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A blend of the finest Matured Golden Virginia tobaccos, enhanced by a subtle aromatic fragrance.

BrandLane Limited
Blended ByLane Limited
Blend TypeAromatic
FlavoringOther / Misc
ProductionCurrently available
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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Wow! Here I am again being the first one to review an obscure Lane tobacco. Or is it? I bet more than a few of us have smoked this under a diffrent name from out local tobaccanist. At the Beans and Briar where I buy alot of my cheap, bulk, everydays, this one is known as Briar Red. I got it on a whim and have to say that it is very enjoyable indeed. It is in the same category as other Danish Cav's such as Amphora Red and Scandinivak. The smoke has a nice spice while remaining light and never tires easily. I can smoke this all day and still want more. I think some of us get a little snobbish when it comes to tobacco, and that's a mistake when it comes to Lane bulk blends. Some are absolutely putrid in my book, such as Crown Achievment and IQ. Others like this one, BCA, and LL-7, are great smokes. Not real complex, they nonetheless are perfect for all day consumption. Try it out, you may find you've made a good cheap companion!

9 people found this review helpful.

Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Lane Limited Bulk No. MV-1000

Star Rating = 4

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 10

Room Note = 10

Flavor = 10

Bite = 10

Burn = 9

After Taste = 9

Raw Score = 58

Rated Percentage = 97%

Comment = Very Mild, Very Smooth, Mellow, good Flavor, No Bite, nice all day smoke

8 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1646)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Lane - MV 1000.

The ribbons are very fine, medium brown, and the hydration is perfect. The smell's nicely aromatic, but not heavy.

This one is extremely easy to light, and gives a 'lightweight' aromatic flavour. Instead of the usual heavy Black Cav' with loads of sticky flavours, found in most aro's, I get a clean flavour of Virginia with some lightly added Vanilla. MV 1000 gives a cool burn, with a bite free smoke.

The room-note's pleasant (very pleasant for any non-smokers in the room), and the nicotine's mild.

This is a good quality smoke, but not something I'd add to my rotation.


Pipe Used: Peterson #03

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: 4noggins

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

The Virginia is a little grassy and sweet, though the latter is sublimated by the vanilla topping until the last quarter of the bowl, when the topping flashes off a bit. Has little nicotine. Burns at a reasonable rate and needs to be smoked at a moderate pace at best, because it can get a little harsh, especially near the end of the smoke. Leaves just a little moisture in the bowl, and needs an average number of relights. Has a routine after taste. Is an all day smoke.

5 people found this review helpful.

TK Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TK Pipe (101)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

MV-1000 … For one reason or another, this is a Lane tobacco that I never tried, until now. A fine ribbon cut VA. blend with a tin aroma that reminds me of marshmallows.

First off this blend surprised me; I found it more substantial in flavor than I would have guessed, and not as sweet tasting as the tin (baggie) aroma would suggest, which I'm thankful for. I found this stuff to be bite free, cool burning, dry and IMO worthwhile. I suppose you could call this an aromatic blend, but it sure is an easy one to smoke, with none of my usual objections regarding ARO's. Bottom line, mildish and very pleasant, but a bit low on it's vitamin N level.

PS... An approximate mix of 50/50, PA and MV-1000 turned out to be a nice alternative smoke.

5 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Very Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

As mentioned before, this is essentially Captain Black Gold without the gallons of humectants. Is one able to actually taste humectants? I'm not sure. I found this tasted the same as CBG but, unlike that mass-marketed version, this WILL dry out if left out of the pouch to do so. I never could get CBG to dry.

This has a mildly sweet vanilla flavor that is very inoffensive to the smoker and extremely pleasant to those around him, provided they're not Carrie Nation, Jr or one of those knuckleheads that spout off about 2nd and 3rd hand smoke. Smokes cool all the way down the bowl until the final 1/4th or so, where the casing burns off, leaving the less-than-stellar tobacco quality bare. Then the harshness takes over. There's no black cavendish for spice as there is in RLP-6 (Captain Black White) or 1-Q (Captain Black Royal), so it's fairly one dimensional... but if you like that dimension, who needs the black cav, anyway???

