Orlik Tobacco Company A/S Bull's Eye

A blend of dark and bright Virginias with strong perique from Louisiana. The blend is pressed into thin plates, which are matured under pressure before being spun tightly into rolls around a core of black cavendish. Again the rolls mature before being cut and packed. Tobacco from three continents. Know it on the black eye!
Notes: It was released as a replica of Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls. Discontinued in late 2013.


Brand Orlik Tobacco Company A/S
Blended By  
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Black Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Curly Cut
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Denmark
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.74 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 07, 2016 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
I have recently cracked a tin of this which had been sitting in my cellar for a little over 5 years.

The tin note I got from this was a strong stewed fruit/fig/raisin aroma, hints of red wine, with something a little more savoury in the background. Very pleasant indeed, and gave me great hopes for the smoke that was to come.

I rubbed out these disks, they seemed to be a little brittle, and when I tried to fold them, they just fell to pieces. No matter, they rubbed out very easily & packed well. The tobacco took the light with absolutely no problem, and maintained it well, requiring few relights.

The taste of the tobacco didn't disappoint, fruity, wine like - also with hints of chocolate on the retrohale. There was the slight peppery element from the Perique, but not enough to impinge the sweetness of the Virginias. The taste is non-complex, and doesn't evolve much (the Perique's influence increases somewhat towards the end of the bowl), but nonetheless is pleasant and engaging, producing a lot of creamy thick smoke.

In terms of size, the rolls seem to be too small for a pipefull, whereas two are too much, as such, I tend to cut one in half & have one & a half rolls in a pipe at a time.

The nicotine content is between mild & medium, but this doesn't detract from the quality of the experience for me.

The room note is fairly pleasant, and carries with it some of the qualities of the smoke itself, a pleasant fruitiness and sweetness combined.

Overall, a great smoke, not a world away from Dunhill DNR. It is, however, no longer being produced, and as such I will eke out the remaining few tins I have over a long period to sustain my pleasure. The review given is for a tin that has been - as I said - in my cellar for five years. I cannot comment on whether a young tin of this would be the same, and I'm now never going to know. A pity that they've stopped making it.

Pairs well with a dry red wine, or with a light Scotch. Can also be enjoyed with a very hoppy IPA.
Pipe Used: GBD Bulldog, Duncan Hill Aerosphere
PurchasedFrom: My Smoking Shop
Age When Smoked: 5 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 14, 2013 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Going through a bit of a VaP phase at the minute as I've realised that I have smoked less of these than I'd like. I got this one as a recommendation on Pipe Smokers Forum and was quite looking forward to tucking in given its' supposed similarity to Dunhill's De Luxe Navy Rolls. I have to say though, given that Orlik blend both this and the Rolls and the similarity in appearance to them, save for the bull's eye of black cavendish in this, I'd not have been surprised if it had been called "Conflict of Interest". However, it takes a full tasting to see if the similarities stop there.

The tin aroma is nothing to write home about, hints of chocolate and some oakiness maybe. Rubbing out and packing is easy, some folk seem to use two rolls but I find one is more than enough to get a good hour's smoking time. Lighting is fairly easy so no worries there. As for the flavours, it took me quite a few smokes to discern them but now I seem to be finding new ones every time I light this stuff up. There's the light, lemony, syrupy sweetness that pops through a little similar to navy rolls but nicer, there's a buttery creaminess, there's chocolates, there's ooh la la by the bucket load. The flavours are delicate but also very nice, the way they fold into one another too provides a melange I think I would struggle to find in another tobacco, the only one I can think of is the lats, Turkish and virginias in Squadron Leader.

Before smoking this, I was barely aware, or interested, in how many VaPs (why are they called VaPs and not PerVs? Or does that answer itself?) I'd smoked. This one though, has made me sit up and take notice. It's got a smoothness and a variety and quality of flavour that's simply not present in de luxe navy rolls and is just wholely more satisfying. Although I think I would prefer a four star lat to this, I am quite happy to give this full marks. The only question is, given that this is nicer than and a good couple of quid cheaper than a decent enough brand name,why would anyone go for the navy rolls? I Guess a more appropriate name would be "Why would anyone buy Dunhill?".
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 20, 2012 Mild Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable
I'm pretty sure that in the smokingpipes/pipesmagazine videos, Orlik says that this blend is the exact same thing as Peter Stokkebye Luxury Bullseye...AND CHEAP!

Do I know for a fact? No. How can I?

Is there video evidence of Mr. Troels Juul Mikkelsen, the factory manager saying this? Yes.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 16, 2017 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant
As this is Stokkebye's Luxury Bullseye Flake, I'm repeating that review here. The Virginias are a little more grassy than they are earthy, which makes for a nice contrast. They also have some tart and tangy citrus, a touch of honey and minor tangy dark fruitiness, in addition to a mild rough edge, which I attribute to the youth of the tobacco. The perique is spicy with raisin, plum, and fig sweetness as an important second lead. The lightly vanilla black cavendish in the center is small, so its smoothing effect isn’t a consistent one no matter how you prepare the coins. The strength and nic-hit are in the center of mild to medium, while the taste just reaches the medium mark. The coin is easily rubbed out, and burns clean at a slightly slow pace, rather cool with a fairly consistent flavor, except for when you hit a spot where the black cav is. Doesn’t require many relights, and easily burns to ash. Leaves very little moisture in the bowl. Has a short lived, pleasant after taste, and room note. Can almost be an all day smoke.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 12, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Excellent tobacco. Great looking little spirals made from virginias, perique and black cavendish. I usually push the cavendish centre out of "eye", stuff my pipe with the rest and then put the cavendish crumbs on the top.

