Since I ordered my first tin of Escudo, I have been very pleased with my purchase. When I first cracked the tin several weeks ago, I was greeted with the pleasant smell of a mixture of plums, essence of orange, and some other pleasant odors. I separa... Read Moreted the coins and counted out 26 coins,in contrast to an earlier reviewer who only found 17 or so. I guess it depends on the thickness of the cut of the coins. The coins are about the size of a 50 cent piece. Here's the important part: It is a dream to smoke. Sure, it may take a few lights to get it lit and keep it going, but this is one premier smoke. You can easily get an hour out of each coin. This is a very smooth tobacco in the bowl. There's no bite - if you're patient. The only reason I did not give it 5 full stars is I believe that the price point is higher than, say, Samuel Gawith's Cabbie's Mixture (see my review of Feb 12). If you haven't tried Escudo, I believe you're really missing out. Read Less
What Else is there to Say?
March 15, 2016
By: Ross Arlen T.
This is what tobacco tastes like. It is very very good. That is all.
Wonderful Navy Flake
March 02, 2016
By: Andrew K.
Just got the tin this morning and took a pipefull this afternoon. Smooth, tasty and just a very good, traditional tobacco that has no bite and no nasty side issues at all. I also have tried Peter Stokbye's version which is also excellent but like thi... Read Mores one better. Read Less
Hated it at first.
February 07, 2016
By: Mark Y.
Did not care for this at first opening, tucked it away for about one year and its a winner. My go to in this style is Robert Mcconnell folded flake but this Escudo is growing on me.
Lived Up to the Hype
January 08, 2016
By: Carl J.
Read all of the rest, they do it justice. This is the apex of VaPer blends, along with the bite warning for puffing too fast. The coins are very manageable and will remain in disks for stuffing or easily shred into ribbons. Give it a try.
The "I get it" tobacco
January 06, 2016
By: Vincent N.
I am smoking this tobacco for the first time. It is great. I am smoking it in a size 3 Dunhill and I will say it is the best I have ever smoked in this pipe. Mild and not bite at all (at least yet) I believe this will be my everyday, go to, smoke... Read More from now on. Incredibly cool smoke. I am even trying to get it to smoke hot and can't. I will be ordering more. Read Less
My go too VaPer
January 06, 2016
By: Stewart V.
I can not begin to tell you how much i love Escudo Navy Deluxe. It is a creamy smoke that will not give you tongue bite like most Virginias. The tin note is fantastic, i relate it to my childhood growing up on a horse farm with hints of hay, sweet-... Read Morefeed. You cannot go wrong with Escudo Read Less
A good reissue
December 23, 2015
By: Pete R.
This blend compares well with the original Escudo that I smoked in the 1960,s . It uses the perique in the right way , it adds to the taste but does not knock your sox off . I compared a 30 year old can with this new one and it showed very well when ... Read Morecompared . An example of a re-issue that they really god right , maybe even better. Read Less
great all day smoke!
November 27, 2015
By: Robert h.
This subtle blend does not overwhelm. The perique touches in the flavor, but does not come screaming out to assault the tongue like other va-per blends ive had. Easy to pack and easier to smoke i could roll through bowls by the dozen on this stuff. P... Read Moreerfect for a day at sea, or a stroll through the park as the navy flake title suggests. Will reorder. Read Less
November 19, 2015
By: Douglas B.
Wondered why this blend sells well. Very mild, burns very well and without a hint of bite. An all-day smoke that will keep your attention. It's a well-deserved standard and very much worth trying.
October 23, 2015
By: Jung Pil s.
September 27, 2015
By: Matthew P.
I dont know about the original but as a VaPer fan I can say this is the standard. I like reading reviews but always remember that everyone's tastes are different. This is the perfect mixture to finding a balance that you like.... if you dont like thi... Read Mores one you probably won't care for any Va/Per blends. Try it.....its a classic! Read Less
I agree with Beibi y.
September 25, 2015
By: Richard J.
