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An exquisite mixture blended from mature Virginia, and mellow black cavendish, we have added a gently pressed and fermented cut plug made from Virginia and burley. The mixture is perfected with a touch of sweet plum aroma, which creates a unique smoking experience for the most demanding pipe smoker.

Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringBrandy, Coffee, Plum
Packaging50 grams pouch, 50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1645)
Very Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Stanwell - Classic.

I was unaware of Stanwell tobacco's until I stumbled upon this one night whilst on The Danish Pipe Shop's website. I love to try something new (to me) so ordered some and here's my thoughts:

The pouch doesn't smell that aromatic, there's maybe a delicate fruitiness but nothing more. There's less Black Cavendish than the other two varieties: the pouch has about 25% BC in it. The ribbons are fairly chunky, with a good water content.

Now the actual smoke: when I first light a bowl of this the only added taste I get is plum. For the first few minutes of my initial pipe-full I thought they were lying about the coffee and brandy; give them time! When they do come to the fore they aren't as strong as the plum, but for my palate they are discernable.

For me, one of the great points about this is the smoke's build and temperature: extremely cool and brilliantly thick; that's something I adore!

The nicotine feels pretty mild from this; actually it's really mild!

For me, the only negative is the speed of the burn: if it's not taken easily it can be over in a flash!

I'm glad I came across this; it's a cracking smoke!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Erik Nording Freehand

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop

5 people found this review helpful.

From Etten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
From Etten (22)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Plum and moist out of the tin; an assorted ribbon cut pleasing to the eye with plump yellow aged VA. Packs well with immediate sense of a balanced blend. Bowl aroma OK, not exceptional. A steady enjoyable smoke to the bottom. Can smoke this regularly. Easy 3 Star.

Pipe Used: Tsuge Briar, Greek Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of the tin

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars Month Club

5 people found this review helpful.

PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (63)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Well-balanced and beautifully fragrant, with satisfying body.

My first bowl of any new tobacco is a simple matter. There's only one question on my mind: Do I like it? And if so, I try to enumerate the main strong points and weak points, sticking to simple words and ideas, without doing any analysis.

I liked Stanwell Classic from the get go. The plum aroma is very attractive without being sweet or overbearing. And the slightly thick mouth feel of the smoke satisfies the taste buds without fatiguing them.

Plums. Wonderful plums. This is the one and only 'fruity' aroma I'm fond of. Perhaps because it reminds me of those luscious cut plugs from Ireland, such as Warrior.

This is a deeper, darker scent of fruit without any sugary sweetness. Unlike a berry aroma, which might be attractive at first but eventually tiring, the Stanwell Classic plum note stands up well to repeated smokes. A medium large bowl seems to do best, to give the fragrance plenty of room to blossom.

I favour this one over Stanwell Kir & Apple, which is nonetheless pretty good but not quite as satisfying. Therefore I'm awarding Stanwell Classic a 'Recommended++', stopping just short of four stars which are reserved for the truly exceptional blends.

Pipe Used: Ben Wade Brogue Apple

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Online Vendor

Similar Blends: Murray Sons & Co, Ltd - Warrior Plug, Peterson - University Flake.

4 people found this review helpful.

Flinthills Tex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flinthills Tex (26)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this in a pinch. I had run out of my favorite leaf (Stanwell Jubilee), and the tobaccoonist had as well. I figured I couldn't go wrong with a Stanwell blend called "Classic". Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with a pleasant Aroma reminding me of raisins. The moisture Content was just right, and the cut makes filling your pipe rather easy. The tobacco packs well and lights up on 2 matches. It burns well, leaving no dottle. The taste is pleasantly sweet, without overpowering the natural tobacco taste. The room note is a bit smokey, not as sweet as with some of Stanwell's other aromatic blends. It is certainly in no way offensive, but not as much of a crowd pleaser. My recommendation: Stanwell Classic is a good standby for smokers of aromatics. It is not a complex smoke, but neither is it bland. It can be smoked without problems by novice and expert alike.

Pipe Used: Vauen, Lorenzo, BC

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: local tobaccoonist

4 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Medium Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

The plum flavor really comes out in this. It is just a little bitey. That is going to keep it from getting 3 stars. Otherwise, this was a nice enjoyable aromatic. I mixed it with some 5 brothers to give it some nic.

3 people found this review helpful.

