W.O. Larsen Old Belt Ready Rubbed

A blend of mature orange Virginia tobaccos from the Old Belt in Virginia and North Carolina. The blend is lighted pressed into tobacco cakes, which are stored for aging. After cutting, the tobacco is rubbed out to facilitate easy filling of the pipe and an even burn. The tobacco burns exceptionally well with a cool smoke and a well-balanced and supreme natural taste.


Brand W.O. Larsen
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Manufactured By  
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Ready Rubbed
Packaging 100 grams tin
Country Denmark


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.94 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 07, 2004 Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I was recommended to this by the Tinderbox folk Pyroboby mentioned. They seemed bewildered when I asked for a "non-flavored" mild and simple, cavendish-free tobacco. So much for their entire stock of jars. The manager thought a bit and produced a tin of this from a hiding place (sorry, buddy, he'll reorder). The name put me off, all I could think of was the razor strop used for discipline in my youth. I tried it anyway, muttering at the price, gambling on something unheard of (not yet knowing about this list). Glad I did.

This was my first and still favorite virginian tobacco. I LIKE mild. I like the sweet rolling flavor that changes with puffing intensity. No aging was necessary; just a bit of drying. I must have a sensitive tongue. Virtually every tobacco has bitten me despite very careful packing and puffing, this bites very little. The flavors intensify as the bowl progresses until about 1/5 is left and then turn somewhat acrid. Could be the pipe.

I've since stocked up on a half dozen various tinned tobaccos more highly rated than this, of different varieties. It is fun trying them, but this will be my keeper for straight virginias, my "comfort food". Cigarette smokers respect the smell and non-smokers wish cigarettes smelled like this. No vanilla, no soap, no bubblegum. There may be a casing, but I don't want to know. Subtle is good. Pipestud was right, this is my manna.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 22, 2004 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
Im new to tinned blends and was suggested to try this blend out. It felt like a huge step for me, moving up from the tobacco jars at Tinder Box, which by the way I find the one in Mishawaka, IN to be great. When i got the tin home, I went over it went over it several times at home looking at this new beauty. As soon as the foil seal was broken I was met by a wonderfully tangy smell that was reminisent of Lipton instant lemon ice'd tea. On first touch of flame a sweet and very mild taste that i could only place as natural uncased tobacco assailed my mouth and it was wonderful. I love aromatics, but this was awesome. No tongue bite, which get fairly often if i dont let the jarred stuff air for a few days. I am now very interested in sampling other VA and not so aromatic blends. Great stuff. My eyes have been opened.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 25, 2005 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
The reviews of the Colonel and Tantric are extremely much to the point here. I would like to say that being quite an agressive puffer, this is one of the very few tobaccos that don't have me passing a cleaner to correct the moisture midway. Add to this that I smoke this blend on an Achille's Favorite II, which is a big canadian (around size 6, I would say). Yes, it doesn't pack much of a nicotine kick, but on the other hand it is an excellent all day smoke, which in contemplating moments and with careful smoking can reveal excellent nuances in the leaf especially at the second half of the bowl (try "breath smoking"). This together with Bjarne's Flake are excellent tobaccos to introduce someone to the art of pipe smoking, without passing through the vanilla-sugar-tongue-hell experience, starters are normally exposed to. The room note is very nice, not objectionable at all. Try this blend, you will not regret the experience.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 04, 2004 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
Cheers to all at W.O. Larsen. For a man who was born and raised in the southern United States, specifically in the business of tobacco, this one is a true delight. I must say that the heavily cased, scented, and preserved tobaccos have never been a part of what I fancy. This blend is one of my favorites, hands down. I love it when a manufacturer is able to extract all of the delicate nuances of a tobacco and pass it on to the smoking community for the purpose of pure delight alone. This tobacco comes 75% rubbed out and ready to go with a willingness to delight the senses of all who appreciate the textures present in the most refined tobacco. To tell you the truth, at the first opening of the tin this tobacco's aroma and taste was not what I prefer at all. I smoked 6 bowls in two days after opening the tin and found it to be a bit acrid and pungent. I thought to myself, could this be the result of a casing or scent added that I was not yet experienced with? All in all though, I thought my senses were just playing tricks on me. I set the tin aside for approximately 6 month after its' first test drive. I picked it back up again after this period of waiting and, low and behold this tobacco had taken on a totally different personality. It seemed that all that was needed was a bit of fresh air and time to reveal the beauty that was locked inside this Danish tin. Since this discovery, I keep tins of this stuff cellared under the same condition to achieve the same result that I yeilded the first time. As far as flavor goes, one can expect a smoke that is light on the lungs and pallet. The lower nicotine is a minus in my opinion but, you sacrifice nicotine content with age and maturation. The flavors emitted from this masterpiece are that of leather, spice and a charred-caramel that will warm your soul. Pick up a tin of this stuff, give it a breath of fresh air and then sit on it for a bit. I find it hard to believe that any confirmed pipe smoker would find it to be anything less than irresistable.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 12, 2001 Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable
This is a very lightly top-noted all-virginia tobacco in a mostly rubbed-out flake. It comes rather drier than most tobaccos right out of the tin and smokes great as is.

The aroma is lightly sweet and has grassy undertones and a distinctly spicy note. It loads and packs well, and is an easy smoke. It starts mellow and sweet, and as the bowl burns down it gains in strength as the subtle flavoring evanesces and leaves behind a lovely woody aroma and flavor on par with the best matured Virginias.

Good stuff, Maynard!
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