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Savinelli's Janus is an ambrosial mixture of bright Virginias, Orientals, and Perique, fascinatingly nuanced and exotic.

Notes: Savinelli's Janus unites bright Virginia leaf with vintage Orientals from Turkey and Greece for a cool, smooth and elegant smoke

BrandSavinelli
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging2oz Tin
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
3.4
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2645)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The spritely bright Virginias provide a lot of tart and tangy citrus, grass, light hay and floralness, bread, some tart, acidic lemon, sugar, and a pinch of spice as they take a small lead at times. The rather floral Orientals offer earth, wood, herbs, vegetation, a fair amount of spice, some sourness and light sweetness, a few small sharp and rough edges as a competitive player. After the first few puffs, they mostly rise a tad above the Virginias. The spice from the raisiny, very plumy, earthy, woody, figgy perique intertwines with that from the Orientals to rise this aspect a step beyond moderate. The other characteristics of the perique reveal themselves just above the condiment threshold. The strength and taste levels barely reach the medium mark. The nic-hit is a slot and a half behind them. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, and overall, sports very few rough notes. The flakes easily break apart, and need no dry time. Well balanced, mildly complex and nuanced, this blend burns cool, clean, and a tad slow. It has a fairly consistent sweet, mildly sour, spicy, floral, rich flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste, and slightly stronger room note. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires a few more than an average number of relights. Despite its inherent depth, it can be an all day smoke. Four stars.

-JimInks

12 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1980)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Savinelli - Janus.

A truly splendacious blend; I love it!

The flakes appear rather compressed together. There's just one row, they're a little speckled in colour, have good hydration, and the Perique is easy to identify in the aroma. Filling up is as easy as from a loose kake; just pinch some and stuff it in!

At first the VaPer side takes the lead; fresh and sprightly Virginias with a touch of toast, yet sharp, slightly bitter, dark fruit sweet Perique. The Orientals make the blend quite inimitable, they detract from it being 'any old' smoke. Sure, they take until halfway to gain recognition (IMO), but when they join in the fragrance from them really brings a buoyancy to the smoke which elevates the pleasure! It burns at a fairly slow pace, giving a very cool, quite thick smoke which refrains from biting.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: hmmm!

Janus? A resplendent smoke which easily deserves four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Ismail Baglan meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Two months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

DeathMetal.org Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeathMetal.org (165)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Summary: a nice, slightly bitey Virginia/Perique blend that gains a bit of depth from the Orientals.

About a decade ago, Va/Pers were the undiscovered territory of pipe smokers, having been left to "Three Nuns" which was fought over by industry titans. Now we have lots of Va/Pers, most of which are breakfast cereal levels of sweet, but some of which challenge the palate. "Janus" enters with a mixture heavy in bright Virginias which is both moderately sweet, for its triumph, giving it more of the flavor of a good berry jam -- slightly tart, acidic, with an inner sweetness -- than the marshmallow wallow in fructose which your average big name Va/Per provides. The Orientals, which introduce a smell like old feet within the stewed spicy fruit tin note, add a sweet-sour flavor which gives depth to the Virginias. On the downside, it has a bit of bite, since these new Virginias are super acidic on the tongue, and this means that the blend will be great after five years but might be too tingly on the taste buds before then. If I had a wish list, it would be for them to include some dark fired Kentucky Burley and white Burley, then press this with the same method used to make the HH flakes. This could be a market-dominating Va/Per but it's not quite there... yet. I enjoy smoking this, but might not buy it again.

Note: Mac Baren does NOT manufacture this blend, confirmed by email on September 3, 2020. This explains the C&D style loose flake with new bright Virginias. I recommend aging this tin for a minimum of five years, at which point it will probably be quite tasty.

