Charatan Rolls

The luxury tobacco composition that is prepared to produce these rolls of tobacco is based on high quality, carefully selected ripe Virginia tobacco, finished with some traditional cured Perique and Cavendish tobacco. We have finished the roll with a 'Cavendish Bulls Eye' rather than spread this unique tobacco throughout the mixture. This allows the pipe smoker to sprinkle and mix the tobacco to satisfy their own taste.
Notes: Charatan released Rolls to fill the gap left by Dunhill discontinuing DeLuxe Navy Rolls.


Brand Charatan
Blended By  
Manufactured By House of Edgeworth
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Curly Cut
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.40 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 25, 2019 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
Charatan - Rolls.

This is another I've been writing about for the UK tobacconist McGahey's. So, am nearly through a tin of it!

Almost every website I see this on has it touted as a replacement for Dunhill De Luxe Navy Rolls. Well, to put it simply, it isn't.

The first perplexing feature comes in the way of a black Cavendish centre to the coins. That was Orlik Bull's Eye and Davidoff Flake Medallions territory, not 'Navy Rolls! That aside, the tobacco has a smell of fruit and hay, and a decent hydration.

I enjoy the smoke, a lot. Hence, why the tin's nearly empty in just a few days! It's neither a match for 'Navy Rolls or 'Bull's Eye. Similarly to DLNR, I get a good blast of sharp Perique, but like Orlik 'Eye I get a softening from the black Cavendish. The Virginia forms the base of the blend, offering the usual hay, etc., and being unpretentious. It burns perfectly, manufacturing a smoke which only bites me when really forced to do so; harsh chugs can bite, but with a regular cadence the smoke presents no problem to the tongue.

Nicotine: about medium. Room-note: nice, but the Perique's identifiable.

Charatan Rolls? As I said, this is often offered as the 'new' De Luxe Navy Rolls, which isn't the case. I find it more like a dichotomy of 'Navy Rolls and 'Bull's Eye; the best of both worlds. So, have no problem highly recommending it:

Four stars.
Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: My Friday pipe
PurchasedFrom: McGahey's
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 01, 2020 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
A beautiful curly cut with rolls in the size of a very large coin with a black dot in the centre and a mix of brown and bright tobaccos around it. The moisture is ok for me. The thin rolls break apart as you load the pipe. Lights easily and burns well.

A great smoke indeed. Tasty Virginias with a slight aroma of bread and a reserved, pleasant natural sweetness. They do not offer a wide palette of the well-known Virginia flavours, but what is there, is good. Perique is quite peppery without notes of dried fruit. The amount of Perique is just right. Although it is prominent, it does not cover up the Virginias.

It is said that “Charatan, Rolls” is inspired by the former “Dunhill, De Luxe Navy Rolls”. I agree, it comes rather close to it. The Virginias in Dunhill were more yeasty and offered a wider aroma-palette. Charatan is more robust in the sense of less refined. Still, “Charatan, Rolls” is a very good Va/Per mixture that I can highly recommend.
Age When Smoked: New, out of tin.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 01, 2019 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
An interesting tobacco... Charatan Rolls is purportedly a replacement for Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls, a classic Va/Perique coin cut, which was itself introduced to replace Escudo Navy Deluxe. However, the Charatan Rolls have a Black Cavendish core in common with Orlik Bulls Eye... Which was itself introduced as a replacement for Dunhill Navy Rolls... This replacement business is becoming truly meta.

The presentation isn't as good as it's illustrious predecessors, rather tatty discs jumbled in the tin. The back core looks rather good though. Can be on the moist side when freshly opened, rub a couple of coins and let them dry on a piece of paper. I press the cores out and layer them in the bowl as I load it.

Tin aroma - dried fruit, fig, prunes, malt, hint of leather.

It takes a light with the greatest ease, the flavour is initially mild but does build as you get through the bowl. Sweet dried fruit, malt and tea give way to woody and eventually some spicy earthy flavours from the Perique. To my tastes there is very little between this and Orlik Bulls Eye, but its not a substitute for Navy Rolls. It's OK, I like both of them, and neither is available now. I think it has a tad more Perique than either of them, and like Bulls Eye, it becomes a tad milder when you reach the Cavendish layers if you pack it like I do.

The burn is even and few relights are called for. A little dottle is left, there is no tongue bite unless you try too hard to smoke the last bit of dottle. It's not the strongest tobacco, but it satisfies.

All in all, a nice replacement for a replacement for a replacement... I'll buy it again, and I think the Bulls Eye fans will approve.
Pipe Used: Northern Briars Liverpool
PurchasedFrom: Turmeus Liverpool
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 16, 2021 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
Produttore: Charatan; Composizione: Black Cavendish, Perique, Virginia; Aromatizzazione: nessuna; Forza: Media

Una struttura in "roll" molto omomogeneo della giusta secchezza, bellissimo il centro nero e i colori marroni celle periferie. Il profumo a secco è fruttato con una lieve nota alcoolica che appaga i sensi. La composizione principale è data tabacchi africani affumicatidi altà qualità, il tutto condito da un eccellente perique stagionato. Carichiamo la pipa, l'accensione è istantanea, bella, il fumo sale bello, formato, azzurro. Ci accoglie il Viginia, gustoso, fruttato, poco dopo ecco il pepe del Perique, fine educato che non copre i Virginia. Il Cavendish? E' il giusto collante, ammorbidisce il tutto.

Continuando con la fumata il gusto evolve, il Perique matura è dà il corpo la parte maschile alla fumata, senza essere violento, il Virginia addirittura dona sentori di pane appena sfornato.

La nicotina cresce senza stordire mai e non c'è mai necessità di riaccendere la pipa, basta usare bene il pigino; non soffre se la fumata diventa più forte, cosa ottima per il fumatore distratto.

Alla fine resta una cenere ompatta, scura. 

La nota ambientale è molto buona.

Diciamo ancora una cosa è detto essere il clone del più celebre De Luxe Navy Roll della Dunhill; sono pienamente d'accordo, con la differenza che questo è un po' meno raffinato del più celebre predecessore. 

Come concluere? Meraviglioso. Vale la pena del viaggio oltre confine.

Giudizio? 5/5.
Pipe Used: Castello
PurchasedFrom: Dubini Tabaccheria Chiasso CH
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 15, 2023 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Earthy is the first thing that comes to mind from tin note to smoke. Upon popping this open you are greeted by woody aromas. I decided to pack this by rubbing out the outer ring and keeping the bullseyes to top my bowl. The Cavendish offers a lot of sweet raisin flavour that melds nicely with the figgy notes from the Perique. There is not a lot of spice, but that really works because the Virginias are grassy and earthy. More Perique could potentially overwhelm these rich botanical notes. As a fan of spicy Perique, I have enjoyed other curly cut blends better, but there is something very alluring about the earthiness of this blend. It sets itself apart from the usual suspects. The nicotine hit is detectable but not overwhelming. I enjoyed having a bowl of this in the morning, because it wasn't too much nicotine nor too little.

The rich earthiness of Charatan's Rolls merits this blend a 4/4 from me, and I'll have to try Davidoff next to compare.
Pipe Used: Tsuge The Taste 21
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