I think a name change has considerably less financial implication than introducing a whole new blend. I could be off base. The whole FDA thing has been so convoluted since the beginning.I see. But I had understood that the Dunhill blends were already offside because they hadn't been sold continuously in the US since 2007. Moreover, unless something has changed in the rules, a name change means it is considered a new blend.
A fellow on another forum had as "source" on YouTube who insisted he had evidence that K&K had been making the Dunhill blends, not STG. I replied that unless K&K had an operation in Denmark, which is where the label on the tin of Royal Yacht I was looking at says the blend was produced, it was unlikely.Feller on another forum has a "source" that is telling him that these new Robert McConnell heritage Dunhill... things.. are actually being manufactured by STG and then sent to K&K.
Anyone have any info on this? If it were the case, then deeming shouldn't be an issue. Sounds like wishful thinking and it's the first I've heard of it.
All the more reason to get acquainted with American blenders- for those of us in the US- as their offerings are better than the formerly vaunted Dunhill marque. Buy locally, where you can, so European guys, too- or wherever- support your local blenders!So now the blends are produced by K&K under wonderfully creative new names. Different plant, different tobaccos, different staff. The blends will probably vary in flavor from the STG version, which varied in flavor from the Murray's version, which varied in flavor from the Dunhill product.
Sable, Germany is an excellent market for Dunhill tobaccos. I think K & K had Germany in mind, more than anything else, then Europe.I'm guessing that Asia is the principle market for this stuff, otherwise it would make little business sense to do this.