Robert McConnell Red Virginia

One of the original blends from 1848. Rich chestnut coloured leaf from Carolina combine with Virginia brights tobaccos to produce a mild but satisfying blend. A touch of perique gives a taste of elegance and quality. No latakia is added.
Notes: Flavoring according to K&K Website: Chocolate.


Brand Robert McConnell
Blended By Kohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Manufactured By Kohlhase & Kopp
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Cocoa / Chocolate
Cut Ready Rubbed
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.01 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 12, 2019 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
In the post McClelland world of tobacco this was a real treat. I really enjoyed smoking this one for the pure taste of the blend. As Jiminks points out, it is a bit of a misnomer in calling it Red Virginia as it does contain other things that are detectable in the taste; however, I do find that the Red Virginia is the key flavor in this as it is more earthy/tangy than citrus/hay sweet. The latter being more characteristic of the bright leaf that accompanies the former in this blend.

Also present is a touch of perique. It does add a bit of complexity to the blend. As I tend to enjoy VaPers a touch more than straight Vas on average, this does not bother me in the least. In the flavoring notes above, it says it contains cocoa, idk where that would come from. I really couldn't detect a topping at all, but if one exists, I would expect it to be simple sugar or maybe honey, nothing as rich and intrusive as Chocolate or cocoa. It really presents to me as an untopped blend.

So although this has more than Red Va within it, it still primarily presents as a Red Va to my tastes and it tastes great. I am giving this a four star rating, but will honestly say this is mostly due to the vacuum left in the world of Red Virginia offerings since McClelland departed the market.

I have seen people ask in many forums for recommendations of a good red Virginia blend and I see a general lack of response to the question. When McClelland was produced, it was easy to answer and the answer was always McClelland or blends produced for other by McClelland (i.e. McCrainies, Peretti, Watch City, et al.). I have seen this question stump many people who have tried much more tobacco than I and it has also stumped me. Now I have an answer, and this is it.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 17, 2016 Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
This is a Danish style aromatic tobacco, but I am not bothered by this fact. For one thing the taste is somewhat similar to the tin note and it does not seem to bite at all. I know this might sound bizarre, but this baccy smells just like Playdough. It reminds me of those pick-and-mix strawberry sweets you buy loose for your kids in most sweet shops, and this is something that quite shows in your smoke. I thought I wouldn't, but funny though it is, I am enjoying this. The moist content is borderline being just too wet, but it seems to smoke perfectly fine after airing for a few hours, so I am not sure I'd smoke this tobacco as dry. As for the quality of the Virginia leaf, surprisingly enough, it seems to be really good. It is not infrequent to find bad quality tobaccos being masked by all the added casings, but this does not seem to be case in this particular instance. Not a nicotine bomb by any stretch of the imagination, but who cares for a morning blend you can smoke anytime to break the day. And it evolves quite nicely the more you progress with your smoke. I am surprised I am enjoying this, but I am, so I am going to give it 3 stars.

24-06-2017 Edit: I have come to fully appreciate this tobacco for what it is, so I am upgrading it from 3 to 4 stars. The Virginia/perique combination is quite balanced, it evolves beautifully in your bowl and, as a mild aromatic the casing is something more of a compliment that the main feature underscoring this blend. When I first tried it I knew it was something worth taking your time to fully appreciate it, and as a matter of fact I have found myself reaching more and more for this tobacco. One of my favs now, this baccy is.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 06, 2012 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
Red Virginias with some Perique and a chocolate topping, this is what is described on the official website of Kohlhase, Kopp und Co in German. Considered a Scottish mixture the name is: The original Red Virginia pipe tobacco.

This tobacco is great for aromatic smokers that would want to dabble in Virginias without sacrificing too much of the flavoring. I do find that the chocolate flavor takes over most of the time. The Perique is weakly applied and adds nothing to the mixture. In conclusion, another average mixture for me. Even if the tobacco is of quality, the blending is a waste of inspiration and resources. A semi-aromatic at best or a light aromatic at worst.

