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Aromatic Virginia, burley, and other premium air-cured tobaccos.

BrandNational Tobacco
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Virginia
Packaging16oz Bag
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Ill start off by saying what I think this tobacco "is" and "isnt" as well as my overall opinion of the product as a whole. I noticed Red Cap on the shelf at my tobacconist this week and decided to try a pouch(against his recomendation)The packaging is very nostalgic, this reminds me of something my grandfather would have had on hand and smoked(A no nonsense smoking tobacco). I opened the pouch and found an unusual aroma of decent burley with a hint of sweetness from the virginia, and nothing else just true tobacco smell it might remind one of Sail Natural. The blend is uniform in colour and texture, i really found the long cut ribbons refreshing and quite easy to pack in my pipe. Now i cheated by reading past reviews before actually smoking, so my expectations were very low.Upon lighting my pipe, the aroma reminded me of good old fashioned American cigars(and not the ones with imported tobacco filler) The flavour was natural full bodied burley and not much else. Puffed hard to try to get it to bite with no result. I honestly found it more enjoyable than Carter Hall but still not as good as the Prince. For $1.50 its definatly worth trying, this is not a blend you smoke in front of the fire with friends, this is what i call a "working blend" the kind of smoke you can puff on all day, when you dont want anything complicated.Buy a pouch and throw it in your tackle box or gun sock, this kind of blend is always nice to have on hand.

4 people found this review helpful.

Pipe_Fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe_Fan (13)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild Tolerable

Noticed this for cheap at a local gas station, figured I would try it out. Didn't go into it with high expectations, as it was an OTC from a gas station.

It smelled of robust natural tobacco, with not flavoring that I could detect. It was uniform in cut and color, with a ribbon cut. It packed easily in my bow, and was easy to light. Did seem a little on the dry side out of the pouch, but smoked fine. Had no trouble keeping it lit.

Does burn a little fast, and can get hot if you smoke too fast. All in all, it was a decent smoke. Not the greatest, but decent. Just don't expect too much. This is an OTC gas station blend. I believe that it is RYO cigarette tobacco that says pipe on the pouch to help avoid taxes.

I have some friends that use it to roll their cigarettes, and I must say it is rather more pleasant than traditional cigarettes.

Overall, I would say it is highly recommended if you are into RYO cigarettes. For a pipe, it is decent, and I would use it if nothing else was available, or if I was looking for a quick, uncomplicated smoke. Rather easy to obtain and relatively cheap as tobacco goes.

Pipe Used: Cayuga Bulldog

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: British Petroleum Gas Station

Similar Blends: National Tobacco - Red Cap No.7.

1 person found this review helpful.

Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable

Well, I didn't think it was possible to find a blend that was worse than the modern day incarnation of 'Clan' or 'Three nuns'. Well it is....

Red cap is truly awful. If I had wanted to smoke fast burning and tasteless cigarettes, well then I would have bought, a pack of fast burning tasteless cigarettes. Not this monstrosity that masquerades as pipe tobacco.

I smoked it in Florida back in April 2011 whilst I was on holiday. I had picked it up at a local flea market (along with a cheap cob) that sells knock off discounted Disney stuff whilst my family browsed the various trinkets.

Well this blend (if it can be called a blend) is knock off, discounted floor sweepings, from a cheap hardware store in down town 'Mianus' (Yes that's a real town). It smoked like loosely packed shredded newspaper.

Thankfully some Prince Albert came to my rescue..

0.5 out of 5.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Wow, apparently my personal tastes very a great deal from those of my fellow tobacco officianodos. (not sure on the spelling there) Honestly, I rather like this stuff and it makes an ideal, very inexpencive "filler" for blending with either stronger or more aromatic tobaccos like Perique or Smyrna. I think part of the problem here is that I like a very robust, perhaps even rustic sort of "tobaccoie" smoke myself ya know? I think maybe other folks who've tried this blend and found it unpleasant or otherwise unsatisfactory are looking for a milder, cooler burning, much more aromatic experience. I also think the total lack of casings or top flavorings is a problem for pipe smokers too, because it seems like that demographic is fond of heavily adulterated tobaccos like Cavendish. This is precisely where my tastes differ greatly from those who use a Briar or Meerschaum pipe. I strongly dislike the heavy, wet smoke produced by combusting "aromatic" tobaccos which have been subjected to casings or top flavorings such as the numerous varieties of Cavendish available. (I don't even like traditional vanilla flavored Black Cavendish 'cause it's so damp and tastes heavily of alcohol) Thus, it would seem that the very thing that other members of this site dislike about this particular blend is precisely what I do like, haha. I like my tobaccos to be in as close to their natural state as possible and that's precisely what Red Cap is...simple, air cured leaf without any chemical adulterants. I will however, concede that the label is a bit misleading as I really don't detect much flue cured tobacco in the blend at all. I honestly think this is a very good blend for the price, and even without the addition of a generous portion of my beloved Perique is a rather well balanced smoke. (again, for an uncased Burley product) There's a considerable degree of variation in the maturity of the leaves selected, ranging from alkaloid-rich foliage so unripe that it retains some of it's chlorophyl content to leaf that is a nice, dark chocolate brown indicating a late harvest and providing a nice amount of nicotine.

