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Four different Virginia provencies and a portion of a delicate Oriental tobacco are fermented together in the press together with the addition of a traditional discreetly fruity fig casings and then stored to maturity.

A flake inspired by tradition, slow burning, cool smoke and gently sweet taste.

Notes: "Elwood of London" blends had to be taken out of Dan Pipes offer 1992 due to trademark law reasons. Finally re-introduced in 2013.

BrandDan Tobacco
Blended ByDan Pipe / DTM
Manufactured ByDan Tobacco Manufacuring (DTM)
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin, 250 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium, Medium to Strong
Extra Strong
Very Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Very Strong
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Briar Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briar Piper (89)
Medium Extra Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

Fig extract is strong, floral, and "lakeland." This blend is just heavenly. And will appeal to any lover of Gawith & Hoggarth blends. As heavily scented as anything I have tried from Samuel Gawith or Gawith & Hoggarth. This flake is the best venture into a lakeland blend outside of the Isles. This is a masterpiece . Wave after wave of the deepest floral richness. About impossible to find in the USA, someone needs to hassle Dan Tobacco to import this, and "little wren" into the states. I am surprised no one has rated this blend. It is destined to join the ranks of classic lakeland flakes, but will surpass many of them for many smokers, because the casing is so floral strong. This blend has little tobacco taste, just florals, with a room note to die for. This is the first blend I have tried which caused a young woman walking by to stop, ask to try a sip of, it smelled so good, and she said, unlike anything she had ever smelled. I gave her a few flakes to take home from my tin, but I didn't want to part with any! I received this from a friend in Germany, who not only smokes this, so does his wife, almost exclusively. This is a real novelty in the world of pipe tobacco. I can see this becoming the go-to tobacco for many, many smokers.

Fig extract, if fermented correctly, is as floral as ylang ylang oil, but in a different way, not so "banana sweet" more like molasses sweet, but that description does not convey the floral element so present in fig extract.

I would give this blend 5 stars if I could.

Pipe Used: Caminetto

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Gift from friend in Germany.

Similar Blends: Ennerdale, Brown flake aromatic, kendal flake.

9 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2550)
Medium to Strong Extra Strong Very Full Very Strong

The various Virginias provide a ton of tartly sour and tangy, acidic fermented citrus, some fermented tangy ripe dark fruit, wood, earth, a lot of grass and vegetation, light bread, cigar and spice notes, and are quite floral. They are bold lead components. The dry, very sour, herbal, floral, earthy, woody, mildly spicy, vegetative, Oriental is a supporting player. Figs may be the so-called “discreet” topping, but there’s so much perfume, fruit and sour floralness that more toppings are definitely in the mix. If this is discreet, I’d sure hate to see what the manufacturer thinks strong is. You can taste the underlying tobaccos, but the toppings greatly tone them down. The strength is in the center of medium to strong, while the taste level is very full. The nic-hit is medium. Won’t bite or get harsh but does sport a few rough edges. The flakes may need a little dry time. Burns cool, and a tad slow with a very sweet and sourly bitter, exceptionally floral, perfumy, mildly acidic, consistent flavor that translates to the long lingering unattractive after taste, and more pleasant room note. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Not an all day smoke. Will quickly ghost a briar and no meer is safe from that, either. Two stars because it is a polarizing blend: you either hate it or enjoy it.


8 people found this review helpful.