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The wrapper leafs of this blend are hand picked Virginia leafs. The inner part consists of Virginias, dark fired Kentucky and perique tobaccos. The Three Nuns Green pipe tobacco is produced according to old English tradition.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByPer Jensen
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsKentucky, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutCurly Cut
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium, Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2647)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The earthy, dark fruity, lightly grassy and wood, lightly acidic, tart and tangy citrusy Virginias form the base of the blend. The very woody, earthy, dry, herbal, slightly sharp, fairly spicy, smoky, mildly floral dark fired Kentucky competes for attention with the Virginias, and mostly takes a little of the lead. The raisiny, spicy, plumy perique runs third place here as a condiment. The strength level is just short of medium while the taste barely makes that threshold. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no dull moments. There is a little inconsistency in the flavor because some coins have more dark fired Kentucky than others, and there’s some loose cut tobacco along with the coins. The tobacco is lightly moist and the coins are pliable to suit your packing preference. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace, and will burn to ashes. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires just a tad more than an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, lightly lingering after taste and stronger room note. Can easily be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.

-JimInks

24 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (301)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The coins tend to fall apart a bit too easily, but many can still be folded to prevent a faster burn. The VAs take the forefront, but the Kentucky is easily tasted throughout the bowl. The mild Perique is the third fiddle, most noticeable in the final 3rd of the bowl. Lights easily and keeps it going. An easy smoke. I expect the tins will improve with age (only 2 months on this tin). I look forward to cracking the next tin next summer.

Pipe Used: cobs, meers, & briars

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

11 people found this review helpful.

Fletch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fletch (10)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable to Strong

I’m reviewing both Three Nun’s Yellow and Green because I bought them simultaneously to compare. Both were smoked in a variety of pipes (hand carved, cobs, thick, thin, small and large) and in a variety of methods (sitting/tasting, while walking, while doing yard work). Based on all of those criteria, here are my reviews: Three Nun’s Green Described as a VaPer with Dark Fired Kentucky - this seems to me like one of those tobaccos trying to find itself.

Packaging: Like the other Three Nun’s in the family, this tobacco looks like it was packed in haste. Opening the round tin, I found loosely packed irregular coins haphazardly mixed with ribbons of tobacco. Moisture content on the other hand is perfect and smokable right out of the tin. Regardless, I transferred into a rubber sealed jar and let the tobacco breathe for a day before smoking.

Strength: I found the nicotine content to be on the more mild side for this tobacco.

Tin Note: The aroma from the tin could be described as a mixture of fig cookie with a little cocoa.

Taste/Flavoring: I chose to take this tobacco on a walk for the first few bowls and I found this tobacco to behave in a few different stages. In the first third of the bowl, I definitely noted a mixture of the sweet Virginia/Perique (bready and fig newton) combined with a toastiness from the DFK. In the middle third of the bowl, the tobaccos blended together into a sweet mixture that lingered across my tongue after every exhale. In the final third of the bowl, I detected almost no presence of the DFK.

Room Note: With the discerning nose of my non-smoking wife, she found the lingering smell of this tobacco to be a heavier tobacco then she appreciates. So, it clearly doesn’t pass the wife test and makes it an outdoor tobacco.

OVERALL: Considering that I love sweet Virginia tobaccos, when I compare 3NG to the other tobaccos in the family, I’d put this in a solid third place.

Pipe Used: Cobs and Briars

Age When Smoked: Unsure

Purchased From: SmokingPipes.com

Similar Blends: Mac Baren - Three Nuns, Mac Baren - Three Nuns Yellow.

10 people found this review helpful.

BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (130)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I really want to give this 3 stars because of the price!! For 50 grams I would probably look elsewhere.. on the other hand.. this is an amazing smoke.. maybe just a couple for the cellar.. This one is very Kentucky forward.. but the sweet complexity of the virginia.. and a little peppery perique really compliment things. It is nearly a cigar like experience.. extremely satisfying.. much like d'oblone doro.. but more oomph.. perfect for a fall night.. I don't really like latikia.. but I love how Kentucky forward blends give me a similar experience without the drawbacks.. some really good blending going on here.

8 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1982)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Mac Baren - Three Nuns Green.

