|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|the_german (209)||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 Bull's Eye, Dunhill Navy Rolls, MacBaren Stockton.
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