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A rich blend for late in the day. It is a slow, lasting smoke.
Just prior to packing, expensive Perique tobacco is added to
enhance to bouquet.

BrandDunhill
Blended ByDunhill
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g. Tin
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Full
Room Note
Tolerable to Strong, Strong

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rocker311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rocker311 (9)
★★★☆
Very Strong Strong Very Full Very Strong

Okay, okay. Yes, this isn't the same animal from 30 years ago. We get that much.

And yes, some of you had the same experience I have had: You opened up a tin of the new creature, found a lot of bright Virginias, some sassy periques and some rather vinegary-tasting latakias. Some of you even tossed it out as being too brash, too tart, not the knockout article you'd been led to expect.

Shame on you.

This is one fine blend. It just needs to settle in. Here's what you do.

Get yourself a big Bell mason jar, one of the quart-sized ones. Make sure it's a screw-top lid-seal jar just like granny made pickles and preserves in. Don't settle for fancy lever-seals or ceramic jars, they will disappoint you.

Open up your tin of Nightcap. Empty contents into mason jar. Screw on the lid for a tight seal. Shake well, to loosen up all the players.

Now stick that jar in the bottom of your closet and forget it exists.

Come back 2 weeks later, shake it up again, and put it back.

Come back in another 2 weeks and give it a good shake. Now open the jar.

THIS is the aroma you were seeking. Go ahead, fire it up and see why everyone else loves this blend so much.

Is it the Nightcap from 1975? No. But you know what? Who cares? It's a fine blend in it own right, given the proper time and space to get itself together. So fire up your magic Basement / Closet / Cupboard and stick s few jars of Nightcap in there. You won't regret it.

46 people found this review helpful.

Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

As a Latakia fiend, I think this must surely be the most magnificent Latakia blend I have tried.

When I first opened a tin of this, and took a huge sniff at the midnight-dark contents, my head reeled, and I experienced something approaching fear! The huge Latakia smokiness was there, richer than I had ever smelt it before, but stronger than this was a mysterious fermented, almost yeast-like smell. I can only compare it to smelling one of those powerful cheeses that one can find in Brno, in the Czech republic. A very savoury scent, stong and intimidating. I like these cheeses though, and was only put off for a moment. The dominance of this smell faded within a few hours of the tin being open, and became detectable as something in the background of the aroma.

Lighting is easy, provided that you let the tobacco air overnight, as it is excesively moist in the tin. The first time I smoked this, I thought I had died and gone to pipesmokers heaven. Nothing compares to the huge richness of this blend, and its unpredictably developing flavour, incredibly complex. In a Virginia-Perique blend, the perique builds through the bowl, and only really announces itself in the peppery finale. This blend displays this tendency, except that at odd moments throughout the bowl, the perique may leap out for a few extra-spicy puffs, before fading again to the spicy background flavour it usually supplies. The smoke is full, puff hard and you will blow smoke rings that last like no other, they seem almost ready to sail out of the window and wander off on an adventure of their own! When you puff more rapidly on it, the Latakia will dominate all other tastes, a flavour almost like very well cooked toast may develop. I like my toast black about the edges, so this is enjoyable enough to me. Puff more gently, and the Latakia will calm down, and other flavours have room to move, the tangy spice of the Perique, and the very subtle hint of sweetness from the Virginia will peek out through the smoke. Nutty flavours, woody flavours, earthy flavours, they are all here alongside the rich smokiness.

While very smooth, and totally without bite, the Perique gives a hint of sharpness, a zest that completes and complements the flavours. I am moved almost to poetry by it, better not smoke too much, or I might write something resembling Kubla Khan! It is strong, noticably stronger than St Bruno, so use a small pipe, and go easy until you get used to it. The room note is powerful, so don't smoke this in the same room as the canary! Smoke this last thing in the day, or you won't taste anything else that you eat or smoke.

If you want a drink to accompany it, choose something bold, such a a really strong coffee, continental dark roast does the trick. If its whiskey, go for an Islay malt, Laphroig works. If you like beer, get out the richest Imperial Russian Stout you can lay your hands on, the Durham brewery's "Temptation" (10% abv) does the trick. The only wine that could work with this would be Port.

Sit back, light up, and enjoy, relaxation is about to be re-defined!

13 people found this review helpful.

MominPakistani Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MominPakistani (3)
★★★★
Strong Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

In my native country of Pakistan, it seemed like nearly all the pipe tobaccos sold were English blends. This was unfortunate because I enjoy the more aromatic American blends, which were hard to find. As a new pipe smoker (at the time), I tried several English blends but found them a bit too harsh and smoky tasting. A friend then recommended Dunhill's Nightcap. I had seen it in the tins in the stores but never knew anything about it and supposed it was smokey/woodsy-tasting like most of the other English blends. Not so. I fell in love with it immediately and continue to smoke today, some 20 years later. The perique and burleys help to balance out the harsher, more smokey latakia, making for a pleasant smoke. The only downside to this tobacco I found is the aftertaste it leaves in the mouth. My wife and family love the room note of this tobacco. (They hated the other English blends I used to smoke!) Some folks do not like this tobacco, but I think many of them do not know how to smoke it properly- it has to be smoked slowly, in order to burn cool, and in a pipe that is suitable. Some pipes burn to fast and too dry. This has to be smoked in a pipe that retains some moisture. If smoked too fast/hot, it will leave a bite, along with a wretched odor. If smoked slow/cool, it will leave a very pleasant, soothing aroma that is pleasing to everyone around you, and make a nice evening smoke THIS TOBACCO IS NOT MEANT TO BE INHALED!!! Now that I'm in the States, I usually buy this tobacco in bulk at the local tobacconist shop, and keep it in a humidified jar on my pipe stand. A word- let the tobacco age/weather a bit before smoking it. This will help to cut down a bit on the strength of it and will reduce the bite/aftertaste it leaves. I don't recommend this as an everyday smoke, but a good Friday/Saturday evening or special occasion smoke. For everyday smokes, I recommend an aromatic American blend.

12 people found this review helpful.

quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant

UPDATE: I've been dipping into this same tin (now in a jar) for a while now and the spices from the Orientals and the Perique are certainly more noticeable. Drier, it burns much more evenly and predictably. Flavors are more discernible and it's still an excellent tobacco.

ORIGINAL: This is based on a brand new Orlik tin that I just received from Germany.

In the tin, the sweet Virgina aroma predominates, with a very present but subdued Latakia smokiness. The weed is lighter than I expected, a nice mix of golden colors with the darker Latakia. Moisture was close to just right. Next time I may dry it for a little while before striking the match.

Upon lighting, it was less sweet than expected. It never really develops as much Virgina sweetness as some English blends, but the balance is impeccable. I can't perceive the Perique at all. The smokiness is the main player but the flavors blend so effortlessly that you can't help but just sink into a contemplative mood and smoke away the afternoon. I would characterize this tobacco as smooth, smooth, smooth.

I was surprised to find the room note toasty and pleasant, unlike most heavy Lat mixtures. The flavors intensified during the last third-bowl. I re-lit a couple times near the end to take advantage of the dregs, then allowed the final dottle to just burn out. A nice smoky aftertaste reminds you for a while of the pleasure you just experienced and makes you anticipate the next time you open the tin.

11 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (203)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Strong Latakia flavor with the Turkish close behind. Can dimly discern the Perique and Virginias in the background. By the end of the bowl they have seamlessly blended into one delicious flavor. It took me almost a full tin to fully appreciate this blend and I have come to love it. Highly recommended. Don't give up on it too early. It'll grow on you.

10 people found this review helpful.

phillllllllllllllll Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
phillllllllllllllll (1)
★★★★
Very Strong Strong Full Tolerable

This is as quintessentially english as you can get. To really understand that you need to be in england on a summer's evening where you can walk out into your garden and smell the bonfires wafting over from your neighbours. England is obsessed by tidy gardens and burning unruly weeds. You need to understand why people in england created such a complex taste - it's to remind us of those few warm days a year that linger and one yearns for. You need to know what it's like sitting in a 300 year old cottage in the countryside; to smell and sense the lush damp green around you warmed by the sun, autumn musk and the cold of winter falling when you yearn for summer again. This is the comfort that is Nightcap. A musky, smoky, soothing oak of calming tobacco that gets you through the dark and rain when you long for a summer camp and bonfire. Nicotine induced hibernating rest unto summer. When you get that rare sunny haze you can smoke a pipe of this inside, go outside and smell it for real - even in winter on Bonfire Night. This is what I have come to understand about Dunhill tobaccos - wether it be the oriental english breakfast tea taste of Early Morning Pipe or the rush of plummy english christmas pudding mixed with connotations of navel travel of yesteryear in Royal Yacht, it's quintessential englishness that only someone in england could concoct.

Pipe Used: K & P , Jolly Roger

Age When Smoked: 36

9 people found this review helpful.

twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (33)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I had the early morning blend earlier (in the morning) and now tried the nightcap sample. What can I add to all the great reviews here..... another favourite of mine due to my love for Latakia & Orientals. The Perique is the only difference I could pick-up between the EMP and this Nightcap - and in a way complimentary special! Nothing overpowering, nothing too much - just the right balance.

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Pipe Used: Meerschaum

8 people found this review helpful.

AntBauer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AntBauer (3)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Great Blend! One of my favorites. This is a must for pipe smokers. Complex and smooth. Strong nicotine content. Nothing more you can want from this blend. 5 stars! Yes, I gave it an extra star.

8 people found this review helpful.

crackonosh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crackonosh (7)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Definitely one of my favourites. Full, rich smoke with a lot of flavour. Huge portion of latakia, sweet virginia, orientals detected as well. Great for aging. I have opened one 11 years old tin (made in UK) recently and it was nice, smooth smoke, more earthy. Outstanding tobacco, everyday pleasure.

Age When Smoked: 1 year, 11 years

Similar Blends: Ashton Artisan’s Blend.

8 people found this review helpful.

Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

This is a very strong blend for me. I rather choose Dunhill's other offerings, especially the 965. But can't stop myself buying this blend! When I really need a nightcap the Nightcap is a perfect choice. A long lasting and creamy smoke, very nicely associated with my favorite spirits as well.

8 people found this review helpful.

LondonCalling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LondonCalling (7)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a blend which can cut through the cares of the day like a knife through butter: after a bowl of Nightcap nothing much matters any more; it takes pipesmoking to a whole different dimension; there's something shamanistic about the experience. I came to this blend too early, back in my 20s, when I had too little appreciation and too little tolerance of the powerful punch it packs, and didn't revisit it for the best part of 25 years. It's incredibly complex; not so much a tobacco in three dimensions as four. From the first draw I can tell there's something special here: rich, creamy smoke; peppery; a sourness. It develops oh so slowly: leathery; a hint of pine resin; then a dark meatiness. Towards the bottom of the bowl I've given up trying to classify the flavours as they come so densely. This is clearly a blend for lovers of Latakia, but it's so much more. The perique is evident, as are orientals I think. And for once the experience lives up to the blurb on the tin: it's certainly an evening smoke, unless you have nothing too pressing to do for the next hour or two.

Pipe Used: Peterson Rocky bulldog

Age When Smoked: Smoked from date of purchase

Purchased From: SmokeKing

7 people found this review helpful.

pufdragn63 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pufdragn63 (13)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I think this will be review number 233 for Dunhill Nightcap, so it's hard to say anything that hasn't been said several times before.

This is my benchmark English blend. I love the rich velvety Latakia taste and, as I am a slow and gentle smoker, I've never been bothered by the high nicotine content of Nightcap. I'm down to the last quarter of my last Murray's tin (a gift from a fellow pipe smoking friend and savouring it because, sadly, there will be no more.

An all time classic.

7 people found this review helpful.

sagepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sagepipe (9)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Nightcap is one of the most reviewed tobaccos on this site. It is also a favorite of many and held in high esteem of most. It is easy to see why so many enjoy this dark delight. It is a full smoke with complex flavor and and deep rich notes. The strong aroma from the tin was intimidating at first but soon after lighting the first bowl it became apparent why Nightcap is enjoyed by so many. It is strong in many ways but somehow smooth and delightful to its finish.

6 people found this review helpful.

PanamaJack Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PanamaJack (2)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I can't finish a day without a bowl of Nightcap. I don't know if it's strenght or the amount or nicotine, but it relaxes me beyond other Latakia mixture. This is a strong latakia mixture, not to be toyed with. After a good dinner or meal its recommended. Don't try this on empty stomach. It burns slow and produce a good volume of smoke, you'll end up smelling latakia until you wash and change your clothes if smoked in a closed space. The oriental note is strong enough to produce a sweet taste to it. And the perique is there, but rarely felt. This is one of those blends I can't run off.. I should always have a tin somewhere.

Pipe Used: Churchwarden 14"

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

6 people found this review helpful.

Pipe Newb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Newb (40)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Disclaimer that this is my 2nd English-style pipe tobacco. I might compare it to Squadron Leader more than once.

Apparently, despite this not showing up on tobacco reviews as being available in bulk, Edwards carries bulk Nightcap. I'm glad because they were charging over a twenty for a tin of the stuff.

Baggie smells a lot like other English, woodsy, a little campfire, barn-y, a little sweetness of rum raisin... but not much.

I may be an odd duck, but the same thing came to mind on first light as what came with Squadron Leader. Bread. Although this time the bread was much more specific... rye with excessive caraway seeds. Really strong in the rye department. Room note, mostly tobacco with a sneaky bandit whiff of charred campfire marshmallows.

This blend is exceptionally balanced. Nothing stands out as a prime player... I get a mild spiciness, a bready/toasty burley that reminds me of warm rye bread, and a little pickled beet at the end from the Virginias. Everything plays exceptionally well with each other.

I smoked two huge bowls of this, and didn't notice the nicotine until halfway through the second bowl, but when it hit, it sunk my freaking battleship... it hit hard, and despite my choice of a particularly spicy bourbon to pair it with, left my head aswim with Vitamin N flush.

I am very surprised with this tobacco. The balance is incredible, nothing plays solo here, but everything works well together.

Due to the flavors, I strongly recommend a rye-heavy bourbon like Beam Devil Cut, Wild Turkey, Four Roses, etc.. with it... it's a perfect pairing.

I really like this English blend.

Pipe Used: Londonaire Bent Egg, Londonaire Bent Billiard

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Edward's Pipe and Tobacco, Tampa

Similar Blends: Squadron Leader.

6 people found this review helpful.

Malus Rex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Malus Rex (9)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

If you're a member of this site, let's just agree to something now:

Once you log in, this site will hold your wife & dog hostage until you've written a review praising Nightcap. Personally, I'm okay with that arrangement.

This was my first proper English mixture. I found a tin that was old & dust covered on a back shelf at my tobacconist' shop. Sadly, I burned my way through the ambrosia within a matter of days. My normal cadence is to only allow myself 2 open tins at any given time, alternating pipes & tins before opening & trying other blends. However, Nightcap didn't join the rotation it BECAME the rotation for as long as those blessed 50g lasted.

With it's smoky, creamy, & full flavor it is every bit as satisfying as Dunhill claims. Now, every time I place an order for tobacco at smokingpipes.com, I order something new to try, an old favorite, and a tin of this.

There's my review of Nightcap!

Can I have the dog back now?

6 people found this review helpful.

emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Tolerable

The Nightcap was one of the first truly English blends I smoked back in my neophyte piping days. Since that was about 30 years ago, and I can barely remember what I ate for breakfast this morning, let alone what a tobacco blend tasted like so long ago, I really have no basis of comparison. Anyway, as a college student hooked on heavily cased aromatics, I was probably too young to have appreciated it. Based on the stunning reviews I?ve read here, some of them dithyrambic, and given the fact that I am a fan of Dunhill, I?m sad to say that I?m a bit disappointed with what is supposed to be their pinnacle offering. I?m also not convinced that this is a bedtime smoke, as the nicotine can render you hyper. It is more suited as an after dinner pipe, especially after a broiled steak. Thumbs up for the tin art, though.

To be sure, Nightcap is a rich and immense tobacco. It?s a deep, dark full Latakia mixture that perks up the nose and awakens the palate. It smells nice in the tin, though I prefer Aperitif?s tin nose. After my long pipe smoking hiatus, I started out with a few other Dunhills to prepare my taste buds for this main course, enjoying 965, Durbar, Aperitif and Light Flake along the way. I just purchased a tin of London Mixture I?m eager to open, and based on those reviews, I?m looking forward to a fuller experience than Nightcap.

Not that this stuff is bad, it?s just not all that it?s cracked up to be. Coupled with the fact that there is so much good product out there, Nightcap leaves me rather disappointed. Since I love latakia and orientals, this one is rather flat. It gets better after the tin has dried out for a few days, but it is still on the monochromatic side. It?s also extremely tar heavy. It works best in a small meerschaum but never seems to take off in any of my briars, including my Dunhill. Perhaps like cigars, wines and other treats, the recipe has changed, or there might be variances from batch to batch. I may try it again, but for complexity and overall character, Durbar is by far the better blend. Frog Morton on the Town also leaves Nightcap in the dust.

Alas, I don?t find Nightcap very contemplative, nor do I hear the otherworldly sounds of Gregorian chant. However, like plainchant, it is most definitely monophonic.

Two and half of five stars ---------------------------- 2007 Update ---------------------------- A friend found a tin from England before production was shipped over to the EU. Again, not bad, but nothing to write home about. A very overrated blend, that distinguishedgentleman notes, was probably great a half century ago when Prince Albert, Half and Half and Tinder Box aromatics were your only tobacco choices. Do yourself a favor and get the excellent C & D Yale Mixture for a more adequate representation of a near perfect English. Also, stay away from this if you're averse to high nicotine contents. 'Bracer' might be more apropos than 'Nightcap'. Not a bedtime mixture. Again, not impressed, and believe that most of the glowing reviews posted here represent herd mentality thinking.

Two of five stars

6 people found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

The first time I tried Nightcap I was still very much in love with My Mixture 965, London Mixture and Balkan Sobranie. I enjoyed it, but perhaps my palate was so underdeveloped that I did not find any particular trait that made Nightcap any different from my other ?English's?, except, perhaps, that it was a tad stronger. I have recently had the opportunity of smoking it again. Though I still feel it is very similar to other English-Balkan type of blends (Royal Tudor and Durbar come to mind), it does have a variety of subtle undertones and a flavor range that make it a very peculiar blend.

Being a strong tobacco, care should be taken not to smoke it greedily or otherwise you'll go to bed feeling rather giddy. It burns slowly and it should be enjoyed so. After the initial blast of Latakia subsides, very incisive by the way, you start tasting the subtle sweetness of the Virginias, complemented by the peppery spiciness of the Perique. I don't know if the combination of these three ingredients shy out the presence of the Orientals, but it is always difficult for me to pick them up in this blend.

The point is that Nightcap really forces you to pay attention to what you are smoking; it is a tobacco that engages the smoker in a way only few others can (Black Mallory perhaps, and the original Balkan Sobranie, have had a similar effect on yours truly).

Its dream-like qualities do have the virtue of transporting you to that superior realm of ?somkinghood? where everything else ceases to matter: it is only you, your pipe, and the perfect depth of the incense-smokiness of Nightcap. Eulenburg has perhaps best expressed, in truly poetic terms, the potency emanating from this blend. I have yet to experience it in that almost opiate dimension!

Update: Been smoking Nightcap quite a bit the last few months. I'm getting to undertand the Perique in this blend a lot better. Truly an almost religious experience. It's incense and incandescence, silent and deep, a Vedic chant: mantra.

6 people found this review helpful.

bluebossa17 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bluebossa17 (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is my favorite tobacco. The smell is so complex and rich. Taste is even and perfect. Nice slow burn, and easy to keep lit.

5 people found this review helpful.

Ben Rich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ben Rich (34)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I had smoked this years and years ago when it was still made by Dunhill and it was one of the better pipe tobaccos available in America. Unfortunately the current rendition is slightly above adequate. However, for its price (it is not as expensive as Dorisco or any of the GLP blends), it is a decent smoke. The beginning of the bowl is quite full and actually quite tasty; for me it tastes slightly of sweet oatmeal with some other sweetened nut type flavors. As the bowl progresses, the sweetness disappears and it becomes a bit insipid, however, what resurrects this tobacco for me is the nicotine ramp-up. It also becomes a bit more creamy and full. By the last quarter of the bowl the nicotine is in high gear and the itty bit of perique is more noticiable. For me it is a relaxing blend and most definitely fills the bill as far as a nightcap, the last smoke of the day before turning in. I will continue to keep a tin or two of Nightcap in my drawer - I just won't keep several dozen.

5 people found this review helpful.

northlocust Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
northlocust (1)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Zowie... I consider myself an experienced smoker. Then, I opened a tin of this English blend for the first time and loaded up a smallish briar. The immediate aroma from the tin was spicy and woody. My wife thought it had aromatic tree bark in it! After lighting up, she remarked how nice the room smelled. This is not the usual response I get when smoking an English blend. Now, I had read the previous reviews, so I was planning on being slow and careful with this tobacco and also kinda expecting tongue-bite galore. Well, happily no tongue bite, but I think I smoked too fast and too long, a bad habit of mine...I'm gonna change. So, after 30 minutes or so the nicotine rush and nausea started and lasted for about an hour or more. Ruined a new episode of "Monk" for me. I'm gonna have to follow my smoking plan a little closer from now on with this tobacco. I want no more of the "velvet hammer". This, of course, is not to say it wasn't a good smoke. It certainly was. But I couldn't think about it while I had my head over the toilet. Needless to say I will be more careful of this powerful English blend in the future. Tread carefully.

5 people found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Ahhhh, the venerable Nightcap. First let me state that I did approach this blend and review with much trepidation due to its reputation. Upon opening the tin you are greeted with ribbon-cut, dark leaf which has that strong, musty, peat-moss aroma that is a sign of good things to come. The raisin/fig like odor of the Perique was noticable too. I let it air out before packing because it seemed a little on the moist side. Packing is easy with just a few long strands giving a fuss. Lighting is about a three vesta affair which is to say normal. Flavor is rich with your senses given a strong symphony immediately. The richness continues down the bowl with the Perique making its prescence known towards the bottom of the bowl, but not in a bad way, more like a "tah-dum" at the end of a symphony. The flavor is dominated by the latakia but the other components reminding you they are there like a fugue. The Perique is there without blasting you like other blends of this ilk. While this blend does not giive tongue-bite, it is so rich that I can only handle a bowl a day, unless you do not want to taste anything else the rest of the day.The nicotine content is a little high, so make sure you eat before you smoke this. Why do the Dunhill blends seem so high in nicotine? I smell a conspiracy! (pun intended). Definitely a change of pace blend for me, but oh, what a change! Highly Recommended! A true TULIP blend 5 out of 5 points.

5 people found this review helpful.

Stutter818 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stutter818 (49)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Stronger latakia tin note, but mild in the smoke, and just a bit of zing from oriental and perique, toasty, tasted quite balanced and I found it slightly mild and slightly sweet. Excellent. I am a nicotine wimp so I put it in a small billiard and it was nice. Also dried it out and it stayed lit well! You will notice the extremely high quality ribbon cut in Dunhill's blends. So perfectly cut.

Update For latakia blends, I prefer Northwoods over this. Northwoods is much richer and smokier which is what I like.

Pipe Used: Dr grabow grand duke

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and cigars online

4 people found this review helpful.

Kerpap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kerpap (13)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

So to be completely honest, I was afraid to try this. I had a bad experience with royal yacht and hearing the nic hit was equal to it I was pretty reluctant for a long time but finally decided to take the plunge. I had a big dinner and settled into my lazy boy and lit up. I smoked a modest bowl in my Peterson System 303 puffing softly and slowly. the flavor was amazing. the smoke was absolutely perfect! it was nothing short of sublime. the nic hit was there but it was not room spinning it was very nice! it made me feel sleepy and cozy. this is definitely a rich full English and has rightfully earned a place in my rotation. I am hooked! if you are a fan of English blends this is an absolute MUST!

Try it but do be careful. puff it gently and you will be rewarded greatly!

Pipe Used: Peterson system standard 303

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: plum pudding (Seattle pipe club) - strength and taste, Berkshire (Sutliff) - taste, Early Morning Pipe, My mix 965.

4 people found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (60)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

After going through my armload of newly purchased tins of hit and miss, I finally hit one flavor that is EXACTLY what I was looking for in my steady rotation. Nightcap is the full bodied English blend taste I've been craving and searching for. However, in my excitement of rapid draws for more of that tasty treat the nicotine promptly settled over me and sang me a lullaby. Thirty minutes later I found my self hugging my pillow for a well to do nap. I don't care who made this blend before and who makes it now. Grandma could be cranking this out like meth in the basement… just keep it coming. (I've now taken to calling it "NightCrack"). It's great and a reminder of good ole fashioned pipe smoking pleasure good anytime of the day.

Addition: 7/24/14 After reviewing my past notes I see I only gave it 3 stars. WTH? This is easliy 4 stars... I just added the last star.

Pipe Used: Cob. Savinelli Churchwarden

Purchased From: JR Cigars

4 people found this review helpful.

boc777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boc777 (18)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Its difficult to add to the body of reviews compiled on here for this outstanding tobacco. But, this one deserves another 4 star review. This has become far and away my favorite smoke. I was never a cig smoker, so I have an aversion to most tobaccos that "feel" and leave the room smelling like an ashtray. My wife would love it if I only smoked aromatics, (which I also enjoy) but there are times when I really want something with more flavor and a nice vitamin N hit. This always hits the spot. I love the spicy kick to it, but its not overpowering. I haven't been around long enough to have tried the original, but I really don't care. This is a masterpiece in my opinion. From the smell in the tin, to the room note to the coolest tin on the market. This is the one I think about all day and crave at night. Wish I could smoke it all day long at work! If you haven't tried this, you really need to. Its a gem and it will always be in my rotation. Have a few tins stashed away to cellar, but it may be hard not to get into them early. Cheers!

Pipe Used: all

Age When Smoked: <1 year

4 people found this review helpful.

BigNick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigNick (36)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Very first Latakia blend! It seems that many of my "firsts" in regards to tobacco are Dunhill blends. I've wanted to try it for a while now, so I ordered it and I have to say, I wish I started out with a Latakia blend. I really love strong and sweet Virginias found in Early Morning Pipe, but Latakia has a completely different texture and this blend really opened my eyes. The tin...is so cool, it just fucking is. The smell in the tin is hardy and kinda bitter, like really dark chocolate. I have created a routine while smoking this blend. Since I received it I only smoke it in my Falcon straight stem, at night, after school as it gets cold outside. Maybe it's the name, or the tin, I don't know but that's my ritual. When smoking, I notice the smokey flavor right away. It's not entirely overpowering, but it seems to be the dominate flavor initially. Then it mellows and gets somewhat mild and smoother mid-bowl. Towards the end it is consistently intricate. The "spicy" comes into play with the smokey flavor, and a touch of tangy completes it. I was expecting a little more vitamin N. I really found this blend to be quite smooth. When I started pipe smoking I kept looking and looking for that "something stronger" and I had found it in Dunhill's EMP, but only temporarily. I think Latakia is that something stronger and Nightcap really just expands on flavor. Very happy, highly recommend!!!!

Pipe Used: CPF Calabash, Falcon straight stem

Age When Smoked: 3 days

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

Canicus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Canicus (7)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

My first 'taste' of a Dunhill blend - quality from tin aroma to final puff. I like English and Balkan blends - and Latakia too - and this blend would be on the 'mild side' in terms of latakia for my taste - however, it has exquisite balance, the taste of the Virginias, Perique, and Turkish is nicely balanced by the latakia. It's a relaxing smoke with smooth taste and consistency throughout. If it has potential to bite, I didn't notice, and I truly enjoyed this. Will be a regular part of my rotation and will have me trying additional Dunhill blends that I read so much about on these boards.This is an excellent intro to English blends, and a satisfying smoke to those already 'anglicized'. Everyone should give this a try - quality for the price and a blend I'll often smoke. Very Highly Recommended!

4 people found this review helpful.

thecigarslob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thecigarslob (2)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

This was the first non aromatic tobacco I purchased. When I first opened the tin I was taken aback by the strong campfire smell which I now know is the latakia. After a couple bowls I began to really enjoy the taste of this stuff. I really enjoy the punch of nicotine that accompanies as well. A stiff drink or strong craft brew and a bowl of Nightcap and I'm about as relaxed as can be. Not something I'd smoke everyday but I'll certainly make sure to always have a tin in my cellar.

4 people found this review helpful.

John Frum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
John Frum (15)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Well into my first tin of this, and I can see what the shouting is about. No smoke without fire, so to speak. I thought MM965 was good, but this, for me, is even better. Strong, too, and this is how I like it. I've found quite a few English blends fail to satisfy in the nic department, such as Squadron Leader, which is otherwise fine. Nightcap needs a bit of drying to be at it's best, I think, & it's nice to smoke in the late evening, so as far as I'm concerned it does exactly what it says on the tin. Four stars.

4 people found this review helpful.

The Happy Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Happy Piper (14)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

So far I've smoked a few Latakia-based blends and most have been quite one-dimensional to my taste. Frogmorton is of course deliberately one-dimensional and a gift for the home blender, but offerings such as 965 have quickly tired my palate. The addition of Turkish tobacco comes at a big risk- London Mixture is a classic case-in-point; thin, sharp and unpleasant, this Turkish-heavy blend gets right into my sinuses like a lemon-drop steeped in cider vinegar. Nightcap, however, seems to get the balance right. The proportions of the differing tobaccos are very well considered, resulting in a piquant yet full-bodied smoke which rewards hard puffing with unctious billows of full-flavoured smoke, yet is tasty enough to sip when engaged in something else. It is satisfying in the nicotine dept without resorting to baking off everything good about a natural product, with no discernible topping and a general feeling of completeness and harmony which many blenders would be advised to take note of. It is a bit to handle the first few bowls, but after a while one gets used to the assertiveness and starts to look forward to settling in with a bowl of Nightcap and a good book/movie.

4 people found this review helpful.

Gunnar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gunnar (9)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This is what I call a "full bodied English blend"! Probably the best of all the good English blends available. Much has been written about this blend, and there is not much I can add. The mouth feel I get is very similar to dark chocolate, I just love it!

4 people found this review helpful.

pandabearzx2 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pandabearzx2 (18)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Very Pleasant

I have to say, I expected based on the reviews for there to me more latakia in this blend. That being said, I like this tobacco. The smoke tastes very good, and it has just the right amount of some sweetness to it. I would have liked a little mor latakia in it myself for an english, but I have to say not a bad smoke at all. It makes a very good nightcap, as the name suggests. I get a lot of good comments on it as well.

4 people found this review helpful.

Fly ticky Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fly ticky (26)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Well its very well covered from all the reviews.If you can still get a tin give it shot.Its very potent,but pleasant also.

4 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

This blend is touted as one of Dunhill's strongest. Dunhill doesn't lie. It is a powerful concoction and wickedly so. I can easily review this blend for those of you who have smoked 965. Just turn up the flavor 7 notches and throw in a bit of perique, and you have instant Nightcap!

The older, Royal Warrant with tails tins are highly sought after for good reason, the years of aging has smoothed the elements to the point where each puff is a heavenly experience. Strength, flavor and thick, creamy smoke will take you to Heaven's door!

The 1995-through-2005 Murray's version is quite tasty, too. Just not as forgiving on the palate.

4 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (301)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

In a word: stunning.

The richness of its aroma is complex, rewarding and always different from the beginning to the end of the bowl. There's always something new to discover!

Some say it is TOO strong: well, it is (if smoked for the whole day you might feel a bit "nauseated" by its richness), but in a good way. It is not too aggressive and shocking to the palate, just very very rich tasting (albeit in a subtle way, not as evident and open-faced as London Mixture or My Mixture 965).

Perfect to be smoked slowly, enjoying every puff!

ANYWAY, it isn't a tobacco that I would smoke every day. Its spiciness and "incense" taste make it rather heavy if smoked too much. London Mixture and 965 are even tastier, but their taste is less prone to leave nauseated even on repeated smokings during the same day.

I personally tend to have always a tin of Nightcap at home, but I only smoke it a couple of times a week.

UPDATE February 2004: Like 965, I feel (and someone agrees with me) that also Nightcap is slowly becoming a pale shadow of its former self. Nowadays we have a very strong, nicotinic mixture heavy on the perique. It's stuff that can cause sweat and nausea (while I could smoke the old version without big problems), but the main problem is that not only the taste did not get stronger... actually it has become weaker! Every tin that I smoked in the last months was bland in taste: still heavy on the mouth and incense-like, but lacking depth and true notes of distinction. You can't even feel the Latakia and orientals distinctly: GLPease makes much better blends in this style!

Smoke it fast after opening the tin, because it becomes even worse after a few days.

I sincerely hope to find Nightcap at its former quality in the future... but I don't have much faith left...

UPDATE 2012 The new Orlik version seems less strong than the last years of Murray production, and can now be smoked (in small bowls) without too much fear of making the room spin around you. Taste has become slightly more pleasant, less dull and cardboardy, but still no match to the version of 15 years ago (or older). It has lost complexity, refinement, and that unique exotic spiciness and fullness. Decent, but I'm not eager to buy another tin... Still too heavy and unrefined, not as fragrant as a heavy latakia mixture should be, still unsubtle: the old late '90s versions were even heavier, but also much more elegant. Of the new Orlik versions of Dunhill latakia blends, I'll stick to London Mixture and, once in a while, Standard Mixture: both not as legendary as their older incarnations, but very decent on their own.

4 people found this review helpful.

Amsteracqua Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Amsteracqua (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

For me this is a English Blend for excellence. I tasted another english blends, but any other was like this. In the first time i smoked this excellent blend, it knock-me with only 1/3 of the bowl (look this...), with the time and more tins I learned how to smoke this tobacco and it grew up... I always have at least 1 tin on my cellar. This was my first english blend.

3 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (62)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have to say I have never had the pleasure of trying the old Murray version of this and I do wish I could. That said, this is my new benchmark for lat/per blends. Absolutely wonderful. At the match I get lat. Smokey, earthy, a little leather. Depending on the pipe at some point the orientals take over a little. I really like it in a group 3 Dublin I have that has a very wide chamber despite its size. The orientals really sing after the first 1/3 of the bowl. They are musty, flowery and a little sweet. The VA adds depth and a little more sweetness. Most blends like this I find myself saying this is a very good blend but I wish I was just a little sweeter. Not so here! Perfect for me. The perique adds a little raisin and dried fruit note that is always trailing the lat and orientals but I can pick it out. Often perique is used to tame a big lat blend and it is more felt than tasted but here I can really pick it out on the retro-hale. I wish I had not waited so long to open this tin. I will be ordering lbs. in bulk for long term storage.

Age When Smoked: 2 yrs 8 mo

3 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (48)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is almost the perfect tobacco. Usually when a blend had latakia, virginia and perique there is too much going on and the blender can't pull it off. Well it works here. The flavors play against each other like a symphony of smoke. Possibly my favorite of all time.

3 people found this review helpful.

Mr Bob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr Bob (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

sorry I have put my review in wrong place, (well am a Newbie) Hear we go again LOL My first Maiden Journey have so far blown anything away NightCap is fantastic when i compare to all the aromatics and Universty Flake whikey Flake Spitfire all the cherries sweet killarney connisours choice list is endless But Nightcap blows them all away thats the point, I think I was trying to please her indoors thus being only then able to enjoy a bowl of whatever, anyhow have decided I can not put nightcap down, have had a heart issue for past 3 years Ishmic heart deceas so have to listen my own body i WOULD LIKE some feed back if possible, I stopped the pipe for 4 years but found with the pain I also have its only eased without powerful opiods if i SMOKE THE PIPE no more than 2 or 3 bowls a day keep this one shorter than the original only to wish all well smoke in peace live in peace kind regards Mr Bob. ps/ " I understand the anti lobbist community's mentality" my reason I guess for making mention my health issues I consider myself a rational person and understand the medical views as being in part Valid, However the up side to the benifits of relaxing in total that only a pipe or two can give me personally are far greater in my opinion... ALL THINGS IN MODERATION i think is the key to spending one's life as happily as possible, or if one is fuiled by the fear's of what a society can inflict on you then one must be prepared to live in abject misrey untill shaking of that mortal coil so to speak after all we all must depart ONEDAY..untill then enjoy and live in peace with your pipe.

Pipe Used: Peterson's

Age When Smoked: prob about 1 year

Purchased From: Miss Morrows Belfast UK

Similar Blends: My very first maiden Journey however so far has blown away the dozens of mixtures aromatics spitfire black cherry sweet killarney connisours choice the list would go on..

3 people found this review helpful.

inthewoodspiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
inthewoodspiper (5)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is my favorite Dunhill offering and very pleasing as a late night send you off to dreamland treat. Highly recommended English blend that I plan to keep in the rotation.

3 people found this review helpful.

Kentishman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kentishman (6)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

I recently switched from cigarettes to pipe smoking for various reasons, not least of which was that for all the hounding a tobacco enjoyer now receives you may just as well hang for a better quality of experience than just vitamin N.

Having received a nice little starter pipe kit with a selection of half a dozen tobaccos I soon found that flavoured tobacco was not for me, aromatics pleased the family but were not for me, but I enjoyed a full, English blend. Perusing online soon pointed the way to this site as the widest and fullest guide for a novice, and being an Englishman was immediately inexorably drawn to the Dunhill reviews, albeit I already knew that the brand is no longer directly associated with the company.

