Black pressed cavendish, with matured, air-cured and flue-cured tobacco. An old-fashioned style, with plenty of taste.

BrandJ. F. Germain & Son
Blended ByJ. F. Germain & Son
Manufactured ByJ.F. Germain & Son
Blend TypeCavendish Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
CutBroken Flake
Packaging50 grams tin; 50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30171)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Weird and unique blend. Stringy ribbon - almost a shag - of mostly light to tan but with a few strands of black, which I assume is the Cavendish. Oddly, many of the black pieces were of a harder consistency. The tin aroma was just bizarre for a pipe tobacco... very earthy and almost peaty. Smelled like newly mown hay that had contracted mold somehow.

This is listed here as "Cavendish based" but the Cavendish seems more of a condiment. A light sweetener, pretty much just sugar with no added flavors. Imagine Odgen's Gold Block with a touch of black Cavendish that had been excessively moistened and then hurriedly dried. Yet, this tastes better than I'm making it sound. Somehow it just works in the pipe. It's not a world-beater but it's interesting. It's a mellow smoke, with just the right proportions of earthiness and sweetness... unless you prefer more sweetness in your bowl. This is more balanced. Smells funny, tastes on the odd side, but it works. The original blender must have had a stroke of creativity with this one - nothing like it that I've ever tried.

12 people found this review helpful.

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

J.F Germain Uncle Tom's Mixture.

The unlit mixture has a very raw and "earthy" natural tobacco smell, where the Virginia dominates the blends aroma. It is mainly a medium brown Virginia colour with a smaller amount of darker Cav specks in there. Moistness is great: not damp or dry, a superb amount.

This one takes to lighting up with amazing ease, and when lit it leaves behind a very white ash. The burn is really even, it doesn't need a re-light unless left to long without any attention. The flavour of the smoke now: like the unlit mix, it is prominently a Virginia one. To be fair you do also get a small amount of a "basic" Burley cigarette type quality with a very slight addition of black Cavendish sweetness. Tongue bite does not occur throughout the entire bowl , but we all vary for that!

Nicotine: below medium. Room-note: pleasant.

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

11 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Good old Uncle Tom! Processed in the delightfully unique way that Germain has of combining leaf, this is a light naturally aromatic blend with a casing that I can't put my finger on. It is way off in the background to expose the old world flavor of the Virginia. Crackin' good!


10 people found this review helpful.

oldorder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldorder (22)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Mild, middle of the road, relaxing, yes. The reviews were so mixed I didn't really know what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. It is true nothing really jumps out at you. On opening the whiffs were sweet and more peaty, mossy, than anything else I noticed. I don't know how old the tin was but the moisture was about right. It lit right up and took one re-light. Seemed like it might bite but didn't. Go slow. Room note was unobtrusive, very "old-fashioned" whatever that means.

Pipe Used: Old Briar Nose Warmer

Age When Smoked: Not sure, but open and smoked from the tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Although not the same as African Queen it is in the same category - very mixed reviews. For some reason it came across to me as a peaty Old Gowrie and as much as I love OG I have a affinity for Uncle Tom's. Easy, Smooth, Sittin' Down by the Water, kind of smoke. Subjectivity reigns..

10 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3047)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The fairly grassy, citrusy Virginias have light dark fruit and a little earthiness as they form the base of the blend. The nutty, earthy, woody, toasty dry, cavendish style burley is a secondary player. The unsweetened black cavendish provide some sugar as a condiment. There is a topping that I can’t quite define, but it reminds me of caramel, and a touch of something else with an alcohol note. Whatever it is, it adds a slight creaminess, but the touch of alcohol is distracting. The toppings mildly tone down the tobaccos. The strength is mild, while the taste level is a step or so past that level. Won’t bite or get harsh, and sports a hint of a roughage at times. Burns slightly fast and cool with a very consistent floor from top to bottom. Leaves hardly any dampness in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a short lived after taste with a sour note. An all day smoke. Two and a half stars.


