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BrandCharatan
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringPlum
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium to Strong
Flavoring
Mild, Mild to Medium
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Pleasant

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Simon.c Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Simon.c (12)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I'm really not impressed.

My first thought - It's a cross between a whiny, perpetually offended millennial with less testosterone than a 90 year old and Treason May. Or in other words it's so restrained in both the flavor and strength of the original it totally lacks a backbone.

Cut - Longish Ribbon.

Flavor - The Virginia doesn't really come though, the plum casing is muted 90% of the time. Only appearing every so often and you have to work for it. And worst of all, the strength or almost complete lack there of.

A bowl of Royal Yacht before breakfast with the morning coffee, it wouldn't sucker punch you but at least you know it's there. This stuff is offensively mild in every bloody respect.

As a replacement to the beloved Royal Yacht it fails quite miserably.

As a standalone baccy without any references to Dunhill it's just mediocre.

3 people found this review helpful.

DeejayP999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeejayP999 (6)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Touted as a replacement for Dunhill Royal Yacht with a similar plummy tin note laid over otherwise unadorned high quality Virginias.

A cool, strong voluminous smoke. Perhaps not quite as high in Vitamin N as the original, perhaps not quite the depth of flavour of the original (but then I am comparing brand new vs an aged tin).

Regardless, a top notch straight Virginia in its own right.

Is it really Royal Yacht? No, but it's a very good Virginia blend in its own right.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1806)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Charatan - Royal Escape Mixture.

Another of the blends I've been reviewing for the UK tobacconist McGahey's.

Often marketed as a replacement to Dunhill Royal Yacht? Well, although I've smoked RY, it's been many years since, and because of the cessation in production I can't really compare. Albeit, like the other new Charatan blends based on the Dunhill's, I'm quite impressed.

In the tin sits a mixture of quite coarse ribbons. Not too coarse, but there are a few that are rather chunky. The colours are mostly dark and medium browns, with a few lighter ones. My moisture's decent.

The plums embellish the smoke, but don't cause the flavour to be an aromatic cacophony; the plums act a little synonymously to a hearty dose of Perique! I like the flavour from the tobaccos. They lack the commonly found grassy, citrusy, sharp Virginia qualities, and instead give rich, fruit; to my palate it seems to have included more darker, redder, Virginias, as opposed to lighter, brighter, ones. The topping compliments this flavour well, increasing the sumptuous, decadence. Because of the coarser cut of the ribbons it burns quite slowly, and also cool. I don't find much of a bite from it.

Nicotine: above medium. Room-note: quite pleasant.

Royal Escape? A quality Virginia blend. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: Friday pipe

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: McGahey's

2 people found this review helpful.

Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (25)
★★★★
Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

I can't understand anyone dissing this mixture.

It's the second of Charatan's Dunhill replacements that I've tried, and as with Victorian mixture (replacing Dunhill Elizabethan) I have found it to be of very good quality, and preferable to the Dunhill version.

I always disliked Royal Yacht, and so bought Royal Escape by mistake, but this stuff is very nice indeed. Royal Yacht tasted like dry horse dung to me, but Royal Escape is full, nicely moist in my tin, steady burning, very mildly fruity, and very satisfying. No bite whatsoever. Nice room aroma.

Thoroughly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson meerschaum.

Age When Smoked: New.

Purchased From: Londis store, Market Square, Dover, Kent, UK.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (134)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I'm not all that optimistic about the new Charatan subs for the discontinued Dunhill blends; I suspect that the same falling demand that killed off the Duhill blends will soon see off these too. Let's enjoy them while we can, though. This is a reasonable replacement for Royal Yacht, I think (though why did Charatan choose such a peculiar name for it?). Cool, slow burning, reliable and well behaved with a plummy topping that is noticeable without being too obtrusive. Quite strong, too, though certainly acceptable as an all day smoke. I don't think it's quite as strong and full-bodied as the original Royal Yacht.

Royal Yacht was a favourite of Georges Simenon, and I think he would have approved of this. It isn't a perfect copy, but it's close enough.

1 person found this review helpful.