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I have been smoking about 4 years now and have been smoking roll ups for about 3 of those four years. If you dont know the main products on the UK tobacco market are cutters choice, golden virginia, drum and pall mall. I genrally smoke drum all the time but sometimes switch between the other main competitors just for a short break but i can safely say that drum tobacco is the best on the UK market (i mean drum blue here not drum gold).
It also has the best pouch as you can stick you rozla onto a sticky patch on the inside no you can always keepp them together. It also has velcro rather than a little bit of tape to keep it shut so tobacco cant clog up the tape and stop it from working.
Drum is the most naturally made tobacco on the market as well with all the chemicals that keep your baccy moist and easy to roll reduced. This can be seen as bad in a way in that it gets dry a lot quicker than other tobaccos and therefore more difficult to roll .Also when you get down to about 10 cigarettes left your tobacco is all the crumbly remains that has fallen to the bottom of your pouch but in my opinion this doesn't matter. It is the most expensive tobacco on the UK market also but even though i am trying to save money i'd still rather buy this. Considering i'd rather buy this over a £7.20 pack of cigarettes its not a thought to me. At the moment this is £3.70 for a 12.5g in most supermarkets for now (no doubt the price will rise again soon) so its still value for money considering you get 30 cigarettes from a 12.5g.
The taste is much better than any other tobacco product, it is much more rich and most importantly smells like BBQ sauce. I first started smoking roll ups not because i liked it but to save money and my health but now i prefer my a nice pouch of drum over my favourite pack of cigarettes. When i smoke anything other than drum i cant shake that thought that they just dont have as much taste than other tobaccos. Belive it or not i dont smoke to look cool i do it because i enjoy the taste (and am addicted of course). I have been smoking drum long enough though to recommend you use green rizla rather than blue. I prefer blue rizla in general but not with drum.
Have smoked Drum or Samson 4 nearly 40 years. I switched permanently to Drum because I like the packages with the velcro thing and the sticky bit 4 papers. However, it seems wrong to me that the company has added something (like saltpetre?) so that instead of going out when U put the rolled and lighted cigarette down, now it burns away. I always thought rolling tobacco was healthier (hahaha) than cigarettes because it had less chemicals. Now I'm determined 2 give it up - again. Shouldn't they inform their consumers if they R adding stuff?
I have been smoking for 30 years. Not a good thing perhaps. Still I am not ready to quit yet. I don't advise anyone who doesn't smoke to smoke, but for all the cigarette smokers out there, I have to say I prefer this brand of tobacco to any packet of fags or any other rolling tobacco out there. I used to smoke Embassy Filter, quite a strong enjoyable smoke but it got expensive when I was a student and so I tried different kinds of rolling tobacco. I find Golden Virginia to sweet, a bit sickly for me in the same way a sweet white wine is (I prefer the taste of a good dry red). I also tried Old Holborn but this is much too strong for me and when I smoke it, it tastes like cancer. When I discovered Drum I didn't look back. I soon got the hang of rolling fags (after about 100 tries, and I still make the occasional baggy or too tight one) and also the hang of saving money. I find they are best smoked with Green Rizla (that is the medium gauge paper) and a filter tip. I prefer it to any other baccy or cigarettes, even when someone offers me a cigarette I say no thanks, I'll I prefer Drum.
Been a couple of days since I wrote a review and thought i'd give you all the lowdown on a tobacco that I tried not too long ago. Like all of my reviews that I have published or am yet to publish, I am going to state that smoking is bad for you. Always has been, always will, anyone that tells you any different is lying to you, or doesn't know the facts themselves.
So, on to the good stuff. As I said in my Amber Leaf review, i'm not a hand-rolled cigarette smoker, but I have been at one point, so perhaps this review will be beneficial to those just starting to make their own. I actually find that drum is one of the best rolling tobaccos that I have tried. It's more moist than brands such as Amber Leaf and Cutters Choice, but it isn't as expensive as some of the perceived quality brands such as Golden Virginia or Benson and Hedges. It comes packaged in a handy little pouch, with a sticky strip that can be removed to store your rolling papers upon, and a small velcro square in which to hold the pouch together. One thing I will mention with that is that you have to secure the square tightly, otherwise it has the potential to open up, and give you a pocket full of tobacco, for example.
As for taste, I can't really say too many bad things about it. It has a strong, powerful odour, when you open the packet, smokey would be a good term for it, and I happen to find this an appealing smell. It's moist, but not too moist that it's excessively clumpy, as that would just make it even more difficult to roll and potentially wet you papers. I actually don't mind the taste really, it's quite pleasant, something I wouldn't usually say about a rolling tobacco. Not much else can be said to be honest, it's a relatively smooth smoke, no harshness or noticeably disgusting aftertaste, which is always a bonus. Plus, I haven't ever had a 'Dodgey Fag' (Read my amber leaf review for details on that little doozy).
