This is a masterful composition for the sophisticated gourmet. A high proportion of spicy and sweet Virginia flake characterizes this mellow, fruity mixture which has been deliciously refined with double toasted black cavendish and combined with delicate fruity essences of ripe apples, cherries, and Mirabelle. Coarse and fine golden Virginia give an exquisite bouquet to this tobacco with subtle, light and sweet hints of lemon.

Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsCavendish, Virginia
FlavoringApple, Cherry, Plum
CutBroken Flake
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I have been smoking Sillim’s brand of aromatics for years. They are, IMHO among the best premium, regularly produced (non-limited edition) aromatics on the market today. Red is no exception. Out of the tin, the tobacco is of high quality and I love the larger pieces of flake that are mixed into the blend. It smells fruity and in the pipe it burns very clean with no bite. The moisture content, even with the Cavendish component is fairly dry for an aromatic although I prefer a small amount of dry time. I don’t get as much cherry as others have mentioned, but more fruit. I have smoked this fresh from the tin and cellared as long as five years and it stands the test of time well. Be sure to jar it unless you are planning to smoke the whole 100g right away as the tins, while nice really don’t maintain the proper moisture content very long. Sillim’s aromatics are a little pricey, but in this case, you get what you pay for.

Age When Smoked: New & up to 5 years

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2048)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Of late, I've been trying to step out of my comfort zone and try a few different aromatics. I'll admit, a lot of these have blown up in my face like a nuclear bomb; some, both rhetorically speaking and taste wise... I'm talking to you Savinelli Armonia! Others, like this, have been a totally surprising joy.

I knew I'd like this the moment I opened it up: it's a course mixture that comprises different sizes of flake pieces and ribbons, all with a brilliantly aromatic smell of fruit. The moisture's good (sample bag) so on with the smoke:

I find the added taste quite strong but not too sticky; the fruit's been added at the right weight to gain appreciation, yet not to implore a sick feeling. Even though this topping is of a heavy weight it still allows some of the tobacco tastes to come through; some, not lots, mainly the Cavendish.

Of the fruits, I get more of the cherries for the initial part of the bowl, with maybe a subtle suggestion of apple. It takes until about halfway through a bowl for the plums to come through and then for the latter part of the smoke they pretty much render the cherries redundant.

Room note? Fabulous; I don't see how an aromatic lover couldn't like it!

Although I don't consider myself an aromatic smoker I like this blend. If every rotation was to have an aromatic it might as well be good; like this!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Erik Nording

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobacco's

3 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Oh it bites. The flavor of this tobacco is quite nice. However, I found that it bit quite a bit. Disappointing, I love the black so much.

3 people found this review helpful.

maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (76)
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

These blends from Sillem's have no description on the tin so you have to rely on these reviews or on the recommendation from your stockists! I hesitated between the green and red mixtures and was a little uneasy about the pina colada description of the green blend as described by my stockist so tried the red mixture. No regret! More a German mixture than a Danish mixture with a nice smell of cherries in the tin. Nice smoke with fruity flavorings and bits of nutty flavors in the middle of the bowl. Recommeded to the enthusiast of aromatic and the red tin is quite elegant!

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

What you smell in the tin is pretty much what you will taste in the smoke. The fruit flavor takes the lead with the natural flavors of the tobacco playing a supporting role.

It bites me if I puff it too hard, but that's my problem not the tobacco's. What else can you expect from a Virginia dominated blend? It's difficult not to puff hard because the flavor is quite tasty. However, I can only smoke one bowl of this a day as it wears out my "taster". Kind of like eating too much candy.

The room note is pleasant but not quite "potpourri" as in the case of other aromatics.

The tobacco is fairly dry and not at all sticky. It packs and lights easily. It stays lit without much effort. The flavor remains pretty constant throughout.

A bit pricey, but I think you're paying for the packaging as much as the tobacco. The tin is pretty cool but not useful for long-term storage. The tobacco is inside of a cellophane bag that has the ends rolled up and secured with a piece of foil tape. I can't imagine anyone would want to age this kind of blend, but if you do, plan on transferring to a jar.

If you like fruity aromatics I'm sure this one will please.

3 people found this review helpful.

Ambush1964 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ambush1964 (19)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Upon opening the new tin I just received from Smokingpipes.com, the tin wafted a wonderful berry fruit scent. The visual appeal is enticing and has something for everyone, thin light ribbon cut, a few slices of a medium brown flake/crumble cake, some large pieces of leaf here and there, and quite a bit of black Cavendish. It had a good moisture level to pack and go right from the tin. It lit easily, and the berry aroma wafted lightly from the bowl. Char, tamp, relight, and away we go. It had a nice, ever so slight sweet flavor and smoked all the way to the bottom of my meerschaum without so much as a nibble on my tongue. It burned to a nice ash and didn't leave the bottom of the bowl soggy. A most satisfying smoke for me. I love a good, smooth, aromatic. I highly recommend this tobacco, especially for those who love aromatics. Excellent. I have some Peterson's Limited 2014 that is very similar in most respects.

