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Pipe-Dreams Soraya is a magic leaf, blended with [three different varietals of] finest Oriental tobaccos, which are then blended with a mellow sweet Virginia (ready rubbed) and one chocolaty burley. As the "salt in the soup" a hint of perique and black cavendish are thrown in the pot of magic.

This mixture presents itself as a medium strength tobacco, with a broad spectrum of nuances that keep on changing, yet melt into one uniform flavor profile. Spicy, ethereal, fresh and at the same time sweet with chocolaty and peppery notes in the back.

A blend that can be enjoyed without concentrating on it, but can also be explored into the finest nuances. A blend that underscores the sensuality of Oriental tobaccos.

Notes: Blended by Hans Wiedemann (HU-Tobacco) for the Pipe-Dreams.de forums. Tin art was made by German pipe maker Christian Heweling (Heweling Pipes).

Released: 10/2018.

BrandHU Tobacco
Blended ByHans Wiedemann
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeOriental
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutMixture
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable

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DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (322)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I was lucky enough to have received a sample of this beforehand and I instantly loved it... now that it's available, I ran through my first 50g tin within notime!

The tin note is lovely.. the Orient really shines with its exotic, essential-oily spice and is perfectly accompanied by a smooth and creamy chocolate note that orginates from the burley. The Virginias and Cavendish add a tad of creamy sweetness to round things off and to bring balance to the force ;-) It really reminds me of autum and especially christmas... with christmas delishs (gingerbread/lebkuchen and other spiced biscuits and pastry), a warm tea, a comfy seat and a worthwile book!

In the pipe the Orientals showcases their pleasingly complex qualities, such as an essential-oiliness, exotic-dry spiciness, even some wood, and buttery, almost nutty notes, hints of sharpness..... the Orientals are really rich and versatile in flavors, which I love. Albeit its rich Oriental presence, this blend comes along quite creamy. I suppose this is achieved due to the addition of (10%) Burley, which adds a nice, creamy nutty- and chocolaty aspect to the smoke, besides a full-bodied earthy foundation. As well as a minor addition of black cavendish, which adds a smooth, creamy and not too sweet quality. The Virignia's smooth (honey-dew) sweetness rounds things off and balances out the natural richness of the Oriental leafs (of which varietals from 3 countries were used). The Perique is virtually unnoticeable to me, but I suppose it has its function for the flavor-profile!

I prefer smoking it in wide chambered bowls and I also prefer having time to really savour and explore this blend. Albeit me having smoked a 50g tin of this already, the Orientals keep surprising me with new, interesting notes.. Turkish/Oriental is some heavenly weed, when blended skillfully!

Has a surprisingly pleasant room note for an Oriental-heavy blend and not only the fact its the house blend of the forum I am an user at, but the abscene of Latakia makes this quite special as a blend to me! At least here in germany we only have 1-2 other blends with a rich Oriental presence, that doesn't also contain Latakia in the blend!

This is a Top-5 tobacco of mine now! Takes a comfty seat amongst my C&D Burley blends, and I'll cellar 2-3 tins (one of 1 year, the other 2-3 years, one for 5-10 years) to see how it'll age, as I have the feeling this will age just wonderfully.

|| Personal rating: 4-stars | Attempt of an 'obective rating' : 4-stars ||

12 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2706)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The various tangy Orientals provide earth, wood, herbs, vegetation, floralness, spice, leather, incense, a lot of dry sourness and a touch of buttery sweetness as the lead components. The woody, earthy, nutty, chocolaty, creamy burley is a supporting player. The tart and tangy, citrusy, grassy, slightly floral and acidic honey dew Virginia forms the base of the blend as a secondary star. The raisiny, peppery, earthy, figgy, plumy perique is in the background. The lightly brown sugary, creamy black cavendish is in the background, but its effect in toning down some sourness and rough edges is a contribution. The strength and nic-hit are medium, while the taste is a couple of steps past that mark. Won’t bite or get harsh, but the spice content may playfully tingle the tongue of a fast puffer. Has a few small rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a moderate rate with a mostly consistent, complex, mildly creamy sweet and more sour, dry savory, ruggedly bold, deeply rich flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste and stronger room note. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke, and I recommend a small to medium size round bowl (pot, apple, author) to fully capture all the nuances inherent in this mixture.

