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Notes: Made in Finland.

Per Jon Guss: Whitehall Products, a subsidiary of Helme Products, was the importer of Finlandia until the spring of 1975, at which time General Cigar (now part of STG) took over. General Cigar continued to distribute Finlandia until February 11, 1980, when it announced the immediate discontinuation of Finlandia (along with many other products).

BrandP. C. Rettig
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringCaramel, Fruit / Citrus, Vanilla
Packaging1.5 ounce pouch
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
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JimInks (3023)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

The very nutty, earthy, woody, lightly spicy, molasses sweet burleys are the star components. The bright Virginia provides some tangy citrus, a lot of grass and hay, along with light lemon, a touch of floral, and a couple drops of honey in a support role. The sugar from the unsweetened black cavendish helps smooth out the tobaccos. The topping appears to be a fruity red wine. It sublimates the varietals to a moderate extent without drowning them out. The strength is in the center of mild to medium, while the taste misses the medium mark by a rung or two. The nic-hit crosses the mild threshold by a couple of steps. Despite what the pouch claims, it has bite potential and burns a little warm at a slightly fast pace. I recommend a sipping cadence. The flavor is very consistent from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, lightly lingering after taste and room note. An all day smoke. Three and a half stars for the taste.


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