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A tobacco with all the fragrant properties of 7 Reserve, but a little more full in body was what a customer sought, and in time 3 Noggins evolved.

Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2136)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

The Virginias are mildly citrus sweet with a grassy flavor. The black cavendish adds a light sugar sweetness, and no vanilla. I found the Cyprian latakia to be a supporting player, adding a light sweet note along with some smoke and wood, but it's not very forceful. The Oriental/Turkish gives it a little "oompf" as a background player, and provides a mild complexity with a dry, wood, spice and light sour note. The nic-hit is mild. Won't bite, and doesn't get harsh. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and fairly clean with a consistent flavor. Requires few relights, and leaves a little moisture in the bowl. More of a two and half star blend.

10 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

For me Rattray's blends are very much hit or miss with not a lot of grey area in-between. I really like the flakes as well as Red Rapparee and Black Mallory, but there is that group of blends in the middle like Accountants, Brown Clunee and No. 7 Reserve that I find to be just too bland. 3 Noggins falls into that group for me too. It's not a bad blend, but just not very interesting. It's a light English blend although some may call it a light Scottish blend, but either way there are just better options in both departments. On the plus side, on a whim, I bought a tin from the 1990's (was there a different blender between Rattray and K&K??) and time in the tin really improved this blend quite a bit. 3 Noggins had really sweetened up for me and tin note was wonderful, and the flavor was great. The question is…is it worth shelling out some bucks to wait 15 years for improvement? I think not.

8 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It's been just over a year since I reviewed my last sampling of Rattrays offerings and, having been distinctly unimpressed by it, I have been reticent about venturing back into their fold. However, after getting a couple of extra shifts at work and a bit of a bumper pay packet, I thought I would dip my toe back into the pond as it were and treated myself to a 100g tin of this stuff, mainly picking it out due to the latakia in it. I am only half way through the tin but, having had it for over six weeks, I have decided to get my experiences in now while they're still fresh.

Upon opening the tin, I picked a fruity, sultana like aroma akin to a dry port, nice but no latakia. After putting it into a pipe I've now dedicated to lats, the flavour was much the same with only a little lat coming through like a thin veneer of pepper. Not quite what I expected but a pleasant smoke nonetheless. However, after a third of the tin, the latakia started to come through a bit stronger and has maintained this presence so far. It's not dominant but is closer to an equal partner with the virginia and the cavendish. The oriental is yet to rear it's head but it might make an appearance later in the show.

On the whole then, a very good smoke so far. I found with my last tin of Rattray's, I was just smoking it to finish off the packet, having got bored of it. That sometimes happens with me, even with good tobaccos, where i just want to polish the tin off and get on with another tobacco. This, however, I am happy to continue smoking with no rush. It might take me another six weeks to polish it off but I'm perfectly happy happy with that.

6 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (833)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

This review is based on about 2 oz - half a tin. Upon opening the tin, the heavily pungent aroma of quality orientals assailed my nostrils. Light on the latakia but more heavy of body, due to the unflavored cavendish. I found this much tastier than 7 Reserve but muted in comparison to Jocks or Highland Targe, and certainly more so than Red Rap or Black Mallory. I enjoyed this but not sure where it fits into my rotation or even the Rattrays stable.

The flavor and strength of this was mild to my tastebuds. It almost tasted like Syrian latakia but I'm quite certain that wasn't in the original recipe so unless K&K has changed things, they must have toned down the Cyprian by using it sparingly and covering it up with cavendish and orientals. The virginias are of the sweeter variety. Now this is what I call a balanced tobacco. Everything seems to meld together. The flavor is subdued but as the description reads, it's heavier in body. As mentioned, that must mean more nicotine, but such did not register to me as an overabundance. This is a good tobacco but unfortunately, it does not state its case as a classic the way many of the other Rattrays do. I recommend this as something a lot of people would enjoy but at its price tag, there are others from different blenders I'd recommend first. This doesn't assert itself the way Red Rap, HOTW or many of the other Rattrays do. I'd recommend Highland Targe or Jocks over this to someone who is searching for a classic Rattray of this genre.

5 people found this review helpful.

Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is the blend that fills the gap between 7 Reserve (too light for some, and Red Raparee (too heavy for an all day smoke). It is listed as a Full tobacco, but that seems to be a historical reference to nicotine content. I did not find it particularly strong in nicotine. The blend is nicely vareigated in color, mostly short to medium ribbon cut, with a well balanced English/Oriental aroma. It lights well (after airing out), and remains lit well. The initial flavor is well balanced between the Va base and the condiments. The Turkish provides a moderately spicy taste, and the Latakia is neither too faint, nor too bold. Kudos to K & C for staying so close to the spirit of the original Scottish blend. If you ae looking for something just a bit lighter than Red Raparee, this may be the perfect choice.

4 people found this review helpful.

Bifkinator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bifkinator (10)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I haven't smoked many Rattray tobaccos but the ones I've smoked I really enjoy. I'm a huge fan of Bagpipers dream so to dive into Rattrays non aromatics I had to grab a tin of 3 Noggins to start it off.

When you open the tin it's surprisingly fruity and sweet. Not what I was expecting in an English blend but I love it. I immediately get a ton of fig and nuttiness with some strawberry preserves and subtle apple. Moisture wise, it's perfect for me. I like my tobaccos a little more moist than most people so thats nice for me but most may want to let it dry for 5 to 10 minutes.

Lighting it up is easy and effortless. Starts right up and gets rolling. It puts off a fair amount of smoke with very little to almost no tongue bite. It's really tasty in my opinion! In the smoke I get a lot of fig again and walnut with a slight spice. It's sweet though with subtle strawberry and it keeps my mouth watering. Very pleasant for my taste. If you enjoy natural sweetness in tobaccos then this one you'll like. The room note is nice also. I really enjoy it and will occasionally hold my bowl at my chin and wave it to smell the smoke off the bowl. It's really nice.

I would totally give this a try if you haven't! It's definitely lacking some latakia but not in a bad way at all. It actually makes this blend stand out among English blends for me. I definitely recommend to any smoker.

Pipe Used: Neerup straight apple

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

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

A ramped up version of several other Rattray's blends, 3 Noggins has strength from the Virginia, backbone from the unflavored Cavendish, heady flavor from the Latakia and subtly spicy sweetness from the Orientals. It is a favorite among those who enjoy the Rattray's Latakia range - much fuller than Black Mallory and more Latakia than Red Rapparee.


3 people found this review helpful.

oldcodger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldcodger (71)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Questions questions, questions. What is meat by "noggins"? Why three of them? What does the notation "full" on the label and "full English mixture" on the bottom of the can imply? Noggins is a slang term for head and also a small cup. Is one of these or something else meant? What does three signify? And why is this mild to medium blend characterized as full?

Rattray's 3 noggins is a mixture of Virginia, oriental, latakia, and unflavored cavendish. Open the tin and you get an aroma of Virginia and oriental. The latakia does not show up in the initial sniff. The cut is ribbon, and the moisture level just slightly high, but a tad better than most tinned tobaccos.

Lighting presents no problem, and the ribbon cut offers no challenge in keeping the light going. The Virginias are probably red, there is sweetness there. The orientals provide a spicy undertone. Yes, the latakia is there when you smoke it, but it is at a level well under medium. The unflavored cavendish (and this is what many would characterize as a Scottish mixture because of its inclusion) beefs up and rounds out the body.

The room note does not offer so strong an odor of dirty gym socks as do blends with a heftier latakia component. People will not brag on the room note, but this is not an offering which will engender many protests from non smokers.

In the Rattray lineup this is a stronger tobacco than offerings such as Seven Reserve and Professional Mixture (which have just a whiff of oriental and latakia), but notably less full than Red Rapparee. Actually it may have as much latakia as RR, but the oriental/latakia backbone of Red Rapparee is much more Balkan oriented.

Full English mixture? Three Noggins does not have the heft to qualify if that implies a dominant oriental/latakia mix. Or does that suggest a robust nicotine presence? There is nicotine there, but I would rate it a little shy of medium. So does the full English notation refer to the preparation? MacBarens H.H. Old Dark Fired characterizes itself as English because of the steam processing by which the tobacco is darkened. But 3 Noggins is light in color aside from the strands of latakia.

By and large, latakia lovers will find this OK so long as the yen of the moment is not for a full flavor. Those who normally puff English tobaccos (especially if they like oriental in it) will find this an acceptable smoke. Burley lovers may rate the flavor of 3 Noggins as a bit too bland, but I doubt they will have difficulty finishing off a tin of it. Aromatic smokers will mark this off the list.

