A superior blend of the finest quality flue-cured and Turkish tobaccos has been selected, cured and blended for your enjoyment.

Notes: Ramback Regular is rich in wonderful, fragrant Izmir, one of the best known Turkish tobaccos for a slightly sweet and exotic flavor. Ramback Gold utilizes the same flavorful Izmir as Ramback Regular, but adds bright flue-cured leaf for a lighter, sweeter flavor.

BrandD & R Tobacco
Blended ByMark Ryan
Manufactured ByDaughters & Ryan
Blend TypeOriental
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging1.42 ounce tin, 16 ounce bag
ProductionCurrently available
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zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (146)
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

I had wanted to try D&R tobaccos for some time, but if you check the descriptions, they don't really say much about the tobacco. I hate taking that leap of faith, having been burned so many times in the past, and it's strange, actually. Isn't this Ryan guy the same that puts out Acadian Perique? Shouldn't he know that the pipe community relies heavily on tin descriptions in the absence of solid reviews? I at least want to know what components are in a blend, every pipe tobacco tin should say at least that, down to the specific Orientals, if possible (but not probable).

Always curious, I ordered Picayune and Ramback and shortly thereafter found an old P&T magazine in a smoke shop. Turning immediately to Trial by Fire, I pulled up the tobacco reviews for the particular issue of Summer 2010. I was surprised to find Gage and Harb go through a few D&R blends, including Ramback. Harb describes the blend as consisting of 100 percent Turkish tobaccos. I have never heard of a tobacco like that--are there really no Virginias here?! And then I had to wait a week for the answer.

Peel the tin cover back and you will get a strong olfactory bombardment of mustiness and trace hints of cigar leaf, with a visual comprising a variety of blond, orange, red and olive green colors. Turkish tobaccos, in my experience, have this kind of twinkle to them, similar to a Lakeland flake or a well aged blend, but a bit less pronounced when put up to a light, and Ramback is similarly affected. The leaf is very dry, more so than C&D tobaccos, which I have found to be amongst the least humid.

Many have remarked of D&R's past configuration as a RYO cigarette company of specialty tobaccos, all of which processed in a thin shag. This blend is more akin to a ribbon cut, and certainly looks like pipe tobacco out of the tin. When lit, the flavor has that prominent Oriental spiciness to it, very pronounced. Having a good portion of blending Smyrna on hand, and having smoked the stuff straight on occasion, I can compare the two at a basic level. Smoking straight Smyrna is somewhat off putting, both in odor and spice, which quickly overwhelm the senses with their pungent properties--to me, completely devoid of sweetness. D&R seems tamer, however, leading one to believe there is at least a modicum of added Virginia, probably bright leaf, muting the concentration and elevating the sugar level. Either that or these Orientals are tamer than some of the harder stuff in the rarer varietals. There's always a strength tradeoff with Orientals. They are very light in nicotine, and for those craving rough smokes, appreciation may be difficult though worthy if one is seeking exploration.

In his review of Rambak, Gage suggests the tobacco be employed primarily as a blender to even out other mixes. That's a bit of an insult in my opinion, as Ramback stands exceedingly well on its own. In summary, this is a fine tobacco to have on hand when you crave Turkish leaf and a spicy smoke. My God, if I had cigarettes like this, I never would have quit!

11 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3022)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The flue cured Virginia provides citrus and grass as a supporting player to the Izmir, and adds a mild sweet and smoothing quality to the blend. The Izmir is woody, earthy, toasty, slightly floral and spicy with a few sweet and sour notes. The strength level falls a tad shy of medium, though the taste is medium. The nic-hit is a tad past the mild to medium mark, but seems to get a little stronger by the last quarter of the experience. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool, clean and a little fast with a very consistent, sweet and savory flavor. Hardly leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a pleasant after taste that slightly lingers. Not quite an all day smoke, but it’s certainly repeatable, and veteran smokers who are Izmir fiends may well consider it to be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.


8 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I really enjoyed my adventure with the Ramback tobaccos and mostly because I received full flavor and strength, although Ramback Gold eased back on the throttle a bit in both categories. Not an in your face type of smoke but if you enjoy strength in moderate doses, and a really nice Oriental/Virginia presentation (the Virginia here is not sweet but sturdy), then this will be a surprising delight.

