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Translated from the German language: This pipe tobacco unicum was made of high quality Virginia grades and a breath [of] Perique. The characteristic form get the "round" block by a form in which the tobacco was put. For at least 6 weeks the mixture rests in the press, ferments gently after and reveals the multilayered taste nuances. After the aging period the broad rope [is] divided into blocks at 250 grams each. At smoking the connoisseur can expect wonderful, natur[al] sweet notes. Perique enriches the mixture by spicyness, strength, and discreet fruity flavours. The tobacco is of middle strength and full flavour.

Notes: According to the Heinrichs family this used to be made by Mac Baren, yet these days is produced by STG (Scandinavian Tobacco Group) and imported by K&K (Kohlhase & Kopp). It's currently sold under the Wessex brand name.

BrandWessex
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBurley, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRope
Packaging275 grams pouch, bulk
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2805)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias are very earthy, bready and woody with a fair amount and variety of sweet fermented flavors: brown sugar, tangy dried and ripe dark fruits, light tart and tangy citrus, some floralness and stewed dark fruit as well as a little grass.They are the lead components. The perique is spicy, raisiny, figgy, and plumy with date overtones as a secondary player. The fermentation process enhances the inherent properties of the tobaccos and creates a harmonious mostly smooth, well balanced, deeply rich sweet, floral, spicy flavor from the first puff to the last. The strength and nic-hit are medium. The taste level is a step past the medium mark. No chance of bite or harshness, though it does have a few light rough edges. No dull or weak spots. Curly Block reminds me very much of the Murray’s version of Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls, except that this is sweeter and just a little smoother, with a shade less perique, and slightly higher floral note. Both have a touch of licorice, prune and plum toppings, too. The block (not plug) of tobacco will take some time to slice and prepare to your personal specifications. It’s moist and some may want to dry it first, though I find it works fine as it is, providing it’s packed a little loosely in the bowl. Burns cool, clean and very slow, requires some relights, and leaves very little moisture in the bowl if packed with care, so I suggest a little patience for the full experience of what it has to offer. Though you may have to stir the bottom ten percent just a little if you don’t use a wide bowl, you can smoke it all up. The after taste will pleasantly linger as will the lightly stronger room note. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable.

Update 10-5-2020: As STG has changed the formula, I am posting a review of this version. The fermented Virginias provide a fair amount of tangy ripe dark fruit, a lot of earth, bread, and wood, mild sugar, some stewed dark fruit, mild tart and tangy citrus with some grass, a little floralness, spice, and very light acidity. They are the lead components. The very nutty, earthy, woody, lightly spicy and floral, moderately rugged, bold burley plays a strong support role, though its effect varies at times and virtually equals the Virginias at its peak. The perique is spicy, raisiny, figgy, and plumy with date overtones is a secondary player with a lesser effect than it had in the original production. Has a touch of licorice, prune and plum toppings, though they don’t sublimate the tobaccos. The strength and nic-hit are medium. The taste level is a step stronger. No chance of bite or harshness, and has few rough edges. The block will take some time to slice and prepare to your personal specifications. It’s moist and needs some dry time. Well balanced, it burns cool, clean and slow with a fairly consistent, deeply rich sweet, nutty, floral, spicy flavor that extends to the long lingering, pleasant after taste. The room note is a notch stronger. Requires some relights, and leaves very little moisture in the bowl if packed with care, and dried a mite. Unlike the previous manufacture, this can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.

-JimInks

46 people found this review helpful.

NobbyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NobbyR (79)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

In a way, this is how Escudo or Dunhill's DeLuxe Navy Rolls must look before cutting the tobacco into coins.

Made by Mac Baren, you'll get a beautiful 250 g solid block of pipe tobacco rope, deliciously effusing a sweetish scent of freshly cut grass or hay, brown bread and fruity notes of dried figs, raisins, dates or prunes with a certain acidity in the background. Moisture level is perfect and will bear up for quite a while. This tobacco also ages extremely well.

Preparing this one for smoking is a challenge! You'll either need a very sharp knife in order to cut two or three thin slices, depending on the size of your bowl, which you can rub out or fold and stuff or cross cut, each method giving you a slightly different smoking experience. Or you use a plug cutter, which nowadays is very hard to come by, or an electric bread cutter, which might infuriate your wife. However, both will make handling the curly block much easier, enabling you to create nice DIY curly flakes. (If you can get your hands on a vintage Danish RAADVAD bread slicer, it'll do the job just perfectly.)

