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Turkish Pipe Tobacco is a blend of selected Turkish tobaccos from Yayladag, Bitlis, Izmir and Ad1yaman. The main characteristics of these leaves is their high sugar contents. Sun cured and flavored with natural aromas of locust fruit, licorice honey, fig essence, and milk. Packed in 50 gram pouches as broken flakes.

Notes: This pipe tobacco has been produced by Turkish State Monopolies at the beginning of the 1930s till the beginning of the new millenium. A while ago a new company, Tabac Turc has bought the rights of producing this tobacco in their new manufactory. Tabac Turc has called back the masters of production and began remanufacturing this very old product respecting the traditional methods.

BrandTabac Turc
Blended ByTabac Turc
Blend TypeOriental
FlavoringFigs, Honey, Licorice, Other / Misc
CutBroken Flake
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong, Strong

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

This tobacco has a very special reputation among the Turkish pipe smokers. It was the only real tobacco they've had, when the access in the global tobacco market was limited, just before the internet shopping was available. The Turkish Pipe Tobacco still is very famous due to old days' memories. An old Turkish pipe smoker just can't do without it even if he has the best products available in his stock. Simply this tobacco didn't let them without tobacco!

Before writing this review I also talked to my friends from Turkey who are smoking this tobacco for more than 30-40 years. Their generation had the opportunity to taste the differences between the different production methods and different tastes of developing tobacco production in years. So these notes are written blending the reviews of some old pipe smokers with my own notes.

Broken flakes are dark colored, strongly smelling locust. Manufacturer says that the tobaccos are packed at 14%- 14,5% humidity. Well it may need drying a bit to light easier. It packs well and burns even. It has a particular taste of tobacco, similar to old days cigarettes, when they were adding less chemicals, enriched with only natural flavors. You will notice the locust flavor immediately. When the smoke goes down, the flavor gets to be bland but noticible. It is not a medium strength tobacco for me, it tends to be strong, but mainly it has a gentle smoking. The locust flavor overwhelms me each time when I begin to smoke a new pouch. This decreases once the tobacco begins to dry and at each smoke when you finish the first quarter.

Suitable for daily smoking. I prefer especially in the morning. With a slow burning and long lasting smoke, I would recommend a Turkish coffee as companion.

You will obtain a very soft, clean, and almost white ash when you finish it. I rarely see this kind of ash.

If you are paying attention to room note please be careful! Even if there are not any interdictions regarding your pipe smoking, do not smoke it next to your spouse and before going to bed please rinse your mouth. Otherwise be ready to sleep on the couch. So, this is a real tobacco, only for the pipe smoker who smokes it for himself.

Thanks to my dear friends, Mr. Tarik Goksu and Mr. Omer Parlar from Turkey for their attribution for these notes.

13 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Thanks to fellow reviewer Alguhan for his very kind gifting of a 50g pouch of this rich, Turkish pipe tobacco to smoke and review.

The 50g Pouch contains an inner factory sealed pouch of brownish and black pressed flakes that were somewhat moist. Even after rubbing out fully and leaving in the open air for several hours the tobacco remains moist.

Wow, I never tasted anything like this. Upon the initial lighting I detected an immediate "spicy" Virginia flavor. It was so spicy that I actually sneezed when exhaling some of the smoke through my nose. Perique? No, just the Izmir and other Oriental leaf (I think), which can really perk up the nose hairs when combined with a quality Virginia. The leaf was easy to keep lit and burned evenly throughout the bowl. The flavor was semi-sweet and deeply rich all-tobacco with no added flavoring detected. Additionally, there's no real Virginia "tang," which tells me a good deal of stoving went into the overall preparation.

For my second bowl I layered this Turkish blend with Five Brothers and got the nicotine hit I was looking for. I went back to smoking just the fully rubbed out flakes with no power boost for bowl number 3. It was easy to smoke and is totally biteless.

I will be disapointed when the pouch is finished. A simply marvelous tobacco that I wish was readily available worldwide.

