There are the tobaccos you know and there are those that know you. Some have told me that scents are the greatest time capsules for the mind, that smells open the dusted doors of memory. But not memory of the physical, memory of the emotional and the... Read More recollection of feelings. If that is true, that scents "bring us back", I will state that tobacco, for me, the scent, taste and whole bouquet, are the strongest time machines... and this one brings me back. Through the inky pain of loss, friendships gone that left me bleeding. First loves and highs of the soul, heart thundering joys of the fulfillment of my person. The torment of loneliness and fullness of newfound hope.
I will not tell you this tobacco is the singular and greatest accomplishment of blending, though it is damn fine, but this one, above the others, knows me... and it knows me well. Read Less
I've been a fan of English tobacco for years now and I always use Dunhill's Nightcap as my benchmark when comparing new blends. The Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique and Virginia in this blend have a legendary reputation for being one of the stronge... Read Morest English blends out there (I'd have to agree) but nothing to be afraid of. I am not particularly sensitive to nicotine but your mileage may vary.
Definitely, Latakia is the main attraction in this blend but it is not overpowering. There is an elegance to the way the different component tobaccos come together to produce a rich, woodsy, smoky, earthy, creamy flavor.
As the name implies, Nightcap is not an all day smoke but rather a treat to enjoy in the evening after a good meal.
As almost all Dunhill tobaccos It's moisture out of the tin is almost perfect although it could benefit from some drying time (15-20 minutes). It packs easily, stays lit and smokes well. I have never gotten tongue bite from this blend regardless of my cadence.
All in all, I highly recommend this tobacco. If you haven't tried Nightcap, do yourself a favor and order a tin and give it a try! Read Less
Here I am, writing the 111th review of this fine blend. I’ve stuck mynose in this jar 111 times and noted its earth tone every time. This odor is echoed in the latakia forward taste with a side order of oriental and Virgina sweetness, and, if you d... Read Moreon’t overpuff, a tiny bit of pepper. This makes for a well balanced smoke. I usually load up a group 3 size pipe and have never experienced that legendary strength that he-men smokers proudly proclaim. Sure, is a dark blend suited for an evening of contemplation, but don’t expect a heavy nic hit. Read Less
This is by far my favorite tobacco and apparently, the favorite of many others. Seems Smoking pipes has been out of stock for several weeks now. I'm sure hoping they buy more than usual the next go-round. I sure will.
So much has been written about it. It is definitely a mixture for the Hall of Fame. It’s an overwhelming English mixture with an enormously complex, rich taste and a joyful bouquet. A powerful Rolls-Royce blend for the experienced English smoker. It ... Read Morehas been among my favourites for decades. My family loves the room note. Read Less
If you enjoy a good English, Dunhill's Nightcap is a tried-and-true classic. A smooth, mellow flavor with a strong Latakia push, it helps bring the night to a close appropriately - and is excellent after a heavy meal. Great stuff.
Wonderful a must have in my rotation. Smoked at noon and asleep for a nap by 1240. Woke up at 2 from lightning and rain. Still relaxed and thrilled to say it's medicinal for anxiety and for the guy or gal that wants to relax.
I had heard about Nightcap ever since I started the hobby a year ago - then finally decided to order some and try it once I found out it was going to be discontinued. This makes me sad, because this is a really enjoyable evening blend (MHO). I believ... Read Moree Dunhill is making a grave mistake to discontinue their tobacco production. :( Read Less
Dunhill nightcap has a pleasent taste yet it lacks in flavor. Virginian tobacco is a favorite of mine yet latikia isn't amoungst my desired smoke. I believe dunhill is overhyped but I can see the appeal it has to others.
I am still working on my first tin, but wow. This packs a punch. I love latakia and Nightcap delivers. The virginias, orientals, and perique are, in my opinion, well balanced to provide a premium smoke that is sure to last. This blend is a great way... Read More to wind down the evening. Read Less
Im a new pipe smoker and absolutely love this.
When I bought my first pipe I picked up a few different types of tobacco. Im glad i picked this up. If there was only 1 tobacco that I could habe, this would be it. But, it doesnt look like thats going... Read More to happen.
