Ready for a satisfying smoke right out of the tin, the Savinelli Doblone d’Oro is a blend of Virginias, Perique and Kentucky. You’ll enjoy the coins of this curly cut from first draw to last.
Brand: Savinelli Tobacco
Blended By: Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Model: Luxury Blend
Tobacco Type: Kentucky, Perique & Virginia
Cut: Curly Cut
Blend Type: Virginia
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Pleasant
Amount: 3.53 oz. / 100 g.
Tastes "for me" indicates a flavoring of brown sugar or molasses & maybe some Curry. The Kenyan leaf is akin to a dark fired Kentucky Burley. Whatever the flavor additives were, it produced a similarity to the old Bell's Three Nuns. The fermented fruity aroma from the tin in itself was a salivating treat. This will most likely be the closest any blend will ever come to the original Bell's Three Nuns. Moreover, we know not what happens & who converses in the procurement & blending craft. They all retain their secrets in code.
The flavor improved after a little had burned off... a delicious semi-sweet flavor with some "kick." The Perique also produces some fruity sweetness that is complemented by the VA sweetness & enhanced by the nutty, earthy flavor of the Kenyan Burley. It seemed to smoke just as cool toward the end but about halfway through the bowl is when this mixture really starts to shine. This is a fairly strong blend that won't bite & provides abundant, creamy smoke with a perfect burn rate. I think this will become sweeter with a little more aging. After sampling just one tin, I purchased three extra rolls to the cellar. Needless to say, I really crave this relatively recent offering from Savinelli.
I don't inhale any form of tobacco but still received a decent Vitamin N blast from this blend. Got my head right & it will be an all-day smoke for me as long as I'm above ground. Right now, the way I feel about this mixture is that it's a blending masterpiece. These coins are about the size of a quarter and the tin also contains some loose strands... you might say partially mixed. There are no stems & the tobacco is well behaved & requires little maintenance. It's not too moist which makes it a relatively good value & can be smoked right from the opening & produces very little if any condensation.
I noticed that the tin aroma from this and the MacBaren Three Nuns is different... similar but not the same animal. Doblone d'Oro smells well cured & more enticing. I feel confident that this blend will go from excellent into the nirvana stage as time flies & will become as legendary as the original Bell's Three Nuns. If this were the only pipe tobacco in the world, I would still be a happy camper. This might possibly reach the epitome of a classic blend. Anyway, this was just as enjoyable to me as the original Bell's Three Nuns blend & I will rate Doblone d'Oro off the chart... five stars plus!
Pipe Used: Cavicchi C Dublin, D.S. Huber, 312 Sterling Pete, Country Gent Cob & a Cavicchi CCC Dublin.
Age When Smoked: 6 months
Similar Blends: Original Bell's Three Nuns & other VA/Per/Burs but provides a much better flavor & value for the $$...
I am a fan of Three Nuns and this is the perfect recreation of that tobacco, strong, spicy yet smooth, figgy with real tobacco flavor.