3 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (189)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Of Savinelli’s most recent offerings, Janus sounded best to me, and I have not been disappointed with it. In the tin are what appears to be a stack of “perfect moisture” cut flakes lying on its side. Colors range from light-red-ish to medium dark brown. Tin note is woody, grassy, earthy, moldering meadow grasses, dates, and mulch. There seems to be some sort of very mild topping that I can’t quite draw a bead on. I like to take a few chunky “ribbons” out to dry a little, then I bundle them and stuff them into the same pipe I prefer for Savinelli’s 140, C&D’s Sansepolcro, and Warped/C&D’s The Red Hunt. Janus handles, loads, lights and smokes down very well, with plenty of (though not copious) smoke. I would say the dominant leaf is Oriental, with the odd twist that Janus smokes slowly, unlike most Oriental tobacco. This is a very fragrant treat for Oriental lovers, and the pale VAs are well met, fragrant and meadow grassy, with the Perique deepening the tastes and smells with musty dates and some plummy effects in addition to its own savory spices. The lot is both sweet and sour. Not sure where the floral effect comes from, but it’s nice. This is a complex blend that is balanced enough to be a no-brainer, and I can pull hard if I want to, or I can slow down for more ethereal side notes. Strength is medium, with not much in the way of nicotine. Tastes are over medium the way I smoke it. Room note is better than tolerable, and I suppose this owes at least partly to the elusive topping. Aftertaste is a nice, long trailing off of the best of the smoke, sweeter and sweeter as time passes.

If I have to deal with the allusion, the two faces of Janus here are sweet and sour; but there’s more to be had, and the lot stacks up to 4 stars, IMO.

Pipe Used: selected briar

Age When Smoked: fresh from undated tin

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Compare/contrast to Savinelli's 140 Anniversary, C&D's Sansepolcro, and Warped/C&D's The Red Hunt..

3 people found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (111)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Savinelli Janus is a really attractive flake that is a pleasure to work with . Packs and lights like a dream . Usual tin note of this type of blend , very oriental forward. The smoke is enjoyable though not too complex , Plenty of oriental flavor but the perique sort of gets lost , not much fig and prunes here . The Virginias , though young , stand up nicely providing some grassy bulk to offset the Orientals . Overall this is a decent smoke but I cannot give it 4 stars when comparing it to HU Joschi's Oriental Sunrise or G.S. Pease's Cairo or Embaecadero . It simply does not work with it's partners well enough. Not to say that it is a poor smoke , quite opposite . I simply think that , when compared to other tobaccos in it's class it falls a little short . Not an oriental bomb ,but it does come a little too close for me .

2 people found this review helpful.

½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (103)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

Basically a VaPer with gently sweet undertones, braced by a gamey, musty Oriental mix that sets it apart. There are spice-like flavors (sensations), but they aren't prominent enough to characterize this as a spicy blend. Great mouth feel and smoke volume (I pack it fully rubbed-out).

Similar Blends: Belongs on the same shelf as C&D's Oak Alley, Chenet's Cake, GLP's Embarcadero, or D&R's Ramback Gold. If you like those, this is for you.

1 person found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (201)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I received a tin of Janus with a recent Sav pipe purchase from Smokingpipes.com I picked the Janus as I thought the oriental/perique additions sounded the most interesting.

Upon opening there was a large block of flake comprised of a variety of different tobaccos as expected from the tin description. The moisture level of the flakes seemed ok, so I did not dry out and used a rub out technique on the first few bowls. After a charring light, the tobacco took well as burned at a very slow rate.

The taste to me was led by the orientals in each of the bowls and across several pipes. The VA was held in the background but there was a sweetness that would drift in and out of the smoke. I didn't get much from the perique unless it was mixing with the Orientals in the spices.

No bite, no overpowering nicotine wise, slow burning. An enjoyable smoke and I wonder as the tin ages (or is jarred) if the components will blend together to a greater level and improve even more.

I'd rate this 3.5 stars, its not the best thing ever, but I'd smoke more of it given the chance.

Pipe Used: sav 320, fat authors

Age When Smoked: fresh from tiin

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.