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BrandComoy's of London
Manufactured ByScandinavian tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringBourbon
CutRibbon
Packaging100g Tin, Bulk
CountryDK
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Very Mild
Taste
Extremely Mild (Flat)
Room Note
Unnoticeable, Pleasant to Tolerable, Very Strong
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Michael Kindt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Michael Kindt (15)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

I am going to trash this blend because it is just so gimmicky and stupid that I found it insulting as an American and a whiskey drinker.

This is part of a new line commissioned by Comoy's of London and made for them in Denmark by one of the tobacco behemoths over there. So it's purely a European creation, but one specifically created to sell to American pipe smokers (a growing market). There's nothing wrong with that. I, myself, am a capitalist.

Cask No. 5 is subtitled "Bullet Rye Select". Bulleit Rye is an excellent, high-end American rye whiskey. At the moment it's experiencing great popularity here in the States, so the Comoy's people were clearly trying to ride that wave. For legal reasons, though, they had to alter the name slightly: Bullet Rye as opposed to Bulleit Rye. A little gimmicky, sure, a little obvious, yeah, but also fine by me. God bless capitalism.

But then I opened the flap on my free sample and read this: "An elegant blend of bright orange Virginias with rich, cool smoking Burleys, flavored with Tennessee Bourbon for a smooth, satisfying blah blah blah."

First of all, there is no such thing as Tennessee Bourbon. Tennessee whiskey uses an extra step that differentiates it from Bourbon, which is made only in Kentucky. Second of all, rye whiskey is not Bourbon, not even close. The difference between rye and Bourbon is greater than the difference between Irish and Scotch whiskey. Third of all, Bulleit (or "Bullet" rye) is made in Indiana.

What the hell, Comoy's of London? Did you even do a little research into the American market?

I'm going to come up with my own blend. I'm going to market it in Scotland and call it Single Malt Blend. I'm going to flavor it with Irish whiskey made in France. LOL.

Mild, biscuit-y pouch aroma that doesn't smell like any booze at all. Unremarkable, burley-forward taste, also without any booze. Virginia can be seen in the blend, but it is either tasteless or out-classed by the burley. I detect a subtle flavoring but it isn't boozy and is also unremarkable....kind of nutty or toasty. It reminds me somewhat of Prince Albert, but it has a longer, shaggier cut.

After a few bowls, I threw the rest away on principle.

I received 6 free samples of the new Comoy's line from my tobacconist and do enjoy two of them. Cask No. 1 Double English is a decent smoke and Cask No. 11 British Strength, a Balkan, is pretty enjoyable, so I'm not dissing the whole line.

But this Cask No. 5 is just ludicrous. It's why you shouldn't let a marketing team design a pipe tobacco blend for you, especially a marketing team so damn lazy it's almost sad.

1 person found this review helpful.

CoreyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoreyR (21)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Strong

I recently ran across this tobacco while visiting the Newtown location of Havanna Connections in Williamsburg, Va. There were three Comoy's offerings and, as I had already blown most of my tobacco budget for the month, I decided to select one. I chose Cask #5 Bullet Rye Select, as it sounded interesting. I am not really into aros but the description sounded appealing and I thought I would give it a go. I wasted my $20. Upon opening the "paint can" style tin I was pleased to find an inner foil liner ensuring the freshness of the tobacco. The tin and liner are quite attractive and the tobacco looks very nice. It is ribbon cut, and mine had a nice bright brown color to it. Very visually appealing. The smell, however, was a bit "off putting." I was expecting a tobacco/rye whiskey aroma. Instead I got, almost nothing. I really had to take a whiff to smell an old, musty smell. Not very appealing. The moisture was good, though a little drying works better for my taste. It did pack and light ok. Maybe one relight was needed on a bowl or two but that may have been me not paying close enough attention to the matter. I really did not notice much flavor to this tobacco. Perhaps I have been spoiled by much better blends but I was expecting...more...something...anything. There just was not anything to it. That is until... I should say here that most of my trials, with Comoy's Cask #5, were done while driving my truck and I had my window either down or cracked thus drawing off the smoke. I generally do not really notice the "room note" when driving like this. When I rolled my window up, one chilly moring, that is when I discovered what I really do not like about this tobacco. Its "room note." A few moments after the window closed I started smelling a familier smell from my youth. My father was a woodcutter and I used to accompany him to the woods. I well remember the smell of chainsaw exhaust, from poorly maintained and oil leaking saws, and fresh cut firewood mixed with mud. I swear that is the room note of this tobacco and it is strong. How I cannot taste it but I can be overwhelmed by it in the surrounding smoke I will never know but it is the case. If you like chainsaw smoke, then this is the tobacco for you. Otherwise, I simply cannot recommend it it all. IMHO

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat, MM Patriot, no name Algerian Oom Paul

Age When Smoked: 1-2 years

Purchased From: Havana Connections, Williamsburg, Virginia

Similar Blends: Nothing, I hope.

1 person found this review helpful.

A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (73)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

Another attempt to make tobacco taste like liquor that, by and large, just doesn't work. It's a basic, light colored, mild smelling Danish aromatic with some bigger chunks of black Cavendish. It loads easily and catches alight with little coaxing. I could tell from the start that I would have to smoke it carefully or it would bight my tongue and generally scorch my palate.

Bullet Rye Select stays mild and boring all throughout the smoke. There's a little bit of sweetness and just the slightest hint of what may be whiskey. I couldn't say for sure. If I want bourbon, I'll just drink bourbon and look for a more interesting, flavorful tobacco to smoke with it.

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