The Escudo Navy De Luxe is one of the most popular Va/Per pipe tobaccos in the world. This excellent coin cut tobacco has been exciting and stimulating pipe smokers for years. This blend is made up of highly graded Virginia tobaccos as well as authentic Perique tobacco. Purchase a few tins for now and a few for years down the road. This is a tobacco you need to stock up on now!
Blended By: Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Model: Navy De Luxe
Tobacco Type: Perique, Virginia
Cut: Spun Cut
Blend Type: Perique, Virginia
Strength: 4 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Amount: 2 oz. /50 g.
Everything you’ve ever read or heard about this wonderfully dynamic tobacco is true. It’s got a unique taste that enchants your taste buds from the very first draw and it never quits. You’ll love it.
The escudo is a great tobacco. The only thing that bothers me is the fact that he tastes very much like sandalwood. If you compare it to the Dunhill De Luxe Navy Rolls, Dunhill is not.
At first, I thought it was not the same tobacco but it probably has to do with the storage time. Therefore, for me, the name "De Luxe" at Dunhill is justified in the Escudo, however, rather not. But if you look at the price, would I recommend buying Escudo and just storing it for a few months or years ?! I will store it and try again later.
Nonetheless wonderful tobacco! A must for all VaPer friends.
I've only smoked 1 partial bowl of this so far. to me personally, it wasn't good at all. but I went ahead and put it in a jar and will try it again later.
Great stuff and better with age.
Searched for occasional VA/P blend for the rotation and found it. Usually, I try to buy bulk but wanted a great taste no matter if a tin or bulk. This blend is smooth and flavorful and worth the extra cost.
Escudo is pretty good fresh out of the tin, but like the Dunhill blends it is fantastic with at least 6 months of age on it. Less spicy and more sweet than the now discontinued Dunhill Navy Rolls, Escudo also has a very slight sour note that I enjoy. Fruity comes to mind when I think of Escudo. In my mind this one is meant for aging. You won't be disappointed.
I use a 1-speed food processor to chop the coins up and let it sit in the open on a plate for about an hour. It has a wonderful sweetness for the first part of the bowl and progresses to an awesome spice and pepper nose tickle. As the sweetness goes away the Perique takes a step forward with an earthy spiciness to the bottom of the bowl. Burns very well! It can be a bit harder to keep lit if drying time is not allowed.
In my experience, this did not live up to the hype. I found it an acrid, aggressive smoke---nicotine kick is high, which is not itself a problem for me. If you're a bit of a puffer, beware, this baby can bite! I believe this is one to put away for aging.
A note of explanation is in order perhaps. I am new to pipe smoking, and this was my first Vaper. It could be I'm a congenital English blend man. I've loved every English blend I've tried, all reputable favorites admittedly. So, I suppose I'll find out when I try some of the other famous Vapers, like Elizabethan.
I just started smoking a pipe, about once a week or a couple time a month. I have been muddling my way through some more "common" or what I would describe as non-premium tobaccos. When you first get into the hobby it really is quite overwhelming. I wish someone had just told me to buy a tin of this stuff. It really is fantastic. I feel like I had a nirvana moment as I was smoking the first bowl, understanding how enjoyable a good pipe tobacco can be.