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Gold Medal

When their is a gold medal at stake, everyone is fighting for it. So here we bring you the Battle of the Blends - Gold Medal. Two Virginia flakes that are fantastic on their own. Now we are giving you the chance to tell us who you believe is the true Virginia flake. Help one of them bring the Gold Medal home. 

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Dunhill Ye Olde Signe Shipping Constraints
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RO Series Acadian Gold Shipping Constraints
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Overall Rating4.43 out of 5 Based on 46 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Gold Medal”

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4 out of 5
I Love This
This is one of my favorite tobaccos. I've smoked a lot of cigarettes, and I like that plain, strong, tobacco taste with a nicotine kick (think Marlboro red smoker). Ye Olde Signe provides a healthy nic dose while remaining simple taste-wise. Nothing fancy here, just good ol' plain tobacco, which is really all I need. Pleasant smoke. Not too strong, but strong enough.
5 out of 5
Russ did it again.
VERY interesting and complex Virginia. Give it a try, you wont be sorry.
5 out of 5
Love It
This is a very interesting tobacco in that the flavor changes as you smoke it. It's a little spicy, in a good way, and little like a Va-per, but not a Va-per. Hard to describe. I've gone through my fist tin and enjoyed every bit of it. I wish that the cost was a little lower, but I guess that the process costs more. In any event, I will buy more. Nice going Russ !!
4 out of 5
Gold!
This tobacco was really great. Taste really good and smoked even better. The moisture from it as soon as I opened it was a little to much but nothing a little drying didn't take care of
5 out of 5
Mild smoke
It was a Smooth Pleasant mild smoking tobacco I enjoyed it very much
2 out of 5
Ro seres Acadian Gold
I dont kno why this tobac is too expensive. It was first and last time I to try this tobacco.
5 out of 5
Unique
Acadian Gold is one of the more unique tobaccos I’ve experienced in a long time. The first whiff I got when I put my nose into the tin was a strong whiskey barrel note with a chocolate candy in the background along with some barnyard notes. It was a bit dry at the opening but certainly smokable. The flavor was a sweet light Virginia flavor but crisply sweet, not syrupy sweet and was very pleasant to smoke with just a slight sourness in the background. It stayed cool throughout with no bite. I think it could use a little spice since it’s supposed to be a Perique type tobacco and I’d like to give the VaPer a try.
4 out of 5
Rightly good!
Rightly good!
3 out of 5
Meh
Not much flavor for me. Left me wanting
4 out of 5
He Olde Signe
I always smoke Dunhill tobacco because I like English blends. This one is different, but nice. A straight Virginia with a bit of sweetness to it. A nice change and I enjoy it. Not for me everyday but it will remain in my rotation.
5 out of 5
RO Series Acadian Gold
Smoking Acadian Gold is a sublime experience. The flavors created are unique and amazing - smooth and malty. This has become one of my go to blends. I highly recommend it!
5 out of 5
to be honest I haven't
to be honest I haven't tried it yet. I do generally like Virginia/Perique mixtures, so I am looking forward to it.
4 out of 5
Not bad.
I thought I would have this tobacco because I'm not crazy about Virginia blends. But I decided to try it because of so many rave reviews. It's not bad. Not a favorite, but it is smooth. It doesn't make me sick like so many similar blends.
5 out of 5
RO Series Acadian Gold
A sublime experience! This is must try. The tastes created by the fermentation process of this 100% Virginia are unique and amazing.
5 out of 5
RO Acadian Gold
Since McClelland ceased production, I've been trying various tobaccos looking for replacements for the blends I have smoked. I found Acadian Gold to be a very interesting blend, one that I enjoy through the day as it delivers not only a very unique taste, but the medium strength I prefer. It is an excellent break from the Virginia blends I have smoked and, compared to a few of the aromatic blends I've been testing, Acadian Gold is far more satisfying. Not aromatic but, with a pleasing new essence I cannot define, I am enjoying this blend beyond measure. I only wish it was a permanent fixture of the RO line of tobaccos.
5 out of 5
A Great Virginia Blend
If you want to experience old-school Virginia pipe tobacco without a lot of flavorings and humectants, you will probably like this one. It runs with the crowd that includes Orlik Golden Sliced and the like and may not appeal to those whose tastes require a more aromatic style of tobacco. Those who enjoy the aroma of "tobacco" smoke will not be put off by the room note but those who admire the fragrance of vanilla or berries, etc, may not flock to you! This one has some nicotine, so be judicious with it until you find your spot! Easy to pack, easy to light...leaves a nice white ash when completely smoked down. A good tobacco, but certainly not for every pipe smoker.
