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Dark Virginia tobacco with Louisiana perique.

Notes: Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture clone, and was originally called Majesty Elizabeth.

BrandRobert McConnell
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
2.8
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2979)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The tart and tangy citrusy, grassy, lightly hay-like, woody and earthy Virginias also have a modicum of tangy dark fruit as the lead component. The very spicy, lightly raisiny, mildly plumy perique is a supporting player. There’s more perique, and a lot less grass in this than in the current version of Dunhill Elizabethan. The dark fruit note is not present in DE either. This has a fuller flavor, also. The strength and nic-hit are in the center of mild to medium. The taste is step or so past those marks. It won’t bite or get harsh, but the spice does give a slight tongue tingle. Burns fairly cool and very clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent taste from start to finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a lightly lingering, pleasant sweet and spicy after taste, and room note. An all day smoke that is superior in every way compared to Dunhill’s latest version, to which I gave two stars.

-JimInks

17 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am reviewing this with no meaningful comparison to Elizabethan Mixture. I was sent a sample by a friend in Germany, and I have enjoyed it.

The cut is a narrow medium-length ribbon, and it is a mix of black, dark brown and light brown tobaccos. Pouch note is hay and a little earth. Moisture level was good for smoking as delivered.

The initial light is slightly sweeter than might be expected, and here may be a mild topping to give the Virginias a boost. The flavor is very good. There is a little citrus and some hay with a bread note every now and then. The perique presents as plum with some pepper when puffed. There is a peppery tickle when snorked. It burned well, and did not require an unusual number of relights. strength may have picked up slightly in the last half of the bowl to put it on the medium end of the medium-mild range. There was a certain smooth quality to this blend with no harsh edge. Taste was very consistent.

Overall this was a very pleasant smoke, and it is easy to recommend.

Pipe Used: Grabow Eldorado pot

Purchased From: Gift from a friend

9 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Robert McConnell - Regent Street (Heritage).

I'm a sucker for a decent VaPer in the mornings and having finished off my tin of Charatan Victorian Mixture (another Elizabethan match) I opened this up. A good choice!

The appearance is very congruous with Dunhill's original, and the moisture of mine was perfect. The smell from it's one of a Perique heavy VaPer, being really acute.

The smoke? An avatar of this genre for most who crave Perique; IMO! I get the most nuances of Virginia at the start; more of a fruity flavour than grassy or sharp. But after about a quarter the Perique becomes even more spirited and is an UNMISTAKABLE addition; very, very, spicy; like the tin-note implied! It burns perfectly, generating a mid-temperature smoke.

Nicotine: maybe above medium. Room-note: not the best!

Regent Street? A firm our stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 1 Month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (345)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I haven't smoked Elizabethan Mixture often in my life, but I do have tried some of its incarnations: the early '80s Murray version (good, with fine interplay of sweet and sour), the early/mid '00s Murray version (quite rough, heavy, unrefined), the mid '10s Orlik version (blandish, inoffensive, pleasant but unmemorable).

Regent Street has vague echos of all of them, but actually resembles none. It's a decent blend with a noticeable Perique piquancy and sourness, with a medium body and certainly not lacking in taste. There is a hint of a fruity/floral topping too. It's a bit unidimensional, though, and the Virginias are not sweet/ripe as I would have expected: on the contrary, rather grassy and even a bit harsh and astringent. It's a decent smoke and I wasn't offended by it, but nothing more: I can think of lots of better VaPers (almost all in flake or coin cut form).

2 people found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (118)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Like most Dunhill clones this is a bit far away from the original but made " in the spirit of". The cut is a bit stringy and the tobacco is a little moist causing some of it to get stuck on the cardboard top piece . The tin note is inviting , mild hay and some prunes . This blend looks and tastes a lot like Astley #2 , also made by K & K. Judging it on it's own merits I found it quite pleasing . A mild hit of perique brings out the taste of this virginia forward blend. The cut provides an excellent burn , very easy to smoke the bowl right down to the bottom . Though not complex , Regent Street delivers a slightly sweet taste with hints of figs and prunes . Excellent to smoke out doors on a windy day because of the excellent cut . A real nice smoke when a lite perique is called for .

