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TRADITION N°2. The arty and nostalgic design shows another popular VAUEN advertising figurehead of the 1920s.

A unique and exquisite blend of mainly different Virginia varieties. Red and golden Virginias are harmoniously composed with two supplementary Virginias ready rubbed. Cube cuts and curly cuts refine this exclusive, natural mixture. A touch of dark fired and perique underlines the specific character of a complex natural sweetness and a hint of spicy aroma.

Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp & Co.
Manufactured ByKohlhase, Kopp & Co.
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsKentucky, Perique, Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium, Medium to Strong
None Detected
Room Note
Unnoticeable, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The various Virginias provide a lot of tart and tangy citrus, earth, wood, bread, sugar, vegetative grass, some sour lemon, tangy dark fruit, floralness, mild spice, honey, and acidity. They are the lead components. The dark fired Kentucky offers some earth, wood, smoke, herbs, floralness, spice, bitter sourness, barbecue and nuts. It is often a secondary player, but occasionally plays a little lower than that as its effect is variable. The earth, woody, very dried plumy, spicy perique is a step less obvious than the Kentucky most of the time. The light honeydew is likely a casing on the brighter Virginias. The strength and nic-hit are a slot past the medium threshold. The taste just inches past that line. No chance or bite or harshness, but there may be a light tongue tingle for a fast puffer. Has a few small rough edges. Burns clean and slightly warm at a reasonable rate with some inconsistency in its sweet and sour, fruity, floral, spicy, smoky, acidic flavor. Has a lightly lingering after taste that’s marred by a little bitter sour acidity, especially in a big bowl. The room note is a little stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke. Should benefit from some age. Two stars.


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HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (401)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

I received this tin in a secret exchange with a friend of mine from the San Diego Pipe Club who now lives in Tennessee and I am in Arkansas. Of course, gift tobacco is sometimes hard to critique if the review is not top notch but I must be true to myself. The tin is beautiful with the legendary Film Actor Dana Andrews in a pipe ad. I sometimes wonder if the prettier the tin the more average the tobacco. I have been smoking this for the past week and it is a unique cut of tobacco with the small coins etc. but the flavor seems to be one dimensional at best. Packs easy, burns great but the taste seems to me to be flat. Maybe my preference for Red Virginia has spoiled me. I tend to agree with JimInks in that it might improve with some age. Sorry my friend but this is only a two star but a wonderful gift nonetheless.

Pipe Used: Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Gift

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JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (556)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Tin note of sharp hay and spices. Tobacco is mixed cut of coins, broken flake, ribbon and loose rough cut. The reddish orange tobacco is on the dry side, no drying needed. Some larger pieces may need to be rubbed out. Burns fast with few relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild to medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium and fairly consistent, with notes of wood, grassy, fermented vegetation, toast, dry, sour stewed fruit, bread, spice, lemon zest, very spicy, floral, slightly bitter, tart, a tangy citrus background note, and a peppery retro. Virginia is leading with Kentucky and Perique supporting. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is great.

Pipe Used: 1981 Peterson Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: 5 months

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