John Aylesbury Sir John's Broken Virginia

Only fully ripe Virginia tobaccos of the best provenances. Subtle spicy, fresh aroma with a fine sweetness and a pleasant redolence. Just real tobacco enjoyment with character.


Brand John Aylesbury
Series Danish Classic
Blended By John Aylesbury
Manufactured By Kohlhase & Kopp
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Virginia
Flavoring Honey, Spices
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin, 200 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.40 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 04, 2023 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
Appearance: The tin was released in early 2022. A Virginia blend, dominated by tones of light and orange Virginia, no dark tones. The blend is created from a well-chopped and high quality flake that is more like a ready-rubbed. The raw material is excellent in composition, but the tobacco is a bit moist, clearly requiring some drying. It is, however, very fluffy, and dries very quickly.

Flavor: definitely, sweet, high-quality topping, bringing notes of dark honey, light citrus and even lighter vanilla and ginger on the backing of the aroma of fresh wheat bread with raisins added to it lying on a wooden tray. As for the tart spices, if the manufacturer meant anything other than honey with vanilla, ginger and citrus, I didn't sense it. The overall bouquet is bright, persistent, but quite light. The topping fades away a bit in the air when drying the tobacco. The bouquet of ingredients in this topping is very similar to those used by Mac Baren and Sutliff in their blends, and after comparing descriptions of several of them, I seriously suspect that Sir John's Broken Virginia is none other than the Sweet Virginia 707 produced by Sutliff, Kohlhase & Kopp just buy the bulks and pack in tins at their factory. That doesn't make it any worse, though.

Taste: It tastes moderately sweet and mild Virginia, dominated by hay and bread, but the woody and fruity tones give them good support. The topping adds sweetness and a slight honey note at the beginning of smoking, but quickly disappears from the overall bouquet, leaving only the taste of Virginia. The fresh tobacco is initially a bit pungent, in addition, it requires serious attention when smoking, being sensitive to overheating. Gradually the sweetness diminishes and the hay and woody notes intensify without, however, disturbing the overall taste. The tobacco loses the last notes of topping and becomes quite simple, but tasty and high-quality Virginia. The shape of the pipe does not any matter to taste. The blend is not too hot to smoke, but clearly has a leisurely smoking style. The strength of the tobacco is mild, which makes it available for very large pipes without the fear of getting nicotine hit. The aftertaste is woody, slightly sweet, barely noticeable. The tobacco burns into a light gray ash, leaving some moisture in the pipe.

The smoke from the tobacco is light, with a slight woody tone, it disperses easily, not causing discomfort when smoking in the room.

What's the bottom line? As I wrote above, I have a strong suspicion that this tobacco and Sutliff Sweet Virginia 707 are the same blend. If so, I can only applaud Kohlhase & Kopp for giving me the opportunity to appreciate the inexpensive and high quality Sutliff tobacco. I like sweet Virginia and Mac Baren products, the topping of this blend did not scare me away, so personally I intend to buy a few more cans of Sir John's Broken Virginia on occasion and put them on the shelf for a few years. I think, it will get even better.
Pipe Used: Peterson 69, 106, D18
PurchasedFrom: Online
Age When Smoked: 2022
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 19, 2020 Medium Mild Mild Very Pleasant
John Aylesbury - Sir John's Broken Virginia (Danish Classic).

This is a wonderful smoke. Sweet yet not too sweet as to detract from the natural side!

Although it lists spices as the flavouring the tin has a sweet aroma. Broken Flake can often be a nebulous description, sometimes we see almost whole flakes but other times, like here, we see ribbons. Coarse ribbons, but not so coarse as can often be the case under this title. Because it's tightly packed into the tin the moisture hasn't abated loads. Suits me, damp but not 'wet'. From the inaugurate light this is bliss.

The first flavour to present itself is sweet, as the other reviews say, honey. But, to my palate, this is supported by a dough-like flavour, which becomes more preeminent after about ten minutes; to me! As a bowl burns this takes over, developing into a sort of Danish Pastry kind of flavour; no, not 'kind of', but a definite one! Again, that's me, YMMV! The smoke gives me no bite and only creeps toward medium in temperature if forced.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: lovely.

Broken Virginia? Four big stars!

Highly recommended.
Pipe Used: Various, Altinok Lee Van Cleef whilst typing
Age When Smoked: 3 weeks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 28, 2019 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
The color of the leaf was both bright and dark, and the tin aroma was heavenly; sweet over ripe plumbs comes to mind. The descriptive mentions a honey topping of sorts but I never tasted honey.At the match there wasn't much to brag about, but after the first layer had been consumed I detected more depth and the nicotine hit came through a little stronger than what I expect from Virginia Bright. The depth of the Virginia flavor got a little better once I reached the halfway point but never blossomed fully. I suspect this one will age well as the sugar content was halfway up the ladder. I was impressed by the overall presentation after the first couple of bowls I smoked, and think this is a very fine mid-range Virginia for those who prefer sweeter leaf and some of that good old Vitamin N. No worries if you have a sensitive waggler either. This one does not bite which tells me the leaf is of good quality.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 21, 2018 Very Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
A very light, mild and sweet smoke. Tastes almost like pure Virginia tobacco, just a little, sweet topping, probably honey. The perfect tobacco if you want something that tastes good but is not distracting.
Pipe Used: Savinelli Rolex
PurchasedFrom: Local tobacconist
Age When Smoked: Two or three months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 22, 2019 Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Sand to mahogany brown ready rubbed (a bit too spiky to be a ribbon) with a tin aroma that reminded me of raisins with a bit of honey. Very Danish in character, which makes sense based on the name. This was gifted to me and I really wasn't expecting much from it but was pleasantly surprised.

This one starts off with the "honey-on-tobacco" taste for the first 5 minutes of the bowl. Then interestingly enough, the flavor kicks up a few notches, and the nicotine follows suit. Pretty fair nic hit from this one! The honey backs off a bit and those African/Indian Virginias give off a toasty flavor of oats and cereal, with some gutsy earth underneath. But while there was grain flavor, there was no graininess to the smoke. It was quite smooth, albeit there was a quite a bit of punchiness to keep this one out of the full realm of Danish tobaccos. The saccharine sweetness of many Danish blends was kept at bay through most of the smoke and this one showed more grit and "tobacco resolve", which I enjoyed. At the end of the bowl, I did not find myself longing for more, although this was far from my favorite Virginia, flavor-wise. On the other hand, I did finish this tin pretty quickly, which speaks highly for it. I give this 3.5 stars and for someone that really doesn't care for the Danish style, that's high praise.
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