Smoker's Pride Rich Taste

Rich Taste is a smooth blend of flue cured and air cured tobaccos, with real tobacco taste but a gentle enough flavor to smoke all day. It also makes a very good blending tobacco.


Brand Smoker's Pride
Blended By Lane Limited
Manufactured By Lane Limited
Blend Type Virginia/Burley
Contents Burley, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 12 ounce bag
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.15 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 11, 2015 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
This is one of those things you see at the Low Bob's. I have tried many of these bargain blends in my pipe, and I keep them in the office for the homeless who know I smoke and wonder if I might be able to let them "have a little 'baccy." This one is easily the best of the bulks at the RYO shops I have found for the pipe. It is a very smokeable basic burley blend if you are on a budget.

This is not complex or multidimensional. It comes as a long narrow ribbon and slightly more dry than you might expect in a pipe tobacco. Smoked, it is a slightly sweet, slightly sour burley with a little nuttiness. It is consistent in flavor, and I smoke it straight out of the bag with no additional hydration. I pack it a little tight. It burns well and is an easy smoke. It stays lit and does not require much attention. It can be found for $7.95 a pound online.

If I were on a fixed income, this would probably be my goto smoke. This is a good smoke at a great price - recommended. This is a 3.5 on the scale in that I will buy/smoke it by the pound.

Edit 8/14/15 Changing room note to "pleasant." My daughter walked in the den and said "Hey Dad, what is that you are smoking? It smells great!"
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Oct 02, 2015 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
A very straight forward, mostly burley product. It's a little nutty, earthy and toasty with a light woodiness. The Virginia is far in the background as a minor player; grassy with a bare citrus hit. There's not that much sweetness present, though I get the slightest cocoa note along a natural burley sweetness. A sour hit pops up here and there. I smoked it dry as that's how it is in the bag, but with a little hydration, it's a smoother, cooler smoke that reveals more of the flavors that I have mentioned in this review, so I recommend adding a little moisture for best effect. Hydrated, it burns at a reasonable rate with no dullness and a consistent taste, and leaves no wetness in the bowl. Dry, it may sport a slight harshness if you puff like a marathon finalist. Dry or moist, it requires few relights. Won't bite. Low nic-hit. It is a very one dimensional no-frills burley-forward product that some may find boring, but it does well as an all day work and play smoke that you don't have to think about a lot when you're producing clouds of smoke. Normally, I would rate this at two stars as rated against other manufactures in this genre, but there's a lot of good to be said for this kind of inexpensive blend that gives just what it's designed to, so it gets three stars.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 12, 2014 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
For the price, this is a no-nonsense, working man's burley. It packs well, burns a little fast but it's a cool smoke. It has a stout tobacco taste with a hint of sour-sweetness. Pick one up if you like the simplicity of a straight forward OTC Burley blend.
Pipe Used: MM County Gentleman, MM Hardwood
Age When Smoked: Fresh pouch
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Dec 14, 2016 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
Ribbon cut, and quite dry. reminds me of D&R presentation, similar cut to Picayune, stokkebye's Proper English, and the Russ O. MM country gentleman tobacco. Not a shag but, but a thin ribbon. smells very nice out of the bag, can tell it's VA and Burley, but it's on the sweeter side. Not like a C&D burley, although this is not topped or sweetened I don't think. I re-hydrated it slightly and packed a cob, and was surprised by the delightful smoke. For a tobacco that can be had for 10 dollars a pound, this is a real gem. It's a similar flavor profile to most OTC burleys, but better I think. No propylene glycol and all that junk, and the burn is spectacular, almost no relights with gentle puffing. The VA is a bright variety I think, and the sweetness comes through pretty well to balance out the burley. During my smoke, I was also reminded somewhat of C&D three friars minus the small amount of perique, which is a good thing to me.

Give this stuff a shot if the descriptions sounds tasty, it's good stuff that beats things like PA, CH, and the like, and is almost on par with my favored C&D blends.

Pipe Used: cobs, briars
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 25, 2017 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
Rich Taste has taken over my favorite OTC tub blends, even my beloved Granger. I had been getting tired of the topping used on OTCs especially the anise/licorce type.

