The Prince Albert process developed by a German scientist was introduced to the pipe smoker in 1907 by the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. It was advertised as “the National Joy Smoke”, free from tongue-sting and rankness, with fragrance and flavor and I think this still holds true today. Although Prince Albert was sold to the John Middleton Company in 1987, it has remained pretty much unchanged and consistent in quality since I first started smoking it over 30 years ago.
Prince Albert is an air-cured, burley tobacco. A special feature of Prince Albert is the cut, “Crimp Cut” it’s called and that crimp cut is the unexpected reason why Prince Albert is so often praised for the way it burns, slow, cool and mild, and down to dust fine ashes.
Prince Albert from the pouch smells of figs and raisins, a fill and pack tobacco, that takes to the match easily and burns free and steady. If smoked slow and cool, you will be rewarded with a slightly sweet, nutty flavor, typical of a burley tobacco, fast and hot, the burley bitters. Prince Albert simply put, is a pouch of simple pleasure for the working man and best enjoyed in a corn cob pipe.