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Semois Tobacco Ordering Update

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  • Started 6 years ago by arno665
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  1. arno665

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    A friend of mine send through this e-mail from Vincent Manil, one of the few manufacturers who still make the original Belgium Semois tobacco:

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Manil vincent
    Date: Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM
    Subject: Belgium Semois Tobacco

    Dear Sir, Dear Madam,

    First of all, I would like to apologize for not being able to fulfill your request on time.

    I had multiple reasons for not sending you my tobacco :
    - the shipping price would have been expensive
    - the means of payment were uncertain
    - the bank would have taken a percentage of the money you would have paid me

    and last but not least, it wasn't even sure that you would get the tobacco due to the US custom office.

    Second, I'm glad to tell you you won't have to face any of those problems above. The Manil Semois Tobacco products will be available in the US.

    You shall buy it directly from the United States.

    We are, me and my American partner, currently waiting the TTB approval to sell my unique tobacco oversea. It shall be accepted soon.

    So it is with a great pleasure that I'm writing this e-mail to inform you to be ready to taste an old Belgium tobacco.

    Yours faithfully
    Vincent Manil

    +32 (0) 474 79 82 00
    http://www.tabac-semois.com

    So it seems that Semois ordering problems will soon be over and everyone will have a chance to taste this authentic tobacco.

    And for those who don't know anything about this Belgium leaf: http://dutchpipesmoker.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/sunny-semois/

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    Any word on who the U.S. supplier is and how they can be reached? If it's not too much, I'd be interested in trying a small
    quantity, for starters anyway. Those who've smoked it don't rave. It's unusual and a worthwhile experience. It might
    work into some blend or another, but for now, I think people are on their own. I think they will do a brisk traffic on
    pipe smokers' curiosity.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I am sorry but this mail is all the info I have.. I am also wondering who is the US supplier.
    I would not blend the real Semois with anything else. It is a really authentic, old-fashioned tobacco. Remember, it is only grown in 1 valley in Belgium and there are only 3 manufacturers who still produce it. It tastes the same as it did 100 years ago. It is a workman's, a farmers tobacco, absolutely pure.

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    If I was able to obtain some Semois, I would certainly smoke it first unblended. It is suitable for that, and that would
    be the desired experience. I longed to ask my sister and her partner on their way to Holland to see if it was available
    there, but my bother-in-law's sister is seriously ill, and I didn't feel right assigning them errands. It was my golden
    opportunity. Maybe I could explore this through one of his friends when things aren't quite so urgent. I don't think this
    is a tobacco available at the duty free airport shop. You'd have to visit tobacconists in Amsterdam, and they might or
    might not have it. I've been through the airport in Brussels, but didn't know about Semois at the time, didn't know to look.

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    In Holland it is not available at all. Amsterdam tobacconists will even not know about Semois. It is only available in Belgium in the Semois valley area and a few shops around the country. I know that a shop in the city Brugge sells the real Manil Semois: http://www.jerrycigarbar.com/

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    I'm intrigued by this tobacco and am anticipating its availability here in the US. I too explored the possibility of some friends traveling abroad procuring some but it didn't work out. Perhaps when the importer/seller info becomes available we can post it on this thread.

    It's hard to soar like an eagle when you work with pigeons.
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    I was going to ask if anyone knew were to get any or all of the tobaccos they offer...saw this topic so I stopped in my tracks.

    I received the same email from Vincent a couple days ago and was hoping someone knew someone who lives where it can be purchased.

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    Troy and I were truly excited about grabbing some genuine Semois after the NY Times article and Kevin's hype.

    So we looked into it and discovered it was surprisingly easy to obtain. True, it had to be ordered from one of a very few Belgian Tobacconists, but pretty easy to find and at least two would ship to us in the USA. That said, it was fairly reasonable in price and we had a choice of the three different cuts from two or three genuine Semois brands.

    Did we jump on it? Nope.

    Further investigation showed much of the hype, but little regarding the Oh Wow factor. We passed.

    That said, if genuine Semois actually becomes available for purchase here in the USA, I will give it a shot.

    If so, maybe, for once, the hype will be worth trying this blend.

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    Here's the link to my review of the Windel's Grove, which is a different version than Manil.

    http://pipesmagazine.com/blog/pipe-tobacco-reviews/windels-grove-semois-coupe-grosse-tobacco-review/

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    Kevin, I can't find your review(s) on the other two "genuine" Semois pipe tobaccos you mention. Are the reviews posted, or are they still forthcoming? Thanks.

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    Anyone have the current scoop on Semois avaiability? The problem seems to have been that Mr. Manil was "currently waiting the TTB approval to sell my unique tobacco oversea[s]. "What is the TBB? is this still the problem? It seemed that the tobacco was going to distributed to the US very soon, yet the trail seems to have cold. Mike

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    I sent Vincent another email a few weeks ago with no reply.

    I am lucky enough to have a sample on the way to me via my Nephew.

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