Finally, it's relatively cheap, you could be paying anything from £1.50 to £3 depending on outlet and taxes etc. Again, it's always going to be cheaper to smoke your own cigarettes than to smoke manufactured cigarettes, so that's a positive.
All in all, great rolling tobacco, probably the best i've tried so far, good taste, affordable and no harshness. Would certainly recommend the product.
Ahhh the recession. It forces humankind to do the strangest things. Swapping Topshop for Primark; substituting restaurants for fajita kits; deciding that saving up for a rainy day is no longer enough - we must now save up for redundancy.
And, of course, we start to wonder whether £6.70 for a pack of Lucky Strikes (as effortlessly cool as they make us look) is really a wise investment...
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A few months ago, I was a smoker of the factory-rolled, ready-packaged, tobacco. I used to think that 'rollies' were for the poverty-stricken only. The stereotype wasn't helped by an ex-boss of mine who smoked Gold Leaf without filters, had dirty fingernails and delightfully muddy teeth.
Then the recession hit and I took myself to my local corner shop.
(Side note - as a rollup rookie, I made the schoolgirl error of buying Gold Leaf. Don't do it. I swear that stuff is just £2.50 worth of wood shavings).
Fast forward to one week later - I've perfected my rolling technique and am telling anyone who'll listen how amazing it is that a 12.5g of tobacco costing £2.50 has lasted me an entire week.
Fortunately, a friend of mine intervened with a pack of Drum.
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Drum tobacco is DIVINE.
If you're reading this, you must like to smoke, so I am not going to pretend that I hate it; it's a filthy habit; I wish I could quit; etc etc.
It smells like the eye-itchingly smoky sort of barbeque your neighbour has on the balcony underneath your window. It's definitely distinctive.
The tobacco itself is moist and stringy and rolls like a dream if you separate it properly.
Despite the use of Dark Kentucky tobacco (whatever that may be), it tastes very smooth; not harsh. If smoking Gold Leaf was like drinking razors; smoking Drum is like sipping a Sailor Jerry on the rocks.
Apparently Drum is still within the 'cheaper tobacco' range. A 12.5g pack costs about £3 and the 25g pack costs around £5.70.
(If you've never smoked rollies before, I find that a 25g pack can last up to a week - smoking about 7 a day with a couple of pub visits in between - I used to spend between £10-£15 on the equivalent amount of cigarettes).
Now I am financially savvy.
One of the nifty little features of Drum is a very handy sticky space inside on which you attach your rolling papers. It also has a velcro fastening, which is a nice touch and, essentially, prevents tobacco wandering aimlessly through your bag/pocket.
Although I personally relish the distinctive 'neighbour's-barbeque' scent, Drum is kind of like the Marmite of the tobacco world. Some people cannot stand it. (Apparently, it also smells sweeter to non-smokers - as my colleagues informed me after a 'fresh air' break one day).
Because you may either love or hate the smell, it's worth mentioning that Drum also do a 'gold' variety, using a different mixture of tobacco. It's still quite a nice smoke but tastes a little more dry.
> It still hasn't been categorically proven, but many people believe that rollups are more 'pure' than cigarettes, since there are supposedly less chemicals involved in loose tobacco.
> It's still a hell of a lot cheaper than cigarettes due to tax.
> The packaging is better than other brands and includes the aforementioned paper-holder and Velcro fastening.
> Cigarette breaks will be shorter = less resentment from those non-smoking colleagues.
> A rollup is at most half the size of a cigarette... SURELY this is marginally better for one's health??
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In conclusion: yes, I used to think rollups were for the poverty stricken and disgusting ex-bosses... but now I realise that those rollup types actually talk a lot of sense.
Originally i was smoking cigarettes but after a weeks holiday and smoking 40 a day i came back and felt unfit and filthy, even thinking about taking drag of a normal lambert and butler makes me wretch to this day so i quit.
However starting college many of my friends were smoking weed and i was peer pressured in one day and i bought my own tobacco and papers and i must admit i got into socially smoking again but with drum.
I find it strange that people criticize rolling tobacco, it is cheaper but it doesn't lack quality and is a nice smoke if you give it a try. One of the big advantages in my opinion it actually tastes like tobacco unlike the chemical cigarettes.
I personally prefer the gold drum, it is a bit lighter version and i enjoy the taste, especially when having a drink as i think they go hand in hand.
