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Kentucky Dark Fired Step Ladder Sampler Pipe Tobacco Samplers
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Kentucky Dark Fired Step Ladder Sampler

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This sampler features the smoky and spicy goodness of dark-fired Kentucky. For a blend with a lighter concentration of  Kentucky, we offer you Hearth & Home Marquee Series El Nino, which is a complex blend with just enough dark-fired to make its presence known. Next is Stanwell Jubilee, in which the Kentucky is more clearly noticeable. Finally, Orlik's Dark Strong Kentucky makes a triumphant return, showing a significant amount of the dark-fired leaf.

The Kentucky Dark Fired Step Ladder Sampler includes:
(1) tin Hearth & Home Marquee El Nino
(1) tin Stanwell Jubilee
(1) tin Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky

Overall Rating4.57 out of 5 Based on 14 Ratings

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5 out of 5
3 Tins
Cant beat it.
5 out of 5
Great deal
This is a great deal
4 out of 5
2 Out Of 3 Ain't Bad
I was extremely curious about Kentucky Dark Fired tobacco, so when I saw the price of this sampler I pulled the trigger immediately. I was already a fan of Orlik Golden Sliced, and had heard great things about the Dark Strong Kentucky, so that tin alone was worth the price. I had also heard great things about Russ' "Marquee Series" for Hearth&Home, so the El Nino was just gravy on top. My only negative for this sampler would be the Stanwell Jubilee. First off, I am not a fan of Aromatics. There are some that are "okay", but I lean very heavily towards English/Balkan blends and Virginias or Va/Pers. I would have thought that P&C would have chosen a blend that would have showcased the KDF leaf rather that have it hide behind a topping. Now, the Jubilee is not bad. In fact, I quite enjoy the first 2/3 of the bowl. But the last 1/3 is unsmokeable for me. It turns harsh and acrid and it doesn't matter if I slow my cadence or not. I'm not sure if it is the topping burning off in concentrated amounts or what, but I can't smoke it. That being said, the sampler is well worth the money for the other two blends. The El Nino is a great change of pace from my usual English blends, and it smokes like a dream. The Orlik has the same quality leaf that goes into OGS and the KDF gives it some heft and complexity. The 1 star deduction is for the Jubilee, but even still, I would recommend this sampler to anyone wanting to try KDF.
3 out of 5
Interesting taste I would buy again. I'm a English blend guy saying that.
5 out of 5
Very good
All three Dark Fired Kentucky blends in the sampler were very good. I will buy these again for sure.
4 out of 5
Full flavored sampler
To start my friends,this is great tobacco...The El Nino is a well rounded tobacco..The perique has a little bit of a tounge bite for me ...So good but not my fav...The Stanwell Jubilee is awsome...If u love a truly great tobacco flavor, this is it..Its not too heavy on any one of the flavors,they all come together wonderfully. The Orlik has the most pleasant smell of grasses...When i pop the tin and get a whiff, im taken right to an old barn where lots of hay is stored..The Orlik is the strongest to me..but worth it...Great sampler...jubilee and dark fired kentucky are on my list for next purchase here at P&C..
5 out of 5
Fine set
right price for this set.Flakes are all good in my opinion,Nino smokes as sweet light roast Dunhill
5 out of 5
I'm a new Kentucky Dark Fired Fan!
I ordered this sampler to find out what all the fuss was about regarding Kentucky Dark Fired and I'm glad I did. All three are wonderful blends: cool and dry-smoking with no bite but with rich, full honest tobacco flavor. I will likely order one or more of them again. The Stanwell has a wonderful citrusy, fruity aroma in the tin that I really like but it is not sweet like an aromatic. The Orlick has only a little of this and is in slices where you can pick out the balance of virginia and dark-fired that you like. English blend smokers will probably like the El Nino best as a mellower change of pace.
4 out of 5
dark fired x3.
great way to get into dark fired without a big expense. strong dark alone is worth buying this sampler. smokey dark fired, sweet Virginia and molasses top note. who doesn't love good flake. didn't find it strong in the N department but the flavor was full and mellow. I've been wanting to try it for some time and this was a great opportunity. buy it again? sure! El Nino took me a while to make up my mind but the more i smoked it the more i liked it. while new-ish, i have experienced dark fired in the form of S&G black Irish twist, which was... powerful. This floated just outside of any style, for me at least. its not quite English as i cant pick up the latakia. my tin description made no such mention of latakia. its not aromatic because, well it isn't perfumed... its earthy, a little spicy, and almost BBQ saucy. and there is a hint of dark fired which was neat, but there was also sweetness, probably from the cavendish and virginias. it was very interesting. i got a little tired of it through the tin, but funny enough a enjoyed the last few bowls more and more, then found myself sad when i ran out. i wouldn't stop anyone from trying it. i thought it unique and tasty. Jubilee: haven't made up my mind on it so i will hold my thoughts on this one. makes for a somewhat unfair review. with or without the jubilee the sampler is worth it.
4 out of 5
Definitely a meat lovers assortment.
These are great tobaccos, I've been happy smoking all three. That being said, I disagree with the order of intensity. I think jubilee and dark strong are about even in strength with jubilee having a more "steak with mango salsa" sort of flavor while dark strong tastes like a southern style pulled pork. El NiƱo comes out the strongest with an almost apple smoked bacon profile, but for a rotation of Kentucky they're all delicious. I'm glad I ordered three of this sampler because I think these will be my summer time barbecue smokes.
5 out of 5
Awesome deal
I have enjoyed all three but I was already an orlik dark Kentucky fan. The other two have been excellent also
5 out of 5
Great Value
This was an excellent introduction to KDF and I plan on trying others. Phenomenal value!
5 out of 5
Dark Fired Step Ladder Sampler
Excellent tobaccos, all three: Orlik DS Kentucky, H&H El Nino and Stanwell Jubilee. The surprise standout for me was the Jubilee, which is one of the best (and most natural) aromatics I've tried. The DSK was good--not as good as the Mac Baren Old Dark Fired it resembles, but pretty good. Really liked the H&H, too. This is a killer sampler deal. 5/5!
5 out of 5
High marks for price and prompt delivery
Haven't opened the tins yet but have enjoyed previous purchases of Stanwell pipes and P&C Chestnut tobacco, and Stokkeybye flake.
Customer Testimonials
Worked my way through this trio tonight and I took a slightly different journey than P&C laid out. 1st on deck was Stanwell's Jubilee. A VERY mild burley with notes of brown sugar, molasses, and some kind of plum or fig that I couldn't quite identify. It's mild and sweet but I wish I could double everything because I really had to search to get much out of this blend. Second was the much lauded Dark Strong Kentucky. I will revisit this one with a fuller pipe but it was a bit one dimensional. The flavor starts out with a burst of curry and spice and then settles into the same flavor as the tin note; a nice strong sugar and meaty taste. It doesn't change through the end of the bowl. Cleanup for the crew was El Nino and what a treat! Thick clouds of smoke and a sweet spice took this group home nicely. Take a chance on this one if any of these look good and I think you'll be glad you did.
JC of Nashville, TN
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