Nightcap seemed to be the recommendation for someone who liked a meatier experience. I wasn't disappointed. As a newcomer the pipe was easy to fill, I found no need to dry the mix and it lit easily and smoked evenly from the first bowl from the tin. I appreciated the nicotine, feeling not even the slightest twitch to inhale as a recent cigarette smoker. If you are more adverse to a big nicotine punch be warned. It gave me a big Latakia lesson as a starter and I have to say it was so enjoyable I was left with a rather numb tongue the following day as I smoked 4 bowls after dinner over a couple of hours.

So, as much as a novice's opinion is worth, it was the 7th tobacco I had tried and not any of the first 6 came within a country mile of touching the quality. I can see why the blend is so named. Despite a switch from cigs recently, it's not a blend I would want during the day, much rather a post dinner luxury. I will enjoy working through as many other blends as the most excellent local tobacconist can provide and hopefully post some more enlightened reviews in the future. I do feel, however, this blend may be tough as a yard stick to beat.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: Newly purchased

3 people found this review helpful.

JuanOrez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JuanOrez (7)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

There isn't much to say after all these reviews. What I will say is that this is one of my "go to" English blends. It's full, strong and creamy. It truly is legendary and gets my vote for one of the best blends I've tried. Give it a shot, it's delicious.

Pipe Used: Trever Talbert bulldog

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: SmokingPipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

cigarcohiba Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cigarcohiba (24)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Extraordinary, rich taste. An english blend that gives off its oriental, latakia taste to its best. A very balanced tobacco giving a constant and steady taste.

3 people found this review helpful.

Bigdadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bigdadz (33)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

This is a review of the Murray's Nightcapt, which in my opinion is a Latakia Masterpiece. I would have to say that this is the fullest and richest of the dunhill blends I have tried. It is strong, leathery and the spiciness offered by the perique is delectable and can be felt tingling the nostrils.

A slow burning tobacco that is truly a luxury blend.

I do enjoy smoke it anytime of the day. But really, this is a blend to be savoured in tranquility, and I enjoy it best when the kids are asleep.

I have tried the Orlik variety, and although not bad, it just doesn't have that signature dunhill strength and intense flavour.

Age When Smoked: 15 years

3 people found this review helpful.

DEN-C1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DEN-C1956 (29)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

ok...this is my first 50g tin of 'nightcap' and i must say that its rather nice...easy to light and to keep alight..easy going and a nice aroma...im going to be getting more of this, but im going to try 'early moring pipe' as well. NC has lived up to what i was expecting and im not disapointed, very nice indeed.

3 people found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (577)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Murray did this much better. I think there is a Black cav. additive to this as well as the listed ingredients. It seemed less flavorful than I remember, less nutty, woody and the perique seemed to make this a bit harsh. All in all not a terrible experience, but I won't be purchasing again.

3 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (721)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Strong

Complex, rich, and strong with the perfect amount of spicy perique, it gives a great nic hit. The Virginias are grassy and noticeable, but they take a backseat to the latakia. If there was more of it present, I think it'd wreck the smokey,woodsy full flavor you're looking for. The Oriental/Turkish adds some smoky woodiness. Is it different than the Murray's blend? It seems about the same to me and I enjoy it very much. Just make sure you have a nice drink with it as you savor the experience of such a premium blend. Burns well without any dull or harsh spots and hardly leaves a drop of moisture.

3 people found this review helpful.

LorenG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LorenG (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

For me, Nightcap is the quintessential English blend. I kept trying other blends, and found enjoyable ones, but this was my every day smoke for 2½ years. Should have had the foresight to stock up. My score for room note is a guess. I don't smoke indoors.

3 people found this review helpful.

Fofo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fofo (81)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

I originally gave this blend 4 stars but I am now having to down grade it to 3 stars. After trying other blends I realized that, in their modern incarnations, Dunhill blends are all hype. The quality just isn't there. I am beginning to wonder if, though famous, Dunhill blends are no longer available in the U.S. due to pipe smokers favoring other more complex blends.

Personally, I enjoyed this blend very much, but I have found GL Pease blends to be of higher quality and a lot more suitable to my tastes.

I shamelessly admit to smoking pound after pound of this blend, but after my palate was trained to appreciate the subtleties of high quality tobacco this stuff just doesn't cut it anymore.

I will give this blend 3 stars just out of generosity since I have fond memories of it. If I would have tried this after trying some of the stuff I've been smoking lately I would have to give it 2 stars. Nowdays, when I want something loaded with Latakia I turn to GL Pease Abingdon, a much more balanced and complex offering.

3 people found this review helpful.

Eonwe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eonwe (22)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is my most favorite tobacco in the world. In my opinion it doesnt really get any better than this. the nicotine content is great for a nice jolt anytime of the day. Im a big fan of the campfire aroma from the latakia, and that soft punch in face from the perique makes me think that they should call it "10'oclock in the morning-cap" because this really hits you, like a strong coffee, then scoots you through the rest of the day. your not gonna get many dates smoking this around chicks though, as the smell is rather strong. I like smoking this in the car with the windows up and seeing how long it takes for the passenger to complain...which isnt very long...ha ha!!! I found packing this to be extreemly easy, and lighting was no issue. the latakia seemed to grow as the bowl burned on, while the perique's pressence was felt more in the nicotine blast, than in the actual flavor. Im having trouble finding this stuff locally here in MA. i have heard rumors of limited production, but who knows...Im currently hoarding as many tins as I can, so when that black day comes, when the nightcap factory shuts its doors for the last time, I can sit in a darken room and laugh as I smoke the finest pipe weed in the land...ha ha!!!!

3 people found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

As you'd guess by the name, this is the most perfect smoke to close a day. The two main reasons: high nicotine content and the most sublime aftertaste in any tobacco. After a big bowl, I enjoy that after taste for hours, and I usually don't feel like smoking anymore (I smoke 3-5 bowls a day).

The Virginias on this baccy are topnotch. When I'm craving for latakia, I go for Odyssey; when I want a ride to paradise, I go for Nightcap or Penzance. They are nothing alike, but they hit the zone just as often.

If I'd smoke one bowl a day, half of the times it would be Nightcap.

3 people found this review helpful.

haredawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
haredawg (46)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I really love this website. More than taste tests, more than tin labels, this site helps me find a higher level of joy in the whole pipe smoking experience. I find most reviews, even ones I disagree with, to be more reliable than even my own palate. My palate is an emotional thing and the taste of the tobacco can be affected by surroundings or mood, it?s like the difference between drinking 18 y/o GlenMorangie from a cut crystal rock glass after a steak dinner with a beautiful woman and the city of roses lit below the picture frame window or drinking from the same bottle through a beer bong at a frat party.

That said my initial reaction to Nightcap was So What? I had brought along a Pete System pipe weaned on Dunhill 985 and Squadron Leader and tested Nightcap with it in the store. This place was mainly a head shop in the not too distant past and though they?ve expanded and beautified their humidor and now have a huge selection of pipe tobacco, and have a testing area with overstuffed leather chairs and coffee, the clientele is still pretty much head shop. So I self consciously tested night cap and kept feeling to make sure my wallet was still in my coat.

It?s hard to hurt yourself puffing on a Pete anxiously, but it does wreck havoc with taste and subtly of the experience to puff away, sort of like being offered a cork to sniff in a slaughter house. I bought a few ounces of night cap anyhow, because the aroma and the feel of it seemed like it should be good. I forgot about it for a week, then tried it this morning after a bracing walk with my two lovable albeit strong pit bulls.

Something about the warmth of a bracing walk, a rare non rainy day in January in Oregon and two satisfied lazing about dogs enhanced the hell out of the Nightcap experience. I?m not a huge Latakia fan but when I want it, I want it. Nightcap has a stronger clearer note of Latakia campfire than 965, almost perfect for the right mood or I?m content with how close to perfect.

As many wiser and seasoned reviewers have said before me, it?s not going to be to the tastes of a new initiate to the wonders of English blends, and if I had to advise such a beast I?d steer them gently elsewhere, perhaps Dunhill?s early morning or SG?s squadron leader .

3 people found this review helpful.

Satc001 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Satc001 (64)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

I was extremely excited to try this old favorite. However, I ended up being rather disappointed. Upon opening the tin, I was presented with a lovely aroma. I absolutely loved the tin aroma of this tobacco. But when I started packing my pipe, I discovered that the cut of the tobacco is rather uneven, lots of big particles. Upon lighting up I was met with a nice full english blend. At first I really was enjoying it, but as the bowl progressed I found that it lacked smoothness and the nuances I generally like in english blends.This was a heavy latakia blend that is simply harsh and simple minded, because Penzance and Odyssey are so much better and just as readily available, I can't recommend it.

Update: I am upgrading this. The above review was for the tinned version which simply did not give me much pleasure. However, determined to give this classic a new try I bought a sample of it in bulk. This hardly seemed like the same tobacco, but was a very good smoke! It is rich and smokey with latakia. While the other tobaccos were pretty much over powered it did deliver a smooth campfire like flavor that I found I really liked. Then I noticed a slight sharp raisin-pepper overtone, could it be, oh my it is, the perique! This is recommended in bulk form as I found it to be rather enjoyable.

3 people found this review helpful.

tacoeatingzebra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tacoeatingzebra (36)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Nightcap is one of my standards, but what I think would enhance is just a little more perique. Sometimes the latakia overpowers the perique a bit much and sometimes the flavors seem to bleed together quite nicely.

This blend goes beautifully with a nice, strong dark cup of coffee, especially a sumatra sourced coffee. It's also a great after dinner smoke. I would give it four stars had I not discovered Penzance.

Update: I've been smoking Nightcap on and off for about two years, but the latest batch of bulk that I got at my B&M has been absolutely magical. I've got a Nording freehand that has quite a substantial bowl and frequently load it up when taking our dogs for a longer than usual walk. My wife has even commented on the spicy aroma, as have a few innocent bystanders. Unusual for Nightcap, of course... there are notes of clove, cinnamon and cardamom that weave themselves through the rich, dense smokiness.

Second Update: I bumped this one up to four stars. Another couple of batches of bulk and the flavor is bursting from each one. The spices I mention above along with cedar and pine. I daydream about this stuff and when I grow out my beard, I must admit to enjoying the fact that the aroma clings to it.

3 people found this review helpful.

OPCguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OPCguy (46)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Nightcap - indeed my favorite and the most creamiest nicotine rendezvous I have had. Each puff reveals a perfect mix of the various weeds that go into this rich blend, you can taste all three each puff very nicely and evenly. Eventually, the creamy billows of nicotine cast a droopy gaze upon my face which whispers that I arrived at the threshold of relaxation...my goodness this is good stuff! Don't be put off by the reputation of Nightcap, this is one of the first pipe tobakys I ever tried...respect it for what it is and the Cap will shower its treasures upon you...one of the best cans one could open. Nightcap will always be in my daily fill.

Nightcap is also good to blend with other milder favorites of yours if they are just missing a little punch. I find some of the Frogs could use a little kick and Nightcap blends with them well and stays in the background but supplies the extra punch I look for, if blended carefully.

P.S. The variance of the nice nicotine punch will vary from smoker to smoker and eventually become near non-existant eventually. I'm thinking you can liven this up again with Samuel Gawith's Black Rope XX =)

3 people found this review helpful.

Paul Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul (4)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

The mighty Nightcap. When I took up pipesmoking last year I moseyed my way to this site and found the review on this product. Needless to say I wanted to try it. It was the 2nd tinned tobacco I tried (my folks scored me a tin of McClellands 2002 Christmas Cheer). Having never tried latakia, much less knowing how to pronounce it, at first I was overwhelmed. Now my eyes narrow and I wonder when I will have some more.

This has been my go-to blend since that first tin. I usually can get it at a great price ($5.99) and thus far I have yet to encounter the bad tin that people so warn us about.

Even if I wasn't a fan of this, I would recommend anyone to give it a try. It is stout, the wife probably won't like it, so you have been warned. The taste is what counts thought, it is smokey, leathery, and creamy from start to near the end. As you get towards that bottom, that sour parique arrives providing some extra zip to it. Remarkable.

I have tried other Dunhill offerings and they cannot hold a candle to this wonderful blend. It is always there in the pinch so to speak. To me this might be the perfect mixture. Although of course I will continue to look elsewhere in search of the holy grail of pipeweed, I think the little fellow in the back of my mind is trying to tell me I have already found it. So stop reading and go pick up a tin.

3 people found this review helpful.

bigjonburley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigjonburley (64)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Fortunately, I was exposed to both 965 and Nightcap in my first expiramentation in the worlsd of pipe smoking. I was 19 yrs old and staying in London for an extended period when my pipe smoking adventure first began. I was taken to the Dunhill shop in London by a gentlemen I met at the American University in London. His name was James Spivey, and I owe my love and dedication to robust blends to him alone. I'm so greatful that he let me on to the wonderful essence of Latakia because had I gone the aromatic route in the beginning, I probably wouldn't be a brother of the briar today. Now, six years later, this is still the masterpiece that I go back to time and time again. I smoke other full strength English blends only to compare the different textures to what I view as blending perfection. Many others are illustrious in their own respect but none hold a candle to Nightcap. All that I can think to say has already been said in the reviews above, so I will spare you the redundancy. This is the cream of the crop. Pure yourself a cup of Turkish coffee, light this one up, and be taken away to the heavens.

3 people found this review helpful.

MozzMann Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MozzMann (32)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Well here it is! The "Velvet Hammer" has showed its face to me and Ace! Well between me and my smokin partna, we thought it wasnt as rough as the reviews that it got. Its a strong English smoke, dont get me wrong, but it can be handled. The latakia is a one two punch with the perique. I thought it had some bite at first. The roomnote reminded me of Church when they burn the incense. But I new that was not where I was. All in all, it wasnt as bad as The Boston Red Sox (Lets go Yanks!) but it did give me a slight buzz after smokin. If your a strict aromatic smoker, stay away, stay far away..but I dont mind playin my hand at cards with different tobaccos. I will keep this in my stock as well as E.M.P and Mixture 965 when I buy them. Its not a bad smoke people. Its not a smoke to have before going to bed, why they say that, I have no idea, it wakes you up, more then put you to sleep! Oh well. Enjoy it my good men! PIP PIP nite ole chap! M.O.Z.Z.M.A.N.N

3 people found this review helpful.

vmalloc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vmalloc (10)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

Ah, Nightcap. Love it or hate it, it's the full english that all others are compared by.

I happen to love it. It's a rich and meaty smoke, full of latakia (something that I would have loathed in my early pipesmoking days, but now can't get enough of). People say it's strong - it is (in terms of taste and nicotine) but I seem to have some kind of tolerance to high nicotine pipe tobacco: I smoked a Punch cigar that made me sick for hours, but Nightcap doesn't exactly blow me away or anything. Perhaps I've developed a tolerance, which is fine because it means I can enjoy this blend more often.

Taste-wise it's great. It has all the spiciness of EMP, with plenty of Latakia shoveled on, and a hint of peppery perique with the tastes randomly changing. Overheating produces a bad taste, but fortunately it's difficult to overheat and maintains a generally cool smoke (even for my standards). I bought it in bulk and it seemed a little dry to me, so I'm not sure if that was the way it normally is out of a tin. But if this is the worst of Nightcap, the best of Nightcap has to be downright incredible.

One thing I've noticed with this blend is that tamping it destroys the taste for me. Maybe it's a personal thing, but I just thought I'd point that out. I set it up really well on the first light, so that I don't have to do a relight.

This along with Old Ironsides are the two full english blends I've tried, and of the two I find Nightcap to be more rich and enjoyable. I recall seeing a tin of Durbar at the local tobacco shop, maybe I should start investing more in these rich, wonderful blends. 3.5 stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Appearance: A slighly broad ribbon cut, mostly dark colors. Ribbons are quite uniform, typical Dunhill attention to detail

Aroma: Lots of Latakia, not much else to my nose.

Packing: Packs easily in most pipes, group 3 and up.

Lighting: Typical lighting procedure, not too quick or too slow.

Initial flavor: Just like it smells, lots of smokey Latakia, with some slightly sweet Va flavor.

Mid-bowl: Not very complex, just the two flavors changing intensity slightly as they interact. Dry and cool, and not too sensitive to puffing rate. There is some nicotine strength here, so it?s best in the evening.

Finish: Nice, clean finish. No tendency to get harsher at the end, and no wet dottle.

Summary: An excellent blend, if you?re a Latakia junkie. If you need more latakia than this, try either Penzance or an IV drip.

3 people found this review helpful.

flakeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flakeman (13)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

As the weather here has been a touch cooler here over the last few days - I thought something with a bit of weight might be nice and rummaging through the tobacco cupboard I came across a tin of Nightcap which has probably been maturing here for a year or two. I haven't smoked this blend in some time, but after smoking a bowl or two I wonder - why did I leave it so long, for this is a very fine tobacco indeed. When I smoke Latakia blends the one that I always use as the yardstick is My Mixture 965, because this for me is the definitive English blend. I have to say that Nightcap comes very close. It does not have quite the superb balance of 965, or it's softness or super tin aroma, but it is a very satisfying smoke, a touch fuller than 965 and with a little more harshness in the bottom third of the pipe, perhaps due to the Perique. The Perique never dominates however and it is perhaps this ingredient that gives the extra fullness and weight to the blend. The thing that always strikes me about these Dunhill blends is simply the high quality of the leaf used - especially the Latakia and in this respect Nightcap is no exception, the tobaccos here are straight out of the top drawer. As usual my wife hates the room note when I smoke Latakia and after her fussing around with plug-in air fresheners for a bit, I moved onto the back porch and have just spent the most relaxing and satisfying hour that I have experienced all week. Thanks Dunhill, thanks Nightcap. If you like "English" you'll love this one.

3 people found this review helpful.

Eurocrat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eurocrat (2)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

The tobacco that has everything. An extremely generous dose of Latakia, and enough Perique to make its presence felt. However, it's just too strong for my taste, even though I generally prefer strong flavours. The nicotine content was just right for me while I was transitioning from cigarettes to pipes, but would probably be a bit too much for me now.

The one piece of advice I have to anyone who smokes this tobacco (which I heartily recommend to anyone who loves strong English mixtures) - the tin art is beautiful, but deceptive. It's called Nightcap, and has a picture of a starry sky, a candle and an actual nightcap on the label. So it must be good for before bed, right? Wrong! I once smoked a small bowl of this before going to bed, and I would honestly have slept better after a large pot of coffee.

Pipe Used: Peterson Churchwarden

Purchased From: Le Roi du Cigare, Brussels

2 people found this review helpful.

TXBulldog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TXBulldog (3)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a tobacco with great balance. It is smooth, rich, and is magic on the palate. Enough complexity that it hooks you from beginning to end. A tobacco to be truly enjoyed by any smoker - unless you have an absolute disdain for latakia. I see why everyone gives kudos to this one. It's truly deserving. If you haven't given this one a try, you really need to give it a shot. It is bound to please with the various nuances it offers. An outstanding smoke.

Pipe Used: La Strada Bulldog, red point - austrian

Age When Smoked: less than 6 mos.

Purchased From: P&C

2 people found this review helpful.

Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (29)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

Fantastic smoke, very popular. It's all been said. Definitely worthy of the the title velvet hammer. Very full, round and delicious. Very smooth and voluminous smoke. Let it breath in a jar for best results. Not for beginners.

Pipe Used: Half bent chacom, rattrays butcher boy

Age When Smoked: New in tin, left in jar

Purchased From: Most tobacconists

2 people found this review helpful.

Noodle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noodle (5)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Unnoticeable

If carlsberg made pipe tobacco........ Not much more to say except it is better once opened and then left in a jar for a few months My first choice of tobacco any time of the day

Pipe Used: Every one I own

Age When Smoked: From new to two years

Purchased From: Turmeaus

2 people found this review helpful.

Joeray Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joeray (61)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Definitely no doubt this is a great blend. Since I love VaPer and English, Dunhill nightcap is the most must be listed at must have and favorite list. 1st open smell is nice, I can smell sweet virginia and spicy oriental with a good amount of perique, hint of raisin and plum smells sooo good. At mixture cut, it easy to pack and the moisture level is quite good.

The problem about this blend is need a good charing light, without good charing light is rather difficult to light and keep the light on. I'm using wooden match to give charing light and for re-light and the result is great. Great smokes with a sweet smokey fruity scent fullfill my mouth and gives nice spiciness and peppery taste at tongue and nose, and it increase getting stronger when reach half bowl and better at near bottom.

Is easy to draw and the smokes is great if you make a right packing. I draw it smooth and slow and keep the smoke at my mouth for little while to enjoy the taste and it is fantastic. And I often do french smokes to feel the nice hit of Nic and the kick is just at the right size, not too slow neither too strong, just a pleasant and mellow that made my butt feels so heavy to leave my smoking chair.

This is just a great blend, more tasty and stronger then My Mixtures 965 (that I also love it). I'm sure will buy this stuff again and put it at my cellar. Is just need 8 days to finish a tin of 1.5oz and I will give a try for the bulk if it is available.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Milano Deluxe 111 KS

Age When Smoked: fresh and 1 year

2 people found this review helpful.

KingOfNY Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KingOfNY (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

I first smoked Nightcap 13 years ago when I first started smoking a pipe. One of my pipe mentors so to speak smoked it as his all day blend. He gave me a bowl and said you aren't ready for this yet but give it a try. I loved it. I was a pack a day smoker until I picked up the pipe. The nicotine content didn't bother me at all. In fact I rather enjoy that about this blend.

I don't smoke and try tons of different tobaccos. I like strong English blends. I smoked blend after blend until I found one that contained all the attributes I look for in an all day smoke. Strong, full bodied, creamy, burns slow and even and smells amazing. This is the one that satisfies all. LONG LIVE NIGHTCAP!!

Pipe Used: Various Danish Freehands

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (283)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Dunhill Nightcap. This really is a very relaxing Tobacco and would make a great 'late evening' smoke complimented with a good tipple of your choice as it really does implore you to relax ! The igniting is undemanding and does not necessitate re-lighting . The actual smoke has a sublime velvety quality to it and is more than substantial in its depth of flavour . You can detect the different constituents of tobaccos and it seems to be of an impeccable equilibrium in the balance . I can also smoke the entire bowl without any bite as it seems to be very mitigating in that department ! The room note is nothing special but not offensive . Very enjoyable .

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

2 people found this review helpful.

Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Nothing makes for a better day than ending it with a pipe of Nightcap and a cup of decaf coffee. Such bold strong flavors. The brilliant use of virginia and perique tobaccos add the perfect amount of spice and sweetness to this smoky latakia blend. A perfect bouquet of flavors to close out your evening. A fantastic classic blend.

Pipe Used: Nording Bent Billiard

2 people found this review helpful.

krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (139)
★★★★
Strong Medium Medium Tolerable

After much thought about this much reviewed blend, I decided to take the plunge and see if it was worth all the high praise. Indeed it is. This blend has a very nice kick of nicotine that comes at you after about a third of a bowl into it. Not quite as heavy a hitter as 1792 was for me, but not too far behind it either. The components come together to make a great blend. The room note will scare away most people, but that just gives me more to enjoy. It lights up easily enough and stays lit with no effort at all. It burns down nicely to an ash with no gurgle even hinted at by this great blend. The moisture level right out of the tin was spot on for me, which only adds points for me. This warrants another 4 star entry with a high recommendation for all to try.

2 people found this review helpful.

WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (48)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable

This used to be, long ago, one of my favorites. I'm not going to complain about it not being the smoke it used to be, as far as I'm concerned, since my return to the pipe, Nightcap tastes the same as it did—perhaps slightly sharper, but aging this stuff should take the edge off. Back in the old days I had a higher tolerance for nicotine, but no longer. That, then, is my chief complaint with this blend, today. Way too much nicotine. I love Nightcap's full flavor, but the whomp it gives me really turns me off. I cut my tin with some Early Morning Pipe, that seemed to dumb it down a bit, but, still, there's a nicotine kick that refuses to be tamed. In summation, a great taste, a classic taste, but too strong for me now.

Cheers!

Pipe Used: Jobey Stromboli

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

Umlilo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Umlilo (5)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

To be smoked sitting down pondering the world at large with time to enjoy it.

Having smoked the early morning blend I had to try this and it was great. From the other reviews I thought this would be over powering and harsh to a new smoker but it was nice and smooth, thick smoke with no bite whatsoever. I also expected quite a head rush with the nicotine but not so - just a gradual mellow, the flavour was great and in time I will come to learn more about. No strange after taste at all.

It smokes cleanly right through with a fine ash. I think this will be my base stronger blend to compare others against......what next?

2 people found this review helpful.

crrbassman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crrbassman (9)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I returned to pipe smoking about a month ago after an approx. 10-year hiatus.

As with when I first started smoking pipes regularly about 18 years ago, I bandied about with several aro's that the local tobacconist suggested and didn't really care for any of them (Edward's Black Watch being the only exception).

I read many reviews of this blend after coming across this site and decided to try a tin of NC.

This tobacco made me remember why I love smoking pipes in the first place. Smooth, cool, no tongue bite and an absolutely relaxing smoking session every single time. Full, rich flavor and enough of a Nic Kick to keep it from being the all- day choice, but I'll always have some on hand.

An exceptional tobacco.

2 people found this review helpful.

Herr_Bumm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Herr_Bumm (4)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

When I started trying out English Mixtures, i got into the Dunhill Blends because they got pretty good reviews everywhere. First ones I tried were EMP and Standard Mixture. After a while i bought a tin of 965. Nightcap was often reviewed as "insanely strong", "only for experienced smokers" and so on, so I hesitated quite a while to get a tin, on the other hand I was getting really curious what all the fuzz was about. After opening the tin and smelling the tobacco I was like "Oh boy, what have I done...", since the aroma is, well, strong and somehow dark. Rich, smoky, tarry, a friend of mine even said it resembles smoked bacon. Moisture was a litte too much for me so I let it air for an hour. Packs easily (like all the Dunhills I've tried), burns well, smokes rather cool. Taste somehow resembles burning treeleaves and turf, the smoke is thick and full with (a pleasant) bitterness and somehow peppery, not much hidden sweetness. I smoke it out a straight Vauen of rather large bowl volume with Meerschaum-Filter and I did not get much of a Nicotine buzz, personally I would say it is a little stronger than 965. But nothing I would smoke right after breakfast, I must admit.

If you are into English Blends, this is a must-try. Together with 965 my favorite Dunhill so far.

2 people found this review helpful.

Hassan12345 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hassan12345 (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco is excellent. It burns well and the taste is nice for me.i recommend this tobacco to everyone specially to professional pipe smokers who want to enjoy smoking.!

2 people found this review helpful.

derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (67)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

Nothing really original to add here. It has been alright to me in these late summer evenings. It's a full bodied monster, probably as full as they get. I smoke it a couple of times a week and have enjoyed the taste this classic offers as a "nightcap". It leaves a terrible aftertaste and the room note is horrid but overall is good enough to pick up a tin to see if it trips your trigger. Not for everyone.

2 people found this review helpful.

P. A. Heseltine Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
P. A. Heseltine (4)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

We have the freedom to share our opinions here. My opinion is that this tobacco is one of the great standards by which others should be judged.

I find this tobacco to be my "fumée de vie".

Deep, rich flavor paired with an exceptional dose of Vitamin N. Complex and nuanced. Spicy yet a touch of sweetness. Guaranteed relaxation. Satisfying to body and soul.

For those who are new to piping, please take care. If you find this to be too strong, seal the tin and wait. Give it time. As your experience grows, you may come to appreciate the strength and maturity of this blend.

Lady Heseltine chooses to be elsewhere on the estate when I reach for this tobacco. And smoking this in public may not win you many friends, so be warned.

For my lady wife, relaxation is a warm bath, subtle perfume, and a full-body massage. That all seems like a waste of time to me. Rather, give me an hour and full pipe of Nightcap and I am a new man again.

2 people found this review helpful.

tomspeed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tomspeed (22)
★★★★
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

5 Star and super tasty tobacco.. I really love it .

2 people found this review helpful.

Glorfindel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Glorfindel (57)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Overwhelming Very Strong

UPDATE, 2-4-08: I put this tin away never expecting to try it again. I had smoked about 70% of the contents when I cellared it, which also made me feel sure I would never again smoke that tin given that excessive Oxygen exposure would make it even worse. Not so, I revisited this tobacco the last few days and it has mellowed wonderfully. No bite, even with moderate to fast puffing and rich, full, fragrant flavor. I think the air exposure of repeated openings of the tin - and then remaining sealed over the last few months helped the perique tone down and mesh well with the other tobaccos. I don't think I will purchase more Nightcap, as I have 2 more tins unopened, but I would recommend it (with reservations) to someone wanting a stronger blend on hand for times when the craving arises, as it does with me once in a blue moon.

This should NOT be someone's first "English" style blend when diversifying from aromatics or staright VAs.

2 stars.

ORIGINAL, 6-07: Yep, it's a very strong tobacco blend, not an everyday smoke, but perhaps it wasn't designed to be?

Tin Aroma was of spiced, hickory smoked cheese. Very odd I thought, but very intense.

Incredibly strong with a high nicotine content. Taste was strong and bitter, more bitter than I like - I can tolerate some bitterness, but this was distracting. 1/3rd of the way through, it developed an after taste like a stale cigar - very disappointing. I had trouble finding a pipe that likes this blend.

The Perique you say?

Well, after all I've heard of Perique, if this is what it's like it takes some getting used to, very intense flavor.

Harsh.

Sorry guys, not recommeded by me. One star. The harshness and concentrated nicotine are not my thing.

To each his own, enjoy.

2 people found this review helpful.

Gretschman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gretschman (1)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I'm writing this as I finish a nice bowl of the blend. I have mixed feelings on it... on one hand, I like it because it's like smoking an excellent cigar that doesn't leave a cigar smell in the room at all, and on the other hand... I'm smoking a pipe and it's leaving a cigar taste in my mouth where I'm wanting something more... tasty. It's defiantely a straightforward blend and leaves me with a good nicotine high, which I don't mind at all. It goes well with a good scotch or bourbon. It's something I COULD smoke every night and be fine with, but I find something a little more mild to be better in that scenario. I'm only recently getting in to English blends, and this is one of the better ones definately, but I'm much more a fan of Frog Mortons. It has a wonderful aroma that doesn't stay in clothes and is wonderful to come back to after a short outing after a smoke. The aftertaste is a bit cigarish and spicy. I've got some set aside in a jar waiting a couple months that I'll try later and see how it progresses. Hopefully it will take a bit of it's edge off. There's a lot of potential here, but some things are just keeping me back from really enjoying it.

The context in which I LOVE it is after a hearty dinner alongside a good drink and dessert.

=update=

It seems the more I smoke this tobacco the less and less I enjoy it. As I've let it age in it's jar it seems to get more and more cigar like. The tin aroma (er... jar aroma) is overwhelming and gross and has overpowered all the other tobaccos sitting in the cabinet with it. I've also noticed a stronger room note that I really don't like all that much. It seems the stuff I got was a lot better straight from the tin. I don't think it's for me.

2 people found this review helpful.

guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (34)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I wasn't around in the 1970's to develop the bias that many have for the older version of this stuff. I will say, however, that I enjoy this new version from time to time. It was the first English I smoked. The tin note is very smokey due to the fair amount of latakia that is present in this mixture. It also has a sweet, almost cognac-like aroma behind the smokiness and earthiness.

It packs well and lights up with one match. As far as flavor, the latakia definitely takes the lead with help from the Perique, which adds sweetness and zest. This blend has a reputation for being high in Vitamin N, but honestly I didn't find it to be strong at all (I have a high nicotine tolerance though, so beware). I enjoy the earthy, full-flavored tobacco taste on a cold winter morning (yes, I find it better in the morning). It will stay in my rotation, but it's not something I have cravings for. I enjoy other English blends much more, but it's worth having on hand.

Pipe Used: Sasieni, Golf, Brebbia

Age When Smoked: 5 months, fresh

Purchased From: JR Cigars, Statesville, NC

1 person found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (11)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

I am the only person that I know who can smoke this tobacco in the morning on a semi-empty stomach-that is, after a cup of tea and a few biscuits. Some 20 years ago, when I first tried this blend I thought "why call it Night Cap? Why not the Devil's Leaf? Or, perhaps, the Sailor's Cut?" Yes, I thought it was all that strong and powerful. Back in those days I was a regular with The Balkan Sobranie, so I thought I'd give it go. Not only I did not succeed in enjoying it, but that it made me sick too. How dreadful is that?

This tobacco does not bite at all, but I'd not call it "an easy smoke." This is, perhaps, my favourite Dunhill's in this range (Latakia based blends and mixtures), but the strong nicotine kick might put many off. It is even stronger than Royal Yacht, which is one of my staples and a mixture that I gladly enjoy in the morning as well. In my personal opinion, this tobacco smokes best outdoors in a rainy day as you stroll down the road. Just go down your favourite pond and feed the ducks on a full charge of it, and you'll know what I am talking about. Its earthy and nutty flavours will mix with that of the fallen leaves and compost to create an atmosphere you'll never forget. This tobacco builds up in strength as you go past every quarter of the bowl, going from medium to strong. Something I quite like about it is the fact I can smell it when I'm smoking, which is something you don't usually achieve with other blends and mixtures. In terms of its taste, the words that come up to your mind are "earthy, nutty, smoked, leathery, etc." It has a fair combination of black and gold leaf, but this is perhaps one of Dunhill's with more Latakia content.

If you are a Latakia lover, this tobacco will probably tick all the boxes for you. Common sense will tell you to start the day with Dunhill's Standard Mixture, then move on to Durbar and, finally, end the day with this when you are ready for your sleep. No, really, just take it with you into the woods and get a fire going before you go to sleep in your tent. Its high nicotine content will put you into this sleepiness and drowsy state that very few blends will achieve. The only problem I find with this rule is that I usually rotate my staples depending on how I feel, or what activity I am planning on doing, and not what time of the day it is. Just try it any time and see how you get on with it.

Pipe Used: Stanwell PS Collection 185

Age When Smoked: 1 year, perhaps

Purchased From: John Howlingsworth

Similar Blends: Standard Mixture, Durbar, Early Morning Pipe, London Mixture and Royal Yacht because of its high nicotine content..

1 person found this review helpful.

hedgehog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hedgehog (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Short version: a strong personality, utterly reliable, utterly itself.

Presentation: a fine, almost shaggy cut, with long ribbons, ranging in color from tan to brown to black, with a bit of stem here and there.

Pack and light: packs easily and lights even more easily, especially after several months cooling its jets in a mason jar.

The smoke: Young and new, Nightcap can seem all elbows and knees, jabbing you at one moment with salty perique, at another with asphaltic latakia, at still another with tart Virginias. Given just a little time in the the tin, and then out of the tin, to settle down, the blend finds its stride and it's easy street thereon out.

The strength here is one of its great attributes. Probably best consumed after a large meal for those still getting acquainted with it, Nightcap is one of the few tobaccos where the strength of flavor harmonizes perfectly with the strength of nicotine. When I want a bracing, invigorating thump of Vitamin N, and when I want a solid, well-orchestrated no-nonsense absorbing smoke, I reach for Nightcap.

What this blend shares with EMP and 965 is its complete dependability. I'm not referring to consistency from tin to tin, or between tin and bulk offerings. (A lot of people would have to smoke a lot more than I have to get a reliable bead on that.) Instead, there is in Orlik's versions of the Dunhill Big Three something rock-ribbed and immoveable about the consistency of the smoking experience from charring light to bitter end. There are no doubt many tobaccos capable with the perfect combination of age, humidification, pipe shape, weather, and celestial alignment, of producing more sublime smokes, but "My mistress when she walks, treads on the ground." Whatever pipe I smoke these tobaccos in, whether the tobacco is slightly dry or slightly moist, whether my aura is tumid or shriveled, whether the S&P is outperforming the Hang Seng, the smoke is always straightforward, balanced, bracing, and satisfying.

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

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Otis56 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Otis56 (15)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Strong

love this mixture, what can I say that has already not been said.the oriental and Virginia have an intoxicating effect in a bent billiard pipe. I find it almost drug like lol. The taste is med. Also has a wonderful mushroom like aroma with latkia in the tin.The smoke is rich and heavy. I find a lot going on with this blend. The orientals have the floral taste and smells that I so love. If you like nicotine and lots of Latakia this is a must try. Peace.

Pipe Used: Tripis freehand made in Canada

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: Ashton Artisian.

1 person found this review helpful.

huk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
huk (2)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Medium Pleasant

Tabaco bem forte devido a presença notória da nicotina, mas muito bom, principalmente acompanhado de um bom café... Acredito que os confrades que preferem os tabacos aromáticos, talvez não apreciarão muito o Nightcap.

1 person found this review helpful.

Anglesey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Anglesey (4)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Can't really argue with this blend. It's strong enough, plenty of nicotine and latakia smokiness, but certainly not overly strong or unpalatably so, just rather average. Wasn't really blown away though, and in my humble opinion, certainly doesn't live up to it's hype as a defining latakia blend. I probably would smoke this last thing at night, but simply because it's heady and slightly boring, and ergo perfect before sleep.

