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Iwan Ries

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A distinctive English mixture of Old Belt Virginias and Orientals with a heady swirl of Latakia. Full strength, though lighter than Balkan Supreme.

BrandIwan Ries
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia, Latakia
FlavoringNone
CutReady Rubbed
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected, Very Mild
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable
3.3
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Robdlouisville Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Robdlouisville (5)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

I love this English Tobacco. It is a perfect strength. Excellent flavor. Smokes easily meaning easy to keep lit. Highly recommended. Family likes the room note.

Pipe Used: Straight large bowl and a Molina half bentbowl.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Iwan Ries. Chicago, Il

Similar Blends: Hand made English from a tobacconist at Smokers Haven WNY brick and mortar. Called Lord Nelson. www.smokershavenwny.com.

1 person found this review helpful.

LifeOfRiley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LifeOfRiley (11)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a solid, no-frills straightforward English. The pouch aroma is unusually strong, but the flavor seems fairly typical. Spicy, with some leathery notes. Fine all around.

1 person found this review helpful.

piedpiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
piedpiper (26)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

As per its name, this is a full-bodied & straightforward English in the tradition of Samuel Gawith's Commonwealth. Apparently some or all of IRC's private label blends are made by Peter Stokkebye & can be acquired in bulk from Pipes & Cigars.com. at a lower price than what IRC is charging. So as other reviewers have mentioned, IRC's Proper English should be identical to Stokkebye's blend of the same name. I prefer full-bodied English blends & this blend fits the bill very well. Since I have tended in the past to prefer said English mixtures also contain perique my taking to Proper English may mean my tastes are headed in another direction. Proper English doesn't contain perique as its a blend of Virginias, Orientals & a heavy dose of Latakia. The smoky richness of the Latakia plays off the sweetness of the Virginias & Orientals surprisingly well for a reasonably priced bulk blend. Since this tobacco is good enough to be a primary/every day blend it earns 4 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This is Count Pulaski Lite. Actually not bad. one of Stokebeye's better products

1 person found this review helpful.

flyrod6057 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flyrod6057 (18)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I picked this up at the local Tinder Box, and was understandibly cautious as to its quality; mall vendors cater to the masses, not the discerning palate. However, I was pleasantly suprised by this one. The latakia taste is complimented nicely by the sweetness of the Virginias. It's flavorful and exciting. It's good all by itself. When blended 1:1 with Latakia, it's excellent. Give this one a shot; see what you think. I'm pretty pleased with the quality of this one and plan to keep it in the rotation. Three plus stars.

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constantsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
constantsmoker (62)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend may well be the private label version of Stokkebye's product of the same name. While I am certainly no expert, the characteristics of this blend are virtually identical to the Stokkebye blend, IMHO. A very good, enjoyable English blend for those who like their Latakia 'tamed' by flavorful Orientals. Read the reviews under the Stokkebye incarnation.

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