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Newminster's No. 702 Light Burley is sure enough just that: lots of light Burley. For those partial to this variety of leaf it may make a fine smoke on its own, while others may appreciate it as a blending (or simply blend-adjusting) component.

Blended ByMac Baren
Manufactured ByVilliger
Blend TypeBurley Based
CutBroken Flake
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild
Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2500)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The toasty, nutty burley has a light molasses sweetness with a touch of oats and cocoa. The nic-hit is rather light. It won’t bite or get harsh, but has a hint of dryness that underscores the experience. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a very consistent flavor. Doesn’t need many relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. Has a short lived, decent after taste. Is an all day smoke that also makes a good mixer.


6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1911)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Newminster - No. 702 Light Burley.

The blend appears quite chunky, there's a fair few pieces of flake that aren't broken that much. The moisture's perfect, and the colour's medium brown.

For the initial quarter it tastes like quite a standard Burley blend, but after that's burned it seems to get richer.......quite a lot richer, and somewhat toasty. There's actually more flavour than the name Light implies. The burn from No. 702 is ok, providing it's given proper attention; it's not a blend for the lazy smoker, it requires lots of maintenance!

The nicotine's mild to medium and the room-note's quite nice: great aroma and it doesn't fill the room with lots of smoke.

This easily gets full marks from me:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Sherlock Holmes Lestrade

Age When Smoked: 1 week

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3 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (191)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Fire cured leaf aside, most burleys to me do not taste of nuts or cocoa or much else underneath their toppings, and they almost always seem to have added flavourings. When the natural flavour of plain burley is allowed to show thru, it smells to me rather musty. I am in the camp of people who are reminded of old books on this score.

Newminster 702 is that rare beast, an unflavoured light burley. It smells of, well, an antiquarian bookshop. Being of Commonwealth stock it offers me no memories of Grandad. My oldies smelled of Va, and mostly dark Va flakes at that. My American friends might think differently.

This is a one light tobacco that burns trouble free and without any kind of fuss. It is one dimensional, but I do not see that as a fault. Sometimes, simple is what I want. It is light in nicotine as well, all of which suggests that is an ideal 'beater' tobacco. The broken flake, and it is comprehensively broken, makes for an ideal moisture content and easy pipe packing. A strong 3 from me.

Edit March 2019. There is a mild topping to this tobacco that seems to vary in strength from batch to batch. Some sort of fruit or alcohol that I can't identify. Does not intrude upon the smoke but worth noting for those seeking a pure tobacco.

Pipe Used: Ceramic

Similar Blends: McB Burley London Blend.

2 people found this review helpful.