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Truly a luxurious tobacco. Virginias are carefully conditioned to insure sweetness. They are added to rich, heavier and cooler Virginias. A unique flavor is added to the final blend to enhance the subtle and piquant aroma.

Blended ByDunhill
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeVirginia Based
Packaging50g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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panduji68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
panduji68 (22)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I actually purchased a tin of Royal Yacht as more of an evening/after dinner smoke. When my tin arrived in the mail, I of course opened it, and took a whiff. It has an outstanding tin note, slightly sweet, but with hints of raisin and fall leaves. Just a very very nice tobacco aroma. It also seemed to have just the right moisture content with no apparent drying necessary.

My mail arrives earlier in the day, and after opening the tin, smelling and feeling the tobacco, I of course was not going to wait until after dinner to try it... Into the pipe it went! It packed quite easily and took light after an initial charring with minimal expansion of the tobacco. It burned quite well and very cool to the bottom of the bowl with only two relights necessary. The flavors were of hay (not in a bad way, I really enjoyed it), slightly sweet raisin and a little leather. The taste seemed fairly consistent on through the bowl, with no tongue bite and thick smoke even with small short puffs.

I did notice the nicotine level seemed to get stronger at the bottom of the bowl. Due to my eagerness to try it prior to eating, I felt a substantial nicotine hit that nearly buckled my knees and put me right back into my chair. This was fine with me as I was able to finish the pipe whilst sitting down in comfort. Great smoke, and highly recommended!!!

Update: After a few weeks in the tin, this tobacco has dried out substantially, where it's almost crispy. I was contemplating rehydrating it a bit, then figured I would just pack it as is and give it a go. Although drier than a popcorn fart, it smoked magnificently, and I almost prefer this particular tobacco this way... The nicotine buckled my knees again, and planted me firmly back into my leather recliner after a hard days work. Apparently, this tobacco prefers my sitting down whilst smoking it. I did not argue... I enjoyed.

Update #2: My original review was posted on 2013-06-26... I have since smoked through about 8 tins of the Royal Yacht and have just received 15 more tins, 5 of which are going to cellar. This has become my "If I had but one tobacco left in the world to smoke" smoke. Grand, glorious, and always on hand... This is my smoke of all smokes. The Royal Yacht sets sail every evening in my home, faithfully taking me on the most pleasant of voyages without fail.

Pipe Used: Peterson Killarney

21 of 21 people found this review helpful.

mo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mo (78)
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

It is not everyday that one smokes a blend for the fisrt time and have an instant love for it.

That was the case with Royal Yacht, without a doubt, the most anticipated tobacco i have ever smoked.I was gifted this tin by my fried Jason and i will be forever grateful to him.

This blend really is luxurious. If it was coffee it would be an Espresso, if it was a car it would be a black S Class Mercedes, if it was a building it would be a 6 star Hotel.

When i smoke it, i am amazed at the amount of smoke it produces with the smallest sip, the taste is almost impossible to describe. It is definately Virginia, but there is a topping that creates a unique but yet familiar taste profile. I do detect some Burley towards the bottom of the bowl.

There was another reviewer who compared RY to Petersons Irish Oak. I can see how they remind one of the other in that they are both extremely reliable standbys, they both deliver Nicotine in a civilised, yet satisfying way and that the cut allows one to pack your pipe easily, they do not taste similar though. No matter which pipe i have smoked RY in, it always delivered the same spectacular result. A perfect, satisfying smoke.

The strange thing about RY is that even after finishing a bowl, i always crave the taste. I smoke between 1 and 3 bowls a day but if i could, i would proabably have a pipe with this hanging from my mouth all day long.

I did the best i could to describe Royal Yacht but after reading the above, i have failed.

You just got to smoke it.

Mo, South Africa

11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (77)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

An excellent Virginia blend. Review is based on a roughly three year old tin.

The tin note is extremely sweet for an non-aromatic: sweet, fresh breads, raw sugar, maybe hot crossed buns. Among my favorite tin notes out there.

Takes a match well and requires little to no drying time. Burns well, few if any relights required.

Extremely smooth Virginia. A blend that tastes very similarly to its tin aroma. Lots of subtle Virginia flavors here - smoked slowly and savored, one will pick out the sweet bread-like and mild hay notes. Reminds me of fresh baked, home made white bread loaves. Served with a good English tea with milk and sugar.

Very consistent throughout the bowl with little variance between first, middle, and final thirds. If anything, gains a bit of sweetness as the smoke progresses.

I can see how some would call this "flat" or one-dimensional. But as a dedicated Virginia and VaPer smoker, I've been very impressed with this blend. A delicate, sweet Virginia. Zero bite, even if smoked hot. Easy to smoke with no prep work required. Highly recommended.

An excellent introduction to Virginias. Also a great blend for aromatic smokers looking for something more. This is what aromatics should taste like: naturally sweet Virginias with a touch of sugar. Outstanding.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Korndog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Korndog (16)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

I opened a tin of this after not having smoked the blend for at least ten years. It was a very pleasant, full smoke that left me very satisfied after each puff. Plenty of nicotine, and a great burner. This is like smoking a Marlboro Red; it's just plain good, strong smoke. I could swear I tasted a bit of Perique in there. Anyway, this is hte kind of smoke that satiates every craving I have for a smoke. Flavor, strength, and well behaved in the pipe.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

An excellent example of what virginias can do. Royal Yacht is an elegant blend of sweet virgina leaves blended with a dark, full bodied, smoky virginia. The result if a full bodied, full flavor, wonderfully sweet blend that just down right tastes of elegance and class. Then again it is a Dunhill so no surprises there. I enjoyed a pipe full of this blend the other weekend while on my way to my parents house for a visit. Walked in the front door and my mother was amazed by how much I smelt like my Grandfather did. No one in my family seems to recall what my Grandad smoked but if it turns out it was Royal Yacht then thats just icing on the cake for this classic Dunhill blend. Truly everything a straight virginia blend aspires to be. This blend is quality tobacco in one of its best forms.


With some age on the tin now my opinion of Royal Yacht has changed..... Its now without a doubt, absolute heaven on earth. With age the blend mellows and sweetens into the best straight virginia blend out there. Sweet, mellow, sugary, and wonderfully smoky. Bravo Dunhill. WIth some age I have to change my strength rating to Medium, my taste rating to Medium, and my Room Note rating to tolerable. Overall, Royal Yacht mellows into a mellower, sweeter blend. For some reason the room note also picked up a musky scent which I really enjoy but, not for everyone. So go buy two tins of Royal Yacht, smoke one and stash the other in a mason jar for a few month. You'll get two beautiful tins. An instant favorite.

Pipe Used: Rossi Pot

Purchased From: Johnathan Robet Feilding & Co. - Shoreview, MN 651-489-7584

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (98)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Another of a load of samples I have bought recently, I approached this with some trepidation, as recent forays with Dunhill haven't really lived up to expectations. Nevertheless, I've paid for it and I'm darn well going to do my best to smoke and review it.

I couldn't quite place the tin aroma initially, after a few more smells though, it gives off hints nuts and chocolate. Packing and lighting are very easy. The taste is quite an unusual mixture, took me a while to pick up the raisin and chocolate that everyone else seems to pick up on but it arrived eventually. What impressed me was a good nutty flavour, almost coming across as a nicer St Bruno Flake, throughout most of the smoke. The roomnote is nothing special but doesn't offend. It does have a little tonguebite and has a tendency to hit the back of the throat, but neither are anywhere near bad enough to render the tobacco unsmokeable.

On the whole then, a rather good smoke, and I have every intention of acquiring a full tin. Admittedly, it doesn't quite rock my socks off to give it four stars, but certainly worth a very worthy three and a half.

Update: 14/10/2013

I have finally got round to getting a full tin and am impressed enough to up my review from 3 to 4 stars. This actually reminds me a lot of a GH floral in terms of the quality and type of the tobacco itself. I could also pick up plum in both the tin aroma and the smoke. It was a little wet to begin with, I did get a little gurgling towards the end of the smoke but this disappeared about half way down the tin. Also the tonguebite and roughness at the back of the throat have disappeared. The only complaint I had is that it smokes too quickly, I got about half an hour out of a good pipeful compared to close to an hour with a GH floral, no doubt the cut has something to do with it. I did, as a result, find myself loading up another bowl soon after - no real problem for such a nice tobacco apart from the fact that I got through the tin so much quicker. I have to say that I was so tempted to dash out and buy another tin of this as I came close to finishing this one, only a lack of funds has prevented me from doing so. I struggle to think of another tobacco, save perhaps for GL Pease's Sextant, that this temptation has even occurred to me.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

LtMac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LtMac (21)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A few years ago when I started reading information on the internet about pipes and pipe tobacco I quickly realized that Royal Yacht was one of thos "love it or hate it" tobacco blends. Whenever I read comments about Royal Yacht there didn't appear to be any "middle of the road" reviews or comments. When I went to purchase Royal Yacht I bought one tin and took it home. I immediately opened it, packed a bowl, and lit up to see what all the commotion was about with this tobacco. It was actually the first pipe tobacco that I had smoked that I could tell had an actual nicotene content. I smoked more over the next several days and concluded that I really like this blend. I then went to the tobacco and pipe shop and stocked up with Royal Yacht. Now, I always have tins of this on hand.

Royal Yacht is a strong Virginia and has a slight topping. I don't know what it is, but I like the topping flavor. I agree with other reviewers' thoughts that this should probably not be tried by a new pipe smoker or on an emty stomach. The tin aroma is nice and the room note when smoked is fine with me, but my family members don't care for it much. If you haven't tried Royal Yacht, it would be an interesting blend to try and find out if you fall in the "love it" or "hate it" category. I like Royal Yacht a lot and give it four stars.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1004)
Strong Mild Medium Pleasant

In my efforts to continue fighting for truth, justice and the Royal Yacht way:

An all-time classic from one of the world's outstanding pipe and tobacco firms. It is a big seller at pipe shops around the country, and for good reason. It is outstanding. RY is my favorite blend, and the perfect way to start each day. I load up with a cup of coffee and spend the first hour of the morning in total bliss!

Royal Yacht is not for neophytes. I get tickled reading reviews of this blend from new pipe smokers. The tobacco spice upon lighting, and the powerful dose of nicotine will cross the eyes and blurr the vision of newbies!

If you enjoy true tobacco taste (the virginia base is excellent) then you will enjoy this powerful blend. It can be smoked all day with no fatigue or tongue bite. The delicate flavoring only adds to the enjoyment.

(Update 9/24/03) I most certainly am enjoying all of the recent reviews of Royal Yacht (Nectar of the Gods!) I smoke about four 50g tins of this tobacco a month. Although I was always flunking math in high school and college, I do believe that adds up to about 48 tins per year. And it is delicious with just about any drink (save milk, perhaps). The more recent production tins do, unfortunately, contain more water content than the older tins. So, let it dry out a bit before loading and smoking. But, not too much -- you don't want any of that wonderful and unique flavoring to evaporate! :)

=====UPDATE 9/05========

With Orlik having taken over the blending from Murray's of Dunhill tobaccos, I have been asked by many friends who know of my love for Royal Yacht whether I have sampled the "new ROYAL YACHT." Yes I have and below is my review of it:

I recently received an order of 5-tins of Royal Yacht from JR Cigar. I had heard that JR was selling the new EU made Dunhill tobaccos and I wanted to compare some of them to the Murray's version that I have become so accustomed to. Naturally, Royal Yacht was my first foray into the world of Orlik produced Dunnie weed. No question, there are some differences. First of all, the five pack game in a cardboard bottom cover wrapped in plastic. While the new blender is still using the old tins, they are putting a heavy label on the bottom of the tin that does say Made in The EU. The way I know the old tins are still being used is because the top label still says "Made in the U.K. in association with Dunhill Tobacco of London." Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with a very broken flake rather than ribbon cut leaf. The leaf is darker in appearance than the Murray's version and appeared well aged. The smell in the tin is A LOT DIFFERENT, not nearly as deep and rich and actually "smelled cased" if that makes sense. Frankly, the smell set of some alarms. I was pleased to see that the new blender is not soaking Royal Yacht in water as Murray's had over the last few years. The leaf was still too moist for my personal preference, but will probably be at the perfect moisture content in a few days. I took a handful of the leaf and fully rubbed it out, then whacked it up in my one speed food processor for a bit (as I did with the Murray's version.) I loaded up and lit up. The taste and nicotine content is unquestionably lighter. Not a ton lighter, but certainly noticed. The added flavoring (thank goodness) tasted the same although not as strong as the Murray's. The leaf could use a bit more aging as it tasted a bit "fresh" to me. I believe (and hope) it will age just as well as the Murray's version which I think aged as well as any Virginia tobacco I've ever smoked. Once properly aged, I think I may actually appreciate this morfed Royal Yacht more than the Murray's version because the taste is not quite as heavy and the casing has been applied a bit more delicately. I hope the above review wasn't too boring. And I will be interested to hear from those of you who regularly enjoy other Dunhill offerings to get your impressions of the taste change (if any) you have discovered. Best, Pipestud

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Note: I recently revisited this old timer out of curiosity, and found that my ideas about it had changed. This trip was much more pleasant than the last journey, and I have returned it to my regular rotation.

Appearance: Mostly dark brown with some ligher flashes, quite fine cut. Could be called a shag, although not a fine as Black Shag.

Aroma: Very rich sweet Va aroma, almost winey.

Packing: Packs easily into any size pipe I own.

Lighting: One match light is ofen possible.

Initial flavor: Very full bodied, typical of highly fermented Va tobaccos. There is some similarity to St. Bruno, but much more subtle. There are some nuances, but they are very subtle.

Mid-bowl: Cooler than expected if you?re careful, but can bite if you get careless. Excellent flavor and good compexity as you progress through the bowl. Must be enjoyed in a relaxed mood, not while driving, or involved in tasks.

Finish: Gets a bit stronger tasting at the end. If you smoke it hot, It will leave some wet dottle in the bowl. Smoked slow and cool, it finishes clean and dry.

Summary: I don't understand the bad rap others are giving it, btu then tasting is highly personal and subjective. I think this is probably the most polarizing blend ever.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (439)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This mixture is very representative of "the tobacco that varies from smoker to smoker." I'm amazed at a few of the responses, especially those who don't get much taste out of it. Well, for me, I'd say it's not as strong taste and nicotine-wise as some others think, though it's not a light weight smoke. The topping is citrusy with raisin and fig notes, which leads me to suspect that the manufacturer wanted a mildly sweet perique taste without spending the money to actually use it in this blend. The Virginias are choice, with some natural flavors, and if there's any burley, it's fairly well hidden, though I did detect a note or two near the end of the bowl as I smoked.

It's not overly complex, but there's enough going on to keep you interested and coming back for more. Burns very well (for me, at least), and is a rewarding smoke. It gets a little less sweeter with some age, but is good fresh, too. Certainly worth the money for smokers who like this kind of tobacco blend.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

vespa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vespa (12)
Medium Medium Full Pleasant

I've been smoking alot of Va's lately and RY has been hitting the mark for me. Sweet, Spicy and on the spot. If there is a topping it's very mild and doesn't detract from the Awesome Va taste, this is a must have for the Va lovers out there and will stay in my rotation for sometime to come. If you have a love for Va's with little to muddle up your smoke this is a must have. WIN WIN alround!!!!

Pipe Used: Hilson Vintage

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Emerson's Virginia Beach, Va.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Hottgunn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hottgunn (18)
Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my first try at RY. I usually smoke Dunhill's LM or MM 965 and many of the Pease tobaccos. Tin note is medium with the scent of hay and newly mowed grass and rather sweet. Moisture seems about right and it packs easily. The smoke gets richer as the bowl progresses and tastes a great deal like the tin aroma. No tongue bite but I did smoke it in one of Petersons with a P-lip mouthpiece. Not an over powering flavor like Latakia tobaccos but an extremely rich and satisfying smoke than develops over time. Clean after taste. I can't recall any tobacco that tastes anything like RY. A VERY big nicotine hit - the most of any of my tried tobaccos even more than Dunhill's Night Cap. As with all Virginia tobaccos I smoke, it seems to smoke best in my Peterson pipes for whatever reason. A wonderful and very satisfying tobacco. I like it more each time I smoke it. Most highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

mdnyc71 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mdnyc71 (22)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

The casing is very light and pleasant. The cut is closer to shag than ribbon - a good thing for my pace and burn preference. This is a great smoke with a stout hit of nicotine. I get the same nicotine experience from Royal Yacht that I get from Fillmore but with more of a medium taste (I consider the taste of Fillmore to be "full").

11/07/13 - I'm changing my recommendation to 4 stars for the simple reason that I reach for this blend as often or more often than my existing favorites.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Update 1-29-06

I just tried the new Orlick version of this once noble blend. The rich full Va flavor is no more. I found the quality of the leaf to be second-rate, at best. The topping is different too.

As many have noted, this blend has gotten a lot of press on the various message groups. Well, I believe the new blenders have found a way to put a stop to that. There's not much to talk about any more. As much as they have altered the blend, they shouldn't be allowed to put it in the familiar red and yellow tin.

My recommendation has been changed accordingly.

Sadly, Orlick has scuttled the Yacht.


I bought a tin of Royal Yacht on a whim. I had to see what all the fuss was about. While this blend has its proponents, it also has its share of detractors. At least in the message board circles in which I travel, both sides are quite vocal, and ?adamant? is an understatement.

When I first opened the tin, I was greeted with a sweet, almost fruity aroma. I found it quite pleasant. The moisture content seemed a bit high, so I let it air out for a while, as I had been advised to do. Later, there was a sweet, natural scent not unlike a freshly mown field.

For the first outing, I only loaded up a half a bowl. To be honest, I expected it to be horrible. To my delight and surprise, this was far from true. I grabbed another pipe, one with a nice big bowl, and loaded it up.

Royal Yacht, is a Virginia blend with a very pleasant casing. The rich Virginias don?t hide behind this ?secret? topping at all. The two complement each other in a very satisfying way. The flavor is much more than I could have hoped for. The casing/tobacco blend is present throughout most of the smoke, but in a way that isn?t at all cloying. Toward the bottom of the bowl the casing has run its course, and the Virginia leaf takes you to the end.

A very cool smoke. This was another happy discovery. The Yacht never tried to bite at all. Being all Virginia AND with a casing, I expected to need a fire extinguisher for my tongue. But this is by far the smoothest all-Virginia tobacco I have ever smoked.

Those who are prone to getting clobbered by nicotine should proceed with extreme caution. I have smoked a few ?heavy hitters? and I have never felt the slightest bit of nicotine. Royal Yacht is the first one that got my attention. It packs a punch. For those without a high tolerance for nicotine, it could well be a knockout punch. Try it in a small bowl first if you think this could be a problem for you.

Wherever you decide to go on the Yacht, you can be assured of smooth sailing.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.

CoolPilot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoolPilot (62)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Strong virginia, rich in taste and strength, ready to be smoked. I found this blend a little bit too dry, but exceptionally good. The Dunhill Nightcap does for EM what the Royal Yacht does for virginia. If you are searching for tasty and strong blend virtginia based, with nothing else, this is it. I think it is a must-try for people that use to smoke FVF, for example, because this virginia is imho much better.

Pipe Used: lubinsky

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Piepensmöker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piepensmöker (17)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

An old, yet great mixture. I only sampled the Orlik version and it is a perfect bed time smoke. Strong in nicotine and less sweet, but full of flavor and produces thick pillows of smoke. Airing out is a must, but then it satisfies to great extent. Can bite, but is generally well behaved. Smoke it in a Dunhill to get the full Dunhill experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

FireintheBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FireintheBriar (9)
Strong None Detected Very Full Unnoticeable

The fabulous thing about smoking a pipe is the myriad of tobacco that is available. I look forward to trying new blends; it is like hunting a new patch of woods or like fishing a new stream. What lies inside of that tin is ready for you to experience; sometimes grand and sometimes it leaves a bad taste in your mouth! Royal Yacht (RY) is one of the blue ribbons of pipe smoking as the Ausable River is a blue ribbon to fly-fishing. I have kept both at arms length due to the stories of their strength. The Ausable can be difficult to wade in some areas, but has pocket water that yields big rewards for those who will walk on greasy bowling balls to get there; RY also yields many rewards. The tin aroma is nothing short of delicious, how could something so strong smell so sweet? RY packs wonderfully and burns willingly, so much so that I was cowering in anticipation of a nicotine wallop. The taste is bold and identifiably stronger than most of the English blends that I flirt with, but to my surprise and relief the wallop of nicotine never reared its foot to kick me. I can report no tongue bite, nor can I say anything negative. RY does build a head of steam as it goes, and about midway through the bowl I could tell it was getting a bit heartier. The smoke was richer and the taste was thicker, but still no negative effects to report. Again I have dodged this blend and stuck to my English Blends so I could save myself excessive nicotine exposure. Perhaps there is more nic in my usual suspects than I thought. Anyway RY is a deep and rich experience you should try, and if your wife asks why you are wearing a life jacket while smoking your pipe, just tell her "Safety First dear Safety First"!

A morning update: I drink a quad shot of espresso with a splash of half N half in the morning. This morning I took a pipe of RY with it; the RY masked all the strong flavors of the espresso except the chocolaty note of the bean. That certainly testifies to the powerful flavor in RY when it is able to nearly hide a quad shot of espresso, no easy task as these beans are fresh roasted daily. Finally a tobacco that goes well with and can stand up to a solid coffee!

Pipe Used: Stanwell, Pellini, Custombuilt

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Hamzah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hamzah (2)
Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

The name is identical to the taste. Such a strange statement to start with though this is true. When I smoke this Virginia tobacco it makes me feel I am in a luxurious world far from everyone, very relaxed accompanied by a very distinguished viginia taste but still different taste of virginia. It burns quickly with high nicotine and that is why I smoke it slowly in a small pipe so that I will not feel very dizzy. Some of the readers may be amazed to know that I like also to smoke it in the morning but for a short period of time to enjoy its distinguished mild taste. Also, I smoke it for a long time before I go to bed. During the night and because of the nicotine in my body I have different dreams and I write what I dream of in my journal and create ideas for some of my short stories. I do not recommend pressing the tobacco because this will affect the taste. Great for smoking while watching movies but not while reading. From my point of view this is a great tobacco and its worth smoking on regular bases though as I have said it burns quickly. Great taste that can not be described in words. If you love to imagine and feel unique, it is time to sail in the Royal Yacht.

Pipe Used: Savenilli Peterson

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Don Jefe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Don Jefe (7)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

This is a strong, full blend (at least for me).

The aroma in the tin is sweet and reminds me of well fermented long cut chewing tobacco with a hint of raisin.

The room note was tolerable (but not preferred) by bystanders. I find the taste to be mostly a sweet, strong tobacco flavor. This is not a bad thing, as long as you are looking for this.

This tobacco burns very well and creates mountains of dense smoke, even smoked slowly, which I like.

A decent blend, but not recommended for beginners or those who, say, could not take down a medium/full power cigar.

Edit: After aging a month, I tried this again to see if it was any better. It was not. If fact, I noticed how really one dimensional it is. This could be a good tobacco to blend with some other tobacco to add a little more body, but life is too short to smoke this by itself.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gent

Age When Smoked: new, 1 month

Purchased From:

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
Strong Medium Full Strong

This is a review of the old Murray's version, so I don't know how it compares to the newer European incarnations.

The comparison to 1792 may be valid: strong Virginias with a tonka bean casing. But it is a lighter casing, and there are other flavors as well, perhaps honey. 1792, however, is overwhelmed by its heavy dousing in tonka. With Royal Yacht, the tonka becomes more evident only as one gets deeper into the bowl. Want to know what tonka tastes like? Then try 1792. With Royal Yacht, you get more tobacco flavor, and it is a little less sweet. 1792 knocks you off your feet with nicotine from the first light. Murray's Royal Yacht is strong, but takes longer for the nicotine to hit.

Burns hot, so avoid nosewarmers. A longer stem gives the smoke more time to cool.

My wife gives it a thumbs down for room note.

Overall, I don't recommend the older version, simply because it's not worth the premium price to buy vintage tins.

Pipe Used: Best in a larger bowl, longer stem.

Age When Smoked: 9+ years

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake?.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

soberdan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
soberdan (1)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This is my first review, so i thought it fitting to begin with my absolute favorite blend. i am a huge fan of dunhill on the whole, but this blend takes my love of latakia and makes it a distant memory. the second i wake up i look forward to the moment i light my first pipe, which almost always is filled to the brim with royal yacht. i skipped pipes for years and stuck with cigars because i did not know there were pipe blends with significant body. Royal Yacht fits the bill of significant body, and has great flavor. i have never gotten tongue bite and it stays at the perfect moisture from the first bowl to the last shreds in the tin. i will admit i go through a tin quite fast, so that opinion may not have been tested. i have several peterson systems that i reserve for those blends that tend to give me a bit of bite. although my systems are some of my most coveted pipes, i have yet to dedicate one to my favorite blend. i don't always have time to smoke an entire pipe in the morning and on those occasions i usually use a less expensive pipe so i can take it on the go with little worry. i have smoked royal yacht out of deep skinny bowls and short wide bowls, bent and straight, short and long, etc. Even with all the variety of brand and style and quality of pipes i have tried, the result has always been the exact same smoke. it has a unique, consistant flavor that is half what you would expect out of a virginia and half what you would not expect at all. its slightly sweet with still plenty of natural tobacco flavor and of course the strength i need. someday i will acquire my first dunhill pipe and use this to break it in no matter what plans i have for this pipe of my dreams. this blend is a great way to build up a cake IMO. it has yet to taint whatever i want to dedicate my pipe to and it builds a nice even cake quickly. if there is a downside and i do mean IF....... my wife is not a fan of the smell............

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Wiseguy1982 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wiseguy1982 (23)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I once heard that Dunhill Royal Yacht was an acquired taste.

Little did that person know that I, like Indiana Jones, am an obtainer of rare antiquities. Which Royal Yacht distinguishably is.

The tin aroma is very heavy, piquant as described, much like a box of fresh raisins.

The thin shreds of tobacco vary from dark chocolate to a creamy coffee brown.

It packs beyond effortlessly, lights itself, all you have to do is bring a flame to it and burns incredibly easy.

I think this may truly be a tobacco that every piper should try at least once.

However, I did notice that the strength was slightly lacking, the flavor was pretty bland, and that I may have used the wrong pipe. This to me, seems like something that should be enjoyed in a smaller bowl. I know a lot people favor larger bowls, but this seems like a scotch type tobacco. You won't ever drink a keg of scotch in one sitting, nor would you want to.

This is a delicate tobacco, and at the same time nothing too special. It's almost like comparing Starbucks to Folgers. Now, on that same token, I do drink Folgers every day. I don't drink Starbucks nearly as much as I would like to, but I digress.

This is a high quality tobacco with a flavor profile not all too dissimilar to that of Prince Albert or Carter Hall, just made with higher quality ingredients.

I may edit/update this review once I have tried it in a different pipe at least once more.

10/26/2012 Edit: Upgrading this to four stars. Age and refining tastes yields a great deal of pleasure with this tobacco.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (496)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

I have smoked more than 80 tobaccos at this point, and I can't remember one that took me so long to get a handle on. This review is based on the Orlik blend. I had my first encounter with RB by smoking about one third of a tin a couple of years ago. I flat out didn't like it. I revisited the tin several months later and found the tobacco to still be boring. Having such a strong following I recently gave it one more shot. That was three fast tins ago! I seem to have found out what many lovers of this blend already know, it just a good solid tobacco. It offers a tin scent of a good vaper (although there is no perique in the blend), the usual raisins, figs etc. I don't get plum in the flavor but more of a carmel taste in the background of pure tobacco. I would disagree with those that rate the topping on this above mild. The tobacco flavor dominates for me. Royal Yacht seems to be in its own unique category taste wise and its on the strong side and slightly sweet. RY packs well, only needs a few minutes of dry time and leaves a white ash. This is one I'm glad I stuck with. Recommended.

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Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (70)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm not going to go into a huge amount of detail here, that's been done by plenty of others. This seems to be an interesting side step for Dunhill, at least for me. Prior to trying this one most of my experience with Dunhill had been their English and flake items. Although I love the flake, I'm tired of English blends and more into blends that are devoid of Latakia and it's cousins. So Royal Yacht really hit the bullseye. I love Burley and VA/Burley blends and things with that Brit 'treacle' hint (the molasses/raisin thing) if done well. And this one I think uses that kind of casing/topping of wherever in the process it's applied. Doesn't matter. It's good in th pouch, handles well and easily, is quite tractable in the bowl and produces the magic trio (for me): a) it's easy to pack and light, b) it smokes with a wonderful flavor that is primarily a rich tobacco flavor that is enhanced with the added flavoring, and c) it behaves well with no bite, moderate Vit N hit and burns cleanly. That might be more than three. doesn't really matter. This is world class and a classic. (six stars)

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (529)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Many years ago, when discussing a topic other than pipes and tobacco, a friend of mine started the description of "fabulously OK". I never really understood what that meant until now.