Pipe Used: Birinci Turkish Block Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Peterson's Special Reserve 2014, Sutliff Private Stock Moulin Rouge/Caberet.

2 people found this review helpful.

22yrsonthepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
22yrsonthepipe (22)
Very Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

At first I thought 'This is pleasant' but after a few smokes it becomes exactly like strawberry chapstick - plasticky, fake, cloying. There are no ripe apples, cherries or Mirabelle to be found here, just strawberry chapstick all the way.

Weak tobacco - even for a Danish style. Has some broken flake in there. It gets 2 stars because it has the strength of flavouring an aromatic should have that most do not, it's just the wrong flavour.

I can't believe 4noggins stocks this awful stuff but doesn't stock the delicious natural tasting MacBarens 7 seas red.

2 people found this review helpful.

Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (117)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable


2 people found this review helpful.

Aether Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aether (9)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

La boite, comme vous pouvez le constater, à un format plutôt inhabituel, en plus d’être jolie et sobre avec son logo en relief. La mienne a d’ailleurs rapidement disparue au profit de mon épouse, qui lui en a trouvé une utilisation plus à son goût, afin d’y mettre je ne sais plus quelle connerie dedans, plutôt que mon tabac. Cela parce « qu’après tout tu nous fais chier avec tes tabacs et tout l’argent que tu mets dedans, et que moi je ne dépense pas l’argent du ménage pour des trucs pareils et que j’ai rien à me foutre sur le dos etc. etc. » et d’autres choses de cet acabit. En deçà des ces considérations touchant la vie privée de mon ménage, et qui ne vous intéressent surement pas (ou alors c’est que vous êtes d’un tempérament voyeur à la limite de la perversité) il faut tout de même avouer que la boite « en jette » et qu’elle attire l’œil du client potentiel. Cette boite, une fois ouverte, offre en son intérieur un pochon plastifié où se trouve ce beau mélange noir, marron et doré. L’odeur qui s’en dégage rappelle la chaleur d’un mélange de type danois, avec de subtiles touches de fruits, suscitant rapidement la gourmandise. Dans le pochon le tabac est peu humide, ce qui permet après une courte aération, de pouvoir le fumer à loisirs. Il faut tout de même prendre soin d’effilocher les parties de broken flake pour pouvoir assurer un bourrage et une combustion régulière. Un allumage traditionnel en deux temps suffit pour assurer une combustion qui se révèlera relativement régulière jusqu’à la fin du bol pour peu que le fumage soit lent. Côté saveur, et dès les premières bouffées, la combinaison des arômes de fruits est relativement légère, chaleureuse et moelleuse, arrivant en arrière plan, derrière un mélange de tabacs d’excellente qualité. La fumée généreuse et plutôt douce, très agréable en bouche, vient révéler bouffées après bouffées, et par petites touches, des notes fruitées de cake anglais arrondies par le black Cavendish. Ce n’est pas sucré du tout, ni sirupeux, et les amateurs de tabacs très aromatiques pourraient en être un peu déçu. Il y a pourtant beaucoup de finesse, ainsi que d’étonnantes subtilités à découvrir dans ce mélange au long des fumages. La fin de bol, qui se corse un peu bien entendu, révèlera un arôme un peu plus prononcé tel un aromatique plus saucé, mais qui ne s’avère au final pas du tout désagréable. Une découverte des plus sympathiques pour moi donc, qui suis un fervent amateur des aromatiques légers, et dont je n’hésiterais pas à m’offrir de temps en temps une boite, même si ce ne sera jamais un tabac de tous les jours. C’est aussi la première boite de cette marque que j’ouvre et qui ma souvent attiré, aussi je n’en suis pas du tout déçu. J’ai d’ailleurs en réserve une boite de Green et de Blue de la même marque dont je vous ferai une revue lorsque je les aurais ouvertes. Enfin, et pour conclure, ce tabac me fait penser à un verger sauvage l’été, et qui vous offre ses fruits variés, gorgés de soleil et de douceur que l’on déguste les uns après les autres avec gourmandise.

Pipe Used: Moerl Zulu, Morel Bulldog, Butz-Choquin Supermate

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Germany

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

One of the best aroma smoke's on the market. I smoke this fine strain of tobacco with my Bj's bent billard pipe. Oh How do I dream of smoking this blend once again. I only smoke a single pipe once every three days at least, in my rotation. So how do I count the days until we meet again.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

The tin smell is like peaches, the taste is not super sweet on the tongue like most aromatics, in fact I could hardly detect any sweetness. The taste is like the smell but extremely mild and barely noticeable unless you really concentrate on what you taste.

This stuff is bland and mild. I've had house blends similar to this but with more flavor.

