Elephant & Castle New World

A lush "Old World" base mixed with the "forbidden cigar leaf" to create a "New World" taste sensation.
Notes: Yes...New World contains cigar leaf from Cuba. It was a somewhat updated version of two Dunhill mixtures - one was, of course, their Cuba Mixture, the other won't be named - which McConnell had made over the years, but were no longer in production. There was a Sobranie mixture at this time which contained cigar leaf, but it didn't seem to gain much from that leaf. New World has a distinctly exotic aroma in the tin and while burning. The sizable amount of cigar leaf in the mixture is easy to see. New World has often been called the finest tobacco of its type. While there have been many attempts to "marry" pipe and cigar leaf, none has maintained the fine smoking characteristics and full flavor as has the New World. A truly great tobacco. Interestingly, the decision to use Cuban cigar leaf was mainly one of practicality, and had nothing to do with any perceived superiority or name value - especially as it couldn't be advertised as such due to US import restrictions. These tobaccos were conceived in the late 70's and early 80's, and in Europe at that time, virtually all cigars were Cuban. The Dominican, Nicaraguan or Mexican leaf now common, were not known. In fact, if my timeline is correct, the Fuente family had only just established their factory in the Dominican Republic, and were known mainly for their short filler Curley Heads! How things have changed over the years. The New World was another E&C original, though we acknowledge its inspirational precursors from Dunhill. As with all the tobaccos in the Elephant & Castle range, the tins of "New World" were hand blended in the McConnell factory London, England and 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 Cigar Leaf Based
Contents Cavendish, Cigar Leaf, Oriental/Turkish, 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
Tolerable to Strong
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

4.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 27, 2016 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong
The cigar content, which is at least in part of the Cuban variety, is a team player, and while takes a lead, it doesn’t drown out the other components. Their aspects include a bit of rich smokey, woody earth, a light sweetness and leather, and minor spice, tea and coffee notes. The Virginias are a little earthy and grassy with a few drops of citrus and dark fruit in a complementary role. The Oriental/Turkish provides a mild buttery, dry sweetness, spice and wood that underscores the experience. The cavendish has a light toast, honey and sugar in the background for a touch of subtlety. Won’t bite, and has no harsh spots. The nic-hit is a closer to mild than it is to medium. Burns at a reasonable rate, cool and clean with a moderately smooth, consistent flavor. Needs an average number of relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. The after taste and mildly pungent room note do linger a little. Not quite an all day smoke, but not strong enough to preclude repeat performances.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 21, 2019 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
Mostly dark brown and in ribbon form, this has much more cigar scent in the tin than there is taste in the pipe. As with Stevie B's insight into Euro blends that aren't available in the U.S, Pipestud's massive experience with long out of production blends is unparalleled within TR. I read their reviews religiously as a result.

Pipestud nailed this one. The Cuban cigar flavors are wispy and very condimental, but noticeable. In this one, the full-flavored Virginias take the lead with a moderately sweet and rich presentation. More wheat bread and less citrus and with a depth matched by few blends of the current era. The orientals are juicy with sweet butter hints. As mentioned, the cigar leaf added a spicy and smoky undertone that balanced beautifully, particularly for someone like myself that doesn't want to smoke a "cigar within a pipe". I detected a sweet note that reminded me of white chocolate along with the savory seasonings of the orientals and Cuban leaf. With this one, think Sobranie Virginian #10 with added orientals and a toning down of the cigar. The Virginia leaf back in those days seems extravagant these days! This blend is a cigar leaf blend done right. Hard to find and understandably expensive these days, but I might spring for another tin if I can find one. I smoked all but about 2 bowls worth from my tin, saving those for special occasions. Four resounding stars!
Age When Smoked: 30 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 19, 2017 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
If you ever smoked Dunhill's Cuba, then you may remember how that blend only offers wisps of a cigar taste while smoking. That is exactly the way New World is. The rich and somewhat full Virginias as well as the palate pleasing soft and spicy Orientals took front seat with each puff. One of those long-gone blends that we think of as today as one of the great ones. I have never had any since I smoked this one a lot back in the 1980s. But if I find another, I'll pay the ransom to smoke it!
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