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The first and still the finest, all black smoking blend. Unsurpassed mildness makes this a blend for cigarette smokers changing to a pipe. Lightly aromatic, charcoal toasted, and 100% Virginia leaf.

Brand1776 Tobacco Co
Blended ByJack Peterson
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3022)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The Virginia is very subdued by the toppings, but I notice a hint of grass, straw and citrus. I’m not sure what “charcoal toasting” does for the tobaccos, but it seems to create a very mild stewed tart fruit taste, so maybe it’s a fancy term for “stoving”. The company's website says it's 100% Virginia, but I remain skeptical. The black cavendish offers some vanilla which competes with the Virginia sweetness, the latter being sightly more noticeable in the last first and last quarters of the smoke. I also get a sense of something that gives a slight cinnamon-like hit, but I believe it is a light spice note from the Virginias. And there seems to be a little sugary topping. The tobacco is dry and burns at a little more than a moderate rate, so I recommend you sip it a little. I experienced no tongue bite. The nicotine level is very light. The strength is mild. The taste is a step or two past that mark. Lightly creamy, it burns to ash with ease and a consistently bland flavor. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. A weak starter blend as the flavors have no depth, and the taste is rather thin. Has an innocuous after taste. One and half stars only because it doesn't bite or goop.


6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Very Pleasant

I just got this Tobacco today. I opened the pouch and was greeted by a smell that was pleasing & sweet. It was kind of a wood camp fire type smell. Like camping out in the early morning on the water. This Tobacco is black as night and was moist. I thought it was just about right and not to moist. I packed a bowl in my RDB half bent bulldog as soon as I put the box down, it packed really nice. At the charing light. I got a nice tobacco taste and it was sweet but not to sweet. The room note was nice and nuttie kind of. The sweetness stays though out the whole bowl. This tobacco gets a litte stronger about mid bowl but the sweetness remains. It's a nice sweet cant put my finger on it sweetness. I did not have to relight this. It burned slow and easy. no bite, a all , full flaver from begining to end. I will be adding this to my stock. I would recamend this tobacco highly. Jack came up with a vary fine blend here. A smooth smoke. It's nice and relaxing a peacefull. a everyday smoke. As my pipe cools I think this would be a wonderfull evening night cap smoke. It would also be nice anytime of the day. The Ladies also will enjoy the room note. At least my wife and girls do. may your pipe always smoke smooth. Jimmy

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Extremely Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Shipping and Presentation

The tobacco came in an almost perfect state of moisture. It arrived in a heavy duty ziplock bag that I will likely end up reusing, as I'm not even sure where you get ziplock bags this high quality, seemingly even thicker than the freezer bags I've bought. The presentation of the tobacco is nice. The logo of the company is an eagle with a shield of stars and stripes oddly reminiscient of the presidential seal with a few slight differences, such as the aming of the wings and the fact that the feet are not visible.

The package arrived in an envelope, which surprised me. I am not sure how much tobacco exactly has been sent to me. My guess is 4oz of tobacco, but upon looking at the envelope I had suspected it to be less. The ziplock bags seems to have had the air sucked out of them and had been flattened so they were very thin, and stacked in the envelope almost like card stock. Included were a few advertisements for their shop, including some tobaccos I do not believe are listed on their website, and some rather interesting pipes and pipe accessories.

A light aromatic consisting of all black Virginia leaf. Its look, feel, and smell are rather nice, and unique. As I type this, I have just spread a bit out for drying, though this was likely unnecessary. It has a very natural tobacco smell to it I have come to associate with drug store blends, though it does not look like a drug store blend. It reminds me of my grandfather a bit, but I was too young when he smoked to know exactly what tobacco that was. I've gotten about 40 blends so far, and this one doesn't smell like any of them. It has the smell of tobacco with the fig element I've come to associate with Virginias. It is cut into rather large pieces, and while I'm not very experienced with cuts, I think this is a rough cut.

Overall, the pipe tobacco seems very appealing, and I am looking forward to packing my first bowl.

Packing and Lighting

I packed this tobacco into a Savinelli Punto Oro gifted to me by David M. I had been smoking other light aromatics out of it so it seemed like a good fit. It packs easily, and quickly. The cut makes it uncessary to tamp it down as hard when packing. It lights easily, and catches fast. It seems to be burning to a white ash. After the charring light, the tobacco seems to burn very, very well, requiring almost no maintenance whatsoever.