PS I was just recently looking over the product description for this cheap but dependable blend and noticed that it mentioned it containing "Kentucky." According to my sources, Kentucky generally refers to the dark, robust and spicy product of fire curing a Burley tobacco. While this type of leaf is commonly encountered in the form of moist snuff for those who like to chew and makes up a large portion of blends for hand rolling cigarettes known as "Halfzware" shags, there is certainly none of this kind of tobacco in Redca Regular I do however, suspect a hint of Maryland or perhaps another sort of uncased air cured variety with which I am unfamilier because there is a very distinct aroma to the blend before it is cumbusted that I can't quite describe.

1 person found this review helpful.

CJBas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CJBas (26)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I do not recommend this for smoking in a pipe. That does not seem to be its real intended purpose. This is a fine roll-your-own tobacco. It's a ribbon cut, rather than a shag as are most RYO tobaccos, and can be used to blend with nd tone down other pipe tobaccos. On its own it's not a bad smoke in a pipe although it can burn a bit fast if you're not careful and thus become too hot.

As a RYO tobacco, on the other hand, it rates among the best. The Peter Stokebye RYO blends are a bit better, but at 6x the price they should be. They're not 6x better. I do treat myself to a cigarette I roll from one of the Stokebye blends from time to time but generally when I want a quick cigarette, it's Red Cap I turn to. Even after the exhorbitant tax imposed on tobaccos this can still be had for around $19 a pound.

1 person found this review helpful.

PhantomWolf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PhantomWolf (35)
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Mild Tolerable

If you are looking for fine-cut, bone dry tobacco for rolling cigarettes, this is all you. It is just grade x burley. One can actually inhale this smoke if one were so inclined. Dry grass with a hint of button mushroom in the bag. (Just like cigarettes.) It is dry as hell, so you'd have to pack your bowl very tight to get any length on your smoke. The plus: it is cheap with a decent nic-hit. Tastes very mild with a bit of pepper on the tongue as it burns so quickly. Maybe a good alternative for a poor man's Bugle cigarette tobacco? Giving two stars as a cigarette rolling blend. As far as pipes go... One star for the pipe. I would only recommend this to someone who has a peculiar penchant for extremely dry burleys that taste a bit like dry leaves.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum, Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh Pouch

Purchased From: Smoke Shop

Similar Blends: Marlboro Red, Pall Mall, Lucky's.

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nermal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nermal (2)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have used this tobacco for RYO with filtered tubes for over 5 yrs. I switched from Gambler because for some reason every 3rd bag would give me extreme heartburn with EVERY one i smoked. I found that the Red Cap is great for using the machine to "stuff" tubes, the taste does not reflect that of a "pipe" tobacco, nor does the smell come off as a "pipe" tobacco. The cost is much better than the Gambler too. I was paying 9.something for a 6 oz of Gambler, now i pay 8.50 or close to that for the Red Cap. I recommend this for those that do not like the smell of cigars or pipes as its flavor and aroma are quite tolerable even for the more sensitive palates. If I were to compare it to regular cigarettes; I think it would be a cross between a Marlboro and a Pall Mall. Keep in mind also that most of these kinds of tobacco products do offer a "light" blend and/or light filtered tubes.

Pipe Used: none

Age When Smoked: 44

Purchased From: puff n stuff 51st foster portland oregon

Similar Blends: marlboro, pall mall, or camel light.

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ProfBryan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ProfBryan (4)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Tried this one on a whim when I saw it behind the counter at a Circle K off the beaten path. I'm revisiting some old OTC / Drug Store blends and had never tried this one. Like some of the other reviews for this one, I was intrigued by the retro looking packaging.

It was horrible. I got through half a bowl and called it quits. I prefer English tobaccos so it wasn't an issue of raw tobacco flavor versus an aromatic for me. It's just that the tobacco they used for this blend really doesn't belong in a pipe. It tasted really nasty and bitter; more like smoking a cigarette than anything. In fact, after emptying the bowl I came really close to just throwing the pipe away, too! I came to my senses and gave it a thorough cleaning and worked some coconut rum into the cake. All that effort just so I wouldn't have to taste Red Cap again!

