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Iwan Ries Three Star Blue

Iwan Ries Three Star Blue is a legendary blend, originally only sold by Iwan Ries & Co, in Chicago, Illinois. Now this intriguing American/English blend is available to retailers everywhere, and P&C is pleased to add it to our lineup.

Iwan Ries Three Star Blue is made with sweet Virginias, nutty Burleys, a bit of toasted black Cavendish, a subtle, but noticeable hint of Latakia and a whisper of Perique. It's finished with a top flavor that adds a bit of fruitiness and a singular floral note. Popular since the 1950s, this blend is a true blast from the past. This all-day blend is sure to bring back memories for many of the P&C Faithful.

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Ries Three Star Blue Shipping Constraints
7 Ounce CanIn Stock$15.60
Ries Three Star Blue Shipping Constraints
1.5 Ounce PouchIn Stock$4.69
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Overall Rating4.39 out of 5 Based on 31 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Iwan Ries Three Star Blue”

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4 out of 5
Nice American English, but temperamental
This is what most would consider an American English blend - a slightly aromatic, light English blend. Burley is the main component to me, but it is also rounded out by all the typical tobaccos found in straight English blends, just in smaller quantities. When I opened the pouch, the tobacco was definitely on the dry side, and so it burned pretty hot. The flavor was nice and what I look for in an American English. It came with a pleasant nicotine kick as well. The only reason I took away a star is that it seemed to be very temperamental. This needs to be smoked slowly or else it will turn pretty harsh. As long as you keep it tame, it’s a nice blend!
5 out of 5
I've been smoking 3 Star
I've been smoking 3 Star Blue for roughly 40 years. Am VERY GLAD to see your company carry it. I would like to see you also carry the Red & Gold flavors as well.
4 out of 5
It's a Good Smoke
I've been smoking English blends for over 50 years....all Latakia based......I saw this on Blue Collar Piper's video...I have become curious to "codger blends" since I am one.......never had Half and Half until recently...very nice change.....I decided to try this....as a somewhat aromatic blend ......and I thoroughly enjoyed it.....and will get more.......it's relaxing....I don't analyze notes and toppings......I just smoke what I like....try this
4 out of 5
all day smoke
codger blend
5 out of 5
Good overall tobacco
Good overall tobacco
4 out of 5
Very good smoke....not the one
Very good smoke....not the one I was looking for specifically..but very good classic.
4 out of 5
i like it
I like it. good bourbon note. good latakia flavor and smooth not too much bite from perique
4 out of 5
Burns well but can be
Burns well but can be a difficult get going. Smells and tastes great though. My go to.
5 out of 5
I am giving it five
I am giving it five stars even though I didn’t care for it. For the simple fact is that I found out I don’t like Orientals or Latakia. I have recently tried several other blends more higher quality did not care for those either
5 out of 5
I purchased for my dad,
I purchased for my dad, He had some trouble finding this brand in store. It's his all time favorite he was so surprised when it came. He loves the aroma and burn. He says the blend is perfect.
4 out of 5
Foggy Mornings on the lake with Grandpa.
A bit of nostalgia brought me back to this blend. My grandfather smoked Three Star Blue for many years, so there is a bit of sentimentality for me, especially with the room note. The one thing I have noticed is that this tobacco is a lot drier nowadays than it was a couple of decades ago. It may be the packaging changes over the years. At first, the tin note had a hint of anise/licorice, with a hint of vanilla. Once I jarred it, and cellared it for a couple of weeks, the anise was very dominant, but not overpowering. I detect a vanilla undertone, with a peppery floral flavor wafting through in pockets. There is always a slight medicinal flavor with the anise notes, but it blends well with the smoky campfire hints of the Latakia. There is always a little peppery finish with the perique in small doses that does vary from bowl to bowl. The Burley is present throughout the smoke, but it seems to blend out a little with the black cavendish. This blend tends to be finicky at times and may require a few relights. It can burn hot depending on how aggressively you draw, and the perique will let you know it is there in these instances. This is less an aromatic, and more of a crossover English Blend. If you have been smoking predominantly Aromatics, and want to get more into English Blends; this may be the tobacco to try out. It's definitely not for every palate, but it is a welcome blend in my rotation. It's not an everyday smoke for me, but is quite enjoyable. Especially when I am on a lake with a fishing pole in my hands and a pipe filled with Three Star Blue clenched in my teeth. It reminds me of fond memories of days gone by, smoking with grandpa on the bass boat on a foggy morning on the lake.
5 out of 5
An outstanding, well balanced all
An outstanding, well balanced all around blend. This is usually the blend I take with me through the day.
5 out of 5
Always my favorite
Always my favorite
5 out of 5
Three star blue, should be a five star blend
This is finest it's runs neck &neck for first place along with field &stream. My wife loves the aroma she it reminds her of Apple and cinnamon, it's mild cool burns slowly, I tried this with Willard briar pipe with a stinger very low residue an the same with out, over the top in flavor, I rate this a 5 star
