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In honor of the International Pipe-Smoking Day 2013, would like to introduce Darbyshire. Darbyshire is a hot-pressed crumble cake of red and yellow Virginia and dark Burley that is reminiscent of some British brands that are no longer available in the United States. The flavors enhance the tobacco without masking it, and has a wonderful room note. For an interesting taste of England, give Darbyshire a try.

BrandHearth & Home
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByPipes & Cigars
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging2oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Here’s a mixture that perfectly combines all the qualities of a mild yet flavorful tobacco-forward concoction with that of a sweet aromatic designed to produce the loveliest scent. The tobacco is lightly cased and smells of licorice with a hint of a sweetening agent, perhaps maple and/or vanilla.

Once lit, the licorice aroma that is so forward in the tin note is not at all the dominate flavor. The smoke tastes sweet and the tobacco flavors are light, a bit toasty, warm in tone and well-balanced. As the bowl heats up, a beautiful soft spicy-sweet honey-clove flavor develops in the side stream. Compared to other blends in Russ's Marquee Series, Darbyshire is not a complex blend but it is still quite flavorful, easy to smoke and very enjoyable.

While inspired by once available British blends, the inspiration must not hail from the Lakeland District as Darbyshire, while fragrant, is not overtly floral or herbal. There are some extremely subtle floral flavors but they are more in the range of honeysuckle and orange blossom. This mixture does not taste soapy.

One mild disappointment for me was that Darbyshire is marketed as a crumble cake, but what I received was very much a medium thin ribbon cut blend with no tell-tale signs of once being pressed. Nonetheless, this is still a very good and extremely unique tasting smoking mixture.

Pipe Used: MM Great Dane

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