Charatan Royal Escape Mixture

Highest quality bronzed Virginia leaves are carefully conditioned and are added to rich, heavy-bodied Virginias, noted for their aroma. A unique flavor is added to the final blend to enhance the subtle and piquant aroma.
Notes: Charatan released Royal Escape Mixture to fill the gap left by Dunhill discontinuing Royal Yacht.


Brand Charatan
Blended By  
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Virginia Based
Contents Virginia
Flavoring Plum
Cut Ready Rubbed
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United Kingdom
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

2.50 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 19, 2019 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
I'm really not impressed.

My first thought - It's a cross between a whiny, perpetually offended millennial with less testosterone than a 90 year old and Treason May. Or in other words it's so restrained in both the flavor and strength of the original it totally lacks a backbone.

Cut - Longish Ribbon.

Flavor - The Virginia doesn't really come though, the plum casing is muted 90% of the time. Only appearing every so often and you have to work for it. And worst of all, the strength or almost complete lack there of.

A bowl of Royal Yacht before breakfast with the morning coffee, it wouldn't sucker punch you but at least you know it's there. This stuff is offensively mild in every bloody respect.

As a replacement to the beloved Royal Yacht it fails quite miserably.

As a standalone baccy without any references to Dunhill it's just mediocre.

Update 22/6/19

Tried another bowl to see if it had improved a bit like the Eventide had. It's a definitive NOPE, still crap.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 21, 2020 Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable
I actually really enjoyed this.

I’m rubbish at smoking virginias and tend to favour English Balkan blends.

I am constantly pursuing the perfect smoke as most on here are.

The best smoke I have had to date was of EMP out of a Mr. Brog briar on a cold day in my shed.

The smoke was thick and it was the ultimate relaxation experience - every sip was pure pure pleasure.

I have been chasing a similar experience ever since but always always struggled with virginias owing to my lack of experience.

I have tried several - all the usual suspects, including royal yacht which is of course topped with a fruity flavour much like Royal Escape.

Even though my virginia smokes have been less than satisfying certain flavours have lodged and I find myself craving it from time to time.

I heard Royal Yacht had been discontinued so on a family camping trip I picked up a tin of Royal Escape as I had no pipe or tobacco with me and fancied a smoke.

Smoked fresh and outside it was much like previous virgina experiences - couldn’t coax a thick smoke or the typical grassy tangy flavours without overheating the pipe.

Fast forward a few week and with an open, hardly smoked tin on the side I retired to the shed, picked a cob, freshly cleaned it and loaded it.

I really concentrated and packed very very carefullly in a couple of loads with a light press.

Charred, waited and re lit.

It was actually pretty easy in the cob to get this tobacco to where I wanted to.

Nice thick flavourful smoke - the topping enhances the experience for me and I’m sure it will until I become better at smoking virginias and retrospectively scorn myself for enjoying this so much.

For my money it’s a great starter blend for Virginia virgins - decent level of nicotine but from memory, below Royal Yacht in that area.

Will continue to smoke this stuff out of cobs and reserve my briars first when I fancy a Balkan or English blend.

If you’re like me and have been smoking pipes on and off for a few years but haven’t quite cracked virginias then try this in a cob.

It benefit from ageing and working the smoke up to a good level slowly.

Doesn’t bite if you smoke it right.

Doesn’t taste like an aromatic.

Probably not an all day smoke - but good in warmer weather.

Recommended to people like me.
Pipe Used: MM Danish Spool
PurchasedFrom: Margerums Canterbury
Age When Smoked: 2 weeks open tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 31, 2019 Medium Mild Mild Pleasant
I can't understand anyone dissing this mixture.

It's the second of Charatan's Dunhill replacements that I've tried, and as with Victorian mixture (replacing Dunhill Elizabethan) I have found it to be of very good quality, and preferable to the Dunhill version.

I always disliked Royal Yacht, and so bought Royal Escape by mistake, but this stuff is very nice indeed. Royal Yacht tasted like dry horse dung to me, but Royal Escape is full, nicely moist in my tin, steady burning, very mildly fruity, and very satisfying. No bite whatsoever. Nice room aroma.

Thoroughly recommended.

