W.Ø. Larsen has become one of one favorite brands of Danish aromatic tobaccos. Just the words "Danish Aromatic Tobaccos" will make some pipe smokers cringe and wrinkle their noses in disgust, and I know where they’re coming from. I have had the same bad experiences as you guys. You open the tin and it smells like you just entered the kitchen of famed French pastry chef Francois Payard, known for his delectable selections of luxurious cakes, truffles, and dessert cocktails. Or it smells like your mom’s kitchen during the holidays. Whatever it smells like, it smells delicious and makes you think of actually eating it. But then you smoke it. It tastes like cardboard, literally, and it sears the heck out of your tongue. I have some tins of Danish aromatics that have been thrown in the "to never be opened again drawer".
W.Ø. Larsen Edition 2011 is one of the few Danish aromatics that has a place on my "high quality aromatics" shelf. I also love Larsen Signature Vintage Mixture and W.Ø. Larsen Old Fashioned (Review). Obviously these tobaccos do not deliver the unpleasant experience I described above. Rather, the Larsen tobacco blends are high quality tobaccos that have a nice mellow taste and they do not bite whatsoever. To be clear, the tin aroma of Larsen Edition 2011 may slightly over-promise, but not any more than any other good aromatic tobacco does, and not in a way that aro smokers are unfamiliar with. It does smell a little sweeter than the taste it delivers, but still in a way that is normal for aromatics. Their own 1-5 scale rating on the tin says:
- Body = 2
- Aromatic Taste = 1 (low)
- Room Note = 5 (high)
If you’ve smoked the other Larsen blends, by comparison 2011 is the most mild in taste and the most aromatic in room note. To me, this means it’s a good one to smoke during the holidays when non-smoking, or less tolerant family and friends are around. They will think your pipe smoking is so nice and they will tell you it reminds them of their grandfather and brings back happy memories, or something similar. You will be adding to the whole holiday ambience … and you won’t be sacrificing taste. Even though it is low on the taste scale, there is a nice mellow sweet vanilla marshmallow taste. If you’ve smoked any of the other Larsen blends and want to compare how 2011 stacks up on the above ratings for body, aromatic taste, and room note, you can see the ratings on Villiger-Stokkebye International’s Website. As of this writing, 2011 is not on the site, but you have the ratings from the actual tin noted above.
The tin aroma of W.Ø. Larsen Edition 2011 smells like what apple pie ala mode taste like – sweet, fruity, slightly tart and vanilla. The tobaccos are Black Cavendish, ripe Virginia and broad-cut bright Virginia. The tobaccos are soft and loose, more like an American-style aromatic, whereas many Danish aromatics are packed tight and the tobacco is hard. If you like aromatics in general, and especially if you like the other W.Ø. Larsen pipe tobaccos, I recommend W.Ø. Larsen Edition 2011.
Brand: W.Ø. Larsen
Tin Description: This year W.Ø. Larsen brings you a blend with a round and balanced taste. Edition 2011 is made from Black Cavendish, ripe Virginias and a small amount of broad cut bright Virginia tobaccos. These tobaccos are gathered from Brazil, Argentina, USA and Zambia. Edition 2011 has a delicate sweet vanilla and fruity flavour enhancing the blend.
Country of Origin: Denmark
Contents: Black Cavendish, Ripe Virginia and Broad-cut Bright Virginia.
Flavoring: Fruit / Citrus, Vanilla
Cut: Loose Cut.
Packaging: 100g Tin