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Newminster No. 403 Superior Round Slices Pipe Tobacco
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Newminster No. 403 Superior Round Slices

Newminster No. 403 Superior Round Slices starts with a core of dark-fired Kentucky, around which premium flue-cured leaves are wrapped and spun into a rope. It's sliced into coins that are very easy to prepare. The flavor is typically sweet Virginia with an undertone that's spicy and slightly smoky - slightly on the full side of medium bodied.

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Overall Rating4.42 out of 5 Based on 48 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Newminster No. 403 Superior Round Slices”

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4 out of 5
Being new to "better" tobacco,
Being new to "better" tobacco, re a bulk cavendish kind of guy, it took a couple bowls to absorb the experience, overall a pleasant flavor, room note is not as sweet as say a cherry but pleasant, and Bite? that is how you smoke, it gets real harsh when its too hot. (but they all are, LOL)
5 out of 5
Can’t get enough!
This has become my favorite! I love English balkans and Virginia but I have to have at least one bowl every day. A little sweet with a nice kick in the ass…
5 out of 5
Fantastic smoke. I've loaded it into corncobs, clays, and briars. Each one brings out a different quality of the tobacco. The flavor is complex but not overwhelming.
5 out of 5
Great tabacco. I always try
Great tabacco. I always try to keep some on hand...
5 out of 5
wonderful tobacco, so well balanced
wonderful tobacco, so well balanced
5 out of 5
These are excellent!!! Have reordered
These are excellent!!! Have reordered a couple times—consistent product
5 out of 5
Tasty, BBQ Sweetness
I have loved this blend for a while. Gently rub the coins out, pack tight. Narrow bowl and slowly sip. Enjoy the sweet molasses BBQ. If you puff fast the N will sneak up on you
3 out of 5
Not as good as some
Not as good as some of the other blends in this category but still pleasant. Did detect a little bite.
5 out of 5
Sweet, Spicy, Smoky Goodness!
I'd say that the description that P&C gives about this blend is pretty much dead on! There seems to be just the right amount of Virginia to sweeten the Dark Fired Kentucky but also allow the DFK to shine. A little sweet hay essence combined with a nice spicy-smokiness makes this an enjoyable smoke. I didn't have to give it any dry time as it was ready to smoke upon arrival and 3 of the thinly sliced coins filled the bowl of my Peterson Sherlock Holmes "Baskerville" perfectly.
5 out of 5
Newminster No. 403 Superior Round Slices
09 OCT, 2020 I broke open the baggie that this came in just to get a whiff. The nose note was of grasses and hay with a hint of citrus and molasses and an undertone of smokiness. This smells very good and I cannot wait to try it. Upon first charring light there is not much to write home about. It starts off somewhat bland but eventually builds to being a little spicy and has a good flavor. I can say this is one of my favorites. This might be a whole bunch better with some age. I'm going to let the 4oz bag age a bit.
3 out of 5
Decent bulk blend if you like Kentucky & Va.
Smokey, spicy, with a touch of sweetness from the Virginia, but the full bodied, smokey, spicy Kentucky is the major player here. Small nicely formed disks - I think they taste better just stacking, rolling & stuffing them in the bowl rather than rubbing out. You have to take care that you don't smoke this too fast or it can bite, but keep it at a slow smolder & it's a very pleasant smoke. Has a few rough edges when new, but should age beautifully. Good bang for the buck.
5 out of 5
Better with age
Smoked some with 2 1/2 years on it. Fantastic! The Dark fired has mellowed somewhat in a good way and the Virginias are smoother and sweeter. Ordered a few more pounds to stash away.
5 out of 5
Fantastic, Rich Prune Flavor
A fantastic, rich prune flavor. If you like Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky, you will love Newminster No. 403. C'est Magnifique!
4 out of 5
Worth having in the cellar
This is the one I prefer over PS. I like the dark fire Kentucky and the richness of the flavors . It really helps to cellar this at least a few months.
5 out of 5
Dank cellar grows!
Xcellent blend to put away for further aging. I will update this review when I actually smoke some of these lovely coins. Highly recommend this blend!!
