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Notes: Per Jon Guss: Klompen Kloggen (“wooden shoes”) was introduced by DWG Cigar on October 1, 1965. It was “blended from unusual fruit flavoring used in its cure” (per a 1965 ad in Esquire). DWG continued to sell Klompen Kloggen for a few years until the blend was acquired by R. G. Dun Corp. at the very end of 1967.

Four companies were involved in this last minute effort: Universal Cigar, Parodi Cigar, National Cigar, and a new entity specially created to hold DWG’s largest selling line: R G Dun Corp. It was R G Dun that got Klompen Kloggen when the dust had settled. RG Dun hung onto it until at least 1973, but by 1976 Klompen Kloggen had been acquired and was being sold by 1776 Tobacco of Doylestown.

According to the ads of the time, this mixture was a Virginia/burley only, which is different than the later 1776 version, which has more variety of components.

BrandD.W.G. Cigar Corporation
Blended By D.W.G. Cigar Corporation
Manufactured By D.W.G. Cigar Corporation
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
Packaging1.75 ounce pouch
ProductionNo longer in production
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The various Virginias and Carolinas provide a fair amount of citrus and grass along with some wood, and a light dark fruit note. The nutty, earthy, woody burley plays a support role. The Connecticut shade grown leaf provides a little woody vegetation, some sweetness in the background, and a touch of spice. The dry, woody yenidje sports an “unflavored soda” hit in the background as well, though every so often, it rises above that level. Not sure about the sweet fruity topping, but it only tones down the tobaccos to a very small extent. The strength is in the center of mild to medium, while the taste threshold is a hair past that. The nic-hit just passes the mild mark. Won’t bite or get harsh, unless you puff like a steam engine. Burns fairly cool and clean at a moderate pace with a mostly consistent flavor. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. An all day smoke.

The ads of this time period only mention Virginia and burley, but I do sense the yenidje and Connecticut shade grown leaf in the mix, so I would say the company was not completely forthcoming with their ingredient list. This review is for the 1960s version.


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