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A light-medium bodied blend based on bright and red Virginias, Cyprian Latakia, a bit of toasted black Cavendish, and just a touch of air-cured leaf. It offers an extremely smooth and balanced smoking experience that is soft on the palate, with a natural caramel-like sweetness and a comfortable, smoky complexity that is both familiar and new. A wonderful all-day blend, or an engaging change of pace from the heavier "English" styles. This tobacco was named after the lions head which appeared on the original Drucquer family crest, and which now graces our blend. - Gregory Pease

BrandDrucquer & Sons
Blended ByG.L. Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
Packaging3.5oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant to Tolerable

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clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (104)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Passage of Time will definetly affect one's memory of something - So, While I remember this blend being a little Sharper in the Latakia department - this new incarnation rocks. A complex medium English that is absolutely delicious. There is a light sweetness that must come from the Virginia's used while the Latakia is just perfectly balanced. There are no Turkish Tobaccos that I can detect in this blend but you won't miss them. A really approachable mixture that seems to be perfect for the Fall. Highly Recommended.

Pipe Used: Wally Frank Bent

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

18 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2411)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The base of the blend is the sugary, citrusy, lightly grassy bright Virginia, and the earthy, tangy dark fruit sweet red Virginias, which have a hint of vinegar and spice. The red is slightly more obvious than the bright. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia plays an important second lead to the Virginias. The spicy, raisin and plum perique is a background player. The toasted black cavendish provides a little caramel and brown sugar in a minor role. The nic-hit is mild to medium. The strength and taste levels barely reach medium. Won’t bite or get harsh. Well balanced with some complexity, it burns at an even, moderate pace, cool and clean with a smoothly consistent flavor all the way through. Requires few relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. The pleasant after taste and room note are short lived. An all day smoke with enough body to continually hold your interest without wearing out your taste buds.


14 people found this review helpful.

Voyaging Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Voyaging (58)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

This review is for Red Lion blended by G.L. Pease, produced by Cornell & Diehl. I have not had the original Drucquer blend.

I love the tin design. The smell is kind of salty and woody with some grassy sweetness. The moisture level is good to go, but I let it air just a bit before I pack the pipe.

The taste is woody and grassy, and salty, with some leathery notes. There is also a lot of woody tanginess and fermented character. I sometimes get a gingerbread note in there. There is a great, sweet, floral note that comes up and this sort of dark cereal, chocolate, woody taste unfolds. Notes of creamy, sweet bread, cinnamon and maybe clove, leather, smoky cocoa and molasses. The second half of the bowl becomes round and rich in flavor. More cohesive, and more interesting than the first half. I also do not think there is Perique in this blend, but there are some fermented fruit notes that tickle the sinuses.

Strength was somewhere around mild to medium, and the taste was medium. Nicotine is medium, not strong. Looking at the components and smelling the tin, it's truly interesting what taste actually comes through in this blend. It tastes like it has Orientals. It reminded me, at points, of a light version of Gaslight. The only disparaging thing I can say is that it seems to burn fast, but that can be a good thing for some.

I would recommend this to people that like blends containing Latakia, and anyone that wants an interesting smoke. I also imagine it will age well. For now, I give it three stars.

update 10/10/2019

This is a really interesting blend. It's athletic in delivering and displaying flavors, considering there are no Orientals, coupled with the fact that the tin is so young (something to note with Cornell & Diehl blends). I imagine this will be fantastic as time continues to have a deepening affect on the flavors of the blend. Upgrading to four stars. So far, these Drucquer & Sons blends are some of the best blends I've put in my pipe.

Pipe Used: Bent brand, lovat, bent apple

Age When Smoked: Five months

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2 people found this review helpful.

Taste Buds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taste Buds (61)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This a well executed English blend. I love the fact that the Latakia is lightly used and the taste is very cohesive. The tobaccos used are of excellent quality. This blend is Virginia forward with the Perique in second position. The Black Cavendish is used to smooth out the blend and the Burly is not noticeable, but adds to the coolness of the blend. So basically, I would call this a light Vaper that is smoothed out by the other components. It is cool smoking and very delicious. I find this blend to be very flavorful. On first light, Red Lion tastes full, but the strength reduces to medium as you progress down the bowl. It burns to ash and produces an average amount of smoke. Update: The initial strength I referred to above is eliminated, after a tin has been open for a few days and the airing further improves an already fine smoking experience. Thanks Greg. Update: Red Lion is also excellent mixed 50-50 with Prince's Blend, also from Drucquer. Both blends have the same constituent tobaccos. I have found that both mixtures, blended equally, give me the perfect balance of strength and taste I have been searching for.

Pipe Used: Lorenzetti Constantine 9mm

Age When Smoked: 15 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes (Exclusively)

2 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (142)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

I found Red Lion to be an interesting English. The virginias carry the day with their sweetness forming the base. On top of that is a nice mix of Latakia and Perique giving it a smoky and fruity compliment. I don't get much from the burley which is hiding in there.

Easy to pack and light, I found that it burned really well and the different tobaccos each had a chance to shine as I smoked through the bowl.

A solid mix which I'd buy again.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: fresh to one year

Purchased From: Trade

2 people found this review helpful.