Bennington Tobacconist No. 45, Rich’s Blend

Long Cuts of black, double-heat and fermented Green River Burleys are pressed then aged to ensure a smoothness that is unequaled by ordinary Black Cavendishes. Golden Virginia Ribbon and Flake are blended in later with ample amounts of air-cured Kentucky Burleys that are double-heat fermented for extra body and mildness. It is then laced with imported Swiss Chocolate for added aroma and taste. It can be smoked all day with no bite.
Notes: Bennington Tobacco has hand blended high quality pipe tobaccos since William E. Bennington, the founder, began the company in the fall of 1965. Mr. Bennington was an avid pipe smoker and recognized the opportunity in the lack of high quality pipe tobacco brands in the U.S. market at that time. There were plenty of domestic "drug store" brands, but few imported brands of the calibers of Dunhill, Erinmore or Rattray's for example. In those days the tobacco manufacturers sold the basic blending ingredients i.e., Burleys, Virginias, Latakia, Perique, Maryland and Turkish tobaccos directly to the tobacconist and offered "formulas" as a general guide, which could be tweaked in order to create custom blends. Bennington Blends No. 10, and No. 24 are two such blends and are still popular today. Blend No. 15 is patterned after the famed "Balkan Sobranie White Label," which was very popular back then. -Mr. Bennington spent a good part of an evening with tweezers and a scale separating eight ounces of Balkan Sobranie into its component parts of Turkish, Latakia and Virginia to determine the ratios of the blend. He then refined it to his taste and introduced Blend No. 15 in 1966. Blend No. 33 is another original and is still quite popular. Blend No. 33 is patterned after Murray's Erinmore Flake. Later, in the 1970's, a tobacco manufacturer named Lane Ltd. Made it very easy to create private label pipe tobacco blends for the tobacconists by premix ing the formulas. Buy a five pound bag from Lane, reweigh it into smaller quantities and slap your label on it. At Bennington’s we still prefer the original method of buying the basic tobacco component ingredients and creating unique blends from them. 1.The first Step is the cleaning and removal of any stems or impurities. 2.The next step is weighing out the proper amount according to any one of our blend’s formulas or a customer’s personal recipe. 3. After the weighing, a thorough hand blending of the different tobaccos is in order. 4.The inspection of the blend for consistency and uniformity comes next. 5. Finally we bag them and can them. Adding a specific label according to its type. English, Aromatic, Non-Aromatic or Premium.


Brand Bennington Tobacconist
Series Custom Blend
Blended By William & Jim Bennington
Manufactured By Bennington Tobacconist
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Flavoring Cocoa / Chocolate
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.67 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 26, 2013 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
I tried this blend after visiting the store in Boca Raton and talking with the proprietor who recommended I try this as it was a favorite. It's infused with Swiss Chocolate - and you can smell this as a light note when opening the bag. The smoke is mild, very pleasant and very very subtle chocolate taste to it. No tongue bite, I would say that if you don't smoke an aromatic much but are looking for a mild aromatic to try this would be great.
Pipe Used: Nording, Peterson System
PurchasedFrom: Bennington Tobacconist, Boca Raton, FL
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Mar 02, 2015 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
When I put in my initial order for all the Bennington blends and saw the compilation of Rich's Blend, I thought it was a recipe for disaster. English components with Swiss Chocolate? No way. Yes way, the combination works and I thought i was smoking a creamy and smoky pipe tobacco with a hint of Hershey's always lingering in the background. I smoked up my 4 ounce order in a hurry. it was a terrific after dinner dessert and didn't provide any calories to make me fat (at least, I don't think this blend has calories in it.

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Mar 08, 2014 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
Rich's Blend uses their (Bennington's) #31 Donegal Blend as a base & adds a Black Cavendish with a swiss chocolate casing. Overall a very nice, easy to smoke, non-tongue bite, aromatic, as is it's parent.
Pipe Used: Mark Tinsky
PurchasedFrom: Bennington Tobacconist
Age When Smoked: New
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