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A light bodied, British style Virginia Blend. Special leaf selection and processing, and an extra-fine cut give this exceptional blend its unique character and elegance. An impressive presentation of color and appearance, and satisfying flavor and aroma makes Three Sails an unforgettable blend. contains 100% flue-cured Gold Leaf tobaccos with natural preservatives added.

BrandD & R Tobacco
Blended ByMark Ryan
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shagsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
shagsmoker (6)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Right out of the bag your greeted with the pleasant smell of real fresh vacuum sealed tobacco from the farm. No casing, only the expertise of North Carolina flue curing from Mark Ryan on bright leaf Virginia sweetly covering the taste buds. A full mouth of smoke is expected if you pack the pipe well and inhaled its all british kick in the lungs. The shag is tightly packed in brick formation so break it out in layers and cut to your length. Burns kinda hot if you pull on it alot and like Ryback it looses flavor 2/3 into the bowl from absorbing tar like a small fine shag does. It can be had for less than a buck and a half an ounce so why bother with a full bowl anyway. love this sweet and strong sailors tobacco, in a stick or bowl it pleases


Update; just recieved several pounds of "bulk" split amongst two bags from at 1.40 an ounce its not possible to find a good simple tobacco of this quality. This batch was a little dryer and not as fresh as vac sealed bags of 14oz right from D&R. It is still quite fresh and moist and in answer to other reviews forget about machine rolling this fine shag. It will jam. Just smoke a fairly tight bowl and it was classic english flavored and strong. The sweetness is very light and on the beginning of each puff. Mix it with your favorite stuff to make it really burn nice and mix flavors nicely.

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PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (79)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

...Over the last 51 years of being a dedicated pipe smoker, I've always had an affinity for shag tobaccos...From the early 1960's onward, I've kept shag cut tobaccos in my rotation...I particularly enjoy Three Castles pure Virginia shag and while it is no longer available, I have found a rather suitable replacement...Three Sails!

A very nice shag cut, quality tobaccos, and light aroma, make this mixture of 100% blended Virginias, a first rate pipe tobacco. Uncomplicated, this mixture is plain and simple...and sometimes that's a good thing. In comparing this to the original Three Castles, of which I have several 100 gr. tins still left from 1982, it is very similar in all aspects...main difference is that 30 years of aging has made Three Castles, a very mellow smoking sipping a fine dessert wine.

A bit dry out of the 14 oz. bag, I keep this tobacco moist in order to control burn and heat rate. In a group 4-5 size pipe I get a good 30-35 minute smoke. Granted, it won't be at the "top" of everyone's tobacco list, but if you want a straight forward pure Virginia, it is a most worthy choice.

Rated 4 stars because it meets all of my criteria for what constitutes a first class tobacco and smoke...

...a pipe is to be savored...

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fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (170)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If you have ever wished for a Virginia version of Five Brothers, this is it. The cut is similar. It is a strong and sweet.

I hydrated it a little because mine came very dry and packed it a little tight. The smoke is fairly quick even in a large bowl. The nature of a very fine cut like this is that the bowl gains strength and becomes a little harsh at the end. Essentially you are smoking the "filter" in the last 1/4 of the bowl.

Don't get this looking for complexity or nuance. It is a great basic golden Virginia smoke, and the price point is attractive.

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marper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marper (8)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

This is definately a RYO tobacco. The shag cut stuffs nicely. I think any Marlboro smoker would like this blend. There is not a lot of flavor just straight tobacco. If you smoke Marlboro and looking for a daily smoke you may like this one. The only reason I dont give it 4 stars is that it does lack in flavor and since starting RYO I prefer tobacco that taste better than a plain jane store bought cigarette. But if your not into trying different tobaccos and just want a straight forward tobacco this is it.

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"JY" Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
"JY" (8)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Reviewing as RYO/MYO tobacco. "Eyelash" / very fine shag cut conducive to hand rolling. My bag a little moist for stuffing tubes at first. Staight forward "natural" flavor with a hint of something. If the nice aroma you get when sharping a pencil was a flavor, that is what I think best describes the taste, I think wonderful. Sweetness balances with everything, not noticed. First impression, sprightly on the senses, in a nice way. No aftertaste/mouth feel issues. Does not burn too hot. Excellent tobacco for RYO/MYO in every way. I think best starting point for a beginner, I wish Three Sails was my first purchase. Four stars.

Edited 6/26/12: Sampled another purchase, as nice as the first. Add that this is quick burning smoke, nothing fancy to contemplate, just nice strait forward flavor.

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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (127)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Another very high quality RYO tobacco, and I mean the highest quality American RYO I have yet tried and I have tried just about all of them. Very finely cut, a shag cut if you will with a cedar aroma in the bag. I used a simple Gambler brand hand roller and had no trouble whatsoever and I was complimented on the room note. If you are a RYO guy and want the very best the US has to offer, by all means pick up some D&R, you will be pleasantly surprised!!

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Thbg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thbg (29)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

This is a super fine cut shag, and is a RYO blend of all VA tobacco. You could smoke this in a pipe and it says pipe tobacco on the tin, but I am fairly sure this is to be intended for RYO. I know because I have ingested an embarrassing amount of PS RYO's over the last several years and this is the same cut, style, flavor, etc.

Similar Blends: PS London Export RYO, PS Danish Export RYO.

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