8 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (395)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

If you like smoking cigarette tobacco in your pipe then this one is not bad. I bought it along with my pound bag of Picayune which I heard was no longer in production. The tin note is a faint grassy hay smell and the ribbon on this one is a little wider than your typical regular cut. This has an all-natural taste with not much nicotine at least that I could detect. Apparently, many moons D&R was predominantly into RYO tobacco and the tax man got greedy and a lot of their blends were relabeled as pipe tobacco. Pipe tobacco two stars, RYO three. Still not bad in a cob. Tin dated 8/26/20.

Pipe Used: Corn Cob

7 people found this review helpful.

D.A.M. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
D.A.M. (9)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I had seen the adds for Daughters & Ryan tobaccos for some time in the P&C catalog. I ordered three, one-once samples at low bulk-rate prices, and was pleasantly surprised by this one in particular. This is nice and light, yet hits many of the flavor notes I personally look for (I'm a huge fan of English and Balkan blends). Nice and spicey, but understated and simple. good for the morning commute with a nice travel mug full of strong coffee. This is definitely going into my regular rotation.

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

Similar Blends: Think of a light, less sophisticated version of Dunhill's London Mixture and EMP combined and you are on the right track, light being the optimum word..

7 people found this review helpful.

Bassrep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bassrep (25)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I bought a couple of ounces of this in bulk. I am a cigar and pipe smoker. Veteran cigar and somewhat of a noob to pipes (but an OCD noob and somewhat informed). I have purchased tins of blends considered Oriental i.e. McClelland Grand Orientals - Classic Samsun and McClelland Grand Orientals - Drama Reserve and having enjoyed those (keep in mind I am typically an aro guy-Dansk Black probably my #1) figured I would try Ramback Reg AND Ramback Gold. In a word? CRUNCHY. More words? Super dry. Arid. Desert. Thirsty.

NOTE: I entered "Medium" in filling in the blanks, truth is I have no idea. I'll be composting this stuff.

I contacted my vendor (they're nice folks so I will omit the name-they were nice enough about it-only mildly condescending) and they said:

"The condition of the Daughters & Ryan Tobacco is typical for that brand. They tend to ship their tobacco very dry because so many of their customers use it in RYO cigarettes. If you prefer the tobacco with more moisture, you can add moisture to it. Just take a damp paper towel..." Then do us all a favor, huh? LABEL IT AS RYO and schmucks like me won't be ordering it! OK, I have vented. Thank you. I needed that.

Age When Smoked: Fresh, new

Similar Blends: Ramback Balkan.

7 people found this review helpful.

Cat Jockey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cat Jockey (21)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

I recently invested in 2 oz each of the three Ramback blends. And a couple oz of Picayune, too. All four of the blends need the same preface: This is a Pipe Smoker's cigarette tobacco. A cigarette tobacco worthy of the sophisticated, nuanced, and demanding palate of a Pipe Smoker. I used to smoke Camel straights, then switched to a pipe. After sampling all four blends in a pipe, I followed my curiosity and picked up some papers. Wow. They really came alive for me. These tobaccos almost need two reviews, as the difference in experience between pipe and rolled can be that significant.

This is a delightful blend, both in a pipe and rolled. As noted, this does come relatively dry, but don't let the dryness and the milder tin note that accompanies that fool you. This is a flavorful blend, bringing some of the best of what the Orientals encompass. The Izmir takes center stage and brings a wonderful floral and woody profile, with a coating of incense, and all wrapped up in a buttery undertone. Sour aspects are almost unnoticeable but do show up (and intensify when rolled), which is okay for this blend, as it works as is. The Flue Cured rounds out the bottom of the profile, easily accessed more fully if the cadence is sped up a tad, which will unlock a rich sweetness and just a touch of fruit, along with the breadiness it manages to share throughout.

If you are still coping with the loss of McClelland and their Oriental blends (Oh, No. 24, why did you have to go?), give this a try. You might just really enjoy it, as I did. And if you enjoy it in a pipe, don't be afraid to try it rolled. No need to inhale, just smoke it like a pipe. It is a different experience and quite enjoyable.

All three of the Ramback blends are true dual purpose (Pipe and RYO) and perform quite well at it. Well done, Mr. Ryan. Comparing this to Ramback Balkan, as they both have Virginia leaf, to sum up the overall difference in a sentence - the Gold is more floral and spice with the Va presenting bread, and the Balkan is more earthy and sour with the Va emphasizing and adding tang and fruit.

The Ram is Back, and He is Fleeced in Gold ...