I won't be revisiting this but I do recommend it to others who are either beginners that have never smoked anything before, or those who simply want a mild blend with a nice aroma. I think it's good for what it is.

5 people found this review helpful.

Frosty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Frosty (29)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I bought a 5lb bag of this in 2005 and packed it into glass Ball jars. I recently popped a jar of this and I must say it is my favorite aromatic blend by far. As previously noted, it is mild in the nicotene department, but that's no surprise for an aromatic, I suppose. I find it really performs best in a deep bowl, especially one with a good cake. To me, it has a wonderful cocoa flavor and aroma, but I can still taste the underlying tobacco. This is what an aromatic should be IMO. The flavor profiles don't really evolve throughout the smoke, as one would look for in an uncased Virginia, but remain cool and dry with a mild cocoa flavor, without ever becoming cloying or hot. This is a crowd pleaser if one is in a tolerant crowd who won't scream and faint at the sight of a chap enjoying a pipe. This will remain in my occasional rotation for quite some time,(5lbs!). If one enjoys aromatics, I think this is head and shoulders above the rest. I'm sure this is available at B&M's under a variety of names, so one might try this for less than a 5lb investment. I like it.

5 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

MV-1000 is one of the more popular outsourced Lane blends and I got a kick out of reading what some of my fellow reviewer's local tobacco shops call it. Mine calls it Special Blend #2. I still well remember back in the mid 1990's I could not find a tobacco that I was looking for and had some MV-1000 sitting in one of those old plastic E.A. Carey cannisters with the pump you could use to get the air out of the container. No telling how long that tobacco had been in there but it was literally several years. I pulled out some to smoke and it was absolutely wonderful! Don't know why, but the Virginia and married and aged well with whatever the discreet topping was. I received wave after wave of unrelenting sweet Virginia flavor. I smoked a bowl every evening after dinner until the tobacco was gone. And guess what? I bought 6 ounces of MV-1000 shortly thereafter and it is still sitting in that E.A. Carey cannister. So, 20-years now of aging has convinced me to find that cannister and enjoy it again!

4 people found this review helpful.

A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (97)
Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Here's a perfectly respectable bulk aromatic. If you want an inoffensive, inexpensive tobacco that it available everywhere and will moderately please the smoker and those he smokes amidst MV 1000 will do it for you.

Don't expect anything spectacular. This is a fine cut Virginia of middling quality with an entirely inoffensive vanilla top dressing. It's a latte from Starbucks. It's a little different from 1Q and if 1Q suits your fancy, why not try a Virginia-esque variation on the same.

Soft, simple, sweet smelling but not insipid. Nice and almost forgettable, but you a do a great deal worse.

2 people found this review helpful.

guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (92)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

This one surprised me. I was gifted about 3 oz of this from a friend of mine who runs a tobacco shop. He was cleaning out the back room and found this hidden, along with some Peter Stokkebye Optimum and Lane BCA. He gave me a bag of each, and this was the one I was the least excited about. I packed a bowl of this fine shag-cut mixture into one of my favorite briars and fired it up. The charring light was disappointing: no taste at all. I was sure I was in for a pretty bland smoking experience but I continued on...and I'm really glad that I did. I smoke Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic on an almost daily basis. I love the stuff. After about 10 or 12 puffs of MV-1K, I started tasting a familiar taste. It was beginning to taste nearly identical to Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic, but with a sweeter, creamier note in there somewhere. I think I'll be keeping some of this around.

Pipe Used: Various briars, cobs

Age When Smoked: A few years (exact age not known)

Purchased From: Gift from a friend

Similar Blends: Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic.

2 people found this review helpful.

Thorre Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thorre (27)
Extremely Mild Very Strong Mild Very Pleasant

I bought an ounce of this from a B&M because I like to have an aromatic around, if I am going to be smoking around non smokers. It smell like toasted marshmallows. No problem with that. It's just that any speed I tried to smoke this, to barely sipping, it burned really hot. I tried different pipes. Nothing worked. Maybe a straight Virginia with this much topping is hard to handle.