5 out of 5
The Most Interesting Tobacco that I Have Ever Smoked
Imagine stuffing a musty sun-dried tomato in your pipe and smoking it in a hay field after eating a tangerine. That's pretty much what Acadian Gold is like. The burn characteristics are fantastic, and the nicotine content is fairly high. It also makes a great base for blending. This tobacco strongly reminds me of summers past I spent in Italy; it stacks up against McClelland's ketchupy Virginias like fine pasta with red sauce and wine in Tuscany against SpaghettiOs and Welch's grape juice. I'm glad that I ordered two tins, one to try now and one to cellar, and I hope that Russ makes more of this in the future. This is, without question, the most interesting tobacco that I have smoked, and I highly recommend that you try it.
5 out of 5
AG...yes, YOS...so-so
Quite a contrast between these two. Smoked a bowl of YOS after breakfast, then got started on chores and took a pipe break with Russ’ AG. Night and day come to mind. I bought these a month or so ago and initially was overwhelmed with the tin aroma and moisture of the AG. I also tried YOS at the same time. I decided to put them both away and try again later as neither was easy to deal with. After a month drying in closed tins, they’re both improved. Regrettably, the YOS still doesn’t speak to me. It’s strong and has a good nicotine hit but is absent much flavor or aroma. It smokes welll to the bottom of the bowl with no residual moisture and in the end, nothing but light gray ashes. In contrast, the AG is wonderful with a pleasant aroma, instant sweetness and no bad habits...some of the ribbons are several inches long and a translucent golden color. It’s an excellent smoke with fine flavor, burns well. In spite of its cost, I think it’s a worthy addition to my collection and will encourage future production if that’s possible. It’s a sipper and will bite if smoked fast so take your time with it...may be the rarest thing you’ve ever smoked, could be the nicest. Russ’ AG is the hands down winner here...a little blending of the two might improve the YOS but it’s fearful to mix something great with something only slightly above mediocre. The wife thinks it’s nice. A remark on closed tin drying...our humidity has been in the 5%-10% range for several months. It will cause the tinned tobaccos to dry out very effectively.
5 out of 5
R.O. Gold
Master Blender Russ Roulette, is best blender in the world. This is the best Virginia blend I have ever had.
3 out of 5
kinda meh
three starts for now, new tin note was campy sweet and moister was good to prefect. creamy and cool just wasn't my favorite.... yet
5 out of 5
Unique treat and a true delight...
A unique tobacco...nothing to compare it to. The tin aroma upon opening was a real surprise, the first time I’ve ever smelled a freshly fermented tobacco...unsure what to think. The aroma was a mix of sweet, sour and tobacco. It was moist enough that I had to let it dry in the tin for a few days before I could get it to stay lit...after drying a bit, the initial aroma became more reasonable and I smoked another bowl. Knowing that I had something rare added a note of specialness and feeling of wanting to use it carefully. I promised myself that I would take it to our pipe smoking group, share it and see what they thought...the recent Friday that I was unable to attend our weekly get together. The tin sat in my pipe bag, temporarily forgotten. This evening, late, I was reminded that it was there, drug out one of my best known briars, a small Harwick Prince, and am smoking a bowl as I write. It is still a little moist, even in our desert climate, the initial charring, tamping and lighting required extra effort. Once well lit, I’m noticing a good volume of smoke. My nose thinks it’s mild, pleasant and a little sweet. My tounge is telling me to slow down as there’s a sense of pending bite...but thats not happening. Still in the top third of the bowl and a certain sweetness is beginning to assert itself...not like candy but more subtle...more like a good port wine. Bowl is cool too. I recalled my first bowl and was reminded that I took it to the bottom with no relights and was disappointed that I’d smoked it all as it continued to develop into a rich fruity flavor...bottom of the bowl harshness never happened. In spite of the tobaccos moistness, there was no accumulation of moisture at the end, cleaner came out with only moderate coloration. Little tamping was needed to keep things under control. I thought about what it would be like as a blending tobacco but considered this a sacrilege...must get more while it’s available. Smoke it straight, a tasty, unique Virginia.
4 out of 5
Not Acadian Gold, but not bad...
