Tabac Manil Fleur de Semois

Semois leaf is a rich, pure leaf burley tobacco that is grown and processed in Belgium in the Ardennes Valley (Val Ardennais) - think Battle of the Bulge. Highly reminiscent of smoking a cigar, but in a pipe, it is a fascinating tobacco that has been highly regarded in Europe for well over 100 years. From start to finish, the flavor becomes more and more pronounced, giving a reliable and enjoyable smoke. There are no casings or flavorings added to this tobacco. This is the fine cut version (coupe fine).
Notes: Semois is a burley varietal that has been developed over hundreds of years in Belgium's Semois River region, in ground that is soggy and fog shrouded.


Brand Tabac Manil
Blended By Vincent Manil
Manufactured By Vincent Manil
Blend Type Burley Based
Contents Burley
Cut Shag
Packaging 100 or 250 grams pack
Country Belgium
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.50 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 15, 2014 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable
Very odd appearance and fragrance, with an aroma almost like meal worms or reptile food... Go on, smoke it.

This stuff is an acquired taste for the experienced smoker only. Has a pungency comparable to Cuban cigar leaf on the light, but develops and smooths out considerably if you give it a large enough bowl to do so.

Had the pleasure of sampling some from a friend, I'd highly recommend it if you have a way to acquire some.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 03, 2014 Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong
When I was a child, I remember going out to my great-grandfather's farm with my family. The farm hadn't been active in decades at that point and the property had been effectively abandoned. One structure that remained intact was his tobacco barn. Great-grandaddy was a tobacco farmer of the old-school. He grew, aged, and blended his own tobacco. I had completely forgotten about those childhood explorations of his property until I got my first whiff of pure Semois. That smell - pure, clean, earthy, leathery tobacco - immediately took me back. Though I had no idea what the smell WAS at the time, decades after it had last been used, THAT SMELL still permeated his tobacco barn and had embedded itself into my memory.

When I was first offered an opportunity to try this unique tobacco, I didn't hesitate one second. And I am so glad that I took the leap. Semois is unlike anything else that I've ever smoked. Gone are the sweet sugars of virginia leaf. Nowhere to be found are the dark, oiliness of cavendish or the heavy smokiness of latakia. What you have instead is pure, old-school, completely natural burley tobacco.

It's redolent of leather, dry summer forest floors, hay put up for the winter, split wood set aside to season for next year... It is wholly unique and fascinating. Smoke a bowl of Semois and you will start to appreciate the flavors that you've never noticed in your regular blends and it may just ruin you for any topped aromatic that covers over the essence - the soul - of the tobacco.

Life-changing may be an exaggeration... but not by much.

A note of caution: use a cob - Semois is not to be trifled with. It's strong and it WILL ghost your briar, no question.
Pipe Used: Corn Cob
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