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Notes: A remake of the original Three Castles previously made by several companies, including H.D. & O.H. Wills. It was marketed as pipe tobacco and as "roll your own" cigarette tobacco made with flue cured Virginia.

BrandHBI
Blended ByMark Ryan
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringNone
CutShag
Packaging50 gram pouch
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks (2040)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A simple, uncomplicated flue cured Virginia with natural citrusy sweetness and some grass and hay. I also got a few familiar notes that reminded me of Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic. I'm not comparing those two blends because they are different (e.g., SWRA has a topping and burley, and this does not), but they both must have a similar type of Virginia. Puffed at a slow to moderate rate, it didn’t bite or get harsh or amazingly cigarette-like, though you may have gotten some of the latter no matter how slow you puffed. Puffed fast, and you risked all of that and more. Left no moisture, and being a dry shag cut, burned quickly, but not hot if you paced the smoke. Had a nice nic-note. A nice all day non-complex smoke with pure Virginia flavor.

Three Castles was designed to be both a pipe and a cigarette tobacco, though I only smoked it in a pipe.

I smoked several tins of this in the mid-1990s, and as I have not smoked the latest version - which I am told (by D&R blender Mark Ryan) is exactly the same blend as what I experienced - I wrote my review in the past tense. Mr. Ryan had a hand is bringing Three Castles back, and also sells it in the US as Three Sails under the D&R brand.

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