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"Very aromatic tobacco grades - seven Virginias, selected condiment-tobaccos and double fermented Black Cavendish add up to a composition of a true plethora of nuances: Real tobacco taste for the modern pipesmoker!" - translated from German -

Notes: Released in 2013. Even tho it's said to be "all natural", the head of Planta - Ms. Dr. Stiller - said this blend was "rounded with very light handed applied additives (flavorings)", which are only to complement the tobacco.

BrandHolger Danske
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Unknown, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging40 Pouch
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1313)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Holger Dankse Original Tobacco Taste. Although this hasn't any added flavourings I notice a very slight marzipan-esc type of sweetness coming from the ribbons. Whilst I'm on the subject of the unlit blend I would like to state how perfect the moisture is, absolutely brilliant: not damp, not dry, just the required amount to begin immediately. The included tobaccos are at a good balance to one and other, a really impartial split. To get this burning all that's needed is quite a short touch with the flame, then it delivers a steady/constant burn, giving off a medium temperature delicious smoke. The flavour of the smoke, I find to be very "no-nonsense": I get quite a straight forward Virginia with a subtle sweetness in the background, almost as if that's what the marzipan-esc sweetness transpired to be. Mrs N is quite mild with this one, noticeable but DEEP inhalations are imperative if you require nicotine for satisfaction. The room-note is, again, no-nonsense. It's a very simple sweet Virginia one, albeit the note is not too heavy thus not too offensive. Due to the lack of any ostentatious character in this after a short while it does tend to become a little laborious, but I think that this would be a really fulfilling "quick smoke break" blend due to its no-nonsense character!

Pipe Used: Peterson Irish Harp

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

3 people found this review helpful.

Piepensmöker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piepensmöker (17)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a surprisingly nice tobacco. Usually the Holger Danske line is heavily cased, but this is very natural. There is a Virginia sweetness and a haylike taste, but all in all, the flavors are very subtle. It is very easy on the tongue for a Virginia, but a few bowls are needed to explore the flavors, as the first few puffs could be bland, but it develops. Given the low price, it is a perfect Allday smoke and will be in my rotation.

3 people found this review helpful.

GermanCSI Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GermanCSI (1)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A pleasant journey to the roots of pipe tobacco.

The pouch smell is that of pure tobacco leaf directly after the drying. It's not too subtle a scent even though there is no artificial taste added but it's also sweeter smelling than shag for cigarettes.

The fermented Black Cavendish is dark brown and makes up almost half the pouches tasty innards. Mostly bright colored you can still almost recognize the leaves. No nasty stems - just tasty tobacco.

In the smoke there's no noticable aroma added and if you're intrigued by the idea you won't be disappointed. Nuances of sweetness and cream vary just enough to stay interesting and make you keep chasing the next sip. Don't expect too much sweetness, though, it's very balanced out. Pure tobacco taste and a satisfying smoke, really.

I can't recommend this with four stars. But just because it won't rock your world or get you into pipe smoking. It's there to do it's job and you can't blame it for being too much or too little of something. It's positively just quality tobacco. I personally want to keep it around.

If you don't have the time to grow your own - this is your blend!

3 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (246)
★★☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant

Original tobacco taste. OK, that's what I want, and my thanks to Planta for making the attempt with this blend. Opening the pouch, I find a sweet and slightly hay-ish mixture cut, with bright yellows and generous amounts of black: lots of BC in here. For this kind of blend, that is a good thing.

Stuffing and lighting are easy; I notice there may be just a touch of KY in there, too. Not enough to make it spicy, but certainly making this blend more interesting, as well as helping with the smoking behaviour. The smoke, for me, is somewhat disappointing. All the right starting points are there: it burns well, it has a good VA taste, good sweetness, bread and airiness from the BC. But there is very little depth.

This is a very light blend for my tastes. I am not condemning it for that. But with the name of the blend, IMHO, comes an implicit responsibility. When you market something specifically as being pure 'baccy, I expect you to celebrate the 'baccy. And this, unfortunately, does not happen here. What we have in the pouch is pretty much the average Holger Danske blend, minus the sauce.

That does not make it bad 'baccy. But it seems Planta have forgotten why they put their various sauces on most of their pipe blends: their base tobaccos do not seem to have much flavour on their own.

All that said, I would recommend a pouch of this blend to the beginner, to get used to natural blends. It does burn well, does not get too hot in my experience, is pretty uncomplicated, and it does keep the promise: this is the taste of the tobacco, and nothing else. Good sweetness, but nothing to bowl me over.

Pipe Used: Kürle handcut, MM cobs

Age When Smoked: fresh from new pouch

Purchased From: HoS, Lingen, Germany

Similar Blends: Ilsted - Own Mixture No.55.

1 person found this review helpful.