More practically though, this tobacco is robust and lights very easily and stays lit. Absolutely no problem to smoke at all, a monkey could load and smoke this blend no bother. I really wanted to love this tobacco, but I just can't bring myself to say as much. I'll keep a tin knocking around, but I won't bother buying a vast amount and storing, because I honestly can't see it improving to the extent that it would be worth the time and effort.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: fresh tin - open for a few weeks

Purchased From: pipeshop.co.uk

Similar Blends: Punchbowle.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (113)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

I have to admit that I'm not crazy about Nightcap. It's a pleasant and undemanding English mixture; but ... meh. It's also very pricey. To my palate, it lacks body and interest, but perhaps that's only another way of saying that it's too subtle and sophisticated for me. The quality - as always with even the reincarnated Dunhills - is high; but if I wanted a Latakia mixture, as I do from time to time, Gawith & Hoggarth's No, 25 Mixture would be my choice. Somewhat recommended; it's not bad - just a little too bland.

1 person found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (175)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

NightCap is a Legend, is a classic between the Dunhill's Tobacco, but for me, is only an reazonable English Mixture.

Is also too Strong, veru large Nicotine ammount to be smoked in regular basis.

Cleary less good, when compared with other Dunhill's: Standard Medium Mixture, English Mixture, 965, EMP are all much, much better.

Also other not Dunhill's English and Balkan Mixtures are better: Presbyterian, Chipman Hill, Britt's Balkan, Penzance, Balkan Supreme, Balkan Sasieni, Three Blind Moose, Balded Headed Teacher, Squadron Leader, Davidoff English... All better.

Only 2 Stars and expensive as other Dunhill's. Save you money, purchase a better and less expensive tobacco...

1 person found this review helpful.

mo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mo (79)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I do not normally reach for Latakia blends much but when i do, i am EXTEMELY picky. I expect a full taste of Virgina backed up by Latakia in proportion and depending on the blend, a hint of Orientals to finish off the flavour profile.

I never keep many tins of Latakia blends open at any time and will discard any that does not make the cut. I do not smoke them often so i will only smoke the very best.

Well Dunhill Nightcap....are you the best Latakia blend currenly available??? Im afraid i do not know cause i have not smoked them all but i will say that it is about the best Latakia Blend i have ever smoked.

The trick to this blend is the proportion of Latakia. There is just enough to let you know its there yet perfectly blended to give you that creamy, sometimes salty taste. Absolutely delicious. The Perique, although there, remains in the background and supports the delicious Virginias and Latakia perfectly. Of all the blends i have ever smoked, this is by far and away the most well rounded blend considering the powerfull component tobaccos. This was blended by a Master.

Tin presentation was impressive as one would expect from Dunhill and Petersons for that matter.

I will stock up.

South African Pipers, Dunhill blends are available from Sturks in Cape Town.

Mo, South Africa

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J0r3n Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J0r3n (2)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Nightcap.. where to begin.

It was a gloomy, dark and shivering February evening. I had just gotten home prior to picked up a tin of Dunhill's Nightcap, anticipation for what lays next awaits. The white cursive and bright yellow lettering written upon the tins lid wore at me like an old glove. The atmosphere around me was as calm and as relaxing as a sleeping child, one without worry, loved without regret. I slowly looked around in my warm and relaxing study. It consisted of an old oak desk, a small lamp and a rather large bookshelf that was made of what I remembered to be mahogany. That was my desk I thought, those are my books, this is my place. The pipe rack I had purchased off an old neighbor laid very close at hand. It was looking back at me now, wondering when I might finally decide to abandon the neglect of past few nights and come to back my senses to pick one up. Tonight, I thought, just might be that night.

I leaned back snug in my lambs leather back and pondered. Castello or Viprati, the two rhythmically sang in my head. A broken record of the gods. Tonight just might be that night. The light cadence of perfection abruptly ended with Viprati, so I quickly plucked it from its resting bed and held it tight in the palm of my hand. The anticipation was over. Its ok, you're close now, I'll keep you safe. This WAS the night. The polished birds eye bowl gleamed back at me. And I returned fire. “If only you were alive!” I said out loud, “I'd tell you my life, my love, my lost...”.

I reached for the perfectly round tin of Nightcap and slowly turned the lid counter-clock, a little tight, but nothing that could match my determinism and will at this point. The lid popped up and open. The air immediately become intoxicating. Raisins, leather and earthy aromas swirled around the room, perfection at last.

I rubbed the fine gold, burgundy and brown stripes in the palm of both hands – the perfect beginning. The oils bled in my hands like a bleeding soldier risking his life away to better the ones of others. It was that time. I packed the pipe perfectly, fitting every strand deep within the dark charcoal bowl. I then looked around in content, fire was next. The golden red tipped match struck the box and lit up like a freshly born star. The light smell of sulfur simply could not compete with the already swirling aromas of this Nightcap, no way.

One, then two, then three puffs I took in order to get it going, it was sheer bliss. Memories then began to pop into my head like the fresh popping of popcorn. Memories of joy, of pleasure, and most importantly of relaxation. “This is the time” I thought, “perfection”.

Yeahhhh so in a nutshell it was pretty good!

-J

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Kyohan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kyohan (9)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

When I first picked up a pipe it was after several years as a cigar smoker, and the thought of aromatic tobaccos was not appealing to me; therefore, my introduction to pipe smoking was with more natural tobacco blends. The tobacco shop that I frequented at that time had a few non-aromatic house blends, including three Dunhill blends: EMP, 965, and Nightcap. They also sold these in tins and after smelling each of these in the jar I decided to give Nightcap a try and picked up a tin.

I went home, grabbed my pipe, and opened the tin to be greeted by what to me was one of the most fantastic aromas I had ever experienced. I loaded my pipe and sat down to what has to this day been my Holy Grail of pipe smoking experiences; the tobacco was exactly what I had been looking for and it quickly became my favorite tobacco blend (yes, this was the first English tobacco I had ever smoked). Then it disappeared; I couldn't find it anywhere. It made a brief reappearance at my local smoke shop in bulk form at one point, but it was just not the same.

Fast forward to today. I learned that Orlik was blending Dunhill tobacco and that Nightcap was once again available. I went on line and ordered a tin keeping my fingers crossed that my beloved Nightcap was really back.

I received the tin and upon opening I was greeted by that same wonderful aroma that I had experienced those many years before, and I spent the next several minutes just smelling the tin. But now it was time for the real test, and I grabbed a pipe off the rack - a medium sized Dunhill shell (what else) - and filled the bowl. The tobacco was a little more wet than I would have liked, and would probably benefit from a few days drying time, but I couldn't wait. So I grabbed my favorite lighter and fired up, and I was immediately taken back to that very first bowl of Nightcap.

But it didn't last. I found myself getting bored with it about half way through the bowl. It's not that it was bad, I just lost interest. I think the problem is that I had just built this up so much that it couldn't live up to the hype in my own mind. You see, for 12+ years every English tobacco I smoked was compared to what I remembered this tobacco to be. I'm sure that my tastes have changed over the years, but everything was still being compared to that first bowl of Nightcap that I smoked as a novice so many years ago.

With all of that said, I still recommend this tobacco; I am going to let this tin dry out a bit and try it again (perhaps in a smaller pipe), and if anything changes I'll let you know.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mike__P Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike__P (87)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Let me start by saying that I love English/Balkan blends, especially those that are Oriental-forward and with Latakia in a supporting, but not dominating, role. Try as I might, I cannot acquire a taste for Perique, and even the highest-rated VA/Pers on this forum have failed to impress me, so I approached Nightcap with a bit of trepidation. I am working my way through several of Dunhill's fine blends, and this is my second.

Nightcap looks and smells great in the tin, with much less Latakia than I expected. Typically (and many times erroneously), when it says "full" on the labels of English blends, it usually translates into "Lat Bomb." Not so this mixture. It is wonderfully balanced and delicious, and somewhat lighter than I expected, and I can see why it has been so popular over the years.

Unfortunately, to my palate, the Louisiana weed bullies its way through the other tobaccos and seizes center stage after the first third of the bowl. I only award four stars to my favorites, and this isn't one of them, although it is a refined and tasty smoke. If you don't like Perique, even in moderate doses, pass. If you enjoy it, you'll love this.

1 person found this review helpful.

bence Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bence (25)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable

Fantastic tin aroma, beautiful, harmonic, thick smoke. As the name suggest, mostly a late afternoon or evening baccy, but with a big cup of quality lapsang tea it can be a good day starter as well.

1 person found this review helpful.

A Northern Breed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A Northern Breed (16)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Nightcap. More often than not, that's all that need be said, however, seeing as how this is a place for the reviewing of tobaccos, I suppose I should say a word or two.

My friends, this is it. To me, this is absolutely IT. Hardly a day goes by when I do not smoke a bowl of Nightcap, and for good reason too. The smell in the tin, although I disliked it the first time I bought it, is great, and the taste in your pipe is far greater. An English mixture to end all English mixtures. Sublime. Fantastic. Extraordinary. I could use superlative after superlative, but you really must try it to understand. As I mentioned, there is a good reason it is my favorite tobacco.

Mostly due to the very nice cut (which is Dunhill through and through), it packs beautifully, takes a light effortlessly, and burns clean to the bottom of the bowl with no relights. This is true to form for Dunhill, and despite the negative comments which have been leveled against the Orlik mixtures, I refuse to budge on my stance that the house of Dunhill is the finest in all the land when it comes to fine pipe tobacco mixtures. The others, such as Esoterica, Peterson, etc., while all quite fine, take a backseat to Dunhill, and all other mixtures take a backseat to Nightcap.

The perique in this is perfectly done. It absolutely, 100%, undoubtedly enhances the taste in a huge way. The others, and notably the latakia, shine through individually. I find that the best way to get the taste of a tobacco mixture is to exhale the last bit of your draw through the nose. That makes it easy to taste the individual tobaccos used in the mixture. Smoke at your own pace; do not listen to those who are snobbish about smoking extremely slowly. Most tobaccos burn a tad bit hot for me, because I smoke fast, and this is no exception, but it certainly does not burn unusually hot.

Overall, BUY THIS. Do not hesitate, do not make excuses. If you must buy one tobacco mixture this year, make it Nightcap. You will thank yourself. I'll say it once more: this is my absolute favorite tobacco mixture in existence, regardless of the blender. And on that topic: I think Orlik does a damned fine job.

1 person found this review helpful.

sailor dave Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sailor dave (2)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Being an ex cigar smoker this is a great morning blend for me, even though the name Nightcap would refer to some time other than morning. I prefer a strong smoke with some depth of flavor and a nicotine kick with my first cup of coffee. This blend delivers all three in a grand style; complex enough to hold my attention, strong tobacco flavors and enough nicotine to send me off on a good start. Lights easily, smokes cool and no relights with an occasional tamp. A four star morning smoke in my book.

1 person found this review helpful.

Chimney1966 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chimney1966 (4)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Old encounter with this tobacco was in early 1990s. Even then, I learned to handle this stuff with care (filling group 3 pipe to only half full or bit more) as nicotine load really kicks harder than infuriated horse.

Very recently I bought one of those new tins of Orlik made stuff. The strong tar aroma greeted from tine while opened it. The cut appeared bit narrower than I remebered. Slightly moist stuff, not as excessively moist as some of Samuel Gawith offerings.

Lights well if had been left to dry in the bowl for a while (30+ minutes) before light the tobacco. Burns well into gray fine ash, but during last 1/3 of the bowl better to slow the pace or might turn to hot end.

Flavor: Taste is not excessively strong, it is tobacco for those who really appreciate strong pipe tobacco, and do not need to worry about surroundings opinions (as much as you might love this tobacco, others around might not feel the same). One of the best of English, and still as Danish (Orlik) made remains as "the King of Nicotine Kick", as after having a full group 3 bowl of this stuff smoked in reasonably fast pace, man can feel of being intoxicated with this stuff for a little while... (but that's why true nicotine addicts love this stuff)

This Dunhill tobacco is still made (beside 965 and EMP), but rumors have been around that some importers in some countries have discontinued to import due exchange rate disadvantage made it too costly for them to compete with locally made tobaccos. But still, Dunhill Nightcap is worth to obtain even across the world and almost regardless of the price.

I bought some more and keep few tins of this stuff in my tobacco stock.

1 person found this review helpful.

Gun Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gun Smoke (15)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Mild Full Strong

==== The absolute KING OF PIPE TOBACCO. =====

When I first tried this blend about five years ago ( I was a newbie to pipe smoking ), I thought my head was going to explode like a WWII pineapple grenade from excessive nicotine. If you are not use to Night Cap, it will kick you like a mule hoof to the face and leave a horseshoe imprint.

Funny thing is... I kept smoking it. A glutton for punishment I suppose. But there was just something about it that made me return over-and-over. O.K. I know what you are thinking. I got hooked on the nicotine high right? No, not really. In truth it was just outstanding tobacco unlike any other to be found on the Big Blue Marble.

Well gentlemen, I'm not going to add or repeat what others have already stated. Unfortunately it appears that this blend will never be offered again, and I have one last unopened can with approx. 6 years of age that I'm saving for some unforeseen special occassion. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is a huge loss to our pastime. Sure there are "copycat" blends available trying to fill the void, but it just isn't the same. Its like trying to replace Elvis or Dean Martin. You just can't do it.

Goodbye old friend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Schwetty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Schwetty (15)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Strong Full Strong

This is a high quality tobacco, but I will have to give my tin away. I like to try new blends, as a departure from cross-over blends hoping to find a full bodied taste experience with tolerable nicotine content.

Nightcap practically took my head off. Not being used to strong, nicotine laden blends I was cautious. After finishing a bowl, I was dizzy and somewhat nauseated. It is probably my fault, as I tend to smoke steadily and hard (coming from cigars).

Alot of my pipe buddies enjoy this blend, but they are long time smokers who appreciate the nicotice kick.

I guess this is just part of the game of trying different blends.

1 person found this review helpful.

Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Very Full Very Strong

4 stars, funny...I was first disappointed when I opened the tin, half way down...my God...sweet latakia, solid tobacco flavor and a good dose of nicotine...a tin of Nightcap in one pocket, and a tin of Irish Flake in the other and I could take on the world!

1 person found this review helpful.

Argo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Argo (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

About time I rate this fine English tobacco. While smoking this I must have hit a clump of the Perique which wasn't too pleasant, and normally doesn't happen. It lead me to think about how people write reviews. You know, how they guide you through the flavors. "Latakia on the fore front...and then, the Macedonian leaf steps in." As I smoked and thought about it a while, I decided that it's just a mixture of tobacco. My hitting of the Perique clump and acknowledging it is purely random, and happened to be there, and probably will -not- be there on my next bowl, another would interpret as "Perique boldly displaying it's spice in the final quarter of the bowl." I just find this amusing. When I read things like this, from now on I'll think "Oh good, his or her Perique happened to catch fire." As for Nightcap specifically, the dominant flavors for me can be narrowed to three: nutty, smokey and spicey. Pack loose, smoke slow and give your tin a few years for best results.

1 person found this review helpful.

john doe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
john doe (41)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When I want cocaine I will consume cocaine. When I want tobacco, I'll smoke something that doesn't feel like a rocket up my arse.

As a beginning pipe smoker I bought this "famous" tobacco, and at first puff I liked the taste. Nice. Then the nicotine kicked in. Woo-eee! Somebody stop the ride, mate, I wanna get off!

How anyone can call this a "nightcap" is beyond me. Calling this Nightcap would be like selling a quadruple espresso coffee and calling it a mild, relaxing, before-bed drink. Perhaps "Blackjack" or "Brass Knuckles" would be more appropriate.

If they made this in a "Nightcap-lite", I would definitely smoke it. It's got a great flavor. As it is I'm mixing it with vanilla and berry flavored aromatics to get rid of it, a sad waste of some quality aromatics.

Zero stars for the excessive nicotine content.

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Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Update years later: Another Dunhill blend that has lost nearly all its charm for me. As it was, it was delightful. The quality left the house the last year or two. I will hold my aging tins from years past dearly. I do not expect I'll try the Dane-hill version, either.

Original review:

Sans Eulenburg's comment about Nightcap being the most contemplative blend, I agree with his review.

I will add that long-aging does not do much in the way of improving Nightcap, and it possibly diminishes distinctions in flavors among components. That said, I keep several tins in the cellar, because a year or so on the tin is beneficial to soften rough edges a bit.

Nightcap is my cannon to measure heavy, full, English mixtures. This is much deeper than 965 and more complex than, say, the lovely Penzance.

Nightcap is another blend that needs to be learned before one can be considered pipe-tobacco "edumacated."

1 person found this review helpful.

Jazzplayer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jazzplayer (9)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This is an exceptional tobacco! The taste is one that invigorates the palate to new highs.The Latakia is not as strong as Frog Morton, but noticable. If you are a present/past cigar smoker you will truly enjoy this tobacco! I have had the finest cuban and it does not even come close to the exotic flavour of Night Cap! The nicotine was noticible but not overpowering. Night Cap is a must try and will hold in the top 3 of the best tobacco's I have tried!

1 person found this review helpful.

obxemt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
obxemt (26)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong Strong Full Extra Strong

I'm with the other "odd ball" reviewers, this one just doesn't do it for me. Maybe I'm only man enough to take American imitations of English tobacco blends, but a nauseous light-headed nicotine high halfway through the bowl isn't my idea of a good smoke!

The pouch aroma is strong but nice, the flavor is strong with an awful aftertaste. Sufficient in Latakia for my taste. It burns well and has a pleasent "room note" outside. Minus the hangover and aftertaste, this would otherwise rate higher. There are numerous other blends with which I would rather cap my night.

1 person found this review helpful.

loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Let me tell it like this. There are times when we need to loosen up. There are times too, when we need to study English..(the language and the tobacco) This is one of those times for me. Nightcap is not a green weed, and whatever I think of it, I can't,as an American, find a reason to treat it verbally as such. Whatever. Nightcap has a full body, which I find that though differently built, is strikingly similar to 965. Perique puts a point on it, whereas 965's cavendish is a comma. Strenght? Nicotine for me is more abundant in 965. But, enough of comparisons. I love the straight hit of Nightcap. Lataperiqika. It is a clean flavored tobacco blend that I find no fault in. I do find that there are much better Latakia blends around. Actually, I think Dunhill's (pipes included)are quite a bit over-rated. Dots or no. ;-} A better smoke is 50/50 Penzance-McClelland Virginia Flake

1 person found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (140)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable

As others have said this is a full strength english blend, with lots of latakia and perique. The only way I can descibe the flavor is, rich! It has a fair share of nicotine, but is quite controllable if you puff slowly. I found it to have much less nicotine punch than Hal O' the Wynd, which gets my head spinning after a bowl. Nightcap is quite pleasant to sit back with and forget about the days events. Highly Recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Doc Jake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Doc Jake (23)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

In one word, SUPERB! When I first opened the tin and smelled the deep leathery and woody aroma I knew this was going to be a treat. The tobacco's appearance was beautiful in the tin, owing to the high quality cuts that were used. The first bowl led me to nicotine nap, but the following evenings' bowl did not bother me nearly as much. It is a rich blend with a heavy smoke that lingers in the air. The finish on the tobacco has a woody taste. The aftertaste is slightly soapy, and smooth without any bite. Very pleaasant with any stout beer to accopany it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (577)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Overwhelming Extra Strong

To me, this tobacco has always been the yardstick that all other Latakia blends are measured by. It has always been a great pleasure to open a fresh tin of Nightcap and have my nose ready to catch the first whiff of the wonderful smell. I have never grown tired of this blend and it is the one I always come back to. It is the best of Dunhills line..more complex than 965 and never boring. The taste has maximum flavor impact. Similar to Standard Mixture Medium but a little more full in taste and strength. No tongue bite at all even after 3 or 4 bowls in a row. It is a tobacco that is best enjoyed when there is a chill in the air, as in the fall. It is not my choice for a hot summer afternoon. It's roomnote is strong and people will notice it,sometimes good, sometimes bad. The taste is smokey and it's sweetness is subtle. It is and will always be, a classic. My highest recommendation. Arnold Smith

1 person found this review helpful.

Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (87)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Ooooh, Nitecap, how I enjoy thee! 'Cap has been my staple smoke for the better part of a decade. It roars where others mumble, laying to waste those unaccustomed to large Latakia doseage. Interestingly enough, the Perique doesn't close my throat, unlike any of Gary Pease's blends, which are unsmokeable for me due to the heavy-handed use of the demon weed. I smoke this in as big a bowl as is around and promptly disappear to that place where there is nought but I and smoke. NB-I rank the room note as such because I find it so. Your wife/girl/dog may not agree.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Wow! What an intense weed! This is probably the strongest tobacco that I have ever smoked and it is with out a doubt one of the tastiest. I don't have alot to say that hasn't already been said so I will keep it brief- Go and buy a tin of this now!!!!! If you like a good stout english blend, or just need a major latakia fix- you can't go wrong here. This could never be an all day smoke for the simple fact that it would be a waste to not be able to sit down with a strong cup of coffee and just enjoy the art of smoking a pipe. This stuff smokes cool and keeps you coming back for more- just watch out for the nicotine rush! This and Esoterica's Penzance are at the top of the list for Latakia blends.

1 person found this review helpful.

GaryScott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GaryScott (8)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

A friend of mine bought me my first tin of Nightcap a few years ago, and when I popped it open, the aroma almost knocked me down. It?s that potent. That night, I loaded up a medium sized pipe and thus began what soon became my nightly ritual: a bowlful around 9:30, sitting out on the front porch, thinking about nothing in particular, and simply enjoying the taste of what certainly must be one of the best blends in the world.

I?ve always thought of this blend as a little cleaner or sharper than 965. Perhaps that?s the Périque spice that comes around mid-bowl. At the same time, that sharpness means it doesn?t seem to me to have 965?s balance ? my favorite aspect of that fine creation. I also seem to have more relights than 965, and the room note is definitely worse for non-smokers. Finally, the nicotine kick is noticeably more powerful than 965. I occasionally smoke cigarettes (Prince, usually in bars when I?m playing cards with friends), but this stuff is strong enough that I actually feel a little woozy if I smoke this too fast.

In the end, I certainly prefer 965, but when I?m in the mood for something a little heavier, something that makes its presence felt a little more acutely, I reach for this. I can?t imagine my tobacco collection lacking either.

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BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (83)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Not my everyday smoke, but Geez, what a Great Change of Pace. Absolutely one of my all time favorites. When I am in a Latakia/Perique mood, this one really satisfys. Packs and burns easily, to a nice grey/white ash. I find the flavor and strength consistent throughout the bowl. This is one that I usually pack in one of my older Charatan, "Extra Large," pipes. My only warning would be to rise from your chair slowly so as to avoid a head-rush.

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Cooksmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cooksmoke (29)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I suppose tis time for me to make my mark upon this most highly recommened blend. First off, the quaint tin and hallmark Dunhill preparation are present to get you in the evening mood for this heady smoke. I have found that I like it best in a clay pipe, as I have found so with other blends. The taste is of pure and glorious smoke. Definately best as a fireside smoke with strong coffee or a peaty Scotch. Highly recommended. Amazingly the wife eveny likes the room note?!?!?!

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ruggiero Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruggiero (19)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

"Boy, how good is this stuff". There's nothing like kicking back and taking the edge off with a bowlful of Sir Al's Nightcap and your favorite Port at the end of the day. This is a pipe tobacco that needs to be worked up to, as I'm sure it may offend someone who prefers aromatics or the milder English blends. It burns cool, is quite complex, and the Perique is artistically woven into the mix to take you by the hand and into the Promised Land. For my tastes it's not an all-day pipe tobacco blend, but then again neither is 30 year Scotch. For someone who wants the Opium of pipe tobaccos, there's none better then Nightcap!

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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

For twenty years, I smoked Escudo or Three Nuns before 6:00 p.m., Nightcap or Rattray's Red Rapparee after 6:00 p.m. Call me a Classicist, call me boring.

Then in 1990 I moved to Paris, where I couldn't readily find any of my favourites! I was forced to experiment. I will not horrify your child-like impressionability with all the indescribable crap that I tried. Suffice it to say that, when I despairingly decided to order some Nightcap direct from London, it tasted like balm-of-Heaven to the sores of a desert leper.

Nightcap is one great tobacco.

50% Latakia, it is forbiddingly deep and flinty, with a black velvet cushioning of Orientals, and a Virginia roundness that is truly grandiose. It takes a while to get going?there is always some bitterness at the beginning?but when the overpowering Latakia catches on, there is nothing like the oceanic depth of this blend. And, just when you are about to feel that it is perhaps a little bloated, Périque raises its impudent head like a ray of light in the night, giving the whole composition liveliness and finesse. Then a sec Virginia Oriental nuttiness will glimmer in the latakia gloom, as supple as diamonds at the bottom of a cave.

This is the most contemplative blend I know, with the perfect æsthetic clarity of Gregorian chant. Indispensable to the survival of human civilization.

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aadelma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aadelma (55)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Extra Strong

Whenever somebody wants to try a strong tobacco, I recommend this. I recently gave some Nightcap to a friend of mine who enjoys smoking tobacco in all it's forms. He really enjoys a nicotine rush and even inhales when he smokes pipes. I spoke to him a few days later and he informed me that shortly after starting the bowl, he broke out in a cold sweat and had to lay down both his pipe and himself. Treated with respect, however, Nightcap is fabulously rich, smooth, and thoroughly English. This is a mostly black blend with lots of Latakia and Perique. The cut is fine, so it packs and burns well. The flavor starts out strong and builds from there, but I never find it harsh, only smooth, kind of like a velvet hammer. While I love the aroma, it once had the waitress in a restaurant thinking there was an electrical fire. I have a very small billiard which I reserve exclusively for smoking Nightcap since it leaves a very strong flavor in whatever pipe it is smoked in. This is the first English blend I ever tried and I always come back to it when I want a bold, smooth, in-your-face tobacco experience. Available from JR Tobacco.

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Guillaume Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guillaume (15)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Tolerable

I have not been fortunate enough to smoke the "old" (or "original") Nightcap, which is praised by so many reviewers. However, the (new) Nightcap remains one of the topmost tobaccos in my rotation. Despite its name, I enjoy it all day long, even with my first cup of tea. Milder, but much more complex than Peterson Old Dublin (which is also a favourite of mine), it remains an everyday pleasure, especially with a cup of Earl Grey. And the smell of it, when I open up a fresh tin, always takes me back to great souvenirs… Nightcap is a true friend of mine, and the consistency of its production makes it a very reliable one as well.

Pipe Used: Straight Petersons (06, 15 and Belgique)

Age When Smoked: No more than a year (can't wait longer)

Similar Blends: Peterson Old Dublin.

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Piper33 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piper33 (2)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

Iv only been smoking a pipe for about 7 months now and this was the first English blend iv tried and it won't be the last I don't think I could go back to aromatics not near as strong as everybody else says it is I would say strength wise is about a medium I find that it smells like a campfire I feel like this is what tobacco should taste like

Pipe Used: Savinelli 320

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LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (9)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I am a Long time English blend smoker, that generally likes Latakia and perique blends.

I have had custom blends that thought were better, but not by much. Dunhill Nightcap is a dependable blend that has good flavor. The Latakia, sometimes seems to be lost in the shuffle with the other flavors from time to time, but that is part of its mystique. It needs to be smoked very slowly, and the pipe needs to be fully broke in to get all of the flavor.

Purchased From: Indian Traders Tobacco Grand Rapids Michigan

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oldorder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldorder (15)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Love this tobacco on its own. Have blended in thirds with G and H's Dark Birds Eye and McCs. Dark Shag. Smoke this very often. Seems to help all three. Wife said it helps the room note as we'll. It's at least as strong or stronger. And hits fairly strong. Love it! How about just a little dizzy before bed, 2-3 bowls.

Pipe Used: Pipes and Cigars

Age When Smoked: Fresh-2 weeks

Purchased From: NOS 40 year old

Similar Blends: Didn't care as much for dark birds eye or black shag, but a great smoke blended together with Night Cap..

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tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (70)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Smokeable yes and mediocre at best, of which there are many. The sticker on the tin reads Nightcap and that's where it ends at least for me. I won't bother buying this again unless someone else carries the torch in the future. I feel Kohlhase & Kopp could do a better job and in-fact they have with Ashton Artisan's Blend. Maybe I ought to save the Nightcap tin, use the contents for blending, then transfer the Artisan's, crimped paper disk and all . . . maybe not I'll simply open another tin of Artisan's and enjoy it on it's own.

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Tobacco_Noob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tobacco_Noob (5)
★★★☆
Strong Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

This is one of the "classic" pipe tobaccos. The tin note is like a leathery, smokey campfire sprinkled with delicious smoked BBQ brisket. The pipe flavor is intense, and the perique and latakia make my nose tingle. The nicotine hit is rather strong on this one, but I usually smoke this mixture in my smaller pipes. Delicious flavor, but best enjoyed in small doses. This is not a novice tobacco, but it also does a great job of showing you just how intense and complex some pipe tobacco flavors can be.

Pipe Used: Grabow Crown Duke, MM "Washington" Cobb

Purchased From: Briar Shoppe (bulk)

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codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium Strong

Nightcap is a simple blend that is very much recommended. It is not for everyone however.

The strength is up there with other english blends, and I find it very relaxing. It can put you out pretty quick.

The flavor is quite good. Not much to it. It's a very smooth taste that s hard to describe. If you like english blends you will love this. It's one I would like to always have stocked.

Tis a long lasting smoke, I like to pack my large Nording pretty full to wind down.

Pipe Used: Nording Bent Billiard (Large)

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe.

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RicM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RicM (2)
★★★★
Mild Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Love this one. It is one of the best smoking tobaccos I've tried. It smokes a bit quickly, but evenly and completely, and it will stay lit forever. I crush it just a wee bit and pack it a bit on the tighter side. Love this one.

Pipe Used: Dracula

Age When Smoked: 51

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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (105)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I have been smoking Nightcap starting with the Murray painted tins to the current Orlik label tins. Great stuff and reviewed a bajillion times so I didn't feel the need to add another but tonight as I was reading the reviews of Pease's unavailable Syrian latakia blends and noting that the blends with the highest rating mixed both Syrian and Cyprian latakia, I decided to blend Nightcap with Frog Morton Across The Pond. 50/50 What a delicious treat! Now I see what the hype was regarding his blends. The Syrian adds wine like notes to the smokiness of the Cyprian creating a fantastic interplay. Before Mcclelland runs out of Syrian, try mixing your favorite Cyprian blend with some of their Syrian and see what the hype is all about! O and I almost forgot use your largest pipe with the biggest bowl circumference to get all the leaves burning at the same time.

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (127)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very good blend - somewhat less complex and strong than Peterson Balkan Delight. Smokes well on one light post char. Smooth retrohale. Perique comes out in second half to challenge the latakia for dominance - but it's a tasty battle. Good tobacco all the way round. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Savinelli, MM

Age When Smoked: Tin date 17-MAR-2011

Purchased From: Corona Smoke Shop, Battle Creek, MI

Similar Blends: Slightly milder version of Peterson Balkan Delight.

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balkan_boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
balkan_boy (36)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Now, Nightcap is huge.

That's the tobacco that you really enjoy. Strong, Full, well ok, not that strong as some of the previous fellow pipe smokers reviewed it, but still, it is the only Latakia tobacco that is not ruined by Perique. Perique plays nice in Va/pers, but poorly in Latakia mixtures. Not here however, in Nightcap it plays just nice. If you like old style English blends, stronger and kicking, you'll love Nightcap.
Most of today's blends are milder and rounded, but Nighcap is old school.
What else can be said about this astonishing blend. Personally, I like more 965, but that's because it's my everyday smoke. I enjoy Nightcap when I'm alone, in a comfortable atmosphere. It's full layered contemplative smoke.
There is a whole universe of flavors in it, it's mighty.
I personally am Balkan/Oriental lover, Nightcap isn't exactly Balkan, but it's awesome.
Only superlatives for Nightcap. I always have at least 2 tins around.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, clay and meers

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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Dude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dude (9)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

For me it can be an all day English blend- good balance of smoky Lat , VA and a little perique. Good level of nicotine - very easy to smoke . I have compared a new 2013 to a 2008 tin and the Lat did not seem to weaken at all but the Virginias really improved- and made for a better smoke. So I reckon the aging can improve the blend a good deal.
Would recommend to a smoker of light english blends looking for more strength , but not a Lat bomb.

Pipe Used: pipes reserved for Lat blends

Age When Smoked: 5 year old tin orlik produced

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mdnyc71 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mdnyc71 (22)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Excellent. Complex without being overwhelming and has a good hit of nicotine.

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Stuffin McPipey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stuffin McPipey (6)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Absolutely wonderful from start to finish. I find myself thinking of this tobacco often. I smoke it out of a big peterson second. Advice: don't pack too tight and sip slowly. Most flavors shine through while it's smouldering cool. It tastes like I'm in a dense mossy forest filled with hazelnut trees. I'm resting my head in the shade on a bed of mushrooms. Exhale through the nose and taste the sweet aged bark from the trees fermenting in the evening dew. This is what pipe smoking is all about.

Update 10/17: this tobacco is pairs nicely with a peaty scotch. Try Talisker 10 year. Sip them both and enjoy!

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cloudconnect Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cloudconnect (10)
★★★☆
Very Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is perhaps the strongest of Dunhill's line (but I haven't tried Royal Yacht) and I find it quite good. Full of flavour, but in terms of balance, it isn't overly strong with the latakia, which I think is good. Produces a fair amount of smoke with a slightly lower than average duration. higher levels of nicotine detected. The only drawback in my opinion is that a slight "soapiness" of flavour comes on about half way through. It's not awful, but could turn off some purists. I guess I am one of those, so I tend to favour other Dunhill blends over this one.

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panduji68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
panduji68 (27)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I find this smoke to be a quite solid example of an English blend, though not spectacular. It packs quite easily, and burns nicely to the bottom with no dottle and no tongue bite. Oddly enough, I find that I prefer to smoke it in the morning with a cup of tea as opposed to it's implied before bedtime timetable. I also do not find this tobacco to be strong in nicotine content as many have rated it, and would myself put it in the medium range. Dunhill's other offering "The Royal Yacht" would be in the strong range to me, and is the one I prefer to light up prior to retiring for the evening.

This Nightcap offering is a quality tobacco for certain, as goes without saying with any product from our friends at Dunhill. It's room note gets immediate approval from the Dictator, and it is a flavorful somewhat smoky tasting classic English blend. A great smoke for sure, just not in my "spectacular" category.

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psadair Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
psadair (3)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Very Full Very Strong

Deliciously complex to my noob pallete.....if you are new to pipe smoking and it's universe of tobaccos this one might take you by surprise the first time to light it. The smell and complex flavors were like nothing I had smoked prior (at this point have sampled 20-25 different tobaccos.

Earthy, deep, mossy...at least three distinct tastes with each sip.

It is currently my go-to smoke....just ordered two more tins.

The wife will not let me smoke it in the bedroom and it is buy far her least favorite as a spectator.

Too bad....go to sleep...and I'm loading the bowl.

4 stars.

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Ratcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ratcat (30)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Extra Strong Extra Full Extra Strong

Take 965 and pick the yellowy leaves and you have Nightcap. Well maybe, maybe not, but this is what it felt like. A fast burning, heavy, smoky weed. And stuff with perique, something that I don't understand at all. I cannot taste perique, what is it? The old UK Peterson's Irish Oak said to have contain this mysterious ingredient and some even say that it was overwhelming. I lpve the old Irish Oak but for the part of the perique, I don't get it. What I do get is that both Night Cap and old Oak kept its flavor even at the very end of the bowl. Maybe this is what it does, I don't know. When smoke fast, it is exceptional smoky without any hint of sweetness. In medium speed, the character remains the same. In an very slow draw situation, some sweetness can be found but still the smokiness comes through. It don't bite and the walls of the pipe don't heat up like a torch. Cool!! Literally..

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StrongMixturesOnly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StrongMixturesOnly (17)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

One of the greatest English mixtures that I have had the honor of sampling. It has a great taste and the aroma is surprisingly light for a strong blend. It has a good amount of nicotine that will satisfy most. I alternate between this blend, Cornell & Diehl's Billy Budd, and Samuel Gawith's 1792 Dark Kendal Flake. Nightcap has been a standard in my life for some time now. Not for the novice English smoker.

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McKNooB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
McKNooB (34)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Caution: If you are (relatively) new to pipe smoking (like me), handle Nightcap with care.

Boom!

The second Dunhill I've tried (after 965) and while I think I'm not quite ready for such a full-bodied, Vit. N experience, this stuff left me reaching for another pipe and another bowl right from the git go.

As per the 965 opening, was surprised by the Nightcap tin and wondered to myself, 'self, what the hemp have you gotten yourself into?'. (I talk to myself. A lot).

After a meaningful, careful pack, Nightcap took off with the strike of the Red Bird. Burned evenly. Burned slowly. Burned cool. (Isn't that an oxymoron that repeats itself on this site a hundred times a day?). Required little attention. Got better as the bowl progressed. Made me wish had a Deer Stalker hat nearby. Left a fine, even ash with no residual moisture.

I'm not so sure I could smoke this one all day but it will be my (at least) one a day go to tin.

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Dr. DeAth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. DeAth (1)
★★★★
Strong Mild Mild Tolerable

A true prince of pipe tobaccos. I prefer to let it breathe a while before smoking. There are few gainsayers on Nightcap,and I agree with many of the positive comments. The one negative I perceive is my falling asleep whilst enjoying, and finding the pipe in my lap. No serious damage done so far. I'd rather not become one of my own customers, especially since there is so much enjoyment to be had from this particular tobacco.As a true nicotine addict, I'd happily smoke it in my morning bath.

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jenskth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jenskth (3)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

My first review on here, and I suppose it is only right that it should be for the first tobacco I added to my 'must have on the shelf' list.

