Golden Blend Tobacco Co. Blue Train

Full Bodied Virginas Blended With A Touch Of Latakia.


Brand Golden Blend Tobacco Co.
Blended By  
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Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Latakia, Virginia
Flavoring Other / Misc
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging 100g Tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.08 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 04, 2007 Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant
This would be a fine tobacco if I could just find the right moisture level and packing technique to keep it lit! This blend always goes out on me when it's just getting interesting. Definite peach scent upon opening the tin. Slight peach flavor while smoking - the natural Virginia flavors seem to take center stage throughout. Just use caution, this blend will bite if you get too excited.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 07, 2006 Medium Medium to Strong Full Pleasant
Agh, it burns, it burns!

I must confess I bought this tobacco purely for the tin art. (thank heavens I can order tobacco from the US, which has not yet disfigured its tobacco tins with signs saying 'MURDER, DEATH, KILL,' etc on them as we have here in the UK).

However, on first smoking, I very much enjoyed the taste. But as the contents dried out, it seems to be smoking hotter and hotter. If I try it now I get tongue burn that feels like I've drunk scalding coffee, even if I smoke very carefully in a Savinelli filter pipe.

That said, I am an infrequent smoker anyway so perhaps my mouth just can't take it. I would say it would probably appeal to the more hardened smoker.

The room note is VERY pleasant. You can certainly smell the latakia and some peach flavourings, which brings to mind a diesel lorry loading up fruit in the country. I don't think I would have detected the wine taste unless I had read about it on the tin. Taste is much the same as the room note. But as it burns like the Devil himself, I doubt I will be smoking it much in the future.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 27, 2005 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable
The moisture of Blue Train was just right out of the tin.

The cut of Blue Train makes it very easy to load. The bowl stayed lit and produced a wonderful amount of smoke.

The tin makes note that Blue Train been "Aged in Oak barrels, the blend is enhanced by the exquisite aromas of natural peach and vintage Fumee Blanc from the Pearl Valley, for an Irresistible bouquet" I was unable to taste/smell any of those attributes in Blue Train.

I have tried this blend a few times and have yet to find a pipe combination that produces the wonderful smoking experience that I desire.

I will continue the quest but for now can find nothing except the smoke plumes and the tine art to give this blend higher ratings.

Just not for me....
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 19, 2004 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Usually I prefer non-aromatic ("natural") tobacco taste, but the image on the tin was irresistable for me. The blend is billed as Virginia with "a touch" of Latakia. The bottom of the tin carries a more detailed description in both German and English. The "Virginia" tobacco is from South Africa, and the blend contains a bit of "natural peach" flavor and is aged in oaken casks, presumably once used to age wine in the Paarl valley. The landscape depicted on the lid may be South Africa, but no identification was present.

Upon opening the tin, one finds a sturdy laminated plastic film and foil pouch, which can be rolled down to reseal the tobacco. Aroma emanating from the freshly opened pouch is of rich Virginia tobacco, with a definite overtone of peach and Sauvignon Blanc wine. Neither of these flavors was cloying or excessively sweet, but they were definitely there. The Virginia tobacco aroma did not have the sweetness associated with Old Gowrie, for example, but it was clean and sharp. The tobacco was light colored in crumbled flakes, which I found just right for packing. Moisture in the tin was just right.

The charring light raised a slight crown and yielded copious white Virginia smoke. A light levelling tamp and a second light and this stuff burned all the way down to the bottom without additional relights.

The Virginia taste is a bit astringent. I wouldn't call it "mellow" at all, but it was a good solid Virginia flavor. Slow and easy smoking is the way to go here. I can imagine that this would bite pretty sharply if smoked too fast. The peach and wine flavors seemed to dance around, more or less in the foreground, then fading against the Virginia. If there is Latakia in this blend, it is definitely below my personal Latakia threshhold. I could not detect it. Even if I could, I am not sure that it would be welcome with the excellent natural peach flavor. This is a "spicy-fruity" smoke as opposed to a "rich-savory" smoke.

As the bowl burned down, the Virginia flavor intensified, but at no time overpowered the peach top-notes. At the end, the ash was fine and gray.

In summary, this is a fine tobacco with excellent packaging. If you are in the mood for a high-quality aromatic without overpowering sweetnes, this may be for you. It must be smoked slowly to avoid becoming too hot. All told, I was pleasantly surprised by Blue Train

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