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A careful blend of Virginias, Burley and Cavendish make this blend perfect for the "student" of the pipe. This tobacco has a wonderful aroma and has pleased many pipe smokers.
Blended ByScott Bendett
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Mild
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant

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ravkesef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ravkesef (11)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

There's a slight smell of vanilla in the pouch, but none discernible in the taste. The feel of the tobacco is quite moist; possibly PG or some other humectant is present. As I smoked this tobacco, I asked myself the following questions: How do you make a burley milder and cut the nicotine? Add some cavendish. How do you make a burley sweeter? Add some Virginia. Do that and you'll get University Student. There's no flavoring added save the cavendish and the Virginia, and the overall effect is to highlight the taste of burley, which comes through quite nicely. It reminded me of Pipeworks and Wilke's Nut Brown Burley, though reissued in a milder version. The maker describes it as a tobacco to learn on, but I think experienced burley lovers will find it quite pleasant as well. It's a light, mild tobacco, one that can easily be smoked all day. The nicotine is low, though it's certainly detectable, but hard core lovers of Vitamin N will probably want to pass this one by. And of course if you enjoy the taste of burley, this is definitely a tobacco you'd want to look at.

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Nut Brown Burley.

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1508)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

The vanilla from the small amount of black cavendish is not strong and is very smooth, leading me to suspect a little of the vanilla syrup comes from the topping. The burleys are very nutty with a molasses sweetness, and a hint of toast. The Virginia cavendish is honey sweet. I've wondered if this is an attempt to duplicate Nut Brown Burley because it tastes much like a slightly toned down version, though NBB has more black cavendish and could bite if pushed hard. This burns very cool with a consistent flavor that does not weaken at the finish with virtually no dottle. Produces lots of smoke and leaves a very sweetly pleasant after taste. Could be an all day smoke, and tastes even better with hot tea or coffee. If there's any drawback at all, it's that it's a fast burner, though I never got any harshness at all as I have in similar blends, which pushes this to four stars. And you can always repack the bowl and go again if the experience went too fast for you.

3 people found this review helpful.

Coltrane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coltrane (26)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This blend is more of a...classic blend in my opinion. It has a nice flavor and aroma for a non-aeromatic. When I first started smoking pipes 15-years ago I was looking for a pipe tobacco that had a nice aroma and flavor but wasn't too sweet. It took me a while to find this but I am glad that I did. Me being an English blend fan this is a nice blend that fills the need for a non-aeromatic blend when you are out of your full bodied English and Balkan blends.

I would highly recommend this blend to experienced smokers, new smokers might find it a bit full bodied. But some poeple like full bodied blends, so new smokers go ahead and give it a try but remember it's a bit full bodied.

3 people found this review helpful.

Rafe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rafe (9)
Mild Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

For a burley based bulk aromatic, this certainly has a lot going for it. It's just a good, all-around tobacco. It is non-descript, but I mean that as a positive. Its taste is all tobacco, a little on the sweet side but not cased or flavored to my palate. It's mild but not wimpy, smokes cool and doesn't bite, stays lit well and provides lots of big fluffy white smoke clouds. It's beginner-friendly and as such will not satify the hardcore Balkan and latakia lovers among us, and if you like to be backhanded by your nicotine, pass this one by.

Someone here recently compared tobacco supply to a wine cellar, and stated that any decent wine cellar needed to be rounded out with everyday housewines. I thought it was a good parallel, and in my stash University Student gets the same billing as other blends like Carter Hall, Half & Half and Burley Light --- simple, reliable, inexpensive bulk blends to juxtapose my prized (and pricey) tinned favorites. I've been smoking this one with my coffee almost every morning for the past couple of weeks, and it's a good way to start up the day. A very nice little blend.

2 people found this review helpful.

mithraic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mithraic (4)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

I'll revise this description later and do this blend some justice. For now I just wanted to get it on the record that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this blend! I've never ripped through a stash of tobacco with more alacrity or zest! Get some now!

1 person found this review helpful.

spielzeug Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
spielzeug (4)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

After being forced to quit by my wife 20 years ago I recently decided to go back to pipe smoking. I used to like English tobaccos and one of my favorites was Ehrlichs DPE and also Balkan Sobranie. I though I had better start with something mild and work my way up again. After smoking 2 pounds of University Student blend I find that this is a very pleasant smoke and the family can also tolerate the odor. My grandaughter actually likes it. I have since graduated to some of McClellans tobaccos but still like an occasional pipe of Students blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Black Sheep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Black Sheep (21)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

The slight vanilla smell, along with something I cannot quite place, along with the soft, almost moist or smooth texture makes for an easy going tobacco. It burns well, and unlike many aromatics, it does not leave my mouth with the odd feeling of having been coated with something not altogether natural or a filmy aftertaste. I am not a frequent smoker of non-English blends, and am often uncomfortable with blends that are heavily cased and sweet; however, I had no issues with Student, and will continue to re-order it in the future.

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Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Pipes and Cigars - University Bulk No. - Student

Star Rating = 4

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 8

Room Note = 8

Flavor = 8

Bite = 8

Burn = 8

After Taste = 8

Raw Score = 48

Rated Percentage = 80%

Comment = Very Smooth, Very Mild, Mellow with good Flavor, a very pleasant smoke

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jspargo4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jspargo4 (1)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The other reviewers to date describe this as a non-aromatic. I find that incredible. Based on the reviews of this tobacco, I recently purchased 4 oz to give it a go and and was startled by the strong vanilla smell when I opened the bag the first time. I am not a fan of aromatics but I tried to keep am open mind as I smoked my first, second, third......pipefuls. I don't care about the room-note as long as my wife doesn't complain. I'm only interested in the taste and Student is too perfumy to suit me. If you enjoy the unadulterated taste of tobacco, Student isn't for you. I'll smoke what I have, but no more.

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jshrader13 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jshrader13 (16)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I really don't know how to describe this one. It's a non-aromatic, and it's one of four non-aromatics I ordered when I purchased my two newest pipes. Honestly, I wasn't crazy about this one. It was a bit strong for me, (a month-old novice), but the other three non-aromatics I tried smoked much nicer than this one. I guess for a novice trying their first non-aromatic blend, this would be an okay one to try, but I don't think it's going to win any awards.

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