This tobacco is interesting in that it's a virginia based blend that seems to be trying to be something else - but what, I am not sure. It has a very noticeable casing of some sort but it's not an aromatic. It's not a pure straight virginia and it's not exactly an English. Someone described it as a "Ship's" tobacco, as in the old days of rum and molasses cavendish, and that's probably the best descriptor I've heard so far.

In the bowl, this tobacco wants very much to burn hot, and it will do so if you're not very careful. The flavor is a mish-mash of so many different tastes, it seems they don't all go together - imagine eating a huge bowl of peanut butter, bologna and ice cream together. Each ingredient is good on its own but the resultant melange is a bit disconcerting, as each taste fights with each other for the forefront. Now top that mess off with some field hay.

This is not a bad tobacco by any means. It's an intriguing smoke, doesn't really change as it goes down the bowl and it's very different from anything I've ever smoked. I'm not sure what Dunhill was trying to accomplish with this blend, so I'm not sure if they were successful or not. "Fabulously OK" sums up Royal Yacht for me. As always, your mileage may vary.

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petersonsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
petersonsmoker (9)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

RY is not what I expected from reading many of the reviews. I was expecting something more "floral" or cased. Instead what I got is a very nice burning VA with just the subtlest of added aroma blended in the with sweet smell of the tobacco. I do not find this to be an incredibly strong tobacco - less nicotine than, say, G&H Dark Flake - more like Kendal Kentucky in strength - less strong that Peterson University Strength (in terms of nicotine). I dry mine about 1/2 hour before smoking and it smokes clean to the bottom of the bowl with none of that wet, goopy dottle sometimes associated with a (slightly) aromatic tobacco. This really is a treasure. Whether a Murray or an Orlick era tin if you like straight VA with a light casing then give this one a try. Simply delightful, and, like a previous reviewer noted, a wonderful outdoor tobacco.

Smoked in a medium sized Peterson 150 Harp.


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EAL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
EAL (36)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I recently started exploring aromatics again. Qualities I look for in a good aromatic are lack of bite, pleasant topping flavor that compliments tobacco flavor, and burning quality. One thing I miss in aromatics is that satisfying tobacco punch.

Royal Yacht has all those qualities. There is no mistaking this tobacco is topped. The flavor is in the neighbor hood of stewed fruit, fruit cake, and figs. I think one of the previous reviewers compared the taste to that of the filling found in fig newtons. Close enough.

You'll get a lot more from Royal Yacht than the taste of the topping - there's full, rich taste of Virginias too. It's not easy to tell where the taste of the tobacco stops and the flavoring starts, which to me means each of the flavors compliment one another. I especially appreciate the fact I can smoke this, enjoy VA flavor, and not worry about tongue bite.

If you've heard all the hype, and wonder how good or bad it can be, I recommend buying a tin and finding out for yourself. I wouldn't hesitate to encourage anyone to give this blend a try. Three stars.


I'm nearing the end of my tin and the exposure to air has only made this even better. The flavoring is a bit less pronounced after considerable time to breath, and the tradeoff is more of the tobacco flavor. I wouldn't necessarily recomend drying of the tobacco, but a week or two in a new container after opening the tin make a difference. In other words, its good right out of the tin, and just gets better from there. I've given my review a well deserved upgrad to four starts - highly recommended.

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (178)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

When I want Virginias this is what I reach for 90% of the time. Zero bite. Sweet and delicious. Top quality tobaccos.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (226)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Another one of the great ones from England that one cannot buy in the States. I swear, if I lived in England I could be very happy with their tobaccos. I found a tin of this one in Burmuda while cruising. I had never tried it before so only bought one can. I deeply regret this, it only cost me $4.70 for the tin and they had plenty of it. This and these English Blends are turning me into a VA lover. This one is mostly a VA with a little fruity flavoring that smells sweet in the tin and upon lighting up, smell rich and fragrant in the room. It packed easily as it's a riff cut medium brown tobacco and it lit on first light and stayed lit all the way down. It was very gentle on the tongue even when I smoked it kind of fast. It smoked down to a dark grey ash dottle with no gurgling or goopiness in my pipe. It smokes wonderful in a Peterson System pipe and I enjoyed it very much. Oh why did I not buy more?

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zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (134)
Strong Medium Very Full Strong

Royal Yacht is very much like 1792. They are both high quality, very strong tobaccos with very distinct toppings. The cut here isn't a slightly rubbed out flake like 1792--it's more fine, and fully rubbed out, somewhat dissimilar to a ribbon cut. Whetever you call it, the cut lends particularly well to packing and burning. Lighting is no problem.

The tin that I have is an Orlik version--and though some have commented on its weaker nature--I fail to see how this thing could be any stronger. In my estimate, this KOs 1792 in the strength department, though the match is hard fought.

If you're looking for a description of the topping, I'm at a loss. It's there, it's different, and it's short, it's one of those love/hate type things like Blue Note--without the monstrous bite.

Royal Yacht clearly isn't for everyone, but it's nice when you want to get knocked on the floor. For those that are big fans of 1792, I'm sure you won't have a problem here. Whatever your gig, Royal Yacht will likely spark one's voice of opinion.

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Dishman420 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dishman420 (1)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Let me be formal and introduce myself my name is Zach, a greenhorn to the world of pipe tobacco. If it weren't for the wonderfully well written reviews here I'd never of started so thanks but enough of that and more of

This Royal Yacht lives up to it's title it features a bold flavor casing of plum that I could taste throughout very pleasant but while I was smoking I'd get a nice earthy dirt like taste with a sweet coffee taste that all went together very well with my lemonade iced tea the icing on the cake for me was that I could still taste the tobacco in this blend and that the nicotine washed over me like a wave-soothing and smooth rich smoke that stayed alight much better than the other blends I have tried and this is fresh out of the can still somewhat moist it will be interesting to see how this tobacco matures- I only filled my pipe half full of this and was glad I did or the nicotine would of been too much for me.

This is my first time trying this (and reviewing) and I think I'll be taking a lot more voyages on the royal yacht

Pipe Used: MO Meerschaum Missouri Pride

Age When Smoked: 21

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars (2 for 1 March Dunhill Deal)

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (108)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

This is a strongish Virginia blend with a rich and full-bodied flavour that in my experience lasts all the way down the bowl. There is a casing, but I've no idea what it is. The domestic critics don't mind the room-note, though, which is a definite point in its favour. The ribbon-cut is easy to pack, but I find that it does need quite a few relights if you smoke it straight out of the tin. A little drying, though not too much, is a good idea. Pure quality, as you would expect of a Dunhill blend; and I don't notice that it has changed much in its several incarnations. I do find, though, that a bowl of it doesn't last as long as I would like. It has to be said also that it gets very hot rather easily: this is a tobacco that needs to be taken slowly (and not allowed to get too dry). Not an all day, every day smoke then, but one to be savoured of an evening in a comfortable chair. Not quite four stars in my opinion, but an easy three.

Royal Yacht was apparently one of Georges Simenon's favourites, and he was a REAL pipe smoker!

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Duke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Duke (39)
Strong Medium Full Very Pleasant

Royal Yacht has become my constant tobacco for a good while. I've always smoked it over years, but not as consistently as today. I've always smoked Dunhill tobaccos due to several points: quality, availability and strength. In winter I'll smoke Night Cap, but for the rest of the seasons Royal Yacht. Unlike some pigtails or Irish Flake, Royal Yacht, with its abundant topping(IMHO), doesn't clobber me every smoke. I feel I'm more in control of the nicotine throttle with RY. Is it the same as Murray's? Not so much. I remember the Murray being a much finer cut and more heavily topped. As for the topping, I could care less what's in the formula, because that full tobacco flavor still comes through and doesn't appear to ghost a pipe. This is no pansy tobacco and thank God it doesn't smell of vinegar.

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (109)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant

Buttery smooth sweet Virginia. Burns clean and smooth on one light. Black pepper notes on the retrohale. No complaints. Full smoke, full flavor. Absolutely delicious when sipped. 4+*.

Pipe Used: Big Ben Cambridge, Peterson XL 315

Age When Smoked: Undated tin; bought 1 month ago

Purchased From: CI

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baccythrasher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
baccythrasher (3)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Nice, dry smoke hits the nose like a good cigar. Burns evenly but hot. The cut is great for packing and has a perfect moisture level. A good smoke when your working on a project or wandering around. Not so complex that it demands your attention, not so strong that you feel you need a break from it. Just a good smoke to pass time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Inquisitor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Inquisitor (155)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

Legendary stuff! I've tried Royal Yacht on several occasions over the years, never going so far as to buy it but choosing it when given the option. I have to smile I hear someone reviling this blend while smoking a bowl of GH RB Plug or Ennerdale Flake. They are of the same type, i.e. a British version of a heavily-flavored aromatic tobacco. The differences are that the British use hefty tobacs instead of tasteless burleys, and that the British flavorings are "natural". That said, I don't think I could ever put the components of this scent together from nature.

This is satisfying due to the strength and full flavor, and the casings are interesting for a while, but begin to wear thin after about 15 minutes. I don't find it to be terrible, just not terribly interesting. Dark Bird's Eye has more to offer if one is looking for strong and stinky.

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Colonel Panic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Colonel Panic (42)
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant

OK, I'll tell you right up front that the tin I'm smoking from is around thirty years old. I've tried the newer version and I agree that the topping they use is a bit offensive and when combined with the strength of the tobaccos it can be very overwhelming unless you smoke VERY slowly. However. . .

This tin smells of figs and raisins and the other warm, rich things you expect of a well-aged, matured Virginia tobacco. The flavor is deep and rich, like a Christmas dessert, and has subtle hints of hazelnuts and chocolate along with some spicy elements. It's sweet but in a low-end sort of way, not lemony and bright. The nicotine strength is there in spades, but when smoked slowly it provides a wonderful cornucopia of flavors that makes me wonder why the heck they decided to case the new version so heavily.

Wonderful stuff, and I may even cry a little once this tin is gone ;)

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dokuhebi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dokuhebi (2)
Strong Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Other reviews have already mentioned the high nicotine content of the Royal Yacht, and I would agree that if you haven't yet built up a tolerance, the nicotine buzz can be overwhelming, to the point where it can make novices ill. However, for an experience smoker who is looking for a good strong smoke on a winter evening, this is a good one.

PAIRING: For my personal pairing preferences, I would choose a sweet cognac or bourbon. There's little to no actual flavor in the tobacco, so it's partner would need to be relied on to provide it, but the tobacco has a body to it that would overwhelmed by anything less.

ROOM NOTE: My wife says it reminds her of incense in an Orthodox church service. "A spicy wood smell. Not fruity at all."

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Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Royal Yacht was on my daily smokes in the late 90s and early 00s. My preferences are now inclined to milder blends. However I am still consuming this fine classic occasionaly.

There is a difference between the old Murray's and the new EU version. The older tins, if I am remembering well, were a bit stronger. Anyway, this is a top choice classic, and must have.

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DUPE.629 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.629 (133)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable


What in the bloody hell has happened to Dunhill-Royal Yacht??? The superb taste and the great quality has "TOTALLY DISAPPEARED"

Murrays produced "PERFECTION" with this blend for Dunhill.


ORLIKS VERSION "NOW GETS MINUS 10 STARS FROM ME" (It's not only bloody dreadful,but it's now pitiful) Infact,I'm angry :-(

Royal Yaht. June 2004.

First of all,many thank's to Captain Dan,for posting a tin of R/Y to Australia for me. I love and enjoy good quality virginia's without casing's. Royal Yacht contain's splendid virginias's. The flavour which is added is thoroughly delicious,and of very high quality. I believe,aged tins would only enhance and improve this blend. I opened my fresh tin and fluffed the tobacco up and let it air for 12 hour's. R/Y is easy to light and if smoked slowly,all the flavour's come to the fore. Highly enjoyable,and easily smoked,to the bottom of the bowl.Leaving a nice clean grey-white ash,without goop. I have no complaint's what so-ever with my fresh tin. I'm definitely ordering more tin's immediately,to age and smoke.

I'm a lady pipe smoker,and I certainly did not find this to strong,for me.

Pipestud,thankyou,for telling me about (The Nectar of the God's) Highly recommened. 10 out of 10.

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Russell Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Russell (62)
Medium Medium to Strong Mild Strong

Rotten fruit. They ought to have named it "Royal Yuck, a uniquely stinking mixture." Nicotine is not nearly as strong as a rope or half that of the strongest of all pipe tobacco bar none, Gawith and Hoggarth's dark flake, so don't be put off on that. It's the topping that kills this one.

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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Strong

The economics of pipe tobacco production being what they are, I suppose that Dunhill feel they must cover all kinds and conditions, and so produce unspeakably awful crap like Royal Yacht. It goes perfectly with lava lamps, velvet paintings of bosomy mammas, and Mantovani/1001 Strings vinyl LPs.

Traditional British blenders are just not attuned to the world of aromatics (any more that their compatriots understand Haute Cuisine), and should leave such things to the sensible Dutch and Danes, who have been doing it right for ever.

This baby has all the flavourful charm and sweet redolence of slightly gangrenous horse meat.

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Sir Walter Smiley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir Walter Smiley (24)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I just smoked the Orlik version for the first time and it has been a few years since I smoked the Murrey blend. It seems I remember the Murrey blend being stronger in flavoring and nicotine, but tastes change and our memories are never as good as we would like to think. I also have been smoking much more full bodied cigars since the Murrey days. What I know for sure is the old version made me a little ill, like Peterson's Irish Flake, from the nicotine. This one does not. Anyway.......Royal Yacht is a great smoke. Tin moisture, upon opening, is perfect for immediate packing. The cut makes for easy loading. It does not bite my tongue if I puff too hard. The flavoring added enhances the tobaccos, not hides them. The smoke has a full body feel, more like burleys than Virginias. This tobak reminds me of Cornell & Diehl's Exhausted Rooster. It even has some pepperiness at times, as if it had perique. In Dunhill's description of this blend they mention " rich, heavier and cooler Virginias". That sounds like burley to me. Nice "prune turnovers" tasting tobacco. A good pairing for this is Wild Turkey Honey on the rocks. Hell, that bourbon blend goes with any tobacco except nonsweet latakia blends...and maybe those as well. I need this in bulk.

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MyPipeAndBook Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MyPipeAndBook (9)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Unlike the reviews below mine, I didn't notice any bread baking or tea with cream and sugar or Hot cross buns baking. What I did notice was a light citrus smell upon opening the tin. This a mild but smooth virginia with no frills. If you like a plain virginia you should give this one a try.

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Reiny Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Reiny (5)
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

edit 05/11/2013- I like this blend more now that the tin has been basically sitting and drying out in my desk for about 6 months. I would dip into it now and then but hardly made a dent in it. Another winner from Dunhill. I very much agree with Perique's comments about the burning qualities and the smoke tasting very much like the tin note but have to disagree about this being only a mild to medium strength smoke. It's a fairly strong baccy and good for relaxation on a sunny afternoon. Heard recently that this was Joseph Stalin's favourite tobacco. Well i can't say i think very highly of what the man did but at least he had good taste in baccy i guess.

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TheJayBee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheJayBee (48)
Medium Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

Upon opening the tin, the smell of the VA tobaccos is very pleasant. It is mixed with a buttery/vanilla smell I thought.

It reminded me just so very slightly of the Davidoff Royalty tobacco smell.

The smoke however is fast, hot (without the vile tongue bite) and not so nice to be honest. There is a pleasant (Virginias blend) and an unpleasant flat "hayish" taste to it. Tastes like a cheap rip off of the Davidoff Royalty tobacco. Mid bowl, the taste gets better, just so very slightly.

Nicotine hit is excellent however.

Room note is quite pleasant I thought. I wish the taste and the smoke were as pleasant.

I will not be being this again. Not a one star tobacco because nothing I have tasted so far is as vile as the Borkum Riff tobaccos I have tried.

Too bad, as it is my first Dunhill tobacco review, and I was looking forward to reviewing it.

A friend pipe smoker advice: For a marvellous straight VA tobacco, go for SG Full Vriginia Flake.


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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (97)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I wasn't too crazy about the taste of this, but I wasn't repulsed by it either. What I did enjoy was the nicotine strength that it delivers for a straight va of such a light color. This is one thing I really enjoy about Dunhill tobaccos. The nic is always spot on to leave you properly sated.

This does not rise to a level of 4 stars for me, but I easily recommend it to anyone who enjoys VAs, but wants more strength. The topping does seem to dissapate enough to let the VAs come through so I would not call this a heavy aromatic.

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

Not one of my favourite Dunhills. Somehow "flat" for my taste, but other smokers may like it that way.

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KahveDelisi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KahveDelisi (45)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant

Unique indeed. Thinking over I can't come up with many blends similar to Royal Yacht, except maybe Samuel Gawith Brown no:4?

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Yadan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Yadan (6)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Tolerable

Having smoked my first bowl in one of my cobs (since I had read that a cob would be just fine for this type of smoke), I was quite surprised by the relative lack of strength and flavor. So, a few hours later, I tried it in one of my briars - but the results were the same. Royal Yacht is pleasant enough for a casual, relaxed smoke, but nothing really more. Those seeking zip and punch (like myself) would do better with something like Turkish Black.

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albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (152)
Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Royal Yacht is a classic of Dunhill's, but... Is a pure Virginia Blend. For me is only this... Pure Virginia, so strong.... strong in Nicotine. Is very common, boring... Only for people that enjoy pure Virginias and very strong tobaccos. Dunhill have other mixtures that are much better,

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ryan65 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ryan65 (6)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I first received a sample of this a few years back but didn't try it until a few months ago. I believe it was Murray's and a lovely smoke indeed. But this review is on the current version blended Orlik. Since I enjoyed the sample so much I recently purchased a tin of the newer version with no aging, and the first thing I noticed was the cut of the tobacco was a lot finer than the Murray's blend. Also, the color was much brighter than the almost black VA's in the older version. At this point I felt a bit of disappointment before even lighting it up because it looked completely different in smell and tobacco cut; however, upon lighting it I was completely taken back by the heavy does of smoke. The finer cut of tobacco allows you to barely puff on it to get a nice dose of smoke and strong flavor. I actually like it more than the Murray's version, consisting of a slight vanilla and coffee flavor that doesn't overpower the superb Va's in the blend. A great smoke that should be puffed on slowly like any straight Va as it can get hot.

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colt25314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
colt25314 (41)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Orlik has done a fine job in resurrecting Royal Yacht. Plenty of strength for me and a cool burning mixture. This is by no means an aromatic and recommended to those whom like natural honest to goodness tobacco.

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Scot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scot (7)
Strong Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This has been reviewed extensively... just my 2 cents.

Royal Yacht doesn't do any one thing spectacularly. It's not the best smelling nor is it the greatest tasting, it doesn't have the highest nic content and some will think the cut makes it burn too fast. But what it does do is balance all those things well which makes it an all around great smoke.

Being an ex cigarette smoker nicotine has always been a consideration in my choices and trying to find that balance of taste and stimulation has been like walking a narrow line. The Peterson and Gawith flakes are strong which obviously precludes me to enjoy the hell out of them and even some of the ropes but in the moments that there isn't time to be chopping and preparing tobacco to properly load your pipe and you just need a smoke, Royal Yacht fits the bill.

It has the typical Dunhill fine ribbon cut which makes it easy to load, easy to light and depending on your experience, smoke too fast. If you're not use to it the nic hit will sit you down in short order; room spinning, excessive drooling and possibly a cold sweat. Experienced smokers will probably enjoy the twirl it provides without the preparation but beware of the niccups towards the end of the bowl, which by the way, is usually dry and dusty. It's like an old timers blend in a fashion just for the fact that it's more utilitarian and not really fancy... if that makes any sense at all.

This one was in my rotation long before the demise of Murray but I've been out long enough that I can't make a fair comparison to the newer Orlick tins. It's as close to the original as I can remember which is rather ambiguous I know, but hey, I'm smoking it.

Bottom line, if you are looking for a spectacular aroma and taste profile you'll probably not enjoy this one. If you are ok with reasonable taste and aroma that provides a decent amount of stimulation that's still mild enough on the mouth and throat to smoke all day, I can highly recommend this one.

Four stars... not necessarily because it's what we think a great tobacco is today but because it does what I need it to do.

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pipelovingcalvinist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipelovingcalvinist (68)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

Not a bad blend. Nice Virginia tobacco with a pleasant topping. The topping doesn't dominate the blend but adds a nice flavor. Worth a try.

Soli Deo gloria!

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (53)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Great Va with some sort of light topping that gives the blend a semi sweet flavor. A cool smoke with a good nicotine dose!

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Mark Devall Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mark Devall (9)
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I know what one reviewer means by this being like Gold Block but GB has a nasty tendency to burn the throat and to coat your teeth ( too many additives I suspect).

Maybe this is more like C S Lewis' Gold Block. But it's not very gold to look at.

It smokes well enough and will not be thrown out by me.

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (205)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I think I must have received a bad tin or my taste buds are shot, but this doesn't have much flavoring at all. Cut is great , smokes great, although it could get hot if you push it, and I'd buy again. As a matter of fact, I'm going to order more just to see if this tin missed the topping ???

Updated 8/13/12 Well I purchased a second tin just to see what everyone was talking about when it came to the topping ??? I still don't get it, the topping is so mild I have to really search for it, maybe a "Tuity Fruity flavor ?". That said , I do find this tobacco tasty and very easy to smoke. The typical Dunhill ribbon cut, lights and burns great, maybe a little too great as it burns fast and hot. I like to start with a pinch about the size of a walnut , roll it tight, until it is the size of an olive and press it into the bowl. The taste is somewhat "cigaretteish" , but it does have some sweet and sour taste that I like. 2 1/2 stars

Have to agree with reviewer, "scottyspipesebay 06/06/2012", "Just a go to for a good strong smoke"

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Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (120)
Mild Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

Dunhill usually turns out some decent blends. This isn't one of them. I reviewed this in a blind review, so I was unbiased. Tasted like sour milk to me. I didn't not enjoy it at all and have never smoked it again. However, it may be your thing.

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

I was a bit frightened by horror stories about titanic strength of this tobacco, but it was exaggeration. Yes it's strong but nothing cosmic here; I'd say the strength is on par with Nightcup.

My first attempt went bad, but after buying new Savinelli I've tried once more – and was fascinated. The smell of the tin is autumn, cool sweet falling leaves. The blue smoke is beautiful, the taste is good. Try it in a new pipe, sip slowly. Ideally, do it in a rainy autumn or cold winter. It's not an all day smoke, but definitely worth a try. RY became one of my every day's smokes.

Update 10/07/2012: The topping seems too strong and contradicts my personal chemistry. Still good from time to time, but not every day. 3 stars in place of 4.

Update 05/03/2013 I just can't stand this topping anymore. It leaves bad aftertaste for all day. I definitely do not belong to royal family.

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scottyspipesebay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scottyspipesebay (25)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Royal Yacht. To each his own. After reading several reviews, I really wanted to like this blend. Upon opening the tin, my first whiff of this was delicious to the nose: CHOCOLATE, raisin and plum. Without doubt, the finest tobacco scent I've yet come across. I could barely wait to get a pinch into my pipe, but what a disappointment. When compared to other English blends I've tried, this is just strong tobacco without a lot of character. I'm a huge Cyp Lat fan, so this may need time to grow on me.

Update for 7/16/12: I also enjoy good Danish rolling tobacco, so I gave this a try in an attempt to be able to use this stuff, and had GREAT results. Rolled and smoked, it has a wonderfully sweet aroma and flavor, and it rolls up effortlessly. It burns slowly and evenly, and the outdoor note is heavenly. In the pipe I can only give it 2 stars. It's just not for my palate. Rolled, it is a good 4 star tobacco. That may sound crazy, but it works for me.

8/13/12: The more I smoke it the more I am understanding the blend. The raw and room notes are excellent! I am starting to understand big Virginia and the nic is great without being too heavy. I have also done a 50/50 blend using McClelland Bulk 2035 Dark Navy Flake that is unbelievably good. I smoked that up in a week and cellar-ed the rest, and looking forward to that. However, I am finding it hard to leave it alone! Anyway, I have changed my tune about RY. I do like it, but it is not nearly a stand alone favorite. Just a go to for a good strong smoke.

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Brother Of The Leaf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brother Of The Leaf (8)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is my first Dunhill blend. Upon opening this tin I was greeted by notes of fig and raisins. I also picked up subtle hints of coacoa. The milk chocolate brown and leather shaded ribbons packed nicely. As I drew the flame near, the leaves curled up as if eagerly greeting their ashy demise. The white smoke began very smooth and mild and developed a very tiny bite, perhaps from over sipping. This is the first time I've touched my pipes in probably close to a year unfortunately, so I'm a bit out of practice, but I digress. While the flavor isn't great it certainly isn't off putting either - slightly sweet, I also get the taste of raisins, maybe plumb, and a very tiny bit of spice. It is however a tiny bit bland IMHO. As the tobacco burns it produces a black and grey ash. About half way through the bowl the ember died down, requiring me to give it an additional light. The room note is a bit sweet, but since this is my first bowl and I'm smoking alone I haven't had the opportunity to get an external opinion. While I would recommend this to a slightly seasoned pipe smoker such as myself, it does have a larger amount of nicotine than most other pipe tobaccos I've smoked, so it comes with a bit of a warning. I think this would be a good after dinner sipper when sitting out on the porch smoking with friends and family that are not prone to turning up their noses to the smell of pipe aromas.

=Edit= My second bowl after allowing it to dry out is more pleasant. While it is still a very strong smoke, the taste is more noticeable. My mom, who does not enjoy the smell of pipes in the least, sat next to me for about half the bowl, so the room note seems to be fairly tolerant. I'm going to keep this at a 3/4 stars, however. I'll update on my next bowl.

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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (45)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

50g Tin £11.75 bought over the counter at a highstreet newsagent/decent tobacconist.

Tin aroma;plummy winey,very mild chocolate(or Nestle Caramac bar)sour summer fruits,fruit salad,slight vanilla,light roasted instant coffee and apple juice. 1.5mm-2mm ribbon cut,mottled golden/mid brown tan and darker leaf.

Using matches it lights easy. First impressions are light to medium tastes(compared to other things i smoke)but a strongish or stronger virginia - a strong light/mid virginia(does that sound like an oxymoron?).

Getting into it the taste builds up and i can detect the nicotine - its not an instant punch but an appearing creeper, and i can feel it up my nose like carbonated fizz bubbles which is making me feel alert and perked up.

I am starting to get a very mild cigar hint beneath the mature virginia surface and a very light "mellow birds" coffee nuance. Like a very light white coffee made with whitener rather than milk.But for the main; iam getting a nice golden/bronze smooth rich virginia base taste.(describing alegorically the colour it evokes in my mind)

Simultaneously and more dominant aromatic wise obove that coffee undertone is a sour/citrus fruit factor akin to grapefruit with a lesser degree of pinapple or apple.I have resisted looking at 'Tobacco Reviews' as i write this because i don't want to polute my own judgement or pretend to myself.

I am smoking this in a hardly used ebay purchased Turkish "Ermec Pipo" aluminium stemed system pipe with a meerschaum lined mystery but handsome stripey hardwood bowl(simular design to a falcon pipe). The wood looked like it was sweating here actually;-maybe the meerschaum and wood are porous or my hand was sweaty?(hottish burner and wet burner maybe?,it seemed perfect in the tin but i persevere). I wipe the exterior with a paper rag ,unscrew the bowl and give the moisture trap dome a wipe out.

Reconnecting the baccy has just extinguished on me so i stir up the bowl a bit and relight. Breaking in my brand new second hand pipe here which i cleaned specially,unfortunately whoever owned this pipe before me had smoked black tealeaf in it(what a dickhead!)which has suddenly spoiled my experience and i will try again,because that relight was terribly acrid but it only lasted a few puffs more anyway.

Tipping out the ash it seems like the tea stain residue at the bottom end has been chemically burned away by the Royal Yacht's own citrus cleaning factor by the looks of it;-now the inner meerschaum bowl is looking whiter.

I shant fukc about now and come strait out with it because it has been on my mind the whole while i have been smoking this: "Dunhill Royal Yacht" tastes like a mirror of "Ogdens Gold Block". Like Gold Block, only slighty darker virinia taste maybe and slightly less topping power but,it tastes like Gold Block smoked on a different day.You know how certain tobacco tastes can drift somehow where they head in the direction and start resembling by accident of conditions other known similar constituted tobacco brands sometimes?..

