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
Mar 26, 2018 Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Ready Rubbed by Dunhill is a really nice smoke, but for reasons that I will explain shortly, it's praises are unsung. One of those reasons is a misunderstanding and I think the other is slight shortcoming...but the latter is just a matter of perspective and expectations.

First, I'll be the first to admit that I like the tin art. It shouldn't matter, but it does and I like it. If you like the way something looks or feels, you more likely to enjoy and use it. We all have our preferences and I like it. I can see myself looking at one of these tins ten years from now and thinking, "Man, this is nice looking", reminding me of days when smoking a pipe was an art. Already, tins are changing and coming with all sorts of crazy labels with horrid warnings, etc. So, yeah, I like the tin art.

From there, cracking the tin is wonderful. The first time I opened one, I thought to myself this aroma is amazing! This is what I like from a Virginia. I must get more! And I did. It has a nice tea-like smell, but it's heightened by the sweet fruit topping. Lovely. The two smell so good together. Others have said that they could smell the Turkish from the aroma. I couldn't. I just smelled the sweet, tea Virginias and the fruit topping. Again, great.

The ribbons inside are a uniformed, light golden brown. Again, leading folks to think of this as a wonderful Virginia tobacco. When you light up the bowl, which I pack lightly, you are greeted with the sweetness of the Virginia and the topping. It's sweet, tart and tasty. Before, I said I couldn't smell the Turkish in the tin aroma, but I could definitely taste it in the smoke. First, it started off by just being able to pick it up in the scent of the smoke. Then you could definitely taste it on the palate. Tastes to me of straight Smyrna. Plays in and out nicely with the Virginias and the topping. A nice, sour element added to the sweetness.

By about half-way through the bowl, the Turkish part of the blend really starts to take over and dominate the flavor. I think this is where the misunderstanding comes in. First, from appearances and smell upon opening the tin, you'd think this was mostly all Virginia. But maybe because the topping begins to wear off or the Turkish just begins to assert itself more, the Turkish does do that. I like it. One of the reasons I wanted to buy Ready Rubbed. It promised Virginia and Turkish, both of which I like very much. So there it was.

But I think if you were expecting it to be "Virginia based" and to stay that way, it would then take you by surprise. It becomes more of a sour, musty Turkish experience. Again, something I enjoy, but most folks would want that to be a condiment and not the main star. But there it is. Then the Virginias play a supporting role and add sweetness to the sourness. This is also why I think some say it takes on a cigarette-like taste. I disagree with that and think that it's mistaken simply for the shift to the Turkish portion of the blend. Still, very nice.

My shortcoming with this blend, and for me what keeps this from being a full 4-star blend, is that it lacks a bit in the nicotine department. It's there, just very mild. That's a preference of mine. Not a preference of all and yours may vary. But I like a little bit of hit in this department. This could have been by strict design since Dunhill has quite a few heavy hitters in this department. This could have been there way of having a nice, light Virginia based blend that can be enjoyed throughout the day. That's OK, I'd just like a bit more. I like the taste of this blend very much. I like it far better than Royal Yacht. I do think, though, that it could benefit from a bit more punch. Perhaps a pinch or two of Five Brothers. I haven't tried that because I don't want to change the flavor too much, but at the same time, when I am done with the bowl, I feel like I want something else to finish it. That's the preference part.

So I think that this is a really nice blend that suffers a bit from a misunderstanding and a shortcoming. But that's just me. Others may look at it and say it's perfect as billed...and they would be right too.

Either way, I am happy to have several tins of this and I am looking forward to them aging and cracking them open years from now too. A solid three and half stars.


Pipe Used: Cob
PurchasedFrom: Pipesandcigars.com
Age When Smoked: 6 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 05, 2016 Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Unnoticeable
Look Ma , no taste . I mean none at all , just smoke . Excellent as land fill or ballast but of no use at all in the pipe . You might use it to add to moist mixtures that you want to dry out . Other than that , why ever was this tobacco ever made?
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 09, 2016 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Very nice Virginia/Burley tobacco!!

The Burley does not take a back seat to the Virginia but receives the role it deserves and enriches the sweet hay note with its nutty taste. The conditioning is perfect, a cool and clean smoke is garanteed. According to my experience this tobacco (like many others) benefits from opening the tin to let it breath some air and to keep it stored thereafter for a while. Just a few days will have a nice effect. Sure, like always with Dunhill you will have to pay the typicall +20% premium so that we have a few more lucky Porsche drivers on this planet...

...anyway, I give it 3,5 stars!

p.s.: According to the description provided by K&K (homepage) this tobacco contains Virginia and Burley. Orientals/Turkishs are not mentioned.
Pipe Used: Charatan Selected XL
Age When Smoked: fresh/+1week open/etc.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 26, 2022 Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
In my cellar, I found two Dunhill blends from the year they were re-released, 2015: Three Year Matured and this one, Ready Rubbed. So this review will be of a ~6 year old tin of Dunhill's Ready Rubbed, with some memories of the fresh blend too.

There are actually a lot of similarities between Dunhill's re-releases of Ready Rubbed and Three Year Matured (TYM)... but strangely, Ready Rubbed seems much better. It's hard to describe, but it just seems like a higher quality, tastier version of TYM.

