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A full bodied blend where the base is 75% mellow and full Virginia, 20% perique, and 5% cavendish. Finally, a sweet toffee flavour has been added. Due to the amount of perique, this one can be quite powerful.

BrandPaul Olsen
Blended ByMy Own Blend
Manufactured ByMy Own Blend
Blend TypeOther
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging100g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2342)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The mildly grassy, earthy Virginias also offer some citrus and dark fruit, and forms the base of the blend. Though they are 75% of the blend, they lead without dominating. The raisiny, plumy perique provides a routine spice hit as a supporting player. The unsweetened black cavendish sports a brown sugar note to tame any rough edges. The sweet toffee topping does sublimate the tobaccos, even though its taste is not forceful, and lacks depth. The nic-hit is almost mild. The taste level is not quite mild to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a fairly smooth and consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average numbers of relights. Has a pleasant, very shot lived after taste. Is an all day smoke. Two and half stars.


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Gestalt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gestalt (20)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was quite excited to try this blend as it was described by The Danish Pipe Shop as: "Marlin Flake" with perique and toffee flavor!' I love all of those things and the name made me laugh so I ordered a tin sharpish.

First off. This is not a flake tobacco. When I popped the tin I was expecting to find the long flakes of Marlin Flake, but found a ribbon cut or broken flake tobacco (I can’t tell the difference yet sorry). The predominant scent from the tin is that nondescript aromatic aroma that all aromatics seem to share, although there is a faint stewed fruit Virginia note present too. Well... I was pretty disappointed with this but still keen to give it a go.

The aromatic taste dominates this tobacco and everything else gets lost behind it. The Perique is comes forward later in the bowl, but the Virginias never really shine through. Over all I found it a thin, disappointing smoke that didn't really satisfy my want for the taste of Virginia and ghosted my VaPer pipes with an aromatic taste that disappointed me even when I wasn't smoking it.

I was expecting a VaPer flake with a touch of flavored Cavendish. What I got was a heavily cased aromatic tobacco. Now I do not smoke aromatics as I don't care for them, so please remember that my review is entirely subjective and based on my taste for pure tobacco blends.

I’m keen to see what others think of this blend.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1837)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant

Paul Olsen - Hipster (My Own Blend.

Once again I've been duped by the description! Yesterday I fancied reviewing a flake, checked, and opened P. Olsen PO. It said flake but was in fact a ready rubbed. Same scenario today: it says flake yet it's been rubbed; a little courser than yesterday's, but it's still not a flake LOL!..... I've amended the details.

That said though, I find it a quality tobacco. I'm a fan of this type of aromatic: the added flavour's not complicated, it's not difficult to decipher that it's been mildly flavoured with toffee, and toffee alone. I don't particularly enjoy blends that have a cornucopia of additives, where I struggle to sequester a single one; pipe smoking's about relaxation, not deep thinking!

So, I've ascertained that the only added taste that comes over is toffee. Now it's time to discuss the tobacco's: out of them all it's the Virginia I get the least attribution from; probably because the smoke gives a massive hit of Perique....MASSIVE! The Cavendish gives a nice insouciant touch to the smoke, it works towards counterbalancing the Periques sharpness; I wouldn't say it calms it fully, but it definitely completes the smoke nicely. As I've only smoked this in a Churchwarden, I can't pass comment on the temperature of the smoke, but I can say that the pipes bowl gets too warm for my fingers! The nicotine's as I would expect from a blend with lots of Perique in it: strong.

I have to admit that I like this blend. It's not my usual thing, but easily worth three stars.


Pipe Used: Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: 7 months

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (279)
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Like the other reviewers, I was interested in this from the description. Perhaps because I've been smoking stronger blends lately, I didn't get a whole lot out of this one. For me, the most apt word for this blend was 'mild' -- mild tobaccos, very mild flavoring. The Perique was there, deep in the background, trying without success to add to the blend. The flavors were there, but barely noticeable. Someone used to smoking the milder-flavored Aros out there might get some pleasure out of this.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers

Age When Smoked: 1 month after purchase

Purchased From: Danish Pipe Shop

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