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XXX is a Latakia-based blend that is mixed with Turkish Smyma, high quality Virginia leaf, and a touch of Burley. To finish off the exotic mix of tobaccos a light top note of Kentucky Bourbon is added for room note. XXX is a fantastic English-style blend that will impress you from first light to final puff.

Notes: Moonshine Pipe Co. has paired up with Pipes and Cigars to bring you an unusual blend that fits the unusual flair that Jonathan Lavezzo puts into his pipes. Jonathan has built a fast growing pipe brand that was designed to get the blue collar guy a quality pipe they can afford. Getting your hands on one might take time but now you can at least get your hands on the tobacco that complements the brand so well.

BrandMoonshine Pipe Co.
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2189)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Kentucky bourbon topping is mildly applied, and has a nice flavor, though it does weaken just a mite toward the finish. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is a team player, yet occasionally tends to stand out above the other components without sublimating them. The Virginia is grassy, and citrus sweet. The Smyrna is woody, buttery sweet with a touch of spice, and is a little more obvious than the Virginia. The nutty sweet burley plays a minor role, and doesn't show itself in every puff, but adds a nice dimension when it does. The nic-hit is a little more than mild. Burns at a reasonable pace with no bite and a moderately consistent flavor. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and needs an average number of relights. The taste is closer to mild than it is to medium, and has a nice after taste that slightly lingers. A pleasant all day smoke.


5 people found this review helpful.

guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (92)
Mild Mild Medium Tolerable

I know Jonathan, and I know that he has a preference for Frog Morton's Cellar. Whenever I heard that he was going to be coming out with his own signature blend, I was expecting a Latakia-laced whiskey blend. I enjoy FMC as well, so I figured I'd order a sample of this to give it a shot. Upon opening it the pouch, it the note was definitely bourbon whiskey. THIS is what surprised me. It smelled like a well-aged bourbon: sweetness, smoke, caramel, was all there.

The tobacco was fresh from the pouch and a bit moist, so I let it dry for a few hours before packing some in a cob. It took a flame well and never required a relight. The bourbon is present from the beginning, and teams up with the Latakia to give it a sweet smokiness that tastes delicious. The addition of Burley is also present, as it starts to show a bit of nuttiness around the last third of the bowl. It was well balanced and satisfied both my sweet tooth and my Latakia craving.

I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a good all-day smoke, or anyone who wants something different from the standard English blends. This one shouldn't disappoint anyone, as it is a perfect balance. I think Russ and Jonathan hit the nail of the head with this one. I'm interested to see what other goodies come from the Moonshine shed.

Pipe Used: Cob, Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Frog Morton's Cellar.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

This is pretty nice. The English portion is very solid. The Lat and Orientals are nicely balanced with the Virginias providing a firm backing. The Burley is hardly noticed. The bourbon topping is mild, but strong enough to leave no doubt about what it is. Has a nice sweetness to it as well. Burns cool and burns well. Overall, a pleasant smoke.

Mild in body. Medium in taste. Flavoring is mild.

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

Age When Smoked: fresh

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1 person found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (499)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I didn't like this one so much. Hearing the comparisons to frog Morton cellar, I thought I would give it a try. Although I wasn't a big FMC fan, I found it alright. I found this to be less interesting.

I thought it was overly topped to my tastebuds and while the Latakia and Oriental was detectable, it had very little impact on the overall flavor. To be fair, I have not really found too many whiskey topped blends that I have liked. There are some such as HH Highland, C&D Pennington Gap and Peterson's Irish Whiskey that stand out to me. I would rank this one at the bottom of such whiskey laced blends, with blends such as Borkum Riff Bourbon Whiskey. Truth be told, I actually enjoyed that one more than this.

This does have its fans though and it was not repulsive in the least, Just boring. I will not reorder this one and gave more than half the 4 oz. I had away.

1 person found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (125)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Summary: a light English blend with warmth and sweetness from its Bourbon topping, good for casual smoking but too aromatic for many.

