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new tabacs announced

Happy Friday.
Last night I was going thru Facebook posts and a couple of new tabacs are coming out. On a large scale a new G.L. Pease tabac called Sixpence is beginning to ship. According to Greg the new tabac is
A rich flake comprising a base of beautiful red virginias, a generous portion of perique, and just a bit of dark-fired leaf to add body and dimension. The tobaccos are delicately kissed with a special spirit, then pressed and aged in cakes before being sliced and tinned. The taste and aroma are deep, full and satisfying, reminiscent of traditional tobaccos from long ago.

On a smaller scale, Bluegrass Cigar Suite blenders Jason Brown and Jordan Kenner are releasing Homers Delight, The blend of black cavendishes was subjected to a ‘vertically distilled fermentation’ process, and left to age an extended period of time, allowing the subtle flavors of the tobaccos to fully develop. The tasting panel used during our sampling period noted flavors of ‘sweet chocolate’ and ‘glazed donut’. Room note is very sweet, dominated by the chocolate note described in the smoking experience. Due to the limited nature of the tobacco, it will be limited to 1oz purchases only.
Look for the new Sixpence at your favorite tobacconist and get a hold of Bluegrass Cigar Suite at to try these out..
sweet smokes

Hobbits Weed Reserve

For all the lovers of Hobbits Weed tabac that is blended in store by Tewksbury & Co., the date for the release of the new Hobbits Weed Reserve has just been announced. December 15 is the date. Available in limited quantities.. While an aromatic tabac usually does not age very well. This has. As a taste tester you will find a much richer flavorful smoke with subtleties that aging brings forth.
Dave and Patrick have been working on this since last Christmas when it was put in the aging room. And I do believe they have done a remarkable job.
Save the date and get your order in early.. It will be a tad more expensive than traditional Hobbits Weed but worth every penny

Sweet Smokes

Modern Virginia


What is old is new again . Or in this case modern
Yesterday I posted a listing from the archive of which had a large sampling of old Dunhill tabacs. What stood out for me was the non-aromatics with fruit essence that Dunhill blended for its shop.
This curiosity hit a nerve in my brain as I have been delving into this new Mac Baren tabac, Modern Virginia..
The tin states that this is a mixture of 2 virginias, one bright and one dark mixed with some Cavendish and burley topped with some sweet ripe fruit
At first I was hesitant of the combination of the grassy tastes of Virginias being mixed with fruit.
I am hesitant no longer as it growing on me. Available in both loose cut and a flake I am basing my review on the loose cut as I am going to give the flake a while to age and meld. Allowing me to reevaluate this at a later date.
Smoking this tabac requires sipping the smoke to avoid the tongue bite of traditional aromatics. I experienced that bite in the first few bowls because I wanted to smoke it like a traditional Virginia.. But it will attack you if you do.. Changing strategy and smoking it slow and methodical in a larger briar or cob will give you greater enjoyment. From my testing the cob is better, but alas. Packing it loosely also enhances the flavor meld.
I have smoked this as an all day smoke several times since I received and after readjustments were made to smoking technique, this truly is a tabac reminiscent of the old Dunhill non-aromatics..
Worthy of enjoyment.
As I said earlier what was old is new again….. or in this case modern. Modern Virginia
sweet smokes

Dunhill tobaccos

A list of some of the Dunhill Tobaccos from our archives
available ONLY from Dunhill in London
Alfred Dunhill Ltd.
30 Duke Street, St. James
London, England
phone: 0171-499-9566

Dunhill Mixture #34569

A dark broken flake, richly flavoured with a background
“tang”. Medium Strength.

Dunhill Mixture #36166
(Dark Flake, Mixuture #179)
A Lemon and Bronze Virginia Flake; Gently rubbed out.
Mild to medium strength.

Dunhill Mixture #36667
A full bodied dark broken flake. No added flavours.
Full strength.

Dunhill Mixture #36609
Similar to a Navy Cut or Plug tobacco. Full strength.

Dunhill Mixture #620
Red Virginia, chopped flake, a little Latakia, and some
Dunhill’s Royal Yacht. This blend has a natural sweetness
and a slow rate of burn. A dash of white rum flavouring is

(Ed. comment: “They” should not ADD FLAVOURINGS!!!!!! 8={ )

Dunhill Mixture #27
A classic ENGLISH mixture. Nutty taste. Mild to Medium strength.
Consists of Latakia, Cavendish, Virginia, and Oriental leaf.
Similar to Dunhill Std. Mild.
(Ed. comment: I have tried this and find it to be EXCELLENT 🙂

Dunhill Mixture #21
A straight forward, fine cut, UNFLAVOURED, Red Virginia.
Mild in strength.

