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Director's Cut… If you are talking about traditional tobacco blending, twisted tobacco has to be mentioned. In former times, tobacco was spun into an endless roll and then cut in order to increase durability. Nowadays this special production process only plays a significant role with regard to taste. The traditional Virginia/Perique Curly Cut forms its basis, being in prime condition as a rope, before cut into curlies. The very expressive and sweet Virginia grades in connection with a strong Perique core of the Curly Cuts make an interesting blend, together with the Burley grades and the sugary Virginia Loose Cut. Underlining the robust and elemental character of this Director's Cut, a whiff of fire-cured Virginia renders the final touch to this blend. The result is a slightly sweet and spicy blend, surprising with tremendous varieties in taste. The Director's Cut is attractive for those who are looking for the very special taste adventure. …strong, spicy, multi-layered

Notes: Although it includes a touch of burley and matured Kentucky (instead of the more common 'bullseye' core of cavendish in similar brands), this is primarily a VaPer blend in character.

BrandHU Tobacco
Blended ByHans Wiedemann
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
CutCurly Cut
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2248)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm not comparing this to the Vaper Bell's Three Nuns, but there have been times as I've smoked a bowl that I got a sense of that flavor. I think there's a little more perique and certainly more burley here than either the old or new Three Nuns. This is also a little stronger smoke with more variety of flavors. The Virginias are rather earthy with a bit of citrus and a few dried dark fruit notes. The perique is spicy and raisin/fig-like, so it's very complimentary without dominating the other tobaccos. The Kentucky is a tasty woody, lightly nutty presence, at just the right amount to notice. Depending on how you stack the tobacco in the bowl, the flavor will change as you smoke it down. Sweet, spicy and slightly sour at various times from puff to puff, there's not a weak, dull or harsh moment to be had. No chance of bite. The nic-hit is a shade past the mild threshold. Because it is very complex, the bigger the bowl you smoke it in, the more you will value the experience. This has a full rounded smoke and doesn't overwhelm you any. Burns a little slow, clean and cool and leaves very little moisture in the bowl. Needs a few relights. Has a pleasant after taste. Can be an all day smoke.


24 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

There is really something special going on at Hans Wiedemann's HU-Tobacco. Director's Cut is another outstanding blend coming from this micro tobacco company. As other's have noted, DC looks a lot like Three Nuns in the tin. The smell is heavenly as the nose is greeted with the scent of raisins, figs and hay. There are some similarities to the current version of Three Nuns; however this blend (IMHO) is much better. It has body, just the right amount of perique, a little burley to round things out. Director's Cut is pleasantly sweet, a little spicy and a tiny bit sour, but in a good way. There are a lot of complex flavors in Director's Cut. As one other esteemed reviewer pointed out, the taste changes throughout each bowl. I find that the Burley takes over toward the end of the bowl as the blend becomes less sweet, but not bitter. I found it most flavorful in a small bowl Morrisette dedicated to VaPers. This blend should age wonderfully. The challenge will be not to smoke it up beforehand. The only downside is the cost. If you are ordering from North America the cost can be nearly double of other tobaccos in its class. Is it worth it? Yes, every single penny! Very Highly Recommended!

12 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (858)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Based on a small sample from an internet friend (thanks, friend!) - about 3 bowls worth. Not enough to get a full grip on the blend but enough to post my thoughts. As others have said, this is a curly cut - basic browns with an interesting bag aroma I couldn't place. Not prototypical VaPer, exactly, but still familiar. It came to me mostly rubbed out so that's how I loaded it. But would love to buy a tin and experiment further.

Lighter on the perique (but I'm not very sensitive to it, so amounts have to be high for me to notice) but a nice run up and down the Virginia spectrum, from sweetness to tangy richness. The burley, Kentucky and dark-fired VA lend a nice heart of darkness to what may otherwise have been a run of the mill blend. This darkness was spicy and robust, while not overtaking the basic "VaPer-ness" of the blend. A bit thin in mouthfeel but with an interesting take on what we call complexity. Complex enough to be interesting but not so much as to be vulgar. I enjoyed this blend to perhaps a 3.5 star level but am going to try to get more because I definitely did not discover all this blend has to offer IMHO.

