Player's Blenders Highland Pipe Tobacco

Notes: This blend is a re-named version of Player's Whiskey. It isn't yet clear whether it is in any way different.


Brand Player's
Blended By  
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Burley, Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor, Whiskey
Cut Ready Rubbed
Packaging 50 grams pouch
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.83 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 16, 2016 Medium Medium Medium Pleasant
Player's - Blenders Highland.

This review is based purely on Blenders Highland. I thought I'd maybe tried the original Players Whisky but when looking through my reviews I realised I haven't reviewed it and can't remember smoking it without doing a review, so I can't compare.

I'm not sure as to whether the U.K. mail is responsible for the presentation or if it's supposed to be this way: the mixture's been compressed so much it nearly resembles a huge Krumble Kake! Once the 'Kake' has been broken up and seperated it looks like a broken flake though: very coarse ribbons. It's a bit moist, and I'm guessing the compression hasn't helped any dampness to diminish.

At first the whiskey's on the mild side of medium, it's quite nice, but it takes about a quarter of a bowl to become clearer; still not 'strong', but more towards medium. Something that's a little perplexing is the tobaccos': it tastes of Burley, and the pouch says it contains Burley! Blenders Highland can bite me a touch if I strain it; not too bad, more of a nibble.

I find the room-note nice, albeit a bit full; the whiskey's easily noticed and the tobacco smells quite good. And finally the nicotine: medium.

I couldn't smoke this regularly, but I will recommend it:

Three stars.
Pipe Used: Davorin Denovic Morta
PurchasedFrom: My Smoking Shop
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 02, 2020 Medium Mild Medium Tolerable
This was called players whiskey, die to stupid EU laws banning flavour names it is now sold under the current name listed above.

I recall trying it before when it was made by imperial and I really wasn't impressed. Now made by mac baren what's changed?

Well it is a tobacco that is infinitely higher in quality. It still retains its traditional British character or a burley and virginia mixture, very coarse in its cut, I find an extra rub out serves it well (I will try it straight from the pack at some point and update if need be). You are greeted with the typical aromas of Virginia burley, and the faintest wisp of whiskey.... If you are wanting a flavour bomb step away.

Packing is easy enough as is the lighting. Smoking is a joy, there's a very fresh virginia taste, almost refreshing, with the back bone of burley. The whiskey does come through but it is very faint and makes a nice addition when it reads its head.

A word of advice, take this slowly as any attempt at rushing will result in tongue bite, but given it is a nice smoke taking it slow isn't a bad thing.

All in all its a lovely smoke and makes a refreshing change from my daily smoke of ennerdale when I'm not wanting anything too heavily flavoured.

Room note is nothing too obnoxious and shouldn't raise too many eyebrows.

Recommended as one of the better British otcs
Pipe Used: Falcons
PurchasedFrom: The black swan shoppe whitby
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 19, 2016 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
This is a re-branded version of Player's Whiskey Ready Rubbed, and everything that has been said in earlier reviews of WRR will apply here; I can't detect any difference at all between Blender's Highland and its previous avatar. It'll be interesting to see if other reviewers agree or disagree. Let no one jump to the conclusion that it's anything like the now-discontinued Sinclair's Highland Sliced. It isn't. Nor, despite the blurb, is it an 'aromatic' in the usual sense of the term.

Why the re-branding? Possibly this is to anticipate the rumoured forthcoming changes in EU regulations governing tobacco additives/flavourings; possibly it's a marketing ploy to try to boost a flagging demand.* If the latter and it doesn't work, the next step will undoubtedly be the disappearance of this blend from the market; so if you like Player's Whiskey/Blender's Highland, now might be a good time to start bulk buying.

* (Update, 28 March, 2017): Since I wrote this review my local tobacconist has told me that the name has changed because new EU regulations now forbid any mention of flavouring or anything that might tempt or titillate the impressionable. For the same reason, Ogden's Walnut Flake has also changed its name. I have to confess that these expedients have not deterred me from smoking.
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