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Virginias, black Cavendish, Burley and a touch of plum come together to form this delightful blend.

Blended ByR.L. Will
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50 grams tin, 100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The Virginia is a little grassy with some citrus, though you hardly notice the latter. The burley is toasty, nutty with a slight molasses hit and isn't far behind the Virginia in terms of what your taste buds will notice. The black cavendish is silky smooth with some vanilla in a supporting role. They say there's "a touch of plum", but I say there's a little more than that present. It's a little fruity, and the plum is deep and rich. I also get a hint of red wine here and there. The topping does sublimate the tobaccos, but not enough to drown them out. The taste is creamy, consistent and doesn't weaken, not even at the finish. Not a harsh note to be found either, and obviously won't bite. Burns cool and clean at a moderate rate. It leaves just a little moisture in the bowl, but no dottle. Needs an average number of relights. Has a mild nic-hit. Has a very pleasant after taste that lingers. Almost an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.

6 people found this review helpful.

Hillbilly08 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hillbilly08 (38)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Very pleasant blend from Solani; possibly a soul sister to their Sweet Mystery blend (which is another sleeper success of Solani). A classic mild continental aromatic, with Virginia and Black Cavendish playing the main melody and Burley punctuating with the bass lines. Whatever :-) ... As usual with Solani blends, the tin aroma is promising but not overwhelming. The tobacco, while almost too moist on opening the tin, lit up OK with only one relight needed. Mild smoke with plum, blackcurrant and vanilla overtones - not overpowering but well-balanced. Burned well till the end. A clear winner against MacBaren aromatics due to absence of bite and against WO Larsen aromatics on price. In summary, almost an ideal mild continental aromatic with dry fruit overtones, which benefits from a short amount of air drying first. This one impressed my other half, who said "now this is a tobacco that I do not mind". Luckily, I am of the same opinion and will have some more.

Pipe Used: Georg Jensen briar, 9mm active charcoal filter

Age When Smoked: straight out of tin

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: Connoisseur Choice by Peterson (but Solani is less fruity and does not bite).

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Solani Festival- 333: Festival.

The initial sight of the mix is amazing, you have a good selection of the different tobaccos included right from the jet black Cavendish to the lighter Virginias and Burleys, all in quite big pieces. It doesn't give off much aroma unlit apart from a very basic Virginia one. The moisture level is superb, making for easy lighting up with a great even burn. The flavour of the smoke is very soft and not at all harsh, with a lovely hay note from the Virginia complemented by a superb sweetness from the black Cavendish. It is not saturated in falseness, you only get a hint of the plums, but the small amount acts beneficially to this blend as you don't get a great wallop of fruity falseness! I feel this would be a great evening smoke for those who favour less aggressive aromatics or for those who are trying aromatics for the first time.

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Rattrays

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

3 people found this review helpful.

ibnmusic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ibnmusic (3)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I'm smoking this pipe tobacco for the first time as I write this review. I have to say it starts very sweet very the light flavor. While the bowl keeps burning you can feel the virginias and the cavendish doing the work but the plum flavor stays in the aftertaste and the room note… It is a pleasant smoke from start to end, cool burning, and recommended for medium to small bowl pipes, if you want to get the most flavor.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

When I bought the full Solani line 5-6 years ago, I remember thinking that Festival is one I needed to buy again. Alas, I have not but the notes I took on this one back then were positive. Stronger in the nicotine department than many aromatics and the flavoring (listed as plum), was not the impression I received, more like a sweet brandy taste. The tobacco was actually fairly dry for an aromatic blend (probably due to the light casing), and burned very well.

I found Festival to be a fun change of pace smoke.


2 people found this review helpful.

SilverPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SilverPiper (1)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

I bought this tobacco from local tobacconist by chance normally in my country its really hard to find pipe tobacco and I can say that after smoking tons of cheap drugstore aromatics I found this tobacco really pleasant. When I first opened it, it was a bit moist and the first smoke was a bit under my expectations. However after drying it a bit and smoking it was amazing. Never got a toungbite it smokes cool you can get the aroma. It stayed lit for most of the time I never had trouble lighting and packing it. I would recommend it.

Age When Smoked: 1

Purchased From: local tobacconist

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thesmoggypipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesmoggypipester (52)
Medium Very Strong Extra Full Pleasant

I don't really know where to begin with this, yes it is decent and it will have a place with someone who likes it but to me it's just one of them smokes that's just a bit...meh.

Yes it is quality tobacco, and it isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination and I dare say a few years ago I probably would have enjoyed it very much, so why not now?

The reason being, is it is overwhelmingly sweet to me, don't get me wrong I love a good aromatic when the sweetness is applied with slight reservation, but this isn't in my book.

Yes I do detect the plum and berries, but the sweetness quickly gets sickly and by the end of the bowl it was overwhelming, to give you an idea it is on par and morewith American aromatic sweet.

I will stick up for it the quality is excellent it packs well and burns very even, like I said a few years ago I probably would of enjoyed this enough to stock up, just now I can see it being a great tobacco for people who like that sort of thing though, if the sweetness was held back a little I would probably enjoy this enough to make a purchase of it from time to time.

I will give this two stars as I would recommend it to those with a sweet tooth.

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Tom_guilty_pleasure Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom_guilty_pleasure (2)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Love this stuff. Very fruity on the nose, and a bit sticky for some, but one of my favs. Room smells wonderful after. Burns nicely too

Similar Blends: Guilty Pleasure.

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Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I bought this as part of a rare online order just to try something different and it turns out it is - an aromatic that I really enjoy. The flavour in the pipe matches that of the smell in the tin. It burns well but not too quickly, leaves a pleasant room note and there's not a hint of bite. I think I'll be trying more Solani.

Pipe Used: Manger Free hand

Age When Smoked: fresh

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