Readers for the first time may comfortably date Dunhill pipes from inception in 1905 to the present day.Further, significant attention is directed to dating pipes that either lack, or have unreadable date codes.These still perfectly vacuum sealed tins are 1970’s production with no shake, no rust and no dents. I have just 1 tin still available for 5 per tin VS1 – These are 50g tins of Dunhill’s De Luxe Navy Rolls that are factory date coded back to 2010, giving the powerful Va Per contents a solid 6-plus years to further ferment, age and mellow.Made using hand-stripped Virginia tobaccos from Brazil and Africa, married with Perique from Louisiana.A stout VA flake of complexity and substance without the preparatory drama of other flakes in its class. As this was originally “Dunhill Light Flake”, this review is fairly much the same as the older named blend.
The cube cut expresses a bit more sweet citrus, but it's marginal and, as always, subdued.Smokey and rich old world Latakia from Syria, spicy Basma Orientals from Greece’s Macedonian region, topped off by supreme flue-cured & ripe Virginias. I have 4 tins available for per tin – BJ1 – The Legendary Friedman & Pease all-time favorite and hardest to find, these are perfectly conditioned two ounce tins of Winter’s Tale from 1999 (the only year this classic was produced).Greg Pease put this one together with a noticeable dose of Virginia, Latakia and Perique all rolled into one dilly whopper of a smoke!The Dunhill Briar Pipe - 'the patent years and after' by John C.Loring is the first published book devoted to the Dunhill pipe.blends were added for the specific purpose of increasing penetration of the critically important post war American market.It may also be that certain raw tobaccos necessary for the dropped blends were unavailable.When he opened the doors that first day, it was not to the type of shop where you or I buy our pipe tobacco, a shop with a wide variety of pre-tinned, vacuum packed tobacco made by any number of manufacturers.Rather the shop Alfred opened was that of a bespoke blender of tobacco, with each My Mixture custom blended for an individual customer with the blending tobacco, according to Balfour, Alfred Dunhill One Hundred Years And More, initially obtained from George Consequently the only method available is the scientific method whereby the tone of the sense of taste, and the quality of the sense of smell, is accurately determined and assured . And so even as Alfred mouthed the words, he did not hesitate in that first 1910 catalog to prominently present ten My Mixture blends for general customer consideration at 10/8 per lb post paid to any address in the you actually visited the shop you could get #75, a mixture of all the blending leavings at 4/ a pound.) And while the original customers for nine of those blends were noted by name, the tenth blend, Alfred Dunhills Newest Mixture, a Perfect Blend bore no such attribution.I couldn't quite put my finger on the other taste note I detected, but another reviewer seems to have figured it out when he suggested a ginger bread hit, though I doubt there actually is ginger in here.It seems more like the mildly bready note that was in the earlier production without the slight spice note. It breaks apart very easily, and burns at a reasonable pace, cool, clean, and mostly smooth. Tin note is traditional VA aromas of hay, sweet feed, earth, with subtle chocolate sweetness and the citrus notes buried deeper in the background.Similarly, the flavors are more robust: not the fresh baked bread and sugar of, say, a Royal Yacht. A bit on the moist side relative to other Dunhill offerings, but nothing like the temperamental SG flakes.Rather more earthy: aged (rather than fresh cut) hay, leather, dark cacao. The citrus notes are in the background, emerging more expressively at mid-bowl, but always in the background- the more earthy flavors being dominant. Living in a humid climate, I dry this for roughly an hour before smoking and that seems to do the trick.