D & R Tobacco English Hoopla

English Hoopla is a Daughters & Ryan English/aromatic crossover blend where the aromatic elements, anisette and vanilla, play a small role. The main show is the blend itself, a mixture of Latakia, Oriental, and Virginia that is smoky, woody, and grassy — in that order.
Notes: This full English blend was Mark Ryan's entry in the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show blending competition. Ryan described the contents as " ...heavy latakia, oriental and virginia tobaccos. Topped with anisette and light vanilla flavors."


Brand D & R Tobacco
Blended By Mark Ryan
Manufactured By D & R Tobacco
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Flavoring Anisette, Vanilla
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging 50g Tin, Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.14 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 31, 2019 Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable
D & R Tobacco - English Hoopla.

Not as dry as some of the D & R blends I've had before. The ribbons are coarse, but not too coarse, and it appears to include about a fair amount of each leaf. The aroma from the tin is quite sharp.

I find 'Hoopla bizarre. On one side the tobaccos taste nice; rich Latakia, dry Orientals, and a spot of freshness from the Virginia. There's no doubt in my mind the tobaccos have been blended well. But sadly, on the other side sits the toppings; these spoil it, for me. The anisette outweighs the vanilla, easily, tasting strident, asperous, and bitter; although not 'strongly' flavoured, there's enough to envenom my palate! It burns well enough, fairly cool, even, without any bite.

Nicotine: just below medium. Room-note: not good.

English Hoopla? If it weren't for the toppings I'd recommend it, but considering these I feel it warrants just two stars:

Somewhat recommended.
Pipe Used: Peterson Kinsale XL11
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: 1 year
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