In February of this year, I reviewed Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture and discussed the unfortunate circumstance of Dunhill pipe tobacco coming to an end. Currently, Dunhill blends are available at several online and B&M retailers, however, nobody truly knows how long the current stock will last. I have heard opposing rumors from both ends of the spectrum regarding Dunhill pipe tobaccos. *WARNING RUMOR ALERT* Rumor #1, once the online and local B&M retailers run out of stock, it will not be replaced. Rumor #2, there are warehouses full of Dunhill tobaccos that will last for at least another year, if not more.
No matter what the case may be, I think we all learned our lesson with McClelland. If you like it, stock up! I hope to smoke and review my way through most of the Dunhill portfolio before the end of the year, thus, giving you, the reader, a full analysis of the various blends before you decide to buy and/or stock-up for your own enjoyment.
Info & Overview
Blend Components: Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Type: Ribbon
Available Packaging: 50g tin
Price: $12.45 USD
Tin Date: October 2017
On to the review…
From the Tin: The tobacco is beautifully packed and is comprised of a mix between dark latakia tobacco, dark chestnut Orientals, and medium brown Virginias. Tin smell is an overwhelming campfire smokiness with minor hints of a dark fruit sweetness. Moister level is almost perfect straight out of the tin, requiring minimal, if any, drying time.
Tasting Notes: Dunhill nightcap is a completely full-body, full-flavor smoking experience…period. The tobacco burns great and provides a thick white smoke whose aromatic characteristic would be classified by most non-smokers as offensive. Tastes included essences of damp forest floor, smoked meats, burnt/charred wood, and rich black coffee. The vitamin N was certainly noticeable which required me to slow my smoking cadence and enjoy the bold profile this tobacco possessed. Even when I did test the waters by smoking the blend hot and fast, it never gave me tongue bite or dried my palate.
Overall Impression: First and foremost, I would not recommend this tobacco to a novice pipe smoker, even if they are transitioning from other tobacco usage methods. Further, I would recommend smoking Dunhill Nightcap on a full stomach, as the nicotine level is most evident. This tobacco is certainly something special and should be treated accordingly. I very much enjoyed smoking through several bowls of this blend and highly recommend it to pipe smokers who love a full-bodied English blend. Although Latakia is said to mellow from aging, I am certain this blend will only get better with time. You can bet I will be stocking my cellar with Dunhill Nightcap for enjoyment in the very near future.
My parting thoughts on this blend are nothing but positive. Without a doubt, Dunhill pipe tobaccos are something special (at least to me) and Dunhill Nightcap upholds my expectations for providing a most enjoyable smoking experience. If you are a lover of latakia or strong, full-bodied tobaccos, this blend is a must try. Further, if you are one of the many tobacco coinsurers that are transitioning from cigars to pipe tobacco, this blend may be for you. Pick a tin or two up and enjoy the gifts we have been given before it is gone.
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Great review. I have many, many jars of this in the vault. Luckly this is also available in bulk.
Thanks for stopping by Phil. Never had the bulk of any Dunhill blend. I’ve heard controversy that they taste different than the tins, however, that is all speculation. Cheers!
Good review,I just bought some to try in bulk and love it,so just ordered a pound of it in bulk as well. Will be picking up some tins as well to cellar.