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A zesty blend of Virginias from the U.S. and Brazil, mixed with creamy Cyprian latakia and cold-pressed for a light, sophisticated all-day English mixture

Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeVirginia/Latakia
ContentsLatakia, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3048)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The smoky, woody, earthy, mildly musty, fairly creamy sweet Cyprian Latakia is the lead component, but not by much. The red, brown and bright Virginias offer some tangy ripe dark fruit, stewed fruit, plenty of earth, some wood and citrus, and a pinch or two of spice in a strong support role. The strength just misses the medium mark, while the taste level barely reaches the medium level. The nic-hit is just past the center of mild to medium. No chance of bite or harshness, and I detect no rough edges. The flakes easily break apart to suit your preference. Burns cool, clean, and slightly slow with a well balanced, consistently sweet and lightly savory flavor from start to finish. It’s not quite as complex as my description reads, but there’s just enough nuances involved to keep it from being totally one dimensional. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a tad more than an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, lightly lingering after taste. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran and novice. Three and a half stars.


16 people found this review helpful.

Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (90)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Okay, I'm first. This only goes to show what cowards and sheep pipe smokers are. No one has tried this blend. What would happen if I bought a tin?? What could be inside? I'm scared!

I'll tell you what's inside. Flakes. Yup. Those perfect little gum-stick flakes 1.5mm thick that you-know-who makes. These are dark and delicious. Moisture in the tin is fine, you can dry a bit if you like. Rubs easily. Under the match, my first impression is wood, an interesting backbone for what is theoretically a va/lat blend. The latakia is flavorful but of a muted sort, nothing sharp in the nose at all. The virginia sweet and pretty zesty. By halfway through, this is chugging along offering no complicated flavors, but a nice balance of sweet, zesty, and smoky leaves.

Not the most exciting set of flavors in the world, and a little one dimensional if you compare it to an oriental-fest medium English like King Charles or something of that ilk. But tasty and easy to get along with. Not much for nicotine... it's there but not unfriendly.

I think in a few years, it will calm down some and be sublime. Fresh, it's good, and there are only a few blends like it on the market - if you like them, this is worth a try. Not as dirty/heavy as commonwealth, and not as sweet(ened) as McClelland offerings in this vein (Anniversary, Frog Morton).

Pipe Used: Castellos

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: 4nogs

Similar Blends: , Samuel Gawith - Commonwealth Mixture, McClelland - Anniversary 1977-2010.

14 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

Savinelli - Giubileo d'Oro.

I got this on a trade with my friend Franck (Gentleman Zombie) in the States, and I always get thrilled up by the blends he's able to send, although it paradoxically highlights that without the use of a computer there's not much to be had here in the U.K.!

The tin holds three rows of flakes that have quite a lot of yellow mottles over them, and they're a tad moist.

The taste of it is a little different to what the title English often implies, it's a bit smoother and milder, and nowhere near as caustic as some. My palate isn't ransacked by smokiness, instead there's a lot of cedar and hardly any smokiness. Even though the Latakia's the more prominent of the two leaves, the Virginia goes far from unnoticed: it gives a notable sweetness, and a nice touch of grass. G.d.O. burns well once it's lit, albeit, the few bowls I've had so far did require a somewhat tenacious igniting technique (they probably could have used a longer airing!).

Personally, I think the room-note's good, and the nicotine's about medium.

Franck, cheers buddy, here's to the next trade!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Comoy's Elegance

Age When Smoked: Tin dated September 2015

Purchased From: Traded with Gentleman Zombie

9 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Latakia is mildly smoky with a fairly strong note of wood. It has a nice smoothness with only a very mild acrid note. The Virginias lend sweetness and a little spice and, like most Lat/Va blends, very little flavor-wise. The overall flavor is of a mildly sweet and somewhat spicy Latakia. Pretty one-dimensional, but that's ok with me. I've always had an affinity for Lat/Va smokes and this is a pretty good one.

Medium in body and taste. No added flavorings. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

8 people found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (221)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Giubileo d’Oro is a very middle of the road English, not bad, but not especially good either. I enjoyed the flavor, but it was utterly forgettable in a crowed field of English blends. The fact that it’s a flake is probably more of a detriment than a bonus, as it makes prep that much more of a pita than it’s competitors. Flakes usually concentrate the flavors more than loose cut, but it doesn’t show here. I’m giving it 2 stars because there are so many more English blends that do the job better.

7 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Mostly black but with some light specks, these flakes are supremely pliable and wet but with some drying and a little dexterity, they can be folded and stuffed, which is how I preferred it. Mostly latakia scent in the tin nose.

