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This premium quality smoking tobacco brings you the finest blend of Virginia leaves, cured and matured, moist to the touch and produced to a thicker cut to give you a truly satisfying, fuller-flavour smoke.

BrandScandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)
Manufactured BySt-Group Assens
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50g Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1199)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Blue Ridge. To be perfectly honest it was the price that drew me to this, another tobacco for me to review and if it tastes horrible I haven't wasted much cash! When I open the pouch I am imminently impressed by the mixture, medium sized pieces, all a golden brown in colour with a good hydration amount. The aroma is straight up Virginia, not bad, not great just no nonsense and simple. Blue Ridge lights up with relatively little work, a few touches of the flame sets it up with a good burn. The temperature of the smoke is cool to medium and the enjoyment is enhanced by zero tongue bite. The flavour is, as I expected, a pure Virginia one! For me it actually resembles a good quality cigarette, a similarity that is increased by the ease it has when it's inhaled. For someone who likes nicotine I would suggest larger inhalations, it isn't that weak but it could be 'not enough' for some. The length of the smoke isn't the longest, it's not over in a flash but don't expect a really long smoke from it, it is good for half an hour or so. Considering all the qualities of Blue Ridge I think this would make a great regular smoke for someone who doesn't have hours and hours of available smoking time throughout the day. Good value!

Pipe Used: Peterson Racing Green 221

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

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Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (135)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a 25g packet of this just out of curiosity as much as anything. It was dirt cheap so what could go wrong?

The aroma packet is nothing special, possibly reminiscent of Gold Block. The cut is quite coarse shag, much as described elsewhere. Packing and lighting are no issue. Initial puffs taste much like those of a RYO tobacco, probably confirming what other reviewers have said about this. In then sinks into a mild smoke with hints of citrus, the virginia has flavour. It occasionally has little wafts of Royal Yacht, though, to be fair, that's probably like a third division player who bends it like Beckham every couple of matches so it's probably not a good comparison. There is a little bite towards the end of the smoke that even slow puffing can't dispel but it's no real biggy, maybe a smaller bowled pipe is in order.

On the whole, not a bad wee tobacco. Far from classic and there are a hell of a lot of better tobaccos on the market, it certainly can't hold a candle. If it were more expensive I probably wouldn't buy it, but being on a tight budget, I would quite happily smoke it till I could afford better stuff. Okay, if I were more flushed with cash I probably wouldn't smoke this, so taking price out of the equation it's probably worth two stars. But plugging the cost back in, it's a slightly rough but none the less reasonable tobacco at a decent price. It just sneaks in at three stars. Buy it, but only if you're skint.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (123)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

You get what you pay for. This is very cheap, even in the UK, and there's no point complaining that it's junk. Of course it is! It's mostly sheet tobacco I suspect, really intended to be a rolling tobacco but cut a little coarser to avoid the UK excise on cigarette tobacco. It certainly isn't "premium quality", but if you want something to smoke for the sake of a smoke, Blue Ridge is all right. It tastes quite pleasant (no artificial flavours that I can detect) and it doesn't bite your tongue off. That's about all you can say. Not for the connoisseur, certainly, but somewhat recommended for the all-day smoker who doesn't want to sit and enjoy the nuances of a fine tobacco. Its great virtue is the price. If you're a little hard up, you could do a lot worse than this.

Smoke it slowly and don't let it dry out.

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lostin transit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lostin transit (1)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a heads-up for any misguided British puffer who, like me, reads the encomia for the other two incarnations of ‘Blue Ridge' here on this site, and rushes out to buy the cheapo pouch on offer in their local co-op, sitting snug between the Clan and the St Bruno, thinking it's the same. I'm here to tell you that, by all the saints, it isn't.

The packet of Blue Ridge I just bought is “made in Denmark for Swedish Match” and proclaims itself a ‘Virginia Blend'.

Pros: it is made of some sort of combustible vegetable matter, and produces smoke when lit.

Cons: see ‘Pros' above.

The write-up stays non-committal about its intended use, so I remain unclear as to whether it's meant for pipe or paper. Either destination would be equally unlucky to receive it, and so, both wise and modest, it calls itself only a ‘smoking tobacco' - an appellation which did at least remove my vestigial doubt that it was in fact intended as a fertilizer tobacco, or perhaps a roofing tobacco. I am too poor and too mean to do the decent ecological thing and put this on the compost heap, so I will use it as a bulking agent in very small doses, hoping that my real tobaccos do not notice.

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Charlie Treeby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Charlie Treeby (1)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I had the misfortune to purchase Blue Ridge from my local supermarket when I ran out of tobacco, I opened the pouch to find tobacco dust basically it was totally dried out ,guess where I'm going in morning !!!

Similar Blends: cant imagine.

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BarryChello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BarryChello (7)
Extremely Mild None Detected Very Mild Tolerable

Very bland straight VA not much going on at all apart from a faint coconut aroma from the pouch, If you like cigarettes you might like it.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: A silk cut cigarette..

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (177)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

Well, in Italy this new Blue Ridge is sold as RYO, in spite of the fact that 1) it's cut is very much broader than any other, and 2) it's sold in 50grms pouch instead of the usual 40's.

During the past summer I have smoked three or four pouches, and frankly it's nothing to shout miracle, but nothing to throw away as well.

Blue Ridge is a (very) cheap mild virginia blend having no great ambitions nor great flaws. Of course I would never spend my lifetime smoking this alone, nor compare it with the astounding complexity of a FVF (... at three times the price of BR). But I'm of those who also appreciate the plain and uncomplicate smoke of say a Gold Block, and I think BR belongs to that philosophy of smoke.

To cut it short, BR works good as change of pace for a day of absent-minded mild smoke, and much more as a diluting agent for other strong tobaccos. Try it 50/50 with a Semois, if you feel it too strong for the morning...

BTW: I gave a sample to a friend smoker of RYO, he didn't report any enthusiastic opinion, "too full & aromatic" he said.

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