Thanks again to my Turkish pipe smoking friend Alguhan for this wonderful and unique tobacco!

8 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (309)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

After the first two reviews of this 'baccy, I asked an ethnic Turkish friend of mine to bring me back a pouch of this blend next time he went to visit his family in Turkey. He did, though he did say he had a pretty hard time finding it in the tobacco stores of Istanbul.

A few days ago, just after his return, he handed over one pouch and let me sample the one he had been smoking from the last few days. From the pouch he had opened a week earlier, the 'baccy was pretty moist. The unopened one he had brought for me felt pretty dry, and later on would turn out to be just that.

The pouch aroma, when I first stuck my nose in there, was pure unadulterated Nehi Grape. Just about the most artificial scent I ever had my nose into. It wasn't really bad, just smelled chemical; I have had the chance to smell a large range of pure Oriental tobaccos so far, and I cannot imagine how any pure-oriental blend could get such a chemical-seeming pouch smell.

The leaf is basically several slices of cut plug wrapped into a vacuum wrapper inside the more usual paper-in-plastic (but in this case non-vacuum) wrapper; a little atypical for the western pipe smoker who is used to vacuum-packed-and- sealed pouches.

Depending on the state of the leaf, I got basically a broken flake or an unbroken but crumbly flake. Either way, I could sink long strands of the weed into just about any pipe and light it OK, with a char or two necessary. The taste, fortunately, did without the grape soda notes, but was very nice, full and sweet.

I got a distinctively different room note from the two pouches I have tried this far; from one I got a fully-sweet, non-artificial note that was very nice, and the other got me a very sturdy Oriental note, sweet and dry but with an unfortunate side note that, for me, was closer to Dow Chemical than Plain Tobacco. Here, the artificial grape flavour/scent was quite noticeable in both taste and room note.

In either case, the taste is beautifully sweet; it is definitely from good Oriental (I'd say high percentage of Izmir) leaf and it does satisfy. I just wish the artificial notes I got from one of the samples in taste and from both in pouch aroma were not there.

My two-star rating is an average of the samples I got to try. You can get lucky and get a four-star 'baccy, or you can lose out. Welcome to the lottery.

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

This tobacco(TPT -stands for Turkish Pipe Tobacco) has a delicios taste, its also hard to smoke a bit.. I recommend you to smoke this tobacco with a pipe that has a long shank.

You will feel bad when you have less than 2 or 3 packages of this tobacco. Cause of this, TPT is an addictive tobacco that gives you comfort, jealousy(in a good mood) and an orgasmic taste via some fig flavour.

I have an aged TPT tin older than 50 y.o. After some rehumidifications, I could find a chance to taste the old-aged TPT. I can't find any word to tell the experience. I can say only, that's totally a history that have some victories, successes, wars inside. That's a lot of think that I can't explain.

Thanks, its highly recommended.

Bonus(A photograps from +50y.o. TPT that I took):

4 people found this review helpful.

nekeke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nekeke (19)
Strong Very Mild Very Full Very Pleasant

First of all let me say here again that, I am quite new to pipe smoking. About 6 months. Before that however I was a tobacco smoker for 23 years. And by tobacco I mean natural tobacco from the fields. Regarding my pipe smoking journey, I tasted this one much later than very well known European brands. Here is my review... Very distinctive "and delicious" taste, like no other. Strong nicotine but smoking is easy. Lights up well. Leaves a nice ash. A little sweetness, a little tongue bite. A true rarity Last comment: If you are a pipe smoker you have to try it before you go...

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: All over Istanbul

3 people found this review helpful.

Silent Soliloquy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Silent Soliloquy (17)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Strong

Earthy flavour that reminded me right away of Villager cigars, hell, you can even call it "dung" touch and not go very wrong. Now for me this is in no way a critique, but a suggestion you're smoking something very natural, real, authentic. The pack itself though smells fruity.

Very wet out of the pack. Hard to keep lit and makes draw somewhat harder as well. However, doesn't burn hot, burns evenly to pleasant grey ash.

