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A new interpretation of a blend that was a mainstay in the Albany NY area for more than a half-century. This smooth-smoking mixture uses a variety of cube and rough cut Burleys and a splash of natural Cavendish with just enough Latakia to add a slight smoky spice. Enjoy this taste of the past.

BrandHearth & Home
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByPipes & Cigars
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Latakia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Deer Tongue
CutMixture
Packaging1.5oz Tin, 8oz Tin, Bulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant

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Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Being a Deer Tongue fan I gave this one a go. Its a nice mild blend. The deer tongue takes a background roll in this blend. Mainly it is a nutty burley blend with a nice smokey latakia note. The deer tongue adds a nice background sweetness that compliments the background spice of the perique. Overall a very nice blend. The liquor casing seems a little unnecessary and unfortunately lent the blend to a bit of tongue bite. When smoked slow and relaxed this blend is a nutty, spicy and sweet blend with a slight touch of deer tongue.

4 people found this review helpful.

beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (100)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Old Tartan is a fairly solid rendition of an old-timey American-style blend. There’s quite a few variations of this kind of “American English” blend on the market—a Burley base with a smidge of Latakia and other condimental leaf finished with some sort of aromatic agent—so Old Tartan has some competition as it tries to stand out in the crowd.

Old Tartan is much more American than it is English. The Latakia hides in the background—as it should—for most of the bowl. The Burley, with its toasted bread and hazelnut quality, tends to dominate for part of the smoke, but there are times when it plays a losing game of tug-o’-war with the deer tongue. Several reviewers here have complained about how forward the deer tongue is in this blend and I find myself agreeing with them. I like deer tongue but not if it’s used in a proportion that overwhelms the tobacco.

This tobacco does have one virtue: it lasts a long time. I tossed 2 ounces of Old Tartan into a Mason jar in February 2009 and I’m only now—almost 5 years later—approaching the bottom of that jar. Truth is, I find myself eyeing the tobacco cabinet when I’m about halfway through each bowl of this stuff because I’m neither satisfied nor am I ever inclined to smoke two bowls of Old Tartan in a row. It smells pretty good, I guess, but I really don’t care about the room note.

It’s worth mentioning, I suppose, that someone who better appreciates a generous helping of the herbal, vanilla-like deer tongue will probably have a completely different opinion of Old Tartan than I do. So be it. From my perspective, however, there are several more enjoyable tobaccos in this style and I’ll probably stick with them in the future.

Age When Smoked: fresh, aged, really aged (1-5 years)

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

4 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (137)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a fine, old fashioned blend.

Cubes and rough burley, a little cavenish and latakia, and the star but a small one is the herb Deer Tongue (DT), as the description says.

In days past there were many DT blends -- Edwards Arabian and Jaimaca, Draper's Commander (I think), Country Doctor (don't know if its comeback version has it), and of course, Harkness F and G, to name some. Even cigars had something similar but not herbal, green wrapper claro leaf in days past but few do today --Optimo Admiral is maybe one accessible left). I heard it is too difficult to harvest and cut the herb or no one wants to do it any more but C&D.

The DT adds a slight herbal (not vanilla but more vegetal) quality to the taste and that's the only aromatic leaf, if you call it that, in here. But its all natural!

This blend is a cross between Harkness F and G by San Antonio's Humidor, in my opinion. (One had a lighter base and showcased the DT, the other was made more heavy with Latakia.)

The closest comparison today is C&D's Crooner -- which is all cubed burleys and some DT. A fine example but milder. Not all like the DT thoughis

The blend starts cool and light and showcases the DT. By mid-bowl the little Latakia shows itself more but the DT still shines some. A delightful return to the past.

Recommended for us old timers but it is something truely different nowadays. I smoked my two ounces in an older Dunhill and "new" Huybrecht from pipes2smoke.

2 people found this review helpful.

Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (35)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Really unique blend. Tin note is mostly anise/black licorice; there's a nutty banana bread hiding behind them and faint honey-like smell from the deer tongue. (I sometimes stick my nose in the tin for a little pick me up.) Crazy mix of cuts (shag plus cubes??) and nice range of colors.

Packs and lights well. (Another reviewer's suggestion to pack a bowl and leave it for several days is interesting; will have to try that.)

This is one of the few blends I've tried where the smoke smells and tastes a lot like the tin note. The room note is incredible. (But I enjoy smelling of campfires and burning tobacco, so what the hell do I know?)