Great tobacco if you like strong, smokey flavors Read Less
I've never been fond of Latakia, I just don't like tobacco that smells like you it has already been smoked once. I tried this one for the high reviews and because Latakia was only one of the many ingredients. When I opened the mailbox, I was struck... Read More by the smoky smell, even though it was sealed inside a box with four other blends. I tried it anyway and the taste was the same, just an overpowering taste. It really should be advertised as a strong Latakia blend and not just as a footnote. Read Less
Everything about this blend is fantastic! Packs/stays lit well, has a good moisture level out of the tin, doesn't bite (I smoke on the faster side), and it's so flavorful! It does have a heavy room note, but that isn't a con for me, and most people I... Read More am around like it. This is my go to evening tobacco, and is in my top 5 for sure! Read Less
This is one amazing blend from Dunhill. When you're looking for a strong blend with a Latakia forward touch, this is one of the best. There is a lot going on here. The Latakia takes front and center stage but the mix of Orientals, Perique and Virg... Read Moreinias drive it to another level. This blend has a strong flavor and, at times, have a nice nicotine kick to it. The blending of the constituent tobaccos is near to perfection. Another aspect that I like about Nightcap is that it is available in both a tin or in bulk. Keep in mind that Dunhill announced that they are going to discontinue their pipe tobacco line which unfortunately would include this gem. If you are looking to cellar away some of this you may want to go for the tin unless you've got a good method for cellaring bulk tobacco. Personally, I buy this in bulk when I can in 8-16oz increments then toss it in a mason jar for safekeeping. At the very least, if you like Latakia blends, don't miss your opportunity to try Nightcap before its gone. Read Less
read reviews on here to find some tobacco's that I might like ... ordered 5 different tins opened this one 1st WOW did not know how good the smell was going to be ... then the 1st bowl ...I am now hooked on a pipe ... what a smell then the taste the... Read Moren the smoothness of it .. I am a true rookie have only tried 6 kinds but so far this is number one for the evenings Read Less
I had a tin of Nightcap sitting on my shelf for months and was apprehensive about trying it because of all the reports that it was too strong, or that the nicotine was too intense, etc. But I finally tried it and I like it very much. Really a beautif... Read Moreul, flavorful smoke. Here are a few points:
- It's full flavored, rich, and complex. It's really a great blend.
-It's definitely a potent tobacco. It's best to smoke this stuff with some food in your stomach. It definitely tastes like an after dinner smoke.
-I didn't get some obscene nicotine hit, or nicotine sickness. It's definitely full-strength on the nicotine scale, but to me it wasn't overboard.
-However it's strong enough that I wouldn't want to smoke this every day. Just once in a while after a nice meal.
-May not be good for new pipe smokers, or pipe smokers who are new to English blends. Read Less
This was the very first tobacco I have smoken when I began smoking a pipe. I loved it. Sweet, woody, alittle spicy and very complex out of the tin. I moved it to a jar and kept it in my workplace locker and forgot about it. after three years I found ... Read Moreit again well, Hallelujah. Read Less
Like all of the dunhill blends I've smoked Nightcap is good when fresh but not amazing. Good Latakia flavor and a hint of perique with the Virginia providing nothing more than some balance. Also it's not as smooth. My new Dunhill cellaring policy... Read More (if not already aged and for tins at least 5 years) is to transfer the contents to mason jars, leaving plenty of room for air. From my experience exposure to air and good aging in a jar seems to provide the best results. Fast forward 6-12 months and Nightcap goes from a 3 star blend to a 4.5 star blend, with a level of smoothness that enables you to smoke this all day. The virginias gain a sweetness, and the orientals a slight tart quality, and the perique is smooth and unobtrusive, adding complexity without being too spicy. Enough nicotine to satisfy the experienced smoker. Yes there are more flavorful, rich, and satisfying English blends out there, but what Nightcap lacks in those departments it more than makes up for with its efficient and easy smoking qualities. Easy to pack, easy to light and smoke, and consistent, above average aroma and flavor make Nightcap hard to be without. Nightcap is an incredible blend that is very consistent and always satisfies,and I really enjoy how Perique transforms a blend as you get deeper into the bowl. For these reasons Nightcap easily earns a 4.5 rating and I would give it 4.75 if I could, but I can't give it a solid 5. There are just too many other amazing English blends out there, but nightcap will always have a special place in my rotation and will always find it's way into my bowl when I can't decide which English to smoke. Read Less
O my I have not seen a tin of NIGHTCAP in some 40+ years. Each Sunday evening after a busy Lord's Day my treat was to disappear into my study with Spurgeon, pipe and my tin of NIGHTCAP. Retired to FL now and high time to renew an old aquaintance.