9 people found this review helpful.

Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (90)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This tobacco isn't going to blow anyone's socks off. That said, it is a very enjoyable smoke, and quality is really high.

Opening the tin, I am presented with a little brick of tobacco wrapped in some kind of silver-lined plastic, and the silver is peeling off and sticking to some of the tobacco. Not acceptable, and coupled with the stupid square tin, it's almost enough to put a guy onto some other brand. Aroma is Virginia and stewed prunes, not unlike Peterson Sherlock Holmes or even Dunhill Elizabethan.

A mixture of ribbons, leaf bits, and some stems, this stuff packs easy and lit up pretty well. I wonder if the tin was a bit old, because it was not very moist at all.

Smoke is voluminous and pleasant... not a particularly hot burning blend. The pruney smell comes through, and I am reminded of the plummy notes in Presbyterian. In fact, add some orientals and maybe a bit of latakia, and you've got Presby.

Lacking the ashy harshness that Elizabethan gives me, this is a nice mild smoke. Not completely monotone, but not particularly complex. A good choice for one moving from aromatics to English or Virginia blends.

9 people found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (186)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Odd to find so many negative reviews of this. I happen to like the Germain tobaccos. I love Plum Cake, but this is second. Its an old time kind of english taste. And without latakia, those old english blends have gone out of fashion a bit. Which is too bad. Smoke it slow. Its basically a medium Virginia with light casing done and with pressed cavendish. Deceptively good stuff.

Age When Smoked: new

7 people found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (117)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very mildly aromatic virginia based tobacco with a smidgen of black cavendish and a bit of burley from the description which went unnoticed. The tin aroma has a distinct fig-fruity aroma that seems to me to be the same or similiar to the manufacturer's blend Esotorica Dunbar. So, that blend has an aroma enhancement, not just from the fruity character of perique respective to it. The flavor is dominated by slightly sharp golden virginia flavors. Occasionally, there was an unusual flavor nuance(perfumed spice, slight bitterness) that I think is the black cavendish that reminded me also of the same manufacturer's blend Plumcake so, perhaps this element is the same in both. I wish this was a little milder on the palette but, I'm one of those sensitive to virginia bite. Overall, this is a very pleasant blend in character but not outstanding. Nevertheless, I'll finish the tin and perhaps order it again. It wouldn't be a bad idea to order this and add a bit of blending perique when Esotorica Dunbar and Dorchester are out of stock.

Pipe Used: corncob

7 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (222)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Very strange tin aroma for a tobacco. It smells exactly like dried fruit, black raisins and prunes. Not very exciting, but however welcome a nice tin aroma is, we buy the tobacco for smoking primarily….

It comes packed in a loose cake which consists of long thin ribbons of mainly bright leaf and some brown - almost shag cut – with a few pieces of black Cavendish. I think it needs some preparation first. One thing is to unfurl the ribbons to ease the draw when smoking. I spread them on a surface and untangled them from each other and let them dry for a few minutes. After this it’s ready to go.

Now, with the very first draw I sensed a very familiar taste! It soon dawned on me that it tastes eerily similar to Samuel Gawith’s Best Brown Flake. That yeasty, honeyed Virginia sweetness. As the bowl progresses the tobacco becomes more nutty and more natural tasting, good plain tobacco flavor. What I taste mainly is Virginias with a little added sweetness and fruit (prunes, figs, black raisins) with a touch of Burley.

There are differences with Best Brown Flake, Uncle Tom is a little sharper, a little lighter and it also has an extra sweet fruity nuance coming from the Black Cavendish. But imagine Best Brown Flake in an (almost) ready-to-smoke form, without all the drying and rubbing. For this reason only, Uncle Tom deserves a try.

This is one of the most exciting blends I’ve tried recently, and I am really surprised by the low scores from other reviewers. For me it is a tobacco that has everything to commend it: easy handling, superb burning qualities, mild to medium strength which allows you to smoke it all day, full and nuanced flavor and it’s also rather unusual.

