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Our smoothest, most refined Virginias, with a touch of Latakia and Turkish. An excellent tobacco for almost all occasions.

Blended ByVincent Nastri
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
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None Detected
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Vincent Nastri was Barclay-Rex' legendary founder, c. 1910. ("Barclay" because the shop was then on Barclay Street. "Rex" was Mr Nastri's giant Schnauzer.)

This is a perfectly decent, mild-mannered English blend, no frills, light-medium.

If I were a normal person working at the NYC financial district, instead of a tobacco snob sampling hundreds of blends I hate, there is no reason why I wouldn't regularly pick up some of this pleasant, inexpensive stuff. Generations of smart people have done precisely that, let me tell you. A common-sense choice.

3 people found this review helpful.

CarlC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CarlC (18)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

Tasty,full strength blend.Latakia forward,but not too forward.The other component tobaccos play a part as well.Mine came today VIA UPS.I also ordered 8 oz of the maiden lane mixture.If you are smoker of Latakia mixtures,I recommend trying this one.Barclay-Rex only does over the counter,and mail orders.No internet sales.

Pipe Used: Baldo Baldi

Age When Smoked: New,straight off the shelf

Purchased From: Barclay-Rex in NYC

2 people found this review helpful.

tschenyinkoh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tschenyinkoh (51)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Fermented Virginia is the star and very mellow and smooth. A dose of Latakia is just for the smoky condiment. The Oriental is a little bit tangy and makes Vincent's so lively and vibrant. I think there is some unsweetened black Cavendish in there.

Overall a very good all day Virgina based blend.

Three stars.

Pipe Used: churchwarden

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Barclay-Rex | Tobacconists Since 1910 in NYC

1 person found this review helpful.

Horse Bodotes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Horse Bodotes (19)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

During a recent trip to New York City I visited the Barclay-Rex store on Lexington Ave. The Manager, Bill, was very gracious and patient while I purchased a beautiful Tim West pipe (for a very fair price) and offered me a bowl of Vincent's blend.

The tobacco has a nice visual appeal and a wonderful aroma. The blend is composed of Latakia and Orientals in a coarse ribbon cut with a generous amount of stoved Virginias as large pieces of broken flake. The moisture content was OK and the blend packed well into the pipe.

First impression - this stuff is pretty good; a great balance of the smoky Latakia and tangy Orientals with just the right touch of natural sweetness from the stoved Virginia. As I smoked down the bowl the flavors deepened and matured but did not change significantly or get bitter. The tobacco burned well down to a fine grey ash.

I like this blend and would not hesitate to smoke it on a regular basis. The flavor is reminicent to me of the "original" Rattray's Highland Targe with a bit more Virginia presence. I have since smoked a couple of ounces of this blend and I think it will get added to the regular rotation.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jon888 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jon888 (3)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I was looking for something with a little more flavor than Early Morning Pipe as a breakfast blend. Tried Presbyterian, but I think the nic-hit on an empty stomach was a little too much for me. Vincent’s checks many boxes for me. Nice notes of sweetness, touch of stewed fruit and a hint of smokiness. The classic and classiness of the brand only adds to the charm. Definitely needs a little drying.

Pipe Used: Peterson bent apple

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Barclay Rex

Similar Blends: Peterson - Early Morning Pipe.

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SiChange Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SiChange (45)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of a few pipe tobaccos still blended by Barclay-Rex itself. The Latakia component is very substantial. Good quality Virginias, Orientals, Burleys,and a small amount of Perique complete the mixture (Perique was a traditional part of many or most English-style mixtures blended in NYC). An excellent English-style blend.

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