Similar Blends: Astley #2.

2 people found this review helpful.

ondrejtrojan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ondrejtrojan (1)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I was looking for a match for the Elizabethan mixture by Dunhill. And I have heard about Regent Street. It is not same blend, obviously. But is it a good VaPer to fill a gap after Elizabethan? I think yes. At least for me. It is not so full in body and taste, it is more gentle and less sweet. I think there is more perique in Regent street, you can taste those mild plumy and figgy taste by perique, Virginias are bready. But not too much dark like in Elizabethan. Overall, it is a gentle cool smoke with a pleasant taste. Don't haste on this leaf, it has that tendency to be harsh sometimes. Give it some drying time and pack lightly.

Pipe Used: Stanwell 88

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: E-trafika, CZ

Similar Blends: Elizabethan mixture by Dunhill.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
★☆☆☆
Medium Strong Medium Strong

This is a Virginia / Perique Blend. It should be without any flavoring, but to me it seems like the Blender plundered the bathroom cabinet of his late grandmother and used up all the left big 4711 cologne bottles as a topping for this blend.

I only taste a disgusting perfumy/cologny, floralish aroma which made me sick (literally). I tried everything, airing out, filling it into a mason jar, even baking it in the end. It was no use, I couldn't smoke this tobacco.

I was quite fond of Dunhilll Elizabethan Mixture, but this one was unsmokable for me, and I can't see any similarity to the Dunhill blend.

Pipe Used: Brairs, Meerschaum, Falcon

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Paul Bugge

1 person found this review helpful.

Stah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stah (122)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The 50-gram vacuum-sealed tin I got my hands on had a Q2 2019 excise stamp, and that was the only date indication to guide me. Since the last batch of this tobacco came with 2021 excise stamps, and the previous batch hit the market in late 2020, I suspect that the tobacco was released around mid-2020. Certainly, in terms of aging, 2 years for Virginia-Perique blends is a very short time, but it's plenty long enough to appreciate the flavor and quality of the tobacco.

An exceptionally even cut of dark, milk chocolate colored Virginia with sparse, slightly darker specks of perique. On the whole, the tobacco is almost monochromatic. The tobacco has a very high quality, almost no veins or sticks.

The flavor from the can is a dense bread note, figs, sweet raisins, and prunes in the foreground. Hay and a light spicy scent with a slight hint of sea salt.

Taste - rye bread, bitter chocolate with a peppery note - quite bright, but very soft, supported by boiled fruit. At the end of the first third of the pipe, the pepper spice almost completely disappears, leaving only a mild spiciness. A slight taste of herbs and dark honey appears, as if a very small drop was dropped on the bread. The tobacco gets a very balanced taste of a good blend of Virginia and perique. There is very little sugar in it, but the sweetness of the tobacco builds as you smoke. By the end of the pipe there is only a bread note and a slight sweetness. Due to the small amount of perique and quite weak Virginia, its strength is not too great. The tobacco burns evenly and cool enough, burning out in a fine light gray ash and leaving a small amount of moisture in the mouthpiece. There is no moisture left in the bowl. The aftertaste from the tobacco is woody-sweet, as if you're drinking birch sap straight from the tree.

The smoke from the tobacco has a grassy-spicy scent. The smoke itself is very light and dissipates quickly.

What's the bottom line? It's hard for me to say how closely Regent Street resembles the original Dunhill blend. I smoked it a long time ago, not having the current experience as a "taster". But from memory, I would venture to say that it is still quite an independent recipe. At first glance it seems to have more perique than the original. However, the low strength of the tobacco and how quickly the spice and spiciness disappears, says rather the opposite. Most likely, the Germans were not able to pinpoint the exact perique used in the original. But I can't say that the blend loses out. It is very high quality. I have enough other blends of this type on my shelf, but on occasion I will purchase a tin or two and put them away for a long time. I suspect it will only improve the contents.

Pipe Used: Peterson 9BC

Age When Smoked: 2020

Purchased From: Online

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