In the chart of my favorite tobaccos this one is the first one.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 07, 2015 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Some four years ago I bought a couple of tins of this as I've always been smitten with Davidoff's Flake Medallions, and all the talk about a cavendished center in Bull's Eye Flake made me suspect that it would be the same blend in another tin (I don't know, maybe that's why it took me so long to get around to it).

Anyway, this wasn't the case. To the eye they are similar and they're packed into the tin much the same way, in that playful little spiral that we know from the Dunhill and Davidoff offerings, but tin note is different for starters - it seems more muted to me; less of the winy perique intensity that the Davidoff has, to a bit less sweet and more mellow VA thing with some fig, cherry and faint earthy notes. The OBEF coins also seems to be a bit more "ragged" than their supposed counterparts. Not a big deal of course, but goes to show that somewhere along the line more work gets put down into the "high-end" branded tins, I suppose. These coins are also all but impossible to smoke folded, since they crumble so easily. This is not really a big deal for me, but perhaps worth mentioning nevertheless.

On first light I found it to be a bit sharp on occasion, but soon settling into a pretty mild, sweet and only barely reminiscent of perique-spice smoke. It strikes me as mostly a VA affair at first, but the perique does show itself eventually. I found it to become a bit more obvious the more my pipe got seasoned with this particular blend, however. There's a bit of that cherry in the aftertaste as well mixed in with a bready and sweet general flavour profile. It's an easy going blend with a pretty nice balance between strength, sweetness and body, not at all bad, but in the end I can't help but to compare it to Flake Medallions and Dunhill's DNR, and it can't quite compete in that contest. Even if I prefer the former coin cuts I'm not surprised this blend had its fair share of fans, as there's alot to like here. It's a pity it got discontinued, but at least there are other options out there - and I suppose that reflected in the sales when it came to the bottom line. Being advertised as a replacement for a blend that made a comeback, well...

On a closing note - it wasn't the cheap knock off of Davidoff that I first thought, neither is it a replica of any kind that I am aware of (definitely not of Dunhill's Deluxe Navy Rolls), but a blend that stood on its own merits and held up pretty well all things considered. Pick up a tin if you see one floating around out there, especially if you think DNR is too strong and Flake Medallions is more your thing but you wished it was a little milder and sweeter.
Pipe Used: Ashton Pebble Cut bulldog.
PurchasedFrom: I forget, somewhere in the UK.
Age When Smoked: >4 years.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 05, 2015 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant
I'd categorise this as a lovely all-day smoke. It's a well-bahaved tobacco which rubs down and packs nicely, takes a light well, smokes consistently and without re-lights. I detected no significant bite, despite the virginias. The perique is very evident, though I'm not so sure what the cavendish brings to the party. I'm not one for trying to find facsimilies of defunct blends, but as I recall this is genuinely similar to the old Navy Rolls. It's a shame it seems to have been discontinued, though there still seem to be some outlets in the UK offering the stuff.
Pipe Used: various
Age When Smoked: from new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 12, 2014 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant
Orlik - Bull's Eye.


The different tobaccos in this are balanced sublimely. The Virginia is prominent but the Perique and Cavendish give a subtle spiciness and sweet touch in the background. Even if I draw really hard it is very lenient with tongue bite. I get a very slight and pleasing dried fruit note with this one. It burns very evenly and the smoke is not at all hot, I just have to remove the top layer of ash half way through as it tends to impede upon the smoking.

Make sure the centre's fully distributed for a prodigious taste.

Pipe Used: Peterson
PurchasedFrom: Smoke King
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 09, 2013 Medium Mild Medium Pleasant
My first VaPer - watched a welsh guy reviewing this on utube and decided to give it a go. I smoked this in a small pipe, outside on a gentle February morning. Rubbed out two discs and made sure the black eye was evenly distributed. The tin contents had slight aroma - not over powering gentle like moist fruit cake. The pipe packed well and took tree matches to scorch and light - no issues there. The welsh fellow talked of a taste and mouth sensation like chilli chocolate - could not agree more. I thought the tingle was the begginings of Bite so was slightly disappointed but how wrong I was. The tingle was just a lovely enhancement. The pipe smoked well although as I enjoyed it I puffed at it a bit hard. I do not have a nicotine habit and so sometime suffer with a kick from the N drug - this baccy give me a gentle nudge in that direction and therefore stopped me puffing too hard on it. No bite, nice taste - not the ultimate pipe baccy I am looking for but definately very good. There was a gurgle in the pipe so I have rubbed out two more discs to dry out slightly and I am going to have a bowlful tonight with a dark ale. Give it a go.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 20, 2012 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
This is my third VAPER tobacco I try, the first two being the St James' and Louisiana Flakes (SG and GH).

The smell from the tin is reminiscent of St James flake (pot pourri and fruit purée), however it is much weaker and seems less fresh.

Rubbing this tobacco is easy and I put two coins in my pipe. The taste as expected is excellent less strong than the other VAPER flakes I tried.

The Perique content I suspect is not very high, but it is very well balanced with the Virginia taste. The Black Cavendish is unnoticeable for me, maybe it is just there to make the tobacco taste milder.

Overall, it is a very nice tobacco, but for the taste alone (and price too), I would choose St James Flake over this one any day.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 09, 2012 Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
This is a tobacco out of the clone comprising Orlik Bull's Eye Flake, Stokkebye Luxury Bulls Eye Flake and Davidoff Flake Medallions. I tried them all, and they are all the same, only difference is price and country of availability. Excellent VAPer, with a core of Cavendish. Not as bold as Escudo or Dunhill DLNR would be (w/o the Cavendish core), but more “subtle”. A treat which has earned its own pipe, and showing its full performance after a couple of bowls.
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