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Chestnut -- part of Hearth & Home's lively and popular Mid-Town Series -- is made of mellow Burleys, sweet Virginias, silky Maryland, robust Kentucky, exotic Turkish and smoky Latakias, a traditional American-English blend. Though mild in flavor, Chestnut is nonetheless delightfully complex. Like all of the Mid-Town Series blends, Chestnut uses fine quality (costly) tobaccos, yet is modest in price.

Notes: Chestnut is a match for the venerable but now discontinued Middleton Walnut blend.

BrandHearth & Home
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Latakia, Maryland, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutRibbon
Packaging14 oz. tub Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2042)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

As many smokers know, Chestnut is a Match for the discontinued Walnut, and both are comprised of many different varieties of tobaccos. In it, I get a light taste of Kentucky, grassy, citrusy Virginia (it forms the base of the blend), some nuts and molasses from the burley as a supporting player, a touch of honey from the cavendish, and a slight dry, woody note from the Oriental/Turkish. The Cyprian latakia is a minor addition, but gives a very mild smokey, woody push to the other components. I know Maryland is in here, but I can’t taste it. The topping is mildly sweet. Overall, it has nice subtlety of flavors that meld well together for a mild to medium smoke. Has a mild nic-hit. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns clean, cool and dry at a moderate pace with a consistent flavor. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl, and needs few relights. Has a light, pleasant after taste, and is an all day smoke.

What’s the difference between Chestnut and the original? The original sometimes has a little chemical taste from the topping that Chestnut does not, and it could get a slight bitter hit near the end, which Chestnut does not do. The original is a shade sweeter, and a tiny bit nuttier, while Chestnut has just a smidgen more latakia. Otherwise, I can’t tell the difference. My description of Chestnut mirrors anything I would say about Walnut, except the noted differences. And if I hadn't spent all that time comparing the two blends (14 bowls each, often back to back), I doubt I'd have noticed any differences, which are very minor at best. I rated Chestnut at four stars, even though I rated Walnut at three, for how close it is to the original, and for being a little better smoke.

27 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (305)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I got a 2 oz sample from P&C and have been smoking it in a variety of briars. I have never smoked Walnut, so I am basing the review only on my experience with the match.

This has been a great smoke. I get a burley-forward VaBur with some Kentucky for muscle. The burley is nutty and a "heavier" sweet. The Virginias are there and grassy but a little subdued. The orientals and latakia are a very light touch and add just a whiff of smokey and spice. What very little topping there is seems to add to a sweet. I am not getting honey and there may be a little fruit, but it is very mild.

I can imagine Walnut was very popular back in the day, and I regret never trying it when it was in production. This is a solid 3 on the scale. If I end up buying it by the tub, I will bump it up to a 3.5. This is very good and worth trying.

10 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (812)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Another sample from an internet friend. Nice to have friends! I haven't smoked Walnut in awhile but for some reason this strikes me as overall darker in color. Nice little wisp of latakia on the bag aroma. Seems like more latakia than the original.

The original Walnut captured my heart for a short while and then turned on me and became bitter. Whether that was me or the tobacco, I don't know. This one smoked very nicely, with the latakia being soft and in the background but still a bit of a driver. Burley was the main player with the rest of the components mildly noticeable but very submissive. What I enjoyed about this one is the depth of flavor, something the original did not possess for me. I would not call this complex (and that wouldn't be the point anyway) but it did subtly ask for my attention while I was smoking. The flavors were mellow but leaning towards rich, particularly in the finish. No cigarette notes or wimpy finish as I found in the original. And this stayed tasty all the way down the bowl instead of growing bitter. I won't smoke this a lot but I may pick up a tub just for certain occasions. If any Walnut smoker bemoans the absence of his favorite blend, I urge them to try this. Russ really seems to understand how to make a match blend.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Have not had the original Walnut. This is a fine blend with many nuances of flavor. Every tobacco used is readily tasted with one exception and that would be the Maryland. This got me curious and after some searching I found the answer from Russ himself. At P&C you can find a page titled Ouellette's Tobacco Types/Descriptions and under Maryland you can find this description; "Maryland- Another rather neutral tobacco used in a number of American blends, it is extremely mild, which explains its broad use in cigarette tobacco. It is very useful in Burley blends when one wishes to reduce the sometimes heavy nuttiness." That explains why I haven't been able to detect it in two different Walnut match blends.

