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A flavorful blend of the finest flue-cured Gold Leaf tobaccos and a rare Saint James Parish Perique. This extraordinary Perique tobacco is especially selected from the finest Louisiana tobacco fields (Magnolia Soil) and then anaerobically barrel fermented in Louisiana according to methods tracing back over 200 years. No casings or flavorings added.

Notes: "S.J" refers to classic Saint James Parish Perique.

BrandD & R Tobacco
Blended ByMark Ryan
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
Packaging40g Tin, 3.5oz Tin, 14oz Bag
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3048)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias are grassy with some tart and tangy citrus, a bit of earth and wood with a little tangy, bready dark fruit and a touch of honey and floralness. The earthy, woody, sparkly Saint James perique is a tad more plumy, raisiny, figgy stewed sweet than peppery in an important complementary support role, and is very noticeable in every puff. There are no toppings. I suggest you hydrate this one a tad, but if you don’t, it’ll burn fairly quickly without harshness, unless you puff like a winded Superman after a race. No chance of bite or harshness. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is almost medium. The mildly sweet and rather spicy, savory, rugged, deeply rich flavor is very consistent from top to bottom. Virtually leaves no moisture in the bowl. Not a dull or weak spot to be found. Hardly needs a relight. Has a pleasant, lightly lingering after taste and stronger room note. Not an all day smoke as it has a rich punchiness that hits you before you realize it.


38 people found this review helpful.

incendio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incendio (45)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

This is one of those examples of a blend "growing on you." I read the reviews and took a risk, half expecting this to be a cigarette tobacco spiked with perique. The tobacco has a pleasant, rich smell out of the bag (1 lb.) despite being bone dry--soft hay and pepper kernels. The blend is peppery in the mouth, but does not bite the tongue. This blend is an "honest" tobacco, meaning that it has no additives, chemicals or flavorings that I can perceive. Just leaf. The Virginia is pleasant, again, with the aroma of soft hay, but uncomplicated and complex only in its subtlety. The perique adds spicy depth and body. This is one of those blends that has me sniffing my fingers throughout the day because of the pleasant aroma it leaves behind. I would recommend trying this in a pipe with a chimney or stack, something that might concentrate the flavors and allow them to evolve with the bowl (a shallow bowl might yield a fast, vapid smoke).

For the price, it's hard to beat. I've re-humidified (slightly) a portion of the pound bag, and found that it gains a somewhat more silky, smooth quality, reminiscent to me of the top Virginia notes in EMP. I've also pressed a few cakes to see if anything evolves.

I find this blend particularly pleasant in the morning, before the day has blunted by senses of taste and smell. I also imagine that if D & R ever decide to make a perique blend using sweeter matured, aged Virginias, it would likely be amazing.

Pipe Used: several billiards

Age When Smoked: fresh

15 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium None Detected Very Full Pleasant

I saw where one of the reviewers here, in effect, called Rimboche a finger sniffer. Well, I've never found a tobacco that made me want to take a whiff of my phalanges (or any other body part for that matter) , but it was over the top good. And by over the top I mean too much Perique for me but I still enjoyed the presentation. I only smoked a couple of bowls and then took it to my next pipe club meeting so that my pals could also get their eyes crossed. The Virginia in this blend was good enough to shows through the Louisiana Pepper sauce and was semi-sweet and well processed according to my taste buds. Just couldn't get past that special processed Perique though.

11 people found this review helpful.

aguineapig Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aguineapig (6)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very nice blend right off the bat. I was tentative, having never smoked D&R and being vaguely aware of their reputation as a RYO company. In a trade, I was gifted a bunch of different D&R blends (this one, Picayune, Ramback Balkan, and Ryback) and all doubt was banished-- do not get my wrong, I have tried all of them rolled in a cigarette paper (I do not smoke tailor made crap cigarettes, only the occasional Stokkebye, American Spirit, or D&R, rolled fat and unfiltered, non-inhaled), and they were quite nice. But I enjoyed all of them for what they were intended to be most in the pipe. I suppose you could say it is "dual purpose", but so too could you roll some Pease blend in a cigarette paper and it'd probably make a decent enough smoke.

