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Natural products, free of chemical additives and preservatives, change and mature with age.Tobacco is no exception and this is especially true of in two ways.It actually is one of the few tobaccos that is available in The Netherlands that I like very, very much. In 1901 Sir William Henry Wills formed the Imperial Tobacco company from a merger of W. The last member of the Wills family to serve the company was Christopher, the great great grandson of H. The taste was full and naturally sweet with the hints of hay and raisins / figs that I smelled before. She answered that she had acquired them from the left over inventory of a closed tobacco-shop and that she had a couple more tins left. I was in luck, the local tobacco store had one left. From 1791 to 1793 the company was known as Lilly, Wills & Co when it merged with the firm of Peter Lilly. Their first brand was “Bristol”, made at the London factory from 1871 to 1974. Of course, but not for the money the winner offered. That was possible and after some price negotiations she sent me the tin. After the retirement of his partner in 1789 the name became “Wills & Co.”. The company was good for its workers and pioneered canteens, free medical care, sports facilities and paid holidays. My love for Capstan began when I made a bid on an old Medium Navy Cut tin on the British e-bay. Fortunately something went wrong with the winner and the seller approached me if I wanted the tin. He opened a shop in 1786 Castle Street, Bristol in 1786.Not only as the well-known flake, but also as the lesser-known ready rubbed. The largest cigarette factory in Europe was opened at Hartcliffe Bristol in 1974 but closed in 1990. Wills with John Player & Sons of Nottingham and 11 other independent family businesses, which were being threatened by competition from the United States by the American Tobacco Company. Some time after the closure of the Bristol plant the making of Capstan was finally licensed by Imperial Tobacco to Orlik and now Mac Baren. Even to this day, when I stick my nose in a Capstan tin I have to think of that. Speaking about those, Capstan used to be the favourite tobacco of well known writer J. When I put a flake in my Winslow Harlekin and lit it my taste buds had a shuddering orgasm.Also the manufacturer is no longer Orlik / STG, but another Danish company, Mac Baren. Luckily we in Europe were able to enjoy Capstan all this time. The beautiful Art Deco Newcastle factory closed in 1986. Imperial remains one of the world’s largest tobacco companies. Before that I smoked some aromatics and wasn’t converted to the dark latakia leaf yet. So I mailed the e-bay lady if she had any more tins left that she was willing to sell and asked how she got does. After I finished the old Capstan I went looking for the new version.
Also maybe because of the youthfulness of the flake. The Orlik / STG version tastes just a bit rounder, fuller but once again, that could very well be the age difference. But keep in mind the formidable ageing of the Virginias!I must say that that sharp edge goes away after a week after opening. Also Orlik / STG have brought 2 flakes on the market: Orlik English Original and Orlik English Gold. Anyway, I am just glad that I can buy a new tin of an old brand without worrying.For the last one and a half week I have been smoking both versions extensively in different pipes. I have not smoked these but it is said that they are similar to the Blue and Yellow Capstan. When I got home I opened it and was a bit disappointed.Yes the sweet hay/grass/ raisins / figs aroma was there but it lacked the depth of the Old Capstan.Generally Dating English Tins There are three major types of English tobacco tins as well as some minor varieties: The 'knife lid' or 'cutter top' tin style appears to have come into use during World War I (although there may be evidence of late 19 century use) and was generally used through the 1960s.