Notes: Sir William is a ready rubbed loose cut. The main ingredients are various selected Virginias, which are responsible for the round taste. Fired Kentucky, cured Indian and aromatic Thailand burley are then added, and topped by a light whiskey flavor. But in the end only requires one word to describe this blend aptly: a record! -edited quote from HU-Tobacco.

Blended ByKohlhase & Kopp
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant to Tolerable

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Very small ribbons - small in both length and girth, with a tin aroma of... coconut? Or something along those lines. I guess it could be construed as a booze topping, which is what it actually is, but it smells more coconutty to me. Underneath the topping is a rich, deep tobacco scent.

This is billed as predominately Virginia but it smokes more like a burley-in-front blend, with the Kentucky and Virginia alternating in the shotgun position. The flavoring is evident in each puff and tastes more like booze than it smelled but it's sweeter than any whiskey I've ever tasted, including bourbon (which, as a scotch aficionado I find too sweet to drink). The sweetness here isn't over the top at all, but instead lends a nice balance to the dry earthiness of the tobacco. This is a well done aromatic that skirts the line between aro and non without going to far afield into the sauce realm. More of a Euro-aro, which makes sense, of course. The flavor in the top half of the bowl is sweet without being sickening and melds well with the tobacco. Unfortunately things go south in the last half - or really the last third. The flavoring becomes more faint and the tobacco takes over. Sadly the tobacco doesn't taste quite up to par. It gets a bit rambunctious and over-dry with a too quick finish. Not harsh but a little bitter. This might age well but my new tin was too youthful and reminded me of the green stuff coming out of a formerly well received but now less than ordinary U.S blending house (which shall remain nameless). Two and a half stars upgraded to three, not because it deserves three but because this has the potential to be a three star blend. I smoked two of the four oz in the tin and I'm going to let the other two sit for awhile, and then revisit this review.

9 people found this review helpful.

Warwick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Warwick (37)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I am surprised that there are no other reviews yet of this blend. This is a first impressions review.

Cracking open the the tin, reveals an almost cloyingly sweet aroma of an excessive flavoring, and I anticipate a hot, biting aromatic. The ribbon cut is loose and almost the perfect dryness for immediately loading into my Patriot cob.

Upon lighting, the sweetness prevails but quickly recedes from it's dominance. Despite the tin stating that VAs are the main component, to me the blend smokes as though it is a Kentucky/burley blend with VAs detectable only in the background.

With every puff, where I expect bite to arise, it never does. Instead of a single dominant component, there is a striated experience of Kentucky, burley, VA and the whiskey all at once. As the bowl goes on, this develops into a rhythm of Kentucky followed by burley followed by a slightly sweet endnote. The room note is quite pleasant due to the flavoring. It does not taste like a whiskey flavoring per se (what whiskey is that sweet?), but it admittedly plays well off of the other components.

Halfway into the bowl, I think this is very pleasant but perhaps not outstanding - there is no drama here. But further into the bowl, puffing away, I suddenly realize that the nicotine level has snuck up on me and yet there is a subtle deliciousness that keeps me from slowing down. (Considering that I am used to blends like GH Dark Flake and 1792, I'm a bit surprised at its strength.) Warm, toasty, friendly and inviting with that slight sweetness at the end of each puff, I finish the bowl feeling quite satisfied and yet still wanting more.

Rattray marks the tin as: Flavoring 2/5, Strength 4/5 and Room note 3/5. I daresay they are spot on. This is a quite enjoyable blend, and if I had any complaints it would be that the ribbon cut allows it to burn a bit too fast to enjoy at a slower pace. With some age on it, I think this will be quite impressive. All in all, a very delightful and tasty blend.

Edit 1/2/2015: This continues to be a great blend after many bowls. Very satisfying combination of flavor and strength.

Pipe Used: Patriot cob

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Mars Cigars

8 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Rattray - Sir William.

The first thing I noticed, and also felt a bit perplexed by, was the tin-note: there's only a hint of whisky, the majority of the smell is like nougat; strange!

The mixture's dark brown in colour and has a spot on moisture quantity. The best way to describe the build, rather than just using the catchall term 'Ready Rubbed', I think is 'fairly delicate ribbons'; not chunky, or broken flake like, but well rubbed out.

The smoke? I quite like the taste of this; I find the Burley/Kentucky flavour to be more prominent than the Virginia's are, with the Oriental/Turkish falling midway between the two. The actual tobacco flavour's rather full and fairly well rounded.

I don't get a great deal of topping (unlike the tin-note); and in the smoke there's far less sweetness and more whisky, albeit not too heavy.

One of the lower points for me is the heat of the smoke; it's generated by a very consistent and even burn, but it's just too warm for me; this always abates my rating.

The room-note's okay: it's not bad, not good, not heavy, and not light; I'm indifferent to it.

Sir William's alright, but sadly alright can also constitute 'Boring'. I feel it's a solid two star blend.

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Christmas 2015

Age When Smoked: Two months

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

6 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (323)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The unburnt tobacco's aroma isn't reminding of Whiskey AT ALL...it's hard to pin-point to be quite honest, but I've read someone mentioning "something along the lines of Coconut" and this comes as close as you might get. Yet the flavorings seems mildly applied and also in smoke I wouldn't identify as an "Aromatic" per se. It's somewhere along the lines of Petersons 3P's or ST. Bruno, which I consider "semi-aromatics", where the tobacco has enough room to play.

