This is a review of the latest production of Dunhill De Luxe Navy Rolls. After the announcement of Dunhill’s re-entry into the U.S. market, I met with CAO International, the new U.S. importer / distributor … (for the moment –article here) … at the IPCPR Show in New Orleans. CAO’s Tommy Yates generously supplied me with several samples of most of the new Dunhill blends. I have been smoking them for a few months now. For those of you anxious to know what Dunhill De Luxe Navy Rolls is like, here’s the short answer. Buy it. It is completely amazing.
The tin aroma is sweet and fruity. Laura said it smelled like peaches. I think it smells more like apricots.
The moisture level was perfect straight from the tin. Two to three coins will fill a pipe depending on the packing method and the pipe. I’ve tried different packing methods. They all produce good results. Fully rubbed out will give you a hotter smoke, but it will be easier to keep lit than the "fold & stuff" method, although many people prefer it. One way I packed it was somewhat of a combination of both methods. I pushed a coin into the bottom of the bowl. The center of the coin covered the bottom of the bowl, and the rest of it lined the sides. Then I filled the center with two rubbed out coins.
To describe this tobacco in two words: Sweet & Spicy. A third word: Excellent.
Dunhill De Luxe Navy Rolls has a superb natural sweetness. It’s probably one of the best Virginia / Perique blends there is. Aromatic smokers will probably like it, as well as smokers that prefer all natural tobacco, and VAPers.
Smoking a bowl of this normally, I didn’t detect a nicotine effect. When I smoked two bowls back to back I did get a little bit of a nicotine kick. I didn’t get dizzy, or have the room spinning. It was more like I drank a triple espresso, where I was a little jittery.
As many of you may know, Dunhill De Luxe Navy Rolls is made in Denmark at the Orlik factory. Here is direct information from the gentleman in charge of the factory regarding the blend’s contents and production method.
The blend consists of Virginia and Perique. The Virginia tobaccos origin is Brazil and Africa, and the Perique is of course from Louisiana.
Most of the Virginia tobacco is "hand stripped" which means that the stem is removed by hand in order to have firm "coins".
After the rolling process, the bar [Editor’s note: it’s a tube of tobacco that is like a giant cigar] is wrapped with a "hand stripped" Virginia binder.
You are well aware of the production method, as you saw it in the factory – it is made the same way as Orlik Bulls Eye, just without the black core.
Here are some photos from the Orlik factory showing the production of Orlik Bulls Eye to give you an idea of how Dunhill De Luxe Navy Rolls is produced.
(Click the images for larger versions.)
As you can see, there is a substantial amount of hand-work that goes into making this wonderful tobacco. Keep in mind, the above examples are of Bulls Eye, not De Luxe Navy Rolls, but the process is the same. Bulls Eye has a Cavendish core, which is not present in the Dunhill blend.
Below is what the tobacco looks like in a fresh new tin. Click the images for larger versions.
This smoke starts out amazing and just gets better and better as you go. I give it my highest recommendation.