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Choice tobacco. Very mild tobacco for all day puffing.

BrandVan Erkoms
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging25 grams, 50 grams, and 100 grams pouches
CountryZA
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable
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Papa Koala Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Papa Koala (11)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Perhaps I should stop reviewing these SA brands and just keep them as a 'best kept secret'. Super stuff. Have a bowl of this with a strong cup of tea and a cinnamon biscuit, "perfect!"

7 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30051)
★★★★
Very Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Gents this traditional South African Blend is unlikely to go out of fashion - ever. It is inexpensive, mild enough for an all day smoke, has a great 'honest' room note, and a burley like appeal. I will never have this blend missing from my list.

Rob

6 people found this review helpful.

mo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mo (81)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

Hi all.

I have always pulled up my nose at this blend until some elderly gentleman basically put it in my pipe and handed it to me.

It has a very light burly taste thats is unlike most burly mixtures in that it does not get bitter. Its mild tasting with a decent tobacco flavour and medium vitn. Its not bad. I have been smoking this exclusively for a few weeks and am not tiring of it.

Its well priced and a very decent smoke. What more does one want?

Mo, helderberg40@gmail.com

6 people found this review helpful.

twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (54)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Again, like Jock, I was skeptical of our SA blends but this one also surprised me. Good honest unadultered tobacco.

In the bag: a fresh earthy (typical South African blends) aroma with clear notes of dried fruit / peaches. A nutty flavour was also slightly present.

At first light the peaches / dried fruit was evident and as it fades away, the plain earthy tobacco with a slight nuttiness remains.

Throughout the bowl, this earthy genuine tobacco remains and leaves you with a pleasant smoke.

Pipe Used: Savinelli, Nording

5 people found this review helpful.

TarantulaDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TarantulaDan (1)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I find this to be a great everyday smoke and its bland enough to add my own flavoring. i'm new to pipe smoking having recently switched to pipe from cigarettes

Pipe Used: Briar

4 people found this review helpful.

Burney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Burney (13)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

This is as advertised, a very nice smoke for every day puffing. I however find it has a tendency to die on you when you least expect it.

It is a very nice "neutralizer" for some of the aromatics out there. It works particularly well for Rum & Maple. This particular mixture however has a tendency to engage you in conversation halfway threw the bowl. Thus, keep a pipecleaner handy, or practice your wrist flick, actually my favorite way to get rid of oil.

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30051)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my second favourite tobacco next to Jock (also Van Erkoms). Very affordable. An everyday smoker. I also inhale my pipe and this inhales fine :)

4 people found this review helpful.

Fiesta Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fiesta (1)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Dit is my beste tabak, lekker smaak en aroma, vul vertrek met smaak en geur van pyp oral en ek soek niks anders nie, dit streel my smaak.

Pipe Used: Keyser

Age When Smoked: 59

Purchased From: JK JEWELERS OUDRSHOORN

3 people found this review helpful.

Wikguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wikguy (11)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I'm not one to pick up on different tastes/flavours within a blend but the Fox has just enough of a sweetness to break the plain tobacco taste (I prefer my tobacco to taste like tobacco).

The aftertaste is very pleasant and leaves the room with an old-worldly smell.

It does lack some strength but I suspect that this is just a personal preference.

I did have some issues with keeping the bowl lit but this can be rectified by leaving out a bowl-full to dry for a few minutes.

Overall, this is a good daily tobacco (like Jock) and can be smoked any time, anywhere.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pyp Oosthuizen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pyp Oosthuizen (3)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I grew up with my dad smoking this tobacco and the smell of it is what inspired me to take up the fine art of pipe smoking. This tobacco is suprisingly good considering the price and something that you can smoke all day. It also works good in house blends, especially when paired with an aromatic.

Pipe Used: Keyser

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Superspar in Reitz, South Africa

Similar Blends: Van Erkoms Jock and Leonard Dinglers Golden Shag.

3 people found this review helpful.

Greg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greg (1)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the only tobacco I have smoked for over ten years after trying various other types and not finding anything suitable. I really dislike any tobacco that has even a hint of flavouring. I am going to be working in Dammam Saudi Arabia from October does anyone know where to buy tobacco that side?

Pipe Used: Savinelli 673 KS, Keyser, Peterson

Age When Smoked: Not sure

Purchased From: Spar

2 people found this review helpful.

RobbieZA Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RobbieZA (11)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

Alright so while on my piping journey I noticed this at the counter on my way out of my local supermarket... I purchased a 100g bag.

This is a typical African tobacco and at the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I won’t be buying it again. But let’s be fair... I prefer aromatic tobaccos. It is a good tobacco and I am sure that many pipers will adore it! Your partner will not be impressed if you smoke this indoors, this is a tobacco to be enjoyed outside. This tobacco gives you a nicotine fix for sure. If you smoke too fast you are going to get bitten on your tongue!

I don’t personally love it ... but if this type of tobacco is your scene please support the South African Tobacco industry and try it!

P.S Once mixed with rum and maple it became a little bit more tolerable - but I still prefer rum and maple on its own.

Final words after my ramblings: Four stars to be fair-I don’t love it, but you might!

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Food Zone Klerksdorp

Similar Blends: Van Erkoms - Jock.

1 person found this review helpful.

Rohann Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rohann (16)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Another amazing blend by Van Erkoms.

It is definitely closely related to its canine brother Jock, yet milder and with a few other tricks up its sleave. The pouch note resembles cattle feed, an earthy/nutty/grassy aroma that is very mild yet inviting.

Lights, pack and burns well, producing a mild taste that translates accurately from the pouch note.

Not something that "could" be smoked any time, but something that is smoked throughout the day for nothing more than the absolute pleasure it is. Unpretentious and comforting.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Spar

1 person found this review helpful.