Personally I rather enjoy smoking 3 Noggins. The mild to medium flavor is not overly complex, but when you pay attention to the smoking you will note some interesting nuances. I give only two stars "somewhat recommended" not because of anything that is wrong with 3 Noggins, but because for a fairly pricey offering it does not have the oomph to rate an unrestrained recommendation.

This tobacco does not have a high bowl ghosting factor. I smoke it in a variety of pipes and have not experienced any ghosting problems.

2 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (262)
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

They said it were a fuller version of 7 Reserve. If so, I don't think I'll try 7 Reserve. I had expected a full-blown English, maybe a full scottish blend. I was rather disappointed.

The tin aroma is delicious: VA sweetness with a little nuttiness; some BC pepper in there. The leaf is a thin ribbon, the colours are about equal bright, brown and black; the BC presence in there is more noticeable than that of Latakia. Like all Rattray's blends, this one is composed of top notch leaf.

Stuffing, lighting and maintenance are all what I had expected; standard, nothing out of the ordinary. But to my surprise, this blend produces lots of condensation; I have to run a cleaner through the stem a couple of times during the smoke to stop the pipe from gurgling. The taste is mostly sweet, with a touch of spice, but for me, far far from full.

I classify this as a morning smoke for myself; it's not bad, but for something advertised as being "full," it does not deliver. I will finish the remains of my tin, but will not buy again. For perspective: I have about half of my pipes dedicated to Latakia-based blends, and the other half to VA/Pers, Burleys and so on, with two corn cobs serving for aromatics. I smoke this in two of my VA/Per/Bur pipes and do not expect to have to do much maintenance when changing those pipes over to the next blend...

Update 2012-04-25: I have tried this in my Falcons, and in those it develops some taste; maybe this is a blend that works best without a filter. I'll enjoy the rest of my tin that way, then.

2 people found this review helpful.

MDP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MDP (39)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As balanced as a fuller English blend can be without becoming dominated by any one condimental leaf. The flue-cured component is as hearty as are the Turkish and Latakia, hence the balance. Some Cavendish nuances came through here and there, now and again. 3 Noggins has only middlin strength. This would charm its way into several dozen tins for my cellar if it were cooler on my tongue when smoked beyond the barest draw. Still worthy of three stars, but surpassed by several like-blends.

2 people found this review helpful.

BriarChef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarChef (100)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

What the hell is a Noggin? I think the 3 "Noggins" in question are Larry, Moe and Curly.

Journal Notes, February 10, 1980: Full, no. Medium at best. The noggins must be Virginia, Turkish and Latakia. Blend kicks up Oriental throughout. Some toast, some pastry. A little smoke/campfire. Nothing to get excited about. Back to BS 759.

Journal Notes, May 1984: Tin dated 2/10/80. Dry, not brittle. Burns well. No bite. No Latakia. Mostly Turkish with some Virginia foundation. Ho Hum. Into mason jar.

Journal Notes, April 2000: Jar dated 5/84. Where in the hell did this come from? Nice Virginia Turkish, but nothing special. Last bowl. Still nice, but boring. Like the short cut of the tobacco. Lights easily, burns well.

Journal Notes, January 2000: New tin dated 3/98. Not bad, not good. Oriental upfront, nice Virginias...sweet and balanced. Back in the jar you go.

August 2008: Age has been kind to the 3 Knot-Heads, but still not a go-to smoke. Nice as a nostalgia smoke.

Better stuff out there at a better price.

2 people found this review helpful.

CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

3 Noggins is a fuller bodied version of 7 Reserve, which is a light version of Red Rapparee. Whew! What it boils down to is this: This is the middle one.

As with 7 Reserve, 3 Noggins is comprised of good quality leaf. I smoked it very well dried, and experienced no tongue bite at all.

Initially, the Oriental is out front with its spicy flavor. By mid bowl, it has settled in to a fuller more well-rounded flavor with Oriental leading the way, with ample support from the sweetness Virginia and the smokiness of the Latakia. This balance stays with you to the end without any real change. The finish is subtle.

While I like this one better for its fullness, I like the more prominent Virginia flavor in 7 Reserve. I guess there?s just no pleasing some people!

2 people found this review helpful.

OldComoyYoungGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OldComoyYoungGuy (6)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

It isn't horrible, just not worth the money. Buy a lighter English from almost anyone else. The tobacco seems to smoke hot and can become acrid and bite. I only smoked 1 100gram tin of this so it might have been the tin. For some reason this blend gets bitter near the end of the bowl which I usually only expect in heavy burley blends. I love other Rattray blends, just can't stand this one.

1 person found this review helpful.

RMBittner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RMBittner (66)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

2008 tin, smoked in 2011

A Scottish that leans more toward the English side - with more latakia and less cavenish - than, say, Jocks or 7 Reserve. I'm a fan of this style of blend, and, for me, 3 Noggins really delivers.

1 person found this review helpful.

mrmcmc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mrmcmc (15)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Well, another Rattray's tobacco bites the dust. Don't know what those folks in Germany are doing with the great Rattray's blends, but to me they are no longer smokeable, and the competition simply outclasses them these days, in all their offerings. Opened two aged 100 gram tins, and mostly found this stuff tasteless, with too much nicotine for a tobacco with little else in the way of redeeming qualities. Some funny chocolate flavor keeps wafting through, but not much else. Can't pick out the virginias, or much else for that matter. And it leaves an awful taste on the palate, and it ain't the pipe. I am officially done with Rattray's blends now. Tired of paying the big bucks simply to toss it in the garbage when it proves unlikeable. What was once a great house is simply an anemic shadow of its former self. Adios and good riddance. The great American houses have become the new standard bearers in the world of smoking tobacco, although Samuel Gawith is still making an impeccable product. There, my two cents worth, or one star's worth, or something. Night'all

1 person found this review helpful.

Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (120)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I have only tried the K&K version, and I suspect that their version is FAR from the original.

There is only a smidgen of Latakia in this mixture, if any at all. The black specks are probably unsweetened Cavendish. My first impression was that this is an unusually bland mixture, but smoked with care, as evere Rattrays' should be smoked, this bright VA blend might make a good morning smoke for some.

It is very light, fragile and not spicy at all. This is IMHO exactly how a bright VA should be like. The Latakia and the (almost non-present) amount of orientals make 3 Noggins a little more interesting than many pure bright VA's in the same category.

Smoked in the evening, it is just plain boring...

Jakob Kiilerich, Denmark

1 person found this review helpful.

Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (78)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

The FULL on the label refers to nicotine level, although the taste is certainly full (some people think Full means "lots of Latakia") This is a rich full blend that is as opulent to the palate as it is to the olfactory system. None of the ingredients seem to dominate rather they come together in a grand example of the English variety of blends. Whenever I smoke this the taste puts me in mind of a pint of dry stout. In any event a good entry from Rattray.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Medium to Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

I tried this one because it said it was developed for a smoker who wanted something similar to 7 reserve but with a little more of punch. I more or less like 7 Reserve, but it tends to be too astringent on the palate, so I decided to have a go at this one. In a way one would think this is a tobacco in between the flavorsome apotheosis of Red Raparee and the more mundane and humble 7 Reserve. I don't think so. Unlike 7 Reserve, 3 Noggins is a strong, rather harsh tobacco, and it is also quite flat. Unlike Red Raparee, and oddly enough, given its strength, it's a tobacco that tends to burn hot---this maybe due to the also surprising fact it is quite moist---and has no flavor interplay.

It comprises a considerable amount of Latakia (of a very dry and almost raw variety), some Orientals and Virginias. But the Virginias used in this blend are a far cry from the varieties used by Rattray's in Old Gowrie, Marlin Flake or Hal O' the Wynd. I don't know if they are overly processed, or if their country of origin is different, or it may be the grade used, but they seem to lack depth and versatility. All though I am declared admirer of many Rattray's straight Virginias, I find most Rattray's Orientals (except for Red Raparee and the severe strength of Black Mallory) rather dull and tiresome. Such is the case with 3 Noggins.

1 person found this review helpful.

Albion1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Albion1956 (41)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A full tobacco, in that it has all the pieces to make a full English blend. This tobacco was my first foray into Rattray's English line some time back, I beleive it was the name that enticed me? A cornucopia of flavors envelopes the nose when opening, something akin to walking into a candy store. I'm not familiar with the German purity laws, but this tobacco did stay moist after being exposed to air for some time. Viewing the ingredients, one sees Virginia's of varying sorts, and Orientals, let's not forget Latakia, probably Cyprian. This blend is simular to others in it's makeup and appearance, but the comparisons stop there.This as said is a full tobacco, mostly in flavor, with the support of the omnipresent nicotine. The charring light affixes itself to the tobacco and it produces a sweet, yet tangy smell. the tobacco smokes well and burns to a dull grey ash leaving little dottle. This could be envisioned as a introduction to a full English for the veteren or novice. Enjoy!

