Comparing Tobaccos

In the past we’ve written about the relative merits of our tobaccos versus more expensive branded equivalents, with one of the key points we are at pains to make being that these days nearly all widely available tobacco (including ours) is made in the same 2 or 3 factories.  This gives certainty to the quality you are buying into.

But over the years we have spoken to countless customers or potential customers who want to switch to Carey blends, mostly due to the lower prices or the convenience of joining the Tobacco Club, and are looking for advice about which of our blends most closely resembles their normal branded preference.  This has been difficult to do for a number of reasons – manufacturers don’t want to provide ingredient lists being a major one – but our longevity has given us an advantage.  Each time we’ve converted a customer to our blends we’ve been sure to get their feedback, and over time we’ve been able to use this information along with other information we’ve gleaned, in order to put together a basic guide.  And now we’re publishing it for the first time…

compare tobacco infograph

As with all things of a subjective nature, it comes with a strong caveat – namely that this is simply a guide and none of our tobaccos has been created with the purpose of directly resembling a specific branded equivalent.  Also, each person will view ‘taste’ differently – just look at some of our reviews and you’d think they were about different blends sometimes – so people may not universally agree with the opinions set forth.  But as a starting point, we think it works well.  Why not take a look for yourself?

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18 Responses to Comparing Tobaccos

  1. avatar Rev Paul Conrad says:

    Good morning. May I please receive your catalogue.Also do stock Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake?

    • avatar Jenny says:

      Hi Paul, thanks for your request for a catalogue which I will pop in the post. We don’t sell SG Flake but we do have our own very nice No.7 Flake tobacco which is on page 14 of the catalogue.

  2. avatar Kim says:

    I think Anthony meant Radfords Sunday Fantasy.

  3. avatar Butch says:

    Thing I like about the Three Nuns though, when you can get it in tins, is the ‘coins’ cut.

  4. avatar Anthony says:

    I find that t2031Spritzer blend is similar to Radcliffe Sundays fantasy

  5. avatar Eamonn says:

    I think the condor version is more like Capt. Black

    • avatar Marcus says:

      OK thanks Eamonn. As mentioned this is such a subjective experience that 2 people may well view the same tobacco entirely differently, so we are really just trying to point people in the right direction. Your comment though is ‘duly noted’ and recorded here for others to consider. Thanks again for your thoughts.

  6. avatar Jeff says:

    The brand I turn to most is Dunhill Early morning pipe. Which of the house blends is similar to that?

    • avatar Marcus says:

      Hi Jeff – that tobacco hasn’t been compared to any of ours as yet as far as I am aware. So if you fancy trying a few and letting us know..?!

  7. avatar Denis says:

    Any equivalent for any of the Dunhill Mediums? Or for Rattray’s Red Rap or Black Mallory?

    • avatar Marcus says:

      Hi Denis – we haven’t been made aware of any equivalents but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any! Obviously we are reliant on customer experience and expertise. I’m not sure if you’ve tried one of our samplers but should you do so we’d be delighted for you to make some recommendations that others could benefit from. Thanks for getting in touch…

  8. avatar Raymond Duck says:

    Any similar to my favourite Samuel Gawith’s squadron leader?

    • avatar Marcus says:

      You’re in luck Raymond – our Castle Blend is made by SG and is a direct replica of their Squadron Leader!

  9. avatar Charles Waterfield says:

    What about your equivalents to either St Bruno or Players Whisky?

    • avatar Marcus says:

      Hi Charles. For St Bruno we actually have the closest thing to a replica, Bruno Special. Some say it’s identical, others say it’s nothing like the original (this is a subjective matter clearly!) but it’s universally loved. You can check the reviews on the product page…

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