Update: 11 months after posting review above, my appreciation of Royal Escape is even greater. Not many pipe baccys burn as well, have as good a flavour and are as satisfying to smoke, with no drawbacks at all in terms of bite or anything else. I find that with most baccys you've got to try at least two tins before you can get to understand what the baccy is all about and what the blender has tried to achieve. Much of that can only be appreciated at an almost subconscious level, because it is so difficult to describe flavours, and more importantly the often subtle meanings of them. Okay, coffee, chocolate, cherry and others, when applied as strong casings, are unmistakeable, but with light casings and no casings it's a different story. Royal Escape has, of course a light casing of plum flavour. But because it's light, there's so much more to be understood. And as you smoke, or in the aftermath, you often compare with the dozens or hundreds of other baccys you've smoked. Your mind and palate are riffling through so many, and giving at least an approximate ranking to your current experience. For me, Royal Escape is up there, if not in the top 5, certainly in the top 10 of the hundreds of baccys I've tried over the last 35 years. Would have been longer, but I didn't start pipe smoking till I was 40!
Pipe Used: Peterson meerschaum.
PurchasedFrom: Londis store, Market Square, Dover, Kent, UK.
Age When Smoked: New.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 23, 2019 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable
I'm not all that optimistic about the new Charatan subs for the discontinued Dunhill blends; I suspect that the same falling demand that killed off the Duhill blends will soon see off these too. Let's enjoy them while we can, though. This is a reasonable replacement for Royal Yacht, I think (though why did Charatan choose such a peculiar name for it?). Cool, slow burning, reliable and well behaved with a plummy topping that is noticeable without being too obtrusive. Quite strong, too, though certainly acceptable as an all day smoke. I don't think it's quite as strong and full-bodied as the original Royal Yacht.

Royal Yacht was a favourite of Georges Simenon, and I think he would have approved of this. It isn't a perfect copy, but it's close enough.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 22, 2019 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
Charatan - Royal Escape Mixture.

Another of the blends I've been reviewing for the UK tobacconist McGahey's.

Often marketed as a replacement to Dunhill Royal Yacht? Well, although I've smoked RY, it's been many years since, and because of the cessation in production I can't really compare. Albeit, like the other new Charatan blends based on the Dunhill's, I'm quite impressed.

In the tin sits a mixture of quite coarse ribbons. Not too coarse, but there are a few that are rather chunky. The colours are mostly dark and medium browns, with a few lighter ones. My moisture's decent.

The plums embellish the smoke, but don't cause the flavour to be an aromatic cacophony; the plums act a little synonymously to a hearty dose of Perique! I like the flavour from the tobaccos. They lack the commonly found grassy, citrusy, sharp Virginia qualities, and instead give rich, fruit; to my palate it seems to have included more darker, redder, Virginias, as opposed to lighter, brighter, ones. The topping compliments this flavour well, increasing the sumptuous, decadence. Because of the coarser cut of the ribbons it burns quite slowly, and also cool. I don't find much of a bite from it.

Nicotine: above medium. Room-note: quite pleasant.

Royal Escape? A quality Virginia blend. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: Friday pipe
PurchasedFrom: McGahey's
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 05, 2019 Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Unnoticeable
I've tried most of the Charatans now and they are all flat, uncomplex and just generally rubbish. I am mainly a Dunhill or lakeland tobacco smoker, of over 15 yrs. The Charatan range are amongst the worst I ever had. Having a clear out and thrown them all away including 5 unopened tins from a bulk buy last year.
Pipe Used: Meerschaum, clay, falcon, corn cob, petersons.
PurchasedFrom: Online
Age When Smoked: new from tin,and agedfor 3 months.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 13, 2019 Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable
Touted as a replacement for Dunhill Royal Yacht with a similar plummy tin note laid over otherwise unadorned high quality Virginias.

A cool, strong voluminous smoke. Perhaps not quite as high in Vitamin N as the original, perhaps not quite the depth of flavour of the original (but then I am comparing brand new vs an aged tin).

Regardless, a top notch straight Virginia in its own right.

Is it really Royal Yacht? No, but it's a very good Virginia blend in its own right.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 17, 2019 Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Pleasant
Oh dear. After the success of Charatans Flake, I had high hopes for this, but they have been cruelly dashed.

Royal Yacht was a strong Virginia ribbon, of a mid brown colour, supplied quite dry, with a subtle, almost undetectable topping. This is a mix of ribbon and ready rubbed, shades ranging from light to very dark brown, supplied soaking in humectant and casing. It has a strong plum casing which does not come across in the steamy, hot smoke. The bowl of my pipe got red hot, and I kept having to put it down. Trying to dry it out did not help, but revealed that a substantial proportion of the tins' contents were dust and crumbs. It seems to me like a Cavendish aromatic, a style I'm not fond of. It's not very strong at all, and has very little flavour.

This is one of few tobaccos that I couldn't bring myself to finish, and in view of the proportion of dust in the tin, I returned it to my tobacconist, who was kind enough to replace it with another.

It is telling that the more complimentary reviews here are from people who did not enjoy the Royal Yacht, or can't remember it very well. I think the Charatan tobaccos would be better for not inviting comparison with Dunhill, as it sets customers up for disappointment. This tobacco may appeal to the aromatic smoker, but I think the Virginia lover or the hardcore fans of Royal Yacht will be very disappointed indeed, as I was.
Pipe Used: Northern Briars Liverpool
PurchasedFrom: Turmeus Liverpool
Age When Smoked: New
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