Tabac Manil: La Brumeuse 3.5oz

Product Number: 003-666-0001

Long the secret of the Ardennes' misty valleys, Semois remained unheard of to most outside Belgium until a writer for the New York Times received some as a gift, leading in turn to an article on this distinctive regional leaf. Earthy, floral and cool, many who've now had the chance to try it often find themselves grasping in vain for a well-known tobacco to compare it to: "cigar-like tin note, but not like a cigar," "alternate-universe Oriental," etc. The simple truth is, Semois is Semois; a straight, all-natural Burley grown under unique conditions.

In the traditional style, Vincent Manil packs and ships this leaf quite dry; while there might be a temptation to bring the tobacco to a higher humidity if you aren't familiar with it, Semois smokes well (and many would argue, best) as received, and tightly packed. (As others have noted, the dryness also means you're getting more leaf, and less water, for the packaged weight.)

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  • Components: Burley
  • Family: Burley
  • Cut: Ribbon
Customer Reviews (29 Total)
Overall Rating:
4.03 out of 5 stars
For the ones who master pipesmoking
April 12, 2018
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Vincent Manil La Brumeuse is a blend which is composed of 85 till 90 % burley, which has become a burley hybrid due to more than a century cultivation in the misty humid region of the Belgian Semois River Valley. Air cured, and after around 3 years t... Read More
ChuckP
July 08, 2017
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
I ordered one packet in the event I did not like it. Now I know I should have ordered more. And I will. I expected something much stronger, but this is very mild. In the bag, has a mildly sweet, almost licorice aroma. Has a faint cigar-like quality w... Read More
Excellency
April 28, 2016
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
The bees knees.
Like a good cup of coffee
August 16, 2018
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
This stuff is really good. I agree with the description that it's cigar like without being like a cigar. To me it's like a really good cup of coffee full of cocoa and earthy notes.
Woah
June 13, 2018
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
"Tin note" is not particularly pleasant however that does not translate into the flavor. This is definitely a nutty burley with subtle, natural chocolate hints along with a strong mineral accompaniment. When I use the term mineral Im referring to s... Read More
Wonderful Tobacco
October 02, 2019
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
A wonderful smoke! I purchased about a year ago and just opened. The tin note was different can't really say. It is very dry in the package! Read several reviews and packed tightly and smoked slowly. A nice burley note with a hint of chocolate. Also ... Read More
MERCI BEAUCOUP & MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!!!
September 17, 2019
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Merci Beaucoup Ardennes Valley; Merci Beaucoup Terroir de la Semois; Merci Beaucoup Brouillard de la Semois; Merci Beaucoup Joseph Pierret; Merci Beaucoup Vincent et Gaetane; Grazie Signore Dario; Thanks to New York Times; Special Thanks to Mr. Will ... Read More
Five Brothers' Dapper European Cousin
August 04, 2019
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
When I first whiffed the 'tin note' I thought I had just wasted $30 on cigarette tobacco. haha I was relieved when I sparked a bowl. Very herbaceous, mysterious. Earthy, spicy, and bittersweet. This tobacco is reminiscent of cigar leaf in many w... Read More
So good, so different
March 23, 2019
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
There’s not much I can say that hasn’t been said yet. So I’ll just say: mix it with Virginia for a blend that will wow you for days. About 3 parts Virginia to 1 part semois brings out an incredible floral flavor that sits underneath the normal green... Read More
Here it is.
March 22, 2019
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
I very much enjoy strong tobacco and this is a pretty strong tobacco. I am also quite lazy and not interested in exploring some sort of multi-stage pipe loading technique that involves algebra and a spring tensioner. Press this stuff firmly into th... Read More
碎雪茄掺杂薄荷的味道
March 10, 2019
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
烟草剪裁及其粗旷,又粗又干,这个味道,我难道去抽雪茄不好吗?
Heaven
December 18, 2018
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
I don’t see the cigar comparison. The tin note to me is a floral tea. The flavor is a woody tea with hints of floral. Scent, flavor, and packaging are all so unique and wonderful. This is for sure going to be a regular purchase for me.
Completely unique
November 25, 2018
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
I have yet to taste any pipe tobacco remotely similar to this one. You can tell it came from a burley, but the flavors are completely different. The bag note is very cigar-like, and it has a similar flavor once you start smoking it. I get some flo... Read More
Must Try
July 19, 2018
