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In flavour and aroma this strikes a neat balance between traditional Dark Virginias and aromatic tobaccos. Rich and satisfying.

BrandFredric Tranter
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringNone
CutBroken Flake
PackagingBulk
CountryUK
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
Medium, Medium to Strong
Taste
Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
3.5
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Jaysown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaysown (7)
★★★★
Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant

This was the first tobacco I ever smoked, as recommended by Frederick Tranter's, and I loved it. It's still my all time favourite and it has just about everything I look for in a good tobacco: flavour, complexity, room note and mellowness.

Depth and complexity from good quality tobacco, especially the Cavendish which gives it a fermented almost alcoholic aroma. Sweet fruitiness from good quality and well balanced flavouring that doesn't overpower the tobacco. A fantastic room note and a long cool smoke with no tongue bite.

Those who prefer their tobacco very strong or free from any flavouring will obviously not take to this one, but I would urge anyone who enjoys a top quality aromatic or who just wants something with a good rounded flavour to give it a try.

When first purchased it's often a little wet and can clump together in the bowl so I let it dry just slightly and then it packs and lights perfectly.

Pipe Used: various briars and meerschaum

Age When Smoked: fresh, but improves with very slight drying

Purchased From: Frederick Tranter

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brigstowe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brigstowe (5)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

25 grams bought loose from the Tranter B&M shop in Bath. Sold in tip-top condition, neither too dry nor too moist. Pouch aroma is delicious - a complex mix of fruits, vanilla and fermented tobacco. Appearance is broken flake with lots of dark leaf.

Packs and lights very well. Stays lit with no fuss. Mine smokes very cool with no tongue bite. I think moisture content is key - the other reviewers here seem to have received wetter portions than me.

Produces voluminous clouds of mild smoke. Nicotine content average to mild. Quite easy to inhale!

It has that sweetness when drawn over the tip of the tongue that I enjoy in aromatics. The vanilla comes through quite strongly in the smoke, but the fruit does not.

The underlying virginias have a pleasant sour, fermented quality, but I feel this clashes with the vanilla. As a vehicle for the flavourings, the base tobaccos are a bit odd. Strange bedfellows! That said, this is a very pleasant blend. One the aromatic lovers will definitely want to try, and perhaps one the VA fans may wish to challenge themselves with.

As an aside, it's great to see the Tranter shops in Bath and Oxford are thriving under new ownership. Havana House (the new owners) are, funnily enough, cigar specialists, but they are keeping the pipes and snuff side of the business going. Well done them.

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G70051 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
G70051 (2)
★★★★
Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant

STRENGTH: Medium tobacco strength. Average nicotine content.

TASTE: Outstanding flavor and full complexity. Tolerable aftertaste.

EASE OF SMOKING: Average. It smokes quite hot, requires relighting and causes occasional gurgling and tongue bite.

ROOM & BOWL: Very pleasant room note. Nice smell left in bowl.

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Gilthoniel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gilthoniel (25)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

So this is an aromatic from the Frederick Tranter blenders, who run the online Cigar Connoisseur shop. I'd heard whispers about this tobacco as though it were some hidden secret that I possibly shouldn't publicize lest it be hoarded by greedy tobacco stockpilers. But having tried it, we needn't worry about that so much. It isn't the Holy Grail; what it is, is a very nice high quality aromatic tobacco with a jolly British name and a solid history (apparently Tolkien used to puff it occasionally). The casing is quite heavy, but it's clear that good quality tobaccos have been used. It's like something the Lakeland blenders would come up with, so if you like their aromatics then you'll probably dig this. The flavour of the topping falls somewhere between a Danish-style vanilla and a British-style OTC, and the pouch aroma/room note is of the lovely "grandpa's pipe" variety. Medium nicotine strength, ships rather moist as is usual for British tobaccos, burns well when dried and rubbed out a touch. Not for the fans of unflavoured 'artisanal tobaccos', but aromatic fans who can get hold of it will probably not regret giving it a try, and might even fall in love with it. I sort of have.

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