Dunhill Black Aromatic

Golden yellow Virginia, bright gold, light burley and a small amount of spicy Oriental provide a deep, glossy black color in this mild blend.


Brand Dunhill
Blended By Dunhill
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Burley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Flavoring Other / Misc
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United Kingdom
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

2.62 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 04, 2009 Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
This is more of an eulogy than a review as this great tobacco is deceased. I've been savoring it for several years now, having been fortunate enough to buy all that was left at a Swiss tobaconnists just before the Dunhill ban went into effect. I always wondered what the delicious aroma was. So I asked a Brit non smoker with an excellent nose: It's ‘black treacle' was the immediate and confident response. That is most likely why it is called “Black” Aromatic. Black treacle is a crude form of molasses. There are wafts of maple syrup, and of course the highest quality virginias used by Dunhill, now aged about 7-10 years. Smokes smooth and cool, no gurgles, nice and strong. I believe English law required that any pipe tobacco flavoring be entirely natural, which would explain that there is no chemical taste, and these tins were made before English tobacco was required to have mold retardants – which explains it's tendency to dry out if not kept in a proper humidifier. It's an old school tobacco, requiring care and a little British savy to know what it is. The rich, sweet natural tobacco taste makes up about three quarters of the flavor, and the black treacle fills out the last quarter, complimenting the blend beautifully. And there is just the faintest occasional trace of rose and violet, for an appreciation of which one would have had to taste the delicious Charbonnel & Walker Rose and Violet Creams, very traditional and very British gourmet chocolates. Dry, not too sweet, enticing, unique and strong to the last drop. I've dedicated an Aktas 22mm bowl, Group 6 meerschaum to it; a once a week delight.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 12, 2002 Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant
This was a delightful change of pace for me. The aromatic note (both at the match and in the tin) was very subdued, as is the case with most, if not all Dunhill aromatics. Dunhill's Royal Yacht is an aromatic but tastes purely tobacco like in character. So does Black Aromatic, but the casing is less traditional.

If you like a tobacco taste in your pipe, this will please. If you prefer goopy aromatics with little tobacco pleasing value, then look elsewhere. I will buy this again because it is cool, semi-sweet, and real tobacco. I will compare it to McClelland's Deep Hollow, but with more tobacco punch. Thoroughly enjoyable. I went thru the tin quickly and will hunt up another in the not too distant future.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 07, 2005 Strong Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
Is this the perfect aromatic? I may be biased, having only a 4 year (at least) old tin that had been lurking in the bowels of my tobacconists for years, but its awesome!

Tin aroma is sweetish, elegant, natural tobacco mingling with the most pleasant casing (sparingly applied)I have smelt. Nothing like the syrupy aromatics that smell of candy, nor a sweet vanilla smell, but something fruity, sweet, with a distinct smell of brandy or spiced rum. In fact, the only thing I can compare it too is christmas pudding, just after the flame has gone out. Its delicious,I dont usually get urges to eat tobacco!

Its a little effort to light,and does go out from time to time, the pieces being on the large side and a little moist. Cool burning, and does not bite. The flavour is wonderful, natural creamy tobacco, rich but not a heavy taste, with a pleasant sweetness. It lasts, and does not sour toward the end of the bowl, although it does leave a little dottle, as do most aromatics.

The only problem is its strength. I seem to be the only persn to experience this, looking at the above reviews, but it is rather strong, and must be treated carefully for this reason. Perhaps its just because I keep sniffing at the fragrant smoke, but it can get a little overwhelming, its best to smoke it after a good meal for this reason.

Splendid stuff, I recommend it. Unfortunately it does not seem to be available, Ill have to see if I can find any more mature tins hiding in tobacconists shops.
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