Well this tastes like a well behaved bowl of Gold Block.(noting Gold block's slight lack of popularity with other people,it just happens to be one of my favoutites which i have a dedicated pipe for;a vintage"Ronson 3 way" aluminium stem system pipe with 8 inch smoke travel distance which goes three times the length of the stem into a very narrow final draught hole delivery in the mouthpeice.This is the only pipe i can manage to get a good smoke out of Gold Block with no bite or bitterness and a damn tastey full juicy fruit aroma.)

con't)This Royal Yacht produces a near identical taste and delivery in a regular 6" length single draught tube pipe as Gold Block but costs @maybe £2 quid more. If there is anybody who has smoked Gold Block lately who wanted to like it i can suggest Dunhill Royal Yacht because its evidentally more forgiving and will likely taste well in a non-special pipe,and will taste how Gold Block at its best tastes (to me atleast).

My second bowl and the bowl on my Ermec Pipo is still sweating a bit,,;maybe a quirk or could be some bowl polish/finsihing oil actually which makes the wood grain come out if it isn't the moisture of the tobacco coming through. I got a good taste all the way down this time and i have a slight winey finish in my mouth which is OK.

It burns quite quick and slightly hottish perhaps - perhaps cooler than Gold Block but very simular properties,and right down to a fluffy white ash.

At this stage i think i have to say that i slightly prefer Gold Block myself:Some of that is to do with price and the fact that i can get Gold Block anywhere.Its a very close contest.Also the milder nicotine Gold Block is more proportional to its easy going taste which makes it a more suitable candidate as an all dayer because the nicotine is paced out.

Royal Yacht though has a slightly stronger recipe and if i fancied the same taste with a stronger nicotine hit which doesn't leave me wanting more for a while,then Royal Yacht definately has its usage,and is already in my categorised mind noted as"Gold Block Extra" - it has a bit more.

I was initially disapointed that Royal Yacht didn't taste a bit different(i had in my mind a different expectation)but glad i tried it and can accept it as a stronger Gold Block.

For those that care ;there was no soap or bite! I would have no problem keeping this in my rotation and would definately buy again,but i recon i will consumme more Gold Block in the longrun. I could give it 4 stars easy but will give it 3 for now because "Gold Block" in my "Ronson 3 Way" does the same job cheaper. If i have a bad Gold Block day atleast i can use Royal Yacht as a second chance or visa.

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tleek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tleek (48)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Great Blend, and perfect change of pace for an English smoker. While I ocasionally enjoy mild blends, I must admit I love very strong flavors. This blend is extremely flavorful. The flavor is a bit unique, I have not tasted much like it. It is subtly familiar to a perique heavy virginia perique blend, but without the spiciness. Not just a plain virginia blend is what i mean, which I really do not enjoy. It has a strong, mildly sweet fig or prune type taste as well as the flavors of high quality virginia leaves.

There is a topping, though not a thick syrupy aromatic type topping, just a little flavor enhancer, which adds a flavor that almost seems like it could be natural to the tobacco.

It is absolutely perfect from the tin, no drying necessary, and burns extremely well. In fact it burns better straight out of the tin than any other tobacco I have smoked.

I have never experienced such a strong and complex flavor in a blend without Latakia. Be careful though, it is very strong. Same nicotine effect as smoking a large strong cigar.

Though I could never replace latakia blends, Royal sure has its place and is quickly becoming a favorite.

A Must Try!

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bluedog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bluedog (19)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Tolerable

I have only been through two tins of royal yacht but i have never picked up on the chocolate in the blend notes. the raisins and figs are evident in the tin note and they somewhat transfer over into the smoke. This is one of the few pipe tobaccos that i will inhale a small bit of smoke into my lungs every once in a while. it does have cigarette like qualities but it is not ashy tasting. i have accidently let a half tin dry out to bone dry and finished it without rehydrating. i seemed to prefer this blend dry because you could pack it tighter and it still burn nice. i highly recommend it but i wish there was a bulk match because it is pretty pricey. if i ever found a bulk version it would likely be an all day everyday smoke.

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Afraz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Afraz (14)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I like this blend. It have a good stuff of vitamin N, a half bowl ll solve your problems :). Its not like other aromatics, this aroma is like natural blends, its hard to count it as aromatics IMO. I ll buy it again.

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Taipanmamba Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taipanmamba (16)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

World Class pipe tobacco and one of my personal favourites. This is what pipe smoking is all about. Great tin note and ready to smoke straight from the tin. It dries out very quickly and is one I would definitely recommend mason jarring. Burn is as close to perfection as you can get - often 2 or 3 matches are all I need for the whole bowl. Beautiful and rich virginias with a subtle topping which enhances the experience. Great room note. Best of all this is strong - a great pick me up in the middle of the day. Some people my find the strength too much and smaller bowls are advisible to start with until you get a handle on it. I love this stuff and highly recommend it to all those who appreciate strong virginia blends. The perfect smoke for a warm sunny afternoon.

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machinebcon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
machinebcon (50)
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

The Royal Yacht is my favourite tobacco at the moment. It comes in a yellow & red round tin, filled with bronze and dark brown ribbons of tobacco, perfectly conditioned. The tin aroma reminds me of grapes, raisins, nuts and smoked bacon which changes upon lighting the bowl. A very rich and full smoke which tastes like cigarettes with a hint of plum liquor - or just imagine a castrated Erinmore Flake with more punch in the low end. I've got told that the smoke smells quite strong, so probably you don't want to smoke it in front of non-smokers indoors. The N level deserves respect. Still, full score for this classic. Recommended!

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Trippwire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Trippwire (58)
Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

High strength tobacco here, very unique. This has a rasin sort of taste, with the usual virgina / burley flavours. There is some sort of topping that I can't quite put my finger on, but it's very nice. If you like cigarettes, you will like this, it sorta stinks a bit for those around you, but a very satisfying smoke nontheless.

I found it goes best in a cob, if you need a nic blast first thing in the morning, this is for you. I figure if you are trying to quit ciggies, this is what you need. Will be buying more to tuck away for the future. Good stuff.

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rhogg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rhogg (10)
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable

Unique, strong, very strong in many respects. I am liking it the more I smoke it. Topping is hard to detect or pin down. The taste is strong. The nicotine is strong. This must be smoked delicately unless you want your whole face scortched.

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

I suppose we don't need a 205th review of Royal Yacht, but I like it enough to confirm what some of the positive reviewers have said about it. I enjoy Va/Burleys in both flake and ribbon form, especially when they're lightly topped, and as such I was eager to give RY a try. What appealed to me most was that it was referenced with these adjectives: "strong, full, rich."

The tobaccos are augmented with a light, added flavor that is difficult to pinpoint exactly . . . somewhat sweet-spicey. The tobacco flavor is never lost, but enhanced, and what you lose instead is the grassy blandness I get from most straight Virginias. This is delicious stuff. I love the flavor, and crave it occasionally.

On the flip side, there is a peppery note that, to me, is distracting -- not a Perique blast, but something along the lines of a dark-fired Kentucky piquancy. This may appeal to you. Maybe it's my cadence or the curing process -- or the Burleys or the flavoring. Whatever it is, I find it in some Dunhill blends and I don't like it.

RY is well integrated with high-quality tobaccos at the core, and it burns beautifully. It packs a nice dose of nicotine, but it's not a kick in the balls as reported. It's in the same ballpark as London Mixture and its other sister blends (except for Flake, which is lighter).

Worth a try when you're in the mood for something different. Sip it for best results.

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LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (57)
Strong Strong Full Strong

This blend have been review extensively but I will give you my impressions: very fine cut, the flavoring hits you as soon as you open the tin, the tobacco distribution in my opinion is 60% virginia 40% burley, plum and brandy seem to be the flavor here which is definitely the dividing line either you like or you can't stand it, on the plus size the nicotine level of this will leave anybody satisfied or overwhelmed, My tin was probably 10 years old, I would love to see how the new tins compared to my tin.

Would I buy it again maybe... but for some reason this blends remind me a lot of C&D's Heritage.

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musicman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
musicman (81)
Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I love Royal yacht. This tobacco seems to be a real love it or leave it blend among pipe smokers. I think it is amazing, other established and experienced pipe smokers consider it appalling. All I know is that I get this blend, and I am sure glad I do.

First a caveat. this tobacco has been known by some to to give you a swift nicotine kick right in the Jackson. Some people believe the name very fitting because their stomach rolls like they have been on a yacht in rough waters. If you are a little sensitive in the nicotine department, have high blood pressure, or are pregnant, do not go on this ride.

The flavors are really nice. A great plum type of full taste. This blend really benefits from time, both in the pipe and in the cellar. If you rush this blend it will taste like a cheap cigarette, but loved and nurtured and it really shines. The Virginia tastes are very round and lovely. I like it. This one also ages beautifully. What was good when I bought it has become utopic with age. really nice.

Give it a shot, you might like it, you might hate it. If you like it smoke away. If you hate it send the rest to me and I will properly dispose of it for you. Highly recommended.

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Albert Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Albert (6)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Dunhill Royal Yacht is top quality, strong, ribbon cut Virginia. I have never detected the alleged added flavouring. This is a beautiful, straight and seductive tobacco perfect for either a quick smoke or long contemplative sipping. I don't rub it out and I don't dry it. For me it's perfect – with a gentle pulling apart - straight from the tin. Indeed, I suggest that you don't let it dry out.

Royal Yacht has quickly become my tobacco of choice. Very highly recommended to those aficionados who seek exceptional, classic Virginia blends.

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Galathorn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Galathorn (5)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A well renowned Virginia tobacco.

Tobacco form: Ribbon

Humidity: Normal. Just some minutes of drying would suffice.

This tobacco packs a wallop! The tin aroma is quite nice. Smells like chocolate and raisins. Reminds me of Cadbury's chocolate with raisins and nuts (yuuuuum). It is a strong tobacco, both in terms of flavor and nicotine. The taste is full and nice. The puffs should be small so that you don't overdose unexpectedly on Vitamin N. In terms of drying, few minutes are ok, but DON'T dry it too much or you will smoke Royal Bomb instead of Royal Yacht. Savvy? :P

To sum up: Great tobacco. Strong, but tasteful. I would not recommend it if you are a pipe smoker for less than half a year.

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Bigdadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bigdadz (27)
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant

As a regular english mixture smoker I rarely smoke VA's. After dinner however, I occasionally crave this one.

The taste is quite distinctive, Sniffing the bowl, I find it has a yeasty bread like aroma. Most VA's I smoke are too grassy, this is one of the rare ones that offer a complexity and depth that make it interesting.

The strong nicotine punch it gives me prevents this one from being smoked too often, but with a full stomach and a strong cup of coffee it works quite nicely.

Definitely a blend to be savoured slowly, otherwise it can become harsh. I really enjoy this one when in a contemplative mood and in need of a change of pace.

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BrotherMark09 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrotherMark09 (2)
Strong Mild to Medium Mild Tolerable

This was a most interesting tobacco. Upon opening the tin the aroma was most wonderful. How that same aroma was not even close to what I got when smoking this. Occasionally while smoking this you do get those plum-like flavors but very rarely. For the most part I don't find much strong flavor in this tobacco. It is suprisingly mild. However it is also suprisingly relaxing. It has a high N content which, I'm sure, has to do with it's relaxing properties. I would recommend this tobacco for when you need something to ease your mind. This doesn't bite at all and burns very consitantly all the way through. I am still undecided if I will order another tin after this one is through, however I do like this tobacco and would recommend that people do try it out. It is a good tobacco for when you just want something relaxing but not strong tasting.

PS: This is my first review on this site :)

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palm springs piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
palm springs piper (12)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Fresh out of the tin - tastes very similar to Orlick Golden Sliced with some kind of mild topping. The tin note is fabulous, like plumcake soaked in brandy, with cocoa on top, but you know how tin note promises can be. Smoked a half dozen (bland) bowls and then put the tin back on the shelf for a couple of weeks while I finished off some Opening Night and waited for The Best Brown Flake to arrive by mail. Opening Night went off to bed and Best Brown must have taken the QMII, so I pulled out RY to tide me over on a night shift. It had gotten a bit crisp but still had a nice tin note. Lit it up and (drumrole and orchestral crescendo, please) Rule Britannia! Britania rules the waves! Promises repaid in spades! She be damn yar, this one. Update: Fresh tin, and a new large bowled Nording Classics Billiard - The flavors are much more noticeable in this wide mouthed bowl - can't put my finger on it - the room note is - childhood memories flooding back - that's it! - SPICE DROPS! - cardomom, wintergreen and anise spice drops.

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marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (47)
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

First off, do not be tempted to label this an "aromatic" in the common sense of the term, even though it has some added flavor. Many, many pipe tobaccos are spritzed with something whether you know it or not (if you don't believe me, then read G.L. Pease's discourse on the subject on his website in answer to less well informed persons who insist on smoking only what they think are "unflavored" tobaccos). This is flavored in a very english style, and that is not a category which I personally term as "aromatic." How many of you consider 1792 Flake an aromatic when you sit down to smoke a bowl? So yes, this has some sort of flavoring, which I do not find comes through much in the taste at all, but no, you are not going to experience something like an American drugstore blend or one of the Larsen offerings when you crack your first tin of this.

With that said, this is a very fine VA smoke, and somewhat unique. It reminds me a great deal of Gawith's best brown flake. When dried out properly it is a cool smoke, and offers a great deal of flavor. For those who say this tastes like nothing, I am not sure what they are doing wrong. It may be that it is being smoked at too high a moisture content, which has a tendency to mask subtle flavors. This is indeed flavorful. It is not complex like a mixture of different tobaccos might be, but it is rich and heady. to me it provided a very clear VA flavor profile, with little bite. I do not notice the flavoring in the smoke, and what others may think is its presence could in fact be the processing of the VA's (or it could be that I just have a palate which has been rendered into shoeleather over the years). It burns easily with little fuss if you tamp it every now and then.

The thing to be cautious of with this blend is that it is very strong in the nicotine department. I would put it on par with something like Bracken Flake or 1792. I am not overly sensitive, but I still smoke this in smaller bowled pipes, and usually must nevertheless take a break to truly enjoy it. It is interesting to think about the fact that this is an older blend, and pipes in general were much smaller in the olden days. Keep that in mind if nicotine gives you fits, because you will render yourself unconscious if you fill up a big pipe with this stuff. Smoke a little, slowly, and enjoy what it has to offer, which is not insubstantial.

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cgar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cgar (37)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Lovely smell right out of the tin. Fig, oatmeal, chocolate. Typical orlik/dunhill tin layout of dark brown ribon cut with strands of golden/light brown mixed in nicely. At first one can be a bit put off by this smoke mainly because its tin aroma is strong but its flavor/taste is bit light. You really need to sip on this one to truely pull flavor from it and to keep it from reaching sun like tempatures. Indeed a different/mellow type of smoke that can be rewarding under the right conditions.


Just noting that I have found this tobacco performs way better when lightly dried out. Flavor and smoke both perform at a top notch level. My initial review came off of a fresh tin that had little time to breath. I will be keeping this in my private stock and it will be in the everyday roation.

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?pe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
?pe (41)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Meh. I find this blend quite bland. A light, grassy, uninteresting smoke.

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henwrench Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
henwrench (16)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

Smoking this has changed everything. I mean it. Wonderfully complex, as you work your way down the bowl wave after wave of flavour bursts through without affecting your palette. Half an hour after smoking the flavours just keep on coming. Demands to be respected, slow right down and sip away. Has instantly become my smoke of choice.

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dedalto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dedalto (16)
Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong

First, I am reviewing a pipe tobacco called Royal Yacht by Orlick. I am not reviewing Dunhill's Royal Yacht becasue Dunhill no longer produces tobacco. They stopped in late 70's. To compare this to the original is like comparing a deep double dark chocolate malt to a glass filled that brown gooey stuff young children use now to make chocolate milk. The original Dunhills,the best of them mind you, had a smoothness, a richness not found as a matter of course in tobaccos today with an always more than adequate amount of ole Nic on hand. Quite possibly they bought up and stored massive amounts tobacco and let them age. But they could produce some duds as well. Their My Mixtures always left me confused. But when they got something right, they were breath taking.

Now having rambled on to the point As I said I am reviewing Orlick's tobacco, Royal Yacht, and as that is the tobacco in question, I would say it is pretty tasty.

The pouch aroma is accurate. The moisture level was about right, and the combination taste of plums and chocolate combined with use of high quality leaf gives a wonderful taste as well as full and lasting aroma.

You should be careful of the nicotine hit if that is something that bothers you because this baby can produce it. But not always. I think how much you smoke and how fast creates different nicotine, but I could be full of it.

I give it three stars, but was tempted to give four because it is such an unusual smoke

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WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (66)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I received a tin of RY at Christmas and it has aged since then. So my tin has about 6 months age on it. It is a tin of the new Dunhill release. Has a nice plum note to the nose upon opening. It's a shag cut. It has a nice moisture content, and burns well producing nice, complex notes of plum, nuts, and subtle sweetness. A smooth smoke which burns to a fine white ash. I enjoyed this Virginia/Burley blend very much.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (72)
Strong Medium Full Very Pleasant

Really nice. Chocolate, plums, figs. So tastey my wife siad she could almost eat it. Beautifully smooth whilst delivering a full flavor and heavy nicotine hit. As others have suggested, this is nicotine squared! Dunhill are master blends and Orlik is putting them together to perfection. 10/10

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (199)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

Here we have a rare exception: an Aromatic that is also a great blend. I don't know any of its previous incarnations, only what I can get over the counter at my favourite tobacconists'.

So, tin note: chocolate, with fruit. Some Lychee in there. The leaf is a thin ribbon cut, the colours ranging from yellow to medium brown. There is citrus in there.

My first tin was a bit wet; my second was just right. Accordingly, your mileage may vary. I prefer my taller bowls for this; they make for a slow, steady burn with little maintenance. But this blend will colour a bowl, so I suggest using as few pipes as possible for this blend.

The taste and room note are both excellent; this is one of those blends one can smoke in company without being berated. In the beginning, the taste is a tad sour, but will develop a fruity sweetness throughout the bowlful; the room note gets a little more brown-sugar-ish and malty throughout.

Addendum 2011-08-09: The more I smoke this blend, the more I think that this is what Murray's Erinmore Mixture should have been. Royal Yacht has the tanginess without the nastiness, the strength without the backlash, and just in every respect is what I believe they intended to do with that famous other blend, but failed to do.

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PastorPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PastorPipe (17)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Several months ago, I used this to break in a new Kaywoodie. I was not happy. It tasted very strong and bitter. I laid the tin aside. Now I have given it another try and it's perfectly delicious. This is the new Orlik version--I did not have the pleasure of trying either the Alfred Dunhill or Murray's versions. The tin aroma was figgy and sweet like a Christmas plum pudding. It packed beautifully and burned well all the way to the bottom. There was zero tongue bite and no gurgling at all. I smoked this is a Peterson Shannon 05 which gets very hot, so I sipped it gently and the sweetness of the virginias really came out. There were flavors of walnuts, coffee, and raisins. The last third of the bowl became pleasantly woodsy--something about it reminded me of when my grandfather burned the leaves in the fall. The sweetness was there throughout, but never sickeningly or artificially sweet. I think sipping this slowly is the secret. Puffing makes it too hot and that makes it bitter. I very much loved this and it will become part of my regular rotation. However, the nicotine content is very strong and makes my head spin; so I'll smoke it when the work day is done. Highly recommended!

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jazzmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jazzmoke (57)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Nicotine + Nicotine X Nicotine. This is the equation that defines this tobacco. Good taste, easy on the tongue (for me). If you want to take a nap take a few breaths from it (too much nicotine makes me sleepy), do not smoke it on an empty stomach. Quality tobacco but if you can not store it properly and you can not smoke it within a week or so don't bother buying a tin. It's ok at first, but if it dries out it's un-smokable even if you manage to put some moist into it. I will not buy it again soon. I am a lover of the tobacco primary, nicotine takes second place for me.

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Holmlover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Holmlover (16)
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

I have always considered RY a kind of aromatic virginia. This is a very unusual tobacco. Its taste and tin smell match - what you smell upon opening the tin is really what you get in both taste and room note. This also has a good nicotine punch for those who require this. OK offer fron Dunhill, although I have no idea who may now be blending this for them. I have not smoked it for a year or two.

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pipe row19 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipe row19 (25)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Well my first Dunhill, pretty good i must say, Im a Big fan of Virginas, this one is deffintey a strong blend, the tin note is very strong it hits you with, raisins, plums, figs. Has alot of of Nicotine, if ur no to pipe smoking it might make feel light headed. As for flavor very rich, natrual flavors, plums, figs, Chocolate, Brandy, raisins. Room note wont please the Mrs of the house so smoke it outside. All in all its a very interesting offering, aging this would be a good idea too.

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Kashmir Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kashmir (19)
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

Dunhill's Royal Yacht (new Orlik version) is a very smooth smoking VA/PER, without the Perique! It comes as aged, apparently pressed, fermented slightly, then ribboned tobacco.

Upon popping the lid on the 50g tin, I get nasal quaffs reminiscent of dried figs and raisins, with a sweet spiciness. The color is an even, uniform dark brown (not black), with very little if any hint of lighter ribbons, as might be detected in other VA/PER blends. Upon charing a strong sweet taste develops, and at mid-bowl, one has comfortaby settled in for a sweet Virginia smoke. No Latakia here.

Although reviewers mention some sort of casing, I detected none, and instead was reminded on simple, pure un-adultered Virginia tobaccos. The Burley is also detectable, brining a "brightness" to the deep sweetness of the Virginias. I do think some fermentation went into this, and although it states flavoring as "Coffee, Brandy and Plum", my take on this is that these are volatiles that are developed during the short fermentation.

In many respects, this tobacco reminds me of Escudo, put out by Peter Stokkebye, although that comes in coin form, and involves Perique as a condiment. The smoke is on the high side regarding nicotine, and as such was a bit much for me. Not that I am a wimp in these matters, but I think its a bit on the edge.

I would rate this 2 out of 4 stars, reserving 3 for Escudo, and 4 for my best English and Balkan blends. I used to love VA/PERs but over the years have started to prefer the inherent complexities of Latakia, that I miss when smoking VA/PERs.

Also, the high N content for me brought it down for me. Nightcap also has a high N content, but Royal Yacht has for me about twice the content. And after a bowl, I am seeing stars!

Lastly, as is the case with so many of these latest Dunhill reincarnations by Orlick, there is a chemical taste that I can't quite place, but it seems to be present in a great many of the Orlick re-issues of Dunhill (only it Early Morning Pipe and London Mixture it seems to be absent). Perhaps its a Burley additive to generate bulk in the blends, or its some sort of anti-fungal or preservative of some sort, but whatever it is, for my palate it is really discernible.

What with all the fine blends available from GL Pease, Russ Oullette of Hearth & Home, not to mention Cornell & Diehl,Gawith Hoggarth & Co., Esoterica, McClelland etc. I simply can not bring myself to allocate 4 stars for these Orlick DK re-issues of the once famed Dunhill brand. Sorry, but that's my two cents. See my review on Dunhill MM 965 for more along these lines.

Anyhoo, happy smoking to one and all.

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SmoothSmokin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmoothSmokin (7)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Yes, the tin note smelled of raisins. Yes, the nicotine hit was strong. Yes, the smell is overpowering for non-smokers. This has has all been said before. I have never smoked cigs, and even a medium bodied cigar can spin my head a little, but the kick on this one is STRONG if you don't smoke SLOW. If your patient and don't push it its no big deal; for me thats often a problem.

All this aside, after going through a few tins i really like this stuff. I currently live with roommates so i don't smoke anymore because it definitely smells up the whole apartment.

A great tasting Virgina. Lots of flavor. Didn't bite. Burned smooth and cool. Lots of nicotine, beware. Aroma is not pleasing indoors to nonsmokers.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

No need to say this is hiqh quality tobacco, with a very unique flavor, although it's not my cup of tea. Smoke carefully, its nicotine content is very high. I still remember my first bowl, I had to lay down for an hour until the dizziness receded.

As a side note, a friend told me once that he didn't like Royal Yacht until he tried it at the sea. According to him, it was a totally different smoke. I haven't found the opportunity to try his theory. Maybe one day I will, and I'll be happy to edit this review.

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (134)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The plum and figs are pleasantly strong in the tin. For me, this took a somewhat tight pack, but it lit well on one match with a prelight & a slight tamp.

The smoke was very smooth, and I must say there were billows of it! I didn't get any fruit in the smoke like with some cheaper blends, but it there were hints of sweetness. The underlying tobacco was rich and satisfying.

edit 3/30/14 have revisited this, and found it more enjoyable than the first tin was. Therefore upped the rating

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Puff Daddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puff Daddy (43)
Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I couldn't tolerate the Murray's or first Orlick iterations of Royal Yacht...too highly flavored,and a weird taste to me. I saw on Merlin's Pipe Lounge that the newly reintroduced blend was really pretty decent, so I bought a tin. I'm very much more impressed with this. They definitely lightened up on the casing or topping, and it allows the quality Virginias to really shine a lot more. Actually recommended, and I surprise myself.

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Tripjoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tripjoker (64)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Never tried Royal Yacht in its previous incarnations, so no comparison can be made by me. That not withstanding, this is a very servicable tobacco flavored very lightly with what I suspect is Tonquin. When I say lightly, I don't mean for you to picture 1792, which is Tonquin overload. The amount added is complimentary to the Virginia leaf used. I know they say it is plum flavoring in the notes, but I have to disagree. Either way, it's right on the mark.

The tin moisture at opening will be a bit drier than most Dunhill varieties, and smoking a bowl from a freshly opened tin is not a soggy experience. No drying time needed here at all in my experience. Packs easily, takes to the match readily after the char and smokes clean and sweet down to the heel. One pipe cleaner used on a bowl fresh from the tin ...completely legitimate IMHO.

The flavor at light up will be deceptively light. That will change as you progress through the first third of the bowl. At midbowl this is a solid medium and stays that way to the end. Nicotine is satisfying without being crippling for the lighter weight smokers in our midst.

Flavors start at the grassy level and progressively get darker with hints of molasses, coffee, yeasty bread fresh from the oven and some dark fruitiness lingering in the background. Hints of chocolate peak through from time to time.

After pushing it a bit I experienced no tongue bite, only a slight bitterness from the fast smoking and a significant loss of flavor. As soon as I slowed down and let the ember cool a bit the most pleasant flavors returned. Smoking 2 tins of this, I have come to really like this tobacco. The first tin had me curious but the seconfd tin is what sold me.

I'm a self described Dunhill fan, and this is solid enjoyment, but this is not among my favorite Dunhill blends. Will I have a few tins put back for the occasional reunion? Yes. I have already stocked a couple dozen tins for future enjoyment at intervals. There are many very vice Virginia tobaccos out there and this one will surely have it's place of honor, but will not be my one and only. I still prefer some perique presence so HOTW, Fillmore, Escudo and others will also take their turns in my rotation. This seemed to do best in tall bowled billiards and poker shapes from England and France.


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N7COF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
N7COF (56)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was really looking forward to this blend and hoping it will improve with some re- hydrating since my new tin was dry when I popped it.

Flavor started off great but went flat very fast, being all tobacco reviews are really impressions since many factors and personal taste can effect the pipe smoking experience. Keeping that in mind I haven't found a Orlik blend I love yet, good but no 4 stars.

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (135)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have tried the past three RYs - Murray, Orlik I and Orlik II.

Orlik I was a bit more refined, more consistent in flavor, and smoother than Murray's version. It took me years and several attempts before I could smoke Murray's RY, it seemed so strong. Orlik I solved that.

A full Virginia, with some flavoring for sure, but cool, smooth, and rich at the same time. Can't identify the flavoring, but it's not very sweet. But it is delicious (red wine-like, rose-like, etc.), if you like it. If you don't like that flavor, move on. Plenty of body. A shag or narrow ribbon cut. Easy to pack.

Orlik II seems the same as I, but maybe more body even. Of course, my Orlik I tins have had a few years to mature or smooth out more, so maybe that's the difference. Still too strong to begin with IMO.

A unique blend that I crave from time to time. I will always keep many tins on hand. Recommended to full Virginia crowd.

