Dan Tobacco Solway Blend

Pressure matured Virginia varieties from Zaire and Tanzania, some natural black cavendish and a trace of perique. A very soft and slightly sweet mixture without heaviness, with a trace of tobacco-ish spiciness in the Scottish tradition.
Notes: Description translated from German packaging. Blend seems to have been discontinued after December 2011.


Brand Dan Tobacco
Series Mountain Village
Blended By Dan Tobacco
Manufactured By Dan Tobacco
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Black Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Germany
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

4.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 12, 2002 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Tin Aroma: mmmm, sweet and spicy, just the way it ought to be! The Virginias in here are massive, and immediately strike me as high quality. The perique adds a spicy, sourish note that really does go nicely with the Virginias. I have trouble picking out the Cavendish in this blend, except for maybe lending something to the overall sweetness of the aroma.

Physical Appearance: A light colored, short ribbon cut, in what I guess could be called a Scottish style. The Cavendish is a bit more noticeable looking at this blend than smelling it, being the few dark pieces I see strewn around the tin. Dan Tobacco does pack their tobacco a bit moist for me, so I always let this air out for a bit before smoking it, but once aired, it packs like a dream, and holds its' shape remarkably well during the charring light, unlike some Virginia blends that are so moisture laden as to balloon to three times their own size during the charring light. Once lit, it burns pleasantly slow and even, leaving behind a rather large portion of fluffy, mottled grey ash.

Notes: This is a Virginia blend, make no mistake about it. The Cavendish seems to be nigh on nonexistant here, except to impart a 'roundness' to the smoke that seems a bit out of place at first, but becomes less noticeble as the bowl progresses. Easy burning qualities and a pretty high nicotine content make this an ideal first bowl of the morning blend, though I enjoy it at almost any time of day. I find a nice dark roastred coffee to be the perfect accompaniment to this blend, though a more medicinal Scotch, such as Bowmore also goes nicely with it.

Verdict: I am not a big fan of Virginia blends, the vast majority of them being, to me, one dimensional, and lacking in the midrange and bass, as it were. Solway blend overcomes these categorical shortcomings, and joins the short list of Virginias I will happily smoke, along with Orlik's Golden Sliced and Reiner's Long Golden Flake.
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