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Translated from the German language: This pipe tobacco unicum was made of high quality Virginia grades and a breath [of] Perique. The characteristic form get the "round" block by a form in which the tobacco was put. For at least 6 weeks the mixture rests in the press, ferments gently after and reveals the multilayered taste nuances. After the aging period the broad rope [is] divided into blocks at 250 grams each. At smoking the connoisseur can expect wonderful, natur[al] sweet notes. Perique enriches the mixture by spicyness, strength, and discreet fruity flavours. The tobacco is of middle strength and full flavour.

Notes: According to the Heinrichs family this used to be made by Mac Baren, yet these days is produced by STG (Scandinavian Tobacco Group) and imported by K&K (Kohlhase & Kopp). Also the new description in the Heinrichs brochure says: "From whole-leaf tobaccos pressed into a roll, burley tobacco and a little bit of perique."

BrandPeter Heinrichs
Blended ByPeter Heinrichs
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBurley, Perique, Virginia
Packaging275 grams pouch, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2603)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias are very earthy and woody with a fair amount and variety of sweet fermented flavors: brown sugar, tangy dried and ripe dark fruits, light tart and tangy citrus, some floralness as well as a little grass. The perique is spicy, raisiny, figgy, and plumy with date overtones. The fermentation process enhances the inherent properties of the tobaccos and creates a harmonious smoking experience that tastes the same from the first puff to the last. The strength, nic-hit and taste levels are medium. No chance of bite or harshness, though it does have a light roughness. No dull or weak spots. Curly Block reminds me very much of the Murray’s version of Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls, except that this is sweeter and just a little smoother, with a shade less perique, and slightly higher floral note. Both have a touch of licorice, prune and plum toppings, too. The block (not plug) of tobacco will take some time to slice and prepare to your personal specifications. It’s moist and some may want to dry it first, though I find it works fine as it is, providing it’s packed a little loosely in the bowl. Burns cool, clean and very slow, requires some relights, and leaves very little moisture in the bowl if packed with care, so I suggest a little patience for the full experience of what it has to offer. Though you may have to stir the bottom ten percent just a little if you don’t use a wide bowl, you can smoke it to a fine ash. Has a very smooth, well balanced, deeply rich sweet, floral, spicy flavor from start to finish. The after taste will pleasantly linger as will the lightly stronger room note. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable.


40 people found this review helpful.

NobbyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NobbyR (79)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

In a way, this is how Escudo or Dunhill's DeLuxe Navy Rolls must look before cutting the tobacco into coins.

Made by Mac Baren, you'll get a beautiful 250 g solid block of pipe tobacco rope, deliciously effusing a sweetish scent of freshly cut grass or hay, brown bread and fruity notes of dried figs, raisins, dates or prunes with a certain acidity in the background. Moisture level is perfect and will bear up for quite a while. This tobacco also ages extremely well.

Preparing this one for smoking is a challenge! You'll either need a very sharp knife in order to cut two or three thin slices, depending on the size of your bowl, which you can rub out or fold and stuff or cross cut, each method giving you a slightly different smoking experience. Or you use a plug cutter, which nowadays is very hard to come by, or an electric bread cutter, which might infuriate your wife. However, both will make handling the curly block much easier, enabling you to create nice DIY curly flakes. (If you can get your hands on a vintage Danish RAADVAD bread slicer, it'll do the job just perfectly.)

It takes a thorough charrling light, tamping down and leveling out the ashes, and an equally thorough true light to get the tobacco burning evenly when using the fold and stuff method, which I personally prefer. After that it burns down evenly without much hassle.

Like any Va/Per, this tobacco needs to be enjoyed with leisure and care, because smoking it too hot might burn your tongue and it'll render the smoke indifferent. A re-light is better than that. However, smoked slowly and coolly it'll reward you with a complex taste offering a natural, grassy, tangy sweetness from the Virginias as well as distinct fruity notes and a spicy acidity from the Perique. Nicotine level is fairly high. It burns down leaving only a little moisture and some dark gray ash with a few little charred tobacco crumbles.