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fireball Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fireball (36)
Very Strong Mild Medium Pleasant

Full update here after perservering with a couple more tins. Warning, this sweet, dark fine shag will blow your socks off with its Vitamin N hit. I consider myself of pretty strong constitution but even I have to watch when I smoke just half a Group 1 bowl of RY. If you can stomach it, it hits very high peaks, rich, sweet, full bodied, it has a great roomnote and as long as you don't rush it, smokes cleanly and smoothly in any pipe. Not for the faint hearted, but Va lovers who have eaten and are sitting down could well love it.

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piedpiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
piedpiper (26)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Another Dunhill blend I had tried in the early 70s. Although even then, this aromatic offering wasn't one of my favorite Dunhill blends (preferred Nightcap, Aperitif, 965) it was worlds away from the current Orlik version in terms of flavor & character. How the Dunhill people can sleep nights getting all of these retailers to take pre-orders for these inferior blends is beyond me. When one is perusing the web sites of said purveyors of tobacco, guess which company's name MUST be displayed more prominently than all the others? Looks like a lot of corporate bullying going on to me!! I shan't be purchasing any more Dunhill tobacco as this is the second Orlik version of traditional Dunhill blends I have been disappointed in.

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Chatsworth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chatsworth (52)
Strong Medium Medium Pleasant

Yes this is a strong nictotine tobac. Although it didn't kick in till aftet the halfway mark. Dried it for 2 hours, wich was just on the verge of crispy. Nice pleasant smell. No bite at all, even with good puffing. The aromatic casing is not overpowering, and the pipe was dry afterwards. Might want to go for a smaller bowl next time.

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MisterSmith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MisterSmith (8)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is really the first 'quality' tobacco I have tried. A rich, chocolatey flavour yet, as another reviewer has pointed out, with a deceptively gentle kick. A bowl of this will certainly set me up for half the day. This one seems to be particularly well suited to an old Peterson Kildare of mine. On a three pipe day - this is my favourite second smoke of the day.

Update 28th January 2011 - I bought a 1969 Peterson Silver Sterling today off of a brilliant pipe restorer (and new best friend!) who gave me a 10 year old tin of Royal Yacht as a gift! This is a Murray and Sons blend. The fermented blackcurrant smell upon opening the tin gave me pause to wonder what kind of a smoke I was in for but - I'm puffing it in my Peterson Kildare as I type - it is every bit as delicious as the new tin I bought the other day but with an even smoother chocolatey flavour and more pronounced fig/raisin richness, milder overall taste, steady cool burn. This tin is definitely one for special occasions. In fact so delighted am I with it that I shall be using the ashes from this smoke, with some very fine Acacia honey to recake my restored Silver Sterling!

Update 1 hour later: Still chugging through first bowl of the ten year old RY (see above) and I am completely spaced out. The last thing he told me when he gave me this tin was - you might want to take it easy with this stuff..Heh heh. Hmmm...

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ChiefDavisUSN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ChiefDavisUSN (2)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I started smoking a pipe young two years after I joined the Navy so that makes it 12 years now. I was upset when they stop making the Dunhill blends, glad their back! This mix has an not so appealing tin sent but when you pack your favorite briar and get a couple puffs in you won't be able to put it down. All and all coming from a Salty Dog take a Sail on The Royal Yacht

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (48)
Very Strong Mild Mild to Medium Strong

What quality tobacco! If you want something mellow and yet strong this fits the bill perfectly.. I find it even stronger than irish flake maybe a little less strong than 1792.. It has a unique flavor that is hard to describe. Some casing is clearly used but it is blended in such a way where it tastes like a natural tobacco. Not for everyone due to the nicotine content but the flavor is mellow enough to be a good introduction to stronger tobaccos.. Handles beautifully - stays lit doesn't bite much.

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M.Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Toney (53)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This review is based only on aged tins of the Murray's version & original Dunhill blends dating back to the early 70s. The tin aroma reeks of fermented black currant, maybe a little chocolate, boiled figs, fruits & spicy flavorings that I can't begin to describe. This could have been called Royal Yummy. What a travesty...I've seen many reviews on this site where quality blends are downgraded because of their strength. My advice?...If you can't handle strong tobacco, don't buy it.

A very complex blend with a good burning quality. Very tasty & my favorite thus far out of about fifty quality blends sampled to date. The Murray's version is exceptional and this twenty-five year old tin of the Original Dunhill blend is beyond that. The older stuff smoked smoother due to its age but both versions are about identical. The strength was about the same but age from the Original blend facilitates its alluring quality.

The writing on the tin states: "Exceedingly mild with a grand rich flavor." It is that but also packs a nicotine punch. Good tobacco flavor comes through from top shelf leaf. I reach for this when I want complete & total satisfaction from a smoke session. I try to keep a tin open at all times.

Royal Yacht doesn't bite in the least & can be sipped for excellent flavor or drawn exceedingly with equally satisfying results. I'm not too keen on the "old" Orlik version because of a reduction in the flavoring. I will update when I try the "new" Orlik version.

I'm presently enjoying a bowl that just came from a twenty-five year old tin. Still plenty of moisture with tiny sugar crystals clinging to the leaf & sparkling in the light. Truly a remarkable concoction. Dunhill's Royal Yacht traverses the bounding main with strength & stability & wins the Blue Ribbon.

If you're after strength plus flavor, go sailing on the Royal Yacht. I sense that there may be some strong, heavily disguised cigar leaf in this blend...either that, or a reconstituted blend conversion. Therefore, IMHO, this blend merits a four ** + rating. Sampled from a 2S Dunhill Shell Briar & a size two Stanwell...

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SirGawain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirGawain (5)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I'm too young to remember the original Dunhill offerings; by the time I was old enough to take up the pipe at 17, alas, the old Dunhill blends were on the way out. That being said, however, the Orlik offering of this recipe is a fine choice judged on its own merits. It is, to be sure, excellent quality leaf, and of an excellent, consistent cut. It benefits from a very little drying from the tin (for my taste, at least), but not much. Other reviewers have noted tasting every flavor here from orange to chocolate, but the flavor they taste is none of these. The flavoring used is tonquin, the famous derivative of the tonquin bean, Dipteryx Odorata, long used as a flavoring agent in pipe tobacco. I do like the taste, which is spicy and somewhat vanilla-ish, but as it is quite strong, I prefer it used rather more on the side of sparingly. This is the same flavor used in Samuel Gawith's "1792 Flake" (known as "Cob Flake" in the UK). But I must say here that I greatly prefer Royal Yacht to 1792 Flake because, although the latter contains Gawith's characteristically superior-quality leaf, the amount of tonquin flavor used in 1792 is too overpowering for me to enjoy; overpowering even to the point, indeed, where I have become a bit nauseated. I am quite certain that it was not the strength of the nicotine in the leaf, either, but the strength/amount of the flavoring--I have tolerated and liked other Gawith offerings quite well. If you like the taste of 1792 but find the amount of flavoring used to be rather daunting, as I do, then try Royal Yacht. I daresay you will be very pleasantly surprised. I myself shall keep this in regular rotation. My study looks like a well-stocked tobacconist's shop, and yet I've gone through a tin of this blend (alone) in a week. The leaf is well cut, as I have said, and burns slowly, coolly, and consistently, down to the fluffy white ash characteristic of the blend. The room note is also quite good, and particularly so because it is not overpowering. My young neighbor, who is 15 and attends me occasionally, usually with a piqued curiosity to "test the smell" of any new blend to see if she likes it, said Royal Yacht "smelled curiously good, and somewhat old, like the interior of some exotic little antique shop." I smoke this in a smaller (Dunhill group 4 size) Amboselli meerschaum apple, the Amboselli meerschaums being my preferred pipe in general. I would advise smoking this mixture in a meer as I do, because I am certain it will scent a briar rather quickly. I believe that the old Amboselli meers suit these types of more strongly flavored (i.e., "perfumed," if you like) mixtures better, anyway, as they tend to absorb excess moisture more readily (and, consequently, color a favorite meerschaum more quickly in the process). However, I also have a small Italian "pocket apple" briar pipe dedicated to this blend also, and it does very well there, too. In summary, if you dislike tonquin flavorings or the older, more perfumery "Lakeland-type" scents, it is doubtful that Royal Yacht will be a favorite. But if stronger flavors don't put you off, and you particularly enjoy said flavors/scents applied with a careful, judicious hand, then you owe Royal Yacht a fair try. Taken for what it is, a relaxing European-style aromatic, it is a VERY enjoyable tobacco, indeed. I am VERY pleased to see this appearing on our American shelves again, and do hope it will enjoy a permanent place of residence. Three-and-a-half stars.

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scorpio2billion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scorpio2billion (9)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Royal Yacht was the first pipe tobacco I ever smoked. Beginners luck. Since then, I've become a Latakiaphile, but this little can of Virginias keeps me coming back. There's some Burley there, too. I love the wallop it packs, and the gentle sweetness of its leaf. The waft of cocoa powder and Fig Newton that greets me upon opening the tin was a real treat after not being around for the last couple of years. The actual casing used is a plum essence, NOT tonquin. I find the newly available tins to be just as good as I recall. That could just be me being happy to have it back, though. It burns to a beautiful ash, and I love the ribbon cut. I'm a heavy puffer, since I want to smoke as many bowls as I can before I die, but Royal Yacht rewards slow smoking. In that sense, it's like salmon. So there. Royal Yacht is just like salmon.

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UsaRet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UsaRet (17)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been smoking the Murray's and Orlik versions to better get a read on this. I find the Orlik version to be the better. Orlik took down the flavoring a bit allowing more of the virginia sweetness to come through while maintaining a good nicotine level. The Orlik version is also a lot smoother, my quess is superior leaf. A keeper for sure.

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Julian Arden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Julian Arden (8)
Mild Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Long time awaited mixture, after Dunhill's escape from the market, is back. Excellent cut (my absolute favorite), excellent level of dryness/moisture, strange and even slightly unpleasant tin aroma and very good taste, aftertaste and room note - it is Royal Yacht for me. Quality tobacco. Lightly aromatic in way, which is unobtrusive even for non-aromatics' smokers like yours truly, and real gem in my cellar. Minuses? New tin. Ashaming quality of label and general impression. Past times, when Dunhill's tins were painted rather, than labelled with ordinary piece of paper, are away. Pity.

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (96)
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Oh I am so glad I did not try this years ago, before the Dunhill drought, I fell in love with this straight away and I would have sorely lamented it's temporary loss.

Now please don't ask me what I'm tasting, I'm a Philistine, we tend not to worry about such trivialities, just weather we enjoy it or not and I do.

Again this is a fine quality Virginia from Dunhill that is easy to pack and light with a deep rich flavour of something which I enjoy in the evening, burns down to a nice white ash and leaves me with a nice "satisfied" feeling.

Having now smoked several tins of this, it is going into rotation. Well worth 4 stars.

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Requiem Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Requiem (36)
Very Strong Very Mild Medium Tolerable

(Orlik made) Royal Yacht is not for begginers, not so much because of it's high nicotine content but because if not smoked extremely slowly it will loose all flavors and just taste similarly to a very strong burley. If treated very glently there's a subtle flavour's combination of raisins, citrus and a hint of lakeland floral. Not easy to describe after half a tin...

3 stars just because I like strong tobaccos, 2 stars otherwise.

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LaneCenturion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LaneCenturion (11)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

One of my first pipe tobaccos. $10 a can at my local store, back when they carried it, at least.

First, I must make note of the fact that I could not keep this stuff lit to save my life. I tried packing it every which way and it just wouldn't stay lit past a few puffs. Frustrating? Yes. But it tasted awesome, lots of hints of raisins, which I love to come across in tobacco.

Overall, I would compare this tobacco to my last girlfriend: Tasty, but requires a lot of maintenance.

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Southern Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Southern Smoke (5)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Love this blend! It's great with a cup of English tea or a nice cup of hot black coffee in the morning...really gets you going. I have several tins from the old days left and hope it'll be back in the U.S. before I run out. (I've read on this site reviews that say the new Dunhill blends are better...I hope that's the case.) wife really likes the aroma...I can smoke it the house!

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meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Hmmm... not sure on this one.

The smell on opening the tin is all raisins, which I find very appealing. But then I like raisins.

This comes through in the smoke too. The flavours here are dark, rich and sweet in a grown up sort of a way. It reminds me of Hal o' the Wynd but with less toasted flavours.

Some people here have mentioned an odd flavour akin to rotten meat and I get that sometimes, in a subtle but repulsive way. Smoking it in a filtered pipe seems to lessen this phenomenon.

Overall it's good; just my sort of flavour profile, good and strong, high quality weed which packs, lights and burns reliably. It's just got this odd inconsistant taste which rears its ugly head from time to time. Whether this is a reaction to my personal chemistry or due to someother, unknown, cause I don't understand, I have no idea. Which troubles me slightly...


I've tried RY again recently in a few different pipes and I haven't noticed the unpleasant taste (1 duff tin?). So I'm upping my recommendation of it. If it carries on with this sort of style then it will get to Highly Recommended before long.


I think I've isolated the "rotten meat" effect mentioned by me and others in these reviews. When smoked in a pipe which has recently known the floral tobaccos of cumbria (the lake district) Royal Yacht produces the unpleasant effect to which I refer. After experimentation it seems that the raisin flavours just don't play nicely with the "soapiness"...caveat emptor(or should it be caveat fumior? My latin is not quite up to it but I'm sure someone on here can correct me).

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Plunket Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Plunket (39)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

Just reviewed My Mixture 965 bought today and It was good to see Dunhill back on the shelf here in London. Again, Orlik has done a wonderful blend substitute here from Murray's. From opening the tin the aroma instantly reminded me of the original. The Murray cut was more in the form of a well broken flake and this is now a finer cut, but visually, the colour in the tin is virtually the same. More to the point the flavour is almost a perfect replica of the original. In fact, I find this new OrliK cut smokes better than the original and as for flavour, I cannot detect any decernable difference - If anything, an altogether better smoke than the original - well done Orlik!

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M.Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Toney (53)
Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My favorite pipe tobacco thus far. Love the mild flavoring & backbone. I have sampled 40 year old tins to 5 yr. old Orlik stuff. The 40 yr. old tin displayed dark, oily looking strands with a somewhat diminished, musty aroma & was milder & sweeter as compared to Murray's but lacked the flavor I was hoping for...may have gone a little flat.

I like the Murray's version the best. The Orlik version doesn't appeal to me that much, just average stuff, IMO...not enough of the Murray's blend flavor. The flavor improves even more after the first third of the bowl & I believe there may be some Green River Burley that provides that figgy, Perique effect in this blend along with a dark chocolate & black currant flavoring.

This is a near biteless tobacco & I concur with some other reviewers that this blend is somewhat terperamental depending on the quality of the briar. One of the best, uniquely flavored pipe tobaccos ever, IMHO, of course! Smoked in a Peterson DeLuxe, 9S Model.

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LeFlaneur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LeFlaneur (6)
Very Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Note: This review refers to the EU version of this blend.

Also, I am a casual smoker and my reviews are geared toward other casual or new smokers.

I walked into my tobacco shop as a newbie looking for recommendations. I said I liked straight Virginias, Orientals, was not crazy about latakia and wanted something mild. I doubt I will ever understand why he handed this to me. But hey, I love sailing so I bought it.

I opened the tin. Hmm, definitely unique. Dark, figgy, mysterious.

Lit up a bowl. Hmm.. definitely not what I expected. A dark chocolate, smokey, mystery... very hard to place ... kind of reminds me of....oh God my head... fingers buzzing ... getting the shakes... might hurl...

Okay so you guys who mainline Nightcap can laugh all you want. I'm sure it's not the strongest out there, but it was enough to put my on my seat.

I tried, I really did. I even dedicated a pipe to it. I treated it with kid gloves. Every so often -- usually after a large meal with a glass of sweet rum -- the blend clicked: a dark and rich dessert tobacco. But then, five days later, same pipe, it tasted like ash covered moldy raisins, not even worth finishing the bowl. And always, the nic was a challenge.

So having dutifully smoked this tin, I declare I will not be sailing again on the Royal Yacht. For now, she continues to sail as a ghost ship in my old GBD apple.

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Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

The Murray produced tins showed inconsistencies from one tin to another.

Sometimes on the strong side and sometimes mild, almost bland.

The topping aroma was nice but it smoked rather wet, even after being dried properly.

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Planet Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Planet Scott (12)
Very Strong Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

My father loved this blend. He gave me a tin as a gift. Sadly, it was not to my liking. It was not bad, just too strong for me. I tried several time to like this, but I could never finish a bowl. If you dislike strong blends, this one is not for you.

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Tee-dub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tee-dub (48)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Strong

I struggle trying to describe this old girl. The tin reads 'Unique smoking mixture.' I'll say. Unique and unpredictable. A frustrating but alluring mistress. It is full of surprises.

It can be weirdly unappealing or magnificent. It is temperamental, tends to punish anything but the gentlest of sipping, but can be wonderfully rewarding.

The tin note is fruity and soft, with a distinct odor of chocolate. The tobacco is an attractive, finely-cut mosaic of deep browns, and seems unusually soft in texture when packing. These aromas are still present in the bowl when lit, but turn pleasantly bitter.

The topping or fragrance, whatever it is, is subtle, and I'm not persuaded it adds or detracts from the tobacco at all.

Once running, the flavors fall in and out of harmony, and can turn from richly rewarding to slightly off-putting, and back again. Either in the casing or the blending, the flavors of bitter chocolate and citrus meld as the bowl warms, and if treated gently the smoke has a rich, mellow quality I have grown to enjoy.

But this tobacco is temperamental, sensitive, mercurial. More than most tobaccos, it is very sensitive to the briar in which it is smoked, and the libation with which it is paired.

And while it doesn't bite, it can turn on you quickly: an angry harshness lurks just below the surface if this isn't treated carefully. Once cooled again, it regains some composure.

If it's an acquired taste, I haven't quite acquired it yet--but something about it keeps me coming back. Truth to tell, those moments when it's good, it's really good.

Three stars if only because of its venerable past, and for those moments when it rewards patience and care with pure pleasure. Depending on the moment, this tobacco might warrnat five stars, or none.

Maddening, frustrating, yet alluring enough that I return to the tin, again and again.


My first impressions of this were that I liked it--but with some reservations. Cancel my reservations. Repeated visits to the tin have only added to its charm. I have found it to be best as a daytime smoke, sipped with a patient cadence in the right briar. In the wrong briar it is punishing. Matched with a bowl that suits it, it is uniquely appealing and satisfying.

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Peppino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peppino (74)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Please be aware my review comes after 12 yrs of aging. I was given a sleeve and had not been puffing. Well I missed it and started smoking it again. I was amazed how much the yacht changed, the aroma was very soft in the tin and it mellowed quite a bit, it still packs a nicotine punch same goes for some 1792 flake I had aged, I like the nic hit(it's cheaper than Makers:) Both are better smokes after aging( do to the smoothness) I just won't be waiting as long next time around. I don't have much patients for aging tobacco. I don't know how long I'll be here so I best enjoy it now! :) LOL. Seems to smoke best in a Meershaum to me. The flavor comes through clean and untainted.I....IMHO....LOL :)

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newmission Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
newmission (14)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Just broke the seal on an old tin. The opening was a fantastic symphony of fruity, spicy and smokey tones. This is a great late night smoke or even an after meal with coffee smoke. I love the full body and the full VA flavor. No bite, no bitterness and really brings out the flavor of a good pipe. Highly recommended for any smoker, especially new smokers. This will allow you to understand a good blend with no frills and little to no caseing.

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Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (96)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

UK tin. Exotic tobacco, nice fermented smell off the tin. There is an essence with a mild perfume/fruity smell that comes and goes when smoked but it adds to the palette of tastes that this tobacco offers. Sweet, tangy with a intermittent floral taste from the essence. Not an everyday or even regular smoke for me but an interesting experience nevertheless.

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Pipesrevisited Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesrevisited (45)
Strong Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This wonderfull tobacco has been in existence since 1912, but because of the extremely mixed reviews on this forum, it took me some time to buy it and even then I waited 3 months before finally opening the tin.

Autumn leaves, left in the gutter too long after heavy rainfall, stared me in the face. The tinnote wafting out however, was unique, luxurious, sublime, divine, and outstanding as Pipe4ever rightly described it. Royal Yacht is a very strong tobacco and I tried in smaller and smaller bowls untill I found the perfect match in a tiny Astley Rusticated Lady/Sporting briar. Now it is one of my favourite tobaccos. An afterthought; I did not find asbestos after relighting but I do think that it is better to smoke this tobacco in one go.

Update: In a 4 sized James Upshall Dublin it also shines! Update: considering Royal Yachts uniqueness and venerable age on the market I think everyone should at least try one tin in his life.

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pipersguild Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipersguild (1)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I found Royal Yacht to be a very pleasurable smoke. It has combinations of sweet and tangy notes from the virginias with a hint of spice. As the bowl burns down, the tobacco brings out a subtle creamy note. One of the first things you will notice is the fruity taste. I interpret this slight casing to be fermented perique. This would explain the hint of spice. Royal Yacht burns all the way down to the heal leaving nothing but a clean ash with little if any doddle. To get the most out of this smoke, before loading your pipe, take the amount of tobacco you plan on smoking out of the tin and let it dry out for 20 minutes. This will allow it to burn properly once it's loaded in you pipe. I would give this tobacco 3 out of four stars. Its a great all day tobacco with generous amounts of vitamin N.

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don1688 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
don1688 (27)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

What more to say. This is a wonderful VA that has a light flavoring that, to me, does not make much an effect on the taste. VAs are sweet and tangy, not much of an earthy/hay quality. If you have it in your cellar or purchasing on ebay, there is really nothing like it. Have 8 tins cellaring and will be missed when gone.

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Mister Moo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mister Moo (11)
Medium to Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable

Someone below called Royal Yacht an "acquired taste" which sounds right to me. This is not a pipe for rookies.

The fill is easy, the texture is perfect for gentle tamps and rich smoke and the flavor is strong, round, rich and deep. There is a casing that is not describable which will color the smoke and stick to your ribs. I'd say you'll love it or hate it.

If you love light, faint and fragrant green tea then this is not for you. If you love a rich, thick boeuf bourguignon gone a bit overboard with too much brandy and red burgundy poured in then this may be the ticket.

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Mike Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Toney (44)
Very Strong Mild Full Tolerable

I recently stumbled upon a few tins of this stuff. The tin I sampled has written on the lid; Made in the U.K. in Association With Dunhill Tobacco of London. The bottom of the tin had an unreadable date stamp & indicates; Distributed by Lane Limited & is probably a Murray's production. The other three tin bottoms were labeled; Made in the EU. So, judging by the "sour mash" odor & tobacco stain on the inner paper plate, I guess it's safe to say this tin is well aged. The tin aroma was a sweet/sour mix...sort of a dry wine smell. The moisture content was just right for stoking straight from the tin.

I eagerly stuffed a prepared amount into my favorite Peterson 9S homeboy pipe and began the traditional, ceremonial sampling ritual. The mild casing was almost unnoticeable, but the overall flavor was delightful. After a few tokes, this stuff whacked me up beside the head like a Smokin Joe right cross & spun me around like an ice skater on steroids. Pause for a moment to capture that mental image. I thought to myself; how can a tobacco that smokes so mild, slap me around like a red-headed step child? If you don't have any hair on your chest, this will start some growth. I thought I was going to OD...& I'm a grown man! About a third through the bowl, a subtle sweetness settles in as the smoke grows stronger. Soon, I was rocking back on the celestial plains of life.

I was never able to discern a malange of flavors or any of those subtle tastes & nuances that some of you connoisseurs of quality leaf have conveyed. My tastebuds, ungifted as they are, still enable me to discern trash from treasure & Royal Yacht is 24K stuff...a diamond in the rough! A shame the Royal Dunhill is no more. Bummer! I'm enjoying this journey aboard the Royal Yacht & I don't get sea-sick. It delivers what I strive for; full, rich tobacco flavor with plenty of Vitamin N...and that's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I liiike it! Whip Me Good! Dunhill's Royal Yacht triumphantly steams o'er the bounding main well ahead of stiff competition and wins the Blue Ribbon. Avast, ye Lubbers & sip lightly! Goes good with a mug of Grog or a bucket of Swill! Therefore, IMHO, Dunhill's Royal Yacht Mixture merits four arrghs!!

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Whitespot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Whitespot (1)
Strong Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

The thin about The Royal Yacht is that is smells so wonderfull when you open it, and the aroma is so delightfull, you think this is truly wonderful, then it stops burning and you relite a pipeful of asbestos, with none of the original taste or flavour left.

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is Orlik production from a tin that's been aging for about half a year. I have not tried the Murray's version.

This is probably the most difficult tobacco I've rated. Very interesting to say the least. The topping everyone talks about seems very mild to me, beginning in the tin aroma which is quite sweet, but it's mostly a natural Virginia sweetness. Reminds me of apricot when the tin is first opened, then after the tin has been open for a few days it subsides to a typical sweet Virginia hay/grass/herbal scent.

The pack and lighting is effortless since the tobacco starts out on the dry end of the spectrum. The tin aroma carries into the flavor somewhat, but the casing is very mild, added primarily, it seems, to augment the Virginia sweetness. It certainly is not excessive, not even enough for me to consider this an aromatic. I don't like aromatics, but I like this. It is not even close to cloying like many aromatics can be.

Like any quality Virginia, this one must be sipped to be appreciated. It's easy to get puffing to fast, and that will definitely heat up the briar. After kickoff there's a slightly sour tang, which is not objectionable, but that disappears as the bowl slowly but steadily gains strength during the smoke. By halftime the game is well under way with strong Virginia flavors, a richness that seems to ebb and flow, and a steady. gentle VA sweetness that never stops.

The flavors are not fabulous, they are not really complex, but there is something that keeps me coming back to this time and again. It's just plain satisfying. There are elements of the tang and straightforward tobacco flavor that remind me of Orlik Golden Sliced but I like this better.

Now the big question: three stars or four? Tough one! I'm going to have to go with three, since there are a few other VAs out there that I like better, but this one is reliable and tasty and I will very likely be buying more. Perhaps with age it will reach four stars...

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eamonclever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eamonclever (45)
Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

Because this is a love & or hate product I tried to get hold of some tins.It is a pricey tobacco, but it´s Dunhill ... The tin aroma was inviting for me, because I preferably smoke englisch and va so this was perfect for me to widen the horizons. On the other hand I knew from the start, why this taste is not widely accepted by aro smokers. It brings out a special taste, that is neither sweet nor dull, it is fruity and exotic on the other hand. Ribbon cut is perfect to load your pipe, first char and off you go. Smokes cool down to the bottom, no problems at all. The taste is full, conquers mouth, nose & surrounding. People turn around, nosing some accept it some don´t, but for me this is a pleasant smoke. Maybe I will dedicate a pipe to this tobacco, because I like it´s strength. It is a good evening smoke, but I also load a pipe when I´m working in my homeoffice and my brain needs some doping and vitamin n. Maybe this tobacco is not as it used before, but I think it is a modernized mixture, that has adapted to the needs of the modern smokers guilds that prefer this kind of blending. I like it too. I recommend it to all pipe smokers who like to try tobaccos, that are not sold off every shelf, definitely not for beginners

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I taste the raisins-also some cocoa to my palate, whether it's in there or not. Was not my favorite style, but a good quality tobacco. Packs a punch if smoked too fast, but nice flavors if you take your time.

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viscfab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
viscfab (81)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a somewhat strong tobacco without perique. The tin smell is undoubtely ripe raisins. It has a peppery feel on the mouth, needs to be puffed very slowly or becomes annoying. The room note is not very pleasant, it is an okay note. Not a very satisfying smoke overall.

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Nachman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nachman (13)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Royal Yacht was never my favorite tobacco, but I used to smoke it for a change and enjoyed it quite a bit. A few days ago I opened a tin from the mid ninties.(painted tin marked made in the UK) It was very dry even though the vacuum was good. I rehydrated it for a few days and it is now about right to smoke. The odour in the tin is tobacco and fermented raisins and the tin odour carries over to the pallet. It is slightly bitter because of the casing. It is milder than I remember it and I don't know if that is from fifteen years of aging or if my taste has changed that much over the years. I seldom smoke a cased tobacco and would have enjoyed this one more without the casing which reminds me of Slivovits plum brandy without the alcohol. You need to sip at this one or it will bite your tongue. It is all right but not worth the price I paid because it is rare. I will finish this tin but I doubt I will buy it again.

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JackinJapan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JackinJapan (12)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Royal Yacht is a tobacco I find myself going to occasionally when I want something with a good punch nicotine-wise, little or no bite, and something more subdued in taste. Opening the tin reveals a finer cut and more general uniformity in color than is often seen in other mixtures. It is high quality tobacco with no or very few stems or harder bits included. It lights easily and burns well and relatively cool.

