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"None Nicer" -- The Three Nuns Pipe Tobacco is a [ready rubbed] blend of dark fired Kentucky and sun cured Virginia tobaccos mixed with the finest Brazilian Lights to produce the unique flavour and mellow smoking characteristics for which Three Nuns is famous.

Notes: This is the entry for the pouch version of Three Nuns, which is now a Virginia/Kentucky blend. Currently made by MacBaren.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsKentucky, Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Extremely Mild
Mild to Medium, Medium
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1895)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Mac Baren - Three Nuns (Pouch).

What a fabulous aroma, it smells like a tobacconist in a pouch! It takes me back to the smell inside an old tobacco shop I used to visit with my dad when I was a kid. If you like the smell of tobacco then get some of this as it is by far the fullest/natural smelling blend out there, I want it bottled as aftershave! On the lower side it arrives too tightly packed, it's nothing major but I think a slightly bigger pouch would make things more tidy when loading! Mine is a touch too moist, it isn't wet but I take out a small pinch and leave it aside.

The flavour lives up to the pouch-note. The taste is quite a deep one, the tobaccos are evenly balanced with a nutty quality to the smoke. Although there's dark-fired in it this gives a smoky enhancement yet doesn't monopolize the flavour. The burn's good, it doesn't require much time with the flame to get it going and once it's lit it stays that way unless the pipe is put aside for a length of time.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not great for other folks, but I like.

Simple, four stars!

Pipe Used: Peterson Christmas 2014 shape 03

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

11 people found this review helpful.

LondonCalling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LondonCalling (12)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

I should point out two things before launching into this review. Firstly, I've no idea what the older incarnations of Three Nuns were like, never having smoked them, so anything I have to say is based purely on my own impressions of this blend as-is. Nor have I tried the tin version currently available in the US and mainland Europe. And secondly, I suspect there are some pretty odd bits of childhood psychology going on here which influence what I have to say - but more on that later. Although some would claim this is an OTC / supermarket blend, I find it surprisingly complex. Out of the pouch there's a woody aroma, with what appears to be a (very subtle) whisky topping and perhaps a hint of chocolate. It takes a light easily, and at first I detect a hint of soapiness (oh dear, not the dreaded curse of Erinmore!), though this soon gives way to some subtle florals. As it burns though, I get more robust scents of fresh leather and old rope. On relighting I increasingly get a woodsy scent like new-cut oak, which at times is so strong I wonder whether I'm actually burning the briar of the bowl (though no fear of this, as the bowl is well-carbonised). It's not a polite blend, in the sense that it can bite if not properly handled, and delivers a surprisingly decent nicotine kick. In all, I would class this as a proper, grown-up smoke of surprising complexity. But there's something else, something less tangible and for me quite deeply rooted; and it's in the room note. For all the rants about Three Nuns being nothing like it was in days gone by, there's something in the lingering note that's playing with my memory. My dad used to smoke Three Nuns when I was a nipper. I only know this from seeing the old, empty tins he used to stash in a drawer, as by the time I was old enough to notice, he'd switched to Clan (Clan! Was the man mad?) It's the scent of my earliest childhood. I also recall the exact same smell lingering in the public spaces of my youngest days: the railway station waiting rooms; upstairs on buses; and - it sounds bizarre in these health-obsessed times - the surgery of our old family doctor, a bear of a man who lived into his 90s and used to dispense pearls of medical common sense from behind a veil of pipesmoke ("Always go to work on a proper cooked breakfast, and never go to bed without a tot of good whisky inside you"). Some may consider this blend a bit cheap and cheerful. For me, it's so much more.

Pipe Used: Blakemar Rhodesian

Age When Smoked: From date of purchase

Purchased From: Online, from SmokeKing, a UK supplier

10 people found this review helpful.

Old German puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old German puffer (106)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I love three nuns in the pouch. It is a very old smoke for me and the pouch makes it so easy to take out. It goes in and out of my rotation as a daily smoke. At this point I keep a three year supply on hand. When I open a pouch I smoke it and the leftovers get tossed into the jar. The next day I just grab a new pouch. It always smells better in the jar. It lights very well and burns so smooth. Ash is pure white. No globs here. Taste is stright forward and if you are not a mad puffer you will get the flavor. This is one of the few I will smoke in anything. No ghosting or harsh clean up. I push one pipe cleaner in when done and walk away.

Pipe Used: All Types

Age When Smoked: pouch

Purchased From: London England

8 people found this review helpful.

