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An English type mixture with Virginia and Latakia
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BrandJohn Aylesbury
Blended ByPlanta
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsVirginia, Latakia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin, 100g Tin
CountryDE
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild to Medium, Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Tolerable
2.0
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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

A very monotonous tobacco. A good dose of latakia completed with tasteless young Virginias. I sense no flavoring, yet it bites like a heavy aromatic. A real tongue scorcher.

Low quality + tongue bite + flatness = highly NOT recommended.

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Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Rather coarsely chopped Latakia blend, a reasonable proprtion of dark leaf, with some bright Virginia.

Lights easily, smokes all the way through, leaning only a few dry pieces in the bottom of the bowl, no soggy dottle. Most Latakia seems to do this.

It tstes alright, a little unexciting perhaps, its not a dramatic adventure of a smoke as some of the Dunhill blends are. But it is pleasant enough, and would make an ideal all day smoke (not that I often smoke all day), it never bites or overheats, it stays lit, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. One to enjoy while doing something else.

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Aluminio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aluminio (5)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

Must agree with Sasha. This one is a bit soft, in the "modern style" of all DK/DE tobaccos. In the tin this blend smells ONLY a bit like leather. It shows ribbons in 3 colours and comes a bit too dry. I think that this blend is not even intended to be an english type. Aylesbury issued a different tin for that purpose called English Mixture, which I never saw. This one is allright for experimenting some touch additions, like adding some syrian latakia (it already contains cyprian) or some burley. It would make no sense to add any Oriental or Black Cavendish because the sweetish red virginia already tends to that. It compares fine with Rattrays tobaccos, with which it shares manufacturing place and market.

Tasty nevertheless, but don't expect too much.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was very surprised when I smoked this blend the first time, expecting to have the usual sensation of a Va-Latakia mixture. Wrong! It's totally different from any other (S.G.Commonwealth, Balkan Flake, Charles Fairmon Lancer's...etc.). First of all it's very dry upon opening the tin, almost too much: I'm used to leave every tobacco open for a while before packing, but this really wasn't the case. The ribbon cut makes loading the pipe and lighting it an easy task, while the burning isn't so even, due to the lack of tobaccos such as Orientals or Burley that help in regularity. At sight you may expect a latakia-dominated smoke, but the Virginias used prove to have a great character and a certain punch, with a sweetness probably pushed by some casing that makes it surprisingly biting too (you better not rush it!). The smoke never builds up, so someone may find it boring and monotone; the mixture is very light too, which doesn't help in making it unforgettable. A good first bowl of the day.

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

10-15-04 A basic blend...

Appearance and tin aroma: Comes in a 100g. tin with a pop-up lid. Mostly dark leaf, smells musty like a good Latakia blend should.

Packing and Lighting: Easy to pack, typical medium ribbon cut. Lit quite easily with moisture ok right out of the tin.

Initial Flavor: Smokey, kind of a BBQ charcoal undertone.

Mid-Bowl: Boring! All you get is a subdued smokey bottom note and a strong High-note from the VA leaf in the blend. The VA tastes like a young Red VA and tends to be overly spicy.

Bottom of Bowl: Not much increase in strength, same flavor all the way down to the ash which is mottled grey and dry when its all over.

Overall: I just found this blend bland for a Latakia mixture. It is cheap, but I wouldn't buy it again. There are other blends in this price range that are more interesting. Lane's Crown Achievement comes to mind. the Va High note becomes annoying to me and is another reason I don't care for this blend much. I suppose one could do worse, I cannot understand why anyone would compare this to Sobranie, it does not even come close.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Points

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Wonwon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wonwon (3)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I was recommended this by Shervingtons (337 High Holborn, WC1. Tel: 020 7405 2929 - i think they will do mail order as well.

This is a very nice Latakia blend and smokes dry and cool. It is a very pleasant mix of virginia and latakia. It is only available in the 100g green tin, which is good for storage. (£15)

My Balkan Sobranie from 3yrs ago finally ran out and this is a good replacement. It is one of my favourites and smoke it regularly.

Shervingtons have their own Balkan Mix which is also very good.

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jesse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jesse (9)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Strong

This is a pleasing English, in which the Virginias tend to dominate and the latakia provides smokiness and depth.

I can't say that this blend is outstanding, but the quality is good and it is not unpleasant. The red Virginias make it bite a bit if you aren't careful, but they also add a nice tanginess.

So, while a little middle-of-the-road, this is not bad stuff. You've got my permission to try it.;>

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