It does not have the strong latakia/smoky taste seen in English mixtures nor a very strong casing taste. The lightness on the casing probably contributes to the lack of a strong bite that you may experience in more heavily cased tobaccos. The taste is for me is somewhat "middle of the road" and not something I find foremost in my mind when deciding to smoke a bowl of this blend. Rather what is generally on my mind when going to this tobacco is that I want something stronger to get myself into more of a relaxed mood. That said, the taste IS a unique one and so if you find you like it, this tobacco could be one you find yourself often going to when you want something on the stronger side. The taste is on the subtle side and difficult to describe. The uniqueness of it almost puts it into a circular reference (Royal Yacht tastes like.... Royal Yacht. hehe).

So overall I would have to say this tobacco falls into the "tweener" category for me falling somewhere between English blends and sweeter flavor aromatics. While I will not be unduly stressed if I find myself having run out of it temporarily, it is a tobacco that I like to have around and will smoke relatively regularly.


Bottom line: High Quality tobacco on the stronger side but with little or no bite, lightly cased with a unique flavor that some may find very attractive but which in my case neither strongly attracts nor repels.

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Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (83)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I guess my palate has been damaged from too many cigarettes from times past. Reading these reviews of RY made me dig out an old (very old) tin I had in my desk bottom drawer onlly to open it and find about two pipe loads of petrified tobacco. Day before yesterday I stopped at my local tobacconist (El Fumador in Sewickley, PA) to stock up before new taxes hit. He had three tins of RY. In fact these three tins were his entire remaining Dunhill stock (sniff, sniff). I purchased one. Last night I cracked the seal to discover it had lost its vacuum but product was pipe ready (just). I compared it in appearance to my old can. Years ago RY was the alternate to my 965 when I wanted a change. Working from memory as my old tin was far too dry to detect unlit aroma, the new tobacco seemed similar. The new was cut in a much finer ribbon and much lighter in appearance- not nearly as dark as the old. But in the bowl, easily packed and easy to light, this newer one is(was?) a winner for me. Not an "English" in my book, but perfect as the alternate as I used its predecessor. NO bite, even when pushed (I tried on purpose). Stayed lighted throughout clear to, and through, dottle. Taste was delicious. I liked the old and love the new. Heady? Yes, still has plenty of nicotine. I typed out a review earlier today, got distracted and by the time I went to submit review I was logged out and lost it. So...I smoked another bowl just to see if I felt the same; and I do. I must return and buy two others tins and then get with the times and find something readily available in future. I will miss this when it's gone.

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jon39 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jon39 (10)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The new blend just isn't as good as the old. It has a funky over taste that I can't get past. May just be me,but I remember this being much better a few years ago. You might give it a try and love the "Yacht", a lot of folks seem to.

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Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin I am currently smoking from is one of the Murray productions and has a few years of age on it. I full flavored and extremely smooth smoke with hints of figs and raisins, which may be from the aging of the Virginia tobaccos in this blend. It is a sublime smoke and it is sad that it is no longer produced. There is no bite and it burns slow, providing a nice long period of smoking enjoyment.

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matty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
matty (21)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A flavorsome potent blend with harty notes of raisin, cocoa, and figs. Slow puffing produces bite free bliss. Crickets and cicadas sing a rare and different tune when they smell the wonderful aroma of dunhill's royal yacht.

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NONSUMDIGNUS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This fine-cut ribbon smokes pretty hot. I prefer my va's in either flake or rubbed out flake. Don't let the nicotine sneak up on you when smoking this.

I probably won't smoke this alone but will probably blend it with a milder virginia to use up the sample sent to me.

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Big Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Nick (72)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is the first time that has let me down. After sifting thruogh the over 100 reviews of this stuff I thought this would be right up my alley. When looking at the reviews on this site I've found that the negative reviews usually tell me more than the positive. The common theme with the negative reviews like too strong, too sweet ...were acceptable to me so I gave it a try. I did'nt find it too strong as much as I found it too rough and furry, like rubbing velvet the wrong way. Although I did'nt inhale it just felt furry in my throat. There were some decent flavors but overall it was pretty dry and uneventful.

The one thing this tobacco proves without a doubt is that opinions are like @$$^*!&$, everyones got one.

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Pipe of Good Hope Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe of Good Hope (6)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was eager to try this blend from Dunhill and ordered 2 tins online from the good people at One can't help but to expect great quality from Dunhill ? the brand never disappoints and although their offerings will not suit every different taste, they do cater for most and this is a great blend for pipe smokers who enjoy Virginia based tobaccos.

When forming an opinion on a pipe tobacco, and before offering a review which could influence others, I pay attention to the what-where-when-how. I keep my tobacco at 70% humidity and 21 degrees C to promote further curing and mellowing. I would dry whatever I'm about to smoke at room temperature for about an hour. I smoke at least 1 tin or 50gr over time as basis of an opinion. I use different pipes which I clean before returning to this blend, I smoke in a peaceful environment away from drafts where I can relax and enjoy 3 or 4 pipes full at a time and fill the room with that smoke. I refrain from using silica filters and choose my accompanying drink, if any, carefully. I prefer a neutral drink with my pipe, mostly coffee ? neutral in the sense that it prepares my palate rather than work against the tobacco, which is the case for as an example, wine. I light my pipe using a soft butane flame but not a match, to reduce the risk of sulphur influence. My views are based on smoking 50gr of this tobacco over about 3 weeks.

Presentation is typical of tinned tobacco and is vacuum sealed. The aroma straight from the tin is unusual for straight Virginia blends, probably because of the light casing. It is hard to say what aroma exactly was added ? definitely nothing conventional like fruit or spice but more a soft natural tobacco enhancement. Whatever it is, the aroma is inviting with a strong natural tobacco character, some wheat and nuts, underlying honey sweetness and if you hold the tin close and inhale 3 or 4 times, a little apricot and chocolate appear. The tobacco packs well and lights easy. It burned all the way to the bottom every time without any effort and left behind a soft white ash. Alkaline bite was almost completely absent, even after 4 repeated pipes full. Nicotine content is medium. The tobacco delivered a dry and cool experience.

The smoke delivered delightful top notes of natural tobacco, a little vanilla and light nutmeg with a lingering sweetness. It had a core of light wood throughout and towards the middle of the bowl base notes of earth, cedar and toasted cashew nuts developed.

This tobacco was rewarding and highly enjoyable. It is a great variation of straight Virginia blends and a gem when it comes to tongue bite ? nothing at all. It may not sit well with all Orlik, Fribourg, McClelland and Davidoff VA smokers but will be a favourite for most other adventurous pipe aficionados who love to try something out of the ordinary. Highly recommended. Hein Garbers, South Africa

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Top D Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Top D (9)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I usually don't smoke on the deer stand, but I've filled two of my four tags, was by myself (son at work, so I'd have to drag the deer solo), and was enjoying my coffee so much. Filled a corncob with R.Y. and lit up. I swear, the black coffee and pipe were never so good. It was 28F, sunny with no wind, the smoke was going straight up. This blend is the perfict outdoor smoke, even in a half broke-in corncob, it's just right. I usually use wooden matches, but used a butain this morning to stay away from the sufler smell spoiling my hunt. Back in the truck I switched to matches, and the wood just adds to the flaver.

Stuffed and lit a second bowl while I was cleaning my hog. Tamped down with my pinkie and didn't have to relite until half the bowl was done. This tin has been open for about a month and is still right. If 5 stars were possible, it would have them for this morning....

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mdyer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mdyer (2)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Unnoticeable

This is my first review. I've only been smoking a pipe for about 2 years (after I quit cigs) and I'm really finding it enjoyable. I just finished a tin of Royal Yacht. I only smoke outdoors so I can't really speak to the room note, but I can tell you this one does pack a nicotine whallop. Not necessarily a bad thing. I wouldn't want to smoke it first thing in the morning though.

I started out with tobacco like Capn' Black and Borkum Riff. This stuff is so much better its like it came from another planet. I'll definitely get another tin of this if I see it again.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (195)
Extremely Strong Medium Medium Pleasant


I have to downgrade RY to 3 stars since I can?t smoke such so strong tobacco nicotine, it?s just cutting my breath, this is good tobacco once in a year or so..


This tobacco is unique, luxurious, sublime, divine, and outstanding; it has its own class where all other brands are copying each other. If you want to try Royal Yacht, First take a good meal! (Careful with the nicotine, it may hurt!) Forget whatever you smoked before in your life and try to pay attention to the subtle and deep flavor, Congratulation! You are smoking the best of DUNHILL

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blowing smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
blowing smoke (6)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I wonder what happened to Dunhill? I have not been able to find any 965 or Nightcap anywhere! I have heard many different explanations but I am not sure what to believe. I did find some Royal Yacht tins for sale recently which I have never tried before and I like this stuff too. It is a great Virginia tobacco smoke. It smokes a lot cooler than a lot of Virginia tobacco based blends and it has a nice bit of nicotine to it. I can smoke it while I work in a small bowl and still be satisfied and that is something to be happy about. Nice and tangy without bite. If you can find it get some! I am worried that Dunhill is not producing pipe tobacco anymore, so enjoy what you can while you can. Anyone know where to get some 965 or Nightcap? Anyone have any stored tins that they might want to get rid of if they quit smoking or something?

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cecilianinnc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cecilianinnc (9)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

After smoking this one, I definitely understand what people were talking about when they said it was nicotine laden. But it didn't start to really affect me until the very end, so no issues there.

The flavor was incredible. It was oddly sweet. I would say it tasted almost like cocoa, or something like that. I can understand why some people might not like something this sweet, but for me, it was what I have been searching for. I need to try finding more of this stuff now.

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odinbaal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
odinbaal (5)
Very Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Update: A surprising Discovery

Filled a pipe this afternoon and readied myself for a strong punch; as it started to gently rain, I went out on the balcony to check the weather, pipe in mouth.

What a surprise! The aroma immediately changed and, coupled with the clean, cool air, Royal Yacht was suddenly transformed into a very enjoyable, very "perfumed" smoke (meaning its nuances became more noticeable), and even lost some of its notorious all-nicotine strength.

It seems that, as the name implies, this tobacco is meant to be smoked outside!


I've read the reviews and found it amazing how much divergence there is when it comes to evaluating this tobacco.

Luckily, I live in a place where Royal Yacht is extremely cheap, $3 a tin of the old version; so I bought myself a few dozen tins to try this elusive aromatic by Dunhill.

Strange? Indeed. I will call RY a "secret" or "dark" tobacco, because, in my opinion, it needs a little coaxing to reveal its real nature.

First, I don't think Dunhill can produce a "disgusting" tobacco and have it on the market for an extended period of time; second, British aromatics, by law, contain "less aromatics" than, say, Dutch or American counterparts. Dunhill is more famous for its English blends, and an aromatic coming from them is seen, by some, as somehow of an oddity. One has to bear in mind that this is the "Dunhill" version of an aromatic, and not your normal type. Third, I think that each tobacco, like each pipe, needs to "broken in" in order to give full satisfaction. RY is one of those tobaccos which need more than the usual care.

After going through some tins, here are my smoking recommendations:

1. If possible, use a new pipe dedicated to RY. If not, use a pipe which has been used with a mild aromatic;

2. Choose a pipe with a bowl which is neither too small nor too big. Too small and you will get a burnt flavour/taste/smell; too big and you will get a headache/sore throat; this tobacco is strong on nicotine, as all reviewers have noticed!

3. Smoke VERY SLOWLY in order to get the full effect of RY;

4. Try to smoke the bowl in one sitting, as it tends to deteriorate if left half-smoked.

Quite a lot of precautions, true, but I think they're worth the try!

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jankoez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jankoez (67)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Once upon the time, when Old Master was walking on this Earth, his tobaccos were class for its own. Nowdays, others are producing for Dunhill (who knows why?) however even such, mostly they are very, very good.

Royal Yacht is one of these fine blends. Full, rich, strong and burning well.

Not for beginners, not on empty stomach.

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Papillon6 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Papillon6 (17)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

I've never had my hopes up so high with a tobacco from what I heard to then be let down so badly. This tobacco, even though liked by some was NOT what I was expecting. It has a strong sweetish taste that I could not get used to. It's room note is similar to Three Year Matured but in a bad way...hehe. I LOVE Dunhill blends and even though this is made with high quality tobaccos it is not of high quality taste. I've had dime store bulk tobaccos taste better. I let a tin age about a year and a half with mildly better results as many Dunhill blends get better with age. I do not want to offend anyone who likes this blend but I do not want a newbie trying it then upchucking into the kitchen sink. Dunhill got the name right though, Royal Yacht alright, this stuff will make you sea sick! I have tried puffing it slowly with my old stash of it with a slightly amusing experience but I'm not dumping any more of my hard earned cash into buying more.

Older tins are better tasting then new ones I've heard but I'm not going to give someone a lot of money to find out. Didn't know what you were thinking Mr. Dunhill with this one...

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Piperpan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piperpan (9)
Very Strong None Detected Full Unnoticeable

This tobacco doesn't satisfy me. Too much strong for my taste.

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin I purchased at my local pipe shop was of Murry's manufacturing. I love a great find. The tobacco was fairly dry. I was expecting an aromatic type blend but what I found was a fairly strong yet subtle VA blend that blew me away. There was a bit of a rum flavor but more a VA sweetness and slight earthy taste. The blend burns very cleanly and does not foul a pipe. I was also surprised to find the tobacco did not require a relight. Overall not the best aromatic or VA I have tried, but it is very well balanced and has a nice aroma. I am glad I tried it.

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wintermute Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wintermute (35)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Strong

I have just recently purchased a tin of the Yacht. When you open the tin you get the musty, tang aroma of Virginia. The tin I got seemed to have the appropriate amount of moisture and the tobacco was ready to smoke. Packing was easy, but the cut seemed to lend itself to a lighter packing style. This becomes important later. Royal Yacht lights easily and takes only a light tamp to get an eaven field to burn properly. The adventure now truly begins. Royal Yacht produces an unreal amount of smoke and it is very sweet at the first few puffs. It takes about that long for the flavoring to burn off and you can get down to the heart of the matter. I would say that the flavoring is brandy, but I don't really know because it doesn't hang around long enough to be observed. The natural tobacco taste comes through with a vengeance. The first part of the bowl is bright like a summer day and then evening comes on. The last half of the bowl is full of flavor and nicotine. Do not operate heavy equipment or drive until you know how Royal Yacht is going to affect you. If effects last more than an hour, party on! Seriously, though, the nicotine level is really high and you should have a full meal before smoking. I smoke Prince Albert and am used to high nicotine levels, but this is somewhat more toward a cigar hit than your typical pipe tobacco offering. Don't bother reading the paper while smoking this, because you won't be able to concentrate on it by the time you get to the last third of the bowl. I mean this in a good way. Evening turns to night and the last puffs are dark indeed. The ash is a very nice light gray and practically falls out of the bowl when tipped. By the way, a bigger bowl is best to get all of the complexity. Overall, I'd recommend this to any real Virginia fan. However, you'll have to do without the perique and Latakia that seems to pop up in most Virginia-based blends. This one is a straight shooter. If you smoke aromatics and see the word sweet associated with this blend, don't be fooled. Virginia sweet is a world away from cherry sweet. I say this as a smoker of aromatics who has recently branched out into the world of burleys and some Va-Per blends. By the way, the room aroma is like a fire place, but the wife hates this stuff as much as anything else I've tried. To put this last note in perspective, she'll tolerate Presbyterian Mixture, but won't even give this two sniffs before sending me and it outside.

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gorealestate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gorealestate (28)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

UDDATE: 05/10/2009: Had to dabble in this stuff again to see if aging made a difference and YES! Still very dry and burns very fast to a white ash but the taste was a bit better. I find myself going back to this blend when I want a "true/bold" smoke. I just bumped this up a star.

UPDATE: 05/21/08 This stuff is just plain disgusting! I gave this another try in my favorite meerschaum. There is just a bland, burnt taste and is very dry & brittle. Has the nicotine but has horrible room smell & taste. This stuff sucks! Don?t waist your money.

The tin description of this blend indicates that it is ?luxurious?. Upon lighting up, I was expecting at least a bit more flavor or at least a more "sweeter" flavor. It does have the nicotine kick going on but nothing to rave about as far as flavor goes but picks up as it?s burned down. As the flavor picks up, again, nothing extravagant?. but starts to taste like a straight virginia flavor that is burnt. I can only describe it as eating burnt chocolate chip cookies. I think I should have made another choice when purchasing this tin and would have been happier. This is one of the blends in my collection that I would smoke if I had nothing else available. If the nicotine kick is what you are after, this one has got it going on but you will sacrifice any notes of sweet flavor. Room note was noted as being strong and not very pleasant by non-smokers. I think I am being generous by giving this 2 stars.

I compare this to eating a hamburger when expecting a good t-bone.

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parris001 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
parris001 (8)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a tin of the Orlik blend and as bad as it's been bashed here I can't find a reason not to like it. Being a newbie I have never had the chance to try it from Murray's so I don't know how it used to be. It took a little effort to pack it because it was so stringy but it lit right up and burned all the way down to an almost white ash. I had to relight a couple of times but I had packed it kind of tight.

The flavor was to me kind of floral mixed with figs. I never did get the cocoa flavor that's mentioned otherwise here. I found it to be nice and tangy, the smoke felt clean in my mouth. There's a nice amount of nicotine but not so much so as to be a problem. I generally enjoy a bowl full BEFORE a meal.

I prefer London mixture (like the latakia) only slightly over this one. Give it a try

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Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (110)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A great Dunhill blend. A nice sweet toated Virgina with a gentle aroma.

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Irishlefty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Irishlefty (18)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I had a difficult time reading reviews of Royal Yacht. I realize that all of us have different taste but wow, really different when it comes to this blend.

Personally I love everything about this blend except the price. I could (and have upon occasion)smoke this all day. It has the nicotine kick that I crave yet enough flavor without the sticky overly sweet taste of many blends.

I can see how some people might be a bit put off with the nicotine - if you aren't used to it or don't like a nico punch, this is probably not the tobacco for you.

I find this easy to light, easy to maintain lit, a pleasant smoke from start to finish without bitterness. It can bite - sometimes I draw too hard and fast and this will bite back a bit but not all that bad.

My favorite of all the Dunhill's with Nightcap coming in second.

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Old Pinoy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Pinoy (3)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I tend to be a McClelland fan of their virginia tobaccos. However, trying Royal Yacht made me a fan for life. Even though the tobacco isn't as humidified, pressed and coarse cut, the blend is relatively cool with a pleasing flavor. The flavor is of cooked fruit and spice, which is typical. However, there is a pleasant tangy edge that increases the overall body of the smoke. I recommend this blend if your looking for something different from a major name brand.

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Latakia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Latakia (67)
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Supposedly a classic so bought a tin. Was't impressed. Too sweet and did not like the room note. From the reviews, I see that there are many fans of this blend. For me, it was an experience that I won't repeat. Did not even finish the tin. I am sure that those that like Virginans like this...I very much liked McClelland's Christmas Blend 2007 but felt this was not at that level. Don't know really what it was but did not do it for me.

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BriarFire~ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarFire~ (24)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A great honest Va. smoke with an added zesty flavor that stays in the background and enhances the quality leaf, medium to full bodied with no bite and it wont go bitter no matter how fast you puff.I'm suprised this is rated at only 2 stars.If you love ropes,plugs and strong flakes you just might like this,as its got a little more in the flavor/strenght dept. than a run of the mill Virginia might. Enjoy

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Con Brio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Con Brio (6)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Another great Dunhill blend. If Nightcap scares you, try RY instead.

Nicotine content is just right. Lights easily and burns well

A delicious blend. Great anytime. Goes well with a glass of iced tea, or a light lager.

**'s Con Brio

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tboothby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tboothby (2)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Conditions: Variable

Tin: Smells of coaca (subtle)

Smoke: I have had different experience with different pipes. In some pipes smoke is quite cool with a coaca/(hazelnut?) smell and taste.

Personal: I dont smoke this one too much, but of the Dunhils I have I probably like this or Early Morning the most. Royal Y. seems to have much more nicotin then EM.

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hagen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hagen (91)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

i find it somewhat difficult to figure out this tobacco. it must be a pure virginia blend, as i can detect neither orientals, kentucky, plain burley, perique nor cigar leaf. yet it's quite powerfull. also, it has very little virginia sweetness, but it's got a cocoa-like flavour all through the smoke.

all in all, this leads me to think that it must be a basis of red virginia, lightly cavendished in the old fashioned manner with cocoa (and perhaps other stuff, too).

is it good? certainly! a healthy nic kick, plain tobacco flavour, a discreet sweetness and an even discreeter bitter cocoa aroma. i smoked a couple tins of this some 25 years ago, and then drifted into aromatics for some time. as far as i remember, it hasn't changed much. same cut (or perhaps a little coarser?), same kick, and same flavouring. i imagine that "hal o' the wynd" would taste much like this if it were "roasted" with some cocoa flavour...

this is the closest i feel that smoking a virginia tobacco can get to eating bitter sweet chocolate.

ps: i see now that "pipestud" elsewhere states that he believes royal yacht to contain burley. that rings true, given the strength, though i can't really taste it.

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Glorfindel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Glorfindel (57)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the most reliable VA I have smoked. Reliable you say? Yes, it always smokes the same and in various pipes of my collection.

It has the VA tang I love, a light topping that compliments the tang rather than masking it. Light tea with a faint hint of lemon? Others have said so and I agree.

No latakia, turkish, cavendish, oriental, or perique - just VA and I like it. I also like these others in various mixes - but only when I'm "hungry" for them.

This blend could be said to bite and that would be accurate - it bit me the first few times, but I learned to smoke it properly and it is simply a strong VA that need not bite with care.

Nicotine is medium to strong, perfect moisture, burns evenly and with few to no relights.

Also, I have noticed that I like this blend much more after 2-3 beers. I expect that is normal, RY being from the UK and all where a lot of this must have been smoked (and perhaps designed) by folks who frequent the pubs there.

If it didn't go well with a pint or 2, that simply would do now would it? :)

Also, the name and tin art inspire many first time purchases I expect, as they did with me;)

Yeah, I'll take another trip on the Yacht.



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Tobacco Saves Lives Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tobacco Saves Lives (31)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

unique, rich, sometimes i like it, others i dont. Its a strong, slightly fruity, cocoa like smoke with a nice dose of nicotene.

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Griswold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Griswold (16)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoke Dunhill's Royal Yacht on a regular basis since I took up the pipe again in 2001 and IMO it is perhaps the only blend that benefited from the transfer from Murray's to Orlik. The smoke is still thick and mouth-filling, the tobacco taste is still great -earthy, nutty with just the right amount of tart sweetness, but the flavouring is less intense than during the Murray production and most important, the moisture content is now just about perfect right from the tin.

During the Murray production I smoked a tin once in a blue moon, but now I always keep a tin open. I like it best in small bowls and at all times of the day; though a novice might be advised to try it on a full stomach.

I can recommend RY to everyone who likes strong, high-quality tobacco and to the reviewers talking down this fine blend I say:

If RY was that bad, do you think it would have been around for so long?

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

A very nice virginia smoke. Musty, earthy, very pure smoke that's just right. I like it a lot and will buy some more very soon. I suspect it would do very well after some aging. As for topping or flavoring I can't imagine what it would be. This is about as pure a tobacco flavor as you'll find. Highly recommended. RRF

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Jaybee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaybee (76)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Just what the world needs..........another review of Royal Yacht! I have to say that I like this tobacco, but only like to smoke it occassionally. It has great flavor and a nice burn rate, but one has to be careful not to overpuff it....Not because it will bite, but rather because it builds strength very quickly and becomes overwhelming. All-in-all a nice distraction from my normal fare.


My experience with the new version has proven to be very pleasurable. I would agree that the flavoring is more subdued and the virginias don't seem to be aged as much. Having said that, I believe this remains true to the original. Smoked slowly ( and this is the key) it delivers a rich virginia flavor with a satisfying nicotene hit that leaves me totally satisfied.

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Connoisseur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Connoisseur (33)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I have smoked this tobacco on and off for many years. The controversy surrounding this stuff is understandble as consistency seems to be the biggest problem. The flavour seems to change ever so slightly with every batch (and blender it seems).

That flavour is another thing (hardly 'Yak' IMO) but I cannot for the life of me work out how to describe it; sort of a sweet fermented fruit - almost artificial, but at the same time intriging.

Novices may also be confused by the 'exdeedingly mild'label reference: This is a strong tobacco in all accounts and not for the faint hearted. However, it is velvety smooth, rich, has a good nicotine level, and above all, burns nicely for the relatively moist weed it is.

For me, I enjoy this once in a while esp after a heavy meal (never on an empty stomach), as it certainly aids digestion. Also the flavour (whatever it is) is really quite nice, rich - but not too sweet.

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ROMMER Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Overwhelming Strong Overwhelming Strong

Well I brought this because I had heard it was a old classic. I had the same type of experience as when I brought my first aftershave. The aftershave was really very similar to this tobacco in so many ways. Like royal yatch it is also smelly and has a dreadful way of lingering on and on long after you have stopped using it. Also the aftershave goes off very quickly and if you are not careful will smell like a rats tail if not kept well corked. Also like this particular aftershave the girls will hate you for using it.

A burnt tasting overly strong tobacco that tastes and smells awful. I will not be buying this again.

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emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The definitive Dunhill, that is of course, if you?re fortunate enough to find an old tin manufactured prior to EU outsourcing. Judging by the mostly poor reviews here, everyone's getting the latest tins, so I'll skip that. This is my first time trying this unusual legend, but better late than never. I am told it has a natural casing, similar to the type used by Gawith in their strange and wonderful Grousemoor. Apparently, England had or continues to have tobacco purity laws that prohibit artificial casings and sweeteners to be added to tobacco mixtures. Hence, the types of additives applied tend to be floral in nature, which in this case is a good thing. The tin is slightly heathery with hints of licorice and anise. Bland at first, it opens nicely to a moderately briny, sweet flavor. It?s pleasing and unobtrusive and in its time must?ve been one of the most civilized of pipe tobaccos. It still is if you can find an old tin. A sentimental reminder of pipe smoking at its reserved best from what was the legendary House of Dunhill. Enjoy some while poring over Housman?s ?A Shropshire Lad? or listening to Elgar?s ?Cockaigne?.

Three of five stars

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Gentlemen, this is like Erinmore. You will either love it or hate it. There is no in between on this one. I was lucky enough to get an old tin that was still made in the U.K. It was truly excellent. There is some type of topping applied that makes it a unique smoke. It really can't be described. I think an attempt at its description would be the following: A cross between a McClelland Virginia and a real European treatment of a Virginia. You take from that what you will. I truly enjoyed it. I am a Balkan man, but this really was a nice change of pace. It really is for the adventurous. The great thing about the old Dunhill tobaccos was none of them tasted like the others. This is no exception. A solid 3 English stars. The coolest of all Virginia blends I have ever smoked.

UPDATE: I just had the new Orlik version and it is actually better than the original. Much less nicotine and no hic cups! Perique , however, is more heavy handed. still a solid 3 stars!

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Joey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joey (9)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Recently I was given a 1.5 year old aged tin of this tobacco by a dear friend. I was forewarned that it might not appeal to most people as far as room note is concerned. I have been pleasently suprised though.

This Virginia has been wonderful so far. I smoke it in smaller pipes and have not had a hint of bite or bitterness from it. I was told that if I like this I will like Virginias...I like it very much. The sweetness of the natural Virginia is very appealing to me and the strength is just what the doctor ordered when the day is done and I need to just sit back, think and let my mind and body relax.

I do not know what the new blender is like yet as I have not gotten any of the "new" stuff but I think that if it is aged like this was it will be a good smoke indeed and I look forward to this sweet tasting weed each and every time.

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peakbagger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
peakbagger (41)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm mostly an English/Balkan kinda guy and smoke this only occasionally. I found the perfect pipe for this on eBay when I purchased an estate Ashton Old Church billiard in which Royal Yacht had been smoked.

The tobacco is a fine string cut of mostly dark (it appears) VAs. The tin aroma is pleasant; it's a blend of slightly fruity VAs along with a topping of perhaps cocoa. The room fragrance isn't appreciated by my Wife but I don't find it unpleasant, I typically like this outdoors.

The Yacht has both a natural and conditioned sweetness which I find pleasant. The smoke is flavorful; the fruitiness is detected and grows stronger all the way down the bowl. The nicotine strength is noticeable, especially during the second half (of the bowl). I'm happy to keep a tin of this on hand at all times. 7 of 10 stars.

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Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (140)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Strong

I was prepared for a rather strong English tobacco with a subtle flavor, what I got was a tobacco that smelled of unsweetened tea with a slight lemony overtone. I packed the bowl and lit up, it tasted just like it smelled.

