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A blend of Golden Virginias. Mild, nice blend. If you like Virginias this is a wonderful smoke.

BrandBoswell Pipes & Tobacco
Blended ByDan Boswell
Blend TypeAromatic
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild
Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
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ravkesef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ravkesef (11)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

One could almost say that anything the Boswells blend approaches perfection. I say "almost" because I haven't tried all their blends--yet--but those it has been my happy experience to smoke have never failed to please. Enter Dan's Blend, a truly superlative expression of what a Virginia can be. Mild it is, and those who find that objectionable will certainly wish to look elsewhere, but if they do, they will miss out on the complexity of this exceptional blend. Sipped slowly, this tobacco reveals fine shadings and nuances of flavor usually reserved to stronger blends, but this one stands up to a careful scrutiny of all its subtleties. A few have warned against puffing too fast, but I can't comment on that, as I was enjoying my languorous experience too much to want to speed anything up. I express my deepest appreciation to Russ who showed me what to look for in this blend, and kudos to Dan for creating this eponymous tobacco.

Purchased From: Boswell

6 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2329)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

The Virginias offer quite a bit of hay and grass with some citrus, very light dark fruit and a touch of earth and spice. There is a topping, actually more than one, as I sense a hint of vanilla, caramel, and sugar. I can’t quite decide if the honey hit comes from a topping or one of the gold Virginias, but I suspect the latter. There is a slight chemical note and thinness of flavor to the toppings. The nic-hit is barely noticeable. Burns at a readable rate with a consistent taste, and though I didn’t experience any bite, I find it gets a little warm on the tongue when smoked beyond a moderate pace. Requires few relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. The after taste is short lived. An all day, very gentle smoke that suffers from lack of body and depth in addition to the aforementioned chemical note.


4 people found this review helpful.

Buster Bluth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buster Bluth (56)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

This is a wonderful Virginia on the mild side. If you are a fan of stuff like Ashton Gold Rush and MacB's Virginia No. 1, you will love this. These tobaccos always feel like ticking time bombs. The flavor zen is only maintainable if you meter your puffs super carefully, and there is always that possibility of stoking it over the edge to a tongue burning mess. Dan's blend from Boswell's allows you to enjoy great light Virginia flavor without this risk.

The cut is a fine ribbon that packs and lights with ease. Initial third of bowl offers a sweetness that reminds this smoker of toasted white bread crust sprinkled with sugar. It then settles into familiar light haylike notes with subdued sweetness. Bottom third has a little tang. Very clean burning and tasting.

Mild tobaccos can be monotonous. This is not. The flavor changes are subtle. If you are looking for more intense flavors, seek elsewhere. Otherwise, a most amazing smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

russ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
russ (27)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I am updating my review of this blend as I have been through quite a bit of it. Now first, and foremost--if you are looking for a power house, strong grab yah by the throat blend---this is not for you. First off---nice yellow/golden/blonde ribbon cut Virginias. As a bulk blend even after aging it has a VERY subtle vanilla, natural hay like tone. Packing my pipe, and a nice charring light it starts out nice. As I smoke this, and allow a nice slow smoke--be it morning, noon, afternoon, or evening I notice that subtle flavor of the Virginias--like fresh mowed hay in the field. It has perhaps a slight vanilla hint, but folks I am a fanatic when it comes to Virginias--I love them. Dans blend delivers a superior mild all day smoke that is low in nicotine, does not bite back, and I find myself loading my pipe often through the day with this as it is a VERY SUBTLE tobacco that has a detectable flavor, but is far from over whelming. Some say it lacks character, flavor, and is like smoking air---I firmly disagree---take your time--enjoy that VERY subtle hint of freshly mowed hay with a ever so slight hint of vanilla--I do not know if this is natural, or added, but this baccy is wonderful if just gently smoked as an all day pipe of baccy. Give it a chance---I have--smoke it regular now for several years--even in hot, humid weather---this stuff does not have the smack of the heavy blends---thats why I like it. I love heavy Latakias, and other stuff, but this tobby is one that when smoked is like leading an old horse who is your best friend around. It doesn't bite, kick, or misbehave---GREAT all day smoke. Just smoke it slow, and allow the the natural flavors to develope.