The coins are quite broken, so it's an easy blend to load with. My tin was a little dryer than I'd have preferred, smokable, but I like a blend to be slightly damp to the touch.

Lighting up a bowl's easy-peasy, and it gives a decent smoke. The Virginia and Kentucky form the majority of the flavour, hence why I'm marking medium to full for taste. But the flavour isn't over fire-cured, and too acrid; more of a 'smoky-nuttiness'. The Perique's easily the lightest ingredient; it needs to be 'looked' for more than the others. The burn's good, maybe a little fast due to the hydration, but consistent. I've been smoking only this today and haven't had a bite from it.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not a fan.

Three Nuns Green? A nice enough smoke but not a 'brilliant' smoke. Three stars:

Recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: My Friday pipe

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

8 people found this review helpful.

43Bulldog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
43Bulldog (5)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Smoked out of tin, smells and tastes bready and grassy with white pepper too. The spiciness sits on your lips and is welcome especially in colder climate. I only noticed the strength when I dedicated some time to a full bowl. An interesting VAPer which I reach for more than Escudo during winter. Can be inconsistent though.

Pipe Used: Bones short bent bulldog

Age When Smoked: less than a year

Similar Blends: Escudo.

5 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (203)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I picked up a tin of the new Yellow and the new Green to try.

I tried the Green after trying the Yellow earlier.

Presentation: Very small coins. Much smaller than LBF or the other coins I'm used to. The tin is tightly packed when opened. The coins in my tin were almost impossible to extract intact, they seemed to be stuck together and come out broken. Tin note was spicier than the yellow and I could smell the periques/kentucky over the Virginia in this one.

Prep: The moisture seems about perfect straight from the tin, it did seem a little drier than the yellow version. Was easy to pack the broken pieces, but was unable to get a complete coin out to fold.

Lighting: Char light, tamp, and then one light got me through the bowl. On charring it puffed up more than the yellow version.

Taste: Completely different experience from the yellow. The KY seemed to steal the show here staying in front of the Virginias. Definitely some spice from the periques in the background. Much earthier and darker feeling than the yellow. VAPer lovers I think will love this one.

Burn: A little bit hot in the bowl, but in the Canadian never required a relight. Burned down to ash with minimal moisture in the bowl of my Castello Canadian.

Overall impression: I really prefer this one to the yellow version. I have not tried the current version of regular Three Nuns to compare it to. With the curly cut and more complex flavors (spicier, fuller) I could see this one being a regular smoke.

I'm going to jar the rest of the tin and I'll update if the taste changes with some aging.

Pipe Used: Castello Canadian

Age When Smoked: Fresh from Tin

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

5 people found this review helpful.

tiffanzsolti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tiffanzsolti (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Modern tin design with a classic feel, looks good.

Little coins, medium moist. Dries quickly and then the coins fall apart. Either way, it’s easy to pack and relatively easy to light.

Tin note is “ketchupy”-BBQ but not overpowering. Typical Va/Per spices with medium-high intensity. Lovely.

Stuff and fold works. Straightforward aromatic intensity all the way to the end. Round and full bodied, meaty and fruity too. Pleasure to smoke. Not too spicy to bite. Gets very very hot though, even in my largest pipes, even with a pipe competition smoking speed. This is possibly due to the high sugar content.

Classic Va/Per, a must in the cellar / rotation for people suffering in Tobacco Acquisition Disorder (quote: Bruno).

Worth the money.

Looking forward to age this for a long-long time and see how it performs 5 years later.

Pipe Used: Bing’s Favorite

Age When Smoked: New (moist) then 7 months later (dry)

Purchased From: DanPipe

4 people found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (293)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dry right from the tin with many of the coins already broken. Miss the sweetness from the VAs and the perique is way in the background until the last 1/3 of the bowl. Leaves my mouth dry after smoking.

Pipe Used: Estella billiard; Montbatten bent billiard

Age When Smoked: 6/18

Purchased From: smoking pipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

Swiss-smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Swiss-smoker (86)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

It is a Curly Cut like the original Three Nuns red label. Loose spun curly cut discs in the size of small coins. The moisture in tin is spot on to smoke right out of the tin. Although, after opening the tin you should keep it under some moisture to prevent it from dying further.

