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HU Tobacco - Nashville County

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  1. renfield

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    Note: This tobacco is not available through any US distributors. I ordered from Esteval’s. No hassles other than the order sat in The German shipping / customs system for a couple of weeks after Esteval’s shipped it.

    This is a Virginia / Burley / KY blend. It has a licorice top note that is undetectable except perhaps as a very faint, beautifully complementary, roundness. If you weren’t told there was a flavoring you’d never know.

    Summary: Smoooooth, rich, round, delicious, easy smoking. Would appeal to fans of Burleys or the darker, non-grassy Virginias. Easily an all day smoke.

    The Burleys are rich, nutty and without a trace of roughness. Occasional cocoa notes. The Virginias seem to me to be reds and lend a tobacco-sweetness to the bowl. The Kentucky sits way in the background and provides mainly an underpinning of richness and occasionally faint hints of light BBQ smoke. The components blend together but are still identifiable, like instruments in an orchestra. The flavor doesn’t change much through the bowl, but it’s never boring.

    Needs a bit of drying time and a few relights but nothing unreasonable. Smokes dry. This blend invites frequent retrohales to enjoy the subtleties it possesses. The smoothness allows this without a hint of sharpness in the nose. Aftertaste is pleasant and lingers a bit without being overbearing.

    This is one of those blends that is satisfying and invites another bowl.

    If this were more readily available here it’d be considered a benchmark.

    I’ll be ordering more as I imagine that it should age wonderfully.

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    Nice review. Nashville County is a good tobacco but the one in the same vein that really blew me away was Makhuwa. Indeed, all of the HU Tobaccos are first rate. Some have their equal in more readily available tobaccos but many of them are in a class by themselves.

    I hadn’t even heard of HU until browsing this forum and others in the last couple of years. It’s really the most interesting line of tobacco I think I have come across.

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    Great review renfield, spot on. I happened to smoke a bowl of this today and it reminded me of St. Bruno RR. I've only smoked about a half dozen bowls of Nashville County over the past year or two. Nice for a change of pace from my usual VAs and VaPers but always one then done for a while.

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    I've cellared a fair amount of Nashville County. I like Makhuwa even better. Other than sharing a Burley base though, they aren't very similar.

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    Looks like I'll have to put Makhuwa on the list.

    I haven't found many domestic blends where the burleys are as smooth as with Nashville County. It may be a personal chemistry thing but a high percentage of the US blends come across as rough and a bit harsh.

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    I'll have to open the tin of Nashville County that I bought back in 2016 and give it another go. I remember not liking it much at all. Makhuwa, on the other hand is like sipping a luxurious cup of cocoa, if you get the moisture level right. That's one that I stocked up.
    HU are definitely among the highest quality blends available today. Hans is easily the best and most creative blender working today.
    Given the international climate surrounding smoking of any sort, if you have an interest in trying and smoking HU tobaccos get off your fundament and order some while you still can.

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    I have a paycheck coming in the mail, and I think I am going to take the plunge. Where is a good place to order them from? I'm American. I think I remember in the past, you could order direct, is that still the best way?

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    and great review!

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    The check's in the mail.....

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    It better be. I'm so quick to go to the labor department, I have one of those frequent diner bonus cards with them. Next complaint, I get a free sandwich!

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    Where is a good place to order them from?

    There are two places from which to order HU tobaccos for export to the US:

    https://www.pfeifendepot.de/produkt-kategorie/tabak-tobacco/pfeifentabak/hu-tobacco/

    https://www.tecon-gmbh.de/index.php?cPath=667_1563

    You can try ordering from HU directly, but it's illegal in Germany for them to sell to you, since they are unlicensed.

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    Incidentally and just hours before this thread I ordered some Makhuwa (and some "CO The Swan") from Pfeifendepot. Good to hear the good reviews. I have to say I found it difficult to find what is what on their webpage, but part of the problem is the same with other tobacco choices for newbies like myself: the names of the blends often contain no indication of the composition and characteristics, and you have to read the individual descriptions (in the absence of a good search tool).

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    Thanks, Sable!

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    You can use a translator tool on your browser. Pfeifendepot does provide description of each blend. You can also go to Tobacco Reviews for descriptions and reviews.

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    The Va/Bur/KY genre keeps expanding. It's been around for a while but is getting increasing attention.

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    Definitely, all them HU blends are top-notch though I like them, Dockworkers Flake better, more straightforward, simpler in taste

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    Can you elaborate on the ordering process? How do you pay in Euros? What does customs charge? Any details would be great.

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    With Esteval’s it was like using any other e-commerce site. I don’t recall if I used my credit card directly or PayPal. Their site gives prices in Euros, USD and yen.

    No additional customs duties etc, at least on my transaction, just shipping and the cost of goods. I suppose it’s possible that if Customs decides money is owed you’d get a letter.

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    Estervals will not accept PayPal although I have used a PayPal debit card successfully. The prices are in euros, you have to do your own conversion. Seems like it is around 1.23 x the euro price to get US Dollars. Perhaps they do have a conversion built in, I never bothered looking for it. Shipping is around 30 euros up to a certain weight, then increases to around 50 euros. Not aware of any customs charges at our end but I suppose that could happen if Customs paid attention to the shipment and applied them. I've ordered quite a bit from offshore and have not had that happen to date. Knock on wood.

    If you decide to order from Estervals, create an account and log in when looking for HU blends. When you log in, it will show you the discounted prices. Pricing is quite attractive for HU blends.

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    Renfield & Hoosierpipeguy, thanks for the tips!

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    Estervals is very easy to deal with and has the best prices on HU. The minimum shipping charge to the US is 37.00 Euros but you can order up to 5kg for that. (Depending on what you order, the price can still be equivalent - or cheaper - than tobacco from US sellers that offer free shipping). I have used my credit card without incident and credit cards usually provide the best exchange rate. I have made several orders and have not yet had any issue with customs.

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    The only drawback to Estervals is a relatively high shipping rate within Eu region, 17e as usual major German-based vendors are charging at 9e up to 13e per 2kg

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    As I close in on the end of the tin I’ve noticed that this blend really does better in a wider bowl. Taller bowls reduce the blend to more of a one-note experience. It’s not bad but not as interesting.

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    @renfield, I have come to the very same observation

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    Hu!? Just received my first order from Estervals an not only did I find a lighter, a pack of candy and a tobacco sample, but also an additional 100gr pack of W.Ø. Larsen Craftsmans Edition 152 Years (not ordered or invoiced). I almost assume that to be an error on their side.. unless that kind of thing is common with tobacco orders? Not that I am upset

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