It does fall a little short of the original, but it is well worth the experience of enjoying freshly mowed summer grass with the sharpness of it that a cool morning brings. I love both the old & the new in my pipe or, when I have very little time... Read More, twisted up in a paper. Read Less
Recommended for both new and seasoned smokers.
August 14, 2015
By: Kam D.
I filled a bowl of this tobacco after a long day at work on Friday evening, relaxing on my porch. I gotta tell you it was a great surprise. Medium strength and full falvour of this wonderful smoke made me totally relaxed and satisfied.
ESQUDO ranks... Read More on top of my chart now as, so far it has never disappointed me :)
I definately recommend this blend to both new and seasoned smokers. Read Less
July 25, 2015
By: Christopher C.
Ages beautifully, in my opinion until reaching perfection at around 9 years. Exceptional presentation in the tin, and always a delicious treat.
Classic All-Day Smoke
July 08, 2015
By: Paul S.
What I really love about this tobacco is how easy it rubs down to a beautiful thin ribbon (better than Luxury Bullseye). It just packs and lights so well. The taste instantly hits me as a classic; the virginias provide sweetness, and the perique open... Read Mores it up with stewed fruits, chocolate, and some spice. Just the right amount of vitamin N, too. Read Less
OK, everyone loves this one, so many comments in forums.
17 wheels of delight per tin? It is weight I guess, but lasts forever in the bowl. The gold standard, but luxury bullseye wins on quantity, price and everyday use.
one of the better VaPers
April 02, 2015
By: Caleb W.
If you smoke it fast it really doesn't reward you with anything special. that's probably why it didn't initially click with me years ago. but when you sip it, you're thoroughly rewarded with a slightly sweet and complex flavor. I have to highly disag... Read Moreree with the "high quality cigarette" review, but everyone's palate is different. try different draw cadences with your blends if you find that it's not smoking as nice as you expect, it just might help. Read Less
February 08, 2015
By: Bryan W.
This tobacco had a slightly sweet ashy note as it burned. I smoked it in many different pipes and meerschaums. Still, it always tasted like a high quality cigarette. I thought it was nasty.
February 05, 2015
By: John D.
Nice, but I prefer the added touch of sweetness in LBF.
December 25, 2014
By: Isyaffi I.
A definitely must have for va/per smokers!
September 19, 2014
By: Duane P.
Far and away my favorite Vaper. Extraordinary with age but more than acceptable fresh. This is the tobacco by which all other Vapers are measured.
Love it ...
July 25, 2014
By: Muhaini a.
Thats one of the best virginia tobaccos .
July 02, 2014
By: Wayne M.
One of my favorites. Subtle, grassy, with a slight fig tin note, and the spice of St James Parish Perique. I've had some aged for a dozen years that keeps getting better.
It's a staple of my cellar. There's always twenty or more tins on hand.
March 13, 2014
By: Davin A.
I know why people rave about it. It's a wonderful, relaxing smoke. I haven't decided if this or Three Nuns is my favorite thus far in my month or so in of pipe smoking.
Beautiful with Age
January 18, 2014
By: Sykes W.
I've been smoking Escudo off and on for a dozen years now. While it's excellent young, it is extraordinary with a few years of age on it. I recently found some that I'd cellared a decade ago. Wow. It's softer, mellower, sweeter, more rounded. An extr... Read Moreaordinary smoke. Read Less
Good and Pricey
November 28, 2013
By: Guy D.
Escudo is undeniably one of the finest tobaccos. I enoy an occasional bowl but the cost can be prohibitive for everyday use. Luxry Bullseye Flake is not a substitue for Escudo as some have clamed, but I can afford to smoke it everyday.
September 01, 2013
By: John D.
I just tried my first Escudo and WOW what a smoke!! Had to follow it up with a second bowl just make sure. The room note is pleasant and has a good flavor. Got so excited I had a mild hot spot to the back of my throat but that was my doing and not th... Read Moree blend. I'll deffinately keep this in my regular rotation. Highly recommended to anyone looking to begin with a flake as it has some of the flake characteristics of other blends that are harder to master for newbies. Read Less
August 02, 2013
By: Timothy S.
