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Tin contains slices of a large-diametre rope with a black centre and mottled exterior part, similar to Dunhill Navy Rolls and Orlik Bulls-Eye.

BrandBull Dog
Blended ByDan Tobacco
Manufactured ByOrlik
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
CutCurly Cut
Packaging100 g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Extremely Mild
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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (219)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

During my recent visit to Dan Tobacco's premises, I was offered this blend (as well as another new one, a plug) to try out and was given a goodly-sized sample bag. Having gone through the latter... well, OK. This Curly is pretty obviously made by STG/Orlik; the name-giving roundels come off the same machine that makes Dunhill Navy Rolls and Orlik's Bull's Eye; that much is obvious from the first look. The tin corroborates this impression by for the first time in my memory stating that this blend was made "for DTM in the EU," as opposed to the usual "made by DTM..." -- mind, DTM had commissioned 'baccy manufacture to their recipes before, like the MacBaren-made Timm London Blend 750, also a Curly.

The tin aroma is a bit different though; I find this blend to be about half-way in between the other two blends from the same machine: far more perique and far less BC than in the Orlik-branded offering, and more straight-VA than in either. The smoke is good-natured and slow, only a minimum of dottle left at the end of the bowl: I tend to fold two to three roundels and gently sink into my larger bowls; this 'baccy shines that way.

If you like either Bull's Eye or Navy Rolls, try this one. If you like MacBaren's Curlies, absolutely try this one (and I happen to love MB's Curlies...). Of course, if you don't like either, forget about this one, too.

I find this blend to be the golden middle ground between the BC overload of Bull's Eye and the high dosage of Perique in Navy Rolls; for me, this is the best of both worlds. Love it, will get more ASAP.

Addendum, 2-15-15: I find that, in a properly-shaped bowl, a single roundel rubbed out and stuffed loosely will give me a leisurely, sweet, 45-minute smoke. Beautiful!

Pipe Used: Design Berlin Mayflower, Big Ben Barbados

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

Purchased From: Dan Tobacco

Similar Blends: Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Bull's Eye, Dunhill - De Luxe Navy Rolls.

3 people found this review helpful.

Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (104)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Davidoff Flake Medallions and Orlik Bull’s Eye/Peter Stokkebuy Bulls Eye have that same core of Black Cavendish. Leave that out and you’ll get pretty much Dunhill Navy Rolls/Escudo. At least to my impression, the Flake Medallions and these Roundels are the same tobacco by the same manufacturer (Orlik), varying in availability, price, tin size and design.

And they are good, really good. I much prefer them to pure VaPers and if I don’t rub them out, I can even taste when the BC core is contributing a sort of “box opening event” within the bowl. The taste of country style bread, roasted nuts, spiciness and only the slightest of sweetness is what I experience. Hitting the core, I also get reminiscence to MB’s Roll Cakes. Roper’s Roundels taste best to me after I let them age for at least ½ year, it merges the tobaccos harmonically to an even rounder, more soothing smoke (as if they weren’t round enough already).

Where I live Roper’s Roundels are 20% cheaper than Davidoff Flake Medallions… I vote for the contents, rather than the tin (plastered with warnings anyway), enjoy!

Pipe Used: Various

Similar Blends: Orlik Bull’s Eye, Peter Stokkebuy Bulls Eye, Dunhill Navy Rolls, Escudo, Davidoff Flake Medallions.

1 person found this review helpful.

NobbyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NobbyR (74)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The slices of Roper's Roundels look similar to Escudo or Dunhill's DeLuxe Navy Rolls, however, the manufacturing process and the blend are quite different. While the later are Va/Pers that are spun into ropes and then cut as curly flakes, for Roper's Roundels Virginias and Perique are pressed into thin flakes that are wrapped around a heart of Black Cavendish into a roll which is then cut into slices.

The way the tobacco coins are stacked into the tins reminds me of Bell's Three Nuns, even though the slices are much bigger. They give off a delicious scent of brown bread with a distict malty sweetness and notes of prunes or plum butter. The moisture level is perfect.

You could rub out the flakes, but I prefer to use the fold and stuff method or to make small balls of tobacco. Depending on the size of your bowl, it takes up to three coins to fill your pipe. Either way, you'll need a thorough charring and true light to get it burning evenly.

It's important not to draw too eagerly in order to avoid it getting burn too hot. A re-light is better than that. Enjoyed with leisure, this complex tobacco will give you a dense and creamy smoke that tastes deliciously of toasted bown bread with a sublime tangy sweetness from the Virginias, some fruity acidity from the Perique in the background and notes of marzipan and dark chocolate from the Black Cavendish. It burns down dryly to some graying ash.

The room note is unobtrusive and sweetish.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Nr. 95 Silke Brun

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Dan Pipe

Similar Blends: Davidoff Flake Medallions, Orlik Bull's Eye.

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