It takes a thorough charrling light, tamping down and leveling out the ashes, and an equally thorough true light to get the tobacco burning evenly when using the fold and stuff method, which I personally prefer. After that it burns down evenly without much hassle.

Like any Va/Per, this tobacco needs to be enjoyed with leisure and care, because smoking it too hot might burn your tongue and it'll render the smoke indifferent. A re-light is better than that. However, smoked slowly and coolly it'll reward you with a complex taste offering a natural, grassy, tangy sweetness from the Virginias as well as distinct fruity notes and a spicy acidity from the Perique. Nicotine level is fairly high. It burns down leaving only a little moisture and some dark gray ash with a few little charred tobacco crumbles.

The room note is dominated by the rich and sweet natural tobacco scent of the Virginias.

I just love this tobacco. Any fan of Escudo or DLNR should try it.

Pipe Used: Vauen Cup 1

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Peter Heinrichs Store, Cologne

Similar Blends: Escudo, Dunhill DeLuxe Navy Rolls.

26 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (600)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I just recently finished my supply of this blend, that was a pretty healthy sample sent to me by a friend in Germany. This is a really good VaPer that compares quite favorably to Escudo, IMO. The Virginias are very sweet and the perique is light, but is detectable. I would be just as happy smoking this as I would either DDNR or Escudo, but it is so similar that It really isn't worth the effort to obtain IMO, as the others can be so easily obtained here.

In any case, it gets four stars, without a doubt, as would any VaPer that compares favorably to Escudo or DDNR.

Similar Blends: Escudo.

22 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a bit of a novelty for me as I've never seen a rope this big in diameter. It's like an oversized chub of sausage. The outer "skin" makes it look like a king sized slim jim. Pretty cool.

I used a ceramic knife to carve off a few narrow discs and let it dry a good while. It takes a few lights to get going, but burns very well after that. Wonderful flavors here. An array of dark fruit flavors with a fair amount of sweetness and spice. To my taste, I get roughly equal amounts of flavor from the Virginias and Perique. This is not my favorite VaPer, but it's close to the top. It's a first class smoke.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. No added flavorings.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

17 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (324)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Got a generous sample of this on my last visit at Peter Heinrichs shop in Bergheim. The rope is very thick (~4cm in diameter) and in dark-red and brown colors, with black leafs interlaced.

It has a wonderful, natural unburnt aroma of dried- and stoved-fruits, some spice and sweetness. After an hour of dryin it lit up very well and immediatly I got greeted by a classical, classy and stout Va/Per aroma. Lots of fine Virginia flavor, varying from stoved, dark fruits to grassy and hay-ish qualities are underscored by a decent Perique-Pepper and tangy spiciness, as well as the Periques signature fig, plum and raisin aroma. It reminds me quite a bit of Motzeks Hallo Twist and - to me - Curly Block is as close as you can get to the old "Motzek Strang", it's quite similar imho!

Curly Block is not overly sweet and rather boldly spicy with an opulent taste profile. A very full tasting experience that has some pleasant fermented qualities to it as well. Not too complex, but solid as rock in its qualities. The Perique is easily noticeable, but never in an overwhelming way, yet it can tickle your nostrils in retrohale by times. I like it a lot!

Edit: The new description mentions burley in the mix, which I don't taste as such (like, I don't get a nutty quality out of it), but which explains the rich, full-bodied taste and smoke this tobacco offers! Also they say there's only very little Perique, yet the rope itself has quite a bit of black tobacco leaves in it, which leads me to belive there might be some black cavendish (albeit if so, certainly unsugared I'd guess) involved as well. Anyhow, I revisited this tobacco today... it's wonderful! Spicy, sweet, natural, bold and yet so smooth.

Similar Blends: Motzek - Hallo Twist, Motzek - (Curly) Strang.

14 people found this review helpful.

PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (91)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

...Quite a good VAPER...manufactured by MacBaren for Peter Heinrichs and as stated in a prior review, " Curly Block reminds me very much of the Murray’s version of Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls, except that this is sweeter and just a little smoother, with a shade less Perique..." One of the real positives is that I can control the cut and packing...which for me, allows a much more enjoyable experience.

A solid performer and an all-day smoke for many...I've tried a variety of packing methods and prefer the "fold & stuff"...although almost any method works well. Taste varies with the size of the cut...thinner slices produce a more full flavor and taste and reduce the number of re-lights...

Highly recommended and is already one of my favorites!

Pipe Used: group 3-4 size

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Dunhill DNR, Escudo.

12 people found this review helpful.

