Wessex Curly Block

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.


Brand Wessex
Blended By  
Manufactured By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Burley, Perique, Virginia
Cut Rope
Packaging 275 grams pouch, bulk
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.94 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 25, 2020 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
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