I'm a new pipe smoker, having only taken it up properly in the last 18 months (although I had a year about 15 years ago when in my late teens).

When I first tried Nightcap about 12 months ago, I didn't actually know anything about latakia. I had previously tried Old Dublin and while I 'sort of' liked it, it seemed it wasn't one for me. Seeing a tin at a tobacconist here in Melbourne (and seriously, pipe tobacco is in short and expensive supply here in Melbourne - not like my native Denmark), I decided I would have a go.

I opened the tin after having made a cup of tea, took a sniff and instantly thought 'oh no . . '. Still, I prepared a pipe of it and smoked it. It didn't really do it for me and I put it away on the shelf. A few days later, settling down for a pipe, I thought I'd give it another go. Somehow, it now seemed more 'right' to me - although still not what I had generally thought I wanted to smoke a pipe for. Over the coming weeks, I finished the tin and continued to think much the same way; quite enjoyable, yes, but probably not my thing. On my next tobacco order, I didn't order any Nightcap. I got my order and had only what I had just bought over the next few weeks but somehow not feeling quite fulfilled. One night it hit me: 'I feel like having Nightcap.' New order placed and some days later, there it was. Opening it and having a bowl of Nightcap just seemed completely different, as I had come to crave it without even having enjoyed it that much in the first case.

Since then, it's the one tobacco that has been included in all orders I make, where the others are 'try out to see what I find.' A few others have popped up on the radar recently, but I can't imagine Nightcap falling out of the circulation.

It's a full-bodied tobacco, goes well with a good, strong cup of tea in the evenings. Pine-like flavours in the nose, full, dark flavour in the mouth and somehow round and reassuring when breathing in the smoke through the nose, after puffing it out.

A wonderful tobacco through and through - but, as the name suggests, particularly good in the evenings or on one of those dark, rainy afternoons.

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Flinthills Tex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flinthills Tex (20)
★★★★
Strong Very Strong Very Full Strong

Oh, how I wish I were able to stomach English blends, especially Nightcap! I just can't smoke more than a bowl or two of this before it rebels against me. Don't get me wrong, it's not because this tobacco is in any way poor quality - quite the contrary! But, alas, my stomach is just too sensitive, and Nightcap too rich...

Tin note: typical Latakia tanned leather, you can even detect it before first popping the tin!

Moisture content: properly dry for an English blend, you can smoke this right out of the tin.

Room note: very smokey, almost like a mesquite camp fire; this is one that will beguile any lover of traditional English blends, but will not thrill non-pipe smokers or lovers of aromatics.

Smoke: The tobacco is finely cut and packs well. It lights up without any problems and burns evenly and coolly. The taste of this tobacco is just luxurious, and several other reviewers have mentioned the velvety texture. How right they are! This tobacco is rich and full bodied. Many other Latakia blends can be harsh, but not Nightcap. It is really smooth. I guess you could compare it with an 18 year old Laphroaig single malt scotch: there's no harshness to it at all.

As I said, if I could stomach it, I'd smoke Nightcap, well, every night. I do hope that if you are not familiar with this tobacco, you will give it a try. Only the most jaded of aromatic smokers could come away and have nothing good to say about Nightcap. This tobacco is classic Dunhill (even if Orlik aka ScanTabak is manufacturing it nowadays), and it offers a truly luxurious smoke! Save this for evenings, after dinner, for the "remainder of the day".

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Mateo Torgy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mateo Torgy (7)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

This is a classic, luxurious, dare I say exotic blend with quality cuts of Virginia, perique, and Latakia. With this mix you'll get plenty of billowing campfire smoke, spice, and a hint of sweetness that is detected when you lick your lips. It's plenty strong on the nicotine and quite flavorful. It resembles its siblings, Early Morning Pipe, 965, and Standard Mixture, but it's the more obnoxious and tough to love, perhaps more distinctive, older brother. Because of the nic content, it hasn't made my starting rotation but I do enjoy lighting up a bowl after the nightly news twice or thrice a week. Recommended.

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Phonomet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phonomet (41)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I posted a thread on pipesmagazine.com looking for a tobacco that delivered in the latakia and nicotine departments. Dunhill's Nightcap was the overwhelming winner. Though the latakia is pronounced, the perique plays the lead role for me. This mixture is primarily savory and spicy (I didn't catch the sweetness that some reviewers report.) This is a very satisfying strength for me--a once a day kind of smoke.

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henwrench Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
henwrench (16)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Having now smoked a whole 50g tin I can now give a proper review of this remarkable tobacco. I was originally a bit scared of giving this one a go, mainly because some of the quite frankly alarming comparisons to stuff like smoky bacon and damp mouldy burning logs or some such bunkum. What surprised me about Nightcap was the consistent journey each bowl took me on. Firstly, I'm hit with a gorgeous natural sweetness and a thick, creamy and heavy smoke. Working down the bowl, secondly I'm tasting the Perique slowly poking through with her peppery spice. Then, about half way in, the Latakia quite suddenly bangs in with a full on smoky kick but quickly passes with all the flavours combining to create something not dissimilar to peaty single malt Islay whiskey. Absolutely fantastic. Slow burning, never gurgles and burns to nothing but ash, no dottle what so ever. Also the most relaxing tobacco I've ever smoked, it might as well be valium. I enjoy this anytime of day and for me, the bigger the bowl the better...

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Quaffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Quaffer (18)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Since this is a tobacco people rave about, I expected it to be something good. Going in I knew to expect something strong, and that is no problem for me, but however this is a different type of "strong". This tobacco was strong in the sense that with every puff had me frown in disgust at how sour and flavorless this tobacco was. If I had a way to describe it (which I seriously have a hard time doing) is that it tastes like licking a trucks tires after it had just finished a day of driving around a construction site. It was just disgusting. I could taste something good every once in a while way in the background, but the awful sourness dominated every puff. The latakia in this blend doesn't supplement this blend as it should. Latakia is supposed to give a creamy smoke, but this smoke was sharp and will bite you if you angle the stem too close to your tongue. This stuff does have a good nicotine kick, but too much to my liking. I enjoy it when a blend mellows me out, but this blend gets you straight up disoriented. I'll set this to age a while, but I doubt it will get any better. Judging by the fact that its so highly regarded, I hope that my tin was just a defect, but I doubt it. I don't see why people enjoy smoking this, because its one thing to like a stronger tobacco, which I do, but this stuff was plain gross. I won't be buying another tin.

EDIT: After revisiting this, I find that some smokes are actually quite enjoyable, have a really interesting taste to them, but some smokes are a big downfall. Overall I would stay away from this if you're looking for flavor, but if you downright like heavy smoke, then whatever, try at your own dismay.

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ArchtopBill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ArchtopBill (16)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

One of my long-time favorites. A great smoke anytime.

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Smoking Sam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoking Sam (20)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Slightly sweet, with a strong nicotene punch. Best smoked late in the day, on a full stomach. Lights easily and stays lit. 3 stars.

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Marshall Law Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marshall Law (50)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Excellent tobacco. A full, rich English with great flavor that stays firmly controlled by the latakia from start to finish, with decent burning characteristics and a reasonable amount of nicotine, to boot. A top-notch, first-rate smoke that has its place among other high-quality late-night heavyweights like Pease's Abingdon, and McClelland's Wilderness and Legends. Also has a somewhat appealing and unoffensive room note for a heavy latakia blend, and a rich, pleasant, quality tobacco aftertaste. The latakia is dominant and full without ever becoming overbearing or overpowering. If you love latakia, but still want a nuanced, interesting smoke that is complimented by but never siezed or stolen away by virginias and orientals, but you also don't want a gagging overblown lat-bomb, then you've found your answer here.

This infamous mixture is well-situated among my top ten favorite go-to tobaccos, and is among my top five for a slow, contemplative, longlasting evening smoke with a scotch or bourbon. Be sure to let it dry slightly beforehand, and don't pack too loosely like you might be inclined to with other heavy dark blends, or she can require extra maintenace and some unexpected relights. Highly recommended!

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funkychorlton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
funkychorlton (5)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

The way the Virginia, Turkish, Perique and Latakia come together yet retain their identities in this one is remarkable. It is very powerful, heady concoction yet it is never too much. Complex, multilayered; smoky, spicy, buttery, peppery - as intense and balanced as a very fine Indian meal. I think this is a remarkable tobacco and is my personal benchmark for what a tobacco can be, and in particular how blending can go way beyond the sum of its parts.

A great burner too. Doesn't care how you pack it, lights easily and stays lit.

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CoreyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoreyR (21)
★★★★
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Upon opening the tin I am instantly transported to teh woods at night. It has a deep, earthy smell, which reminds me of sitting around a fall campfire. It is, to me, a very good smell. It usually takes a light or two to get going but "Nightcap," once lit, burns through pretty easily, requiring one or two tamp downs toward the end. The taste is difficult to describe. You definiately get the Latakia and Perique but it changes throughout the bowl. It begins lite and, about halfway through, develops a lot of kick. You should take care to "sip" this tobacco or you will get an unexpected nicotine buzz. More than that though, this is a quality smoke that you should savor. Sip it so that you have time to enjoy it. NEVER smoke Nightcap in a hurry. This should be your last smoke of the day, when all is down, you are ready for bed, and need to relax and contemplate life. A bowl of Nightcap and a single malt Scotch have become standard for me most evenings. I highly recomend.

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William88Briar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William88Briar (3)
★★★★
Strong Very Strong Very Full Strong

This blend has been named correctly. Not just because it is very strong....but because it also satisfies your pallet. You want it to be the last thing you smoke at the end of your day! I've been wanting to try this stuff for awhile! But I almost didn't because I kept hearing how in your face it is. But once I got it and loaded I realized the strength was nothing to tremble about. Yes it's in your face but its in your face qualities are matched by its smoothness. It is so smooth and so cool i was in shock. Something this full of flavor can't be this smooth. What a fantastic way to put your day to bed. This is great with a medium roast coffee.

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TheBman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheBman (1)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

So, I recently picked up pipe smoking from taking a break for a few years and after I quit smoking cigarettes. I started out with a few aromatics but it just wasn't doing it for me. I read reviews on Nightcap so I ordered up a tin from pipesandcigars. When it arrived it was like christmas morning as an 8 year old. As soon as the seal broke and I opened it, the amazing smell punched me in the face. After lighting up I got punched in the mouth by it........by far the best punch to the mouth I've ever had. I had no problem switching from aromatics to straight English blend. I found I favored this strong blend over the aromatics. I smoke it on the way to work....I work from 10pm-6am and I could see myself smoking this at anytime in the day not just before bedtime. I don't smoke a pipe constantly all day long because I have a newborn and I don't want to smell like smoke or her to be around it when I hold her.....But I guarantee this will be a long standing tradition in my rotation!!! Get a can, NOW!

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AdRock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AdRock (5)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This is it. This the punch in the face, black coffee, whiskey neat, full bore tobacco. Very good stuff. Very strong stuff. Sometimes I cut this with a little EMP if I'm planning on going out later. Gf hates the smell.

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SmokytheSasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokytheSasquatch (4)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Oh, so that's why they call it "Nightcap!" Because it is a super-strength vitamin N punch to your head that will (hopefully) stick with you until you've fallen asleep! And boy does it mellow you out...

If you're new to pipe smoking, I would hold off on trying Nightcap for a while. It may seem like a manly idea to go big or go home but chances are it will overwhelm you and you'll give up smoking a pipe altogether. I'd recommend Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe or the Altadis replica of the beloved but discontinued My Mixture 965, both of which have similar characteristics as Nightcap but a fraction of the strength.

Nightcap is ohhhhh so good, but you have to really like strong English blends of tobacco. You have to like the smoky flavor of latakia and the spiciness of perique, because both are noticeable in the flavor. The tar and nicotine contents of Nightcap are high, so be ready for it. Don't inhale it straight, rather blow it out of your mouth and breathe it back in through the nose. That aroma! Amazing isn't it? I love the stuff.

BUT! It's really really strong. A little too strong, to be honest. About a month ago I found myself in a curious predicament: I had half a tin of Dunhill Nightcap and about three-quarters of a tin of Dunhill Early Morning Pipe. The Nightcap was a tad too strong, the EMP was a tad too soft. So what did I do? I mixed them together in a large mason jar with the intent to establish a nice medium-bodied Dunhill English. And the result has been absolutely wonderful! Matter of fact, it's the blend I smoke most often.

I've dubbed it "Early Morning Nightcap."

So if you, like me, find Nightcap to be ohhhh soooo delicious but maybe a bit over the top, mix a little Early Morning Pipe in there with it, christen the blend "Early Morning Nightcap," and there you have it, a beautiful Dunhill medium-bodied English blend that smells and tastes as good as you could imagine.

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Trapper John Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Trapper John (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

The perfect end to a great day. Or a horrible day. None the less a great end. Not an all day smoke but after a big meal or with a stiff drink its just the ticket

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pipeFitter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipeFitter (5)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Dunhill's Nightcap wasn't my first pipe tobacco, but from the day I first smoked it after dinner and/or before bed, I haven't missed an evening since. Packing is easy and not critical. It often burns to the bottom of the bowl on one light and burns cool unless abused. As an after-dinner / before-bed smoke, it defines the words strong and full-bodied. Any other tobacco smoked after it seems much weaker than usual to me, so Nightcap is always the last of the day. Definitely not recommended as a non-smoker's first pipe tobacco. Nightcap serves the purpose for which it was blended wonderfully, and I can't imagine an after-dinner evening without it.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (577)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

High in nicotine, plenty of oriental and perique, not an overwhelming amount of latakia. Mushroomy and musty. Very unique and interesting mix.

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alesouza Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
alesouza (4)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is one of my favorite English blends. It is a great Dunhill smoking mixture. There is a good amount of Latakia to those who love it. I highly recommend it, specially to smoke it at night.

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Revolted Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Revolted (11)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

This is a great full English blend. Lots of good Latakia here making it a real smoky taste, but not completely overwhelming the Virginia. If this has any Perique I can't detect it, but I love it the way it is. It is better to smoke it on a big bowl, after a good lunch/dinner, while drinking a nice aromatic Moscatel or Porto wines.

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polaris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
polaris (9)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Nice slow burning tobacco. For some reason i prefer to smoke some tins during winter time.

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Hottgunn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hottgunn (19)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

After quite some time not smoking the pipe, I returned having acquired a taste for strong coffee, good cigars (whatever that might mean), flavorful Scotch and Rye whiskey. I had originally smoked aromatic tobaccos that were very moist and hard to keep lit. I have now come to appreciate and enjoy the smell and taste of English / Oriental type tobaccos of which Dunhill's NC is one. No tongue bite and a very fun complex aroma are what I enjoy. Incense, perfume, toasty smoky woodiness are all there. I don't smoke as many bowls as I did before but I enjoy what I do smoke much more. This blend is quite complex and extremely satisfying. Just lots of incense and perfume. Terrific. The journey is great and this has been a pleasant stop. Highly recommended. Oh yeah, not to mention the big N. Wait until you stand up. The-e-e best tobacco I have ever smoked.

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Pipe Beard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Beard (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable

Nightcap is really good.  It's certainly an icon, and for good reason.  This is what I want in an English and more.  I'm and English (rather, 'Latakia blend')  guy and this is up there for me in my regular rotation. 

There's a lot that has been said about this one and a lot more that will be.  Here's my two cents, anyways.

The wonderful tin note makes even more sense after you've smoked a few bowls. The predominant note is campfire, and it's a very good thing.  There is some leather and maybe a wisp of cocoa.  Keep smelling, though.  After the tin breathes, there is something nutty going on there and even some (dare I say) nice, albeit smoky, fruit notes.

I've had perfect moisture right out of the tin every time.  The cut is really easy to pack, really easy to light, and stays lit through a full bowl.

The first taste is what it's all about; full bodied English right out of the gate and a mouthful of creamy smoke.  It's definitely not overbearing.  This is a 'leather bound books and mahogany furniture in front of a fire place' kind of experience, and I don't otherwise  have those things.  The Latakia here is very nice; smoky, earthy, and well balanced in the blend.  The Perique is not your typical Perique, either.  The blender's note says that "expensive Perique is added", and it shows.   That's the spice in the otherwise 'warm cup of cocoa' air about this one.  And unlike most other Perique blends I've smoked, this one has a pleasant 'mustache note.'  I've never had tongue bite with nightcap, and I've leaned on it at times.   Overall, it's rather cool smoking.  Not the coolest by any stretch, but for this blend, some warmth feels right.

I'm somewhat sensitive to the nic hit, and nightcap can have a decent one.   Although its not the strongest, I often find myself comparing others to it.  But if you're like me, take it slow and a full bowl with a good book and a glass of whatever you've got won't be too much to handle.  I tend to keep this one as a true nightcap, though, because a full bowl makes me ready to call it a night.

There are a lot of reasons why this is a classic.  This should be in every pipe smokers repertoire.  It's one of the greats.

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Abadakus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Abadakus (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

That's my favorite English blend! Seems to me a bit stronger than average. Usually comes with just a right amount of moisture. Packs and burns perfectly. Possesses a very rich and strong taste, noticeably varying from sweet and almost fruity flavors during light-up to much darker and savory notes throughout the bowl.

Though I've tried hard, I still can't find any other tobacco that could give me such a satisfaction, such a deep relaxation, and so much joy. Like a perfect addict, always need to have a tin of this near at hand. Five stars!

Pipe Used: Peterson's

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Yadan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Yadan (6)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Very smooth and mild, and quite relaxing. Possesses character, yet it fell below my expectations considering many of the other reviews. Nevertheless, this is a very fine smoke at any hour of the day.

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Pipe1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe1000 (14)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I have just come inside after having a bowl of Nightcap and the following will set the scene.

Walking outside with a cup of tea and a full stomach, 11.30 PM just finished an all day shift. It's about 5 degrees Celsius with no breeze, faint humming of cars in the very far distance, the gentle warmth of the street lights and the complete silence of night. I relaxed down to one of the most amazing smokes I've ever had, everything was perfect.

Nightcap is so full and strong and yet at the same time so creamy and delicious. The Virginias added a slight sweetness while the Latakia gave the smoke a bold tone of a wooden log cabin with a gentle smouldering fire.

The Preique was noticeable with a slight peppery taste which rounded this blend off.

The nicotine level was perfect and very calming.

I'm truly shocked and this tobacco has earned its own pipe and place in daily rotation - a late, after dinner smoke, alone in my own company. This tobacco should be enjoyed without any distractions bar a book.

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cdcherry Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cdcherry (7)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I dont like to give mean reviews, but this one isnt really for me. It is well done, dont get me wrong. It deserves points for being quality.

It's a powerful, in my opinion, English. Very good latakia flavor to it. Strong nic punch as well. If you love latakia and nicotine, Dunhill has your name all over this tin. I just prefer something thats a bit more mellow. And I dont smoke for the nicotine. Ive never smoked cigarettes and got into this hobby completely for the flavor if it.

This gave me tongue bite, but thats not Dunhill's fault. Did a bunch of research on the topic and realized its not the heat, its the PH. Most of you probably already know that, but for those that don't, it has everything to do with your particular body chemistry, and the chemical makeup of the leaf you are smoking. This gave me tongue bite, but its not a quality issue, its a me issue. Combine that with the fact im a nicotine wimp, and not my cup of tea.

Too strong for me, but thats just my taste. I can see why one would be into it. Like I said, still well done. And they basically warn you its got a kick to it in the name alone.

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II Stormy II Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
II Stormy II (14)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Unnoticeable

Good smoke. I like the nicotine punch more than the taste.

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musicman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
musicman (88)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Is there any pipe tobacco on the planet that is as iconic as Dunhill Nightcap? This blend has been a reliable staple of the pipe world for many years. To me this blend is not a "I am going to smoke a pipe while I mow the lawn" blend or a "I think I will have a smoke while I walk the dog" blend. To me this is a "I am going to sit next to the fire with a nice scotch and contemplate life" blend.

If any of you are like me, you grew up watching Disney movies. One of my favorites as a young kid was Mary Poppins. In the movie, the father, a banker, sings a song titled "The life I lead". The opening lyrics are as follows.

"At 6:01 I march through my door. My slippers, Sherry, and pipe are due at 6:02, consistent is the life I lead"

That is what this tobacco was made for. Unwinding after a long day of work. Being able to gather your thoughts and enjoying the finer things in life. I am a firm believer in the fact that this world would be a better place if everyone could come home to a nice libation and a good quality tobacco.

As to the nitty gritty details needed in a review, first let me state that I will not get into the age old Murrays vs the new stuff argument. Except for the few of us who can afford to track down and purchase vintage tins, this is a moot point. I can tell you the new stuff is fantastic, and always 100% reliable. In my experience there is no fluctuation from tin to tin or year to year.

This tobacco burns nice and has a beautiful latakia taste. If you were to ask me to write and article explaining the different types of tobaccos and their flavors, nightcap would be the tobacco I use as the epitome of a high quality English blend (I know the use of the term "English" blend is debatable as to its accuracy but that would be a whole different article).

Also, I would like to say kudos to the fine people in charge of the Dunhill line. I applaud you for your simplicity and humbleness in these products. Some people may consider Dunhill the Rolls Royce of the pipe world, but even with that stature these tins are not over adorned with baubles and jewels. The names are not outrageous, these are simply humble high quality blends.

Very highly recommended. No true pipester worth his salt does not have a few tins of nightcap in the back of his cellar, even if he is a Virginia guy like me.

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Pontificating Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pontificating Piper (10)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I started off smoking pipe tobacco because of its great and many fragrances. Mostly, I found that even though a great smelling tobacco, may not taste as thought. I also found most of them to be oily and leaving significant amounts of residue and having a chemical aftertaste. After trying various brands and blends, I came to appreciate English blends most of all. A good quality English, satisfies in so many ways that other tobaccos fail to deliver. I'm not saying perfectly good aromatic blends do not exist, I've just not come across any, especially considering my location and availability. Even though I still think fondly of the many Borkum Riff variaties I have smoked.

Since a pipe is so personal to me and something I indulge in frequently, there is no other tobacco (except maybe for Davidhoff Royalty) that delivers such complete smoking pleasure as Dunhill Nightcap. I find nothing more as pleasing as having a good Scotch Whiskey (preferably single malt from Islay or Mull)and a puff of this. It is strong, yet pleasant and relaxing with a wonderful room note and smokes very well in any kind of pipe. From start to finish, this smoke is consistent and flavourful. It burns beautifully and has little oiliness. If you like the occational cigar, then this is for you. Even though it is considered a late night smoke, I smoke this after lunch or any other occation for that measure. It is pure enjoyment and what a pipe smoking experience is all about. I've come to learn that if the tobacco smells like a horse's stable when opened, you can bet you're in for a real treat! The Virginias, Latakia and Perique is beautifully ballanced. Here in the Middle East, where I live, it is half the price of Davidhoff, but sadly only available at duty free when you leave the country. Fortunately all my compadres are always on the look out to get me a tin or two when opportunity prevails. If you enjoy a full tobacco flavoured smoke, than this one is for you. If you are not sattisfied, I'll buy it back off you, if you can get it through customs. Absolutely, without a doubt, it is the Messia of pipe tobaccos...

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CoolPilot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoolPilot (66)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Very good mixture, perfect after dinner. Must have, for me. Superior to Gawith's Squadron Leader, for both strength and taste.

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pdev Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pdev (10)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is my first English blend when i first opened the tin the smell was very strong as was the taste when i first smoked it and to be honest i was not all that keen it just about blew my socks off but after leaving the tin for a few weeks the taste has changed and now is a pleasure to smoke its now one of my favourite blends great for a late smoke very much recommended.

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Latakiafile Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Latakiafile (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

A nice strong tobacco for late in the day, or any other time for that matter. It is strong but not overpowering, good nicotine hit, excellent flavor, strong room note,an excellent tobacco altogether. Yes you can buy cheaper copies but they will never be nightcap. This is a regular in my rotationand if you haven't tried it i strongly suggest you do. You will not be disappointed. If I could give this blend five stars I would.

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who me? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who me? (8)
★★★★
Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

There is everything else and then there is Nightcap. It is just that different. It is smokey, it is smooth, it has the N punch and a peppery taste that lets your mouth know that something is going on when you puff on this blend.

Make no mistake this is strong stuff and makes a great "sippin" tobacco and it burns so well that sipping is well tolerated. Surprisingly it smokes very cool and doesn't bite, which allows the peppery taste to be experienced without pain.

I don't think of this as an all day smoke, but rather a special treat to be enjoyed with your favorite adult beverage (read single malt scotch) after the work day is done.

I don't always want to smoke this, but I always want to have it handy when the mood strikes and that is pretty often.

Oh, and the wife likes the smell (as long as I am on the back porch of course)!

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Dr. G Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. G (13)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Well well well... This is an absolutely delicious blend. The perique "tingle" is delightful. The ribbon cut blond/black is lovely eyecandy. The tin note is smoky, dark and seductive. I literally could not get this to bite and believe-you-me, I hammered it relentlessly. Vitamin N is alluring. And - as a VA addict, heaven sent this to me directly I'm sure. Room note is - well - who cares. I'm not trying to provide aroma therapy for the room. The censor-in-chief gave me no grief so I suspect its tolerable in the least. Wow! RECOMMENDED

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samcoffeeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
samcoffeeman (30)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

A nice smoky note out of the tin, a bit different than other english blends. Nightcap sets itself apart from others, where others are trying to be something else, Nightcap is its own entity. While other blends you taste different elements, Nightcap's components all come together to form an entirely new and different flavor. It is a taste that slowly builds throughout the pipe, becoming a deep dark and bold flavor on the palate. The smoke is smooth and creamy, just a touch of peppery/spicyness. This is a great change of pace, when you want something different. Added to my rotation. I rate it as thoroughly enjoyable. Definitely not an everyday smoke however.

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RMD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RMD (5)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Good smooth smokey flavor with hints of Perique on the tip of the tongue makes this blend perfect for a late night smoke after a good meal on a chilly night. It burns amazingly cool you can puff and puff as hard as you please and you wont get any bite. The burn is slow and very even it needs little if any relighting. I often smoke a bowl or two of Nightcap while enjoying a sweet beverage.

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SirMage Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirMage (3)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Picked up a tin of this based on reccomendations, opened the tin to be greeted with the extremely reminscent smell of summer campfires. Lit a bowl and was in pure bliss. What else can I add to what has already been said? A very subtle but quite complex taste, solid nicotine hit, perfect straight after a meal. Definitely one in my all-star list.

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SBC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SBC (20)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I love this blend, despite not loving certain things about it.

In the tin, it smells of wood smoke, but without the leathery note of some blends (like 965).

On the palate, the taste is fantastic. Clean, natural, pleasant VA, with Latakia, and a touch of oriental and perique that hints at quasi-sweet incense. There are several things going on—a little complex, very complimentary. It doesn't have the “dirty” layer that I sometimes get from English blends. Even though it's a very strong tobacco, I feel like even a person who does not like other English blends would like this. The room note is, apparently and surprisingly, much better than other blends of this strength. My wife and kids both said there was something about it they liked.

As others have noted, the nicotine is noticeable. Enough to affect you (which cannot be said of most pipe tobacco), but not enough to lay you low. A bowl of this does for your muscles what a massage or hot tub would do. Lovely.

What I love about this mixture, I REALLY love. Regrettably, I do have two criticisms:

[1] It burns too warm for my liking. It does not bite, but it's quite warm.

[2] Part way down the bowl, I start to get this kind of scratchy feeling against the back of my throat. As I continue, that scratchy feeling gets harsher and harsher in that one spot against the back of my throat. I have never experienced this from any other tobacco. Bummer.

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Thbg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thbg (29)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Nightcap is one of those mixtures that is a perfect "mixture".

By that I mean none of the tobaccos used in the blend stand out too far ahead of any of the others. The result is a perfect symphony of smoking pleasure.

VA keeps it sweet, Latakia keeps it creamy, Turkish adds an element of depth and Perique adds a bit of spice that you can detect if you exhale through your nose. And the ribbon cut is easy for packing and keeping lit.

I don't think this is that heavy in nicotine. Maybe it has more than blends like 1Q that have almost no nicotine, but it is not as strong as Dunhill Royal Yacht. I actually think Half and Half has more nicotine, but that is just me.

The mouth feel is full but never bites.

The room note is not favored by my better half, but it is actually better than most traditional english blends.

I would actually recommend this to beginners before Early Morning Pipe or MM965. It smokes easier and is more forgiving than the two other popular Dunhill blends.

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serif365 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
serif365 (20)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I quit cigarettes a couple of years ago. My father was a dedicated pipe smoker and I had tried to gain the same smoking pleasure he did with a pipe but never achieved real satisfaction. Having acquired his collection of pipes after his natural demise (nothing to do with smoking a pipe...just a ripe old age) and having many pipes of my own I decided to give it another try. Free from the grip of cigarette nicotine addiction I found that smoking a good tobacco in a good pipe gave me a new-found relaxation. Sitting on my back porch enjoying a pipe and a good book has provided some of the most enjoyable "quite time" I have ever had. All of this said I have garnered in just a couple of months quite a variety of wonderful tobaccos with Nightcap being one of the best. The first bowl kind of kicked me in the pants with its rush of nicotine. The flavor was most excellent with the suttle sense of Latakia in the background. I limit myself to a bowl a day not wanting to replace the nicotine addiction from my cigarette days but I have to admit that sometimes I seem to "just can't wait" to get home to a new bowl experience. I have a dozen or so blends in my rotation but Nightcap is one of my favorites. I have other tins of Dunhill delicacies waiting in my "cellar" and I hope that they serve me as well this. I highly recomment this blend.

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buck115 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
buck115 (1)
★★★☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Tolerable

After two bowls on two different nights I can say this doesn't do it for me. I believe I get the premise of this blend, a mild smoke to enjoy the waning hours and prepare for bed. However, I like a little more flavor, even my last pipe of the night. I will cellar/jar for a few months and see what difference time and atmospherics have on the taste.

a few weeks later ...

A short update. Being of the curious mind, I smoked a few others that are of the "night" blends and have decided to upgrade this a bit. Quiet Nights is what I have in mind when closing out the day and PM Pipe is not close. While I originally stated I would wait a a few months I decided that after a couple of comparisons, and probably the extra weeks added to the maturing process, Nightcap has hit my taste buds.

I did change pipes from two Pete's to two 1950'ish Dunhills, hey, their toby! With that beginning and the extra time in the jar this was a different tobac from the first two tries.

I will give some more time and a few other night time blends a try and will see where this goes. Nightcap is a good 2nd to Quiet Nights and gets another star. Okay, not really a short update but worthwhile.

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Lucretius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lucretius (6)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

I don't think I can add much to the reviews already given here, but Nightcap is one of my favourite tobaccos and it is easy to see why it is held in such high esteem. Full-flavoured with a good nicotine hit, the Latakia forward but not overwhelming and a depth of taste that is hard to match.

I can happily smoke this all day, but it is certainly at it's best when enjoyed in the evening as a long, contemplative smoke accompanied by a peaty Islay whisky and a good book ('An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding' by David Hume springs to mind).

Highly recommended.

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gsbergman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gsbergman (6)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Another new tobacco for me. I just tried this one and loved it. It's like a party in your mouth. Love the flavor. My ritual has been a cup of decaf coffee before bed and a bowl of tobacco. Now the ritual will be the decaf and a bowl of Nightcap. The flavor nearly explodes in your mouth. I'll continue to smoke my daily blends during the "daily grind", but now have a new favorite for the nightime. I'll have to try some other of the Dunhill blends.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (577)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable

A very good English Blend that will get you hooked. The high nicotine level puts you in a very relaxed state. This along with the exceptional flavor makes it one of my favorites. You must try.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (577)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

this blend is without a doubt worth its hype. this was actually the first tin i ever bought. after smoking my tobacconists house burly blend for about a month i decided to try one of the tins the shop had in the back. knowing very little about pipe tobacco i choose nightcap because i like the tin description of a relaxing blend. ever since my first smoke of nightcap i've been in love with good english blends. almost a year later nightcap is still in my regular rotation. though now i have gained a greater appreciation for pipe tobaccos and respect this blend highly. this is a blend that shouldn't be smoked only because your in the mood for a pipe. this is a blend that deserves your time and undivided attention. when i smoke nightcap i take my time to pack it as well as i can, i make a cup of chicory coffee, and play Bing Cosby softly in the background, then i sit back, light my pipe and relax. as for the taste, this is the perfect balance of creamy, spicy and smokey. if you like english blends then you must try this.

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CGHurlburt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CGHurlburt (24)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Just finished my review of Chelsea Morning and decided to open my tin of Nightcap and see what all the fuss is about. I smoked the previous with my morning coffee and felt it has been long enough now to give this stuff a light and see what we have.

Taste: Very robust. It is full flavor in the fullest sense. Smokey, complex, very tasty. One thing about this blend is that it seems to get better as the bowl progresses. And it gets stronger. I like a good strong smoke from time to time and I'm glad to discover this blend. So far, it's the strongest smoke I've had.

Room note: No complaints yet. Not an aromatic, but not upsetting for anyone. Family is neutral in regards to this one.

Final thoughts: This is where I have to really brag about the merits of this smoke. I picked up the pipe as a means to ditch cigarettes. The most difficult part of that transition is the lack of nicotine that most pipe smokes provide in comparison to cigarettes. This blend provides the "N" in a big way. I never inhale my pipe. And the temptation does not even cross my mind with this one. I think I've finally smoked my last cigarette.

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smitty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smitty (3)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Dunhill Nightcap is a nice burning great smoking blend. This blend is a nice relaxing smoke for late afternoon or evening. It has a higher nicotine level that puts you in a nice relaxing trance that makes this blend live up to its name. It smokes smooth and has no tongue bite. It truly is a great smoke after a long day and has no problem putting you in a nice trance and take all your stress away. I would recommend this blend to other english blend smokers and anyone wanting to give this blend a smoke

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Virginia smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia smoker (3)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

I've only had one tin of this but you can bet there will be Plenty more of this in my future.My taste's for pipe tobacco are extremely varied as they are for cigars.For me it was highly complex but not overwhelming.I can and have smoked 3 bowls a day of this stuff in a day.Throughly enjoyed smoking this tobacco.I don't think most aromatic smokers would enjoy it unless they also enjoy smoking english blends. 4 stars all the way from me.

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TW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TW (25)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

A truly excellent one-of-a-kind blend this, with superb and complimentary tobacco flavours. Too much of a thing for early mornings, perhaps, but in the evening it has a complexity and depth that's the equal of anything, including good Havana cigars (by Havana I mean "Cuban grown and rolled by hand in Cuba", not the "Cuban cigars" made in the Dominican Republic US smokers have to make do with).

A very clean tasting, relaxing tobacco, which changes with every puff as you work your way down the bowl. Fairly fast but cool burning with no bite, and a good, clean tobacco taste with ever-changing tones of chocolate, cocoa, leather, coffee and spice without the heaviness that many English blends have.

The only thing making it a less than perfect last-thing-at-night blend is (as others have said) the huge nicotine hit, which can last hours - I certainly wouldn't want to drive after a pipe or three of this.

Perhaps not an introductory tobacco to brand new pipe smokers, partly because the nicotine hits hard and fast enough to make unwary heads spin, partly because the flavour is very full. Everyone else owes it to themselves to at least give it a try. It's proof that modern blends can be the equal of the blends of days gone by.

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mnadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mnadz (35)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

It does what it supposed to for me. This gives me my nicotine fix and full mouth feel. You definetly will taste this tobacco and know that you are smoking. Saying that, it does have a nice taste and is not overwhelming. Good for once in awhile when your ready to have that final smoke.

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meerschaumRider Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerschaumRider (5)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Billowing clouds of latakia cream. It is by far the most requested tobacco by my customers to color their meerschaums, and overwhemingly the favorite tobacco of my smokers! The results are always spectacular.

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Aaron P Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aaron P (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable

Okay, so I decided that I had to try some Dunhill Nightcap. Let me just say that I didn't know what to expect because there are so many different reviews out there. I've smoked many English blends, but this one is by far the best tasting one yet. It is a very rich smoke that is very creamy. I think it is best enjoyed in the evening time with a beverage. It smokes all the way down to ash, and it is never the same smell to me. It kind of goes back and forth between the Latakia, and the Virginia. The Perique adds a nice spicy flavour to the blend which is nice for the evening time. Overall a great smoke, if not one of the best out there. Very respectable blend.

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (230)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A lot has already been said, but this is a great tobacco. It is smoother than EMP , but very similar. Yes, it may have some additional strength ,but not that much. The one outstanding feature I like better than other Latakia blends is the cut, a ribbon, it just lights and stays lit so easy.I also find a nice fruity flavor to the Orientals hidden in the background of this blend. Nothing bad to say.

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Gramps Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gramps (9)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This review is of the current version of Nightcap tinned in 2007 and having 5 years of age on it.

My first observation was that in aging the tobacco had darkened some. Moisture level in tact, it lit easily and smoked down to a fine ash.

It still had that famous Nightcap flavor, but it was apparent that the aging smooths out the blend and provides a pleasant smoke with no harshness commonly associated with younger blends. The latakia was not as pronounced as in the earlier Murray version, which could be attributed to the age of the tobacco.

Overall, I found it to be a good smoke and would not hesitate to purchase it again.

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AlexL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AlexL (26)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant

Excellent tobacco. Full, rich and strong (but not overwhelming). The most respected member of Dunhill family.

If I would be Moses, I would add 11-th commandment: "You shall smoke Nightcup every evening".