-JimInks

8 people found this review helpful.

glaswegian Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
glaswegian (18)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Just collected a tin at a german pipe show. Major player are the orientals with a refershing sourish taste and a sweet undertone caused by the small amount of virginia and cavendish. The small amount of burley and perique are giving this mixture body and spiciness. I Love english blends with a high amount of orientals and I can recommend this blend highly! Never boring and always changing flavor. Very easy to smoke. No burn or bite even if you´re pushing. The perique taste get´s a little stronger at the end but it fits very well. This is a tobacco for everyone. For beginners starting with non aromatic or for the professional smoker as an allday smoke. One of the best orientals I have smoked without Latakia. Jumped directly to my top 5!

Pipe Used: Corncob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: HU Tobacco

8 people found this review helpful.

FilipPruncu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FilipPruncu (41)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I received a sample from a friend for about 6 or 7 bowls, so this won’t be a review based on a full tin. Nevertheless, I’ll do my best to describe my experience with this very interesting blend.

So, first things first (as always)

First “tin” notes (it was actually held in a jar) I detected were of dried plums, which seemed a bit weird, but pleasant. The other “tin” notes I discovered when I opened the jar were of dark fruit but also chocolate, cocoa and hazelnut

The tobacco presents itself in a very fine cut ribbon. Bright virginia and a few smaller black ribbons.

First smokes are sweet, spicy, chocolaty, floral, and I personally think there is a small added flavor to this, though I wouldn’t imagine mr. Hans hiding this if it was. It’s probably because of the complexity found in these orientals that have been chosen and carefully blended.

The orientals can be spicy and sweet and woody and leathery. You find spiciness and sweetness in this one, but not much wood or leather taste like in other oriental blends like, I don’t know, London Mixture from Dunhill, which also has turkish tobacco. I haven’t yet smoked straight oriental tobacco to be sure, but what I can tell from this blend is that you can’t be sure which aroma comes from which tobacco.

If the orientals are really this complex, then I really really need to buy some straight oriental, though it’s also a matter of quality and region. But if they are so complex in flavor, i don’t see why anyone would need any casing and topping, except for the costs.

In my opinion, the virginia is in the front, followed by either the orientals or the black cavendish. I really, really can’t tell. This blend is complex!

There is a a little spiciness which can be from the perique but also from the oriental, but there’s such a dance of flavors that you can’t tell.

There’s also kind of a cinnamon and floral taste that I don’t know where it comes from: The black cavendish? The orientals? Or a casing/topping?

It is indeed buttery, even soapy at times, and that I dont like. It also delivers a little sour taste from time to time, which could be the burley. But, the good thing (for me) is that the burley is not easily detected, because I started hating it, especially since its low quality that is being offered nowadays. The little sourness like I said, I suspect to be the burley, but fortunately this goes away.

By the end of the bowl there is a taste of chocolate and hazelnut.

This is crazy! How many flavors this one delivers and yet how great they are blended! I would call this a semi aromatic if it was the case of a topping or casing.

Very easy to smoke, burns amazing, needs little to no relights, doesn’t burn or bite, doesn’t get the pipe hot, it actually gives a cool and creamy smoke. Leaves a perfect white ash and little to no dottle.

Since I can’t give 3.5 rating, I’ll give it a 4. :)

P.S.: I think aromatics fans would like this blend too.

Happy smoking!

2 people found this review helpful.

HeavyTrees Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyTrees (67)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Look in tin is of nice golden/brown leaf with sprinkles of darker brown ribbons here and there. Cold smell is nice, decent fruity and a bit sour. Packs well after drying just a bit and takes flames nice and easy.

First puffs of the bowl provide a lot of nice flavors tickling my palate. Dry fruits, a hint of Hay and some peppery spices combine great and make a round but overall still mild smoke. Spices play hide and seek with sweetness and fruit nuances creating a good up and down of flavors.

Sadly it appears that after half of the bowl all the beautiful tastes somehow drift away and leave just a base of joyless, dry savor. This even happened with all the different bowls I tried. Really nice in the first half then slipping away into a flavorless abyss.

Could be a really nice balanced and tasteful blend if all the flavors stayed until the end.

Pipe Used: Briars of different sizes

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Tabak Heinrich Nuremberg

1 person found this review helpful.