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Notes: This tobacco was produced in Germany under licence and recipe from Villiger (Switzerland).

BrandVilliger
Manufactured ByVilliger
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsMaryland, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50/500g. Pouch
CountryCH
ProductionNo longer in production
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Strength
Mild to Medium, Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
2.5
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1572)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm not sure why this is called Maryland SAMI, because it's obvious more than Maryland tobacco is present. I suspect that the spice note may come from a pinch of Oriental, though that component is not listed. It's the same spice note in Virginia No. 444 and Maryland No. 333. Oriental is listed as a component in the Va. No. 444, and I believe it is also in both Maryland SAMI and Maryland No. 333, though perhaps slightly less of it is in the SAMI. The Virginia is mildly grassy with some earth and a bit of citrus with the barest hint of honey, though I only sporadically notice the latter. I suppose the Maryland, which often adds little to the flavor of a blend, is present to smooth out the lesser Virginia component, because Maryland itself doesn’t have the strength of flavor found in Virginia. The burley is nutty and toasty in a minor role, but you will mostly notice it through out the smoke. Needs a little hydration as it’s dry, and the thinness of the cut increases the burn rate. I recommend puffing at a moderate rate for best effect, though it doesn't bite, you may experience a cigarette note if you puff like a freight train. Could also be used as a RYO, and I suspect it is meant to be a double duty manufacture. An all day smoke with a little body, and a shade over mild nic-hit, though fast puffing may increase that a mite. Leaves no moisture, has a consistent flavor with a nice after taste. The room note won't chase your friends away.

Updated 12-5-2015 to include new information: In the past couple of months, I have been smoking Maryland No.333, and from the first, it struck me as tasting very close to SAMI, which I had smoked a few years back. It is common knowledge that blends tend to be repackaged and sold under different names. Sometimes, there’s no change in the formula, and other times, the formula is slightly tweaked to create a similar product. As there is some doubt about this blend, I contacted Daniel Schneider at Synjeco for information regarding the two blends. His response was “Maryland No. 333 and Sami are not the same blend…”, but added “However[,] the two blends are for sure similar in taste and smoke, as the content is similar as well, only changing about the Virginias in the Sami and the proportions-percentage of the components.”

As Mr. Schneider has sold both blends through his store, I consider his comments to be the definitive word on the subject, unless a blender at Villiger says otherwise. The differences are minor, and whatever they may be, I really can’t discern many dissimilarities between Maryland No. 333 and SAMI, though perhaps others can.

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L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (107)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Essentially pure Maryland. It is true that probably there is a little bit of Virginia and maybe a hint of Burley, but for the most part this is tobacco Maryland and it absolutely dominant, leading. I don’t mind this tobacco even if it isn’t American Maryland bur probably Maryland seed grown in Switzerland. Overall, it is quite good, fair. Opening the pouch, the smell is that of cigarette tobacco. You can smoke it straight but it is also good for blending as a base tobacco. Unfortunately no longer in production, I found this tobacco at Synjeco’s Pipe Smoker’s Heaven and the really kind owner, Daniel Schneider, gave me as a gift a sample of 34g. In my system rating (from 0 to 10) my mark is 7 and two stars.

Purchased From: SYNJECO'S PIPE SMOKER'S HAVEN Brissago, Switzerland

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