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

First of all, the obvious question- is this really a pipe tobacco? The packaging says in several places in large, cautionary block print "THIS PRODUCT INTENDED FOR USE AS PIPE TOBACCO ONLY." It even has little pipe icons blazoned all over. If you don't remember such stern instructions on your last Dunhill tin, there's a reason- Ramback Gold started out as a roll-your-own cigarette blend. From what I can tell, in response to the recent cigarette tax hikes they changed the cut from fine shag to coarse shag and rebranded it a pipe tobacco, with a wink and a nudge to retailers to put it with their "dual-use" tobaccos. That said, pipers shouldn't dismiss this blend out of hand, as it really is a fine tobacco. It would seem to be a blend of yenidje and izmir turkish leaf, and indeed it is reminiscent of old-time camel or balkan sobranie cigarettes (a nice pipe tie-in). The flavor is incredibly mild on the way in, its most notable characteristic a pleasant natural tobacco taste, with a bit of a zingy "green" note. On the way out, the flavor is a bit stronger, spicy and floral. The room note is decidedly cigarette-like, however. Also, contrary to what might expect, the nicotine level is exceptionally low. In my opinion, this is an enjoyable occasional smoke, preferably in a well-used cob pipe, also perhaps preferably outdoors. It also has exciting possibilities as a blender; I could see it being very useful in adding dimension to other tobaccos or spicing up an otherwise flat virginia or even a black cavendish. And, of course, for those pipers who are into that sort of thing, it also does very well in those little paper tubes. :)

5 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (202)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

You might think the combination of Izmir and just gold leaf gotta be boring and somewhat unidimensional, that perhaps the addition of other oriental tobaccos would enhance the formula, or even Latakia, but why go try to fix something that is not broken in the first place? I like this tobacco. A lot. In its simplicity, it is spot on. The Virginia leaf adds sweetness and a beautiful tang, whereas the Izmir leaf brings a velvety and sour note to the equation difficult to miss. Yes, it is not as complex as Ramback Balkan, but quite good in its own right. The beginning is more gold than oriental, whereas the end is more oriental than gold. That is to say the smoke quality will get better and better as you progress through every quarter of your bowl. Not even at the very end of it I was able to find a dull moment. My bag came a little bit too dry, but even though I have thoroughly enjoyed every smoke, based on my experience, all D&R tobaccos smoke best when properly hydrated. No let-downs or downsides, so 4 stars.

4 people found this review helpful.

A. Dyer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Dyer (18)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A 60:40 mix of Ramback Turkish and a bright flue-cured Virginia. Very high quality all natural blend which is very mild but with a nice old-world Turkish flavor and a hint of bright Virginia sweetness. Occasionally I will use a bit of this in a blend when I wish to use some of their great Turkish as well as a touch of light Virginia to something. Mostly though this is clearly best for MYO/tubes, as it is the classic base blend of the Turkish/Egyptian cigarettes of old. Some Ramback Balkan goes amazingly with this, giving a little more complexity and creaminess.

Pipe Used: Peterson Ashford and also tubes

Purchased From: Daughters & Ryan

4 people found this review helpful.

Faberdei Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Faberdei (11)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

It is a leathery smoke with a bit of barn. You can feel the incense, pepper and musc from the oriental. The Virginia adds a sugary corn syrup feel. It comes on the dry side (likes all D&R blends). Feel good to smoke it in the winter. A little of oriental heat :)

Age When Smoked: 14 months

Purchased From: Indian River Tobacco, Wyoming, MI, https://www.indianrivertobacco.com

4 people found this review helpful.

CR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CR (29)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Ah, pure smoking delight, Ramback Gold is good enough for a sultan but priced for us paupers. The smoke tastes like rubber and roses, like old books, country fields, leather and cream, and it will satisfy all day or with a single bowl. It doesn’t bite too bad, can burn a little hot, but the taste and quality of the leaf is really something else for a tobacco that costs less than 2 dollars an ounce.

I truly love the taste and strength of the Turkish leaf, and the flavor of this blend is overwhelmed by the fragrant and musky spice of Izmir. The only problem is, Turkish tobacco gives me a headache if I smoke it alone - this blend has just enough of that Bright Virginia candy sweetness smokers of Wind Sail might recognize, making the heavy Izmir flavor more palatable. I will actually blend this 50/50 with Wind Sail, as my daily smoke on occasions, but I keep a tin of pure Ramback Gold on my bedside table. For a good, clean, and tasty smoke, it doesn’t get much better. Now, I have only smoked it out of cobs and briars, but it’s just cigarette tobacco, that’s what I’ve heard. That’s a lie, but somehow it feels like I must implore you to believe it - cosmic balance and all. Maybe I just like seeing it in stock. On second thought, there’s better cigarette tobacco out there.

