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East India Trading Company Royal Challenge

East India Trading Company's Royal Challenge will treat you to a cool-smoking experience with the flavor and aroma of spiced rum. This blend of fine American tobaccos - including a black Cavendish that is first fire-cured and then steamed - has been aged with a combination of rum with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Overall Rating 4.42 out of 5 Based on 24 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “East India Trading Company Royal Challenge”

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5 out of 5
Definitely a keeper!
Just opened my first tin of this tobacco, and I absolutely love it! Most definitely will be buying more of this, and looking forward to trying the other two tobaccos they offer!
5 out of 5
After a 50 year hiatus, I resumed my pipe smoking a year ago. I don’t have the kind of pallet that easily distinguishes the subtle nuances of flavor in tobacco. But what I do experience here is something mildly sweet with other pleasant mellow interesting tastes in the background. I have sampled many different tobaccos over the past year and this one is a keeper. And, my wife likes the aroma. A happy wife is a happy life.
5 out of 5
A perfect aro.
This is a perfect aromatic. It looks like the only reason people leave poor reviews is when its in comparison to the other East India's (which I have not had); however, when viewed as an aromatic up against aro's in general, this is a perfect smoke. It tastes sweet, smells sweet, and has no bite.
5 out of 5
Easy, cool smoker
Light, easy, cool smoker that burns well
5 out of 5
Great Taste
One of my favorites so far. Very distinct taste of spiced rum, and the room note is similarly pleasant. No bite.
5 out of 5
Packs well, burns even, great taste with no bite. I've tried all 3 East Indian Trading Co. Pipe tobacco and on my 2nd order. I've tried many different packaged brands and custom mixes, and EITC is my favorite so far.
5 out of 5
great products
great products
5 out of 5
New fan of rum
Good and refreshing aromatic. I love the rum note with fruity undertones. Burns evenly for a full smoke.
5 out of 5
Royal Challenge
Another fine offering form East India Trading Co. This is easily the mildest of the EIT pipe tobaccos. No bite, good flavor, smokes well (even right out of a fresh tin). Don't be put off by the moisture in the tin when you first open it. All the EIT tins seem to be this way. This still packs well and smokes cool. This is a good relaxing smoke. For me, the flavor lends itself to a fall evening, when the air is starting to get a crisp chill. Excellent choice for a fireside smoke.
3 out of 5
I give it a 3.2
It's alright. When you first light it up it's good. Nice flavor not much bite, but you have to keep relighting it. I like being able to exhale the smoke it makes me feel like I got a good puff but this tobacco doesn't do that. Very little smoke. Good flavor but I'll prefer half and half over the royal challenge. 3.2 as far as a rating.
5 out of 5
Normally don't smoke aromatics but when I do this blend is the best! I was very impressed and plan on buying more tins for those times when aromatics are what you want.
3 out of 5
Weakest of the three blends
Of the three aromatic blends from East India this to me is the weakest in flavor. It is a good smoke but if your looking for a lot of flavor go to Officers Club.
4 out of 5
Seasons Greetings
I really like this blend, the light hint of cinnamon spice taste reminds me of the Holidays we are now approaching. The Holidays are my favorite time of year. This blend has plenty of flavor and smokes nice and cool as well. I will definitely be a return customer.
5 out of 5
Iloved it,went thru that stuff
Iloved it,went thru that stuff in no time.Have more on order.
4 out of 5
good smoke
Great smoke no bite,medium strength, outstanding flavor. Not cloying, no goop.
5 out of 5
Great Sale
Love East India Trading tobaccos, good to have them on sale.
4 out of 5
Cool smoke.
Cool. Nice room note.
5 out of 5
Better than expected, solid 4.5
Got a tin by accident. It seemed wet and I wasn't expecting much. It's actually pretty good. Sort of a spicy rum flavor that's very conducive to slow smoking. Holds it flavor to the bottom of the bowl, very smooth and stays lit...even when smoked from a freshly opened tin. Room note seemed rather 'old timey'. Might get more of this..
