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Derby Club Aromatic is one of H&H's Mid-Town Series. Smooth and pleasant, it is a blend of burley, Virginia, Turkish and a bit of perique. Derby Club Aromatic is, like all the Mid-Town series, rather reasonably-priced. You can enjoy DCA anytime: morning, noon and night.

Notes: Derby Club Aromatic is a match for Kentucky Club Mixture Aromatic.

BrandHearth & Home
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
Packaging14 oz. tub
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (97)
Mild Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

What a fine surprise. It’s an aromatic, they say. It’s unlike any aromatic that I’ve ever encountered. Would that there were more like it.

Just think, it has burley and Virginia and that’s well enough, but there’s Turkish in there, too and, what’s more, Perique. Perique. Who would have thought? In an aromatic, and an aromatic directly based on an old drugstore tobacco, no less.

The burley is dominate. It is in all of the Hearth & Home Midtown Series. It’s good burley. Well cut. Well blended. Not overly treated. It’s soft and round and direct. Cool smoking and consistent. It’s probably like the burley of yore that the entire series of blends is inspired by. I wouldn’t know. I wasn’t around to smoke those, but it’s nice to think about.

With that very nice burley base in Derby Club, there is a fair amount of yellowish, bright Virginia. It’s sharp and sweet and grassy. It’s nicely balanced with the burley and never dominates or overheats. It makes the otherwise straightforward, woodsy burley just a little bit more interesting. But wait. There’s more.

That Turkish tobacco is bitter and herb like. There’s not very much of it, but it’s enough to kick things up a notch. And then there’s the Perique. It’s the Perique that really makes Derby Club my favorite of the Hearth & Home Series. The Perique deepens and darkens this blend. It makes it like a good dark chocolate or a very ripe, dusky stone fruit. It makes the blend soft and velvety, but rich and bodied.

There is a top dressing, an uncomplicated, unobtrusive one; slightly fruity, which complements the Perique and makes the rest of the blend sing just a bit more. It smokes cool throughout and doesn’t fatigue the palate. If I were to have any complaint, it would be that I always wanted another pipe immediately after finishing the first.

13 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2251)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The burley is lightly molasses sweet and nutty, and is the star component in regard to tobacco taste. The perique offers a bare hint of spice in the background. The Oriental/Turkish provides a slight woodiness, and is always mildly noticeable. The Virginia is a little grassy and mildly citrus sweet in a support role. The topping is a little fruity, and avoids the chemical note of the original, otherwise it’s the same in both. The differences between the original and Derby Club is that the original is a little sweeter, the burley is a shade deeper in flavor, while Derby Club is a little smoother. The look and cut of the tobaccos are the same in both. Some say the original had a tendency to bite, but I did not notice that in either version. The nic-hit is very mild. Derby Club burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a consistent flavor. Leaves very little moisture, requires few relights, and makes a decent all day smoke, as did the original. Has a pleasant after taste.

I rated the original at two and a half stars.


11 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (346)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I am smoking through a 2 oz sample from P&C. This has been a very pleasant smoke. I have smoked the original Kentucky Club, but never the Mixture, so this review is not based on any comparison to Kentucky Club Mixture Aromatic.

The blend presents as a mild VaBur on the Buley end of the spectrum. It has some condimental perique and Turkish, and a mild fruit topping. The effect is slightly sweet and nutty with a few Virginia notes and some grassiness in the sweet. The perique adds a plum to the fruit flavors and the Turkish provides a little spice - maybe the perique is part of the spice too. The perique and Turkish are a light touch and are most evident when puffed and exhaled through the nose.

This is not what most people would characterize as an aromatic. It is a great mild smoke with tobacco flavor and a little "salt and pepper." This is easy to recommend to anyone who likes a mild VaBur and thinks a little variety (but not too much) might be interesting. This is easy to recommend.

9 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (858)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Another sample from an internet friend (as was the Chatham Manor and Presbyterian match). This was a bit darker in color than those two and had a headier pouch aroma. Deep and uninhibited, if lacking a bit in refinement. I could smell orientals but not perique, which is typical of my own lack of refinement when it comes to perique!

