Single-blend brands tend to be an eccentric bunch - they can range in direction, style, and prudence from the classic "Presbyterian" blend to something like "Whiskey Sweat-lodge Fruit Basket". The "Five Brothers", originally blended by the (presumably five) Finzer brothers, keeps things simple, though: this is an air-cured, shag-cut Burley. That is not, however, to say that it is without distinction. Those who have reviewed this blend have been quite clear that this is some powerful stuff.
This stuff is simple and great---Elegance in simplicity. Best way to smoke is to find your favorite chair, install a seat belt, pour some straight scotch (or whiskey), fire up--- and get it on!
You will love it.
Gave this one 5 just because of what it is and not what I expected or what I wanted it to be. Pure burley in flavor and strength! Enough already said about burning properties so, if you’re a burley fan give it a try
Wonderful nutty burley flavor all around. However, the nic hit is a punch to the throat and nostrils. It does work very well for kicking up other blends of tobacco. Try adding a few pinches to something dull or weak, and it will boost the flavor and ... Read Morekick. Read Less
[Tin/bag - Faint old shoe leather, dates/plumbs/ dried dark
fruit, tiny bit of a plasticy smell. Ultra fine (hairlike) cut,
smallest ribbons I have seen to date - threadlike. Dry just
right, ready to smoke out of the pouch.]
A little nutty a... Read Morend instantly reminds of Chatham Manor (HH
Carter Hall Match). Little woody here and there.
Interestingly, some good citrus on second light. Little bit
grassy towards a slight virginia yellow grass. Very tasty,
watch out for nicotine kick. Great burn, easy to manage, no
moisture collection. Makes me like Burley, its not cigarettey
to me at all like some Burley's (i.e. Lane Ready Rubbed).
Not sure if I like more than or less than Chatham Manor.
They are different though have some similarities, Chatham
(9 mo aged) is a little sweeter and a little milder after
smoking back to back, with the nuttiness being similar. I
find myself reaching for this more than Chatham lately.
Ordered 20 pouches more!◄7.4/10✠Skulls► Read Less
Simple blend, simply an excellent Burley! The tobacco comes quite dry and is intended to be smoked this way. Pack a little more firmly than usal to work against the faster burn and you'll get most natural Burley goodness. Richly earthy, mildy nutty a... Read Morend slightly sharp. Rich in nicotine and albeit being rather monochromatic it offers a most satisfying smoke for the lover of the wonderful Burley leaf.
Perfect in a word! Read Less
Pack it tight and there’s no need to rehydrate as it burns very well. I like to mix five brothers with blends that don’t have enough nicotine. I also use this to break in pipes to build a very nice cake. Highly recommended
I smoked 2 bowls plain and it is definitively too strong for me. The taste is good, pure and I like it for a while. However if I plan to smoke an entire bowl the last third is not my taste. However I like this tobacco to mix with aromatic tobacco esp... Read Moreecially the one that are too sweet and/or too moistened. I enjoy using it at 1/3 to 1/4 of the bowl. There is it very nice. Read Less
I've had this blend in my rotation for a couple years. It is my designated tobacco for breaking in any new pipe. Its characteristics for
satisfying this purpose are as follows: It produces a rapid and effective cake, smokes remarkably cool, burns qui... Read Moreckly, leaves no moisture, and has a
full, though unquestionably simple, flavor. The combination of these attributes yield a tobacco which I can stuff into any new pipe,
even multiple times a day due to its almost negligible residual moisture, with no apprehension as to the possibility of damaging naked briar.
I will agree that the nicotine content can be a little daunting for anyone unaccustomed to the brothers. Read Less
Bought this one by mistake. I received the best surprise of my life when I light a bow up. Wonderful burley flavor that was sublime.
Also found it worked well to mix in with some aromatic blends that needed more body for my taste.
Just don’t smoke ... Read Moreit too quickly or the 5 brothers may soon to haunt you. Read Less
I expected a lot more when I popped open the pouch. Five Brothers has an urban legend status as a super strong burley that will knock the most experienced piper on their butt. I'm not the most experienced piper. And it didn't knock me on anything. It... Read Mores okay, if you want a cigarette-style shag. Read Less
Very strong tobacco. If you have no tolerance for Vitamin N, don't bother. What you get is a very basic, dry, shag of burley. No toppings or casings so far as I can tell. The tobacco tastes like grass, faint walnut, shredded wheat, and black pepp... Read Moreer to me. Burns well. No bite. Due to the shag cut, you will have to pack tighter than usual. I'm average for nicotine tolerance and honestly, this blend is too much for me. I realize some people like that aspect and this would really appeal to them. For me, it's a mixer. I'll use it to boost wimpier blends. I'd hate to meet the guy that could use this as a RYO, but it reminds me of one. Dirty Burley! Read Less
Five brothers is an affordable straight burley with no top coat. Strong flavor, strong room note and strong nicotine. As advertised, not for the novice pipe smoker. Enjoyable when sipped. Great tobacco to kick up some weaker blends or for smoking... Read More alone. Perhaps not an everyday smoke for some but it is for me. Actually, I don't notice the nicotine at all but I know it is there.