Dunhill Mixture #94
A medium strength blend of 50% Cavendish and 50% Red Virginia.
Not considered aromatic.

Dunhill Mixture ELITE
A mild to medium mexture containing: Perique,
and 9 other, different, tobacco leaves including:
cavendish, Virginias, and Flakes. Semi-aromatic blend
flavoured with plum and other mixed fruit.

A complex blend of Virginias, Cavendish, Latakia, and Oriental leaf.
Medium strength.

( Ed. Comment: VERY GOOD!!! 8=}}} )

Dunhill Vanilla
A mild to medium blend of Burley and Virginia Flake,
flavoured with vanilla essence.

Dunhill Cherry and Rum
A blend of Royal Yacht flavoured with Cherry and Rum essence.
Mild to Medium strength.

Dunhill “Royale”
A combination of “Blenders Own”, “October 89”, and “New World”
(see below for descriptions)
Mild to medium strength.

Dunhill Duke Street
A traditional English mixture consisting of broad cut Lemon Virginia,
Latakia, Cavendish, and Oriental; with Mr Alfred’s Own and 2 dark
flakes added. Slow burning and between mild and medium in strength.

Dunhill #36080
“Mr. Alfred’s Own”
One of the original Dunhill English Mixtures:
Mild to medium, consisting of Latakia, Cavendish, Virginias,
Oriental Leaf and HAVANA FILLER! leaf for zest.
(Ed. comment: I like it!!!! 8=)

Dunhill #10
A richly flavoured English mixture. Medium to Full strength.
A HIGH proportion of Latakia and Cavendish is a base for
added Virginias and Oriental leaf. This blend is similar to
“Dunhill London Mixture”.
(Ed. comment: I like it!!!! 8=)

Dunhill #73
The fullest flavoured English mixture. Over 52% LATAKIA!
with Cavendish, Virginias, Perique and Oriental leaf.
(Ed. Comment: VERY EXCELLENT!!! 8=})
(Ed. comment: I like it!!!! 8=)

Dunhill “Peach”
Same as “October 89: with added peach essence.
Mild strength

Dunhill “Apricot”
Same as “June, 86”: with added apricot essence.
Mild strength

Dunhill “Cherry”
Same as “June, 86”: with added cherry essence.
Mild strength

Dunhill “June, 86”
A ‘Continental’ aromatic mixture. Not too sweet. A blend
of Virginias and Flakes, and lightly flavoured with Whiskey
and Caramel essence. Mild strength.

Dunhill Blenders Own
A mild to medium strength semi-aromatic mixture consisting of:
Rich Flake, Burley, Virginias and Perique. Some Latakia is added
along with vanilla essence.

Dunhill October 89
Using Dunhill 620 as a base, broad cut Lemon Virginia,
chopped flake, Red Virginia, Cavendish, and Oriental leaf
is added to produce a mild, slow burningk, and cool mixture.
Honey and apricot essence is added along with a fruit essence.

Dunhill 36081
(Three Year Matured)
Medium strength blend of Red Virginia and Oriental leaf.
Lighly flavoured with mixed fruit essence.

(Ed. note: the original 3-year matured was truely a 3 year
matured red virginia with NO fruit essence!: I know, since
I have sampled tins of the original blend dated as far back
as 1949!!. It is beyond my comprehension that Dunhill would
take a marvelous old blend like 3-year matured and add
fruit essence to it 🙁 )

Dunhill 1167
( Cuba )
A medium strength, spicy blend consisting of mixed Virginias,
Cavendish, Oriental Leaf and added Havana Filler leaf and
Perique. This blend contains NO Latakia.

Dunhill New World
A rich, mild to medium blend consisting of Burley, Virginias,
Cavendish, and Latakia. Two dark flakes are added to complete
this satisfying blend. Finally, it is flavoured with
maple essence. (Ed. note: WHY!?! )

Dunhill 1066
This mixture contains a high percentage of Oriental leaf.
Virginia, and Latakia are added. This blend is Broad cut
and has a slow rate of burn. Medium strength.
(Ed. comment: I like it!!!! 8=)

Dunhill Bowled Out
A natural, sweet smelling mixture which consists of rubbed
Virginia, Turkish, and a small amount of Perique.
Medium strength, non-aromatic.

