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A fruity blend of virginia, burley, oriental and spice tocabbos are as a basic blend lightly pressed and cross cut. Subsequently black cavendish and bright virginia are added. The blend is flavoured with rum, mango maracuja and vanilla from Madagascar.

BrandW.O. Larsen
Blended ByOrlik
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringMango, Other / Misc, Rum, Vanilla
Packaging50 g pouch, 100 g tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium, Medium to Strong
Medium to Strong
Mild, Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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NobbyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NobbyR (61)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

MThis cross cut tobacco is only suited for those who love fruity aromatics.

Being flavored with mango, maracuja, rum and vanilla, he tin note smells intensely of exotic fruit with notes of rum; the vanilla I find less detectable. There's even a slight tobacco scent.

As usual with cubes, filling your pipe is easy: just let it trckle into your bowl and tamp lightly. Because of the added loose cut Black Cavendish and Virginia lighting is easier than with other cross cut tobaccos.

Right from the start there's a pleasant sweet, fruity taste that lasts till the end of the bowl with a tangy edge especially second half, which probably comes from the Virginlas and Orientals in the blend. There's even some genuine tobacco flavor throughout the bowl, that gets a little stronger towards the end. It's a smooth and cool smoke, burning evenly and slowly. Enjoyed with care, it won't give you tongue bite, hoewever, smoked too hot it will.

The room note is very pleasant, fruity, and sweet.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Lilje

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Local Tobacconist

Similar Blends: Peterson St. Patrick's Day 2015 (Limited Edition).

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

Ok, so most importantly: if you're not that into aromatics or like mild ones, stay away from this. Now, that being said, if you're looking for a very pleasant room note that will please the wife (fruity, vanilla-y with a hint of rum), you have a winner in "Belle-époque". The casing, although enjoyable, is HEAVY. So inevitably you'll get some tongue-bite if puffed too hard or fresh from the new pouch without some drying beforehand. Also, a thorough cleaning of your pipe is required after every bowl of that stuff because of the moisture. It's not a bad tobacco, W.O. Larsen is still my go-to brand for aromatics, it's just too heavily cased for me and I need to cut it with some kind of "half and half" to enjoy it and make it dryer.

First time I encountered a cube cut

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maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (63)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

W.O. Larsen seems to be reorganising its blends, with new packaging and, it seems, new blends. I will not comment on the name, failing to find any 'belle époque' meaning to the first name or to the 'carte noire' subsequent name. In the pouch the cavendish is stong and the fruity aroma well dominant, smelling like figs or other dried fruits. Smoking it the rum addition is first detected, then the vanilla flavor. Unfortunately it bits the tongue rather quickly. People around me liked the room note, mentioning whisky although it is rum flavored: anyway it shows how the balance in the blend is adjusted. A bit disappointing if one think of other aromatics from the brand (1864 or Classic) but worth a try. It seems to have been introduced recently in Europe: I bought the pouch in Munich a fortnight ago. A month ago in was not available in Brussels.

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