Brand: War Horse
Tobacco Type: Burley, Dark Fired Kentucky, Virginia
Blend Type: Aromatic
Strength: 4 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Flavoring: Anisette Liquor
Size: 1.75 oz
- War Horse
- Dark Fired Kentucky
- Room Note:
The war horse Bar had a bit of an issue with the mid section of the bowl getting harsh on me when I first opened the tin. This seems to have subsided after having the tin opened for a couple days, the tins aren’t airtight once opened and I guess it breathed a little and now I have no issues. This stuff did not have that issue, straight from the freshly cracked tin with no drying time. The flavor at the beginning of the bowl is nearly straight tonquin bean, and almost identical to the red “bar” tin. But it has a hint of the anise flavoring. Because anise isn’t my favorite flavor ever, but I do *like* it, this section and the transition into the full anise flavor is my favorite part of the bowl. Once you get about a third of the way through the bowl, the tonquin flavoring really gives way to the anise flavor, and eventually it’s just 100% straight anise with no tonquin whatsoever. This is still a neat flavor and I enjoy it, but I might prefer it if the tonquin didn’t totally trade off with the anise flavor all the way, and remained at least in the background. That’s just me though, and I still totally love this tobacco. One thing about this that I enjoy, is that unlike the Bar, at the end of the bowl I was really getting mostly just straight burley flavors, I’m sure I could pick out the other tobaccos used if I went back and had another bowl, but I was paying attention to the burley because that’s an easy flavor to discern, it stands out in a blend, and I also just like it so much. Perhaps I was just desensitized to the anise flavoring at the end, but regardless I found the experience to provide a straight tobacco flavor at the very very end of the bowl, and I really enjoy that. Stuff isn’t the coolest, smoothest smoke I’ve ever packed, but it was well behaved for me straight out of the tin, and sometimes I don’t mind a bit of mouthfeel with my tobaccos anyhow. No complaints about the way it burns. Loved the smoke, even though anise isn’t my favorite flavor under the sun. If you really hate it, this probably isn’t for you, but if you don’t mind the taste of anise, it’s certainly a unique flavor profile for a tobacco and you should definitely try this. If you love anise, this is going to be the best thing you’ve ever put in your pipe. I don’t love anise, and this is still probably a top 5 of all time level tobacco for me.
I highly recommend great tasting perfect for evening relax
In the genre of 1792, St. Bruno, Bosun Cut Plug, Condor, Dark Flake etc. It's not a clone of any of those, and stands on it's own with the use of anise and dark leaf. Definitely a cake, not a true plug. I smoke a fair amount of old school pre codger blends and this fits solidly in that group.
If you like licorice this is for you.
I tried the ready cut first and I was far more than just satisfied with the flavor and strength of that blend so I felt the urge to move up to the War Horse Green and I was not let down at all. This tobacco has a very pleasant licorice scent as well as taste. The tobacco is strong which is what I like so if you are new to pipe smoking you may want to back away from this blend for a while. I am very satisfied with this tobacco so I will be buying this a lot in the future. Also, as usual, 2 thumbs up to TP for their fast shipping and amazingly low shipping charges.
Easy to light with matches if you pack it light, but if you prefer a hefty bowl I'd recommend a lighter. If you're not into strong tobacco I wouldn't recommend this blend. The Kentucky gives it a sharp bite, and the anise flavors really come through about a quarter way into the bowl. I'd recommend eating before you smoke a bowl or you might get sick.