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1606)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant

Rattray - 3 Noggins.

One of my reviews from some years ago I deleted as it didn't read well. New tin, repost!

A fairly coarse mixture, ribbons and some broken flake. The lesser of the ingredients is the black Cavendish, there's only about 15% in the tin. Moisture's good when fresh.

Easily lit and burns well. From the Latakia I get a mild smokiness, but it isn't a heady flavour; no 'Lat-Bomb' here. The Orientals work slightly bizarrely, at first they don't seem too bad, but develop more of a sourness as the bowl burns. The Virginia/black Cavendish give a gentle sweetness, and slightly subdue the Oriental piquancy. It has a cool temperature and doesn't bite. In build the smoke isn't that heavy, so it doesn't cloud the room with smog; alright in winter when you can't have open windows!

Nicotine: medium to strong. Room-note: pleasant.

The first quarter's far better than the latter part. The Orientals taint the enjoyment. Two stars:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

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

I have a very odd relationship with Rattray's Black Cav. Didn't care for it in Marlin Flake. Loved it in Black Mallory. Here, once again, I don't care for it. It's the Black Cav that makes this bland. It taste a little like dirt. The other components are fine except the BC seems to suck the sweetness right out of the Virginias. Just like Marlin Flake it's the BC that spoils this one. Marlin Flake was still a decent smoke for me though, this one, not so much.

Mild to medium in body and taste. No added flavorings. Burns very well. Bland in both briar and cob.

Pipe Used: Ropp pot, MM Little Devil Cutty

Age When Smoked: fresh

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Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (190)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A 100 GRAM original Rattray's tin with the silver bottom and pictures on the top lid, a 35+ years old original Scottish mixture.

The smell is of fermented Red Virginia, very fruity and very slightly musty. The tobacco is flawless in its preservation, the moisture is perfect, a short and fine ribbon cut of dark, dark red and yellow golden.

The Red Virginia that dominates is now mellow and the bread accents are subdued, I get a sweet and tangy flavor. The Turkish is there, fragrant and slightly spicy but very light. The Latakia offers a smoky finish. It reminds me of a mellow single malt Scotch.

This tobacco benefits from rehydration and being stored in a jar as the Latakia smell and taste is not at all present if used directly from the aged tin.

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GSTQ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GSTQ (31)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Appearance is a medium brown ribbon. Tin smells of sweet figs.

Sadly, 3 Noggins is a poor addition to the Rattray's line. Harsh and slightly bitter, I can not see how CR made this from 7 Reserve, a much better blend. Advice on making the most of this is to dry it well and smoke it slowly. 3 Noggins only just makes it above a negative recommendation, that is to say, try it. Where I could not, you may find what Charles Rattray's customer wanted when he asked for a change from 7 Reserve.

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (108)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This blend reminded me of a scottish mixture that I tried once. Did it take 3 noggins to come up with it, no I don't think so, maybe half of one... Not really a very original blend IMO. I found it to be very bland and boring, not what you'd expect from Rattray, but I guess you can't do everything right. Not that it's a terrible blend, just nothing very special. I smoked a small sample of it and that was all I needed to know that I didn't need any more. Kind of an old world blend I think, but it just lacks something that I can't put my finger on. The interesting thing is that I can pick up on all the different leaves in this blend, but for some reason the proportions just didn't come together for me to make a very cohesive blend. Not my favorite, but I would say it's worth a try if you can get an ounce or so.

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Archimagister Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Archimagister (4)
Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I really wanted to like this, and not just for the money a 100g tin costed me. Or that beatutiful, old school packaging. I stumbled upon this while on a quest for the perfect EM, and I'm afraid this is not going to stay with me. It's flat, anonymous, with a huge olfactive hole where the "body" should be. The tin aroma is promising, with a queer hint of fermented raisins, but ultimately it adds up to nothing. I kept coming back to 3 Noggins on different pipes and in different contexts, but the results were not encouraging: it doesn't seem to work for me. It's not that I detected flaws, foul smells or cheap tricks, the material is clearly top notch, but the smoke it delivers is feeble, weak and, well, "empty". I'm not implying that it's bad tobacco, chances are it will work for some, but don't see myself buying more of this anytime soon.

