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Based on Ascanian No. 1, but with 10 % Perique added.

BrandDan Tobacco
Blended ByDan Tobacco
Manufactured ByDan Tobacco Manufacuring (DTM)
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging100g tin
ProductionCurrently available
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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (246)
Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

I do like Perique, and in most blends boasting it, I find too little of it for my taste. So here come DTM with a series of blends boasting Perique... guess what I do.

The tin aroma is fully sweet, with that hint of pepper and liquorice that I expect of Perique. The leaf is a ready-rubbed flake, with a good proportion of bright-to-red and about a quarter of dark-to-black leaf; some lumps of oily, black Perique flake are in there.

The moisture level is perfect to stuff and light; the leaf takes to the match as if it were only waiting for the flame, and from then on, I guess it's a matter of taste. Lots of VA sweetness, the Perique notes come out early on, but it takes me a while to really appreciate what the Orientals included here actually do: they add a depth of texture and taste (also to the room note) that a straight VA/Per can never offer. The taste remains interesting and full of nuances throghout the bowl, and the room note is probably acceptable to most people.

I use large bowls for this blend, and many more there will be.

Update 11-11-11: After most of my first tin and exposing more people to me smoking it, I have to up-rate the room note to very pleasant (even non-smokers don't complain), and with that, this blend clears the line between very good (my previous recommendation) and excellent. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: db Mayflower, Stanwell Viking

Age When Smoked: Ranging from new tin through 2 years

Purchased From: DanPipe

Similar Blends: Dunhill - Elizabethan Mixture, Dan Tobacco - Tumblin' Dice, Dan Tobacco - Ascanian No. 4 Dark & Mellow.

4 people found this review helpful.

da'rum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
da'rum (5)
Medium None Detected Very Full Pleasant

This tobacco is a hidden, or maybe well kept secret, gem. A lot is said about the classic Vapers like St James from SG but in my opinion this Ascanian no.2 is easily as good, if not better. A well balanced combination of sweetness and spice accomplished with Va, turkish and Perique. It burns well and doesn't need more than a minute or two airing time. It sells at a reasonable price, not cheap but not overly expensive either. A staple blend for my tobacco cupboard.

Pipe Used: Bulldog meer, Falcon, Design Berlin

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Dtm Lauenburg

3 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (110)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

Tin aroma is of dried figs, prunes, raisins and that Perique mushroomy scent. The flakes are rubbed out but need a little more rubbing to pack neatly inside the bowl. Moisture is just fine. The tobacco lights easily and needs only a few relights.

The use of Perique here manages to impart a succulent dried-fruit sweetness to the blend with just a hint of spice and mostly towards the end of the bowl. There is ample sweetness which must be due to Virginias as well which are dark yeasty and earthy. The Orientals I could not sense in the beginning but they make their presence felt as the bowl progresses as nutty sweet spiciness with their tell-tale tang.

So this is a tobacco where flavors develop throughout the bowl. It starts off with the mellow sweetness of dried plums with just a touch of peppery spiciness and as it progresses it becomes drier and spicier with both the piquant Perique spice and the Oriental sweeter type coming to the fore. The latter enhance the scent of the tobacco with their natural aroma.

This is a deeply satisfying smoke. Maybe too good and too complex for an all-day smoke, better for relaxing and contemplative moments.

2 people found this review helpful.

coldmoon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
coldmoon (24)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This VaPer tobacco blend is based on matured five year old Zambian Virginia tobacco. It also contains VAs from Mysore, some Oriental leaf and 10% Perique. The tin aroma is very sweet with hay like grassy notes. It has no apparent flavoring or casing. The tobacco is in ready rubbed form with occasional broken flake in it. The moisture level out of the tin is almost perfect, just 10 minutes of drying time needed.

Packs very easy and lights with no problems. Also stays lit very easy. From the very first puffs Perique comes out to play. It has that peppery taste to the smoke. Virginias are very smooth and of high quality. Orientals are almost unnoticeable in the beginning but after the first quarter of the bowl they are more apparent and nicely complements the VAs.

As @the_german mentioned before, this blend really benefits from pipes with larger bowls. Only after I smoked it in my Stanwell No.11 which has large pot shaped bowl, I understood how complex this blend is.

At the end of the bowl the taste is very peppery and strong. The nicotine level is on the medium side. As for the room note - it is rather pleasant. I highly recommend this blend to all the VaPer lovers.

Pipe Used: Stanwell No. 11

Age When Smoked: 3 months

2 people found this review helpful.

cakeanddottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cakeanddottle (60)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Previously I was smoking three different blends to get notes that are all contained in this tobacco. This is what I want Tudor Castle to be, and frankly as much as I enjoy Tudor Castle, this tobacco from Dan is much better to my mind.

Dark and tangy fruit notes in abundance from the Va and Perique. A pleasant sourdough twang from the Oriental. Flavorful but never tongue scorching. Rich in Perique, but not the zing-y and pepper-y kind, it just adds fruit and tang to the already fruity and tangy Va. It really is a bit like Tudor Castle on steroids. Perfect moisture level as packed. A beautiful reddish tobacco that falls somewhere between ready rubbed and broken flake.

This is probably my single favorite tobacco. A shame that it is not available in the USA, because as things are this tobacco will remain one of pipe smoking's best kept secrets. I only have a little over 4 pounds of this and I am considering selling off some of my aged FVF to get more. It's that good. Just a lovely blend.

Age When Smoked: fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (115)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a real treasure to me. Very rich, well balanced and deep in taste.

The tin note is already attractice: Deep, dried-/stoved-fruit aroma, a little sour and sweet from the Orientals and Virginias. Just a slight spice in the back. Very exhilarating.

When lighting the tobacco you get a first hint of the deep, rich and creamy smoke youre about to experience. A tangy, peppery note is what I notice first. Followed by the typical Perique-ish dried-fruit taste of figs, plums, raisins and maybe a touch orangy. Getting along with the bowl here and there a bit of sour-sweet and ethereal flavour comes through.

Ascanian No. 2 is less fruity in taste, than most VA/PERs i got to try. It's more on the spicy, peppery side that is very pleasing. The smoke is very full, but never bites.

Well crafted blend, but for my taste only a 4/4 - even tho it's nothing for everyday for my taste due to it's Orient-components, but still a blend I wouldn't wanna miss. Damn, I'll have to order a whole truck load of tobacco from Dan Pipe next time. All their VA/PER(/Kentucky) blends are insanley good. Very refined and rich in taste. Tumblin' Dice, Virginia Slices, Limerick, Kriwswill Blue and many more are really worth trying.

Pipe Used: Clay Pipe / Dr. Grabow Rusticated (Pot)

Purchased From: Dan Pipe (DTM)

1 person found this review helpful.

Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (67)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Quality !!!! Lits well, one relight, no bite, burns dry till the end even if you are puffing fast like locomotive. Sweet taste from virginia, Chili pepper taste reminding that perique is there. Perfect all day smoke, bought another few tins for my cellar. Highly recommended !!!!

Pipe Used: Peterson standart system 314

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.