High sugar content (like Adiyaman tobaccos if this tells you something), very mild bite that goes away quickly. Strong room note that you would not want other people to smell quite likely.

I did not sense flavouring actually, perhaps this is what makes up the 'mother nature' note, but in no way does it feel like an aromatic. Now I have a bit of a cold, so my nose is not in the best shape. I will update the review when feeling better if the picture changes. *update. Upon fixing my nose and letting it sit for some time, I got the figs notes and something honeyish-sugarish. Still not an aromatic though, too natural and tobaccoish.

Suitable for daily smoke, but I will likely blend it with something drier to compensate for excessive humidity. Will definitely grab another pack should I run into a shop with it. Very original, very true, very natural without 'cigarette' tobacco notes.

Pipe Used: neerup briar

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: a gift

Similar Blends: Villager cigars, Mac Baren - Amphora Red Full Aroma.

2 people found this review helpful.

erkantural Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
erkantural (10)
Mild to Medium Mild Full Very Strong

Well, this one deserves a full set of stars.

The smell of TPT is amazing. You get the sweet carob aroma and superb tobacco smell before you fire it. The flakes comes a little moist, so i advice to give some 5-10 minutes air dry before firing it. And i highly recomend to use matches for lighting.

It has a unique characteristic. Natural sweetness of Turkish tobaccos gives its base taste. The spicy sweet aroma is definetly not like drugstore aromatics. Samuel Gawith's Firedance Flake is the closest tobacco according to my experience, yet completely different than Firedance.

Relatively bigger and deeper pipes suits best. Also meerschaums are quite fine with it. Just be sure not to pack it too dense and too loose, the tobacco will do the rest with fire.

It has a strong room note. Also you may want to wash your face thoroughly before you kiss your child on the head after this one. Otherwise I assure you, your wife will notice it!

Here on site the description says broken flake but actually it comes in full flake form. I usually buy 5 or more pouches, open all and carefully place them in my rectangular glass jar for storage, while keeping some half pouch in a smaller jar for everyday use. Every time I open that jars i get excited by the superb smell of TPT.

Unfortunately it comes only in 50g pouch and the pouch is a disaster both in design and function. However, i never had bad pouch experience like moldy or dried up tobacco pouches, as some other users mentioned. I am lucky to find it fresh, all the time.

Round up; it's an extraordinary smoking experience, yet can be smoked all day, everyday! Full taste, great characteristics.

Purchased From: Tabac Turc Factory - Izmir

Similar Blends: None. But maybe slightly Firedance Flake.

2 people found this review helpful.

KahveDelisi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KahveDelisi (73)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

TPT well deserves the worst packaging award plus the most inconsistent tobacco blend of all times. It's like a lottery, but honestly, you have more chances in the lottery.

Here are some of the possibilities you'll get with a new pouch:

Cut: There's chance tobacco will come out as tiny rubbed flakes OR long broken flakes, OR a bunch of sheets all stuck together OR thick-cut robust flakes OR thin cut soft flakes. OR all above at once.

Casing: let's say one pouch will be locust dominant, the other will be fig and sometimes both in addition to honey and licorice. There's a written recipe of this blend out open for everyone to read, but no one at production cares enough about that recipe (Liquorice extract - Locust - Fig extract - Honey - Benzoate and milk - Sodium Nitrate - PG or DG - Water)

Contents: Yayladag AG 50% - Bitlis AG 22% - Izmir AG 12% - Adiyaman AG 16% (Manufacturer states that Yayladag seeds are the same as Syrian Latakia but mutated over time due to region/soil. So, according to old Turkish State Monopolies and the new company, which took over the pipe tobacco branch of Turkish State Monopolies, Tabac Turc, Yayladag is a non-smoked version/variety of famous Syrian leaf. Not believing for a second.)

Out of the pouch, tobacco will be damp or very dry; you'll never know. And once lit, you will be impressed or depressed, you'll never know. Bite? Hmm.. "you'll never know."

So.. F. Yeah! Roll the dice!

