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BrandStanwell
Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringSweet / Sugar
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50gr Pouch or 1.76 OZ TIN
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Mild, Medium
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
3.7
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PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (58)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

The name Extra Fine is misleading, because this is not a fine cut pipe tobacco. Instead the cut looks more like a Dutch cavendish: chunky broken flake pieces with some occasional ribbon cut. The tobacco packs easily and burns slowly.

This might be the only tobacco that puts me at a loss for words. The flavour and aroma are very attractive, but unlike anything I've smoked. The three words that come to mind are: toasty, nutty, and mellow. Burley with enough Virginia to achieve perfect roundness. A very slight sweetner, not really detectable on its own, serves to remove any rough edges of the burley.

This is firmly in the category of comfort tobacco. The flavouring is subtle but hypnotic. I suspect it comes from a vat labeled 'Delicious' with a warning sticker reading 'Caution: Highly Addictive'. Because I cannot seem to get enough of it.

The room note is classic pipe goodness. The sort of fragrance that calms and pleases everyone within smelling distance. The family knows that Dad is in his comfy chair enjoying his pipe, and all is right with the world.

Pipe Used: MM Legend Straight

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Online Vendor

6 people found this review helpful.

georgariou33 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
georgariou33 (16)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

tasty tasty tasty.........oh yes a real chamer...excellent nose and balance..a unique taste and i think extra fine does it justice...should be in everyones rotation ....mild but very nice flavor..

Pipe Used: stanwell and big ben only

Age When Smoked: 70

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: 000.

2 people found this review helpful.

Epicur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Epicur (9)
★★★☆
Very Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

The Stanwell Extra Fine is truely a classic Danish pipe tobacco (no black cavendish!) which was very popular in the 1950s(?) to the 1970s in Germany - something saved from the old days of pipe smoking. This blend also was one of the favoured pipe tobaccos by Günter Grass, recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature (he also smoked W.O. Larsen Classic, Three Nuns, MB Navy flake and Dunhill EMP).

Due to the German ministerial database, it contains 154.3425 mg of an unknown flavour per 1000 mg, and 94.34638 mg inverted sugar per 1000 mg tobacco.

The Extra Fine is a burley based, bright virginia enriched golden cavendish pre-rubbed (ready rubbed?) tobacco. The cavendish method gives the pipe smoker a very mild smoking experience (hence the original name "extra mild" before the regulatorry EU laws).

The smoke is slightly sweet with hints of an aroma which maybe could remind you of dried plums. Occaisionally you get a nutty, almost chocolaty taste. But mainly it tastes like pipe tobacco - still a light aromatic, but more borderline to a more natural tobacco than to a modern Danish aromatic like a vanilla or the Stranwell Melange.

Overall it's a nice, mellow, smooth and uncomplicated smoke. Nothing fancy, not much depth or complex structure, but a just well rounded, satisfying experience. Well, of course, you have to pack it loosely, sip it and smoke it cool and slow, otherwise it can get quite harsh.

Stanwell Extra Fine is a reminiscence of the past, before we associated Danish pipe tobaccos with heavy cased black cavendish mixtures. That also is true for the roomnote. "That smells like grandpa's smoking his pipe." is a common association. The roomnote is pleasant, not a crowd pleaser, but "just nice" to most non-smokers, and not as overpowering like some of the heavy aromatics. Someone could sit beside you watching through a long movie without getting tired of the scent.

If you want a tobacco for every occasion and every time of the day, whether morning, afternoon or evening, this one might be a good choice. It also goes quite well with coffee, tea and almost every beverage or drink you might like.

Stanwell Extra Fine is an allrounder which also could be it's weakness. It appeals to nearly everyone (or tried to so in the past - nowadays that's the field of modern aromatics), but it doesn't stand out.

Just to mention, I would strongly recommend to smoke the Extra Fne without a filter (with a filter you get just a weak shadow of this tobacco).

Pipe Used: different pipes

Age When Smoked: very fresh, right out of the factory

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