Exhilarating and elusive, quaint and seductive. Prepared from choice Red Virginias, dusted with Latakia, and heavily flavored with Orientals, giving it a red tinge. It burns in the pipe with the spontaneity of a fine cigar.
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I smoked a shit load of this stuff in college back in the 80s in Norman, OK. Bought it at the Tobacco Barn at Sooners Fashion Mall. Bring back fond memories. Taste the same: Latakia based, medium, slightly tangy and sharp but a steady all-day Englis... Read Moreh, or in this case, Scottish. Reliably satisfying tobacco like a nice worn pair of jeans. Try some, give it a couple of bowls; you won't be disappointed. Read Less
I only review tobacco’s I have positive things to say about and every Rattray’s blend I’ve tried has been worthy of review. Although made by K&K in Germany (along with just about every overseas blend) Rattray’s has its history in Scotland. These toba... Read Morecco’s come into stock and stay around work a few days then are gone for 6 months. That says all you need to know. Red Rap has everything but the kitchen sink in it but is blended perfectly. Each bowl gets better and better. Easily enjoyable all day. The oriental and latakia notes are most prominent when smoking. This is an exciting smoke. There is so much flavor from the interplay of all of the different leaves. A fuller, smoky, spicy smoke that will please just about anyone. Read Less
Smooth smoking tobacco with no bite. My only suggestion with this Rattray's blend is to mix the tobacco well in a bowl before enjoying. Then store back in the can. For some reason my last 2 tins were not mixed very well. But, this is a very satisfyin... Read Moreg pipe tobacco!!! Read Less
I found this to be a mild, pleasant smoke. Faint sweetness and background of Latakia. Nice billows of smoke from the Cavendish...clean burning...
This is a very mild sipping blend, good room note, a little too mild for my wheelhouse but a nice chang... Read Moree once in a while. Read Less
Imagine yourself picking your favorite pipe and packing an untested blend from a friend. After a few puffs, the world seems lighter and everything is right in the world. Your cares melt away and you begin to smile, happy and enjoying a small smoke. W... Read Moreords are not enough to say what I experienced after the 1st time smoking this. Read Less
On my latest Pipe Club meeting a fellow-member offered us one of his treasures: a RED RAPPAREE of 1974. He carefully kept the tin sealed and cellared for 42 years! Of course, this old-timer is appreciably different from a new one. Pleasant tin note a... Read Morend perfect moisture.
RR is a mild English Mixture. Ageing obviously mellowed the blend. No peaks, no rough edges, just like a soft pillow. Well balanced, not digging deep though, but still offering a complex aroma palette. Each tobacco can easily be identified. Latakia plays a reserved role, accompanying the mild-spicy, rounded-off Orientals. All outstandingly harmonious. The natural tobacco-sweetness has become really delicious through ageing. And there is also this quaint, hidden, kind of soury, outmoded taste, so typical to real vintage blends. What a wonderful experience! Read Less
Wow! The flavors in this tobacco are wild. I love it. I have never gotten the same asortment of flavors from this tobacco twice in a row. Some people might not like that because they want/expect consistency. Well, it is consistently great. I love the... Read More slight variation every time I smoke it. It it quite simply very enjoyable and has a lot to offer flavor-wise. Read Less
RRR pipes magic notes as it burns down the bowl. Sometimes sweet, sometimes salty, sometimes smoky; sometimes it all melds together and tastes like salty smoked fruit. The present incarnation of Red Rap is a milder version of what it was years ago;... Read More but, it is still one of the best tobaccos on planet Earth. I bet if the angels smoke, many a pipe up there reeks of the Red Rapparee. Just heavenly. Read Less
Tin note of sharply sweet ripe fruit, smoky, and spices. Tobacco is black, dark brown, and a little light brown ribbon cut. Moisture content is good, though some may want to dry it a bit. Burns slow with a few extra relights. The strength is medium a... Read Morend nic is mild to medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium and somewhat consistent, with notes of spices, toasted bread, smoky, mildly incense, dry wood, leather, sugar, floral, spicy, acidic, musty vegetation, herbal, tangy citrus, sweet, sour, savory, orange peel/zest, a tart stewed dark fruit mildly bitter background note, and a peppery retro. Virginias is leading with Black Cavendish, Oriental/Turkish and Latakia supporting expertly. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is great. Read Less
Acquired 2 tins 10/20/21 and cellared them cuz i like english blends and hadn't tried this one yet. Was just looking recently and saw this was back in stock and thought well here's that "once in a blue moon" day but, couldn't really justify... Read More buying any more of it this very second. I hadn't even tried it Yet! Wasn't planning on opening any either until i don't know when, especially due to the rarity but, probably on some special day? Then October 22, 2022 rolls around and this day just went to shit. Lmao. At the end of this day that life made sure that i thoroughly enjoyed, i said screw it, cracked that damn tin, packed my Bing Savvy and had one of those sublime moments (that lasted 55 minutes btw), everything that i've been told, including the reviews of this blend i've read over the years of how good this is, Man! It's God's honest truth. Is this the end all be all? No. No blend is. Cuz that would mean you only smoke the one blend that nothing else can satisfy your craving to smoke? Get Out. Yer just gonna go and smoke another blend anyway. My point, i haven't tried this fresh, cuz i just chucked it in the cellar for a year and sort of forgot about it but, Listen! That's about all the time this blend needs. Now i've smoked a couple of bowls consistently out of the same pipe, and every time is grand! A sweet (but not too sweet) and savory English/Scottish blend with all the nuances that have been well stated and embellished by a legion of well seasoned pipe smokers over again. I can concur. Satisfies all the points i was looking for. Life is short and sometimes it likes to show you everything that can happen in a day including get you to smoke a beautiful blend that you've had cellared for over a year at the end of it all. Hey we all know what this cellaring business is all about ok? But at the same time, don't wait too long fellas, enjoy it while you can! Read Less
Lucky that this 100 year old classic is still made. Currently have a 10 year old tin open, and it is unique. There is nothing else similar to it. The sharpness in the aged tin has diminished enough to makes this fairly mild on the palate. The aroma i... Read Mores fantastic.
I like this in the 50g flat tin where the tobacco is pressed. I think it ages better. Too sharp to smoke fresh, and it really needs several years age. Read Less
Luv this blend. great quality of leaves and taste.has something that kind of numbs the tounge in a good way.kind of like eating a horehound candy i suppose.not the best for indoors as it has a slight musty smell that may be off putting to some. could... Read More smoke it exclusively if not for all the others i must try. Read Less
Best blend ever. Yeah it's that good. Every bowl is a reminder of what it's all about. An absolutely perfect amount of each tobacco. It's like a great Balkan blend with mellow Red Virginias, a nice amount of Latakia without overdoing it, just a touch... Read More of Cavendish which is great, and tasty Orientals that really shine here. What's also great is that it gets better and better as it burns down. By the last quarter of the bowl it's just pure bliss. Such a great smoke I always smoke this out of my pipes with the largest bowls. Highly recommended. Read Less
I am referring to the product description with the title. I had a few really great experiences with this blend and a few bad ones (sometimes in the same bowl). I assume that if the right pipe/packing method/smoking cadence was found, it could be cons... Read Moreistently good. I just did not have a love for this blend that lends itself to that level of experimentation. One thing that really did stand out very nicely was a sort of spicy, fresh bread flavor that I have never found else ware. Read Less
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