Royal Yacht

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Royal Yacht

Post by hugodrax » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:59 pm

Originally picked it up for the utterly silly reason that I enjoy Simenon's writing and he was an exclusive smoker of Royal Yacht (fun fact: his was a wider cut and named "Coupe Maigret after his famous detective).

Quickly learned this stuff suited me, and has been an old reliable for a few years now. At it's best it's a dark experience, just a tiny hint of fruitiness if smoked in a briar. At its worst, if oversmoked, it's an English Ovals cigarette--acrid and harsh.

Imagine my surprise when loading a meerschaum with it the other day and finding its sweet spot greatly magnified. Sugary and tobaccoey all at once.

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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by Hovannes » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:27 pm

I used to smoked Royal Yacht when it was available at the local Tinderbox. Nice stuff!
I wasn't aware Simenon was a fan.
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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by JimVH » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:00 pm

I love RY at first, but I frequently lost my taste for it about half way through the bowl. I think I've only bought a tin or two of it over the years because of that.

Truth be told, back then I was probably smoking it too hot or making some other technique error. Maybe I should try it again.

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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by hugodrax » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:03 pm

JimVH wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:00 pm
I love RY at first, but I frequently lost my taste for it about half way through the bowl. I think I've only bought a tin or two of it over the years because of that.

Truth be told, back then I was probably smoking it too hot or making some other technique error. Maybe I should try it again.
That's how I feel about aromatics. They're sold as beginners tobaccos and taste like an ashtray to the n00B. Years later they taste like dessert liqueur and we love them.

But to be fair, lot of people haaaa-aaate Captain Black.
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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by sweetandsour » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:13 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:03 pm
JimVH wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:00 pm
I love RY at first, but I frequently lost my taste for it about half way through the bowl. I think I've only bought a tin or two of it over the years because of that.

Truth be told, back then I was probably smoking it too hot or making some other technique error. Maybe I should try it again.
That's how I feel about aromatics. They're sold as beginners tobaccos and taste like an ashtray to the n00B. Years later they taste like dessert liqueur and we love them.

But to be fair, lot of people haaaa-aaate Captain Black.
I love dessert liqueurs. Heh, sorry, I just had to say that.

I have an ancient tin of RY around here somewhere. Now I need to find it.
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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by hugodrax » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:55 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:13 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:03 pm
JimVH wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:00 pm
I love RY at first, but I frequently lost my taste for it about half way through the bowl. I think I've only bought a tin or two of it over the years because of that.

Truth be told, back then I was probably smoking it too hot or making some other technique error. Maybe I should try it again.
That's how I feel about aromatics. They're sold as beginners tobaccos and taste like an ashtray to the n00B. Years later they taste like dessert liqueur and we love them.

But to be fair, lot of people haaaa-aaate Captain Black.
I love dessert liqueurs. Heh, sorry, I just had to say that.

I have an ancient tin of RY around here somewhere. Now I need to find it.
That was a stra ge slip on my part. I meant to say some people really hate Royal Yacht. Wonder where the CAPT Black came from?
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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by AnungUnRama » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:03 pm

I have RY and rather enjoy it. The vitamin N content can sneak up on me tho.

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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by michigander » Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:24 pm

I originally (many years ago) disliked RY, but recently discovered that I like it now.

Unfortunately, it is now unavailable.

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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by hugodrax » Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:39 pm

michigander wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:24 pm
I originally (many years ago) disliked RY, but recently discovered that I like it now.

Unfortunately, it is now unavailable.
It will be available again about the end of the Summer.

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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by Stanley76 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:44 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:39 pm
michigander wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:24 pm
I originally (many years ago) disliked RY, but recently discovered that I like it now.

Unfortunately, it is now unavailable.
It will be available again about the end of the Summer.

Signed,

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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by michigander » Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:49 am

hugodrax wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:39 pm
michigander wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:24 pm
I originally (many years ago) disliked RY, but recently discovered that I like it now.

Unfortunately, it is now unavailable.
It will be available again about the end of the Summer.

Signed,

Your surly neighborhood tobacconist.
Dear Surly Neighborhood Tobacconist,

Which Dunhill blends will return?

