W.O. Larsen 1864 Perfect Mixture

Consists of carefully selected Virginia tobaccos from the best tobacco fields on three continents. The balanced Virginia tobaccos are blended with fermented black cavendish and premium burley from the USA, Malawi, and Mexico.
Notes: In the EU this tobacco is sold under the Name "1864" only.


Brand W.O. Larsen
Blended By Orlik Tobacco Company A/S
Manufactured By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Flavoring Amaretto, Cocoa / Chocolate, Coffee, Fruit / Citrus, Orange, Whisky
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging 50 grams tin, 100 grams tin.
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 07, 2014 Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant
Larson’s 1864 is my favorite aromatic thus far. It smokes dry, has a very pleasant side-stream and a sweetish flavor that highlights the sweetness and richness the leaf without overpowering it. I find that most aromatics smoke hot and this one will burn you if you puff too aggressively. Puff slowly then puff quickly and you'll notice the flavor and temperature of the smoke change from bland and ashy to hot and full of bite. Most importantly you find that rather broad range in between that will fill your mouth with comforting warm smoke and rich sweetish tobacco taste. It pairs well with bourbon, coffee, or cool water. 1864 is an all around great aromatic.
Pipe Used: Stanwell Colonial 56; Peterson Irish Harp 606
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: new
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Feb 06, 2014 Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant
I've smoked a couple of bowls of this tobacco now and it was love at first smoke. The tin is beautiful and simple. It was a bit moist, so I had to let it dry for a day. The tin smells very nice. Chocolate, cream, nuts and something fresh, description says orange but I don't know about that. It smokes good, a little hot and bites a little but no more than normal for an aromatic. It's almost difficult to slow down because it tastes so good. The taste is about the same as the smell, a little spicy, wich is very pleasant. Flavors are constantly present, but without overpowering the natural taste of the tobacco. Room note is really nice. One of my favourite aromatics. Great after diner smoke, very nice with a glass of whisky, or a cup of coffee. I highly recommend this tobacco to aromatic smokers.
Pipe Used: BigBen, Corncob
PurchasedFrom: De Oude Leeuw, The Netherlands
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 27, 2017 Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
The base of the blend are the Virginias, which offer a little tart and tangy citrus, earth, some grass, light wood, and a touch of tangy dark fruit. The nutty, earthy, woody, molasses sweet burleys provide some support. The fermented black cavendish adds a little sugary sweetness. The more prominent toppings are amaretto and coffee. The chocolate, orange, fruit, and whisky play secondary roles, and mostly underscore your experience. The whisky has a slightly distracting alcohol note.The toppings sublimate the tobaccos a lot. The strength is mild, while the taste level is a step past the center of mild to medium. Hardly has any nicotine. It will bite if you don’t sip it, and can get warm on the tongue, so you need to puff slowly. Burns at a reasonable pace with a light inconsistency in the overall flavor as the secondary toppings occasionally waft and wane. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a short lived, decent after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke. Two and a half stars for the taste, but the bite potential is too strong warrant more than two stars overall.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 08, 2014 Extremely Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
This mixture has a very delicate taste. Although Orlik's description lists orange, chocolate and whiskey among its flavors, the taste is too illusive for me to detect any of that. Maybe it's the combination of those things that make it difficult to readily discern any one of them. It is extremely mild and has a wonderful room note. IMHO, W.O. Larsen named it well - it is as close to perfect as I've found.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 21, 2017 Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant
I'm with fellow reviewer JoPo... well, almost. This is one of the finest aromatic tobaccos that I have ever smoked but maybe not the finest. I received a true tobacco hit to the palate by the Burley and Virginia leaf, and the Black Cavendish delivered a beehive full of all kinds of flavors that jelled into what tasted, to me anyway, like freshly baked German Chocolate cake. Can't beat this one as your after dinner smoke. Lots of tobacco flavor, lots of dessert like taste and no calories. What a deal!
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Feb 13, 2014 Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant
Based on a 1 oz sample. For my generous friends who might be reading this, thanks for all the samples. My smoking room looked like a baggie factory for awhile! But this is the last one. Anyway, this golden brown ribbon had a glorious "baggie note" of exotic flavored coffees, such as hazelnut, caramel, butterscotch, etc. It was pretty dry and my experience is that they come dry in the tin, as they are wrapped in a non-airtight baggie within a beautifully appointed metal tin.