Green Leaf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Green Leaf (15)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Curly Block is a hidden treasure I’m happy to have stumbled upon. This tobacco is the reason I say Virginia’s are my favorite blend type. The preparation of this tobacco is no easy task requiring a lot of extra work before smoking, but don’t let that scare you away because the reward far outweighs the cost. A good smoke to have at the end of a day or a lazy Sunday afternoon. However it should be noted that this is a stronger tobacco, if you’re an occasional smoker you most definitely will catch a nicotine buzz which can lead to nicotine sickness if not smoked with care.

8 people found this review helpful.

Pfeifenkopp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pfeifenkopp (25)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This tobacco comes is one beautiful long solid 250 grams block. When I talk to German pipe fellows, we always refer to this tobacco as “Die Wurst” which means the sausage, because this describes the look of the tobacco the best. Speaking of sausage, it needs self-control not to bite in this tobacco when you smell on it. It smells malty, a bit like fresh bread, spicy, sweet and like dark dried fruits.

Let’s get serious about this tobacco. This tobacco is easy to handle if you have a sharp knife. The ends of my sausage were very crooked, so I tried to cut the first coins uneven with the result that I had a flat end on my sausage. So, this coin got on one side very thick. I wasn’t even sure, whether this could be smoked without endless relighting. But once it was lit, it burned very well end evenly down. This was possible though I didn’t dry the tobacco.

The taste of this tobacco is wonderful. Tangy dark fruits, raisins and pepper are always present as well as a malty and earthy taste. Sometimes it reminds me of freshly baked bread. Often I can tastes grass and hay. Less often I found the tobacco sweet and citrusy.

The following pipes filled with this tobacco, I varied the thickness of the coins. I found that thinner coins taste less fruity, but more spicy. Since I really enjoyed the distinct taste of the dark fruits, I cut one thick curly flake for a big bowl from now on.

6 people found this review helpful.

truculentfrogs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
truculentfrogs (17)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I held off, thinking it was too strong. In fact, it is smoother than Special Curly for my palate. Perique is expertly formulated and does not make me sneeze or eyes water. Knife prep didn't work out for me and I unconventionally use scissors, shredding finer ribbons off the roll end, shag style. This cut results in a one light char and burns in a non fussy manner, averaging one relight at mid bowl and an occasional follow up light near the finish. I am getting a subtle note of apricot periodically, but that may be a Perique back note.

Pipe Used: Briar, Meer, Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh from bag.

Purchased From: SP

6 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (237)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Well isn't this a fun tobacco! Disclaimer: I am a sucker for plug and flake tobacco. I like to picture myself in the rigging of an old Navy vessel with a plug of my favorite tobacco that has to last me to the next port. Part of the experience. That said, I am still getting acquainted with this one and probably need more looks in different pipes to get to really unlock what is going on here, but I think I am ready for a review. Pouch note is very reminiscent of Parliment cigarettes to me for some reason. this is odd for several reasons: I never smoked cigarettes, Most of the people I know that do smoke Marlboro red or lights and finally it has been more than 30 years since I last took a whiff from my friends unsmoked pack of Parliments. Nice pouch note but nothing remarkable for me. Taste is interesting. I will probably sound like a loon, given the other reviews I have read on here but I don't find this to be anything at all like Escudo or Dunhill Navy Rolls. I would also say that the Burley is undeniably present in the taste from first lite to last puff. The first time I smoked this I immediately thought of Germain Brown Flake, a first class VaBur. This blend is earthy, dark, musty (in a good way), mildly peppery with very subtle hints of what might be described of stewed dark fruits. I find myself in an odd position, I cannot really tell which leaf is the premier flavor, the Burley or Virginia. I assume the flavors are coming from the dominant VA leaf, but it is tough for my pallet to discern. The Perique is almost unnoticeable, only the tingle on the retrohale insists on its presence. The peppery flavor is most likely coming from the LA leaf, but it is very lightly applied. I know this is marketed as a VaPer, but I respectfully disagree. At best it is a VaBurPer, at worst this is a really nice VaBur. This does require some significant dry time to get it to burn well. Another surprise to me was that unlike most VA and VaPer blends, this does not perform best in a Meerschaum (my preferred pipe for VA blends). I found it best in a briar or cob...briar is inching out the cob for me at the moment. Very pure, honest no BS tobacco.

Pipe Used: Briar’s and cob’s and Meerschaum

5 people found this review helpful.

Dethmutt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dethmutt (5)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

First off, Perique is usually not friendly to me. When I got this Block, I sliced off 4 coins to smoke and the rest went to the cellar.

I smoked one coin. a little thick, since my knife was new, and didn't know how it would slice. put that chunky slice into my Nording Valhalla 605, and combusted..

