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Raijin (the thunder god) is a classically-styled blend of choice, bright flue-cured tobaccos with costly and exotic Orientals with a nice share of rich, smoky Latakia. This is an ideal choice for the English/Balkan blend fans.

Notes: Launched in 2014.

BrandTsuge Premium Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByMark Ryan
Manufactured ByDrew Estate
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsKentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium to Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
2.8
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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This starts with the Orientals and the Kentucky in the lead providing equal amounts of flavor, the Latakia lagging a bit behind and the Virginias providing a minimal amount of sweetness. By mid-bowl the Lat has caught up with the Orientals and Kentucky with the Virginias sliding even further behind. At this point it's a little too woody with not enough sweetness to satisfy my taste. It's a sour and smoky woodiness that would be fine if it only had a little more input from those Virginias. Not a bad smoke, but could be a lot better. Has some strength to it and it burns fairly well. Does need a few relights. Comes a little on the dry side out of the tin and is ready to smoke right away.

Body is medium to strong and taste is medium to full. Can't detect any added flavorings. Room note isn't the greatest, but it's tolerable.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Nording Apple

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

5 people found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (123)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Beautiful tobacco from the 'bag'. I was lucky enough to be given a sample of this tobacco from a friend who got his hands on it. Good mixture of light and dark tobaccos. The smell reminds me of hay and/or perhaps the zoo?! Perhaps that sounds strange, but it was the first thing that came to mind. Smells like a very fresh and not highly processed tobacco. There were hints of smokiness from the bag as well.

Packs and lights well and remains lit throughout the smoke. Ash ends up a nice white-gray. It's smoke is interesting. Light accents of latakia come from time to time, but are very rare and subdued. It seems that the Kentucky takes center stage. The flavor is smokey, earthy, and salty. Not much if any sweetness detected throughout the bowl from top to bottom. A good N-kick and leaves throat a bit scratchy at times, but almost no tongue bite. It has to be one of the most interesting tobaccos I have ever smoked, not like any other English blend I've sampled before. It is a good fresh, almost dare I say Organic, tobacco. With that being said, probably not one I would smoke often, but that is just my taste. It's worth a try for something unique.

Pipe Used: Churchwarden, Billard, Corn-Cob

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Gifted

4 people found this review helpful.

Shawn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Shawn (4)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Seeing how few reviews there are I felt like I ought to add a small comment on this blend.

Right off the tin, the tobacco smells like a regular English blend that's been packed in a box with dried seafood, it literally smells fishy, and of course Kentucky's medicinal notes that I grew to like.

The cut is annoying to say the least, this is my issue with Tsuge's Ryujin as well. It is cut in such an irregular way that makes packing a little difficult. You have some normal sized ribbons, some really long and thick ribbons, some twigs, and some large leaves; I had to tear them all to smaller bits just so I can pack a bowl properly. The tobacco is a little wet straight from the tin, which isn't a problem, even without drying it lights pretty well.

Once lit, it's flavourful and strong, packs a bit of a punch. You have that upfront rich and smoky Latakia; fragrant Oriental; and a little sweet Virginia in the background. Of course the star of the show is Kentucky, once again it adds that "medicinal" and "herbaceous" touch, which doesn't overshadow the other component. Overall the smoke tastes a little salty and tart, with no tongue bite.

When it comes to Tsuge's Latakia blends, I would say go with Ryujin if you prefer a more traditional strong English; but Raijin offers a more interesting and spiced up taste.

Pipe Used: Sasieni Four Dot Walnut 10

Age When Smoked: Fresh

3 people found this review helpful.

Tilley4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tilley4 (7)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Purchased a sampler of all 4 of the God series recently...

The St. James kicks in and doesn't let go here... Strong and spicy notes abound... Definitely a sipper here... I will be smoking this late in the day or at night as this one seems a bit rough for all day puffing... Hints of the burley here and there but the parish tobacco is the dominating factor here...

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

3 people found this review helpful.

Pastor Puff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pastor Puff (15)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

Tasting Notes: Tsuge Raijin

Component Tobaccos: Uhh.. This depends on who you ask. Smokingpipes has Orientals and Virginias, while P&C has Burley, Cavendish, Perique and Virginia. Tobacco reviews has Kentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish and Virginia. There seems to be no consensus as to what's in it.

Cut: Coarse ribbon.

Tin Note: Tangy, like the elephant enclosure at the zoo. There's an underlying hay or grass mustiness. Interesting, complex and a bit off-putting.

Body: 9/10

Strength: 8/10

Nic: 7/10

Mechanics: Have trouble keeping it lit. Has a tendency towards harshness upon lighting it up. Overall a cool, dry smoke

Taste:

1st half At first light you get a hit of oriental tanginess. A bit of spiciness from either the Kentucky or perique but I don't get any flavor from them. Definitively some Cavendish, it raises it's sweet head from time to time. I think I get hits of Latakia but I can't be sure. The star of this show are the superb orientals. They are deliciously tangy and help give the blend a nice full body.

2nd half As I get down past half-way in my bowl I am becoming more confidant that this is Kentucky leaf and not perique but there is a note of fig, so I could be wrong. It may very well have both. At this point the orientals are starting lighten up and the smoke becomes more mellow through to the bottom of the bowl. Nearing the bottom the smoky nature of the Kentucky really starts to come out. The Cavendish is definitively there, but not in abundance. It makes a few puffs through a bowl sweet.

Thoughts: I first picked this up a couple of years ago when I first started pipe smoking and the complexity of this blend was lost on me. As I revisit today man I realize how great this tobacco is. They are really asking you to search this blend and pick out the component tobaccos. There is oriental tang, a bit of sweetness, some smokiness, some earthiness, a bit of fruit and undertoned with a musk that I can't place. It leaves a spice in your mouth, a smile on your face and you longing for another bowl.

Overall: 8/10

Age When Smoked: New Tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.