Newminster No. 84 Oriental Pipe Cut

Blend of Turkish and Virginia tobaccos.


Brand Newminster
Blended By  
Manufactured By Villiger
Blend Type Oriental
Contents Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.70 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 15, 2013 Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
..Quite a nice tobacco...It is an elegant pipe tobacco as well. While mostly is a blend of several types of Turkish as well as some very "soft" Virginia leaf and is well rounded, and I don't see this as one-dimensional at all... Far too many nuances for that.

Very even burn rate and keeping it a bit moist brings out more flavor. Frankly, I was looking for a Turkish tobacco to replace SG Turkish Blend which I have been told will no longer be in production. If that indeed happens, I will enjoy the Newminster as a reasonable replacement. Smoked in a group 4 or larger pipe and could be an all day tobacco.

...a pipe is to be savored...
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 18, 2014 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This has some really nice flavors. Orientals lead the Virginias by a small margin. Surprisingly fuller and deeper than expected. Mild to medium in body and medium in flavor. The only criticism I can level is that the Virginias give a little bit of a lip tingle. No bite, just a tingle on the lips. I enjoyed smoking this. 3+
Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman
Age When Smoked: fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 30, 2017 Mild Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant
Newminster - No. 84 Oriental Pipe Cut.

The ribbons are very slender, medium brown, and the moisture's good.

One of my few complaints with this is the speed: partly because of the slim build it can burn a little quickly, so I puff quite tentatively; that's not a huge problem though, all the more reason to savour and enjoy! The Turkish tobacco is very charismatic, and gives more than the Virginia; the grassiness isn't in the same league. I find, for the first part of a bowl, the overall taste is one that's mostly sweet, it takes until everything's settled for the sourness from the Turkish to come through.

There isn't much nicotine to be had from No. 84, and the room-note's quite nice.

Yes, it burns quick, but the flavour justifies a recommendation:

Three stars.
Pipe Used: Peterson #03 P'lip
Age When Smoked: One month
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 05, 2013 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Newminster - No.84 Oriental Pipe Cut;

Star Rating = 3.50;

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst;

Pouch Note = 9;

Room Note = 8;

Flavor = 9;

Bite = 8;

Burn = 8;

After Taste = 8;

Raw Score = 50;

Rated Percentage = 83%;

Comment = Smooth, Mild, nice bright Flavor, has a tad bit of a Bite
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 19, 2016 Extremely Mild None Detected Very Mild Tolerable
Quite a disappointing blend. I'm not sure blend is the proper term...maybe mix or mixture. The two parts of this are clear and distinct, both visually and in the smoke. The Orientals stand out as the bulk component with some highest quality Virginia bright ribbon cut. About a 70/30 ratio to my estimate. It is quite dry and fluffy. A bowl can be packed very firmly. Lights well. At first it rminded me of C&D Izmir Turkish but that quickly faded to a flat one dimensional taste. Every once in a while the Orientals would peek through but mostly it reminded me of super premium cigarette tobacco. I recommend it as a blender for cased cavendish that needs tobe lightened. By itself it lacks anything resembling pipe tobacco.
Pipe Used: Cob and a medium briar Billiard
Age When Smoked: 1+ year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 21, 2022 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
I found this to be very mild in all aspects. I am finding it to be a nice everyday tobacco. I found it to taste very much like Troost but less aromatic.
Pipe Used: mm ozark
PurchasedFrom: pipes and cigars
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Nov 12, 2022 Very Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
My roomie stumbled across a new-to-us cigar store and I got a chance to check it out. Like most cigar stores around here, it leans stogie-centric, but Is far more pipe-friendly than most... by which I mean that they have more bulk blends on hand than just 1-Q, and actually carry a few tins as well. I will be back!

