HBI Three Castles

Notes: A remake of the original Three Castles previously made by several companies, including H.D. & O.H. Wills. It was marketed as pipe tobacco and as "roll your own" cigarette tobacco made with flue cured Virginia.


Brand HBI
Blended By Mark Ryan
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Shag
Packaging 50 grams pouch
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 19, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
A simple, uncomplicated flue cured Virginia with natural citrusy sweetness and some grass and hay. I also got a few familiar notes that reminded me of Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic. I'm not comparing those two blends because they are different (e.g., SWRA has a topping and burley, and this does not), but they both must have a similar type of Virginia. Puffed at a slow to moderate rate, it didn’t bite or get harsh or amazingly cigarette-like, though you may have gotten some of the latter no matter how slow you puffed. Puffed fast, and you risked all of that and more. Left no moisture, and being a dry shag cut, burned quickly, but not hot if you paced the smoke. Had a nice nic-note. A nice all day non-complex smoke with pure Virginia flavor.

Three Castles was designed to be both a pipe and a cigarette tobacco, though I only smoked it in a pipe.

I smoked several tins of this in the mid-1990s, and as I have not smoked the latest version - which I am told (by D&R blender Mark Ryan) is exactly the same blend as what I experienced - I wrote my review in the past tense. Mr. Ryan had a hand is bringing Three Castles back, and also sells it in the US as Three Sails under the D&R brand.

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