After letting my favorite Canadian cool off thoroughly, and during the same morning I tried the Acadian Gold, I lit up a carefully packed bowl full...smoking it right now as I write. Dunhill is usually hard to beat but Russ seems to have done it when the two are compared more or less side by side. Ye Olde Signe is good but lacks the nuances present with the Acadian Gold. Not as sweet, a tiny bite and with a hint of ammonia at my nose...much more conventional in most every way. Still not a bad tobacco. I’d buy it and it does reflect Duhills quality but for my taste, the Acadian Gold is a better smoke...different smokes for different folks I suppose.
5 out of 5
Try it, you’ll like it!
My initial take on this wasn’t favorable but after letting the VERY moist closed tin dry out for over a week this morning I decided to give it another try. I carefully loaded my oldest and best medium size Canadian with a carefully packed bowl full and after a charring light and light tamp, lit up, retamped and proceeded to enjoy about 45 minutes of wonderfully sweet, dry smoking. The stuff is great if you give it a chance. The ribbon cut needs careful packing but it’s not especially difficult. It doesn’t require relighting, it has no bite and is a moderately sweet smoke...all the way to the bottom...I shook out nothing but ashes at the end. The smoke is abundant and the aroma is very agreeable, decent room note, a little peppery at the nose and just as I’d hoped it would be. My initial concerns were due to an alarmingly unusual tin aroma and a fairly high moisture level but, as I said, letting it dry in the closed tin for about a week took care of both the moisture and aroma. I can but hope that there will be another batch in the future as, even with the slightly higher cost, it’s a very worthwhile tobacco. Glad Russ tried this and I’ll give him 5 stars as well. This may be worth stocking up a few tins for future memorable smokes.
5 out of 5
Out of the tin, this is the best I have had ... Amazing!
WOW... this reminded me of a good scotch aged in to maturity in sherry casks. On opening the tin the aroma of deep dark figs and berries took over and reminded me of a fig newtons,. I tried different bowls with different drying times, it was really good freshly opened. Dryer, it was a little more spicy, but not off putting. Burns ok to a gray ash, relights were a more than a few and I did have a hard time 1/2 way down the bowl, but I think it was me not being able to control my enthusiasm because this was so delicious. I just ordered more to keep in the rotation and cellar. Great Job Russ!!!!
5 out of 5
I'm not very good at
I'm not very good at describing it, but Acadian Gold I will buy stocks in my cellar because I like it very much.
5 out of 5
The best I'll ever have
I don't have the words to describe how good this is. I will be buying every tin I can until it's no longer available.
5 out of 5
full body, a little bite
full body, a little bite at the end
5 out of 5
Royal Yacht .2
Royal Yacht .2 has very similarities to royal yacht. Smoking this as i type this. I love royal yacht and wanted to try more virginia based blends. Slightly different but not much. If you like royal yacht give this a shot. It is good.
5 out of 5
Find a way to make more, Russ!
The only drawback with this tobacco is that it was produce in an experiment and Russ won’t be making more! Primarily, it is a subtly sweet Virginia but the fermentation process makes the sweet Virginia flavor deeper. Yet, the deepness of the sweet notes is not the same a dark Virginias, nor red Virginias. I don’t taste any of the pepper taste of Perique, but perhaps the plummy taste. It’s difficult to describe, but I like it, especially as a smooth change when I have been smoking bright Virginias or VaPers. I’ll keep buying it as long as it’s in stock and wish a way could be found to keep producing it.
5 out of 5
Very Tasty
This is really good if you like fermented smells and flavors. I grew up on a hay farm and the tin note on this smells almost exactly like the silage bales we used to make did after a few months of fermenting. Personally I love the smell but it might be off putting to some. As for the smoking it is a slightly sweet malty rich smoke with notes of way over ripe fruit. The flavors build as the bowl progresses. Very happy with this and will probably buy more. I will be looking forward to trying the acadian vaper next.
4 out of 5
Ye Olde Signe is a solid blend
I stocked up on some YOS based on my former experience with it. I like virginias and generally prefer it in flake form. YOS, though not a flake, is a nice Virginia. It lights and smokes without a problem, and stellar when sipped.
5 out of 5
Full, Rich, and Unique
Straight Virginia blends are not known as flavor bombs. Their character is generally delicate and nuanced. Even the fuller blends can leave the average pipe smoker wondering what all the fuss is about. But Acadian Gold is the real deal. The Perique process applied to this golden Canadian grown Virginia brings about a fermentation that results in a strongly fruity and tangy flavor profile that fully satisfies the palate. Buy this fabulous tobacco while you can because when it's gone, it's gone for good.