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith's Best Brown Flake, with a different cut of course. If you like Dunhill's Elizabethan or Ye Old Signe, you will probably enjoy Uncle Tom as well..

6 people found this review helpful.

SteveH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteveH (37)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I am enjoying my first ever smoke of this, in a meer, as I type. In the tin, it is medium cut, mainly mid-brown, some black (the Cavendish, no doubt). It is a mild, smooth, slightly earthy, pleasant if unexciting smoke.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: The Pipe Shop, Edinburgh

Similar Blends: Sam Gawith Best Brown Flake (but milder).

6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30171)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I was not cheering after tasting this tobacco. I have to admit though that it is a very pleasant tobacco and it is of a high quality. When opening the box, the first thing that impresses you is its color. Dark brown tobacco wrapped in a silver coating. Really strange. It reminds me of the one and only CAMPANILLE. Its flavor is light and discrete without topping the natural taste I seek. The taste reminds VIRGINIA & CAVENDISH that it contains, NOT TOO STRONGLY OF COURSE. It is good but I will not taste it again soon.

6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30171)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I tried this one last week, during a time when resting from heavier blends. This is a standard virginia type blend, which after a short intitial period of having to avoid getting the pipe too hot to prevent tongue bite, settles into a nice rich sweetness that isn't cloying. The burning qualities are fine, although the tobacco in the tin came a lot more moist than I prefer and thus very small traces of white on the dark top pieces. The blend is clearly of good quality, as once it settles down, you can puff away within reason and it's a cool smoke with a nice rich but not overpowering flavor. Not much nicotine buzz, so a nice candidate for a all day or frequent smoke for virginia tobacco lovers looking for something on the mild end of medium. My rating is biased as I've smoked enough virginia to know what I like there, so I won't judge it by the standards of a smoker who prefers latakia blends. If you have a virginia blend you already like, this might not make you change, but given the fullness without an oversweet aroma and taste, this might be a nice change of pace for some.

As an update, I found, to my surprise, that this tobacco mixes very well with heavier blends like Mississippi Mud, or heavy latakia blends. I wouldn't buy it just for that, but if you find yourself disappointed in the can you buy, or find it too mild, then it's a very fixable blend. Also, it has good burning qualities when drier also, as opposed to out of the can. In fact, it burns noticably cooler, on a par with Peterson's Sherlock Holmes blend, if not better.

6 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (318)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I found this more mellow than mild, with just a bit more N than something like Carter Hall or SWR. The tin note was very date-like (reminded me of date steam pudding), but while sweetish, this was not a sweet aro by any means. I can see why it doesn't get many very good overall reviews here -- not sweet enough for many aro lovers, too mellow for many VA or VaPer fans, not complex enough for many Oriental lovers, and of course most Latakia lovers would find nothing to love.

For me, this is a very middle-of-the-road relaxing smoke. It hit the spot when I am looking for such a blend; not great by any means, but good overall. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is yes, and I have.

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30171)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

Wow. There was only one tobacco that I just decided to toss before I got halfway through the bowl. Now there are two. This stuff bit my tongue like I just started smoking. It has a flavor when it hits the tongue that really turned me off. Kind of a sour flavor. Didn't like this a bit.

4 people found this review helpful.

Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
Very Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

I would somewhat recommend this tobacco based simply on the fact that others may be able to detect within it that which my tongue is somehow overlooking. It is a sweet smelling tobacco in the tin, it looks good, and lighting is pleasant enough.

Unfortunately, the entire smoking experience never gets past the 'pleasant enough'. Halfway through the bowl, I was still expecting the mild flavors to begin developing a fuller, richer body; never happened. It simply remained fairly bland, almost palpably so. Toward the very bottom of the bowl, it turned skunky on me. This happened in three different pipes of varying sizes and shapes. Bland, blander, then skunky at the end.