The pouch is sealed in a plastic wrapper and maintains the tobacco's moisture level. No problem smoking it right out of the bag with minimal relights. Because it is in a pouch, it will dry out quickly unless transferred to an airtight container. Shag cut which makes it easy to pack. Burns hot, fast and down to a fine ash. Flavor is nutty with some earthy tones. Room note is quite strong much like a hand-rolled cigarette. I keep 3 or 4 pouches on hand. Strong but manageable. Read Less
If someone wants to bum a cigarette from you, always have one of these ready rolls handy. Better yet, have some Picayune ready rolls on hand. Not likely they'll come back for another but then again, they might want to tough it out if they have a comf... Read Moreortable chair to sit down in.
This is some strong, straight Burley & is good to stoke in a pipe or RYO. I rather like very strong tobaccos on occasion as well as a strong cigar since I don't inhale anything. I like to keep my lungs free of "asphalt." This doesn't have any flavor to offer other than just plain old Burley tobacco taste which is sufficient if you're just after a Vitamin N blast.
This is simply a no frills, straight up Kentucky Burley that only takes a few puffs to get you going but when you get there, you may not remember where you came from. Excellent blend for what it is with a good price tag. I liked it & sometimes use it to top off a wimpy blend. Warning: Smoke only on a full stomach if you're not used to strong stuff like Five Brothers or you might be headed to Barf City to toss your cookies. Read Less
This is really good if you're looking for something that isn't complicated and just has a good old fashioned tobacco taste. Out of the pouch it has a really nice dark plum aroma. The cut is VERY thin, like pencil shavings. It is on the dry but very s... Read Moreerviceable side. Flavor is cigarette like: Just a nice tobacco flavor. It also gives your tongue a spicy tingle from the nicotine. Burns VERY cool without any bite. However, it also burns very fast. I smoke it straight for those days I just want a little oomph from my tobacco. I also mix it in with aromatics to give them more body and tobacco flavor. Read Less
Five brothers is a nice shag cut and it usually comes with a medium moisture. The smell tobacco me is a pure oats and honey smell. I didn't find the taste all that strong but there is a good nicotine punch. But not at all in a bad way. Now I said luc... Read Moreky strike in your bowl that is because American tobacco was located in Louisville Kentucky i.e burley country. So if you want a quality smoke try it. Also makes a great ryo nonfiltered. Read Less
No fuss, no muss. Solid burley taste in a fast burning shag, and with nicotine to spare. Monochromatic? Yes. But that’s okay. I enjoy this as a quick smoke, and being a ‘burleyophile’, it’s a sure fire go-to when I’ve only a few minutes to enjoy a bo... Read Morewl. Read Less
Well, I must say that I like this tobacco. I thought I was pretty much immune to nicotine until I tried this. I love the flavor, the mellow smoking experience.
I don't like the pouch aroma, and I really don't like the cut. The shag is like rolling t... Read Moreobacco, and it even gets served in a rolling tobacco pouch. However, don't try to put this in a roll up! I didn't do this, but inhaled once to see if it was just rolling tobacco labelled as pipe tobacco. I was wrong! It felt like my throat was on fire!
It was the same taste throughout the bowl, with the nicotine strengthening as I smoked longer, probably my body trying to give me a warning!
I have trouble keeping it lit, which is odd considering the cut and dryness of the tobacco. I only smoke it in a miniature pipe though, and had to dump the ash a couple of times. Nice that it has no problem smoking all the way to the bottom of the bowl.
This is one of my favorites, it is in a league of it's own, when you need a kick, this will be more than enough.
I highly recommend this for people trying to quit smoking cigarettes - have a bowl of this, you definitely won't want a ciggy for a while. Would give it a full 5 stars, but I really don't like the cut. That being said, if it was cut differently it might have a different taste. Don't be scared to try, for the price it's well worth it. Read Less
I read the reviews, so when I received my order of 5 brothers i rehydrated it using a wet paper towel and clear wrap over it. 3 hours later, moist. Smoked it in my new Little Devil Acorn Cobb. Tiny bite yes, actually enjoyable first light taste. ... Read Morethe nutty burley comes thru. 2/3s in Boom! Vitamin N! That's just what it is, no more, no less! Read Less
I love a high nic smoke. I was suspicious of this being an OTC and unfortunately I was right. I like burleys and I love nic so I though from word of mouth it would be a winner... to me the taste was like smoking a hand rolled cigarette, the smoke was... Read More thin and hot (no bite) and the bowl lasted about 10 minutes. The shag cut was a PITA to pack. I found that just cramming as much as I could in worked because it was so dry... but not easy. If you're looking for a cheap tobacco that smokes fast with a straight forward tobacco flavor... this is your blend. Read Less
I have been looking for the best OTC pouch brand. I have tried Prince Albert, Carter Hall, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sail, John Bull, Borkum Riff. and this beats them all. I love the cut of this too, it packs really well in the pipe.
It's a simple blend, but a solid smoke. The very fine shag cut allows for easy packing and lighting. Not necessarily a positive or negative, but this is the fastest burning tobacco I have ever smoked, though it doesn't burn particularly hot. In terms... Read More of strength, you get some "burley throat" and a bit of a whack from the nicotine, but it's not in any way as strong as blends such as Purple Cow or Billy Budd. For the price, I don't see why you shouldn't give it a go if you're a fan of burley. Read Less
I only got 1 bowl from my ordered pouch. I can say that we roll a well known over the counter shag tobacco here in Canada, that looks and smells quite a lot like the Five Brothers pouched Burley. Although the smoke is quite strong and the shag disple... Read Moreasing to pack, the Burley is quite enjoyable and, as we must expect it, Burley leaf is Burley leaf. To be tried if you haven't; to forget, on my side once I'll finish the pouch. 3 stars because I like Burley... Read Less
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