This tobacco is high quality. That's it. It's high quality tobacco. There is no need to squabble over whether it is RYO or not.

you can, however, squabble over whether you like it, which is up for debate with any blend. My impression with this one, is that people come to it with different expectations than they ought to based on it's constituent leaf-- Virginia and Perique. They are probably expecting a slick, tinned, rather processed product. Something like Stokkebye's bullseye flake comes to mind. I enjoy that blend, but if I were growing my own tobacco it would be completely unattainable to reproduce. Another would be Anniversary Kake from H&H, again I enjoy it, but the humectant presence is rather annoying, and it is certainly very processed.

This blend is not like that. If you are familiar with Cornell & Diehl's style, and you like that, then you may well like D&R's style. Pease's (who's blends are done up by C&D) Montgomery, a melange of virginias with some Dark Fired Kentucky, is a blend that is very reminiscent of this one, although I prefer this one to it (besides, this is less than 25 dollars per pound, and Montgomery is 32 dollars plus for 8 ounces). Russ Ouellette's Country Gentleman, from the Missouri meerschaum line is also similar. These blends have one thing in common-- Virginias at the forefront, and other leafs playing a very subdued role. If you are looking for a blend with 25% perique, this isn't it (although you could add some of your own). I don't have much interest in a blend with that much perique, preferring smaller amounts just to tame the virginia acidity and adding a little pepper and complexity. This blend does that wonderfully.

Strength is medium-- it could make a good all day smoke for someone who knows how to pace themselves. It's not a mindless smoke, like any virginia really, because puffing too hard will cause bite. But the flavor is great, it's light, tangy, with just enough perique by my standards, to be a real keeper (and at a great price). Should age beautifully and I expect it will only improve.

Pipe Used: Old German briars (dublins), cobs, papers

Age When Smoked: fresh from bag

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11 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

If you like perique and want a smooth full smoke this is it. Peppery and flavorful this what spicy should be. Smokes quick with some tounge bite so puff accordingly.Enjoy!

11 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

An incredibly smooth smoke with a generous portion of saint james perique. The tobacco is very dry in the tin (which is my preference) and smokes down to the bottom incredibly easy. It does smoke down fast, about 20-25 minutes in my falcon. It is in my top 10 tobacco blends after just two smokes. As far as perique blends go, I like it better than Frog Morton on the Bayou. And its only a fraction of the cost as well.

It isn't meant to be ryo tobacco. It's a thick ribbon cut and would be a pain in the shin to try rolling.

9 people found this review helpful.

Eonwe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eonwe (22)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I should start this review by saying that I have never smoked this out of a pipe, though when they called this 'rolling tobacco' a few years ago (wink wink, tax collectors) it was the finest cigarette I have ever had. but at the risk of going on a very long soap-box speech concerning our current climate of American politics (or lack there of), I will proceed to blame the erroneous taxation that, at the very least, has diminished this wonderful company. The perique D&R uses is by far the smoothest I ever consumed due to, I believe, the flue curing. I would love to try this in the pipe, and perhaps roll another truly doesnt get any better than this. enjoy it before they tax it out of our hands!

7 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A pretty good VaPer with a fair amount of spice. Sweet hay and citrus from the Virginias. Plums and figs from the Perique with a nice spice hit. Although there are several VaPers I prefer, this would do in a pinch with no complaints. If you pack it tight it slows the burn down to an acceptable rate.

Medium in body and taste. No added flavoring. Needless to say, due to the dryness, it burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

6 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (633)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I was given a pretty small sample of this one and really enjoyed it. It is amazing when you smoke as many VaPers as I have and you can still try one and think, "wow, this really tastes different." And in a good way.

There is almost an herbal quality to this to my tastes and I am not sure if it is the Virginia, the perique or the combination of the two, but the tastes is just wonderful. I didn't find this one to be overly sweet, but it didn't detract at all from the experience. It is hard to explain what I tasted, but it was fantastic. So much so, that I just bought a few more tins while in Chicago this last weekend. I also picked up a tin of the AP, which a lot of people are telling me, I will likely enjoy more.

With such a small sample I usually would not feel comfortable bestowing a fourth star so soon until I have had a chance to try a full tin or at least 5 or 6 more bowls, but four stars seem to be the average amongst the reviewers who I personally know, so I don't want to punish this one while I wait to open one of my new tins.