FI... Read MoreVE STARS Read Less
Great dunhill ribbon cut, good moisture content from tin nicotine is moderate. With most ribbons flavours of predominant components vary due to not being pressed into a flake. Good components used at a descent price. Not my favorite deep oriental for... Read Moreward English but a good all around smoke! Read Less
This tobacco is exactly what you would expect from the description (and from Dunhill). Full bodied english flavor, smokes effortlessly from the tin, and a reasonable nic content. This is a great smoke for me as I spend a fair amount of time reading a... Read Morend writing, it somehow seems to encourage the sentiments I require. I did not expect to be quite so won over, but I will be looking forward to ordering this blend in bulk. The next blend I will be looking into is G.L. Pease's Quiet Nights. Read Less
I am not of fan of Latakia or a big nic hit in my tobaccos, but I have to say that after a couple of bowls of Nightcap, I am a fan. The flavor profile is complex, smokey and earthy...something I might not have enjoyed a few months ago, but find very ... Read Moreappealing now. A nice introduction to what many would call a more complex and sophisticated tobacco blend. Read Less
Will miss this tobacco if Dunhill does stop... not going to even say it. Started back smoking a pipe January of this year full time and allot more info related to pipe smoking. More info available than 20 years ago. Amassed a small collection of pipe... Read Mores now plus 3 artisans recently added. A nice cellar has been started. Really like 965. This became a go-to really fast. Corneille & Diel (spelling) cube cut burley 2nd up. For the last month I have smoked a bowl of Nightcap driving home from work. Truly love this smoke. Bought 16oz of Krammer's Father Dempsey based on several reviews stating a strong likeness to NC. Haven't broke open the bag yet and need to jar some up asap. Hope it is somewhat close. Waiting to order some NC as soon as SP has it in stock! Smoke on! Read Less
I have been a novice pipe smoker for many years. Finally decided to quit dipping and smoke pipe more. It was also time to branch out a little with my tobacco choices. I recently discovered the frog blends and love them. Decided to go out with a b... Read Moreang and purchase Night Cap. After a few bowls I really like it. Yes its a bold smoke but not the big bad wolf everyone's reviews had made me believe. I have mainly been an aromatic type guy until just recently. Did not know what i had been missing. DON'T be like me and be terrified about what people say in reviews. enjoy your smoke and live a little. This is what this blend has taught me Read Less
This is the tobacco that made me realize pipe tobacco can be more. you can expect more and get more! NC has been sleep medicine for me, it has been great reflective medicine, and as of recent great campfire medicine while out camping! Please Dunhi... Read Morell, do stop making this tobacco! Read Less
This is not a tobacco for someone just getting used to good smoking tobacco. It is a hearty English blend, that if you are well versed at packing your pipe, and appreciate a non-flavored tobacco, you'll love this. If you're someone that does not like... Read More a stronger smoke, you will not like this. It is not "strong" in the overpowering sense; it just has a lot of flavor, for a non-aromatic. It is thick. So it could be a smoke that is not relaxing for an evening smoke to some. I for one, love it at the end of an evening, with a nice peaty scotch. Read Less
I'm not very good at identifying flavors profiles, so bear with me. This is strong but not harsh at all. Very smooth, hint of sweet, but smoky and very satisfying. Burns very well, not dry or wet from the tin. It smells amazing and tastes very go... Read Moreod as well. It jumped to my #1 immediately. Note though it has a decent kick to it. Smoke it low and slow! Could not recommend more. Read Less
This is the one blend that I never run out of and enjoy on a nightly basis. I move around during the day, sometimes a codger burley, sometimes an English blend, and sometimes a virginia but Nightcap is the only blend that I consider my "holy gr... Read Moreail" of blends. The latakia is crisp in this blend but is balanced by the orientals and virginias. Sometimes the perique shows up but most of the time is just hangs out in the background. It is a rich and heavy smoke perfect for ending the evening with. Read Less
I'm new to pipe tobacco and have been a cigar smoker for a long, long time. I tend to go for the medium/full to full cigars. After trying out a bunch of tobaccos to find my groove, I got some Nightcap. It blew my socks off.
Take this review with a grain of salt. I'm trying to expand my borders and branch out from my normal cavendish blends. Still getting used to the aroma out of the tin with Latakia. It's not as heavy as Maltese Falcon that I also tried and it burns smo... Read Moreoth and cool. As my palette gets used to Latakia blends I'm sure I'll enjoy it more. Read Less
One of Dunhill's "Big Three", Nightcap is the standard by which all other English blends can be judged. Smooth yet potent, Nightcap is perfect for any occasion. Add a tin to your order ... You won't regret it.
