Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin

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Re: Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:25 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:18 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:06 pm
Ok, I pulled the trigger (to borrow the phrase from Hugo) on a brick of this. I've had one bowl, and so far I dont get the "sweet" part. "Earthy"? Perhaps, depending on your idea of earthy. It sort of triggers my old memories from 40 yrs ago of Five Brothers.

DL, you really want to try a bowl or two of this? Just let me know.
You don’t like it, let me know. I’ll buy it.

Now, to get the sweet? Pull once every thirty seconds. Don’t worry about relighting, it’s dry as a bone and will stay lit. Think angel’s kisses on your draws. Faint little puffs.
Thanks. I liked it, but yes, I probly smoked it much too fast; anxious to discover the reported taste. And I shouldn't have read that NYT piece on semois first. It's an interesting shag, and I'll smoke a few more bowls.

Add:. I picture this paired very nicely with a pale ale.
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Re: Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin

Post by hugodrax » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:31 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:25 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:18 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:06 pm
Ok, I pulled the trigger (to borrow the phrase from Hugo) on a brick of this. I've had one bowl, and so far I dont get the "sweet" part. "Earthy"? Perhaps, depending on your idea of earthy. It sort of triggers my old memories from 40 yrs ago of Five Brothers.

DL, you really want to try a bowl or two of this? Just let me know.
You don’t like it, let me know. I’ll buy it.

Now, to get the sweet? Pull once every thirty seconds. Don’t worry about relighting, it’s dry as a bone and will stay lit. Think angel’s kisses on your draws. Faint little puffs.
Thanks. I liked it, but yes, I probly smoked it much too fast; anxious to discover the reported taste. And I shouldn't have read that NYT piece on semois first. It's an interesting shag, and I'll smoke a few more bowls.

Add:. I picture this paired very nicely with a pale ale.
That piece was beautiful, though, yes?

I’ll wager you come to like it. If not, say the word and I’ll make it right.

I’m as surprised as anything else. I didn’t think anything good came out of Belgium, but I love my dog and I love Semois. I draw the line at currywurst, though.
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Re: Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:57 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:31 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:25 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:18 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:06 pm
Ok, I pulled the trigger (to borrow the phrase from Hugo) on a brick of this. I've had one bowl, and so far I dont get the "sweet" part. "Earthy"? Perhaps, depending on your idea of earthy. It sort of triggers my old memories from 40 yrs ago of Five Brothers.

DL, you really want to try a bowl or two of this? Just let me know.
You don’t like it, let me know. I’ll buy it.

Now, to get the sweet? Pull once every thirty seconds. Don’t worry about relighting, it’s dry as a bone and will stay lit. Think angel’s kisses on your draws. Faint little puffs.
Thanks. I liked it, but yes, I probly smoked it much too fast; anxious to discover the reported taste. And I shouldn't have read that NYT piece on semois first. It's an interesting shag, and I'll smoke a few more bowls.

Add:. I picture this paired very nicely with a pale ale.
That piece was beautiful, though, yes?

I’ll wager you come to like it. If not, say the word and I’ll make it right.

I’m as surprised as anything else. I didn’t think anything good came out of Belgium, but I love my dog and I love Semois. I draw the line at currywurst, though.
Off topic now, but while we're at it, I had a couple of pretty good looking co-workers from Ghent. I remember one in particular, who told me all about making schnitzel for her husband when Germany won the World Cup in 2014. I don't picture her having anything to do with currywurst, but I can picture her smoking semois. She'd always bring several boxes of seashell shaped chocolates whenever she came to the States. If I'd known back then what I know now.
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Re: Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin

Post by Joshoowah » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:27 am

hugodrax wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:18 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:06 pm
Ok, I pulled the trigger (to borrow the phrase from Hugo) on a brick of this. I've had one bowl, and so far I dont get the "sweet" part. "Earthy"? Perhaps, depending on your idea of earthy. It sort of triggers my old memories from 40 yrs ago of Five Brothers.

DL, you really want to try a bowl or two of this? Just let me know.
You don’t like it, let me know. I’ll buy it.

Now, to get the sweet? Pull once every thirty seconds. Don’t worry about relighting, it’s dry as a bone and will stay lit. Think angel’s kisses on your draws. Faint little puffs.
What he said. It's not a consistent sweetness, like a lot of VAs, it's just a touch.
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Re: Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin

Post by sweetandsour » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:03 am

It's a good smoke this morning, in a small cw packed tightly, smoked more slowly, with morning coffee. Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin

Post by Joshoowah » Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:45 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:03 am
It's a good smoke this morning, in a small cw packed tightly, smoked more slowly, with morning coffee. Thanks for the advice.
Glad you enjoyed it. I need to buy more myself. I have maybe 3 bowls left.
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Re: Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin

Post by Gabriel » Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:51 pm

I picked up a generous sample of Samois a few years ago at the Chicago show. I remember enjoying it, it was fairly unique - earthy, cigar-ish (in a good way), and somewhat subtle are what I remember. Very good, but I never did purchase more.
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Re: Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin

Post by Del » Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:36 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:06 pm
Ok, I pulled the trigger (to borrow the phrase from Hugo) on a brick of this. I've had one bowl, and so far I dont get the "sweet" part. "Earthy"? Perhaps, depending on your idea of earthy. It sort of triggers my old memories from 40 yrs ago of Five Brothers.
sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:03 am
It's a good smoke this morning, in a small cw packed tightly, smoked more slowly, with morning coffee.
I have noticed that virginia tobacco has some sort of voodoo to it.

When I first try a bowl, it appears has no flavor. But later... half-way through the first bowl, or maybe not until another bowl the next day... it starts to taste sweet, with the other flavors appearing as well.

With SG Best Brown, it was nutty & and full.
With Newminster Straight Virginia, it was sweet, grassy hay.
With McClelland 5100 and 2015, it was zingy with citrus spices.

But that first bowl.... nothing but hot air. I have no idea what causes this phenomenon. All I know is to be patient with a virginia blend until it decides to reveal itself.
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Re: Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin

Post by Jocose » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:25 am

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Getting ready to fire up a bowl..
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Re: Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin

Post by Jocose » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:59 pm

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This is an excellent tobac.

Earth, soil, grass, nuttiness of a Burley, barn like with the occasional sweetness that comes across almost to the point of being like an aromatic, although it is not.

Sometimes it vaguely reminds me of the Old Iwan Reis 3 Star Blue but in a good way.

Burns like 5 Brothers so a tight pack and sipping are a must.
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