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kaywoodiecanuck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kaywoodiecanuck (14)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Another favorite! Strong in the nicotine and taste. I like this all day not just at the end of the day. If you like an English blend I would highly recommend Night Cap.

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scottyspipesebay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scottyspipesebay (25)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dunhill Nightcap: Vitamin N. Pow! I truly like this mixture, but not for just the pow. Both the fragrance upon cracking the tin, and the lilt that hits the air upon first lighting are meat house smoky with nutty almond notes that are very attractive, and wonderful in the mouth and nose, if not slightly bitty. I personally have to treat this smoke with respect. This is a good sipping tobacco. Sipping will indeed provide a wonderful smoking pleasure that lovers of English mixtures will enjoy.

This little review is up after smoking Nightcap only 8-10 times with the same little bent Jarl pinch pipe, and I doubt I'll try this tobacco in any other of my pipes because at this point, I am completely satisfied with the results of both pipe and blend. I cannot give Nightcap a full 4 star review due to the bit, but no drying time; even packing; slow burning and wonderful flavor prompts me to give it a solid 3 stars.

Update 8/3/2012: I've been adding my personal mixes to the mix at the end of my reviews that I think folks might enjoy. Here's one now: It is half Nightcap and half McClelland Bulk MC 2040 Cyprian Mixture from pipesandcigars.com. 4 stars because it completely mellows out any bite from the Nightcap and stays clean and smooth to the last sip. Too me it is literally Nightcap without the bite. Give it a shot.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (577)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Awesome blend, great aroma, great taste, no bite, and wife approved. Bought this stuff from a hole in the wall place for too much, but so far its been worth it.

4/13/14 Starting not to enjoy this one too much now. Its getting to the point that all im tasting is really spicy dull ash. I'm gonna stay away from this one for a while to see if my palate changes again.

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Philosopher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philosopher (27)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

A heavyweight big brother to Early Morning Pipe and Erinmore Balkan Mixture, but silky smooth and not overbearing. I'll definitely be getting more tins of this.

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Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (113)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Having tried EMP and My Mixture 965 I thought I would give this one a go as it seems to be an ever popular tobacco. So here we go.

The tin aroma is decent enough, wafts of that tarry, smokey flavour that haunts the other two in various guises, promising I thought. Packing and lighting were business as usual, no surprise there then. Initial hints to this were quite promising, good hints of that tarriness came through. Sadly, though, the smoke descended into the taste of burnt toast or logs, quite unpleasant, smoke after smoke. Unfortunately I ended up ditching the remainder of the packet about half way through.

While EMP ad MM965 are hardly classics in my book and are fairly similar, they are nonetheless good solid tobaccos. This one comes no where close and isn't an experience I consider worth repeating. Still, there are plenty of reviews on here that disagree, so maybe I'm wrong, but at least we can all spend our money where we choose. In my case it will go elsewhere.

Edit: 01/04/2014

Having tried another couple of tins of this for old times sake, I've found myself coming round to liking this a lot, especially the second tin, which I've bunged in a tin for a month and forgot about it.

The sweetness so often mentioned in other reviews kicks in early, which really impressed me, it probably comes from a good mix of the latakia and virginia. This softens throughout the smoke to reveal something more earthy and nutty, a tremendously satisfying flavour.

Never has my opinion of a tobacco changed so drastically, it's become a real revelation. I am happy smoking this pipeful after pipeful at any time of day. I can heartily give this four stars now, the only qualification I would give is to jar it and forget about it for a month.

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?pe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
?pe (41)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Try once and crave forever.

In the last year Nightcap seems to have become available at most UK tobacconists, so this is a craving that is easily sated.

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wolfnige Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wolfnige (2)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Great for a nite time just pack your favourite pipe relax and let the days presures drift away.

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JustinCarcerated Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustinCarcerated (55)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

Caught last tin available to local cigar shop, 14 US seemed steep (by pipesandcigar standards- but there it was on back order, so I bit the bullet...

First off- the tin smell is horrible. Words in my available pallet of descriptives do no justice to what I am stating here- I've dissected in innards of cadavers with less funk that this blend. Do all English Latakia blends exude this general odor- the horror?! No leaving the lid off this in a small room, nauseating.

So having puffed on Sunset Breeze all afternoon, I hit this after an extremely nice meal of Italian sausage w/red gravy, bringing the loaded bowl outside with with the bottle of remaining cab from this most excellent meal-I anticipated the worst but was so pleasantly suprised. FANstastic in every way, burn, taste, even the room -porch note really-note was tolerable.

How can something smell that bad in a tin taste to good? Taste -wise, it's akin to the pipe equivalent of Earl Grey and/or English Breakfast tea. I do question the marketing strategy of what many here have bought into: how the hell is a high nicotine tabak supposed to mellow one out late at night? I'm scribbling this at 4 A.M. for the love of God!!!! The only thing left to do is go outside and watch the sunrise... with another bowl of that tasty stinky-tinned treat:)

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DavidP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DavidP (24)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm almost through my 50g tin of Nightcap and I've appreciated it introducing me to strong, assertive tobacco. The Latakia and Perique make me think of a pepper-covered hamburger seared on a charcoal grill. More spice apparent upon exhalation. Recommended.

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TardyDuck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TardyDuck (4)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I received a 50 gram tin of this fine tobacco. Has a very pleasant and creamy aroma right out of the tin, and had the perfect amount of moisture. It lights well, and holds a flame throughout the entire bowl easily.

The nicotine in this blend is definitely noticeable, but not overwhelming nor something to be scared of. I found that is smoked better in a larger (wider bowl).

Highly Recommend it to anyone who is interested in Full English tobaccos.

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Pipe hound in PalmSprings Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe hound in PalmSprings (9)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

I came back to pipe smoking from the 60's. My favorite.tobacco was usually Mac Barens and still was until I discovered Dunhill. Nightcap is my first experience and from the first pipe I am impressed. I can't remember trying Latakia but I am sold. Nightcap burns consistently, stays lit and most of all flavorful and smooth. Very pleasant aroma and just an overall nice feel for this tobacco. A real pleasure finding this one thanks to your reviews.

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under the arbor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
under the arbor (12)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A chapter in one favorite book of mine refers to experience of a type we all share; to come to the end of a "journey" or trying time and to arrive whole, intact, "bloodied but unbowed". The relief and exhilaration and calm that ensues, we've all, at one time or another, experienced and relished. In today's world [for many of us] just getting a good nights sleep is an accomplishment. Getting to that sleep cloaked in a veil of peacefulness and comfort is a bonus. To those readers who find this to be all too rare I prescribe one pipefull of Nightcap just before snuffing out the lights. This masterful blend of smooth Latakia, mellow Virginias, smooth orientals and sweet Perique a pipe smokers favorite tonic. The relaxation is no illusion it's sweet hot buttered milk for cranky old men! Sleep well my friends and sweet puffs to you all.

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Taerin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taerin (20)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

This is a top-notch tobacco from a master blender. It is a lot like my favorite, Frog Morton, except it is weaker in the Latakia and higher in the combination which allows you to enjoy more subtilties in the flavor. The nicotine really creeps on you, I can only stand about half a normal bowel so I use this blend when I don't have much time to smoke and I throw it into my clay pipe which has a very small bowel and enjoy it for 20 minutes or so. While this isn't my favorite tobacco it is definatley my favorite high nicotine one, if the nicotine content was lower it would definatley be a contender with Frog Morton and Plum Cake, as they are very simular. This blend also has very little tongue bite to it, which is a huge plus.

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Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (59)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Tastes like a beefed-up version of Dunhill Early Morning. Can be rolled into cigarettes.

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PIPE JACKAL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PIPE JACKAL (5)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

enough cannot be said about good ol nightcap. I do have one regret, when i first started smoking a pipe it was actually the first blend to ever try. Now some people would say this is a bad idea but being cigg addict it wasn't too big of a rush. Now the part i regret is that i have most likely missed out on some good tobaccos because of becoming completely obsessed with this blend. you just have to try it for yourself to really know. now i keep a few other blends in my rotation that i have come to enjoy but no other blend will ever be like my first love. the ONE the ONLY,,,,,,,NIGHTCAP.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (206)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Having first tried this classic about a year ago when staying with friends (who accuse me of having gotten them to take up The Hobby), I had wanted to give it a thorough try-out ever since. Well, now I did.

In the tin is a mix of brown-to-black ribbons and ready-rubbed; the tin note is astonishingly fresh and fruity, with the Latakia definitely noticeable but not domineering. I smell Orientals and a good sweetness.

A bit moist out of the tin, but easy to handle and maintain; with a cool burn. The taste starts out sweet and toasty, with just a touch of sourness; not much development in there, but enough variety in the taste to keep it interesting. The room note is toasty and smoky... oh, well, whom am I kidding? Typically English; not something to improve your social life.

Beautiful tobacco; not the most affordable choice, but IMHO worth the money.

Addendum 12-25-2011: That touch of sourness starts to grate after a while, for me. Still a good blend, but I feel I need to subtract a recommendation star.

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KahveDelisi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KahveDelisi (45)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

So far the best among dunhills I tried. I really really liked it very much and this one also made me realise something about my pipe tobacco reviewing in general. I don't feel the need or feel obliged to explain or talk more about it if I really like what I'm smoking.

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Trippwire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Trippwire (58)
★☆☆☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

After smoking a tin, I have come to the conclusion that this is not for me. I like heavy nic and a full flavour, which this has, but it tastes too dirty for me to want to smoke it. I think it's the perique that makes it so pungent, I was looking forward to this blend and I wanted to like it, but it was not to be. I can see it has a strong following, and it has a certain punch that i've never tasted before, but I will not be buying more.

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piedpipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
piedpipester (19)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

This new version seems to be sensitive to the pipe it's smoked in, at least for me. I find that smoked in a large bowl it's somewhat acrid, and I can't taste the virginia at all. In a smaller bowl it's much smother, and tastier. I keep a tin of this on hand for just what it's name says, last bowl of the night.It delivers a full hit of nicotine so you will definately not be craving another bowl before bedtime.

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steelcicada Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steelcicada (9)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Smooth, smokey and sweet. I use as it's namesake implies and drift into a satisfactory solemn slumber. A classic addition to any cellar. Diolch, Merci, Thank you......

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Bluewood Paul Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluewood Paul (4)
★★☆☆
Strong Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

not a huge fan of the amount of perique.... not a great smell in the tin ....but an alright smoke

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SMOKETSES Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SMOKETSES (208)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

It contains Virginia, Latakia and Perique. This last is the one that spoils the fun for me. After 965 I almost changed my mind for Dunhill blends. Nightcap is reinstating my initial viewpoint. Very harsh tobacco, with sharp taste, quite wet and with a large dose of nicotine. It was difficult to smoke it, even at night. It is not dreadful, OK. But, you expect something more from Dunhill or in other words, much better mixtures are available in the market at the moment.

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Withnail Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Withnail (16)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I am not usually a big fan of blends that contain Latakia, but decided to try a tin of Nightcap anyway. My first impressions when opening the tin were was of a strong smell of the Latakis so I was a little apprehensive about trying a bowl full.

However, the Latakia in this blend does not overpower as it can in English Blends and therefore makes for a much more pleasing smoke in my opinion. The various tobaccos really do make up a complete blend here and provide an overall taste rather than any single type taking centre stage.

Although this isn't one of my personal favourites, it is worth trying if you like Latakia or you are looking for a variation on the traditional English Blend.

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Budman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Budman (24)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Excellent reintroduction by Orlik! I wish it was available in bulk!Give it a try you won't regret it!

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Darwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darwin (101)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

The tin of Nightcap I'm currently smoking is dated June, 2007. I'm not sure if that makes it a Murray's or an Orlik production. If I had to guess I would say Orlik. At least in the short term, 3-5 years, it ages well.

I am fond of perique; for me it makes just about any blend better if it is used in the proper proportion. None of the components dominate the blend, which I really like. I avoided it for years assuming it was a latakia bomb. It's not; it is a well balanced and flavorful blend that I can enjoy first thing in the morning or, as its name implies, just before bed. I do not find it overwhelming in flavor or nicotine strength. The Orientals seem to be of the highest quality and are very well blended. Perhaps its earlier incarnations were heavier in latakia; its reputation suggests so.

I highly recommend Nightcap to anyone who likes a medium English with perique.

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newfiepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
newfiepipe (3)
★★★★
Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant

I love night cap 100% amazing this tobacco is by far my favorite it has a very smooth taste and a smooth smoke infact it makes me sleepy I get a nice nutty taste out of it my friends( non pipe smokers) don't like the smell but to me it smells really nice It is a must in my cabinet

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juvat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
juvat (36)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

What more can be said? Read all of the positive reviews, they're isn't much more to add. Opening the tin reveals a wonderful "campfire smoke" aroma. If its too strong for you, set it aside for a few months and let it mellow. Either way you can't go wrong.

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Laban Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Laban (2)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I opened my tin of Dunhill's Nightcap about two years ago and smoked two or three bowls. The taste was very strong and even though I am a latakia and perique fan I found it a bit too harsh. I might mention that it was the first full english mixture I tried since picking up pipe smoking again. Well, the tin was left to rest until a few months ago and apparently I had managed to more or less seal the tin again, because the tobacco had developed very nicely and the harshness was mellowed a bit. The latakia and perique gives it a distinct character, but there is notes of fruity virginias and a malty almost chocolate quality to the smooth smoke. It is not an all day tobacco, but it certainly deserves a place among the premium blends most pipe smokers refer to and set standard after. I will absolutely buy more of this when I get the chance.

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BaconandTobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BaconandTobacco (15)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

The Nightcap is an excellent blend if you like perique. It will not dissapoint. A high quality blend.

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PipeGinger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeGinger (2)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Dunhill Nightcap is without a doubt one of the most legendary english blends out there. When trying to explain the fullness of any english blend undoubtedly they will refer it to Nightcap. Its reputation is spot on! the flavor proudly dances on your tongue but its not overpowering. It dose seem to burn quicker than other blends I have tried. But at the end of the bowel It is still one of the best smokes you can get your hands on. So yes definitely get some put it in your pipe and smoke it ! ! !

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (577)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a new production tin that I picked up 3 weeks ago. The last time I smoked Nightcap was around 2008 and I loved this tobacco. When I heard that this blend was back in the U.S, I just had to grab a tin.

I opened the tin and was immediately greeted with a familiar aroma. It smelled exactly as I had remembered it and I was anxious to smoke my first bowl.

What a disappointment! It had a sour/ acidic taste and the only thing I could taste was Perique. I had to dump the bowl out about half way. The next day I tried it again in a different pipe and had the same result. I sealed up the tin and put it in a ziplock bag for about 3 weeks.

I decided to revisit this tobacco yesterday and it was FANTASTIC. The old Dunhill was back and tasted like I remembered.

I'm not sure what is going on with these new Dunhill tins but the ones that I've tried recently have been harsh and need to be opened for a little while.

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themarinatingmonkey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
themarinatingmonkey (1)
★★★☆
Very Strong Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

as a whole dunhill nightcap is a good example of example of english pipe tobacco. it comes on at first slightly acidic, but tapers off mid-smoke into a nice, evenly flavored tobacco. very high in nicotine, though and is not for the faint of heart. at the end of the smoke it tends to intensify significantly in the vitamin n. in conclusion: this is a very decent blend for the price one pays. overall, a success.

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goforsco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
goforsco (1)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Nightcap has been a good stopping point in my search for a strong full flavored "English" blend that exhibits qualities of what I love about pipe smoking: Smooth, creamy, cool smoke and fantastic aroma from the bowl. I love the excellent aroma from the tin. I found myself wanting to open it up and take a whiff when I walked past it. Nightcap is my favorite blend to smoke on the back porch looking at the stars. I have smoked it in Petersons and Dunhills and it burns and smokes cool. Many comments have been made about the nicotine content but I think if you have smoked a cigar such as Cain NUB or a CAO Criollo you won't notice it too bad. Still a full stomach is advisable. Save it for after dinner...Nightcap makes a great dessert!

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Atom heart tobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Atom heart tobacco (3)
★★★★
Very Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable

I'm not a friend of many words. It's too stressful for the readers. I have a simple additional pattern for all tobaccos like this:

I rank: taste on the tongue - 5,0 flavor of smoke - 5,5 staying power - 5,5 pain the tongue - 5,5 glow(down)behavior - 4,5

from 1 (very bad) to 6 (excellent) Little remark of particularities. So rich taste and flavor and no paining the tongue. A world top ten tobacco.

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goldfinger63 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
goldfinger63 (13)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

excellent tobacco,but not my everyday smoke.well worth a try if your a latakia fan.high in vitamin n.

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Tripjoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tripjoker (65)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Anyone who has followed my reviews knows that I am a Dunhill fan. So a favorable review will not be a surprise to anyone. I like the house of Dunhill because they are so reliable and consistant, this tobacco being no exception to that rule.

I was never a big Night Cap fan before the switch in blenders, and probably will not be afterward, but the blend remains a solid heavy english that can relax and satisfy even the most jaded and nicotine resistant smoker. It isn't a nicotine powerhouse, but is more than enough for most people.

The blend itself smokes very well. The packing is easy because of the fine ribbon cut, and the lighting is easy as well because of a managed moisture level in the tin. Only a brief period of air is needed to open this blend up to smoking.

The flavors are dark and deep. Chocolate, coffee, aged cabernet, leather, smokey goodness. This blend contains perique, which I like to varying degrees depending on the blend it's added to. Here it works well. I taste it, but only barely. it adds to the complexity of Night Cap and seperates it from the Dunhill english crowd.

You can do alot worse if looking for a heavy english, believe me, I have done alot worse! LOL If you haven't given it a try, by all means do. It is well worth the effort for the dedicated english smoker. Cheers!

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tss1004 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tss1004 (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I purchased this tin of Nightcap with some trepidation. It wasn't recommended by my tobacconist, to be honest he thought I'd be disappointed.

I'm quite picky with my taste in English blends. Some I like very much, many I don't really care for. My acceptance of Virginia blends is significantly more universal. I'm quite fond of Penzance, having been spoiled by it early in my pipe smoking career. Perhaps it's because of my fondness of the Penzance that English blends tend to disappoint me.

When I opened the tin I was surprised by the scent. Smitten really. I thought for sure I was going to like this after all. It was however a bit too moist for my taste. I rationed out a bowl full and allowed it to sit for an hour or two.

I was not disappointed. From the first puff to the last this blend had me hooked. I didn't find the N to be as strong as most have stated, but that's subjective. It was satisfying in that way, but not nauseating. The tobaccos really did work in quiet harmony. There is a depth I haven't found in many other well received blends. There is no overwhelming proportion of one type of tobacco. They all work in harmony to create the depth and subtlety I have come to appreciate in quality English blends. It smokes cool with no bite and left me quite satisfied.

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choch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
choch (2)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

I picked up a tine of Nightcap & 965 yesterday from a local retailer, after Dunhill had been unavailable for a couple of years. In contrast to my experience with 965 (it was a shadow if it's former self), Nightcap is in superlative form.This blend holds true to my memories from several years ago, it's rich, strong and packs a punch, albeit a punch that's deceptively smooth at first (it's an iron fist in a velvet glove). This is a late night blend, as the name suggests. Smoke it on a full stomach, preferably with a nice digestive (I'm currently drinking Ambassador 25 Old Scotch with my Nightcap). Well done Orlik, you've done a great job with Nightcap, which is even more impressive given the lack of availability or real Perique these days.

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brigstowe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brigstowe (5)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Nightcap's appearance and tin aroma are reminiscent of My Mixture 965, but that's where the similarities end.

As one would expect with a ribbon-cut tobacco, it packs and lights well. It smokes cooler than 965, but bites just a little bit harder. If your tongue starts to tingle, I'd put down the pipe for a few minutes and relight. You'll lose some of the subtler nuances if you keep going. I found it difficult to separate and 'pin down' each individual component, and soon stopped trying to do so. As other reviewers have noted, this is a 'blend' in the fullest sense of the word: the whole is more important than its parts.

So what does it taste like? Above all, Nightcap is redolent of Spring-time walks in damp woodland. The flavour profile is characterised by earthiness and mustiness: imagine plunging your hands into a bag of potting soil and smelling them afterwards. It doesn't have 965's herbal 'tang', and although I was able to detect some peppery notes (from the Perique?), these were muted. I imagine it stinks to high heaven, but I haven't dared to smoke it around others and therefore have had no feedback on the matter!

This is definitely a full-flavoured mixture, but nothing could have prepared me for the strength of the concomitant nicotine hit. I was almost floored by the first bowl despite inhaling hardly any of the smoke. It starts to 'grab' at your gut from about mid-bowl, and nausea is a definite possibility if you don't tackle it on a full stomach. This would be a brilliant choice for a heavy cigarette smoker trying to ditch the fags (as we call them here).

All lovers of English blends should try this mixture. Even aromatics smokers should give it a shot, if only to experience tobacco from the other end of the strength/taste spectrum!

I'm tempted to give it four stars for its strength alone, but I'll stick to three. It fulfilled my expectations adequately, but I am certain that there are qualitatively better English blends out there. I'd be interested in buying an old tin just to see if becomes more nuanced (and less harsh) with age. Will update my review if I find one.

EDIT: After revisiting this, I'm upping my review to four stars. It deserves to be a hall of famer.

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meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Full Strong

Loads of luxurious Latakia & a pinch of peppery Perique.

Good stuff.

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Puffingstuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puffingstuff (81)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This review is from a tin (cellared in a glass mason jar) from 1997.

Lucious, smokey,words fail me.

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pipester1990 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipester1990 (5)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

An excellent tobacco. My first latakia smoke. I am new to pipe smoking (been smoking it for about 1 month now). I just cannot get over what I have been missing. Aromatics are like nothing compared to Dunhill.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (89)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

Orlik blend. Have not smoked previous incarnations. The Velvet Hammer it is. Really nice balance between components which i have found to be typical of Dunhill. A gentlemans evening smoke. A true classic which will be kept in quantity. Can be smoked at any time if you are looking for a good nic fix and dont want to gag on brown/black rope for it.

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Scamp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scamp (20)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable

I bought a tin of this about a week ago. It's the first Dunhill blend I've tried. And also the first Latakia blend I've tried. When I first opened the tin, I was a little put of by the aroma. It was a little overpowering when I first smelt it. But, when I packed my Peterson Cara black with this stuff and lit it I liked it immediately! It has all the characteristics I like in a tobacco. It's a smooth, cool smoke with a rich and full flavour. I also think the title is very apt. It is the perfect stuff to wind down with at the end of a hard day, with plenty of vitamin N to help you along the way. Since I bought it I've already smoked half the tin. I'll definitely be adding this one to my list of favorites. If all latakia blends taste anything like this one, then I'll be trying a few more in the near future as well. Excellent stuff, four stars!

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Piper@thegates Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piper@thegates (20)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Its a measure of how good this blend is when just about every blending house has attempted to clone it. I like Orlik as blenders, we'd have lost many a good blend had it not been for their interventions and I for one am fairly happy with how they have maintained the quality and characteristics of Nightcap. What distinguished Dunhills blends over the years for me was the pure quality of leaf, the smoothness and burning qualities which I feel stood out above other blends. Orlik's Nightcap has managed to keep most of the qualities associated with Nightcap, although I have noticed this tends to burn slightly hotter than what I remember. Full, smooth, Latakia forward English blend which burns slowly and evenly (if as mentioned a little hot) and leaves just a tiny amount of fine grey ash when finished. If you enjoy latakia types then there's no finer. Now at long last available in the UK again so I see no reason to give anything less than the full four star rating.

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cgar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cgar (37)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Rich flavor, with a fine taste! A favorite that Ill smoke every night!

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tleek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tleek (51)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a very good english. The different tobaccos blend nicely to create one delicious flavor rather than several seperate flavors all at once. Pretty strong but very good. Recommended to anyone who likes english but you gotta like periquey english. It's delicious!

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RecitalGuitarist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RecitalGuitarist (3)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I love burley blends and recalled English blends from my childhood (well, teens) with a bit of trepidation as I recalled too much of what I guess people call the 'orientals'. English blends often reminded me of burning tires. After reading so many favorable comments and reviews about Nightcap and EMP (Early Morning Pipe), I decided I had to see what all the raves were about--because many of these raves came from burley/VA blend smokers. These are my favorites. Maybe I should change that to 'were my favorites.'

So I ordered a tin each of Nightcap and EMP. After a long wait, I recieved the tins and found, upon opening, the tobacco to be nice and moist but not soggy. Although EMP was the blend that had interested me most, I opened the Nightcap first and was a bit dissappointed to smell lots of Latakia and Perique. I thought I would be very unhappy with the smoke.

You've read this before: the stuff packs nicely, lights fairly easily. I was thoroughly prepared for that dreaded burning tire taste and figured 'I'll mix this stuff with a pound of Captain Black to get rid of it.'

But was I shocked! Delicious!!! Hats off to Dunhill (and now Orlik) as they have created a true BLEND where no one tobacco overpowers any of the others in the blend; they mingle, they mix, they create a syergism of flavor that is a true joy. Needless to say, I finished that bowl (a medium sized) and then loaded up a large bowl. I was happy for the rest of the evening. Caveat--lots of nicotine kick. Reminds me --almost --of a good old Cuban cigar. But the flavor is why I will return to this blend again. EMP has a similar if lighter flavor, but is NOT just a lighter variant. I think I will still Carter Hall it in the morning, EMP the afternoon away and finish out with a Nightcap. Bravo to the person or team who created this blend!

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joel750 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
joel750 (6)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Strong

I purchased a tin of this after reading all of the reviews here at Tobacco Reviews + some videos from YouTube.com. It is highly recommended by the majority of the Pipe smoking crowd.After trying & liking J.M.Boswell's Northwoods blend, i said,"Why the hell not!?".I gotta tell yah: this English blend is THE BLEND that all others are measured up! The Dunhill Tobacco Company Knew what they were doing when they created this.Great quality tobacco, It tastes just like Boswell's Northwoods BUT 3X MORE flavorful,More sharper & the Nicotine level is so high that it felt like someone hit you w/ a 2 X 4 on the back of your head!!! WHHEEWW!!! Good Stuff!I understand it now on why they named it Nightcap for it would give you an overloaded buzz so high that this is what you feel after smoking a Reefer and you just want to sleep after you smoked it! A Word of CAUTION: NEVER smoke this while you're driving for if you are not used to a high level of Vitamin N, Bad things could just might happen! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Tobacco.

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fireball Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fireball (36)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

It's a very strong English, in my book, the new mix, probably the strongest English I've tried. As a mark of my indifference, I still haven't finished the tin after several months. Good if you want your socks blown off before going to bed.

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Duke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Duke (41)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

Last Friday evening I came across a ¾ full tin of Orlik originated Nightcap opened since last year. The tobacco was dry, but yet supple and certainly not turning to powder if handled. Anyhow, what a delight. Here is a tobacco that's advertised as rich, and yes it delivers. What is so lovely is the bold richness of this blend, yet no singular tobacco asserted itself. I really enjoyed how the Turkish(Yenidje) and Perique supported the each other- simply sublime. The robust Virginian and Latakia are obviously there, yet neither fought for control. I've always been unimpressed with Latakia or Perique bombs. So, Dunhill's genius is its way of blending balance. Maybe I'm a Dunhill guy, like a Ford or GM man. I'm so familiar with its blends I'm biased towards its recipes. I find it hard not to smoke this tobacco to the very bottom of the bowl, it's that good.

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vinnie799 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vinnie799 (33)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

Reading these reviews I was expecting Nightcap to put me out for the night. Yeah she's strong but not strong as an ox. Really nice when I haven't had a smoke for a few hours. A very relaxing smoke for sure. I like latakia blends and this one does me just fine. Still the latakia aroma doesn't mix with homelife. Women and Latakia just don't seem to mix on the average. I'm not sorry that I purchased a 50gm tin of nightcap though. It does have a place in my onhand tabaccos. I'm rating this a good THREE Stars here.

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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (45)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

^^I bought this from reading reviews first and expected it to be an amplified version of "old dublin" or "MM 965";i enjoy these two very much for they have a lot of texture and nuances and i consider them to be sophisticated smokes..

I though it was going to be like what say a pint guinness is to a pint of beer,it had the ingredients i was looking for (i thought), and considering i like "dunhill 965" and "old dublin",,,well? On opening the tin of "night cap"the tin aroma had some of the familiar diesal sump oil and creosote factor that i like,& so i knew it was half right ingredientially but;it also had a very fermented aroma, akin to the first stages of decomposition/mouldy fungus on decaying crops type linger which i tried to ignore (because what a tin smells like can be different to how it smokes).

But imagine a smell like digging your garden and breaking into a cavity of a derelict buried anderson air raid shelter that hasn't had an air change in 60 years,and on further exploration discovering a discarded greasy hells kitchen of a smelly,manky old oven in there.. Thats the way i describe this musty damp sub-terrain crypt of a tin aroma.(boggy earthy)....

I really wanted to like this tobacco but its odour and flavour was monotone and bitter;every time i sniffed the contents on opening the tin it still reminded me of a manky old oven. It also tasted and smelt like old burn't stale lard everytime.(seriously shaking my head thinking about it)

Let me expand:Mine was an old tin as well(atleast it looked so on the inside) and the paper inside was totally browned and the baccy had that certain fermented/frosty salt powder look on it which lightly sparkled like coal does..(i was initially excited)

Salt is another flavour that hit my taste buds.This was salty like ready salted potatochips(burn't potato chips perhaps?) i think this is why i felt it had an anchovy fish hint due to the salt sensation(sea salt perhaps?)..it left me thirsty..

All i got was a sensation of bitter lard fat on on my tongue with a burning metal grill room note of mixed fats like pork,beef,fish fingers,bread crumbs, with a? mild fishy,haddocky anchovy hint(cod liver oil?)..

Where i work i was smoking this in the factory and i asked a colleague to describe his thoughts,who was familiar with my pipe odours,,;he said the same about the opening tin smell;to us it was like old chip fat or used frying oil on burn't toast. Its either hardcore or bad,but i was disgusted..

It did have some of the ingredients i was looking for ,but it was cut with something else that i found unpalletable which i could not totally identify.(is this what latakia is like?)

I gave this a fair trial but find it hard to appologise for;the descriptions i have given are not exagerations. This might be a popular blend but i found it crude and an endurance(it tainted my pipes as well)no technique or pipe could bring any other goodness out of it. It had a fairly good nicoteen hit though,but not knockout;it was the flavour that put me off.

The cult factor around this seemed over rated, but i felt i had satified my curiosity if nothing else.Unfortunately i am not in the fan club..

I actually had a pipe lay off for about a year after smoking this because i had just discovered "drum" rollup tobacco that had a slight pipeish tone in a cigarette,i later went back to my pipes because my chest was getting a bit beat up and i re-opened this after finishing off a few of my other stored tins. I did have an alldayer on it with no physiological problems other than a bad taste in my mouth.i still thought it was just as shit though.

I never actually finished the tin;i gave about a 4th away to a gypsy friend in the pub who had found some clay pipes in his grandmothers loft who said he wanted to try it(he quite liked it he said) And i eventually threw the last third in the bin..

UPDATE 11/02/2012 I have recently revisited this tobacco and bought another tin because the status quo of democratic oppinion goes so against my previous oppinions that i just couldn't understand how i could find this so different from everybody else? I smoke english's as well as strong lakeland ropes,and this is an "english blend" with technically all the ingredients i am looking for.

This new tin is quite different than my first: The mixture looks less black and is few shades lighter,also the tin aroma is nothing like my first revolting tin. This now leaves me confused(although not entirely surprised because i have found "My mixture 965" to taste different from tin to tin)- I'm confused because i don't know what the true "nightcap" is supposed to really be now? Anyway, this tastes a lot lighter and less bitter;infact it tastes like a heavier "london mixture" or "965". Not as leathery as 965,but it has something else though,possibly the perique which i am not too familiar with yet.

Very nice smoke but i was a bit underwhelmed because due my first tin experience i suppose i was expecting another experience of the same order. Perhaps my first tin was a bad tin,or this second tin is mislabeled? There is a slight salty brine and pepper factor on my palette after smoking this,also a slight vinegaric sourness which i find quite tasty in a condimental way. The peppery factor definately builds strength down the bowl,and also the latakia is much smoother and tasteful than my first tin which was a bit too carbonic to be honest.

The latakia in this new tin has an actual taste and adds a flavoured and fragrent herbaceaous smokiness. The taste is a lot cleaner and less muddy,good blend of ingredients which i can taste clearly in equal harmonious measure. It has a thick creamy/olive oil feel on the tongue,with a slight honeysuckle but not necessarily floral nuance like what exists in london mixture.(its like a woody spicy erotic pheremone perfume which i cannot easily explain). It gives off a nice rich thick white heavy slow moving smoke clouds as well,like watching slow motion.

I smoked this in a blue "the smoke" berkely shape pipe(the one with the pyrolytic graphite bowl liner from the early 70s,made from the same stuff as NASA rocket cones.)

Nicoteen is felt but its no ass kicker like gawith ropes. The room note on this new tin is far more spicy,herbaceous,woodie,smokie,mysterious than my first tin which smelled like a chip pan fire. I will perhaps have to do a back to back test with some london mixture to make sure i havent got a mislabeled tin incase my first tin was the real "nightcap".. Anyway what i have at the moment is a really good full bodied english.

I have bumped this up to 2 stars up from 1 and if i can forgive my first tin experience maybe it will reach 3stars in the future. This is one blend that i really wanted to like first time round and didn't,so i am glad i have given this another shot. Still a bit scarred from my first attempt(once bitten twice shy),i will try to forgive an pretend it never happened. This new experience tastes far closer to what i was initially expecting nightcap to taste like in my minds eye(or minds tongue).

(UPDATE 19-04-14) I have bought and smoked a few more tins since and have forgiven my first experience,i only wish I had kept the first tin so I could know how old it was..Subsequent purchases have been consistant and I now do feel that it deserves another 3rd star..I have so many tobacco's jarred and I like this one once in a while as a sort of night time quiet mysterious smoke..I use a wider gauge smoke tube pipe ;an unknown metal stem vintage wiggley shape similar to an old Alco pipe style of construction which has a 3-6mm taper smoke tube which amplifies the dark sooty smokey latakia and other complexities within..I find the first bowl of the night is best due to a fresh cool dry briar.Reloads there after lose some of the definition and so I don't really bother wasting it.One to savour.

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TheSmokinDragon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheSmokinDragon (56)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I really loved this smoke...will enjoy many a tin (grab some if/when you can if)

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gersham Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gersham (4)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

I received a small sample of this tobacco with my very first pipe (a Christmas gift), and originally, judging by the tin (well, baggy) smell, I was convinced I would hate it. Testing it out was not even in my plans. However just a bit later, having acquired a corncob pipe to play with, I figured -- eh, why not, especially since the donor of the pipe was pestering me about it. Dear heavens, was I ever surprised! A wonderful, full-flavored and cool smoke that for some reason reminded me of church incense. Very easy (even for a real beginner) to smoke, as well. It plagued me for weeks after that one bowl, just the same as if I'd fallen in love with a beautiful person. Tragically, too, because Nightcap is positively impossible to get I find. Still, it's a wonderful, wonderful tobacco.

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piedpiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
piedpiper (26)
★★☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Overwhelming Strong

As if the site needed another review of this over-reviewed & over-rated blend!! In any event, here goes. I hadn't smoked this blend since the early to mid 70s & am not sure whether the blend from that era was done by Dunhill, Murray's or what. Picked up the pipe again a couple of yrs ago, which was coincidental with Dunhill for a period not being available on the U.S. market. So imagine my elation when I learned it that it was coming back! So all of the retailers are taking pre-orders for weeks/months on end for these famous Dunhill blends made by Orlik. Nightcap was one of my 3 or 4 favorite blends back then, so I couldn't wait to try it. What a disappointment!! I remember the 70's version as a rich, luxurious, full-bodied English that had complexity & character. This Orlik version tastes like a cheap one-dimensional lat bomb! Not all is lost however, as I collect the tins & will gaze occasionally @ this one in sad reminiscence of the enjoyment this blend used to afford me.

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Doctor Max Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Doctor Max (11)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant

Wow, this is good stuff. Opening the tin, a phenolic, dark and peaty scent reaches your nose, not unlike a good Islay whisky, very similar to 965 actually. Surprisingly, the tobacco comes in some sort of ribbon/shag cut, but packs very easily and burns slowly and evenly, usually no relights needed. The flavour is dark, earthy, smokey, perfumey, very complex, multilayered with notes of nuts, peat, honey and also a slightly sour tang from the perique, almost like a good balsamico, all the while with an almost cigar-like fullness (but not flavour), and a distinct Virginia sweetness. Easily the most complex tobacco I've ever smoked. Pure enjoyment from first light to last draw. This tobacco has everything I find lacking in for example 965; complexity, smokiness (without tasting like a campfire) and sweetness. Even Madame approves of the room note; dark, heavy, earthy, perfumey with a decidedly sweet note. Perfection.

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MisterSmith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MisterSmith (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The amazingly nice guy I bought a restored (by him) 1969 Peterson Silver Sterling from gave me a ten year old tin of Royal Yacht and a very generous pouch worth of ten year old Night Cap to boot.

I have re-caked the Silver Sterling with honey and the ashes from the ten year Royal Yacht and am now gently breaking it in with this beautiful Murray and Sons blend of Night Cap.

