Dan Tobacco Salty Dogs

In long gone times, when imposing sail ships crossed the Seven Seas, English sailors were popularly called "Salty Dogs". They always took care to have a pocket sized block of sweet Virginia tobacco with them, which they would take a slice off to then rub out and smoke in their cutty pipes. In heavy weather, they would opt to just bite off a corner to enjoy as a stimulating piece of chewing tobacco. Selected sweet Virginias with a small pinch of perique, classically enhanced with Caribbean rum, are matured over a long time in the press. The result is a dark brown, full and pleasant pipe tobacco in traditional style offering you a comfortably cool and smooth smoking experience. Unlike ordinary flakes, it was not cut into slices, but packaged as a solid piece of real plug tobacco. Enjoy it in pipes with smaller bowls. (translated from Dan Tobacco's website)
Notes: Introduced July 2014. Dan Tobacco's Salty Dogs is, as its name implies, a classic Navy style plug: Virginias and a pinch of perique, flavored with rum and pressed tight into hard, pocket-sized blocks that would keep long, survive indelicate handling, and could be cut into slices whenever there was a moment's rest.


Brand Dan Tobacco
Blended By Dan Tobacco
Manufactured By Orlik
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Rum
Cut Plug
Packaging 50 grams pouch
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.49 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 30, 2017 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant
This is an excellent plug tobacco and the only one that I know of that consists of Virginia and Perique (other than St. James Plug but that’s not available in the States). The flavoring is very mild and just help to accentuate the flavors of the natural leaf. I like to cut thick flakes and loosely rub it out and pack it into a large chamber so the flakes can expand without tightening up the draw. This has all the rich and dark depth you would expect from a plug tobacco and the nicotine is in the medium range. The price? The price to get a 50g plug in the States is just ridiculous and is the only thing keeping me from cellaring this one deep. If you are a fan of plugs I would say ya have to try it at least once. I'm hoping that the price will drop significantly like what we saw happen just recently with St. Bruno. If I could afford it, I would make this an everyday smoke. Good stuff!

Obviously I had to knock off a star due to cost.

Essential (but not economical)

Edit* I came back to add the 4th star because I don't think it's fair to knock off a star due to the price point. Besides, I found a good source for these Plugs straight from Germany. 4 star Plug all the way!

Edit** (2-17-19) well hot damn the price has dropped significantly on this one. No, not here in the States, it still roughly goes for $18 a Plug but I just found a find of a lifetime. Time has come to cellar this one deep, especially since it seems that plugs are becoming extinct. (At the time of writing this, there has been some hysteria concerning 3P’s, it’s off the shelves everywhere and most stores are saying it’s no longer available, time will tell but in the meantime I’ll be stocking up on this bad boy!)
Pipe Used: P. Jeppesen, Tsuge, Stanwell
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 18, 2015 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant
...A fine plug tobacco from Dan, actually Orlik, none-the-less, already a top favorite of mine... Dense, earthy, stewed fruit/plum and fig aroma and all-around a first class offering. ...This is not OGS in plug form, and is a stronger tobacco than others in this arena. It is not a Lakeland/floral plug either...appears to stand very much on its own. ...A bit on the expensive side at around $19. USD per 50 gram plug but well worth the cost. Most would find this too strong for an all-day smoke, but I find this a great smoke any time. Perfect moisture, easy to slice, and exceeds my expectations for a quality plug tobacco...
Pipe Used: gp. 3-5
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: 2 to 6 months old
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 14, 2014 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
I heard good things about this plug and it is a good smoke.....However. ...., it seems rushed and definitely not as well made as ilsteds VA plug. This plug really needs longer in the press to marry the tobacco together and to create a proper plug, it is loose and very springy in comparison to 3p's and IOVP. I am guessing it spends a very short time under pressure and is merely quickly in and out of the press to create a plug form but not really a job well done. It also could benefit from less casing, it was sticky and wet out of the pouch and frankly unsmokable, I tried and failed. I then sliced small flakes off and waited 24 hours before they were ready to smoke. This plug starts off unremarkable but the flavour, like the nicotine, builds quickly. It has some decent Virginia in it and a small spicy note on nasal exhale could be an indicator of Perique but could be a couple of other things as well, the whole profile is interesting without being too complex but the balance isn't quite spot on. This plug is good. I'd buy it again but I can't help notice the difference in quality in not only the Virginia but also the care taken in the production in comparison to IoVP. Kohlhase und Kopp have said that IoVP won't be made anymore due to poor sales so I'm wondering how this lesser and seemingly rushed product commissioned by DTM will survive. I'd choose IoVP over salty dogs any day of the week.

As I said, a good tasty tobacco but unfortunately could be a lot better if they didn't cut corners. 82/100
Pipe Used: Pot meer, Falcon, Design Berlin
PurchasedFrom: Timms Hamburg.
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 08, 2021 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The packaging does not do justice to either the quality or the price of this tobacco, although that is not the most important thing for me. The pouch is presented as a homemade print with a rudimentary drawing on a white background that evokes piracy. After overcoming the successive layers of plastic, the hardest and most compact block of tobacco I have seen so far appears. Its appearance, with a very dark color and its cold smell, is very reminiscent of a piece of chocolate bar. The preparation to take it to the pipe may require a knife to cut it, but flake-shaped strips can also be peeled off (although with irregular shapes), pinching the corners of the plug and then removing them little by little or cutting it into small pieces . Tobacco comes with a slightly high degree of humidity, so keeping the pipe burning requires several re-ignitions.

