From what I understand, Peterson bought the rights from Dunhill when they stopped making tobacco. Allegedly they use the same tobacco, with the same formula, in the same factory, and kept the artwork, just changing the name.OOOPs mine is the Dunhill version, if its anything like the Royal yacht its the same or very similar anyway
I think Bradley at Stuff and Things did a YT vid on it.From what I understand, Peterson bought the rights from Dunhill when they stopped making tobacco. Allegedly they use the same tobacco, with the same formula, in the same factory, and kept the artwork, just changing the name.
It would be interesting if someone were to do a review side by side to see if the blends really are the same. The only challenge I see is the Dunhill tins would have some years of age on them, and the Peterson tins would be fresher.
Although HU blends are not available in the US, they're manufactured by Dan Tobacco which are available here. I wonder if there are any Dan blends that are close to HU Director's Cut?
Nice memory. Reading books, especially physical books, might become as rare as that tin of Frog Morton Cellar.Was genuinely considering adding to this topic but... as one of the last few unopened tins in existence, this one is waiting for a special occasion. But i can say that this is my favourite tobacco. When i was a child, we had part of our house burn down in a fire. My dad managed to save, amongst other things, a lot of his old books. As i was growing up we never had much of a TV, not to mention computers, or video games, or the internet, so what i had for entertainment were those old books my dad saved from the fire. All of them were touched by fire, some more than others, so as i was embarking on all sorts of stories and fairytales, the smell that always followed me was of old musty books and smoke. And that is exactly what this tobacco smells like to me. It brings back a lot of memories, a lot of nostalgia, so it is a very special blend for me. Unfortunately, this is the last tin i'll ever see, most likely, so i'm saving it for something special.
Sounds good David. Solani does it right!Solani Festival 2020
I like Solani Silver Flake and Virginia Flake a lot so I decided to give Festival a try. Festival is a light European-style aromatic composed of ragged ribbons and flecks of burley, virginia and black cavendish, garnished with a light fruit topping. It is almost identical to W.O. Larsen Signature except that Signature is Danish and has the unmistakeable aroma of apricots while Festival is German and has a hard to identify aroma said to be plum.
If you're looking for a change of pace from "pure" tobaccos, Festival is a nice option. After a few lights and tamps, Festival smokes to the bottom of the bowl with no relights and retains its mild fruity taste and room note right to the end. If I had to choose between Festival and Signature, I'd go with Festival. The two Larsen blends I've tried-Signature and 1864-both tended to bite me. (I've heard the same complaint from other folks on this forum as well.) Festival gave occasional hints of heading in that direction but fortunately never got there.
I prefer light European aromatics, like Festival, to heavy American ones, like Molto Dolce (which I also enjoy on occasion). Nevertheless, I have a feeling this 50g tin of Solani Festival will last me much longer than my 100g tin of Solani Virginia Flake.
Photos: Signature has been in its foil pouch stuffed in a Ball jar since 2017. This probably explains why the threads of virginia in the Signature are slightly darker than in the Solani Festival, which was purchased on Black Friday 2020.