This blend is very tasty and I highly recommend it. Mild to medium in body and flavor. Burns perfectly and is very smooth. The very definition of an all day blend.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Diplomat Apple

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Corncob3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Corncob3 (69)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I usually smoke Burley or Light English mixtures. Chestnut was a very rewarding departure from the run of the mill English types. Slightly sweet (Virginias very noticeable) and smoky with a faint floral note. Surprisingly mild for a blend that contains all those exotic tobaccos. Good body and very pleasant room note that isn't overwhelming. The Kentucky, Turkish and Maryland keep things in check. The Latakia is definitely there but has a nice interplay with the Virginias so it doesn't overpower. Highly recommended. Nice to see P&C bringing back these old time favorites. Did I mention the price? It's very affordable. Tin notes mention Chestnut as an all day smoke, but you might prefer with morning paper and coffee, after dinner or during a leisurely walk.

Pipe Used: Corncob and Briar

Similar Blends: Walnut.

3 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (84)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

When Chesnut was first released I smoked through a 2 ounce sample very quickly. A few months went by and I noticed that I kept thinking of this blend. The itch got great enough and I decided to grab the full tub. This is the quintessential all day blend. It is a mild American style English blend with a complex, rich flavor profile. The Burley is smooth and nutty, the Virginia is bright and sweet, the Latakia adds a subtle but always present smoky/wood component, and the Turkish leaf adds a spice note. The Kentucky is here to add some body and the Maryland helps round out the blend. The topping is a great addition. I can't identify exactly what it is but its mildly sweet and occasionally tart. The room note is very pleasant.

Pipe Used: Briars, Meerschaums, Cobs

2 people found this review helpful.

Houndstooth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Houndstooth (34)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

From the moment I learned of this tobacco, and the Mid-Town Series, I was intrigued. Being a great consumer of other light latakia blends from H&H, such as Daybreak, Sunjammer and American Heritage, it was incumbent on me to try Chestnut.

While, it wasn't love at first sip, the stuff has grown on me in a big way. The Burley persuasion is still novel to me for the first part. I took the chance right off on a 14 oz. tub, and initially thought I'd been brash... Did I tell you that the price was right on this, particularly when I purchased it?

While the latakia is there, I can't really call this a latakia blend- not for those who dearly love it and are hoping for that experience. Such folks might do with a sample first, but if that's what they're wanting in full, they'd do best to stay away in the first place. There, I've said it. The latakia is an accent, but not the meal. I think this burns a little quicker than most things I smoke, so a larger bowl is sometimes in order. That might well be due to the high presence of burley.

That said, imbibers-to-be are in for a wholesome smoke that works well in the summer. A grassiness prevails, along with nuts and/or woodiness. I'm not super aware of the Kentucky, but the Turkish is playing its part along with the Virginia, which is where the sweetness come in. This stuff is mellow and finishes well. I find that a cob seems to show it off to its best effect, although different pipes do seem to bring out different elements in it.

If this was going to be a cigar, it'd come in the neglected wrapper of yore- the candela. I do wish I'd been able to try the original Walnut, but for all we know, this might be better.

Pipe Used: MM Morgan and many others

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: rather unique, but said to be a knock-off of Walnut..

2 people found this review helpful.

OldTallMike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OldTallMike (13)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Tolerable

Chestnut is a smooth blend match for Middleton Walnut. Great flavor, the Latakia does not take over the American blend. The smoke is stout, but not to the extent of a full Latakia blend, and it has a good flavor/scent through the nose. This could easily be an all day blend for a piper looking for something with some body.