5 out of 5
Nice all day smoke
A nice VaBur blend. Smokes very pleasant. No bite. The Virginia is up front but not too overpowering. The darkfired Kentucky lends its tangy goodness and the result is a nice all day smoke.
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Got this in the battle
Got this in the battle of the blends with some PS luxury bullseye. Very similar but doesn’t have the sweetness of the Stokkebye. Still a quality smoke with some spice from the Kentucky.
4 out of 5
Sweety, smokey, and spicy..
Bought this stuff on a whim and am so glad I did. The dark-fired Kentucky shines through and adds the perfect amount of spicy-smokiness to the sweet Virginias. I'm partial to Virginia-Perique blends, and this stuff here is definitely being added to my permanent rotation.
4 out of 5
Superior Slices
Pretty good, a nice change of pace to English blends. I will be buying this again. Decent price as well.
4 out of 5
Perfect blend
These coins are my favorite bulk blend because like so many of Newminster's blends they are high quality tobacco at a reasonable price. The balance or Virginias and dark fired Kentuckys is great. I bought nearly a pound so that I could enjoy some now and pack away a bunch in the cellar for aging.
4 out of 5
Good stuff!
Good stuff, a winning combination of VA and DF.
5 out of 5
Pleasant surprise
This is one of the best Virginia blends that I have tried. When you get bulk, you can never be sure what you’re getting due to variables such as how it was stored, how long it was stored, etc. This blend was apparently stored just right because it lights easily and is delicious. The Virginia and dark fired may be a better combination than Virginia/perique. I highly recommend it. Great value.
4 out of 5
A good coin
On the mild side of medium, but tasty and softer tasting than PS Bullseye. Burns cleanly.
4 out of 5
Anytime Smoke
This is a tobacco to smoke anytime of day. Nice and smooth no hard bite. Love it.
4 out of 5
good smoke
good smoke
5 out of 5
good tobacco
nice smoke
4 out of 5
first try with newminster products
newminster 403 round slices i think they will make a great summer smoke i like the taste of the va could use a little more of the dark fireed in my opinion over all a good smoke
5 out of 5
One of my go to smokes
This is my favorite sliced tobacco. The rounds are small enough to just shove into most pipes without preparation and the flavor is great
5 out of 5
Give it Time
Didn't like this when I first got it, tasted harsh. I set it aside for a year and went back to it. The Virginia settled down and the dark fire is nice and smokey. I love this stuff.
5 out of 5
Get it while you can!
Had cellared an ounce of this for a few years. Oh my! I only wish I had put more back.Waiting for it to be back in stock so I can buy a pound to cellar. If you really want to taste the full potential of a blend learn to be patient. You'll thank yourself later.
5 out of 5
Great Smoke, up there alone amongst "Coins"
A friend sent me a sample of these rounds, on trying it I found a great smoke that impressed so much that I've devoted a pipe to use exclusively with it. Slow sipping brings a stream of sweetness that last's to the end of the bowl plus a fullness that satisfies. I've come back twice for a pound for cellaring and one more to smoke now. It's just great and I'm looking forward to 2 or 3 years if I can wait that long.
5 out of 5
Impressive Blend
I don't stuff whole coins, I shred and stuff, this tobacco has earned a place in my favorites. It starts out sweet and full and stays that way to the end, the stoved Kentucky gives a richness to the smoke and the over all combo stays with you. Hard puffing gets bitey so it really needs a slow smoking. I tried a 3 hr. DG and it lost nothing in flavor. I don't know how it will cellar but, if the Virginias get sweeter it will be a winner. I'll be ordering another pound or two.
5 out of 5
Another pleasant surprise!!
I was given a 2 oz. sample for Christmas. I must confess, I was pleasantly surprised. It started like a standard VA Slice/Round. It had that heavy dark sugary (more molasses than table) note. Then by the third puff, it began to exhibit a nice peppery note. It was quite an enjoyable puff. The flavors that expressed themselves to the bottom of the bowl kept things interesting. I have a lot of smokes in rotation now, however, I will be making room for this little treat! Enjoy!!
5 out of 5
A Wonderful Little Smoke!
