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The choicest Virginias, Burleys and dark fired Kenyan leaf are enhanced with an impeccable addition of spicy Perique, then aged to perfection before being spun into enticingly beautiful, zesty coins. A delightfully vivacious and flavorful smoke.

Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
CutCurly Cut
Packaging100g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1395)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias are naturally citrusy sweet, grassy with a little earthiness. I taste a little honey, too. The dark fired spicy, woody Kentucky is an important player, adding some flavor depth and strength. There is a fair amount of raisiny, peppery perique that plays well with the Kentucky spice as it tingles the tongue. You'll want something to drink while you smoke it. The tobacco is coin cut, but very easy to break part or fold and stuff as you please. It's very reminiscent of MacBaren's Three Nuns in several ways, which is no surprise since MacBaren manufactures both mixtures. It's stronger and spicier than Three Nuns was in any version. Consider this to be a hot-to-trot kissing cousin to the new Three Nuns. It burns well with a meaty consistent flavor with no bite or dullness, and no dottle.

12 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (326)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Edit 1/8/2016

This is an example of why I now don't give 4 stars to blends I only get a small sample of. This is still a good blend and I certainly don't regret buying two tins of it following my last review of it. I did recently finish one of those 100g tins. I do like it for the reasons disclosed below, but think it falls a little below the other VaBurPer blends for which I have awarded four stars in the past.

The reason is likely more my personal preference for a heavier Kentucky, or burley presence in these blends. This is a well balanced blend, but is maybe a little lighter in body than my favorite ones.

Original Review 1/26/15

It is interesting How I came to get a hold of this one. A friend of mine and I both took advantage of a groupon to get Trevi 320's from BnB tobaccos. Later when we got together for a smoke, he asked me which savinelli Tobacco I chose. I had a blank look on my face. Apparently when ordering I missed the fact that the pipe would come with a free tin.

Anyway, he gave me a sample of this one that he chose. I was irritated I missed out on a free tin, but then really irritated after I tasted how fantastic this blend was. This is right up my alley of blends I like. Rich in perique and Dark fired Kentucky it is earthy and spicy. The Virginia is the perfect compliment to this blend bringing just the right amount of sweetness to the little coins.

It is a well balanced blend that is a little like Three Nuns, Newminster superior rounds or even Strang. I liked it so much I ended up ordering two more tins, one of which, I plan on aging.

5 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (74)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Summary: A mature Virginia/Perique mixture, Savinelli "Doblone d'Oro" mixes stabilizing Burleys with dark-fired leaf, producing a powerful balanced smoke.

Most Virginia/Perique mixtures fall on the sweet side of the equation to the exclusion of many other flavors, which fits those who want a well-behaved all day smoke for light stimulus. Savinelli "Doblone d'Oro" goes Wagnerian on that formula by adding dark-fired leaf, using darker Virginias balanced with Burleys for a broad and full flavor, and amping the Perique to make a moderately hard-hitting smoke with a balance of flavors.

At first light, the characteristic "VaPer" taste emerges, with the peppered fig flavor of the Perique clashing with the Virginia to produce a lemony aftertaste, but then the Burleys rise and the dark fired leaf wings in to support them, broadening flavor but keeping its balance. The sweetness recedes, and the Perique marches to the front, waving its sword of mixed indole alkaloids, while the dark fired simmers and tones down the flavor from its lighter notes of lemony and grassy Virginia.

If you have tried Orlik "Golden Sliced," Escudo "Navy De Luxe," or the near-twins Newminster "No. 403 Superior Round Slices" and Peter Stokkebye "Luxury Bullseye Flake," you are familiar with the Virginia/Perique format. Savinelli drops the idea of making a purely piquant mix and instead creates a full range of flavors which complement each other, taking this type of blend from its sugary origins to something which can be enjoyed alongside other intense tobaccos. The result can be a savory all-day smoke without the relentless high note that makes most VaPers fall short of full enjoyment.

Similar Blends: Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Golden Sliced (Red), Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe, Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake, Newminster - No. 403 Superior Round Slices.

3 people found this review helpful.

dedalto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dedalto (23)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a delightful tobacco. Sweet grassy back drop from the Virginia while the dark fired Kenyan tobacco gives it some strength. The Perique adds some spice to make it interesting. A great all day smoke. It comes out of the tin ready to smoke. It is stimulating without tongue bite and never boring. I am surprised not more people are trying this. With its availability, cost, and undeniable flavor it is an easy 5. it could easily become a classic that a whole other generation will decry it's passing in later years. Rated an easy 4.

Pipe Used: any number. It is a very forgiving tobacco.

Age When Smoked: June 14 and ready to go.

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

Mouse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mouse (7)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant

Nice coins, fairly dry and smokeable without needing further drying. Reminds me of MacBaren's Dark Twist with a bit of Perique added. No country of origin or blender listed on the tin but I'm guessing MacBaren.

