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A mild golden cavendish tobacco. Fragrant and slow burning.

Notes: In their origin, it was from Netherlands, then it was produced by Theodorus Niemeyer, branded in Denmark. Now by Orlik; in some countries by The Scandinavian Tobacco Group (Denmark)

BrandHolland House
Blended ByHolland House
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeCavendish Based
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Fruit / Citrus
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I smoked a lot of the Holland House Mild back in the 1980s when it was produced in the Netherlands. That one contained Virginia, Burley and golden Cavendish that was cured with real Heather Honey. I actually smoked this one semi-regularly in the 1980s as I loved the true tobacco taste as well as the barely naturally sweet taste of the Heather. I found it to be a wonderful blend and not at all like the stuff that the Scandinavian Tobacco Group is putting out now which tastes nothing like the original. My caveat to this review is that if you find a tin of the original, grab it.


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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1643)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Holland House - Aromatic.

When I saw this was classed as a 'thick ribbon' I was intrigued, it's a cut that I am fairly new to, that said personally I would say it's more like a broken flake, there are indeed some thick ribbons dominating the mix but there is also a decent amount of larger flake sections in there. The aroma is a touch incongruous: not bad at all, just slightly messy making it hard for one smell to be more conspicuous and noticeable than the rest. A low point is found in the fact I think mine is too dry in places, the bigger broken flake pieces are spot on, sadly the more prevalent part, the thick ribbons are too dry, some are actually brittle.

Once lit (a very quick flame touch due to the dryness) I try to weigh up the taste. For me it is a little too nebulous with the flavouring, I can get only a slight hint of the additives, the most pre-eminent is the alcoholic addition, but even though that is the most prominent added flavour it is still relatively mild! The tobacco are well balanced, a fair split between the them all. On to tongue bite: this one can issue a big kick if smoked with too much zeal, for me gentle sips are a really expedient method to use but even then it still nips me. Nicotine now: a lesser amount than most blends so it would suit a "flavour ONLY" smoker nicely. The room-note is more gentle than some blends, not a particularly aromatic smell, more of a basic tobacco only note.

I think that Holland House Aromatic is possibly the apotheosis example of a blend for beginners, but sadly I find it a little too insipid and boring with too much bite: ouch! Two stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Sandblast Sherlock Homes Baskerville

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos

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renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (105)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I had wanted to try this tobacco for years and just never got round to it. In fact I am sure I remember this stuff OTC in England in the 70's and 80's, alongside Clan, St Bruno and Erinmore.

Indeed another reviewer said something similar, although they could have been from the US, where as we all know going to a supermarket store must be like going into a sweet shop for us poor British, who have to order from the internet, or find a that rarity a tobacconist when in a big city.

This is a pretty ordinary blend, has no real taste as such, and certainly isn't like the old crap we get in British supermarkets (all hidden behind metal shutters) like mellow Virginia or the godawful Condor.

Yes, this is friendly enough, reasonably easy to pack, doesn't need drying out and stays lit mostly. It just doesn't taste of anything. Reminds me of some of Peterson's tasteless offerings.

Inoffensive pouch aroma, inoffensive room note. All inoffensive really.

If you could still buy this at the supermarket I'd buy it, sure I would. But if they had Cravens I'd think twice.

Pipe Used: CC

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: GK Tobaccos Nottingham UK

Similar Blends: Peterson's blends.

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albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

This is antique recipe, from Holland, now produced by Orlik, Denmark.

It have notes of Maple and Apple, aromatic, but not sweet. Instead, is Bite, Bitter, even irritative. Seems Black Pepper...

It is not slow burning, burns hot and fast, despite their low Nicotine ammount.

May be good, it has good quality, but it is not a blend for me, for my preferences, my choice.

Pipe Used: 3, Bertoldi, Brazil

Age When Smoked: recently Purchased

Purchased From: Tabacaria Virtual, Brazil

1 person found this review helpful.

Upon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Upon (15)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

For once, the souvenir proved a pleasant surprise. Smell of almonds, caramel and liquor, not Amaretto though. Seems to consist mostly of ribbon cut quality Virginia. Both the tobacco and the topping taste perfectly natural and there is no chemical aftertaste. Furthermore, the nicotine level has thankfully not been manipulated as so often is case with drugstore blends. HH Mellow Golden Cavendish preserves the natural mildness of the processed tobacco. Will certainly buy this again.

1 person found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Nice aromatic. Almost no tongue bite, mildly flavored, a good all- day blend at a great price.

1 person found this review helpful.