Picked up 2 ounces of Stokkebye OPC, since it’s been on the list for a while, and I’ve been saving this Julius Vesz bamboo-shanked billiard for an oriental blend. Bag note is mostly, almost completely, of milk chocolate. Twist-cramming it into the pipe, the pre-light taste is the same: mild milk chocolate. It’s quite dry, and takes the flame immediately. A slight taste of chocolate remains, the sweetness of milk chocolate, akin to burley, but more light and subtle. There is also a background note of salted nuts— I make it pistachios. I attribute that to the oriental leaf. It’s not like the taste of oriental I associate with Balkan Sasieni or Nightcap or even Squadron Leader: no brined olives or incense. It’s subtler and simpler. Salty, yes, but also sweet. Almost, but not quite, caramel. I now understand how people can taste a butteriness in orientals— I’d sum it up as “sweet cream”. With the interplay of the salted-nut note, the whole thing is very pleasant. Burns readily and quickly, even with the tight pack I did. Even though this is labeled “pipe cut”, you could probably roll a cigarette with this. And you’d get a better cigarette than I’ve ever had. I don’t smoke cigarettes regularly, but this is better than Camel Turkish blend, better than Marlboro Blacks. I tried inhaling this, which I never do, but I barely coughed. If you’re used to inhaling, you would inhale this without a second thought. Despite the airiness and lightness, I didn’t get much of a nicotine hit. A little, because of the inhale, I think, but not much. It’s all about the flavor here. I could see G.L. Pease or (once upon a time, McClelland, RIP), putting this in a fancy tin and charging twice the price. I wonder what this would be like as a flake? Yummy.

Burns quick, to a fluffy dark grey ash. And I want another bowl. Delicious. These 2 ounces won’t last long.
Pipe Used: Julius Vesz bamboo billiard
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 01, 2022 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
As a bulk offering, No. 84 Oriental hosts an airy ribbon configuration of assorted Oriental/Turkish and Virginias leaf varietals that form the summation of the mixture. Straight out of the pouch the tobacco’s general appearance is categorically favorable. In purchasing a one-ounce sample of the blend, I received a plentiful volume of tobacco to say the least, a very good thing.

Decidedly dry, this Newminster blend presents thinly cut formations that counter as bristly coarse, shaggy, and wiry strands. The thickened gradation of hues spans warm tones of light yellow to golden red/orange and into deeper browned fermented parcels. As such the ensuing burn is rather hastened all be it cool as I was soon to discover.

As a whole the tobacco possesses an average pouch nose that is of modest and mild importance truthfully speaking. In a rather subdued manner, the premier essence is exceedingly vegetal in origin. A multicolored lacing of eased sourness, some mild pungent spice, and a dash of gentle citrusy tart embellish this floral affluence with complementing flair.

Regarding the experienced flavor registration, with No. 84 Oriental, the spread of taste streams was somewhat narrower as its base character is very well rounded overall. On a more inspiring note, there were some impressive spicy merits that occasionally surfaced endowing a pleasant savor and just a reasonable degree of depth/charisma to the blend’s common feel.

Key points of the assessment: 2.5 measured scoring. Considering cost and likeability, I elevate the final ranking to a 2.9-ish Pipes or so. No. 84 Oriental earned an admirable 84% rating on the critical mechanical features centered on burn, consistency, fragrance, and ease of application. Lesser scores were logged, however, in relation to general flavor and especially on selective smoking attributes. In particular, it achieved only reasonable gradings, (i.e., lower 70’s), given the defined “gold standard” criterion for the Oriental genre. Perhaps this is an indication that the recipe itself suffers in achieving coherent finished magnetism or, in effect, is moderated by the particular strains of tobacco leaves used. Maybe a combination of both, who’s to say? Objectively I discovered some notable limitations that manifested as inconsistency and a degree of diminished flatness to be clear.

Essentially with respect to a dynamic taste experience, initial detection revealed that the confluence of Oriental/Turkish to Virginia was fairly even keeled for most of the session. Although at certain points throughout the bowl, the Oriental/Turkish did counter with a slight forward edge, nothing really stood out consistently as being remarkable. Granted colorful spicing, when it does actually hit, was the pillar of strength in the profile on this one altogether. However, with respect to a steady lively refinement of enchanting nuances and moving complexity, the tobacco’s performance was normally average at best.

Yet in being fair, I should state that, unquestionably, the mix is still a sensible representation of the Oriental-based class. It merely waivered as a touch marginalized and too contained bottom-line. In a nutshell, the product was neither exceedingly bad nor delightfully good, but arguably seated somewhere in between. Would I buy it again? Maybe? I’m kind of on the fence with this one. Nevertheless, of the three blends sampled, No. 84 Oriental did not carry the highest accolades by comparison in an honest word.

