Bouchon de Semois have been a part of pipe tobacco lore for over two decades, but simultaneously have only been able to be enjoyed by pipe smokers lucky enough to live in Europe or come back home with some after a trip to the continent. Even as Vincent Manil’s famous Semois tobacco finally became available stateside, the bouchons remained ever elusive… until now. Tabac Manil’s Bouchon de Semois are finally available, neatly packed in quantities of 10, coming in a rustic box adorned with a quality seal sporting the colors of the Belgian flag. Literally translating to the word “cork”, bouchon are a true labor of love, each one being hand rolled by Vincent himself or his son and heir apparent, Robin Manil. Each bouchon is rolled into the unique cork shape using 100% aged Semois filler and a Semois wrapper. Smoking them is a truly one-of-a-kind experience… the bottom of the bouchon its wetted slightly and then “seated” into the pipe bowl with a gently push and twist. Then a shallow X is cut into into the top of the bouchon, and when you have a nice, not-to-tight draw it is time to give the top a light, a la the way you would light the tip of a cigar. Then sit back and enjoy the exceedingly cool and mellow smoke which serves to only exemplify the already rich and rustic notes of semis tobacco. There really is nothing quite like the smoke you get from a bouchon, an experience you will not know until you try one.
Tabac Manil’s Bouchon de Semois Cigar Pipe Tobacco
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Strength i STRENGTH: the overall strength of the tobacco. This includes the strength of its taste and its nicotine content.
Flavoring i FLAVORING: primarily for aromatic blends, this refers to the "topping" but sometimes also to the "casing" added to the tobacco. This will account for detectable flavors like cherry or chocolate.
Taste i TASTE: although a wholly subjective measure, it is one of the most important in that it measures how tasty smokers find the blend. Like food, some dishes are tastier than others.
Room Note i ROOM NOTE: a measure of the ambient scent/smell a blend puts out for those around the smoker. Basically, how strong does it smell, and how pleasant do those around you find that smell. The stronger, generally the less pleasant. You can also call this the "wife rating."