2 people found this review helpful.

WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (86)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Not being much of a fan of aromatic blends, I have to say that this stuff ain't too bad. Like most of us, I tried the traditional drug store blends, and didn't care too much for them.

This is a mild aromatic, not too hard to keep lit, and after going through a few pounds of this stuff, I'd have to say that it's pretty consistant in flavor and quality. Not too goopy, if you clean your pipe out every few bowls. I'm not fanatical in the pipe cleaning department, but it only takes a few pipe cleaners to keep things tidy. $2.00 an ounce from my local tobacconist ain't a bad price for this stuff either. Now if I can find a decent English Blend in this price range, I wouldn't have anything to complain about for now...

8/5/12 I wanted to revisit my original review of this blend. I got bored with this blend after smoking a few lbs of it, and switched to RLP-6, and I have to say that I prefer the RLP-6 over this blend. I had about 4 oz. of this stuff I'd forgotten about for about a year. 1 year later it was still quite moist - took 2 lights to get going - and really singed my tongue throughout the entire bowl. Flavor was really dull too. It's cheap, burns clean, but not my cup of tea anymore...

2 people found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (180)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I like and enjoy many bulk blends but this is not going to be one of them, I found this tobacco heavily cased with a bitter flavor. This biterness is covering up whatever the base tobacco would have tasted like.

I agree with other reviewers that this is similar to Skandinavik in many respects, but as I also do not enjoy that blend I will have to pass on MV-1000.

2 people found this review helpful.

Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was a welcome surprise. I didn't detect any flavoring, but it does smell pretty good. I am going to try this with some Burley tobaccos for a homemade half and half. This is a very finely shredded tobacco, so it tends to burn relatively fast.

10/23/04: Too fine for most pipes. Makes a good blender with any quality Burley for a nicer "Half & Half" without the flavorings. Would also be an o.k. R.Y.O. cigarette tobac. By itself would probably smoke too hot in a pipe.

02/13/04: Bought a new batch. This sample had a more obvious flavoring than the original review. Very tasty. A very "Danish"flavoring. Perhaps honey? I smoked it after some Rum & Maple and I enjoyed this more than the R&M.

2 people found this review helpful.

Reformed Pipe Puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Reformed Pipe Puffer (1)
Medium Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I am a very new pipe smoker, and this was my initial foray into the art. I ordered a pipe essential kit from PipesandCigars, and this was one of the tins that came with it.

I am coming to this tobacco from having smoked cigars, more cigarettes, and LOTS of mint chewing tobacco. This has completely opened my eyes. This tobacco, unlike chew, is beautiful to look at. There are so many colors of gold and brown and tan. It is wonderful to touch as it falls apart with the slightest rubbing of my fingers.

I taste very little vanilla, which I like. I like that I am able to smell and taste tobacco without "unnatural" scents cropping up. The smell after the pipe is finished is heavenly. As far as taste, I am still learning the difference between Virginias and Burleys and such. I can say that there are moments where caramel and floral notes come through. I don't feel like there is a substantial amount of nicotine. I have read a lot about tongue bite, but I have not experience it, so I would say that is a testament to this tobacco for beginners.

I don't know if it is due to my inexperience, but I have had a hell of a time keeping this tobacco lit. I have to smoke it pretty hot and keep a very fast rhythm. I have read that many aromatics are more difficult to keep lit due to the moisture, so it could be that I have not dried the tobacco well. This is my only real complaint; the tobacco does not burn well.

All that aside, I truly enjoy this tobacco, and I look forward to finishing this tin and smoking more.

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1 person found this review helpful.

arpie55 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
arpie55 (64)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is one of the better aromatics that I have come across. The flavor, although somewhat lacking in true tobacco taste, was pleasant and light. The room note was appealing to all that I smoked it around and experienced very little wet dottle at the end of the smoke.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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1 person found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is a decent aromatic. However, I just think there are better lane products out there. I prefer LL-7 and 1Q over this. I mixed this with some granulated 5 brothers to give it strength. It is pretty decent.

