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The first ingredient in this blend is a broad leaf Virginia which has been cut straight out of a 16 lb. block matured under cold pressure for two weeks. Added to this is a jet black cavendish, shiny and enriched by pressure and heat. Mottled red Virginia and an equal portion of dark brown maduro then complete the blend. The whole is then passed through a copper cylinder where fruit essences are added and sealed into the tobacco by contact with the copper stove. The blend then lies 'bulked up' for a further week when the various flavours intermingle to produce a unique blend. Smooth and very long lasting.

BrandRobert McConnell
Blended ByKohlhase & Kopp
Manufactured ByRobert McConnell
Blend TypeCigar Leaf Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cigar Leaf, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Very Mild, Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Spitfire1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spitfire1 (15)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

At first I was reluctant to smoke this tobacco, because there were a lot of quite negative reviews. After smoking a few pipes I had to review my opinion About this blend. If you start the smoking of this blend at a slow pace the quit dull looking taste is evolving in a quit complex mix of sweet and nutty flavours. Towards the end of the pipe the sweet sugar of the va is coming at the end rewarding your patience. In fact this tobacco is a good va with a nice aftertaste.

Pipe Used: Peterson 68

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1826)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Although no longer produced (due to the difficulty in obtaining the necessary components) I did squirrel away a few tins a decade or so ago before McConnell spit the bit. I really like this one as the Virginia/Cigar Leaf and particularly the mysterious topping all combined to make this a really fun and satisfying smoke. It is an aromatic, but in the very subdued English style. Lots of tobacco taste and even a bit of strength - along with the mysterious sweetness, of course. If you are a fan of the less typical American aromatics of today, grab an old tin of The Fragrant Blend if you can find one.


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L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (176)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Disappointing. A flavored mixture, extremely elaborate, that doesn’t produce the expected results. Yesterday I finished my 100g tin and now I don’t remember the taste. Peculiar, fruity, sugary but anonymous. I think if you like flavored mixtures and aromatic tobaccos, you have to give it a chance. However, in my opinion it’s nothing special. For these reasons, in my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 7 and two stars.

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CharatansMake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CharatansMake (18)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

That is the second McConnell reproduction of a former Ashton tobacco that I tried and again I am in love!!

That is a very delicious tobacco and easily receives 4 stars. It´s a fantastic grade between natural tobacco taste and the right amount of fruitiness and reminds me a bit of Rattrays 'Dark fragrant' (but with less licorice, more dried figs/raisins). The tobacco has some spiciness and the fruitiness is more that of dried fruit, no citrus etc. It burnes down cool, caresses my tongue and needs exactly one match for the entire bowl. Works best loosely tamped in a bigger bowl. For sure I will buy a couple of tins and won´t allowed myself to stay without this stuff at home.

If you like english aromatics with a good amount of tobacco taste, a bit of spiciness, the taste of dried figs and a subtle licorice note - buy it, smoke it and I think you won´t be dissapointed.

Pipe Used: Dunhill shell 1/2bent group 5

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: Rattrays "Dark Fragrant", less licorice - more dried figs/raisins.

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Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (95)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Tolerable

First thing first: the producer is still Kohlhase & Kopp but the blend is now labeled McConnell instead of Ashton, having read the reviews of the former blend I’m not sure if it still is exactly the same or not. Anyway, TFB is a ready rubbed composed of Black Cavendish and Virginia (Maduro? Where?) quite dark in color, the smell in the can is an undistinguished fruitiness, it is rather pleasant although not great. Unluckily good things end there, where it falls short for me is the taste, not disgusting but criminally boring (for the price) with just a little amount of sweetness and some bitter-sour notes (read cigarettes) from time to time. As a general extenuating, it smokes rather cool and is absolutely inoffensive to the tongue.

Pipe Used: Briars, cobs

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CherryTree Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CherryTree (3)
Strong Strong Full Tolerable

I like this a lot. It is in my rotation: the fragrant bland, langue de chien, marlin flakes, elizabethan mixture, chieftain islay mixture, stonehaven mostly use corncobs pipes

Pipe Used: corncob

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (853)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I don't think I need to finish the tin to review this, as its pretty basic and monochromatic. Very old tin - around 1995 - but I doubt the aging did it much good. As a sidenote, this is still being produced by K&K but my tin was made in the UK by, I think, Robert McConnell.

Very light fruit taste here that serves as a light sweetener to a very bland batch of virginias and cavendish. Maduro? Didn't taste any. Didn't taste much of anything, to be honest. However, as an aromatic, the quality of the tobacco appeared ot be high. In other words, Ashton did not oversaturate the sauce in order to disguise inferior leaf, but I do think they purposefully used a bland concoction in order to make this an "all-day" blend that won't offend. In that, I suppose they succeeded but if you're after some flavor with your sweetness, you won't find it here. Nice room aroma - very natural in its sweetness and not overpowering like a lot of aromatics.

As a sidenote, Bill Taylor of Ashton has recently died. RIP, Bill. Thanks for the great pipes and thanks for Black Parrot and Old London Pebblecut, if not this blend.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This is some kind of a different "aromatic" tobacco.

The fruit aroma is added not as the last step of production, but during fermentation. This makes the aroma more powerful and lasting.

Anyway, I think that the taste is terribly bland: this is a tobacco which is much more pleasant to smell (in the can or by smelling the smoke in the room) than to smoke! It is very sweet and pleasant to those around you! Some friends described the aroma like a mixture of dried plums, apricots and peaches... and a non-smoker said, upon sniffing the can, "Wow, can this tobacco be chewed? Its smell makes me hungry!"

For the smoker, though, the taste is gentle but completely uninspiring. The fruit taste is barely perceivable, but at least the tobacco doesn't bite like other aromatics like some Amphoras. As a whole, a very disappointing experience.

Important warning: you may not want to smoke this in your best pipe, or in the one you use for english blends! It leaves a very sticky, almost sirupy, remain in the bowl, and its remaining aroma might spoil the taste of the english blend. There's an exception... I tried to smoke some Early Morning Pipe in the same bowl I have been smoking this Fragrant Blend: well, the experience was astonishing! It seems that the medium-mild taste of Dunhill's popular tobacco gets an extra boost from the remaining sweetness of the Ashton: the result was a smoke that contained all the subtle and pleasant nuances of EMP, but further emphasised and more rounded! The fruit aroma was barely perceivable, but it added an extra sweetness that married perfectly with the english taste of EMP! It's the only interesting use I can find for this expensive but dull Ashton blend...

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