131 or Red Label is an example of how RL Wills was able to produce aromatic tobaccos without the use of excessive casings and use of sugars. While the base may seem the average for a European Aromatic, the choice of leave however tells a different story. A blend of Red & Bright Virginia’s bring a sweet fruity core to the experience. As you would expect Black Cavendish is added to bring some thick and creamy smoke to the mix. Finally some white cube Burley is added, this keeps the smoke cool and acts like a sponge (in conjunction with the Bright Virginias) for the whisky. The blend is finished off with a topping of Single Malt Scottish Whisky.
When you crack the tin open, you are greeted with a delicate whisky aroma and the underlying scent of tobacco. This is carried through into the smoke its self, at the beginning you are treated to a sweet tobacco flavour, with the fruitiness and whisky lingering on the draw. As the smoke continues more of the hay notes come through and a gentle Vanilla is picked out from time to time. All in all this is a great example of how an aromatic can be made to still carry a mainly natural tobacco flavour.
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 - Virginia, Black Cavendish & Burley
Casings - Whisky
Cut - Ribbon
Origin - Germany
Packing - Tin
Strength - Mild/Medium
Added Flavours - Medium
Taste - Medium
Overall - 2.9/4
Posted by Jem Poulter on 2nd Apr 2015
From the first meeting with the aroma when the tin is opened this tobacco continues its fabulous assault on the senses until only the ash remains.
My favourite by a long way for many reasons.