The burley, cavendish and latakia play in a way that almost tastes like a spicy oriental at first, go figure. That soon gave way to the nicotine-laden burley, with a taste that reminded me of baking bread and hot cocoa.

The deer tongue is dancing on top almost the entire time. Try to imagine standing outside a bakery that's cooking something chocolate while you're chewing on a mouthful of black licorice. The deer tongue adds another dimension to the aftertaste and tongue coating that isn't entirely pleasant. But like everything else about this blend, it's different.

It's not for everybody, and as with any burley-based blend, it can start to go sour the longer it's heated up. But Russ has done a masterful job with this one, imo. I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could.

3/4/2014 - The more I get to know this blend, the more I like it. Upping to four stars. This is really good stuff.

1 person found this review helpful.

BigWhiteWilly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigWhiteWilly (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

If you have wished for someone to package the smell of an old tobacco shop, wish no more, here it is! 'Nuff said.

1 person found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Old Tartan is Rush Ouellette's tribute to an old blend called Black Watch. Having never smoked Black Watch I cannot compare the two, nor would I anyway. What does come through is the successful creation of an old style aromatic from days gone by. I don't find the deer tongue overpowering and unlike some aromatics, the tobacco flavor comes through nicely. Mr. Ouellette's wide range of great blends only serves as more proof the he has earned a seat at the table with America's top blenders. Recommend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Railroader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Railroader (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If there was ever a "sleeper" of a tobacco, this is it. Listen up, folks, TRY THIS BLEND!

Old Tartan is the most unique smoke I have ever had. The deertongue really sets this apart, making it like nothing you have ever put into a pipe. Nothing artificial, and burns very dry with nary a bit of bite.

It's an aromatic, but it's not.

It's an english, but it's not.

A true crossover blend.

I liked the sample that Russ sent me so much, I ordered a half a pound. I have a nice Nording Freehand that never has or will burn anything else. It's that good.

1 person found this review helpful.

Houndstooth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Houndstooth (15)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Unnoticeable

I don't think I've had a tobacco I've vacillated on more than this, but it has grown on me consistently over time. Some reviewers have detected perique, but I don't, nor is there any in the manufacturer's description. However, it might make a great addition, as my main complaint is a lack of complexity.

This is an easy smoke, but personally I'd prefer more punch. Recently, I was informed via Pipes & Cigars (I think) that this blend no longer contains deer tongue, but a close substitute, which is perhaps why I've not enjoyed it more. While I've not studied the room note enough, I think it tastes like potpourri should smoke. Finishes in a vacant way with barely any dottle. Two stars.

UPDATE My vacillation continues. Having smoked this several more times I find two stars to be too high. Just not enough notable going on here. One Star.

Pipe Used: various- cobs to Petersons

Age When Smoked: delivered to me new as of late last fall 2013

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: As per Hearth & Home, Daybreak might be the closest thing, but not as sweet as this..

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codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A blend I was very interested in for a while. I was actually suprised how mellow and mild it was. The flavors weren't out of control, but it was still a good complex smoke.

Burns even and another recommended.

Pipe Used: Nording Poker

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Local Shop

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Brown Pipeman 1940 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brown Pipeman 1940 (40)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

This is one of the most unique blends I have ever tried. The deertongue stands out - in the tin, in the nose, and in the mouth! I've only smoked a few bowls of this, one in a meerschaum, one in a corn cob (Missouri meerschaum, of course), and one in my Peterson bulldog. It was a little dry, so I rehydrated it. It still tastes about the same: somewhat smoky, slightly nutty and buttery from the Burley, and the deertongue is present from start to finish. It is hard to describe the deertongue; it would be like trying to describe the taste of chicken: it has its own flavor. Once I get through my tin, I'll add a further note. As of right now, I'm enjoying this blend.

5/3/11 Here is my additional note. I still like this blend, though the reaction from others has been somewhat negative regarding the room note. I have smoked this while drinking a good beer and for some reason, unlike most other English blends, it was not a good combination. However, when I smoked it with a cup of good English tea, it proved an excellent combination. It is a good smoke and has smoked well in all of my pipes. This is one to be enjoyed in private, or in the company of other smokers who do not mind the stronger traditional blends.

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krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (130)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This one is rather bland for me. It does not really do much for me personally. It lights easily enough and stays lit. It does produce a decent amount of smoke and burns down to a nice ash at the bottom of the bowl. But just not might cup of tea. I'll finish up the sample I have, but won't be ordering it.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

To be brief: this half the amount of deertongue, this would be my favorite burley mixture. Excellent tobaccos, great smoke. Just a bit too overflavored.

