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For the smoker who wants extra taste in a natural blend. Turkish, Yenidje, Latakia and a touch of Dubec give added richness to the cool Burley. This blend has a rewarding character and aroma.

Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Oriental/Turkish, Latakia
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutBroken Flake
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Very Mild, Medium
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

The Orientals are the key components here. Burley and Latakia offer support and because it is a bulk blend, the tobacco really benefits from stirring around to make the presentation as intended. Not very strong and the flavor depth is pretty shallow, but an easy smoke and well priced. I think there's a misting of something very discreet, but can't identify it.


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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30111)
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Smoking this blend reminded me of Churchill's complaint about his pudding: it lacks a theme. It varies between a mild burley, more prominent Virginia, and hints at spiciness at some points in the bowl. I tasted nothing that I recognized as latakia.

None of these are necessarily bad - everything tastes like quality leaf - it just doesn't come together in any interesting way. It's the difference between looking at a great painting, and the discrete blobs on the artist's palate. Based on the description, it's a bit of a disappointment.

Update: Ok. I think I get what they're going for. I just needed to take some time with this one. Still nothing more than an occasional hint of latakia, but if you're patient and slow, this does turn out to be a little more interesting. I'd give it an extra 1/2 star if I could (or, if it were a 5-star rating system, I'd give it 3). Not bad at all, but I can't find a reason to recommend this over any number of blends out there.

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

I purchased a 2oz bag of Brandywine based on the consistancy of reviewers remarks before me. There is not always consensus but in this case I also agree. There is a little commotion in the bowl before everyone takes their seat and then the performance begins. A balanced blend with burley singing lead. I can taste the gentle sweetness in the back, not cloying or artifical with identifiable oriental. This blend has shoulders and bottom from the latakia more felt than clearly tasted. While not a burley English or burley Balkan etc it is closer to that then any otc blend or any of the Milan burley blends with similar ingredients. They are fine tobaccos but waaay lighter and far less complex than Brandywine. I sip at Solani Aged Burley Flake. Brandywine I can enjoy with larger strides. Very smooth to the end. I found that I used more pipe cleaners than usual but there was no bowl gunk at all.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30111)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

This is the first Edwards tobacco that I have found that I can actually smoke. It was a pleasant surprise.

Brandywine is an interesting blend. It supposedly has Latakia in it - but I found it to be undetectable in both flavor and room note. There is a good bit of Burley, and the added flavoring is present through most of the smoke. The Turkish/Orientals dominate through the first 2/3 of the bowl, with the flavored Burley in support. The underlying flavor is almost like a dark red wine, or grape juice. Toward the end, it's straight Burley. And at no time did it taste like that horrid 'Dolphin'. Though it isn't mentioned, I thought I tasted some virginia from time to time.

Moisture content looked good right from the bag, no preparation needed to smoke it. Pack it up and light it off. The burn is even and cool. Best of all - No Goop.

I wouldn't say that Brandywine is on a par with Barbary Coast (GL Pease), but it is something that the BC lover could enjoy as an all-day smoke when working in the yard, etc. I might even buy some more of it some day.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30111)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

If you like burley, this is a must try! Like most of Edward's blends, this is on the dry side-- perfect for packing, burns easily and evenly. A combination of cuts, about 90% medium brown, 10% black flakes ( latakia? ), and an ample amount of cube cut, it is very inviting visually.

This is a very nice smoke. There is some flavoring agent added, but quite sparingly. Predominantly rich, smooth burley flavor, mellowed out by the other tobaccos. I don't really pick up on the latakia that is supposed to be here, but never the less, I like this stuff. It reminds me of something from long past, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

All in all, this would make a great all dayer- light,but full flavored, with a very pleasant room note.

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (176)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I thought I'd add my two cents as not many Edwards blends have been reviewed here, and I've smoked them all (at least the older favorites) starting in the late 1960's.

The base of this blend is I think Edwards "base 88", a mostly cube cut mixture of virginia and burley with some latakia (about 10% in original base) and a little toasted cavendish. You can buy that and smoke it as is for an American classic.

In this blend, to that base is added some more burley or virginia, some other rounding out condiments perhaps, and surely a good ounce of their "G" essence (for grape). This is more of a robust blend than a sweet blend, but it does have a wine-like taste to a semi-full mixture.

Don't be confused with wet or gooey aromatics here. The essence or fragrance is light but steady throughout. (It is not a spray but fragrant or essence to which they simply expose small batches of burley to over time and then blend those essence tobaccos into a blend. They marry within weeks.) The hearty somewhat wine-like flavor doesn't give out over the fairly rich base tobaccos. The taste is consistent throughout the smoke. You don't taste much turkish, etc. though, but there is a hint of darkness. The is an honest and dry alternative to the wetter spirit influenced tobccos, like Esoterica's Pembroke.

In the older days, this was considered one of the most aromatic tobaccos in their line -- but not as sweet as their Bowl of Cherries, Rum Toddy, or the delightful Honey Cavendish which is still available off the shelf, etc. Buccaneer replaced Brandywine as their most aromatic blend in the 1980's. Since then Edwards has jumped more on the aromatic wagon a good bit.

This blend is quite cool, dry, robust, tasty but not delicut, easy packing, and it has good, steady burning characterestics. The room fragrance is quite nice too. I'm glad its been noted again around the New year (2003), as it's like an old friend I shouldn't forget. I, like many of you, are drawn off the tried and true track of my old favorites by the legion of new and varied pipe tobaccos available to us in recent years. This blend compares quite favorably to Pembroke (but it is much drier), Peterson's Irish Wiskey (but is milder), CAO's Malthouse (but is cooler), etc. Recommended to mostly natural smokers who occasionally like a little fragrance or scent but no goo.

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