A blend of matured Virginia tobacco.

Notes: Dunhill Three Year Matured clone.

BrandRobert McConnell
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Very Mild
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Unnoticeable, Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2976)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The very grassy/hay-like, mildly earthy, citrusy, lightly dark fruity Virginias take the lead. The dry, lightly floral, earthy, woody Orientals are in the background. These attributes are fairly close to the original Dunhill version, except the dry and floral notes are a tad less obvious. The other attributes of the Orientals are a step stronger. The lemon and apricot toppings in the original are extremely mild here, and mildly noticeable, unlike the original where they are a touch more potent. The toppings tone down the tobaccos a little. This version is a little less sweet. The strength and nic-hit are mild, and the taste level is a step past that. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent, mildly sweet and lightly savory flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl and requires an average number of relights. Has a short lived, pleasant after taste. An all day smoke. I gave the Murray’s version two stars, and two and a half for the re-release. This gets three stars because it’s better, even though it’s not that close a match, it's in the ball park despite being just a little stronger. While I doubt the tobaccos were aged five years, they do have the feel of aged varietals to a small extent.


15 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The blend is a medium narrow ribbon of medium length. It is a mix of tans and browns. The pouch note is musty hay and a slightly sweet fruit. I am claiming the top note is apricot. The moisture level of the sample was good for me, and I smoked it as delivered. I am reviewing it on its own merits and have no meaningful comparison to make with Dunhill 3-Year Matured.

Smoked this is grassy and the apricot topping is more present than in the pouch note. It is only mildly aromatic, but the flavor is good and it compliments the Virginia nicely. The strength is a medium-mild, and there is a slightly "dry" quality to the smoke that I attribute to the Orientals. I did not get any herbal or floral, although the snork gave a pleasant honeysuckle, and that may have been the subtle influence of the Orientals on the apricot topping. Puffing brought out some tart in the Virginias.

This was an easy smoke and very pleasant, but it did not have much of a "wow" factor for me. I think it falls in the category of an "all day" smoke. It is easy to keep lit and not quirky.


Pipe Used: Grabow Crown Duke pot

Purchased From: Gift from a friend in Germany

7 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Robert McConnel - Virginia 5 Year Matured (Heritage).

Having smoked and enjoyed all of the Charatan Dunhill remakes I ordered some of the 'McConnell attempts! First up is this, and it's a good smoke!

The tin holds medium size ribbons, which are prominently just below medium brown, there's a couple of lighter pieces, and the moisture makes it imminently smokable. The tin-note's slightly citrus like, but nowhere near being 'aromatic'.

Upon first light, of the tobaccos, the predominant flavour comes from the Virginias; fresh and fruity. After the initial five minutes the Orientals become more salient, giving the smoke more of an ambrosial, flavoursome, calibre. The fruity topping has a little more of a peach, apricot character than it does citrus; the citrus 'twang' is next in line. It burns at an average pace, wanting very little maintenance. I don't get tongue bite; even if I puff with ridiculous force!

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: nice.

5 Year Matured Virginia? It's a good smoke, although I enjoyed Charatan's 'clone' better, this still deserves four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Butz Choquain

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Cup O' Joes

6 people found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (118)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoked the original Dunhill 3 year back in the 60;s and 70;s . It was a stringy and deep Va. mixture with a mellow taste . Quite good . The Orlik reissue was a perfumed failure with Virginias that were more 3 month matured . ( read my review ) Now we are gifted a K & K reissue under the Mc Connell label . Well , K & K is the master of reissues and this is a prime example . The smoker finds a stringy and rather dark tobacco with mild tin note of maybe apricots . The moisture level is a little wet and it would be wise to let it sit a while . The taste is really smooth , sort of like the HU tobaccos . I did find an oriental presence but it was a minor player that served to rev up the Virginias and provide some complexity to the mixture . The stringy cut provides an even burn that can be a little rapid if one puffs to strongly . While this is still not a copy of the old 3 year Dunhill it is in the spirit of the original blend . Better yet , it stands on it's own as a very nice alternative virginia smoke .

4 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (345)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I have never smoked the old Dunhill blend from the '60s/'70s, so I can't compare the McConnell with it. I can compare it with the '00s Murray made version, though.

The Murray version had, for me, a weird topping which reminded me of Twinings Blackcurrant Tea. A topping which, according to many, was absent in the Dunhill original, and which I didn't like too much. This "clone" luckily doesn't have that topping: there is a rich dark fruity sweetness in the tin, but it seems almost completely natural.

That said, it's a decent blend: the Orientals seem to me much more evident than in the Dunhill, and overall it's a very smooth, very well behaved tobacco, that smokes very regularly from beginning to end, with no fuss and moderate evolution. Some grassy notes, a hint of red Virginia sweetness, and soft spice from the Orientals: pleasant, never aggressive... just a bit boring, a bit cigarettish. And here's where personal taste comes in: I am not a fan of blends with only Virginia and Orientals but without a pinch of Perique or Latakia. I find that they often taste a bit bland to my taste, apart from some unique tasty exceptions like GLPease Cairo.

If you like the softness of Va+Orientals, and if you like a quiet and solid blend, give it a try... just don't expect anything spectacular.

3 people found this review helpful.

Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (205)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

McConnell 5 yr Matured Virginia- This is quite grassy with citrus and dark fruit and I think an Apricot topping . The Orientals are more noticeable to me than the Most recent Dunhill version and the Virginias are a little stronger. The toppings seem lighter . The taste and strength are fuller . I like both blends even though they are different. Both make great summer smokes in hot weather . I’m not sure what the little black rubbery flecks are but assume there is a little cavendish included . I am enjoying it . If you like milder Virginias as I do on occasion I think this is worth a shot . Recommend 3

1 person found this review helpful.

renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (177)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

My tin is different to the one on here ; mine is yellow and says 5 Year Matured Virginia on the lid. Therefore I am assuming they as the same thing. Mine must be new I suppose.

The opening aroma is subtle. A light whiff of virginia leaf that has been lovingly prepared and comes through with a even lighter sweetness. Gorgeous.

Taste-wise, this is like so many virginias I have tried over the years and is certainly on a par with fine tobacco blends like Broken Flake from Vauen or maybe Dan Tobacco's excellent virginia slices.

It isn't the most exciting blend you'll ever come across this is true, but there is enough complexity of flavours here that send it into the top end bracket of similar blends. The initial light taste is again like the opening tin aroma very subtle, and I get satisfying waves of earthly, woody, slightly sweet tobacco, with a sliver of caramel and coffee.

It's quite a strong brew and for smokers starting off with pipes, be careful to smoke it slowly and gently otherwise it will bite you severely.

The price at 13.20 euros is competitive also. As usual the absurdity is I've not seen it in British Tobacconists.

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Dan Pipe Germany

Similar Blends: Dunhill RR (as was) Vauen Broken Flake, Sam Gawiths Golden Glow..

1 person found this review helpful.

MM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MM (12)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Strong

The smell out of the tin has apricot and some less pronounced peach notes. At the match, the apricot notes are detectable. There is little complexity in this mixture perhaps due to the orientals. I got a heavy nicotine hit from the first couple of bowls. Smoking it in a filtered pipe and sipping short draws brought the best out of it. High quality leaf, burns clean to white ash. Delicious tobacco that I recommend in hot summer days, and nights too.

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