This has definitely made its way into my rotation. It has a wonderful "Earthy" smell in the bag, and I enjoy telling my friends about how it is rolled up like a cigar and cured, then sliced thin, as I crush the little disks with my fingers and pack my pipe. Be forewarned: You'll need to figure out just how much to pack into your pipe, as this stuff EXPANDS once the flame is applied. Also, know this: I might be a lightweight, but this stuff really knocks my peepee into the dirt with its high nicotine content. All in all, this is a Wonderful Little Smoke at a true bargain bulk price! Enjoy with discretion!
4 out of 5
Nice full bodied smoke.
Nice full bodied smoke, can't quite put my finger on it but has a distinct taste that reminds me of being around the camp fire, was really surprised with the freshness and good taste of this considering the price, will definitely buy again.
5 out of 5
Superior Round Slices of Dark Fired Heaven
The Dark Fired Kentucky in these is amazing. I keep a bunch of this around in separate jars to age. The smoke. Ah, the smoke. Stout and flavorful. Smoke slow and let the flavors open up for you.
4 out of 5
Might be #1 in my cellar.
This blend has quite a bit of dark fired kentucky in the coin. A fantastic sipping blend that smokes cool and is very rich in flavors. If sipped you can get the sweetness of the Virginia tobacco. Pack it about medium firmness and it will reward your pallete. Would I buy it again? Oh heck yes.
4 out of 5
Nice little coins !
The Dark Fired center makes up most of the blend. Be prepared for a good kick out of it, but not too unruly. You can enjoy the Virginia when smoked slow. A nice diversion from flakes.
1 out of 5
Bring lots of water
try as I might in meers, cobs or briars can I bring myself to enjoy this blend it smokes extreemly hot in any pipe I've tried even long churchwardens might be five stars if I were forging horseshoes with it - it burns that hot - but as a smoking pipe tobacco I will not again buy this blend!
5 out of 5
Superior Indeed!
Light but flavorful. Spicy and sweet. What's not to love?
5 out of 5
#403 Superior Rounds
Curb Appeal: Packaging-As this is a bulk blend it comes in a simple ziplock bag. Appearance-Neatly spun coins approx. a nickel in size sporting a speckled look denoting the Virginias and Kentucky tobaccos that make up this blends composition. Bouquet-A delightfully rich aroma reminiscent of a tobacconist or coffee house. Smokability: These tobacco coins fold and break down nicely making for easy packing into the tobacco chamber. The Burn- This blend lights quite readily and does a good job of remaining lit throughout the smoke. The Smoke- The smoke volume is very good and of medium strength with the rich character of that of a good coffee or hot chocolate. Final Thoughts- 403 Superior Rounds is an excellent blend which can be enjoyed any time of the day. I keep this blend in my stable of tobaccos and it's an excellent sidebar to my every day tobacco. PSA: The views and opinions of this reviewer are not necessarily those of the owners or management of this site; but they should be!
5 out of 5
The meat and potatoes
One of those tobaccos I cannot do without. Very smooth with the va's on the front with a very deep rich and flavorful and stout punch from the dark fired following in unison. This is a brilliant combination and the coins are perfect and the flavor down through the bowl does not fade, it only gets better.
5 out of 5
Not simple, but very amazing!
This tobacco is simply mythical!!! The flavors bounce between spicy and sweet almost like the tobacco is alive. I have been smoking it for well over a year now and still find it as curious as the first puff. Think of this tobacco as a demonic unicorn with bipolar disorder that is under your control. It will always try and bite you, but once you are able to ride it the intrigue never ends !!
5 out of 5
My daily....
This is my daily smoke. Slightly sweet Virginia, rich Dark fired flavor. A must try, ages well.
4 out of 5
Strong and tasty, but bring water!
Full and crispy! You can always remember the taste of this tobacco. Very strong, and warming to the mouth. Be prepared with water, though, this stuff changes your voice on the first few puffs it's so strong.
1 out of 5
As much as I would like to, I couldn't seem to enjoy this tobacco. The smokey notes were nice, but then an overbearing taste of vinegar came in and I couldn't go beyond that. I tried it in several different pipes for benefit of the doubt. Perhaps you will have better results.
