I was looking for a "replacement" for 5100 (as a lot of us have had to do), and I do believe I've found my new daily puff. It has a very good flavor, with many of the old belt attributes ~ especially about half way down the bowl. A mellow, ... Read Moreearthy flavor and aroma, with a decent nicotine content. This is a solid red virginia blend; so let's hope this isn't going to go "up in smoke" like so many other red virginias right now. Very tasty stuff. Read Less
Purchased for blending. Like most of the other c&d blending tobaccos this comes at a low moisture level out of the sealed bag, and is ready for blending immediately if desired. No casing or topping means pure red VA flavor and aroma, with deeper... Read More grass and hay notes than the bright VA and some sweetness as well. As states in the description this ages well, and with only a couple months in the jar at the same moisture level it came as, my jar had a lot.going on for only 2 months. When I popped the seal a burst of gases filled my nostrils with sweet and sour hay notes immediately. I can't wait to see what 6 months brings. I really want to get 5 pounds of this stuff so I can have a few pounds aging at all.times... soon. By itself it smokes great, with no relights, a fast burn rate, no bite, and good flavor. I love it as is, but I love it even more as a blender. Thanks to c&ds exceptional red VA and Latakia (really all.of their blending tobacco), I've been able to blend up some truly wonderful English mixtures. I can't get enough. I just started pressing my first quarter kilo batch of my best English blend yet. I can't wait to see what 3 weeks of pressing will.do for it. Ty c&d for the quality raw materials Read Less
This originates from further up the tobacco plant. The three star rating doesn't reflect the quality, which is high, but rather my taste preference. The mouth feel is silky and the PH is good. This is far less sweeter than bright or lemon VA, and is... Read More predominantly more woody, a bit tangy (no citrus) and has far less grass/hay nuance. The sweetness is there, but not at a remarkable level. This profile changes a little further into the bowl and becomes more earthy and ashy. Used for subduing the brighter notes of a mixture while maintaining a lighter character, this can add a smooth, woody tanginess to offset sharper profiles. Nicotine is 1 out of 5. Read Less
I bought a couple of ounces about a year ago along with a few other tobaccos to experiment with blending. I smoked each one that I bought individually to get an idea of how each variety tasted. I found the Red Virginia to be a bit harsh at first, but... Read More it has definitely mellowed with age. Now, after a year in a jar it is a pleasantly sweet and easy smoke. I find myself favoring a bowl of it on its own. If you buy some, I highly recommend letting it mellow for some time before judging it. Read Less
Jar note of tartly sweet, sugar and spices. Tobacco is mostly a medium brown with a little darker brown mixed in. The short ribbons are a little moist, drying may be preferred. Burns moderate with few relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild ... Read Moreto medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium to full and consistent, with notes of wood, spices, bread, mildly sweet, mildly tangy, citrus, earth, fermented vegetation, mildly acidic, a dried hay background note, and a peppery retro. Room note is pleasant, and aftertaste is great. Read Less
As advertised! Sweet, with honey and buttery notes of hay, straw, bread and malt. There is an edge of spice, citrus and zest in the undertones. It smokes a little hot if too dry but doesn't want to bite. This unassuming bulk blend holds its own again... Read Morest legend blends with a flavor that reminds me of something like Capstan Blue crossed with C&D Yorktown. Great flavor and as a bulk blend, what a deal! Read Less
Yeah I know, it's not Mcclelland 5100, but it's a damn fine smoke. I have a little over 2 lbs of this stuff. Mostly for blending experiments, I pressed 1 lbs, jarred 1 lbs and added my own casing to a small sample. But it's just really good by itself... Read More. Its nutty, sweet, creamy, spicy and unlike alot of Va's, its bold. Sure, it can have a few rough edges but nothing a little added moisture and some age cant take care of. I've been reaching for it over and over. And ya'll can shoot me, but I like it more then Carolina Red Flake. Just get you some and give it a try. At 28 a lb. It's well worth it. Read Less
525 - Red Virginia
Star Rating = 3.75
Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst
Pouch Note = 8
Room Note = 8
Flavor = 8
Bite = 7
Burn = 7
After Taste = 7
Raw Score = 45
Rated Percentage = 75%
Comment = Strong Flavor, has a bit of a... Read More Bite, This is not a very good smoke Read Less
Such a quality tobacco! I enjoy smoking a bowl of this straight, but has become a staple for many of my blending experiments at home. Seems to pair well with a variety of tobaccos, I've enjoyed blending this in with various aromatics and pairs well w... Read Moreith blends that I include in with some fire cured as well. Get creative! Read Less
This stuff is strong. In the spectrum of Virginias, it's in the fuller end of the scale. Bready at first, then the flavors develop into earthy, rich, full, and deep. Will be great added to my milder aromatics, and to any blend that i find too light.... Read More Highly recommended! Read Less
As with the bright VA, I tried this to see it's blend worthiness and found that it is week worth it on its own. Just nice red Virginia's with that mouldering leaf litter taste. Versus hay and grass of the bright VA. Very nice indeed
This tobacco for my taste requires a long maturation. I buy it to create my own mixes. In that form, I add it to light Virginia no more than 10-15%. It is much "harder" to smoke than the light Virginia one, although it is higher in strength... Read More. Read Less
The leaf itself deserves a full 5 stars. Rich with the flavors of hay and tangy cider, this is pure, quality Red Virginia, and it doesn’t get any tastier than this so fresh. Smokes smooth, cool, and bite-free on its own, and has a fairly modest kick ... Read Moreof nicotine. It arrived quite dry, but it hydrated nicely. When it arrived, I applied roughly 3mL of water to an ounce and a half, mixed it in the bag, and let it sit overnight. The problem is, I had ordered 2 ounces - roughly half an ounce of the weight consisted of a fine powder that I had to sift off the intact ribbons, and three disappointingly large stems (one of which was almost 7cm long and had the thickness of a muddling straw.) My advice, since this is such an excellent tobacco - try a tin first. C&D tins usually have perfect moisture levels (which means no powder) and fewer stems. Then, buy a pound in bulk if it suits you - the 1lb bags tend to have better moisture content, far less powder, and any large stems found within them will seem more unavoidable than disappointing. Read Less
This leaf has your expected dark fruity, tangy/acidic notes expected with a red virginia. I also noticed some vinegar and earthy and a slight spice occasionally. The moisture level came just about perfect and it leaves little moisture at the end of t... Read Morehe bowl. Nothing spectacular here however. I bought a half a pound purely for blending purposes and it will stay as such. Unlike C&D's bright Virginia, there is Read Less
After mulling on some of the reviews around the traps, I bought some of this. The first bowl was fairly good. Everything after it was terrible. One of the worst tasting blends I've ever had. So I bought some Sutliff 515 RC-1 and did a half and ha... Read Morelf blend, and that sort of made it OK.
Never again! Read Less
When I first smoked this I thought it was good. On the second bowl, I thought it was crapola.
So I got some Sutliff 515 RC-1 and mixed it half and half. And now I've smoked that, it could use a bit more 515.
However, there are way, way better red... Read Mores available than this regrettable stuff.
Burns too fast & too hot. And the taste is not so good either. Read Less
I was ready to not like this based on reviews on another site, but I have been very pleased. I think it will age beautifully however it isn't bad at all now. Upon first light there is some cigarette aroma; very good cigarette aroma, but it's there ... Read Morenonetheless. The aroma in the bag is really nice, the typical hay/grass smell, and it smokes that way as well. I am EXTREMELY sensitive to nicotine, and I did notice it toward the end of the bowl but it wasn't problematic for me like some blends are. It's naturally sweet with a nice developing aroma, but it definitely lacks the depth and nuance I normally associate with Virginias. It's isn't - by any stretch - 5100 nor is it McCraine's Red Ribbon, but it is most decent in its own right. I could easily see cutting a Sutliff aromatic with this, or using it as a nice base for a homemade English blend, mild to stout. I am hopeful that with age it will turn into something special.
Go with Sutliff’s red ribbon bulk instead.
Better all around. Read Less
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