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Chacom's #4 consists of various Virginias combined with a small portion of perique for some added strength and a touch of fruity spice. The mixture is then cold-pressed for four weeks before being cut into slices. It results in a flake tobacco that's medium in strength and rich in flavor.

BrandChacom
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByKohlase, Kopp & Co
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging50 grams Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
3.7
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2031)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Chacom - #4.

As is often the case, although the tin's round the paper insert for the tobacco to sit in is square! This holds two rows of well speckled flakes. The nose doesn't suggest lots of Perique, I identify a lot more of the archetypal hay you'd expect from Virginias. The moisture's good; a little damp but not too much as to need drying out.

The smoke marries up to the tin note perfectly. The bright Virginia takes centre stage; hay, bread, quite fresh. As a bowl burns down a fruitiness, plumminess, comes from the splash of Perique. But, even though the Perique is a definite addition, we're not in 'spice' territory; it seasons, but isn't too formidable a flavour. The burn from it's faultless, creating a mid-temperature smoke. I haven't had any bite, at all.

Nicotine: maybe medium. Room-note: nice.

#4? A smashing smoke for a warm summer day; like today! Bowl of this and a ginger beer. Or, a cold lager for the summer evening! Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef. My Friday pipe!

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

10 people found this review helpful.

babydriver Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
babydriver (7)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

best va/per i have ever had. lovely taste. great billows of smoke. no spittle. burns to an ash. 5 out of 4 stars.😎😎😎 not made by cornell & diehl. made by kohlhase & kopp

Pipe Used: ruthenberg

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: pipes and cigars.com

Similar Blends: reiner, capstan yellow, orlik virginia slices.

4 people found this review helpful.

Benjamin Meyer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Benjamin Meyer (15)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

When I opened the tin, a strong dried apricot scent filled my nostrils. Later in the tin, that smell faded while still being detectable.

The presentation is perfect, K&K style. You can immediately recognize their style. Perfect rectangles stacked in the folded down paper.

The flakes are very easy to use. They can be rubbed out or broken as you like but I preferred to fold and stuff most of them. For this, I dried them a little, which made combustion pretty easy compared to other flakes.

The smoke itself is pretty medium in taste. By that, I mean the high notes many identify to citrus are subdued and the base only really come out at the bottom of the bowl. So you're here in the bread and hay territory. The perique is quite mild but you can definitely feel it, especially in the nose. The evolution of a bowl is very light. You mostly get the same bowl from start to finish, which would be a nice character for an all day smoker, I guess.

DGT works really well with this one. It gives a nice depth to the VA and some more strength to the perique. That's the way I enjoyed these flakes the most.

Otherwise, it burns pretty well with few relights or moisture if you dry and pack appropriately. Overall an easy flake.

I'm not giving this blend a high mark for several reasons. It is too simple for me. I'm not an all day smoker so when I do, I like more body and taste layers. It doesn't have anything very special to it. There are so many similar and better offerings, I don't know why one would chose to dive into this new comer.

This was very fresh so I expect cellaring this a little could be very beneficial to it. But a the price I can buy it here in France, it's just not worthy of that cellar status.

To finish, I'll say that I'm kind of disappointed of Chacom here. They're a great brand of pipes and they're only now trying to sell tobacco. To me, this seems very artificial as they're not making it themselves but merely slapping their name on it. It's not like they used to do it themselves and had to export the recipe. They could at least get a traditional french toasted burley made for them.

PS. Did j reeves really design this one? Source?

Pipe Used: Meerschaum billiard 9mm filter, mostly.

Age When Smoked: Brand new

Purchased From: Local tobacconist

2 people found this review helpful.

Guumm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guumm (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Very good tobacco with a pleasant and noticable taste, slightly evolving while smoking. As a newbie in pipe smoking world, I really recommand this tobacco for new pipe smokers.

Age When Smoked: 41

Purchased From: Le Roi Du Cigare; Bruxelles, Belgium

2 people found this review helpful.

ScienceSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ScienceSmoker (27)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

For a few months, Chacom #4 was my go-to Va/per. It came on the US market suddenly, and then disappeared equally suddenly. Thankfully, I still have one tin left.

The description here says there is no flavoring, but this isn't true. There is a light fruit, probably apricot, flavor added.

Just like the other Chacom # blends, it's fairly mild, but expertly blended with high quality tobacco. It's not overly complex, just quality. The Virginias have a very fresh, hay-like scent with a lightly floral and citrusy sweetness; but it's also bready... probably due to both bright and dark Virginias. The Perique adds the typical spicy plum and fig flavor, leading to a slight sort of "fig newton" flavor. The apricot topping is stronger at first, but only slightly dies down as the bowl progresses. It's a very pleasant and natural flavor. This really is my favorite Va/per, and I hope it comes back to the US market soon.

Bottom line: An excellent sweet and fruity (but not overly so) Va/per that relies more on high quality blending and tobacco rather than any sort of excess flash.

Similar Blends: Solani 633.

1 person found this review helpful.

Rayzor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rayzor (12)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Interesting blend. It comes in flakes that resemble sticks of gum. It's moist out of the tin. It took some time to figure out how to pack and smoke it. I dried it out for around 15-20 minutes, then rubbed it out AND also folded and packed it in.

The tin note is bread, fresh cut hay, bread mostly.

When properly packed and dried it lights easily and there is a very unique aroma which I cannot quite define, incense, grass, bread. It's pleasant and distinct.

The taste is full bodied but not overwhelmingly strong. It tastes a lot like a strong expresso. There are also notes of bread, buns, burnt toffee. It's sweet and sometimes bitter, like licorice sort of. But mostly I get strong dark expresso.

I enjoyed this blend and highly recommend it. It's very distinct, lots of flavour, great room note.

Pipe Used: Stanwell #3, Stanwell #63

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: local tobacconist

1 person found this review helpful.