Rumpole
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2940 days ago

In the 30's, 40's and 50's - smoking's Golden Age - this was the top brand. Now made by PM under contract to L&M, which for some reason no longer makes it's own best brand. Not buttery like Camel, not tangy like Pall Mall, but a straightforward, rich and full tobacco taste with a hint of cocoa sweetness. Smooth but not mellow, this full-bore approach won't be for everyone in this age of ultra light cigs, but for some it might be the motherlode. Burns fast like other PM cigs. Today Chesterfields are hard to find; I have not seen filtered Chesterfields at all and these non filtereds are only in a few stores in MA/NH that I know of. If you spot them, give them a try.  An outstanding and enjoyable smoke.    

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2940 days ago

This was a extra premium brand for decades when it was made by the old American Tobacco Company, but since the brand was acquired by Brown & Williamson and then RJR, it has been down-marketed to sub-prime status. It still has a ritzy label though. A powerful, rich, tangy, almost syrupy-sweet cigarette. Delivers a solid hit. No resemblance at all to Marlboro Red. Burns slower as advertised, maybe too slow for some. There are others that are smoother, and they might not be for everyone, but with it’s big flavor and longer burn, these offer the best bang for the buck. Highly satisfying and still has much of its old class despite the bargain price. No apologies needed.

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3301 days ago

Back before tar and nicotine ratings were abolished, one could look them up and find that full flavor Pall Mall Filters (Red box) were exceptionally strong – partly because it burned so slow, but also because it was just plain strong, little short of the few unfiltered cigarettes still on the market. Pall Mall Filters (Blue box), formerly Lights, are likewise exceptionally strong – in fact the old ratings had it at nearly the same strength as most other full-flavor cigarettes. Anyone who liked the rich tangy sweetness of the Red but otherwise found it overstrong may want to give these a try, as it has the same flavor profile, somewhat more mildly pitched. The filter is on the stiff side – kneading it a bit might help – but non-light smokers who find the Red box too much may be pleasantly surprised with the Blue, since it’s more like a regular cigarette than a light. Clearly, the old Pall Mall Filters Ultra Light (now the Orange box) is the true “light” in this brand lineup.

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3982 days ago

I've been picking these up because there are still a few left of the original blend. The new blend is very good, but I'll miss the original when it finally runs out.  Throwing in an occasional change such as a Viceroy helps to bring back appreciation for these.

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