Still recommended.

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Lombard65 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lombard65 (48)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

This blend is very mild in taste, the presence of Latakia is nearly imperceptible, even visually bag received the Latakia is not seen. Burn very smooth, it leaves a very slight aftertaste of hazelnut. As the first morning smoke, especially in my opinion, with a warm climate, is a good option. But I do not know if I buy it again.

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Boomer-Z Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Boomer-Z (22)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

At first light this tobacco seemed odd, different. It was very dry out of the bag and that worried me. After I packed it into my Peterson and gave it a light it seemed tasteless at first. i went lightly on it at first due to it being so dry. After a few puffs I was greeted with a lovely aroma and an off sweet taste. The smoke billowed from my pipe and it became a very nice experience. One I didn't expect.

I have been smoking a pipe less then a year, but I feel I have been able to try lots of different tobaccos. This one was a nice surprise. I will keep it around for when I am looking for that something different.

It is very, very, nice.

Note: Significant other thinks the room note does not smell as nicely as many of my other tobaccos.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (232)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I did not know if i would like this or not, but I wanted something different. And this answered that craving quite well. I really like this blend! In the pouch, it is a mottled brown mix with a little of the latakia darker leaf in small pieces and if you look hard the light green flakes of the deers tongue lightly mixed in. The pouch aroma is very spicy with a sweet twang. Very intriguing. It packed easy with just a touch of too much moisture, so I let the pipe sit an hour before lighting up. On first light, I was rewarded with a nice sweet smooth smoke with a little spice and twang, and the room note has the great aroma of a good burley with the deers tongue making is present known the the sweet tart almost vanilla way it does. It is very tame in it's bite but the perique keeps it alive on the tongue and the latakia kicking in once in awhile adding it's smokey goodness in. It burned all the way down to a medium grey ash with very little dottle in the pipe. I enjoyed this blend a lot. I can see this pouch going fast and me reordering it in bulk to have around. Great with a cup of black tea. I highly recommend this blend if one wants to try something different and tasty.

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loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Well well, this is an unusual one. I've had a sack of this around forever and it never seems to run out. Could be because I rarely smoke it. Here's what happens when I do:

Since it's in crispy condition (entirely my own fault), I'll gravity feed a bowl to the top and blow through the stem till gets pliable, then tamp it down. Top it off with a little from the bag and off to the, um, chair.

I always think straight off, "why don't I smoke this more often?" The first half of the bowl is Great. Burns fine, no bite, quality leaf, fer sure, fer sure. Dan-o's chai tea comment is dead on as far as flavor goes, owing I guess to the deer tongue.

Trouble is, it burleys-out on me at the half way mark. I do like Burley, but it doesn't like me. It always goes stale on me somewhere, regardless of quality or maker. So, I can only give this two stars, even though I don't think there's anything wrong with it. There must be something wrong with me, instead. (But you knew that already.)

p.s. I think they should call this 'Bambie's Lisp'

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Kanzan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kanzan (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco is a unique and delightful surprise. It does not taste anything like the most popular and highly rated English, Burley, or Crossover blends. The Latakia is very mild and condimental, just the right touch to mellow and enhance the plain tobacco flavor. The burley is buttery rich and smooth with semi-sweet vanilla leaf (deer tongue) on top . A satisfying smoke all day long, all year round.

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Big Blue Jazzman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Blue Jazzman (32)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This tobacco is a masterpiece. I have aged mine for over a year. Upon lighting up I was rewarded with a burst of flavorful tobacco that was nothing short of magnificent. Needs to be smoked correctly to avoid the bite of Mr. Burley but when done so will reward you with a medley of flavorful tobacco which pleases from start to finish. Stays lit and burns to a nice gray ash. Russ O has proven again that he is truly a master blender who only uses the finest of tobacco's and has a knack for blending them consistently for our smoking pleasure. 4 stars and TOP NOTCH!

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SApipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SApipe (31)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is another truly unique blend from the pipers at Habana. Even though it has latakia in it, the "wife rating" is pleasant. My Mrs. does not particularly like the smell of latakia tobacco, but the room note of Old Tartan is mellowed out by the deer tongue. It smells similar to fresh cut grass or parsley; it has a fresh greeness aroma to it. The burley adds a slight buttery taste. It lights easily, burns well, and is gentle to the tongue. All in all, this is a very well-rounded tobacco. I give it a 4-star rating.