Mawnan Smiff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mawnan Smiff (28)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

As a newbie piper (35 years a roll up smoker) I am going through as many OTC tobaccos as I can to find something that suits my personal palate. On a trip to Truro in search of a no longer trading tobacconist I eventually found a newsagent that had a reasonable variety of pipe tobaccos. Realising that of all he had to offer I had alreay tried bar one, I bought a 50g pouch of Three Nuns.

At home, freshly cleaned Parker at the ready I opened the pouch and stuck my nose right in there.....WOW.....what a gorgeous aroma.....surely I will enjoy smoking this stuff I thought. I thought is a truly lovely smoke indeed, slightly sweet but with plenty of tobacco flavours and very little (if any?) casing.

Slightly stronger than some folk find it but certainly one I will be purchasing again. I may mix a small dollop of this with an equal dollop of Clan (not a favourite of mine) which I have hanging around to see if I can mellow it a little but if that doesn't work out I will still be happy to smoke this again exactly as is from the pouch.

One thing I did notice was how quickly I got through the first bowlful, something like 15 minutes whereas the very same pipe filled with say Condor (RR) will last me a good 40 minutes or so. Odd is that.

Pipe Used: Various 'basket' pipes + a rather nice Parker.

Age When Smoked: Fresh.

Purchased From: Newsagent in Truro (Cornwall).

Similar Blends: Not sufficiently qualified to say but not a million miles from Condor RR..

6 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Unnoticeable

I've had a few pouches of this over the past couple of years, so I'm surprised I had not got round to writing a review for it. oh well, I'm here now so let's get it done.

The pouch aroma is one of fruits, earth tones and hay, very pleasant. Packing and lighting are easy enough. The first time I smoked it, many moons ago, I found the first few smokes a little rough, not impressed. But I persevered and over the course of the pouch this tobacco revealed itself to me. There are wafts of fruit, hints of hay and some deep earth tones that turn this tobacco into a pleasure to smoke. There is a hint of some kind of topping or casing on here but the smoke is none the worse for it.

I had not heard complementary things about the pouch version of this prior to picking up a pouch and those first few smokes seemed to back them up. But this tobacco has won me over, maybe not enough to keep it in stock but enough to buy it on at least a semi-regular basis. If you've not tried it give it a shot, and don't go for a sample, go for a pouch.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch

Purchased From: Cuban Cigar Club

6 people found this review helpful.

mo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mo (81)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I have seldom found a blend that i can simply describe as being a pouch of tobacco. This blend really is just that.

Dont get me wrong, it is not disagreeable in any way, it just does not stand out im afraid. I taste the Virginia and the Kentucky and together they are good. I have a pouch in my desk drawer and will fill my pipe with its contents if i see it first, i just dont go looking for it.

It burns well, smokes cool with no bite.

All in all a good tobacco, just not memorable in any way.

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: London

Similar Blends: Toyota Camray, Nissan Almera, Ford Mondeo.

4 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of those blends that I really should have taken the time to check out the reviews prior to buying, but I like all of the tinned versions of Three Nuns so I didn't do it. To make matters worse, I bought two aged pouches of this. In short, this bit like a rabid dog. I smoke a lot of different blends and am fortunate in that I seldom get tongue bite. I smoked this in small bowls, large bowls and everything in-between. I tried different cadences and different levels of moisture. I never made it through the first pouch and didn’t have the heart to pass on the other pouch. I think just about every tobacco has some redeeming quality so I seldom toss out a single star review. The only reason I did it here was because there isn’t a zero star option. I do wonder if, like the tinned version, there were different pouch versions too?

3 people found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (203)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

My review is based on one out of two old pouches, bought some many years ago (2000-2001) before TN (both the pouch and tinned version) disappeared from Italian tobacconists. The pouch is just like the one pictured above, it just show the word Mixture instead of Tobacco. It was made in England by Imperial Tobacco Limited Liverpool. I had read somewhere this is the popular version, probably the scraps coming from the production of the curlies (of the time) going in the tin. I think it may easily be that. This is not a bad tobacco, not at all. I would buy it if still available at a decent price. It falls in the VaPer category, on the mild to medium side of strength. The flavor is typical of VaPer’s: ripe fruits with a faintly piquant note, partially reflecting in the room note – of cookies – which remains quite neutral and unoffensive. If some flavouring help, it should be very minimal. Mild in the body. Burns nice but needs care to avoid hot smoke and bite. Bowls from medium to large are preferable, avoid the small ones.

