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From P&C's website: A blend of sweet Virginias is first pressed and then sliced into a flake. It's then tumbled into a ribbon, allowed to breathe and put back into the mold to be pressed again into a crumble cake. This darkens the leaf, gives it a deeper, richer flavor, and takes much of the "edge" off the blend. Finally, there's a Virginia tobacco that just about anyone can enjoy - John Cotton's Double Pressed Virginia.

John Cotton's Double Pressed Virginia was the winner of the 2019 Chicago Bowl.

BrandJohn Cotton
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringNone
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Criblo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Criblo (31)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin note is bready/grassy. The taste is pretty mild and grassy. The flavor is much lighter than the darkness of the stuff would suggest. It isn't a bad blend and has a nice mellowness and no bite, but not much to separate it from other blends. I was expecting more from this blend and it is somewhat disappointing. For the price point I'll stick to Capstan.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: P&C

7 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2367)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The various Virginias offer some citrus and grass, a fair amount of wood and earth, hints of sugar, spice and sourness, and a little tangy dark fruit, along with a light floral, fermented quality. The double pressing eliminates any sharpness and rough edges, creating a mostly smooth, matured, rather mellow Virginia experience. The strength is in-between mild and the center of mild to medium. The taste is in that center. The nic-hit just passes the mild mark. Won’t bite or get harsh even if you smoke like a freight train. This is an easily broken apart crumble kake designed to suit your packing preference. Burns very cool and clean at a slow pace. It’s mildly sweet with a slight savory note, and has a very consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and does require a lot of relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. By design, it’s a fairly easy going all day smoke.

-JimInks

7 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (153)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoked this blend first before attempting the Doubled Pressed Kentucky and I'm glad I did. Double Pressed Virginia, despite it's appearance, is a milder blend than the former and I agree with the sentiments of reviewer Criblo 2019-05-29. Like he, I thought DPV's darker color would yield a stouter smoke; it didn't. The blend smokes rather soft and easy and fits right in at the top of the bell shaped curve for Virginias. This is a crowded place and a blend needs something to set it apart in this neighborhood. Double Pressed Virginia lacks that edge but, don't get me wrong, smokes on and on in a pleasant way until you discover you're at the bottom of the bowl. I don't have anything bad to say about it and would have no problem recommending it to any pipe smoker. Conversely, I can't elevate it to four star status. This is an all day smoke of high quality with the grassiness that you Virginia lovers crave and is an easy three stars.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie Large Billiard - 2001 NASPC yearpipe

Age When Smoked: current

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: I'm not a dedicated Virginia smoker but, in my memory, the many pressed and flaked straight Virginias I've seen over the years are not this dark in color..

3 people found this review helpful.