The choicest Virginias, Burleys, and dark fired Kenyan leaf are enhanced with an impeccable addition of spicy Perique, then aged to perfection before being spun into enticingly beautiful, zesty coins. Savinelli's Doblone d'Oro is a delightfully vivacious and flavorful smoke.
Savinelli got it right with their new tobaccos. I got a tin of this when it first came out and have been buying it ever since. The blend is well balanced, rich, flavorful, complex, and strong enough for the seasoned pipe smoker without being overwh... Read Moreelming for a newcomer. The flavors of the various components drift in and out, but none dominates the others. It comes a little drier than most, which means it's perfect for smoking without any dry time, and you get more smokes per ounce. It also ages well, burns clean, no bite. Nothing bad to say about this one! Try it! Read Less
I've smoked as many different brands and blends as I can over the years to develop a well-rounded, knowledgeable palate. When you think of brands like Mc Clelland, Mac Baren, C+D and many others, you've come to expect great things. But while I own... Read More and love many Savinelli pipes, their tobaccos have never been memorable. Until now. This is a fantastic blend with complexity and depth, medium strength and an all-day likeability. The coins are fragrant, with the perfect level of moisture (leaning towards dryer) and easy to rub out. All three of these new tobaccos instantly put Savinelli at the top of my conversations about "Great" tobacco producers. Read Less
This tobacco is very similar to Three Nuns both in appearance and taste, however this blend (for me at least) is richer, more satisfying and fuller in flavor. If you like Three Nuns, you'll likely love this!
For reasons having to do with licensing, Three Nuns in its currently available form is made by MacBarens without Perique. This blend is also made by MacBarens, but it has Perique. It is outstanding in ever way that counts. Burns at a slow, consisten... Read Moret rate, does not bite and requires minimal relights. The taste is smooth, balanced and creamy. The Virginia's lack the astringency of competing reincarnated old classics, such as Escudo and Elizabethan, the Perique adds just the right spice note and the DFK seems to convey all of this goodness with significantly more oomph than I am finding in anything else out there. I have been smoking a pipe for almost 40 years, and I know exactly what the blends named in this review tasted like before they were all merged into larger companies and ruined, by no later than the mid 80's. Without comparing it to any of these old classics directly, I will say that had this blend been available 35 or so years ago it would have been a worthy competitor to any of them. I used to turn up my nose at the mere thought of smoking anything made by MacBarens, and I am frankly shocked, stunned and amazed that they, or anyone else for that matter, have managed to produce something that rivals what was available in the days when blenders worked with stocks of aged leaf, and not carboys full of chemicals. Please note the tin I purchased was dated in 2014. That may or may not make a difference. Read Less
I was a bit reluctant to try this, simply because in my old-school opinion, Savinelli's pipes are not what they used to be. I have some great Sav's from the past, before they started putting those stupid 6mm filters in everything, even their better p... Read Moreipes, and for this reason, was hesitant to try their new blends.
Anyway, this tobacco is a real treat--a very different flavor profile to any of the other rolls--Bullseye Flake, Navy rolls etc. The Burley gives this one more substance and depth, yet is not dominant. I get a fairly spicy, zesty smoke with just the right amount of Perique, not overly sweet and very smooth. I also find it cool when smoked slowly, but I can see the potential to get hot if pushed too much as well. I think it's a winner! Read Less
Reminds Me A Bit Of The Original Bell's Three Nuns
The tin aroma is like nothing you'll ever experience... almost made me salivate. However, it is not an aromatic & has a delicious semi-sweet flavor with some punch to it. The Perique is fruity... raisin-like, complimented by the VA sweetness & stren... Read Moregth of the Dark Fired Kenyan Burley. It seemed to smoke just as cool toward the end but about halfway through the bowl is when this mixture really starts to shine. This is a fairly strong blend as you approach the halfway point that won't bite & provides abundant, creamy smoke with a perfect burn rate. I think this will become even sweeter with a little more aging. One might discover a taste of molasses or brown sugar, maybe a minor touch of Ouzo (Greek Rum) & possibly a slight Curry infusion, also grown in the Kenyan region. Read Less
This stuff is amazing! Don’t get the whole fistfight for who is in the lead with this one unlike others of this category, no one tobacco takes the lead yet you can easily pick out each component. Well balanced and tasty as hell!
Wonderful tin note, burns well and smoke very nicely. But as A1W pointed out, it can sometime smoke poorly, almost dirty or mildly bitter. This kind of inconsistency became more pronounced as I soldiered on.
This is a very inconsistent tobacco. The messy presentation is one thing but some of the coins will smoke nicely with only a hint of bite, some of them bite so hard I can't even get the pipe 1/4 done. I've been smoking well over 20 years and I know a... Read More good bit about tobacco and how to smoke it. This just has the dreaded Macbaren bite that I only find in their regular line of products. The HH line I've never had this issue with. This bites me just like dark twist does, and some bowls it's really bad no matter the moisture content. I fell for all the glowing reviews but I was worried it would turn out this way. If you're an experienced smoker and have had issues with bite in many of Macbaren's standard line of products you will probably run into the same thing here. It tasted really good but the bite I cannot get past. Read Less
Earthy...very earthy. The burley is very prominent in this smoke and gives off notes of hay and grass. The tin came dry enough and burned well throughout the bowl straightaway with no drying. However, there is not a lot of other flavor to make the... Read More tobacco more than one dimensional in taste. The coins are loose enough to either rub out easily or pack in straight from the tin. Read Less
I was surprised at this blend. It wouldnt be one of my regulars but its good nonetheless. The burley is forward with the kentucky and perique riding secondary and the virginias in the background adding a very subtle sweetness. Its a winner by Savinel... Read Moreli. Read Less
Another site was giving Savinelli tins away with super sale prices on Savinelli Alligator pipes so I got a bunch of each. I knew the pipes would be great but I was pleasantly surprised on how great each of the Savinelli tobaccos are. I have tried the... Read Morem all now (even the hard to find cavendish mix) & each is a big winner. Read Less
This mixture represents a great leap forward for Savinelli blending.The tin note is pleasing. Moisture content leans toward the dry side which is fine with me, A spicy raisin/fig component dominates while smoking. A satisfying mixture that is on the ... Read Moreupper-medium in strength. Combustion is excellent though some re-lights were needed. Well worth a try. Read Less
VaBur taste with a gently sweet wine-like character, and fruity notes riding atop a subtle smoky background. Very unique and intriguing taste! Downside: 1" coins are tightly packed and difficult to separate -- about half fall apart; but that's not a... Read More deal breaker for me. Supposedly a close copy of the old 3 Nuns (with Perique.) Read Less
great tobacco. comes dry enough you only need a little drying time. i rub a few out and kinda parfait it in there, rub out, stuffed coin, rub out on top and have had great results. looks like a macbaren product, but no bite. great sweet and spicy sta... Read Morert, builds up creamy like a cigar and finishes with some of that perique spice and tingle. awesome stuff. has a little strength but low enough i can smoke it all day (i tend to like high nic stuff though, might not be all day for some smokers but you won't keel over). i'll be buying five to ten tins to cellar and i think it's in my daily rotation. reminds me of HU directors cut. Read Less
this is a stouter version of the mac b coins. only i bowl in but very tasty. this was free with a savinelli pipe i purchased. ive jarred it and will wait for springtime.seems a warmer weather smoke. right now it,s very cold. not as bad as last winter... Read More(minus 40 burrrr) big pipe! Read Less
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