I didn't like this one when I first tried it, so I cellared my 500g in a mason jar. Spin ahead 4 years, opened it up and discovered Scottish Gold. Note of plums smokes like a million, a little wet dried it out some, burns well to snow white ash, high... Read More volume of smoke, room note is tolerable Nic-Hit medium, not an all day smoke but is repeatable during my smoking day. Highly recommended to all but a new piper!! Read Less
The more I smoke of this the more I love it. 16 bucks for 100 grams. That isn’t cheap gas station pipe tobacco prices but for a quality blend that seems a very fair price. This should give almost anyone the ability to buy a can or two. This is my fir... Read Morest experience with a Rattray’s blend. Amazingly cool and flavorful. Very clean on the palate. Definitely a lighter blend than I usually smoke. I actually enjoyed this because of the lighter smoking. I realized after smoking this how flavorful and satisfying a lighter blend can be. All I have smoked for years is full flavored blends with pretty good strength. Bottom of the bowl will have you craving another one because of how clean and refreshing it is. No thick oils or tar covering my mouth after the pipe. No bite. A broken flake that burns as well as a shag cut. It never ceases to amaze me what a fine blending house can do with two or three tobacco’s (this is made by Kolhase and Kopp in Germany for Rattrays). Comes somewhat moist in can. Lovely grassy, lemon scent from can with the characteristic raisin smell of Virginia blends). Dried for 15 minutes. After the charring light pipe stays lit until bottom of bowl. Bought 100 gram can (now wishing I had gotten 500 grams). Going to be my after work pipe daily until it is gone. If you love this tobacco and cannot get it in stock you may love Blairgowrie by Druquer & Sons (Blairgowrie is a little bit more stout and contains some Latakia). I could see pretty much any pipe smoker enjoying this blend. Will be purchasing more Rattray’s blends in the future. Read Less
This blend is an excellent, mild Virginia. Very pleasant an well behaved in the pipe. There is no bite and a faint sweet taste. There is also a cedar taste that weaves in and out. Those who are used to stronger mixtures may find the taste too faint, ... Read Morehowever. Even so it is well worth the price of admission and I believe that this would do well with aging. Read Less
This is my first Rattray's blend. First, I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful presentation of the tobacco, and the delicate aroma in the tin. As I smoked it, the first thing I noticed is the almost total absence of toppings, which is a must fo... Read Morer me. Next, it took a while for the taste of this blend to shine, yet I was patient. As the bowl progressed, the taste profile was properly presented. It has a wonderfully rather sweet taste of roasted nuts, baked bread, and other delightful things alike. The taste remained throughout the bowl, with no added complexity, yet quite pleasing. The nicotine level was rather mild, which is not something I prefer. More so, there was a general lack of "oomph" to the blend. This would have been a fantastic top blend had it been "amplified" in terms of strength as the bowl progressed. I wanted that. I waited for that. I intently smoked hoping for that, but it never came. It remained mild, only hinting at what could have been. As such, although it has a truly delightful taste, it is just too weak for an experienced smoker like myself, who prefer much stronger Burley based blends. Read Less
One of the first blends that I smoked when starting out pipe smoking thanks to the recommendation of my excellent B&M in Boston. Top rate. I've since moved on from Euro blends to mostly McClelland but I always have a tin or two around of Old Gowrie i... Read Moren the cellar. The only way it could be any better is if it came in a big flake like Marlin Flake. Read Less
It's misleading to call this a "VA/Per". It's really a straight and matured viginia blend. The perique in this must be very minimal because it is barely noticeable, if at all.
This is a really old blend and a very rich classic virginia ... Read Morein the Scottish style. Read Less
it is ... simply awesome! very complex, a little harsh on the first puffs, but getting smoother and sweeter while burning down the bowl ... a delicious blend and a must have for me ... out of stock? WAAAAAAAH!
Made with the best Virginias, known for its relaxing properties. I confirm: anxious, it calms me down and prepares my tongue for the Blue Note (but I'll try the Nightcap, and very soon I'll receive CAO Moontrance, before tasting Samuel Gawith's Fired... Read Moreance's Flake and its Celtic Talisman).
Moreover, the blend is so well prepared that it doesn't need added aromas, the Virginia's Choice is so good!
So you can smoke all the day long, if you can't offer you an humidor very rich.
Buy it undr the bulk format: it will cost a little, and you could enjoy it alone or with friends.
English Taste, but what taste! Read Less
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