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Langue de Chien means Tongue of the Dog; according to growers, Semois leaves look like dog tongues. This is Semois tobacco, originally a Kentucky cultivar, which is an air-cured burley-type tobacco, though it deserves to be recognized as a unique leaf. Naturally dry, it should be smoked that way, and packed tightly; fast burning. Joseph Martin is one of the premier growers and makers of Semois tobacco, along with JP Couvert and Vincent Manil.

Notes: Semois tobacco has been grown since at least 1650 in the micro-clime of the Semois Valley of Belgium. "Semois" is not a protected legal term (AOC), thus some tobaccos are inappropriately labeled as Semois.

Since early 2014, Joseph Martin tobaccos have been imported into the U.S. on a small scale. Check, ThePipeGuys and P&C.

BrandJoseph Martin
Blend TypeBurley Based
Packaging100g / 200g Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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As every Semois tobacco, this is all natural. When you open the pouch (made of paper, as a century ago), it smells like farm : hay, cut grass, manure. You can almost fell cows or pig arround you ! But when you light your bowl, the smoke is dry and fresh. There's no artificial taste or any chmical treatment and that's why I like this blend a lot. Because it's all natural. We are far away from aromatised tobacco or english mixtures. The taste is rather strong, so it doesn't fit all palates. But the nicotine strength is not so strong, so even the beginners can like it. You can visit the website ( if you want more details and if you can read in french.

Pipe Used: Peterson Irish Whiskey 107 ; P. Morel Church AA

Purchased From: Joseph Martin

Similar Blends: Joseph Martin - Old Bohan, Joseph Martin - Semois Lux No. 3.

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