3pipeproblem Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
3pipeproblem (13)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

My only Stanwell tobacco to date.

This is an all around mild tobacco, more of a Danish aromatic as opposed to a heavy American. Not bad at all, but I probably won't buy again. To my taste there are plenty of better aromatics out there. (2.5 stars)

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

2 people found this review helpful.

mattle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mattle (4)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As a new pipesmoker, i could be wrong in everything said about this tobacco since i had little experience of other tobacco to compare with.The smell from pouch is very enticing, I was amazed with the dryness and cut of it, as I had the fewest re-lighting needed with it than with other baccy. But it scorched my mouth pretty fiercely. As I said, I have little other experience to compare with, but it does bite, especially during smoke. The burn dissipates the next day though, unlike the continuous tongue bite sensation I had after smoking Captain Black gold, which could last two days or more. I found room note somewhat pleasant, but gf found it too strong. It does leave a ghost in the pipe, so I keep smoking it only with corncob. As nice as the pouch smell, I guess I wont restock.

Pipe Used: corncob

Age When Smoked: 1

Purchased From: hongkong retailer (US$23 tax incl.)

2 people found this review helpful.

orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (64)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco does have its good sides. For one, the aromatic components aren't annoyingly strong, it is noted in another review that the top flavor is overwhelming. It is true (for me) that the plum flavor is much more evident upon the first light and onwards to the second third, but I usually find that particular feauture of this tobacco very enjoyable. The plum flavor moves to the background the further down you go, sometimes I've noticed it has a tendency of going a little back and forth, moving from back to front in the taste department. It does keep you alittle on your toes, which for me adds, in a positive way, to the smoking experience. If you take apart the components of the tobacco alittle, to its disadvantage, it mostly feels as if the tobaccos are in fact only a way of having a base for the plum aroma. The baseblends never really show themselves, they are just there, but they don't really do anything, which I find a little disappointing when you look at it at a broader perspective.

If you want plum, it delivers plum, but sadly not much more.

This is a low-maintenance tobacco with good burn capabilities, it won't burn your tongue if you use common sense when smoking it. If you're prone to aromatics, give this one a shot.

2 people found this review helpful.

Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (87)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Maybe my pouch was production mistake in factory, but I've got a strong smell and taste of vanilla. Tobacco burning hot, but without tongue bite, leaving some moisture at the end. Regular drug store mixture, nothing special.

Pipe Used: Altinay meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Local store

1 person found this review helpful.

EugeneMsc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
EugeneMsc (4)
Mild Medium Medium Tolerable

This blend taught me that I don't like plum in my tobacco. The plum smell is medium strong and probably pleasant if you like taht kind of thing.

1 person found this review helpful.

o3Ho3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
o3Ho3 (28)
Medium Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Is good , but not that good. Is tasty, but not that tasty. Is pleasant, but.... you know the drill... If you are curious - is interesting. But that's all!

Pipe Used: Always Peterson

Age When Smoked: 1 y

Purchased From: Romania

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1 person found this review helpful.

Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Tolerable

this is an aromatic by definition..which means it is a cased tobacco (flavored)but i really doubt it was topped in purpose of making it a friendly smelling tobacco! it packs right and the taste is consistent through the bowl with the taste of burly, cavendish and little virginia is apparent have fruity mild sweetness taste to it. the room note is strong but sadly not pleasant. a decent tobacco but not an all day smoke for me at least..especially not when in company of non smokers.

1 person found this review helpful.

OleFattGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OleFattGuy (27)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Stanwell are very able tobacco blenders, and this blend is no exception. It has a rich aroma out of the pouch with that plum note on top. It smokes well and does not cause any trouble. I'd smoke this everyday, but not all the time as it does become a bit ehm, je ne sais qouis?

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Upon opening the pouch the smell is very strong: fruits and a little honey, very sweet indeed. The cut is mixed, with the ribbons from Virginia and Cavendish and the broken flake pieces from the VA-B cut plug. The packing is a little tricky in a small pipe, the moisture is perfect so the lighting is easy. At the match the top flavour is overwhelming, you really can't detect anything else; as expected, the first puffs are painful for your tongue. Then the burning proceeds easily, cool and dry and that's a good surprise, having considered the top dressing amount. Not my cup of tea but a good choice for danish aromatics lovers.

1 person found this review helpful.