smoke this more often? Does the retsina taste as good at home as on holliday in Greece?

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Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (120)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Cheap french drugstore Caporal blend The same leaf as in Gaulloises cigarettes but more rough-cut. It burns damn fast, and is impossible to inhale without getting serious breathing problems. And no, I'm not a neophyte - I smoke Royal Yacht and love it.

If you like Caporal style blends, this might ring your bell - I'll just steer clear.......

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The St. Claude I am smoking I have had for quite a while and it is thoroughly dried out. It is a medium brown ribbon, a bit tangly but not too difficult to pack. The smoke is mild with no bite. It has a distinctive nut-like flavor which could be entirely due to the Kentucky burly or it could be a flavor enhancer because it is not a drugstore burly. I have picked up this flavor in a couple of Germain tobaccos. There is plenty of tobacco flavor which I like. The only drawbacks are that it burns far too fast and it is difficult to get. I doubt that I will go to the trouble of searching out a regular source for this tobacco, but if I could get it easily I would keep it on hand. Well recommended

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

One of the classic French national offerings, made for about 92.5% of tobacco and the rest of additives (which certainly contribute to the strong sweetish/honeyish smell of the mixture) as the pouch states. It comes quite dry, in a ribbon cut which is more suitable for pipe smoking than the shag cut of many similar Italian offerings. The taste is, anyway, similar to that of the Italian traditional tobaccos (after all, Italy and France are quite near...): half way between Comune and Forte, if you have tried them. The taste offers a rustic taste which shows some sweetness from the virginias and some woody bitterness (especially at the end of the bowl) typical of burley or kentucky. It is also reminiscent of some versions of Half&Half that have appeared in these last years. Not a completely bad tobacco, but not one that I would gladly smoke every day... It burns fast and even. Beware because it dries VERY fast, and when it does it becomes unbearably bitter like a bad cigar! Well, it does so even when at the right moisture... but only at the end of the bowl!

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