Obviously the honey is influencing this first smoke but I must say this is a wonderfully mellow and earthy smoke. the perfect post-dinner/late night puff. Because I am breaking in this pipe I am taking it extra gently - which is the best way to smoke any fine tobacco really.

Another reviewer likened its taste to 'damp earth' and that is exactly where I would put it - at least the idea of how damp loamy earth might taste. I am guessing that the almost mystical incense-like quality of this blend is something to with the Perique but I am not experienced enough a pipe-smoker to be sure. Maybe its the Turkish. Will look further into both

If I can get more of the Murray I will but either way this has to be one of the best smokes I have had and a perfect way to end the day.

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M.Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Toney (53)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I see that many reviewers rate this very highly. I liked it pretty good but thought the Latakia in this blend was just a tad over the top...just a tad but I'm not defaulting the blend. That's just me. This was similar to Ashton's Artisan's blend. After all the instruments came into play in perfect unison, the harmony wasn't totally mezmorising but it was extremely captivating & enticing. Did A. Dunhill know how to blend tobacco? I should say so! Always burns good too.

The tin I'm sampling is a 10-15 year old Murray's Version. I'm more into a "lighter" Latakia blend but this is quite satisfying with plenty of Vitamin N. I liked 965 better. Nightcap has a good burning rate and smokes mildly for a strong tobacco. The light sweetness fades into a bittersweet taste toward the finish. I like this well enough to rate == but it hasn't made my top ten...yet. It's a great blend that I thoroughly enjoyed. Therefore, IMHO, Nightcap merits 3.8 ==s. Sampled in my old standby, size two Stanwell.

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STB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
STB (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco inspired me to write a review. I've been a fan of english style blends and this just hit the spot the first time I had it. Although I rarely smoke more than two pipes a day, I had this one three times and just got more and more pleased. The one flavor that I'm surprised nobody seems to mention with a number of my favorite english tobaccos is black walnut. When I smell that rich black walnut-y smell I generally know I'm going to like the tobacco. Burns all the way to the bottom with the frank method. Very nice and relaxing.

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tedcapers Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tedcapers (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the first time that I have reviewed a tobacco, so bear with me. I was pleasantly surprised with this tobacco. I read the reviews and thought I would give it a whirl. As the title suggests, I tried Night Cap in the late evening. It lit and burned perfectly. The experience was similar to eating a delicious dessert. It has a great flavor all the way to the bottom of the bowl. Night Cap is now one of my top favorites. I don't have the experienced pipe smoker's vocabulary yet, but I highly recommend this and plan on buying another tin just in case Dunhill disappears again.

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Firstly I'd just like to say that it's an absolute disgrace that Nightcap has not been included with the current re-releases by Dunhill into the UK, yet they HAVE released it in the USA.....Tell me, what's that about?!

I really wish tobacco companies would just release what they've got, especially considering the pulling power that Dunhill has. (It is after all an original U.K. blend just to add insult to injury). I will now have to order it through friends in the USA and dodge customs and tax by using innocuous wrapping etc...etc.

GET A GRIP ORLIK PLEASE! THIS IS BASIC MARKETING !!!

I've had to splash out £19 for one tin off of Ebay recently instead.

Anyhow rant over, on to the smoke. Have been desperate to try this for years. It is a 'N' word sledge hammer if you're an inhaler. Thick on the mouth, thick on the tongue and thick up the nose. Huge billows of voluminous smoke to boot.

I don't get the perique in this as much as I do with a VA/PER, this is a full bodied smoke with heaps of Latakia. But I wasn't knocked on my arse which is what I was expecting. To me it tastes like a much more condensed and richer MM965.

Still at least I've tried it now. I will look to get more, 8 tins would be perfect but only if Orlik sort their European distribution sh*t out.

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Requiem Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Requiem (36)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

(Orlik made) The perfect full syrian latakia blend. Thick clouds of smoke from perfectly balanced and harmonized flavorfull tobaccos. The perique just adds an extra deepness to it, without disturbing the nose. Full, rich and satisfying.

Just perfect.

(keep some pipes dedicated to syrian latakia blends, and you'll be rewarded with the subtlety of this leaf)

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PipeCat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeCat (13)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

More complex and richer with the addition of Virgina, this tobacco notches 965 out of my Dunhill top spot. Natural flavors develop in the bowl when smoking. A nice sweet flavor is found in the front of the mouth.

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donmartinthree Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
donmartinthree (19)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

there's already so many reviews but I'm bored and that's why I'll just do this.

nightcap was the 2nd (or 3rd?) english I tried (I almost smoke english exclusively now... with the occasional VaPer) and I really liked it from the start, but it wasn't until about 7/8 through the tin that I realized just how awesome it is. if you really take your time to enjoy it and concentrate on (or try and taste) what you're smoking, it's actually somehwat incense-like, a tiny bit sweet, just right amount of latakia and the spice from the almost unnoticeable perique is there all of a sudden.

I like it most after dinner, although I must say I can smoke this any time of the day, as I don't feel it's that strong.

great for when you're craving a latakia punch and a really creamy flavorful and enjoyable smoke. it's getting cold out now, and I bet it's even better during this time of the year.

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South Mantis06 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
South Mantis06 (12)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

The Dunhills are back and may be ordered through Iwan Ries:

http://www.iwanries.com/dunhill_C1533.cfm

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BerkleePipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BerkleePipester (5)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I was fortunate enough to have a generous friend save this tobacco for when he might smoke it with me. We popped it open the other night and brought flame to this magic.

To start, it lights well but can be a little hot at first so make a point to puff slowly. It's too rare to be smoked quickly anyway. It's got a great kick to it so maybe save it for after dinner if you can't handle the nicotine. it gets to you and THAT'S a fact. At first the taste comes at you like a freight train but soon it mellows out a bit. Take note that it smells a tad like a cheap cigarette so save it for a company of pipesters.

In short, Dunhill Nightcap ends up with a solid 4 stars in my book. Seriously, if you love a strong english, then this little blue tin is for you. Unfortunatly, its rarity makes it rather costly. Even so, i suggest trying to procure a tin. It's well worth it.

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Tee-dub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tee-dub (48)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is why you smoke a pipe in the first place.

Dark, earthy, rich and substantial. Full-bodied and robust, it tastes of black coffee and damp earth, smells of rich leather, and peppery Perique in just the right measure. Its predominant flavor is of bitterness, but agreeably so. It is very full-flavored and full-bodied. It is savory, bitter, dark and ever-so-slightly sweet.

Fantastic.

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Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (36)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I was browsing through an old tobacco shop this past weekend checking out their bulk blends and staring me in the face was Dunhill Nightcap. I thought this can't be but, there on the shelf was a huge old bag with the official Dunhill Nightcap sticker on it. Man this was my lucky day. So I ordered 2oz of Nightcap. The moisture content of my sample was just right and this stuff and some age on it. When I got home I packed up my pipe and lit her up. It took the flame right away and after the charring light it stayed lit to the bottom of the bowl with not a hint of bite to it. To me this seemed like a quintessential old school tobacco in both smell and taste. In the tin the aroma is of lots of smoky latakia of course but, also a nice tangy sweet smell from the Orientals and perique. It translates well into the smoke and on the palette. Very smooth and elegant. I can see why all English blends are compared to this. Goes great while sipping a Grand Mariner on the rocks. Nightcap it tops in my book.

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jerryd65641 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jerryd65641 (6)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

When it comes to english blends, it doesn't get any better than this.

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (96)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

This of course is the Orlik production of Nightcap, a very nice Latakia Bomb it is too. Smooth, rich and full without being overpowering on the vitamin N side. Could be an all day smoke for a Latakia lover. I may not be stocking up on this, but I will certainly be buying a few more tins to put on the side.

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PIE-EYED-PIPER Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PIE-EYED-PIPER (20)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

UPDATE: January 2011

I was able to get a hold of a few tins of these, Thanksgiving last year. It was like being reunited with a long lost friend. After having finished a tin of the newly "re-released" Dunhill Nightcap, all I can say is; Whoa mama! This is by far the best Dunhill tobacco I've smoked. Like my very first Dunhill experience, it was extremely enjoyable and very satisfying.

Although My Mixture 965 is one of my favorites, this overshadows the MM965 in strength, flavor and taste.

I can't wait for Dunhill to come out with the "bulk" packaging of this blend and the MM965.

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First Reviewed: 03/28/2010

My first and only Dunhill to date. I was fortunate enough to receive this as a gift from my nephew from France for Christmas last year. Imagine the look on my face upon seeing a tin of this when I opened my gift box. Being a full bodied cigar smoker, I love a strong English blend. This was perfect!

Not for the faint of heart, this tobacco is full bodied and has a nice rich, complex, and robust flavor. The marriage of Virginia, Latakia, Perique, and Turkish tobaccos makes this an exceptionally great English tobacco. Word to the wise though, this is definitely for the more seasoned pipe smoker.

It is unfortunate that Dunhill no longer produces this [and other Dunhill blends]. Due to the law of supply and demand, tobacconists both local and international are now demanding a high price, making this unreachable to most pipe smokers with limited resources. It is however my personal opinion and recommendation that if you can afford one, it would be well worth procuring a tin (and smoking it) even for just the experience of it.

Needless to say, this one's for the books as one of the best smokes I'll ever have. I'm just glad that I had the opportunity to have a taste of this wonderful smoke during my lifetime.

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Pipesrevisited Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesrevisited (45)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

update nov 2010: after a sunday siesta with a cup of strong black coffee with honey: perfection! -upped to 4 stars

I like this better then 965, wonderfull full taste. Sometimes to strong for me, i find this a wonderfull afterdinner smoke!

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Zeppo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zeppo (1)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

I really don't have much to add on this one, it is indeed a very fine tobacco! I bought my first tin of it about 3 month ago, the first tin of tobacco I ever bought (previously I was only swiping the occasional bowl of the brand my father smokes).

I don't quite understand though, are people here saying that it is not produced anymore? Should I stock up? The tobacconist I went to had quite a number of tins.

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piper965 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
piper965 (4)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

MY experience with Nightcap has been with the Orlik version only. My pipe smoking career came to late to get Morleys. That being said though I will tell you a story...

Image a young pipe smoker with a large collection of aromatics. This was me 5 years ago. One day I walked into my local tobacco shop and a stack of tins caught my eye. As I gazed over the tins I noticed one called Nightcap. I purchased it not being aware that such a thing as English blends existed, thinking that all tobacco was sweet aromatics. As I cracked open the tin I was shocked at first by the aroma that I was not expecting. I thought I had wasted my money. After I packed a bowl full and lit it up I had a moment when time stood still, it was as if the angels were singing and the clouds had parted. I felt like I was tasting tobacco for the first time, the flavors were amazing and Nightcap took over all of my senses. The most amazing thing I experienced was the fact that there were 3 distinct stages through the bowl where the flavors changed and kept me on my toes at every wonderful turn. Now this might make me biased because of my epiphany, but I believe that Nightcap was second only to 965 in the Dunhill lineup. Please if you ever get a chance to grab some of this off a dusty shelf somewhere then do yourself the favor of giving it a shot, it's is one of my fondest pipe smoking memories.

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Shawn_M Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Shawn_M (43)
★★★★
Strong Mild Very Full Strong

Dark, rich and strong, without being overpowering. Everything blends well and the Perique is not overdone or overwhelming. Works very well in a meerschaum, or one of my Danish freehands and a cup of good strong coffee.

The only downside is I have to "banish" myself to my study as my wife says is has a potent pungent aroma to it.

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Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (132)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Tin made in UK. Smell off the tin is very inviting, pungent, smoky and bacon like. It is a slow burning tobacco that leaves a white ash and when it is over, you want it to last forever. There is, what I consider a perfect balance between the tobaccos. The Latakia is leathery, with an incense like taste, the Virginias give very little sweetness with even less tangy tones and the Perique gives a peppery and slightly fermented prune finish. It sometimes gives me the munchies as the nicotine content is higher than average. The creamy smoke while rich is never harsh and one should use this tobacco in a contemplative way with plenty of time on hand. This rendition is of course aged and from the Murray era.

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MDP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MDP (37)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

Murray-era bulk, aged some four years being reviewed. A little more Perique would make this more interesting. As it is, the modicum of dark Virginia augments the Latakia dominating this mix. Only by the description did I know that Oriental leaf was present beyond Latakia. Latakia tobacco is not considered condimental without good reason and that is how I prefer it. At least Night Cap is cool and burns well. Lots of strength, too, for those avoiding sleep.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (517)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

What can be added to what has already been said? I am lucky enough to have about six ounces of this weed left and I still find it to be one of my favorite tin aroma's of all of the Dunhill blends. It smells smokey, sweet and inviting. As English blends go, it's a "hall of famer." If you have never tried it, and you are lucky enough to get your hands on some, its worth the expense! Let's hope that Nightcap and the other Dunhill blends are not gone forever. It would be shameful to let Nightcap become just a memory.

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colt25314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
colt25314 (41)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

-This is an epic blend. It is too bad that it is no longer available along with all other Dunhill pipe tobaccos. It is a strong (both Latikia & nicotine) blend. I smoked it for many years and have a few dozen tins cellered. If you like REAL English blends you will not be disapointed; that is if you can find any to smoke.

Please contact British American Tobacco and demand they bring it back or sell the brand to someone who will.

August 2012 update. Orlik is to be commended for resurrecting Nightcap. As good as it ever was.

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Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (100)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

I post my review to add to the previous 235 or so not to reiterate that which has been posted before but to hopefully add a comparative perspective on Nightcap. I had always wanted to try this Dunhill but delayed until it became impossible to find here. Thanks to a fellow TR member who offered me a tin in trade for another blend, I am able to finally fulfill my wish. I was interested in tasting Nightcap in comparison to Esoterica's 'And So To Bed' (ASTB) as both English blends were described so similarly in measures such as base tobaccos and intended usage. I had wondered if one or the other had been a clone attempt, actually. Yesterday I smoked both blends, three hours apart and in a pipe cleaned before each smoke, to experiment. Indeed, they are similar, very similar, but different. Whereas ASTB is pretty heavy on the nicotine scale, Nightcap is much more powerful. In fact I wondered that Nightcap did not come with a tin warning not to consume this tobacco while operating motor vehicles or other heavy equipment. ASTB relates to Nightcap as a .30-30 would to a .30-06. ASTB has slight floral notes in the tin and smoke, Nightcap has slightly herbal undertones instead. Others here find Latakia in Nightcap. I found none either in the unlit tobacco or in the smoke, but a good dose of Perique (which is fine). ASTB's Latakia is present, but not overstated. There is an slightly biting edge to Nightcaps' spiciness and a creaminess to ASTB's. In general however I personally would have had a perhaps difficult time really telling them apart in a blind test; they taste that similarly. They also acted the same in the bowl with some degree of difficulty in keeping them lighted throughout the burn. That might be explained by my having to draw very slowly due to strength, more so with the Nightcap. A worthwhile experiment this was for me. I liked Nightcap enough not to regret my trade. I probably would favor And So To Bed just over Nightcap but not to a degree earning Nightcap any less than the 3 stars I gave the Esoterica product. Both were very refined offerings with a beautifully consistent ribbon cut. Maybe not a everyday smoke, but one to own nevertheless.

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viscfab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
viscfab (81)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Boy oh boy oh boy... I love English blends with decent ammount of latakia blended with VA in the right proportions.. This blend is surely not that... It is a punch on the chin, way too strong to be enjoyed... I guess the nicotine level is too high and the perique makes it overwheling.. Finished one tin and would never buy this again as it is too stimulating on the bad side... Dunno why it is called Nightcap, as one will find it difficult to sleep after having a bowl of this son of a gun. Not my cup of tea. I preffer Penzance, the classier brother 965 *now also discontinued and more recently the new Mac Baren HH Syrian Vintage.

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ThChrMn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ThChrMn (7)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Mild Tolerable

I finally bought a tin after reading so much about it. It packs very well and burns ok. I look forward to finishing the tin. I can't say that about everything that I have bought over that last few years.

Still looking for utopia.

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luvinthepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
luvinthepipe (18)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Sadness. I found 2 tins of this at a tobacco shop and knew I had found something I would never be able to find again. Sadness as I smoke this and realize I had found my all time favorite tobacco. The perfect mixture of sweet virginia, sour perique and bitter latakia is found in the flavor. The tin aroma is also a perfect harmony of earthy, grassy sweetness from the Virginia, sour tamarind from the Perique and smoky from the Latakia. Alas, I have finished my 1st tin and will save my 2nd for that very special day sometime in the next 5 years. I may just have to make a trip to the continental European countries and pick some of this up before they stop making this stuff altogether. I am not sure why everybody claims this stuff is so high in Latakia. The Latakia is there but does not overwhelm the Perique and Virgina. The Virginia dominates the flavor of this blend with two fabulous condiments adding to the wonderful smoking experience. Try smoking this one sitting down in the the evening, listening to the birds as they seek their evening snack. * P.S JOY! A highly reputable tobacco shop at which I buy much of my tobacco claims to have a good supply of this in bulk.

=update12/18/2009I reopened my half opened orlick produced tin I first opened and fell in love with. Wow, this sure has aged nicely. I have gone back to my previously opened and stored in Kerr jar Latakia infused blends for the cold an wet months on the pacific coast. Smoked some aged winchester (very nice). Brittish Woods (also very nice), Star of the East Flake (still disapointing) and Penzance (still great). All but SOTEF have improved....back to the Nightcap...after smoking all these I pulled out my tin of Nightcap just to compare and WOW, got a big dose of flavor and nicotine. While not as high in the latakia as the other blends, the overall misxture has more depth, flavor and of course nicotine. Sure hit the spot after a long day at work. I will greatly miss this stuff. Still have another tin aging....

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eamonclever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eamonclever (45)
★★☆☆
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

i love latakia and englisch blends. Nightcap disappointed me a lot because i wanted a real nightcap not only nicotine delivery. It comes out of the tin beautifully and still in the bowl the flavour is a bit challenging. But once u lit it all the exquisite flavour and taste is gone, simply vanished. The mouthfeel is not as expected fullbodied and tasteful. No it is disappointing. Compared to other strong and latakia smokes, not good not bad only two stars.

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grafvonreuter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
grafvonreuter (3)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Overwhelming Very Strong

This is an overpoweringly strong blend. Almost unbelievably strong enough to knock one off ones feet. Literally, one has to sit down. That said, if strength is something your after, this will not disappoint. I will say, however, that when I want something with this much Latakia in the future I will just go to good old Abingdon which has all the Latakia without the bite. Final word: not for the faint of heart, and not what I would smoke right before I retire to bed.

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periqueguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
periqueguy (43)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Nightcap exemplifies exactly what IS an English blend. Heavy latakia, strong and satisfying for the experienced non aromatic smoker.

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Harpua0077 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harpua0077 (31)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Very Strong

For the wife I give this a highly recommended even though I can't stand the room note. I like to smoke this outside but indoors it is to thick and consentrated for my likings. I related to burning rubber. However the wife loves the smell of it, go figure. It has a very pleasent taste however that I thorowly enjoy. So I guess it deserves a high recomendation. My personal notes give this a 9.3 the drawback is te effect on the Ol'Factory Senses.

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (196)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

For me, very similar to London Mixture, perhaps a bit stronger. I can't really say I noticed the Perique very much, but overall, a well-balanced blend for when the muse struck. Beautifully designed tin to boot! A solid 3 stars.

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final_id Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
final_id (35)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Pretty good. A very straight tobacco. Classic English (Latakia plus heavy burley with lots of nicotine) blend. They do a good job of eliminating bite.

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jazzyguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jazzyguy (15)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

As far as I am concerned this is the King of all tobaccos. I love the flavor and I have smoked this blend since 1964. I remember when it was $3.75 for a 2Oz tin and I was enraptured with it immediately. Unfortunately now BAT who controls the blend has discontinued it and I miss it terribly. I have found other blends but nothing compares with its excuisite taste and aroma.

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (595)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Pleasant

This can only be described as a heavy latakia blend in the traditional English/Scottish sense. To use a football analogy, this is the Left Offensive Tackle of tobaccos... hefty, brutish and pummeling, without a whit of elegance or delicacy. It seems to say "Nobody comes in my house but through me!"

That alone does not make for a bad tobacco blend, and this one is not bad. But the point of it seems to be to take the strongest tobaccos, mix 'em up, and let 'em battle it out while treble-ing the headbanging explosion for the smoker. This is about as subtle and refined as a sledgehammer to the skull. I hasten to add that such a tobacco should and does have its followers. I just prefer a little more depth and a little less "over the top" flavor. Note that I smoked an aged tin from the Murray era (which perhaps means I shouldn't review it!) and I'm not at all inclined to try the Orlik version since the aged blend should by rights be smoother. Smooth? Yep, just like rollerskates on gravel!

But mercy sakes, does this stuff smell like heaven, both in the tin and in the room! I'm going to give it to a friend with the promise that he smoke it in my presence. As long as he doesn't insist I partake in it with him.

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CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (71)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Very Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

I wanted a very fullbodied strong smoke, and wow i got it. I didnt think it was terrible, but i cant see how this has such a following. Its something similar to a really rich dark chocolate, if you eat to much you feel like crap, thats how i felt after a whole bowl or two. It was too strong for me, but i can see how some may fancy this from time to time. It packed well, burned well, but smoked a little hot.

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zierro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zierro (11)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Simply a classic. Despite it's change in blending houses this blend has remained a steadfast winner. Full flavored, clean burning, rich and delicious.

With it's disappearance from the North American market and distribution slowly fading worldwide, grab it while you can.

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (48)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

yeah this is good stuff.. very strong - lives up to its reputation.. i think that nice little dose of perique is what really brings it together.. but all of the elements are good and work outstanding together..

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Mr Peat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr Peat (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

I had some thats from a 2004 tin and I have to say, it aged nicely. It started off pretty mild for the Perique and Latakia tobacco. As the tobacco started approaching the middle of the bowl, that is when it started to really kick it up several notches.

This is the Nightcap I remember. I prefer to call it, "Morning Thunder." Its not a tobacco I like to smoke at the end of the day due to the taste and strength I detect. Definitely a must have for the experienced pipe smoker and I wouldn't recommend this to someone that just entered the pipe world.

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

my oh my,,top rating tobacco u cn find wt it is promised with every puff a variation of joy and leisure,,perfect blend tht i cannot add more to the other review but to say thtiam craving for more

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Fernalgas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fernalgas (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Strong

I had been smoking nothing but aromatics before I tried Nightcap, what a difference. Very smoky taste, which I enjoy, not the greatest roomnote..

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Kapnismologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kapnismologist (30)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Nightcap is a classic. There is nothing left to say.

Nothing, expect that Orlik has done a more than admirable job in sticking to the great old recipe used for years by the folks at Murray?s, with the sole exception of perhaps using a bit higher quality perique in the blend and thus improving it slightly. If only they would have kept the wonderful old tin tops, for which I for one would not mind paying a bit extra.

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jankoez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jankoez (67)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

OK, if this tobacco is product of another company, it would be an excellent blend. However it is not. It is fake, it is not was Mr. Dunhill produced. Simply, it is not an original mixture. Really, I cannot understand why today Dunhill's reputation is constantly on sale.

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gourmet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gourmet (13)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Overwhelming

Probaly one of the most overrated tabaccos in the world.

It can be smoked pretty cool, this is the only plus site in my oppinion, otherwise it's too flat, too strong and overwhelming in taste and certainly too expensive. There are much better English blends out there.

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BriarBurner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarBurner (29)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Stores Closing & tobaccos diasppearing....sat it ain't so Alfred !! The quality of the Dunhill blends have been anything but consistent these last 20 years or so. I have been told that all is right in the U.K. but the problem lies with finding a new U.S. distributor. When and if they get their act together I look forward to the re-emergence of Ultra-Mild, 965,& Nightcap .

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Stun Gun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stun Gun (2)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

What an interesting experience. I picked up 2 oz out of the bulk jar at the local independent proprieter. I sat out on the deck and the bastard sucker punched me. Talk about being blindsided by the nicotine.

After getting over the initial power, subsequent experiences have been wonderful. This blend is rich indeed. I enjoy the full flavor and have learned to turn to this blend only on occasions where I want to really settle in for the next few hours or so. An apt name.

I picked up 2 tins and found that the flavor out of the can was bit more developed - more rounded and not so harsh - than in bulk. I have one tin aging and another open for occasional use. We'll see about the aged stuff, as this one only comes out to play if me and the boys are making a night of smoking.

If you're going to smoke more than one bowl a day, save this for last as it tends to overpower anything else.

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Phred Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phred (2)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

I am in Iraq, where good tobacco only comes in the mail. I went online to order a tin of from BR Tobacco's online store (Austin, TX). When I opened the tin, I thought I had been shipped a tin of Laphroaig scotch - very pleasantly smokey aroma.

I rubbed some out packed it into my pipe (a 'deluxe' sized meerschaum) via the Frank method, lit and took a long, slow puff.

Very Strong, smooth, and very pleasant. Pretty much everything I was looking for in an evening smoke, and makes me strongly desire a few fingers of scotch.

Smoke slowly, outdoors, in the evening - just make sure the wind is at your back! Getting a snootful of the released smoke is a bit much. As other reviewers have said: Smoke this to please no one but yourself.

'Nightcap' is appropriate - it does indeed put me to sleep, and has been the precursor to many vivid and interesting dreams. First tobacco that has ever done that to me.

Happy Puffing!

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MrBriarwood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MrBriarwood (2)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable

Nightcap is a very enjoyable blend once you get used to the fact that you cant just cheerfully puff away without facing the consequences of the high nicotine content.My first experience with it wasnt too pleasant. I felt light headed and experienced some expectoration, but after i slowed down, and smoked with a bit of constraint i really started to enjoy the full bodied flavor. Just a word of warning to first timers.Smoke it slowly. Savor the fine taste without inhaling too much, and you will like as much as i do.This is a great site, and i really enjoy the reviews.

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maynard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maynard (18)
★★★★
Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

My late Fathers favorite smoke, I love it, the best outdoor pipe smoke for me, lots of nicotine, Perfect smoke for my hobbies flyfishing, birdhunting, great with a single malt scotch, keep a tin with my flask, to me a perfect smoke, just opened a jar from 12-25-06, wow, just gets better.

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rattler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rattler (9)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

This is good stuff. What more can I say. Nice creamy and wonderful flavor.

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tennessee texan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tennessee texan (21)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Tolerable

A very pleasant smell when you open it. Full and robust smoke with earthy tones. Burns very well and smokes right down to the bottom of the bowl. I do find the nicotine content to be a bit more than I prefer, but tolerable. I love latakia, and this tobacco has the right amount for my taste. The small amout of perique is very light and frequently not detectable.

I started smoking Lane 1Q when I first started smoking a pipe in the 1970's. Smoked it for several years. When I switched to English blends, I started with EMP. I knew that I would forever more smoke English blends.

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LtMac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LtMac (21)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Nightcap is in my opinion the best English pipe tobacco that I've smoked. It has a full, smoky tobacco taste and ages well. I have several tins cellared and prefer this tobacco in late fall through the winter on a brisk, cool night. I like to take vacation time from work in the winter so that I can just kick back and relax with few chores to do around the house. Sometimes I take the month of January off work, and this blend is my favorite for relaxing in my recliner on a winter's night. Besides that, the tin art is pretty nice too. The Virginias, Latakia, and Perique all work together in harmony to create a balanced, full English blend. I like Nightcap with a cup of strong black coffee or strong Earl Gray tea.

The room note and lingering smell on my moustache pleases me, but my wife says that it smells like someone is burning a stack of automobile tires, so therefore I rated the room note as "tolerable to strong". I give Nightcap four stars.

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SirShaggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirShaggy (28)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Full Strong

This is a strong blend. I tried this right out of the box in 1991. My first bowl. WOW, nearly lost all my hair at once. I didn't try it again until 98 or 99. It was much better to me then. Not so harsh. Update to today-This is a heavy tobacco and I don't reccomend it to a new pipe smoker. I bought a tin while out of town last week and just got it opened today. I smoked 1 full bowl in a smallish sized pipe. It is full flavored and has a nicotine punch to it. I'd never smoked a large pipe with this, I couldn't get through it. I do like the taste though. The only other thing I should mention is you will be liked more if you smoke this outside! Once in a while is enough for me. Everyone should try this at some point though.

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Papillon6 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Papillon6 (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Nightcap is a wonderful blend. There is the older manufacture which was blended in England and the new that is blended in Denmark(EU). It has a Virginia base that is masked by Latakia and hinted with the covetted Perique. The newer tins taste a little different to the previous tins but only mildly. At first it has a pleasantly forgiving almost nutty Latakia falvour. This evolves into a richer Perique taste that borders on sweet. It can be smoked quickly or slowly but the the slower you puff it the more notes of flavour are retained all the way to the bottom of your pipe. I've tried it in many different pipe sizes but it in my opinion prefers a deep pipe with about a 3/4 inch bowl. I've tried it in 1 inch bowls with modest depth but it doesn't seem to like to burn quite right. It's a dry blend in my opinion but most Dunhill blends are, English or otherwise. It's not easy to find since Dunhill's problems with production etc so you can also try a 'clone' of the blend made by Altadis USA. It is VERY close and almost has a nicer room note. It's also cheaper but with the same strength and texture.

Nightcap to put if shortly took years to evolve and is the ONLY English blend that my pallette cares for. But keep in mind, older productions are different then the new ones offered by Dunhill. Only a few tobacco outlets online still have any in stock so grab it while you can. This blend also ages VERY well, so a new tin will taste better in time as the Perique and other tobaccos meld and become more mild. I'm puffing a new tin right now and it taste stupendous. It compliments a strong cup of coffee or tea well also. It however has a strong nicotine content but you will soon find it isn't overpowering like other Dunhill English blends...

Try this jewel of the line out, it is well worth the money and the wait.

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Country Gentleman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Gentleman (28)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I was told that they are going to stop producing the Dunhill blends. Also that Escudo was leaving too? Whether this is true or not, I figured now would be a good time to try the 'cap on.

After a bad experience with Royal Yacht, I had very low expectations for any Dunhill tin. I was pleasantly surprised. This is a great smoke. Nice flavor, good burn. Excellent balance of ingredients. I didn't experience any overwhelming nicotine effects that others have noted.

I can't add anything else that hasn't already been written, other than my recommendation. Hopefully it will remain available.

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tamatoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tamatoker (6)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Nightcap's creaminess, pleasant room note, full texture and taste, and splendid components lend to it being an excellent English tabac. A robust English blend. No nonsense.

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hagen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hagen (91)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

nightcap is known to most pipe smokers, but it wasn't to me. i only started smoking oriental leaf as late as a year ago... what i can say is that the expression used sometimes for it, "the velvet hammer", is spot on. it's very smooth, and very strong for an english. it is not, though, in any way as strong as irish flake nor even st. bruno, imo. the flavours are totally integrated, with no single ingredient sticking out. it has loads and loads of taste, some sweetnes, some smokiness, but first of all a creamy, full mouthfeel. i like it very much for its punch and its over all soothing effect, but for meditative smoking i prefer a livelier, balkanish smoke like balkan mixture from g.,h. etc.

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Pkloop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pkloop (46)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This blend is, to me, now much better. My tins are consistent and the quality is top notch. What a great smoke. I will begin hording tins again!

07/24/2005 I will give this 4 stars but with some hesitation. The quality control is definatly slipping with Dunhill and its a shame. Some tins of this I get are great while others might as well be straight perique and yet others have little to no perique at all. If you get a good can of this it is wonderful smoke that lives up to its legendary status. If you don't? Well...

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Stacey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stacey (40)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I opened this tin about three months ago and smoked a couple of bowls and could swear it had some nasty casing in it so I stoppered it up and left it for a while. I started smoking it again about 4 days ago and now I can't smell anything. Suprisingly, I can't detect that nasty casing taste any more either. That's definitely a good thing. Now I just detect a good dose of nice latakia. This is fairly strong stuff and I can definitely see how the squeamish might be overwhelmed but I kind of like it. It leaves a bit of aftertaste on you and roughs the throat a bit, but at least you know you've smoked. Heh heh. Anyway you should like this if you have a taste for Latakia, but even so, there are better Latakia blends out there. Bottom line: A better than average Latakia blend with kick!

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PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable

A very nice and robust mixture the NIGHTCAP is! Many people find it stronger than Early Morning but I don't! (maybe because I find it tastier.. who knows..)

OK! Its definitely not a blend to be taken lightly! Is very palatable though and complex in taste!

Not much Perique and only a pinch of Turkish but good amount of Cyprian Latakia in a good Virginia base!

It is my daily off-to-bed blend! Never gives me nightmare so I LOVE that one!!!

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clockwork Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clockwork (2)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

I love this stuff, it is a relaxing smoke. My wife doesn't like it because of the room note. maybe not for someone who likes a milder tobacco but worth a try. Im finding I like the strong stuff more and more. I ususally smoke a couple bowls a day.

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JazzSmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JazzSmoke (37)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Well, I enjoyed reading Argo's review so much that I thought it time to write one myself of this complex tobacco. I generally don't care for perique in English mixtures, and thus I waited a long time to smoke this. But I'm glad I did as this is a classic blend. I think the current Dunhill tobacco are great quality at a reasonable price and this is certainly a complex and intense smoke. I love the reviewer's description that called it the "Velvet Hammer". It is very strong but luscious in flavor and I think the different components are blended so well. It is smooth, but very intense. The perique seems to soften the smokiness of the latakia and that's what makes it so different from the other English mixtures I smoke. I will never smoke very much of this blend, but will always have some "in the cellar".

Every pipe smoker should try it. But if you are used to mild blends you should probably fill half a bowl and smoke slowly.

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AndrwHock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AndrwHock (3)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Strong

This is not for the fain of heart. Opening the tin yields a pleasant earthy aroma, not earthy like a fine cigar is earthy, but earthy nonetheless, perhaps a bit like wood dust.

As a smoker of richer tobaccos, I find this blend to be right up my alley. It is a quite bold blend that I don't smoke very often,. but I always like to have some on hand for when I'm in the mood to be overwhelmed with the breath of angels.

All kidding aside, this is one of my favorites, and definitely worth a try for latakia lovers.

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Jaybee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaybee (76)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is the turbo-version of 965. If I were still a bachelor I might smoke this more often.....as it is, when I light up even the neighbors complain. All kidding aside, I love this tobacco for the 1st quarter bowl and then it simply overwhelms me. A great blend in small doses.

On a side note......as tobaccoreviews.com nears the 20,000th review I would like to voice my appreciation for the site and all that have contributed to it. What a wonderful resource and community/////////////////

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smokey stover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokey stover (11)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

On opening the tin(which is no easy task by the way} one is greeted by a strong yet pleasant aroma much like new leather. No, wait maybe it's sandalwood. The first puff yields a strong but smooth taste with good flavor-the topping coming through. You have to go slow with this blend. Smoke too fast and it will burn the tongue. While some like the room note I find that only die-hard smokers will tolerate it, so it's best to find a place off by yourself - in my case the Mrs. prefers that I go to the garage. I like this change of pace from time to time but I wouldn't make this my everyday smoke.

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Con Brio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Con Brio (6)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I love Nightcap! I've read here its being discontinued, and really hope that isn't true. My favorite of the Dunhill blends, I smoke this in the afternoon.

What no Nightcap? They might as well quit making Bourbon too.

I sure hope G L Pease is working on a replacement. **'s

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221b Baker St. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
221b Baker St. (11)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Strong Medium Very Strong

My Lord they should rename this wake the hell up. I smoked half a small bowl and what a nicotine hit. If I smoked this before bed I would be bouncing off the ceiling. But to each his own, I have tried a few Dunhill blends and don't care for them. I am more of a Mac Baren and Peterson type of person. But for all those whom enjoy this good for you, everybody has different tastes.

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Tobacco Saves Lives Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tobacco Saves Lives (31)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Extra Strong

Contrary to many reviews, This Will Not Hurt You, It is a full body blend, and it really does put me to sleep. The taste is very full. When I was a NEW pipe smoker, this was my very first english. The tin smell made me a little ill, I smoked it and lo- There was nothing to fear but great (although intense) smokey, fireplace, sandalwood, leathery complexity that relaxed me to an early bedtime. I dont smoke this everyday, or even want to. I do recommend keeping a tin for one of those days you need a strong drink at bedtime!! Oh yes, The Room Note... You light this one at the risk of pleasing No One (But Yourself).

Ps. Dont Inhale It.

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Johnny River Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Johnny River (17)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

I wish I could give this 4 stars but my wife won't let me. She can't take the smell so I have to smoke it outside. This is the only blend for which she makes me do that. And this is from a woman who has never complained about my smoking (I was a cigar smoker but recently converted to a far better habit - pipe smoking!).

Anyways, this is good stuff. It has a lot of Latakia (I guess that's what she objects to). This is a quality blend of tobaccos - you can tell they have taken care in their selection and blending.

It smokes very smooth, burns clean to the bottom of the pipe and doesn't leave any residue to deal with. As with any type of blend like this you should probably devote a special pipe for this wonderful smoke.

As far as the nicotine is concerned; I actually have 'nicotine induced' dreams from this stuff. I get a rush from the stuff but am able to sleep and truly enjoy the dreams.

So dream on comrades..... you'll love this stuff!

