This has to be one of the most desired Burley blends produced in Europe, if the not he world. “Young”(in the loosest meaning) this tobacco is stunning, with some extra years on it and this becomes beyond divine. Comprised of 3 burleys which are subjected to the Ruidgers own gentle roasting process, brings out a sweetness rare with Burley. No sugars are added in the creation of the nutty, woody,s lightly doughy flavours, that are complimented with a brown molasses taste. Thanks to the combination of Kentucky grown dark Burley, a golden Burley from Brazil and finally some White Cube Burley from Malawi.
Straight burley tobaccos are common place in America, majority of the “Drug Store Blends” are comprised of burley. These get a little bitter towards the end and lack complexity with the flavours. A quality Burley which has been correctly cured and matured, is something all pure tobaccos smokers should experience.
Solani tobaccos are highly praised internationally and sought after by UK pipe connoisseurs. The use of high quality tobaccos gives the Solani blends an old world charm, quality, taste and overall an exceptional smoking experience. Serious tobacco collectors have Solani aging within their growing tobacco cellars.
Blend - Burley
Casings - None
Cut - Flake
Origin - Germany
Packing - Tin
Strength - Medium
Added Flavours - None
Taste - Medium/Full
Overall - 3.5/4
Posted by Leo Aldopold on 1st Jun 2016
After finally determining that the predominant flavour that I love so much in the (now tragically discontinued) Mick McQuaid Plug is the Burley, I went on a fervent hunt for a substitute. I won't even attempt to compare this to MMQ, because it is not remotely similar. However, it is an opulent, nutty heaven in a pipe....
The tin aroma is of pure cocoa nibs; nutty and subtle with perhaps the slightest hint of licorice and vanilla, if one's own imagination allows for such contrivances. The generous flake, if prepared properly and smoked in the right pipe, (a cob, of course), burns down to a fine ash with very little dottle.
It could almost be compared to all of the best things about Erinmore Flake, but sans the Juicy Fruit topping. Again, however, this description doesn't quite do the tobacco justice.
I can't imagine the mentality of people who don't appreciate a good Burley. Just plain weird, IMHO. The only thing I can possibly compare this miraculous creation to is HU Tobacco's Nashville County. The aforementioned has become my regular go-to Burley, but it also has the addition of red Virginia, which lends a different burning quality and a slightly less nuanced pure Burley flavour to the Solani Aged Burley. However, if I could afford to, I would smoke a lot more ABF...
I now reserve ABF as a special treat, because it isn't the cheapest baccy available. Nonetheless, as with other Solani blends, you are truly paying for the champagne of tobaccos, and it deserves to be smoked with the due respect.
There is a satisfying nicotine level, but above and beyond anything else, the taste is simple, sublime, and delicate.
In my top five of tobaccos, and definitely nearing the top of those!