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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
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2094)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias are citrusy sweet with a little tangy dark fruit, grassy with a little earthiness. I taste a little honey, too. There's is a very mild sweet topping, though I cannot ID it. The dark fired spicy, woody, mildly dry 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, and I recommend a moderate puffing cadence. The nic-hit is mild to medium. The tobacco is coin cut, but very easy to break part or fold and stuff as you please. It's 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, and as close to the VaPer Three Nuns as is any of today's manufactures. The strength and taste levels are closer to medium than they are to full. It burns at a reasonable pace with a meaty, very consistent flavor with no bite or dullness, and leaves just a little moisture in the bowl. Has a pleasant after taste and a stronger room note, both of which linger a little. Not quite an all day smoke, but it is a repeatable one.

29 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (109)
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.

9 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Without question, the finest of the Savinelli blends, I enjoyed the Burley/Kentucky strength that others here found to be too much. I did not. The Virginia/Perique element was bolstered by it and the presentation forced me to buy several more tins for the cellar. I think this one will age beautifully for me. If you have smoked Dunhill's de Luxe Navy Rolls, try to envision that leaf with added Burley and you will pretty much get the picture of what Doblone d'Oro is all about.


7 people found this review helpful.

dedalto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dedalto (24)
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

6 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (475)
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.

pylet2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pylet2000 (33)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Quite possibly the best use of Perique I've experienced. I like Dark Fired Kentucky, and that sets a wonderful backdrop for the nicely balanced Perique to sit against.

In the tin, it looks much like any MacBaren roll cake, albeit quite a bit drier. The smell is even faintly reminiscent, although much more robust. I think of this as what I wish any of the MacBaren roll cakes were actually like. Or maybe like MB roll cakes for a palette that likes deeper tobacco flavors.

The other tobaccos are present but really only serve to balance out and mute the intensity of the dark fired Kentucky and Perique. It ends up being a very likable and agreeable smoke, for me at least. There's a hint of VaPer, but it's not subtle like say Escudo. It's nowhere near as sweet as many VaPers either. The Kentucky gives it a similar base flavor to MacBaren HH Old Dark Fired, but this is more multi-dimensional and complex with the Perique. Speaking of, that Perique note is excellent, among the finest I've had. Strong fig note, a touch of spice, and by no means bitter.

All in all, I give it a highly recommended to those that like fuller flavors. Complex, brooding, curious; this is a very nice blend to fire up, sit back, and contemplate. Reasonable nicotine hit as well, not 1792 or Irish Flake intense, but not wimpy either.

4 people found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (136)
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

4 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an outstanding smoke. Smoky, earthy, notes of tangy dark fruit, mildly sweet and spicy, mildly nutty. Very well rounded with a good deal of strength. Rich and satisfying. 25 stars.

Medium to strong in body. No added flavoring. Medium to full in taste. Burns perfectly. Love this stuff.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Mars cigars and pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (98)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Doblone d’Oro is one of several stellar blends released over the past few years by Savinelli. IMO, all of this series are not only good but they are also fairly original without being "out there".

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.

3 people 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

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

3 people found this review helpful.

½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (97)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

A grassy Virginia, whose piquancy is subdued by the other components, all in superb balance. The nutty Burley provides a solid background, and lends its body and excellent mouth feel to the blend. The dark-fruity Perique carries the bottom end, producing a little mustiness that holds my interest throughout the smoke. I don't have a clue as to what the Kenyan leaf is, or what it does; but, if it's an essential ingredient, I'm glad it's in there!

Great smoke volume, body, mouth feel, balance, yada, yada... No issues with this clearly superior smoke.

Similar Blends: Original 3 Nuns, so they say.

2 people found this review helpful.

Snappo's Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Snappo's Pipe (18)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Savinelli Gold Dablouns a/k/a Doblone d' Oro... many deep shades of Bell's Three Nuns (VaKy) & PH Curly Block in flavor profiles, albeit slightly more floral & a bit less bold in strength to my palette. An ultra-easy 1st class smoke with great burn and huge billowy clouds right out of a fresh tin - a very special blend this one!

Pipe Used: No name baby briar....

Age When Smoked: 2014

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Bell's Three Nuns & PH Curly Block, but more floral with greater finesse.

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1552)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Savinelli - Doblone d'Oro.

I got this on a recent trade with my buddy Gentleman Zombie, Franck, cheers pal!

In the tin the blend looks a lot more reminiscent of Mac Baren's Roll cake, rather than one of the better formed roll cakes such as Dunhill De Luxe Navy Rolls, or Escudo Navy De Luxe. As well as some coins the tin includes ribbons (lots more of these than coins), so it doesn't require lots of time to fill a bowl.

To me, the smoke has a fairly full flavour. There's sharp/lively Perique, nutty Burley and a touch of mild Virginia, but it's the Kentucky that elevates the flavour: as the bowl burns there's an amelioration of the Kentucky, and as this develops the smoke becomes fuller. At first the flavour's more of a traditional VaPerBur one, but after a quarter everything changes. If I use the ribbon parts to fill a bowl with it tends to burn a little quick, but by scrunching the actual coin pieces (few as they are) I get a longer smoke. I get no tongue bite from S.d.D, but if I chug it the smoke feels warm.

The nicotine feels strong (I have less tolerance for Lady N since ditching cigarettes a year ago), and the room-note's quite pleasant.

This is a good quality smoke, not one I could have as a go-to, but a very decent blend. Cheers Franck!


Update,07/03/17: I'm loving this as a morning smoke, ergo, raising the result to four stars!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Tin badged June 2014

Purchased From: Traded with Franck

2 people 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

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Old German puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old German puffer (106)
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

2 people found this review helpful.

cakeanddottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cakeanddottle (68)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I am going to go against the crowd on this one. The tobacco is excellent, and the dryness level means no prep is required to load and smoke a bowl. I just don't love this. It lacks anything resembling sweetness. It's absolutely a savory version of this blend of tobaccos. Whereas JKP and OJK would be on the savory end of a VaBurPer, this takes it even farther and makes those two seem like dessert in comparison. It's good tobacco, and if you're inclined to a blend completely lacking in any bright and sweet notes, you may love it. It's not what I was looking for out of this mix of tobaccos.

1 person found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
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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