Wessex Sovereign Curly Cut

2002 tin description: Naturally aromatic pipe tobacco flavoured with traditional West Country Regimental Cider.
Notes: Small, loose disks, similar to Three Nuns (tin version). Virginias and Perique. Originally sold in 100 grams hinge tins, and the tobacco was sealed inside a foil bag.


Brand Wessex
Series Brigade
Blended By Wessex
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Cider
Cut Curly Cut
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.97 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 17, 2012 Mild Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
UPDATE 5/24/13

As I had purchased two tins of this, I popped the second to see if a few more months of age had changed this. Nope. I actually gave two bowls worth each to 4 other smokers, 3 of which guessed it to be a Mac Baren's blend (the 4th guessed a Stokkebye). Their tasting comments pretty much mirrored my own... overly sugary virginia and cavendish blend with no perique and a pretty fair masking of the tobacco taste. My original 1 star rating stands, not because this is a bad blend - it isn't - but because I'd recommend that if someone wanted this type of blend, they should save money and buy Mac Baren's. And also because this is advertised as a VaPer and the perique is completely MIA.


Cute little spun discs of light brown to golden color. Tin aroma was of zero perique, a bit of virginia and a whole lotta topping. Smelled like a Mac Baren roll cake. Unfortunately, it tasted like one as well.

I agree with Rintrah's review. As a Vaper, this fails miserably. It's probably the worst representation of that genre that I've ever smoked. The perique was missing in action and the virginias were much sweeter than they should have been, due to the Mac Baren-esque syrupy, pastry-like topping, a flavor I find nauseating. This saccharine taste covers up most of the tobacco flavor. I could only smoke a few bowls of this and nothing I did to this one elevated it to smokable for me. I smoked it moist and dry and it never changed. This is to Three Nuns what a powdered donut is to corn chips. No casing on this one? Yeah... sure....

The problem I see with this one is that I can't recommend it to any serious VaPer aficionado because it doesn't fit that style. The style it does fit is done to perfection by Mac Barens, and at a much reduced price. Consequently, I can't find anything that this brings to the marketplace that isn't done better or cheaper by someone else, and as such I cannot recommend it to anyone.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 01, 2012 Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant
Extremely disappointing. Absolutely not a VaPer to my sense of taste. This tastes just like a MacBaren roll cake, and I don't say that just because it is a spun cut. I say that because as soon as I light this up I'm overwhelmed with sugar-syrupy sweetness.

I almost wonder if I have a different blend than other reviewers as this is obviously not VA sweetness. My tin says "Piquant 1840's RoyalNavy formula" - well, no clue what that means but this isn't what I've experienced with other "navy" blends.

Perique content is minuscule. I can usually still taste it small amounts - in this I taste none, only the sugar topping used.

If you like sweet VAs with a topping, there's nothing wrong with that. This might be right up your alley, but not what I want in a VaPer. I'm rating as 1 star even though it is not terrible tobacco per se, and I know some people will really like it. But definitely 1 star (zero maybe) to my tastes coming to this looking for a VaPer. Value is bad here, too.

If you're looking for an actual VaPer that tastes like VA and Per tobacco, seek out Escudo/Dunhill Navy Rolls, McClelland's St James Woods/Beacon Extra, or Gawith's St James Flake.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 19, 2009 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I don't understand what the fanfare is with this particular tobacco. It reminds me of Mac Baren's Latakia Blend. That is to say, in the same way the Latakia is practically missing from Mac Baren's Latakia Blend, the Perique is, at best, a ghost on the tongue, leaving one wondering whether what you imagine you're tasting is actually Perique or not. Not to mention that, upon visual inspection, there is practically no Perique to be seen. I don't know if this is because this is a new tin--perhaps older preparations were better and the new tins aren't what they used to be. As for the Virginias, they burned hot, even when dried a little, and the flavor was quite unremarkable. For a VaPer I'd call it a failure; for a typical Danish "boutique" tobacco--something you'd smoke when you're bored with your regular lineup, I'd say it's somewhat of a success-- if what you want is to go running back to your regular favorites. Overall I found it quite lacking in character to any degree, and I'd give it back or trade it for something else in a heartbeat. To be fair, though, the tin aroma is enticing, and the presentation--the loose disks--is quite appealing.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 16, 2007 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable
I'm sorry to end the love fest but I must. Like most people I often fall for such lines as "similar to" or "if you like..." It is true that like Three Nuns (old) this is a curly cut, but that's it. This blend was a major disappointment, especially considering the stiff price. To say the perique is subtle is an understatement. I found it often smoked hot and simply lacked significant character. If you have never tasted the original Three Nun's don't feel bad. It was a very good tobacco but not quite the Holy Grail it is portrayed as. Like so many things we can no longer have, the memory is far sweeter than the reality.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 19, 2023 Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant
The tin note upon opening was incredible, set my hopes too high. The dark fired Kentucky was much more powerful immediately after breaking the seal than it was after so much as an hour in a mason jar. A couple hours later, it's undetectable.

20230219, smoked from a tiny meer: The Kentucky is undetectable. Getting bright Virginias, maybe cider, raisin, cream, honey, a little sourness. Very mild, but pleasant. Probably wouldn't purchase this again, though; unremarkable.

20230219, smoked from a dublin meer: Basically the same, still very mild, might even go so far as to call it spineless.

20230219, smoked from a long German clay with a moderately sized bowl: Bad idea. Seems to dull the flavor even further, and it's difficult to keep from scorching.

The more I smoke this, the more annoying I find it.
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