Flavor and Burn On the charring light, my first thought is that its sweetness is alot like sugar tipped cigars. The sugar hits you first, and then the flavor follows, and the sugar lingers in the aftertaste, almost like they are a bit separate. It is a very unique sort of sweetness, like syrup or molasses. Not fruity at all, but rather tasty. Mild and mellow are the key notes to this tobacco.

As I work my way past the charring light, the flavor profile remains the same, but the experience changes. I'm getting more sweetness on the exhale, and less on the inhale. Its nice. When you inhale, its almost entirely tobacco, but as you exhale, you get this nice blast of sweetness. The flavor is definitely mellow. As I tamp, however, the flavor gets a little stronger, and sweeter. It is definitely a very sweet smoke, almost like candy, but not with any particular flavoring noticable.


It made good accompaniment to the Star Trek TOS epiode I was watching while smoking it and typing this review, for a few reasons. Firstly, it tastes the same throughout the entire bowl, no matter what I seem to do. Secondly, it requires next to no maintenance. However, I would highly advise having a pipe cleaner handy because the mixture of saliva and tobacco has a very bitter sweet taste to it that flavors the bit if you do not watch out.

It is extremely sweet, but not extremely artificual. Sweetened tobacco without any sign of fruit of alcoholc that I can notice. Though they are very different, I find it in this way like Anny Kake, though, this is much sweeter to my taste and less complex. It is nice and relaxing. The nicotine quantity seems higher than I am used to, but I do not smoke much nicotine heavy tobacco, or it could be that I've already smoked three bowls today and it is finally hitting me.

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This tobacco arrived a bit dry, however I didn't mind too much. Upon opening the bag I am greeted with the wonderful smell of high quality tobacco. This tobacco is a very mild, cool smoke. Produces absolutely no bite. I would recommend this blend for anybody looking for a nice relaxing mild smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

As an English smoker I approached this blend very cautiously and almost with my mind already made up. I opened the pouch and the aroma was delicious to say the least. Been there before and then smoking it is a different thing.

Not in this case! I lit it up and it was as fine a tobacco as I have ever smoked. The taste was incredible and the pipe stayed lit easily burning to a easy to remove white ash. There is NO bite and the puffing is easy.

I usually relight my tobacco about 2/3 down but I smoked this right to the bottom without stoping. Just slow and easy. Wow what a smoke! This tobacco with my 1776Tavern and Pease Odyssey I have my rotation.

2 people found this review helpful.

clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (105)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

When someone delcares that their tobaccos are made of the finest tobaccos - one is tempted to think "Yeah, right!" But such might be the case of Jack Peterson's "1776 Old Dominion."

The tobacco blend is superb. Notes seem to hit it right with notes of vanilla, cream, cinnamon, coffee, and toasted nuts.

The cinnamon note is more apparent at the start of the bowl - but that slowly disapates as one progresses throught the smoke. The creaminess remains throughout as one is treated to a mild aromatic that is of medium strength.

Although described as a mild aromatic - the tobacco blend itself lends itself to a lovely medium almost full taste on the palate. And yet afterwards there is no pipe funk left in the bowl or in the mouth. Absolutely no bite whatsoever - So, one does not have to worry about "Godzilla Breath" or ugly halitosis that seems to plague so many pipe tobacco blends out there on the market.

My only faulting of this blend actually lies in the description - as I wonder if the word cigarette might be something that could turn a lot of potential buyers off. The blend is excellent and whether one is 'transitioning' to pipe from other smokables seems to be a moot point.

Black as sin and pure heaven in the bowl. This could be another tobaco blend that will become a permanent fixture in my rotation of tobaccos.

Jack really hit it out of the park on this one.

Highly recommended and 4 stars with 2 thumbs up!

2 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (632)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm in the same camp as Jiminks with this one. It just doesn't do anything for me on any level. Taken as a stoved Virginia blend, it falls short of so many other offerings such as McClelland Dark Star or Rattray's Dark Fragrant to name a few. But those blends are not typically topped, at least to the extent that OD is.

I think this really puts OD into the category of solid aromatic, in which case it still fails to my tastes. It is a molasses type taste. Almost a worcestshire sauce type taste. I just did not like the taste. I never really got any compliments on the room note on this blend despite numerous smokes around discerning noses.

On the plus side, it does take a light a little easier than most stoved vas that I have had, but does go out quite often throughout the smoke. It does also smoke kind of dry, particularly considering it arrives somewhat moist.

I definitely did not like this blend and would never reorder, but some obviously do, based on the high ratings. I am leaving it at two stars in deference to those who enjoy it.

1 person found this review helpful.