10 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I managed to acquire a generous sample of this, perhaps an ounce or more, as a result of a trade via I hadn't really been expecting it as part of the package I received and I hadn't even heard of it so it was a pleasant surprise to gain a tobacco that I had no preconceived notions about.

The aroma is very much like the smoke, wafts of figs or raisins as noted before and a lot of creaminess. The curly cut is easy to rub out, making packing a breeze and one light will do the trick. The flavour remains pretty constant throughout the smoke and is hugely enjoyable. The moisture levels must just be perfect in this one as there is no gurgling whatsoever. The fine ash at the end makes for a clean emptying of the bowl.

This is probably far from the best review I have ever done on here but, to be honest, I don't think any review could do this justice, it is such a marvelous tobacco. Despite being a complete and utter Lat-head, I have being exploring VaPs these past few months and I've come across some good ones, some okay ones and some disappointing ones. This one is amongst, not just a good VaP or even a great one, it's a great tobacco full stop. It's just a shame that a cursory look on the internet reveals this one to be unavailable in the UK, otherwise it would be a regular.

9 people found this review helpful.

smoking-rob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking-rob (76)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

According to Hans, this is his best blend yet. This treat comprises 55% Vaper curlies, White Burley, pressed Kentucky and pressed Virginia and a bit of firecured Virginia. Comparisons have already been made to the Original Three Nuns and I can taste where that is coming from: fans of that blend, as well as admirers of the late and lamented Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture, will find great pleasure in Director's Cut. But the recipe is not the same, nor is the taste: there is a lot more going on in DC besides Vaper curlies. It is a fairly strong Vaper that is smoothed out by "an extremely expensive Burley" (according to Hans) and for variety in taste, some fine Virginia grades and a firecured Virginia. This yields a very harmonious smoke, rich in taste varieties, every puff slightly different to the previous one. Director's Cut will become a future classic!

7 people found this review helpful.

Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (107)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When I first opened my tin of Director’s Cut, I thought this was nothing but Orlik’s version of Three Nuns resurrected. I was wrong. While the small curls in the mix are similar in appearance, the fire cured VAs and pretty high amount of Perique (Hans is known for) contribute a spiciness and complexity seldom to be found elsewhere. DC is a strong tobacco with distinct notes of pepper from the Perique, accompanied by subtle notes of wood, fire (Kentucky) and natural VA sweetness. To me this blend is slightly piquant in a very pleasing way, but never bity or overwhelming.

There is so much to experience here, every bowl size and shape seems to change the interplay of the ingredients a little. So does a charcoal filter, the use of which reduces complexity and strength significantly in my opinion.

If you are a fan of Three Nuns, MB Stockton, MB HH Acadian Perique, C&D Cajun Kake or even Barbary Coast (although all of those are very different), the HU Director’s Cut is highly recommended to you to try. If you like tobaccos that remind you of ancient times (at least that’s what it does to me) and you also want to actually taste and feel Perique, this is your blend.

Pipe Used: Various briars with and without filter

Age When Smoked: fresh

5 people found this review helpful.

Wilhelm Joharsányi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wilhelm Joharsányi (33)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Director’s Cut is a rather mild, yet complex and smooth tasting VaPer that can easily be an all-day smoke and a welcome addition to your daily rotation. This blend is not too sweet and has just the right amount of spiciness to keep making you come back for more. There isn’t one tobacco that really stands out, but rather a collaborative effort between the Burley, Kentucky, Perique and Virginia tobaccos resulting in a balanced, deeply satisfying experience.

Upon smoking, the flavors I noticed were: honey, light molasses, followed by a grassy and Prune-like aftertaste. The taste becomes more robust the more you smoke it. The Burley and Kentucky tobaccos really enhance the blend, adding further complexity and depth. From what I understand, the blender of HU Tobacco: Hans Wiedemann, is the modern-day Da Vinci of master blenders. If that is so, then this is the Mona Lisa of VaPers.