Update on Pressed Rimboche SJ 10/23/2019

It wasn't too long after the above review that I visited Indian River Tobacco Traders in the Grand Rapids area where I noticed amongst their bulk offerings some Rimboche SJ that was pressed into kakes by the shop.

I thought that since I liked Rimboche so much that this would have to be even better. Boy was I wrong. Pressing this one turned what used to be a sweet and tasty VaPer into a stout harsh pepperpot. I don't know what happened to the sweetness, but there was none to be found. It was not good (like one star bad). I shared this with some other people familiar with Rimboche SJ and they agreed.

So the moral of this update is, do not press this. It should be smoked the way Mark Ryan has presented it. The difference is night and day.

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

D & R Tobacco - Rimboche S.J.

The first observation I made was how dry the ribbons were. They felt crunchy under touch. This causes both a fast burn, and the deduction of points!

On to the smoke: due to the dryness it's easily lit. I get only a small amount of Virginia, but a heap load of Perique. There seems to be that much of it not only do I get a fruity spiciness, but also a sharp sensation on my palate. Like I said, the burn's very quick, but on the plus side it doesn't need much maintenance once it's going!

For the nicotine I'm going to be the first to rate it as medium to strong, but I'll go with the majority on the room-note: tolerable.

To round up, due to a few issues: speed, sharpness and bite, I can only somewhat recommend Rimboche.

Two stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum Billiard

Age When Smoked: Two Months

Purchased From:

5 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (203)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

This tobacco caught me by surprise. I wasn't expecting it to be so good. It seems to have just the right amount of perique, supposedly from St James Parish, hence the acronym S.J. And how it progresses in your smoke is quite remarkable as well. The stoved virginias are earthy and sweet, whereas the perique adds spiciness and helps the mixture build up in character and strength the more you progress with your smoke. As for the nicotine, it seems to pack quite a punch. It somewhat reminds me of Royal Jersey Perique, but presented in a coarser cut that really slows your pace down and smokes quite cool actually. It is this sort of earthy-spiciness that I find so satisfying, it really is a rather rewarding smoke. Not quite full-bodied, but rather fulfilling and down to the point. I guess I am buying again. 4 stars, what can I say?: it ticks all the boxes.

4 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (403)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

I was window shopping online and saw this one and the fact that it contains Saint James Perique caught my eye rather than Acadian Perique. I ordered the 3.5 oz tub and when it arrived it reminded me of those tubs I got once from Stoker’s. Upon opening the lid, it had one of those clear cellophane seals on it. The tin note is really sweet, not aro but more VA. I packed it and fired it up in my Meerschaum Poker and almost coughed a few times which proved my Perique O’Meter is still working. This tin was born 6/19/19 and is relatively new. It smoothed out somewhat about half way down the bowl. This is a real heavy hitter Perique blend, not the powerhouse as of Picayune which is also made by D&R. This smokes smooth and yet strong if that makes any sense and I enjoyed the Perique challenge. Nice kick to it. This one I jarred because the thin plastic tub really did not look like it would keep very well even with the lid. Really inexpensive and not as cigarette like as I thought it would be. You get as advertised, Virginia and Perique. If you like searching out Perique Bombs like I do then you should give this one a try at least once.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

Similar Blends: Picayune.

4 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (115)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This review is of Rimboché SJ straight from the tin without any added hydration. I purchased a year old tin from SmokingPipes and have been enjoying it in briars, meerschaums, and cobs. The tin note is one of my favorites, sweet natural tobacco. The perique is spicy and peppery with some plum notes. The gold and brown virginias are sweet and grassy. I would guess that the virginias were cased with honey. Toast and woody notes develope halfway through the bowl as the pepper subsides. Easy to smoke to nothing but ash and requires no drying time whatsoever ever. Highly recommended!

4 people found this review helpful.