Flavor was very good but a bit too mild for my taste. The scents above came through in the taste buds as well. A hint of a tongue sizzle that had to be toned down with sipping, but nothing serious. From time to time, a slight alcohol flavor (rum, perhaps) came through, but all the flavors were light and airy. I found this one not as good as their Old Fashioned, which had more flavor. But this one was nice for the morning - perhaps not first thing but later morning before lunch, or as a light dessert blend. I did mix some heavy burley with this once to disastrous effect, but that was certainly more my fault than the blend's. Try this one if you like light aromatics where the flavoring doesn't overpower the underlying taste of tobacco and you don't want to go through a pack of pipe cleaners per bowl. Good, Danish-style aro. When it comes to this genre, the Americans could learn a thing or two from our European brothers on how not to strangle the tobacco with sauce.
Pipe Used: meerschaum and morta
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 20, 2014 Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant
I've been looking for a tobacco of high quality and a touch of aromatic which would bring to mind some of the drugstore blends I smoked in the '60s. Although those tobaccos were pretty harsh I liked the burst of flavor in blends like Middleton's Cherry Blend and Mixture No. 79, and I enjoyed the aromas in the bag, kind of like a man's potpourri. There is almost no nicotine in this blend. I've never liked getting a nicotine buzz, so this also is good. It's hard to imagine that people who like strong tobaccos would like this blend.

1864 has an aroma in the tin which brings back some memories of aromatics I used to smoke. The difference is that 1864 is subtle and the tobacco is actually fine quality. When I smoke it, and I smoke it slowly to avoid the pipe heating up, the flavorings drift in and out, sometimes tasting slightly like a liquor, sometimes nutty, and sometimes like something baking. It is incredibly diverse in the number of tastes experienced. The smell from the pipe is pleasant and has an old fashioned tobacco odor. I'm very happy that my wife likes it although I smoke outside. If there is a negative it would be the almost perfume-like scent left in my mustache afterward. When this becomes an irritation I switch to another tobacco in my rotation.

Part of my reason for trying 1864 out was that I needed a sweet fragrant tobacco to round out my rotation. It balances out some of my heavier blends, like MacBaren's HH Old Dark Fired, just fine.

Getting back to the tobacco, it comes in a beautiful tin. The moisture level is perfect, and the tin aroma will just knock you out - coconut, chocolate, nuttiness, liquors. Perfect. Since I don't smoke it hot it needs the occasional tamp and relight. An excellent choice for a mild aromatic on a lazy thoughtful day.

May, 2017 - My rotation is settling down to just a few very mild, fragrant tobaccos, and unfortunately this is not one of them. It has proven to have some of the problems of aromatics - goopiness, slightly bitter build-up. When I tried to re-hydrate it after it got too dry it got even more bitter. I doubt if I will get it again. Good tobacco, but not for me. Reducing my rating to 3 stars.
Pipe Used: corn cob
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: fresh from the tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 10, 2014 Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
I really tried to like this particular blend but I am yet to feel the bliss. Definitely a case of tin aroma being way better than the taste. It improved with a bit of drying, but overall fails to deliver in terms of complexity. Not a disaster, just slightly underwhelming. Nowhere near the complex flavour of the sibling Signature blend by W.O. Larsen. Edit: after six months of ageing I am pleased to report the blend has mellowed and lost the bite. The flavour has remained and developed certain complexity and sophistication. I am willing to give it an extra star by now. Persistence clearly pays off! Edit #2: the leaf is now one year old since the packet was open. I returned to it last night with a wide-bowl banker by Stanwell and a 9mm filter. To my surprise the complexity developed further and the flavours improved rather than weathered. Small volume of the chosen pipe also helped.
Pipe Used: Stanwell 88 with a 9mm filter
PurchasedFrom: 4noggins
Age When Smoked: fresh, then after 6 months and after 12 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 17, 2013 Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant
Orange. spice, nutiness, earthiness and every nice! A refreshing find for this avid pipe smoker. It reminds me of Sail Regular, just a tad more spicy and smoother. Tends to burn fast but a tight packing and the occasional tamper will fix that. Mysterious room note but very pleasant. Can't quite put my finger on it. Works well in both a briar or a cob. I tend to taste a spicier note in the cob. Due to 1864's strength this blend may be better suited for the more seasoned smoker. Four stars in book.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 15, 2018 Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I wonder if the presentation of a fancy gold bag and elaborate tin have distorted my impression of 1864, since one can't help but think, "I am about to consume a high end product". The smell is indeed wonderful. A not-too-sweet, orange graham cracker, chocolate bakery affair. Here is an aromatic of distinction.

The thicker cut ribbons and perfect moisture, made for easy packing and quick action. The topping dials back once lit, and the Virginia and Burly bubble up. It got a little biting, but was otherwise mild. For an aromatic, the flavor is quite mild. I can see some using 1864 as an all day smoker, but for me it just wasn't something I would huff repeatedly (though I can't put my finger on why).

My first time through I smoked it quite quickly, which turned it into a run-of-the-mill 2 star experience of little note, however; I recently smoked a bowl on a hot summer day and took my time, which allowed a more nuanced flavor to come through, bringing it to a possible 3 star moment, but for the most part it was a 2 banger.
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