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PfeifenRaucher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PfeifenRaucher (53)
★★☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Full Very Strong

I have no idea if I was smoking the original blend of this stuff or the new Danish blend. Regardless, I do not know what I could possibly add to the already numerous reviews of Nightcap. That said:

Although the taste is excellent (very full English mixture; lots of latakia) the nicotine content is insane. Sometimes it is fun to be that buzzed off of tobacco and other times it has sent me to the porcelain goddess and/or my bed. To give you an idea, I have several times with this blend experienced that tingle in the fingers one gets with cigarettes. Not even a strong maduro cigar has done that to me. I ended up dumping the last 1/3 of this stuff in my garden to ward off pests and kept the pretty tin. However, I think all pipe enthusiasts ought to try this famous stuff, just so they can say they have "been there."

Is it insecticide or pipe tobacco? You make the call!

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Mahardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mahardy (5)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This, THIS is a splendid tobacco. Only to be smoked at night, or on a day of leisure. It has a splendid well balanced taste, and a smell to match, if not to surpass it. The nicotine level in this is quite high which makes it ideal for its intended time of use.

I would strongly recommend this to anyone who has been smoking for a fair bit of time. Those just starting out might find it a bit overwhelming, however.

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Monk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Monk (2)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

For me, this is THE blend that defines the celebrated Dunhill flavor. The virginias are sublime, the dose of latika is well balanced and not at all overpowering, and the touch of perique is just enough to give it flavor without stepping into the forefront. This blend is rich and satisfying without dominating the senses and delivers just the right amount of nicotine to be enjoyed any time of day. Though not reccomended for the fans of aromatics, this is a truly masterfull blend, sure to satisfy even the most discriminating palate in search of a robust, English style tobac that can satisfy on all levels without becoming overwhelming..even when smoked zealously. ~Monk~

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Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Ah, the velvet hammer. They call it that for a reason. This stuff is not for the aromatic lover. I smoke the bulk version daily. Sadly, the bulk is no longer produced. How long the tinned version will survive is anyone's guess.

This stuff has a flavor like no other and will quickly have you wanting more. However, those in the room where you smoke it will curse you for it's room note due to the high latakia content.

While some claim that it is too strong to be an all-day smoke, I have found it to be a perfect all-day smoke.

This tobacco is not for the faint of heart. It's a man's smoke.

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Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (112)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

I think that you are much better off with Early Morning as compared to this blend. Flat with bitter taste. However a really cool tin art. On tin art alone I would give it five stars. On tobacco merit one star.

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Nick O'Teen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nick O'Teen (90)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

This review reflects the original Nightcap as produced by Dunhill. After reading that this blend has suffered in quality under new management, I haven't smoked it in years.

I'll never forget my first experience with Nightcap. Smoking mostly aromatics, as a newer pipesmoker, Nightcap was quite a shock to the system.

Within a few puffs, I started feeling queasy and began a long lasting hiccuping fit.

I put the Nightcap away for quite some time before returning to it, eventually growing to love this potent blend. Very rich with a knock-you-on-your-butt nicotine jolt.

I've since discovered other latakia heavies that I enjoy more, notably Penzance, but in its day, Nightcap was the bully of the town and an all-time classic.

* 1/2

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elias Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
elias (9)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Excellent blend. Strong and tasty. Burns very cool. I like the high nicotine content. There is a lot of Latakia in it, but it is not overwhelming. The rest of the tobaccos provide a complex, very pleasant taste. Despite it's name, I can smoke it early in the morning without any problem.

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Mild Full Strong

I think in a perfect world I would sip a glass of Johnny Walker black and smoke a bowl of this every night before bed. There is a fair bit of nicotine on this one so if that kinda stuff bothers you do not smoke it while reading in bed and expect to fall asleep. There are only a few tobaccos that make me smile upon hearing their name, and this one is one of them. Like a strong drink it has a very concentrated taste, but like many good drinks it is also very complex and a joy to taste and discover its many layers. The Perique is very well balanced by the dark VA. and the latakia is more woody than smoky. I think this is a tobacco that will forever be judged as a benchmark for all other strong full bodied tobaccos to be put against.

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jlinge Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jlinge (17)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I confess that I love this blend, but since I love English/Latakia blends of all kinds, I'm probably a nut. The package note beckons with dank, smoky Latakia, the Perique provides a good compliment to the smoky, peppery mouth during smoking. The bowl finishes with a nice ash, no goop or glop to foul your pipe. If you want a nice Latakia/nicotine "hit", try this. I hope (are you listening Dunhill?) that this blend does NOT succumb to the wave of discontinuances of English blends that seem to be sweeping through the major blenders these days. They seem to be concentrating on excessively aromatic stuff.

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (155)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

They main reason why I review this EM is that, after thirty years and more, and even under the Orlick manufacture, it's going to be discontinued... of the Dunhill brand only MM965 and EMP are still steadily available. Not the SM's mild and medium, not the London Mixture and now nor Nightcap. Incredible! I have deeply loved Nightcap, and always had somebody near to complain the strong latakia smell, too. At the time of the Dunhill manufacture it was not as a strong nicotine stuff as it is today; it also was darker than the current, only few light ribbons over the dark brown and black. Maybe perique was just a touch and today is far bit more. This is a full latakia mixture (over 50%), not for the morning and nor for empty stomach. It's still a very good quality stuff, a true milestone for the understanding of english mixtures. Others have said it all, I will not repeat it's qualities. I sincerely hope Nightcap will be back to us soon, meantime I'm grabbing the tins I find around. Just found three of the 2000-2001 period (Murray?).

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padrebean Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
padrebean (4)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

I love this blend and am sorry to say that I heard it was about to be discontinued. I hope not. As the title might suggest, I usually reserve this for the end of my day. It is loaded with nicotine and is very heavy on the latakia. I really could smoke this all day. This blend smokes cool, doesn't bite and is very tasty. The room note can be a little much unless you (like me) are a bachelor. Highly recommended.

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Ego Archive Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ego Archive (14)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Strong

The tin note on this one really reminded me of heavy velvet hangings covering the walls of a cozy reading den. Don't ask me what that means, I swear it was the image smelling this conjured. Other then that, the Latakia really comes through when I opened the tin, I am hit with a very spicy note.

First light - This one take a little work to get burning just right, but I am rewarded with a very favorful and complex smoke for my work. It isn't as overpowering as I had anticipated by scent, but rather a very even mellow smoke.

Mid Bowl- This blend really fade in and out while I smoke it, sometimes I can barely tasted the smoke, other times I get "Oriental" full blast on the tastebuds, it's strange but not bad. I have noticed the "numbing" taste/effects(?) I sometimes get with oriental blends; not that it is actually a anaesthetic, but something in the taste seems like it.

End bowl- This really end much like it started. Not much in the line of souring, or ashiness, just more of what this has been delivering. It burns easily down to a fine grey ash, with a little herd black dottle at the bottom.

This blend is a bit difficult for me to appraise. I can tell that it is a fantastic blend, it is complex and has a very flavorful smoke throughout the bowl; but it's just not for me. For whatever reason, it doesn't appeal to me. If I like Latakia more, this would probably be homerun.

6 months later

I tried a bowl of Nightcap roughly six months ago, during a different box pass and didn't care for it much. However, since I have been sampling so many English blends lately, I thought that it would be a good idea to try it again. I can honestly say that I am glad I gave it another try. Not that it is something that will make it into my current rotation, but it highlights to me a great diversity in latakia blends. This is a fairly mild blend to my tastes, but it has this fantastic sweet counterbalance that I have not found in much of the Latakia blends I have tried. I packed this into my "English blend" Meerschaum, using the air pocket method, and found this tobacco to light very easily. Nightcap has all of the creamy thick smoke I have come to expect with this type of tobacco; however the sweet, almost citrus notes really help to keep my mouth from feeling as though I have been sitting around a campfire all night, as I do with many other English blends. If I was an English smoker this would assuredly be in my rotation, as it gives a nice break from some of the heavier smoking, also if you are a Virginia smoker thinking of moving into English blend, I think this would be a fine "gateway" blend to try out.

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Isaiah 53:3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Isaiah 53:3 (8)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This mixture was a pretty good smoke. The tin aroma was a bit unusual-somwhat like a campfire smell. Could this possibly be from fire-cured tobacco? Maybe from Latakia curing? I found Dunhill's EMP had an identical tin aroma.

I did not detect any casing in the flavor. However, the tobacco had a somewhat of a sticky feel to it, which seems indicative of some casing or additive.

The nicotine content was impressive. I found the second half of the bowl to have a peppery type taste usually present when nicotine is high. Therefore, this would be a good blend for a new convert to the pipe from cigarettes.

The blend burned fairly well, but was a little tough to get going-I presume from the sticky/moist nature of the tobacco.

All in all pretty good stuff, but I must confess I prefer my favorite-Prince Albert!

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Hud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hud (3)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Given the number of reviews already I'll make mine short. This is my favorite blend. It packs, lights, smokes wonderfully right out of the tin, brand new, no "cellaring" required. I tend to like stronger blends better no matter what the category and when I feel like "English" this is what I reach for 90% of the time. Hopefully it will continue to be available for many years.

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

I think back in the 70's when all that was available was Tinder Box and Drugstore blends this was probably the pinnacle of pipe tobacco. Alas, as time has moved forward, this is at best a decent English blend with no special qualities. I was lucky enough to have procured a tin from England with the old label( not the EU stuff) and still no earth shattering experience. Worth it to try ,but don't expect much. Recommended with reserve. Very high nicotine content! Do not use it as a Nightcap! ============== UPDATE 12/4/10================ I have just tried the new Orlik version and it is very good. Much heavier handed on the Perique though. Still Excellent although I prefer Ashton's Artisan Blend for this genre.

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Townsend Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Townsend (2)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I am new to pipes and pipe tobacco. I've smoked quality cigars and maintain a humidor but do not smoke them on a regular basis, only infrequently. I dabbled with some drug store pouches and pipes but knew that was a dead end and decided to move on.

I purchased a Prometheus and a Peterson System and researched some weed on this site.

Aromatics are not a priority and most likely won't get much attention. I wanted some tobacco. This site is a wealth of info, is well laid out and has already assisted in my journey.

I picked up two tins, both Dunhill due to what was available at my nearest tobacco shop; Early Morning Pipe and Nightcap.

Nightcap gets my nod. I sit and pen this in my relaxed and comfortable state enjoying a XLI win by the Colts thanks to it. I enjoyed the taste of Nightcap. I smoked a few bowls of EMP first. Maybe because of the new pipe but it wasn't that enjoyable to me. I decide to pack a bowl of Nightcap and tasted it more than EMP. I learned to puff easier and maybe that helped. Nonetheless, I enjoyed relaxing with it and definitely have a nice nicotine buzz going. Thankfully I don't have the sweats or any significant palpatations.

Taste is always difficult for me to desrcibe. Others seem to articulate this aspect well so I'll just say it was creamy and I have a nice lingering earthiness with me.

I have some flakes on order and look forward to learning more from this wonderfull site and from some of the worlds tobacco in my pipes.

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20000wattsRSL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
20000wattsRSL (2)
★★★★
Very Mild None Detected Very Full Very Pleasant

In my book this one takes the cake! A wonderfull and a treat to burn.

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Merple Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Merple (15)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Not my idea of a nightcap - kicks to hard for me. I'm looking for the same flavour but softer and a little more refined. I have tried for sometime to get to like it more amd more but we are not suited it seems. However after a while of not taking a bowl I find the first light and taste leaves me wanting another - which leads me to start disliking again. Conflicting and confusing I know.

Taste can be gratifying - wife hates room note - and the nicotine surge at bedtime wakes me back up.

Opted to go for Esoterica - And So to Bed as an alternative..but Dunhill still pulls me back from time to time, so it has something there !!

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Moe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Moe (45)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A little sweet, a little spicey,a little salty. The perfect English blend. Very very good.

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DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

This is a legendary tobacco, but not one that I smoke often these days. I went through quite a bit of it when I was younger, but over time decided it was just too monochromatic for me. In short, I consider this to be an unexciting latakia bomb and don't plan on smoking it again. Other smokers, however, really like this blend, and I suggest trying it out for yourself (along with all the other Dunhill blends).

The main flavor here is latakia, but there's more than enough VA to add some much-needed sweetness. But what really sets this blend apart from the pack is the use of perique. The famed Louisana leaf is known for being something of a chameleon, of course, as it can taste like peppers in one blend and fruit in the next. In Nightcap, the flavor is definitely that of jalapeno pepper, and it adds an interesting dimension to the smoke. As I indicated earlier, I would never describe this blend as complex but I do believe the term "deep" could be accurately used here.

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Halbert Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Halbert (3)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

As I have begun smoking pipes after several years, I compare my early experiences with Nightcap with the current. There is a consistency in this blend I have not found in some others, notably the Rattray products.

This is hearty and potent, never uninteresting. Wood, leather, and pepper best describe its flavor, with not a terribly good aftertaste. It burns extremely well, but it's best to smoke it very slowly. Latakia lovers will find it intoxicating. There are no surprises, here.

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JRI Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JRI (2)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

I have just finished my 2nd bowl of Nightcap,and the experience have been very nice with no tendency to bite. I have not experienced the nicotine high that some have experienced. Very good Latakia taste, although to me,the Latakia is not nearly as pronounced as in Penzance or Margate. Lighting was very easy,charing light,light tamping,then relight,the Nightcap remained lit to the bottom of the bowl,finishing in a nice salt & pepper ash,I did not have any moisture problems,the overall intensity increased slightly towards the bottom of the bowl,but was never overwhelming. Nightcap will always remain in my rotation along with Penzance and Margate. A very good blend,but to me,not quite as refined as Penzance and Margate. I rate Nitecap three and one half stars.

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Maimonides Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Maimonides (70)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Extra Strong

This is a potent English. With uncommon strength. I cannot smoke it often- for this use EMP. When you want to get 'high' keep this in your rotation for as needed use. Strong, somewhat, relatively- smooth, Latakia dominates with building perique. Sandalwood, Leather, Raisin, Black Pepper. I would ALWAYS keep it on hand when you have the need for a stiff drink and a strong smoke. Newbies who love English-dont be afraid, I was scared with stories about 'nicotene poisoning', thats a load of crap. Nicotene poisoning generally occours with pesticide exposure, not pipe exposure. If you ARE seeking a nicotene explosion-this isnt it, Try Samuel Gawith Black XXX Rope. sticks to your teeth...

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scotty815 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scotty815 (12)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

While I am writing this review I am burning a bowl of this all time favorite.I usually smoke this in an old peterson meershaum I also like it in my battered old saseni 4 dot prince. As far as the wife rating most women hate english blends,my allday smoke is usually aromatics Mostly mac baren. But when i get the yen for a good English this is it. The only wish I could have is a bit more perique in the blend.

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geocritter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
geocritter (20)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This was my first experience with a blend having a lot of latakia; I'm not sure if it's that the blend is rough, or that I'm just not a latakia person. Assuming that this is a good latakia blend, I'd say that it lit easy, has a very complex flavor, and was, well, interesting. The tin aroma was very complex. Airing it made quite a difference as well.

It tended to bite a little for me, and I just wasn't really impressed. After trying a couple of other latakias, I may re-review this. For now I'll let it stand at 2 stars. Room note was not even tolerable, achieving a "yuck" from the judging gallery. Meaning, that one can't be inside. I just didn't care for this one, and the remainder of the tin became mulch for a christmas cactus, which seems to like it.

UPDATE 10/2/06

I've now experienced some other latakia blends and have found myself really starting to "dig" latakia as a nice morning or switchup blend. I think I may have underrated Nightcap a little bit due to inexperience with lat blends. I'm upping it a star; I'll try it again and see if that remains when my latakia stockpile drops.

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BronzeBronson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BronzeBronson (1)
★★★★
Strong Mild Mild Strong

My first and Favorite! The first bowl of this stuff surprised me! I wasn't expecting it to be as strong as it was! Not a Bad thing! Wonderful blend!

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Captainmicahp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captainmicahp (4)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

This is a fine late night companion, but it is not too strong to smaoke all day. It has a nice amount of latakia, and is good choice for someone wanting to get into that type of tobbaco. if you have a chance pick up a tin and give it a go.

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SparkleMotion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SparkleMotion (9)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Very strong flavor. Smells like leather, spice and of course HEAVY latakia. The nicotine can be overwhelming, but that can be a good thing. Nightcap was my first tobacco with latakia, and was my favorite for awhile. I don't think I'll ever buy this again though, as long as I can get Odyssey.

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Howlin' Wolf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Howlin' Wolf (10)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Unless you've smoked something in the Nightcap category already you are in for a genuine shock the first time you try it. It's one of those acquired taste things, but if you like it, you'll like it a lot.

For those unacquainted with this style of tobacco: strong tobacco flavor + strong wood smoke flavor + very tangy spicy flavors, yet pretty smooth all the same. Enough nicotene to pull a string of freight cars.

I'm in the process of breaking in a Peterson Rosslare Royal Irish 999 with Nightcap. A very pleasant task!

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Kleophrades Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kleophrades (39)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

Whatever its past glories, the current incarnation of Nightcap is simply not that good. Could this be the most overrated blend on the market? The Latakia lacks the fullness, the woody leathery smokiness, of the really good stuff (as found in Margate and Squadron Leader). Instead, it?s just strong and a bit bitter. There?s also Perique, which doesn?t add much flavor but does do a pretty good imitation of tongue bite by virtue of its spice. Nightcap packs the biggest nicotine punch of any tobacco I?ve tried, so if you want to get high for 15 minutes, this is the stuff for you. If it?s just a Latakia blast you want, then Old Ironsides tastes better. Otherwise, the best thing about Nightcap is the beautiful design on the tin. Once you open it, it?s all downhill.

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Semois Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Semois (18)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

This is a mighty tobacco, and you need to use superlatives to describe it. That doesn't necessarely mean that the result is all positive. Nightcap is to me a little paradox : I consider it as well-balanced, very rich of taste, with the spicy-sweet perique binding it all together.... but at the end of the race is all a bit to mighty .... I prefer it a bit more discreet, and I prefer London mixture to Nightcap. It must also be said that I'm not an all-day Latakia smoker. Ik have a bit of a love-hate relation with that stuff. From time to time I long for the melancholic taste of Latakia. It makes me think of ships and long travels.... but after some bowls of it, I have enough of it for some time. So, after all ... just 2 stars.

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gandalfthegrey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gandalfthegrey (3)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I am writing this review while actually smoking a bowl of this wonderfull mixture, it is always in my rotation. ok lets begin this is definately what an english blend sould taste like wonderfully smoky and the addition of the perique adds a much welcomed piquancy at the end of the bowl definately for the latakia lover. Be carefull though a dgt technique is required here and there is a nice nicotine hit with this smoke, not an all day smoke though but really good after dinner. Burns and lights really well to a fine grey ash no gurgle whatsoever i smoked it in my peterson #303 which is dedicated to this blend. A word of warning though if you are an aromatic smoker or a beginner this might not be a good blend to start of with try peterson old dublin it is quite mild and you wont get a nicotine rush...

my all time favorite

10 of 10 for dunhill nightcap!!!!!!!!!

p.s others might not favor the room aroma by the way but alas it tastes so good..

happy puffing!!!

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eeijas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eeijas (3)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong

let me tell yall like dis....dis is my second blend from dunhill and i tink it's too overrated for its strong strength properties....dis baby rite here it makes you feel gud no matter the weather....if ur sum1 lukin for sum straight strong english tobacco this isnt the answer 2 your demand...for those lookin for a very very very mild and cool latakia blend...nightcap shud b on ur top list...;dusnt give tounge bite...the latakia cud b savord as u exhale the smoke slowly n at the same time, u'll notice dat it's complemented along side wit the sweet va's...well the room note is quite strong but nt 2 the extent of being irritatin to passer-by's....as 4 me who's an avid advocate of straight strong english leaves, this baby is gud wen im in d mud of smokin latakia dats nt too robust

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alchemyhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
alchemyhunter (9)
★☆☆☆
Strong Very Mild Full Strong

I must say that I had heard a lot about this blend. I bought 4 oz., what a mistake. Comming from a trusted name in the tobacco world and the reviews that I had seen I figured it would be a safe buy. Was I ever wrong. I was expecting something deep and dark...it was more like sucking on perfumed insense. Sure the latakia came across very well...but it was drowned out by something else...and it wasnt the perique. This is the first, and hopefully the last tobacco that i will ever have to pitch. I thought about blending it with something else....but why ruin something good just to strech a buck. There a plenty of english blends out there that are great, this aint one of them. Sorry Dunhill...I will stick with your cigars (for now), but not your pipe weed. Better luck next time.

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D'Jullius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
D'Jullius (19)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

As quality as it is, I only give two stars as the flavor last, and last,....and last......and last. your mouth, and all that enters it... will taste of it for a good while. When the flavor wont come out with tooth brush, baking soda, washrag, mouth rinse, its just too strong for often use.

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nemstar1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nemstar1 (2)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Strong

I have had a limited foray into English blends, as I mostly (still) smoke aromatics. However, when the mood strikes, I am rather enamoured of this stuff. Of the several Dunhill blends I have tried, this is the strongest, both in taste and the complaints I receive from my fellow smokers, few of whom share my like for Nightcap. When I smoke this, it usually turns into an all day deal, despite (or perhaps because of) the heavy nicotine content. If Nightcap is the first blend in my daily rotation, it can hit me like a ton of bricks - which isn't necessarily a bad thing!

I smoke the bulk blend which I purchase in a local tobaccanist in Pittsburgh's Station Square, and have never tried this from a tin. Therefore, I do not know how it rates against Murray's or Orlik's, as I just don't know who blends it. All in all, I recommend this blend, even for those novices starting into the English blends. One has to start somewhere, so why not at the top?

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jackhackett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jackhackett (76)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Orlik version reviewed.

Nightcap was not the monster I feared. Sort of a sleepy dragon instead, really, where the latakia and perique temper each other rather than amplify each other. It is not a "savor the latakia" kind of blend, but rather one where the latakia is married well with other components to create new distinctive flavors. Upgrade!

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Loboatomy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Loboatomy (36)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Medium Full Strong

I had heard so much about the famous Nightcap that I went out and finally bought me a can of the Orlik version. Let it suffice to say that I was disappointed. It really wasn't the luscious experience I had hoped for. Indeed, I found this tobacco to be acrid, dry and entirely too strong without even the desired pungence that you expect from a heavy latakia blend. I found the nicotine to be pretty hefty, but not intolerable. All in all, I can't understand what all of the hoopla is about. If I'm going to go in for a Latakia blast-out, I'll be reaching for Penzance, which is a tobacco in another realm of quality with a sensuous smoothness and complexity that Nightcap just lacks. As far as the Dunhill brands, I think that Aperitif blows this one away in tastiness and palatability. This stuff is going to sit on the shelf for a few years and probably wind up getting springkled on my garden to repel insects. What a waste.

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lustra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lustra (170)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Stout, tasty, and top-heavy with Perique. Won't make my rotation as there are other blends in the same niche I prefer. If you love a heavy Perique presence in English blends, add a star or two. (This review is of the Murray's version.)

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prinakis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
prinakis (13)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

One pure latakia blend, witthout suprises. Very good after meals.

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rajabalak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rajabalak (4)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

One of my top two choice beside Penzance for Latakia blend. Out of 17 pipes I've tried, best flovor came out from Brebbia CW Lectura! Surprise, surprise, that is my cheapest pipe! Recommended for 4 stars.

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erz316 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
erz316 (7)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

A great blend. a full latakia blend for late in the evening, the nicotine is guaranteed to get you. has a great smokey/ leathery taste and smell. packs easily, and burns great till the bottom and i never had it bite me. The perique is subtle but at the same time noticeable, while the smooth latakia dominates the blend. wonderful.

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michaelbevilacqua Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
michaelbevilacqua (9)
★★★☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

My first English Balkan blend and definitely one of my favorites. Comparable to GLP's Odyssey, only less bold nor as smooth in character. Virginias are skillfully flavored with Latakia and a little Perique for ballance. I wasn't too impressed with the quality though. The 50g tin I acquired was dryer than I expected it to be after breaking the air seal. This is still a very bold smoke, so around non-smokers it seems unacceptable. Although I feel it's still an indoor smoke, just courteously so. This is also a very strong tobacco, one of the strongest I've smoked to date. If not smoked carefully you'll bite the tounge, get some clammy hands and a spinning head.

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caddad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
caddad (53)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I bought a tin of Nightcap anxious for the heavy latakia flavor that I had come to love smoking g.l.p blends like Odessey and ravens wing and was very dissapointed. I don't know why I am missing the leathery experiance through the nostrils that I get with other english blends. I know that this blend is one of the most famous of it's kind. Its not that I think its a bad blend, its just that something in my system is missing the latakia. Is it possible that there is too much of this tobacco? Oh, well maybee I'm just an oddball.

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akaiser77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
akaiser77 (52)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

Nightcap is a good, moderately powerful English blend with a heavy dose of perique. It packs easy and burns easy. It doesn't bite, though my throat does get a little irritated sometimes when I smoke it. Originally introduced in 1951, it is considered by some to be the ultimate English. I find it to be pleasant, but generally overrated. There are a number of C&D, Peretti, GLP, and Pipeworks and Wilke English blends I'd smoke over this one. And its nicotine content isn't as high, in my estimation, as others find it.

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mr_b76 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mr_b76 (7)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I thought this was very good. It had a pleasant flavor, very good burning qualities and a very smooth tobacco taste. The only problem for me (which may not be a problem for most other smokers), was the high nicotine content. It gave me far more of a buzz than I bargained for. I plan to smoke this on those days that need to be forgotten. Definitely reccomend to try.

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afi6to8 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
afi6to8 (4)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

This is the first tinned tobacco I have ever smoked. I purchased it along with two other Dunhill blends to break in a new churchwarden, and begin to dabble in cellaring. I was pleasantly suprised by the aroma when I first opened the tin, and found the texture to be wonderful. It packed nicely, and though I had a little trouble getting the bowl to light, it did not go out through the entire course of my smoke. I thought the flavor was quite good, and particularly enjoyed the aroma of the blend. I had a hard time imagining how a blend could be stereotyped for and "evening" smoke, but after trying it with a cup of tea before bed, I now look forward to the pleasure of retiring with it again in the future. Four stars

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mdnghtramblr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mdnghtramblr (7)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

If you are a fan of strong smokey blends, give Nightcap a try. I was not prepared for exactly what this blend is like in terms of strength, and it packs quite a whallop for someone who was giving a shot to a non-aromatic for the first time. I think that if I was to develop a taste for Latakia blends, I might come back to this one sometime, but if you are not a big fan of Latakia I would not suggest buying this blend.

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Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Professor (67)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

Dunhill's (Orlick) Nightcap is a bit like this review will be--unimpressive. This tobacco is completely without flavour. All Nightcap has is a high level of nicotine. In fact, it is so potent that I understand the name 'Nightcap' as it made me dizzy to the point of causing illness and forced me to bed to recover. I would have done better, getting it over with without pipe distress, to have simply pumped some nicotine into my system with a needle. 'Nightcap' is bloody ghastly stuff and I have nothing left to say on the matter except the following: good night.

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Pipey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipey (17)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

I must admit, I was a bit nervous trying this tobacco first off. I thought id break out in sweats or something, but I am happy to report, I tried it and dashed my opinions on the rocks of truth...

This tobacco is not bad. It's rich, long lasting, full and smoky. Its a tobacco for under the stars.

I loaded up my stanwell Lord Churchwarden, and happily puffed away, enjoying the latakia, and tasting the subtle perique... fantastic.

It could use a little more perique IMHO...

I have to be honest though, this is an extremely latakia dominated blend - not for the faint hearted, and not a daily smoker for me. This is more of a treat, for those nights when my cravings WILL be quenched - by hook, crook or by nightcap!

UPDATE _ JANUARY 2006

Still a bit too strong for me everyday - but fascinatingly, the tin ive had opened for a year now, still hasnt dried out and ruined itself! Amazing!

Still far too much latakia for me - less lat, more Perique and this would be breathtaking!

5 out of 10

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T Sug Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
T Sug (1)
★★★★
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is my first review here on tr.com and I'm honored that it could be on this great blend! Now I'm not too sure about how old this tin was (it has the white seal on it like the one pictured on this website does) but boy was it good!

Lighting: I use the Frank method of packing and this apparently led to very few relights of this great tobacco (2-3 relights).

Taste: A very rich smokey flavor, the latakia comes out with both guns a blazin' (which i'm very found of).

Smell: I never can really smell the smoke while i'm smoking it for some odd reason but I could detect a very rich tone while smoking this.

Room Note: I have had non-smokers tell me that this smelled like barbecue pork and I do consider it to be somewhat pleasant.

Bottom Line: If you LOVE latakia, then this is the blend for you. If, however, you are just develing in to English blends or just started smoking "for real" then I'd probably try something like 965 before you "kick it up a notch." Perfect score.

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rkunkel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rkunkel (1)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This is my first review and I am nowhere near as sophisticated as many of you, but here goes.

I smoked a pipe 15 years ago, almost exclusively Captain Black. I am back and of course started back where I left off, but wanted to experiment as I figure I am more sopphstacted myself now.

Being used to over the counters, this was a shock! Not a bad bad shock, just TOTALLY different than anything I have tried before.

It is my first Euro blend, and I decided to try it based on al of your reviews.

Keep in mind I am used to CB. Opening the tin I was disappointed. It smelled medicinal, almost like surgical tape, but hey, I decided to try it and try it I would.

It lights well and has a nice smoke. It is smooth and had no bite, but what an unusal flavor? Hard to desribe, but it realy tasted earthy. Reinded me of being outdoors.

The further I went down the bowl, the more I liked it. It is a nice difference from the CB. It was my first experience, but I look forward to my next. Perhaps it will refine my palat.

Speaking of palat, it does leave a very pleasant aftertaste. Some of the others I have had leave a bad aftertaste or leathery palat. Not here.

It was enjoyable and look forward to sampling and reviewing any other blends. Just my opinions, but I hope you have found it helpful! Thanks for having me.

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Shard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Shard (4)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

So far I've smoked two bowls of Nightcap. This is the first English blend I've smoked, and so far I've enjoyed it. It doesn't really have much of a flavour, but was a very pleasant and powerful smoke. This will leave you spinning if you smoke too much of it. I'd suggest that it should be smoked slowly, or in a small bowl or in half bowls at first. Nightcap made me feel nice and relaxed and mellow while I was smoking it, and it was accompanied perfectly by a tall cool gin and tonic. I recommend it, but with a warning to be wary of its potency.

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

In one word, Wagnerian.

Over the decades the liking for strong sensations has diminished somewhat, and my palate is increasingly satisfied with simple tastes. The one exception is Nightcap. If Balkan Sobranie was available, it would be another.

The depth of taste of Nightcap is oceanic. In its own way it is as satisfying as a Richebourg or La Tache, except that it is far more affordable than those two divas. From the somewhat piano bitterness at the beginning to the last thunderous coda there is not one false note. (Bitter as a good pilsner is bitter, or a peaty single malt is bitter.)

There is no reason other than personal whim, caprice or fancy for preferring the densities of Wagner to the milk-and-water of - say - Mendelsson. But should one be inclined that way, there is nothing comparable to Nightcap.

UPDATE 24 October 2011: I have just gone through a twenty-five year old tin of Nightcap (or so I remember its age; I had not noted the date of purchase but the price sticker said 3 dollars and twenty cents). The latakia had muted considerably, and the perique was noticeable. There was, in fact, a remarkable similarity to the taste of Penzance, which makes me wonder if there is any perique in Penzance. Terrific smoke, inspite of the age.

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Joseph Durham Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joseph Durham (16)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Trying Nightcap one has to say "WOW." If you have ever tried "Early Morning Pipe" one knows this blend is 100% better.

Nigtcap burns wonderfully, stays lit, you do not have to relight 8 times. The flakes burn a nice white color, and the taste is to die for. Most people refer to this as a tobacco that one should save for the end of the day. . . I agree. However, I would like to add that one should smoke it early in the day as well.

Nightcap is wonderful in a medium size bowl. I think that if it were to be in a extremely large bowl, it would be a little to much. But, everyone prefers something different.

Try Nightcap, you'll enjoy it.

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zeitenzauberer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zeitenzauberer (2)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Farewell, old friend ! I'm a dedicated follower of Latakia Mixture Passion ! You were my mate for twenty years. You've filled countless of hours with great pleasure. But now the magic of those days is gone ! Something is lost on your way from Dunhill to Orlik. Once there were 4 shining stars, but nowadays.....

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J. Bryan Shoup Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J. Bryan Shoup (5)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

What hasn't been written about this blend that remains to be written? Perhaps nothing, but as a lover of Nightcap I cannot help but chime in with my two bits.

Nightcap is truly a complex blend. Open the tin (or the bag) and you're beckoned by a strong aroma at times smoky, at times peppery, at times earthy - pack it in your pipe and prepare for a delicious experience. One moment you're being soothed by perique, another time being rewarded with the perfect amount of latakia - kept down to earth with the Virginia. I am a perique fan (been known to smoke it straight at times), and it is used well to lift this blend to a higher plateau.

This is a serious tobacco, and highly recommended - it is a true blend, made carefully and lovingly in order to provide you with an out-of-this-world evening with your pipe.

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Collezionista Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Collezionista (59)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Nightcap is truely a blend of unparalled beauty and distinction. I smoke a bowl or two of this magnificent tobacco on many a night and never tire of the deep, ecstatic experience that is Nightcap. I pity those who are turned off by the potency of this blend, to me the high nicotine content only serves to illuminate the daring and complexity inherent in every bowl. Nightcap is the standard by which I measure a latakia blend. Superb stuff!

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

Bear in mind that this review was for Murray's version of this blend. I have not tried the Orlik version.

The tin art for this blend is wonderful, and very fitting. Upon opening, there was a tightly packed melange of deep brown and black, with lighter tan. The tin aroma is full,and profoundly smokey, but not overwhelming.

Upon lighting there was no harshness, just smooth, deep ,full latakia, in a base of discreet and dry Virginia. The aroma reminds me of summer campfires. The nicotine was definitely there, but it wass pleasantly intoxicating, not brutal. The perique was barely noticeable until the end when it made a pleasant appearance.

This was the second blend by Dunhill I tried, the first being Royal Yacht. I thought perhaps it was the nicotine in RY that made me queasy, but now I think it was the casing.

I don't smoke this often, my rating is based on the pleasure derived therefrom.

Nightcap is a fine blend, and has a well earned reputation as a great tobacco.

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HunterTRW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HunterTRW (6)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Dunhill's venerable Nightcap blend was a favorite of the late sporting author Gene Hill, and fueled countless bowls in his beloved Charatans.

I initially tried it based upon his personal recommendation, and to this day I maintain a love/hate relationship with it. Specifically, I love its aroma, both in the tin and aflame in my pipe, but I hate the way it can make me feel.

My first tryst with this blend occured in a large, bent, pot-bowled Savinelli. My mouth literally watered as I inhaled the enticing aromas of Latakia and Perique while packing my pipe. The flavor was great at the charring light, and only got better after the second.

I tend to puff hard, especially with blends that I like, and I LIKED this one. Accordingly, my puffing took on the aspect of a coal-fired locomotive pulling a 100-car-consist up a steep grade. As I rolled the smoke in my mouth it was full and satisfying--to paraphrase Richard Carleton Hacker, like smoking a huge filet mignon.

About 20 minutes into this ecstatic experience I suddenly began to perspire profusely. Next, the room began to spin and my pulse to race. I had to put down my pipe, have a cold shower, and retire to bed early in order to fight off the effects of what I later learned was a classic case of nicotine poisoning. I should add, however, that this was brought on by a classic case of greed and gluttony on my part. I simply could not get enough of this marvelous mixture fast enough.

The lesson I've learned with this blend is to savor it SLOWLY, lest the Nightcap become a nightstick!

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

3 stars will be the right evaluation for the present Nightcap, the fourth is for the sweet memories it brings back to me. When I was 14 this has been the first tobacco I ever smoked! My dad smoked Amphora blends, but I didn't like the room note they leaved around, so I started buying Dunhills and Balkan Sobranie for him; he tried them but still liked Amphora better! So, eventually, I started smoking the tins I was buying, Nightcap being the very first. After 20 years, I can remember so clearly for the punch this blend gave me to let me know it was a blend for well grown smokers. And it still is, strong and penetrating, full as I like tobaccos to be, though it has worsened and become duller.... but I like it the same!

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Redneck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redneck (15)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

What a hit of nicotine. Not an all day smoke. Packs well, stays lit, burns dry. Economical because you smoke so little of it. Not a good 'DGT' tobac because the strength becomes even stroger. It would be interesting to take an ECG (heart) before and after a bowl of this power-house!! Latakia heavy-weight.

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Lancelot Gobbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lancelot Gobbo (23)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Another Dunhill tobacco with a reputation of great strength. People say they have to sit down to smoke it, but I don't really find this to be the case. I've had my share of nicotine poisoning (the first time I tried a tin of Three Nuns in the late seventies, I had to stop mid-bowl), but I'm an irregular smoker without any steady intake of nicotine to make me inured to its effects, and I love this stuff! Whatever its nicotine content, it is not strong in the sense of being prone to biting your tongue, oh no, this is smooth and delicious tobacco. The tin opens with a rich scent that I've smelled before - I was given a sampler of five Sobranie tobaccos in 1980, and one of them was the exact replica of the tin aroma of Nightcap. Was it No.759? I can't say now - from that sampler I fell in love with the Sobranie and smoked it exclusively for a long time. The aroma is rather chocolatey - though that of bitter dark chocolate. It lights easily, stays lit after a gentle tamping, and produces good volumes of smoke. The perique is apparent towards the end of the bowl, but is not intrusive. I really could smoke Nightcap all day, were I permitted to smoke anything all day (but that's another story!) I don't know it from years ago, so I can't comment on whether it has changed from better to worse in the hands of different blenders. I can say the current stock is splendid as it is. Highly recommended.

