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Translated from the German language: This pipe tobacco unicum was made of high quality Virginia grades and a breath [of] Perique. The characteristic form get the "round" block by a form in which the tobacco was put. For at least 6 weeks the mixture rests in the press, ferments gently after and reveals the multilayered taste nuances. After the aging period the broad rope [is] divided into blocks at 250 grams each. At smoking the connoisseur can expect wonderful, natur[al] sweet notes. Perique enriches the mixture by spicyness, strength, and discreet fruity flavours. The tobacco is of middle strength and full flavour.

BrandPeter Heinrichs
Blended ByMac Baren
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
Packaging250 grams pouch, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2217)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias are very earthy with a fair amount and variety of sweet fermented flavors: brown sugar, tangy dried dark fruits, a drop or two of citrus as well as a touch of grass. The perique is spicy, raisiny, figgy with date overtones. The fermentation process enhances the inherent properties of the tobaccos and creates a harmonious smoking experience that tastes the same from the first puff to the last. Has a little more than a medium nic-hit that lasts all the way through. No chance of bite or harshness. No dull or weak spots. Curly Block reminds me very much of the Murray’s version of Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls, except that this is sweeter and just a little smoother, with a shade less perique, and slight floral note. The block (not plug) of tobacco will take some time to slice and prepare to your personal specifications. It’s moist and some may want to dry it first, though I find it works fine as it is, providing it’s packed a little loosely in the bowl. Burns very slow, requires relights, and leaves very little moisture in the bowl if packed with care, so I suggest a little patience for the full experience of what it has to offer. Though you may have to stir the bottom ten percent just a little if you don’t use a wide bowl, you can smoke it to a fine ash. Has a very smooth, consistent flavor from start to finish. The after taste will pleasantly linger.


26 people found this review helpful.

NobbyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NobbyR (79)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

In a way, this is how Escudo or Dunhill's DeLuxe Navy Rolls must look before cutting the tobacco into coins.

Made by Mac Baren, you'll get a beautiful 250 g solid block of pipe tobacco rope, deliciously effusing a sweetish scent of freshly cut grass or hay, brown bread and fruity notes of dried figs, raisins, dates or prunes with a certain acidity in the background. Moisture level is perfect and will bear up for quite a while. This tobacco also ages extremely well.

Preparing this one for smoking is a challenge! You'll either need a very sharp knife in order to cut two or three thin slices, depending on the size of your bowl, which you can rub out or fold and stuff or cross cut, each method giving you a slightly different smoking experience. Or you use a plug cutter, which nowadays is very hard to come by, or an electric bread cutter, which might infuriate your wife. However, both will make handling the curly block much easier, enabling you to create nice DIY curly flakes. (If you can get your hands on a vintage Danish RAADVAD bread slicer, it'll do the job just perfectly.)

It takes a thorough charrling light, tamping down and leveling out the ashes, and an equally thorough true light to get the tobacco burning evenly when using the fold and stuff method, which I personally prefer. After that it burns down evenly without much hassle.

Like any Va/Per, this tobacco needs to be enjoyed with leisure and care, because smoking it too hot might burn your tongue and it'll render the smoke indifferent. A re-light is better than that. However, smoked slowly and coolly it'll reward you with a complex taste offering a natural, grassy, tangy sweetness from the Virginias as well as distinct fruity notes and a spicy acidity from the Perique. Nicotine level is fairly high. It burns down leaving only a little moisture and some dark gray ash with a few little charred tobacco crumbles.

The room note is dominated by the rich and sweet natural tobacco scent of the Virginias.

I just love this tobacco. Any fan of Escudo or DLNR should try it.

Pipe Used: Vauen Cup 1

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Peter Heinrichs Store, Cologne

Similar Blends: Escudo, Dunhill DeLuxe Navy Rolls.

14 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (502)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I just recently finished my supply of this blend, that was a pretty healthy sample sent to me by a friend in Germany. This is a really good VaPer that compares quite favorably to Escudo, IMO. The Virginias are very sweet and the perique is light, but is detectable. I would be just as happy smoking this as I would either DDNR or Escudo, but it is so similar that It really isn't worth the effort to obtain IMO, as the others can be so easily obtained here.

In any case, it gets four stars, without a doubt, as would any VaPer that compares favorably to Escudo or DDNR.

Similar Blends: Escudo.

12 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (292)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Got a generous sample of this on my last visit at Peter Heinrichs shop in Bergheim. The rope is very thick (~4cm in diameter) and in dark-red and brown colors, with black leafs interlaced.

It has a wonderful, natural unburnt aroma of dried- and stoved-fruits, some spice and sweetness. After an hour of dryin it lit up very well and immediatly I got greeted by a classical, classy and stout Va/Per aroma. Lots of fine Virginia flavor, varying from stoved, dark fruits to grassy and hay-ish qualities are underscored by a decent Perique-Pepper and tangy spiciness, as well as the Periques signature fig, plum and raisin aroma. It reminds me quite a bit of Motzeks Hallo Twist.

Curly Block is not overly sweet and rather boldly spicy with a opulent, full tasting experience with some fermened qualities to it as well. Not too complex, but solid as rock in its qualities. The Perique is easily noticeable, but never in an overwhelming way, yet it can tickle your nostrils in retrohale by times.

Similar Blends: Motzek - Hallo Twist.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

This is a bit of a novelty for me as I've never seen a rope this big in diameter. It's like an oversized chub of sausage. The outer "skin" makes it look like a king sized slim jim. Pretty cool.

I used a ceramic knife to carve off a few narrow discs and let it dry a good while. It takes a few lights to get going, but burns very well after that. Wonderful flavors here. An array of dark fruit flavors with a fair amount of sweetness and spice. To my taste, I get roughly equal amounts of flavor from the Virginias and Perique. This is not my favorite VaPer, but it's close to the top. It's a first class smoke.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. No added flavorings.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

5 people found this review helpful.

PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (91)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

...Quite a good VAPER...manufactured by MacBaren for Peter Heinrichs and as stated in a prior review, " Curly Block reminds me very much of the Murray’s version of Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls, except that this is sweeter and just a little smoother, with a shade less Perique..." One of the real positives is that I can control the cut and packing...which for me, allows a much more enjoyable experience.

A solid performer and an all-day smoke for many...I've tried a variety of packing methods and prefer the "fold & stuff"...although almost any method works well. Taste varies with the size of the cut...thinner slices produce a more full flavor and taste and reduce the number of re-lights...

Highly recommended and is already one of my favorites!

Pipe Used: group 3-4 size

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Similar Blends: Dunhill DNR, Escudo.

4 people found this review helpful.