1 person found this review helpful.

Lower Alabama Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lower Alabama Piper (8)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Very well flavored, very easy to smoke. Highly recommended as an introduction for new pipe smokers. The room note is nice and not overpowering. This is recommended for someone who enjoys Virginia tobacco.

Pipe Used: Missouri meerschaum Country Gentleman

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crapgame1967 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crapgame1967 (55)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Sweet..mild...not offensive to those who don't smoke..vanilla is most noticeable something I cant quite put my taste buds on. Overall it is a decent smoke but really lacks something...I just cant figure out what it is...A good all day smoke or great for being outdoors fishing because there is nothing really complex about it that requires thoughtful contemplation in your favorite recliner. Since this a better blend compared to Capt Black Gold and other OTC vanillas but really didn't make it into my tobacco rotation it ended up in my "all things vanilla" jar. I will say that it was a great addition to the jar and did add another layer to my "ATV" jar which is always in my rotation! 2 stars for me...maybe 3 stars for a new pipe smoker who wants a gentle introduction to a blend not available at a gas station. 3 stars if planning to use in a home blend!

Pipe Used: no name english basket

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: P/C online

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atomicbuster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atomicbuster (55)
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Tolerable

The description for this blend says subtle. Indeed! I'm not a fan of subtle in my tobacco. The flavor is so subtle that it's almost not there. The taste that's left is that of mediocre quality tobacco (not the finest). It's smoking properties... don't matter. Can't recommend.

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Gripsholm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gripsholm (24)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Overwhelming

MV-1000 tobacco isn’t bad in its own right. The Virginia tobacco seems to be a good quality tobacco. It has citrusy, grassy flavor as expected. Can experience a little tongue bite at times, but that’s bright Virginia for you. The fine ribbon cut, almost a shag, I suppose could be contributing a little to tongue bite too. Smoke it slow and easy to avoid the tongue bite. The vanilla top note is light and has a minimal influence on the flavor of the tobacco. However, what really turned me off about this tobacco is the lingering room note. I could come back an hour later and smell it hanging in the air. It is sweet and nauseating. It reminds me of Sutliff’s Vanilla Custard, which is an odor that repulses me. If it wasn’t for that lingering room note I probably could give this tobacco a fairly good review, but as it sits, no pun intended, that lingering room note is a deal breaker for me.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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J.R. Patton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J.R. Patton (106)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Favorite Lane aromatic to date. Used to be RLP-6, but something has really gone downhill on that one and it was pulled from my rotation. Early retirement. Anyhow, I received this in a sampler, and gods this stuff smells amazing in the bag! Just like a good, warm sugar cookie coming out of the oven. Already I am sensing an RLP-6 replacement. This description says ribbon cut, but this is most definitely a coarser shag cut with some pretty long strands in there. I can't really place at the moment what taste this reminds me of upon lighting. But I personally love's warm, sweet, and bread-like. Maybe sweet rolls? Surprisingly you can still make out a moderate amount of the VA tobacco flavors despite the topping, which distinguishes well-balanced aromatics in my book. Moisture content is just right, burn is just right, substance of smoke is just right. Kudos to Lane for exercising restraint on PG and topping! MV can bite, so watch the cadence. I'm giving this 3 stars because it is pretty impressive as far as aromatics go. I plan to keep it in rotation for when I crave the sweet but not overly sweet stuff.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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riobrew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
riobrew (31)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

My b&m has this under a different name and called it a Virginia. So I quiz him to get the real name and brand. I knew it was a aromatic. With that being said it is a nice mild tobacco perfect for the summer. Smokes clean. Smoke it slow and enjoy. It is what it is.

Pipe Used: Peterson Aran 606

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Fred T Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fred T (67)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I generally love vanilla flavored pipe tobacco, but this one is a bust for me. The vanilla flavor just isn't there. Secondly, it burns slightly hot for me. if you're looking for a couple of good vanilla pipe tobaccos, my 4 star recommendations are McClelland's CORPS Vanilla Ice, and Lane's BCA.

Pipe Used: Jess Chonowitsch

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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