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War Horse Bar Plug Pipe Tobacco

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 War Horse Bar is a strong pressed plug made with dark and rich tobaccos.  A recreation of a UK plug made by Gallaher, which was renowned for smooth strength.  Recommended for the experienced piper who can tolerate a strong dose of nicotine.  A throwback to simpler times and stronger tobaccos.

Brand: War Horse 

Model: Bar Plug

Tobacco Type: Burley, Dark Fired Kentucky, Virginia

Cut: Plug

Blend Type: Virginia

Strength: 5 of 5

Taste: Full

Room Note: Tolerable

Flavoring: Floral

Country: U.S.A

Size:  1.75 oz


What is in it?
The plug is pressed from smaller pieces of leaf and is very dark looking.  A milder topping adds sweetness and a licorice/vanilla flavor.  This blend uses the following tobaccos.
Dark Fired: Dark Fired Kentucky is at the front in this blend.
Burley: Burley is present, but is hard to notice as a seperate component .  It blends nicely with the dark fired.
Virginia:  Virginia is a component as well.  The Virginia is dark and bittersweet 
What does it smoke like?
War Horse is a strong and full smoke.  Listing the individual components seems a waste of time, as the plug processing has melded every tobacco together into one unified taste.  The topping provides a sweetness and a light coffee or almond flavor.  I can't find where the topping stops and the tobacco starts in the profile.  The blend changes little as it is smoked, but the topping decreases in the bottom half of a pipe.  Suprisingly, for a stronger blend, War Horse is smooth and easy to smoke.  This does not burn the throat or nose like many heavy tobaccos seem to.  The strength of this blend does tend to sneak up one the smoker.  A smaller pipe and a full meal are strongly recommended.  This has enough nicotine to make driving while smoking a bad idea. 
How to prepare it?
One large block of tobacco is waiting in the tin.  Since this plug is comprised of small pieces of tobacco I was able to break off a corner without using a knife.  Rub this out fully and you will see the tobacco is not as moist as it seems in the plug.  My bar was ready to load without drying.  A light pack is best, and you can expect some relights.  Room note is strong to others, but I love it.  


War Horse
Dark Fired Kentucky
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10 Reviews

  • 5
    War Horse Bar

    Posted by Vincent Beauclair on 28th Jun 2023

    This is probably my favorite and would be my all day smoker... wish I could get it by the pound, if you like bowls of fresh Dark Sweet Orchard Cherries their smell and taste: War Horse Bar tobacco is that to me...

  • 4
    Only criticism is that it gets harsh and kinda ashy eventually, but it clears back up again near the bottom

    Posted by Tobias Thompson on 23rd May 2023

    I love the tonquin bean flavoring. Not sure if there are other flavors, but as you progress more towards the bottom you get more of the herbaceous, and even slightly (very slightly) minty aspect of the flavoring. I can understand why one person said gingerbread at a certain point in the bowl, it eventually complexifies from a dominant vanilla/some herbaceous quality to a more herby, cooking-spice like taste with some vanilla. The tobaccos are also quite nice and are more noticeable at the bottom of the bowl, though the flavoring never goes even close to fully away for me, it just changes and evolves into something I find more interesting, albeit less sweet and overtly likeable. However, I actually find the bottom of the bowl to maybe be my favorite part with this due to the more complex nature the flavoring takes. I’m not just after sweet; but the beginning of the bowl does deliver on that and I thoroughly enjoy that part too. Yes, it does have a respectable amount of vitamin N, but if you’re a nicotine fiend like me, it won’t blow you out of the water. Old Joe Krantz is certainly stronger with the nic kick. It is not some insane nicotine bomb by any stretch, but to the greenhorns of tobacco product consumption, it will hit. Nothing a full stomach shouldn’t be able to fix. A full bowl of some other blends will have newcomers unsteady on their feet and in their stomachs no matter what; I don’t think this one poses mortal danger to anyone, but regardless, it may be safer to keep it to three quarters or half a bowl if this is a concern for you. As the title states, I find it to get a bit ashy and harsh at some point between halfway and three quarters of the bowl down, which is the only reason I give four stars and not five. I have found I can greatly mitigate this by not rubbing out the cake (it’s more of a crumble cake than a plug) super fine. I don’t leave chunks, but I let the chunks break apart and fall into the pile without pressing my fingers together hard enough to totally disintegrate them into individual little ribbons. This, as well as not packing the bowl down very tight, or tamping it too forcefully while it’s lit, seems to greatly reduce this harshness that eventually surfaces, and allows it to still be an enjoyable experience the whole bowl through. This harshness also usually clears up for me once I’m at the bottom of the bowl, it’s really mostly contained to the 2/3 of the way portion to just above the bottom. Perhaps about a fifth or a sixth of the bowl has this quality when treated right. If rubbed out very finely and packed tightly, it’s more like between a third and a half of the bowl that has this quality. Regardless, I do thoroughly enjoy most of the bowl with this one, and still am able to derive a pleasurable flavor from the section that doesn’t want to cooperate with me. Don’t write it off because I said it gets weird with you for a fraction of the bowl - even that part does have good flavors, and just wait till you get to the bottom. A totally unique set of fascinating flavors. That part of the bowl alone justifies saying that this tobacco is an aromatic fit for the non aromatic smoker.

  • 4
    First experience

    Posted by john bordner on 23rd Feb 2023

    This tobacco was pretty strong, something I'm getting use to. It had some interesting flavors and aromas going on. I haven't smoked a pipe in 3wks do to some health issues, so I haven't had more than one bowl of this.

  • 5
    Da bomb

    Posted by Christian on 5th Aug 2022

    If you want a nicotine buzz this is the stuff to get, taste bomb too

  • 5
    Good Tobacco at a fair price

    Posted by christian Gish on 25th Jul 2022

    Very good flavor and strong. I'm a fan of strong tobacco and war horse does the trick. Three Nuns, Erinmore flake and war horse are now my top 3 Tobaccos. We shall see if there are others who will take the cake.

  • 4
    This tobacco blend pleasantly surprised me

    Posted by Vladimir Radzievski on 31st May 2022

    This tobacco blend pleasantly surprised me. Immediately upon opening, a strong and pleasant tonkin/coumarin smell, very similar to 1972. Although Plug is listed in the description, the tobacco separates and crumbles very easily. Strong enough (I'm not a fan of strong tobaccos), but with slow smoking and of course not on an empty stomach - very pleasant. Of course, it will not become an everyday tobacco, but from time to time I will return to it with pleasure. It lights with little fuss and burns quite well. The scenting is fairly pronounced at first - even now its still hard to put my finger on the flavor. I'm reminded of Lakeland florality. However, as the bowl progresses, the scenting recedes some and the tobacco comes forward until at mid-bowl the two meld and it reminds me of gingerbread. It is so smooth and pleasant that I am puffing along at a slow pace.

  • 4

    Posted by Robert Mink on 10th Aug 2021

    Full on aromatic. Very prominent tonquin flavor. High in vitamin N so take it easy on this one.

  • 5
    War horse bar

    Posted by Randy on 22nd Nov 2020

    Love this tobacco! Puff slow and on a full stomach otherwise this tobacco will kick you in the teeth.

  • 5
    Yes. It’s strong.

    Posted by Max Miles on 2nd May 2020

    If I could only have one tobacco to carry with me on a cross country trek, this would be the one. Make no mistake, this stuff delivers a lot of nicotine in a small amount of time and the rich flavor is smooth enough that it’s easy to smoke. Good stuff.