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This year W.O. Larsen offers a sophisticated blend of Virginia tobaccos and toasted burley. After a slow heating process Black Cavendish and Highland Whisky is added. A slight hint of orange is noticeable.

Notes: 2013 special edition from W.O. Larsen.

BrandW.O. Larsen
Blended ByW.O. Larsen
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringOrange, Whisky
Packaging100g Tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium, Medium to Strong
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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ThePortlyGenie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ThePortlyGenie (13)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Pleasant tin aroma of Christmas pudding - appropriate for the date of writing this review!

Also a healthy splash of whiskey, with a hint of another deeper note [citrus tang?].

For my palate, this blend is too sweet and a bit cloying. [Natural Va 'sugars' are always more pleasing than the artificial sugars from a flavouring.]

Also the blend lacks breadth as the flavourings dominate and the tobacco is hard to find.

Pipe Used: Stanwell 86, Peterson System 303

1 person found this review helpful.

maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (70)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I have been smoking these special editions from Larsen since the 2009 edition. 2009, 2010 and 2011 were outstanding. 2012 was rather disappointing. This one stands in the middle! The whisky addition is noticeable when opening the tin and rather nice, reminding of X-mas pudding but not too strong. I have had about ten smokes of the blend and find it easy going, from the beginning to the end. Good balance between Virginia and burley with some bits of Cavendish: good point on that matter. That said, the aromatic taste is discreet and I failed to notice the hint of orange as adversised on the tin (just a small hint?. Those who like fully bodied aromatics may want something stronger but the blend may be recommended to smokers who want to have a try with an aromatic and will be happy to get it as a gift. One word about the design of the tin for those who will remind about previous special editions and notice the efforts from the brand on the designs. Last year's was rather lousy. Here we have a distinguished design with a dark yellow lid giving an idea of the whisky addition.

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