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Wilke Tobacco re-introduces Surbrug's 188--a true British Blend.

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByJohn Brandt
Manufactured ByWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging2oz., 4oz., 8oz., 16oz. Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected, Extremely Mild, Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2739)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The woody, earthy, dry and buttery sweet and sour, mildly floral, herbal Turkish also sports a touch of spice and takes a small lead over the other tobaccos. The smoky, woody, earthy, lightly musty, sweet Cyprian Latakia provides ample support. The grassy, rather tart and tangy citrusy bright Virginia is just more than a condiment. The unsweetened black cavendish offers some sugar, but it's not very detectable. The strength and nic-hit are a little closer to mild than it is to medium. The taste is almost in the center of mild to medium. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns cool and clean at a slightly fast pace with mostly consistent sweet and savory flavor from start to finish as it easily burns to ash. Hardly leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, short lived after taste, and slightly stronger room note. By design, it is an all day Turkish forward smoke with just enough depth to hold your interest.


7 people found this review helpful.

clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (105)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Excellent clean tasting English blend.. This is a new release from the new owner of Wilke Tobaccos. There is a nice balance and complexity to this mixture. Plus there is some kind of topping that I can't identify but adds a little sweetness. This is a nice after dinner kind of smoke that would go well with a cup of Joe. It's not a Lat bomb nor is is too heavy - and for reason could be an all day smoke.. Bassed on trying a couple blends from new owner I'd say Wilke blends are in good hands.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Champagne

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Wilke

3 people found this review helpful.

suitou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
suitou (38)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

There is a "sweetness" that can be felt in Best Make and Pipemaker's Choice, but in No. 188, this sweetness is more like "Karumeyaki" (which is like toffee). There is a subtle hint of burnt caramel, and overall, it is full of delicious oriental flavors and aromas, with Virginia and Latakia playing the role of spices. For me, it has become one of my favorites, along with No. 111.

Purchased From: Wilke Pipe Tobacco

2 people found this review helpful.