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Bright & Dark Fired Virginias, Orientals and a touch of Latakia.

BrandAnthony Cranswick
Blended ByCharles Fairmorn
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia, Latakia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging100g Tin
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None Detected
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Very Strong
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ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (92)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend to me tastes like it dried out . Most blends on the market are at least good ... this is one of the blends that is on the lower end of it all . If you want a bland english blend ... then this is it

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1265)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A pungent oriental blend featuring Virginia (both bright and fire cured), Orientals, and Syrian Latakia. This blend is a heavy English and not for the faint of heart. It is an old style tobacco and quite dry. It will test your speedometer and roast those who rev up their puffing cadence. This one is meant to be smoked slowly to pick up the leathery taste of the Syrian without antagonizing the bright Virginia leaf.

It did not find a place in my heart, but I'm sure it will please some.

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A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (77)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Strong

In taste Grey Castle is both hot and dry. Of all of the English and Balkan blends I have smoked, few have had as much tendency to bite. The Virginias are thoroughly unremarkable and near flavorless and the Orientals are barely noticeable. As a result the overwhelmingly hot and sweet flavor of poor quality Latakia is predominant in the blend. With what is supposed to be the base leaf giving such a paltry performance, the Latakia is rendered almost chokingly hot and acrid.

I smoked all of it that I had, but I believe that this was due to the fact that I will not waste tobacco, and to the tin in which the tobacco came, which is very attractive in its classic simplicity of design.

This is an attempt at an English blend that will happily become a very obscure footnote in the annals of tobacco.

Regards, A. Morley Jaques

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Fazby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fazby (37)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a medium latakia blend. It has a slight bite, but this is a new tin. Perhaps with a bit of drying...

Update: Tried another tin, smoking it from moist-as-opened to dried-as-time-went-on. Bit every time. Could not keep from singing my tongue no matter how careful I was.

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