Upon opening... tin note is slight apricot. It seems like the same topping flavor as TYM, but not as strong, and with more sweet and grassy Virginia tang scent coming through. It's like a sweet English tea scent. Overall look of the tobacco has TYM's same basic uniform brown, but with a bit more shades of light tan. First few puffs: very nice and mellow. Apricot/fruit topping is slight, and the Virginia's dominate at first. Nice smooth grassy and citrusy flavors. Orientals start to become apparent a little further in. Their dry, herbal flavors are slight, but definitely there, especially as the bowl progresses. They seem to keep getting stronger til the end. This ~6 year old tin is super smooth and mellow, and the Virginias have a bit more of a creamy vanilla flavor than the fresh tin did... but other than that, not a whole lot has changed.

Bottom line: A very pleasant and satisfying smoke. No bite, and lots of good flavor. The aged version isn't dramatically different from the fresh (obviously, all aged Virginia based blends are much better). It seems kind of like a better version of Dunhill's Three Year Matured. I could easily smoke this all day and enjoy it.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 30, 2021 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant
This is one fine blend, that I believe didn’t get the attention it deserved like others did (such as Royal Yacht or Flake).

I’m not an aromatic fan, but this merely can be called an aromatic. Also, this is a 6 year old tin which aged wonderful (from 9th December 2015).

Tin note is sweet but also has a tangy note, lemon notes, berries.

You wouldn’t say this is ready rubbed but a perfectly cut ribbon, at least in my tin, it’s very nicely broken up. The tobacco is mostly brown with some dark gold leaves. Has just a little moisture.

Sugary and just a little bready, a bit floral, citrusy notes (lemon), grassy and honey. Basically, what you would expect from a good, aged straight virginia. A little plum can be detected as well. The orientals are barely noticeable, though I sense a bit of spice and wood in the back. I find this to be more of a straight virginia that has aged very well and the flavors added are just perfect for a summer day.

Like I said, I’m not really into aromatics, but I really like this one, since the topping/casing is very mild and tasted more like a quality aged straight virginia.

Burns excellent if dried enough, doesn’t bite and doesn’t get hot but it does get the pipe hot after 15 minutes of smoking so it’s best to let it sit after a bit.

The taste is medium, flavor is very mild, strength mild to medium
Age When Smoked: 6 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 11, 2020 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable
I bought this blend on special. I don't think they make it anymore. It's excellent. Familiar tasting Virginia's in the dunhill style. The casing is noticeable but not overdone. This is like a mellower version of hados delight. but it has the unmistakable flavor of dunhill Virginia. At times it remind you of Elizabethan mixture. The truth is this blend is quite underrated. Anyone who loves Virginia will appreciate this blend. When you get to the Sweet spot, it's Bliss. Very nice with coffee in the morning. Or just a terrific all day smoke.
Pipe Used: Cob
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and cigars
Age When Smoked: Couple years unopened
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 05, 2018 Mild Extremely Mild Mild Unnoticeable
I have been buying a new pipe blend each Sunday where I attend a pipe club meeting. I do not always open them all but decided to try this one since Dunhill is going bye-bye again. The tin note had a mild sweet citrus smell and the ribbon cut was a nice golden brown. I had three bowls over the course of the evening and found it to be a nice mild blend. The top note on this one is so light I find it hard to believe that it is classified as an aromatic. I like it but not sure whether I want to invest any more money right now as I have bought other Dunhill blends to stock up a little bit but I can’t rule it out.
Pipe Used: Chacom Volcano
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 01, 2018 Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable
I have tended to steer well clear of Dunhill blends, on the basis that so many of them contain latakia, which I've never cared for.

This one has no latakia in it so I bought a tin, against the advice of my son, who, for some reason didn't care for it.

I think I see why. I mean it's not bad, but then it's not great, either. It's just er ....boring. There are so many blends like this one. Dan Pipe have at least a dozen (which are cheaper than this).

There's just so many comparisons you can make, as this has few attributes to set it apart from the rest. The tin fragrance is nice enough, but unremarkable and keeps it's moisture well. The smoke is fine, but generic and there is no room note whatsover.

It's slightly better than some of the otc blends, like Gold Block or Erinmore, but has no where near the enticement of Capstans fine flakes.

Why is it classed as an aromatic ?

No idea. Perhaps someone will enlighten me.

Pipe Used: Briars
PurchasedFrom: Dan Pipe Lauenburg
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 11, 2018 Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable
I went to write a review and noticed Ready Rub is categorized as an Aromatic, well that was news to me. I honestly thought it was just another Virginia. I was about to describe the tin aroma as having an additional sweet note on top of the outdoor hay smell I associate with a Virginia, so I guess, even I must confess to their being some Aromatic topping. I found the added sweetness made the smoke more approachable, though I have a hard time categorizing this as flavored tobacco,

The pre-rubbed texture is nice, not too thick for an easy pack, yet dense enough for a slow burn. Perfect moisture. Low to medium nicotine and a mild flavor makes this an easy all day smoker that won't become monotonous. The flavor profile is simple (again typical Virginia with a tad of sweetness), but the added Oriental does give you a small zing, that never let the puffing get boring.

This was not a blend I would recommend having to try once before it is gone, as the experience was not terribly memorable, but I could easily see this being a blend for a smoker who rarely deviates from their regular tobacco.
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 22, 2018 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable
I thought this was a real Virginia forward tobacco. I did not get much flavor from the other ingredients. It packed great and smoked wonderful. It also had a nice nicotine hit.
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