War Horse War Horse Bar

(3.37)
Made of dark-fired Kentucky, dark air-cured and matured red Virginia.
Notes: From P&C's web site: War Horse Bar is a plug tobacco made in the tradition of the long-missing Irish tobacco. Made of darker, earthier leaf, War Horse Bar has a singular top note added, and the tobacco is pressed and cut into plugs. The flavor and body are astoundingly stout, and is definitely meant for the experienced pipe enthusiast. If you love robust and bold pipe tobacco, War Horse Bar will become a staple for you.

Details

Brand War Horse
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type Virginia/Burley
Contents Burley, Kentucky, Virginia
Flavoring Anisette, Floral Essences, Other / Misc, Tonquin Bean
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United States
Production Currently available

Profile

Strength
Strong
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Flavoring
Medium to Strong
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Pleasant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Taste
Full
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.37 / 4
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17

5

2

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 29, 2016 Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant
Formed of leaves pressed into what more resembles a cake than a bar, the new War Horse Bar comes out of the package with a strong vanilla scent indicating the ever-popular top flavoring (among others) has been applied here in strength. It burns off quickly, however, revealing in sequence the smoky taste of the Dark Fired Kentucky Burley, followed by the sweetness of Virginia, and underneath it all, a heart of dark Burleys beats, giving the blend a reasonably strong presence of Nicotine and a broad, rich flavor. Unlike the UK plugs, this blend will not put you on the floor, but it has reasonable strength and a solid flavor, if a bit less integrated than the variants from across the sea. The grim fact is that little can compete with the steam-powered presses that are used over there, as PipesMagazine Forum member "misterlowercase" opined some years ago, and so this bar more resembles the loose-cut blends of the Americas than the European variety. In this blend, the dark fired and Burley tobaccos form a pleasant synergy and mostly absorb the Virginia, but there is not the smooth integration from overseas. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant smoke despite the stench of roasted marshmallows it leaves behind, and if offered at domestic prices, would be a good addition to a regular rotation.

Thanks to Pipes Magazine forum member "cosmic" for this sample.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 18, 2017 Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant
A man could go mad trying to work out the flavour additives of some tobaccos. Different reviews cast up a cornucopia of potential flavours. My two cents, the predominant flavour is maraschino or almond cherry. I get some caramel/vanilla/butterscotch aromas, but I'm not smelling tonquin at all. I agree there are some floral spice notes as well.

Comes as a thin loose plug, more like a cake to be fair. It resembles dark peat in colour and texture. As others have noted, this is easy to prepare; you can just tear off a piece and it almost rubs itself out.

This is a full aromatic, and apart from some pepper from the Kentucky, I struggled to get real tobacco flavours underneath the casing/topping.

This is quite literally a one match tobacco and burns a treat with absolutely no tongue bite. It is autumn here in the southern hemisphere now, and this feels like the right season to enjoy this baccy. Not as a regular smoke for me, but for someone looking for an aromatic that had some nicotine strength and did not sparkle and crackle with chemicals, this might fit the bill. It will however leave an lingering aftertaste in the mouth.
Pipe Used: MM Cob
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 17, 2021 Extremely Strong Very Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable
A Haiku Review: War Horse Bar

This tobacco is….

pretty weird I have to say

Unicorn, not Horse.

Equal parts flowery, almond, spice aromatic and knock you on your a$$ burley, this is blend is wonderfully strange. And will leave one heck of a mythical unicorn ghost in your pipe.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 21, 2023 Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable
Sutliff Tobacco Company
War Horse Bar

Blend notes: “Made of dark-fired Kentucky, dark air-cured and matured red Virginia.
From P&C's web site: War Horse Bar is a plug tobacco made in the tradition of the long-missing Irish tobacco. Made of darker, earthier leaf, War Horse Bar has a singular top note added, and the tobacco is pressed and cut into plugs. The flavor and body are astoundingly stout, and is definitely meant for the experienced pipe enthusiast. If you love robust and bold pipe tobacco, War Horse Bar will become a staple for you.”

I don’t think strong tobacco, on its own, is something to be lauded. War Horse Bar is certainly strong with a serious nic-hit but it is essentially uninspiring. There is a smattering of added flavors with (what seems to me) a clear presence of propylene glycol. Though it’s a blend by Russ Ouelette who (in our Club) says he does not use prop glycol, so it may just be a blend which simply did not speak to me.

The added flavor tastes a bit like perfume on top of dark Virginia tartness. The added flavoring does not rise to an aromatic. It is strong leaf. It felt (tasted) a bit like I was smoking a maduro cigar. But your palate will be different.

I understand I am a minority view re WHB. The always-positive crowd equates strength with character. I want something more complex than War Horse Bar.

2 of 4 stars and that’s being generous.
Pipe Used: Castello; IMP Meerschaum
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 09, 2021 Strong Medium Full Very Strong
Expectations, expectations, expectations. Treacherous things.

I bought this for two reasons: a) presence of tonquin, b) claims of strength hinting towards 1792, one my top 5 tobaccos.

American tobaccos just can't do it for me, although this is closer to decent than most.

Smell from the tin is strong, mostly vanilla, and hint of liquorice. The contents are a square block of crumble cake - better than Jackknife Stack of Leaves but still not a plug - easily broken apart.

It is ready to smoke from rubbing out, which is probably the strongest point of this tobacco for me.

Taste is close to what it smells like, tonquin/vanilla and a lot of Kentucky. It really is NOT a very strong tobacco, I had several stronger and much stronger tobaccos in my time, but it is reasonable. For me this strength is just a tick above "just right". My issue with it is how the taste develops through the bowl. Unlike Gawith offerings, in this case the topping taste dissipates midbowl, but instead of giving way to tobacco it somehow morphs into something plastic and bitter, and quite unpleasant. Won't be buying again, but overall it does achieve being somewhat close to European tobaccos.

Fun fact, this is banned from the house by my wife, she absolutely hates its smell!
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