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"Red Lion" is a traditional ungique English mixture. The typical smoky aroma comes from the fantastic latakia which is combined with selected golden Virginia, aromatic black cavendish and sweet Greek Oriental basma grades. A pipe tobacco to remember!

Blended ByKohlhase & Kopp
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50g or 100g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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O'Confrère Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
O'Confrère (40)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This fine ribbon cut is surprisingly light with lots of golds and reds freckled sparingly with blacks.

This very full tin is from February 19, 2014 and is probably from the first batch made available.

Upon opening the moisture seems just right to the touch, but it has actually a moisture level of about 19-20%. It dries quickly though and profits from a bit of airing before firing.

Tin note: Latakia, slightly leathery, slightly sweet, lightly sour, very inviting. No casing detected. It makes an honest impression. No top flavor.

Sipping through the filled yet unlit pipe confirms the aromas from the tin.

At the match the Orientals (not the Latakia!) make themselves known immediately with a lovely musty earthiness that leans more toward the sour than the sweet. Then the Latakia kicks in followed closely by the bright Virginias. By contrasting markedly the individual components work very well together as a whole. Eye-opening, this is a lively smoke.

Middle third: things settle down, the tannic aspect which emerged earlier has become a toastiness (probably the development of the Virginias). The Latakia is softly present in a fine fullness of oriental flavors, nutty, herbal and earthy. The black cavendish is only remotely present. This is a very well balanced blend. It has become relaxing without becoming less interesting.

Last third: the orientals emerge with impressive depth.

Burns beautifully and provides a moderate (noticable) amount of nicotine. Leaves a pleasantly clean aftertaste.

Traditionalists may have a problem with new additions to the Rattray's line, especially as not all of the original blends managed to make it into German production unscathed. However, some did survive quite well. (Some did!) Kudos to K&K for their sustained effort and their role in providing many fine blends that would have gone by the wayside had they not stepped in (or up).

Must confess, I had little hopes for this blend. What a surprise! This is (IMHO, of course) a very worthy addition to the Rattray's line.

If you're looking for a Latakia bomb, this ain't it. However, if you enjoy fine Oriental mixtures with a back of Latakia, this is a must!

3.5 stars for now. With time in the tin this may very well become a solid 4 star recommendation.

Age When Smoked: two weeks (just on the market)

9 people found this review helpful.

SpeedyPete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SpeedyPete (29)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is Peterson's Old Dublin which I've been smoking for years already. The old recipes have been taken over by Rattrays and are now sold as a new blend.

Pipe Used: Various over a period of years

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Curiosity Hut

Similar Blends: Old Dublin !!.

6 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Red Lion, one of Rattray’s newer offerings in the US, (I believe it has been available in the EU for a while longer) is another lighter English fare like Accountants, Professional and 3 Noggins. However, the flavor profile isn’t similar to those blends. My tightly packed tin presented surprisingly little in the way of a tin note. I think many will find the moisture content pipe ready right from the tin. I dried my bowls a few short minutes. I would put RL fairly low on the Latakia scale with Black Cavendish making up some of the dark ribbons. Rattray claims that there is no flavoring applied to Red Lion, but it seems to me to have a small amount of topping that I cannot attribute to the Basma. But I admit that that’s open to debate. The flavor is medium and I find that it burns hot if pushed. I am a fan of Black Mallory and Red Rapparee but only enjoy 3 Noggins and Professional after they have been aged. For me, age may be the only option with Red Lion as fresh from the tin, for me, it’s less than interesting and the fact that it can burn warm make it one for the cellar to retry in a few years.

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1554)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Rattray - Red Lion.

I wasn't to sure as to what I was in the mood for today; so I did my usual trick that I employ when struggling to decide which blend to review: I select a handful of tins, drop them on the floor and hey presto: the one that settles closest to my feet is 'the chosen one'! That trick can go both ways, but today fate was nice to me! By no means is this a remarkable blend, it's not a show stopper but it's a good and steady smoke.

The tin contains a mixture of different colours, black to brown, tightly packed together. Due to this, the blend's held too much moisture in it; a bowls worth needs to be aired, otherwise it just gives off a hot smoke that's difficult to keep lit and bites. That, however, is a problem that's easy to get past. I leave a bowls worth out for about an hour and that seems to be just enough.

Once it's lit the smoke has a very relaxed flavour. It's not a Lat Bomb, in fact, the Latakia is possibly the lightest addition in the flavour profile. I enjoy it when the Latakia behaves more like a condiment or seasoning instead of being like a smoky beast; it makes for a flavoursome smoke rather than an astringent mess.

I find that the Black Cavendish gives a wonderful sweetness that works impeccably alongside the slight savoury character from the Latakia; it gives the blend a touch of uniqueness.

The Orientals/Turkish make up quite a large proportion of the taste. I'd consider them to account for a lot more of the smoke in comparison to the Virginia.

The nicotine's about medium, it's the right strength to be an all day smoke.

I enjoy this, like I said, it's not remarkable but it's a good smoke. Three stars seems justified.


Pipe Used: Peterson Harp #03

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipenick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipenick (27)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Got this blend By a friend.Opened the tin and smell was little bit like in Old Dublin or MM965.Yellow virginias,some oriental,latakia and some cavendish.The latakia is not so over powering like in Old Dublin,more aroma of orientals in tin note as latakia stays in background.After first light the oriental leaf and virginias give the sweetness with hint of bitterness.Latakia stays in the background.After half a bowl latakia lifts it's head while orientals,virginias stays on background.I couldn't taste black cavendish at all.It should be old Dublin I can taste it but not in this case.It's a nice blend which reminds me of Royalty except it's stronger in every sense.For the smokers who can suffer from tongue bite,puff slowly and take your time.I found that usually I don't suffer from the bite this blend if smoked too hasty can cause that. A nice middle of the road Scottish blend.

Pipe Used: Savis Hercules and da Vinci

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: a gift

Similar Blends: Royalty,Old Dublin,MM965.

2 people found this review helpful.

Wolffenstein Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wolffenstein (3)
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Was not a fan of it, old Dublin even tho very similar has more life into it or maybe the one I have just didn’t set well in the pipe. It’s worth the try, it might not WOW you but a cheaper alternative to Old Dublin. I will definitely finish the tin however unless I am 2€ short from old Dublin I don’t see my self buying it again.

Pipe Used: Peterson 150th

Age When Smoked: Current

Purchased From: Peter Henrichs köln

Similar Blends: Old Dublin.

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

For my taste, the Black Cav is overdone here. The Basma is nice and salvages this to a certain extent keeping me from giving it one star. The Lat is light and that's fine. I really can't taste the Virginias and I get only a touch of sweetness overall. The BC just seems to smother everything with blandness. Just not my kind of smoke.

Mild to medium in body and taste. I can't detect any added flavorings. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: fresh

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