|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Archer Darkpint (1)||Mild to Medium||Medium||Medium to Full||Very Pleasant|
This is a must for anyone who enjoys a fruity and richly flavored aromatic pipe tobacco. A little on the pricey side, but highest quality tobaccos warrant the expense.
BACKSTORY: This was the first pipe tobacco I ever tried, over a dozen years ago when stationed in Germany. Several German gentlemen from all manner of vocations (police, forest rangers, restaurant owners, etc.) I knew smoked pipes and all of them recommended the pipe as a great way to give up cigarettes (stopped smoking those years ago).
In Germany, at one time you could find tobacco stores in every decent sized village and town, so there was no shortage on availability. Luckily, I found a shop where the owner was a pipe smoker willing to impart some education and spend some time going over the differences between tobaccos. After we picked out a pipe (he included a tamper, some pipe cleaners, matches and a leather pipe pouch), he recommended Vauen Jubilee Edition (Vauen Jubilaumsedition) as a starter tobacco.
The shop owner popped open the can and spilled some of the contents onto a newspaper and highlighted the differences between the individual leaves using the tamper to separate the contents. He explained the differences between the Kentucky, Cavendish, and Virginia tobaccos, stressing the uniqueness of each as a component or ingredient, explaining how each adds to the overall flavor. He also recommended the blend due to the content of high quality tobaccos in form, to include some cuts and shreds of pressed/flaked tobacco, something not normally found in an aromatic pipe tobacco.
TOBACCO: I’ve described the contents above and must reiterate the highest quality tobaccos are used in this blend. The flavoring is a fruity mix of berries and apricots and not at all medicinal, more natural with a raisin-esq back-note. I’ve read other descriptions that mention the potential for perique tobacco, hence the raisin-ish flavor, but it’s not peppery or sharp at all. The pressed Virginia is a flavor surprise, when mixed with the fruitiness. My wife absolutely adores the room note which triggers various memories for her of Germany and our time abroad.
Upon opening the can, you’ll immediately sense the delectable plummy/apricot like top note, which actually stays present to the end of the smoke and a colorful representation of tobacco varietals, evenly disbursed through the tin: Bright and dark portions and of course, the mottled flakes. It’s moist in the can, but when it’s permitted time to dry, there is no syrupy residue or tackiness…as I said, the highest quality tobacco. Jubilee Edition loads well into a large or smaller chambered pipe, lights easily and burns evenly.
I routinely smoke this tobacco and it’s available from a number of different online vendors in the states and of course, available in Europe. I would recommend this aromatic blend above all others…if you like fruity aromatic blends, you’ll love this and when alight-it tastes the same as it smells. As a beginner or seasoned pipe smoker (I smoke a wide range of other blends and brands to include Orientals, VA’s, VA/PER and latakia based tobaccos ), you’ll find this is an exceptional tobacco, worth the price.
In sum, this is the only aromatic I’ll ever stock in any great quantity and I’m surprised no one else has provided a review. Solid four out of four stars.
Pipe Used: Varies
Age When Smoked: Three Year Tin
Purchased From: Various Sources
Similar Blends: Nothing similar.
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