When lighting the tobacco it produces a very fresh smoke. The perique is fruity and smooth but makes its presence felt, with the typical nuances of raisins, plums, stewed fruits ... The virginia component is felt more towards the end. The rum coverage is barely noticeable. The intensity of the flavor in general is also mild, although it gains from the second third with some very tasty puffs, but almost always staying on the smooth and refined side. It is convenient to smoke it slowly so that the flavor is not lost, taking in with small puffs and paying attention to the smoke, without doing something at the same time that distracts us too much. It does not sting the tongue at all.

In short, it is a rich tobacco with different flavor profiles to what I knew until now, which invites you to repeat another pipe during the same day, since it does not saturate the palate nor is it very satiating. Although I am the type of smoker who likes more pronounced flavors, as I smoked it I liked it more, in such a way that the plug disappeared after a week. I would recommend trying it, although then it will depend on the tastes of each one whether to repeat it or not, but it is very likely that it will not leave you indifferent. I give it a 3.5 rounded to 4 stars.
Age When Smoked: Less than a year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 14, 2020 Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Unnoticeable
I have always liked plugs, the look and feel of holding a solid brick of tobacco. This is a true plug in the style of Peterson’s 3 P’s. Maybe not as hard but pretty close. Albeit, I do not smoke plugs very often. No particular reason as to why, maybe lazy. A friend of mine at the pipe club gave me a ring (text nowadays) and asked if I was going to attend and he would bring in the Salty Dogs plug. Let’s see, pull weeds at home or attend the meeting. Easy decision. He cut me a generous portion across the grain and I saved this for when I got home. I was a little bit smoked out from the club but had to try it. The plug has a faint sweet smell to it, as to whether it is the rum, hard to tell. The plug was actually slightly moist. I took a small section broke it apart. The leaves immediately expanded. I loaded my Peterson Dublin Tankard with some and started to light this puppy up. I chose a small bowl pipe for this exercise. I will not lie I had to relight quite a bit but this was due to the concentrated leaves in my bowl. This is a slow smoking excursion with I would say the rum in the background. A real medium to full flavored smoke that lasted at least an hour with my leisurely pace of not being able to sit for very long. Goes good with my afternoon coffee. Day two, I took what was really a bowl and a half and crammed it into my Tankard and had another hour plus smoke with this tobacco. This is a straightforward blend, consistent taste, not a lot of play with different flavors but is what expected. A good solid Virginia and Perique smoke. Since I am fond of plugs it already gets an extra star. I find it slightly amusing that this plug comes in a pouch. If I did not have such a hoard, I would definitely buy some. Thanks again for the generous sample.
Pipe Used: Peterson Dublin Tankard
PurchasedFrom: Gift
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 24, 2018 Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
An Excellent Virginia-Perique Plug. Very rich and sweet flavour. Packs and lights very easy if you cut him to cubes. One of the best VA-Periques i had so far. Highly Recommended.
Pipe Used: Briar
PurchasedFrom: DTM Dan Tobacco
Age When Smoked: fresh from the pouch
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 15, 2014 Medium Medium Very Full Tolerable
If you like Mick Mcquaid Plug this tobacco is for you. It is more fruity taste. But taste is great. It is very wet from the pouch but you can cut it very easy. If you like aromatic plugs give it the try.
PurchasedFrom: dan pipe
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 20, 2018 Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable
A block of tobacco courtesy of Good ol' Dan Tobacco.

Once the novelty of slicing chunks or strips from the block has faded I have to admit this was disappointing.

It has no taste or smell no matter which way it is cut, sliced, ripped or rubbed out. It's supposed to be virginia and perique. I am certainly none the wiser for knowing this.

It keeps its moisture, even when broken up, but this only adds to the frustration when trying to smoke this. A block of a thousand relights.

Perhaps it's my relative inexperience of plug tobaccos but this really has very little to commend it, and I certainly shan't be buying this again.
Pipe Used: All of them briars and meerschaum
PurchasedFrom: DanPipe, Germany.
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 19, 2022 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Tin note is musty sweet Virginia. I did not smell the perique in the bag. As a plug this needs to be shaved (small cube cut is best) I just put the very small cubes in the bowl . It helps to let it sit for a while as its very moist when fresh from the package. From first light this is a really great blend. Highly recommended if you like Vaper's. The rum is barely noticeable at the start but becomes more evident as you progress through the bowl. The Virginias are a bit sweet, but not overly so and the perique is there but just. Its a very nice balanced blend with lots of flavors going on. I use small to medium sized pipes . With slow sipping it lasted a full hour. with only a few relights. One trick to get the most flavor from this is to light you bowl smoke it for 5 minutes as it burns very slow and put the pipe down for at least 30 minutes or more. You will be rewarded with much more flavor after a waiting period. I have let my pipe sit overnight and the flavors were much more prominent . The nic hit gets a bit stronger as you progress through the bowl, but this blend doesn't bite. Very smooth smoke with the spicy perique siting just behind the Virginia's. The aftertaste is quite nice as well.
Pipe Used: many briars and cobs
PurchasedFrom: watch city cigars
Age When Smoked: gift not sure but aged a bit
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 05, 2021 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Unnoticeable
Dan tobacco Salty Dogs - Dark fruit is what I get the most of .A little citrus , hay and bread . It has a malty molasses fruity sweetness. The spices build up going down the bowl as does the nicotine . About a medium nic hit . It has a good dose of Perique, any more and it would be too much for me .The rum is very light and adds to the fruity spicy flavor. The Vaper lovers should enjoy this . 3 1/2
Age When Smoked: 6 months in jar
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