Robert McConnell Paddington

A blend selected Virginia tobaccos.
Notes: Dunhill Royal Yacht clone that was originally called Royal Island.


Brand Robert McConnell
Series Heritage
Blended By  
Manufactured By Kohlhase & Kopp
Blend Type Virginia Based
Contents Virginia
Flavoring Plum
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.90 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 18, 2021 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Fifth Heritage blend I have tried, and having found from good to excellent the ones so far, I had some expectations...

Well, actually I admit never liking the old Murray-made Royal Yacht (never tried the "real" Dunhill, alas). Too strong in nicotine, quite flat in taste, and with that weird nauseating topping. Paradoxically, I used to prefer the Orlik/STG version: while completely different (it was a plain, unpretentious, smooth Red Virginia... no highs, but no lows), it was much easier and agreeable with me. Boring, but smokable.

This McConnell version resembles none of the two: stronger than the Orlik and with a darker Virginia base, and luckily with almost no topping unlike the heavy handed Murray (compared to which it's definitely lighter in nicotine too). And this is where the good things end.

I see that some other people here like it. I and other Italian smokers find it quite disagreeable, on the other hand. Grassy, earthy Virginias, with none of the sweetness and fruit that I like in this kind of leaf. Quite harsh, carboardy, cigarettish. Not bland, not at all, it actually has body and taste... but it's a taste that I find mouth-drying and unrefined. Half bowl some flowery notes come through (but I wouldn't say it's a soapy Lakeland casing: it's just the leaf), and a sort of peppery piquancy too. Not downright nasty, simply not the kind of enjoyment I want in my pipe.

Definitely not my cup of tea. But if you like grassy and earthy... well, you might like it. It might also have some sort of appeal to Burley or Kentucky lovers, from the flavour profile.

What I really find puzzling is that some reviewers are speaking of a sweet tobacco with a lot of flavoring: my tin was absolutely NOT sweet, on the contrary grassy and earthy, and MUCH less flavoured than the old RY. Go figure...

PS A pinch of this added to Covent Garden is actually a nice experience: it adds some body and strength
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 30, 2022 Strong None Detected Full Tolerable
A clone that manages to match the intensity of the Royal Yacht but is far from having the same delicious and complex flavor. I felt it strong, but not very enjoyable. I will not buy it again
Pipe Used: Castello Dunhill
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