Dunhill Ready Rubbed (re-release)

Dunhill Ready Rubbed pipe tobacco is a mixture of mature, flue-cured leaves from the USA, Brazil and Africa are blended with sun-cured and smoky fired tobaccos from Indonesia and India. These are then pressed into cavendish and topped with a subtle flavour.
Notes: In addition to BB1938 and Three Year Mature, Dunhill Ready Rubbed is the third vintage Dunhill blend re-introduced to the U.S. market in 2015. Based on Virginia and Oriental, it's run through a light cavendish process, cased with a subtle fruity topping, and steam pressed before it's broken up into the beautiful ready rubbed cut.


Brand Dunhill
Blended By Dunhill
Manufactured By Dunhill/Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Flavoring Fruit / Citrus
Cut Ready Rubbed
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Denmark
Production Re-release


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

Average Rating

2.94 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 06, 2020 Mild Very Mild Medium Tolerable
I hesitated on whether to review this at this time and decided I would, simply for posterity's sake since I have a couple tins of this in the cellar that I will surely be returning to update this later.

The reason for the hesitation is that I was gifted this in a bunch of samples a friend surprised me with. This sample was about 4 bowls worth of tobacco. My rotation at this time was very light on Va so it was a welcome diversion as it smoked like a Virginia blend with a touch of sour from the orientals. It was quite good. Now for the dilemma.

I knew this was an aromatic, but the topping to my tastes was very light and nearly indistinguishable from the natural fruitiness of the Virginia. This is always the problem with samples and why I wish more reviewers were forthright when their reviews are solely based on the same. The main problem, aside from the fact that there is usually not enough to give a thorough review, is that you really don't know anything about the care and storage that the tobacco underwent prior to making its way to you.

I have had samples I have reviewed as soapy simply because someone stored them in a jar with something soapy, Aromatics that tasted like cardboard, because someone never jarred the bulk contents and just picked from the bag over time. and worst of all, finding someone simply mislabeled the bag.

In the immediate case, the tin had been open for quite a long time and my benefactor told me that topping was very strong when he opened it years ago. So to me, this was an enjoyable Virginia with a light aromatic touch, but it also could be an overwhelmingly sweet aromatic if taken fresh from the tin.

I don't expect this review to be overly helpful to most, but perhaps comforting to someone who has found it too sweet, but held onto it with hopes of improvement over time. With patience you may soon enjoy this. I will leave it at three stars and will revisit when I pop one of my tins and smoke the whole tin.
Age When Smoked: 4yrs
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 23, 2017 Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
Bread, grass and hint of citrus. All this released with every draw in this wonderful blend. Very well balanced, with the balkan/turkish part being more dominant. An all day tobacco that smokes well to the very last minute. Content moisture is a little bit higher than perfect. Highly recommended to virginia/balkan lovers.
Age When Smoked: Smoked when bought.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 01, 2017 Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant
As a fan of Dunhill virginia blends i had to try this one!when you crack the tin you see the bright and brown virginias combined with rubbed flakes.as for the aroma,oh my god!fresh fruits ,citruses honey hints,bread perhaps and some grass.the moisture level is perfect,packs ok,lights easy and keeps the burn.while smoking the tastes are great,clear and present till the end.fresh fruits ,citruses,sweet notes with proper moisture.some spicyness is detected too.the nicotine level is low to medium,burns medium and clear till the end of the bowl.this might taste like i lighter version of royal yacht with similar smoking pleasure.this blend is unique to start and finish your day.definitelly a must try!!
Age When Smoked: When opened!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 22, 2015 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
Oh, what a beautiful ribbon cut VA/Turkish blend - in all categories!

Presentation lives up to the Dunhill standard. Moisture content is perfect. Packed great and was easy to light and like a good ribbon, stayed lit. The ribbon appears to be cut from a cake. Tin aroma is hay-like with fruity aromas. It may be lightly flavored with a top dressing, but this is not a traditional aromatic as we understand that term. The emphasis here is with the VA/Turkish taste experience.

The VA is a flue cured lemon with other varieties. The Turkish, I believe has a slight greenish cast. Regardless, there is NO drek, dust, or floor sweepings in this blend. The taste experience is mild with a soft sweetness and those hard to describe tasty Turkish notes that in middle of the smoke often waft up from the bowl to the nose. I love it. One caution, however: As with all classy ladies this must be treated with respect - even, slow draws prevent this tobacco from over heating.