I smoked Drum for 2 years after making the transfer from Golden Virginia; never looked back UNTIL Imperial Tobacco took over and that's when it all went to hell. I don't know WHAT they've done, but they've killed by favourite brand. It's more moist, crackles when burning, delivers a terrible nicotine hit (not a patch on what it once was), leaves a foul aftertaste and even encourages small mouth ulcers. I've been researching everywhere to see what's going on. The Imperial Tobacco website is as useful as a match in the wind, and other sources of information are outdated. It's ridiculous. Now I smoke Old Holborn, a brand I'd steered clear of in the past.. but it has a very rich flavour with an almost vanilla-like character and the first roll provided a nicotine hit so strong that sweat emerged from my forehead. It appears anything Imperial Tobacco touches turns into rubbish.. I've given it a one star rating (purely because the review needs a rating in order to be submitted) - but seriously, it's lucky to get that. The ONLY positive is that the new packaging looks very nice.. but honestly, you'd think they've spent more on the packaging than the tobacco itself - it's definitely not worthy of it's 'Class A Tobacco' print on the top left hand corner, let alone 'Premium Quality' within the DRUM logo. If you decide to buy a pouch of Drum in this foul year of our Lord, 2009 - then prepare to suffer the consequences.
Although I like smoking normal cigarettes I have to admit there is a certain satisfaction and dare I say it, coolness, about smoking roll-ups. They're cheaper than branded smokes and last much longer, but on the downside you need to know how to roll. Learning how to roll has the advantage of awarding you a few more cool points, and generally stops strangers asking you for a fag outside nightclubs, but it does mean all your mates will want you to roll for them.
I usually buy two separate brands of rolling tobacco, Morning Virginia and Drum. Although Morning Virginia is my favourite, being a lot sweeter, it is a lot more expensive. Drum on the other hand is a lot cheaper, being about £2-2.50 for 12.5g, and comes with a handy sticky pad to keep your Rizla's on. Drum has what I'd call the average tobacco taste, having a sort of woody odour, which is pleasant change from the harsh chemical palette of branded cigarettes. However, Drum tobacco is a lot stronger than normal cigarette tobacco and it's very easy to make your roll too fat. If, like me, you're used to Richmond's and Lambert and Butler you can find Drum to be a little strong, which can leave you feeling unpleasantly light headed. Of course, that means you don't smoke as much, which is hardly a bad thing.
Although Drum is quite a thick cut tobacco I don't usually have too many problems rolling with it, as long as I remember that a little goes a long way. When I have money (which is nearly never) Richmond Kings will always be my cancer of choice, but I'm happy enough to settle for Drum until the moths move out of my wallet.
An extra word of advice. The best place to buy Drum is on the continent, specifically Amsterdam. When I last there I bought a 50g pack of Drum for five euros, which should have been closer to £10 in the UK.
Usually I smoke Golden Virginia or Cutters Choice, but one day, when I was low on funds, I went and bought a 12.5g pouch of Drum...
First off theres the flavour, in my opnion it has a much better flavour than cutters choice but not as good as golden virginia, it tastes slightly perfumed to me, but still holds the faithfull taste of large cut tobacco.
Which brings me onto my next point, the fact that it is large cut may cause some problems for the less skilled roller, especially if using sheer papers like Rizzla blue.
Drum is also very cheap, so far it's the cheapest tobacco I've come across, usually between £1.90 - £2.60 for 1/4 ounce (12.5g) so if you're low on funds and desperate for a smoke, Drum is the way to go.
One down point for Drum though is the harshness, esepecially for Irregular/1st time smokers. It is a lot harsher on the throat than any other tobacco. (except maybe Old Holborn). It's like, the camel fags of the roll-up world if you will.
Another good point is it's strength, you don't need to roll very fat cigarettes to get the desired nicotine hit, usually 2-4 skimpy roll-ups would get me through the day.
It also has this handly little sticky pad inside the pouch to keep your rolling papers.
Overall I like Drum, it's not my favourite, but it's good quality tobacco, I'd reccomend it to you hardcore people out there, looking for a stronger, harsher tobacco :)
Drum has now become my first choice for rolling baccy. It has the strength to provide a good nicotine hit, the consistency to make rolling relatively easy, and a really nice smell and taste - it actually tastes like tobacco, unlike Golden Virginia which to me tastes like chemicals. I've usually only smoked rollies in desperation when I haven't had the cash for 'proper' fags, but about six months ago I bought my first bag of Drum, and I liked it enough that I now smoke it fairly regularly in addition to my normal diet of 40-60 marlboro reds a day. Rolling a fag can be a very satisfying experience, and definitely provides a nice change if you smoke as much as I do. Plus of course there are financial advantages, and Drum is reasonably priced even compared to other rolling tobacco. Of course there are the disadvantages that go with any rollies (the time taken to roll one, a stronger smell, bits of baccy that seem to go everywhere etc) which is why I couldn't switch full-time, but Drum certainly hits most of the right buttons in my opinion.