This light English blend emphasizes Latakia and Orientals, mostly the former, which when sweetened with this heavy Bourbon topping becomes a honey-like smokey flavor. The result is a mild smoke with what makes aromatics popular: it is difficult to burn too fast, smells good when it burns and provides a constant sweet flavor with tobacco overtones. More natural flavor comes through than in most aromatics, but the topping may still be too heavy for exclusively naturals smokers.

Thanks to Pipes Magazine forum member "aggravatedfarmer" for this generous sample.

Similar Blends: Hearth & Home - Dunhill BB1938 Match.

1 person found this review helpful.

Ryan G. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ryan G. (5)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Outstanding blend, rich, flavorful, cool and smooth. An aeromatic light English with a hint of Bourbon. An instant favorite! I cannot wait to see what He comes up with next.

Pipe Used: Parker Bulldog

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes@cigars

Similar Blends: Frog Morton's Cellar.

1 person found this review helpful.

ColinK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ColinK (15)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Looking for this to be a balance between FM Cellar and McClelland's Stave Aged 35. Definitely a spiciness right off the bat, but the sweetness never fully came in. The taste was a definite earthy sort of hay flavor with just a subtle hint of whiskey. Not an aro- so I think I may have been a bit let down by the strength of the whiskey, but a good tasting tobacco and a good first foray for Moonshine. Worth a shot for sure.

Pipe Used: MM Cobbit

Age When Smoked: Jarred for about two weeks

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Centered between FM Cellar and Stave Aged 35..

1 person found this review helpful.

jedibastard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jedibastard (24)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

WOW!!!! What a disappointment. I hate to say it, but, its true.

The aroma of this out, and in the bag is phenomenal. Not too moist, and not dry either. Great little ribbons of gold and deep browns.

Then its time to light.

I thought a piece of plastic was caught in the tobacco, or something. It tasted like straight chemical, nonsense!!!! Then it went away. And i got a very faint tobacco taste, followed by more of that chemical taste.

So i smelled the smoke coming out of my pipe. weird aroma, just really good smokey burnt tobacco. Almost like the bag note, but better.

I then tried a few more puffs. Same thing, burnt plastic. I couldnt puff any more. about a let down. I remember seeing this when it first came out. I am a bourbon fanatic, and an even bigger latakia fan. I didnt buy a lot, so i guess its not a huge waste. Ill just sit on this and see what happens down the road.

Pipe Used: Moonshine pipe co stoker

Purchased From: P&C

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Appalachian Chef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Appalachian Chef (52)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

An excellent blend. Smokey and smooth with just the right balance of Latakia. This one will live in my rotation for a long time! Sweetness comes in late, but you must sip slow to acquire it. Spiciness is up front. I love this blend and can't wait to try future blends from this talented artisan.

Pipe Used: Falcon Billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: On-Line

Similar Blends: Frog Morton's Cellar.

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TLM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TLM (1)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

"Out of the gates with Authority. First blend from Moonshine Pipe Co. and Jonathan walks onto the scene demanding attention. From that first bourbon note upon opening the bag to the very last wisp of smoke that issues forth from the stem firmly clenched between your teeth this is a blend that requires your attention. Not an overpowering, chemical laden stew of flavors but a slowly developing, sensuous smoke. This is a solid English blend. But, it doesn't stop there. That hint of latakia smokiness blends smoothly with the burley to provide a cool, satisfying smoke that leaves you wanting more. Don't approach this blend ready for a quick smoke, Moonshine Pipe Co. XXX blend deserves to be savored and enjoyed. The only mistake you will make here is not buying enough, so get more now."

Pipe Used: Moonshine Pipe Co. Rocky Top

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars,

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pylorns Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pylorns (14)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Immediate notes of strong latakia, and an immediate spice kick right off the charring light. After a few minutes the burbon sweetness came in and the latakia took the back seat to what I would call an english aromatic. It's surprisingly sweet and enjoyable.

Pipe Used: Brebia Sun

Age When Smoked: Week

Purchased From: pipesandcigars

Similar Blends: n/a.

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