Pipe Used: mainly straight Castello's

Age When Smoked: some 15 years old, maybe more

Similar Blends: Elizabethan Mixture ?.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28795)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Having placed my order my first impression on arrival was disappointing. The tobacco arrived in a cheap plastic wrap and the colour was much lighter than I remembered. Course cut as against the coin version of old. On checking, the packaging colour and writing looked like the original without the word ORIGINAL. OK let's move on. I took a cleaned pipe noting I never use the same pipe two days running. On lighting I found the first taste impressive, mild and pleasant on the palat. The burn was excellent and the pipe bowl remained cool throughout. No tongue or lip burn and continued to give an even pleasurable smoke to the end with little ash. I'm trying various tabaccos to find the penultimate smoke and would recommend this as a canny smoke, but not absolutely perfect, just enjoyable.

3 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2434)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is the pouch version, not to be confused with the tin version, where the tobacco is coin cut. Outside of the having the same name, their chief similarity is that both are tobacco products. The rubbed, pouch version of Three Nuns tastes sludgy with no nuance and little complexity. The tinned version in any incarnation is superior. This one is course cut with different colors. I see some perique, bright Virginia, and little pieces of a dark Virginia. The flavors are a little spice, citrus, mild dark fruit, grass and slight earth. The nic-hit is mild. Dry in the pouch, it burns well... too well, because it's a tongue scorcher, and I'm not a fast smoker. It may have some of the same ingredients of the coin version, but the resemblance really and truly ends with the name of the tobacco.


3 people found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (198)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Having the best opinion about the tinnned blend i purchassed the pouch version.once the seal breaks a nice arοma combined from spices,nuts molasses and fruits comes out.the blend moisture is low so packing and lighting is easy.while smoking the flavours are nice and pleasant.the virginias are citrusy,fruity with some bread notes.some sweet and dark fruit notes also pop up rare.the kentucky burleys are spicy,nutty with some molasses and florall essenses.the compoments combine well and and there is a balance between them.burns cool and fast to total ash.the nicotine level is almost medium and a bit moisture is being created at the end of the bowl.the room note is tongue bite appeared for all day in comparison with the tinned version i found a lack of taste,the nicotine level is lower,the burning quicker and generally a less satysfying blend.i recommend it and i will rate it as a different tobacco.

Age When Smoked: When opened

1 person found this review helpful.

who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (61)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

50g UK pouch.

Contents: Mottled tan, brown, black ribbon/rough cut ready rubbed. Moisture is about right and on the dry side; this doesn't need to be wet.

Have been smoking this on and off for about 4-5 years.. I have never tasted the tin version or the past incarnations.

Three nuns pouch is quite a brash smokey smoke; great indoors or outside in the dreariest cold weathe;r it comes through full in taste be it fog or frost.. I wouldn't recommend it for windy conditions though.

Takes light easy and gives a full taste smoke. Nicotine is medium to full.

Taste: A woody cedar, malted digestive biscuits, Black pepper, Brown sugar , Chickory /natural liquorice root (the twigs not the confection.. Has a kind of red Virginian tang with a french mustard hotness meets leather body with the darker treacle-esque and burnt malt condiment.. This is quite a spicy smoke ,almost latakian but in a different way.. Once into the sweet zone it developes a toasted fruit malt loaf and hazelnut / nutmeggy buttery creaminess. On the smokey character which is the Kentucky; it has a latakian way about it but its more of a peated smoke; like a natural tasting property of the leaf, slightly like Laphroaig single malt. Its a kentucky like a peat smoked latakia..

Its a hottish burner and also quicker than some but not by a massive margin. It will only extinguish if you don't pay attention..

This is one of those tobacco's that taught me the art of pipe smoking more than any other because I really wanted to like this one but had difficulty in the beginning of taming it.. It can bite if abused, but also I have found that the bite is not immediate but arrives at the end of the day after smoking many bowls..

I tried every gimmick pipe to get it right; clays, pyrolytic graphite and bakelites, meerschaum lined etc : I was breaking in many pipes at the same time with different tobacco's at the time, and so it took me a while to realise the virtues of a caked bowl because I hadn't been able to generate one yet;- Three Nuns pouch likes a well caked briar bowl because it seems to neutralize most of the potential bite factor..

I am now able to enjoy this in my favourite falcon pipe with a regular briar bowl.

Three Nuns pouch smokes just as well dry or moist really.. I found in the early days that drying the pouch removed some of the propensity to nip without sacrificing the integrity of the smoke.. Its convenient that you don't have to jar this one to preserve it.

I don't detect any applied casings or topping,i feel that what you get is basically the tobacco.. If there is any humectant at all it is not really detected.

