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The bazaars and back alleys of Marrakesh have drawn merchants, traders, pirates, thieves, kings and all other manner of travelers for centuries. Many eventually found their way to a small café to partake of the house tobacco known and coveted around the world. The owner would trade for the fine Oriental leaf brought by Greek and Turkish merchants and blend the small delicate leaves with the fine Virginias from the New World to produce a perfectly balanced delight. Tavern Tobacco invites you to take the Road to Marrakesh with a bowlful of this exquisite Virginia/Oriental flake.

BrandTavern Tobacco Co.
Blended BySamuel Gawith
Manufactured BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin, bulk
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild
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Ranger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ranger (78)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

A varied cut flake, some thick and others thin. Medium to dark brown and very moist. My tin is dated June 2006 and I was expecting one hell of a smoke. Unfortunately, it was not to be. I tried everything from slightly moist to very dry and everything in between. The smoke just remained kind of muddied and the flavors of the different tobaccos were indistinguishable from each other. The burn was just OK, and that was after considerable drying. Well, this doesn't exist anymore, my tin is finished, I have no more tins stored, so, more time to inspect my cache of much better tobacco. You may enjoy this, but, it's not for me.

Pipe Used: David Jones Dublin, Bonfiglioli Bulldog

Age When Smoked: 13 Years

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I enjoy pressed blends and this is a great find for anyone who enjoys sweet Virginia leaf. The soft flavors of a mild Oriental leaf support the Virginia which has been augmented by a very light tonquin application. When burned in the slice, it offers a cool and legthy smoking experience that presents rewarding complexity from top to finish. The presence of trash is minimal - which I find unusual for a SG blend... For me, the key to describing this tobacco is the word, smoooootttthhhh. Frankly, I'm surprised that more pipesters have not tried this blend. I could take a steady supply of this blend and smoke it daily. I'll have to start putting more in my cellar.

Meerschaum Man Smoking a Smooth Altinok Canadian

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Rare indeed, a VA-Oriental flake is well worth a try. Upon opening the tin the slices are well moisted and pretty pale. You can tell from the smell S.Gawith blended this one, the tonquin flavour is strong enough. The smoke is an interesting, unexpected experience, perfectly balanced and not very cigarettish as you might have foreseen. There's enough "meat" to suppot a good evening smoke and the best point is that it lasts forever if packed in the traditional flake way (not rubbed out). The last time I smoked it, it took me 1 hour and 45 minutes to finish the bowl, without any relighting; pretty damn good!

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Warwick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Warwick (37)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Flakes of dark brown with streaks of lighter brown throughout. When lit it bespeaks a quality VA interwoven with the flavor of the orientals; the latter seem to complement and add an expanded range of flavors to the VA base, rather than being two disparate components occurring side-by-side. I find the room note strong so for me its outdoors only. The flakes are moist and do need a good bit of drying, but otherwise burn well. This is yet another quality offering from Tavern Tobacco (a.k.a. Knox Cigar).

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