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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 ByOlrik
Blend TypeUnknown
Packaging50gr pouch
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Mild to Medium, Medium to Strong
Medium to Strong, Strong
Mild, Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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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 (60)
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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