4noggins Weybridge

(3.39)
By mixing and then stoving the Burley and Virginias, we obtained a nut-like and slightly sweet aroma. A touch of St. James Parish Perique is then added to set it apart from all other blends.

Details

Brand 4noggins
Blended By Rich Gottlieb
Manufactured By 4noggins
Blend Type American
Contents Burley, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Other / Misc
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available

Profile

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

Average Rating

3.39 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 07, 2014 Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Another one ounce sample from 4noggins. Deep brown mixed with black and with the most bizarre bag aroma ever. Some sickly sweet artificial scent that I couldn't place but made me wonder if PG has an aroma. At any rate, I didn't taste it much, so much ado about little.

VaBurPer with the emphasis on Bur. The VA and perique seemed minor players and simply served to keep this one from monodimensionality. Perhaps a little more should have been employed because this one was pretty much a one trick burley pony top to bottom. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but the burley turned bitter on me fairly quickly. I could not finish some bowls as a result. When the flavor was on, it was quite good - no bite and with deep nutty character made slightly sweet and sour by the condiments. But it was just too persnickety for me - I couldn't make it work for me. Might be worth a shot to order some more and age it for awhile, because it just seemed too youthful. Then again, I'm not sure what 3-5 years would do to a burley. At any rate, I'm going to take a pass on this. A couple more 4noggins to go but Alamosa wins the prize so far to my taste buds.
Pipe Used: meerschaum and morta
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 14, 2014 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
Weybridge is an example of a blend that I thought had a lot of promise but ultimately failed to deliver.

The pouch note is exactly what you'd expect from a VaBur with a hint of perique. Sweet, nutty, free of discernible topping, and maybe just a half-a-hint of depth and mustiness (in a good way) from the perique. Dark brown and black ribbons with just the right amount of moisture straight right from the start. It packed very easily, and took the flame like a champ, and smoked consistently throughout.

The quarter or so of the bowl was pleasant enough. The promise of sweetness and nuttiness in the pouch was found in the smoke, although somewhat subdued. The volume of perique was small enough that it added little (if anything) to the taste itself, although its spicy character was present in the sinuses. If the bowl remained exactly like this for the duration, I'd say that Weybridge was decent, inoffensive, and straightforward (if not a bit monotonous).

Then things began to go south.

Of all of the bowls I smoked, only a very few (two, maybe three) didn't take a turn for the worse during the middle portion of the smoke. The monotony left the smoke underwhelming, any sweet nuttiness gave way to a smoke with very little taste and seemed rather ashy in nature. The final quarter of the bowl either continued in the same vein (at best) or turned rather bitter and unpleasant (at worst), with the same ashy/muddy qualities of the mid-bowl.

For what its worth, I think Weybridge benefits from a corn cob in a big way. the VAs are a little more noticeable, and it gave me the best chance of avoiding getting mired down in an undesirable smoke late in the bowl.

All that said, I openly acknowledge that - while I am a smoker of burlies and not averse to the leaf - I'm not a great burley enthusiast. Burley lovers may have a better time with this than I had. It does have the benefit of being straightforward, easy-burning, and on the weak side of medium in the nicotine department, so it could easily be a true "all day blend" for those who enjoy it.

To my tastes, it was closer to a 1.5 star blend, although the first quarter of bowl (judged apart from the rest of the smoke) could be in 3-star territory. True burley lovers should probably give it a try...but casual burley guys will probably not find this worth their time.

For my money, if I'm looking for a no-nonsense VaBur/Per that does (what I think) Weybridge is trying to do, I would still put McClelland's Grey Havens at the top of the class.
Pipe Used: Variety of Briars & Cobs
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 16, 2020 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Given some of the rave reviews here I have to wonder if my 2 oz. bulk purchase was somehow tainted. If what I received is at all representative I would urge caution: this will be an acquired taste. The aroma in the baggie was most unpleasant, like stomach acid (and other bodily fluids I won't mention). The smell was so worrisome it took some courage to finally load it up in one of my cheapest cobs (I didn't want the risk of it skunking any of my good pipes). Fortunately, it did not skunk the pipe, nor did it taste anything like the foul aroma. The taste was predominantly honey-wheat bread, rye whiskey and some Connecticut cigar.

Next I tried it in a better pipe, a meerschaum, to get a good neutral impression of what it was all about. This time I did pick up some acidic overtones, as if something in the flavoring had gone rancid. Fast forward a year after this has sat untouched in a mason jar, now in a vintage Hardcastle briar. The good news is that most of the really off-putting aromas are gone, though there are still some strange aromas and tastes that are just not my cup of tea. Nothing like the molasses-cased Burley that I originally expected.

I'm not sure what's going on with this one but I'm done trying to puzzle it out when there is so many other delicious blends to enjoy. Maybe if you like rye whiskey with a little funk on the side, otherwise I urge caution on this one!
Pipe Used: Ozark cob, meer, vintage briar.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 08, 2013 Medium Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong
Meh...I found it rather bland. Light, fluffy tobacco (as are all of the 4noggins I tried). Not bad but far from great. All 4 of the ones I tried tasted very similar to one another.
Pipe Used: Corncob
PurchasedFrom: 4noggins
Age When Smoked: 63
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 09, 2013 Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
For me, this blend misses the mark somewhat. The flavor is good, but I get a bit of mouth fatigue. I'm not sure why in that I tolerate many other blends from other blenders just fine with similar ingredients (xref Hearth & Home, Cornell & Diehl) but most 4noggins blends just don't work for me. It's a shame as they seem to be high quality, taste good, and burn well...
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 17, 2012 Mild Medium Medium Tolerable
I had received a sample of this with an order some time ago and as I remember I thought that it was not great but pretty good. After reading the reviews here I ordered some with my next order.

I am afraid that I regret that decision. The tin(bag)aroma was clearly vinegary and this smell completely overwhelmed any of the tobacco smells. I hoped that this would not be true of the smoking when I set match to it in my favorite Pete, but that taste was indeed present in that first bowl as well as a bitter aftertaste. I tried it in several other pipes over the next 2 months, hoping that I might find some improvement from my initial bowl experience, but I just cannot get pass that McClelland vinegary taste. In this sample it is quite pronounced. I have cellared the balance hoping that time might make a difference. If it improves I will re-post, if not I will toss it.

Either way, it is just not my "cup of tea" and I will not be reordering. I must say that the rave reviews of this blend here makes me at least concerned about 4noggins quality control.
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