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A full English blend for those who prefer something with greater body as an after dinner smoke. A base of the finest Syrian Latakia to which is added Turkish Yenidje, Kentucky Burley, Perique and Virginia in medium, long, and granulated large cuts. Not for the timid!

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByCarole Burns
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging2 oz. bag, 4 oz. bag, 8 oz. bag 16 oz. bag
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong, Strong
None Detected
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I've been in experimentation mode for the last year + and have sampled over 100 new blends. This is one of the top 3 or 4 in the experiment.

Comparing this to Nightcap does this incredible blend a huge disservice in my opinion. Nowhere in #400 do I find the cloudiness, confusion and dullness of Nightcap. In this one, the component tobaccos nestle perfectly with one another, no one tobacco taking center seat and the whole being perfectly melded with no "tobacco infighting". The burley sits back and carries the weight while the perique and turkish duet together, alternating the lead. The latakia is always there conducting and the VA lends its sweetness to what is a perfect symphony. The flavor has great depth and richness, the moisture content was near-perfect and I had no problems with tongue bite or keeping this lit. I'm supremely impressed with this tobacco. Stick it in a fancy tin with a fancy name on it and you'd have a classic. This one makes most classic tobaccos take notice. This is the Beethoven's Ninth of tobaccos. A stroke of pure genius.

Try this only if you appreciate blending genius and are looking for a tobacco that utilizes all your favorite condiments in a way few can accomplish. Well done, Ms Burns!

7 people found this review helpful.

dedalto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dedalto (24)
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I know I am going to get mail on this one so I will try to make myself clear. While reading reviews on Wilke's 400 I was struck by the frequent mention of Dunhill's Nightcap. Of course it was Orlik's Nightcap being discussed not Dunhill's. It is interesting to note fuss kicked up about Balkan Sobranie, a blend I smoked tons of, because it had a great taste, a cool room scent, and I could buy it at Kroger. Yet, Dunhill slips into the abyss and no one even waves goodbye.

I go through this marlarky, to make this point, The 'Dunhill' Dunhill blends for the most part had these five things in common. 1. Strength 2. Smoothness 3. Balance 4. Depth 5. Richness

You will find all these present in Wilke's 400. If I remember correctly, the Nightcap was a really strong smoke. Wilke's 400 is probably a little smoother than the original. Not say better just smoother. The original had another agenda. So for Wilke's 400 a four.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

One of the stronger Latakia blends on the market today thanks to the Burley and Perique. The Syrian Latakia employed was of good quality and it is a headline in #400. There is a bit of spicy sweetness thanks to the Yenidje and darker Virginia. For me, the best part was the strength. Many Latakia laden blends on the market do provide a full taste but are lacking punch. Not a problem with this one.

6 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is the star with a stellar support system. The Yenidje is slightly dry and woody with a very mild floral unflavored “soda” note in a minor, but important role. A light touch of perique adds a little spice and raisin. The nutty sweet Kentucky burley is more prominent than the perique, and while its participation varies throughout the smoke, you will always notice it. It also adds a minute spice hit. The Virginia is grassy citrus sweet with a little earth. I’ve gone back and forth as to whether there is a topping, and have decided something extremely mild and sweet is present. Well balanced,it burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a mostly consistent, very rich smooth creamy flavor that never weakens, and has no dull or harsh spots. Won't bite. The nic-hit is a little more than mild, and the after taste pleasantly lingers. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but no dottle. Needs an average number of relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste. Not an all day smoke, but it's a repeatable one. Three and a half stars.

5 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I had been looking for something to replace Nightcap. While I will always miss Nightcap, I think that I have found something even better. Number 400 is a full body blend similar to Nightcap in fullness and strength. However that's where the similarities end. I find this to be more complex and more flavorful. P&W is really making some of the finest bulk blends on the market IMHO. Like many of the P&W tobacco's this does arrive somewhat wet so expect some drying time. Although the description state's "not for the timid," I find 400 to be very smooth with no bite. Highly recommended for those looking for a full tasting English.

4 people found this review helpful.

Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Wilke's Nightcap, with the ritual addition of some Kentucky (fire-cured burley) that makes it heavier without making it richer.

This is a good, full-flavoured latakia blend, don't get me wrong. But it just doesn't have the chimerical, oriental-périque playfulness of Nightcap.

On the other hand, if the presence of bass-heavy burley interests you, with the Turkish a little more subsumed, this Anglo-American blend could seem classic.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipe Newb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Newb (49)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This has a flavor and aroma that reminds me of an old library adorned with aging leather chairs. PW 400 has been recommended to me as a "step up" from Nightcap and that comparison isn't lost on me, except this blend does pack a bit of sweetness whereas Nightcap is very dry on the palate... and this blend has a bit stronger Oriental presence with a touch less Latakia, at least in my own mouth and mind. Oddly enough the story behind this blend is that the "base" is syrian latakia that yendije, burley, VA, and perique is added to.

Potently Oriental on the front, with a latakia backbone. Rye/Caraway-like spice on the snork and a lot of sweetness (faintly caramel-ish) and pepper on the tongue. Smooth and quite strong nicotine-wise.

Burnt a little wet, next bowl I will likely let it dry a little. I was impatient because this stuff smells incredible in the pouch. One jar is on my desk, the other one is already in my cellar with today's date on it. We shall see how it fares in a year if it lasts that long - I really like this one. As with the taste, the room note is very oriental forward here. Don't think wife would even object.

Pipe Used: DGE Poker Nosewarmer

Purchased From: Pipeworks and Wilke

Similar Blends: Nightcap.

1 person found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Pipeworks & Wilke can do better tobaccos than this one, but it has some good qualities. Looking at the tobaccos involved here, you can expect something like Bill Bailey's Balkan Blend, with the difference that this P&W is much more classy and refined. Kentucky is the dominant note just after lighting, but soon the other elements emerge, especially latakia and orientals, while the perique stays in the background. Better than the Bill Bailey's, but loses the match with Dunhill Nightcap.

1 person found this review helpful.