6/20/2007 I revisited this one again after several months in the cellar. It smelled and packed the same, however it scorched my tongue! Downgrading it to 3-stars.

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Buster Bluth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buster Bluth (51)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Old Tartan defies description, and is one of my favorites. I'm 32, so I have no nostalgia for old-time blends. Nothing else on the market I've found compares in the slightest.

I like my blends with a little spice, and to me, the latakia and deertongue coupled with the body of a burley base really are great.

The spice is not the latakia campfire, nor the semi-sweet oriental. The closest modern thing it compares to is Chai tea.

The burning qualities of this tobacco are excellent. Don't get too agressive, or you'll get burned. No doubt burley owns the show, but not the taste.

I love the aroma of this blend. The fairer sex seems to hate it. They all say "It smells like old man." To me it smells of aged and oiled wood like an old hand plane, or a rocker seasoned by linseed oil, the fireplace, and several generations. You will find this scent in smaller museums that don't isolate their holdings from the public and antique stores.

Again, nothing else compares!!!! Try it!!!

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Talonr1701 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Talonr1701 (119)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This was my third blend with Deertongue. I had high hopes for it since I like Burley blends and deertongue. It started nice- I could actually smell the room note myself. Taste was kinda- And forgive me anyone that may get offended- Like Prince Albert with a light vanilla haze. It was a real treat. Then I hit midbowl- It kinda got harsh and bitter. Now I know burleys tend to do that...So I pressed on....by third part of bowl I was headed for the ash tray. Disappointing to say the least. I tried another pipe (first was a big Prince of Wales freehand)- A bent apple with the same result. Sorry to Pipes and Cigars- Could only go 2 stars on this one.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I am somewhat confused (a natural state of mind for me,) because the pouch of Old Tartan I received came from Altadas, not pipesandcigars.com. The components described above and what I smoked were the same... maybe?!?

All I know is that Old Tartan from Altadis is a cube Burley and Latakia combination that was okay, but not impressive. The blend burned well and produced tons of smoke. I can usually detect deertongue, even when lightly applied, but I tasted none of it in my Old Tartan.

The Altadis version is not remarkable in any way, and packed little punch in nicotine or flavor.

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Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My experience with Old Tartan was akin to an aging, leg-weary prizefighter who loses his punch. Old Tartan lost its punch after the first quarter bowl: the flavor, taste, mellowness and zing that was there in the beginning of the smoke slowly began to dissipate and became a ?hot air,? bland smoke with no flavor or taste as I progressed down the bowl. This happened repeatedly over several weeks in many different pipes. I can?t explain it nor was I ill so my taste buds were in working order. This tobacco does not DGT well, either. I am a big fan of P&C blends but this one just didn?t do it for me.

A cigarette is to be smoked. A cigar is to be enjoyed. A pipe is to be savored.

I rate this tobacco 6.5 out of 10.

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Bull Mk. One Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bull Mk. One (2)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my first review, so please bear with me. I've been a pipe smoker for about a year now, mostly sticking drugstore blends. Old Tartan was one of my first experimental forays, and to be honest I had no clue what to expect from it. I had not yet discovered the wonderful resource that is TobaccoReviews.com.

My decision to try Old Tartan was based solely on the fact that I had been a resident of the Albany area some years ago. I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised. It has (to me) a very unique flavor, which I presume is imparted by the deer tongue. This makes it a truly enjoyable smoke to a beginner like myself, in search of new experiences. I make sure to reccommend it to the few other pipe smokers who make my acquantance.

My single complaint about this blend stems more from the fact that the room note of the deer tongue was somewhat distasteful to my significant other, (who is a bit opposed to any airborne fragrance that isn't a cleaning product). Our children on the other hand found it almost as pleasant as my then regular Captain Black.

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huffnpuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
huffnpuff (44)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I think so far this is the best blend in my review and I will buy a pound of this . At first light I noticed the latakia and then I notice some of the the deer tongue and I was very glad I tryed this smoke. For me this totally different then the aromatics I smoked . I dont even know if it is an aromatic but it is pleasant.

