Elephant & Castle Isle of Skye

Beautiful taste and character, a superior medium-bodied Virginias-Orientals blend from northern Scotland.
Notes: The name alone gives an image of misty moors in the north of Scotland. This is a blend of Virginias and Virginia varietals and contains no burley and therefore no Cavendish or other flavoring agents. Oh yes...no Scotch whiskey either, just tobacco. When the E&C range was being developed by Ken McConnell there were virtually no authentic Scottish mixtures being manufactured. Most had some form of casing, and all were blended with burley / Cavendish, an inexpensive filler which Ken assudiously refused to use in his premium tobacco mixtures. As with all the tobaccos in the Elephant & Castle range, tins of "Isle of Skye" were hand blended in the McConnell factory on Barking Road in London, England. They are at least 13 years old. Information from "The E&C Story" on the Marble Arch Ltd. website: http://www.serjacopo.com/e%26c/E%26C_000.html


Brand Elephant & Castle
Blended By Peter & Robert Siegel
Manufactured By C.E. McConnell
Blend Type Scottish
Contents Perique, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50g Tin, 250g Foil Bag
Country United Kingdom
Production No longer in production


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

4.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 20, 2020 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
A VERY expensive purchase of dark brown ribbons with an hefty tin nose of rich, earthy virginia tobacco. I smoked about a dozen tins of this back in the day and I recall it being very blonde in color, so age has darkened it considerably. Tin is from 1986.

Well, this used to be a soft, mellow straight virginia of lemon variety that purred like a violin but age has turned this into a rich, throaty cello. Still mellow and easy on the palate but it now has some excellent bottom end. Once again, this is why I've cellared many, many tins of Cut Virginia Plug and Butera's Golden Cake, as lemon virginia really shines with age. This reminds me of slightly toned down version of Dunhill's Ye Olde Signe (the original, not today's stuff, which is a mere shadow of its former self) with a light tea scent and flavor and smooth grasses, perhaps a lemongrass. Some spice in this one as well, but I can't place it specifically. I want to say bergamot but that's not quite right. Very easy to smoke but with a bit of punch as well. Golden virginia perfection! Very hard to recommend at over $100 per ounce, but if you have some extra coin lying dormant and you stumble upon a tin, don't hesitate because the next guy (me!) will snap it up! I saved back about half an ounce for special occasions.
Age When Smoked: 34 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 19, 2017 Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant
A smooth as silk Virginia that never wavered from its intent, to offer a soft approach. I note where TRC says Perique was in this one. I had never heard that before and have never tasted it in the 304 tins of Isle of Sky that I've smoked over the years. Just a velvety smooth Virginia flavor that made my palate cry for more every time I smoked a bowl.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 07, 2015 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant
Somebody here at TR must have been reading my mind—I was about to list this very same tobacco! Why? Because back in the 1980's and early 1990's Isle of Skye was, hands down, my single favorite pipe tobacco. For reasons that were never well explained to me, my tobacconist back in the day had a very difficult time procuring this fabulous stuff, so, I only ever smoked 2 measly tins (I still own one of the tins, it's my most highly prized tin).

Even though my memories of the tobacco itself are nothing but a faint whisper, I'll try to impart the greatness of this baccy in words, nevertheless. It was a lightly colored combo of sweet and fragrant Virginia's that met the eye. The tin note was unlike any other baccy I've ever had, it reminded me of a woman's perfume, yet, this was tobacco alone, there was no topping of any kind—did I say fragrant Virginia's (I honestly don't recall any Perique coming through in this blend)? You bet, the most delicate smelling leaf I've ever come across in all my many years of piping. The taste was relatively light, softly rounded—the tin's scent came through ever so slightly in the taste. For nearly thirty years I've been trying to find another tobacco that duplicates Isle of Skye but I've been unable—it was truly a unique blend! Please, someone, bring it back!

Keep on Piping!
Pipe Used: A Wellington p-lip
Age When Smoked: A 28 year old memory
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