HU Tobacco is one of the best in Europe and I will be switching over to them since my first-love Dunhill will be kaput soon. If you think of it, it’s not a bad trade off: kind of like breaking up with your drama-queen English girlfriend (Ms. Dunhill) who is getting a bit older and flabby around the sides, always threatening to move out and break up with you; replacing her with a young, hot blonde German chick with a nice rack (HU Tobacco). Sounds good to me!

I will be ordering a few more HU blends next month, in particular: Nyala and Tuarekh. Great stuff and I’m glad I discovered HU Tobacco.

4 people found this review helpful.

Weisenheimer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Weisenheimer (19)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I only can second the previous reviewers.

Director's Cut is indeed a quite "innovative" blend, reflecting the blending talent of HU-Tobacco.

Having approx. 50% VaPer-Curlies, this blend is far away from being a "tamed" 3 Nuns, sort of. The addition of various well-chosen Virginias and some Burley/Kentucky makes it a blend which stands for its own.

Spicy, creamy, full in taste, with mild "peppery" taste-notes from the Perique, this blend smokes very fine right out of the tin, but at the same time promises to wonderfully age as well ! Your Turn !

4 people found this review helpful.

WolfmanSam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WolfmanSam (33)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is comprised of small coins and lose, stringy ribbons. I recommend letting them air dry for approximately 15 minutes. The tin note smells like raisins and figs. I filled the bowl by packing the loose strands between the coins. Upon lighting, I sense citrus, raisins, figs, traces of wood, something sweet (maybe molasses?) and nuts . Throughout the smoke, it’s savory sweet and moderately spicy. At times, it’s mouthwateringly sour. It burns at a moderate rate, and is not harsh. I’ve smoked about an ounce in various size/shaped briars, and all are favorable. The nicotine level is almost medium. It’s more than medium in body/taste. Director’s Cut is essentially a very robust VaPer, due to the burley and Kentucky tobaccos. If you enjoy stronger VaPer blends, I highly recommend it.

3 people found this review helpful.

Snappo's Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Snappo's Pipe (18)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

I've decided... the best dang VaPer on the planet... HU Director's Cut... smooth, sweet, full-flavored, complex, best burning, great service, yada yada yada... pay the overseas freight and wire transfer fees - it's well worth it!

Pipe Used: Custom commisssioned Bamboo briar

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: HU direct...

Similar Blends: Strang, but more complex and refined... and burns infinitely better!.

3 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (299)
Medium None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Director's Cut is an interesting mix of Va/Per Curlys & cut tobaccos like fire cured Virginia, Burley & Kentucky. The tin note is very subtle and hard to grasp to me. Just a tad of gentle, citrusy sweetness, accompanied by a tad of peppery spice if I stick my nose right into it. Even tho the tin note is very subtle, the tobacco is rich and full in it's variety of flavours!

I agree on the comparison to new Mac Barens VA/KY Three Nuns. I have only smoked new Three Nuns (MB Version) and the taste is pretty smiliar, yet much more complex and diversified! It's like a "Three Nuns PLUS". I'd imagine old Va/Per Three Nuns would taste like this.

Director's Cut comes along with a mildly sweetish, peppery taste profile that has a tad of a (pleasing) sour-tone. Slightly citrusy, a tad of fruit and earthy notes come from the Virginias. Paired with a slight taste of stoved-fruits & rich, deep pepper from the Perique. Rounded by woodsy, almost smoky, slightly nutty and cigar-ish Kentucky-notes. The Burley intesivies the Kentucky and adds a slight expands the nuttiness of the Kentucky, as well as adding a pinch of Burley-spice. The flavour profile is very complex and entertaining. There is a lot of flavour to detect and enjoy.

