Oh boy. I once read that Sherlock Holmes smoked heavy crude, strong, man in the street, type shag tobaccos, well this would be it then. No fancy dandy boy stuff here then. Think French Turkish non filter cigarettes and cheap cigars. This isn't a blend you smoke, its an experience, a rough ride, a journey back in time to a Brussels where people smelled of sweat and piss, eat meat once a week and died if they couldn't afford a doctor. Give it a try, if your man enough and you always liked the idea of time travel. If you enjoy it, you probably already believe in reincarnation!
This is the same T. as Semois grove snede. Burley from Belgium that grows only at the Semois river. Because of the fine cut it has a somewhat sharper taste and burns faster. Intended for cigarette rolling, but also for a pipe with a small chamber. No tongbite. Natural aroma's of haselnut and oak. To strong for me, but a very distinguished taste. For those who love naturel tobacco wit "terroir".
As this is a thinner cut version of Le Petit Robin, I’m essentially repeating that review here. The semois burley is very nutty, very woody, mildly spicy, earthy, lightly floral, mildly dry, and cigar-like with a little cocoa, and a few drops of molasses. it also has a touch of cigarette. It is the main component by virtue of its strength, if not by its composition status. The very grassy, hay-like, tart and tangy citrusy, bready vegetative bright Virginia has a bit of power as well. The brown Virginia provides a little tangy dark fruit and a bit of earth and wood as a condiment. There may be another varietal in the mix, but it’s hard to define what it could be. There’s a sugar note that either comes from a casing or perhaps the brown Virginia. The nic-hit is a step past the mild to medium mark. The strength and taste levels are medium. It won’t bite unless you exercise freight train puffing. Being a very thin shag cut, it will burn fast and very warm, so I recommend a sipping pace and tight pack in the bowl. Has a couple rough edges. Burns clean and quickly with a very deep, consistent range of sweet and savory flavors from start to finish. Easily burns to ash with very few relights, and leaves no moisture in the bowl. Has a rich, pleasantly lingering after taste. Not quite an all day smoke, but it’s very repeatable. Four stars for the flavor, three and a half stars overall.
Lord have mercy! I smoked a bowl of this at our local pipe club meeting (gifted to the club by Marty Pulvers, one of the gentlemen putting on the new Las Vegas Pipe Show in October of this year). The leaf was light colored and there was no discernable smell in the pouch, so, I was expecting to taste a typically mild Danish blend. Instead, I was jack-hammered by the strenth once I got a fire going in the bowl.
Semois is as strong a nicotine blend as I've ever put in one of my pipes. At the half bowl mark my head was swimming and my eyes were watering. I'm not sure all of the components of Semois are legal. No bite, no frills, quick burning and palate numbing. I want more!
Hi everyone. I have been consulting this site since the beginning. Have tried many tobacco's. This one is one of my favorites. Almost as good as "Langue de chien" from J.MARTIN. No bite, strong, not disturbing smell, cheap, and available (http://maisonmartin.be)
Looks, smells and tastes potent. A citizen's tobacco. Priced at 4 euros, you can't go wrong. It says natural, no sauce, on the pouch so then it's even better as I don't detect any topping. A small pipe is required, perfect for a nicotine rush. A harsh and rewarding smoke. The taste is delicate and lingers for some time. The nicotine tingles the throat, what else could you ask for?
I'd like to leave it that, (simply because that review would be so humorous in it's brevity) but since this Semois is hard to find, I shan't.
A very strong cup of dark roast, followed by a shot of espresso, in one quick sitting is about what you're in for with this stuff.
I was at the California Nationals a few months ago, (the car show mind you, in Sacramento) and my Dad's buddy was snooping in his trunk for a smoke. Hey Mike, I said, check this out.
He asked, of course, how to pack it (not "what's it taste like?") so I showed him. Take a pinch and roll it tween the fingers then stuff it. Beware of in-the-wind lighting (which he was not) and being an everything, but mostly, cheap (and possibly, in the States) aromatic smoker, he had a fun time on light up.
Mike Williams is a master car builder. Pipe care is, for him, a bitch. I think he is half a cake away from having two lungs with one miss placed puff.
He did not tell me it was stinky, though I myself, know the tasty truth.
Mike's a heel of guy, with a beauty of a black 454 55 chevy to prove it.
He didn't win this year, and I don't think Semois did either, but it's a good kick of a smoke.
Wow. This tobacco is easy to underestimate. The aroma and flavor are those of a light Burley, nutty, bready, and cigar-like, with a slight vegetal note that isn't easy to classify. But it packs a nicotine punch that'll knock you into next week if you're not careful.
The cut is very fine, and doesn't handle like regular ribbon-cut tobacco. Burns fairly hot, or requires more than an average number of relights. Interestingly, it had no bite, despite its temperature.
This tobacco isn't for lovers of fine, complex flavor arcs alone; it's a good all-round common-man's tobacco, full of nicotine, that'll serve up just the right "hit" just when it's needed. Satisfying, smooth, and strong. Highly recommended.
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