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A Full Mixture of the finest smoky Cyprian Latakia, Fragrant Turkish, naturally sweet Matured Virginia and a touch of soft, mellow Black Cavendish. Smooth, rich, subtle!

Notes: An outstanding blending collaboration of thoughts and tastes between McClelland's Mike McNiel and Pipes and Cigars' Russ Ouellette.

BrandMike & Russ: The Mind Meld
Blended ByMike McNeil & Russ Ouellette
Manufactured ByMike & Russ
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 gram Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Extremely Mild, Very Mild
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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Stinkypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stinkypipe (156)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Not sure what these other folks are smoking. Sweet English is exactly what it says it is. It is a sweet blend of English tobacco and it is a really tasty blend. The opening of the tin gives an aroma of wood smoke (latakia) and sweet hay (Virginia). First couple of puffs were very sweet and as you continue you receive smoky sweet flavor. This is a very tasty blend that is different from any other blend I have tried. Burns very easy and cool with a nice smoky aroma. This is an excellent all day smoke. This is a blend anyone can enjoy.

Pipe Used: Boswell poker

1 person found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild Very Mild Medium Tolerable

The Lat dominates with a dry smokey wood. The Turkish and Virginias are nearly invisible. The Black Cav lends no flavor and only a minimal artificial tasting sweetness. I find this Lat to be a bit bland tasting, and the overall flavor of this blend very monochromatic. It's basically just a low quality Lat with a fake sweetness.

Mild in body. Medium in taste. Added sweetness is very mild. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

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1 person found this review helpful.

clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (102)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Ok this is my First Impression...

This blend is a head scratcher. I mean really what is it supposed to be? Not really an English and not necessarily an Aromatic. I even hesitate to call it a Hybrid.

For sure it makes for an innocuous English but SE is like a summer night style English- something to smoke outside when it's hot and you don't want to piss off your neighbors.

If you think of it as a Miller Lite of English blends you'll do fine. There is a little sweetness from the topping - reminds me of sugar water. A hint of Oriental and a discernable amount of Latakia. Virginias are there - sort of. Not a lot of body.

This is the kind of blend where you scratch your head and wonder - Did I just smoke something?

This makes my second try of The Mind Meld Series - and like the Virginia Perique blend - I am just puzzled as to what these blenders were thinking? It's as if their blending styles meet and rather than "merge" cancel one another out - leaving the smoker confused and craving more.

Now this all sounds like I am pooh poohing this blend and I have only had a few bowls - so keep that in mind too. Like any Veteran will tell you- sometimes it just takes a while for a Tobacco to Grow on you - what we might dislike today might turn out to be something we love tomorrow.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Hercules

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes&Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (850)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Mostly black ribbons with some darker brown tossed in. Tin nose of latakia and sweet Virginia. Some clumps among the ribbon. Came drier in the tin than I'm used to from McClellands and drying out wasn't necessary. Nor did doing so help anything.

Dusty and sweet are the two words that come to mind when I smoke this. Unfortunately, I can't make out any oriental presence here, as the latakia covers them up. The latakia is prominent but not strong and the Virginia is sweet and noticeable. The Cavendish lends its sugary note but it distinguishes itself by tasting like added sugar as opposed to the natural sugar in Virginia tobacco. Unfortunately, while this was sweet, it was also dusty tasting and I found it wearing out its welcome very quickly. Beyond that dusty taste, I just found no personality to this one. Sort of an "English Aromatic" attempt and it didn't seem to lean to either the McNeil or the Ouelette camp, which makes it a nice collaboration. I guess. This just struck me as a failed experiment. I liked the other two in the series very much but this one left me cold and unexcited. Try it if you're curious - you might enjoy it more than I did.

1 person found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I had hoped that Sweet English, my first encounter with the Mild Meld series from outstanding blenders, Russ Ouelette and Mike McNeil would be something truly unique. For me, that isn’t the case as this taste’s very much like a McClelland English blend even though the tin note smells to me like collaboration. Now that isn’t a bad thing, but it doesn’t stand out either. SE is in the same range of sweetness as Frog Morton on the Town or Park Lane No. 8. For me it fits into that “crossover” category rather than an aromatic English, although I am sure some would debate that point. It didn’t require the dry time that I usually expect from McClelland tobaccos, and it behaves very well in the pipe. It’s mild in strength and medium in taste. It burns cool and doesn’t leave a lot of dottle. All of the component tobaccos are of the usual high quality that I always appreciate from these blenders. The Cavendish adds the additional sweetness, but isn’t overpowering at all. Fans of FMOTT, Park Lane No. 8 and Northwoods, (Boswell) will likely be quite pleased with Sweet English. SE is a good entry into that genre of blends, but for me, it leaves me wanting.

Age When Smoked: new

1 person found this review helpful.

Rogala Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rogala (4)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

UPDATE: I am well into my 3rd tin of this tobacco and I am LOVING it. IMO, the dark Latakia notes beautifully compliment the Black Cavendish and lead to many surprising microbursts of flavor. I find that the slower I smoke it, the more microbursts appear. One warning - if you push this blend and try to smoke it too hard, it can bite a wee bit, and the subtleties disappear.

ORIGINAL REVIEW: Contrary to the other reviewers, I thoroughly enjoyed this blend.

I smoke English and Balkan blends almost exclusively, but have been on a lifelong search to find an sweet and mellow style aromatic which I actually like.

While this is NOT an aromatic, per se, it has a "sweet meets smoky" quality for which I have been searching. It also burns beautifully, and produces generous quantities of A+ room-note smoke.

What's not to like ??

Pipe Used: Barling, Dunhill, Sasieni

Age When Smoked: 1 year old

Purchased From: Cigar International

Similar Blends: Frog Morton Across The Pond.

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