5 out of 5
I'm new to this blend
I'm new to this blend but really like it. The burley and cavendish are the primary tobaccos I taste. There's a hint of Latakia to give a little smokiness. I do not detect the perique nor the vanilla topping. If you like American English blends you will probably like this, even though it's categorized as an aromatic. It's a very course cut blend, and seemed rather dry in the pouch. It smoked easily with few relights. The closest tobacco I've had to this might be Lane's HGL, though there's more Virginia noticeable in HGL than Three Star Blue. I plan on stocking up on Three Star Blue.
5 out of 5
FOR YEARS AN IWAN RIES
FOR YEARS AN IWAN RIES EXCLUSIVE. IWAN RIES 7 OZ FOR $20.40 WITH NO BREAK ON SHIPPING. PIPES AND CIGARS 7OZ FOR $15.40 AND WITH BUNDLING A POSSIBLE BREAK ON SHIPPING. DUH.
3 out of 5
Finally identified the taste
I like to try tobaccos that are controversial and this one surely is that. I am always skeptical of blends that have Latakia. Three Star has Latakia but it is a faint amount and smooths the blend. As I smoked it I could not recognize the flavor that stood out the most to me. It was not to almost the end of the bowl that I noticed Cinnamon. I wasn't expecting to taste Cinnamon so it was hard to imagine. I have not read that anyone else tastes Cinnamon, but that is what makes pipe smoking so much fun. Everyone tastes different flavors. It has an usual taste that one must try just to find out if it floats your boat. I believe that it will probably grow on me. It is not harsh, burns well and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. It is an old blend and I am an old fart so we will probably stick together. It's worth a try.
5 out of 5
Great tobacco, Changed somewhat over
Great tobacco, Changed somewhat over years?
3 out of 5
New vs Old
Simply put...It’s not the same taste and room note as it was 50 years ago when I first started smoking it during my college days.. Would I buy it again? Probably since no company in the past has come close to reproducing it. On the other hand I’d be very cautious about buying a Sutliff product who does produce 3 Star for Iwan Ries.
5 out of 5
Love this stuff
I've been smoking 3star blue for over 30 years and it is one of my 2 favorite pipe tobaccos. I was very happy to see P&C offered it so now I do all my tobacco buys from one place.
4 out of 5
Iwan Ries's Best Could Be Better
A good smoke, Iwan Ries's best in my opinion but their Three Star Blue doesn't quite yet live up to my personal tastes. I'm going to mix in Stokkebye's Black Cavendish and try it again.
5 out of 5
Most wonderful smoking tobacco in
Most wonderful smoking tobacco in my honest opinion. I smoke this tobacco almost every day,and when I dont I miss it terribly. I love this tobacco. I only wish it came in 12 or 14 oz tubs instead of 7 oz tubs. I enjoy this so much that this would be my desert island blend Wonderful taste,great aroma, and everyone around you knows it's great quality. Next time my order may be 6 tubs not 4
5 out of 5
High wife acceptance factor.
I smoke outdoors only, subject to the weather, thus only about 4 to 5 months of the year. This is my first time trying Three Star Blue in the 47 years I have smoked pipes. My wife says it’s the best smelling of all the tobaccos I smoke (including 1-Q and BCA). There is a lot going on here all at once with this tobacco. The burley predominates only marginally. The soapy flavor mentioned by others is probably from anise or licorice, and I like it. There is a slight flowery taste, I do not eat flowers (though once I tried a dandelion on a dare as a child. TSB is not dandelion) so I cannot identify it for you. This is an enjoyable smoke to be added to my many (over 25 tins or pouches at this time) enjoyable smokes in my current supply.
5 out of 5
First tobacco I ever smoked,
First tobacco I ever smoked, and still wonderful today.
4 out of 5
very nice smoke
Three Star Blue gets 4 stars from me. More than just a enjoyable blend.
3 out of 5
Iwan Ries Three Star
Real good around tobacco, I found out that you must smoke it in a pipe with a filter in it. without using a filter it gets alot of tobacco juice getting in your mouth and that doesn't taste good. With the filter it traps the juice and you get a nice flavorable smoke. So i must say i do recommend this tobacco and the aroma is great. keep a slow steady puff or it will go out real easy. Thank you the Pipester.
3 out of 5
Pipe Tobacco
Smoked this for some 30 years, but seems to have been changed somewhat. Still good though.
5 out of 5
It deserves 5 stars.
I got a pouch because I have heard many great things about blend. I didn’t like topping or casing but it’s short lived and then natural sweetness starts coming through. Not too sweet but just enough to me wanting more.Nice room note and even though it has perique,Latakia and others added they must be just the right amount to keep blend cool sweet and interesting. I’m curious how this would smoke in a cob or meerschaum.
3 out of 5
Iwan Reiss three star blue
Good all day smoke
5 out of 5
Just great
Just great
5 out of 5
Not Latakia or Perique heavy... just right!
I've been looking for an American/English blend that was not Latakia or Perique heavy! I've found it! Three Star Blue is a cool, clean, comfortable smoke! It's a great marriage of the American VaPer and English blends! If too much Latakia or Perique puts you off... I'm certain that you will enjoy this wonderful, and very flavorful blend! The room note is incredible and all who experience it will enjoy it as well! Thank You Pipes and Cigars for having this great smoke on your menu!
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