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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
PackagingTin 50g or 100g
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant

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RipePipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RipePipe (2)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I gave this blend a try and the first bowl was not great, but once i lit it up in a bigger pipe and smoked it very cool it all started. there is a very slight plum with a lingering sweetness that fades in and out. i am giving it 3 stars, because it is a decent aromatic that has not been drowned in flavorings. this is how aromatics should be made. i enjoyed it and might even cellar a tin for a couple years. would recommend for people that liked Plumcake.

7 people found this review helpful.

JakeMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JakeMan (7)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I like this smoke. I like the sweet plum taste that stays throughout the bowl. The virginias balance and compliment the cavendish well. The stuff is a bit sticky but let it dry for about 30 minutes before smoking and it will do well. This is my evening smoke. It is a bit too sweet for me to smoke all day, but great after dinner or a single bowl in the evening.

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1779)
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.

4 people found this review helpful.

Hillbilly08 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hillbilly08 (37)
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).

3 people found this review helpful.

aztobaccosavant Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aztobaccosavant (3)
Extremely Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

First. Let me ask you people, what the hell is a matter with you. So many many many reviews all bitch about the Baccy being wet out of the tin. That's called FRESH. THATS RIGHT FRESH. You want your dang weasel ass AROs to be fresh. Why you ask sonny???? Well let's see. Old Toby as dry as a nuns cooter smokes well but looses some natural oils as well as the significant majority of added toppings and aromatic oils. Dry each pipe slightly before its smoked and stop whining like a little wuss.

Second. If you don't smoke AROs. That usually means you don't like the damn things. All you stink foot SOB English smokers who out of nowhere decide to review a damn aro do us all no good. Why you ask??? Well I'll tell your stupefied asses. Because you skew the ratings scale. Sleep on it. Fools.

Now the Plum Solani. Doesn't taste a bit like Germains Plum Cake which is flavored with Port wine and spice.

This is FRUITY SWEET. that's right and it's damn good too. As natural and refreshing as a fruit topped Cav based smoke can be. Think dessert. Think gentle natural Plum aroma topping savory little bits of Virginny and Cav with some redheaded step child burly in the mix. Is the primary taste stoved leaf??? No. It's a damn sweet Aro. I like my English and my VaPers. Love em. But I love a sweet balanced smoke after the meager morsels I call dinner. Spent all my ducats on OLD TOBY. Damn.

Pipe Used: Bjarne. Cob. Dunhill Group 3. Askwith

Age When Smoked: New out of the tin. Not my age fools.

Purchased From: Fleaglehoff & Faltzendrech Tobacconist

Similar Blends: A sweet fruity Aro but ain't no other plum ones out there..

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1123)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Solani Festival: 333. 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.

Pipe Used: Rattrays

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

2 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.

2 people found this review helpful.

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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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1779)
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.


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Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (135)
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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