The flake is rubbed out very finely and almost ribbon-ish, and therefor easy to handle, pack and light. In the pipe the flavoring again isn't too whiskey-ish, but more floral and somewhat "exotic" (think pina colada maybe). Yet I'll grant it a mild malty quality that might remind of Whiskey. The main attraction are the tobaccos in here, which harmonize very well with the flavoring. Slightly smoky, pleasantly spicy and earthy, with only minor sweetness to it. They harmonize vrey well with the described flavoring aroma and are more present than the flavoring is.

Not too shaby I'd have to admit! It's totally NOT what I was expecting... but it's an OK smoke, that I enjoyed smoking and of which I can easily see people having pleasure with this blend. So 2,5 stars, more of a 3 stars tendency, as I'd "recommend" this.

Update: As I've grown to have smoked more Whiskey flavored blends and flavored blends in general, I'll downrate to 2-stars, as this is average, but nothing fancy! ;-)

4 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

StevieB sent me this as part of a trade. I like it a little better than he did. Thanks for this one Steve.

Led by the Kentucky and Burley with the Virginias picking up the rear. It's earthy and nutty with hints of smoke and fruit. The topping is a very mild whisky and, I think, a touch of sugar. The overall flavor is very nice. It does burn just a little warm, possibly due to the sugar. The good news is that it maintains it's flavor perfectly so a little extra warmth doesn't bother me too much. All in all a very nice smoke.

Medium in body and taste. Flavoring is very mild. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From: acquired in trade (Thanks Steve)

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canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (337)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Cracked open this yellow beer can and was greeted with a soft cocoa aroma sprinkled over a light leather oil mix, which sort of morphed into a sweet caramel Whiskey topping. Nothing overly sprayed, sticky, or overtly Aromatic here, just a natural pile of tobaccos with some sugar.

The medium brown ready rub, left little to rub out (just a springy ribbon cut here), packed tightly, and fired up with ease. The initial puff has a decent nicotine hit without being overpowering the now dialed back flavor, making for a mild Aromatic without much froo froo and some Whiskey residue in tow.

For me, it was a miss, as I generally like more candy in my Aromatics, but for those of you whom appreciate the taste of Burley (the Virginia and Oriental are way in the rear), give this one a try.

Purchased From: tobaccopipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (231)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

SIR WILLIAM: Particular, a special one. A robust and satisfying mixture. There is not only whisky in this blend, but much more. I mean there is some sweet casing and this is without any doubt a flavored blend. Anyway not a strong but a mild flavoring. Above all this mixture has the great virtue of being able to please both lovers of aromatic blends and lovers of natural tobacco. It is strong enough and you never get tired of it. A pleasant surprise. Give it a try! In my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 8 and three complete stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

TheOtter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheOtter (61)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This a strong aromatic. It packs a respectable nic hit. The whisky flavouring also offers vanilla, which comes through the smoke. The Virginias are supported by the nutty burleys and the smoky Kentucky which gives a whisky barrel note to the blend. The flavouring burns off quick, which is fine because the Virginias are of solid quality.

3/4 an aromatic with a respectable nic hit is hard to come by.

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Stah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stah (139)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Appearance: 50 gram tin of the 2022 release. The blend of tobacco is a little brighter and lighter, which can be attributed to its freshness. Overall, it wasn’t affected the quality of the blend. And it also doesn't have any lighter varieties of Virginia, but there is clearly more Virginia than in Irish Whiskey. Perhaps in another situation it would have pleased me, but here there is a clear departure from the Irish Whiskey.

Flavor: the light aroma of a good cookie - flour, butter, a little alcohol, a bit of coconut (WHAT?!), coriander and cinnamon, faint notes of citrus and berry essence. Behind all this, you can barely smell the Kentucky notes, but if you sniff longer, you can catch a slight scent of cocoa. As for the whiskey flavoring… Well, if it's here, it's obviously been skimped on. In any case, the smell of coconut and bread notes overpower it.

Taste: the base is made up of burley and kentucky notes - smoky, woody, nutty. But, at the expense of its freshness and clearly more than in Irish Whiskey, initially the Virginia tends to remind with its sweetness and hay flavor that it is here as well. Overall, the flavor is initially a bit brighter than that of Irish Whiskey. The tobacco is somewhat unbalanced and stiff - perhaps it should have been left to rest for a couple of years in a tin. By the middle of the pipe, the blend gets more smooth than at the beginning, where it is quite demanding on the smoking tempo. I found no indication of the orientals mentioned on some sites - the blend is a quality Virginia-Burley blend, with the sweetness of the virginia quickly coming off, with kentucky as support. However, the amount of virginia continues to be felt when smoking - the tobacco clearly smokes hotter than the previous blend. The strength of the tobacco is also different, it's closer to medium. At least in a very large pipe, I didn't feel the nicotine kick. The tobacco burns into a fine light gray ash with a slightly larger dark fraction. It leaves some moisture in the bowl. The aftertaste is sweet and woody, slightly tart, but not persistent.

The smoke from the tobacco has a woody smell with a slight cocoa flavor.

What's the bottom line? Weird-smelling coconut German blend (thankfully, it's not in the flavor) that has more Virginia than Irish Whiskey. If you forgive Sir William its coconut smell from the tin, it could be considered a regular everyday Virginia-Burley blend for smoking in a relaxed setting.

Pipe Used: Peterson 69, 106, 999

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smuggled over the EU

Similar Blends: Peterson - Irish Whiskey.

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Hmoya Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hmoya (38)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

Strong flavors, the whisky is there, as also Burley and Kentucky. The smoke is warm, and the temperature goes fast easily. But after a while is not so complex, or at least in my case, it was a little bored at the end. I was quite expected of this blend, perhaps too much. After all, is not one of my favorites.

Pipe Used: John Aylesbury - Billiard Dunkelbraun

Age When Smoked: 1

Purchased From: Cigarworld

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