Robert McConnell Shakespeare

(3.00)
A dark Virginia blend.
Notes: Dunhill Ye Olde Signe clone, and was originally called The Old Sign.

Details

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

Profile

Strength
Mild to Medium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Flavoring
None Detected
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Tolerable
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Taste
Medium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.00 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 08, 2019 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The Virginias provide a fair amount of grass, hay, and citrus, a little earth, wood, bread and darker fruit as well as a floral note. Not sure what the very mild topping is, but it doesn’t tone down the tobaccos. It’s present to help create a sliver of fermentation and “Royal Yacht”-like plum essence which is more evident in previous Dunhill Ye Olde Signe versions. It succeeds on a minor scale as it’s muted in its effect, though it does gather a touch more potency by the half way mark. Overall, the entire composition is weaker in every way than what they have tried to copy. The strength is in the center of mild to medium, and the taste is a step and a half past that. The nic-hit is almost as potent as the strength level. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent flavor that translates to the lightly lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. An all day smoke. I give it three stars for its own merits, and less for being a successful clone. I gave three stars to the Orlik version.

-JimInks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 25, 2018 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
I like this even better than one of my favorites from Dunhill! The Dunhill version always had a slight bitterness to it that is replaced by a bit more of the nice sweetness in this one. They have certainly captured the character of the original, and to my taste, made it better.
Pipe Used: Dunhill ring briar
PurchasedFrom: Pfeiffen Huber, Munich, Germany
Age When Smoked: New tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 03, 2020 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant
Robert McConnell - Shakespeare (Heritage).

We must remember tobacco taste and interpretations are 100% subjective. One person's trash can be another's treasure! With that in mind I'll begin with saying I'm not a fan of this!

The blend includes quite an equal amount of medium and darker browns, my moisture's a little high (fine by me!), the ribbons are pretty uniform in size (medium) and there's not much of an aroma being given off.

'Stale'. The added flavouring and dull Virginias coalesce to form a flavour reminiscent of stale tea. The flavouring isn't enough of an appurtenance as to completely distract from the tobaccos, but being as these are flat in taste the two work well together! Joking apart, I could see it suiting many as a Go To smoke, it just doesn't suit me! The burn's decent, giving a cool smoke and is very reliable; it requires hardly any maintenance. I don't find it troublesome with tongue bite, even if forced.

Nicotine: a little above mild. Room-note: not that bad; IMO.

Shakespeare? Obviously I'm not a fan. I HATE to be a misery but I'll only give this one star; shame, as McConnell do some FABULOUS blends. But, this isn't one:

Not recommended.
Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef. My Friday pipe!
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 25, 2019 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable
Ye Old Signe , an iconic blend not seen since 1983 . I do not count that foolishness that Orlick put out recently . This blend is in the spirit of the original but not close . The Virginias that YOS had are simply not available today . I must , however say that K & k has come up with a pretty good blend here . Upon opening it reminded me of Wessex Classic Virginia Flake . Really nice sort of stringy cut , good moisture level and an inviting tin note of fresh hay . A pretty straight forward blend of very decent virginia with no real noticeable topping . Excellent burn . I felt , however , that it does peter out a little in the bottom third of the bowl which prevented me from giving it 4 stars. A nice smoke any time of day , lite and puff.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 30, 2022 Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable
One of my favorite tobaccos from this line. It has become my everyday Virginia tobacco (Along with the Golden Glow). The curious thing about this tobacco is that it does not have many citrus notes and the herbal notes that are very characteristic of other Virginia tobaccos are not present. I find notes of dried fruit, such as walnuts or almonds, and it is not too sweet. A very soft tobacco, which together with "pure virginia" are recommended for those who want to start with natural tobaccos.
Pipe Used: Castello Dunhill
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 08, 2022 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable
Very pleasant Virginias invite you to perceive different aromas, like wood and floral notes. It smokes very well and at the right temperature, it burns on its own. The smoke sensation is pleasant also, for a long smoke is very comfortable and not boried at all. I did not perceive any tongue bite at all.
Pipe Used: John Aylesbury - Billiard Dunkelbraun
PurchasedFrom: Cigarworld
Age When Smoked: 1
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