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A basic Burley in a small cube cut (diced) for consistent, easy-burning qualities. Mild, bite free, cool-smoking, and light. Has traditional tobacco flavor and character.

BrandKentucky Club
Blended ByJohn Middleton
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutCube
Packaging2oz Pouch
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Pokey Nipple Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pokey Nipple (7)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Of the three burley-based Middleton offerings I have tried, this is my favorite. These three--a triumvirate of excellent, affordable burleys--Kentucky Club Mild, Prince Albert, and Carter Hall are all delicious and well-worth the money and time.

They are all quite similar and have the nutty, earthiness characteristic of burley-based blends. They differ in nuances only, PA being caramel-ly with the nuttiness emphasized, while CH is creamier with hints of fruit (fig/raisin).

Kentucky Club Mild is harder for me to describe and is clearly a touch more complex or interesting than PA or CH in my opinion. It has a delicate floral quality or hay-like-ness that weaves in and out of the basic nuttiness. These tastes work amazingly together.

The 'Mild' in the title has more to do with the way it is blended or flavored than tobacco strength, I feel. I'm sure a primary, "foundational" blend is used for all three.

Kentucky Club is yummy, yummy stuff and great as an all-day pipe. Two enthusiastic thumbs up, as Siskel and Ebert used to say so many years ago.

2 people found this review helpful.

Dr. G Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. G (12)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Great old-school burley. Cool burning unless you hammer the pipe relentlessly. Brief soapy feel at the charring light which quickly dissipated into a comfortable, no-frills, dependable, predictable burley. Sours slightly for the last quarter of the bowl (which I really don't mind in the least) which could almost be construed as increasing complexity if it wasn't so darn burleyish. Dry, white ash is all that remains. There are better straight burleys out there, but this one commits no damnable sins.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie Supergrain 50B Briar

Age When Smoked: 1 year old tub freshly opened

1 person found this review helpful.

Henry Mars Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Henry Mars (18)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a basic burly ..medium brown in color. Not much of anything in the way of flavor. Slightly nutty and slightly sweet... perhaps a very light sugar casing which is well in the background. It can bite like a rabid dog if not smoked slowly.

All in all not too bad if you have experience with this sort of tobacco. I don't recommend it for beginners.

Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed. PA or CH will blow this away, but you can't argue with the KCM price.

I won't be buying it again.

UPDATE: 12/15/11

I added some moisture to KCM and it opened up a little .... enough that I am adding another star. It still bites a little but there is more flavor .... simple flavor. It still tastes like some kind of mild sugar topping. If you have the discipline to smoke it slowly it isn't bad. I still won't buy it again but if you fancy this type of smoke you will like it especially since it is cheap to buy.

1 person found this review helpful.

flakey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flakey (43)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Far and away the best "codger burley" I've tried... I've avoided them for years since my H&H experience... maybe I'm starting to turn into a codger? Nice flavor, nutty and somewhat sweet, not at all bitter like I remember these kinds of blends being. Can develop an ashy taste if you tamp mid-bowl though. Good all-day smoke if you wish. A strong two stars from me, you may take it as three if lack of nicotine power not a concern.

1 person found this review helpful.

TK Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TK Pipe (101)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

KC Mild … Another old timer that is still quite popular. KCM has its own unique character, similar in strength to Sir Walter Raleigh, only this blend does not seem to have any noticeable added topping, more a straight tobacco taste and aroma.

Medium brown in color, mild with no bite or bitterness, very pleasant from light-up to bowl bottom. IMO one of the better, so called straight Burley's available. Nothing fancy here, just good old fashion burley pipe tobacco, tasty and simple. The only negative trait I found was its tendency to burn a bit fast/hot. So I found that a heavier tamp than normal for this cut, helpful. Overall I feel very confident in recommending KCM to those that find happiness in cob pipes and basic American tobacco's. For them, 3 plus stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I'm not sure my review would be the same if I had smoked this tobacco from a fresh tub (impossible now). I find that most OTC burley blends are better when fresh. A lot of age seems to add a tartness and bite to Burley blends and that was the case here. The tub was from the late 1980s and the cube cut leaf was brittle and very dark. The tin aroma brought back those early days of pipe smoking memories for me as did the presentation once lit. Still, way too sour and bitey for me to enjoy. My local pipe club members sampled the tub at our tobacco bar and I got mixed reviews.