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Bull Durham Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bull Durham (1)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

This tobacco was the only thing the shop had for pipe tobacco. The nice lady that helped me told me it was similar to Dorrel cigarets. Well guess what? I now know I don't like Dorrel cigarets. Bought the .75oz grey bag and I really did not enjoy it at all. I won't be returning to that shop(which was pretty much a Head shop) or trying Red Cap again. I will stick to Captain Black for a back up tobacco.

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nt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nt (2)
Strong Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

Aggressively mordant and bitter. Packs quite a bit of vitamin N. Not a pleasant experience.

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CGHurlburt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CGHurlburt (24)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

Bought the red and gray pack at the same time. For about a dollar each, it seemed like a cheap enough experiment.

I tried the red pouch first and could not believe that pipe tobacco could be this bad and be on the market. I didn't like it at all and couldn't imagine a worse smoke. Then I tried the gray pack.

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vandiabolus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vandiabolus (7)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Mild to Medium Strong

2nd time in my life i decided to pick up the pipe after giving up on it and the B.R. black cavendish i was given by a friend 9 years ago that makes me sick thinking about. Bought a pouch of Red Cap "pipe tobacco" at my local smoke shop. It was all they had besides the large costco sized "pipe tobacco" bags which i was almost certain was meant to be rolled into smokes based on the price/quantity. I smoked cigarettes, Camels to be exact, for 13 years. Also used chewing tobacco when i was in the navy, and when working in a non-smoking shop. Quit cigarettes and dip due to the cost, the hacking, the smell, and the overall lifestyle associated with them. Sorry, anyways on to the Red Cap. I like the strength it has. I like the no nonsense tobacco. Absent of any additional flavoring, yet smelled wonderful in the bag. All was great until i lit it, and it tasted, to me, like relighting last nights half-smoked marlboro. I experienced no tongue bite whatsoever with it, so that's a plus...but in my opinion, it's not for me. i then reluctantly bought a pouch of C.B. Cherry (yuck) and B.R. Ultra Light (weak) i tried mixing the Red Cap with the weaker ones, gave me hot breath and a headache. And I find it unfortunate that it was the only brand of actual pipe tobacco they had. I know the nice fellow who owns the store, and he asked if i had any suggestions which to stock there. (bonus!) so i've been thoroughly reading and studying others reviews, in hopes i can find that certain one that keeps me from giving up on this yet again. Any suggestions?

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Piper Chris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piper Chris (5)
Strong Mild to Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

First pipe tobacco I tried and hated it. I was looking for a transition from cigs to the "grandpa smell" but this was no better. Burned very hot, tasted and smelled horrible, wife was not persuaded. Threw the huge bag away after 20 or so bowls, waste of $15.

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chetking Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chetking (54)
Very Strong Very Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

I, too, was intrigued by the retro design, color, red and white aluminium fabric Red Cap packaging sporting a jockey with his mount. Alas, that's where the intrigue ended. This is a harsh, bitter smoke...there may really be more Turkish cigarette tobac than anything else in this blend. Smell reminds me of my Dad who was a pack-a-day Camels man. Even tried to make moderate corrections by adding a bit of latakia and perique, then tried a cherry flavored mixer. Not much worked to dull the intensity. Plan to trash this stash but I'll keep the pouch for one of my favorite tobacs when I go Crappie fishing.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I love the nostalgic pouch it came in. I nursed it along gently, but it doesn't have much flavor, and the aftertaste is awful... Stick to Prince Albert, Sir Walter, or Granger, if you can find them.

Otherwise, do yourself a favor and check out the blends from Uhle's, Peretti's, or Pipeworks and Wilke. Yes they cost more, but they are worth it!

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Storm Watch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Storm Watch (25)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Uh, I'm not sure what to make of this stuff. Seems more like cigarette tobacco than anything else. Seemed a bit harsh in a pipe. Only tried this recently. Very dry and smokes very fast. I've had better. Lots better. Two stars because it's so cheap. If you're broke I guess you could do worse but not by muck.

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sapo59 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sapo59 (5)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This tobacco does seem to be more for rolling than for a pipe. The flavor of this tobacco is alot like carter hall. I would say not a terrible smoke, it is cheap and if you pack it tight I can make a bowl last 15 minutes or so. I would say if your straped for cash and need a straight tobacco, go ahead and try it.

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Roddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Roddy (41)
Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

Much like the reviewer before me I find this is just cigarette tobacco that has been packaged as pipe tobacco to avoid the extra taxes. Rolled into a stick it is passable. Put it in a pipe and things change. It burns hot and the taste is only of strong cigarette smoke.

For the pipe don't bother. If you are looking for cheap ciggy tobacco go for it. It might blend well but I haven't tried that yet with this one. At .99 cents for 3/4 of an ounce I'll pass on this cheap 'pipe' tobacco.

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