First Time Sir Walter Raleigh Review

TheDesertPiper

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Apr 5, 2021
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I have been recommended on more then one occasion here on the forum, and in real life to try out some of the "codger" blends. I finally decided to take that advice and went ahead and ordered some Sir Walter Raleigh from P&C about a month or so ago. I got the 1.5 ounce pouch since I wasn't sure If I was going to enjoy it. It arrived in the mail along with a few other goodies. The tin note, or pouch note in this case, was chocolatey and sweet, it kind of reminded me of raisinets, which I happen to like quite like. The tobacco moisture level seemed good right out of the pouch, so I went ahead and threw some into one my MM cobs. The cut of the tobacco is different from anything else I have ever smoked. I don't know what cut is actually called, but its cut into really small pieces. Made loading the bowl really easy, however, because it is so small I ended up inhaling a few pieces through the pipe into my mouth (which almost never happens). I took the pipe outback and lit up. From the get go the taste was pretty good. I got a nutty, chocolatey, flavor with hints of some kind of tang/spice mixed in. I think that I read the topping is for SWR is anise, so maybe that is where where the spice comes from? The smoke was cool and consistent the entire way through. I don't think you could get tongue bite from SWR if you tried. It burned a little quick, but really evenly throughout the smoke. Flavor was there from start to finish. Nic hit is mild to non-existent, but that is true of most tobaccos for me. I smoke outside so can't really get a good bead on the room note. In my humble opinion SWR was a solid smoke. I can see why it has been around for as long as it has.

I actually first smoked this about 3 weeks ago. It took me awhile to come write my review. Since then I have been smoking SWR a lot. For me, it hits the spot anytime of the day. Its kind of weird. I have all sorts of other tobacco, some which I have yet to try, yet I keep craving SWR. Sometimes I just like to open the pouch up and smell it. I think I am going to go order the 14 ounce can off P&C.
 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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I had a blah experience with SWR some years ago, but I recently gave it a second chance. My pouch announced it is now 75 years old, so it is unlikely to disappear because of impending regulations. My bad experience was from a shelf-worn pouch from a gas station smoked through a cob filter, so it had no substantive flavor. This time, it was a fresh pouch in an unfiltered pipe. It is quite mild, and I got very little non-tobacco flavoring from it, but the burley came through with its nutty notes, and I was definitely pleased. It's not like GLP or some of C&D's innovative burley blends, but it certainly has a place in my "cellar," (bookshelf and pipe rack stash). Thanks for this good review. If others haven't tried this fine old burley blend, I would certainly recommend it. Now to try the pouch of Velvet that came with it.
 

bullet08

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I had a blah experience with SWR some years ago, but I recently gave it a second chance. My pouch announced it is now 75 years old, so it is unlikely to disappear because of impending regulations. My bad experience was from a shelf-worn pouch from a gas station smoked through a cob filter, so it had no substantive flavor. This time, it was a fresh pouch in an unfiltered pipe. It is quite mild, and I got very little non-tobacco flavoring from it, but the burley came through with its nutty notes, and I was definitely pleased. It's not like GLP or some of C&D's innovative burley blends, but it certainly has a place in my "cellar," (bookshelf and pipe rack stash). Thanks for this good review. If others haven't tried this fine old burley blend, I would certainly recommend it. Now to try the pouch of Velvet that came with it.
Would definitely love to hear your perspective on Velvet.
 

olkofri

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Sep 9, 2017
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I got a pouch of SWRA last Tuesday. I was looking forward to it since it's been recommended here. Finally, yesterday I was able to pack a bowl and have at it...

Very, very disappointing. Pouch note is kinda nice. Taste from pipe is... like nothing. A boo-rley, after all—why should I be surprised? :rolleyes: This is a whole new definition of MEH.

At least it didn't bite me like Mixture 79 and at least it burned consistently with few relights. So, there're the positives.

Oh, another positive: I'm done with "codger blends".
 
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--dante--

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SWR and SWRA are great blends. If you get the tub, no need to jar, it will keep a long time in the tub after opening. I will also recommend Sutliff Match Ready Rubbed and Granger. Same cut of tobacco and ready to smoke.
I really like Granger, but unlike other 'codger' blends, I find I have to dry it a short while before putting in the bowl. Granted, I smoke outside and it's pretty humid here these days.
 

FurCoat

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I really like Granger, but unlike other 'codger' blends, I find I have to dry it a short while before putting in the bowl. Granted, I smoke outside and it's pretty humid here these days.
Same here, living in the south has its drawbacks. I smoke outside also. I just got through with Eight State Burley in a cob, pretty nasty outside and I loaded a pipe with Granger for tomorrow morning. I find some blends do well to sit in the pipe overnight. 20210528_191552.jpg
 

--dante--

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Same here, living in the south has its drawbacks. I smoke outside also. I just got through with Eight State Burley in a cob, pretty nasty outside and I loaded a pipe with Granger for tomorrow morning. I find some blends do well to sit in the pipe overnight. View attachment 83912
Yep I do the same thing (preload a pipe for the morning) -- which works great so long as I keep it inside until morning. If left outside, I'll go through half a bic lighter trying to keep it going.
 

smknron

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Same here, living in the south has its drawbacks. I smoke outside also. I just got through with Eight State Burley in a cob, pretty nasty outside and I loaded a pipe with Granger for tomorrow morning. I find some blends do well to sit in the pipe overnight. View attachment 83912
Yep, I usually do the same, let it sit in one of the pipes over night.