2 people found this review helpful.

Stinkypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stinkypipe (156)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

What a super interesting blend. The open aroma is a bit smoky from the Latakia. It reminds you of many English blends out there. The multiple mixture is a real taste cornucopia of flavors. Lights fine and burns pretty cool. I get sweet hay, a bit sour, nutty and a little smoky that come and go all through the smoke. The nutty flavor is most predominant but the sweet, sour and smoky never go away. This is for sure an all day smoke that frankly should satisfy almost any pipe smoker. The room aroma is pretty mild and pleasant. This is certainly a five star smoke!

Pipe Used: Boswell freehand

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

the_dalai_lama_himself Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_dalai_lama_himself (39)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

Honeysuckle like sweetness, the burley is the main attraction. I assume it is tamed by the Maryland as the varietals harsher attributes are not there. The oriental and Virginia play off the Kentucky and Latakia in a back and forth manner that keeps the blend interesting. It does create a sort of floral quality at times like elderflower or lilac, but quickly moves to honeyed nutty burley and Virginia, almost bready with smokiness evident. This sort of happens in waves with the sweetness. It's a very easy blend to recommend, all day smoking or in my case early morning. Burley, Latakia, orientals, Kentucky, virginia, Maryland... in order of prominence.

Pipe Used: MM country gent

1 person found this review helpful.

Saint Del Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Saint Del (5)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I like this blend a lot. Nice full smoke, good smoky/nutty taste, enough strength to satisfy without being overpowering. Smokes dry. Room note a bit pungent, so an outside smoke for me. One of my standards, I keep this in stock.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Earl Grey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Earl Grey (34)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I never tried the original Walnut, and I'm still kicking myself for that today. So, as a lover of most things Middleton, I ended up trying the H&H version Chestnut. Upon opening the tub, I was greeted by the leathery smell that is characteristic of most English blends. Now, I didn't find this to be a Latakia bomb, like Nightcap or something, but I thought it was way more Latakia forward than other reviewers have stated. I didn't find much complexity in this blend at all. Mainly Latakia and Kentucky. I did find it smooth and even burning. Just a tamp, one relight, and then it burned to a fine white ash. My wife liked the room note, she said it smelled like a camp fire. This is one I'll dip into now and then, but won't be buying again.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum, Italian Briar

Age When Smoked: Right out of tin.

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

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Robdlouisville Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Robdlouisville (10)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

A perfect strength of various tobaccos and latakia leaf. For me it is the right flavor. The value is great as well. P&C delivers quick and arrives well packaged. I bought the 14 oz. tub. Glad I did.

Pipe Used: Full Bent no name, straight briar hand made

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: A lighter version of Iwan Reis Proper English and Lord Nelson from Smokershavenwny.com.

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Bassrep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bassrep (25)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Complex is the key word here. Mild, smooth, no bite, rich, and low maintenance. Only smoking a pipe for a few years but am kinda of a tobacco junky. I started out with aros and still love some of them. To be honest, there's only so many ways you can blend chocolate, vanilla, cherry, and sweetness. As an experiment, I have placed "reject" aros into a large coffee tin with a nice tight fitting lid. After I add a new one, I give it a stir and smoke it up. Taste doesn't seem to change from addition to addition. ANYWAY... I really like this smoke. I got into "English" kinda by mistake and have been branching out from there.

Pipe Used: Chacom Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

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babysinister Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
babysinister (51)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

Not much to say here, as this is my long sought-after substitute for the defunct and deeply lamented Walnut. Only that I like it better than I did Walnut and particularly appreciate that it is smoother and more flavorful due to a finer, tastier topping/casing, not to mention the usual Ouelletian blending finesse in general.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Tortuga 804 ks

Age When Smoked: None

Purchased From: gifted

Similar Blends: Middleton's Walnut.

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