Tinder Box Philosopher Blend

A perfect balance of the finest Virginia, latakia and Oriental tobaccos with a medium flavor and body.


Brand Tinder Box
Blended By Lane Limited
Manufactured By  
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.55 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 22, 2014 Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant
Tinder Box - Philosopher.

I have wanted to try this ever since I discovered that upon the death of my pipe hero Lee Van Cleef they found many receipts for this amongst his belongings. As he smoked it I wanted to, I found it perfect! The unlit product has the most intoxicating smell, Virginia with smoky Latakia. It is of a perfect moistness, so I don't have to wait for it to air any.

Once my bowl is filled it is a real easy task to get lit, only requiring a fairly quick touch of the flame, and then it is not necessary to keep re-lighting, it's a very even burn and delivers a medium temperature smoke. The flavour ... wow, I can see why Mr Cleef liked this one! It gives a great burst of Latakia which takes the front of house. The Virginia does not go unnoticed, there's a nice subtle hay note of perfect strength to compliment this blend. Tongue bite? Well throughout the whole bowl there is not one incident of it, even if I suck like crazy! Nicotine level now, spot on (for me), it's about Squadron Leader level . The flavour does not dissipate throughout the whole bowl, one of the most un-fluctuating blends I have had. It gives a great room note: very stereotypical for the tobaccos albeit quite a light one. Perfect !
Pipe Used: Peterson
PurchasedFrom: Gift
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 27, 2013 Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
This may well not be a proper English blend, but it certainly smokes like one. Or, I should say, it smokes somewhat like an English blend, albeit an English blend without the hard edge of a burning rubber tire and the stomach-churning nicotine content.

Philosopher is a very smooth, flaverful, and gratifying blend. Its every feature is subtle, perhaps too much so to satisfy occasional smokers who demand more power and presence in their smokes. But for regular puffers who seek solace instead of an experience, this blend is ideal. It has a terrific flavor and aroma, too.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 11, 2019 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Went back in my way back machine and purchased a sampler of English tins on ebay from 1978! All unopened! Oh yeah, I'm 23 again. In my head anyway. Upon opening I was surprised that the tobacco, although dry, still had that wonderful tin note. Woodsy Latakia. So far so good. Put it in a fresh zippered baggie along with a small humidor button to re-hydrate. Next day, trial by fire! Loaded up the Ascorti and hoped for the best. First puff and yes, it has not lost a thing! The brain says, I remember this! Lat forward smoky goodness, grassy virginia and a touch of oriental. I was surprised the Latakia had not gone south on a tin this old but I got lucky. Can't comment on the new Philosopher as there are no Tinder Box stores lest around here. We used to have 3. Now to find that Lee Van Cleef movie...
Pipe Used: Ascorti New Dear
PurchasedFrom: ebay
Age When Smoked: 1978
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