Dunhill 221B Baker St.
A mild to medium strength mixture with a quizzical twist to it
that only the Formidable Sherlock Holmes could fathom out.

Dunhill “Baby’s Bottom”
A smooth, medium strength mixture which consists of Red Virginas,
Bronze and Lemon Virginias, some Flake and a good helping of
(Ed. comment: The original “Baby’s Bottom” was produced by
a company named “Savoury’s, Ltd. There were 5 or so different
Baby’s Bottom blends back in the 1950’s and 1960’s )

Dunhill “White Spot”
A fairly Full bodied smoke that has 35% Latakia, with added
Red Virginia and Turkish. A VERY ENGLISH blend!
(Ed. comment: I believe this is a resurrection of an older
Dunhill blend, also named “White Spot” )

Ed. Note: This is only a partial listing. Dunhill in London still
produce other blends. Many are tinned. Dunhill will also make up blends
for a customer under the “My Mixture” label.

a bit of cherry cider


Fall is arriving slowly this year.. While the weather during the day up here in the rockies is quite warm, the evenings are brisk and cool. What a great time to bring out the cobs and enjoy the fall harvest.
As I am not normally an aromatic lover this new tabac from Sutliff is quite the treat. Black Cavendish, Burley and some Virginias greet you in the tin along with the smell of a cold jug of cherry apple cider. Light and flavorful. The tabac is not overly moist and this morning i filled a cob with this blend as I prepared to start my day.
Lunting thru the neighborhood to the commuter my taste buds enjoyed the cherry cider flavor. Not syruppy or overbearing as some cherry blends. The bowl took two lights to get it going but went thru the entire smoke with only a little dottle at the end. With most cherry tabacs a harsh bitterness tends to occur around the half way point. Not so with this blend.
A smooth flavorful smoke all the way thru. A definite addition for my morning rotation.
Another fine tabac from Carl.

W O Larsen 2015


W.O. Larsen Limited Edition 2015 .
I bought this 100 gram tin at my lounge for 30 euros. It was a limited edition and they only had three tins so I thought I better give it ago . The tin art is nice and colourful, being a dark blue with a gold bottom and the numbers 2015 appearing bright on the lid, not too busy and just a small sticker saying smoking kills which came off nice and easy.
When you open the tin the tobacco is in a clear vacuum pouch which keeps the tobacco fresh, I removed the contents to a more air tight jar. Tobacco colour is light with bits of Cavendish through it . The Blend has white flower leaves , with a composition of brandy, raspberry, pomegranite and other sweet flavours.
I packed my Karl Erik pipe with it and lit it up. The room note is very pleasant but that is no surprise considering what it’s cased with. I found it personally far too sweet for my pallete, in fact almost sickening. It’s a close match to a tobacco called Rose of Latakia by McCelland which I also found a hard time to stomach .
On the plus side your wife will not complain about the room note of this tobacco.
So if you want to smoke indoors this coming winter and can muster the strength to smoke perfume then this tobacco is the one.


As I sit here on Cob Tuesday with both my Basil Meadows Bullit Cob and the CornDog ready to go.. The bullit has a bowl of H and H MArble Kake half smoked. I saw the above pic come thru and had to use it.. Thanx Basil.
The wonderful things that can be done with a cob and some imagination.. I love this pipe.
check out Basil’s work on

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A Fuente Curlyhead Deluxe Maduro

An Arturo Fuente cigar is more that just the finest smoking enjoyment a cigar lover can experience, it represents Four Generations of family tradition, that include love, pride, and personal sacrifices. Every A-Fuente cigar carries the personal family touch that makes it one of the world’s finest.
I picked one of the connecticuts up a few weeks ago on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed the light sweet smoke during the afternoon break. I loved it s much I went back that afternoon and picked up 5 more for the humidor.. great smoke and low price.
The other day I was in the Tewksbury humidor and noticed a box of the Curly Head Deluxe Maduro sitting on the shelf.. Being a FUente fan I picked one up to try..
Dark and tasty. A nice pepper taste from 1st light al the way thru the last inch.. A well rounded lunch smoke. Not too heavy so these can be smoked all day if desired and at the price of just over 4 dollars a definite add on to the list .
Sweet Cigar Friday

Size: 6.5 x 43
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic

on a side note on Facebook is almost at 500 members.. When we reach the 500 mark I think another contest is in order.