2 people found this review helpful.

Ahmad Othman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ahmad Othman (51)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Normally I'd start my review with an elegant introduction to my review, related to the tobacco at hand. However, this time there isn't much of that, as I haven't tried anything like this, and may never will. I'll spoil the ending to this review, it is an absolutely gorgeous tobacco. By all means. It blew me away into a state of fanboyism. And I rarely have said that about any tobacco I have tried. It isn't just the fact that it is unique, but that it is quite good while being unique. As much as it is packed in a humble, rather ugly looking pouch, and when you open you get confused between the overwhelming, complex, aroma and the poor cut that has no name, It's basically a few long flakes pressed together to form a hybrid between a cake and a plug. Yet the tobacco itself is rich with colour, texture and aroma. It is a bliss to look at, touch and smell. It is easy to cut as well if you plan to store it in smaller jars. And I recommend you do store it. When you get to smoking itself, the tobacco is wet. It isn't moist, it is wet. And requires a considerable amount of drying time. For me it took an hour, and even after, it was still a bit on the moist side. However, to my surprise after the initial light, it stayed lit and smoked excellent. And speaking of the first light. It's an explosions of flavour, one that I haven't even got from the most cased of aromatics. It is a bit overwhelming even. You get sweet, sour, tangy, incense, fruity and in different flavours of fruit, a bit of licorice and a bit of sweet liquor. If I haven't read about this tobacco and examined it thoroughly I'd have said it was drowned in casing, but it was not. But it is a mixture of different oriental tobaccos that is well pressed together using traditional methods that seems to have married the tobacco well. It stays like that for a little while before tobacco starts to play solo. You get a mix of sweetness and fruitiness for a while, like eating dried figs or plums. And it is well complemented by the least of spice, more like a spicy herb than a peppery one, just teasing and tingling with your tongue rather than hammering it with peppery taste. This stays for a decent amount of the bowl, and just when I think it will be monotonous, it switches to a licorice like taste, underlined with a bit of tangy sweetness like fresh molasses. It feels almost like dark rum without the alcohol. And it keeps doing that switch between profiles till the near end of the bowl, in which it returns to a non apologetic sweetness. It turns so sweet and fresh that I feel I am smoking grass or hay rather than tobacco. I haven't had such taste even when having straight bright Virginia tobaccos. Through all that, it required 2 relights, and it never went out, I just wanted to preserve its magnanimous smoke body. And despite that it remained cool and smoked well throughout the ball, without harshness, or biting whatsoever. Just around the end of the bowl it started a bit of overheating. But I won't complain about it after over a 100 minutes of pure joy. It's only drawback if we may call it so, is that it can turn goopy, and I mean a gurgling system pipe goopy. But that was rectified by a pipe cleaner through the smoke hole once or twice and was not a nuisance at all. I think for some reason I regret trying this tobacco, as it is so good yet so scarce that I feel bad when I finished the bowl as it means my small stock of it is a bit depleted. As of this moment, it is only produced and distributed in Turkey. But I surely hope it will go global any day, as it is a delight to have

Pipe Used: Peterson system Ebony XL315

Age When Smoked: Three months old

Purchased From: Local B&M in Turkey

1 person found this review helpful.

onurturker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
onurturker (14)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Strong

It is the legend for every turkish pipe smokers.Taste of carob(popular honeyed food in turkey)-honey leads to become fan of TPT.With opening this pouch honey taste spreads and generally dark broken flakes says hello.It needs somewhat !!! (usually 5-6 hours) drying to gain distinctive taste.

This cited description from official site may be best for this secret of tobacco : "The production of genuine pipe tobacco is being performed by use of vintage wooden presses which are placed in special iron casts. Today there are only six companies in the world who posses these types of presses; one in United States, four in Europe, and Tabac Turc in Turkey. This method, which is being maintained by a small number of manufacturers, is done to avoid compromising the quality, which is the most important element of the pipe tobacco production.

The secret of the continued quality and texture is to be found in the cast iron presses, the aged wooden containers, experience, and centuries-old recipes."

