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Each year, a very special and extremely limited production of a
unique W.O. Larsen pipe tobacco blend is produced. The ultimate
luxury tobacco, in a distinctively designed package
commemorating the year. This year, WO Larsen gives you a
balanced mixture of round Black Cavendish with a touch of fine,
golden, loose cut Virginia tobacco. Limited Edition 2012 is a
mixture that has a very pleasant fruity flavour and room note.
Course cut. Mild to medium strength, flavoring & taste.

BrandW.O. Larsen
Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsVirginia, Black Cavendish
FlavoringNone
CutCurly Cut
PackagingTin
CountryUnknown
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Pleasant
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puffcloud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puffcloud (11)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

I agree with all said by earlier reviewers.

To add my 0.02$ - it burns well, no gurgling or simialar unpleasentires. Sadly it is 'flat' - i dont pickup any particular flavors or aromas. a bit of honey and vanilla? maybe in the distance. some oak bark like notes, again somewhere in the background. maybe something flowery... maybe hints of prunes? it is all so flat and indistinctive.
boring. yeah...that seems to be pronounced.

(wife score - not applicable; she cant recognise it everytime i puff away. so in a way good as "doesnt stink")

Pipe Used: briar, bulldogs and billiards

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: Rottredam, the Netherlands (~27€)

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maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (55)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I fully agree with the previous reviews and am quite disappointed by this 2012 blend. I have strong happy memories of 2010 and 2011 blends and this one is not of the same standard. In the tin a nice honey smell. A honest smoke but nothing much to remember as a special blend. I failed to notice the 'fruity flavour'. So nothing to make a fuss about although if you are given one you may smoke it happily!

I also agree with one of the reviewers about disappointements regarding recent smokes of the products from Larsen. Truely they no more advertise an appointment from the Danish court as it was mentionned in the past on the tins. Actually a local tobacconist in Copenhagen (Olsen) boasts to have that appointment...

Even the tin (we know there are tin collectors!) is behind the liveries of previous editions with its lousy colors...

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RupturedDuck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RupturedDuck (6)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I had not tried any of the earlier annual editions submitted by W.Ø. Larson, and so I am unable to compare this to them. The first thing that I was struck by when I opened the tin was the dryness of the tobacco. Not that it was dried out, but it was not as moist as comparable tobaccos (say, Erik Nording's contributions). The tin required no airing at all. The tobacco packs intuitively, with no required adjustments for burning characteristics. It smokes effortlessly, and by that I mean to say that it lights well, and burns evenly and completely, leaving a light powdery ash. The taste is mildly sweet, especially compared to the very sweet room note. This tobacco does make a wonderful cleaner smoke. By this I mean, you might puff a pipe or two in a room after a night of poker with the guys to make the cigar odors left behind more palatable to those less enlightened to the pleasures of cigar smoking.

I do agree that this tobacco is not a standout blend from the standpoint of originality, but I have found that every thing it tries to do, it does well. It is a quality tobacco that I enjoy smoking emmensely. When this tin is done, I will not hesitate to replace it.

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Moçambicano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Moçambicano (13)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is my fourth year of experiments with Larsen's annual edition tobacco.

2009 edition was frankly discouraging, because its red fruit flavoring was overwhelming albeit pleasant during the first minutes. 2010 was absolutely exquisite: a wonderful, if unbelievable, aroma of petals and butter. 2011 was quite OK: a slightly above average vanilla offering, subtle and satisfying.

2012 is, unfortunately, nondescript. It doesn't taste bad. It isn't neither lacking nor overburdened with nicotine. It isn't tarry, nor does it bite. But it doesn't deliver the zest of 2010, nor the discrete pleasure of 2011. Heck, it doesn't even present a centesimal fraction of 2009's overwhelming flavor!

I am not displeased with this years Larsen's edition offering: I'll smoke the tin's content to the end, because it is not bad and because its a piper's way of saluting the new year. But contrarily to previous editions, I won't be buying a second one. Maybe 2013 will bring us a better edition.

Meanwhile, I've noticed that now that W.Ø. Larsen belongs to Scandinavian Tobacco Group, some small but significant changes have been made to its marketing propositions. It no longer claims to be the "Purveyor of the Royal Danish Court"; the actual crown of Denmark on top of the logo has been replaced by a fantasist, generic one; and the tag line "Premium Pipe Tobacco" has disappeared altogether. These changes have also affected the other blends of this brand. At the same time, it seems to me that the other blends, such as 1864, have also lost some intensity in their flavorings. I hope this is not the beginning of a downward product placement of WØL that will cheapen its quality.

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