I have to concur with somebody below about the magic way in which this Three Nuns pouch although a new recipe, conjures a feeling and vibe that it has been around for decades already.. It tastes so much like an old school classic no nonsence british OTC; kind of like clan meets walnut flake and condor or something. The old woody meaty aroma evokes a real sensation of false nostalgia which doesn't really make me wish to try the old recipe in case it disapoints me. This Three Nuns pouch tastes like an original even if it isn't.

I have mixed in a pinch of some Gawith & Hoggarth blending perique a few times with this blend to kind of invent in my imagination what I imagine the original recipe was like ; no doubt the original was probably different than my attempt at creating my own nostaligia for the untried original but;-

But i will say though;- that adding perique doesn't do anything significant to enrich this blend; it only changes it ,thickens it with a slight plummyness but muddies and mutes the malty properties that I like so much in the standard pouch.. Although the UK pouch has no perique in it, it has quite a black peppery aroma that is more pronounced than many aged vapers I have smoked.

Aging doesn't seem to change much in this blend really; that is partly because I leave my jarred stash open 1st to dry it anyway, but even in the pouches I have opened a year later it doesn't taste noticeably different to fresh ones.There isn't really anything wrong with the recipe where I feel it warrants any deliberate aging.. Its like condor; its ready to go.

Goes really well with a simple cup of tea and a biscuit.

Totally worth 3 stars for what it basically is and what it magically imitates in my false nostalgia syndrome whilst smoking it..

Pipe Used: Every gimmick, Falcon pipes.

Age When Smoked: New,Months,Couple of years.

Purchased From: Supermarkets,Newsagents

Similar Blends: Clan, Peterson Irish Whiskey (slightly), Ogdens Walnut Flake..

1 person found this review helpful.

Blueplume Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blueplume (7)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I spotted this when buying some Marlin flake at my local tobacconist so decided to give it a go. When I got home my heart sank. As I took the pouch out of the bag it felt like it contained Shredded wheat, goodness knows how long it had been on the shelf. I pressed ahead and tried it expecting the worst.Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find a perfectly acceptable smoke with a subtle sweetish flavour. Of course it burned down the bowl a little too quickly owing to the dryness but I was impressed. " I must get a fresh pouch of this to compare" I thought and duly ordered one online. It arrived, moisture content as it should be, and I fired a bowl up. Hmmm, no nice sweet tones greeted me this time and though it behaved itself bite wise it offered nothing that would make it a regular purchase. I even dried it out hoping to recapture the glory of the previous pouch to no avail. I'd say this is not too bad "cooking" tobacco, a step up from Clan but only just. It certainly got me thinking about how the nature of tobacco can change due to ageing, moisture content , which pipe is used - there are so many variables and that is part of the fun of this hobby.

Pipe Used: Falcon, donegal rocky, Dunhill

1 person found this review helpful.

DEN-C1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DEN-C1956 (33)
Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

oh dear i took the plunge and bought a 50g pouch of this and i wish i didn't, where the idea of 'none nicer' fits into it i will never know, the aroma is quite nice in the pouch but that's it. its tasteless to me but its easy to keep lit, i wont be buying this again, but i do enjoy going through tobaccos and finding the bad ones and the nice ones but this for me is a bad one, i will finish the pouch and move on.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28795)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Very nice smoke. Lots of tastes and defiantly one I would recommend. Not very good at staying light but I may of smoked it a little to wet so make sure it's dry before smoking it.

1 person found this review helpful.

renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (146)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Unnoticeable

I remember when this famous blend was available OTC in corner shops and supermarkets.

Indeed I won't be the first reviewer to say that the aroma coming out of this pouch sends me way back to the 70's when I remember old codgers smoking this.

It's an interesting brew that seems to fit snugly between the plain virginias and the lighter aromatics.

An excellent satisfying smoke with plenty of sweetish caramel/butterscotch taste, which stays fairly constantly throughout. It needs quite a few relights and is best in a bigger volume bowl. I have also found it burns down very quickly, so a 15-20 minute sitting will see off a bowl quite easily.

I will certainly pick this up whenever I come across it, even though it gets a bit samey towards the end of the pouch.

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Cotswold News and Cigars, Cheltenham

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Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (160)
Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

I don't know what to make of this tobacco, but it is not absolutely horrible. I won't be buying it again though, but I will probably end up giving someone my pouch. It seems to smoke really hot in your bowl and does not quite deliver. I never tried the tin version, so I am judging this one by its own merits. I will probably have another bowl or two to make sure I don't like it, but if change my mind I will probably edit this review. If you want more bang for your buck, don't buy it.

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