Even tho it's complex and full of flavours it's never overwhelming and also suitable for a relaxed smoke in the morning. If you don't concetrate on the backy you get a nice, pleasant smoke. If you DO concentrate on the tobacco, you get a outstanding, diverse and rich smoke, with lots of nuances to explore.

This backy isn't too strong, nor too weak. Very refined. All components were matched and married well.

Well made tobacco blend, that's interesting in taste and apperance. Satisfying in strenght and delicate in taste.

Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars

2 people found this review helpful.

samcoffeeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
samcoffeeman (33)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Here goes my initial review of Director's Cut:

It comes in a 100g tin with an interesting pop lid feature which is recloseable. I don't believe this is vacuum sealed but it is airtight so far as I can tell.

The tin aroma is a little sweet/fruity, a little spice with an afternote of smoke. The smoke note is most interesting, it is different than latakia leaf aroma, very light but noticeable right at the end of a sniff, perhaps contributed by the fire cured Virginia.

The cut is one of a kind. As noted from the description, the base is the curly cut, which are quite small, perhaps 1/2"-3/4" diameter. Also mixed in is the Virginia loose cut as well as some broken flake, which I imagine is the fire cured virginia. This will make for perhaps some flavor variation depending on which parts you pack more of in a bowl.

It does not come very moist but the fresh smoke revealed it did need a bit more drying time. I dried it for a couple hours, occasionally stirring the cuts to expose them to the air.

I packed up a Grant's Tanshell straight bulldog, which has a wide open draw and has been a good smoker for me. I grabbed a couple random pinches with the different cuts mixed in and finished off the top with some of the loose cut. The tobacco lights easily with an initial sweet flavor, one good char and then a true light. Gee, I packed the Virginia loose cut on top and that is what I tasted first. The virginias are very good quality, sweet and more to the golden color that I like. In the first third, I'm tasting mostly the loose cut virginia sweetness with perhaps a little citrus, and then a background flavor begins to come into play. Must be my first coin burning! In the second third, there is a richer deeper flavor developing. I get my first sneeze, which is an indicator of perique for me. The up front sweetness is dwindling while the deep notes are growing. I begin to notice the nicotine a little. In the last third, the burley starts to impart it's typical nuttiness, which I quite enjoy in this case. I don't particularly enjoy a whole bowl of nuttiness but it melds well in this, coming in the last third and mingling with the deep/rich notes that started in the second third. I don't have a complete grasp on the nuance flavors yet, without enough experience with the blend yet. Just to re-emphasize, due to the different cuts, this will vary from bowl to bowl depending on how you pack it. I did really enjoy it with a little of the ribbon on top which kickstarted the bowl with the Va sweetness and made it easy to light. I give it a medium/medium on the flavor/nic scale. Excellent burn characteristics, and easy on the tongue. This blend is every bit as good as the initial reviews have promised. I give it 3 stars, although it is probably worth 4 but I don't give 4 stars until I've had enough experience to merit a 4 star blend.

Pipe Used: Grant's Tanshell, Dunhill lovat

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: HU

2 people found this review helpful.

incendio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incendio (34)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Aromas of clover honey and wheat malt from the tin.

This blend begins with a light Virginia flavor of straw and chaff. A very subtle sweetness just reveals itself.

This blend crescendos consistently throughout the bowl, revealing incredible complexity of flavor and aroma. A biscuit-like sweetness builds in intensity, as do subtle fig, cinnamon and clove notes.

There is no bite or aftertaste whatsoever, which reflects the apparent superlative quality of the leaf, and a relative absence of chemicals and adjuvants.

Easily an all-day smoke, although I would recommend smoking this blend indoors or somewhere equally shielded from the wind, as the delicate intricacies of this blend are best appreciated in still air.

Top marks. My guess is that this blend will age exceptionally (underscore "exceptionally"), although I probably lack the self-restraint to let a tin of this heavenly stuff sit undisturbed.

Pipe Used: any and all

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: HU-Tobacco

1 person found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (507)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I really like this one. A very good VaBurPer, and perhaps, my favorite of this genre at the moment. Between this and Strang, it seems the Germans are leading the way with these components. The balance between Sweet, Earth and spice in this blend is perfect to my tastes.

