Dan Tobacco Limerick

A rich Virginia tobacco with 5% perique added to keep the mixture cool on the palate. A dark, smooth, wonderful flake tobacco.


Brand Dan Tobacco
Series Treasures of Ireland
Blended By Dan Tobacco
Manufactured By Dan Tobacco
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Other / Misc
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.94 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 11, 2001 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
"Virginia aus sonnenreichen Regionen zusammen mit 5% Périque gepreßt, und unter sanften Druck nachgereift. Ein wunderbar weicher, dunklerer Flake mit harmonisher Süße, gleichmäßig im Abbrand, und kühl im Rauch".

That is how Dan's famous catalogue describes Limerick: "Virginia from sunbathed regions, pressed with 5% Périque,and matured under a gentle pressure. A wonderfully mild, dark flake of well-balanced sweetness, even-burning and cool-smoking".

When reviewing Pease's Cairo I wrote that I did not know anything else quite like it. Well, here is something a lot like it, except that Cairo is considerably livelier and brisker, with the Périque providing a real razzledazzle; one can barely taste it here.

One of the reasons why I seldom describe a tobacco in the tin is that its appeareance tells one very little about what it is going to taste like. Cairo is as golden as a mixture can be; Limerick is as dark as any mature flake; yet, they taste alike. Go figure.

Whatever has been done to the Virginias in these mixtures, they are not sweet. Not in the sugar sense of sweet, anyway. The taste is dry and herbal, almost like burley, but not dusty-tasting. Cairo has a better finish; the Orientals lend it a wonderfully cultured texture. Limerick is almost as flinty as a Latakia mix, except that it is lacking the deep richness of Latakia. Its note is rather top-heavy, more tenor than baritone. But austere. I really prefer a Latakia mix in this flavour mood: this is either too light or not light enough. And, for a long flake bowlful, rather monotonous.

Nevertheless, if you dislike sugary tastes, if you prefer your gin neat and your coffee black, if you like the taste of lapsang sou-tchong tea, you might enjoy it. And it really does burn cool and dry.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 08, 2010 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable
In my quest for the ultimate VaPer, I was gifted a tin of this blend to try and to review. It only contains 5% perique so it's more of a VA Flake than a VaPer and I tasted just a little of the perique in it. It gives more of a peppery note to the blend against a backdrop of a Va flake with hay like notes. The blend in the tin consists of semi rubbed out flakes that I rubbed out farther after letting it dry some. In the tin the flakes were a little too moist for my liking. It is a uniform medium to dark brown in color and when rubbed out it is more of a ribbon cut with nice long lengths of tobacco packing easily into the pipe. It really is somewhat bland in it's tin note, faintly smelling of cut hay. Upon lighting up, one is greeted with a nice even burning smoke, somewhat haylike and with the touch of peppery zest to the smoke. It kinda reminds me of Skandinavik in it's taste with similiar body. It burns down quite well into a dark grey ash and little dottle. It does smoke very dry, i never got any kind of moisture in my pipe at all. My biggest negative is the blend is very one dimentional, it does not change from start to finish and quite honestly, it became quit boring towards the end of my bowls of it. So, while it is a decent blend, it never gave me any excitement or even any "N' factor so I cannot give it more than two stars.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 23, 2008 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable
This is not a bad flake at all but it could use a little burley for more creamy character. Worths a try..
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 23, 2007 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
Original review 1/23/2007:

One question please: is this really a Vaper blend ? I?m not accustomed to dark Virginias that much, but several things in this blend make me think there is Burley in it. I like to smell the tin aroma of bitter chocolate and raisins/figs, sour and pungent. I don't trace any superimposed topping while sure there is some casing. The flakes are soft and fibery, stuffing them into the pipe is children play and burn very well, leaving a light grey ash. But it's not so easy to reach the end, because the strength develops from medium to strong. It's good as after a dinner, better accompanied by a glass of white wine which helps to clean the palate. Not for an empty stomach nor for the beginner! The flavour is of dark tobacco, woodsy, musty and bittersweet, sometimes ashy and piquant. It easy becomes bitter if you sip fast. In no case it bites the tongue. It's an experience quite closer to smoking a Toscano cigar, which is notoriously made of Kentucky... To the nostrils: bitter chocolate, wood, some sweet/piquant notes. The room aroma is surely not a winner. Three stars for the quality of the leaves, two for the smoke. Nevertheless I'll revisit again, this is one of the few blends containing Perique I can find in Italy. Dreaming of C&D's!

Edit 7/18/2009:

two years and more after.

My opinion is not changing that much... just, I would reconsider my opinion regarding the possible presence of Burley. No, no Burley in here.

This is virginia processed in some particular way, a' la Dan, that makes it dark and with a deep woodsy/vinegarish aroma, due to a good help by the Perique. Some sweetness of the Va's shines only during the first third of the bowl.

Such a particular combination that makes me enjoy it just once in a while 'cause it's a bit strong for me. Nevertheless I will always keep a tin of it in my cabinet. Along with Killarney, Limerick is the only non-aromatic blend by TOI, and I consider both being nice blends.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 05, 2005 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
I do not love VA-Perique blends, but this one is one of the most tolerable I have tried. Its great goal is how it burns: I've never seen a flake burning so easy and even, almost like a fine-cut mixture, indeed I used it to run in a pipe and worked great. The Perique is not in a great amount and the Virginias are of good quality. Definitely not for the pipe gourmet, but it can be used by the newcomers as an introduction to flakes with fine results.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 22, 2004 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Appearance and Tin Aroma: Nice Flakes, nice VA hay with a fig-like aroma too.

Packing and Lighting: This blend is not sensitive whether you rub out or stuff. Lights easily.

Initial Flavor: An OK VA flavor, that is nothing special, but nothing harsh either.

Mid-Bowl: Nice round and sweet flavor, Perique is at just the right level for me, didn't trigger my allergies.

Bottom of Bowl: Slight build up of strength, just a little spiciness from the Perique. Burns to a white dry ash.

Overall: This is just a good middle of the road VA/Perique blend. Since I am primarily a Balkan/English smoker, there was nothing really here to keep me coming back. I finished my tin, but I wont be buying anymore. I wouldn't turn it down if offered to me though. As with all flakes, it must be smoked with respect, or you will get tongue bite.

Rating: 3 out of 5 points.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 23, 2004 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant
The tin of Limerick that I tried had about 8 months of age on it.

For the first 1/4th of the bowl, I would swear that there is a light topping, but so delicate as to defy identification. It crept in from time to time during the smoke, but always as a hint. Light enough to make you wonder if it is really there.

The Perique is mild, and the Va leaf seems to be of good quality. If I was out of Escudo, I could use Limerick to get me by.

While not a heavy hitter in the nicotine department, it?s no weakling. Overall, a pleasant smoke.

I have nothing bad to say about this blend, but it won't replace my current Va/Per go-to blend.
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