Specifically, will Dark Flake and Durbar return?

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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by hugodrax » Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:19 pm

michigander wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:49 am
hugodrax wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:39 pm
michigander wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:24 pm
I originally (many years ago) disliked RY, but recently discovered that I like it now.

Unfortunately, it is now unavailable.
It will be available again about the end of the Summer.

Signed,

Your surly neighborhood tobacconist.
Dear Surly Neighborhood Tobacconist,

Which Dunhill blends will return?

Specifically, will Dark Flake and Durbar return?

Signed,

Concerned Citizen
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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by Adam Z » Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:23 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:19 pm
michigander wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:49 am
hugodrax wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:39 pm
michigander wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:24 pm
I originally (many years ago) disliked RY, but recently discovered that I like it now.

Unfortunately, it is now unavailable.
It will be available again about the end of the Summer.

Signed,

Your surly neighborhood tobacconist.
Dear Surly Neighborhood Tobacconist,

Which Dunhill blends will return?

Specifically, will Dark Flake and Durbar return?

Signed,

Concerned Citizen
Yes. Also yes, maybe.

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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by Bloodhound » Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:25 pm

Stanley76 wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:44 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:39 pm
michigander wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:24 pm
I originally (many years ago) disliked RY, but recently discovered that I like it now.

Unfortunately, it is now unavailable.
It will be available again about the end of the Summer.

Signed,

Your surly neighborhood tobacconist.
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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by arank87 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:56 am

I just popped a 2017 tin of Royal Yacht last week. I'd been saving it, never tried it before, and decided I could risk trying it since it appears it will be available again soon. I absolutely love it so it better actually come back or I'm in a world of hurt. Does anyone else get stinging nostrils on the retrohale? This stuff is very potent and I used to smoke cigarettes.
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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by arank87 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:59 am

Also does anyone have an ETA on when we will see the Peterhill blends?
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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by philofumo » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:27 am

arank87 wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:56 am
I just popped a 2017 tin of Royal Yacht last week. I'd been saving it, never tried it before, and decided I could risk trying it since it appears it will be available again soon. I absolutely love it so it better actually come back or I'm in a world of hurt. Does anyone else get stinging nostrils on the retrohale? This stuff is very potent and I used to smoke cigarettes.
I get the same sharpness you speak of.

But I tend to be a freight-train puffer and not suited well for ribbon cuts, about the only ribbon in my rotation is Hoggarth's Kendal Kentucky.

RY most certainly is a unique blend though, and I do enjoy it on occasion.

I wonder if they still use shade-grown tobacco?

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STG used to be required by law to list all components in a blend.
Dunno if it's still on their site, but I saved a version of it:

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An earlier version said "plum juice" instead of "flavouring"

Estimated time of arrival RE: Petehill -
- I have absolutely no idea.

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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by philofumo » Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:07 pm

Erratum:
Must correct a mistake I made - the listing never said "plum juice" for RY,
it did for DNR and I somehow got it all conflated.
The sauce for RY remains as mysterious as ever.
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A short note regarding Simenon:

When he was living in the USA (1945–1955) he favored Granger!

So noted in a 1951 letter and pub'd in The Pipe Smokers Ephemeris winter/spring 1993...

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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by Thunktank » Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:22 pm

RY is was one of the first three blends I tried. Very new to pipe smoking and I don’t even remember if I liked it or not. I think I remember getting tongue bite from it, though at that stage of my experience, I’m sure that was my smoking technique to blame.

Edit:

I went looking for my report on the subject back then.
“Thunktank from 2008” wrote:I just had Royal Yacht last night after a few weeks of not having any. I don't like as much as I did the first few times. I do like the nic boost though. Blending it with vanilla based black Cavandish is pretty good, it reminds me of Fig Newtons, and I like Fig Newtons. But as my tastes develop I find that I prefer the taste of good, smooth, rich tobacco. Royal Yacht is falling from my graces.
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Re: Royal Yacht

Post by arank87 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:00 pm

Well as a Maigret fan I’ll have to try some Granger. Although isn’t it a burley blend and not a Virginia?
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