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.