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Jim's Aged Capstan Blue Reviews.

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Jim's Aged Capstan Blue Reviews.

Postby JimInks » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:49 pm

Recently, I have had the good fortune to smoke 1938 and 1940 Capstan Blue. Here are my thoughts on them, starting with the 1930s version.

1938 Version:
I’ve smoked three bowls and have enough left for one more. I think similar tobacco varietals are used in today's production. Dark Virginias usually have a dried dark fruit note or two, depending on the processing, and CB is no exception. The 1938 version obviously had time to age, and the further fermentation of the Virginias caused the stewed fruit flavor to be more prominent and sweeter than when it is fresh. I thought it was slightly more sugary, too, which was also caused by the aging process. New CB has a couple of rough edges (not to the extent of FVF or similar Va.s), and they were smoothed out over time in the 1938. I thought the nicotine level was lightly higher in the 1938, too.


This 1940 Capstan almost tastes like a cross between the 1930s version and the current version. The Virginia has a few grass notes (a shade less than the '30s Capstan), but is more earthy than the new version, which I attribute either to the tobacco varietal or age or both. The dark fruit and citrus notes area little more pronounced than the '30s version and very close, but slightly deeper than the new version, though a shade less sweeter than the new manufacture. It has the taste of fermented sweet matured Virginia. I'd say this is slightly tangier than the others, and has a minute spice tingle not found in the others, too. This is just a little muddier in flavor than the other two as well as a little more nicotine. There was a very, very slight hint of cigarette near the finish of the 1930s version which I do not experience here or in the MacBaren version. The flavor holds to the finish. Frankly, I like this a little better than the '30s version - not by much, though - and I think it has a little more interesting character and is a little more complex than the new version.

Current MacBaren Version:
This is a little stronger, less sweet, and less cased than its brother in the gold tin. Slight citrus, fig, and a little grass/hay and earthy taste with a nice mild to medium dark fruit Virginia flavor. Also is slightly sugary. Not a very complex blend, though there are a couple of different Virginias in the mix. If you want something a little stronger and less sweet than Capstan Gold, or a straight Virginia that's less stronger than Gawith Full Virginia Flake, this will give you what you want. Has a mild nic-hit. A very comfortable all day smoke to pack and light with enough nicotine to get your attention without overwhelming your senses.
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Re: Jim's Aged Capstan Blue Reviews.

Postby ratatosk » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:38 pm

Thanks for the reviews, Jim, very interesting. I can't find it now of course, but I once ran across a picture of another version of Capstan flake from the 20s or 30s. It was Capstan Full and referred to as chocolate because of the color of the label, not the taste. That would be something to get a chance at.

My first thought regarding the 1938 vs.1940 versions is that once the war started, Britain had to contend with u-boats and it's likely that while tobacco was always included in convoys, the sourcing changed. Very possible that they had to make do with whatever was available from wherever it showed up and that would affect the flavor profile.

I've enjoyed both the Orlik and Mac Baren versions of contemporary Capstan and would suggest that even if every version uses the same recipe, sourcing is still a major factor in the ultimate smoking experience. Even if cuttings of the same plant are compared that were raised in different areas, the sun, soil and water are all different so the outcome is different.

Now, it isn't because of war but because of diminishing tobacco growing areas as well as the relative ease of buying from different areas that we may see changes.

Good stuff at any rate.
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Re: Jim's Aged Capstan Blue Reviews.

Postby Geo3rge » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:25 am

Excellent reviews of these aged tobaccos and so interesting to read. Your description of the sweet citrus flavours is quite enticing. Good stuff indeed. Thank you so much. Thanks also to Richard for a stimulating response with nods to history. It makes one wonder at both the harshness of the conflict and the grim determination to pull through in those days.
Much appreciated as usual.
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Re: Jim's Aged Capstan Blue Reviews.

Postby Dodger » Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:34 pm

JimInks wrote:Current MacBaren Version:
This is a little stronger, less sweet, and less cased than its brother in the gold tin. Slight citrus, fig, and a little grass/hay and earthy taste with a nice mild to medium dark fruit Virginia flavor. Also is slightly sugary. Not a very complex blend, though there are a couple of different Virginias in the mix. If you want something a little stronger and less sweet than Capstan Gold, or a straight Virginia that's less stronger than Gawith Full Virginia Flake, this will give you what you want. Has a mild nic-hit. A very comfortable all day smoke to pack and light with enough nicotine to get your attention without overwhelming your senses.

I agree ,this is easy to light and rarely needs a relight .
I am a little upset with myself at the moment as I forgot to order more ,so have run out and it will have to be a New Year present to myself .
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