The room note is dominated by the rich and sweet natural tobacco scent of the Virginias.

I just love this tobacco. Any fan of Escudo or DLNR should try it.

Pipe Used: Vauen Cup 1

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Peter Heinrichs Store, Cologne

Similar Blends: Escudo, Dunhill DeLuxe Navy Rolls.

23 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (559)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I just recently finished my supply of this blend, that was a pretty healthy sample sent to me by a friend in Germany. This is a really good VaPer that compares quite favorably to Escudo, IMO. The Virginias are very sweet and the perique is light, but is detectable. I would be just as happy smoking this as I would either DDNR or Escudo, but it is so similar that It really isn't worth the effort to obtain IMO, as the others can be so easily obtained here.

In any case, it gets four stars, without a doubt, as would any VaPer that compares favorably to Escudo or DDNR.

Similar Blends: Escudo.

20 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a bit of a novelty for me as I've never seen a rope this big in diameter. It's like an oversized chub of sausage. The outer "skin" makes it look like a king sized slim jim. Pretty cool.

I used a ceramic knife to carve off a few narrow discs and let it dry a good while. It takes a few lights to get going, but burns very well after that. Wonderful flavors here. An array of dark fruit flavors with a fair amount of sweetness and spice. To my taste, I get roughly equal amounts of flavor from the Virginias and Perique. This is not my favorite VaPer, but it's close to the top. It's a first class smoke.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. No added flavorings.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

16 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (322)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Got a generous sample of this on my last visit at Peter Heinrichs shop in Bergheim. The rope is very thick (~4cm in diameter) and in dark-red and brown colors, with black leafs interlaced.

It has a wonderful, natural unburnt aroma of dried- and stoved-fruits, some spice and sweetness. After an hour of dryin it lit up very well and immediatly I got greeted by a classical, classy and stout Va/Per aroma. Lots of fine Virginia flavor, varying from stoved, dark fruits to grassy and hay-ish qualities are underscored by a decent Perique-Pepper and tangy spiciness, as well as the Periques signature fig, plum and raisin aroma. It reminds me quite a bit of Motzeks Hallo Twist and - to me - Curly Block is as close as you can get to the old "Motzek Strang", it's quite similar imho!

Curly Block is not overly sweet and rather boldly spicy with an opulent taste profile. A very full tasting experience that has some pleasant fermented qualities to it as well. Not too complex, but solid as rock in its qualities. The Perique is easily noticeable, but never in an overwhelming way, yet it can tickle your nostrils in retrohale by times. I like it a lot!

Edit: The new description mentions burley in the mix, which I don't taste as such (like, I don't get a nutty quality out of it), but which explains the rich, full-bodied taste and smoke this tobacco offers! Also they say there's only very little Perique, yet the rope itself has quite a bit of black tobacco leaves in it, which leads me to belive there might be some black cavendish (albeit if so, certainly unsugared I'd guess) involved as well. Anyhow, I revisited this tobacco today... it's wonderful! Spicy, sweet, natural, bold and yet so smooth.

Similar Blends: Motzek - Hallo Twist, Motzek - (Curly) Strang.

11 people found this review helpful.

PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (91)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

...Quite a good VAPER...manufactured by MacBaren for Peter Heinrichs and as stated in a prior review, " Curly Block reminds me very much of the Murray’s version of Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls, except that this is sweeter and just a little smoother, with a shade less Perique..." One of the real positives is that I can control the cut and packing...which for me, allows a much more enjoyable experience.

A solid performer and an all-day smoke for many...I've tried a variety of packing methods and prefer the "fold & stuff"...although almost any method works well. Taste varies with the size of the cut...thinner slices produce a more full flavor and taste and reduce the number of re-lights...

Highly recommended and is already one of my favorites!

Pipe Used: group 3-4 size

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Dunhill DNR, Escudo.

9 people found this review helpful.