5 out of 5
Versatile. Not something I could possibly do without. Archturus of the dark fired realm.
Customer Testimonials
Just tried some of this off the cuff heres what i found.. > Its quite bitey > non aromatic > It smokes hot > No big sweetness that i can detect. > Although it does burn quite well down to fine ash. Summary: Well, lets just say im not a huge fan of this blend and you would probably be better off finding something else you might like if the above conditions do not appeal to your liking.
SR of Manchester, MI
I see a lot of reviews that are wildly different from each other. In my opinion this tobacco is deep rich stout and woodsy. One of my top ten tobaccos. I cannot detect any added flavoring as some my suggest. Rich and strong dark fired and sweet virginia tobacco make this a flavor bomb! - tip - this tobacco likes to move when lit, I find i must light/tamp 2-3 times before it settles down.
JS of Ellwood City, PA
Based on feedback I ordered a pound to put back. It's only been a couple of months but curiosity got the better of me after enjoying a bowl of a more expensive coin. I prefer fold and stuff with flakes & coins. Smoking these two bowls in succession I am very pleased with 403. A serious bargain and if this tobacco improves with age... it's a no-brainer to keep some around.
MB of Watkinsville, GA
These little slices are great. Slightly sweet and smoky with a mid nic range. Don't rush them for the best flavor. I am becoming a big fan of these. At first light they act like they might bite, but they settle down into a very satisfying smoke. Good stuff!
TT of Honey Grove, TX
Burns nicely. Good moisture level. Flavor is decent, minus the abundance of chopped stems. Lose the stems and this would be superb.
JD of Gardner, IL
My first foray into this type of tobacco. Wasn't sure but thought for the price lets see what happens. Boy I'm glad I did! Perfect moisture, packs easy, burns long, tasty, inexpensive, I could go on. A little bitey if pushed hard but for slow sipping it's good stuff.
AS of Trinity, NC
Small easy to pack medallions of Virginia with a center of Dark Fired Kentucky. Awesome smoke at a GREAT price. I bought 24 oz and will cellar half. Thus should be outstanding with some age on it.
WF of Gulf Breeze, FL
I would NOT classify this as aromatic. It's a VaBur. It is a sweet, smooth, tasty, clean and easy smoking delight. If you like Va of any sort, I'm sure you'll enjoy these little slices. Yummy.
MW of Ocala, FL
Outstanding pipe tobacco! I rolled a bundle to fit in my bowl snugly and it lit and burned perfectly to the bottom. The Flavor was well balanced and crisp. No muddled and indistinct variety here. My new favorite slow and cool smoking treat for an hour of pleasure with a cup of Joe.
CT of Antioch, IL
A nice sweet virginia with what seems to be a hue of vanilla, topped off with a light pinch of a smoky spice from the dark fired kentucky. I would recommend it to people who like their virginia blends and/or their aromatic blends, as it is a happy medium between the two.
SB of Pocahontas, IA
Love this blend!
JB of Santa Monica, CA
THE BEST VIRGINIA-FOCUSED BLEND. I don't write tobacco reviews--at least not until now. Virginias, VA-periques, VA-burleys, I've tried them all, most in expensive tins, for twenty-five years. Dunhill, MacBaren, Escudo, Orliik, Pease, McClelland, Peterson, Ashton, Jersey, Three Nuns, and onward each have positive characteristics, but the perfect tobacco eluded me. Trying Newminster was my last-ditch effort, and I was resigned to being satisfied but not as much as hoped. Well, not since I got the wonderful Virginia sweet zing from MacBaren's Scottish Mix of two decades ago (a zing which it lost a decade or so back), had I come across a blend as well-rounded, smooth, naturally sweet, cool burning, and warm smelling as this blend. Perfection. Cheers!
BL of Brusly, LA
I find myself reaching for Superior Round Slices in the morning. I guess I just like the flavor of burley in the morning. It's a tasty VA/BUR but take it slow smoking this one, it has a tendency to bite your tongue if you smoke too fast.
Fresh whole slices. Tasty and great when put away for a bit. Always packed beautiful, these guys care about presentation. A+
NC of Bedford hills, NY
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