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English Hoopla is a Daughters & Ryan English/aromatic crossover blend where the aromatic elements, anisette and vanilla, play a small role. The main show is the blend itself, a mixture of Latakia, Oriental, and Virginia that is smoky, woody, and grassy — in that order.

Notes: This full English blend was Mark Ryan's entry in the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show blending competition. Ryan described the contents as " ...heavy latakia, oriental and virginia tobaccos. Topped with anisette and light vanilla flavors."

BrandD & R Tobacco
Blended ByMark Ryan
Manufactured ByD & R Tobacco
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringAnisette, Vanilla
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50g Tin, Bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2919)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woody with a mild sweetness. The Oriental is woody with a slight sour note, a little earth, and toward the finish, seems to have a spice note in a support role. The Virginia is grassy, citrusy sweet, and acts as the base for the other components to play off. It’s the least noticeable of the three tobaccos. Even though the latakia takes the lead over the other ingredients, it doesn’t over take the Oriental and Virginia. The anisette and vanilla toppings are lightly applied, with the former being a little more obvious than the latter. Both are smooth with some creaminess, and they do not detract from the flavors of the tobaccos. Won't bite or get harsh. Has a moderate nic-hit. Well balanced, it burns at a reasonable pace with very few relights with a cool consistency, and leaves virtual no moisture in the bowl. Needs few relights. Has a nice after taste, and is an all day smoke.


7 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

The Lat is the most notable tobacco, but the Orientals and Virginias are easily tasted. The topping is a little more anisette than vanilla. I would prefer the opposite and that's my only complaint. It's a smooth and enjoyable smoke that has a nice creaminess to it. A solid three star smoke.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. Flavoring is mild. Burns very well.

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

Age When Smoked: fresh

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6 people found this review helpful.

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

This full English blend is probably the best introduction English blend I've ever run across. Make no mistake, it is a full English! But the tin and smoke note would never make you guess it. Mark Ryan has created another delicious traditional pipe tobacco blend with the help of some creamy, dark, and rich Latakia and Virginias lightly cased with anise and vanilla. These casings do not make it an aromatic, nor do you really even taste them. They balance the hearty amount of Latakia and orientals into a smooth and delicious blend with a slightly sweet "room note". There is never a tongue bite, nor do I ever get board with it.

I would highly recommend this to a brand new English smoker, or to anyone who prefers sweet over smokey complements to their English blends.

Pipe Used: Savinalli Oscar 320

Age When Smoked: Out of the Tin

Purchased From: Indian River Tobacco Traders in Grand Rapids MI, 616-249-3999

6 people found this review helpful.

CraigInTheCorn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CraigInTheCorn (11)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I've now smoked a half dozen bowls since buying this at the Chicagoand Pipe Show. As it happens, I have solely smoked it in a bent SMS lattice Meerschaum that I picked up at the same show. I'm delighted with the combo. Burns very cool and dry with few relights and burns well close to the bottom of the bowl without getting bitter. No bite. I think this it's due on part to the perfect moisture level of the tobacco out of the tin, which is relatively low and makes this easy to pack properly. This makes this blend a fair value, too. As for flavor, it's a mellow English, with just the right amount of smoky Latakia. This one it's going to be a regular for me. I'll also be trying other blends from D&R.

Pipe Used: SMS bent block Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh

5 people found this review helpful.

LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (145)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a delightful English Blend. I have found it to be delicious and dependable after fours months of smoking this. I would recommend this to English smokers looking for a reliable all day tasty smoke.

Pipe Used: Saveneellie Champagne

Purchased From: Indian Rvier Tobacco Traders Grand Rapids Mi

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2051)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

D & R Tobacco - English Hoopla.

Not as dry as some of the D & R blends I've had before. The ribbons are coarse, but not too coarse, and it appears to include about a fair amount of each leaf. The aroma from the tin is quite sharp.

I find 'Hoopla bizarre. On one side the tobaccos taste nice; rich Latakia, dry Orientals, and a spot of freshness from the Virginia. There's no doubt in my mind the tobaccos have been blended well. But sadly, on the other side sits the toppings; these spoil it, for me. The anisette outweighs the vanilla, easily, tasting strident, asperous, and bitter; although not 'strongly' flavoured, there's enough to envenom my palate! It burns well enough, fairly cool, even, without any bite.

Nicotine: just below medium. Room-note: not good.

English Hoopla? If it weren't for the toppings I'd recommend it, but considering these I feel it warrants just two stars:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kinsale XL11

Age When Smoked: 1 year

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4 people found this review helpful.

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

Just opened up a tin today from a Christmas gift. The weather is cold, wet and I am feeling like home. Mild in taste. Not much to it.

Pipe Used: Stanwell

Age When Smoked: under a year

Purchased From: gift

2 people found this review helpful.