I have noticed that most of Germain's mixtures are rather weak in character, nearly like they were watered down (same problem with the old Three Castles ryo tobacco). They are tasty, but lacking in body and flavor. This is the Niles Craine of pipe tobacco (or possibly his wife Maris).

3 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (633)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Back when you only had trouble finding Stonehaven and Penzance, other blends like this were plentiful. I would always throw a Germain blend in my cart that I hadn't tried. Such was the case with this tin. Now, of course, anything Germain puts out is difficult to find.

I opened this at the Chicago Show a little over a month ago and shared with many smokers. All agreed it was pretty good. This is basically a VaBur with some Cavendish thrown in. It does not claim it in the description, but there is definitely a top note on this blend. I would say the Virginia and perhaps the Cavendish are the leading flavors in this blend with the burley adding a little body to the smoke. I, personally would have liked a bit more burley in this one, but I found it good nonetheless.

The topping is tough to pinpoint as they all are when the blender doesn't actually tell you what it is. I get a kind of molasses, teriyaki type taste out of this. Maybe Treacle is a component. Whatever it is, I really liked it and the presence that it left on my mustache after each smoke.

My tin is of the regular rectangular type that is infamous in its sealing properties once opened. In a months time, the contents did dry somewhat, but the tobacco never got crispy. Normally, this would be ideal humidity for me to smoke, but I found this to be much better fresh even though it came quite moist. I think the problem is that the topping flashed away as time went on and it just didn't help the smoke IMO.

I recommend this blend, but not quite to the 4 star level as I wouldn't have thought twice to trade this away for some Rich Dark Flake. If this had as much of a burley presence as that one, I would likely be adding a fourth star.

2 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (218)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Shag cut with half golden and half dark tobacco. The smell from the tin is of stewed, fermented dark fruit and peat, not unlike their Royal Jersey Perique Mixture, with perfect moisture. My tin is nicely matured as the wax paper is stained.

This mixture has good burning qualities and doesn't require too much attention as for the flavor, it's mild, creamy, slightly toasty and has no rough edges. The taste profile is more the sum of the whole thing than an element in particular. First this kind of cut better melds the very mild sweet/treacle casing to the tobacco. I get a very mild sweetness, some fermented dark fruit, a bit of nuttiness, and towards the middle/end of the bowl some earthy accents.

This old school pipe tobacco offers a kind of time machine experience, while not a mind blower, it certainly gives beginners a nice start and experienced pipe smokers a break from all their heavyweights.

Virginia lover

2 people found this review helpful.

marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (70)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is an underappreciated offering from the house of Germain. It is a cool, enjoyable, and tasty smoke, and offers a nice change from heavier offerings. For example, today I started the day off with a heavy balkan, and then smoked a few bowls of some new, strong aromatics that I received in the mail today. I broke all the rules - I did not let them dry sufficiently, I smoked while I worked and puffed too hard, and not knowing these new tobaccos I made no attempt to pair them with the best pipe. As a result by this evening my palate was pretty beat. Always a glutton for punishment, however, I still wanted another bowl before bedtime. Uncle Tom's fit the bill perfectly.

This is a thin ribbon shag cut, and the cavendish it contains is quite unlike a typical american or danish style black cavendish. It is the lighter, english style cavendish, and is very tasty indeed. The blend is cased, but with no particular flavor, just a little added sweetness. This, coupled with the VA's, make the overall flavor experience one of haylike VA's and sugar, almost like a very light caramel.

It burns and lights like a champ. It requires drying for the best experience, and must be smoked at a slow pace to get the most flavor and avoid tongue bite. While this is not a hot or biting mixture in general, the high sugar and VA content demand a measure of respect, and you are rewarded with more flavor and richer, more complex flavor profile.

The taste, while mild, is still satisfying and enjoyable. The smoke is creamy, and the flavor is light and sweet. In truth this tastes nowhere near as thin as many of the aromatics that I have tried, and I think it can still be thoroughly enjoyed even if you are used to smoking heavier blends, or stronger aromatics. I smoke both, but appreciate the place that this old style aromatic has, and am glad that it is still available.

