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Coin-cut, flue cured African and perique tobacco.

Notes: Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls clone, and was originally called Eclipse.

BrandRobert McConnell
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutCurly Cut
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Extremely Mild
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
3.3
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2495)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This isn’t that much near Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls at all. NR doesn’t have a sugary black cavendish core, and it’s a stronger blend in every way. The various Virginias offer some dark fruit and earth, a mild citrus and grassiness along with a touch of the floral. The lightly spicy, plummy, raisiny perique is a supporting player. The black cavendish appears at various times, depending upon how you prepare the coins, so there is a little inconsistency in the taste of the blend as well as the burn rate. The strength and nic-hit are a couple steps past the mild level, while the taste is a little closer to medium than it is to mild. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns cool and clean, and a tad slow. Leaves little moisture in the bowl. Needs a few relights. Has a pleasant, lightly lingering after taste, and is an all day smoke. I gave four stars to DDNR.

-JimInks

10 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (373)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am reviewing this on its own merits and with no meaningful comparison to De Luxe Navy Rolls.

The coins are about an inch and a half in diameter. The cavendish core is close to half the size of a dime. The tobacco surrounding the center is brown and tan. Pouch note is slightly sweet with some dried fruit.

I tried folding the coins twice and wadded them. I tried rubbing them out as well. The smoking experience was about the same to me, although perhaps the flavor was a little stronger rubbed out. Moisture level was good for smoking, and I did not give them any air before loading.

Initially, the smoke is a slightly sweet Virginia. It is very smooth, and the perique begins to find its way into the flavor with some raisin and a subtle peppery tickle on the snork. I claim there is a mild topping enhancing the sweet, although it could be the cavendish core. As the bowl develops, there is almost a caramel in the sweet at times and the perique comes a little more to the front with some more pepper.

I found this coin easy to smoke slowly, and the flavor was very good to the bottom of the bowl. It did not require an unusual number of relights.

This is very good and it is easy to recommend. The problem may be availability...

Pipe Used: BST pot, Grabow Eldorado pot

Purchased From: Gift from a friend

8 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1911)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Robert McConnel - Highgate (Heritage).

So, yet another blend touted as a Dunhill replacement. Navy Rolls? Well, it ISN'T even reminiscent of Navy Rolls, NR never had a Black Cavendish core. However, it's still a very fine smoke!

You get the gist that the coins look more like Orlik Bull's Eye (as was the case with Charatan Rolls; another badged as a Navy Rolls clone). In the tin they're solidly constructed, they're not 'fluffing' apart, and the moisture implores immediate smoking.

Although not what it masquerades as, a NR clone, the smoke's top-notch. The Virginias make for the most of the smoke. I don't find them too vibrant, but quite a 'relaxed' Virginia flavour. The Perique, even though a lighter addition, offers a slight peppery sharpness, but I don't find it too 'dark fruity'. Coming from the black Cavendish centre is a subtle mellifluent character, which calms the smoke, making it very palatable.

Nicotine: a jot below medium. Room-note: nice enough.

Highgate? My kind of smoke. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Christmas 2017 #03

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.