Paul Olsen 3 Nuns (My Own Blend)

This is the "My Own Blend" version of the legendary Bell Tobacco "Three Nuns," trying to be the original VaPer version, according to the description from several Danish tobacco dealers. It should be an exact copy made from the original recipe.


Brand Paul Olsen
Blended By Paul Olsen
Manufactured By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Cut Curly Cut
Packaging 100 grams tin
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.40 / 4





Please login to post a review.
Displaying 1 - 5 of 5 Reviews
Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 07, 2015 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Despite the description, this company does not use the original VaPer Three Nuns recipe. If they did, it would be a closer match, whereas I find it to be more like a mildly sweeter Peter Heinrichs Curly Special. The red and lighter Virginias are tangy dried fruit sweet with a little citrus. Less tangy than VaPer Three Nuns. No grass notes, but there is a minor earthiness. There's a very light honey note that likely comes from the brighter Virginia, but it is possible that it comes from an extremely mild topping. That's hard to determine, though I fall toward the idea that a topping is present. The honey note was not in Three Nuns. There are some brown strands that appear to be Malawi, offering a lightly sweet nuttiness, though I'm not certain that was what is used here. The perique is more raisins and figs than spice, as the latter note is not nearly as potent as it was in the old VaPer Three Nuns. It's more along the level found in Heinrichs Curly. The nic-hit is mild. Well blended, you will notice every nuance in every puff with no weakening of any inherent flavors. The cut is curly and ribbon, and packs very easily. Burns at a moderate rate; cool, clean, smooth and even with virtually no moisture in the bowl. Has a very pleasant after taste. The room note is pleasant, too. Milder than VaPer Three Nuns in every way, this is an all day smoke that wears well during the repeats.

7 people found this review helpful.
Please login to upvote this review.
Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 17, 2015 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant
The Tin is the very well known "My Own Blend" tin . 100 Gram at a prize at 25.14 Eu, and 18.09 British pounds. And 188 kr in Denmark. At opening a spicy aroma of plum and nuts reach your nose, and something deep dark , hard to descripe but very pleasant at the same time. Its the long missed Perique with its black colours melted with Virginia in a blend of Curly Cuts and a mixture. In the current Bells Three Nuns ,the number of Curly Cuts or Cat eyes seems to be in greater numbers ,and in this Tin it seems more like a Mixture Tobacco with a small amount of Cateyes , some in pure Virginia and some with the caracteristic black spot in the middle. The aroma that meets your nose is very good, allmost inviting you to fill you pipe and lit it again and again . This is the "My Own Blend" version of the legendary Bell Tobacco "Three Nuns", trying to be the original Va-per version, according to the description from several danish tobacco dealers. It should be a exact copy made from the original recipe . And what do you get for your money ? It is so many years since I have smoked the original Three Nuns , so I had some memory problems regarding what to expect. I had at this moment ,smoked the new Three Nuns for some time. And I like the Virginia/Kentucky despite the peppery feeling in my mouth and on my lips. So I lit this copy of the old recipe in my "Stanwell" pipe and what a surprise to my mouth and nose. No peppery Kentucky , just a very pleasent mild taste of good tobacco. Sweetness and a very very friendly taste wich made me , for the very first time in my pipe smoking life, a new "falling in love" with a tobacco. And in the middle of the bowl , the Perique was showing its face in full . Lots of Nicotine , wich make this Great tobacco to a "Later on the Day smoke. Dont smoke it as your morning pipe unless you prefere to feel a little morning dizziness. Wait to later on the day...and then its a very good all day tobacco. Its my new Tobacco Mistress ,thats for sure. Three Nuns from Bells in the Virginia/Kentucky version is a great smoke....But this "My Own Blend" version from the original recipe ,makes an overwhelming impression. No toungue bite , cool smoke, and only a little after taste in the mouth. And a room note that smell like good sweet tobacco.Try it out its a Great version of Three Nuns and a impressive copy of the good old long missed Virginia/Perique Tobacco
Pipe Used: Stanwell Hc Andersen
PurchasedFrom: The Danish Pipe Shop
Age When Smoked: New
4 people found this review helpful.
Please login to upvote this review.
Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 21, 2015 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The pouch note is sweet and smells a little of dried fruit. There are long narrow ribbons with a few bits of mostly rubbed out Virginia flake. I had one coin of what looked like yellow Virginia in the sample.

Smoked the experience is like Three Friars with some red Virginia instead of burley. It is sweeter, and there are a few honey and fruit notes. The perique is perhaps a slightly milder touch than Three Friars, and it may add to the fruit. It does not present as spicy. I think the honey is a very mild topping. It burned cool and was an easy smoke with a consistent flavor to the bottom of the bowl.

This was a good smoke and it is easy to recommend. It is not easily purchased from the US, but if you get the chance, give it a try.
2 people found this review helpful.
Please login to upvote this review.
Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 09, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
I was sent a small sample of this in a blind taste test. I was told it was a match of a famous blend. Upon opening I noticed the blend contained some curlies and some ribbon that was mostly light colored with some dark leaf here and there. I immediately thought three nuns when I seen the coins, but dismissed it when I tasted it.

I found it to be mostly of a sweet Virginia taste with some earthiness that I had assumed to be burley. I did not sense much of what I would perceive as a perique presence. I had assumed that this was a match of a Mac Baren Rollcake although I couldn't pinpoint which. I was surprised when it was revealed that this was intended to match the famous Bell's three nuns.

My only experience with Bell's three nuns is a sample from the 90's that a forum friend gave me. It was heavenly. Of course, it had 20 years age on it so to compare anything to that would be apples to oranges. Needless to say it was nothing like that. Having never had the Bell's three nuns fresh, I can't comment on how close it would come to matching that.

All that aside and basing this blend on its own merits, I rather liked it. It was a great smoke. Nice and naturally sweet with no bite. This is my second blend from Paul Olsen and I have liked both. It is a shame we can't get these in the states. But I do recommend this to all who can get it.
2 people found this review helpful.
Please login to upvote this review.
Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 08, 2016 Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
Paul Olsen - My Own Blend, 3 Nuns.

I can't pass comment on any comparisons to the original having never had it but this would be the ultimate blend for a one word review: "Perfect". However, I'll do a bit more!

Like a dummy, I'd forgot this was curly cut, I was thinking of the Bells pouch version which is ready rubbed. So, when I opened it up I was over the moon; I love curly cut tobacco. Although it's listed as curly cut, the can doesn't only contain coins, about 25-30% of the blend is made up of ribbons. I always rub any coins of tobacco but I notice that's not necessary with this; if I just sort of scrunch the coins firmly and stuff them in they light and smoke brilliantly.

On to the flavour: this is delicious! It has a noticeable Perique taste there, it's different to some VaPer's though as there's only an infinitesimal amount of sharpness to it but lots of flavour. It has the usual suspects; figs and dates but it's not aggressive nor too spicy. The Virginia provides the foundations; it tastes as though it's a high end leaf that's been used but it doesn't steal the show.

This burns at a medium speed. That, of course, depends on how diligently the tobacco is rubbed! Mine was just a little finer than folded/stuffed.

I really enjoy My Own Blend 3 Nuns so I have to highly recommend it.

Four stars.
Pipe Used: Erik Nording Queen
PurchasedFrom: The Danish Pipe Shop
Age When Smoked: Three Months
1 person found this review helpful.
Please login to upvote this review.