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Robert McConnell Red Roses

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  1. hawky454

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    Any of our friends across the pond try this one? I'm assuming it's fairly new? This is a pretty unique blend and I have only seen one other similar blend from Steven Books' House of Calabash. Tin description via Tobacco Reviews says this; This tobacco is a perfect composition of jet-black Black Cavendish and some sun-yellow Virginia, embedded in rose buds. Finest aroma of roses is added with a touch of caramel to caress the palate of the pipe smoker. A true smoking experience with a unique room atmosphere. Apparently this isn't a new type of blend and is rather an olde world tobacco. I would love to hear from folks that have sampled this and does anyone know if it will be available in the States? I expect this one to be polarizing. If anyone has any I would love to work out a deal for a sample. I'm really falling in love with this house.

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    Sounds very interesting, but I'm always game to try a new blend.

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    I have seen this blend around for quite some time, although I have not seen it recently, and am not sure if it has ever been available in the States.

    I too, am a fan of McConnell, I really like the Glen Piper and Folded Flake. Sorry I don't have more info.

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    I too, am a fan of McConnell, I really like the Glen Piper and Folded Flake. Sorry I don't have more info.

    I actually just bought a tin of both along with 12 tins of Latakia Flake. I haven't popped those open yet, I'm very much looking forward to them.

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    That sounds delicious.

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    Their marketing folks did a great job with the description..mmm.. I'm in. That is, provided we can get it in the US.

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    It has been around for years. When I started buying on the internet in 2005, it was already on the market.
    And no, I have never tried it. Reviews on it on TR are not very positive.

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    I had to laff. The last review of 4 said:
    Age When Smoked: 44

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    Did CFK smoke it?

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    I didn't realize it's been around for so long. Guess we won't be seeing it in the States.

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    Hi. I just registered here so that I could reply to this topic. Years ago, I purchased a 100-gram tin of Red Roses from a tobacconist here in USA - I don't know how many years this tin has been open. I just smoked a bowl after rehydrating it a bit by breathing into the bowl. Surprisingly, it still tasted very good, with a floral scent different from the British Lakeland scent. It's similar to Von Eicken's Rosebud, another German tobacco containing rose petals and no longer available in USA.

    A Google search shows UK tobacconists selling Red Roses, but unable to export tobacco to USA. I found a few German tobacconist websites that also didn't ship to USA. Eventually, I found a German tobacconist, Schneiderwind, that does ship to USA, and I just placed an order for several tins, plus a pouch of Danske Club "White Roses". Schneiderwind web page for Red Roses

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    Hi. I just registered here so that I could reply to this topic.

    Says you've been a member since 2011. Glad to know Doctor Who smokes a pipe. Thanks for the info. Sounds good.

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    Interesting, I was gifted a tin of McConnell Mature and it was great found some Special London Mature and Scottish Blend at SPC and was impressed with those too, sounds like I will have to add this one to my hunt list

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    I have checked and, yes, it is available this side of the pond. Not that I will personally be ordering any: the idea of pipe tobacco flavoured with rose fills me with horror. Mind you, nasal snuff with attar of roses is rather nice.

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    didache - just curious, who has it available?

    I think it was be just as effective to dry some rose petals, crush them and add to a straight virginia.

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    pappymac - a quick google showed up these:

    http://www.smoke-king.co.uk/acatalog/Robert-McConnell-Red-Roses-Pipe-Tobacco---100g-Tin-4317.html

    https://www.mysmokingshop.co.uk/index2.php?mod=mancats&man=395&sec=3518

    https://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/robert-mcconnell-red-roses-pipe-tobacco-100g-p-16134.html

    All of these are well-known online merchants in the UK - in fact I have just received an order from the latter one.

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    Hi,all. (Yesterday I mentioned I just joined, and mayfair70 pointed out correctly that I joined in 2011. Yes, I joined as greenrick then. When I couldn't log in yesterday with the password I stored, I think I created a duplicate account, but it seems to be aligning with my original account. I just uploaded my photo. It's nice to reconnect with this forum...)

