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A mature rich dark Virginias with honeydew flavor.

Blended ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeAromatic
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild, Mild to Medium
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CapnStuby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CapnStuby (33)
Medium Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco will smoke hotter than the surface of the sun if you're not careful, but if you pack it well and smoke it slowly, there is plenty of good tobacco flavor and some pleasant flavoring wrapped around it.

The problem with this is, like other tobaccos, if you don't get the smoke temperature JUST right, you lose ALL the casing and subtlety of flavor and just get some airy burley taste. You'll never know the pleasure of it unless you really take it slow.

This tobacco is a good all-day smoke because it's so light and innocuous. For a devotee of aromatics, it's kind of light, but if you treat it well, it can reward you with some nice flavor and a pleasant smoke. Just be sure you're giving it your complete attention of you will be burned.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

For whatever it's worth, I concur with the two esteemed reviewers above regarding Ferndown's Mild Brown. (That'll probably scare the peewaddle out of both of them.)

Anyway, if light and sweet floats your boat, you'll hit a high water mark with this one. A mild Bright Virginia that has been stoved a bit with a honey flavor added to make for, what to me was a lighter version of Mac Baren's Navy Flake. Quality leaf all the way.

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (119)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a very nice VA blend. Has a classic red VA flavor, very rich and sultry, with a mild delicious sweetness to it. I can really see enjoying this blend through the spring and summer! I've found it sings sweetly in my little morta pickaxe with a very small chamber. Has the potential to bite, but not to bad if you smoke it nice and slow. I've been really enjoying a sample of this blend from a friend, I may purchase some in the future as well.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30126)
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I picked up a tin of this from a shop in Burbank when I was out there in the fall (2010). From the tin the scent is aged leather. The blend is fairly uniform shredded flakes about ½ an inch long and maybe 1/8 inch wide of mostly medium to darker pressed tans and browns. The moisture level was a little moist not too bad, and some drying worked out just fine for me. This blend is along the same line of Rattray's Old Gowrie, but smother, and IMO better. Nic level is low and it is a mild VA smoke. Due to the cut of this quality VA flake it is easy to pack and burns slowly. But like other VAs one should take his time or it will heat the chamber of your pipe. But I do not get any bite even if I am clinching and walking. I have had this in a variety of pipes and it has done well in all of them to include meer. But the best flavor is in a small to medium bowl cutty. Larger bowls works fine. There isn't any progression, what you get at first light is what you get throughout.

If you like Old Gowrie I think you'll like this. If you prefer a more robust VA flake, pass this one by. It is very good with coffee first thing in the day. I find it just a little too mild for a later in the day smoke.

I waffle with a rating. It's good and solid, but not blow your socks off great. So 3.75 out of 5

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30126)
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant

sweet and mild is the best way to describe this wonderful blend. tin aroma and look are very similar to robert mcconnell's scottish cake (same blending house ) with mild brown being a bit darker from the stoved virginia's. the aroma is also very scottish cake. like any VA, if you take your time with it you'll be rewarded with a semi sweet blend that, i don't know just cause the word honeydew is on the tin but, i can taste a faint honeydew taste, not the meat of the melon but more of the rind with hint's of chocolate and first class VA. mild brown smokes well right from the tin, mimimum drying time is needed, i let it sit for less then 10 minutes. cool and dry smoke when your taking your time and this is one of the few blends you can smoke all the way down without the last 1/3 of the bowl going bad on you.

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A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (97)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Well then, Another hit from Ferndown. My, but I am glad that I discovered this brand. I hear that their pipes are just as wonderful.

The glorious, the transcendent, the life-altering qualities of good Virginia leaf are well attested. Some might think that taking something like good Virginia leaf and screwing around with it by stoving it of adding honey or molasses would be just heresy. Well, those people are wrong. Some of the greatest blends ever known consist of high quality Virginia leaf that simply hasn't been left alone and Mild Brown is among these. It only took a moderate amount of stoving to burn off those harsh edges that even the best Virginias have. The tobacco merely takes on as deeper brown colour and produces an aroma like maple wood in the tin and like bread baking in the pipe. It is a consistently smooth, cool, just gosh-darn pleasant smoke.

What makes it classifiable as a 'honeydew' is the addition of molasses. The molasses (god, I love saying 'molasses') in question makes the already deep, dark flavour just a bit moreso, redolent of caramel or old-fashioned ginger snaps, but only suggestively so, never outright.

It burns well, burns cool, and one is simultaneously elated and heartbroken to empty the bowl of fine, white ash.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (304)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

This one is another nicely prepared flake from K&K in Germany that deserves the Ferndown label and is on par with the quality of Les Wood's pipes. However, I didn't sense any differnece when smoking it in one of his pipes or others of lesser quality. The dark brown VA flakes are partially rubbed out but well suited to my preference. The tin and room aromas are sweet but inviting and the natural tobacco taste still comes thru from start to finish. Packing, lighting, burning rate and moisture content are ideal and result in an effortless smoke. Overall, this blend is too mild to receive my top rating but it is certainly an enjoyable smoke. If you enjoy mild VAs, give it a try.

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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I fully concur with Jonathan's observations: the drab tin and even drabber name did not augur anything very remarkable, but, in the event, this turned out to be an authentically mild, delicately flavoured Virginia flake, with a delightful butterscotch room scent.

I tried it in a brand-new Radice; a Peterson flame-grain bent; a meerschaum: in all cases it behaved itself and, once fully going, proved gently, sweetly zesty, and rather elegant. Then in the evening, with some Tokay, it became decidedly lovely.

I could never smoke anything the whole day long, least of all a Virginia flake, and have never understood the "all-day-smoke" thing. But I was delighted to make the acquaintance of this excellent tobacco.

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tillmanj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tillmanj (73)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin Aroma: A complex little scent here, On first sniff, I thought it was just some overly sugary Virginias, the kind that like to bite my tongue and burn hotter than the surface of the sun, but on further inspection, I found that the aroma is not quite that one-dimensional. It is still decidely sweet, but there is a pungent earthiness lurking in the background, as well as a light note of grassiness that wafts in and out of the other two scent components.

Physical Characteristics: A darkly colored broken flake. There is nary a stem to be found in a tin of Mild Brown, which is a nice change, if I do say so. Packs with little trouble, though I do like to chop it up a little to facilitate the trickle method of packing a bowl. Burns nice and slowly to a whitish/light grey ash.

Notes: This is actually exactly what the tin promises, a mild brown virginia. I find it very pleasant as an all-day smoke, something to keep around to dip into when I just don't know what to smoke. At first, I wasn't sure that I would care much for this blend, but I was determined to smoke my review tin to the bottom in the interest of 'science'. After smoking the third or fourth bowl, on the first day I opened the tin, I realized that maybe there is something to this blend. Further communing with this blend has left me of the opinion that it is best in morning, perhaps with a mug of hot coffee to get me going. It is not subtle and nuanced, nor is it blod and overpowering. It is a simple and direct blend, suited to all-day puffing or to keep on hand when nothing seems to be the right smoke.

Verdict: Nice and mellow, the way a stoved Virginia should be.

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