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La Volute is the latest Belgian treat from Vincent Manil. With a similar profile to La Brumeuse, La Volute is cut in a much different crumble cake manner that gives a slower longer lasting burn that allows subtle nuances in the leaf to shine through!

BrandTabac Manil
Blended ByVincent Manil
Manufactured ByTabac Manil
Blend TypeUnknown
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging3.5oz Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium, Strong
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Medium, Very Full
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moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (213)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Is La Volute some rare bird monopol variant of Semois, or is it really just La Brumeuse with a different cut? In either case I’ve got to hand it to Vincent Manil; he sure knows how to grow and process this boutique varietal! LV is packaged just like La Brumuse and Le Petit Robin, a well formed brick of dry tobacco wrapped in paper foil, with a retro paper label over that. The brick note is musty barnyard and summer forest floor, a bowl of mixed, meaty nuts, white chocolate, and meadow flowers, with faint, mild, musty cigar spices. The cut is long, wide and thin ribbons that are pressed tightly together. They range from golden tan to mid and darker brown. LV handles, loads, lights and smokes down with ease. It smokes best for me with a somewhat looser pack than La Brumeuse. Combusting scents are a more floral iteration of the brick note, with exotic wood resins that come across very well with light snorks, and more distinct mild cigar spices. Tastes are a more solid and satisfying version of the scents, bitter-sweet through the course of the smoke. It’s consistently excellent, top to bottom. Strength is just shy of medium, with not much in the way of nicotine. Tastes build to just over medium. Room note is pleasant. Aftertaste is a much sweeter version of the best of the smoke that lasts and lasts.

In an age when so many things are tossed together to make money, Tabac Manil continue to buck this trend with their lovingly crafted Semois pipe tobacco. Four Stars, just like the other two Tabac Manil offerings I’ve tried (and reviewed) to date.

Pipe Used: Burley briars

3 people found this review helpful.

boc777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boc777 (39)
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

OK, so when you take the leap of faith and buy this stuff, first and foremost, you are going to think you have been duped. You have not. The packaging is different, in my opinion in a good way. I like the old school label, and underneath the gold foil. Its like Willy Wonka. Think, "I've got a golden ticket!" Next, you will notice that the packaging is not sealed tightly. You will then unwrap this brick and think, this shoddy packaging has led to this tobacco getting way too dried out. It has not. Then, as you pull out the stringy dry, strangely cut ribbon that somehow is cubic, "this Belgian Sammy Hagar on the package has led me astray!" He has not. You may take note of the aroma, and think to yourself, this is some really strange shit that I got coaxed into buying. Just enjoy it, its magic. Then, you may struggle to choose the right pipe to stuff this super dry, mangy looking weed into. It doesn't matter. Just load it up in your favorite pipe. Next, you will presumably believe that due to the overt dryness, this stuff will smoke like a blow torch. It doesn't. Then, you may overthink how to pack and tamp it. Don't overthink it. Pack it tight enough to get a good draw, then light it up. Doesn't need a charring light, just go for it and tamp it down after first light. Now the real magic begins. You will find that it smokes cool and steady. Needs a little bit of hand holding, but not excessive. The flavor is sublime. You will start to realize Belgian Sammy Hagar is for real. The taste is incredibly hard to verbalize. Like a strong cup of coffee, but tastes nothing like coffee. You may find yourself going to your favorite website to order more. Good choice. As you make your way through the bowl, you start to fantasize about how it will taste in the morning, after lunch, after dinner, with a single malt, with a deep Bordeaux. This is all normal, you are starting to experience this deep rich blend on a whole new level. You may start to hypothesize about your feelings toward Burley, and what exactly you have stumbled into. This is normal. Continue smoking and embracing this juggernaut. By now you may be part way through the bowl. You may question the power of the nic hit you are experiencing. Its not the strongest weed you have ever smoked, but its probably got the hairs on the back of your neck at attention. Continue to the bottom, and it leaves a beautiful gray dry dottle. No ghosting. No harshness. No bite. Its phenomenal. You will begin to build an alter to pay homage to Belgian Sammy Haggar. Your wife may check in on you and will most assuredly not be impressed with the aroma or crazed look in your eyes. Beg for forgiveness and plan to stock your cellar. If you have not taken a word that I have written at face value, just take a chance and throw $30 at this incredibly unique blend. I already have all three others on order. Ran it through several different bowl configurations, looking for its holy grail match. Doesn't matter, it smokes great in stacks, pots, billiards, it really does not care how you try to manipulate it, it performs spectacularly well in anything I have in my rotation. Meerschaum, calabash, who cares? This is an ephemeral, choice, tasty treat that I cannot bestow any more superlative to. And I am an avowed Burley hater. I am a renowned Lataka addict, but this has rewired my tastebuds. 25 plus year smoker here that has had an epiphany. This will exceed your expectations at every turn, and will go against every instinct you have learned or experienced in your lifetime as a pipe smoker. Truly special.