Like all of the other Dunhill blends I have tried, Royal Yacht is composed of quality tobacco stock. I found the nicotine level to be quite reasonable and even rather light compared to Nightcap. The room aroma is, as my wife said , "a foul stench". I won't be buying this again, but I can see the appeal to those of a different palette.

Not my cup of unsweetened lemony tea.

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (165)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

I have never delberately bought a tin of Royal Yacht: all the tins I have smoked of this mixture have come out of the five-pack samplers of Dunhill tobaccos that used to be sold in airport duty-free shops around the world. And, I have never been able to finish a tin.

It is strong, ranking with the likes of St Bruno and 1792 in nicotine content. The flavouring is odd - not so much savoury as briny. (I have smoked it on a two-hundred tonner on a week long voyage near the equator.) It does improve with drying and breathing. While the flavour is not as bad as some of the harsher critics would have, its oddity combined with the strength of the tobacco makes it a mixture that takes no prisoners. I am smoking the last of my tins of RY and do not think that I will acquire another.

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caddad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
caddad (53)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this on a whim, after stopping in my local tobacco shop to pick up a tin of English something or other, thinking a might be flirting with a high quality aromatic for a change of pace. I was quiet surprised to find on opening the tin what appeared to be a very dark, very well aged Virginia blend. I noticed no flavoring at all while huffing the contents of the tin and actually just smelled high quality nutty Virginia (very similar to mecllend 2015) Not what I was in the mood for but what the heck. I packed it lightly in my Jobey billiard, fully aware that I could scorch my mouth if not careful! The flavor was very full and nutty at first light and I did have to be careful not to puff too hard. Lots of puffy white smoke and very good tobacco flavor indeed. The room note was ok and now that I have smoked this in several pipes and find it very good as a full flavored Virginia blend however I will probably not purchase this again as I will probably lean towards 956 or Durbar when I reach for another Dunhill tin in the future.

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BigSwede Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigSwede (61)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Okay, I'm one of the heathen. I can't and won't compare this blend to any kind of wine or a Bach Concerto. Nor any kind of poetry. Still though, even us Mickey Spillane beer drinking types can find this tobacco appealing.

On the strength of the recommendation of a few of our more esteemed colleagues I bought a tin of this and have found it an interesting and enjoyable smoke. I light this very carefully, holding the match an inch or two above the bowls catching a few strands at a time and take my tiime. After a tamp, a second slow light it turns into a warm, smooth but nonetheless rich smoke. I can just about smoke a whole bowl without any (or maybe one) relighting. The flavor is a bit distant and discerned only by sipping. Nothing like the usual aromatics which so often overshadow the underlying tobacco. Smokes down to a dry white ash. I like this better as a first pipe of the day. I can only imagine what it used to be, but in it's present incarnation is worth a try. Its now a part of my regular rotation.

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Maimonides Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Maimonides (70)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

A great non-sweet Va blend with some type 'berry' style casing. second only to Night Cap for relaxation power. A softer, gentler way to get a high.Very smooth considering the dose it carries. I give it a full five stars, not for the taste- I sure do like the way it makes me feel! Sweet, Smoky, Tobacco, Cherries. If you are not stuck on having a good 'presentation', you can save some money and buy an all american blend like revelation. Its smooth, with potency. If you like this- you likely will like House Of Windsors Revelation as well.

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Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Hum, my two experiences with Royal Yacht were completely opposite.

The first time I smoked this blend, the taste was strong and the flavouring harassed my tongue.

The second time I smoked this blend, the taste was flat and way too mild.

Were my tastebuds screwed up, I mean! Disturbed both times?

This was my third try with Dunhill's "aromatics". I guess they can't be good at everything.

If I balance the two opposite experiences, in case my tastebuds were wrong because disturbed, I guess the verdict would be somewhat recommended. Because it's a nice flake, medium to dark brown, so it's a shame that the result is so disapointing.

Maybe I would need to try it a third time, but I would hate throwing out - again- an almost full tin because I don't like the tobacco. A pity!

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Old Cremona Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Cremona (3)
Medium Medium to Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

Okay, first review here. I have enjoyed reading the various reviews here and found them to be helpful as I begin to find what works for me.

I've found Royal Yacht to be all but unsmokeable. It just smokes so hot! I keep trying to give it another chance but that hotness is overwhelming. I'll keep it on the bench for occasional use but whatever is in this stuff is apparently not my cup o' tea.

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loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

One brief update note, I do think this blend could use some ketchup...........


original review 8.19.06........

I'm going to be as careful here as I can. There is a fellow here with a lot of reviews. He seems pretty partial to this blend, and I don't want to make any enemies. If he's as strong as his favorite smoke, he probably could gimme a lickin'. (you wouldn't hit a guy with glasses, would you? Especially if they were beer glasses??) Nah, just kidding, I don't drink and I think I already used the glasses joke. Anyway, onward. . . I've wanted to review this for a while, if just to defend it a little bit. I mean some of you guys write like it slept with your sister. I'm working on my second tin, the first being a few years ago, as it is not available in Austria. So, I bravely spent $13.75 on 50 grams at Mission Pipe Shop in San Jose CA. in the name of, well, smoking. Here's what I found. The topping in this tastes just like that on 3 Year Matured. Not a good sign for me. The Virginia tastes the same, too. Uh oh.

But all is not lost, there's no oriental in this blend, and that's good. I think that's the downfall of 3 Year. Not much of a review, is it. Well, it's a wok in progress. Oriental, get it?. I'll say, though, that my memory of the Yacht was that it was very bitter. This tin is not. It's quite agreeable, if not exactly my style. It is not sweet. It is full bodied. It is not candied fruit. Stewed, maybe, but no candy. A little Meaty, too.

Stewed Meat-fruit, that's it. Not bad, Just not my thing, sorry Pipestud. I agree with you on many, just not this'un. It is a high quality smoke. I'd probably keep a little around as a pinch hitter if I could find it at bulk $$

expect intelligible update later, after cold sweats have passed.

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Semois Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Semois (18)
Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A very seductive smell, but I must be honest, while smoking it, it doesn't satisfy me in the same way. A full tobacco-taste, not unpleasant, but less interesting than I expected. Although it is announced as a typical Virginia-blend, it seems to lack the deepness and intensity of it. Nevertheless I'm glad having tried it and I don't say I will never buy it again.

- UPDATE ? 2006/08/17

I put this tobacco away for some time. Meantime, it dried out and perhaps there were some other processes going along in the brown ribbons or maybe my taste changed. Anyway, picking it up again, I begin to like Royal Yacht more and more. I consider it as a very discreet (enigmatic)aromatic, based on good-matured tobacco with a rich taste and good cool-burning capacities. Therefore I?m upgrading it to 3 stars.

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bassel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bassel (2)
Very Strong Medium to Strong Overwhelming Strong

update: recently I found out that the blend I have been smoking, and the one I recommended below was Murray's version of Royal Yacht!. No wonder it was a spectacular blend, per my tobacconist those tins were in storage for more than 5 years. Trying the new version (blended by Orlik), I'd agree with many of unsatisfied reviewer here, this blend is harsh on the palate, smokes hot, and has a very unnatural taste. it sure tastes like it was soaked in some chemical solution. ---------------------------------- update: this became my default smoke. if you don't inhale the strength won't be a big problem. if not rubbed it'll smoke really smooth, cool, sweet and slow. if rubbed it'll smoke smooth, less cool, less sweet, full taste but less slow. ---------------------------------------

just having my second bowl of it. first impression: slow burning-i spent 1.5 hour smoking the first bowl-, it smells very nice in the tin and when smoked.

the only thing i find unsatisfying about this exceptional tobacco is the strengh it's highly strong.


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D'Jullius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
D'Jullius (19)
Strong Mild Full Very Pleasant

A great Virginia Mix. It is a smooth, cool blend, with a fruity topping, with a great traditional pipe-tobacco smoke billowing away.Sublime when the tin is first opened!!! But put a few weeks on an open can and it starts to fade into a typical Dunhill flavor.

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Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (79)
Extremely Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

November, 2010. I have tried the new Royal Yacht (newly available in the US that is) and it is, in a word, different and better ! Wait that's two words. Still, if you're a fan of Very Full Bodied tobaccos, this is a must try.

It is easier to smoke and more rounded than the last iteration I bought in the US (I still have 30 tins). The new RY does not need to be dried out but is at almost perfect moisture. The topping is more prominent in the tin yet less prominent when smoking. This is still a very potent, straight tasting tobacco, but somehow less harsh and alkaline than the old RY (1994-2004) and it burns cooler than before too.

Not only is the topping slightly stronger in the tin but also the tobacco itself smells more powerful, and maybe I detect some faint hint of dark fired. Some more burley mixed in with the VA ? Who knows...

I feel the new topping is more palatable, a bit less mysterious and will appeal to a broader range of pipers. In other words, it is much less "polarizing".

I know this sounds like the new Royal Yacht has somehow been toned down but it is just as Grand as before, with improved smoking characteristics. What more could you want ?

If they've done the same to the "new" Nightcap, London Mixture, etc. then Dunhill is back at the top of heap in a lot of categories. I wish they had kept/resurrected Elizabethan Mixture though.


*I must update this again. Apparantly the first few "Orlik" tins were not representative of the product which is out now. The last two tins of Orlik RY I have tried have me agreeing with Paddy's observations: all the strength and body of the old blend is here, but the topping seems to have disappeared almost entirely. Also, the new RY seems a little "young". So the ship sails again...

*Update. Well I've just finished a bowl of the new, Orlik produced RY and it has changed. This is a kinder, gentler Royal Yacht, and it will probably make more friends than it looses. I've changed the strength rating from very strong to medium to strong.

As I said, I've just finished my first bowl of the new RY and I could have another. That has never happened to me in 3 years of smoking the old RY: one bowl and the last thing I'd want is another one.

That said, many will find this still plenty strong. However I can inhale the new RY (though I don't) even toward the bottom of the bowl.

The new RY needs to be rubbed out a little, but comes at the right moisture level (a welcome change). The darker tobacco in the tin is almost a broken flake. The added essence is exactly the same, as far as I can tell. But the overall experience is sweeter, less alkaline, less acrid, less harsh. But not as much depth either. And the smell in the bowl, or the nose, is not as nutty as the old RY.

The new RY has a very alluring sweetness, however, almost a chocolate undertone that I think many people will like. The trade off is much less tingle and much less spice, and it's not quite the roller coaster ride either. *

Fairly natural aroma in the tin (after airing out a while), the smoke has flavorings with hints of ginger, spice, dried fruit and perhaps chocolate. In short, nothing that prepares one for the 2 tons of nicotine which is about to fall on one's head.

This is perhaps the strongest tobacco which is not harsh, cloying, or overwhelming to the palate, at least for me.

The room note is reasonable and RY is what I smoke when out in public. ER, my city has just banned public smoking...well if I could smoke in public, this is what I would smoke, since the extra nicotine would help keep me calm among the anti smoking goons.

RY can get alkaline in the bottom half of the bowl and goes well with coffee. I have not decided if RY smokes better in a Calabash shaped bowl or not. Recommended but be warned.

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (125)
Very Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable

UPDATE 3-30-06: I decided to open a tin of the newer version just to find out if it has changed. It has. The appearance of the tobacco is very similar to the Murray version, but the new manufacturer has not gone to the trouble of duplicating the unique top dressing of the original. The mouth feel of the smoke is similar, and I think it has similar strength compared to the old RY. The tin aroma has been replaced with the German chocolate essence found in many K&K blends. The taste of the smoke is not bad; it is just not Royal Yacht. And the smoking experience is very, very close. I will probably start smoking this newer version of RY in my regular rotation and save my stash of the older version for annual trips down memory lane. Paddy _________________________________________________________________I imagine that once upon a time, a group of executives sat around a polished table in the Dunhill Board Room and decided to go after the English dark twist, rope, flake and plug market, so enjoyed by the British working class. The blend would necessarily be something with a powerful nicotine content and a strong, tobacco essence similar to, say, SG Brown Rope, a blend that would appeal to those who liked a tobacco that could be either chewed or smoked. However, it would have to be uniquely Dunhill, and therefore, much more elegant. It was decided to combine a bitterly strong tobacco, already sliced and diced, with a soupcon of a milder brown and top it off with a mysterious sweetener. And so Royal Yacht was created. About the only thing wrong in the creative process was the marketing department's choice of a name. I cannot imagine this tobacco appealing to the swells aboard Her or His Majesty's pleasure craft, but then the Royals have been known to engage in other, more peculiar pleasures. It would probably have been more accurate to call this tobacco Peon's Pleasure, Miner's Delight or Old Tar's Treat. In any case, they did a fine job. Smoked fresh, it is quite sweet with the darker flavors and strength skillfully submerged, a Sunday goody for the black plug smoker. Left to age and dry, it reveals all its power and strong tobacco flavor, quite similar to G&H Dark Flake, but yet quintessentially Dunhill. Either way a truly satisfying smoke. This has been an old favorite of mine for a good many years, not to be smoked every day. And it will bring your EKG reading up to slightly above where it belongs. Highly recommended to those who enjoy lightly sweetened, strong English tobacco. Paddy.

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jackhackett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jackhackett (76)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Based on new tin purchased in Austria EU 3/06. Never tried the Murray's version, so no comparison possible there.

I found Royal Yacht to be a cheeky little number with some kick, but not really the devil's brew promised by some previous reviews.

Smells very much like a more complex and potent version of Mac Baren's Symphony/Harmony in the tin, tastes like...well, it's one of those you have to try for yourself.

'Melange' is too dainty a word for this...this is more earthy...ginger, molasses, dirt, red wine, juicy fruit gum, maybe some bleach, and oh yeah, a swift kick in the face: Hoss, you better hold on to the reigns---RY's got some clout, and will deliver a severe nicotine knock on the head if consumed at an accelerated pace.

The figgy element seems to be more constrained to the tin note rather than overtly present in the burning leaf to nose or tongue; there's sweetness here but it's subdued. The casing really isn't noxious at all, but seemingly crafted and applied well. It is unlike anything else I've tried though, and with the strength level RY would likely leave less experienced pipesters gobsmacked.

On oddity blend, but it really is decent leaf and not retreaded tire fragments or mulch from the devil's garden as some others may have been fooled into thinking after the nicotine really started to kick in.

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CantTest Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CantTest (14)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco gets a lot of press on this site and others, good and bad. It seems to be a "love it or hate it" smoke, and I really don't understand why. Royal Yacht is a good smoke...if one is looking for strength of nicotine, good taste, and richness, attributes most smokers like myself are looking for when holding a pipe.

The thing about RY that isn't covered in the many reviews here, at least not consistently, is its remarkable affinity for mixing well with other tobaccos. Okay, it's too strong for you. Don't throw it out or deride its many blessings. Mix it with some good burley. I prefer a 50/50 mix with pipesandcigars Old Companion and a good "tossing" in a converted coffee-grinder. To paraphase Winston Churchill: A woman is a woman, but Royal Yacht/Old Companion mix is A SMOKE.

So I wouldn't be without having this wonderful tobacco on hand. It's good straight up, mixed with other quality tobaccos, or even as a topper to a parfait packed pipe. When I just need a good smoke, a quieting of an unruly mind, I reach for this good friend and sail away.

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Ian Weeks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ian Weeks (36)
Strong Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

I see from entries above that this weed has recieved mixed reviews. I just bought my first tin of Royal Yaht and upon opening I found it to have an astonishing tin note, very delicious Virginian ribbon cut tobacco, both rich and dark colored. I smoked two bowls back to back. The first was in a pipe I keep in my usual rotation_ a Savanelli Autograph that I smoke without the filter. The smoke was delightful, I kept my draft slow and was rewarded with a plesent smoking experience. For the first third of the bowl the nicotine presence was not as strong as the last portion and towards the end of the bowl I inhaled and wow it was a great deep nicotine splash that I wont say was unplesant. Which was likewise found in the second bowl. The second bowl I smoked was a Jirsa that I do not smoke so often but love the pipe nonetheless. The experience was much like the first and at the end of the bowl there was very little left. Naught but ash that I stirred up a bit and shook to add a layer of cake. I think that this blend is one that I will smoke often, giving it the usual light draft that I give to all my blends.

Updated Post October 26, 2005-

What in gods name was I thinking? I have revisited this blend on several different occasions since I finished off my first tin of this blend- No thank you. Not for me. Please forgive my change in recommendation.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong

I do smoke this regularly and it is very satisfying. I don't know how this could be an all-day smoke unless you are very limited in how many times per day you light up. Small pipe, draw very easy, terrific smoke. I suggest either a filter type pipe or a corncob will do best for this blend. If you have trouble finding any real tobacco taste in a pipe, this should do the trick! Update: I had to write an addendum to my review. I have sampled about 80+ quality pipe tobacco mixtures in the last year or so. After burning out somewhat on English blends or blends somewhat heavy with Latakias of various qualities, I find Royal Yacht a welcome diversion from the 965 types that are so common. The Virginnia tobacco in R.Y. is sublime. Just enough high quality flavor to make it interesting. Delicious!(08/30/2004)

Update: The new R.Y. is very good. I wouldn't call it an improvement over the original but with some cellaring time it could be...(10-07-2005)

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Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Professor (67)
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Dunhill's Royal Yacht (made in the UK) is a real high quality blend. The ribbon cut is magnificent making packing both easy and pleasurable. The smell in the tin is lovely with an essence of a casing that I cannot quite place. The flavours that come through in smoking are tasty--the nuances are pleasurable. What causes me to not enjoy Royal Yacht as much as I would like, however, is that fact that this weed is too bloody strong. Perhaps the newer milder EU blend may be more to my liking, but I cannot purchase this blend again as the strength is beyond what I can stomach. Indeed, while I appreciate a full blend (see my previous reviews), the force of this ship rattles my buoy.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (294)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

It was with fear and trepidation that I approached this legendary (in the wrong way) tobacco, but also with the hope that it might be a pleasant surprise. The tin appearance was of an extremely fine cut (more than Dunhill's usual), not too wet, brown tobacco, and the smell was discreetely sweet: yes, as some say, it reminds of chocolate (and, after a couple of weeks' drying, of cappuccino). No hints of the foul stench some others say, more an impression of a particular treatment of the Virginias rather than of a pervasive casing. I packed a large straight Savinelli with it, and fired: I must say that the first puffs were rather disgusting! Harsh, hot smoke without much taste, which reminded me in its citrus overtones of the horrors of Erinmore Mixture. Luckily, I persisted (what a brave boy I am!): luckily, because when I set myself completely relaxed on the sofa adopting a slow smoking style, I began to appreciate its nuances. The smoke is extremely mild, but not in the sense of a "light" smoke: it is mild because it doesn't overpower you scorching your tongue, shocking the palate or tingling your nose. It is robust, but well rounded, a monster with velvet gloves. Each puff revealed an increasing sweetness, but not the kind of grassy lively sweetness that I have come to expect from natural Virginias like Marlin Flake: rather a deceptive sweetness that dances between citrus overtones, bitter chocolate echoes, a slightly piquant hint, and... something I find myself without words to describe. At times it can get a bit nauseatingly sweet, but if you puff it slowly it shouldn't be a problem. Relighting at the end of the bowl provided a spicey, harsher smoke. All say it packs a nicotine wollop: it does, but remains tolerable. To me, Nightcap is stronger nicotine-wise. I have a past as cigarette smoker, so I even inhaled some puffs of Royal Yacht: well, after the end of the bowl my stomach (I hadn't eaten in the past 5 hours) felt a little weird as a consequence of the nicotine boost, but nothing that would compromise my equilibrium. I was feeling its effects, but I didn't feel sick. If you are more sensitive, anyway, you should approach Royal Yacht with some caution. Now that I am going on in smoking the rest of the tin, I can say that Royal Yacht is certainly a weird tobacco that can shock some palates and not agree with everybody: I would definitely not recommend it for casual smoking (in the morning I can almost feel no taste in it), nor to traditionalists. Myself, I consider it a stronger and tastier variation on Dunhill's own Ready Rubbed (the green rectangular tin), which I hate because it tastes of nothing. I won't keep it on my rotation (this tin will last me for long!), but not because this is bad, only because there are several Virginias that are just as sweet, without its sharp overtones, and better suited to my taste (I tend to prefer natural Virginias, without flavoring or artificial processing), or maybe just plain better in an absolute way. But I don't rule out the possibility of buying another tin somewhere in the future. No, it is not the chemical disgusting stuff someone says: for me it's just boring and too artificial. And, go figure, my wife (who doesn't like neither English blends, neither aromatics, neither natural Virginia flakes) says this is one of the most pleasant tobaccos I have ever smoked in her presence: very light smelling, and nice room aroma!

UPDATE September 2005: I have just started smoking another tin, which has been left in my cellar for three long years to age. Well, RY still is not my favorite tobacco at all: the taste is possibly even milder, and to me totally boring. Sure, some sweet and herbal notes here and there, but nothing to write home about. Some of the harshness at the end of the bowl has gone away, though. Nicotine strength is still very high: smoking this in a bowl bigger than group 3 still makes me feel queasy. Not worth the fuss, IMHO... but, again, never as disgusting as some are saying. There's nothing offensive in this blend, it simply leaves me flat.

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DrDNA Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDNA (58)
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

Notes: Smoked in various vintages, in various pipes. I prefer it in an Ashton Size 2 Billiard. Having innumerable tins in various vintages, I can say this blend ages with the most interesting changes I've encountered.

Appearance: A multicolored thinnish cut ribbon, rubbed out fully. Color is light to dark brown with a generous portion of reddish leaf, slightly sticky with a modest amount of topping.

Aroma: Fresh from the tin the aroma of currants is strong. The presence of a fresh currant-apricot topping is obvious, but does not dominate the smoke itself. With age, add sardines, grape jelly, concord grapes, red wine, chocolate, cheesecake, gingerbread.

Taste: Initially a bit bitter, strong with the essence of nicotine tingling a bit on the lips, relenting to a muted sweetness resting comfortably on a foundation of quality Virginia leaf with a even mixture of nuttiness and mellow sweetness. Smooth yet strong in flavor with a solid backbone of nicotine as well. No smokiness or spicy oriental intrusion; just the pure goodness of honest tobacco flavor without the adornment of kethcup or plums, but accentuated by the mildly sweet topping which serves only to reinforce the natural sweetness of the tobacco. In youth, a creamy Brie; in age, a sturdy Stilton.

Comparisons: A unique tobacco. Less nicotine than Gawith's Irish Twist or Gawith's 1792. Light topping in the same class, but not at all the same, as Dunhill's Three Year Matured. The base virginia is much like Dunhill's old Dark Flake or Samuel Gawith's Dark Birdseye. The newer Orlik-blended version is milder, more dilute in flavor and strength, and comes not fully rubbed out -- an apt analogy would be comparing Dunhill 36609 to Three Year Matured, I would say.

Bottom Line: No longer made in this formulation. Previously, a strong tobacco with a lot of nicotine and clean tobacco flavor with a good balance of sweetness and nuttiness. For those who don't mind a little topping, no latakia, and a lot of nicotine. The newer version is softer, somewhat less intimidating, easier.

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Aah! Royal Yacht, we finally meet...

Appearance and Tin aroma: Mostly mahogany and dark matured VA leaf with some lighter strands here and there. Tin aroma is kind of fruity, but also slightly sour and musty. Smells good to me though.

Packing and Lighting: You must let this air out a bit for best results. Packk lightly with just a gentle tamp once the bowl is full. Lit without a hitch if the tin is aired out a bit (1hr. with lid off is sufficient).

Initial Flavor: This starts out nondescript. It tastes like a mild matured VA at first but begins to develop as you smoke it.

Mid-Bowl:The topping, whatever it is comes out at this point and mixes wonderfully with the leaf. This blend gets into the zone easily.

Bottom of Bowl: Still tasty, but strength builds exponentially.

Overall: I really enjoyed this blend and will be stocking it in my cellar (empty drawer in my office, LOL!)You do have to respect this blend due to its strength both in flavor and nicotine. I prefer group 3 bowls max and let it go out several times for a 2 hour pleasure trip. It can make your lips numb if smoked quickly or make you green, you have been warned! The room note is pleasant both to smoker and non-smoker alike. I particularly like the note it leaves in the car, kind of like baked ginger bread. Anyway, I liked this blend and do recommend it to the seasoned pipe smoker. Will it replace some of my go to Balkans or VA's? No, but it is a welcome occaisional treat. Definitely a classic! Enjoy...

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scootertrash Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scootertrash (11)
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

After reading ALL of the reviews here I thought it was time I try Royal Yacht. I'm glad I did. Based on the information from some of the previous reviews, I would guess I have a tin blended by Murray's & probably with a little age to it. Upon openning the tin I was greeted with a fully rubbed tobacco that was not too wet or dry, not sticky at all, and had a great aroma of fermented tobacco. I don't doubt that there are added flavorings, but in this tin they are definatly way in the background. Maybe age has had an effect on them. The color of the tobacco is mostly dark brown with some reds present and some sugar crystals forming on the leaf. Smoking RY is great. It has a great full tobacco flavor and any added flavoring is way in the background just supporting it. It is the coolest all Virginia tobacco I have ever smoked. Tongue bite is not a big problem with me, but RY didn't even give me what I call tongue tingle (not a bad thing) that I experience with Virginia tobaccos. I've been smoking RY all day long with no problem. (I agree with pipestud, it does go good with the morning coffee) Smokes dry to the bottom of the bowl leaving an almost white ash. I'll definatly be buying more of this. It won't replace my favorite of many years, Mac Baren's Burley London Blend, But it will have a place right up there with it.

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Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (68)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an odd little tobacco. From all I had heard about it,I was sure this would be a waste of time. This fear was not completely born out. As far as things go it was a sweet blend with some pleasent moments. If you just need something to smoke this is better than loading your pipe with Capt. Black. However it did not impress me either. At times I thought "I know there is tobacco lit in the bowl, and I know I'm puffing, but there's nothing on the palate". For part of the bowl it seems to me like I'm smoking steam and sometimes a mild Virginias-ish tobacco. Better than some not as good as others.

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Lancelot Gobbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lancelot Gobbo (23)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Many people have tried to describe the scent of this tobacco on opening the tin; some say it's chocolate, and some identify it as fruit. To me, it is exactly like the filling in a fig newton (fig roll to the Brits). Since I have always been fond of these, It's not surprising it turns out to be a tobacco that suits me well. It has a reputation as being very strong in the nicotine department, but I think this is perhaps the case for those who inhale their pipesmoke, or who puff too fast. I think if you smoke contemplatively there will not be a problem. The one drawback is that it does tend to be a bit wet - leaving the tin to dry a little is a good idea. Smoked in a Kirsten you can see exactly how much moisture it does produce - a great deal. I also find it leaves a strong smell of its topping in a pipe that isn't as pleasant as when it was in the tin. It smokes with a surprisingly mild flavour given its fearsome reputation. There's little tendency for it to bite, and it is pleasantly peppery to exhale through the nose. If you smoke this alone, I find the smell of my hand that has held the pipe is one of fruit rather than smoke, which is a little disconcerting. All in all it makes a pleasant change from my usual english mixtures and I would recommend that you try it out if you haven't already. I can see that it will always inspire a 'love it or hate it' response, and I'm one of those who love it!

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Rafe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rafe (9)
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable




The theme from "Jaws" played in my head as I opened my first tin of this notorious Dunhill offering. As long I have been smoking pipes, this blend and the people who smoke it have been scorned, ridiculed, roasted, lauded, lionized, praised, argued and joked about more than all other pipe and tobacco related topics combined. "Cased with aardvark intestine." "Takes a man." "Nectar of the gods." "It'll put hair on your toenails." What on earth could possibly be the big deal? And it also didn't escape me that RY was introduced in 1912, the same year the world endured a certain nautical disaster in no small part due to British hubris.

For all the fanfare, seriosuly, Royal Yacht really didn't rock my boat too drastically one way or the other. I warily loaded it into a small bowled Peterson 303 (my preferred VA pipe) and enjoyed a very pleasant smoke. I found the blend to be a nice, reasonable, dark VA with taste and presence. The flavoring and the nicotine, while definitely "there" were not overpowering, and RY's flavor is unique --- doesn't remind me of anything else. Until just this very week, it was my favorite tinned VA (since relegated to second place by Dunhill's Three Year Matured VA). I ordered a dozen tins in the wake of the "new blender" news and as far as I can tell, all my tins are the Murray's version. It will be interesting for me to see the breaking news as the Orlik/Dunhill tins work their way into shops and stashes.