In general the blends seem to have become much heavier, but this does not necessarily equate to more flavor or satisfaction. If you go into this mixture with your eyes open as to what to expect then i think you will find much to appreciate. Think of it as a fine pilsner on a summer day - it is not as heavy or dark, or complex as other brews, but in the right context nothing is more satisfying.

Pipe Used: Kai Nielsen pot

Age When Smoked: 5 years old

2 people found this review helpful.

NobbyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NobbyR (79)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an old fashioned English pipe tobacco that comes in a fine ribbon cut, almost a shag. The fibres have been presed into the rectangular tin and have the just the right moisture. There seem to be equal amounts of Virginia grades and Black as well as Golden Cavendish in the blend.

The tin note is pleasantly earthy and sweet like brown bread with hints of freshly cut hay.

Filling your pipe is easy (I usually use the Frank method). Just don't pack it too tightly, because this specific cut tends to burn rather hot and fast.

The mellow taste is kind of toasty, tangy and sweet with hints of grass and dried fruits, and a subtle nutty aftertaste. Very old fashioned, but delicious. Enjoyed with leisure, it's a satisfying smoke that'll give you no tongue bite. It burns down evenly, seldom requiring a relight, leaving some dark greying ash.

The room note is just as old fashioned, but rather pleasant.

Pipe Used: Chieftain's Balance

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Crescent City Cigars

Similar Blends: Esoterica Dunbar.

2 people found this review helpful.

jankoez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jankoez (69)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

After smoking a tin of this blend probably you will never recall of its taste. Nothing special.

My rate: 2.0

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30171)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

For me this tobacco had a very stale and gross taste. Reminiscent of milk that has gone sour. The aftertaste was also quite nasty.

2 people found this review helpful.

The Great Mungulor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Great Mungulor (8)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

An unusual blend of mildly grassy virginia, sweet cavendish and a strong tone of burley. The tobacco itself looks interesting with very thick cuts of leaf - almost a shag cut, but not quite. Thick black cuts of cavendish lace the rich yellow virginias. Upon lighting, the first few puffs were very mild and sweet. Then I was hit by a flavour tasting a lot like cigarettes (of which I was not a fan). It is not a bad smoke by any means, but I could not shake the cigarette taste. It only required one light, and the tobacco burned evenly and cleanly - leaving a nice ash. I would class this as a bit of an outlier in the pipe tobacco scene, it doesn't fit firmly into a category. A very inventive blend, even if it is not a favourite of mine.

Pipe Used: Parker's Briar Lovat

Purchased From: GQ

1 person found this review helpful.

Bluegrassbrian Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluegrassbrian (9)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

First of all I wouldnt call this a cavendish based blend. Its a Virginia based blend with some cavendish used as a condiment. The cut is one of my favorites in the industry. Germaines shaggy strands packed tightly always bring me delight. Mostly light brown virginia, speckled with golden strands and littered with jet black cavendish that has dull white sugars on the surface. The tin note is earthy and murky. Deep inhalations reveal root spice like ginger and even anise.

I found that on a scale of 1-10 (1 being bone dry and 10 being Gawith), Uncle Toms smokes best around a 5 or 6. Malty, cereal, earth toned virginia forms the base of flavor. Careful smoking with regular retrohales reveals a steady stream of softly sweet licorice/anise. I recommend a more narrow bowl, perhaps one you would use for a virginia flake. It must not be smoked carelessly or too quickly. Dont fall in to the trap of chasing the flavors. This is a terrific blend for contemplation that will reward the patient steady smoker.

