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A blend manufactured by 4noggins specifically for El Rincon de la Pipa, a pipe smokers forum in Spain, following the recipe by Javier Trillo and Carlos Rincon. A beautiful mix of Virginias, burley, Izmir, Latakia and a touch of black cavendish.

Notes: A very balanced mixture, full of body, with the white burley as the main flavor support, spicy Orientals giving a piquant character and Virginias bonding all of them, resulting a sweet medium atypical mixture.

BrandEl Rincon de la Pipa
Blended By4noggins
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Full
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Pleasant to Tolerable
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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The main player is the Burley, but you can taste a mighty fine English just behind it. By the end of the bowl the Burley has beaten the English into submission and declared domination. I'm exaggerating a little, but just a little. This is a very tasty and delicious smoke. Medium in body and somewhat rich in flavor.

This is a fine blend due in large part to the quality components used by 4noggins. I'm smoking my way through several of their blends now and I'm impressed.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman, MM Freehand

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: 4noggins

7 people found this review helpful.

fustillat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fustillat (6)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I am still unfamiliar with the way the diverse ingredients are detected, but after a week of daily smoking this blend in different pipes, I can now state with certainty that this blend is worth trying and even keeping in regular rotation. The slight lemony flavour reminds me of lemon grass that is also delightful to the palate. It burns very well with no tongue bite. It arrived a little dry to me, so I added some moisture to it. Another less known treasure to be appreciated more widely. (Nov 2013)

On 19 August 2013 I received another batch of this blend, because I had missed it! It has become my personal No. 1! But I will moisten it again to make it sing (otherwise it's a little scratchy on my throat). Four stars only because there are no more stars to give.

7 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Off the top of my head, I can't quite think of another blend that compares to No. 1. The tobacco arrives on the dry side (but not too dry) ready to pack. The blend is rough cut with a few thick ribbons. The pouch scent offers a heavenly aroma that reminds me of tobaccos of old. The Latakia is there, but added with a light hand and it remains in the background for support. This is true of the Cavendish as well. There is just enough there to add a slight sweetness to the blend. The main player banging on my taste buds is the burley as it dominates the blend, but in a good way. It isn't overpowering. The Orientals are also there to play a leading role. No. 1 produces large volumes of creamy, spicy smoke. This is a balanced blend that will be enjoyed by those that love Burley oriented blends. Personally, it isn't the type of tobacco that would make its way into my daily rotation, but it is clearly an excellent blend just the same.

7 people found this review helpful.

mhyst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mhyst (1)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

If you like burley, this is definitely your mixture and your going to absolutely love it. If not... just keep away from this tobacco. But don't take me wrong, this is not just burley. If you give this mixture a chance, you're going to find a nice black cavendish and the delicious Turkish izmir all spiced with a touch of Cypriot latakia; all with a base of ol' good Virginia leaf.

What more to say... ah yes. It comes a bit dry, but it's better that way. If you moixturize it, you're going to find that the burley is almost overwhelming. So just smoke it as dry as it comes. If, even so, you want to experiment; please, do it with a small quantity. On the contrary, your going to regret it.

That said, do I recommend this? Absolutely yes. I highly recommend it to you. Give it a try!

6 people found this review helpful.

Caripu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Caripu (11)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The No. 1 is an unusual mixture, custom manufactured by 4noggins. It is a mixture based on various types of leaves of virginia, seasoned with a generous amount of turkish Izmir, white burley, black Cavendish and cyprian Latakia.

The baccy comes in a bulk bag rather dry, but ready to smoke. It's actually a mixture that I like more a bit dry than smoked on the wet side. At light-up it announces the dominant flavors will come from Izmir, being sweetened and moderated by the base of Virginias. Fruity and spicy aromas are the dominant notes throughout the smoke. If we decide to moisten up the mixture, we find that the oriental No. 1 rating is tempered, with the burley taking over the weight of the smoke, leaving the Izmir as seasoning leave.

With a moderate amount of vitamin N and a creamy and dense body, it smokes very pleasant at the time of day you want a bold smoke but without excess.

5 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (222)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

A little dry out of the pouch but it smokes nice, neither very fast nor hot.

Very tasty. On the nose it is very Oriental forward, Izmir it is, which is sort of musky sweet and salty. No added aroma detected. The smoke is not strong but it has body and nicotine is medium at least. Taste is quite cigarette-like in a good way; I do like natural tasting cigarette-like tobaccos. Virginias and mostly Burley are the tobaccos which give this blend the weight and taste that Izmir lacks but the sweetness which is sort of no-taste-sweetness, I bet comes from the Cavendish. Very smart addition to the blend, it enhances its sweetness making it more friendly without adding any unnecessary aroma. Also smart is the addition of Burley which I guess enhances nicotine, because it is a quite satisfying blend nicotine-wise, and also adds a nice nutty taste.

