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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
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Cream, Fruit / Citrus, Vanilla
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Pouch
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant

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Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (120)
★★★★
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 danishpipeshop.com (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: Smokingpipes.com

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.

Perdurabo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perdurabo (17)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

If you like Orlik Golden Sliced you have to give Orlik Racing Green a try. Some have said Grapefruit, I say Guava/Custard Bread Pudding, You say......

The tin note is Citrus/Guava with a custard creaminess in the background that does transfer to the smoke. However the topping fades in and out and is never cloying. The Tobacco is very high quality, the Virginia's really push the sweetness in this blend and the burley gives the smoke some body. The cavendish? Well..... I don't know what the hell the cavendish does.

About half way through the bowl, I suggest putting your pipe down for an hour or two. The Burley is BAM! IN YOUR FACE GOOD. For some reason when DGT'd the burley really stands out. When you smoke it straight to the heel of the bowl(which it really does smoke to a white ash with no doddle)Racing Green gets sweeter, almost developing a Marshmallow Circus Peanut flavor. In fact the pipe smells like Circus Peanuts when the bowl is cashed.

Racing Green is ready to smoke out of the tin, it behaves like a Lakeland blend, with its high quality tobacco. I must say outside of Lakeland Blends, Racing Green is the only "Aromatic" that I would smoke on a regular basis.

Great Summer Blend to add to your rotation between the Va/Pers and Straight Virginias.

Pipe Used: Cobb Rob Roy

Age When Smoked: 4 months at least

Purchased From: PipesandCigars.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (424)
★★★★
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

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (116)
★★★☆
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.

Bonneville Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bonneville (33)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Full Pleasant

If this is an "aromatic", then what the hell do you call Lane 1Q? My point is that the flavorings in this tobacco are so subtle that if someone used to smoking traditional aromatics were to smoke this, they would not consider it an aromatic.

I normally smoke non-aro Virginia tobaccos, but this one suited my palate amazingly well. It is absolutely delicious. The Virginia notes I pick up in this blend are very similar to the famed Orlik Golden Sliced, but the addition of Burley and Cavendish really smooth it out nicely. It burns very cool and is not prone to biting at all. It is deliciously sweet, full in body (but not too strong in strength). It has a very creamy profile with bright vanilla and citrus notes. But the flavors seem very natural and not artificial in any way, unlike what you would find in a traditional aromatic.

Like some have already pointed out, the name sucks. But the tobacco certainly does not. It is currently one of my favorites. I highly recommend you try it if you're into high quality Danish blends. Well done Orlik.

Pipe Used: Peterson X105 billiard

Similar Blends: 4th Generation 1931 Flake.

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Planet Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Planet Scott (34)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Virginas and burley up front. Slightly sweet and spicy as well. A fairly robust blend, but not overpowering. I was not sure I would like this one because of the burly and cavendish, but it's a nice balanced blend and very enjoyable with a cup of robust coffee.

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin Zulu

Age When Smoked: A few months

Purchased From: P & C

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