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A great Burley blend that is a slightly sweet, mostly nutty smoke that does not require full attention in order to enjoy it. Good day or night, it won't foul up your pipe or burn wet, and never exhibits the Burley end of bowl ashy taste.

Brand4noggins
Blended ByRich Gottlieb
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
3.1
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Country Doc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Doc (20)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Nutty burley gently suffused with quality maple. Excellent flavor all the way down. Not a complex smoke, but quite delicious. Definitely more an aromatic than a straight burley.

1 person found this review helpful.

Introibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Introibo (45)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I am working my way through some of the 4Noggins blends. Down by the River has to be the finest aromatic I have ever smoked. It is the only aromatic I have found that actually tastes like it smells. Yes, the maple flavour is there, all the way through, but without dampening a great burley taste.

I am a relatively late convert to burley, having wandered like some lost soul in Balkan and VaPer country for many a year. I used to sneer at aromatics, but DBTR is not like any other aromatic. Call it a flavoured codger blend -- the boutique version of an OTC. I still like the Balkans, and this blend gives a great contrasting alternative.

No bite, but I wouldn't say it can be smoked without attention. Puffing too hard seems to weaken the maple notes and reduce the fantastic burley essence. Another thing is that unlike most aromatics, DBTR does not lose its topping taste half-way down and turn to ash. Clearly, 4Noggins is using very high-quality leaf and genuine flavouring, not some sprayed-on synthetic casing.

I don't know how it will age. I have jarred about a pound and a half, and will be ordering more. It is said that aromatics do not cellar well, but with this one, even if the maple casing fades one will still be left with a fantastic burley.

1 person found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (71)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I just stumbled onto this one and had to try it, being a Burley lover. This one shines in a very specific way. The description provided is dead on and gives the reason for its greatness...absolutely tolerant of pipe and how it's smoked. I've tried it in three very different pipes and it's the same - start to finish - great nutty Burley flavor, medium strength, burns readily...smoke it down without any particular atention being needed...shoulda called it "Brainless Burley Blend" in a good way. All of the above go toward making it one of the great all day Burleys out there. Add to that the amazing service provided by 4-N's and it's a winner. I'll second the "check out their website" comment - LOTS to choose from. One of the very few sites I've ever found "Kendal Kentucky" in stock. :-) A solid four stars for this blend and it's source!

1 person found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (172)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Unnoticeable

Is a pure Burley. not highly flavoured, burns fast and hot, and because of this may cause tongue bite. The taste, however, is good. Bitter as all the Burleys, but at the same time, sweet. For begginers or not, for all day smoking. Decent Burley, but no much more than this...

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (56)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Great and simple Burley , this blend burns cool and have a nutty taste with some sweetness.

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rramstad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rramstad (115)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a relatively well behaved (not goopy) aromatic burley. I am giving it two out of four stars because I prefer OTC like Carter Hall and Prince Albert, but the topping is fairy mild and not all obtrusive. I found it somewhat nippy, however.

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Mac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mac (19)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

What can i say that has not been said before . A great all day smoke that in my opinion is best smoked in a MM Corn Cob. I just wish it was available here in australia.

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Punchy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Punchy (19)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Down By The River the fish may not be biting but this blend sure does. I tortured myself for 10 days finishing a four ounce bag as it nipped my tongue from the charring light to two-thirds of the way down the bowl. Oddly, the rest of the way was pretty tasty and smooth. Light, maple burly notes could be savored to the bottom. Not a well behaved blend.

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½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (38)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Down By The River is a light aromatic... no, check that, it's a very light aromatic; and a good one. It's everything that the above "tin description" claims; and I concur with the previous reviewers' comments. (I use the term "aromatic" somewhat freely. If there's a technical difference from "topping" or "flavoring" then please excuse my ignorance.)

4-stars if you're an aromatics smoker seeking something like a nuttier and sweeter version of Prince Albert.

3-stars if you want a gently sweet, and very nutty change of pace, while avoiding goopy, cloying drug store blends.

2-stars if you are willing to tolerate artificial flavoring on at least an occasional basis.

1-star if you avoid aromatics and top-flavors on principle. (But if you're a Burley smoker, is that totally possible?)

4noggins' DBTR smokes dryly; generates a really pleasant salinity; produces great smoke volume; nice nicotine hit; no bite; burns down completely on two matches; and leaves fine white ash.

My only criticism is that its "finish" exposes the chemical nature of the flavorings -- by which I mean it has a vague but noticeable (polymer?) aftertaste that dissipates in about 10 minutes. (Aromatics smokers will consider this a really minor quibble as well as an artifact of personal mouth chemistry. At any rate, it's not enough to put me off this blend.)

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Dave R Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dave R (3)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Once again, the tin description from Rich is pretty accurate. For me this is not a "knock your socks off" blend but there is plenty to like about it if you like Burley. (which I do) It packs easily and burns well all the way down. Nice semi sweet nutty taste with the merest hint of some flavouring in the background. A good one for working in the garden or walking the dog and is a worthy alternative to the standard OTC Burleys. Recommended.

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Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

A simple straightforward Burley in the Carter Hall tradition...which is a big plus in my book. And there's a place for a good honest smoke like this. Complexity has its place for sure, but this is a down to earth, all day tobacco. Another good reason to shop with the man from Middlebury. Check out his website....you won't be dissappointed!

Neil Young forever:-)

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smoking-rob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking-rob (70)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Supplied in bulk from Rich at 4noggins, this pleasant burley blend is sure to satisfy your palate. The description of this blend is accurate enough and I have not much to add to it. You'll not be disappointed.

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