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Developed for the smoker who has acquired a taste for the European or Dutch style of extra fine cut, fire-cured tobacco. The highest grades of dark fired tobacco, from specific growth areas have been selected to provide a superior taste and aroma. Special attention was then given to the methods of blending and cutting the tobaccos to ensure that a unique Premium Dutch Blend was achieved.

BrandD & R Tobacco
Blended ByMark Ryan
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2251)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

The burley is toasty, nutty sweet. The Virginia is grassy, citrus sweet in a support role. The dark fired Kentucky is earthy, spicy and slightly woody and sweet, and competes with the burley for the lead. Dry as a bone, and being a shag cut, burns quickly, but not harsh unless you puff it fast. Won't bite. I prefer to hydrate it. The spiciness almost dominates the flavor, though the sweetness of the tobaccos is right there to compliment and contrast it. No casing or toppings. Has a medium to full nicotine hit. Burns clean with a very consistent flavor. Needs very few relights. Leaves no moisture in the bowl, and if you like this kind of tobacco, you will appreciate the after taste. Not an all day smoke.


11 people found this review helpful.

cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (52)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This medium-strong shag is a must have for folks who want something sweet, strong and easy to smoke. The shag comes quite dry and a couple of ounces fills a pint jar. Bag note: coffee and molasses. Like other dry shags, it smokes best when firmly packed, just to the point of a tight but open draw. Great for stormy weather and quick breaks as it packs easily and stays put. Initial flavor is super sweet, dark caramelized tobacco. Mid bowl, sweetness fades and I start to feel just how strong this stuff is. Can be smoked to oblivion, but gentle tamping and puffs are needed to prevent a hot ashy tongue. I think this would be a great tobacco for someone who's transitioning away from cigarettes, as it is powerful and extremely easy to smoke. Leaves my cobs dry and easy to clean. Just my opinion, but if you're trying to decide between Ryback and Ryback Gold, stick with the Ryback as it's more flavorful and smokes cooler. Available in bulk at an excellent price from pipesandcigars. Hope this review is helpful. Happy smoking!

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat COB

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28474)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

As I sit puffing a bowl from a fresh bag sent over by pipesandcigars I find the questions a little difficult. How do rate a blend of the finest leaves cured and flavored by a time honored tradition of flue curing. No sprays of casing to cover up sub par tobacco. Mr Ryan single handedly saved a struggling industry of top shelf tobacco farms including Perique and brings simple tobacco to wonderful flavors. I like it natural and the moment you open the bag you are greeted with a heady aroma of wood smoke in a pure danish tradition smoking very smooth in a full mouth of bittersweet and complex tast. Each puff begs for another to pick out the different flavors. Wonderful stuff!

5 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (346)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The tobacco is a very narrow short ribbon - not quite what I would call a shag. It came dry as a bone. Pouch note is a sweet with some molasses perhaps, and there is something else there - coffee maybe?

I hydrated it a little and packed it somewhat firmly. The sweet Virginia gives the initial flavor when lit, and the DFK provides some spice. The burley gives it a mellow fullness and a slight toasty flavor. I found the DFK to be more dominant as the bowl progressed. It got a little ashy at the bottom of the bowl.

It was an easy smoke, and it stayed lit without incident. Despite the hydration, it still burned a little fast, but I did not have problems with it tending to smoke hot.

This was good but not great. It is a 2.5 on the scale - rounded up to a 3 because it is a good value.

2 people found this review helpful.

JimmerWest Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimmerWest (5)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I did a week long research project on RYO Roll Your Own. The Best for Cigarettes from myself and two others who've tried roll your own. Just a notch below Marlboro Red 72s. A couple notches above Marlboro Gold. The type of cut flows extremely well through a PowerMatic II plus or Powermatic 2 + cigarette machine. As for the machine and this tobacco we have passed Feb 8 2016 at 1650 cigarettes made without a failure.

