Paul Olsen No. 45

Lovely Virginias from USA, Brazil and Africa. Flake cut.


Brand Paul Olsen
Series My Own Blend
Blended By My Own Blend
Manufactured By My Own Blend
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 100 grams tin
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Very Pleasant
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.33 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 13, 2017 Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant
The Virginias provide a bit of grass and citrus with touches of earth and dark fruit, yet they seem a little toned down. The nic-hit is very mild. Won’t bite or get harsh, but does have a slight rough edge if puffed like a steam engine. Burns cool, clean and slightly slow unless you rub it out. The flavor is consistent all the way through with less depth than many straight Virginia manufactures. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs a few more than an average number of relights. Has a plain after taste. More of a two and a half star blend for the experienced smoker, but it may be a decent starter for those new to this kind of product.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 17, 2016 Mild None Detected Mild Very Pleasant
Paul Olsen - No. 45.

I love the way the My Own Blend tobaccos are packaged, they have been left with enough room to breathe so are of the ultimate moisture straight from the tin.

There isn't much in the way of a tin note, just a straight forward Virginia grassy one.

I opt to rub my flakes and because they're thinner to begin with than some blends this is a real easy task. Simple: rub, load and light.

As a gentle rub has created almost ribbons it doesn't need much time with the flame. It just takes a very short toasting light and a few seconds of puffing to get a decent burn going.

With the flavour, I can't think of anything other than "delicate Virginia" to say. I like the taste but it doesn't have that 'full on' grass/hay quality that some of the more eminent Virginia flakes such as Mac Baren or Sam Gawith have. It just seems a lot lighter.

The nicotine is light as well; it sits right at mild, that's fine by me but I suspect it would be too little for a lot of folks.

This doesn't give me ANY tongue bite no matter what. It can be sucked as hard as possible and it still gives me none.

The room note? Straight Virginia albeit quite light, thus making it a very good blend for smoking in the company of others.

Although this lacks a bit of depth in comparison to other Va flakes I feel it's still a very worthwhile smoke.

Highly ecommended.
Pipe Used: Commoy Elegance
PurchasedFrom: TheDanish Pipe Shop
Age When Smoked: 6 Months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 12, 2018 Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable
I started smoking when I was about 15. St Bruno - oh those long lost halcyon days - every day was summer.......anyway....

Perhaps if I'd started smoking at 10 I would have been able to taste 45.

As it is all I get now is hot air. No flavour, no taste, no nuance. Nothing but a burn in my mouth.

I note that Pouls Olsens blends are usually about 30% cheaper than most others. It suggests to me that they are of inferior quality despite the presentation.

I'll stick to my Gawith Hoggarth. Yum yum!

Update: I had the bright idea to rehydrate the baccy and that worked a treat. Poul Olsens blends tend to be dry in the tin. It might be a good idea to moisten them a tad every time.
Pipe Used: Stanwell billiard.
PurchasedFrom: The shop down on the corner.
Age When Smoked: A few weeks.
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