    Anyway, Didache, the links you listed mention what I had found out earlier - they no longer ship tobacco to USA. You mentioned you just received an order. If it included tobacco, I'm glad but puzzled by that. As I mentioned in my forum message yesterday, I finally found a German tobacconist selling Red Roses that ships tobacco to USA, Schneiderwind, and ordered from them. Their price for 100-gram tins is much lower than the UK tobacconists, but the shipping cost is high.

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    Although i only tried a fairly small sample, the roses were most evident in the smoke smell and not the taste.

    Only ever seen it in tubs, which is a bit commitment just to try it.

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    greenrick .. I seem to have confused both you and pappymac. I live in London! By 'this' side of the pond, I meant my side of it.

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    Greenrick was nice enough to send some samples out my way. One being Red Roses by McConnell, the other one being Rose Bud by Von Eiken, both of which came very dry so I gave them the rehydration treatment. They took to the hydration extremely well and I accidentally over hydrated them. Once I get them to a moisture level I'm more comfortable with I plan on testing them both out and sharing my thoughts here.

    Thanks again, Rick.

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    I used to grow wild roses and rose-hips--- wish I still had them to try as a condiment to some tobaccos.

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    I had to laff. The last review of 4 said:
    Age When Smoked: 44

    Lol. I actually just saw this, it gave me a good laugh too. I don't think he quite understood the question. : )

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    I used to grow wild roses and rose-hips--- wish I still had them to try as a condiment to some tobaccos.

    That would be pretty fun to play around with. I think I might try it. I've been experimenting with essential rose oils but they tend to bite me when smoked.

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    Do you see the rose petals or hips in the blend? Are you actually smoking those parts of the flower? I would try an infusion first, by letting the tobacco and the roses set next to each other in a container. Gag, the idea of pure rose oils in my mouth...
    Interesting stuff. I am always amazed at what the English come up with to mix into their tobaccos. I've even seen where Glynn Quelch was playing around with using cumin, ugg.

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    Cumin? Interesting... Southwestern flavor tobacco?

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    Yes the rose petals are actually in the blend, Cosmic. They use it as a condiment just like they use Deer Tongue. It's not near as intense as ya think it would be, it's just a very subtle hint of rose similar to what you would find in Velvan Plug. It actually reminds me of Bagpipers Dream with a little more hit of florals.

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    After overhydrating the blend I let it air out in the bag for a few days and now it's at a perfect moisture level for smoking. This blend (even without the rose petals) is highly aromatic and the black Cavendish is very sweet. I wouldn't r commend this blend to those who can't tolerate sweet aromatics that's for sure. The combination of the sweet Cavendish mixed with the florals is actually very pleasant and I'm enjoying this stuff very much, what a treat. If I had to compare it to another blend I would say it's similar to Rattray's Bagpipers Dream with more sweetness and more of an emphasis on the florals (although I do pick up on some florals in BPD). If this stuff were available in the States I would surely add it to my rotation but I don't think I'll pay a premium to import it from across the pond. For our brothers in Europe, y'all should certainly give this stuff a try, especially for those who like florals in their baccy. This stuff doesn't taste scented like Lakeland tobaccos but could definitely be considered a kissing cousin to that genre. This makes me wish I would have tried Steven Books blend that he put rose petals in when I used to visit the House of Calabash every other week, I bet I would love that stuff now but at the time the concept was just too foreign to me that I don't think I could have appreciated it.

    Thanks again Rick for allowing me the opportunity to try this one, I really do appreciate it.

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    Now I'm getting curious. I have several rose bushes in the back yard. Are the rose petal completely dried out in the tobacco or are they still retaining some moisture?
    Maybe I will save a few rose petals and mix them with some Virginia I have.

    Should there be a disclaimer at the top of this post saying "Warning: Don't try this at home." Or "Here! Hold my beer?"

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    Now I'm getting curious. I have several rose bushes in the back yard. Are the rose petal completely dried out in the tobacco or are they still retaining some moisture?
    Maybe I will save a few rose petals and mix them with some Virginia I have.

    If I had a rose bush I would surely give it a try. The petals are not crispy dry but are quite pliable, just like the tobacco. They have turned to an almost yellow color in the blend.

    Please, if you happen to try it, let us know how it turns out. I would suggest you let the rose petals meld with the baccy for at least two weeks before you try it. If you have an aromatic like Bagpipers Dream that would be an excellent blend to add the petals to.

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