4 out of 5
Quality and solid Dark Virginia Blend
I've only had limited experience with lighter Virginia blends and found they weren't really quite to my taste. This blend however does have a fullness and solidity that has made me appreciate it. I'm actually sitting here smoking a bowl of it right now in a clay pipe - just like the guy on the tin cover. :) One important note - seems like this blend is pretty strong in the nicotine department. One of the strongest I've tried.
3 out of 5
The scoop on the Sign.
Aroma in the tin: Pleasant. Not very powerful, smells slightly damp, and is akin to a good bright cigar. Packing the bowl: Easy. Stays together nicely between the fingers and isn't messy. Lightning: Moderate. It took me two matches and vigorous puffing to develop a self sustaining cherry, but this could be improved by a little air drying of the tobacco. Mouth Note: Quite pleasant. The smoke is a little spicy, and has a moderate tobacco flavor, but not to the point of overpowering. No tongue bight to speak of, even in my hottest burning pipe. Nasal note: Strong. When reciprocating through the nasal passages, Old Sign let's you know it is there. It is spicy, earthy, and full of its own flavor. It's right up there with a nice light leaf cigar. On the inhale: Unpleasant, but this is pipe tobacco, so it's not for use like a cigarette anyway. Nicotine hit: Good. Relaxing, and not to the point of causing jitters. Not the strongest, so if you want a smoke that has you hitting the deck, better get a different tobacco.
4 out of 5
Good stuff.
A pleasant smoke. I'd buy again.
5 out of 5
tangy
unique taste, tangy yet sweet. I think of horseradish or worchester sauce. delicious and unusual. love it!
3 out of 5
sweet but weak
Just a bit weak needs some perique, IT does NOT taste like Elizabethan without perique This Virginia is sweeter than Elizabethan's VA. Possibly from the African tobacco fields.Just MHO
5 out of 5
Loved it
Sweet and smooth is the name of the game here. Love the tin art too. Another fantastic Dunhill. You can't go wrong.
1 out of 5
Dunhill Ye Olde Signe
To keep it real simple I like Dunhill tobaccos and was hoping for more from this one. I opened a fresh tin and smoked one bowl. It is not my favorite so at this point I'm not sure if I will smoke it again. I may give it time to age and try much later. It's not for me. I think it's a like it or not and I don't like it out of the tin.
4 out of 5
A Satisfying and Bold Blend.
As others have noted this is very similar to Elizabethan Mixture, which imo is a very good thing. I must say I was a bit surprised when I opened it, I was expecting a darker color based on the description. That aside, it is a satisfying smoke, what I would consider an all day blend, if, that is, you like nicotine. It does not strike me as particularly complex, like E.M. and that is fine, because it does not need complexity when it has quality. A satisfying bold smoke.
5 out of 5
Another winner from Dunhill
Another winner from Dunhill
4 out of 5
A Darker Stronger Virginia
Dunhill Ye Olde Signe (YOS) is a straight Virginia blend that is decidedly on the dark side of the spectrum. I love Dunhill Flake, which I consider the perfect Virginia blend. YOS tastes more like Elisabethan without the perique. It is toasty, nutty, and sweet without being cloying. Very high quality. Does not bite. Smooth. Great Dunhill Ribbon cut that packs and smokes easily. YOS is a bit high on the nicotine hit, so be careful. Nic levels are not so high as Nightcap, but definitely up there with 965. In sum: Great darker VA blend which I enjoyed, but which will not replace Dunhill Flake for me.
5 out of 5
A great Virginia!
Very similar to Elizabethan Mixture but with only Virginia.
5 out of 5
Schreck''s chair
Smooth. No tongue bite. A VERY satisfying smoke. This is a smoke for seasoned Virginia smokers. I love it!
5 out of 5
Great Virginia Tobacco
In my opinion, Dunhill " Ye Olde Signe" is the same as Dunhill "Elizabethan Mixture" without the addition of the Perque. Just a great virginia tobacco of which I will be buying much more of. If you enjoy virginia tobacco you will love the flavor of this one.
5 out of 5
Fermented Bliss
Top notch soft Virginia with the gentle sour of fermentation. Very sophisticated.
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