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A blend of cut plug, ribbon and double broad cut Virginia tobaccos with a touch of cool smoking, sweet Cavendish. Full taste, yet mild, with a Mediterranean harvest fruit aroma.

BrandIlsted
Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp and Co.
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsCavendish, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
CutBroken Flake
Packaging100 g tin
CountryDE
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Mild, Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
2.3
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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

The two stars is my own bias, because this is too much of an aromatic for me, even though I am smoking a 12 year old tin. The tin seemed intact, but the tobacco was dried out inside, and I had to bring it back with some organic black cherry juice. It bites me, but aro lovers might love it, and I may be smoking from a compromised tin, though the topping seems to have survived the 12 years quite strongly! It is indeed fruit/citrus.

Right now, I'm smoking a half-and-half of this with C&D Pirate Kake, a Lat-Bomb at 70%. I think this may be how I get through this tin: the Latakia takes away the bite for me, and turns it into a Latakia aromatic, which works better for me than a bitey aromatic. Almost three stars when that high-Latakia Pirate Kake is added!

I have doused the remainder in a jar with some Malibu Coconut. Since it is not really a blend for me, I might as well make it even wilder, and use it to blend up some CRAZY Latakia aromatics!

10-7-12: The Latakia aromatic I made with this was so good, I went ahead and mixed up the rest with an equal amount of Pirate Kake, getting about 3.5 ounces out of it, I guess, and put it in a jar in a drawer to meld. So, this is the sort of thing I'll do from now on with aromatics I can't smoke-I turned something I would have had to force myself to smoke, or give away, into something I can smoke all the time. Four stars for my blend; though I say it myself, who shouldn't?

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (195)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

A nice fruity tin aroma that was very subtly translated to the taste. The tobacco taste was the dominant factor - a very fine Virginia and cavendish blend. A bit sticky in the tin as I found typical of Ilsted tobaccos blended by Kohlase & Kopp. Right out of the tin it tends to burn hot, so smoke slowly. Allowing for some drying time seems to lessen the heat factor considerably. Only a nice spiciness remains in the mouth.

There is a mild sweetness while smoking that stays pretty much throughout the bowl with minimal aroma for the smoker in the side stream smoke after the initial light-up aroma. The K&K website says it has plum, and if you load your pipe and suck on the stem before lighting, you can certainly taste the plum. After lighting, the flavor of plums was very subtle but enjoyable. I also detected vanilla along with the plum. A very nicely done combo with just the right amount of sweetness. This aromatic can not be accused of being cloying by any means; which may be a good thing. It didn't smoke too wet either. It is a solidly prepared blend on the mild side as far as aromatic flavoring is concerned. There was enough good tobacco taste to keep it interesting. 3 solid stars.

UPDATE 12-10-09: Unfortunately, the Ilsted blends are no longer being distributed in the USA. I was given this info from an on-line tobacco store. Very disappointing as I really enjoy number 100. I stocked up on what I was able to get, but once finished, it's just too expensive to purchase from any of the European dealers due to the ridiculously high taxes incured with buying tobacco outside of the USA.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (205)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I tried the No. 100 after having gone through quite a few tins of No. 55, in part because this blend was the only other Ilsted tobacco my tobacconist had in stock, but also on the strength of the 55. My disappointment was minimal.

The tobacco mix is made up of almost every kind of tobacco preparation possible: there are wide, medium, square, ready-rubbed and whatnot tobaccoes in there. The tin aroma hits 90 out of 100 on the nicety scale, and the stuff stuffs easily.

The smoke is gentle, nice, sweet and very cool. Maintaining this tobacco throughout the bowl is very uncomplicated; I have smoked this under just about all conditions possible - from working in my office through a tornado-warning sized storm. It just keeps cool. The top flavour evaporates relatively early in the bowl, but the tobaccos involved in this blend make up for that (in fact, I think the blenders could steal the show here by offering this blend without the flavouring).

Nice, uncomplicated, sweet, tasty tobacco. Not among the top-ten best, but if you happen upon a tin, it's definitely worth a try.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (260)
★☆☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This K&K blend is a nicely prepared mixture of ribbon and cut flakes that vary from intense orange to jet black. I thought the initial moisture content was too high and got beter burning characteristics with some drying. Then, the packing and lighting were effortless. The tin and room aromas are wonderful and fruity as advertised. As with many aromatics, if only the taste matched. I normally don't smoke aromatics or Cavendish processed blends and that should be considered. However, I found the initial taste as dry and hot and it almost seemed as if the tobacco casing was burning off along with my mouth. A tobacco taste never fully developed. If you prefer VA flakes or VA/Perique blends as I do, this one is not the answer.

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