Overall a very satisfying smoke, does not have many subtleties, it does not taste luxurious and even is a little sharp but I find it is very pleasurable, flavorful, balanced, intensely aromatic (Izmir) in a natural way and it's the first blend I smoke where I think I can read into the mind of the blender. For me it's like you start with a naturally intensely aromatic Oriental (Izmir) tobacco which needs body (add Virginia), nicotine (add Burley), add a little Cavendish to enhance sweetness without interfering with the aroma and Latakia, yes Latakia as a condiment, I almost forgot about her... And in some cases that's how it should be. Like when a dish has the right amount of salt or pepper, you do not notice it, it's there enhancing the experience without making its presence felt.

Congratulations to the blender, he's made the most out of maybe not the choicest tobaccos out there, to create a very tasty and balanced blend. Could become an all-day blend for me if I can source it easily. The only fear is I might smoke too much of it... __________Update May 2017: unfortunately the second batch of El Rincon I bought was not the same as the first. This time it's much more typical English with a little bit of Black Cavendish but not as Oriental forward as the first batch, still a very good medium English but not the same tobacco I received first time around and fell in love with...

3 people found this review helpful.

Raines Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raines (52)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

As every English blends, if you don't like latakia this tobacco is not for you. It's not too strong but you can taste the latakia and oriental in it. It's not overwhelming, so I found it perfect for an end of a day with coffee : the perfect definition of relaxation :D For my wife too : its room note is pleasant for her. Great advantage for an English blend :P I recommend for those who like latakia but don't like the strength it can have for some.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

First of all, Xarls thanks, to send a bag to me of this mixture.  Right now I am smoking my second pipe of this mixture. First that I emphasize it is  the surprise that produces this mixture nevertheless to me and seems that it hooks. The tobacco this a dry small point, to the point that I like, fodder that this way arises but the Virginias  and the Orientals.  To lack to perhaps give but continuity him, I will be necessary to ask, in this second pipe this liking but this mixture. Perhaps the surprise of the first time, has happened to background. Also to say that the Latakia that we smell when open the package or the bag in my case, does not appear.  In this third second of the puff, regusto in the nasal zone lasts, I I would say that balsamic, to way that some wines of raising of Rivera del  Duero leave it, I imagine that this will be thing of Orientals tobaccos and from time to time they leave memories to crude pipes of sunflower, without toasting. Good these are my impressions, can get to hook by their complexity and surprise. Dunhill Bamboo+Rincon N1

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2082)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

El Rincon de la Pipa - No. 1.

The blend looks coarse, with a few twiggy pieces. I've dipped in and out over the past week but the moisture was good when I first opened it.

The best phrase I can think of to describe this is 'a lightly spiced Burley'. The Burley accounts for the majority of the smoke. After the Burley comes the Latakia; to be fair, once the burn has settled this takes a firm second position. The rest of the leaves take very minor roles in comparison to these two, giving more of a slight seasoning to the smoke rather than definite citrus/sour/vanilla cream sweetness. The burn from No. 1 is well behaved, giving quite a cool smoke.

The nicotine: just below medium. The room-note: quite pleasant, to me.

El Rincon de la Pipa? Four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Founders Edition

Age When Smoked: One weeks

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

Interesting Rich, large body, complex mixture.

Burley (bite taste) slighly dominates, but Turkish and Orientals are noted easily.

Mild, not so strong in Nicotine.This is for me,good. I enjoy tobaccos with flavour, taste but low Nicotine content.

This is an "Sui Generis" tobacco, have a trace of "English taste", seems an English mixture, "diluted" with Virginia and Burley.

I recommend it to people that wants an not so strong, but not aromatic tobacco, but also without strong latakia taste, typical of English Mixtures.

In my oppinion,it is more interesting than pure virginias or simple (no flavoured) Virginia-Burley.

2 people found this review helpful.

RK_Oz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RK_Oz (15)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

Pouch notes: Smoky incense and Cinnamon

First 15 mins: quite smooth, creamy sweetness with hints of floral and fruity notes and mild tangyness along with nutty notes. Smoky Latakia can be tasted but in a support role. Retrohale: similar profile as on the palate. No peppery notes

15-30 mins: the nuttiness from the Burley is leading intertwined with the sweetness of Cavendish and floral and fruity notes from Virginia well supported by Latakia in the background. Retrohale: mild peperriness with creamy sweet nuttiness

30+mins: Burley in lead followed closely by Orientals burning in harmony and providing the nutty, mildly spicy and tangy notes. Latakia and Virginia are in the backseat. Retrohale: some pepper with creamy sweet nuttiness

Burns cool, zero tongue bite, zero harshness. It did burn a bit fast for me initially. It's an interesting blend... Quite different from other English I have smoked. One could say that this is not really an English. Nevertheless, Very enjoyable blend which I can see being in my rotation. Not quite an all day smoke but could be smoked more than once in a day.