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Ah, the ever popular and elusive Semois. It’s a Burley seed planted in the Ardennes river valley. Over the years it’s garnered its own distinct flavor profile. It’s robust, almost cigar like to. Still maintains a bit of nuttiness and cocoa from the B... Read More
Different... but a very good different
February 17, 2018
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Every point of the write up is true. It's reminiscent of cigar leaf in one puff, yet tastes like an oriental ( I''m thinking smyrna) in another. And also has that warm, grassy burley taste too. A very good smoke! Makes me want to try the other Tabac ... Read More
not impressed
January 15, 2018
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Well, when you see a real expensive bottle of cognac on the shelf you can't help but wonder if it's worth it. I've tried two bowls of this stuff so far in 2 different pipes and it's not doing anything for me. For what this stuff costs it should at le... Read More
Different but wonderful
January 06, 2018
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
So i hot a brick of this and boy was it dry, but after reading a few reviews i now know thats how this stuff comes. My tobacconist said it was moldy because of the odd smell bit it turns out that it was just the odd "cigarish" smell other r... Read More
Wow a very unique tobac
April 23, 2016
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Pure unadulterated pleasure, full of flavor without all the sugar casing of most tobacco, MUST TRY FOR ALL EXPERIENCED PIPE SMOKER.
Odd duck.
February 06, 2016
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Love the back story on the tobacco but taste-wise it just isn't my thing. I tend to break in new pipes with it because is seems to be a very neutral tobacco.
Terrible
December 23, 2015
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
I gave this a try based on the reviews but it was just awful. I smoked five bowls to give it a fair chance and then I threw it out. I'm not posting this to take away from those that like it, but rather to give others a more realistic expectation. ... Read More
If you love burley...
December 08, 2015
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
If burleys are your bag then this could be the ultimate smoke for you. All the comments about complexities, earthiness, spiciness, etc. ring true. Unfortunately, burleys really aren't my thing, and I just can't take the nicotine content of this uniqu... Read More
Loved it!
August 27, 2015
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Very unique; those who've called it cigar-like are right, there's definitely something in the flavor, and particularly the room note that's reminiscent of a cigar. It's very earthy, can be spicy at times, with a very deep flavor and a very cool smok... Read More
Unique and Tasty Smoke
July 08, 2015
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
This was a great surprise, and has become one of my favorites. I love that this is an all tobacco smoke, without casings or toppings. Just pure tobacco. Then there's the flavor, which is wonderful and rugged. I get notes of nuts, leather, wood, and c... Read More
Tobacco Perfection
June 11, 2015
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
You are totally missing out on the whole experience of truly smoking a pipe without this. Tabac Manil is a must in your pipe tobacco rotation. Semois is the choice if you had only one tobacco to take on a desert island. Ranks up among the classic mus... Read More
Unusual
June 04, 2015
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Not your granddads burley for sure. The mentioned "strength" or "harshness". It is a full flavored leaf for sure. I wouldn't call it "harsh", but it is intense, strong isn't necessarily an inaccurate description. Leaves... Read More
had to try it
May 20, 2015
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
this is so different that you have to reallign your ideas about tobacco. I have found that letting it settle after breaking the brick and leaving for weeks mellows the intensity. The dryness is appealing. Go gentle with this one; will I purchase anot... Read More
Some of the best
July 10, 2014
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
This is some of the purest/tastiest/natural pipe tobacco you can find. Very much like a burley, but with floral undertones as stated previously. No need to set out and let dry, this stuff is ready to smoke right out of the package. This has easily be... Read More
Rustic Earthiness Defined
July 08, 2014
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Vincent Manil’s La Brumeuse Pure Semois is one of the most unusual and flavorful pipe tobaccos I have ever had the pleasure of smoking. The flavor is rich and utterly unique; more akin to a fine cigar in its full-bodied earthiness. This earthiness is... Read More
Slobberknocked!
July 03, 2014
Product: Tabac Manil La Brumeuse 3.5oz
This is the STRONGEST (i.e., harshest) tobacco I have experienced in my 40+ years of pipesmoking! If chemotherapy doesn't make your hair fall out, this stuff will probably do the trick!
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