Earthy is an oft-used term to describe burley and it fits here. This was a robust burley rather than a nutty version and the minor inclusion of orientals provided a bit of welcomed bitterness and brine. The perique was barely noticeable and then only really in the room note. The topping, perhaps of an alcohol base, was fruity at times and bitter-sour at others, but never overdone. I've never smoked the original this is based on, so I can't comment on how close of a match it is. This one is definitely recommended to those who prefer a robust blend, yet it desperately wanted to fry my tongue and roof of the mouth at every opportunity. I had to fight off that phenomenon regularly, and this loses a star as a result. Then again, it's not the tobacco's fault, I suppose. Sipped slowly, the flavor of this is beyond reproach and I would buy again but for that biting quality. Try this if you enjoy fullness of flavor without flopping into brute strength for its own sake. I sincerely doubt the original was this good!

7 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I find myself liking this a lot. Never had the original. I get a nice Burley mixed with Oriental and the Virginias in the background. Just a slight touch of spice from the Perique. The topping is fruit, but seems to have something else I can't identify. Whatever it is tastes nice. A very good anytime smoke,

Mild in body and flavoring. Mild to medium in flavor. Burns perfectly with no harshness or bite.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

5 people found this review helpful.

Earl Grey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Earl Grey (34)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I never tried the original Middleton Kentucky Club Aromatic, but after reading so many great reviews for Derby Club Aromatic, I had to try it. And I am so glad I did. This isn't a typical aromatic. I found the flavoring to be a subtle enhancer to all of the great tobacco flavor in this blend. I would say it's a bit more Burley forward, but all the tobacco flavors are there. It's balanced perfectly IMHO. The Virginia and Turkish are evident and come and go throughout the bowl, but it's the Perique that really drives this one home for me. I knew from part way into the first bowl of Derby Club Aromatic that I was hooked. This is now in my daily rotation. I even stocked up on this one. If you like the old school burleys, but with way more flavor and complexity, I would give this one a shot. Perfect moisture level, one relight and burns to a fine white ash. No tongue bite at all. Like I said, I never tried the original, but H&H made a fantastic blend with this one.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum, Falcon

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of tin.

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

BigSwede Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigSwede (82)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a good smoke and much better than I thought it would be. I got this with several other baggies in the Mid-Town series. Frankly I'd never been a huge fan of the original KC Aro so I put this one off for a while. Long story short: this is a good, solid burley blend, using good leaf that is mixed with other "stuff" to create a smooth, slow burning comfortable smoke. Just enough topping that melds well with the tobacco, to give it a bit of aroma but never over the top. The flavor develops nicely deeper into the bowl. Cool, no bite, easy to keep lit. Nicely blended to create, or re-create, the kind of blend that was so popular with our fathers and grandfathers. For me best of the series so far. Simple is good!

Pipe Used: Generic billiard

Age When Smoked: From fresh bag

Purchased From: pipesandcigars

4 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1826)
Very Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I'm not sure that I could taste much Perique, but the Burley, Virginia and touch of Oriental elements came through just fine. It has been so long since I smoked a bowl of the original that I don't know whether to indicate that this is a good match or not. All I know is that I liked it. Very light in overall presentation and an easy all day smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (302)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

First off I am absolutely delighted to see that A. Morley Jaques has started reviewing again! In 2004 when I first started smoking a pipe he was one of four reviewers that I took their tobacco opinons seriously and found that their preferences were very similar to mine. Pipestud, Prison Chaplain and Eulenburg being the others, I had kept in touch with Eulenburg via email and Christmas Cards up until say 2010 and have not been able to locate him :-( Mr. Jaques on the other hand I had seen as Edgar Allan Poe at the Old Stone Church around 2010 and was blown away by his performance... Not only a great reviewer of tobacco but a master actor as well..

Anyhoo H&H Derby Club is another wonderful Mid-Town blend that puts the original blend it is supposed to replicate to shame. The perique is not too strong which is good since I cannot take it in excessive amounts and the slight topping gives it a pleasant room note. Anything with Turkish, perique and burley is going to be a stinker that will cause women, children and pets to flee with the haste of a passenger exiting a burning aircraft but Derby Club manages to deliver strong delicious flavors with a pleasing aroma. Russ really has a nack at creating top shelf boutique blends that resemble OTC Drug Store blends, it's really amazing what he can create! I am quite happy with this offering and would not hesitate to recommend it to others, the price is refreshing at a time when others are raising their prices while the quality drops, Hearth & Home continues to amaze me with their creations! Great job on this one too Russ!!

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Kentucky Club - Kentucky Club Mixture Aromatic.

3 people found this review helpful.

newmystic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
newmystic (4)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I really like the flavor of this. I never had the chance to try the original, but this higher quality version is going to be my tinker smoke.

Pipe Used: Tsuge Ichibana

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and

Similar Blends: Kentucky Club Aromatic.