Shag cut is really truly and fine ribbon curl for D and R Bulk tobaccos. It packs perfectly into a tube by barely a press down with fingers into the cig makers trough or press.

Pipe Used: RYO, Roll Your Own Gambler Tubes

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Marlboro Gold to Marlboro Red.

2 people found this review helpful.

Jaylotw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaylotw (10)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I first tried this blend as a replacement for Drum RYO as Ryback was half the price while offering, in my mind, a higher quality DFK blend. It didn’t occur to me to try it in a pipe until much later when I realized that D&R actually takes it’s new pipe tobacco designation seriously. I’m pretty glad I did. D&R is a serious tobacco company and their products are high-quality and affordable.

Ryback in a pipe gives me that nicotine blast in an easy to smoke, no nonsense cut. As a sucker for DFK, Ryback delivers that woody, musty-sweet taste, with a healthy sweet VA component to back things up and tame the DFK which can be overwhelming. I’m guessing that there is a straight air-cured portion of burley in here, too, as there is a rather dry, classic nutty taste as well.

If anyone out there is a 5Brothers fan, give this stuff a try. A similar smoking shag, but with more depth of flavor and a little more “controlled.” Ryback burns like hellfire due to the shag cut, so an easy puff is in order...however you’ll still get plenty of flavor out of this no nonsense blend. One of my favorites and at a pound for less than $30, you’re looking at a winner in my book!

Pipe Used: Cobs mostly, also paper pipes.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: P&C, JoVann’s Cleveland

1 person found this review helpful.

cajomu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajomu (73)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I've been trying D&R tobaccos of late and I have yet to find one I don't like. All the ones I've tried have been flavorful and easy to smoke. They come rather dry, so I hydrate them. I moistened a pound of Ryback with two tablespoons of distilled water and let it sit for about ten days. That gave it a perfect moisture content for a pipe and slowed down the burn rate of the shag considerably. Please note that I don't smoke very often any more, so my tolerance for nicotine is lower than it once was. So what seems like a fairly strong tobacco to me may not to someone who smokes regularly.

Ryback reminds me a lot of GH Kendal Dark, both in flavor and strength. Aroma-wise, it is smokey with hint of the sweet ketchup scent that McClelland is famous (infamous?) for. The taste of dark fired leaf is prevalent throughout the smoke, a bit more so at the beginning than at the end. The Virginia tobacco is in the background, lending just enough sweetness to be noticeable. TBH, I don't taste the burley very much, but what I do get is a lot of spiciness and occasionally a bit of a floral taste, as if it contained some oriental tobacco. All in all, the taste is complex enough to hold the interest of a pipe tobacco aficionado. There is no bite and it burns to a dark ash, leaving no dottle in the bowl.

I think anybody who enjoys the pure taste of tobacco and especially dark fired leaf would enjoy Ryback. I also imagine it would make a fine RYO tobacco, as the shag cut would make it easy to roll and smoke in a cigarette paper. I agree with the reviewer who said it reminded him of Gauloises (which was always one of my favorite cigarettes, too).

I highly recommend D&R products. Not only are they made from obviously high quality tobacco, they deliver a lot of flavor at a modest price.

Pipe Used: Clay pipe

Age When Smoked: Recently purchased.

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Kendal Dark, Gauloises cigarettes.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1826)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Ryback was a fun (and fast) smoke. The Kentucky and Virginia combination in short, shag cut style, told me that I was puffing on an RYO that was several steps up the ladder from Bull Durham (yes, I smoked that in a pipe, too, eons ago). A little on the ashy side in flavor presentation but the hints of quality and smooth Virginia came through and the tea like essence of the Burley was there as well. Think I'll take a pass on smoking anymore of this. As a matter of fact, after smoking a few bowls a couple of years or so ago I gave the rest to my youngest brother who is a RYO fanatic and he loved this stuff.