1979 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
1979 (62)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Daughters & Ryan - Rimboche SJ

I had bought a 40 gram tin of ol SJ several years back and found it a doable substitute for my then-standard va/p Louisiana Red, with the caveat that SJ was more spicy and also more powerful, and dryer.  More recently I had gotten ahold of a larger 3½ ounce cottage cheese tub.  Unfortunately I had not the brilliance to think of re-hydrating this tub.  Admittedly, while I don't mind drying a tobacco that's a little too moist, moistening one that's too dry has always been kind of a turn off.  The result was that I found this one harsh, with a subdued sweetness, more spice than I really cared for, and less flavor overall than I might've gotten...?  I soldiered through half this tub and gave the rest to my neighbor who was looking for something different to roll cigarettes with.  No word on what he thought of it.  My favorite thing about this blend is the picture of the fellow on the tin, who bears a resemblance to my uncle circa 1958.  I see this is a comparatively empty review I've just written but I found the tobacco too spicy and harsh in its native bone-dry state to think of much else.  One who wishes to put the effort into hydrating the contents of the tub will surely find this blend more enjoyable than I did.

3 people found this review helpful.

cajomu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajomu (80)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant

Smoked Rimboché S.J. in a deep bowled Stanwell recently. Superb. Lots of St. James Perique to balance the sweet and surprisingly rich Virginias. At the outset, the spiciness of the Perique predominates. About midbowl, the sweetness of the Virginias takes over, and the last third of the smoke is full of dark flavors like molasses, coffee, chocolate and leather.

RSJ is a ribbon cut, so it's easy to pack and light. It comes rather dry so I humdified a one pound bag with three to four tablespoons of distilled water for about ten days. That turned out to be a bit too much, but twenty minutes or so of air drying brought the moisture down to a proper level. Be forewarned that the nicotine level is fairly high.

At less than $25 a pound, RSJ is an incredible bargain if you are a VaPer lover.

Pipe Used: Large half-bent billiard Stanwell

3 people found this review helpful.

michaelc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
michaelc (40)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I found this tobacco to smell like hay with a note of pepper in the tin. It was a little more dry than I normally like, but it was doable so I loaded up my pipe. I found the Virginia sweet and the Perique added a peppery taste to the smoke. All in all it was a good smoking experience. It burned pretty quickly and if you are not careful it can cause some bite. I doubt it will be a permanent addition to my rotation because I personally like Sutliff 1849 better. It is a very good tobacco and worthy of a try for those who enjoy VaPers. (10/14) Boy, how opinions can change with more familiarity. This has become my VaPer of choice, so much so that I just bought a pound and jarred it up. It is a very good tasting without a bite. It is mild and the combination of the Virginias with the St. James Perique give it sweet and peppery together in a delightful smoke.

Pipe Used: Several briars

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Sutliff 1849 and Lane Ltd. 125 Anniversary..

3 people found this review helpful.

Bassrep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bassrep (25)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

I was expecting too much perhaps. I found this, right out of a freshly opened tin, to be rather dry. It's OK but I can't really get too excited about this. I have seen in other reviews "generous amounts" of perique but while it's detectable, "generous" wouldn't be my word for it. Wasn't bad, just underwhelming. I want to give it 1 star but don't want to slam the stuff either, it just wasn't for me.

Pipe Used: Big Ben and others

Age When Smoked: Newly opened tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

marper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marper (8)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I use this for RYO cigarettes. It is hands down one of my favorites. Perique is a hard one. I have found many perique blends where the Perique taste like vinegar and just generally over powers the cig. Not with this blend its just right . The Virginia in this blend is bright golden orange. This is a real treat and quality you will never find in packaged cigs bought off the shelf.

Pipe Used: RYO

Age When Smoked: ??

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3 people found this review helpful.

Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (251)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I tried this when it was a RYO, and have now bought one of the newer 40g tins "redone" as a pipe tobacco. On first impression in the pipe, Rimboche SJ (the D&R product that has St. James Perique, or so they say), seems a pretty good pipe tobacco. I can definitely taste (and feel) the Perique. No drying time needed, and I think they are trying to make a product that can be used for pipe or RYO, so it is a bit of a cigaretty smoke, but quality cigarette-like. I'm inhaling some of this pipe, and it is certainly a tobacco that can be inhaled, but works as a pipe tobacco. Makes me curious about the other tins. I do have the Windsail Regular, but have not opened it. For pure pipe smoking, I'd say the Rimboche SJ is good, but don't expect Escudo or FVF. Again, this is fine, dry, easy to rub out ribbon rather than shag (it used to be shag), but loading, lighting and maintaining are a breeze. Smokes pretty fast. If I want to do any more RYO, it will be this one, as it is reasonably priced and would work in a cigarette.