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VaPer Lock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
VaPer Lock (6)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I think this blend would be better received if it was not labeled as a full English. I expected something along the lines of Artisan's and was disappointed in that respect, but all in all this is an acceptable medium blend of balanced flavors that smokes well. Unlike others I found no bite in this. I enjoy coming back to it from time to time as a change of pace from Virginias or mixing it about half and half with DaVinci for a very flavorful, cool evening smoke with a brown ale or four.

A bit pricey, but not bad to have on hand.

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Psyktek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Psyktek (20)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I keep coming back to this blend, and I keep coming up short on describing it. There's a very minor vanilla note from time to time, but nothing stands out in the tobacco dept. Not an English, not an Oriental, sort of the Carter Hall of the imported tobacco world Will finish this tin, but another is not on the horizon.

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Budman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Budman (25)
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

The first mistake I made with this blend was to attempt to smoke it right after opening the tin. After about twenty relights and my tongue ready to fall out I gave up. A few months later I found the tin in one of my drawers with a bunch of other forgotten tobaccos. Much drier now I filled up and gave it another try. 3 noggins is a well balanced blend with good strength. If you push it to the hot side put down the pipe and let it cool. Someone mentioned Latakia but all I see and taste is Black Cavendish,Oriental and Virginia. I would recommend this to any VA smoker looking for something with more kick. I like the nicotine punch this has also.

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Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, my original review is now suspect as I have been smoking this blend for a year. I still think it a very wonderful blend for those who like fuller Oriental blends. My change of mind (?) is that whatever Latakia noted originally is absent (transfer from equipment used for Latakia blends? Some unique Turkish leaf? Fire-cured Cavendish?).

3N is analogous to McConnell's Original Oriental Mixture. Both are well done offerings from K&K, and actually of the same genre. I do not seek either when Latakia is desired, and I smoke 3N, OO, Orcilla, Embarcadero, McC's Grand Orientals, etc. quite often. They have begun to outstrip my attention given to Latakia blends.

Rating remains the same.

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JazzSmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JazzSmoke (37)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

When I first opened the tin I noticed the exact same aroma as Highland Targe. A faint vanilla smell. There is very little difference in the two but this blend is a bit fuller bodied than HT. Like Highland Targe there is very little latakia, and that component in this blend isn't noticebale. I seperated out some of the black tobaccos and smelled and tasted the black leaf and it's sweet cavendish.

Again, the original had Syrian latakia and Kopp seems to have replaced the latakia components in these blends with sweetened black cavendish. On it's own merit this is a nice tobacco. The virginia is sweet and soft at the beginning and later becomes tangy. The oriental tobaccos are present and add some nice spice about 1/4 of the way into the bowl. It really is a pleasant blend and the quality of the tobacco is very high. I liked this blend and will smoke it occasionally. However, I believe that if they are going to call this "3 Noggins" and use vintage tin art then it should be closer to the original blend and have some of the fragrant properties of latakia present.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1280)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I love 3 Noggins. I am not a big fan of latakia mixtures when the latakia overwhelms everything else in a blend. This mixture smokes as smooth as a latakia mixture I have ever tried. It burns dry and leaves the walls of the bowl clean. There is little or no dottle left behind.

I tried this because I was not happy with the way Red Rapparree is currently being blended - looking for something not as stringent on the palate and 3 Noggins fills the bill nicely for me. Smooth and almost creamy on the palate.


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Kegworth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kegworth (7)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As of late, I've been enjoying Solani 633, Laural Heights and an old tin of Four Square that just ran out. I also occasionally enjoy the varities in the McClelland line of tobaccos. Recently I found in my cabinet a tin of 3 Noggins Full- only a 3rd full and very dry. It had been a while since I had a bowl of this blend. I chose a large bowl--a Radice that smokes nice and very cool, and I was pleasantly surprised with the Noggins. I noticed that the reviews were all over the map, but I wanted to put my two cents in here and say the flavor was good and as I smoked it slowly 3NF supplied a satisfying experience.

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Halbert Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Halbert (3)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is not the same blend I smoked back in the late nineties. I opened a can I had from 1999 and compared it to a new one, just to make sure, and - trying to set aside aging (!) - it's just not the same tobacco. The newer stuff is more bland and has more bite toward the bottom of the bowl.

