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24 February 2011

Exploring New Blends
 Distinguished Gentleman

We started selling E. Hoffman's Distinguished Gentleman a couple of weeks ago and since then I’ve been very intrigued. The tin reads:

An elegant & captivating pipe tobacco comprised of select choice leaf, gently fragrant with an intoxicating aroma. The taste and aroma preferred by men of distinction.

Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? Today Eric and I decided to break open a tin and find out for ourselves just what this stuff is all about. All in the name of ‘scientific exploration’ mind you. Because we are diligent gentlemen, if not distinguished, we took notes. Here are the results:


Distinguished Gentlemen lit up readily, though I hadn't dried it out at all previous to packing it into a decent-sized Luciano bent dublin (chamber roughly 0.8 x 1.7 inches). This was a pleasant surprise, given it comes fairly moist from the tin. The initial flavor was of a distinct yet subtle, sweet, woody, toasted marshmallow character. It was, in fact, considerably more subtle than I expected by the scent of the tobacco in the tin (granted, I rarely smoke aromatics), which is perhaps thanks to the latakia. While the toasted marshmallow flavor quickly recedes, a slight sweetness remained throughout the smoke. The latakia, however, never really made itself noticeable directly. Even some pretty strong puffing failed to produce any "sting" to the flavor, nor any tongue-bite, though I did succeed in making the pipe gurgle more than once. A very mellow blend overall, easy to smoke and innocuous in fragrance to those not partaking (I asked Susan when she passed by). Suitable to its name, I'd say it was a blend with "good manners", i.e. not a sugar-and-gumdrops bomb like some aromatics, and the latakia acting only in a supporting role.


Initially concerned that I had not dried out the tobacco sufficiently (the stuff comes pretty wet) I was surprised how well Distinguished Gentleman stayed lit and how cool it smoked in my corn cob. In addition to the blend’s delightful smoking qualities, I found this rough cut of burley, Virginia, latakia, and Cavendish to work together harmoniously to produce a curiously sweet, yet nutty, flavored smoke, which reminded me at times of toasted amaretto. The latakia was difficult to pin down on the tongue, but could be detected through the nose. Distinguished Gentleman is a very mild, but flavorful cross-over style blend that really came together for me about half-way through the bowl. Good stuff.

Posted by ted at 4:00 PM | Link | 4 comments

Re: Exploring New Blends
Hi Gang, new here. Just want to know which brands have the 'anti mold' chemical mandated by the US Gov., and other unnatural additives??? I've heard that all imported bulk pipe tob. has this nasty chemical where can I get a list of CLEAN pipe tob. companies??
thanks much!!!!

Posted by thumper on March 15, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Re: Exploring New Blends
The 'chemical' taste you might be referring to is lingering in some aromatic pipe tobaccos and is not specific to brands, though tend to favor those in bulks and not so much in the aromatics of Cornell & Diehl or MacBaren. Many tobaccos do have some sort of topping, but these are usually just sugars or water, though I am not familiar with government mandated 'anti mold' products. Good quality tobaccos - domestic and imported - should not disappoint in your search for 'clean' blends. I believe what you may be trying to avoid are less expensive bulk aromatics. My advice is to try a few blends and see what you like.


Posted by adam on March 15, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Re: Exploring New Blends
There are a ton of different ways that tobacco manufacturers control moisture and mold. Everything that's used is food grade and in a lot of cases, it's perfectly natural stuff. Some sort of anti-fungal agent is pretty much a necessity.

As far as a chemical taste, it's all so terribly subjective that this is actually kind of difficult to pin down. I'd try blends from other makers and see what you think of those. There are some manufacturers that I don't care for simply because whatever they use in processing bothers me for some reason. In some cases, I even know what it is and know it's perfectly natural and harmless, but I can't help but not like it. I think the big thing to keep in mind is simply that if something doesn't work for you, try something else until you find something that does. There's not really such a thing as 'clean' (or 'unclean', for that matter) pipe tobacco. Smoking unprocessed pipe tobacco is kind of like eating raw food that should be cooked; it's just gross (as in, it tastes nasty and can also make you feel unwell).

Posted by sykes on March 16, 2011 at 3:26 AM

Re: Exploring New Blends
thanks for the insight guys!!

Posted by oconner on May 7, 2011 at 1:25 PM

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