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This blend springs from sweet Southern Birch with choice Burley's and Dark and Bright tobaccos. Delightful aroma in pouch or pipe.

BrandLane Limited
Blended ByLane Limited
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Black Cavendish
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Mild to Medium, Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (661)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The birch taste was the main flavor, and while it did remind me of birch beer, it didn't do much of anything for me. I got a light vanilla hit from the black cavendish, and nearly nothing from the burley. I had to sip slowly because it was bitey otherwise. Just wasn't worth the effort because the flavor was not my cup of birch.

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

I'd been wanting to try this unusual blend for a long time. The birch flavoring is very unusual but I love it! Don't detect root beer but a mild sweetness that I find very pleasant. Sorry that it's not around anymore but I have a large tin so it will last me a while. Try it if you can find it!

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tonalsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonalsmoker (30)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I actually discovered VIP a long time ago and had an interest in it's flavor characteristics.The approach to the birch flavoring struck me as very natural.When smoking this mixture I would picture an old mountaineer creating this blend.The result is of natural mellow birch with a hint of spiceyness,and does not taste like root beer.The tobaccos have a masculine taste which make a nice smoking mixture.I can't recommend VIP as an all-day smoke,but it's the blend you want to smoke on your porch while enjoying a view of the mountains.

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Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (111)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I got this through Thompson cigar renamed Paul Bunyan by lane. After much research found it Lanes VIP renamed by Thompson. A good Burley Cavendish with a Brich vanilla flavor which is very mild. Still almost a very natural tobacco. A good summer smoke. A nice simple Pack and burns well. A nice simple cahnge of pace try it.

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Nick O'Teen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nick O'Teen (90)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Ok, I admit to smoking lots of this in my younger daze(sic).

Call me crazy but I actually liked the birch beer taste and aroma at the time. Unfortunately, the underlying tobaccos are not of very good quality.

A newer pipe smoker might like this but my supplier now lists VIP as "Currently Discontinued".

Oh well, it's not like losing Balkan Sobranie ;^)

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Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (140)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Tasty burley blend, and as the others have said, it smelled heavily of birch 'root' beer in the pouch. I have never had birch beer but this smelled like root beer to me, only less sweet. I enjoyed it for what it was, I will come back to this in the summertime. They used a decent quality burley with no medicinal taste as I have found some burleys to have. Very much like drinking a glass of root beer while smoking Prince Albert. I will not smoke this very often, but it could be an occasional change of pace.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I must confess that I'm not sure what birch beer tastes like. If it's anything like VIP, I'll pass. Frankly, it tasted remarkably similar to the current production Half & Half with the added birch beer(?) flavoring. Unlike the current production Half & Half, it burned pretty cool without much bite. But mercy, that flavoring is too much.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

I didn't think they made this stuff anymore. I appreciate the occasional mug of birch beer, but I sure don't want to smoke it. The tobacco used is quite marginal. . Try this only if you can get a small sample, and are feeling wildly adventurous. (For heaven's sake use a cob!)

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Pagercat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pagercat (41)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extra Strong Mild Strong

This tobacco is practically dried up straight out of the pouch. The smell of birch beer is overwhelming when opening the pouch. It smokes very hot and tastes nothing like tobacco. This tastes like cigarette papers soaked in root beer syrup. Once you try it, you'll never forget it...and not in a good way...this will give you Post-Traumatic Smoke Disorder! YUCK!

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pop-pop's pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop-pop's pipe (96)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Mixed burleys with some virginia. Tastes like birch beer. Leaves a bad aftertaste. Smokes on the cool side however. It's not that bad but not my cup of tea. {Or mug of Birch Beer}.

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