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Notes: An all Virginia tobacco. It has a complex 3 layers of flavors: an earthy plummy molasses layer, followed by a scotch/drambuie note, and finished with a light botanical topping.

BrandD & R Tobacco
Blended ByMark Ryan
Manufactured ByD & R Tobacco
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Molasses, Other / Misc
CutRibbon
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Medium
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Very Pleasant, Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
2.8
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2458)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The Virginia is grassy, hay-like, and citrusy sweet with a slight honey note, and stands out beyond what else you will taste. All the toppings have a mild strength, with the mild molasses being more noticeable than the others. The Scotch/Drambuie is lightly, sweetly evident, and I don’t know what the “light botanical topping” is, but the slight floral essence from it plays well with the other flavors as does every other one I previously noted. They do tone down the Virginia a little. The strength and taste levels are medium. Has a mild to medium nic-hit. Won't bite. Burns a little fast, but cool with a consistent flavor, virtually no moisture left in the bowl, and a pleasing after taste. Needs few relights. A nice all day work and play smoke.

-JimInks

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1903)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

D & R Tobacco - Athey.

When I opened mine I imminently noticed a difference in comparison to a lot of the D & R's I've had. It wasn't completely parched of moisture; sure, a little dry, but not crispy! I see a few coarser ribbons, as well as mid-size ones. The nose is a little floral, and slightly sweet.

The flavour? Quite nice. The floral note pairs well with the camphoraceous, fragrant, Drambuie. However, any alacrity from these gets smoothed out by the sugary molasses addition. The Virginias are mild, sweet, and not too sharp; a 'laid back' characteristic. Not too bad, eh? The taste of the smoke isn't particularly poor, but the physical attributes let it down: it burns fast, hot, and gives my tongue more than just a peck!

Nicotine: a touch more than mild. Room-note: not terrible.

Athey? Hmmmm, sadly this isn't one for my cellar. Somewhat recommended:

Two stars.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 12/13/18

Purchased From: Tobaccopipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (115)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

Botanical indeed, might be even floral. I have the highest respect for Mark for the quality leaf he uses and the natural approach for his blends. Just to say this will not be something i would buy more of, but the flavoring is complex and odd to say the least. The virginia is of high quality however, unless dried up some to where you get rid of some of that casing/topping you will have hard time tasting the virginia. It burns cool and priced just right, but the taste is love it or hate it indeed. Very minty if smoked fresh, may be something to indulge in when you have congested sinuses. Al janabi

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Sutliff Tobacco Company - Frosty Mint 2008 (Sutliff Private Stock), Samuel Gawith - Grousemoor.

3 people found this review helpful.

Yellowfan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Yellowfan (6)
★★★★
Mild Medium Full Very Pleasant

Athey is a one of a kind blend! An all Virginia blend with an almost menthol effect from the honey and liquor (scotch/Drambuie). I've heard that there are multiple flavors from a complex series of casings/toppings/infusing, including aging in scotch barrels. The tobacco comes drier than most which means you get more per volume and you can add moisture as needed. You could call this a dual-purpose tobacco for pipes for cigarettes, but the stigma of the dreaded "cigarette" would not do this tobacco justice. Smoke it slow and it'll treat you right!

If you want an incredibly flavorful tobacco with an interesting cooling effect, then Athey is a must try. This is a big recommendation since I primarily smoke non-aromatic Latakia/Perique blends.

Pipe Used: Any

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Indian River Tobacco Traders

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1 person found this review helpful.