Sasquatch really nailed this one. I never read reviews before I write mine, but I cheated and read his before I posted this. Didn't make any changes, which worked fine, because his review almost mirrors mine. So go read his and skip this one! LOTS of wood flavor initially, which made me wonder the cause, as there are no orientals or burley, which I usually associate with wood. Were I a "real" reviewer, I could discern the oak, cedar and hickory woods from the butternut and cherrywood! LOL. Drying this out thoroughly and removing that flavor-reducing moisture diminishes the woody quality somewhat and the blend takes on more of a smoky, zesty, savory character. The latakia leads by a small margin but, while it is flavorful, it isn't overly strong (except in the room note!). The Virginias are kind of non-descript on their own and no particular flavors jump out. This is just a worthy mix of Virginia and latakia that won't bonk you over the head with complexity or nicotine, and won't overwhelm you with subtleties. Once dried, how it starts is pretty much how it ends, with the exception of it getting a bit more potent. Pushing this one doesn't seem to alter it much, either. If you appreciate top-to-bottom seamlessness and a hefty but not brutish flavor, and you don't want to taste nuts, toast, bread, figs and the usual assortment of reviewer adjectives, try this one out.

5 people found this review helpful.

Gr8tefuldawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gr8tefuldawg (87)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Savinelli- Giubileo d’Oro

I found myself checking out the tobaccos at my “local pipe store”, I say local because it’s close to an hour away depending on traffic, but since I frequent this place almost every Sunday for pipe club it’s not as bad.

As I was searching through the selection I came across this blend, at first I had little interest but I saw the date on the back of the tin stated Sep2015, it peaked my interest.

I decided against my better judgement as I already have to many tins open, to open this one also, and am I happy I did.

Upon opening I was met with a smell of smoky Latakia, but with an even hint of fermented bread, this blend although almost 5 years old was still a little wet and therefore needed a little drying time, about 10 minutes. The tobacco cam in three rows of cleanly sliced strips, a little larger but just as thick as bubble gum.

Surprisingly this blend only has a few reviews although it’s been around for a while, may be that pipe smokers truly do stick to what they like, or that the advertising for these blends aren’t as frequent as other blenders.

The blend tastes fantastic, and I don’t know if I can attribute it to the aging or if it’s that’s great fresh from the tin, but the Virginia’s and Latakia work together like Batman and Robin, both together working with vs against each other.

The zesty and tangy Virginia’s added to the Latakias contemplative nature allowing one to sit back and embrace both equally adding an almost all spice essence. This blend smokes cool and needs minimal re-lights I fold and stuff the first flake and then rub out another half a flake and spread it on top to allow for equal charring.


Pipe Used: Bones Dublin, bones poker

Age When Smoked: 4 years 4 months

Purchased From: Liberty tobacco

Similar Blends: Dunhill - Baby's Bottom (My Mixture BB1938).

4 people found this review helpful.

Mhmiller216 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mhmiller216 (2)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a no nonsense, all day english smoke. Upon lighting up the bowl you get a somewhat sweet, woodsy and grassy taste from the virginia and latakia. What this blend lacks in complexity, it makes up for in smoothness. The latakia has almost a creamy flavor that compliments the somewhat harsher flavors that Virginia's can provide. Overall I have to say the balance of tobaccos in this blend is spot on. I dont find myself demanding anything extra added. This blend really nails the niche demand I have of a simple light all day english smoke. Everytime I finish the bowl I'm perfectly ready to light up another.

Forward Tasting notes: grass, cedar, wood Underlying tasting notes: smokiness, leather, citrus

Pairings: nothing, light/medium coffee, black tea

Mechanics: it's a little wet out of the tin so it can be a tad difficult to get lit. Works well rubbed out or folded and stuffed and stays lit well. Smokes pretty cleanly and I can often find it goes all the way to white ash.

Time of day to smoke: all day

In summary the simplicity and lack of complexity should not be looked at as flaws, but instead embraced as the perfect all day smoke for the English lover.

Pipe Used: No name antique

Age When Smoked: 6 monthes

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Not similar to anything else i have tried..

4 people found this review helpful.

LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (145)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This Virginia and latakia blend is very good. The flake burned very well and evenly. The topping was detectable, but very pleasant and complimentary to the basic blend .It is very smooth for a latakia blend.

4 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (220)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Savinelli’s Guibileo d’Oro is an archetypal "simple English" blend that delivers first quality tobaccos and a comfortable smoke. In the tin one finds two rows of dense, dark, perfectly formed flakes. Tin note is smoky, slightly musty, Old School Latakia over premium, air cured, cold-pressed, red and brown VAs that are earthy, hard wheat, semi-sweet. If you fold and stuff loosely, as I do, you’ll have a long, leisurely session with plenty of fragrant smoke that tastes like it smells and a long, smoky, sweet-and-sour aftertaste. No funny stuff, just a cracking good smoke, top to bottom. Strength is medium. Tastes are just over medium. Room note is perfectly apropos.