Base and body of Three Nuns Green (3NG) is formed by a selection of different Virginias, mainly of the dark sort. The typical aroma-palette of the Virginias is all there, but it is slightly pushed aside by a strong, peppery Perique without the usual notes of dried fruit. Dark Fired Kentucky is on stage too, but it is a little more in the background and donates tasty notes of spices, no notes of smoke or campfire.

However, the secret star of the show is Perique. It provides exclusively an aroma of powerful White Pepper and makes this mixture quite strong, especially after the first third of the bowl. Therefore it is not an all-day mixture for me; I could not smoke several bowls in a row. I enjoy smoking it after dinner.

To me 3NG is a deep digging mixture, combining numerous flavours of the above mentioned tobaccos. This mixture is definitely in my wheelhouse. I find it delicious and interesting enough to introduce it into my rotation.

Purchased From: Local tobacconist.

4 people found this review helpful.

LiterarySmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LiterarySmoker (30)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I will admit up front that I started smoking this blend because Three Nuns was proportedly C.S. Lewis' favorite smoke. I picked up a tin of the Three Nuns Orange and liked it a lot. It has a lot of hay and sweet grass notes. I read online, however, that the current Three Nuns is nothing like what the famed Oxford Author smoked since they had changed the recipe and removed the Perique. So I started on a quest to find a similar VaPer and all the groups online seem to agree the this blend and Savinelli's Doblone d'Oro are the closest. I have to say this is not my first tin of Three Nuns and it won't be the last.

When you first open the tin, you find some loose coins and spun tobacco packed to the brin in the tin. The tin note is slightly bready, hay like, sweet grass, there is almost a hint of BBQ from some Dark Fired, and there is a raisiny plumyness from the perique. Filling a pipe is easy the loose tobacco packs well and the coins easily rub out. Lighting is really easy, and it keeps lit really well. The room note is typical of VaPers.

Once you light it I taste hay and bread from the Virginia's but the Dark Fired comes through adding dark fruit, and a slight after taste of BBQ. The slower you puff the more you enjoy. I get some really nice Perique spice on the retrohale. I think this has a very rounded flavor profile. It isn't melding together but the components really sit well with each other. In my experience I finish a bowl of this and Immediately pack another. I can't say how it ages as I've never had a tin sit long enough without being smoked. My only qualm is that they don't sell it in bulk otherwise I'd buy several pounds of it in a heartbeat. Overall the taste is a strong medium and the strength is more of a mild - medium.

If you interested in a nice complex VaPer to sit down with, give this a try. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie Birkshire Large Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: B&M

2 people found this review helpful.

Sangagor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sangagor (33)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

Niece neutral smell of fresh tobacco reminds me Old Gowrie. I did not expect miracle , and received exactly what I expected. Not very nice coins burns well, not too much relights is needed. Moisture is accurate, for me could be even more wet. Taste is little peppery, after perique probably. Absolutely recommend this tobacco as very nice average neutral.

Pipe Used: Stanislaw

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: etrafika.cz

Similar Blends: Rattray - Old Gowrie (British Collection).

1 person found this review helpful.

North State Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
North State (48)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Very wholesome, darkish tin note with dried hay virginia complemented by rich grass - the net effect is actually very close to the smell of snus. Smallish coins, about the size of a thumbnail. Unlike many other reviewers, I had no particular problem with the coins being already broken upon opening the tin; I could always find enough whole ones or broken tobacco, depending on how I wanted to fill my pipe.

And herein lies 3N-Green's greatest strength; unlike other coin or flake tobaccos that I have sampled, Green is good regardless of how you do or don't rub it out, and regardless of the moisture level too. Rub it out and you get a fast, good, clean, virginia base wonderfully complemented by the darker tobaccos to produce a very wholesome, no-nonsense smoke. Stack the coins in the bowl and it requires a bit more effort to get the pipe going (especially if the coins are still somewhat moist) but the result is even more rewarding - the same taste but in a more long-lasting, flavourful, somewhat darker version, with wonderfully thick and wholesome smoke.

Would recommend foremost for fans of virginia who would maybe like to try a little bit more 'oomph' in their tobacco, and will surely be buying again when in the mood for some good, wholesome coin tobacco.

Pipe Used: Gasparini, Chacom, corn cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop

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