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St. Bruno Ready Rubbed Pipe Tobacco
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St. Bruno Ready Rubbed

Another blast from the past comes back!
St. Bruno Ready Rubbed is a classic. This pressed combination of select Virginias and bold Kentucky has a mellow, pleasant top note in the Lakeland style. The tobaccos is then tumbled out  for easy packing. The flavor is smoothly sweet and rich, with a mellow floral and fruit note that never overwhelms the fine quality leaf. Sought after for years by US customers after its importation was discontinued years ago, St. Bruno is finally back to the cheers of American pipe smokers everywhere. For those of you who enjoyed St. Bruno, it's back and good as ever, and if you never had the opportunity, now's your chance.

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Overall Rating4.52 out of 5 Based on 23 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “St. Bruno Ready Rubbed”

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5 out of 5
One of my favorites
Excellent smoke!
5 out of 5
"Steak sauce and soap???" Yes, but....
This, and Bosun Cut Plug, were the only Lakeland-style tobaccos in my rotation as a young pipe smoker, as I was mostly a Balkan Sobranie 759 fan in those days. St. Bruno's is no longer made by Ogden's of Liverpool, but it hasn't changed very much...smells like steak sauce in the pouch and soap in the pipe! It's GOOD soap, mind you...lighter than most Lakelands, less like Granny's Rose Geranium guest soap and more like a clean, pleasing taste, that lasts to the bottom of the bowl. Appealing room note, and enough nic to be satisfying. Rub it out a bit further from the pouch, and let it sit for a few minutes before lightly packing up the pipe for the best smoke. Benefits from an "airy" pack, smokes cool and consistent, but does require a few more relights than a straight Balkan or English. Like Royal Yacht, this may be a "love it or hate it" smoke, but I keep a pouch around all the time, and I have a Savinelli 315 reserved for aromatics and flavored blends like this. I realize "soap flavor" may not be most appealing description, think maybe "clean flavor", certainly worth a try, as the tobaccos used have a good underlying kick that separates this from most Cavendish based aromatics, and when packed right, retains the flavor to the very last bit. Very much the kind of smoke that if it works for you, you will be keeping it in the rotation, as there really is nothing else like it out there. Plus, the old St Bruno TV commercials you can watch on youtube are still pretty funny...
5 out of 5
A lovely Virginia- Dark fired
A lovely Virginia- Dark fired Burley blend . The floral topping is barely noticeable. More in the aroma and nothing like a lakeland . The Tonquin is noticeable and tasty . Medium nic hit that satisfies. A great smoke !
5 out of 5
St. Bruno is a wonderful
St. Bruno is a wonderful old fashioned Virginia blend with unique and complex hay, wine, and licorice notes. About medium in stength, great non latakia English blend. It is a little expensive, but worth it.
4 out of 5
Lives up to hype, earthy
Lives up to hype, earthy plum notes with citrusy finish. Can see why it's been a English standard for so long! That it's available on this side pond is great wish other brands were also accessible.
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4 out of 5
Nice flavor
I enjoy smoking this blend but it does have a nip on my sensitive tongue
4 out of 5
Really nice all day blend.
5 out of 5
St Bruno
The most flavourful and mild tobacco I’ve ever smoked....It’s been my choice for 50 yrs......
5 out of 5
St. Bruno
Nice cool mellow long lasting smoke
4 out of 5
Has become one of my
Has become one of my favorites, good change from the usual English/ Balkan blends I normally smoke, sweet but not to aromatic but not to could be an all day smoke, (sometime it is).
5 out of 5
St. Bruno Ready Rubbed Tobacco
First time experience with this blend. Very much liked. This blend is rich in taste & smokes full bodied with an edge that is unusual. The blend has a "time substantiated" feel & taste. No bite. Recommend opening & allowing to breathe for a few hours before smoking. Good room note, satisfying taste. Strong recommendation.
4 out of 5
Rich fruits and sweetness, a little zing in the nose and lingering tingle on the mouthful, along with delicious Virginas in the retro, and then some faint lingering woodiness and hints of dark fired Kentucky (which give that little tingle too).