John Frum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
John Frum (17)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I first bought a pouch of Holland House in the late 60's on the basis of its aroma, which I found irresistible. I recall it wasn't a bad smoke back in those days, certainly better than Clan. Coming back to pipe-smoking recently, I revisited HH fairly swiftly and still absolutely love the aroma, and find it smokes as well as I recall. As suggested by the other reviewers here, it will bite and turn bitter if provoked, but the key seems to be in drying, and in smoking technique. It can be smoked straight from the pouch, but my experience is that it needs a little time to dry out, maybe sitting in the pipe before sparking up. Am finishing a 6-month old pouch and it is now dry enough to smoke straight away. But it always benefits from sipping, as do many other fine weeds. I'd say give this one a try if you are sympathetic to aromatics at all. I particularly enjoy HH as a "walking" tobacco, as am a keen hill rambler. I can't understand why there are so few reviews of this tobacco! To summarise, I find the taste and aroma very pleasant, the latter hinting at chocolate and liquorice. The only down side is it seems to burn relatively quickly no matter how restrained the technique. Definitely a firm favourite with this smoker.

(Incidentally I used to like Zephyr, which, along with Clan and Holland House were the main three Dutch blends on tobacconists' shelves in times past. If anyone knows how I can get hold of some Zephyr without leaving the UK, please get in touch! Have tried in vain.)

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Room Note Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Room Note Professor (44)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I tried this so-called drugstore blend just for the heck of it, firmly expecting to hate it. Well, after a few bowls I loved it so much that I rushed out and bought several pouches to cellar just in case this tasty treat were to suddenly disappear! Holland House is not widely available globally, although in some countries - like South Africa - it can be bought at most convenience stores and hence would qualify as a drugstore blend. It is currently also available from a few online dealers.

The blend is dominated by Virginia. It also contains dark Burley, dark fired Kentucky and a touch of Oriental. The tobacco is medium to dark brown in appearance. It is a fine ribbon cut, almost tending towards shag cut. It lights and burns very easily.

The pouch smell is divine. Leather, leather and more leather! Add a fine single malt scotch, a touch of honey and a hint of liquorice and you are done. This is not a sweet, confectionary type of aromatic. One doesn't think of food when smelling this. It has a delicious, masculine aroma!

In the beginning I experienced quite a tang after lighting up. At first I thought it was tongue bite in the making but then realized that it was simply the Virginia's zest  like that of a good salsa. The leather, scotch, honey and liquorice prevent this zest from ever becoming too sharp. This tobacco is flavourful and provides a lovely full mouthfeel. It is no lightweight in the strength department either. Simply a wonderful smoke! It has never hurt my mouth any more than, say, the aforementioned salsa, although I suspect it will bite when overpuffed.

The room note is lovely but not in the same way as, say, a vanilla or cherry aromatic. I recently asked a lady friend, just after I had lit up, what she smelled. She closed her eyes and let her head drop back as a gesture of enjoyment and said, "Wood. Exotic wood." I still smell leather and scotch and honey and liquorice, but I guess exotic wood is good too!

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SamH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SamH (31)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Bought a pack of this a while back, wasn't expecting much. The aromatics are a little light usually, this wasn't strong. I found it to be a lot more of a pleasant smoke than I was anticipating. Nowadays it's really not my kind of thing, but might be worth a try if you like an aromatic light smoke. What I would call an indoor type of tobacco. Smoke it in the shed and the shed'll smell nice!

Pipe Used: Straight Biliards.

Age When Smoked: Straight from the pack.

Purchased From: Saw it on the shelf in a random shop in Lewes.

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CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Reminds me of Troost Special Cavendsh. Depending on who is reading, that could be a good or a bad thing. Im not a huge fan of Dutch Cavendishes with the exception of Sail Yellow (which this is nothing like) To me this was just another aromatic blend that was neither overwhelming nor underwhelming, i doubt id buy it again.

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (129)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Holland House is a sort of cousin to Clan (qv), with the same Dutch pedigree: both are (or were) made by the same company, Theodorus Niemeyer. If memory serves, they both came onto the UK market at about the same time - in the mid-1960s. I imagine that they were both aimed at the same sort of customer: the young pipe-smoker who wanted something a little new and trendy and different from what the old timers were smoking.

HH is a much classier tobacco than the lamentable Clan. It's an aromatic, but a civilised and restrained one. The flavour is full and natural: one doesn't get the kind of chemical, artificial impression that so many aromatics give. I think the previous reviewer captures its qualities nicely: leather, scotch, honey, liquorice. I'm not completely sure about the liquorice; but there's nothing bizarre or overstated here, and the flavour of the tobacco is not swamped or distorted by the casing. HH is a fine-cut and dryish tobacco that can be loaded into the pipe without any preparation or fuss. As such, it lights and burns easily, though the down side of this (in my experience) is that it burns away quickly and tends to be rather a hot smoke. It's not ferociously hot, but 'slow-burning' is rather an optimistic description of it. It will dry out quickly, also. It's fairly strong in terms of nicotine content – surprisingly so, actually - and has a pleasant and natural-seeming room note.

Not being a lover of aromatics, I can't say that I positively like Holland House, but I can see its virtues – especially as a tobacco for the newcomer to the pipe. It needs to be smoked carefully and with restraint, though, or it'll bite your tongue. Recommended, then – with a few reservations, but recommended nonetheless. To say the least of it, Holland House is a country mile ahead of Clan. I think it's fair to say that it succeeds in being what Clan tries to be. If you like Clan, you'll like Holland House more.

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