Many of us who began smoking a pipe during the 1960's might remember Sail Regular as a step-up from the aromatic trash that seemed to pervade the marketplace at the time, most of which smelled wonderful and tasted nothing but harsh. Amphora and Roya... Read Morel Tivoli were the remainder of our ventures into improved taste (pun intended), but - alas - they have disappeared. It is worth a try, to say the least. Read Less
And one of the best Virginia’s I’ve smoked.When I was still on active duty in the navy,one of my shipmates commented on how much he liked the Sail mixture.Well,I am finally getting around to smoking it myself,and am happy I did.I call this over the c... Read Moreounter not out of meanness,but because blends like this,and many others were once available at many grocery and drug stores as late as the 1990s,and many were good,and some were garbage.I remember getting Three Star Blue (one of the good ones)in a drug store in Atlantic Beach,Florida. Read Less
Well my assessement for this baccy is seen in the title of this short review,for price I consider this tobacco very nice and delightful,
has medium ribbon cut,and since this comes on the moist side its beneficial if its left aired prior to smoke.Yet... Read More take it slow otherwise it may cause some bite.In my Mind this Sail shares tasteprofile similar to Amphora brown but has no added Kentucky and the addition of orientals in this tobacco is made in lesser quantity,
briefly,should I say a tamed down version of Amphora, yet think I can find some similarities with Carter Hall Tobacco,although the cut is complet different.Has
mild to medium strenght and can be considered as a nice all day tobacco
Availability:despite the fact this blend has European roots,you can't find it outside of Netherlands from where it originates, and I've been told is not widely available even in the in the States, but happily You can find it here at Smokingpipes at reasonable price. Thank you, give it a try. Read Less
There used to be three Sail tobaccos way back when: regular, aromatic and the white natural. I think I remember trying the white natural a few times--a non-aromatic. But this review is about the yellow and green blends. Both are very nice aromatics. ... Read MoreThey smoke quite dry and never get complaints about the aroma. You will taste the topping or casing. But the natural tobacco flavor finds it's way through, too. I am glad SmokingPipes can offer these tobaccos these days. Read Less
Not long ago I wrote my initial review of this blend and gave it rather scathing remarks. I've tacked UPDATEs on the end of reviews before, but I felt my opinion of Sail: Regular had changed so much, It deserved a re-write. My first encounter with Sa... Read Moreil: Regular came at a time when it was extremely hot and dry where I live (with temps hovering around the 100° mark) and a lot of my smoking experiences were being hampered by my heat induced misery. And, unlike my reviews of blends I've enjoyed many times, this was more of a blind date. I should never have tried to review a blend under such conditions; my apologies. Initially, the blend seemed overly harsh, cigarette-like, and bitter. I have since found that had little to do with the tobaccos and everything to do with my attempts to adjust to the sweltering Summer. Since then I've spent more time with this blend under better conditions and have grown to like it enough to give it another star. Unlike many pouch blends, Sail excels at unadulterated tobacco flavors. The blend is spearheaded by the Orientals and Burley used. The flavors are bold and it's a medium to medium-full strength blend. I'm not sure what Oriental variety Sail uses here, but they are somewhat strong combined with the Burleys. Being strong, it can and will bite if you puff too aggressively. The Virginia helps keep this from being bitter but I don't detect any of the normal flavors associated with Virginia other than a dry hay quality that compliments the Orientals. The Black Cavendish must be of the unsweetened variety, probably just meant to round out the blend and is practically undetectable. The mechanics of the cut are nice and it lights well and stays lit. It has good moisture level that held up well in the Summer heat without becoming too dry. Overall, I still prefer the Aromatic, but I now believe Sail: Regular is a bold tobacco blend that should please Burley and Oriental fans. I hope this helps. Read Less
The pouch note is of a much sweeter tobacco than actually translates to the smoke. This is a burley forward blend that is slightly sweet, creamy and has a slightly sour note that appeals to me. Mild nicotine content and smokes effortlessly. it has a ... Read Morecoarse cut that I break up a little bit to make it easier to pack and while it's lightly flavored, it's still flavorful and satisfying. I like it because of it's consistency, which is something I look for in a blend. Read Less
To me this is precisely what gets three stars. Nothing wrong with it but also not as interesting as a lot of other blends. I enjoy smoking it but I'm not going to have any wow moments.
I gave this another star. As I keep reaching for it more and mo... Read Morere. It's really grown on me. Everything I said still applies but darn it there is something basic and really good about this one. It's becoming one of the old familiar blends. As in I know precisely what to expect but that is a good thing. Read Less
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