3 people found this review helpful.

andythebeagle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
andythebeagle (2)
Overwhelming Medium to Strong Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong

I just got finished with reviewing the Hearth and Home Mid Town Series Chestnut that included this, and now I will separate this out to do just the Derby Club Aromatic.

Now, the Derby Club Aromatic. Char light is good. That's all. It tastes nasty. I is hot, bitter, burny mouth feel, bad after taste, rough inhale, almost a chokey feeling, nasty smelling "tin and room note", nasty overall burning smell, lingering foul odor, miserable smoking properties, and fights all the way against being a decent smoke, which is the only reason to use a pipe in the first place. I'm not going to break it all down for you. I will sum it up as "this just ain't gonna work" and may be a good way to ruin an otherwise decent pipe.

My overall assessment? Never again, with any of the Hearth & Home Mid Town Series.

Pipe Used: 2 meers and several briars

Age When Smoked: new from seller

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Nothing In My life..

1 person found this review helpful.

Ronnstein Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ronnstein (20)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

IMHO the best of the Mid-Town series. Very good descriptions made by other reviewers so I'm not going to get into that, the only exception for me is that I added a few pinches of blending perique to this and it really helped make a good blend much better.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I really enjoy this blend. If I'm looking for something to smoke which I know is going to treat me right every time, I reach for the Derby Club. For me, it checks all the boxes as an every day tobacco: It has a great burly base which burns nice and cool, enough virginia for that sweet tang in the back of the mouth, and just a bit of perique and turkish to amp it up when puffed a little hotter for a change of pace as desired throughout the bowl. The retrohale is pleasantly spicy.

To round it out, I've never yet been bitten by this blend. I smoked a pouch of Kentucky Club Mixture before buying Derby Club as its replacement in my rotation. KCM could leave the roof of my mouth a bit beat up if I pushed it. This stuff doesn't. As a replacement for KCM it works great. The only noticeable difference I can detect is more cocoa in the pouch aroma. Flavor, to me, is equivalent.

Nicely done with this one, Russ. First old school blend I've felt was worth the tub.

Pipe Used: Cutty, Anse, Squat Bulldog

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Kentucky Club Mixture.

1 person found this review helpful.

Houndstooth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Houndstooth (34)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The two ounce bag I bought smelled like chocolate to me, but this did not scream "aromatic" when I smoked it.

The perique is definitely there- providing the spice, or is that the Turkish? The texture has that burley fluffiness to it, just like the Midtown series "Chestnut" and is probably just as good of a smoke all the way around. Again, not a trace of harshness either and my guess is that those so inclined could smoke it all day.

I found moisture beading up in the amber stem of the new corn cob I was smoking it in, but I think that was due to the cob being smoked for the very first time.

So far, this Midtown series is not an extreme flavor sensation, but don't call it bland either. Gentleness and subtlety is the name of the game, and I'd recommend both varieties I've tried to newbies and vets alike.

Pipe Used: MM Morgan and many others

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Supposed to be a Kentucky Club Mixture Aromatic knock-off, but I wouldn't know..

1 person found this review helpful.

Adam T Valleau Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adam T Valleau (17)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

So far, I have sampled three Hearth and Home Mid-town Series tobaccos: “Chatham Manor”, “Chestnut”, and now “Derby Club Aromatic”. I think all these blends are really very good, but “Derby Club Aromatic” is the best of these with “Chatham Manor” a close second. “Derby Club” is a very smooth and mellow blend which still manages to have quite a bit of complexity and character. I smoked a lot of “Kentucky Club Aromatic” early in my piping history (early 1980s), but it has been a long time since I last smoked it and so trying to compare these two blends might not be very fair. Yet, it seems to me that Kentucky Club was NEVER this good! In any case, “Derby Club” is a rich, flavorful tobacco which manages to remain reasonably mild. It is definitely burley-forward, but the Virginia and Turkish make their presence known. The Perique is not strong, but it peeks in now and then, if you pay attention. The topping is there, but is subtle and works very well with the tobaccos. I would classify this blend as a light aromatic, at most. It isn’t too moist, it isn’t goopy, it lights and burns well and leaves little dottle. I would think this would easily be an all-day smoke for most (it is for me). “Derby Club” is a fine blend in my opinion, and it is definitely one of the 5 blends I’m looking for to always have on hand. For the price, it is hard to beat. Highly recommended!

Pipe Used: Variety of briars, corn cobs and meerschaums

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Yes, Kentucky Club Aromatic, but also H & H Chestnut (but stronger), and a little like Half and Half..

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