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This tobacco is a perfect composition of jet-black black cavendish and some sun-yellow Virginia, embedded in rose buds. Finest aroma of roses is added with a touch of caramel to caress the palate of the pipe smoker. A true smoking experience with a unique room atmosphere.

BrandRobert McConnell
Blended ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringCaramel, Floral Essences, Other / Misc
Packaging100 grams tin
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Very Strong
Mild to Medium
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2051)
Mild Very Strong Mild to Medium Strong

Robert McConnell - Red Roses.

Another of my reviews from years back I've retyped.

Some of the mixture's quite coarse, it's too wet, and the roses are easily identified in the tin-note.

The smoke? Oh dear. But, I can't really get mad because a blend called Red Roses tastes like a flower bed. I take blame for that: bad choice!

This wouldn't be 'as' bad if the floral appurtenance wasn't as brusque. The caramel, black Cavendish and Virginia form a sweet, creamy, grassy, flavour. Another redeeming feature's the smoke's thickness and lack of bite. But the roses ruin things; they're just too potent.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: strong.

I wouldn't expect to enjoy a blend called Red Roses, and I don't. Two stars, I can't slam it with just one. That would be like complaining that your beef tastes beefy!

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King U.K.

4 people found this review helpful.

renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (177)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Red Roses ?

No, I don't think so.

It doesn't help this tobacco that I've just eaten a great lump of fudge (hand-made) before hand. So to be fair, this isn't a bad tobacco. It's just nothing special.

It looks pretty much a mundane cavendish mix with a few golden leaves (and I mean a very few). Very coarsely cut. Very dark. Nice aroma, with a hint, of............something that might well be roses, but more Debenhams perfume counter.

It looks a lot like Sunday Fantasy minus the coloured leaf. It tastes like a wishy-washy version of it too.

Burns nicely, not too many relights, which is the bugbear of so many good tobaccos and packs quite easily despite the rather rough cut.

This was only a 5g sample.

Will I be purchasing the big rack off tin ?


3 people found this review helpful.

LonePiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LonePiper (3)
Mild Extra Strong Full Pleasant

Give 4 stars cause it deserves much more than the 1.8 that it had before my review. You have to like flavoured tobacco to like this. If you don’t, what are you doing with a tobacco mixed with rose buds? It’s not McConnell’s fault 🤷🏻‍♂️

2 people found this review helpful.

Mabru Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mabru (1)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Red Roses Tra le cosiddette "aromatiche" ha un sapore piacevole caramellato e allo stesso tempo con una leggera nota di rose meno accentuata a dispetto del nome. Sicuramente un tabacco estivo per la freschezza e l'aroma leggero che lascia in bocca.La room note è piacevole L'umidità all'apertura è ottimale e la combustione è regolare senza alcun impedimento. Consigliabile ma non tra i "must".......per fumate spensierate

Pipe Used: Savinelli

Age When Smoked: 44

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30082)
Mild Very Strong Very Mild Pleasant

I smoke this 'on occasion'(rare occasions) It could never be a daily smoke - and 'monthly' would be a lot! It's the sort of thing that would be very easy to bash...but it's so weird I like it! It actually has 'roses' ie. open up the tin and there are little pieces of 'rosebuds'. It smells like like roses and caramel! It's one dimensional and sweet! If you don't care for roses or caramel - you will hate this stuff! However, if once in a blue moon you want something sweet and unusual with some groovy tin art (there are 2 beautiful ladies showing cute rosebud breasts) then by all means go for it! I give it 3 stars for creativity! If I had to smoke it more than once a week...I'd probably give it only a single star. It burns well and isn't goopy. I only smoke it in a cheap butz chacom petite pipe... I dare not risk contaminating one of my good pipes! If you want less 'perfume' and a bit more complexity with at least a hint of real tobacco - try Glen Piper! They are 2nd cousins...bonded by black cavendish...

2 people found this review helpful.

CarlosGardel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CarlosGardel (15)
Mild Strong Medium Tolerable

I expected to like this tobacco, being a fan of good quality aromatics and of rose flavour in general. It turned out the opposite. I smell caramel and generic pot pourri rather than roses. The resulting smoke is sweet to sweetish. I like many McConnell’s tobaccos, but this one I’ll have to throw away.

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin to few months old.

1 person found this review helpful.