Simply put, I like the stuff and will keep it on hand. The only drawback for Royal Yacht is that Mrs. Rafe does not appreciate the room note --- says it smells like cigarettes to her. So, once or twice a week when I fire up a bowl of RY, I'll do it sans the company of my better looking half. Step up and try it, you might be surprised!

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Dougster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dougster (31)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I just picked up a tin of this from the B&M tobacco shop and it was a sound pick. I don't think this will become one of my mainstays in the near future but I wouldn't pass it by either.

Mine seemed at about the correct moisture level upon opening the tin, so I just packed some up and smoked it. It seemed pretty good so I decided I'd better smoke another bowl afterwards to make sure. After that I was pretty convinced that its pretty good, so I smoked another bowl. You get the idea.

The flavor to me reminds me more of like a black espresso coffee than tobacco. It has a lot of flavor, but it seems more like a neutral roasty flavor to me than anything else. The can claims its a unique smoking mixture, and I concur because I've honestly never smoked any other tobacco that tastes like this. Its good, just kind of different.

I agree that this would compliment some coffee nicely adding some extra roasty flavor into the mix without being overly harsh on your tongue. In that regards, if you get tongue-bite from this tobacco then you are obviously doing something very wrong. This has got to be one of the least bitey tobaccos that I have ever smoked. I was puffing away contentedly without the slightest irritation on my tongue.

Per the earlier reviewer's suggestion, I'll let the tin rest a couple weeks now that I've cracked it and try it then. Depending on my experiences I may upgrade it to four stars but for now I'll leave it at three: a high quality blend well worth a try.

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Lbarraa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lbarraa (27)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Too much nicotine... this is not my kind of tobacco, the taste is full, but the nicotine makes me feel dizzy. Sorry.

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OSR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OSR (71)
Very Strong Mild Full Tolerable

Oy vey... another Royal Yacht review.

Buy a tin. Open the tin. Seal the tin back up. Return to the tin in a month and enjoy a great smoke.

Why do people tend to be polarized on this tobacco? I can only offer my two cents as two reasons:

The first reason, I believe, is the sheer, unadulterated "nicotine bomb" that is Royal Yacht. I don't know what VA's are in this mixture but they're quite potent. If you don't like nicotine then stay away from this tobacco.

The second reason, I believe, is that when this tobacco is smoked fresh from an opened tin that it has not had time to breathe. Unleashing that vacuum vapor and allowing the VA to breathe is the key to this (and some other) mixtures. It's taken me 20 years and countless dollars to figure this out.

Of course, what works for some doesn't work for others.

Old Royal Yacht vs. the "new" Royal Yacht? No clue. However, the current Dunhill offering is a fine nicotine bomb if you're looking for such a blend.

There's not a lot of flavoring here if you will open the tin, seal it back up and let it sit for a month. I will smoke about a tin of this a year. I never go without having a tin open. For medicinal purposes, you understand......

I process my RY by opening the tin, letting the tin sit for a few weeks and then taking the entire tin, dumping it into a beer tray and use scissors to cut this into 1/4 inch shards. Then into an old humidor it goes.

Upon lighting, the flavor of very rich VA tobacco hits you and continues down the bowl. No bite here! And if I let this dry out a tad before filling the bowl it smokes even better. Make no mistake, this is a hearty VA mixture which in strength is close to the ropes without the overwhelming flavor.

If you're not wanting a nicotine bomb then leave this stuff alone. The only other Dunhill blend that comes close to this in strength is Elizebethan mixture, another blend that I really enjoy. And oh yeah, I treat the tins of Elizibethan the same way. There's something about opening the tin and letting it breathe that makes the difference.

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gee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gee (7)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

As a consequence of being a pipe smoker with a limited budget I have always shied away from this one. I read the reviews and decided to put this in the category of Tobaccos I Would Try If I Ever Have Extra Money. But the reviews also made me think that this was going to be another disappointing experience. And then, through the grace of God, my sister, who had been told without specification that I smoked Dunhill tobaccos, sent me a tin of this for my birthday. I opened the tin with trepidation. I was low on tobacco, and while the gesture was much appreciated, I feared that this was going to result in yet another experience of wishing I had never started smoking in the first place. (Beggars can?t be choosers, after all) But with the pop of the tin and the first hints of the amazing odour waiting inside, the trepidation began to subside. And with the removal of the card which told me I was a discriminating smoker I was well on the way to smoker?s paradise. My taste buds and blood jumped for joy as I drew the first puff and they haven?t stopped jumping since. But this experience which continues to approach the sublime forced me to return to those devilish reviews. What I discovered in the negative reviews are complaints about the nicotine content of this amazing weed. I should have recognized this on first read, but my suspicions were perhaps heightened by too many disappointments. As I read I became increasingly incredulous. What on earth is going on here? I mean ok you don?t like nicotine, but to claim that this is somehow the fault of the tobacco is like saying that Stilton is bad because it smells, or that scotch is bad because it burns your throat, or that real ale is bad because it tastes like beer. If you don?t like nicotine or the taste of tobacco then just admit that to yourself and be done with it. If what you like is sugar coated smoke ? like the worst of the Dunhill blends, 965 and Three Year Matured ? then just say so. If what you really like is processed cheese slices then don?t go writing reviews of unpasteurized Blue Stilton.

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Air Commodore Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Air Commodore (8)
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

I was dissapointed with stuff and almost threw it away, but doggedly kept going to the end of the tin. It smells nice in the tin, but is very harsh tongue biting stuff.

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bigjonburley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigjonburley (64)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The pipe smoking community seems to be divided in opinion, concerning Royal Yacht. I probably would have never tried this blend if it wasn't for the strong opinions toward the nature of this tobacco. It seems you like it or you hate it. I for one think that it is a truely different blend. The essence in the tin is remindes me of a VERY toned down version of Three Years Matured, with less "berry" and more "nut." The ribbon like cut packs easily, yet is a bit stubborn to keep lit. I've smoked this blend in a variety of bowls ranging from 3103 dunhills to a massive Ardor Urano billard. After doing so, I prefer this blend in the smaller range of pipes. I liken Royal Yacht's essence to that of a sweet, oaky, tawny port. Like port, it is best sipped in small quantities. It seems like the after dinner cordial of the tobacco world.

Appearance: Medium brown ribbon, slight "pg" moistness. Some of the leaf had a crystalized appearance, sort of like mold. I noticed that Three Years Matured had this same trait. Probably symptomatic of the processing involved.

Tin Aroma: Like I mentioned before, R.Y. has a similar essence to T.Y.M. Yet not as sickening as the forementioned. Much like psycadedlic raisens and hazel nut. The VA aroma is still not completely overun by the aromatic treatment.

Packing: Easy, yet very moist. A little drying time makes firing a bit easier.

Lighting: Your gonna need a few matches for this one. A good initial charing, and tamp keeps it going strong though

Smoke: I found that R.Y. builds as the bowl pregresses. The flavor is slightly artificial, yet the natural leaf is still present in the smoke. No bite to speak of, when smoked at a moderate pace. Best when sipped.

Overall: I think that R.Y. is a solid smoke. I could see myself smoking one tin a year, inorder to get a change of pace in my normal smoking line up. As far as rating this one against other solid VA's, it just dosen't add up to the likes of those from McClelland or Gawith and Hoggarth. This smoke is strange in its own respect, yet it oozes the quality typical of Dunhill. I would say, at least try the stuff. You'll find it to be completely different from the norm.

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JulioJustice Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JulioJustice (12)
Extremely Strong Very Mild Very Full Strong

I was very excited to try RY. I drove to the other side of Jacksonville florida in order to buy some. Set up a nice cup of Starbucks and started to pack. I opend the tin and went to work. During the sniff test I noticed a sweet smell of sorts, chocolate? I tasted the first draw without lighting, it was .......ok. My pre-light was great and I actually had to tamp it out. The roomnote was not so good, ran my poor wife out of the room. I was unimpressed. But I would go no matter what! I tried to enjoy it I really did, but to no avail. I gave me the hiccups somthin feirce! I found myself becoming a bit sick. It took a good 30 minutes in order for me to START to enjoy it. In th end it was just OK.

Maybe like Guiness it's an aquired taste. But for now, it's not for me. I do plan on fineshing it off hopefully it'll grow on me.

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Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Very Pleasant

Update Jan 2005: This blend has become like a friend made while on vacation as a youth. It turns out that the only thing you both have in common is that you liked the girls working at the snack bar in the hotel game room. Context was everything. I like the tin.

The manufacturer's description says "a unique flavor is added."

What this is, I do not know. It could be an extract from the afterbirth of an hippopotamus or made from the molted skin of the anaconda. Perhaps it is derived from a civet deposit.

This packs easily, burns well, tastes delicious and smells wonderful. No heat, no bite and gives volumes of smoke and platters of flavor. It is also economical.

Despite the "added flavor," I note natural, matured, well-prepared flue-cured tobacco.

I smoke it before breakfast without much nicotine effect, though it does make my face numb and gives me, one born too late, the experience of the 60's without fear of the ATF or having to move to Santa Cruz.

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Baloo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Baloo (7)
Very Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

After reading through the reviews of RY on this page, I must say it is pretty underrated in my opinion. Sure, this isn´t a tobacco for the pipe novice, but it is not that bad at all. When opening the tin, you see a dark-brown mixture in the common Dunhill cut. Too moist to pack in your bowl at once, it needs to air out for a couple of weeks.

Then Royal Yacht packs easily and lights to the second match. It burns down dry to a small amount of grey ash. You should be careful to puff slowly, otherwise your tongue will complain and you´ll be overwhelmed by the amount of nicotine contained in this blend.

The room note is quite nice and also tolerable to non-smokers.

I don´t keep it in my tobacco bar regularly, but when I want something real strong, Royal Yacht is my choice. 7 out of 10 in my personal rating.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (256)
Very Strong Medium Full Tolerable

The first time I tried this was back in 1989. I hadn't been smoking long at all and had sampled pretty much all of the OTC blends that had interested me. I found an actual tobacconist near where I lived and discovered the world of tinned tobacco.

I thought the name was interesting and I loved the 1920s style logo on the tin. Naturally this was Murray and Son's version of this old blend.

It smelled delicious, like stewed fruit and brandy. I loaded up my trusty Kaywoodie bulldog and fired it up...excellent taste, quite smooth, delightful...and then I was queasy.

Oh yes. A hallmark of all of the Dunhill blends back then is that they were made with rather potent and well aged tobacco.

It was a long time before I signed on to sail on the Yacht again! That tin lasted a long time...

What's interesting is that I smoked a tin of Nightcap not too long afterwards. I enjoyed that quite a bit, but while strong in flavor, it was considerably milder in strength.

In short Royal Yacht is a classic flavored Virginia. It is for the experienced smoker, and is certainly worth sampling.

Since I can enjoy things like Peterson's Irish Flake these days, I will probably give this old timer another try to see how much I like it now. Tastes do change...

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akaiser77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
akaiser77 (52)
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Medium Strong

I wonder if anyone would smoke this if it didn't have the word "Dunhill" scrawled in elegant lettering across the lid. This is a truly putrid tobacco, with a tin aroma like cheap--very, very cheap--wine, which, when lit, smells equally appealing as it rises from your pipe. It is uninteresting, disgusting, and, as so many have noted, has an extremely high nicotine content that makes it all the more unappetizing. I can take some nicotine (Nightcap and 965's legendary nicotine levels didn't faze me at all), but in a tobacco this crappy, the buzz offered no pleasure whatsoever.

But we all have our tastes. I adore Mixture No. 79, which received nary a positive review here, so I can't resent a man loving a bowl of Royal Yacht. I don't understand it, mind you, but to each his own. I prefer burley over Virginia tobacco anyway.

And now a proposition: I have a newly opened tin of this stuff that has had only one bowl smoked out of it. Anyone interested in trading for a tin of tobacco they'd like to get rid of can e-mail me at to see about an exchange. We'll see if there are any takers. . . .

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BriarLaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarLaw (85)
Very Strong Medium Full Tolerable

I love it . . . then I hate it. This is a Jekyl and Hyde thing for me.

Top quality Dunill tobacco. Excellent cut. Fabulous tin aroma consisting of VAs and some kind of a very light semi-fruity topping that reminds me of apricots.

At the match, it is full, full, full. There are times when I love it (particularly after having a couple of glasses of my favorite beverage . . . Wild Turkey 101). But there are times I find it overpowering, too strong and monochromatic.

It will dialate the pupils of all but the most hardy smokers (which is not always bad . . . but also not always good).

One thing I can say for sure is that all confirmed pipe smokers should give this a try. You can't call yourself a real pipe afficionado unless you do . . . irrespective of you final opinion.

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FiveRings Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FiveRings (21)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

One exquiste mixture from Dunhill, quite different from any VA that I have tasted. It has a mysterious, lingering aroma that's always in the background . Strongly recommended to those willing to try a powerful VA . They might like it a lot.

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UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (96)
Strong Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Sheesh. There must have been a passel of bad tins put out a while back. It's just a cased Virginia, and cased lightly at that. No, not with (fill in blank creatively), but fruit. I couldn't place it, but the reviewer about 5 back said currants. Yeah. Very mild currants. Maybe persian pomegranates, it's hard to tell. So why the passion? It's a mild tasting, almost boring smoke that makes my tongue numb and my ears ring if I smoke a big bowl. It prickles my mouth like it contains perique, but then, Three Nuns does these same things and has more tobacco flavor. Maybe I'm the one with a bad tin. Surely there are more exciting smokes out there to get worked up over. OK for a change of pace. It's a good tobacco to characterize reviewers, though.

Update 11/04: This stuff is growing on me. In sniffing the output of my puffs I get freshly ground coffee, much to my delight. A unique VA. Still mild in the flavor sense and I stop at 2/3 bowl to mitigate the strong nicotine, necessary especially because of my sniffing. The smallest bowled pipe I have is dedicated to this blend: a Bossart, whatever that is. It has a metal bulb and fin steam condenser on the stem which really helps. I do believe I'll restock. Upgraded accordingly.

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Esoxhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Esoxhunter (60)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

September 2004

Loved the tin aroma, loved the strength, found the flavor strange and unusual from bowl top to bowl bottom. There are too many other Virgina-based blends around to make this a keeper for me.

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Ratcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ratcat (30)
Strong Mild Mild Pleasant

It's only pipe smoking and change of taste!! It smells like 100% riped black currant. I say to myself this is going to be fun. Never had a berry flavored fermented virginia before. Is it going to be like the comical encounter of Pineapple (Enrimore)? So I light up fresh right from the tin. "where is the berries?" I asked myself. Apparently there is no black currant when smoked but somehow a hints of fruit is felt throughout the smoke from the top to bottom. I don't taste much tobacco in the conventional sense in this mix(but then again, pipe smoking in itself alters the tobacco experience, cigars taste like real tobacco. Those who ever tried smoking greenies wrapped with greenies will know what I mean). Yet the flavor is rich. Then what kind of flavor am I talking about? I have no idea. But somehow it reminds me of Captian Black. A woody sweet wine barrel. While the CB bites, RY don't. While CB's flavor is up front and shallow, RY is subtle, more intellectual. I know, bad comparison. But all in all, this is not shallow enough to be a aromatic, not cool nor subtle enough to be a straight V, not hearty enough to be your Irish flakes...but then on a good day, it is easy to enjoy like an aromatic which can be smoke cool and subtle like a straight V even for an Irish old timer. One good thing for me, the nicotine in it is just right for a waker-upper.

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BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (83)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of those blends that over the past twenty-plus years I keep trying once in awhile just to see if my opinion has changed. hasen't, I still can't stand it. I cannot put my finger on what it is. Maybe the flavouring just hits me the wrong way. I know it isn't the nicotine strength, since my regular choices are mainly from G&H and Peretti's. Maybe it is time to just "let go" and stop trying to like this blend. C'est la vie.

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The Keeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Keeper (112)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Strong

Thanks to the reviews (both good and bad) of this tobacco, I decided to dip into a sample of Royal Yacht that recently passed my way. I'll preface this by mentioning that I do not often particularly enjoy aromatics or straight VA blends. More specifically, they are my least favorite members of the smoking tobacco family.

The pressure of this experience is tantamount to your "first drug experience" or losing your virginity in its mythic proportion. I packed a clay pipe (just in case it did in fact unleash an unholy fume and glow with a green balefire upon ignition) and....

This sample is dry. Crispy dry. And for some reason it still took several charring lights to even get it going. A good sign or bad?

The first smoke - amazingly unremarkable. I guess after subjecting myself to Durbar and Haddo's Delight while my tongue and palette were still so unrefined has toughened me up.

Not half bad. In fact. Not bad at all. Due to my own tastes, it is likely not something I'll smoke all the time. But I have to say - if you like...mysteriously seasoned VA blends, this isn't bad at all!

In fact, the further I go down this bowl - the better it tastes. Despite the name, there is an harshness here I don't mind. Not really Royal. But then again, neither am I! It has an odd acridity on the nose and an aftertaste that I almost think I could crave on rare occasion.

Deviltry and black magic! Even this tiny bowl is making the room shimmer a bit. Sure there is no salvia leaf in this stuff? This is no Royal Yacht, but a ship of lost souls!

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batfastard123 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
batfastard123 (10)
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Well I could have posted my review of Royal Yacht sooner, but I wanted to give myself some time with this one to get the full effect of the tobacco. I first heard very bad things about this blend at the Yahoo groups, but then 'Ol Pipestud kept defending it, all this hoopla soon got the better of me and I had to see for myself. Upon opening the tin I was greeted with a fruity but nice aroma, a bit like candied fruit or fruitcake, I did not let this bother me, I proceeded anyway, the tobacco is finely cut, it packs well and lit right up, I took my firdt draw not knowing what to expect, hey that wasn't bad, another proved to be even better. This was no Godawful brew from hell, it was just a mild Virginia blend, with a slight casing, not a bad flavor at all, in fact I really liked it. I could have written my review then, but I wanted to smoke a bit more of the tin first to get better aquainted with this blend. So it's been a few weeks and I must say I like this blend better all the time, the shock has wore off now and I know what to expect, a nice Virginia with a little hint of something I can't quite put my finger on, but not something objectionable at all. The only criticism I might have for this blend is the room note, it reminds one a bit of a creosote post, kinda funky smelling, other than that it's a good smoke. It burns cleanly leaving a fine grey-white ash and little or no dottle and no goo left in the pipe. I will keep this one in stock, along with 965 and Nightcap plus about a half-dozen others I can't live without. A nine out of 10, only due to the room note. Only one caution with this blend, if you are uninitiated to high nicotine blends, look out, this one is pretty strong, it will lay you out if you can't take the effects, so be wary. No problem for an old cigarette smoker like me. A good mellow smoked, give it a try, you might just find a keeper.

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phroney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
phroney (5)
Strong Mild Very Mild Strong

OK, this stuff has taken on a reputation of mythical proportions and so I found it necessary to get a tin and make up my own mind. I tried it four times before coming to a decsion. Frankly, it doesn't do much for me. I can't really see why all the fuss, pro or against. It didn't cause any defects in me or my offspring and it didn't make me want to stop working so I may stay at home and smoke it all day and do nothing else. My final conclusion: It's not good and it's not bad.

Eric P

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Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (118)
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant

Royal Yacht, the nicotine bomb from heaven, what sweet music you make..

I was urged to try this blend by Pipestud, and i bought a well-aged tin on Ebay. Upon opening the tin, I saw small crystals on the leaf; perhaps sugar or maybe even nicotine?!?

Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with a lovely scent of dried figs and dates. The cut reminds me of 965 but it is much more dry than the former.

Packing and lighting was no problem at all, and the first 1/3 of the bowl gave away that peculiar topping which I haven't tried before now, which I have a hard time describing but which I really like alot.

It not that strong guys, come on ;-) Yes there's alot of nicotine in it, but not more than in St. Bruno and other similar blends.

It's the coolest pure VA smoke i've ever tried, you could use RY instead of talcum on a baby's bottom i reckon.

I will definitely stash more of this fantastic tobacco, Thumbs up for Dunhill, the epitome of quality!

Jakob Kiilerich, Denmark

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prison chaplain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
prison chaplain (38)
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

If this is a love it or hate it tobacco, as it certainly appears to be, then I come down solidly on the "love it" side of the aisle. The tin says "exceedingly mild with a grand rich flavour." I would not say mild, but rather smooth, and the flavor is rich and grand.

Given the warnings of this blends strength, I am smoking it in a small 3/4 bent meerschaum. I also smoke it after a full supper. The tobacco was at about the perfect moisture level for me upon arrival. (It can benefit from a little drying.)The heel of the bowl is only slightly damp after smoking a bowl, but it takes me a couple relights to finish a bowl.

In the tin it reminds me a potent Swedish Christmas punch (heated and simmered)I remember from my childhood. It contained a couple kinds of wine, some bitters, some Swedish aqua vite (a caraway favored vodka) almond slices and two or three kinds of dried fruit. It tasted "rich and grand" and set me back on my heels as a youth.

The aroma of the smoke is unique, but by no means off-putting. The taste is that of fine a fine, dark, aged Virginia, with a little something extra added. The tobacco is of excellent quality.

The earth does not move during or after a bowl of Royal Yacht. My supper stays contendedly in my tummy and I am very satisfied with my smoke and the world when I am done. I had a bowl in a large briar on the way home from work, before dinner. I did feel the nicotine kick, but it was not a bad thing.

I on a budget, so this will remain an occasional smoke, hence the rating. The cost for a 50 g. tin is such that I am filling my pipe over a sheet of paper and returning every errant flake to the tin.

I must say again, how much I appreciate the guidance and insight I receive from you all.


03/072004 - ADDENDUM

I have smoked almost the entire tin. And my head cold cleared up about a month ago. So, I have been able to enjoy this tobacco more with clear sinuses. The scent of the tobacco in the tin is not nearly as strong as when opened. It has calmed down a lot.

This tobacco is something of a paradox. It is a mild tobacco, as opposed to harsh. The nicotine level is quite high, stronger than Hal O the Wind in my opinion. Yet it treats me well.

Given the cut, a rather fine, shag-like cut, it should burn fast, but a full bowl lasts me almost the entire trip home from work, about 35 - 40 minutes. I find the "side-stream" smoke to be delicious at times, though friends tell me it does not smell at all good to them.

Getting near the bottom of the bowl, the taste, nicotine strength and room note all become quite strong. I smoked a full bowl on an empty stomach about a week ago. I felt the round little knot below and behind my sternum and I did get a little light headed.

I still enjoy the tobacco and recommend it. It should, be ejoyed a couple times, on the basis of the "I dare ya!" factor, if nothing else. I think it is wise to leav the last 1/4 of the bowl unsmoked, as the taste does get pretty strong.

Happy smoke rings to you all! I am writing from sunny San Franciso, where my wife and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Tuesday its on to the Sonoma Valley and wine tasting!

Prison Chaplain

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Magnulus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Magnulus (8)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a much maligned tobacco, yet it is one of my favorites. It is somewhat common, which is one of the reasons it probably falls into the hands of novice pipesmokers. And these are exactly the hands that it doesn't belong in, because this is a somewhat strong blend. Not overwhelming but it has some strength to it.

The initial tin aroma is a naturally sweet Virginia with hints of some kind of top note that seems to be fruity. The smell and taste of the casing or top note in this blend is hard to place. It reminds me of berries or citrus, and there is a sweet honey or rum note underlying it. It's best to let this tobacco air a bit before you smoke it as it's quite moist out of the tin, almost unsmokeable.

The tobacco itself is a sort of thick shag or ribbon flue-cured tobacco. For being flue-cured the tobacco's body is quite substantial, and the flavor for a Virginia blend is likewise strong, but not overwhelmingly so. Many Virginias leave me with the sensation I'm just puffing hot air, but not this one. Being stoved and treated with pressure and age, the Virginia has transformed from a zesty hot leaf into a more mellow and sweeter flavor with a subtle tangy taste.

The casing, after drying the tobacco a bit, isn't so overwhelming but it tends to be present a good deal of the time, but it harmonizes well with the flue-cured's sweetness. The room note this tobacco leaves is a heavy, sweet Virginia cigarette type, similar to English or Canadian cigarettes.

As said before, the strength of this tobacco is somewhat strong but, IMO, the strength is not overwhelming for an experienced smoker. It is best in a smaller pipe, where it packs easily.

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

Love it or hate it you just can't ignore it...Well, you can, but at your peril. I usually stick almost exclusively to english mixtures - more specifically medium / strong Dunhill english mixtures - but I do occasionally feel the need for a change and the "mixed" reviews that this tobacco elicited stimulated my curiosity.

On opening the tin I was expecting a foetid stench to assail my nostrils but nothing of the kind; the aroma to me was remeniscent of a particularly appetising plum pudding enriched with fine liquor and spices of the orient. The appearance of the tobacco had the typical Dunhill air of quality about it and the colour - an almost uniform deep, rich brown - held the promise of a rewarding (and strong) smoking experience. I was not to be disappointed.

For my trial tasting I chose a recently acquired Big Ben filter pipe: If the blend lived up to anything like its reputation, I guessed the filter might be advisable.

On lighting up, my first impression was of a subtle,soft, almost gentle flavour - a kind of St. Bruno / Rich Dark Maduro (if that's still available) hybrid; okay, it was clear that there was plenty of nicotine strength lurking in the background but nothing out of the ordinary. It was a few moments later that my filter gurgled and sputtered to a halt; a dead thing. Having no spare about my person I decided to do some loin-girding and try it with no safety net. The effect was stunning - a mouth filling, brain numbing, jaw dropping surge of that total tobacco experience. Time and space lost any real sense of meaning and I sat transfixed and oblivious as the lives of my loved ones went on around me.

I've never really appreciated all the fuss about straight(ish) Va's but this, for me, is the real deal and I find myself with a daily craving for a change from my normal Balkan provender. The flavour is hard to pin down and adequately describe, especially for the Va novice, so I won't even try. Suffice it to say that if you have any taste at all for matured, robust, quality tobacco with more kick than Roberto Carlos, give it a go.

p.s. I might suggest not smoking this immediately before bedtime: I tried it last night and regretted it.

p.p.s Dear Mr. Dunhill - I should never have doubted you.

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The Tobacco Man from Outer Mongolia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Tobacco Man from Outer Mongolia (6)
Medium to Strong Very Strong Medium to Full Very Strong

Got his tobacco this morning along with many others. I am off work for four days and plan on trying some new tobacco over this period.

The tobacco was presented in a rather blindingly gaudy tin which promised glad tidings within (what a disappointment), so far so good.

On opening the tin I was greeted by an aroma somewhere between rotten figs and gangrenous flesh. The tobacco looked like poor quality tea, and definately not what I expected from a Dunhill blend. (I worship Dunhill Navy Rolls)

I rumaged for my test pipe, ie one that I could burn should this foul weed invade it to the core (which it did)

The tobacco lit easily, but giving a damp musty taste, giving the aroma of rotten meat and figs with an even greater intensity. I continued through the urge to vomit violently.

Could only get half through the bowl before having to reach for the antiemetic medicine.

Sorry this tobacco is in a league of it's own, it redefines the meaning of vileness, it is foul, foul weed indeed. I cannot comprehend getting any satisfaction from this ship in the future.

As I have heard the Royal Yacht Britannia in the UK has been abandoned, can I suggest that lovers of good tobacco abondon this one.

Good enough for the American market I suppose.

Yes I did burn the test pipe. Yuch!

If you smoke this tobacco all I can say is.....I pity you LOSERS!

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cruelraoul Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cruelraoul (24)
Very Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Sight: The tin reveals wonderfully cut tobacco with a pleasant aroma.

Touch: Definitely more moist than one would want straight out of the tin. I rubbed this out a little and gave it some extended "air time" before packing.

Taste: This is top shelf VA tobacco at its best. As with any VA, care must be taken to preserve one's senses, but if one learns how to interact with RY, it rewards you with a persistent, entrancing, myriad of sweet sensation on the palate.

Smell: My wife likes it? Enough said :)

Conclusions: I found that this tobacco was most appreciated after a half-dozen bowls. RY can seem a bit rough around the edges, and even raw at first, but it possesses a truly distinct upside that is not found in many blends. Newcomers to RY, give it a chance to show you its full distinctiveness!

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memlapse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
memlapse (10)
Very Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I have reading the reviews of this blend for quite sometime and finally gave in. I'm an occasional cigarette smoker, so I thought I was prepared for the "nico-bang". I could not have been more wrong. I don't think I have taken a hit like that since my first (and last) experience with plug chewing tobacco at age 14. It's still a painful memory.

