Robert McConnell Covent Garden

A blend for the evening.
Notes: Dunhill Nightcap clone, and was originally called Night Club.


Brand Robert McConnell
Series Heritage
Blended By  
Manufactured By Kohlhase & Kopp
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Medium to Full
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.33 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 06, 2018 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
The smoky, woody, earthy, mildly sweet Cyprian latakia is the lead component. The dry, smoke, woody, lightly floral and sour Orientals are secondary players. The grassy, lightly citrusy, earthy and dark fruity Virginias are the third stars in the mix. The spicy, raisiny, plumy perique is a condiment. The latakia and Orientals are not as forceful as they are in Nightcap, while the Virginias and perique play a similar, but not exact role in regard to being a close match. The strength is medium, while the taste is a step or so past that mark. The nic-hit is a little closer to medium than it is to mild. Won’t bite or get harsh, but like Nightcap, does have a rough edge here and there, though it’s a tad more obvious in Nightcap. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a very consistent mildly sweet and fairly savory flavor from top to bottom. Leaves little moisture in the bowl and requires an average number of relights. The after taste lingers a little, and the room note is a little stronger than that. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran. It’s fairly similar to Nightcap, but lacks a little of the strength inherent in the Dunhill product, which isn’t an all day smoke. I gave four stars to Nightcap.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 05, 2018 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
It has been too long since I have smoked Dunhill Nightcap to make a meaningful comparison. This is reviewed on its own merits.

The pouch note is earthy and smoky with just a hint of barnyard. The blend is primarily thin ribbon of medium length with a few small bits of mostly rubbed out flake. It is lots of dark leaf in different shades with perhaps a third of it tan ribbon. It came at a good moisture level for me, and I smoked it as delivered.

The first thing you notice is the smoky latakia. The perique presents as a hint of plum with some pepper only when puffed at the first of the bowl The Orientals are condimental, and as close as I can tell are responsible for the woody quality of the latakia campfire. They do not add a significant signature. Flavor is full and a little "chewy." Perhaps "rich" is a good description of the taste? The Virginias give a slightly sweet, grassy foundation.

The perique seems to grow in stength as the bowl progresses, but otherwise the flavor was consistent. I was not able to discern a topping.

The blend burned without drama. It did not require an unusual number of relights, and it did not leave any dampness in the heel.

This is easy to recommend if you don't mind some flavor and moderate nicotine. I an believe it might be a good blend to try for a cigar smoker who complains that pipe tobacco tastes like hot air.
Pipe Used: BST pot
PurchasedFrom: Gift from a friend in Germany
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 25, 2020 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Robert McConnell - Covent Garden (Heritage).

The appearance is pretty much the same as Nightcap, dark brown and black, fairly even size ribbons. It doesn't smell too sharp, like a lot of English blends, but as I remember with Nightcap this has a fuller aroma; a good precedent for the forthcoming smoke.

As I thought from the tin-note the Latakia isn't too sharp, smoky or cutting. Instead it's rather cumbersome and heavy; a lot more lethargic than some! The Orientals are a definite addition, they give roughly as much character, but are also a little 'solid' and robust in taste unlike the 'floral, incense, odiferous' nuances that come from most varieties! The Perique and Virginias are miles behind. I notice a slight plumminess and soft fruitiness, but no strong spice or fresh hay. It burns well, giving a fairly cool smoke, but the only drawback comes from a touch of bite; when forced.

Nicotine: healthy. Room-note: quite heady.

Covent Garden? A decent blend, only losing out on a full house due to the bite. But, it easily deserves three stars:

Pipe Used: Ismail Baglan meerschaum
Age When Smoked: Two months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 11, 2021 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
After finding that Piccadilly Circus and Marylebone are resonable recreations of Dunhill's London Mixture and 965 of old times (and finding PC truly excellent to my taste), I was curious to try this "clone" of Nightcap.

In my life I have smoked some aged tins of the original Dunhill Nightcap from the '80s (excellent), some fresh ones from the '90s (early Murray production, very good too), some fresh and aged ones from the early '00s (quite good), and some more recent ones (late Murray, and then Orlik/STG: all of them harsh, cardboardy, unbalanced), so I know how Nightcap should taste.

That said, Covent Garden is a very unfaithful recreation. As much as the two I mentioned above were reasonable clones of the corresponding Dunhills, this one is NOT. The overwhelming intensity of taste of the original Nightcap is lost here: you could not smoke Nightcap as an all-day, it would simply erase your tastebuds. You could smoke Covent Garden twice or three times a day, though. The same goes for nicotine strength: very often I have had a serious buzz with Nightcap, and a couple of times it even made me sick if approached without caution. Covent Garden is much lighter in the nicotine department.

That said, it's a very good blend if taken as a standalone and not as a Dunhill clone. What it truly successfully recreates of the Dunhill style is the wonderful "rotten" tin aroma, that sweetish, fermented note that has sadly been missing from the Orlik/STG made "Dunhills" (now Peterson). It's a sign that K&K used good tobacco with reasonable aging. Think of GLPease Blackpoint, and you might have an idea of how Covent Garden smells (and smokes, although the Pease is superior).

Yes, it's a very good blend: rich, with lots of evolution in the bowl, with a wonderful interplay of rich red Virginia sweetness, a creamy mouthfeel, the spice of the Orientals, the smokiness of the Latakia (not overwhelming: it's very well integrated), and from half of the bowl the pepper of the Perique (in moderation). All this, while retaining a "dark" quality, an autumnal quality, a richness that somehow is Nightcap-like. But... this is absolutely velvety compared to the brutal (and sometimes harsh) intensity and incense-soaked spice of the original Nightcap.