4 out of 5
This tobacco is great!
Tobacco has a nice overall flavor that is smooth which I find really nice with that first cup of coffee in the morning.
5 out of 5
A good smoke in he evening.
I gave this tobacco five stars because it really tastes great. It has rated my buying more. It has a more spiciness than Officers Club and I rate it as a great after dinner smoke.
5 out of 5
Bold and Spicy Rum Flavor. Great taste to add to the collection.
1 out of 5
Royal Challenge missed the challenge.
Royal Challenge; some questions comes to mind. How do you classify a tobacco that is still slightly wet after sitting for 45 minutes on a plate? How do I classify the taste, note and aftertaste of this tobacco? Okay, it did dry out after the first couple of minutes smoking it. I did not like the taste. It reminded me of the fruitcake that my great aunt used to try to serve on Christmas day, over stoked with rum. I took around an hour to smoke the pipe; what I ended up with was a stale aftertaste, slightly metallic. The impression I got from the base was that the Virginias had been mistreated. It took a piece of dark chocolate to clear my palate. To do a further test of the tobacco, I am going to cellar it for a while (maybe 6 months).
5 out of 5
Damn Good Stuff
Excellent pipe tobaccos it packs well and really has good tobacco flavor, not too hot, little to No bite. You can taste the rum. I started smoking a pipe in 1964 and I can make out Run and Whiskey flavors, but when it comes to flavors like Caramel, Nutmeg or Cinnamon can’t pick them out, but it does have a nice little sweetness to. My wife says it has a strong smell and that I have to smoke it in the office or outside. I have smoked all of the East India Trading Company Blends and find them to be very good. A lot of people like Officers Club, but for me it’s a little too sweet “keep it on hand for when my brother comes to visit.” All said and done, Royal Challenge is more to my taste. Get you some East India Trading Company Blends and enjoy!!!
3 out of 5
Royal Challenge First Try:
I tend to smoke a little hot and this tobacco was no exception. As a result, it had a bit of bite. The flavor was OK, but not remarkable. However, it was good enough that I will give it a couple more tries before I give up on it.
Customer Testimonials
Not an aromatic smoker, but received this in the monthly sample box. Tin note is quite nice, aroma of spices, vanilla and caramel. (Note: for whatever reason, all aromatics on my palate have hints of vanilla and caramel - I'm sure it's the Cavendish.) Cut is quite lovely. Takes a light well and resists over-heating. It does, like pretty much every topped tobacco I have ever smoked, get a tad moist during the smoke, but very manageable and not problematic. It's fairly moist in the tin, not overly so and it does smoke dryer than I expected it to. Smokes to a nice fine ash with only a small dottle left. Some real tobacco flavor does manage to come through with this blend. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla(ish) and creamy. Little to no discernable bite, which is unusual for me - aromatics tend to bite the dickens out of me. Not a bad smoke at all. As I said, I don't do aromatics. I wouldn't order this, but I will finish the tin, and I'm going to try the other two EIT blend. Nicely done aromatic for certain. I think this blend would probably be most enjoyable during the cooler months.
I tried this blend because I favor the Navy style with hints of rum though aromatics aren't my go-to smoke. I like this blend a lot. It smokes exactly as described. The cinnamon is interesting and pleasant. The only problem is it's 95 degrees out and I can't get "Jingle Bell Rock" out of my head. I have been looking for a Christmas Holiday type blend and I believe I've found it. This will get a good workout come fall when I'm in front of the fireplace and a glass of Ardmore is on my side table.
This tobacco is a good mix of flavor and aroma, without being too overwhelming on the palate. The rum gives the tobacco an extra bit of sweetness, and the spices are enough to make it interesting without blasting your tongue. The room note smells a bit like eggnog, and everyone who have smelled it have liked it. This will quickly become a favorite in my rotation of aromatics. I can't wait to try the rest of the EITC line.