1 person found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (557)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Just finished up the better part of a 14 oz tub. Tub aroma is plain old burley. The floral casing that others have described was so faint that I'm not sure it was there at all in my tub. Taste was basic burley nuttiness with a slight hint of sweet hay. It was slight and it was fleeting. 99.5% of the flavor I got was straight, honest burley.

I find this to be one of the, if not THE, best American OTC blends currently available. It started off with a whiff of that weird soapy character I get when I first fire up a straight burley blend and very quickly calmed down into the ever-popular burley descriptor of nutty. What elevated this one ahead of a lot of other basic OTC's is that this never got bitter down the bowl. It got a bit hotter but not too hot. No tongue bite overall but I did get a hint of sizzle at the match that lasted a minute or so.

The only issue I have with this one is that it's price is no longer as reasonable as it used to be. One can get a pound (16 oz) of C&D's Burley Straight at a cheaper price per oz than a 14 oz tub of this. I prefer the C&D, but only slightly, with regard to taste but the new cost of a tub of this makes the C&D even more attractive. I do recommend this to lovers of straight burley but I have to give the overall nod to the C&D version.

1 person found this review helpful.

brogreggblues Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brogreggblues (45)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I really enjoy this blend. It's been hot this summer in Kansas, and Kentucky Club Mild has been a wonderful hot-weather blend. Like the description says, it's mild, bite free, cool-smoking, and light. Very easy to enjoy. I'm almost halfway through my 14 oz. canister, and when that's gone, I'll buy another. KCM has a slight floral taste that I really enjoy, which keeps the taste interesting, and seems appropriate for the hot weather. Three stars for this honest, simple OTC burley, and another star for the low price.

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jwne Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jwne (9)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A straight and honest burley. No bells and whistles or sickly-sweet casing. Just good American tobacco. Nice nutty flavor. A traditional aroma that can only come from a pipe. Burns kind of quickly which isn't too bad a thing as there isn't much time for your pipe and baccy to get all goopy. Burley lovers should keep this one on hand at all times.

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CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (71)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I liked this blend!Its a good honest to goodness burley at a great price.It didnt bite me and the aroma was lovely in pouch and room. It packed well,lit well and smoked just fine.Id buy it again.

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tonalsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonalsmoker (30)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

What could I say to convince you that Kentucky Club is a great pipe tobacco? I can't really.All I can tell you is that for myself I'm a burley fanatic,and the taste of Kentucky Club is very interesting.Kentucky Club has a floral casing in the blend that gives a unique character to the burley which could be an all-day smoke for some or a nice change of pace for Prince Albert fans.

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½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (36)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

TobaccoReviews.com lists three blends: Kentucky Club, Kentucky Club Mild, and Kentucky Club Mixture Aromatic. This is a review of the Kentucky Club with the word ?Mild? printed above the name; in the canister with the blue and white label. Whatever the source of the confusion, I will add to it a little by asserting that this ?Mild? Kentucky Club should, in my opinion, also be classified an aromatic, or at least a flavored, topped, or scented blend.

I definitely detect a mild floral, incense-like scent of lilac or lavender. (Some reviewers suggested apple, or even ?funeral parlor scent?. That could be.) Further, it has a saccharine taste, suggesting the presence of P.G. which, I read, tastes sweet in an artificial way.

These odors and tastes dissipate after about the first third of the bowl, and the blend settles down to become a pretty good codger burley; and taste-wise, a bit more interesting (though not better) than its cousin, Prince Albert. Amazingly, the pipe bowl does not carry an enduring crossover aftertaste upon switching blends. For me, I think it was two bowls ? max, and the ?memory? of KC was totally gone. (Heck, I can hardly taste any artifact after the first third of a bowl of KC, much less subsequent bowls of a different tobacco.) Since ?Mild? Kentucky Club burns cleanly and dryly to the bottom of the bowl without goop or dottle, it?s possible that a more natural substance is used: perhaps oil of lavender, rather than some arcane, polysyllabic chemical concoction. For this codger Burley:

3 stars if you smoke aromatics (this one is very light but tasty)

2 stars if you can get past the first third of the smoke ? the aromatic part

1 star if you would rather not fool around with even slightly aromatic blends.

If you?re tempted to try Kentucky Club solely because it?s in the Burley family and you need a change of pace, but you wish to avoid aromatics, try 101: Morley's Best (w/Latakia) by C&D; 401 Burley (w/natural Cavendish) by Milan; or my guilty pleasure, Prince Albert.