By way of experimentation, I can now also say this rolls a good cigarette as well. It is no longer a shag, but rub it out real good and it works fine.

2-15-12 Wow, esteemed? Thanks, Skando!

I have to say I have ended up esteeming this blend a little less. I won't decrease my rating: they're arbitrary anyway, and if the price is still reasonable these all may be good value, though I think this is the only one I tried save for one of their cig tobaccos (not in a pipe). I also give them credit for their help in revitalizing the Perique industry, as it seems.

My brother has relieved me of some of this by mixing it in with his favorite RYO, American Spirit US Grown (red). I have left the tin on a table since, well; last April without even jarring it, which is rare for me. There is actually only 1/3 tin or so left (thanks, brother dear!) and it is pretty crispy. I may use it for some blending or something.

3 people found this review helpful.

Thepipehunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thepipehunter (43)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

From the tin, Rimboché SJ is a ribbon cut that comes a little dry but at a good smoking level. The tin note is strong hay that is lightly sweet, a touch of citrus and grass, and a pungent, sour, fermented fruit note from the Perique.

The Virginias offer a lot of notes of mildly sweet and dry hay. Much like the tin note, there is some bright notes and a touch of grass present as well. There is a lot of perique in this blend. It’s peppery and spicy, and has a nice zing through the retrohole. It also offers strong notes of raisins and stewed fruit. A little more plum then prune. There are dry, woody, musty, and earthy notes present as well. It is consistent from beginning to end.

Rimboché SJ smokes cool and dry and required very few relights if any. If freight trained it will get a little hot, but it’s very well behaved. It’s strong medium to full in taste and the nicotine is medium. I’m not sure if it could be an all day smoke but easily enjoyed throughout the day. This isn’t blended to be a knock your sox off special treat smoke, it is blended to be an everyday easy going VaPer, and my rating reflex this. 3.5 out of 4 stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (85)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable


Finishing up about 3 ounces of this. Comes dry, easy to pack tight, light and forget about it. Similar to their Acadian perique which I had enjoyed more, personal preference. That one is a bit more peppery, this one a bit more plum like. Enjoyable but I always wanted something a bit more and that was their AP version. Highly recommended to try a tin. Prices are great even when not on sale.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: Unknown

2 people found this review helpful.

Heliumiami Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Heliumiami (1)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

My first review will be of this tobacco which has quickly become a favourite and an everyday smoke. Dry in the bag and has a nice, I'd almost want to say fermented odor. Goodness I've come to love the smell of tobacco. I smoke fast so this will definitely burn down to ash, but depends on whether my pipes gurgle not on the tobacco. Flavours have likely been covered better by others, let me just say this is sweet and natural. Very enjoyable.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: 1yr, but in standard ziplock

Purchased From: P&C

2 people found this review helpful.

William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (95)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

After smoking this, I would have to say that giving it several months to age is key to a great smoke. I fist purchased a 40 gram tin at the New Orleans Pipe Show this past October. When I opened it, I was a little disappointed. It was dry, smoked hot, and had very little flavor. So, I stuck it in a mason jar and put it in the back of the closet. And there it sat for about seven months...

About a month ago, I had ordered some tobacco and needed a few empty mason jars, so I brought out this one out and started to smoke it. The months had been very kind to it! The Virginias started to pop and the Perique melded with those Virginias to make a most enjoyable smoke. It still tended to smoke hot and was definitely dry, but I found that if I loaded my pipe and gently exhaled through it, it would add just enough humidity to make it burn a little slower.

After allowing the tobacco to age in a mason jar, it became a much different from when it was first opened. It was harsh and raw when I first tried it, but now it has begun to sing. I think I'll by the 3.5 oz offering, put it in a jar, and see what happens in a year. I may be back with an update!

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie Flame Grain Apple

Purchased From: Mark Ryan

2 people found this review helpful.

cakeanddottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cakeanddottle (105)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Reviewed as a cigarette tobacco: A pretty good smoke, somewhat reminiscent of American Spirit Black. The perique here gives me more peppery zing and less raisin. The strength from the Perique is a welcome addition. Could benefit from some lighter Va in the mix to light that component. Earns a B from me.