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UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (109)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

It looks like I'm #102 in this review. Three notes:

1. Perique, though minimally tolerated by me, works surprisingly well with the latakia. Peculiar full flavor I really like.

2. Do people actually sleep after this? Cripes! Half a tiny bowl woozes me big time and I'm up for the night. Nicotine abounds. I smoke this when driving at night to stay awake.

3. It's the only Dunhill I'd buy again. But it will be a while.

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smoke'n joe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoke'n joe (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I prefer latakia, and this is my favorite. I used to smoke it every night right before bed with a glass of armagnac to relax and unwind. Now I find myself smoking it once or twice during the day, and in the evening right before bed with a glass of armagnac. It's my little piece of heaven on earth.

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KScelt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KScelt (5)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This was from opening the can to the last puff definitely an adventure to the land of the traditional English heavy with Latikia blend. No attempt at pretense, just the straight stuff. One pipeful is very satisfying and grows on you as it progresses, and gave me a satiated, satisfied feeling. I don't think there is another blend quite like it.

The strength is not the issue for me as some others find it. An excellent, quality blend. Hmm, damn clever these Brits in calling it Nightcap - it is a good relaxing smoke.

NOTE: Dunhill blends by their current maker are no more. Some of these, hopefully including Nightcap, will be produced by Orliks. The effect on these tobaccos is something that we will just have to wait and see about.

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RickPiatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RickPiatt (16)
★★☆☆
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Very Strong

Everyone else has already said just about all that needs to be said about this tobacco. For me, it was just too much latakia (didn't know there was such a thing until I tried this blend). Overall, a good tobacco to be sure but I would have to suggest London Mixture as a slightly lighter better alternative.

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ricardo pear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ricardo pear (7)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

The reaction of my dog(he ran away) when an open tin or jar of this is put under his nose indicates it is good stuff. It is a latakia heavy English blend, with a little bit of perique added. The perique is occasionaly evident when smoking as distinct spiciness i havent found in other english blends. It is slightly bitter at the start of the bowl, tending towards slightly muddy at the end. However it is a very good tasting English blend and if you can't stand weak tobacco's than this is for you. Also in my experience the nicotine level of this blend is over-rated, though I must add I am quite tolerant of the stuff.

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Devonshire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Devonshire (47)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Very Mild Tolerable

Not a bad smoke, but I was expecting something "fuller" as advertised. Suprisingly flat, but mellow. It is indeed suitable for a late evening pipe.

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calavera Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
calavera (26)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

When I first started smoking pipes, my local carried an aromatic named Nightcap. I tried it and found it to be okay, but I was not really into aromatics. They also carried this stuff, and I stayed away from it because I associated it with the aromatic crap.

Then I saw how well it was liked here, so I got two tins to try. I wish that I had stayed away.

Smells good in the tin (which is quite handsome) with a nice dose of latakia and a pleasant twist of perique.

Packed some in a Kirsten that I have dedicated to English blends. Smoked okay, but was nothing special. Then it developed a nasty kind of pepperiness from the perique. It was just never my thing.

Let the tin dry out and still try it from time to time. Last week I tried some in a quarter bent CAO calabash and it was not as bad as before, but rather had developed into a completely undistinguished English blend.

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Casper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Casper (22)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

A 1989 Dunhill bulldog shell with cumberland stem, 2001 Cabernet Franc from Pellier Estates, and a deep purple orange sunset in my backyard to set the scene. Wafts of left over aroma from a recently completed barbecue and a few good friends relaxing on the deck.... light conversation..... e x h a l e .... Top Three Tobacco!

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cruelraoul Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cruelraoul (24)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This blend has a taste similar to Penzance, in my opinion. The presentation is terrific, and is very easy to load. I find Penzance to be a little more satisfying, but Nightcap offers a little more "zest", probably due to its small amount of perique. Penzance is a little more earthy and subdued, while Nightcap has a perkiness that I found myself enjoying.

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Stud Cricket Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stud Cricket (3)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Like has already been said, smoke this for what it is and it is a very pleasurable tobacco. I am and probably always will be a lover of aromatics, that being said I'm trying to branch out and enjoy others. For what I would have to call a full english tobac I am sure this is about as good as it gets. I'll keep this around for the times I need a good kick in the pants. Definitely NOT an all day smoke for me. Perry

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Gumshoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gumshoe (3)
★★★☆
Very Strong Strong Very Full Strong

I am changing my views on this blend. I had once been so against Nightcap that I rated this one of my least favorites, due to the heavy Latakia taste in this one.

I think, instead, that I was smoking this blend with the idea of trying to make it something it clearly was not. I am primarily an aromatic smoker, so that is what I expected it to be. When it was not, I threw it away (literally) with so much disdain. I think now you have to appreciate it for what it is; a heavy English blend with a good woodsy smoke. That and the fact that I am starting to branch out. I keep a tin of this on hand for those days when I am feeling especially full of piss and vinegar.

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Baloo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Baloo (7)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

There´s not much to add, that hasn´t been said in the other reviews about Nightcap. The tin description doesn´t promise too much. This is a real "heavy hitter" with lots of latakia and a small amount of perique in it. For me, Nightcap is a must-have among English blends and one of Dunhill´s best.

I couldn´t imagine to use this as an all-day smoke but it works wonderfully along with a pint of Guinness or a dram of single malt(especially Islays) before you jump into your sheets.

If you like strong Latakia blends, this one is well worth tryin´.

9 out of 10 in my personal rating.

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Wolfpaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wolfpaw (37)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

There's not much more that can be said about Nightcap that hasn't already been said in the many reviews posted. I like most all of the Dunhill mixtures; I can always find one of them to suit any mood or situation. Nightcap is my favorite Dunhill mixture. From its seductively smoky tin aroma to its full, rich flavor and quintessentially English room note, this is simply a great English tobacco.

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workingstiff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
workingstiff (39)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Mild Full Strong

If I had the money I would have a can of this sitting on my shelf all the time. This is not a good running around working smoke but great for when you have the time to smoke it. If smoking this made me feel any more mellow the Feds would have to raid the local tobacco shop and remove it from the shelves. Very strong rich tobacco.

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FiveRings Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FiveRings (21)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

Nightcap - along with Durbar, are my top favorites from the Dunhill line. Very strong and yet smooth, deep, spicy, showing at times individual strengths of its components while the total sum shows a remarkable balance. A great blend that I always make sure is close by.

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p.smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p.smoker (16)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

what can i say that already has`nt been said.i bought some nightcap after reading these reviews on it,and i`m glad i did.this tobacco is great.i know theres alot of hype on this tobacco,but it is warrented.after opening the tin the aroma of latakia fills your scenses.it is a little wetter than i thought,but you just have to dry it to your taste. i loaded up my nording freehand, and fired this tobacco up.wow!it has a great full flavor.the flavor just kept getting better threw out the bowl.it smoked great.there were very few re-lites,and it smoked down to a nice gray ash.this tobacco has become one of my favorites.if you want to try a great full bodied latakia tobacco,this is it.i would caution new pipe smokers,this tobacco can knock your socks off if your not use to it.

i think its a great "end of the day" tobacco.it`s the tobacco you want to smoke with your favorite drink.just sit back and enjoy the experience.this tobacco will be added to my cellar.

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pocket Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pocket (27)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As Nightcap is not for sale in Holland I bought some tins in Germany visiting a Christmas-market there. It is really a very nice tobacco. It is full and it is tasty. However I like it as much as my favourite "Sir William" English Latakia. This tobacco is not reviewed here. It is for sale in Holland. Lucky me! But visiting germany again, tins of Nightcap will follow us to holland.

*update: Smoking it now for a few weeks now and then, I must say, I think it is the best tobacco I ever smoked. Lucky that Germany is not too far from here! I smoke the stuff before going to bed, most times with a good glass of full-bodied red wine! Delicious!

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JulioJustice Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JulioJustice (12)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Strong Very Full Pleasant

This is truly a GREAT tobacco, from a great company. I would recomend this to anyone right away.

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Thatcher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thatcher (58)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

This is a very smooth mixture. The perique is most notable at the beginning of the bowl, then fades into the background. It is stronger in the nicotine department than most heavy English blends, like all the Dunhill bulk blends I have tried. ?Nightcap? is a perfect name for this blend; I smoke a big bowl of this last thing in the evening when I want a nice, smooth Latakia mix. And the nicotine hit leaves me wanting to do nothing but crawl to the bed and crash for the night. When I want a similar-tasting blend without feeling like I?ve been beaten with a nicotine stick, I prefer C&D?s Black Knight.

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Lbarraa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lbarraa (27)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Mild to Medium Very Strong

This tobacco is really great for the nigth, before you jum in to the bed. There are a very low perique presence in the blend, and the latakia rules. The mouth taste after smoking is great. The problem is the room note, is very strong and makes the tobacco agressive for the non pipesmoker sitted next to you. Is an ideal tobacco for smoke in home, and will loved for the english blends fans.

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Phantom55 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phantom55 (29)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

This is a full Latakia blend with some sweet overtones. Packs and burns well, and has absolutely no bite or problems with heat. Given the description of this blend, I would have expected it to be even stronger ,so suspect there is some foo foo tobacco (cavendish) in this, as is Dunhills habit. High percentage of Latakia in this blend so it is a late in the day smoke.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (577)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

After opening the tin, I was struck with what seemed to smell like tires burning in a wood fire. Definitely a steel belted smoke! The inital taste was a very smokey, salted prune-like flavor that gives way to a cool, toasty taste.

I was once in the ranks of cigarette smokers and full flavored cigars were a daily ritual for me; so the strength is much loved and appreciated. The high nicotine content seems to be present but does not really faze me. I think this is good for an anytime smoke, but I like to save it for the end of the day so to enjoy it with a sense of meditatively induced calm. The wonderful blend of Latakia and Perique meld so well with the matured Virginias to produce a very heavy, very satisfying cool smoke...and such a great volume of smoke.

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poupehan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
poupehan (23)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

Well, what more can be said about this classic. I love it. Before going to sleep, a peaty Islay and nightcap is one of my greater joys in life. Not of my wife, allas. I prefer not to smoke it too often, and rotate with lighter blends, because I would not like to get too acustomed to the taste intensity. I waited too long before trying this, alarmed by the fact that many find this very strong tobacco. I had no problem coping with the nicotine strengt, which I find medium. Highest recommendations. This is the best tobacco in my stash.

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davidaf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
davidaf (2)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

Wow, darn near knocked my teeth out. This may have been the wrong tobacco to pick for my first venture into English blends. A touch strong and complex for my pallet. It certainly has a lot of flavor but the strength hit me square on the jaw. I'll come back to this when I?ve got a bit more experience.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This may be the best English style blend ever outside of some more recent and more expensive brands. This is one of the most flavorful tobaccos ever created. It just gives me more than I can handle on a regular basis. If you could only smoke one bowl per day this could be the one you could live with. That being said, I find that I don't smoke this very often due to strength and aroma issues. It is also more likely than most to raise some allergy issues in many smokers and bystanders. To summarize: If you like real tobacco flavors and no fear of Latakia, Perique, and Orientals, this is truly one of the best blends ever created!

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Ian Weeks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ian Weeks (36)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Strong

Drafted ever so gently upon the verge of a slow smolder this weed has a creamy sweetness that I am very fond of. Certainly it requires a light touch else it will scorch the tongue. I very much enjoy this late evening smoke in a meerschaum billiard with a cup of very strong coffee brewed with a liberal amount of honey. Also great with scotch or a brandy of sorts. I highly recommend this blend. I must advise that it has been noted to me time and again by my better half that the smoke is strong, so I do not smoke this blend when she is home unless she is asleep, for she chatches wind of it throughout our house and always complains bitterly. And I'd rather the blend bit my tongue than her words bite my ear. Best to you all, Ian Weeks iannweeks@msn.com

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Luke_Wyatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Luke_Wyatt (7)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

One of the best Latakia blends available. I give this a "pleasant" room note because my wife and I both love the smell of latakia. It reminds us of hardwood burning in the fireplace. I believe any fan of latakia would really enjoy this blend.

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Esoxhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Esoxhunter (60)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

September 2004

This tobacco is HUGE. I first tried it more than ten years ago when I was searching for a pipe tobacco to rival the richness and fullness of my beloved cigars. Of course, this was the first blend that my tobacconist recommended, and it didn't disappoint. In fact, at the time it was the only pipe tobacco that I could seem to enjoy.

Now, three years removed from cigarette smoking and several more from habitual cigar puffing, my palate has recovered somewhat and I can glean much more enjoyment from the less-full Dunhill English blends like 965, Durbar, and Apertif, as well as the many fine Pease, Esoterica and Ratray offerings. Still, Nightcap, with its heavy mix of latakia with a sprinkling of Perique, will always be a stalwart in my pipe cabinet and will always serve me well after a nice steak dinner with a glass of port or cab.

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thedigger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedigger (17)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

STONG WITH TERRIFIC FLAVOR! This is my favorite afternoon smoke. I love the thought of smoking it when I get home from a work day. It is strong like I want a tobacco to be. Smoke it slow and enjoy! This is not a cheap or a weak blend. In my mind it is the best relaxing-blend on the market. I hope I never run out of this stuff; I can't imagine my life without this stuff! I think I'm gonna ask Nightcap to marry me! I hope my wife doesn't mind.

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pedro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pedro (7)
★★★★
Overwhelming None Detected Mild Very Strong

What esle to say after all these positive reviews ! A real classic English with an extra portion of Latakia, no bite and lots of flavours to detect for a reasonable price !

I like to smoke it any time.

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2ley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
2ley (11)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Dunhill markets this as a tobacco to be smoked at the end of the evening. If that's the case, I'm going to be taking lots of naps so that the entire day can count as an evening. Either that, or I'm just going to say that it's evening somewhere, so I can go ahead and smoke Nightcap.

In other words, this is a great tobacco. The combination of Latakia and Perique with the VA is just perfect. And while some may find it too strong, I've had no problems with the "velvet hammer", although I could tell that it was definitely hitting me with a stronger kick than I get from Haddo's and such.

The really, really nice thing is that the woodsy smell of it lingers only a short while, and the smell is such that it reminds my wife of BBQ smoke, so she loves it. Add to that the fact that my mouth doesn't taste like something died in it after smoking, as is the case with so many aromatics, and this is definitely my cup of tea.

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S32S A1P4A Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
S32S A1P4A (3)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

When this gets lit, I get lit. This is the last blend that I smoke during the day, typically right before I'm ready to call it a night. Like a massage, it is a high intensity means of relaxing. The flavor is full and dark, with the Perique rounded out nicely by the Virginia. The golden strands of tobacco stand out like stars within the mostly dark mixture. I have always enjoyed this blend, even as a novice smoker. It is a wonderful way to end a day for those who can handle the intensity.

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Eldrich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eldrich (7)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Hooboy. Nghtcap is the only tobacco so far that has managed to actually scare me. As a longtime cigarette & cigar smoker, I thought I has seen everything, and that no pipe tobacco could possibly ever knock me out. Was I wrong.

The first time I smoked this, I puffed away quickly and carelessly, without a care in the world. The result was that I got so woozy I actually had to lay down and take a nap.

The second time I knew that I had to approach this forbidding blend with the respect it commands. I loaded some into a small prince and began smoking with caution. The gates of tobacco heaven opened.

Nightcap is the most varied blend I've tried so far. All of its ingredients, virginia, latakia and perique, take turns in the spotlight and each performance improves upon the previous one.

Because of its high nicotine content, Nightcap will kick like a mule if smoked recklessly. Treated right, it's an almost surreally good smoke. This stuff is so great it's only a matter of time before someone tries to make it illegal.

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Chessnut Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chessnut (13)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I love this blend. I often find my self smoking this late at night on the porch, staring at the tine. I have to admit I even love the artwork. A very full bodied smoke with a great balance of the latakia and the perique. Although it does have a great deal if nicotine I do find that It relaxes with with almost a narcatic effect, maybe this is helped by the state of mind while smoking it. But none the less the description on the can got it right it's "for the evening and the period of relaxation"

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batfastard123 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
batfastard123 (10)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Mild Tolerable

Wonderful stuff, I just love this blend. No need to wait until the end of the day, however if you are not accustomed to a strong nicotine blend, look out, this one might lay you out flat. It has a lot of latakia, which I find very mild and pleasant. The tobbaco appears to be of high quality, like all Dunhill blends. It packs nicely and lights very easily, it burns all the way down with very little or no dottle left in the bowl, just a fine white ash. The aroma in the tin is not overpowering, but somehow reminds me of a burning electrical component, getting past that, this is a fine tobacco. The latakia is noticeable right off and continues to make it's presence known throughout the entire bowl, the perique stays in the background until maybe the last third or so, then jumps right out at you, remaining the dominant flavor until the end, not overpowering, just nice and peppery. All in all a very mellow, enjoyable smoke. I could smoke this all day. I will keep this tobacco on hand, and am interested in seeing what a bit of aging will do for it (that is if I can keep some without smoking it). If you like a blend with a lot of latakia, give this one a try, you will most likely enjoy it.

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The Keeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Keeper (112)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

After being terrorized by Durbar I was a bit skittish of the Dunhill line. Particularly when "strong" and "harsh" made their way into the reviews. Against all common sense I decided to try Nightcap. From the commentary I was expecting a slightly more violent version of Pease's Raven's Wing. Vulture's Wing?

Not quite so: it is strong both in flavor and nicotine but very smooth. It doesn't have the opiate sweetness of Raven's Wing - but instead has a very nutty cigar-like odor and flavor. It has been well reviewed so I will just sum up: if you want a Latakia blend with the extra spice of perique (which never gets out of hand), seek layers of earthy and smokey flavors - and are prepared for a kick, try Nightcap. It likely won't let you down.

Update After a couple of weeks of regularly smoking Nightcap (and ordering 2 tins for cellaring), I can safely say it has moved to the top of my favorite's list. It is like a hearty yet well crafted dessert. Despite the heavy kick it never leaves me feeling "wasted", yet always begs me to light another bowl soon after it is finished. A bit of drying time has only improved the smoothness, complexity and richness.

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DeltaSnake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeltaSnake (31)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

Nitecap was the first "full" English blend I ever smoked, about 30 years ago. It tastes a little different now, with a tendency towards being too bitter as one nears the end of the smoke, but it still is one of the the best full bodied smokes and I still enjoy it. Being more experienced, I don't smoke it so exclusively, but it's still at the top of my favorites. It's a smoke that a novice, or one accustomed to lighter blends should approach carefully. In particular, it's surprisingly soft opening fumes can tempt one to inhale too much in enjoyment and when the smoke begins to get serious (around a third of the way down), you can have way too much nicotine zooming through the bloodstream. Ditto for smoking it while engaging it in any active movement. It's not the blend that burned cleanly all the way down like the old days, and that harshness at the end has sometimes made me turn towards Old Ironsides or some other similar latakia blend for late night smoking, but it'll always be in my rotation. For no other reason that it has a taste I haven't quite found in any other blend, and it feels like talking with an old friend from the old days when I smoke it. For me, it's not a blend one can judge on a purely objective basis.

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DUPE.629 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.629 (133)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Nightcap. April 2004. This is definitely one of my all time favourites, I try others but I always return to the quality & rich tastes on offer here.'Real Quality' The falavour is both rich & full,when first lighting the latakia steps up immediately followed evenly by the virginia & perique. Great flavour all the way through with the perique & virginia not missing a beat,enhancing the latakia more & more to the bottom of the bowl. Easy to light & manage leaving a nice clean grey ash at the end. Highest accolades & strongly recommended.

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Charmander Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Charmander (5)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Extra Strong

A manly weed. One that sailed the seven seas and came back to tell you about it. This blend is a friend who will set you straight and keep you humble. A blend that makes you a better, richer man - one that can roam the far corners of the world while sitting quietly on his back porch. Like scripture, it's a meal for the soul.

In Favor of Tobacco

Much victuals serves for gluttony To fatten men like swine; But he's a frugal man indeed That with a leaf can dine. And needs no napkin for his hands, His fingers' ends to wipe, But keeps his kitchen in a box, And roast meat in a pipe.

-Samuel Rowlands (1611)

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CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Ahhh... the infamous Nightcap. I read so many reviews of this blend, and so many warnings about the knock-you-back nicotine rush, I just had to try it! I'm glad I did!

Initial impression: Nice clean cut. Very even. Aroma - pure Latakia.

Packed easily, lit in three stages - normal.

The charring light brought out a burst of flavor. The promise of good things to come!

The first third of the bowl was heavily Latakia, with the Virginia in the background. I had forgotten about the Perique - until I exhaled through my nose. Oh yeah, there's Perique!

Second third : Latakia shares the stage with the Virginia, but Latakia stays center-stage.

Last third : Bring on the Perique! It's been waiting quietly in the wings, but now it moves to the center for the finale - a Latakia/Perique duet. Very tasty to the end.

After - nothing but a fine gray ash. Bowl was nice and dry.

As to the in-your-face nicotine rush... well, I must have an immunity, because after two bowls back-to-back I felt fine. NIce and relaxed. But don't take this to mean that this blend isn't potent, because it is. Aromatic smokers : Beware! Work your way up to this one. But it is well worth the trip.

Good stuff - try it, you'll like it!

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CoronaDoug Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoronaDoug (7)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Strong Very Full Very Strong

WOW! I sat down after lunch to smoke a bowl of this stuff and I didn't want to get up. This is a very strong tobacco with a wonderfull flavor. Slow burning with no lighting problems. This may be my new afterlunch smoke. Don't let the name fool you. Try it.

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SWheat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SWheat (8)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

I have been working my way through Dunhills blends and was delighted when I got to Nightcap.

At first light, the latakia announces itself with gusto, but quickly fades as the perique and orientals take over. Halfway down, you are treated by a very mild pleasant aroma with a hint of sweetness. This tasts better than Dunhill's Standard Mix Medium and Early Morning Pipe. It burns evenly and offers a consistant cool smoke that leaves the pipe much dryer than most tobaccos.

If you like latakias and English blends, you should definately try this one.

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pop-pop's pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop-pop's pipe (96)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

The name says it all. A hearty rich nightime smoke to be enjoyed in a recliner or armchair. Not for the meek or aromatic smokers however. A classic Dunhill blend.

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sounds7 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sounds7 (16)
★★★★
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Wonderful tin aroma with the smell of fermented fruit. It has a reasonable level of moisture so as to stay lit yet burn cool but it can be deceiving in its strength so beware of smoking too quickly. I love the nicotine content and the soft dark musty/fruity undertones. It tends to get a bit stronger towards the bottom third of the pipe and takes on a more pure tobacco taste. It leaves me with a numbing sleepy effect fitting for an end of the day smoke. One of my favorites.

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chaplikc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chaplikc (135)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

This is a good blend for those who want a high quality, high quanity latakia blend. It is rich and smokey. The perique in this is present, however it seems to usually stay in the backround and not overwhelm. My biggest compliment on this blend is that even though this has a large quantity of latakia it does not seem to be overkill. Make no mistakes about it though, this is for the latakia lovers. I like this but I usually gravitate to early morning or 965 out of the dunhill line of blends. A must try for latakia lovers.

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omegapd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
omegapd (81)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It's a toss up between this stuff and 965 for the best of the Dunhill line for me. Like others, it took a while for me to appreciate Nightcap for what it is- a strong, very flavorful, no tongue-bite blend. Strong is the key word there. It would never be an all day blend for me, but lately I've been smoking more and more of it. With a high amount of latakia, I'm always amazed that the perique comes through as well as it does. Very complex and one of the best...

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Icegator66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Icegator66 (3)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Strong

I really like this, but I'm from Louisiana, the only home of true Perique, so go figure. Unlike the name say's, I prefer this one in the evening, but not before bed. I really like it with a nice Stout (Guinness) or a nice glass of Bourbon. It's not for everyone and I recommend to my friends to try it more than once and those who do, find they end up appreciating it's flavor if they didn't at first. I was lucky and found this shop who has a custom blended knock off that is amazingly close, but since not too many locally really like it, I'm getting what this dealer has left of it for a great price! Just remember that this is for your appreciation only, the ladies aren't to fond of it's smell, so smoke it for you and you alone!

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imago Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
imago (63)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

With the exception of Escudo Navy Deluxe, I have never found a perique blend that I enjoy until I tried Nightcap. With few exceptions, I don't like marriages of cavendish and latakia, but I have no complaints at all with a union of perique and latakia. The perique seems to bring out the latakia's many subtle nuances (and there is definitely a lot of latakia in this one).

As long as I've smoked this mixture, I've never enjoyed it more than once per day, but no day seems complete without ending it with a bowl of this blend.

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Briarabbit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briarabbit (116)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Tolerable

A very fine late evening smoke. Lucious Latakia, and stewed fruit from the Perique,mixed in with cool Virginia make this one heck of great smoke.I enjoy this with Single Malt Scotch,and can't say enough good about this wonderful tobacco.The smoke curls so nicely and thick,it's almost spooky.Very fine pipe tobacco, not for the novice.

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Brother Buford Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brother Buford (8)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Ah, Nightcap. The one tinned tobacco I tried back when all I smoked were bulk aromatics. Back then this stuff was so strong smelling and tasting it almost made me gag. Flash forward a few years - now I have to say that this stuff is actually pretty good. What can I say, tastes change.

Nightcap is strong all around in taste and smell. Not at all sweet, it has a campfirey note about it, and the perique adds a little pepper to the fire. I smoke this occasionally, but there is no way I could smoke this on a daily basis!

I tend to base my thoughts on latakia blends on Nightcap, as it is the strongest tasting (but not bad tasting) blend I have tried yet.

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LoisKelly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LoisKelly (55)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Yep, that's yer big boy. A latakia monster, if there ever was- huge, dark, and forboding.

For all the perceived air of suave sophistication that permeates the Dunhill line, I have always found many of their blends a tad on the harsh side. Nightcap is no exception, but its brutish overtones seem entirely appropriate, and are more than balanced by the subtantial flavors it delivers. Odyssey for tough guys, if you will.

For years, I didn't give this blend its due, but I must include it in the very upper echelon of the all time classics. A half hour smoke in a group 3 is about all I require to erase any unpleasantness of the day. Pedigree, lineage, breeding- whatever term you choose- Nightcap defines it.

In a world of boutique blends, Dunhill remains an original, and a bargain, to boot. A tin of Nightcap seems to last forever, and, coupled with its already low price, has to be one of the great values in the world of tobacco. Try to find a cigar of anywhere near this quality at double the price of a tin.

Now stare into my eyes. You are getting sleepy. Verrry sleeeepy.

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BrittPark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrittPark (41)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I used to think I didn't like Latakia. But now that I'm smoking and enjoying several Latakia containing blends, I'll have to revise that.

This is first class. Rich, nuttty, sweet, smoky, tangy from the get go. Develops in complexity and delight as you smoke down the bowl. For me this is an any time of day smoke, I'm used to high levels of nicotine. The less nicotine hardened should smoke this with care as it packs a punch. In general highly recommended.

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uponthehill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
uponthehill (8)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

A very odd tobbaco, diffrent from all the others I smoked before. It's hard to describe its notes, but I agree with my friend who smelled a trace of plum in it. An original and special blend, not to be smoked daily, but from time to time it can give you deep, pleaseant feeling, also uneasy to describe...

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BriarLaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarLaw (85)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Another excellent tobacco from Dunhill. Nightcap is a delicious very full-bodied traditional English smoke. The emphasis is on the Latakia/Virginia/Perique component, not the Turkish component.

Nightcap is a strong tobacco. Similar to Durbar without the emphasis on the Turkish flavors. While I find Nightcap to be very well-rounded and balanced, it is still a very dark and robust traditional English blend. If you are not a fan of Latakia, stay away. If you have an aversion to full tobacco flavors, stay away. But if you are a diehard English/Latakia fan, give this a try.

As for the advertised addition of Perique to the blend, I think it just adds a bit of color to the flavor. Nightcap has a slight bit of spice/sharpness which I attribute to the Perique.

Excellent cut, packs well, lights easily and burns to a clean ash.

Truly an excellent full English for those of us who like these tobaccos.

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Henry B Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Henry B (11)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

The venerable flagship of Dunhill's line of English tobaccos. Quite imposing in strength and flavor, this is a tobacco you do not smoke when your mother-in-law has invited herself for tea, but rather after a long hard, but rewarding day of work in the garden. You may substitute any activity, that leaves you with a desire to put an exclamation mark to the end of the day. It has become my supreme choice of tobacco for the midnight hours. Smoky Latakia is delicately interwoven with spicy Perique and high quality Virginias. The taste is there from the start, and the last half of the bowl is devine.

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dangpipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dangpipes (22)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is an outstanding blend with a generous portion of Latakia, offset by the Virginia and Perique. The Latakia imparts its rich nuttiness while the perique marks its place often enough to keep the blend interesting.

All in all, this provides a very smooth and playful smoke, that is good at night or perhaps on a lazy afternoon.

Enjoy!

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Daniel Morlan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Daniel Morlan (50)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I thoroughly enjoy this tobacco. I keep it on hand to have once in a while. It is among the dozen that I smoke regularly, and by its own merit, has it's good points, and a few bad points.

The only bad point is that you HAVE to be careful to smoke it right. If you get the tobacco too hot it will taste like complete crap. The tin aroma is almost overwhelming, but the taste is one of the best of any tobacco I've had. (There are a lot of German tobaccos that I've sampled that had this flavor, and tin aroma. I wonder if that's a coincidence? perhaps the Europeans like virginia and Latakia the most?

Either way, it's pretty full-bodied. The smokiness is quite rich, but if you're looking for the SWEETNESS of virginia, this isn't the one to smoke. You'd be better off going for a McClelland brand if you're seeking something more "sweet and chewy."

This is a true British tobacco blend. Very "Steak and Potatoes" as far as the expression would go for me. You can really taste Latakia and interestingly enough, some perique! (I think)

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BriarNorth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarNorth (49)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

I just cracked a tin of this after ignoring it for some time why I'm not sure). All I can add is that they call this stuff Nightcap for a reason. Load up a big Ben Wade, smoke yourself silly, and hit the sheets friends because your day is done. Smoke this any other time of the day and you'll be tasting sqaut--except for Nightcap on your tongue! This is right up there with Royal Yacht as far as potency goes, but I can't imagine smoking this other than as a last bowl. The missus really screws up her nose on this one so I smoke it now and then as a guilty pleasure. It's quite a ride, and a great way to finish the day if you're up to it. Think I'll go fire some up right now!

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CubanBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CubanBriar (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

Nightcap was my first Dunhill blend. Previous to tasting it, I did a lot of reading on Alfred Dunhill and his business. It has a lot to do with Nightcap and how it might really interest you if you are just getting into the English Blends. The overwhelming aroma when opening that tin for the first time is really great if you are into the aromatherapeutic aspect of pipesmoking. On this particular tin I did something not usually done and that is to take a small amount and taste it before smoking. Once lit there is no doubt about it, Dunhill is its name and Nightcap has this way of filling up the room with a really pleasantly thick smoke that just puts you to sleep. If you try it and it seems too much for you to handle at the time put it down and come back to it later. I think you will try something else and then find you will have a nightcap craving in which case that tin will come handy. It leaves little dottle and really clean white ash. I really love how it burns and it is the gateway tin to all other Dunhill tins. Texture here is great for packing into nice thick bowls while in some other blends it might be a problem. In short, you won't regret keeping some tins of this stuff in stock.

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Albion1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Albion1956 (41)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This tobacco is listed as a blend for the evening. Well that as it may be, it is good any time. The well blended Va's with the Latakia and not the forgotten Perique. It is the Perique that keeps me interested. Yes, a full blend but one that is not overpretenious. Burns clean to the bottom and has a smart bite, but one that will not overwhelm. A good choice for those that want want a good full English, without the fanfair. 8 out of 10

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JClark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JClark (26)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

I must agree with Dunhill, this is BY FAR their strongest blend on the market. As strong as it is, I do not find it at all overwhelming, but I definitly can't smoke it in one of my larger pipes. This is ideal, as the name implies, for a late night smoke. However, I can only smoke this once or twice a week.

The flavor of the smoke is very full, tastey, and rich. The perique only adds a slighty spicy note in the bottom third of the bowl, though I attribute much of the strength to the addition of this leaf. If I don't allow the tin to dry a bit before smoking, I find an unpleasant bitter taste during the first third of the smoke.

This blend has all the characteristics of an excellent smoke. It smokes cool, dry, and to a soft grey ash. My only semi-complaint with the smoke is the occasional charcoal type taste I recieve when smoking. Highly recommended for those who can handle the strength of stronger smokes, and enjoys full rich taste.

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ryan65 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ryan65 (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

wonderful aroma, due to the perique and Has a nice fragrant smell to it. not much else to say that hasnt been said, a great blend.

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Flyersfan_92 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flyersfan_92 (10)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

The tobacco is a mix of Light Medium and Dark tobaccos, heavily smelling of Latakia and spice, i would say a medium strength aroma (Balkan Saseini being stronger)I let the tobacco sit for about 5 minutes as it is a bit wet.

It packed very nicely into my Generic Italian Bent Apple (my english pipe) and lit very easily giving me a nice rich latakia flavor in the mouth. I only had to relight it once after the initial tamping and it stayed lit very nicely producing a dark grey ash.

The flavor in the fist third was a little thin, mostly a light latakia flavor, i couldn't really detect the Perique, about 1/3 of the way through though was a different story, the spicyness just took over, it was like "BAM" spicy, i found this to be the best part of the bowl, in the last third it mellowed down a bit finishing with a good balance of the spice and the latakia.

Overall, I would say that this is a very enjoyable tobacco, i think this will stay on my list of regulars I give it a 4.5 out of 5. I need to smoke a few more bowls to get a concrete read on this, but a very enjoyable evening.

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tillmanj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tillmanj (73)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin Aroma: This has very rich and deep aroma, as if the myriad smells of 'english' type tobacco blends were distilled down to their pungent essence. Flawless and well-integrated.

Physical Characteristics: A mostly black and dark brown blend, with the odd light strand thrown in for good measure. Packs nicely, but is, when first opened, moist enough to present some problems staying lit. A bit of airing (a few days), and all is well. Burns amicably away to a grainy, almost white ash. Builds cake like nothing else I have smoked.

Notes: From the very first puff, this is a big, bold tobacco, and to many smokers, this represents the standard by which all other 'english' type blends must be measured. I disagree, mostly on account of the presence of Perique in the blend. Now, I much enjoy the added spice and kick that Perique brings to Nightcap, but I also feel that the addition of it to this blend leave it quite outside the realm of 'proper english'. Regardless of that minor detail, this is, in my estimation, a wonderful blend for the evening. It's sheer depth and, for some, power make it ideal for relaxing at the end of a long day.

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Paul Tatum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul Tatum (86)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

For some reason I love to smoke this tobacco in my meerschaum pipes . For me this tobacco seems to react to the meerschaum differently than any other tobacco I have smoked in a meer . A delicious tobacco . Highly recommended for the latakia and perique lover.

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SlowDraw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SlowDraw (23)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Extra Strong

DARK & MIGHTY STRONG this stuff is. Generally Too strong for me unless I am in the mood for it - even then just a little will do thanks. The first time I had this I packed a pretty big bowl of it ,lit up- started out muttering "prime" around my stem & nodding my head in approval & then after about 5 or 10 minutes it hit me- nicotine headspins, the well described "velvet hammer" turned its wrath on me, it'd been hanging over my head since i lit up. Had to put the pipe down mid- smoke & lie down, So return I gingerly to this blend from time to time. So then If you can cope with it's silky severity & iron-cored potency this is high calibre stuff.

- I am not sure this would be an ideal 'nightcap' due to it's high nicotine content, but that is just my opinion.

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Blake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blake (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

This is one of the more stout of the Dunhill English blends (EMP, Durbar) although I have yet to try 965. The ingredient listing says Virginia and Perique although I can tell you this is heavy on Latakia.

The color is mostly dark with a scattering of lighter tobaccos. The odor is heavy on smoke, a characteristic of a Latakia blend.

The Latakia comes out as soon as flame hits tobacco and stays strong to the end of the bowl. The sweetness of Virginias is not present although I suspect it balances out the blend. The last 1/3 of the bowl releases the Perique with a little spiciness. Not being a connoisseur of Perique this was nearly impossible for me to detect.

Overall this is a great blend if you love Latakia heavy English blends. One of my staples.

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pokrsmokr (32)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

mmm, nightcap. This (and frog Morton) were my two staple tobacs a few years ago. I couldn't get enough. Nightcap is the apex of the Dunhill English line (EMP, 965 etc) as far as I am concerned the others are just practice sessions preparing the smoker for this treasure.

The tobacco mixes luxurious black and brown shades with a touch of lighter tobaccos. It has a very rich tin aroma, due in part to the added perique no doubt. Everything about this tobacco screams "Smoke Me Baby!"

The latakia really stands out upon first light (there is definitely a healthy portion of it in Nightcap) yet is quickly complimented by the VA & orientals. As the bowl progresses, prepare for an enjoyable smoking experience as the various components meld together and play off each other. The spiciness builds towards the end as the perique which seems to take a back seat for much of the ride, makes it's presence known. Night cap burns very evenly and provides a very cool, satisfying smoke. Definitely a winner.

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