Mastro de Paja Venezia

A natural classical mixture of Latakia, Turkish and Virginia tobaccos. Rich tasting, cool and slow burning.


Brand Mastro de Paja
Blended By Kohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Manufactured By  
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50g Tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.20 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 05, 2010 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
The best of the Mastro de Paja blends I've tried. I'm not sure if this is made anymore and my tin was maybe 6-8 years old (sorry, there was no date stamp of any kind on the tin and I'd had it in my cellar a long time). The presentation was mild English all the way and it was very tasty indeed. A little spicy Turkish is present here, and that really added to my overall enjoyment of Venezia. I sure wish I could find another tin.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 29, 2023 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Appearance: a tin of early 2022 contained 50 grams of what looked like quality tobacco. Matured virginia predominates, there are few light colors, but the amount of latakia also does not scare the beginner. Not too neat slicing was a bit embarrassing, where there were pieces of broken virginia flake. But I was pleased with the perfect humidity. Nevertheless, the tobacco will require some preparation when filling.

Flavor: typical English blend with a moderate amount of latakia. Leather, slight peat smokiness, some musk, faint woody notes, cautious oriental spiciness, the very slightest of herbal notes. Surprisingly, this blend reminded me of Dunhill creations much more than most Robert McConnell Heritage blends.

Taste: solid, voluminous, quite difficult to break down into individual notes. Latakia and orientals play almost in a single ensemble, creating a smoky, woody and spicy bouquet with a light enveloping creamy aftertaste and a barely noticeable note of walnut. A hefty portion of oriental is very well felt on the retrohale, tickling the nostrils. Very light fruity sweetness and Virginia bread notes remain in the background, intertwined with woody tones. There is also a very slight salty note to the taste, which is surprising given the absence of perique. The tobacco has a very smooth and mild flavor almost from the start. Towards the middle of the pipe, the blend adds volume and the bouquet becomes almost monolithic. In bents the blend turns a bit towards orientals, in straight pipes the latakia continues to play on par with them throughout the smoking. The blend smokes cool, slow and even, has no sharp edges in the flavor, does not tries to bite, but excessive puffing leads to overheating, and fruit notes disappear from the taste. Tobacco burns into light gray dusty ash without lumps, burning completely and leaving no moisture in the pipe. The strength of the blend is slightly below average, but in very large pipes a slight nicotine hit is possible.

The smoke from the blend has quite the expected woody and peaty flavor, relatively dense and persistent, but not too abundant.

What is the bottom line? An extremely underrated and little-known English blend. Surprisingly, as with Milano, I smoked almost the entire can before realizing that I never wrote a review. However, I have a few more tins on my shelves. 3.5 of 4 or even more, definitely.

Pipe Used: Peterson 69, 106, 999, POTY 2007
PurchasedFrom: Online
Age When Smoked: 2022
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