[Tin/bag - Initial wiff of sharp syrup/rum/spirits or something hit me in the throat, sweet - maybe raisiny, a little leather, and almost a faint vinegar. Longer crumpled cut strands like a ready rubbed flake would be, a little thicker than typical ribbon cut and straighter too. Some moisture in the pouch, had to dry some in front of a fan for quick access (10 mins).] Sugary molasses just a touch that quickly gives excellent Virginia yellow hay notes. Really tastey lightup. Some slight nip to it in the nose on the retro, and then a little woodiness in there. Every once in a while some bitterness in the aftertaste. I attribute the nip and bitterness to some dark fired Kentucky, but I do not sense smokiness. Little bit of tingle on the tongue after exhale with secondary tastings of the after taste. Nice, rich, more robust and full mouth flavor, along with some fruitiness. A sense of vanilla here and there in the mix lingering on the side and back of the tongue. I catch a few hints of the floral notes people have mentioned. I really like the Virginias on the retro the most, and then the richer sweets of fruit, and there ever so faintly, is some leftover smoke and woodiness in the nicely blended in dark fired Kentucky. Enjoyable, there is quite a bit going on here it seems. I tried this one out, over popping any of my tins, for the price point. Amongst a little mixed reviews, it seems to indicate that tin vs pouch are the same, or so similar, that I will probably not detect enough difference. It's very good, but probably not going to be a mainstay for me, as I just don't sense it will be something that crosses my mind first when I go to pick up the pipe. However, it should be nice here and there and I will keep some on hand, but about 5 tins should last me past the Apocalypse and into the grave with me favoring others in my cellar. Stays nice and fairly cool throughout the bowl, with little to no relights needed.
5 out of 5
Great tobacco!
Just ordered 11 pouches! Is it my beloved Condor Ready Rubbed?? NO! Is it good in it's own right? Absolutely YES! I love it... "the "weez"...
2 out of 5
Not for Me
Too large & stringey..won't stay lit long...aroma..good...will not buy or recommend too anyone.
5 out of 5
If you like Erinmore Flake....
Tried this ready rubbed for the first time today. The top note reminds me of my loved Erinmore Flake. I am getting quite a bit of spice/pepper. After a while that Dark Fired Kentucky comes through with a nice thick satisfying smoke. Smoking in a Missouri Meerschaum Cobbit The Shire. Delightful!
5 out of 5
St Bruno Flake: a pipe's best friend.
This is truly a tobacco not to be missed. It does have a slight plumb topping, but it really sets the right tone for a peaceful smoke.
5 out of 5
Good Stuff
Good stuff my my true love will always be Condor. The toppings are similar but the base tobaccos are worlds apart. Do yourself a favor and buy some Gold Block with your St Bruno and mix them 50/50, the result will be what we call Ogden's Mixture. Go ahead, look it up.
5 out of 5
You must try this British gem
I am so glad to find a U.S. stockist of St. Bruno since I had been importing cases of it from England at a pretty outrageous price. This is a gem; a common blend in the U.K., but a fairly uncommon one in the U.S. I absolutely love this blend, and despite being bought out, this blend has not changed at all.
5 out of 5
Cool smoke
Cool even burning. Packs easily, a mild smoke best after a meal with a nice coffee.
5 out of 5
The Best...
St. Bruno Ready Rubbed is the best tobacco that I have ever smoked. If there was nothing but St. Bruno left in the world, I would be happy. I would gladly smoke this everyday, all day...if it weren't so expensive. As such, I will buy what I can, and smoke it sparingly. I think Mac Baren would greatly benefit if they lowered the price. The blend is smooth, soapy, with a hint of smokiness, but not in a latakia-way. It is pleasant, and made of good quality leaf. This is one of the best...
3 out of 5
Medium Everything
St Bruno is a medium bodied, medium strength, medium quality Va-Bur with a small bit of casing which presents as a touch of sweetness rather than any particular flavour. It had been years since I had smoked it, so I had to have some. I remember it as being a little stronger and a little less sweet, but that could be the result of time and comparison to the tobaccos I am currently smoking. There is nothing bad about St Bruno and I will certainly finish the pouch, but there are too many better Va-burs at a better price point to repeat the purchase.
5 out of 5
St. Bruno returns!!!
I'm not a veteran to the pipe scene by any means. I'm actually still a rookie. But Dang! I love this tobacco. I first read about St. Bruno a few years back, and since then have been imaging a nice packed bowl in my pipe. Well the day has finally arrived and I'm on cloud nine. Actually many clouds of St. Bruno bliss. This will now become my everyday go to smoke. It's just that good in my opinion. I'm sure I will get some disagreements, but I don't care. I'll keep on puffin' my favorite pipes packed with the old British " Big Dog" St. Bruno!
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