I have to say that I simply had to try this tobacco because of the name … not so much the Edgworth as the ‘Ready Rubbed. My father smoked a ready rubbed for years and even though I had no idea of what the brand was that he smoked I had to try this one. It’s strange how much impact a father can have on his son.
So I bought a pouch and opened it … and almost wished I hadn’t. The smell coming out of that pouch was awful and I almost just closed it back up and put it away. If there was Jamaican rum in there it was being well masked by whatever the other more secretive ingredients were and I’m not even prepared to hazard a guess at what they might have been.
Despite the smell I was surprised to find just what a pleasant smoke it was. It was cool and the taste was somewhere between nutty and woody. It burned evenly throughout and it held its taste too.
Those around me didn’t find the aroma unbearable … although they weren’t around when I opened the pouch … and one or two have even commented on the pleasant smell in the room once the pipe had been alight for a few minutes.
Now I know that some people think that this burley is a fairly low-grade sort of smoke and perhaps a little dated these days but I’m not put off by what others might say. I have my likes … and dislikes and this one is definitely one that I like.
Sadly the brand is no more and this tobacco is becoming harder to find as stocks dwindle so buck the trend and grab a pouch or tin before it’s gone … you really will have a piece of history to smoke if you do.
Blender: Lane Limited
Tin Description: An extraordinary blend of the finest Burley and carefully selected light golden Virginia tobaccos. By adding an aroma according to an old recipe containing Jamaica rum and other secret ingredients, a spicy blend is created. By cutting the pressed Cavendish cross-wise, the characteristic cubes are formed. These cubes guarantee an easy fill and even burning pipe. Pressed blend composed mainly of Burley and dark-fired tobaccos with some Virginia leaf.
Country of Origin: USA
Curing Group: Air Cured
Cut: Ready Rubbed
Packaging: 50g Pouch, 50g Tin
Strength: Mild to Medium
Taste: Mild to Medium
Room Note: Pleasant to Tolerable