Pipe Used: Various billiards

Age When Smoked: Relatively Fresh

Purchased From: Kremers in Louisville

1 person found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (248)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is one unique blend, I have nothing to compare it to really other than a vague familiarity with other J.F. Germain blends (Roayl Jersey's come to mind). The tin note is subdued, slightly sweet and earthy. Unlike others I do not detect a topping in the tin note or the favor. The smoke is quite unique. The funny thing about this blend (brace yourself this is likely going to make no sense to anyone reading this) is that the brown and black Cavendish (unflavored) taste like I always expect Cavendish to taste but it never does. The Cavendish and Virginia's play so well together it is hard to believe. The Cavendish is slightly behind the VA's but in a way that make the Virginia's taste better. They are slightly sweet but mostly earthy and add a mineral like flavor to the smoke. This mineral note seems to tame the sweetness you are getting from all of the leaves, Cavendish and Virginia, and provides a backbone to the smoke. There is some light grass and citrus from the Virginia leaf and there is a very unique flavor on the finish. about 2 second after you expel the smoke you get a nice caramel like flavor that sits in your mouth for several minutes. I really enjoy this. Tip: I have a universal rule with all Germain tobacco's, dry them. Due to the cuts it depends on time but I haven't found one that needed less than 15 minutes unless I left it in a tin for a month or more after the seal was popped. Once dried Germain tobacco's smoke like no others.

Pipe Used: Briar’s and cob’s

1 person found this review helpful.

manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (50)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

boring is the only word that comes to mind. hard to "hate" it but for the fact that it takes away another smoke that you would rather be having. nothing objectionable. nothing memorable. if you like to smoke but don't want to "really smoke" go for it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jason72 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jason72 (3)
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Greetings, Well Opening of the tin, note of some kind of faint fruit and fishy smell. Nothing like a good Virginia, almost sour. I used a new Cob, figured if I didn't like it I could break in the pipe. As far as the taste of this, That is all I would use it for, So far half the bowl in, I taste hot air, Maybe, just maybe a little sweetness, but I can chalk that up to being from the fresh Cob, not the tobacco. The tobacco is a shag in Wax paper, with Little pieces of Cavendish, but they do nothing for the taste, after half the bowl I am getting a odd urine like note, and I am ready to dump it. So I will conclude this review. There is so much better out there, I might try to blend this, but I would hate to mess up some good tobacco, with this. Sorry but its not worth the price, and the makers should pay you to smoke this tobacco.

Pipe Used: MM Legend

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Nothing, I have ever smoked tasted like Piss..

1 person found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (203)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I still don't know why it reads in the description this tobacco comprises broken flake as it is borderline being a shag cut. Because of this, I kind of want to give it 3 stars, but it is actually quite good. It seems to be slow burning though, and does not smoke hot in your bowl. The flavour profile is earthy and dark with citrusy notes coming through evolving against this backdrop of coconut, which is probably coming from the tobacco leaf itself as I cannot detect any casing. A rougher or coarser cut would be it, but I think I quite like it. There is nothing special about the tin-note, just plain unflavoured tobacco. and there is nothing remarkable about the room-note either. Despite everything I am saying I shall give it 4 stars.

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renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (177)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

In the description of this tobacco the cut is broken flake.

If this is the right sample I've been sent then it isn't.

Not that it matters. I won't be ordering the 50g tin in a hurry.

It's not that it's horrible or anything.

Oh no, no.

The tobacco itself feels rather loose and soft, rather like a Robert Lewis tobacco. Careful loading.

Lots of smoke, when it finally decides to catch.

No taste.

No character.

No smell.

A very sterile tobacco.

No tongue bite as it wasn't worth puffing out.

Don't bother.

Updated May 2019.

Things change. In retrospect I feel I have been far too harsh on this blend. Sure, some of things I said still hold up ; there's no smell, taste is very mild indeed and it leaves no room note and the soft, rather moist, tobacco still sticks to your fingertips when loading.

Yet there is something almost undiscernible here. Maybe it's the slighty musty (in a nice way) tang and the smooth satisfying smoke or perhaps the general appearance of the blend that makes you want to fill bowl after bowl. Whatever it is, it's worth exploring a little more.

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: New from tin.

Purchased From: Dan Pipe Germany

Similar Blends: Can't think of any at the moment of updating..

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