It's an interesting blend, but as others (more erudite in smoking terminology) have pointed out, it comes across as somewhat bland (if not full) English and has a bit of tongue bite. I remember it being a smoother, fuller, and sweeter, but not particularly exciting blend. However, it still works well in small bowls. I tend to smoke very large bowls, and 3 Noggins just doesn't continue to please more than half way down. That's when it starts biting. And boring. In a large bowl, packed half way, it's worth the time. But, it will never again be a staple.

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Daner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Daner (2)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is an interesting tobacco to say the least. When I first tried 3 Noggins I wasn?t very impressed. I was paying my father a visit and he kept raving about it so I tried a bowl. Well it wasn?t love at first puff. Back then (some three years ago) I was smoking mainly latakia laden blends, so it tasted somewhat flat to me. A little over a year ago I grabed a tin out of my fathers stash. Once home I placed it in the back of my humidor and promptly forgot about it. Over the last two years I have been a VA smoker so my taste in tobacco has shifted considerably, which brings me to my new impression of 3 Noggins. The other night I was looking for a change of pace smoke when I ran across my tin, now over a year old. Well I have to admit I smoked three bowls that night!

In my opinion this is a medium-full blend with VA?s, Orientals and black unsweetened Cavendish, I agree with Jakob that there is little to no latakia present (probably none). When smoked slowly this is a very nice tobacco with a very addictive malt/beer flavor and when I say beer I don't mean Budweiser, I mean real beer like an oatmeal stout. The orientals make themselves known periodically throughout the smoke but the VA?s and Cavendish dominate. I recommend smoking indoors in a large bowled pipe and if you over-puff, the smoke will become harsh and the flavor will go flat. I think this is a good spring/summer blend and could even be an all day smoke as I have done so on occasion.

I often pair tobacco?s smoking two pipes side by side. This blend does well with straight VA?s or VA/Per?s but doesn?t do well with latakia blends. So if you?re an adamant latakia smoker I don?t recommend this particular blend, but for you VA lovers or even an aromatic smoker looking to try an English/Scottish blend this is worth your time and money.

It should be noted that this was a K&K tin aged one year.

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DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

3 Noggins is a strong moist tobacco that burns hot and harsh. The Virginias in this are not like the ones used in Old Gowrie, Marlin Flake or Hal O' the Wynd. I found nothing positive here and for the price, this was a total disappointement.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (303)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Declared as "full" on the tin, this EM certainly has a "thick" presence on the palate, but the taste is VERY far from fulll... Sure, in Rattray's lineup there are several blander/milder mixtures (with less orientals and latakia), but this brand has a weird policy: its products are on average more "all-day" oriented than stouter blends from brands like GLPease and Dunhill. 3 Noggins is similar to Red Rapparee but lighter and less tasty: latakia is not abundant, as the dominant smell in the tin is rather from the orientals and from the sweet virginias. In spite of the relatively high moisture, it burns decently and bites your tongue only if you rush it in a vain search for more flavor. The taste is delicate, nutty and slightly spicy. Too bad that it gets tiresome very soon: get Red Rapparee instead.

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Master Merlin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Master Merlin (11)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Ok, Here we go. I found this particular blend to be rather Jekyl and Hyde, meaning somtimes it was refined, elegant, debonair even, yet other times I found it to be difficult, tempermental, and a bit violent. Has a nice room note, the wife seemed to like it. However, I found this Extremely difficult to get going, with almost instant tounge bite. However, once it got really cooking...LOOK OUT, it actually cooled down. It needed a cronic puffing bordering on manic to get the proper amount of fire going, but once going was hard to put out untill near the end of the bowl. I also find it a rather wet smoke, achieving a gurgling almost from the first match out of about a dozen. There appears to be some sort of preservative mixed in with this blend as well, as it keeps rather moist even after sitting in the pouch for some time. all in all Very wet for an English blend. I for one was surprised, this being my first foray into rattrays. For tast, it's right down the middle of the road, so I sort of like it. But I find It too troublesome to be a regular smoke for me. Others with more time and patience may find it great for an all day. I for one also prefer more latakia. all in all....3 out of 5

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Mephisto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mephisto (32)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

well this is a full Engish and a well made blend but I just dont particularly like it. Full and a bit raspy there are better selections out there in this category. Good but not in my taste.

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