This blend has been around for some time. For some reason I had a tin I just never opened. Found it and thought I should really give this a try. Don't know how I missed it for so long. I am a big Latakia lover albeit Syrian much more than Cypress mix... Read Moretures. The tin note is nice but don't get a lot of Latakia smoked wood smell. Taste is a bit disappointing for me. Looking for much more sweet wood smoke flavor and what I got was much more floral. Room note is simply average. I know this is a popular blend but for me it was just above average. Read Less
This tobacco isn't bad. It isn't great either. The leaf used does seem to be good quality. I didn't find the nic hit that strong either. I felt it some the first time I smoked it but not since. I find this is more of a medium blend with a moderate am... Read Moreount of nicotine. The flavor isn't that great and I lost interest pretty quickly.
Update: I let my sample age for close to a year and it's much more to my liking now. I can really taste all the flavors and I will be buying more of this while it's still available. There are stronger and more flavorful blends out there but this one I keep reaching back for more. Read Less
My relationship with nightcap is bizarre. I am not in love with it or even state it is one of my favourites.. but once every week, I get an itch for it before I go to bed.. Just once a week or even 10 days.. I take a small apple bowl, pack it with NC... Read More and puff on for around 20-30 minutes. Read Less
Compare this too the tin version. NO comparison!!! Much higher grade of tobacco is used in the tin version and a much better cut. I've had the same issue with Lane's bulk Medal of Valor. Let the tin version of Dunhill Night Cap breathe a while before... Read More smoking, just like a good Cabernet. The tin of Dunhill Night Cap is worth the price! Read Less
This September I will be smoking a pipe for 47 years. This Dunhill blend was always my favorite when I lived in Europe. Enjoy this blend at night and just relax. I also agree with a prior review: let this breathe for a while before smoking. Think of ... Read Morethis blend of Dunhill as a fine Cabernet. The longer you age this blend the better it gets. I highly recommend. Read Less
At first I was taken aback at the tin note, was not impressed. I am fairly new to this type of tobacco, but I gave it a chance. Now I really enjoy it. Very rich, smooth taste, smoke it anytime. Slowly becoming a favorite, burns evenly, no bite, smoke... Read More it slow, take your time and enjoy. If you are new to English blends, give it a go, but your mileage may very. Read Less
This one is my old standby. I tend to smoke this in my morning pipes, even though it's "nightcap." Great English taste, perfect strength, CLOUDS of rich smoke! Burns evenly, not too hot, to a fine grey ash.
I've smoked pipes since 2010, give or take. I'm still trying things here and there. But, I started out with aromatics as most do. I've found my tastes gravitating towards the English blends. And, when I first tried Nightcap, I was simply impressed. I... Read More found what I was looking for in an English. It is perfect late at night, or any day with weather. For me, I'll always keep a tin handy.
It's simply a wonderful experience. Read Less
I love English blends and this Dunhill blend is, in my opinion, one of the top three in their lineup. The aroma of Nightcap in the tin or mason jar reminds me of fine shoe leather. The smell also brings me back to the fine pipe tobacco of my youth. T... Read Morehe tobacco burns evenly, provides a fine, mild taste on the tongue and never bites. The mixture itself is finely executed and well balanced. It can tend toward the strong side for the uninitiated and the blend is best enjoyed by smoking patiently. I smoke it during the day as well as in the evening. Try a tin and find out why it consistently ranks so high in sales rankings. Read Less
This blend is a knock your socks off tobacco. It will leave you light headed and nodding with heavy eyes. A smokey campfire smelling blend dark chocolate and fresh pepper notes. True love in an instant. Strong smelling right out of tin. Best to let d... Read Morery. One of the fist tobaccos I had and haven't forgotten about it and have been dreaming of it since. Enjoy! Read Less
I'm new to pipe smoking and this was my first English blend. In the internet people told me that it was a bad decision to take nightcap as a first English mixture but I felt that I needed to try this. So I bought a tin and try it. The resutl? I was i... Read Morempress this is a deligth. Rich aroma and the flavor in tongue is just amazing. Maybe not everybody shuld start with this but in my case this is my favorite tobacco. Read Less
You can't be a serious pipe smoker and not have this in rotation ran out of it once and will never let it happen again they just nailed it with this blend there simply is nothing better creamy rich smoky strong balanced after dinner with ... Read Morestrong coffee or a nice islay malt. As good as the old version although not all of their current blends are. enjoy slowly in dedicated pipe Read Less
Over hyped, no magic, more medium to mild, halfway decent taste, not as good as some claim, especially when compared to great blends like Old Ironsides, Gaslight, Quiet Nights,Sixpence, and Samovar.