Tired of paying shipping cost i looked for something local. I decided to read some reviews on the inexpensive bagged tobacco thinking they could not all be bad. I ran across this blend on here a few months ago and thought i would give it a try. I'm glad i did!

I find SPRT better than most the Peter Stokkebye and C&D burleys blends i have smoked as well ( but not all by any means). Its a wonderful burley forward blend with just the right, slight amount of Va. Its just what i have been looking for in a daily burley forward blend. A simple but great earthy,nutty burley taste with right amount of sweetness. It needs to be hydrated to really make it shine.

It is a wonderful blending burley as well. Throw about anything you like in it and it makes a great smoke. My favorite way is to throw in some maduro leaf , dark fired Kentucky and hydrate it . Stuff it into a couple of old OTC tubs i have laying around and let it sit for a few days to a couple of weeks then smoke the daylights out of it. I can smoke bowl after bowl and not get tired of it.

Lane really did a great job on this tobacco. No flavoring to get tired of or PG and or bite to endure. Just simple tobacco goodness. Its easily a 3 star blend for me but the price ( 10 bucks a pound ) and availability cranks it up to a 4 star for me. I don't think you can find a better burley/Va. blend for the price anywhere.

If you like only complex blends than i would not waste my time , but if you want plain but simple good burley thats inexpensive and easily found then i think you could do a hell of a lot worse,
Pipe Used: Kaywoodie,Yello Bole,Savinelli,cob
PurchasedFrom: Local discount tobacco store
Age When Smoked: Hydrate, let age for a couple of weeks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 09, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
Not much to add to fr_tom's review. This is decent Burley leaf and a PDG VaBer, better than PA (which burns my tongue) and SWR, both. I prefer it to Carter Hall, also, a similar blend. However, this is not straight Burley but also contains Virginia leaf. Yet the Burley is dominant, the VA just adding a bit of natural sweetness. Not complicated but a decent smoke with little frissons of VA sweetness and not bitter at the end like many Burleys. It may need a bit of hydration out of the bag.

You can smoke this straight and I have, many times. This is a non-aromatic and seems to have no top dressing, so that It also is a first-rate blender. I have used it roughly 50% to:

1) Tone down Five Brothers and Manil's Semois.

2) Make Borkum Riff and similar tobaccos (given to me, I promise) smokeable. You can even smoke Mixture No. 79 mixed down with RT.

3) Add some Burley backbone tobacco flavor depth to a blend (1-Q).

So, I tend to use RT up, blending. It is a bit blander than high-end Burley or VaBur blends costing twice or more as much, but for the price it's really hard to beat. The combination of taste, quality and value makes RT a 4-star blend, easily.

I wish Smoker's Pride would add some Oriental blends--bet they would be decent.
Pipe Used: Cob, briars
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 30, 2016 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
My dad smokes this as his RYO in one of those pull / push type cig rollers and the quality is light years above the mass produced cigs by the major tobacco companies since it doesn't contain all those nasty chemicals that assist the burn.. Well he was rolling today in the living room and i keep a Missouri Meerschaum Hardwood County Gentleman on the table just in case i forget my pipe. I loaded her up with SPR slightly tight as it was kinda dry and lit her up. A Prince Albert type smoke (with a minuscule amount of VA, Burley forward with hints of Virginia and that's it, nice enough nic hit and actually quite tasty! Toasty Burley flavor kinda like a Lucky Strike or Daughters and Ryan Two Timer. He pays $10 a pound so it's an amazing value and is one of a handful RYO tobacco's that can truly be used in a pipe without tasting like crap to put it mildly.
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Oct 05, 2015 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Strong
I bought this to give to a pipesmoking friend who wanted to try it. As this has been touted in the smokers group I belong to, I thought I'd give it a spin for myself. Now I'm not exactly a fan of budget bagged blends but it was straight burley and I thought that it just might be a nice inexpensive alternative that could be picked up just about anywhere. I mean, how far wrong can you go with a straight burley? This one answers that question.