Years ago this was my first tip toe into the world of tinned tobacco. Years later, dozens and varieties later, I still keep a tin or two of this about.
It's good, little more need be said. Smokes nice with little to no bite, good tobacco flavor wit... Read Moreh a bit of peppery spiceyness, yet mild enough to smoke all day, every day.
If I weren't such a wandering soul, I'd just smoke this, every day, all day.
Other's are close, and some are almost as good and cheaper but for me, this is the best I've found in VA/Per. Even compared to the venerable Three Nuns, I prefer Escudo, it's a little milder and after completing a full tin of Three Nun's, I'd have to say it at times can be harsh. Read Less
OH MY!? out of stock?
July 15, 2013
By: Ralf S.
argh! i have only 1 and a half tin of it left! THE vaper ... and sure as *oops* one of the best belends of all times ... this awesome smoke is a real must and true keeper ... when will it be back in stcok?
May 24, 2013
By: Wallace P.
This has to be one of the best VaPer's that I have ever smoked. Escudo has a natural sweet taste of lovely virginias with a touch of peppery spice from the perique, and is a nice all day smoke. There is no tongue bite at all, just a smooth earthy and... Read More smokey flavor. Don't miss out on this wonderful smoke! Read Less
My First Va Per
March 30, 2013
By: Duane C.
Normally a virginia/latakia smoker, wanted to give something new a try and saw that Escudo was on the top of the sales list. Gave it a try, and it is incredible. Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with a sweet, almost apricot smell, and the smoke ta... Read Morestes wonderful. Never tried a VaPer blend before, and think this one may make me explore the other options. Very highly recommended. Read Less
March 09, 2013
By: Thomas V.
Saw it recommended for lovers of the Dunhill Royal Yacht. I tried it today and I'm truly impressed with the subtle flavor and burn. It's climbed to the top of my list. I am late to the party, regarding trying this blend, but this is a classic and n... Read Moreow we will become best friends. Read Less
February 28, 2013
By: Scott S.
The best VaPer out there, and I've tried them all. Only negative is that it dries fast, so smoke it quickly or put it in a jar.
November 22, 2012
By: Alexander A.
The traditional VaPer formula with a decent body and level of nicotine, very natural tasting, balanced, earthy, smoky, perique-spiced but gentle and with no tongue bite at all. A great choice for a casual smoke.
just one word: AWESOME!
October 11, 2012
By: Ralf S.
this is by far the best blend i have come across for a long time ... it is not on sale in my country, so i wondered about the reviews i read about ESCUDO ... now i KNOW why it is praised ... its ... DELICIOUS! fresh from the tin; it smells like bread... Read More (serious, come to germany and smell some handcrafted bread!) with a slight touch of leather (distant) ... ok, rubbed ub the smell only gets better - a touch of fruit adds itself to the flavor ... bowl filled ... first puffs ... oh my ... so mild and somewhat slightly nutty ... no bite to the toungue ... after half of thew bowl the taste gets a lil more intense and -- only better ... three thumbs up for this superb blend !!! account bad english to my german roots, D'OH! Read Less
Very pleasant blend.
September 28, 2012
By: James N.
This may not have the full bodied depth that many experienced smokers desire, but its milder flavours and pleasant aroma are excellent for all level of pipe smoker. The value for such a fragrant, tasty blend cannot be denied, and it beats its contemp... Read Moreoraries easily. Also, this reminds me of the Navy Flake blend that my grandfather smoked, and I think that old style is attractive to many. Read Less
July 09, 2012
By: Kiyotaka K.
Common as a blend of Virginia and Perique.
Compared to the McClelland, shadow complex flavor is mixed.
However, it is easy smoke is very curly cut.
The tobacco to Every-day smoke very nice.
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