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
Sep 30, 2018 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
This is for roughcut seamen with ungroomed beards who enjoy strongish unflavoured tobacco. As far from fancy as it gets.

Being a heavy seabanger with fullbeard I had great expectations, that unfortunately were not fulfilled. I get very little out of this one.

Not sweet at all to my mind. Nor sour nor anything but a decent nic dose. Some notes of plum during the first third, mid bowl was plain tobacco, and some plum again in the end. Dull and linear VA I'd say, maybe a hint of that perique is somewhere there with good will.. Yet creamy, not harsh at all, smoke. All other qualities but the taste are good.

Burns effortlessly and slow, I cut thin slices from short end of the block with a knife and gave it a little rub. I always smoke outdoors so would't know abaut a roomnote, but nothing much to complement there either.

Not bad, but not my cup of tea. Recommended for pluggers and oldtimers I guess.

Pipe Used: Vauen Sören with filter
Age When Smoked: Fresh, from a two year old pouch
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 14, 2018 Medium Medium Medium Pleasant
I had high expectations for this one. I love vapers and with a light rum flavoring i though that this would be heaven...unfortunately i was wrong. I cant get any satisfaction out of this blend. The taste and flavor are nonexistent and it needs a few relights because of the moisture. The only good thing about this tobacco is that it has a pleasant aroma and it burns cool and slow. But, I would not buy it again.
Update/recommendation: Here is what I did and I suggest that you do this too. I cut the tobacco, rub it and put it in a tin ( instead of mason jar), so it has a chance to dry thoroughly. This is one blend that benefits greatly from aging and drying. The smokeability is just greater this way. One star first, two to three after.
Pipe Used: Briar
Age When Smoked: Fresh, aged for 5 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 16, 2021 Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable
I will start with a caveat to my review, and that is that I hate plugs. Thus the only plugs I have in my cellar are plugs such as this one, where there is no sliced or RR version, leaving no option but the plug. For this, I automatically deduct a star.

With that said, I was further underwhelmed by this blend. It is a dark plug with the dark virginias likely stoved. The result is a deep earthy virginia with a touch of both perique and rum. the latter two ingredients were lightly applied with Perique being slightly more apparent than the topping.

For me, this could have used some bright VA, but this is probably more a personal thing. Still Salty Dogs is a pretty good smoke and I remember quite a few tasty moments while smoking through my first pouch of this. I have another pouch that I will taste at a later date to get a handle on how this ages.

So it is good, not great IMO; it only comes in plug; and it is very expensive. It is a tough one to rate as I would put it at three stars, but I would eschew an offer to smoke this if the alternative was escudo, which is available at a fraction of the cost of SD. It is for this reason (I'm cheap. lol) that this only gets two stars for me. I mean, If you are going to charge me this much money, would it kill you to slice it into flakes?
Age When Smoked: 4 years 7 Months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 05, 2023 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
Most of the time if there are 40 or more reviews on TobaccoReviews.com, I can trust the averages. Not in this case. Salty Dogs from Dan Tobacco is a so-so VaPer with mild rum casing which I don’t taste.

I do get an almost fermented taste which is off-putting. The overall strength is medium to strong and this is where the nicotine level is as well.

It comes in a very tight pressed brownie. Takes some work with a sharp knife to slice it up. Their mythology suggests seamen on a sailing craft. Sure. And it originally came out in 2014. Maybe marketing guys on a sailboat.

If you like strong tobacco this may be your thing. The Perique is in the background. The Virginias are not terribly sweet. Burns fairly cool. For my tastes there is nothing here to recommend.

2 out of 4 stars. There are way better VaPers on the market today.
Pipe Used: Dunhill
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 03, 2022 Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Curious perique blend. The plug is fun to cut with a sharp knife. The aroma of rum is very characteristic and it persists in the smoke, which I am not a fan of. Certainly not my go-to VaPer, but a pleasant addition to the roster. 2 and a half.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 11, 2022 Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
I hate plugs, man. For me, pipe smoking is about relaxing, not about cutting, rubbing, drying etc etc. Even if this isn’t the worst plugs, it’s still giving me some headaches. Indeed, it’s easy to cut slices if you have a good knife, but good luck rubbing this one! If I knew, I would’ve bought myself a grinder and used it for this. And it’s important, because this is a very bad burner as well. So my best advice is to dry it!

But anyway. Smells quite nice, it’s sweet with some citrus, dried fruit and plum, but no rum.

Taste is interesting. Sugary sweet, lemony, dried fruit, dry prunes, plum, fig, slightly tangy, slightly spicy. There is a mild topping, which reminds me of that in Mac Baren’s Plumcake, but neither of them taste like rum.

The sweetness tones down by the middle of the bowl, being replaced by hay and grassy notes, but the citrusy and dried fruit taste still remains, and so does the spice. It’s a gentle spice just where you need it.

I would compare it with Dunhill’s De Luxe Navy Rolls, only that this has more spice and is darker, deeper and bolder. The rum topping that I detected is comparable with that in Mac Baren’s Plumcake. But I also get some reminder of Peterson 3P’s and Peterson University Flake. I even thought if this has any burley in it, first of all because of the color of the tobacco, second of all the strength and then the taste. No, I don’t get a nutty and cocoa taste but it’s very similar with Peterson’s 3P’s in some aspects. It also makes my throat feel weird, like a heavy burley blend usually does.

However, there are just few similarities with these blends, they don’t taste the same. Salty Dogs has it’s own trademark.

Again, I must say that this is a tobacco that will give you some trouble. It burns slow and goes off easily, asking for many relights. And since it burns too slow, I tend to puff more and thus get the pipe hot. I did dry it a lot and rubbed it very very well, but it still has a bad burn. Like I said, I like a tobacco that doesn’t give me so much difficulty in smoking it, I want to pack the pipe and smoke it with easy, helping me to relax.

Good amount of strength and vitamin N. Room note is pleasant.

Other than that, it’s ok. Nothing extraordinary.

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