Definitely not buying more.
I have to admit when I was new to English blends that this one blew my head off with the Latakia. However, I have grown quite fond of Dunhill Night Cap after a long day in the office. Not for the faint of heart! I would not pick this if you are new... Read More to English blends, rather work up to it. Nightcap has Big Bold flavors that are complex and pleasing. Read Less
Nice dry smokey flavor, with a hit of spice, not too strong, not too mild, smokes good in an MM Mark Twain, Great in an MM Country Gent, or the Elf Cobbit, more medium to mild, just right for winding down at night but not as strong as I had hoped it ... Read Morewould be, not going to reorder this one, the reviews were over hyped! Read Less
Obviously this is a personal opinion. i tend to smoke very strong blends in general, one of the strongest being Irish twist x. Until recently, i have not been able to find this stuff in bulk so i hunted down tins at any tobacco shop i crossed through... Read More. Full body, great flavor, clean burn,and mild enough to not overwhelm the pallate. It lives up to it's name and is a great way to wind down at the end of a day. When i get back on dry land I'm stocking up! Read Less
Go to YouTube and look up "Stuff and Things" by Bradley and you'll see a great review on Night Cap. Night Cap was my first smoke and I wasn't disappointed. The tin note is seductive. Full and flavorful. The smoke is just as pleasant. Nig... Read Moreht Cap is a classic worth trying by any aspiring pipe smoker. Read Less
I am not a fan of english blends but this one has just enough latakia for my taste. I will keep this one in my rotation.It has a pleasant smokey aroma but is not overpowering as some english tobaccos are. I tend to favour burly and virginias but wil... Read Morel definitely reorder this one.Smoked this in my Kaywoodie Supergrain. Read Less
The texture of the smoke is simply perfect, smooth and creamy. Flavour side, amazing nutty, woody and earthy savoury notes make up the meaty full bodied flavour base; very subtle but just enough sweetness and spiciness to balance the whole experience... Read More and to make things interesting with every puff. Reminds me of beautiful smoked ham, bacon and wood fire aroma, with caramel-like sweetness hiding in the background, also a minimum touch of red pepper and black pepper. This is best enjoyed in a decent sized dry smoking pipe(I use my meerschaum). Loosen up the whole tin and put into a jar, dry the whole jar overnight for 1-2 nights(depending on environment humidity level), then keep it jarred for a week or so, you're all set. Happy smoking. Read Less
Reading in Forum, how great this tobacco tastes, got my interest going. Unfortunately there is way to much buzz and to little magic. Its like a flat an overly strong Early Morning Pipe. But still its a good basis for mixtures.
This blend is like unto a bold cup of coffee. It produces notes of smoky coffee and wood. Campfire is the best description. The flavor is bold well into the smoke with the bottom 3rd mellowing out a bit. I'd give it 5 stars but the finish is weak. Ho... Read Morewever, great blend! Read Less
Nightcap is bold and rich and strong...and wonderful. We all know that, But I particularly appreciate the nuances that Nightcap offers. The whisper of sweetness encountered mid-smoke that rounds off the edge of the day. The interplay of the Virginias... Read More against the Latakia core. Full and always satisfying, The traditional ribbon cut allows for ease of loading and smoking. Combustion is excellent and it smokes well in briars and cobs alike, Well worth your money and time. Read Less
Being new to pipes I knew what I was looking for but couldn't put it into words. I've tried many, many tobaccos. When I opened the tin of Nightcap the aroma was distinct and heavenly. When I sparked up my first bowl, the taste was beyond description.... Read More Rich, regal, royal, beckoning...like smoking precious stones or gold bullion in a pipe. Read Less
Oddly, I don't mind this one first thing in the morning. Colour me foolish, I find that, upon opening the majority of the Dunhills, that they all have a similar tin note. Colour me an uncivilized novice, I opened 965, Nightcap and EMP all at once a... Read Morend had a difficult time distinguishing one from the other. (And I truly didn't get the hint of campfire that other reviewers have noted hereunder). HOWEVER, they do indeed smoke differently. I like all three for different reason but given me druthers, I really do thing that Nightcap is the classic of the three. Varying degrees of intensity, yes, Nightcap burns slow and cool and seems (to me, anyway) to represent what pipe tobacco was meant to be. One of my top ten without a doubt. Read Less
This is by far the best English/Balkan tobacco I have ever tried!! I have been smoking pipes, and smoking "English" blends now for 20 years, and I have tried numerous mixtures.. Nightcap is, for lack of a better word, a creamy smoke, with ... Read Morea spicy, peppery undertone, from the Perique, that totally satisfies my English craving fully.. There is no bite, and it burns down to a fine powder all the way to the bottom of the bowl.. The flavor intensifies, and mellows all at the same time as you smoke your way through a bowl.. I have def found the perfect English blend that totally satisfies.. If you are a lover of Latakia, Perique, and Virginias of the finest quality, look no further, you have found the top of the line... 5 stars!! Read Less
This stuff is heavy, bold and flavor filled. It's also very cool, so much so that even the speed puffer would have a hard time burning their tongue. Nightcap's flavor carries a smoky fermented black pepper that is bold, earthy, full bodied and smo... Read Moreoth, if that's you cup of tea, grab a can of this.