2 people found this review helpful.

The Hun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Hun (38)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is a pretty darn good blend. I had no contact with it when it was the RYO cut, just as this pipe cut.

The virginias are of very good quality. The perique is very good as well, and it is present in goodly quantity. The smoke is full, the mouth feel is pleasant, the nicotine level is adequate.

Rimboche S.J. comes dry in the bag. It lights readily and does burn pretty quickly to a fine ash--but how pleasant that short trip is. I have taken to mixing some McClelland 5100 with it to slow the burn a bit, but the straight blend is perfectly fine as it is, especially when I need a less contemplative, tasty smoke.


Pipe Used: Various Briars, Corncobs

Age When Smoked: from 14 oz. bag

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2 people found this review helpful.

laufenstoc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
laufenstoc (9)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Top quality Virginia and the St. James Perique is just shy of moderate strength. Deliciously present, but not at all overwhelming, it offers that wonderful fermented sweetness VaPer smokers love. I especially enjoy using this blend as the foundation for my own blending experiments. Mark Ryan, the man behind D&R knows quality tobacco and has played a key role in sustaining Perique's veritable cottage industry. Not surprisingly, it ages beautifully. 14 oz bags are reasonably priced, but best transferred to mason jars for putting away.

1 person found this review helpful.

Antonius Blok Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Antonius Blok (192)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The D & R Tobacco house is characterized by making completely natural and good quality tobaccos. Rimboche S.J. It is made up of brilliant virginias and the famed St. James Parish perique. The cut is halfway between a shag and a ribbon, although the shag part is not as fine as Penny Farthing from G.L. Pease, for example. This type of cut, together with the lack of moisture it contains, makes tobacco burn quite quickly, for that reason it is advisable to smoke it slowly and in a pipe with sufficient capacity, if you don't want to be left wanting more.

It is a tobacco that is smoked fresh, smooth, rich and with a different flavor nuance from other va / per, which seems to me an incentive to want to try it. The virginias are a bit sweet and citrusy and the perique is smooth and fruity. A fine and quality tobacco is appreciated, which does not heat the pipe or sting the tongue. Maybe it's a bit irregular, but if the stars are aligned you can have a very good smoke.

I have heard somewhere that this mix is ​​no longer available, although it is not known if this lack will be temporary or permanent.

Pipe Used: Croci Fiammata Argento

Age When Smoked: Unknown

1 person found this review helpful.

Unab8dLy4m Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Unab8dLy4m (6)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Smells like wheat bread straight out of the tin. The Virginia is less sweet than Rimboche AP with more wood and Earth notes. The spiciness of the Perique is more muted and more of the stewed fig flavor comes through. This one does not punch as too sweet, nor too spicy. Upon initial light, I would have thought otherwise as the Perique seemed very prominent, but quickly balanced out. Quality, straight-forward, and consistent smoke.

Pipe Used: EMC Prince

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (218)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Rimboche S.J. has a sweet tin note with notes of citrus, very earthy, and slightly woodsy. The taste is VA forward with notes of citrus, earthy, woodsy (a little more in the taste of it then in the tin note) and a herbal note that moves in and out at times. The perique is very sweet, notes of plumb, raisin, and a lighter note of fig. The pepper is competing with this sweetness and at times takes the lead but then the sweetness takes back over again. The strength and nic are solidly at the medium level as is the taste profile although I do get a little more smoke in the puff than what I usually find in a medium strength blend. Does not bite and it can be repeated throughout the day but I had no desire to smoke it all day long myself. This is easy to recommend but it is not as complex as Solani 633 or Sam Gawith's St. James Flake but it is very good and always available at a very good price point. I am considering picking up a pound to see how this one ages. 2 or 3 years may move this one into the highly recommended category.

Age When Smoked: 4 months

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Faberdei Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Faberdei (11)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

The tin note is dried apricot with fig. The smoke is cool and dry. The 2 thirds are herbal with a little spiciness and a sugary-creamy taste. The last third may be on a plum and wine (porto?) side - but not easy to identify. It is a light perique. No big issues (no harsh, no bite, no tasty mess ...) but not my cup of coffee.

Pipe Used: morta and briar

Purchased From: indian River Tobacco, Wyoming, MI,

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