3 people found this review helpful.

Hanzy4200 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hanzy4200 (12)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

As always, Boswells delivers. It is ever so lightly cased, just enough to compliment the natural sweetness of the Virginias. I was visually put off by this blend, as it looks identical to common cigarette rolling tobacco to my untrained eyes. One touch and sniff reveals something far more refined. I do find that it will burn fast and hot if smoked to quickly. Overall, another excellent blend by Boswells.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentelman

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Boswells

1 person found this review helpful.

ski2liv Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ski2liv (16)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

What a tasty little collection of Virginias! It's exactly as they describe on their website. It's a well bodied blend that is an excellent cool smoke. The thin ribbon cut is a pleasure to pack and smoke. It doesn't bite and has a very pleasant room note considering the natural flavors that come through. It's got a warm, meaty, full flavor and is really nice all the way to the bottom of the bowl. Relights are just as pleasant and the sweetness of the Virginias comes though, though is not overpowering. I tend to walk a fine line between natural flavoring and aromatics. This falls a little too far to the natural side for me, as I miss the sweetness of some Black Cavendish in this blend. But for what it is, it's quite nice. My biggest complaint is that the aftertaste of Virginia tobacco is quite prevalent. And since I don't smoke every day, it's a little too much on the back end for my liking. For someone trying to move away from aromatics, or looking for a Virginia punch without the dryness or kick- here's a great blend. Overall- not one of my favorites from Boswell, but it's also not really the type I normally go to.

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Boswell B+M Visit

1 person found this review helpful.

geoffc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
geoffc (5)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Friend of mine tossed me an ounce and now I wished he gave me a pound! This is a bright Virginia that burns cool right down to the ash. I know, hard to believe! Along with little fruitiness of the Virginia it mellows down and not as bright with a topping of vanilla maybe?

This is just plain good and highly recommended to try!

11-24 Edit: I picked up 6 oz. And had two additional notes.

First, I was eager to smoke and grabbed a pipe that was used for strong english blend. Don't do that. This mild blend and the ghosted latakia will ruin the experience.

Second, put some in your smoking pouch to dry out a little. Fresh out the bag I had several re-lites. After being in the pouch over night I did not have a single re-lite. Great experience

2018-12-1 This is a good breath sipping blend. When it hits the right temperature you get a giant hit of vanilla that will make you say, "oh wow" out loud.

Pipe Used: Peterson Silver Fishtail spigot

Age When Smoked: 6 months

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Stinkypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stinkypipe (156)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

This Virginia blend has a weak room note. Burns up quick and you get a bit of hay and grass flavor but very reduced. Burns fairly cool but will bite if puffed. Flavor comes and goes throughout the bowl. Room note is fairly subdued throughout the smoke. I am not a Virginia fan but this is a decent smoke.

Pipe Used: Cobby

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Sir Tampsalot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir Tampsalot (7)
Mild Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

This blend, with a little drying time, is certainly good enough right off the bat. Put some aside on the shelf for a while, however, and you'll then truly reap it's rewards. After cracking a jar of Dan's Blend open this evening, untouched for two and half years, I've enjoyed one of the best bowls I've had in months. Just a wonderful smoke!

Pipe Used: Stanwell Relief 232

Age When Smoked: 2-1/2 years

Purchased From: Boswell's

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Mr. Motoyoshi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Motoyoshi (68)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Despite being listed as a Virginia, this is a wonderful aromatic smoke.

The tobacco is a little moist and can use some time out to dry. At first it has a very faint sweetness of vanilla and honey towards the top of the bowl;like a mix of 1-Q and Molto Dolce.

The latter half of the bowl starts to get bolder and more full bodied. Reminds me of Luxury Twist Flake with caramel and pound cake notes.