Mild to Medium strength/intensity : No. 84 Oriental tenders with a reliably mild strength and medium intensity complexion with moderate depth inclusively. As it is a private label product manufactured by Mac Baren, I was a little surprise by the blend’s noted deficiencies. Given the maker’s level of technology and capabilities one would expect much more polish and constancy of flavor. As this is contradictory with my exposure to standard Mac Baren quality, I must come back to the notion that these reductions are more attributable to the actual recipe or involved constituents. Again, that is a qualified but a subjective opinion for what it’s worth.

I will say, however, that registration demonstrated considerable balance in the three bands of composite taste, but nothing differentiating or splendidly complex on the whole. This doesn’t necessarily signify a substandard product, but the associated or desirous “wow” factor was candidly of mediocre impact. Accenting was at times quite flavorsome on a more positive note.

Baseline: Looking at the tobacco themselves and based upon the noted tastings there appears to be a primary contribution of yellow and Bright Virginia which provides the essential base line notation. In the course of the entire bowl there a nice lemony tartness that abides in the highlighted flavor as the smoky tang of Bright citrusy grass and some secondary rustic hay forms the principal characterization. I did notice using a cob a bit of darker woodiness pop clean periodically as well. Additionally, there a solid degree of natural sweetness and a few inklings of bread and spiced floridity that were discreetly projected.

Forward mid-band taste : As I suggested there are multiple Oriental/Turkish strains afoot here. The diversity of spicing and variability of their intensity make for a relaxing matrixed registration, despite its continually fleeting dominance. It seemed like the blend vacillated between heavier darker tones ala a cigar-like push and a more lighter aromatic ambience. With that combination I feel certain of Basma for one and the lighter bodied entity perhaps being a strain of Basma, that I am honestly unsure. Once again when the strains shine intelligently, they are quite stimulating to the palate. Their presence brings an intriguing nuance that is markedly pungent, cinnamon-cardamom-like, floral, sourness and vibrantly herbal/green natured. Furthermore, I did sense a subdued volume of alluring sweetness and grounded mustiness on the lower finishing remarks.

Accenting: Predominantly very piney or spruce-like in make-up. Again, the kitchen spicing affluence tended to bring a complementing shade to the overall presentation, adding some further depth when possible. The lemony twist married well with the natural sourness as the meld came through as the trailing top note which was a refreshing and interesting by all acclaims. The overall tonal accenting of the blend tends to grow darker and zestier as the bowl progresses.

• In simple summary terms, the blend is a reasonable excursion for the subject genre. In general, its wavering spicy character was arguably impressive at times. Yet the prevailing soul of the standard flavor in the end of these trials find me judging No. 84 Oriental Pipe Cut as basically “it’s commonly okay”.

• Experiential smoking is actually enjoyably relaxing which is always good.

• Room presence combines a darker herbaceous spice ornamented with a mildly pungent undertone of sweet smoky grass. Maybe a little intolerable to some but conceivably pleasant to the average pipe smoker.

• The burn manifests as clean, cool, and consistent with minimal attendance required throughout the bowl.

• Average performance in consideration of mellowness, smoothness, and smoky appeal

• No realized harshness, nor discomfort on the palate, and very insignificant nicotine influence.

• Cost is very affordable, can’t discount that as being a considerable positive

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 27, 2022 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Strong
Not a great tobacco, unless you enjoy the taste of cigarettes. If you are looking for the complexities of Orientals, such as you might find in Duhill's Durbar. Don't bother with this. I can grow to appreciate many tobacco if I smoke them long enough. I suppose I could grow to like this one. But what's the point? It is most definitely monochromatic. It does burn much too quickly. It does taste like Camel cigarettes.

I will keep the jar I have as a blender, but I'm certain I will not try it by itself again. Not saying I hate it. But I'm sure I can always find something else I would enjoy more. The fact that it burns at a rapid rate, and is difficult to pack tightly does not help the situation at all.
Pipe Used: Cob
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and cigars
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 31, 2021 Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I grabbed a couple of ounces a week ago. Meh. Too dry and burns too quickly. I couldn't make a bowl go past the 20-minute mark, my usual being between 45 and 70 minutes depending on the mix, pipe, etc. I tried hydrating it a bit but now it refuses to burn over 3 minutes. Yep: I'm drying it up again. Maybe the ribbons are too thin. Perhaps the casing is not retaining enough humidity. The few full puffs were pretty good, touching on aromatic and, well, a little low on the Oriental experience. Too much work for too little return. Not for me.
Pipe Used: Jeantet Cobra (1960's)
PurchasedFrom: Ligero Tobacco House
Age When Smoked: 1 year
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