Owl Shop Mystique

The Owl Shop of New Haven's best selling variety of pipe tobacco.


Brand Owl Shop
Blended By Joe Lentine
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.75 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 09, 2015 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
For those who want a pleasant aromatic with some body and a nice room note, this tobacco is for you.

I bought the tobacco from The Owl Shop. As always, the staff were extremely nice. The tobacco was ribbon cut and had dark tortoise shell coloring. It was just on the moist side of perfect, as bought.

Tin note was rich and, being the aromatic-lover that I am, luxurious: base aroma a mixture of dried dates, figs, and straw, topped with light notes of vanilla. I also detected a wisp of coconut, which I attribute to the bright Virginias.

The first half of the smoke was cool with no bite. I didn't have to pace my cadence to keep the bowl either cool or lit. The smoke was so cool...much appreciated after having nursed my way through 1/4-a-tin of Mac Baren's Mixture Scottish Blend! The dates and straw came through in the smoke, as did a balanced sweetness from the Cavendish. The Virgina provided solid body. No coconut or vanilla flavors came through in the smoke, though my tongue was fried from the Mac Baren's, so perhaps I missed them. As the bowl progressed, notes of hazenut and dark tea began to register. Second half of the bowl smoked hot and the sweetness from before was replaced with a rich, toasted nuttyness. Smoked dry all the way through (keep in mind I was smoking in a cob, which could smoke water-logged oak leaves dry). Mild nicotine hit.

Mixed wonderfully with a freshly brewed ice coffee!

The room note was out of the world, described by my GF as "wonderful", "great", and "not pungent at all."

Four out of four stars for the aromatic aficionados out there!
Pipe Used: MM Diplomat
PurchasedFrom: The Owl Shop at the counter.
Age When Smoked: Fresh baggy just bought.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 31, 2012 Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant
I get favorable comments when smoking this, even from non -smokers. Even though I use a filtered pipe most of the time, the full flavor and strength comes through. It's got some nicotine, too. I like this stuff and will probably keep it in my rotation. If you find it too strong, I suggest the Owl Shop's "Black Magic" , which is milder.
PurchasedFrom: Owl Shop, New Haven, CT
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 27, 2016 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant
The owl shop must be where Fitzgerald got his description of Yale "a bunch of guys in sweaters smoking pipes". This side of paradise. The owl shop fits in perfectly with that. If there was a classic era of the cia one could see analysts putting in orders to this place, perhaps covertly, and perhaps via their Russian handlers seeing as the place would not be possible to afford on a GS-10 pay scale. 14 oz of mystique will set you back about $80 with S/H. The question is it worth it. My conclusion would be absolutely so. The reviewer above almost perfectly hit the nuances of this blend when he described it as combining vanilla, almonds, straw and black tea. It's trite to say it's hard to describe. But it really is, hence "mystique". Yale being the preeminent French studies academe one recalls mystique is feminine. IMHO it carries a faint incense quality, suggesting an aphrodisiac (or perhaps a Root candle from the "Autumn" seasonal line) as well as a rather noticeable stimulant -- it would be interesting to know what is the actual nicotine content in the blend. The reviewers above doing far better than I as to room, burn and aromatics let me leave you with this, I consider this to be a travelers blend, inasmuch as there is such a thing. Much more so than all of these prefab popular concoctions you know the kind: middle earth, isengard, mushrooms, and then the new cult blends. All of these appeal to the things which mystique actually does represent: last night train to Irkutsk, last mountain pass to Ladakh. Mystique is not blended by a Hollywood type, but by an old man who's been there since the 1930's. One suspects he's seen a lot come and go in his time. This blend however will certainly withstand its test. (Please note: excuse my grammar, I did not go to Yale).
Pipe Used: Balkovec custom
PurchasedFrom: Owl shop
Age When Smoked: OTC
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 13, 2024 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
This was an oft suggested buy from others in my area. I happened to be working a job site for Yale just 10 minutes away and figured it was serendipitous that I heard about them when I'd just started working down the way and decided to drop in.

I ended up getting Captain Courageous and Black Magic along with this one, both of which I did enjoy as much or more than Mystique. I've also tried blending Mystique and Black Magic together, which was still good, but I felt the Black Magic was more my jam. It's a nice chocolatey-toffee flavor that's not fake or overbearing. It's a mellow smoke with a nice scent in the room, but what really surprised me was the lack of tongue bite. I probably should've packed a little tighter, but I was rushed to get a bowl going and tamped the top tighter than the lower half and didn't let it dry for a bit first. The top half was pure ash, but the bottom half was still wet. I got a few lil burps out of it as well, but if you pack it well and take the time to treat it right, this is a delightful smoke. If you want less nicotine in your smoke, I found Black Magic to be a little more flavorful and less nicotine.

If you're in the area, it's aboalutely worth stopping in and trying it out. I regret nothing about this purchase.
Pipe Used: Maestro Geppeto Luscia Churchwarden
PurchasedFrom: Owl Shop of New Haven as a walk-in
Age When Smoked: Fresh out of the bag
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