Hans may be the best blender out there right now. I wish his stuff was more readily available to us in the states. I was lucky enough to secure two 100 g cans of this in a trade that I will try to age. But this one is a no brainer at four stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Alhaji Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alhaji (33)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable

I agree with JimInks and the other reviewers who have talked about the similarity of this blend (DC) to the re-released Bell's Three Nuns, including it's 'curly, coin-like' looks. The tin notes though are dissimilar. While Three Nuns (TN) has a plum and fruity fragrance in the tin, DC seems to have an aroma suggestive of some flavouring, some additive which I can't place a finger on.

It is ready to smoke right out of the tin like TN but has a stronger, spicier taste that lends itself to the conclusion that there is more Perique in it than in TN. IMO, it seems also to have a higher Vitamin 'N' content than TN. For those who love a stronger Perique content to TN, DC makes that 'cut'.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Ib Fagerlund PRDK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ib Fagerlund PRDK (3)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This is one of the best VA blends I have smoked in recent years. It just has this mellow and slightly sweet and nutty Virginia flavor I love, which used to be the standard for any good VA blend until 5-10 years ago, and is almost impossible to find these days. On top of that, is reveals the piquant notes of a lovely, spicy Perique and a hint of very fine Kentuckey. No tongue bite here, just a full and mellow aroma of good tobacco. Highly recommended!

Pipe Used: Ferndown Silver Spigot

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipeliner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeliner (13)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant

After I heard about the new blends of Hans, I bought 2 tins of Edward G. and of the Director`s Cut.I opened the Director`s Cut a few days ago and I`m really happy with my purchase. The looking of the DC is really great. The tobacco contains parts of different flakes and really nice looking curlies. The tin smell is light sweet and a bit sour. I think this is the smell of the perique. The tobacco is easy to pack and burns very well.The taste is not easy to discribe because the taste is constantly changing. One puff I taste the Vaper and the next puff I feel the burley and the kentucky.It is really an interesting smoke because the various flavour nuances are always creamy and round. I don´t know if the DC is comparable with the old Three Nuns. But it dosn`t matter. I think the DC is an independent high class tobacco. In my opinion the DC is the best blended tobacco of Hans. And that is not easy to say if I think of the quality of the tobaccos from Hans. Let me say it in a short way: The DC is my Christmas surprise.

1 person found this review helpful.

Käpt`n Cook Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Käpt`n Cook (17)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The Director`s Cut is one of the new blends of HU Tobacco. This blend contains a very characterfully VAPER Curly Cut mixed with Burley, Kentucky, Virginia and a touch of a firecured strong Virginia. The smell and the looking of this blend is very nice and makes loss to fill the pipe. The taste is a mix between the sweetness of the Virginia a bit spiciness of the Kentucky and the sweet - sour Perique. But you can`t taste the individual components, no the taste is a genial balance of all components. The taste is very subtle and exciting and this blend reminds me to the old Three Nuns. The tobacco burns very well and the DC is no lightweight of nicotine, but a very nice blend for the afternoon or evening. In the meantime I smoked one tin and I must say - the DC is for me the tobacco of the year. I think I store a few tins in the cellar to age them. In the future I don´t want to miss this blend in my house. The DC has the making a classic. Two thumbs up ! Highly recommended

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28474)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very good Virginia with perique, delivering a mild to medium nicotine dose. The inclusion of other leaf and various cuts allows for a pleasant change of pace in this genre. However, I was expecting more complexity from DC, considering its components. I believe this little downfall is probably due to its tinning format; which is not vaccum sealed like, say, Old Fredder's, preventing it from aging appropriately. I find this puzzling as DC has great potential for aging! I am not sure, under these conditions that I would buy regularly as I fancy cellaring my tobaccos. Nonetheless, I am truly enjoying my current tin.

Similar Blends: Mac Baren Dark Twist Roll Cake.

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