Green Leaf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Green Leaf (15)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Curly Block is a hidden treasure I’m happy to have stumbled upon. This tobacco is the reason I say Virginia’s are my favorite blend type. The preparation of this tobacco is no easy task requiring a lot of extra work before smoking, but don’t let that scare you away because the reward far outweighs the cost. A good smoke to have at the end of a day or a lazy Sunday afternoon. However it should be noted that this is a stronger tobacco, if you’re an occasional smoker you most definitely will catch a nicotine buzz which can lead to nicotine sickness if not smoked with care.

4 people found this review helpful.

truculentfrogs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
truculentfrogs (17)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I held off, thinking it was too strong. In fact, it is smoother than Special Curly for my palate. Perique is expertly formulated and does not make me sneeze or eyes water. Knife prep didn't work out for me and I unconventionally use scissors, shredding finer ribbons off the roll end, shag style. This cut results in a one light char and burns in a non fussy manner, averaging one relight at mid bowl and an occasional follow up light near the finish. I am getting a subtle note of apricot periodically, but that may be a Perique back note.

Pipe Used: Briar, Meer, Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh from bag.

Purchased From: SP

3 people found this review helpful.

Pfeifenkopp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pfeifenkopp (20)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This tobacco comes is one beautiful long solid 250 grams block. When I talk to German pipe fellows, we always refer to this tobacco as “Die Wurst” which means the sausage, because this describes the look of the tobacco the best. Speaking of sausage, it needs self-control not to bite in this tobacco when you smell on it. It smells malty, a bit like fresh bread, spicy, sweet and like dark dried fruits.

Let’s get serious about this tobacco. This tobacco is easy to handle if you have a sharp knife. The ends of my sausage were very crooked, so I tried to cut the first coins uneven with the result that I had a flat end on my sausage. So, this coin got on one side very thick. I wasn’t even sure, whether this could be smoked without endless relighting. But once it was lit, it burned very well end evenly down. This was possible though I didn’t dry the tobacco.

The taste of this tobacco is wonderful. Tangy dark fruits, raisins and pepper are always present as well as a malty and earthy taste. Sometimes it reminds me of freshly baked bread. Often I can tastes grass and hay. Less often I found the tobacco sweet and citrusy.

The following pipes filled with this tobacco, I varied the thickness of the coins. I found that thinner coins taste less fruity, but more spicy. Since I really enjoyed the distinct taste of the dark fruits, I cut one thick curly flake for a big bowl from now on.

2 people found this review helpful.

Dethmutt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dethmutt (5)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

First off, Perique is usually not friendly to me. When I got this Block, I sliced off 4 coins to smoke and the rest went to the cellar.

I smoked one coin. a little thick, since my knife was new, and didn't know how it would slice. put that chunky slice into my Nording Valhalla 605, and combusted..

Its dreamy! so good... Pricey, but worth it! I can only imagine what this will become in a couple years!

Pipe Used: Nording Vallhalla 605

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Cakici Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cakici (28)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This blend has high nicotine content. Preferably I smoke it when I want to smoke only 1 bowl in a day and it's sufficiently fulfills my need which is certainly not the nicotine need.

The Virginias are matured well during 3 years of aging. Perique is so strong that sometimes gives a headache-like pressure to my head. I like that feeling for 10 15 minutes, after the feeling disappears. The blend is very well balanced, not easy to cut and make it ready for packing, yet the preparation process is enjoyable, cutting it with a razor sharp knife on some nice wood surface etc. The ambiance turns out to be nice and slow.

As I tasted in Dan Tobacco's Salty Dogs, I tasted some salty, black peppery perique together with nice brown matured Virginias. It's worth giving a try just because of acquiring the experience of making this stuff ready for smoking. Apart from that, my course of smoking was always more than enjoyable.

Pipe Used: Stanwell 1988 DM

Age When Smoked: 3 years old

Purchased From: Germany

Similar Blends: Dan Tobacco - Salty Dogs.

1 person found this review helpful.