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Over-ripe Virginia from three continents: Old Belt USA, Highlands in southern Brazil and southern Africa. The Virginias are mixed with Burleys from Mexico and Malawi. In addition, a small quantity of Black Cavendish is added.

BrandOrlik Tobacco Company A/S
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Packaging50g Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable

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Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (118)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Racing Green is the newest in the Orlik series. The package claims that Racing Green has classic British elements. If they refer to the topping added, they are very wrong. Therefore i think they must mean "British" as in pure and clean tobacco. That is not entirely wrong, because the cavendish is very subdued and the topping only rears its head at the beginning of the bowl.

There is not much new here. A typical Danish semi-aromatic, but the topping has a twist: grapefruit in a very small measure. The blend is very reminiscent of Golden Slices, but is a tad more cool and flamboyant as in not monochromatic. It is an interesting blend for crossover fans, and I will recommend it for its well balanced qualities, compared to other blends in the same tier, and for its quality of leaf. Ask for it at (it's not listed, but they carry it).

Jakob Kiilerich, Denmark

9 people found this review helpful.

Bookhouse Boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bookhouse Boy (1)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The immediate aromatic note from a freshly opened tin belies the depth of this tobacco. Slightly citrusy like Orlik gold yet a tad "deeper" and fruity like say Dunhill's Royal Yacht with an aroma of dried fruit but not as dark and heady; once burning and mid way into the bowl this tobacco shines. I purchased this knowing only of Orlik Gold, a surprisingly good quality tobacco for the price it sells for and I am very glad that I did. Racing Green has a bit more depth and flavour to Gold and heralds a smoke more deserving of your attention. I'm finding it better with each puff as it burns down to the bottom of the bowl. I'll be definitely adding this to my rotation.

Pipe Used: Cob and Briar

Age When Smoked: new from tin

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Orlik Gold.

6 people found this review helpful.

Andya27 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Andya27 (9)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

The only thing wrong with this tobacco is the name.

I've smoked two bowls in two different pipes. Similar smokes from both. Initial impression of this tobacco is that Orlik has a winner here...but for the name.

I believe that Orlik describes this as a classic English blend. If your idea of a classic English blend is something from Dunhill, then you might be disappointed. However, if you think along the lines of a Lakeland blend without the cloying toppings that Gawith adds, then you would be a lot closer to what I think Orlik is trying to achieve.

Before I review the tobacco, back to the name. When I think of racing green, I think of something fast. And this smoke is anything but fast. It's a thoughtful smoke. One that you don't want to rush, as there are subtleties and ranges of flavors that would be overlooked if smoked fast. I think that Orlik might have been better served - if it wants to suggest something English - by selecting the name of something stolid, staid - something we'd all recognize as something very old and very English. But not Racing Green.

It would be easy to view Racing Green as a cross-over blend: for the aromatic smoker who wants to try a VaBur, or for the English smoker who wants to try an aromatic. But in many ways it is neither a typical mild-topping aromatic nor a typical English blend.

The initial tin note is also misleading. It's quite sweet and strong. At first I thought that perhaps somehow an Orlik tin got into a Mac-Baren assembly line. But as I looked at the tobaccos, they did match what the tin describes:

"A tobacco of high contrasts made partly of Virginia tobaccos from Old Belt in America. On top of this, Burley tobaccos from Mexico and Malawi, and a touch of Black Cavendish is added."

On first light any thought that this is a typical light-topping aromatic is quickly snuffed. Though the sweetness of the Cavendish does come through, the Burleys take center stage - but the Burleys are tempered by the Virginias and the Cavendish. Where most VaBurs are heavy on the Burley from top to bottom, by the first third of the bowl there is a wonderful balance of Virginias and Burleys, with still a hint of Cavendish sweetness. The last third of the bowl lightens rather than darkens (as with both of my smokes) as the Burleys decided to take a backseat to the very smooth and non-biting Virginias.

This is a fine tobacco. At the introductory price being offered at various online sites it's an absolute steal. I think that Orlik has a winner here, but for the name.

Pipe Used: Ropp bulldog, Peterson System

Age When Smoked: New tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars dot com

3 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (386)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a fine smoke. The Virginias and Burleys, to my taste, are very well balanced and delicious. The topping is where it gets really interesting. It seems to match and enhance a lot of the natural tobacco flavors making it a bit difficult to pin down. There is also a nice sweetness from the Cav. This is a wonderful blend.

Mild to medium in body and flavor. Burns well straight from the tin.

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat 5th Ave, MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

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2 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (115)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a light, Va forward aromatic that is rounded out by some Burley and Cavendish. It is gently sweet with a pleasant room note. It actually gets better as it burns down the bowl. The topping is subtle, and quickly disappears into the tobacco aromas. All in all a very smooth and refreshing experience. These seem to me very high quality tobaccos. Suits a lazy sunny afternoon in the garden with a cold lager.

1 person found this review helpful.