Pipe Used: All Of Them

Age When Smoked: New/ 1 Year

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (293)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Back in my days of cigarette smoking (1990s) I was a big fan of Camel cigarettes. They were always advertised (Joe Camel anyone) as being made with Turkish tobacco.

I picked up a bag of Ramback Gold trying to recreate the experience which I had back then. The lead in this blend to me are the orientals which give it a spicy smoke, there is some sweetness in the background which I'm attributing to the Virginia's which are added to the gold version. The tobacco is dryer than normal (similar to the other D&R blends I've tried) which I believe is to make it suitable for RYO cigs. I find that a few breathes into the bowl before lighting gives it enough moisture to burn a little slower. Produces a decent amount of moisture while smoking, I use a few pipe cleaners during a bowl to keep it down.

If sipped slowly, its a very spicy/sweet treat which does carry a decent dose of nicotine which has snuck up on me a few times. The ribbon cut means that it will burn well in most bowl shapes and it seems to really do well in my radiators and cobs.

Pipe Used: Radiator Pipes, Cobs, Briars

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Brunello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brunello (132)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

This is more of a 2.5 blend for me but I’m rounding up since all my other D&R reviews are on the low side, and also because I got good use out of this as a blender. Smoked as is I find it a bit more roughhewn than I care for in a VA-TUR, but it does have its interesting nuances. I get earthy dried grass, a baked orange peel note, some sourdough, and a wilted flower ambient note. Tastes more like my own minimally process Izmir than C&Ds version, and I wonder if from the raw (untoasted) sunflower seed note if little Samsun snuck its way into the blend. I like the cut, and ended up adding some Sutliff 707 to smooth out the earthy predominance. Some enjoyment in a Comoy prince, maybe a little sweeter but less nuanced in a cob.

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guyakaguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guyakaguy (2)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

I’ve bought Ramback Gold a few times over the last 5 years or so, but I’ve only had it in bulk prior to recently buying it in a 16 oz bag. My past impression of it was that it was a pretty blah and slightly bland tobacco, but now that I have a fresh bag I can finally taste what people have been saying about this one.

In bulk this, as well as pretty much every other D&R tobacco, comes dryer than Death Valley in August, which I think has a tendency of diminishing the potential of what, in my experience, has been some fairly top notch tobacco when received at a more optimal moisture (fresher). Some state that this is a “dual purpose” tobacco that is emblazoned with warnings about it only being used as in pipes, which one can easily interpret as a “wink wink nudge nudge” tax dodge. In the past, this tobacco, and many other D&R offerings, may have been primarily marketed as RYO tobaccos, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from stuffing it in your favorite pipe. This is, IMO, one of the greatest and truest old-timey “dual purpose” tobaccos.

When smoked in a pipe, Ramback Gold immediately lets you know that it’s a fairly high quality Turkish blend that’s had some of its rougher edges smoothed out by the addition of some top quality bright Virginia. The Turkish in Ramback Gold tastes of a balance of a more floral “Oriental” spicy Izmir with a bit of nutty Samsun (not quite the musty/earthy of Smyrna). The VA isn’t overly sweet, but adds a lightness and a slight sweetness to the taste. The result is a cool and dry smoke with a piquant sharpness that comes from the Turkish used, with a VA sweetness that balances out the blend on the whole and takes it to all day smoke territory.

Stuffed into a “paper pipe” it has a strength of flavor that is sure not to tire even the most distinguished palates, without overpowering. Notes are similar to smoking in a pipe, but obviously a bit more cigarette-y. It reminds me of pre-fire-safe Camel, but with the quality and flavor cranked up to 11. There’s a medium floral/woody/nutty (not ashy) finish that is satisfying, without lingering too long. If you’re accustomed to smoking random bags of questionable “Turkish pipe tobacco” this stuff will blow your mind.

It’s sort of on the chunkier side of a true ribbon-cut, with some some bits and pieces mixed in, but if it’s received and kept at optimal moisture it burns slow no matter how you burn it; it requires zero relights in a pipe and takes your cigarette smoking time past American Spirit territory, even when stuffed conservatively.

3.25 stars as a pipe tobacco, 4 stars as a “paper pipe” tobacco.

Pipe Used: MM hardwood, 9mm bent briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Peter Stokkebye - Turkish Export (No.84).

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