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Like the milder-bodied Capstan Yellow, Capstan Blue was originally created by W.D. & H.O. Wills of Bristol well over a century ago. It's remained a favorite to countless pipe smokers across generations (J.R.R. Tolkien having been on of its most noted aficionados), a testament to the quality of this fine Virgina flake, here offered in ready-rubbed form.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMac Baren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1369)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This review is virtually the same as the one I posted for the flake version, because I tasted no discernible difference between that and the ready rubbed. The only difference is that this is easier to pack because it is ready rub cut.

This is a little stronger, less sweet, and less cased than its brother in the gold tin. Slight citrus, fig, and a little grass/hay and earthy taste with a nice mild to medium dark fruit Virginia flavor. Also is slightly sugary. Not a very complex blend, though there are a couple of different Virginias in the mix. If you want something a little stronger and less sweet than Capstan Gold, or a straight Virginia that's less stronger than Gawith Full Virginia Flake, this will give you what you want. Has a mild nic-hit. A very comfortable all day smoke to pack and light with enough nicotine to get your attention without overwhelming your senses.

11 people found this review helpful.

Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (72)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I like this a lot, glad it's available, and I am struck with the thought that it will age wonderfully.

The blue is pretty sweet, sugary enough that if you put the pipe down and come back, the stem tastes like one of those sugar-dipped little cigars.

Excellent virginia smell in the tin, a straight shot up the nose. Can't tell if this is cased or not, certainly it's pretty sweet. Not rough, not biting. If every tobacco could be as friendly!

Very old-timey to me, leaves a sweet/dirty note in the room.

Pipe Used: Brand new Savinelli petite

Age When Smoked: unaged/new

Similar Blends: Orlik Golden Sliced, Best Brown Flake, Dark Twist.

4 people found this review helpful.

Falcon Fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Falcon Fan (22)
Medium Extremely Mild Very Mild Tolerable

When I smoked cigarettes, I found that almost every different brand was smokable and had different positive and negative qualities with the exception of Rothmans which I tried a few times back in the 90's and then gave up on the brand altogether - there must be something odd going on in my mouth because they used to sell enough of those cigarettes and nobody else I knew found them toxic and nasty. But I did.

Well same thing with this - I spent quite a while trying to like it and persevered to the end of tin, but in the end, it just turned out to be not for me. Hot, steamy flavorless tongue bite is all that comes to mind when recalling this tobacco. i also learnt on this tobacco that if the first bowl of a highly recommended tobacco is a complete personal disaster, ditch the rest of the pack quickly in the bin and move on rapidly to the next blend - eg just because you eat lots of brussel sprouts, doesn't mean you will ever like them. Life is too short. So I am swimming against the tide here, but thumbs down on this from me.

Pipe Used: Brigham Heritage 02

Age When Smoked: New to 3 months

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2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (757)
Medium None Detected Medium Strong

Capstan Ready Rubbed . Starting with the unlit blend prior to smoking . The smell coming from mine is a fairly basic Virginia one , there is only a delicate Citrus note if you deliberately search for it . The build of the mixture appears to be quite dainty , one or two longer/thicker pieces but mostly it consists of shorter/slim pieces . It is easy to see that it is 100% Virginia , it's all a medium brown in colour and the quantity of water is spot on , it's ready to smoke immediately . It is relatively simple to get lit but the moment it is burning it accentuates the first issue , the temperature of the smoke is too much . Sadly for Capstan this isn't the only low point (for me) , this one is a real biter , whether sipped slowly or sucked with aggression it has as much bite as a Great White Shark ! On to some positives now , firstly flavour . Throughout it has a really pure/full Virginia taste , I note that others notice a few additions in there but for me it is a truly "straight forward" Virginia taste , even when retro-haled it still bestows a pure V' taste . On to Nicotine now , this is the perfect amount of Lady N for me , it's very satisfying , quells the lust without being too much and is a doddle to inhale . Sadly I must point out an additional negative , the Room-Note , yes it is a straight up Virginia one but it is (like the temp') just too much ! When smoking Capstan it is necessitated that you have some windows opened ! A final good point to end on is that the flavour stays nicely even throughout , there is no fluctuation with taste , only a steady Virginia one . I score this 2 stars and not more for a few reasons , the bite is at the top of my list of impairments !

Pipe Used: Peterson Sandblast Sherlock Homes Baskerville

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos

2 people found this review helpful.

CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

This is a nice straight forward VA blend, i really couldnt detect any topping or casing. Good dose of vitamin N and quite easy to smoke. When sipped slowly no heat or bite was encountered. Nothing mind blowing here, just straight VA. I would've liked to have tried the original blend for historic comparison, the tin i have is Mac Baren production. I doubt id buy it again but i will try Capstan Gold to see if any differences exist.

Pipe Used: Capri rustic billiard

Age When Smoked: current production

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2 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (275)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I hope this review is placed under the correct "Capstan Original Navy Cut, ready rubbed , Blue" listing, as I find these listings a little confusing (lists the blender as Orlik where my tin says Mac Baren and some of the reviews are for a full flake)? I find this tobacco as good as any of the best Virginias I have smoked. It does work it's full magic after about two weeks to breath and it becomes smooth and flavorful and as good as many of the other 4 star Virginia blends listed. My one and only complaint is it's price, it's only 1.75 oz. and the price is 20% higher than other comparable blends.

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Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Similar Blends: GLP's Union Square.

2 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (121)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

This was a good navy blend, but just not strong enough for me. And it needs perique. I will try the flake next time. But not bad.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (216)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Note: this was from a pouch. In a briar, slightly bitey and boring. In a cob, this was still very generic but the bite was gone. Overall, for me this was a very decent but straightforward VA, and really a 2.5 star. I wouldn't rebuy it.

Pipe Used: briar & cob

Age When Smoked: 16 months from purchase

Purchased From: Mr Snuff

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Typical Virginia tin note of molasses, honey, dried figs. Typical honey-molasses based casing. Reminds me of other Mac Baren blends: that Mac Baren tongue bite is there, but not so strong... This is not bad, but not great either.

Pipe Used: Half-bent Billiard, straight Billiard

Age When Smoked: 12 months

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Similar Blends: Other Mac Baren Virginia blends., Rattray - Hal O' the Wynd.

1 person found this review helpful.