Virginia lover
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 21, 2018 Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
I don't mean to throw out another 4 star review but what a lovely surprise here. A lovely Virginia with a hint of perique. I like strong va/per blends but I also love tasteful subtle ones like this... every bit as good as Scottish cake in my opinion... slightly sweet maybe a little bready and tangy. I don't really notice the topping much... maybe sweetens the room note slightly, but completely natural smoke... it's delightful.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 07, 2009 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Not so many times in the past I have visited The Original Red Virginia. Among the MacConnell's blends, I thought that it was the most prone to bite and the less "yielding" (the quantity of the tobacco in the tin is visibly less than one expects even being an almost fine ready rubbed, plus it smokes quite fast...).

During the time I have managed to smoke Virginias properly, and have to say that RV tends to smoke hot if rushed, but hardly bites.

As per the K&K site RV is given to be a medium strenght blend of Virginias with a pinch of Perique and a hint of aromatization (chocolate !). I frankly don't smell any chocolate both in the tin aroma and the smoke, I smell a very light berry topping, which hardly affects the smoke. The strenght does not exceed the mild/to/medium mark.

Regarding me RV is pleasantly not-so-sweet-not-so-fruity smoke, which can be experienced both contemplatively or absent mindedly. The good character of this blend is taken to light with the calmest sipping, the largest bores being the optimum.

The Perique, declaredly a pinch, does its job giving very faint notes of stewed fruits without any sourish effect.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 31, 2017 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
The smell is very natural, deep, like grass or hay. Flakes rubbed with various shades of brown. The humidity is optimal, no need to re-ignite. The virginia manifests itself from the beginning of the smoke, semi-sweet and the perique is present showing a slight itch in the nose and mouth. The taste is maintained until the end. A very pleasant experience with virginia. Depending on the type of bowl leaves some moisture at the end. The ash is gray and fine.
Pipe Used: Stanwell
PurchasedFrom: Tobacco shop from Barcelona
Age When Smoked: New from new tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 16, 2016 Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable
I don't believe for an instant that a British tobacco from the early 19th Century would have had a plum flavouring, and of course perique didn't even exist back then. So, so much for honesty in marketing.

This is a mostly mid brown short ribbon tobacco with a plum or similar flavouring. I haven't smoked this alongside Royal Yacht but these are, to my mind, very similar tobaccos. Interestingly RY doesn't claim to contain perique but I thought it was there. I honestly think both tobaccos have a small amount; just enough to give some fruity profiles and some added strength. Where I think this tobacco differs from RY is that it is a tad milder in all regards.

This tobacco smokes well, is rich and creamy with fruit and spice notes all the way through. It is a light, in terms of flavour additives, aromatic. Veers towards the strong side nicotine wise.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 03, 2016 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant
This is a very nice smoke. I can barely taste any topping and it seems to be there more to enhance the room note than for any other reason. The Virginias are bready with notes of tangy fruit. The Perique is lightly applied, but there are mild notes of darker fruit and spice from it. All in all a nice tasting blend with enough strength to satisfy. A solid 3.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. Flavoring is extremely mild. Burns very well.
Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 08, 2023 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
I got this for what it was described to me as a Virginia blend with a touch of Perique. Not a true VaPer, but a blend with a light touch of Perique. A light casing is applied to bring out the Red Virginia’s natural sweetness without being over done. The tin smell is enticing and the flavors during the smoke are a blend nutty flavor with a slight sweet finish. A cool smoking Virginia and very well rounded. Kohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG States the Aroma is chocolate - well maybe.
Pipe Used: Rattray’s Butcher Boy
PurchasedFrom: Smoking Pipes
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Oct 09, 2022 Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
Un tabacco discusso, osteggiato o amato. Quindi se se ne parla tanto ha un valore aggiunto.

Quante latte fumate e quante righe scritte prima di decidermi di pubblicare il mio pensiero.