I smoked 3 bowls of this... at pouch moisture (this was the pouched version), dried out and hydrated. The first two methods produced an extremely sour flavor that hit my tongue like something that has no business on a tongue... a sort of turpentine-like essence. I packed it a little more snug than usual due to its cut. Hydrated worked the best because it diffused that sour flavor, and the blend just became dull. There was a very slight hint of nuttiness that came out in the snork when dried or at pouch moisture but it was thin and wimpy. The abiding flavor was that sour, objectionable household solvent essence. This is a cheap tobacco and tasted so. Nicotine level was low as well, and this could have made a nice "light" cigarette for inhalers. Typically, the few blends that I rate with a single star are blends that are simply boring. This one, however, joins Paladin Black Cherry and a host of Sutliff blends that actually taste too awful for me to smoke, even in a pinch. Taste buds differ, of course, so try it if it interests you. Some folks like it. Whatever they get from it eluded me entirely, and that's kind of regrettable for me. I smoked it in meerschaum pipes, and perhaps a cob might be more suitable for those that want to give this one a spin.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 11, 2017 Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant
I approached this tobacco with a lot of hesitancy. I mean, it's a bag of tobacco, right? It's a dollar per ounce, or less. Just how good could it be? Well, as it turns out....pretty darned good.

For the record, I'm an aro smoker most of my life, but only recently began getting a craving for more tobacco taste to go with my aromatics, especially in the morning. CH was good, but I still wasn't quite satisfied, especially with the tub, which I found to be overly bitter. So, in my last P&C order, I had them toss in a .65oz trial sample of SPR, and I think STG has hit nearly a home run here. Maybe not quite as much cocoa room note as CH, but less bitterness, too. Pouch note was similar, and room note was very pleasing. It had the right dryness out of the pouch, but not crunchy-dry, like the CH. Lit well, stayed lit, and smoked to a nice gray ash. Am definitely satisfied, and I will order more to satisfy my tobacco taste craving, as I mix it with some of my aromatics. Most definitely a 3.5 star smoke by itself.

What made it 4.0 stars for me, was my craving for just a bit more cocoa aroma. I mixed 10-20 percent SPR with about 80-90 percent Sutliff Chocolate Mousse, and got a wonderful, rich, but not overpowering cocoa, with a nice tobacco taste underneath, and with around 90 percent of the burley bitterness banished. Definitely a keeper wth morning coffee. Highly recommended.

EDIT: 9/16/2017 Changing my rating to 4-stars. The key to this blend is the same as Carter Hall (and probably others), and that is very, very slow smoking...sipping. The sweet nutty-chocolate flavor comes through. Maybe the room note is not quite as full as CH, but at less than a dollar an ounce, this is a major keeper. I have just ordered a full bag to have on hand.

EDIT: 11/2/2017 I jar'd this 6-oz bag of SPRT immediately upon receipt, and went back to sample it today. My review remains the same. This may not be up there with CH, SWR, LRR, or the Sutliff Match RR in deepness of flavor. However, that subtle cocoa still comes through, and this still remains an all-day smoke. No bite, smokes cool, just sort of mindless smoke...but definitely not ground up sneakers, either. And, at the price point it comes at, this is still 4-stars and very recommended for the budget conscious.
Pipe Used: Cob
PurchasedFrom: P&C
Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch
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Jan 24, 2017 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
Ok I'm going to let my redneck, hillbilly side show. I love this stuff! From the first bowl. It is nothing more than a Virginia, burley blend that goes in a pipe really well or a RYO tobacco. There are no flavorings, top dressings or PG to obstruct the flavors of the tobacco. When I got the first bowl lit it took a minute but when the flavor hit my tongue I couldn't believe it. I bought 2 pounds of this for less than $20. It is what people smoked generations ago. It does burn a little hot due to the Virginias in it. I've learned to take it a little slower than with most tobaccos. As you can tell I love the flavor of this tobacco. It comes a little dry but if you add moisture it should calm down and be incredible. Buy a small pouch first and see if you like it before you go whole hog as I did. This is a basic tobacco for those not into English blends or aromatics. All you get is 100% pure burley and Virginia to sit back and enjoy without having to pay and arm and a leg.
Pipe Used: Hardwood
PurchasedFrom: General Tobacco
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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