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XDipper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
XDipper (30)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Picked up a tub of this the other day as it was one of the few Codger Burlies I had not smoked fairly extensively. As has been meticulously documented here, I am an unabashed fan of these classic American burley blends. Kentucky Club Mild is no exception but the key word here is MILD. This is perhaps the only fault I can find with this tobak. The taste is good and the smoking manners are great. Consistent with the genre, it is plain and serviceable, good for any occassion and something you could undoubtedly chain smoke day after day without a problem. The room note is inoffensive (maybe even pretty good). Burn was a bit quick but otherwise cool, dry and bite free. Vitamin N content was just OK and overall, as I said, this is pretty light stuff. For the burleyphile, this would make an ideal light, change of pace smoke (which is precisely what I was looking for.) Due to its mild nature, I hesitate to give it a four star rating but in its proper place it's very effective. Don't expect a lot of oooooh and aaaaaah out of this one; it is what it is, a light, mild, all day burley. It will never replace Old Joe Krantz or Prince Albert in my rotation but for a light change of pace tobacco, I'm sure it will stay on my occassional list for a long time to come.

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a pouch of this tobacco at my neighborhood tobacco shop, it had been sitting at the bottom of a shelf long enough for it to accumulate quite a bit of dust. I am not sure if the "aging" did any good or not, but I was surprised how mild this tobacco was. It was just as the description stated, mild and cool. There was no variation from the top to the bottom of the bowl. The tobacco did burn fairly cleanly, but did leave some junk at the bottom of the bowl. I would say that there is nothing special about this mixture that would make me buy it again over any of the other drugstore burlys, but it is one that I a glad I tried (but one pouch is enough). With that being said, I would cautiously recommend giving it a try just do not expect great things from it.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (256)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is one of Middleton's best blends, along with Carter Hall, and Walnut. A good simple burley. Great in a cob. A good value for the money. Sadly, unavailable to me unless I order online. If you love burley, try a pouch!

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Pkloop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pkloop (41)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I cracked open the 14oz bucket of this I had for quite some time. Inside I found pretty much exactly what the tin description says. All brown cube cut burley..I didn't notice any topping..just nice plain burley smell.

Using the tried & true gravity fill that these blends/cuts seem to favor, I set flame to the tobacco and begin the journey. What I discovered was an easy going, very mild (too mild) smoke. This is just plain burley with no detectable topping by my taster.

Smoked clean, cool, dry all the way to the bottom. I didn't get the bitter finish at all. This one just doesn't have anything to keep me interested however..don't look for any flavor explosions here. Just plain burley. I can see this being used as a blender to perhaps tone down some bitey VA's or I would imagine it would be very useful for breaking in new pipes. And thats about all I see myself doing with the remaining amount I have.

All in all I can't see this one offending anyone, and at about a buck an ounce its worth a shot to try. 2 stars here for me for lack of flavor but 3 stars for cost, burning characteristics, cool smoking..

Not bad..but nothing to write home about.

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South Mantis06 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
South Mantis06 (12)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

When I opened the pouch I thought- what did I get into here. It selled like the inside of a funeral home. Very flowery- almost ad nauseum. I let it air out a while, and it got at least bearable. I thought I'd bettr try this out in an el cheapo corn cob, so I plopped down my buck fifty for one of those small sample cobs at the neighborhood cheap smoke shop. I lit up, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Very good tasting for a 2 buck pouch of tobacco. No bite, nice and smooth. Did not flavor the pipe, so I put it to the test in my Kaywoodie. Not bad stuff. I'd rate it higher, but since it's a DS brand I kept it at 2. Very good buy for the dollar.

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

On a whim, I purchased a pouch of KCM at an independent backwoods Wisconsin supermarket. Yes, it is a drug store blend but it has survived for decades as have a handful of other drug store blends. This has to say something about their quality and/or popularity. This is a simple burley that was introduced in simpler times. It is straight forward, mild and moderately sweet. The thing I noticed most with this blend is the very distinct and very pronounced ?grassiness? that I have not experienced with other burleys. This may have something to do with the mild topping or casing. The grassiness does dissipate and become less pronounced as you progress down the bowl. I think this grassy/hay characteristic will be what either makes or breaks this blend for you. I experienced no bite. This fine cube cut burley burns cool and to a dry ash. This is not an outstanding blend. It is a simple, down-to-earth, old-fashioned burley blend. Take a ride back in time with KCM when you have the opportunity to buy a pouch.

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

I rate this tobacco 8.0 out of 10.

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