Pipe Used: All

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: Nothing I can think of. Will be sampling the entire Manil lineup shortly ..

3 people found this review helpful.

O. D. Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
O. D. Jones (25)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a ribbon cut, quite unlike any other cut of tobacco I can think of. I believe all of the Manil straight semois tobaccos are the same basic leaf, they are just differentiated by the cut. Pure straight dry cured and uncased tobacco... the three currently available cuts, from finest to most coarse, are Reserve du Patron, La Bremeuse, and now this, La Volute. La Volute is the strongest flavored, and longest burning of the three. Absolutely have to pack all three as tight as humanly possible, or the tobacco will rise right out of the pipe and burn like tinder. Nicotine-wise La Volute is quite satisfying without being overwhelming, probably just a notch under America's Five Brothers in terms of potency, and certainly less than the legendary Cotton Boll or the brown Irish ropes... I tried a large pipe full of straight St James Perique one time, and had to put that one down and take a rest one third of the way through the bowl; for the first time in my life I had to admit defeat regards vitamin N. None of the Manil tobacs are quite that strong but they definitely have a noticeable amount of nicotine. What's interesting about the different cuts are the fact that they have the same basic flavor profile, with the coarsest cut starting out with the most potent flavor, that indescribable "cigar like without being like a cigar" flavor. Where the finer cut of the Reserve mellows down to a green vegetal taste in the last third of the bowl, La Volute comes out of the gate strong and never really fades down to that sweet last third. La Bremeuse sits right in the middle, and may be the one to try first. All of the Manil tobaccos are a bit like Islay single malts, either it's a flavor profile you're going to absolutely love and want to keep around, or you're going to run screaming from the room, looking for some Scope or a tic tac or something... I don't think there's any middle ground regarding semois tobacco. I grew up around horses and barns, and for some reason these tobaccos remind me of the tack room, old dusty wood, hay drying in the loft, very natural and very agricultural. They all burn very well, right down to fine white ash in the bottom of the bowl, no gurgle, no moisture, no bite. The French used to have Scaferlati Caporal, which also had a rather agricultural feel, coming equally dry, in those little gray cardboard cubes, a walloping, potent, working class smoke. This Belgian semois is a good deal lighter all around than the old Caporal, it must have something to do with the misty Ardennes valley they grow this stuff in...

Pipe Used: Peterson 406 Spigot, Nording Bent Bulldog

Age When Smoked: fresh!!!!

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Similar Blends: other semois tobaccos, maybe Five Brothers.

2 people found this review helpful.

pipesINpairs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipesINpairs (19)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Vincent Manil does one thing and one only. Yet, he does that one thing so well that I don't care when I discover that a "new" product from him is virtually that same thing he's known for.

The only difference between La Volute and La Brumeuse is the cut. That's it. La Volute is allegedly an "XXL cut" - but that's in semois speak, roughly equivalent to a coarser ribbon on this side of tobacco land. Does it burn slower? To a degree. The real difference is a slight (ever so slight) creaminess, a touch more than the finer cut(s), but this difference is negligible. I think the real advantage of this cut may be that it will keep the tobacco from turning to dust as quickly. We shall see.

2 people found this review helpful.

Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (159)
Medium None Detected Medium Strong

Tabac Manil- La Volute This Belgium grown Burley is very different than anything I have smoked in a pipe . It has a lot of flavor for sure . Floral and vegative and nutty with an underlying sweetness . It smells a lot like a cigar even though I am on the front porch . The aftertaste lingers quite a bit . I would dedicate a briar or corncob as I suspect it will ghost . I would smoke it as the last bowl of the evening also . Remarkable for an all natural tobacco . The burn is great and will last a long time . There are a lot of weird round stems to pick out but you get a lot of tobacco . I have enjoyed It at times and sometimes not so much .nic is not too much , shy of medium . This is one I think you would have to try if you like cigars . Two stars for me . I was expecting something closer to Burley than cigar .

2 people found this review helpful.