And I got a bunch of hard woody tobacco stems in mine, just like my Sillem's Black tin.

Also, I got heavy tongue bite with this stuff.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This is the first tobacco I've bought not at the local grocery store. It was reasonably priced but I was nervous trying something new and must say I was very pleased. The smell upon opening the tin was really nice, kind of fruity and a little... nutty. Not a strong aroma like the aromatic blends I'm used to. I cant place all the various aromas but together they were quite nice. Its the first broken flake I've used and packed a little differently than my Captain Black Royal ribbon cut. My first several smokes left me rather unimpressed but once I found out how to pack it properly the flavor was very nice. Not very strong but mildly sweet and that fruity smell from the tin came through in the flavor. Also, once I figured out how to pack it right, the aweful tendency to bite went away. The only bite I get now if from myself puffing too hard on it.

As for the room note,not as fragrent as my other tobaccos but not displeasing either, an important factor since I live with my girlfriend and the only reason the landlord lets me smoke inside is because of the pleasant smells of the tobaccos I have chosen.(and when its 10 below I don't want to go one to porch to enjoy a pipe, so I am very picky about the smell to others).

A few thoughts and reccomendations: I keep it sealed in the bag inside the tin but it is a little wet. My solution is to take out enough to fill the pipe and let it dry out for 5 or 10 minutes (useually just flip the lid over and lay it out in there) before packing it. When I first tried it I was a little puzzled by what to do with the larger flakes in the pouch. I started out just rubbing them out and then mixing it in but have tried, with some nice results, breaking them into smaller flake (about 1/2 the size of the bowl diamiter) and evenly spreading them as a layer in the middle of the bowl. It seems to give the flavor a new characteristic halfway through when it burns down and lights this "flake layer". This blend expands; alot. At least in comparison to the ribbon cuts Iim used to. Weather this is normal or not for broken flake I don't know but my eyes shot open with shock as it expanded about 1/2 inch above the rim of my pipe on the first light. Freaquent tamping as I smoke to keep it packed kept a cool burning and realatively bite free smoke that lasted a good long time.

Play arround with it and I'm sure most will find this to be a very pleaing blend to add to your rotation. I deffinately reccomend it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A good quality aromatic.It's like drinking forest fruits tea. Not close to my taste.If you like nakhla(hookah,nargile) tobacco then you are going to love it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Wrangler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wrangler (16)
Mild Mild Medium Very Pleasant

This is one of the first aromatics I've had that actually tastes as good as it smells in the tin. I can taste a hint of cherries and perhaps the Mirabelle plums. I've never had Mirabelle plums but if they taste like this tobac, I'm sure I'd like them. This tobac smokes easily to the bottom without a relight and is good right to the bottom. I have yet to have anyone complain about the room note, although that is not a prerequisite for a tobac that I smoke. Yes, it is a little wet when smoked but I smoke it in a Savinelli with the balsa filters and have nary a problem. I'm not much of a aromatic smoker but I've had to add this tobac to my regular rotation due to it's delicious nature. I highly recommend this tobac.

1 person found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (333)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Being a huge fan of Sillems, I'm not really sure why it took me this long to try their Red, so to celebrate I decided to have a fruit showdown with some other blends I was meaning to try (Rattray's Exotic Orange and Reiner's Professional) - who will reign supreme?

The stuff smelled amazing. One part apple orchard and one part Christmas aisle at the holiday nick knack store, all the sweet and fruity goodness one could want in an Aromatic. The addition of some broken flakes to the colorful mix was a nice surprise - like finding marshmallows in your cereal.

The smoke was great, maintaining it's fruit flavor throughout and left a sugary finish in the mouth. Never overstaying it's welcome or containing a chemical finish. The quality of the leaf come through as well.

All three of these high end fruit Aromatics were a delight to smoke, each having their own unique merits, but this cookie squeaked out the narrow victory. That said, Sillem's Black and Linea Epoque Antique are still my preferred Aromatics they produce.

Purchased From: tobaccopipes.com

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ScienceSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ScienceSmoker (56)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

On opening the tin, Sillem's Red reminded me a bit of Peterson's Summertime 2020. It tastes a bit like it too... with the same apple notes and fresh Virginia tastes right off the bat. But Red isn't as "refreshing" as Summertime 2020. It has a slightly "darker" taste... and unfortunately, it tends to bite pretty hard. As an aromatic, it's a good tasting blend, with a nice apple/cherry sweetness, and without the artificiality of many aromatics... but again, that bite always gets me. I've given it lots of chances too, and I've found that unless I smoke unnaturally (for me) slow... it bites.

Bottom Line: There's lots to like about Sillem's Red, quality tobacco flavors and a good aromatic flavor sharing the space... but for my speed of smoking (which has never given me problems before), Red tends to bite. It's too good not to give it a 3 star rating, though. But just keep the pace slow.

Pipe Used: Butz-Choquin Ebene

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