Sun cured, golden colored Virginia tobaccos from Zaire and Mysore in varying cuts, a tiny pinch of Louisiana perique and a lot of black cavendish with a mild aromatization. Sweet and aromatic, mellow and pleasantly gossamery. Suitable for any bowl with, but plays his strengths best in medium-wide bowls.
This way these old "ragpickers" became socially acceptable. An uncomplicated, reliable companian for all-day!
Notes: "Once they rummaged through the "Alsterkanäle" (The canal-system of Alster; also called "Fleete") with their thigh-high boots, looking for (re-)useable things. Today a very popular restaurant in Hamburg is named after them.
(The recipe was changed and now doesn't contain latakia, nor Oriental leafs.)
Opened a large tin of this at 3am. Could not sleep and put the coffee on. Figured a sweet tobacco might mellow my mood. First this is a ribbon cut. I keep it in my rotation to add when I smoke with a new pipe smoker. This is a very mild and sweet blend that kind of sneaks up on you. Slow puffers will enjoy this to no end. You speeding youngsters will get a nice surprise as you near the end. Taste is full and very sweet. It never fights you but just gradually takes over in flavor. In all it is a nice smoke much like Sunday Stroll.
Intrigued by the description in Dan Pipe's online store, I ordered a tin of this blend; it is described as a mellow blend with a goodly amount of Latakia in it.
Opening the tin, I felt a little cheated, because there is simply no Latakia in the tin aroma. The leaf comes in a variety of ribbons, ranging from some bright strands to black; the balance is much more dark than bright. The promised broad VA ribbons are not all that broad, but long.
The tobacco packs easily, lights easily and burns easily, too. The room note does not really hint at Latakia either; the Black Cavendish comes out nicely, as does the VA. The taste starts out gently sweet but full, with some spice. The Latakia does come out after a while, in taste only, gaining a little strength in the last half that won't satisfy the smokers of English blends, but is beautiful for the VA/Oriental- type consumer. The residue is a voluminous, dark grey ash with no dottle.
The entire experience reminds me somewhat of MacBaren Roll Cake, in which the "hidden" Latakia works in much the same way, only this is a ribbon cut and therefore more suited to the beginner in my opinion. This blend works well in small bowls due to its relatively thin ribbon cut.
For me, this tobacco represents a nice time-out from my usual VA/Per and VA/Oriental weeds. Not bad at all, thanks to the full taste.
I was likewise tempted in by Dan Pipe's description of this blend. I was looking for something other than an aromatic, but without the addition of latakia which I don't care for.
This seemed to fit that criteria. This comes comes in a tub, which pops open and presents a very interesting aroma. Treacle toffee comes to mind, something I haven't seen or smelt in many a year. Very nice, indeed. It smells like an aromatic, yet not dissimilar to something like Dunhill's Baby's Bottom or Early Morning Pipe.
The tobacco goes dry very quickly in an open tub, and is very rough cut and needs rubbing out a little more before loading.
The smoke itself is moderately strong and yes you'd think some latakia was in here if you didn't know different. The mixture of these different tobaccos blend together to give quite a strong taste that you cannot help but sip slowly. Forget coming back to a cold bowl, not a chance with this stuff.
This blend certainly has an apt name (and in German gothic script on the tin) in Fleetenkiekar, which I keep subconciously referring to as Arsekicker. It's not actually that strong on reflection and if taken slowly in a really good pipe (not a meerschaum) can give a fine smoke with various nuances to be discovered.
Pipe Used: Briars
Age When Smoked: New
Purchased From: Dan Pipe
Similar Blends: Dunhill's RR other virginias like McBaren's.
Very well cut ribbon, mostly brown and black leaves with some gold ones here and there.
When I started the tin, from the first puff, the perique hit me, along with a sweet syrup flavor and molasses which was quite pregnant. Quite spicy on the tongue but curiously, not on the nostrils when you retrohale. Some red raspberry flavor. Mostly sweet, but also spicy and at time tartish. By the end of the bowl it changes the taste to that of some black english tea with honey. Virginia was not detectable.
I’ve let it develop in the tin for about two weeks and the intense sugar syrup taste faded a bit, making room for more berry notes, such as blackberries, but the spiciness of the perique also faded.
For those who mention latakia: No, it has no latakia or latakia taste. Maybe it had in a previous version. So if you’re in search of latakia, don’t look for it here.
Burns ok, doesn’t get hot or bite, except for the bite from the perique itself. It does, however, require multiple relights especially if not dry enough.
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