Tabac Manil: Reserve du Patron 3.5oz

Product Number: 003-666-0002

Long the secret of the Ardennes' misty valleys, Semois remained unheard of to most outside Belgium until a writer for the New York Times received some as a gift, leading in turn to an article on this distinctive regional leaf. Earthy, floral, and cool, many who've now had the chance to try it often find themselves grasping in vain for a well-known tobacco to compare it to: "cigar-like tin note, but not like a cigar," "alternate-universe Oriental," etc. The simple truth is, Semois is Semois: a straight, all-natural Burley grown under unique conditions.

In the traditional style, Vincent Manil packs and ships this leaf quite dry; while there might be a temptation to bring the tobacco to a higher humidity if you aren't familiar with it, Semois smokes well (and many would argue, best) as received, and tightly packed. (As others have noted, the dryness also means you're getting more leaf, and less water, for the packaged weight.)

Reserve du Patron is Tabac Manil's medium cut of the now famous Burley.

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  • Components: Burley
  • Family: Burley
  • Cut: Ribbon
Customer Reviews (15 Total)
Overall Rating:
4.63 out of 5 stars
My Number 1 !
April 27, 2018
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
Quite strong, spicy, nutty, and an overall flavor like that of petersons 3p Plug only much stronger, and yes I smoked it rite out of the package dry :) I don't have a rotation, but its now pirate kake and this. Pack it verry firm, and watch to make s... Read More
Absolutely delicious!
February 05, 2019
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
The tin note is mostly dried fruit. There’s a floral sweetness running above smooth earth-and-cigar leaf undertones. Be careful, this stuff bites hard if you smoke too fast. Pack tight as hell as dry as sand. The strength is not to be underestimated,... Read More
The richer of the two cuts.
June 14, 2017
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
I've smoked all of the Tabac Manil varieties, and of the three the Reserve du Patron is my favorite. I would've never suspected that the cut of a tobacco could play such a part in affecting how a tobacco smokes, but here we are. To my tastes, this me... Read More
Strangely Good
June 28, 2016
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
Cannot recall how I heard of this tobac, but glad I tried it. This is definitely something different, and if you like trying new tobacco, this should be on your bucket list. My first impression was, Native American tobacco mixture (red willow bark?... Read More
January 04, 2021
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
More robust in flavor than the Le Petite Robin, but nothing cigar-like about this. Floral sweetness, truly unique. This is not a blend yet tastes like a blend, earthy, nutty, sweetness, leather...burnt marshmallow...Cut in a more traditional way, thi... Read More
Unique and essential smoke.
July 15, 2020
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
Back in the mid 1990's when I was working as a DJ here in the USA, a fellow DJ from Amsterdam sent me a block of Joseph Martin No 3 Coupe Moyenne as his family lived in the Ardennes, and that was a local favorite tobacco. I do not think this tobacco ... Read More
September 17, 2019
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
Merci Beaucoup Ardennes Valley; Merci Beaucoup Terroir de la Semois; Merci Beaucoup Brouillard de la Semois; Merci Beaucoup Joseph Pierret; Merci Beaucoup Vincent et Gaetane; Grazie Signore Dario; Thanks to New York Times; Special Thanks to Mr. Will ... Read More
Straight From The Owner’s, Or Top Client’s, Reserve
February 14, 2021
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
Reserve Du Patron, or Owner’s Reserve. Or Top Client’s Reserve. However you choose to translate this, you just might feel the superiority and uniqueness of this blend after that magical first char light. This was the second Vincent Manil blend I ever... Read More
Absolutely fantastic burley
September 07, 2020
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
Wow, this stuff is my new #2, fantastic flavor, earthy, nutty, light sweetness, slightly floral and oodles of creamy smoke, also kind of reminds me of a very tasty cigar. I bought the Reserve du Patron and there is a lot of tobacco in this package, v... Read More
Best tobacco on the planet
August 23, 2020
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
This is by far my favorite pipe tobacco. I have two jars of it at home. It's an everyday smoke. It's hearty and otherworldly. Must have, must try, must buy!
Wonderful and unique
July 31, 2020
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
Have all the Tabac Manil’s and this is as good as it gets, slightly cocoa essence and so unique! I really look forward to smoking these tobaccos! Does not disappoint!!
Cocoa hazlenutty goodness!!!!!!
July 21, 2020
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
This will now be one of my weekly smokes. Puffed lightly, and you are rewarded with the taste described in the title of this review. Puff too hard and a blast of Nicaragaun cigar will punch you in the face!!! Take it easy and let the smoke gently waf... Read More
April 06, 2020
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
Dry as dust mess. I'm talking so dry it had turned to stone. It was hard as rock. I don't know what's going on with this stuff and I'm not smoking it.
A Fairly Strong Belgian Burley With A Unique Flavor
May 26, 2019
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
Reserve du Patron, Pure Semois came very dry in the brick. It appears that this is standard practice for all Tabak Manil blends... at least that was the way with the Le Petite Robin I sampled. Le Petite Robin had a slight, floral, tea-like aroma & pr... Read More
Almost a palate cleanser
January 20, 2019
Product: Tabac Manil Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
A very different tobacco. The taste is such a treat after other burley bowls. I will be ordering this again.