My only minor complaint is that it tends to lose fullness and taste towards the end of the bowl, as if some flavours fell apart, and that it shines better in tall and rather narrow bowl shapes (go figure) while it can be flatter in other shapes.

A failure as a Dunhill clone, a success in all other departments: a tobacco with a unique personality that finds a welcome spot in my rotation as "a different EM".
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 06, 2019 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
Once again a standalone review.

Just after opening the tin I noticed a high moisture level as in every tobacco from the heritage series that I have tried yet. Cold smell is indeed spicy but also warm and sweet almost like marmalade. Variant cut with flake shares looks nice also. I dried it for a few hours for the first try but I suggest over night drying after having a cooler smoke that was a bit more tastefully.

First taste that hit my tongue was a spicy mix of Lata and wooden earthy Perique and a fruity note of plum above that. Although Perique is pretty dominant I think. I can taste a bit of Virginia even if it's not mentioned in the tin description but it's just a hint. Rich flavors earthy and peppery but still mild and creamy; Latakia is a bit too decent for my taste.

Characterful and rather dark tobacco that suits with a glass of wine maybe. Not a morning smoke at all, but for some "special" morning that requests a rough treatment

Edit: after half a tin of this tobacco I must say it kind of grew to me and I'll now give it a 3/4. Still a slightly edgy smoke but never boring. Would be a 4/4 if moisture level was ok.

Edit: Have emptied three tins by now. Second and third haven't been that wet. Still a high moisture level though.
Pipe Used: Various briars, calabash, corn cobs
PurchasedFrom: Local shop
Age When Smoked: Dried 3-4 hours/overnights
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 26, 2023 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
From time to time I like to smoke a latakia bomb. When the quality of the Dunhill Nightcap started to degrade I switched to Ashton Artisan's blend, made by Kohlhase & Kopp. I tried Covent Garden, also made by K&K, because I was curious to see how they would solve the challenge of cloning Nightcap, when they already had another very similar tobacco. K&K is a serious tobacco house. Everything I have smoked made by them is from very good to outstanding. Covent Garden is not similar to Nightcap, at least not the original or Murray's era versions. Appearance is much clearer, the aroma and flavor are not as sharp and strong. Covent Garden is an excellent mix of latakia and oriental, in which both tobaccos complement each other perfectly but with intensity. Think Skiff on steroids. The virginia is perceived far in the background just to soften rough edges and I do not distinguish the perique. It's actually closer to the London Mixture of the old good days. If you're looking for a Nightcap clone from the good old days, Artisan's blend is a much better choice, but if you want a great, well bodied blend of latakia and oriental, where the latakia doesn't mask the oriental, you can start here.
Pipe Used: Various squat bulldog
PurchasedFrom: Expendeduría 321 in Barcelona
Age When Smoked: 2 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 04, 2020 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
This is a long-overdue review that I did on 10/6/2019.

I finally opened a tin of Covent Garden. As you may be aware this was intended to be a Nitecap match when Dunhill stopped producing it under their name and before it was reintroduced under the Peterson moniker.

First impression is the tin note is very smoky. The moisture content of the tobacco is on the dryer side compared to most. It packed nicely and lit easily.

A strong smoky latakia flavor with some sweetness appeared on the tip of my tongue and front of my palette and a little pepper on the sides of my tongue. The Orientals develop as the bowl warms with a woody, dry floral spice and a bit of tartness. The Virginias follow with the spiced stewed fruit flavors of plums, raisins, and currants.

Comparing the flavors to Nitecap it is a little lighter in all aspects. I feel it stands on its own as a blend and can be enjoyed most of the day. Overall it is medium strength and nicotine.
Pipe Used: Amorelli 2019 POTY
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 10, 2023 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable
Huge surprise in positive way for me. Nice gentle smell of smoky bacon after opening of tin. Latakia forwarded English bland. Smoke is sweet, gentle. You can find tones of latakia as well as pepper and honey. No relights needed. Moist is accurate, no need time to prepare tobacco. Burns till the end without dottle. You will obtain nice sweet aftertaste.
Pipe Used: Savineli802; BPK Stanislaw
Age When Smoked: 1 year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 17, 2022 Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable
London’s Covent Garden at Christmas time best describes this flavourful, classic English blend. Kolhasse & Kopp have done a fine job combining the right quantity of Latakia with lovely Turkish Orientals over a toasted bread Virginia that is sprinkled with sour cinnamon and raisin flavour Perique. Supposed to be a copy…? No way, it stands on its own and is the quintessential Christmas tobacco that K&K should package up for a smoker’s Christmas. Absolutely delicious with Lapsang Souchong tea or a peated malt from Speyside like Ben Riach 10 Old Curiositas.
Pipe Used: Mastro de Paja, Dunhill and Ser Jacopo Billiards
PurchasedFrom: Gift
Age When Smoked: 2 years of cellaring
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 13, 2021 Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong
This Nightcap "homage blend" is rich in Latakia and Orientals with some Virginias and a dash of Perique.

Outstanding cut, moisture level and burning characteristics. Burns to a lovely, powdery white ash.

Covent Garden delivers a luxurious and rich smoke yet it's not really over the top. (I find it similar to Artisans Blend in that it's almost a Lat bomb but the various varietals add enough complexity to keep it interesting.)

The Perique adds body and presence to the smoke but it's condimental and with no noticeable nic hit. There's a strong and lingering Latakia aftertaste.

This is an excellent, medium to medium-full English blend that flies under the radar of more trendy and over-hyped blends.
Pipe Used: Savinelli 141 Large Billiard
Age When Smoked: Fresh Tin
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