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Chacom's Royale is a refined mixture. This superior blend — comprised of red and bright Virginias, kissed with white burley, and caressed with latakia — is a testament to elegant simplicity, and epitomizes Chacom's steadfast commitment to excellence for nearly two centuries.

Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29715)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this from a B&M about a year ago without knowing it was blended by C&D. In fact, I didn't realize it for sure until just now! But it's taste and aroma belies the source. This is a ribbon cut of mostly blonde and tan leaf with a tin aroma of light latakia. Hard to spot any black leaf but it's clearly there. Not much underneath.

If you have a penchant for formulaic reviews and describe tobaccos the same way time after time, you may find this blend as consternating as I did. I may as well get my biases out front and center. I have zero use for C&D these days. Most of the time their Virginias taste like raw burley and their burleys taste like dirt. Very green, IMHO. This tin was 3 years old and that raw, unrefined flavor I find from this blender had dissipated. In its place was the taste of latakia atop a bed of characterless base leaf. In that regard, it reminded me of Sutliffs Court of St James. The latakia flavor was on the light side, but ruled the show from beginning to end. There was occasionally a trace of a Virginia sweetness but it was fleeting. No burley flavor to speak of but there was a whisp of woodiness from time to time. I could not describe this one using typical adjectives - no earthy, grassy, woody, nutty, toasty and the like. It was definitely smoky, however... to the exclusion of all else. Not that it was a bad smoke. I actually kind of liked it to some extent. I just didn't get much blending expertise from it. If you enjoy latakia but don't want to be beaten about the head with it, or if you want something that has zero complexity and doesn't change from the top to the bottom of the bowl, this is one to try. I'd let it age awhile. At least it wasn't raw tasting with three years of age on it. If you like the C&D leaf, you may enjoy this one more than I did.

Age When Smoked: 3 years

4 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Somehow this is led by the Latakia (just barely). You wouldn't think so by looking at it. It's a very blond looking mixture. The mildly sweet, hay-like Bright Virginias can be discerned in the background. As the bowl progresses the White Burley shows itself with a little woodiness. It's mostly noted in the roundness of the flavor. At about that same time there is a little tang from the Red Virginias that creeps in. This would probably serve as a nice introduction to Lat blends and possibly as an all day smoke for those "addicted" to Latakia. It's not a major Lat fix, but would, at least, give you a little smokiness to get you through your day. About a 2.5 smoke for me. I'll round up to 3.

Mild to medium in body and taste. No added flavorings detected by these antique taste buds of mine. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: fresh

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4 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Very Pleasant

This Chacom offering made by C&D is really good. The Bright and Red Virginia combine for a tart/sweet taste and the Latakia presence mingles beautifully with the others without interference. There's just enough Burley in the tin to boost the firepower. Just a well put together blend that I think will age beautifully and be very smooth. No frills combo that works well.

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1954)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Chacom - Royale.

I received this from my friend Gentleman Zombie on one of our recent trades.

It's a medium brown, very fine, ribbon. I'd actually say borderline shag cut! Removal of the lid also reveals a slight problem: the blend is a little too dry. I'm not talking 'crispy', I just wouldn't trust it to be cellared for long.

When I lit my first bowl my initial thought was 'a very mild English'; I find the Latakia requires a quarter of a bowl to come through and develop in strength. It doesn't become a Lat-Bomb, but gives a stronger woody/cedar note. The Burley has a dry flavour, it's this that's quite an anomaly to the usual English blend. A bowl of Royale gives a very even burn, albeit slightly fast.

I quite like the room-note, and the nicotine's medium.

Thanks Franck, easily recommended.

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Ben Wade Elegance Oom Paul

Age When Smoked: A few months

Purchased From: Trade with Gentleman Zombie.

2 people found this review helpful.