There is little, if any bite with this tobacco. If you do smoke to fast the sweetness turns a little bitter but it won't bite. The burn is very even and usually gets down to the bottom with no dottle.

This is a great blend to break in a pipe as it helps build a cake rather quickly and the sweetness won't ghost that much. You can smoke out the sweetness with a bowl or two of any other blend. Room note is wonderful and shouldn't bother even the most annoying non-smoker. I think my favorite part of this tobacco is that the topping doesn't wear off but only intensifies as you smoke down the chamber. Well done Dan :)

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Similar Blends: Lane Limited - 1-Q, Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Twist Flake.

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Attack Duck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Attack Duck (1)
Extremely Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

I wanted to like this as it smells gorgeous in the bottle where I've had it aging for a year or so. But it just tastes like moist air. Other Boswell aromatics which I have had much more flavor, even though I rarely do the aromatic thing nowadays.

I would recommend you give this a pass.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28783)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

This a solid no nonsense golden Virgina. The taste is rather bland, but thats what i love about it. There is no trace of topping or outside flavors; just mild mild Virginia.

Some may find this blend rather dull and unexciting if your used to highly cased aromatics. I find my self reaching for this tobacco more and more. If your busy and don't want to spend the time to discover the nuances of complex blends, this is a definite go to.

Dan's blend is an all day smoke thats definitely worth giving a chance.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28783)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Dan's blend is one of my favorites i've ever ordered from Boswell, i've been told it smells like caramel & vanilla by people that do not smoke pipes. it is a definite crowd pleaser. i recently stopped buying it only so that i wouldn't get sick of it, I wanted to try a few of the other blends they offer which i am reviewing one at a time. I will most definitely be buying Dan's blend again!

i'm a firm believer that pipe tobaccos generally won't give you tongue bite once you learn how to smoke them although this is not always the case. therefore i generally won't discuss this matter in my reviews. most of Boswell's blends will not give you tongue bite and i refuse to type that time and time again.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28783)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is 100% Virginia so I fired up my dedicated Virginia pipe and gave it a try. Moisture was just about right and the string cut was easy to light and keep lit. It burned all the way down to white ash and maintained its strength throughout. I cannot agree this tastes like air; to me it tastes like solid Virginia although not as good or have the depth as some other Virginias that cost more. If you like Virginia, try this. It could be an all day smoke for you.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28783)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I had to smoke this blend several times to give an accurate review in the hopes that my opinion would change. But here goes?..this blend is mostly Virginia long ribbon cut and is a very light colored blend & very stringy. I found myself having to constantly re-light no matter how I packed it or what pipe I used. Contained a few stems which was not very impressive. The pouch aroma is very mild if any. Upon lighting this up, I was waiting for FLAVOR. There is very, very little flavor. This blend has very little character and is just ?bland? to say the least. Not much going on & very boring to say the least. Tongue bite is non- existent. A little too mild for me. Almost like smoking air. I coundn't not notice a difference between this blend and "Boswell's Best". But then again, when there is no flavor, there is nothing to compare!

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smokey stover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokey stover (11)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Just received three of my pipes back from Boswell,s after being cleaned and having the stems repaired. Boy -do they do nice work! Included was a sample of Dan's Blend. On opening the pack I noted the uniform honey gold color and pleasant aroma of Virginia/Burley tobacco. It looks like all Virginia. Ribbon cut and easy to pack. Reminds me of Sail.Easy to pack and light. Very mild. No nicotine kick whatsoever.From first puff to last the nutty flavor was quite subtle and without any tongue bite. Very pleasant room note - it smells like it tastes. I would order this as a nice change off from time to time. Still like Granger as my all day smoke.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28783)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

For those that don't know, Dan is one of J.M. Boswells sons. Like Father, Like Son. Dan has put togather what I consider to be one of the finest Virginia blends around. The tobacco starts off like most VA's, a tad bitey and then almost immediately setles down and becomes a very enjoyable smoke. The typical VA distant sweetness is there but make no mistake, this is not an aromatic. Rather, it is a wonderful blend of red and gold virginias. IMHO a sure winner

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