And yes its is terrible but not concerning me.Is there someone smokes and loves any blend because of packaging ? Not think.I think experince of TPT will forget its worst packaging to real pipe smokers.

Other Turkish pipe tobacco is yayladag...

Note for two turkish tobaccos(yayladag-TPT):these tobaccos only must buy at actual and active tobaccoshops because if you have it from buffets,markets or street sellers you may have faulty,rotten or different tobaccos in the same pouch.

Pipe Used: savinelli nonpareil 960

Age When Smoked: 0-1 years

Purchased From: popular tobaccoshops in istanbul

Similar Blends: Tabac Turc - Yayladag.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

A different experience. Same things about yaylada? go for this tobacco too. If i have to decide between yaylada? and türk pipo tütünü, i would prefer yaylada?.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

well I smoke this tobacco alot as quality brands are hard to find.The tobacco burns slow and easy to smoke,nicotine satisfaction is ok.Does not bite tounge if smoked slow . The problem for this tobacco is really bad looking pouch and cant catch the same standart in every pouch.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I bought it when I was in Istanbul and found it very plain at first few tryouts, but later on it revealed itself as very satisfying.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Very Strong Mild Medium Pleasant


I read about this tobacco at tobaccoreviews and did not believe my eyes. Turkish pipe tobacco. We've gone mad. I finally managed to get hold of 2 pouches. Tobaccos from Yayladag, Bitlis, Izmir. First thing I noticed was the packaging. Very rough around the edges. The tobacco is wrapped in a plastic bag, placed inside the pouch but noticeably in broken flake. It was matured enough and it even had crystals forming on it. In spite of the rough packaging, the tobacco remained fresh even if I had it in my cellar for about a year. Reviews describe a locust* flavor. I am not familiar with this scent. For me it most certainly has a fig and honey aroma. It is very very heavy. It is smoked dry, until the end of the bowl, leaving just white ashes. It causes no tongue bite and it has a very sweet taste forming by the oriental tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

ynrozturk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ynrozturk (62)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Being of Turkish origin myself, I guess I have to review this tobacco.

Coming from a country where quality pipe tobacco is extremely hard to find, this blend comes as a pretty pleasant surprise. Strange, considering the amount of tobacco Turkey produces and exports to the rest of the world.

Upon opening the pouch, you're greeted with an amateurish packaging job. Once you get over that, you'll notice the smell of figs ascending from the dark, broken flakes. The aroma doesn't seem to be all that natural, but it still smells nice and sweet.

The contents of the pouch are moist, to say the least. What I do is break up the flakes into little bits and leave them to dry for several hours. This tobacco would be a pain to smoke while it's moist, as you'll often have to relight and sacrifice much of it's flavor.

Speaking of flavor, once this tobacco is dried and stuffed in your pipe, it tastes excellent. It burns slow, cool, and the chemical fig smell almost entirely disappears from the actual smoke. I personally smoke this in a church warden, so the smoke is even cooler. I would recommend smoking this in a pipe with a longish mouth piece.

The best thing about this tobacco is that it tastes like tobacco, and it tastes oh so very Turkish. While having my first bowl, my senses were tingled with familiar Turkish tobacco smells of Yayladag and Izmir tobaccos, which instantly brought back memories.

While it's not my absolute favorite, I like keeping it around, and miss it when I run out. Worth trying for sure if can be obtained.

Update : This is the most inconsistent tobacco ever produced. It used to be good, now it's pretty much garbage. The pouches produced before 2007 is where it's at.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Well...This is real Turkish tobacco...Good chance for Turkish pipe smokers couse hard to find other tobaccos...

I smoke 2-3 pouch every month...Its great backup also...

Yes package its not good...But when you open it you never smell like this...Gentelman this is Turkish tobacco and real tobacco for a men...

Every package not smilar moisture...But usually need a dry...Easy to smoke...Nicotine level is medium...

If you have a Turkish friends you ll ask him...And want this stuff...

1 person found this review helpful.