Old Dominion pipes

As we welcome tomorrows Cob Tuesday celebration as we do almost every week we will be looking back at a new take on the corn cob pipe.. A few months ago I notice on one of the Facebook groups I belong to that a company out the there Old Dominion Pipe Co. was doing something different. Traditional corn cob pipes like us old timers smoked with reed stems. No plastic tips and no plaster . This notion brought back memories for me.. But it slipped my mind for a while.

I contacted them about a month or so ago regarding their pipes. About a week later I received in the mail a sampling of their wares., a Virginia planter, a laughing king, and a Chesapeake Bay. For the last 3 weeks I have smoked the heck out of the Planter and the king to get a good feel for the pipes.

Not being a lover of aromatics and in order get the full feel of these instruments I have been smoking Virginias and VaPers exclusively . I find Cobs and Virginias go hand in hand.. The integration of pipe and tabac.

The bowls of the pipe are smaller than the Missouri Meerschaum mass produced pipr but for the majority of us a pinky fits into the bowl a ways and if not then a tamper will .work nicely. The cobs are all natural with no plaster and the reed is tightly inserted.

As for the smokeability I have now passed the 50 bowl mark on the planter and other than the normal black scorch on the rim the bowl shows no cracks and the reed is still tight. As any of you know I am a clincher and the mouth tip shows barely any wear.. The bowl has stayed cool hru the 50 smokes so my prediction is it will last quite a whule . Ad For a pipe under 10 bucks that sounds pretty darn good. A bowl of good tabac will smoke nicely for about 20-30 minutes so a nice break smoke.

I recommend any of our readers who enjoy a taste of tradiotnal cob pipes to snag one or more of these bad boys up and smoke the heck out of it..
Their website is
Dam fine pipes.
Sweet Smokes

ecigs- one mans view


On my way to catching a flight to Egypt for my summer holidays I found e-smokers for sale in Schipol airport so decided to buy one. There were a whole range of ones from throw away to box type ones that also charge up your phone and has an Led dial in too tell how many watts you are blowing out which looks like the speedometer of an Aston Martin DB7 and some that look like Jedi light sabers.

I settled for an elegant black e-smoker that looks like a cigarette costing me 50 euro’s and a couple more boxes of vapor capsules which came together at just under 100 euros. This apparently is fairly inexpensive as mods etc can cost up to 300 euros. For me I can see a problem with carrying something that looks like a light saber with me everyday no matter how tempting, though I do own a light saber FX .

When it comes to vapor where do we start? First off what is vapor smoking? E-cigs are actually vaporizers; instead of burning tobacco, the mechanism heats up a liquid. The liquid turns into vapor, which is then inhaled, or “vaped.” There is probably more vaporizer flavors ( E-juice ) than in a children’s candy store ranging from Watermelon to Bubblegum being the pretty normal ones however there is also things like Butter, Black pepper , Crab legs or Smokey Black Bacon are just a few.

I went for American tobacco since I was told it has a bit of kick to the throat and being an pipe and cigar smoker this suits me. The Vapor came fully charged which was nice and you simply put the vapor capsule on the end and puff.

When you inhale the blue led light comes on and turns out after you have inhaled. Some Vapors have buttons on it and various mods etc but mine is the basic pen style. I ended up having to try this out in the out doors are of Schipol as they are now banned indoors. There was a time where these unlike cigarettes where allowed still in restaurants and even in an airplane. Unfortunately that time has passed.

After trying a few puffs I didn’t feel it really doing much for me, I felt like a student with a pencil in mouth in class to be honest, I worked out the best way to draw smoke out of it is to take a short puff and then immediately a long puff, the short puff heats up the element first.

Also on the end of the capsule you will notice a screw inside it, you can turn this to open up the vapor smoke allowing more vapor to come threw.

My conclusion is that it’s not bad. While this has been on the market in Japan several years before the rest of us, it is now catching on. There is even a E store in Rotterdam. It’s quick if you can’t find time to light a pipe or need something for nicotine.

Does it take over my Pipes and Cigars ? No, however I will use mine along with my pipes and cigars.