The flavor was not what I expected, but not bad. I let it air for a few days before I grew a pair and gave it try and can only imagine what the experience would have been had I not. The "pair" promptly shriveled up and fell off after the third puff. It is no doubt comprised of quality VAs with a casing I could not place, nor was I thinking clearly enough at the time to try. My wife said I looked a little pekid halfway through the bowl. I am going to cellar this tin for a long time before I try it again. I did give it my best effort.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (87)
Very Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Zounds! I have smoked rope with less snap than this. Perhaps it is the eery fruit "additive" that causes my head to throb and heart to palpitate. This particular blend was recommended to me by a(drum roll pls)piper who used to smoke 3 packs of camels/day. It is likely one of the only tobaccos he would still be physically capable of tasting...inital flavor has that special Dunhill mix of sickly rich and wreaths of smoke. About 20 minutes in, RY will slap you in the head and run a marathon across your lips and tongue. I haven't ruled out trying this again, most likely simply out of respect for its sheer muscularity, but cannot say i would smoke a tin of this in a few days... NB-Pipestud rates this as his favorite strong blend, which is not surprising, based on his reviews. I believe he could smoke straight sour mash and not find it overly powerfull:)... Nov21/03 After a few more tins, RY and I are in solid. I have dedicated a pipe to this unusual and rather tasty blend. The flavor is indescribable, and my palate can handle multiple bowls. Good Stuff!

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WxGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WxGuy (95)
Overwhelming Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I am clearly not man enough- nicotine wise- for Royal Yacht. I like it, but have to admit that I am getting a Pavlovian association with it whereby I start to feel nauseous as soon as I light up. This is STRONG tobacco. Too strong. I bet it is a real hit with cigarette smokers, though.

I cannot decide if it is the "unique aroma" or just good strong Virginias I am tasting in the smoke. RY has a unique taste, all right. Maybe "bold" is the term I am searching for. Once again though, just the tin aroma now makes me quesy.

I would like to enjoy this tobacco and still occasionally smoke small bowls of it. I doubt if I will replace the tin, though.

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Fazby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fazby (36)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

The first tin, I enjoyed. I bought another and it was too much.

The flavor is enjoyable, but one can get tired of it. The strength can surprise you if you puff too hard.

This seems to be loved or hated - I've felt both ways. So, perhaps one should try it to see...

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Checkmate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Checkmate (23)
Overwhelming None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

On the tin of Royal Yach it says, "A Unique Smoking Mixture." I agree wholeheartedly. What other mixture makes you want to chew off your own arm for ever reaching for the tin?

The line "exceedingly mild" is clearly someone at Dunhill's idea of a sick joke. "No that's not Wasabi,(chortle) it's avacado. Take a big bite now!" The nicotine in this mix would make Peter O Toole swoon.

Pros: If I wanted to smoke myself to a slow painful death I'd use this mix.

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Briar&Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briar&Weed (2)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Despite the old joke, "What steams and comes out of Cow(e)s? ...The Royal Yacht." I like it.

It should be instead called "Convoy Duty," though. If you were the skipper of an old four-stacker, sheparding a fleet of T-2s across the North Atlantic, this would get you through the long, wet, cold, winter nights. (The skipper of the Royal Yacht would probably be an ancient mariner with a particularly distinguished career, so the name may actually suit.) It's a choice for those who gave up the Danish in their youth for a more flavorful, stronger tobacco taste. Not for beginners.

A lot seems to depend on what you have smoked before the RY bowl. Dunhill's "Light Flake" as a starter, followed by RY works very well for me.

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Mephisto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mephisto (31)
Extremely Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable

I personaly like it but admit it is not for all. Strong but smooth and certainly unique in taste. If you get the chance give it a try it might grow on you. As a note this is one of the most well behaved blendd I have tried it lights very quickly stays lit till the end and produces a fluffy greay specled ash pluss lasts and lasts. Also be warned that one bowl is usualy good more can be a problem unless you are prepared for the anvil to the head the will certainly follow.

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lvnvbiker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lvnvbiker (15)
Strong Very Mild Full Very Pleasant

The bad press forced me into a tin of this and I must say it was worth the money. What a punch! I mean WOW, this stuff is not for the light of heart. The nicotene punch will cross your eyes further than a cuban Partagas cigar, but if you can handle a goodly hit this is great stuff! The tin smell is a heaven of raisins/prunes or other dark dried fruit with a touch of molasses. It is a bit wet at first but I'm 1/2 way down the first tin and have 3 more in the mail on the way to my stash! I think from now on I'll try any of the love/hate reviews, so far 3 for three they have been up in my top ten. Dunhill is not known for trash so give it a try, but be warned you will either love this or hate it....

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BrittPark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrittPark (41)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable

In the tin: This is a thin cut ribbon of medium to dark browns. The aroma is pretty much pure sweet Virginia.

Packing and Lighting: This comes quite compressed in the tin and needs to be loosened up by hand for packing. After that though packing and lighting are straight forward. I find I need two charring lights.

Taste: This is strong tobacco. The flavor is rich, round, slightly sweet, slightly tangy Virginia. Smokes a little hot so needs to be taken slowly. Very satisfying flavor, which strengthens and gets sweeter towards the bottom of the bowl. There is an added flavoring to this blend. It's extremely mild, and I can't really identify what it is. I would guess that it is topped with some sweet flavor that complements the natural Virginia sweetness.

If you like Virginias then this is the sledgehammer of all Virginias, If you can stand a very strong tobacco (flavor and nicotine wise) you will love this. For some it may just be too strong. I'm an ex cigarette smoker and find the big punch this blend carries very pleasant. Others may find this too much.

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SFC/E7 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SFC/E7 (93)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I first tried Royal Yacht about 15 years ago, and did not care for it back then. Then just to be sure I wanted to give it a fair chance and I bought another tin with the same results. They do have the wording correct though, "A Unique Smoking Mixture" I figure these are the sweepings off the floor from all their other blends. Sorry I do not care for it at all

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oldgbd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldgbd (2)
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Strong

I am not a sheep. I do not follow the crowd. Never have, never will. I like to make up my own mind. So when I heard about this blend and the extreme positions that were held about it, I knew that I had to try it.

And I did try it. I really did. I tried it fresh out of the tin. I tried it a week later and I tried it several months later. I tried it in little bowls and larger bowls. I tried it in a box and with a fox and...I will not smoke this here or there I will not smoke it anywhere. I do not like this Royal Yacht, I will not smoke this, I will not.

This is the one tobacco that I have tried that made me physically ill. Not because of the nicotine strength, which I found very enjoyable, but because it was actually nauseating. My stomach did flips and gurgled and I felt like I had indigestion. Several times after smoking this I had to take an ant-acid.

Really there is only one other thing I can compare this to. When I was living in Micronesia I was in a situation in which I was more or less forced into eating a fruit bat. It was boiled in coconut milk and served with the little leathery wing hanging out of the bowl. To eat any of the meat you had to gnaw around the shoulder bone and since they didn't remove any of the fur, the grease painted your upper lip and the aroma was simply overwhelming; a cross between hot fat, coconut candy and a rat.

Smoking Royal Yacht is a similar experience.

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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Whoa Nelly!!!! This stuff is the real deal! I had to try some of this stuff after all that I had heard about it. I couldn't seem to tell what the big deal was about it at first. It has a nice shag cut and packed easily. I put it in a new corn cob in case it would prove unbearable as others seemed to think. The first few bowls seemd to go just fine. A nice virginia base with a slight casing that I couldn't quite get a handle on. Although a unique stewed fruit taste was evident- I didn't seem to understand why there were such strong reactions to the stuff. Sure it's strong but what's the big deal? Then I noticed that the corn cob I was smoking it in had a filter. Since I don't usually use them (in fact I never used to think they made any difference anyway except to catch a lot of moisture) I just removed it and loaded another bowl without one. Then I got in my truck to drive home! Let me tell you- about half way home I thought I got hit by a mack truck! This stuff is strong! (This also laid to rest my curiosity as to whether filters made any difference.) I barely made it through half a bowl. I still really like this blend- I just have to really watch my smoking technique unless I have a filter in the pipe. I will keep a few cans on hand even though I usually only smoke one bowl of it in the morning to get me going. I find the flavoring is very refreshing after I've been smoking balkan blends. So if you are in the mood for something different and strong- or just wan't to experience roll your own cigarettes pipe style give it a whirl- just watch out for the nicotine rush!

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BriarNorth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarNorth (49)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I definitely didn't feel I was "getting it" when I first tried this tobacco, but I am glad I didn't give up. The heady tin aroma and strong tobacco taste were enough to keep me trying it. Like CJ I too found this weed a bit difficult out of the tin , mostly due to its moisture level (I found it hard to keep lit). Now I whap it in a big glass jar for a spell and it's a regular in my rotation. Let's face it: this is one of the strongest tobaccos you can put in your pipe, which is something I look forward to each day, but which cannot be recommended to smokers who don't enjoy a major nicotine whalloping. This tobacco doesn't jump right out at you upon lighting, but as you work through the first third of the bowl, heads up! You're in for a very intense smoking experience! The spice is deep (not hot-pepper-perique but cinnamon-clove-ginger mode) and the smoke rich and fluffy w/o being heavy on the palate. I'll smoke this mid-day before turning to English style blends for the evening/night.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I first tried this blend somewhere in the late Eighties. I must say I did not understand it. This was as close to a straight Virginia as I had ever come, and found the experience daunting (Dunhill's own Light Flake would entirely change this perception more or less at the same time). I did not mind the taste or aroma of RY as such, but the structure of the blend was just too enervating. Not even my first encounter with My Mixture 965 produced such giddiness!. As it happens, time and experience modify our perspective on a given tobacco. I smoked it again many years later and found it intriguing and interesting, but not to the extent of making it a regular smoke.

This Virginia is dense and strong. I believe the intention of the added aroma is to lessen the effects of the rather potent leaf if left in its natural state. The smoke is a cool one and the cut is probably intended for outdoor use. IMO there are many other Virginias out there, some of them as strong as RY but less pungent, that are more amiable and palatable than this Dunhill. Then again it must have something, for I know a number of pipe smokers who thoroughly enjoy Royal Yacht . A strong Virginia with a sweetened twist?. For the brave of heart!

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CJ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CJ (45)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant

I purchased a tin of this to see what all the fuss was about. On opening the tin, I was greeted with a putrid smell of rotten fruit that had me concerned. The smoke was worse. It just tasted terrible to me, and I could not finish the bowl. I took the advice of a fellow ASP member, Paul Zolig. He advised me to put the lid back on and put it away for a couple of months. I followed that advice. On revisiting the tin, that smell was gone. The terrible taste in the smoke went away. The tin aroma is now more of a matured Virginia. It is composed of mainly dark, short cut ribbons. It is easy to pack and easy to light. It is a full, deep, rich, powerful tobacco tasty smoke. I find that I puff this pretty hard, yet there is no bite. It has a pleasurable taste and aroma when exhaled through the nose. The room aroma is very pleasant. It is nicotine heavy, and it should be avoided by those that have room spinning experiences. There is a lesson to be learned from this. Many blends need some extra preparation from the tin to the smoke. All this one needed was to break the vacuum seal, and let it sit for a few months. The blend has dried a bit from the initial opening of the tin. It burns dry and clean and finishes with a medium gray ash. Highly enjoyable. Another nicotine, tasty, power bar.

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Old Man Bob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Man Bob (6)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The bad press this blend has received prodded me to try a tin; why would so many tobacconists still carry it if it were really that bad?

Upon opening the tin, the charnel house stench I expected simply wasn't there, nor did I have flashbacks of my tour of a chemical wastewater treatment plant. Sticking my nose closer to the tin, I smelled rich, well cured, and perhaps slightly cased tobaccos.

It easily generates a rich thick smoke, with a noticeable nicotine content and a full round flavor; it stays lit with little conscious effort, and burns to a medium-grey ash except for a tiny bit of dry charred tobacco at the very bottom. There's something not quite purely tobacco in the taste that I haven't identified yet; I've grown to believe that the taste is an type tobacco not familiar to me and not a casing at all. I did get an unexpected taste of perique (?) at the bottom of the bowl, but it's possible that there was some of it from a previous smoke still lingering in the pipe, or maybe it's that "other" tobacco. I enjoyed the whole bowl, once letting it go out while I took out the trash; relighting returned me to my bookmark in the bowl with no change in flavor or additional harshness. I'm an enthusiastic (grin) smoker, but it did not bite, and in fact burned cooler than I expected from such a rich tobacco. In spite of the fact that my wife prefers the room note of aromatics, she said this smelled "nice".

I plan to keep at least a tin or two of it around.

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Evil Catfish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Evil Catfish (10)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

This is perhaps one of my least favorite tobaccos on the market. It smokes a little hot and has an indescribeable taste which I despise. I have nothing else to say here.

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Paul Tatum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul Tatum (86)
Overwhelming Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I've tried this several times and it's just too strong for me and makes me sick . The flavor is Ok , I guess , but the nicotine strength is too high for me . I plan on trying this one again someday , once the conditioned gag response wears off .

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rjm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rjm (10)
Extremely Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I am on a mission to rehabilitate this tobacco's reputation on ASP and elsewhere. For some time I have read reviews of RY describing it as "Royal Yak" and denigrating it in the most unqualified terms. In fact, the terms were so unqualified that I began to suspect the judgments expressed by the reviewers and decided to try it for myself. I'm glad I did! Royal Yacht is a unique blend which simply has to be tried to be understood. I've had about ten bowls of RY now and I find it difficult to accurately describe the aroma other than to say it's unusual and has quite a tendency to grow on you. The tobacco itself is composed of dark virginias which burn slowly and cooly, with little or no tongue bite. The flavoring is not overwhelming, but lingers throughout the bowl, always pleasantly in the background. Perhaps the best thing about R.Y. IMHO is its nicotine strength. This is a powerful blend which is definitely not for the novice!

This blend is certainly not for everybody, but neither is it one that everyone should avoid. Try it for yourself and be prepared for an experience! For another unbiased (but better written) review, see:

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jesse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jesse (9)
Very Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

This is one of the very worst tobaccos I've ever had the misfortune of filling a pipe with. It's got quite a bit of nicotine, or perhaps it was only the mix itself that was making me sick...

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trevert Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
trevert (32)
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Royal Yack, like Erinmore, occupies a unique and legendary place in pipesmoking mythology. To pipesmokers, these are the Jersey Devils - strange, mysterious, and rightfully feared. The Jersey Devil is a variant of the Bigfoot critter, and one of the few that has ever had a history of aggressive violence towards humans. They don't just stroll past your shaking and upside down camera; they run out and pounce on you and jump around on your head. Much like this tobacco. It was one of the few I've ever smoked which actually made me physically nauseated. It's fun to recommend to new smokers, though, like trekking into the woods and convincing your drunken buddy to go tickle the grizzly cubs...

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SmileyOrb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmileyOrb (12)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Like many reviewers have said, this is a fine tobacco. I would advise it's for the evening with a Cognac. The tobacco hit is very strong for me. But the flavour is wonderful. Very enjoyable from a great name. I have this when I need a relaxing lift and is a stand by for when I'm in the right kind of mood.

Please forgive me when I say this is for the experienced pipe smoker. So take it easy!

Pipe Used: Dr Plumb

Age When Smoked: 45

Purchased From: Canterbury tobacconist.

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codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Another great from Dunhill. One of the tins I always have around.

The strength is gonna be your average Dunhill ribbon cut. It's stronger then your average Virginia blend, and I like it very much. To me, I don't really sense any artificial flavoring. It's just a strong Virginia, the tin is right on, in the sense that it is a mellow blend. That would be how I describe it.

The wife note isn't quite as good as your average aromatic, however it is definitely not unpleasant. It's pretty much how you would expect a pipe to smell.

There is absolutely no bite, and it's full flavored throughout. Another recommend from Dunhill.

Pipe Used: Peterson System

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DEN-C1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DEN-C1956 (24)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant

This is the first 50g tin of this tobacco that i have bought, time will tell if im going to buy it again,its not bad but, i did expect better,although i should not judge it in a bad way just yet, give it a try you may like it.

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

I like the taste and smell of this quite a bit, but it bites my tongue so bad I can't smoke it without letting my mouth heal for a day or so afterwards. I think this is a personal thing though, I get tongue bite pretty easily it seems. The stuff about the nicotine is true, knocks my head off and I've been a dipper and a cigarette smoker in my day. Not to mention trying hookah for awhile, which about makes me sick from the nicotine.

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Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

A lovely blend, this. Virginia to the fore with quite a pokey nic hit to it, which can take you a bit by surprise as, despite the relatively full flavour, this still contrives to be a light smoke in the sense that it imparts no harshness, or bite whatsoever. Very pleasant, very relaxing, great to unwind with at the end of a working day.

Highly recommended.

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kingjj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kingjj (7)
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

For taste and strength, it's hard to fine fault in Royal Yacht. A potent and rich Virgina blend with hints of currents and raisins. But with that said, it's also a high maintenance blend. I can't seem to get through a bowl with less than six re-lights, even while puffing like a madman. Not to mention, the blend isn't exactly friendly to madman puffing, as too hard of a draw will scorch your tongue.

Unfortunately, nothing seemed to lower it's maintenance. Smoked moist or dry, packed tight or loose, it simply refuses to stay lit. It splits me in the middle because as stated, it's flavor, strength, and aroma are top notch. But seeing that I do most of my pipe smoking on the road, I find myself leaving the Royal Yacht at home. When I'm on the road, it behooves me to keep my eyes right there (distracted driving is far worse for your health than smoking), not looking down for my eighth stir and re-light.

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bubbleonce Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bubbleonce (5)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Tolerable

I also tried smoking a couple or three bowl of Royal Yacht and i decided that life's too short to smoke Royal Yacht. This is my cue on the basis of crumpled tin, which arrived in may 2011.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (467)
Very Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is not the same recipe, in terms of tin aroma and taste, than Murray's.

Also, the tobacco, on its own, is not as dark but the cut remains roughly the same, a combination of broken flakes and loose cut if my memory serves.

Strangely, the tin aroma reminds me of Peterson Sherlock Holmes (very nutty, hazelnut wise, in fact) and also a bit of Irish Whiskey, also from Peterson.

Now, I remember RY as having more of a fruity liquor aroma and taste that resembled 3 Year Matured Virginia, now out of production.

I did not agree with this tobacco. The roomnote was harsh, the taste was harsh, the strength just savagely unrefined (I was concerned with my stomach's reaction), and tasting and I could not wait to finish my pipeful.

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Scamp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scamp (20)
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

I'm a big fan of Dunhill Tobaccos, I've smoked a fair few different blends now. But upon smoking this, I realise that I just can't get on with Burley tobacco, in any blend I've tried. That's obviously NOT the blender's fault, but a point that I felt needed to be made. From now on, I shall not be smoking blends with Burley in them.

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renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (58)
Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Well I don't know. All these reviewers can't be wrong so maybe I'm missing something.

Yes, the open tin aroma is superb ; as described in the blurb, figs & raisins.

However I find it tastless, lacking in character of any kind and as dull as ditchwater. It doesn't smell of anything.

I am halfway through the tin and it would seem these apparent subtelties in the smoke are lost on me.

Perhaps I need a new pipe....

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Denevei Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Denevei (58)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Upon opening, the eyes are teased with a relatively monochrome presentation of Virginia leaf. Sadly, the eyes can't behold the presentation for long; the "aroma" coming from the tin sets them quickly to watering. Or perhaps it is the sight of the maggots dancing among the leaves....

To me, the tobacco is a bit too moist upon opening. This is a tobacco that needs open time to breathe and air. I suggest doing this in a remote area. When I tried to air my tin inside the house my wife complained that the stench filling the house was far, far worse that a dozen cat litter boxes. I didn't take my gas mask off long enough to verify her statement, but my dogs running from the room gave indication. Once dried to a more appropriate level, I resealed the tin for a bit.

And then came the loading. The ready-rubbed leaf begins to show a bit of coloration, with some lighter and some darker golds and browns. (Here, I should throw in the warning that it is best to handle Royal Yacht while wearing gloves, kind of like when handling Habernero peppers, though the damage done to bare fingers by Haberneros is nothing as painful as from RY!!!) Thus, gloves protecting my hands I carefully stuffed the tobacco into a favorite Dunhill bulldog (which, as it happens, is the only bulldog to ever bite my hand for loading it!).

With the false light came some pretty amazing flavor! I was immediately drawn back into a deep, long-forgotten memory of my childhood. As a boy, I spent summers in Northeast Iowa on my cousins' farm. They raised cows, hogs, sheep and chicken, and the amazing draw of flavors of pigsty and sheep intestine rolled through my pipe and took me back to those now lost days. I could almost see my "Uncle" (really a cousin, but the age of my mother so I called him "Uncle") sitting on that old Ford tractor, the wheels dripping with pig shit, staring down at me as I hauled a bucket of slop to feed the sows, and remember how he used to laugh and say, "So, how's the feedin' comin', City Boy?"

But this is not a tobacco to just sip, as I do with most Virginias. Rather, to appreciate the full experience of Royal Yacht it is necessary to inhale. I mean take draws like you did on that bong 30 years ago in college kind of inhale. Draw the smoke into your lungs like an almost drowned man finally getting his first gasp of fresh air after crawling out of a sinking submarine whose hull ruptured 300 feet below the surface! And then, after exhaling, it happens:

My first vision was of Satan. He was sitting in a bright red seat of flames, somehow now where, moments before, had been the television, laughing his low, gutteral laugh, and telling me that my soul was now his. "NO!", I screamed, as I drew in another puff of this notorious weed. He smiled, and almost immediately was replaced in my vision by 70 dancing, naked virgins. Yet the flesh was not for me - these hags were 80 year-old virgins, having attained their chaste status through years of overeating, not washing, farting, and being just plain hiddeous! I set the pipe aside, walked to the living room, and poured a double shot of bourbon in hopes of driving the witches away.

Oh, those bitches left all right. And this, sadly, encouraged me to again lift and light the pipe. Once more, the relatively cool stream of smoke drew through the airway and invaded my mouth. Though not hot or acidic, the smoke still somehow burned away about 2 layers of tissue on my tongue. I would liken the experience to drinking a freshly opened bottle of lye, though at least the lye has an acceptable flavor. And with this draw the witches were replaced by diahrettic flying gorillas circling my head, propelled in their flight by the jet propulsion caused by their condition. I watched them circle over me, faster and faster, until they suddenly began hitting me in the head. Their fists were hard as rocks. My head shook. My neck flopped like a broken rubberband. Finally, I was overcome with pain and fear and passed out.

When I awakened, the tobacco, my pipe, and the table on which I had set the pipe, had all burned to a fine, gray ash. I found no dottle at all, though I was a bit troubled by having to clean up the charred hag and gorilla bones.

Highly recommended for Haggis fans, Masochists, and Pipestud.

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (183)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I smoked this a few times over 30 years ago and don't remember much from the experience and was anxious to reacquaint myself with this blend. When I first re-visited this offering, my tin arrived as a very fresh, riff cut tobacco of a medium to dark brown color. The tin aroma was subtle, but hinted of cocoa and what I perceived to be orange peel. It was ready for smoking right from the newly opened tin. It packed very well and took to the match readily. It smoked fairly cool and dry and did not at all burn fast in spite of the fine cut of the leaf. When fresh, the initial tin note does find its way into the flavor for the first several puffs, but there it ended. It was quite bland and remained so each and every time I smoked it.

Royal Yacht was a very different Virginia experience for me, and one that I didn't care much for. It had very little sweetness, was harsh, and way too strong in the nicotene department - just not enjoyable. I am a fan of Burley and Kentucky when done right, and I feel there may be some Burley or Kentucky leaf blended in with this mix which added to the overall stoutness of the blend - but in a harsh way. I even let this one dry out over time and it did nothing to improve the smoke. It is now dry as tinder and still has no redeeming qualities for me.

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Tolerable

I liked Royal Yacht when you could get it.

Primarily because it smelled and tasted of raisins. Absolutely HUGE nicotine hit, which I didn't mind at all.

Liked it's dark presentation, and olde worlde tin design. That said the last time I smoked this was around 2004. I certainly wouldn't pay the going rate for it now. I love the way this stuff is sold (sorry, circumnavigated) on ebay "..contents not for consumption. Bid is for tin only" Yea right... Why would anyone want to pay £35 for a tin...!!!!!

I remember the strength of it above all. Dark virginia reeking of figs and raisins, with a knock out punch for the unsuspecting noob. Which I was at the time.

RIP Dunhill...

(2011 Update)

Since its reintroduction, I have found it not as it once was quality wise. It is also a lot harsher and not as fruity as I remember it being. This has lost a star as a result.

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SirShaggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirShaggy (28)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong

There are 2 Dunhills I have not liked. This is one of them. I didn't realize this would be so sweet! I could not get through a bowl in 3 attempts. Maybe I am selling this short, I just couldn't get into the flavor, sweetness or the room note. I even let it sit from December through July to see if it would mellow out. It didn't. I gave it away to a friend who really is enjoying it. I think he has a sweet tooth! The tobacco looks nice. It seems to be of high quality, just tasted soaked in sugar to me. I have since found the Tobacco Reviews website and am more careful before trying new tobacco. I try to get an overall about a blend before I decide to try. I hope this helps somebody....

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Country Gentleman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Gentleman (28)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I think Russell, tonyg and Ol'BlueSmoke have summed up this one the best. I only wish I had discovered this website before buying this overpriced tin. All I can add is my personal experience. Way too dry. So dry I questioned whether or not the seal had been broken while this sat around collecting dust. My first impression upon opening was cheap, old cigarette rolling tobacco. Not much taste. Very uninspiring. Only positive is that it contains nicotine.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (467)
Medium to Strong Mild Mild Tolerable

Once I jumped on the Royal Yacht I was hoping for a pleasant cruise through the smokey ether of the evening. Instead I realized I was on a dingy with a leak in the middle of the ocean...hopefully the sharks will save me soon. This stuff is just plain yuck! It doesn't taste like any other Va I have tried...which in itself is not a bad thing, but unfortunately it tastes like a crappy Va I have never tried before.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

jass46 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jass46 (2)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I have smoked this product off and on for several years (more off than on)not my bag at all though must say I find the new Orlik blend a better and smoother smoke than the old Murrays. Almost sure it only sells because of the name. Only gets 1 star because of the new blender

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tonyg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonyg (103)
Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Rusell is much too kind when he suggests: "They ought to have named it Royal Yuck, a uniquely stinking mixture.'"

Try substituting an all too common word that rhymes with yuck with the tag line of "because that is what you will get.

RY is not the worst tobacco I've ever smoked, but it sure is awful.

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pop-pop's pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop-pop's pipe (96)
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

Ultra traditional [heavy english]. I noticed alot of reviews trashing this blend. This is actually a good blend if you like real traditional heavy englishes. Dunhills Elizibethian mixture is the same strength as this and usually gets the same remarks. The blend is light and dark orientals,burley, Va, turkish, and of course latakia alot of it! These types of englishes you aquire a taste for. Nobody really likes them the first time. Kind of like a fine bottle of scotch. This blend is heavy and will hit you in the gut. The nicotine content is high and you will get hiccups. I like this once in a while after a meal or when I want to make pretend Im in London. If your looking for a similar taste with less strength try the Standard medium or early morning pipe. This blend is for veterans only!

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Brotherblue Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brotherblue (12)
Overwhelming Medium Mild Tolerable to Strong

Good gawdamighty. This stuff is something fierce! How could the makers of 965 set this stuff out, I asked myself.

MAYBE in my Camel nails and Rot Haendle days might I tolerate a half a bowlful, maybe, but this stuff is just too strong. What's the point of stuffing a bowlful of this, half knowing you're only going to get all swimmy headed in a few, short moments.

The flavor was nothing worth the impending floating/sinking sensation, soon to come.

Any nick freaks out there, have your ways with this tin. All others, keep moving along.

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360KiloCat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
360KiloCat (12)
Overwhelming Extra Strong Overwhelming Strong

Dear manufacturers of Dunhill:

Please keep your drain cleaner in the cupboard under the sink, and don't use it to cure tobacco. Sodium hydroxide is very dangerous and does not taste good when used to cure chopped up rubberbands and the end product of porcine peristalsis.

Thank you,

A 360 kilo cat who is no fan of Royal Yacht

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periqueguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
periqueguy (41)
Strong Extra Strong Overwhelming Strong

I really believe that this stuff is the remnants of Dunhill's pencil sharpeners. To me this doesn't taste at all like tobacco and I find it actually offensive. Perhaps the only blend from Dunhill that doesn't support their otherwise fine reputation.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (467)
Overwhelming Strong Extra Full Tolerable

This blend just happened to make me feel nauseated. Could not put my finger on the flavor component, other than to say it was dark and sweetish in a cloying way. Had to pull over and dump the bowl and toss the tin.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.