Medium in strength but full in taste.

My score - 3.5/4

P.S. Burley is in the lead but in harmony with others. If you don't like Burley, this blend is probably not for you.

Pipe: Dr Boston "Flamme" with Dr Perl 9mm charcoal filter .

Pipe Used: Dr. Boston Flamme

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Sample from a friend

1 person found this review helpful.

Legion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Legion (27)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a well balanced variety of tobaccos. The Burley is forward closely followed by the Orientals. The Latakia is in the background but noticeable. It's a touch spicey. Can't detect the Black Cavendish.

Nicotine is mild to medium.

A very nice change of pace for the experienced pipe smoker who enjoys non-aromatics. It would be an excellent introduction to Latakia and Orientals for beginners and would probably be a good choice for those trying to get off cigarettes.

Purchased From: 4noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (337)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Wanting to try something unique to my first 4Noggin order, I got an ounce of Rincon without any expectations going in. The baggie (which was a very sturdy plastic btw), opened up to a very pleasant sour Oriental twang that was not overly potent, allowing for whiffs of sweetness and some kind of nutty natural taste.

The cut was akin to another 4Noggin product I tried (their Hobbit's Weed rendition), with a paper thin leaf and anemic ribbon cut, that I just can't pack correctly. It is very light (think cotton candy texture), so it tends to be airy if packed loosely and restricts air flow once tamped down too much. These packing issues caused my sessions to burn hot.

Once I got a somewhat consistent burn going, I found the smoke to be pleasant, though a bit bitter. The profile was similar to a non filtered cigarette, yet not terribly strong.

For me, I had too many issues with the burn and lack of depth once lit. To be fair, the packing issues could easily be a me problem, but I have no plans to revisit this one.

Purchased From: 4Noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If you can only have one kitchen sink blend-i.e. include all kinds of tobaccos mixed together-, this is a must try, and no doubt is one of the best. Easy-to-pack cup, burns even with smooth flavor; not complex, means the taste is consistent through the bowl. It's not in my rotation but worthy to try.

1 person found this review helpful.

Toby67 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Toby67 (9)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Upon opening the bag I was intrigued with the first sniff, fortunately I purchased a pound after reading all the reviews. El Rincon De La Pipa couldn't have chosen a better blender to introduce themselves to the tobacco world.

I find that this is like a journey between America, England and the Orientals. The tobacco is quiet dry which is good because it is light and you get more for your money, if you want it moistened you can do that yourself but if you choose to try this blend don't do it half hearted, buy at least a pound, everyone has given it 4 stars because it truely deserves it.

I have put some into tins for my regular rotation and squashed the rest into a mason jars for ageing. I am yet to try it with a bit of moisture but this is quality tobacco. At times I mix it with a bit of Trout Stream also from 4noggins to get a hint of sweetness to perk the rest of the many treasures this blend has to offer.

Pipe Used: Peterson, Chacom, Cobs, Meer, various Italians

Age When Smoked: New and Two Months

Purchased From: 4noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

Brunello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brunello (166)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I’ve rounded this up to three stars, but this might not be for everyone.

First off I’d say the basic recipe here seems good. The version for U.S. distribution is made by 4Noggins. The problem for me comes down to one of the blending tobaccos that 4 Noggins uses, at least in the batch that I received, and that stems from some issues of Butyric acid in the processing of the Burley. I’ve noted this off taste in exactly three tobaccos, all from 4 Noggins from roughly the same time period and the only common ingredient is the Burley used. A rogue batch from a supplier is entirely plausible because I had a batch of blending white Burley from Lane that went semi-rancid on me. Nut flavors are inherently unstable unless a lot of alcohol is used as a carrier. And while I always taste fresh shipments of blending tobaccos, I wonder if all the boutique blenders out there take time to do this kind of time-intensive quality control.

I guess my biggest beef is that either nobody else notices this issue, or else the dark clouds are only raining on me. Either way, I buy blends based on positive reviews only to find disappointment. And these kinds of problems are difficult to cover up with tweaks. So yeah, this is still good enough to earn three stars, but I suspect it really could have been a four star blend. Here are my tasting notes . . .

Deep savory jar note seems to promise a good smoke. No soapiness upon ignition and no sootiness from the Latakia, so far so good. There is also a deep, rich and savory flavor like brown gravy, but very quickly I pick up on something off in the gravy: the cream is starting to turn rancid. Flashbacks to Weybridge! Fortunately the unpleasantness comes and goes, and is after all a subtle defect. More positively I also get pan-scorched brown sugar and roasted pecans, along with some muted Balkan flavors that we expect.

It’s hard to make a final verdict on this because I wonder if what I got was truly representative. If so, even with the ‘taint,’ I like it better than Limey Bastard which I reviewed recently. You may enjoy this even more if you like savory blends that are more Burley prominent and have a slightly ‘different’ something special in the flavor profile!

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