Its dreamy! so good... Pricey, but worth it! I can only imagine what this will become in a couple years!

Pipe Used: Nording Vallhalla 605

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

Cakici Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cakici (29)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This blend has high nicotine content. Preferably I smoke it when I want to smoke only 1 bowl in a day and it's sufficiently fulfills my need which is certainly not the nicotine need.

The Virginias are matured well during 3 years of aging. Perique is so strong that sometimes gives a headache-like pressure to my head. I like that feeling for 10 15 minutes, after the feeling disappears. The blend is very well balanced, not easy to cut and make it ready for packing, yet the preparation process is enjoyable, cutting it with a razor sharp knife on some nice wood surface etc. The ambiance turns out to be nice and slow.

As I tasted in Dan Tobacco's Salty Dogs, I tasted some salty, black peppery perique together with nice brown matured Virginias. It's worth giving a try just because of acquiring the experience of making this stuff ready for smoking. Apart from that, my course of smoking was always more than enjoyable.

Pipe Used: Stanwell 1988 DM

Age When Smoked: 3 years old

Purchased From: Germany

Similar Blends: Dan Tobacco - Salty Dogs.

3 people found this review helpful.

boc777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boc777 (39)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

After having sampled my "sausage" several times over the past year, I have come to the conclusion that this is a top notch VaPer, but does require a bit of experimentation to really fully enjoy it. Luckily, it comes in an 8 oz. block, so you have plenty of material to work with! First off, the raw aroma when you open the package is mouth watering. Figgy, bready goodness! Yes, like the others have posted, you will want a sharp knife or other apparatus to slice it thin. From there, the method I have come to use most often is to cross cut it and rub out. Then let it dry for an hour, at least. I find that this avoids all the relights everyone complains about. If you dry it out thoroughly, it also allows for a proper packing of the bowl and for me, this works the best. It smokes cool with no bite, but take care to puff gently to fully enjoy the subtleties, of this luxurious blend. Also take the time for a few retro hales, as the Perique will tickle your nostrils in a most pleasant way. Some have compared it to other VaPers. For me, it stands alone, as one of the finest and definitely one of the most unique. I am biased, as I love the pageantry and preparation, it just adds so much to the experience. The Nic hit is strong, but not overwhelming. This is one I do not reach for often, and I would say by the small dent I have put in my log so far in the past year, and even sharing a bit with friends, this 8 oz will go a long way. Very much worth the money, as this is a very dense 8 oz. Many happy bowls to be enjoyed. As far as aging, I would say that it has improved in the past year, but it was just fine straight out of the package. Cheers!

Pipe Used: Large diameter bowls

Age When Smoked: 1 YEAR

2 people found this review helpful.

getyur@sstomars Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
getyur@sstomars (12)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

WOW!! Was my only thought upon receiving this in the mail. I got 1 250 gram rope ( it's really more of a dense thick sausage) it's beautiful to behold and smell. I get the standard smells of quality VA w a dash of perique, very faint hints of burleys trade mark cocoa, and something else, some kind of very slight topping but can't put my finger on it.

To prepare takes a bit of effort, (as this rope could be used to give someone's noggin a flogg'n it's so dense) but it's all part of the divine ritual of pipe smoking. this rope will test the sharpness or your finest steel!! My preferred method is to just push straight down HARD and the knife will cut off a chunk. At this point I either cube it up or dice the ever loving heck out of it, then gravity fill w a slight to no tamp.

This is a 5 star offering. Taste of creamy apricot at times. Nice and subtly sweet. fruit, hay, brown bread, plum, tamarind, and many others my pallet picks up but brain can't name. Many flavors are there but are to ephemeral to nail down. Has a decent amount of that beautiful alkaloid C10H14N2 or vitamin N to us layman's.

I can only imagine how a good 5 years of cellar time would improve the already perfect blend. Or maybe a dash of a good rum just to experiment w the flavor profile, but as they say "if it ain't broke don't fix it" and this definitely ain't broke.

no chance of bite, even if puffed like a bulldozer operator on speed. Although the taste will get a touch ashy. speaking of ash, this stuff leaves the finest, most powdery ash I have come across in my decade of T.A.D. It's even finer than Rattrays Red Rappore, and expect no moisture and the pipe cleaner comes out crazy clean. It's unlike anything I've experienced before.

It's a bit pricey at aroun 10$ per ounce, but you get what you pay for...usually, but in this case you get more.

Pipe Used: Brebbia paneled Dublin, MM devil Peterson 312.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: I'll never reveal my source

Similar Blends: Nothing I've ever come across.

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