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rkzenrage Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rkzenrage (17)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Fascinating, old, exotic, unique; packs, lights, burns wonderfully. Tasty. It is a wonderful Burly blend with an old-fashioned/exotic edge that can only be experienced. A thoroughly enjoyable smoke from easy light to fluffy ash. Thank you so much Russ. Namaste'

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emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I hate the term 'old fashioned'. It's a well-worn cliche overly used by admen and marketing reps, and it generally signifies nothing. Yet, I can't seem to think of anything else when reviewing OT, because it really means something here. Unlike sickeningly sweet drugstore blends or even the nostalgic House of Windsor trips down memory lane, OT really pleases. Deer Tongue provides just the right hint of incense and spice without coating the tongue with a casing. It's light and fragrant the way pipe tobaccos must've been 75 or 100 years ago. Pack a pipe bowl and let it set for a couple days. The drying married with the briar has a positive effect. A really surprising pleasure both new and old pipe smokers should enjoy. Thank you pipesandcigars and Mr. Ouellette for re-igniting a taste and style unknown to later generations of pipe smokers!

Four of five stars

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

You should smoke this simply for the fact that there is really not much like it on the market. The best description of this is the following; An excellent SIR WALTER RALEIGH mixture with Latakia and Vanilla added.Very unusual and most delicious. If you like Wilke's ROYAL SCOTT and don't want the bite try this. It will transport yoou back to SUNDAE SHOP in the 1950's. The ladies will love the room note and fellow pipers will thank you for exposing them to a truly unique smoking experience. Everybody should try this. 3 of 4 stars.

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dualkarnain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dualkarnain (69)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a truly unique blend that is diffucult to compare to anything else. It's spicy and cool and interesting, in contrast to this short review!

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Navy Chief Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Navy Chief (3)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

As a fairly new smoker I simply love this tobacco, this is my go to blend when I can not make up my mind. It is hard to put a finger on exactly why this is so, this is something I find myself smoking all day. I really enjoy how well all of the ingredients in this blend play well together, nothing really comes to the front and grabs you, it is all a beautiful symphony of flavors playing softly in the background allowing you to just enjoy. I will be ordering a BIG bag of this to have around all the time, it is that good.

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smokey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokey (120)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Anyone who has been following my reviews on the Hearth and Home series is probably wondering if I am on the payroll at Pipes and Cigars because all my reviews are four stars. The answer is simpler; they get these reviews because they are excellent tobaccos. Old Tartan follows in that mold.

In the pouch this tobacco has several different hues of brown from the burleys, some black flecks of cavendish, and sparsely scattered among these are little pieces of deer tongue. The pouch aroma is slightly sweet, no doubt from the influence of the deer tongue and cavendish.

After loading and firing up a bowl (I packed with the Frank method) the first flavors sensed are the subdued nuttiness of the burleys, along with the smokey Latakia flavor, all overladen with a sweetness from the deer tongue. It is a delightful taste, one that could easily be smoked all day. As the bowl burns down, the deer tongue fades a bit without ever going away, and the Latakia and burley come to the forefront. They are almost perfectly balanced, with one never dominating the other. This was my first deer tongue blend and it was a pleasant experience. I prefer this tobacco to C&D's Crooner, which also has deer tongue. The tobacco burns down to the bottom of the bowl, leaving only a little blackened dottle. Relights are also kept to a minimum, and a lot of the credit for this has to go to the cut and packing method.

Old Tartan is only sold in bulk, which may put some smokers off who prefer tinned blends. Take my word for it; this one will hold its' own with any tinned blend. Considering the quality of the tobaccos used, the price is reasonable, too.

As for the scores on Old Tartan; taste- 17 of 20 points; lighting and burn- 9 of 10; value- 8 of 10. A total of 34 of 40 adds up to a solid ** for Old Tartan. And the winning streak for Russ Ouellette continues.

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Yankee Texan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Yankee Texan (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

This is my first review and I haven't been smoking for that long.

That being said, I bought the sampler pack from pipesandcigars and one of them was Old Tatan and I really like it. I seem to be liking English/Balkan blends which this isnt realy like that but I like it alot just the same. I have reached that smoke "nirvana zone" state with bowls of this several times.

The base is a really good quality burley I think. There are chunks of it and some cube cut and ribbon in the blend. The deertoung makes it a little sweet on the humantounge. The latakia makes it a little Englishy. It is very smooth yet complex. 'Pretty consisitant down the bowl. This is the best/easiest packing blend I have yet experienced. Lights Easy. Just the right moisture content. I could smoke this all day as it has never bitten me.

I am with the first reviewer here...I'm going to buy a big bag of this!

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