St. Bruno Ready Rubbed is the ready-rubbed version of the popular St. Bruno Flake. It is a distinctive blend of smooth Virginia and smoky dark fired Kentucky — topped with subtle floral and fruity notes for a unique Aromatic experience.
This review is in regard to both the Flake and the Ready Rubbed versions of St. Bruno as they taste identical to me.
I discovered Condor before St. Bruno even came to our side of the pond (U.S.) and I fell head over heals for the stuff, hard and f... Read Moreast! When I finally got around to trying St. Bruno Flake & Ready Rubbed I didn't think much of it, I thought it tasted like a light, weak version of the almighty Condor. Over a period of about a year I kept going back to St. Bruno to check up on it so to speak and I was always left feeling good knowing that Condor will always be my go to.... then something happened.... maybe I got a little softer in my older age but damnit if St. Bruno ain't just the perfect smoke. It's got dark Virginia's to add depth, a little Dark Fired for complexity and spice and the subtle top dressing is just enough to keep things interesting with it's complex fruity/floral components that work synergistically to weave a beautiful tapestry that I consider an absolute masterpiece. As with anything of course you'll hear about the glory days of yesteryear and how it's just a shell of it's former self but hell, it's one of the best tobacco blends I've ever gotten my hands (palate) on so Mac Baren is doing something right. I find that the top flavors come out a little better in a tall and narrow bowl and I actually prefer this one right out of the tin/pouch as it seems to smoke just fine with the moisture level it's packed with, which is odd for me cause I usually prefer to air out my tobacco until it's just short of crispy. This one has plenty of nicotine to satisfy the addict and enough to give the novice a nice warm buzz, it's not too over the top in any shape or form and I now consider this one my holy grail all day smoke. I'll always have a place in my heart for Condor but I prefer to use that more as a treat than an all day smoke. Yes there are a lot of similarities between this and Condor which one fits your fancy? Only you can decide but I would say they're both worth trying at least once and if you're anything like me you just might find a place for both in your rotation.
ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL (both RR and Flake cuts) Read Less
I love the ready rubbed and tin both. The RR is more convenient though. I like to take St. Bruno with me when I travel because it's dependable, I get a good smoke every time. It is slightly floral, but not in the same way Lakeland type blends are. Br... Read Moreitish tobacco's all tend to be more hearty, meaty, earthy and this is no exception. The RR is ready to smoke right out of the pouch, but you may want to let it dry for a little while from the tin. Read Less
Yes,I'm a Condor Plug junkie. No doubt about it, but St. Bruno scratches the itch I have or the ready rubbed version of Condor that i can't get anymore.Is it the same???.NO! But something about it just hits a home run for me...the "weez"...... Read MoreRead Less
St. Bruno ready-rubbed is quite something. Been reading reviews for some time. Decided to take the plunge. A swan dive into some wonderful tobacco flavor. Have read some folks call the underlying nuance seems "perfumey" or "soapy"... Read More.. but, neither of those fit the bill for myself. I'm getting a base of the rich dark-fired Kentucky and sweetness of Virginas.. and whatever the subtle note is, its just the right amount to bring it all home. Burns much better than expected, for the moisture content. Leaving a pleasant after-taste. Going into the rotation without a 2nd thought. Read Less
Rich fruits and sweetness, a little zing in the nose and lingering tingle on the mouthful, along with delicious Virginas in the retro, and then some faint lingering woodiness and hints of dark fired Kentucky (which give that little tingle too).
[Tin/bag - Initial wiff of sharp syrup/rum/spirits or something hit me in the throat, sweet - maybe raisiny, a little leather, and almost a faint vinegar. Longer crumpled cut strands like a ready rubbed flake would be, a little thicker than typical ... Read Moreribbon cut and straighter too. Some moisture in the pouch, had to dry some in front of a fan for quick access (10 mins).]
Sugary molasses just a touch that quickly gives excellent Virginia yellow hay notes. Really tastey lightup. Some slight nip to it in the nose on the retro, and then a little woodiness in there. Every once in a while some bitterness in the aftertaste. I attribute the nip and bitterness to some dark fired Kentucky, but I do not sense smokiness. Little bit of tingle on the tongue after exhale with secondary tastings of the after taste. Nice, rich, more robust and full mouth flavor, along with some fruitiness. A sense of vanilla here and there in the mix lingering on the side and back of the tongue. I catch a few hints of the floral notes people have mentioned. I really like the Virginias on the retro the most, and then the richer sweets of fruit, and there ever so faintly, is some leftover smoke and woodiness in the nicely blended in dark fired Kentucky. Enjoyable, there is quite a bit going on here it seems.
I tried this one out, over popping any of my tins, for the price point. Amongst a little mixed reviews, it seems to indicate that tin vs pouch are the same, or so similar, that I will probably not detect enough difference. It's very good, but probably not going to be a mainstay for me, as I just don't sense it will be something that crosses my mind first when I go to pick up the pipe. However, it should be nice here and there and I will keep some on hand, but about 5 tins should last me past the Apocalypse and into the grave with me favoring others in my cellar.
Stays nice and fairly cool throughout the bowl, with little to no relights needed. ◄7/10✠Skulls► Read Less
I find some faint similarities with Old Gowrie by Rattrays, although this has more nic, and no perique, light floral topping is present with some fruity raisiny notes,and of course Dark Fired Kentucky provides some additional depth and strength to th... Read Moreis blend, on my experience this tobacco benefits from some airing prior to smoke and has to be smoked slowly in order to avoid possibly bite, nicotine is solid medium,for convenience sake I prefer RR version over the flake,Both are equally good stuff.
moreover, due to being somewhat challenging tobacco and then, arguably I wouldn't recommend this to brand new smokers.S Bruno is a genuine British classic being in production since 1905 .Today This is manufactured by McBarens and they do this very well as expected.quality is top-notch. Read Less
I am a big fan of St. Bruno. It has everything I want in a "fruity/floral" English blend. Unfortunately, there is a reason I gravitate towards tinned flake tobacco and this is a great example. It took me til about the middle of the bowl ... Read Moreof this ready rubbed to taste what it was that I was looking for. Still a great blend and still 4 dollars less than the tin - but in the future I'll pay the extra few bucks and get what I really came for. Read Less
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