One great smoke. Four stars.

Pipe Used: various briars

Age When Smoked: maybe 1 year

Purchased From: Liberty Tobacco

Similar Blends: Watch this space. It rather contrasts to others of its constituent ilk..

4 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (403)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

A fellow piper really wanted to try this one and I dug through my stash and found a tin I had bought a year or two ago dated Sep 2015. Nice medium brown flakes, chewing gum size that easily folded into my Charatan and lit up nice and smooth. My fellow piper really liked the room note (outdoors) and loaded his pipe as well. This is really a smooth, well crafted blend with a mild Latakia taste. I really enjoyed this one and so did my friend. Not much more for me to add, for no particular reason I do not smoke a lot of Latakia flakes. Either way a nice smoke that I would probably like more in the mornings with my coffee. Definitely not a Lat Bomb. A few other members have had this and actually stocked up on it.

Pipe Used: Charatan

Age When Smoked: 5 years

3 people found this review helpful.

LiterarySmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LiterarySmoker (143)
Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been smoking Savinelli's Giubileo d'Oro for a while now and I'm finally reaching the end of my tin which means I'll do a review.

This tobacco is an English Blend produced by Mac Baren for Savinelli it only comes in a 50 gram tin to my knowledge.

Upon opening the tin you are met with the typical smokey aroma from the Latakia, and hint of sweetness which I'm guessing comes from the Virginias. The tin has three rows of Mac Baren flakes which are very easy to fold and stuff or rub out at your pleasure and preference. I find them at a smokable dryness though you can dry them to your liking.

The flakes are easy to light and I sense no bite even with long puffs while getting it lit. It burns clean and requires an average amount of relights.

Now to taste. I find this a particularly well blended tobacco and the flavors meld one with another. You can taste the Latakia and the sweet, sort of citrusy note from the Virginias. If I could describe this blend in one word it would be mellow. At first, I admit, this was a bit too mellow for my taste and I was tempted to jar it and forget it. I am glad I didn't. I now notice a nice complexity and I enjoy it. However if I'm honest it is still forgettable when compared to my usual preferences like Artisans Blend and Old Dublin. I think for some this could be an all day sort of English. I have noticed more flavor in a deeper bowl, I have a Kaywoodie Large Billiard which I've been using for my review.

Pros: very consistent burn rate and flavor. Cons: very mellow to the point of obscuring components.

I have to admit this has grown on me, but I don't think I'll order any in the near future. Let me know what you guys think.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie Birkshire Large Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Early Morning Pipe.

3 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (318)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

If you're looking for complexity or a bowl that will remind you of burning a large pile of damp back in your childhood, give this a miss. The VAs are nearly equal to the Latakia, even if they mostly provide just a little sweetness and mellow out the Latakia. The Latakia is well-balanced and never comes close to being over-powering. The flakes were just right for me (those that fully rub-out flakes might wish to let it dry a bit). No bite, stayed lit. A nice, pleasant, modest blend on a cold winter's day.

Pipe Used: mostly cobs and a few meers

Age When Smoked: 3 years 3 months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

Olivermac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Olivermac (19)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I initially only ordered this savinelli offering due to the cool, classy looking tin and because I have a special attachment to savinelli in general due to inheriting my very 1st pipe from my father. A fine 1970s model savinelli briar with an absolutely massive bowl. Its mostly for display now due to the amount of tobacco it requires just to get it halfway full, but in my piping infancy I smoked a lot of leaf out of my old nelli. It will always be one of my most prized possessions. Anyway, I'm really glad I ordered this now because it is one of my top 3 English blends to this day. The inside of the tin mirrors the outside in class having several rows of multicolored, delicately placed flakes of near perfect smoking consistency. I love the smell of this one because along with the smoky latakia you also clearly smell an extremely pleasant Virginia in there as well in perfect balance. Oftentimes this type of blend is dominated mostly by a strong latakia, but that's where this blend really shines is in it's truly impeccable balance which is not easily achieved. I'm sure at one time this blend was someone's labor of love and a lot of time was spent getting it dead right. Its one of those rare tobaccos that makes me feel like I've got something that not just anyone can aquire and it's something special, even though anyone can aquire it with a simple visit to our beloved p&c or it's competitor. If you are a fan of English blends then you should definitely give this a smoke.

Pipe Used: Various mm cobs and assorted briars

Age When Smoked: June 2016

Purchased From: P&c

3 people found this review helpful.