If your and aromatics only guy, your experience will probably be like the last review (Bug Repellent). If your looking to step your way up to something heavier, try starting with Frog Morton (Across the Pond or the original)
I'm a lover of variety in my rotation, being a former cigar smoker, the fullness and complexity of this blend gives me the best of both worlds. Nightcap has earned it's place on my tobacco shelf. Read Less
The smell when you first open your tin is overpowering.
As said by someone a few posts down, it smells like a campfire. Very heavy smelling.
As for the taste I dont care for it too much. I smoke a lot of aromatics so that is probably why.
This is... Read Morent a bad blend. Its very rich. I'd smoke it again. Read Less
What I found striking about this tobacco was the tin note. It reminds me of an Earl Grey Tea. The smoke is bold, but it burns very cool. I definitely find that it is best suited to a night time smoke with a good book.
Opening the tin I was greeted with notes of oak campfires and an old time smokehouse aroma. Takes me back to when people would cure and smoke their own hams. Smokes deep with a rich earthy smell. If you are looking for the type of tobacco that can... Read More stand up to a black Irish tea or 18 year old whiskey, this is it. Feels silky in the mouth and conjures images of gentlemen in smoking jackets in the library. Read Less
new too the pipe. been about 10 tobaccos I have tried. all good. billy bud was top. sorry sorry sorry. I made a mistake.
new love has been found. not sure about what just happen.
boy my wife is going to be mad. .love it. she will have to move out to ... Read Moremake room for more tins. Read Less
Tried many English mixtures, but this one is a total winner for me. Smoky and yet spicy. Long lasting aftertaste, cool burning. Best served with any Islay scotch. I would stock a proper amont of these lovely tins.
To me, Nightcap is the ideal strong English blend. Not to be smoked everyday or at any time, as it is so rich and powerful in every sense. It is delicious, full of flavour, aroma and tradition. One of the most impressive experiences when it comes to ... Read Morepipe smoking. A must-try for those who enjoy rich, full English blends. Read Less
Dunhill Nightcap was my first Latakia blend. And let me tell you, there’s plenty! Having only been a Virginia smoker, and having adored Dunhill Flake, I decided to experiment. I was so completely unprepared for what I was about to experience. There i... Read Moret was, its circular tin, its gold and purple colors, and the words that strike so very-true to its nature: A Rich flavored smoking mixture for the evening with its period of relaxation and leisure. I slid my trusty pocket knife between the lid and tin, the air release as I twisted. The presentation was very elegant and seemed fitting. That’s when it hit me, like two freight trains on a collision course. I was overwhelmed! Sensory overload! I did not think I was going to like it. I took another deep whiff. This time it clicked; I understood the smells, a rich burnt-camp-fire smell lingered through my nose. I packed my pipe and experienced a smoky flavor rushing in. Its taste lingers even after the bowl has turned to ash. I would say that like most English blends with a lot of Latakia, it numbs your taste after a good long smoke, so I wouldn’t really suggest smoking this before say, a regular Virginia flake, etc. However for me, I enjoy the rich smoky flavor of it. To me, it’s exactly what smoking a pipe should be. It is a powerfully rich experience that every puff of smoke carries, an array of different flavors all hidden, waiting to be discovered. Quite frankly this tobacco has corrupted me. The amount of different flavors and tones that this blend carries is so vast that everything else seems to disappoint! While I still enjoy a good Virginia, I find my go-to is Nightcap, as well as a few other select English blends. It is an acquired taste I suppose, but one I was glad to obtain! Read Less
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