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Dunhill - "Ye Old Signe"

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  1. deathmetal

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    That the Dunhill blends are going away within 12-18 months is sad enough, but after the re-release of this delicious Virginia mixture, it is doubly lugubrious. You might describe this as "Elizabethan Mixture" all grown up with a heavy press turning those bright Virginias into dark, rich ones. The dominant taste here is the hybrid of molasses and late season grain that gives the pressed Virginias, like "Full Virginia Flake," their beauty. But this mixture is a hybrid between the classic Virginia flakes and the smoked tobaccos that have become popular since then. While it does not appear on the Official Description, "Ye Olde Signe" seems to contain some Dark Fired leaf and some Burley, possibly one and the same, and only as condimental. The rest is what "Elizabethan Mixture" and "Royal Yacht" do best, which is high quality Virginias matured to potency and maximum flavor. You can draw gently -- puffing is NOT encouraged -- on this blend for hours, getting that honey-molasses-oatmeal flavor in full intensity, with just a tinge of the richness of the smoked flavor. It satisfies throughout the bowl, and makes me think that radical insurgent action to save the Dunhill blends might be a moderate rather than extremist position!

    http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/10844#review93404

    This stuff is pretty darn cool. Halfway between the strong Virginias, Virginia flakes, and dark fired flavored Virginias. I hope Dunhill doesn't go away.

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    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. iamn8

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    Well stated. I agree completely.

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    Posted 2 years ago #
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    You have 18 months to figure out how to make a copy of it.

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    Does it have that nasty Lizzy Topping? Yuck

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    Great blend, I always thought of it as right between Elizabethan Mixture and Royal Yacht on the Dunhill Virginia ladder

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    Well damn. That's all I need. Another sun hill blend to hate losing.

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  7. kiel

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    This blend is really tasty, and I want more

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    I just can't get into it. Tastes like old bread and not much more going on for me.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Ye Olde Signe did not excite me. There are cheaper decent-but-forgettable blends out there, and some of them are not riding off into the sunset.

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    I have a tin of this sitting from last year...time to visit her perhaps, thanks for the review

    "It is quite a three pipe problem..."
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    Left no great impression on me. The cut is finer than I prefer and something about it was a bit 'cigaretty'. There was some nice flavour along the way, but nothing really stood out to me.

    Isaac

    I don't really care if the cup is half full or half empty, I just want something to sip on.
    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. paulie66scandinavian

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    Oh Yes, Ye old offers two ways how to have it, whether it may be smoked in pipes or by choice smoked in form of Roll You own cigarettes as well, practical yet powerful stuff. Musta get a tine later

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    I've found that I just don't much like a too-finely cut tobacco no matter what it is.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    I enjoyed the tin I smoked. Got a few more stashed in the cellar.

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    Toobfreak: Just similar here

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    I wish I had a few more stashed in the cellar. As of today, the tin is RIP and a small but significant sense of loss occurs.

    I sympathize with those who dislike the thin-cut tobacco. With this blend, it did not cause any issues; with Elizabethan Mixture, I felt it was more of an issue, but I still love that blend anyway.

    I am just saving up all my cash to order a palette of Dunhill tobaccos before they go RIP to the nu-globalist market, or whatever the heck is happening.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    I am trying to control that urge to horde as much as possible as well, I have quite a few in the cellar already.. Dunhill blends have been my favorite, I love Elizabethan, and Ye olde signe. It's funny because the B&M by my house still doesn't seem to believe me that this is going to happen. They say they want definitive proof.

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    Every now and then I capture a faint scent of... maple syrup... from this blend.

    I think it's natural sugars, but still, exceptional!

    Clearly Dunhill will need to be resurrected. There's all of us out here, watching our civilization implode, with nothing to live for but Dunhill tobaccos and Netflix.

    Help us, Obi Wan, help us...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  19. cosmicfolklore

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    I really enjoyed this one, a nice little Virginia, with a moderate amount of nicotine, surprisingly.
    Also, I was surprised that I liked it a lot more than their Dark Flake VaPer. I am usually a perique freaque, but DF was just too monochromatic for me.

    Michael
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    DF is monochromatic? Oh blast. I have been spoiled by Ye Old Signe. It's like Elizabethan Mixture all growth up, advised by its drunk uncle Royal Yacht. Still, it makes me want to explore more blends of this nature...

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    DF is monochromatic?

    Dunhill DF, not the GH&co stuff.

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    Oh right. Yes, that looked less inspiring, sort of like regular Dunhill flake. Not badly done, just very basic, more like a mixing ingredient than anything else...

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    I guess I should clarify, DF is a quality tobacco, like all of the Dunhill labelled blends. But, compared to Ye Old Sign, it makes it seem very monochromatic, one-dimensional. Maybe if I had never tried YOS, I would probably have liked DF more. Does that make more sense?

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    Perfectly. I had one tin that I could order, and read the descriptions of each, and thought YOS might shine over DF.

    Just kidding. One had nicotine above medium so I ordered that one. Maybe.

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    Haha, that sounds like how I shop.

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    It's an intensely analytical process, using multiple factors to assess likelihood of enjoyment.

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    It's like Elizabethan Mixture all growth up, advised by its drunk uncle Royal Yacht

    HaHaHa Open mouth laugh at that one. I enjoy reading your reviews on tobaccoreviews.com. Cool seeing you here too.

    Also, is there a source with more info on why Dunhill will be going away that you could point me to? I'm knd of new to smoking, but already many of my favourites are Dunhill blends..

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    @phantomwolf, Thanks for reading. Here's the skinny on Dunhill:

    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/dunhill-tobaccos-discontinued-at-least-in-the-netherlands-and-perhaps-elsewhere

    As far as we know, the owner of the brand does not find it profitable enough and wants to discontinue it. No word on whether they will allow Orlik (the current manufacturer) to keep making these blends under another name.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  29. tschiraldi

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    One of my very favorite blends! Stocking up mildly, but there are others I want to stockpile as well.

    Tim

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    I will say at the outset, I am a new pipe smoker and my palate may not be developed enough to speak with any authority about tobacco, however I tried Ye Olde Signe a couple days ago and I did not like it. To me it seemed very flat and devoid of much taste character. So far in my quest, I have tried Early Morning Pipe which is ok though probably will not become a regular for me (especially as it is going off the market at some point). I have also tried Boswell Countryside and Moonshine XXX, both of which I enjoyed very much.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  31. judcole

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    You're new. You want to have very pronounce flavors. Typical new pipe smoker.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Jar up what you have left of Ye Olde Signe and try it again in 6 months to a year. Your palette will develop as you smoke more and improve your smoking technique. You may not become Jim Inks level of discerning flavors but with practice you will begin picking up more of the flavor profiles of blends as you continue your pipe smoking journey. In a year you may have a completely different view of Ye Olde Signe.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Yeah, jar it and try it in a year.

    If you like CountrySide, try Mac Baren The Solent Mixture.


    So you say you can drink? Well, I'm from Wisconsin. Try to keep up.
    Posted 1 year ago #
  34. mnewb1

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    Will do, thanks

    Posted 1 year ago #

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