If you like VA flakes with subtle sweetness and Turkish highlights, you will like DRR; it is an easy all-day smoke, and as with all Dunhill blends, top shelf. I highly recommend this complex and classy blend.
Pipe Used: Dunhill, and a Parker #189 tanshell.
PurchasedFrom: Cigars and Pipes
Age When Smoked: Christmas 2015
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 30, 2015 Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
Great tin presentation, as in all Dunhill Tobaccos. Aroma from tin is sweet hay Virginia. Moisture of tobacco is spot on for smoking. Easy light and burn with few relights. Taste is semi sweet and a bit tangy. Excellent ribbons of Virginia with just a barley noticeable amount of the turkish. Works well for me. Mild enough to be an all day smoke, as a matter of fact wish it came in a bulk. Like all of the Dunhills I have in my regular rotation I must say it is excellent.
Pipe Used: various Kaywoodies
PurchasedFrom: pipes and cigars
Age When Smoked: new tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 25, 2020 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant
This one is another of my fist blends as a rookie piper. And bought a tin DRR as part of a promo. As soon as I opened the tin I got a pleasant fruity note, I noticed I had to let it air for a while before packing my pipe. The first puffs were really tasteful and did not need too many relights. Although the taste tends to fade a bit on the second half of the bowl. I kinda started smoking this blend more often and reordered a second tin. I do enjoy this blend.
Pipe Used: Dunhill Shell
PurchasedFrom: pipesandcigars.com
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 03, 2018 Medium Mild Medium Tolerable
Tin note is of medium intensity grassy and mildly tangy with some sweet and creamy fruity notes as well which dissipated until the tin finished. Quite nice. It comes in well broken flakes which can be smoked as they are without further rubbing but a little drying could help.

Needs to be sipped otherwise it will get hot and a little harsh. But when sipped it offers a nice sweet mildly tangy and floral (probably from the Orientals) tobaccoey smoke with notes of the rather green citrusy flavoring. Before seeing the ingredients I would have thought this was a straight Virginia with a mild flavouring. But after reading about the Cavendish - the unflavoured English type - I think I can sense it as it imparts a smoky tone. Though the tobacco is not a cornucopia of flavors it’s not monochromatic either. Flavour intensity is medium as is nicotine content. And it behaves quite well without need of many relights.

Yet I find that the flavouring somehow distracts from the tobacco taste. It tastes a little bitter or acrid and a little chemical - this is my main problem with Ready Rubbed. And this is more evident when smoked after a straight tobacco. Otherwise it could be an all day tobacco. When no fresh comparison is made I find Ready Rubbed more agreeable. 2.5 stars from me.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 02, 2018 Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant
This tobacco is in the aromatic listing only by the skin of its teeth. You’ll really have to be slow and patient finding the aromatics in this blend but it is there. Fresh, soft, mellow flavor, almost reminiscent of the way a fresh pack of camels smell. The flavor/ taste while puffing is soft Virginia. No sharpness, no over boldness, or overly nicotine like Royal Yacht. The nicotine dose is in the light to medium range. The flavor here is soft, and sweet natural tobacco with that tiny exotic oriental hint laced thru. Reminds me of an old Players navy cut cigarette with just a tad bit of fruit essence. This is a pipe blend I could smoke all day and be quite satisfied with.
Pipe Used: Charatan’s Make Canadian
PurchasedFrom: Can’t remember.
Age When Smoked: 1 year.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 10, 2018 Mild Mild Medium Very Pleasant
I think it's wrong to list this as an aromatic. The added fruit flavor is noticeable but tastes completely natural to me and was applied very subtly. There are plenty of "straight Virginias" on the market with more casing and toppings than this. Ready-rubbed is a tasty and easy going smoke. Citrus and bread come from the Virginias. The oriental presence is very minimal but really adds an enjoyable dimension to the blend. I could be wrong but it tastes like a pinch of Izmir to me. Musty, sour, and woody. No bite although it can smoke a bit on the hot side. There are better Virginia/Turkish blends out there especially GL Pease Embarcadero but this is one i'd like another tin of before Dunhill is gone again.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 09, 2018 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
This has a perfect true Virginia aroma from the tin with a hint of richness in the background. The tobacco is cut in long, thin ribbons which I always find hard to pack and light. However, after a short struggle, keeping the pipe lit (just on the right side of out) provided a very long, slow, enjoyable smoke with only a couple of relights. It did burn hot once or twice in the larger bowl but that is probably to be expected.

The Virginias are quality; nicely sweet and fairly mild with lovely biscuity notes and a hint of grass or citrus but I can only assume it is the Orientals that make this stand out. Now I have had relatively limited experience with Orientals but I can’t imagine it is the ‘subtle flavour’ of the topping noted in the description that makes this blend distinctive. There is a lovely dry, tea-like quality to the smoke throughout and a woody smokiness to every draw, particularly noticeable on the exhale all of which I would associate with the Orientals rather than the topping. I’m beginning to suspect the topping provides the richness in the tin note rather than anything else as the subtle rich fruitiness in the smoke can probably be put down to the ‘light Cavendish process’.

After such a review it seems a little churlish to note the surprising amount of dottle and wetness remaining following the smoke, but that is what I found in both my Peterson and the slightly larger Carey (which required the use of a pipe cleaner to absorb the moisture half way through). It doesn’t particularly detract from the smoke but it does feel like a waste!

Unfortunately I only managed to acquire enough of this blend to allow for a few long smokes. I didn’t love my previous Dunhill experience "Three Year Matured Virginia" and don’t particularly want to try it again but "Ready Rubbed" is a very different story. I feel that this is a tobacco which may not give away all its secrets immediately. Like other subtle Virginias, you may have to develop an understanding of it and learn how to smoke it to fully appreciate it – so my review may be a little stingy with the stars but this is where I stand with it at the moment. If I manage to get some more I may review my review…
Pipe Used: Peterson, Carey
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