1 person found this review helpful.

clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (103)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Trying a Shag Cut for the first time with this D&R Ryeback in this Thompson Bent. Smells like Copenhagen Snuff in the bag. Has a kick like 5 Brothers. Not bad - might even grow on me as I like Dark Fired Tobacco.

Pipe Used: Thompson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: P&C

1 person found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (150)
Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

A nice no nonsense blend. For a Dark Fired blend it stays in the med. range with okay nic. It is also rather sweet, too sweet not to be cased. It took several bowls but I now think that that it is licorice flavoring that I am picking up. I would not call this a cross over aromatic but the flavoring is definitely there. It runs along side the tobacco not overpowering it. I do get an ashy taste here and there but the earthy slightly nuttiness of the tobacco is also there. It is a one dimensional smoke, however. What you start with is what you end with and there is no change in flavor profile. Still, nothing wrong with it and worth exploring if you like a case burley/KY. In many ways it reminds me of a milder Five Brothers that is sweeter due to that stronger casing. It will bite a little. Best results for me was group 3 or smaller bowls. I could smoke several of them without too much difficulty but moving toward larger bowls resulted in a little bite.

1 person found this review helpful.

Lower Alabama Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lower Alabama Piper (15)
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a full flavored tobacco, not recommended for a new pipe smoker. If this tobacco was smoked too fast it would bite me hard. Smokes very well in a MM Country Gentleman cob pipe will also smoke good in a Legend for me. This tobacco is very well with Maxwell House original roast for me, it really brought out the characteristics of the different flavors. The nicotine hit I can feel if I smoked back to back bowls on an empty stomach, for me it was not that bad but I can feel it. I purchase 4 oz from pipes and cigars. I will be making more purchases in the future. This tobacco comes very dry. For me it's smoke dry all the way to the bottom of the bowl no moisture at all. The further down the bowl the more pronounced the flavors were, not necessarily stronger. the manufacturer of this tobacco did a great job.

Pipe Used: Missouri meerschaum Country Gentleman/Legend

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

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Rolf -The Dane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rolf -The Dane (6)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Used in ryo cigarettes. Compared to the "real deal" Dutch style blends (I live in Denmark) the D&R Ryback has to much Burley and to little dark fired. It tastes like a real deal Half zware shag that is blended with 50% Burley and 10% very sweet Virginia. That being said, I do like the D&R Ryback and I will buy it again when it is on sale. PS. The cut is not really the same as in real Dutch blends, it is to short but still ok for ryo. All in all an somewhat okay Dutch blend that will do if you can not get the "real deal"

Pipe Used: Ryo cigarettes

Age When Smoked: New (May 2017)

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Similar Blends: A bland real Dutch blend.

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Pastor Fuzz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pastor Fuzz (3)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I miss Gauloises that where available before the import "nazi" ban. So I look for similar flavored tobaccos. Bless Daughters and Ryan for their work on producing exotic blends for every taste.

Pipe Used: Comoy "Caprice" 1968 vintage(I believe)

Age When Smoked: Fairly fresh from 1lb. bag.

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Gauloises (as far as my memory alows. But Jamie aka "TurkishLover", may have an opinion as well..

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is an odd Black Cav. Flavor is mostly Burley earthiness with just a touch of Black Cav toastiness. There's a mild sweet note as well. All in all a decent flavor. Of course, it's dry and burns quick with a little harshness.

Medium in body and flavor.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh??? bulk

Purchased From:

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Xnapalmchild Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xnapalmchild (3)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Unnoticeable

This tobacco I should have ordered it in gold to be honest. I smoked it out of a cigarette tube and well it tasted like a marlboro full flavor on steroids. Right off the bat you open the bag and it smells similar to copenhagen. That kind of bothered me but didn't deter me from trying. It actually had excellent flavor little harsh i'm sure it's easier in an actual pipe.

Pipe Used: RYO

Age When Smoked: 24

Purchased From: c&

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