Pipe Used: Sav. Onda Canadian, Radice Rhodesian

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smokingpipes

2 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (61)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

IMO, Savinelli’s Doblone d’Oro and also their Brunello Flake are presently under-appreciated. I have already reviewed BF (qv), and here is my review of D d’O:

Popping a 1 year old tin of D d’O, the seal seemed good but the mosh of “coins” inside was hardly an auspicious beginning. They were simply piled and smashed into the tin, and they were rather dry. I guess one could say that they come ready for smoking, were it not for another quirk of this blend, which I’ll get to, anon. Tin note is the well-aged, lightly fermented tobaccos listed, with an overall scent of brown raisin bread. The VAs are grassy and hay-ish; the Perique is vaguely fruity; the KY is earthy, subtly smoky and piquant. The “nuts” from the KY/Burly are well roasted. Despite the inviting tin note, I will say right away that D d’O was somewhat rough and muddled when smoked straight out of the tin. For me, it only came into its own after I jarred it for a couple of months, then rubbed it out and blended it before smoking it, and my recommendation is based on these stipulations. Given this prior consideration, D d’O is wonderfully fragrant from first light, and it only gets better as it gathers itself, down the bowl. It is strong enough, yet it is elegant. Sip and sniff it lightly and enjoy the ride. The tobaccos are first quality, and the delicate topping is a perfect complement to the blend, IMO. Spices from the Perique and the KY come across almost like a fruity Oriental, only slightly musty, while the VAs are deep, old hay, semi-sweet and with more punch than I expected, based on the predominant scents and tastes. The lot is deep like KY, with substantial overtones. What I like best about this blend is the nonchalant way its delicate nuances emerge from such a serious, substantial, well-melded blend. The lot both concentrates and smooths out down the bowl. Strength builds gradually until it’s past medium. Tastes are greater than medium, and no need to chase them. Room note is nice, especially in view of the Perique and the KY. There is plenty of thick smoke. Aftertaste is the best of the smoke. It handles, packs, lights and smokes like a dream, from beginning to end.

Approached with respect, Doblone d’Oro might be a nice introduction to VA/Bur/Per, also KY. Once aged, rubbed out and blended, it’s complex without complications, a comfortable, satisfying smoke, like the best of the old “Premium” blends. Bravo. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: various briars

Age When Smoked: 1 year ib the tin; 2 mos. in a jar

Purchased From: Liberty Tobacco

Similar Blends: Compare/contrast to GLP Triple Play.

1 person found this review helpful.

Brooklynsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brooklynsmoker (10)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

An instant classic.Coin cut.Perfect moisture level which you can smoke right out of the can.Nice spice and Virginia.A really wonderful and refreshing aroma.All day kinda smoke without a doubt.

Pipe Used: Some briars

Age When Smoked: couple of months

1 person found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (134)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Excellent blend with rich flavor delivery. It all comes together well - fresh out of the tin. Very Mac Barenesque, as should apparently be expected from the research I've done on this one. One light, clean burn, no fuss. A creaminess to the excellent flavors delivered, with nice spice on the retrohale. 4*.

Pipe Used: Karl Erik

Age When Smoked: Tin date JUN 2014

Purchased From: Tinder Box, Mishawaka, IN

1 person found this review helpful.

Blew_Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blew_Smoke (3)
Strong Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is my first review.

I tried this in a cob first, then in the churchwarden.

I received this tin free when I ordered a Savinelli pipe. I chose it for its great reviews. The tin note is lovely, but hard to describe: sweet, a slight hint of barbecued meat, but not nearly as much so as a Mcclelland virginia flake. The coins are looser than I gauged from the picture. They crumble as I pick them up: no break/rub required. The sweetness of the tin is also present in the flavor upon lighting. To summarize: honey, spice, and everything nice. I don't know if this honey flavor comes from the virginias or if it is a topping, but it is not subtle. My whole mouth tastes like honey. But the sweetness of the honey balanced with the spice of the perique/Kentucky. Smokes dry and there's no crackle. I am conflicted because I want to really puff it for the honey flavor, but the strong nicotine hit is holding me back. Give this one 3.5 stars. I only hold back on 4 stars because its a little too much nicotine for me. It has such a hard nic hit that I feel sick after smoking it. Highly recommended for those who don't mind all the nicotine.

Pipe Used: MM Cob & Savinelli Prince of Wales Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: new

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Old German puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old German puffer (105)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is by far the best of the tobacco line. Wonderful coin cut. Love how it packs and lights. LIGHT citrus and great tobbaco Smell. No need to dry. Flavor stays the same from start to finish. This should be the king of the line. Seems to be the only one that they care about.

Pipe Used: Comoy

Age When Smoked: Tin - 5 years

Purchased From: WASH. DC

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (280)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Although the vacuum seal on my tin was intact, I felt this tobacco was too dry right from the tin. Many of the coins had separated, perhaps in transit, resulting in fine ribbons that burned much quicker that my normal flakes. Overall, a well balanced smoke but I prefer I bigger influence of Perique. Burned evenly with no relights and smoked cool without condensation or bite.

Pipe Used: various bowl sizes

Age When Smoked: dated 6/14

Purchased From: smoking pipes

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