Cominciamo è aromatizzato o aromatico naturale? La ditta lo dichiara aromatico naturale, su vari siti si legge che è aromatizzato. Credo, a furia di fumarlo, che non abbia nessun tipo di additivo, si tratta di virginia e di quelli buoni. Altra domanda il Perique c’è? E se si quanto? Credo un po’ ci sia per la nota piccante che avvertiremo alla fumata. Ma basta fare elucubrazioni, e pensiamo al tabacco.

Aperta la latta si è investiti da una nota quasi di aceto, questo in tutte le confezioni provate, passata la sbornia si sentono note di terra, erba tagliata e frutta secca. L’umidità è quella giusta il taglio tipico del flake già sbriciolato (Ready Rubbed) potrei definirlo armoniosamente disomogeneo. Orami lo conosco attenderò che si secchi un po’ (20-48 ore all’aria) prima di fumarlo.

Sulla recensione, voglio prima fare una premessa. Questo tabacco è la donna del mistero, la donna con la maschera del Carnevale di Venezia. E’ da capire scoprire e comprendere. Sono sicuro che ci saranno molti che sono rimasti perplessi e sinanco delusi dalle prime fumate, o dalla prima latta, ma bisogna perseverare, crederci e, create le giuste sinapsi, come per incanto il tabacco getta maschera e mantello lasciando contemplare e poi possedere il corpo statuario nudo. Lo definisco delicato come una tenera amante, armonico come la migliore musica, variabile come il tempo in autunno.

Carichiamo la nostra pipa preferita, meglio se dal fornello generoso, poi con cura e gentilezza accendiamolo, il tabacco sfrigolerà al contatto della fiamma come corpo vivo, si muoverà per offrirsi alla combustione. Primi puff, sopratutto piccanti di spezie, eccolo il Perique che ci saluta che ci invita nella casa del Virginia. avvertiamo il fieno, l’erba e anche una certa nota di legno antico, che colpiscono le nostre papille, mentre il retronasale sarà stuzzicato dalla piccantezza. La forza è media, quasi medio/leggera, ma non facciamoci ingannare, ripeto è una amante, e di classe.

Si passa quasi bruscamente ad una seconda metà della fumata ove si avvertono sentori fruttati, agrumeti e di frutta secca ben amalgamati con i gusti precedenti, adesso il Perique è svanito e il retronasale sarà con aromi di fieno, quello appena prodotto, inebriante e calmante, quasi ipnotico che suscita allo stesso tempo l'eccitazione gioiosa di avere ritrovato una cosa cara persa e dimenticata. La fumata procede quasi da sola, si rischia di dimenticare l’utilizzo del pigino tanto la brace riesce a procedere spontaneamente. Il tabacco va fumato a fil di respiro, va corteggiato oserei dire. Sale di forza in medio/pieno e bisogna saperlo per non essere colti di sorpresa. Non va maltrattato, si scompone, si offende ed è capace di lasciare in bocca una sgradevole nota quasi ammoniacale.

Siamo al terzo punto della fumata, ove si avvertono sentori più forti, terrosi, legnosi con un sottofondo dolce, proprio del Virginia. La fumata adesso va accompagnata col pigino per poter bruciare anche l’ultimo filo di tabacco. una nota tannica compare, segno dell’accumulo di nicotina che però non disturba. Siamo arrivati a quel punto in cui si prova a riaccendere, ma nulla il tabacco è terminato. Restiamo così come quando salutiamo la nostra amante, un po’ di tristezza, ma con la serena consapevolezza che lei c’è sempre pronta ad essere una grande compagna di svago, di complicità totale.

Nulla ci vieta di svuotare il fornello e riempirlo nuovamente per farci inebriare ancora.

A chi è dedicato? A quel fumatore che vuole conoscere un tabacco da imparare a degustare, non al fumatore frettoloso o compulsino, questo, quando conosciuto, è un eccellente compagno di rilassamento, di meditazione; lo accompagno e si esalta con un ottimo te nero o con un forte caffè alla napoletana.

La nota ambientale è quella del miglior tabacco, per nulla sgradevole.

Il punteggio finale 4.9 solo perchè ve studiato, imparato, corteggiato prima di poterlo apprezzare.
Pipe Used: Charatan, Dunhill, Savinelli
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