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Oriental tobaccos, Latakia, Black Cavendish, Dark & Bright Virginias come together to form this superb smoking blend.

BrandJohn Aylesbury
Blended ByPlanta
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50g Tin, 100g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (281)
Mild None Detected Very Mild Tolerable

Scottish Blend is an interesting tobacco that responds exactly to Eulenburg's contention in the sense that Scottish mixtures are basically Latakia based English blends with added Black Cavendish. In this case John Aylesbury offers a mild blend of top grade leaf which, unlike its English Mixture, it includes Oriental and Latakia leaf.

Rough cut and rather dry in the tin, the blend is natural tasting, but the presence of the Eastern tobaccos is almost anecdotical. Mild and easy burning, it unfortunately lacks in strength and density, even if measured by the lightest Latakia/Oriental blends (think of S. Gawith's Skiff). On the other hand, the presence of the Black Cavendish is not intrusive at all or annoyingly sweet. On the contrary, it is this leaf, rather than the Orientals, the one that provides some body and structure to the blend. Room aroma is not that heavy and I think it would be feasible to smoke it in public with no mayor consequences.

This could be a nice introduction to natural tasting tobaccos, as well as very polite way of getting acquainted with Latakia and Oriental tobaccos. But if you are already used to blends such as Squadron Leader, Early Morning or even Larsen's Selected Blend No 20?not to mention My Mixture 965 or 7 Reserve? this Scottish concoction will not do much for your palate.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (228)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable to Strong

I don't get it.

Opening the tin, the Cyprian Latakia is leaping out at you, as it will do with any blend it is a component of. But it isn't overwhelming; I'm guessing about 10 per cent or less here. The Orientals are quite prominent in the tin, but rather weak for that; I'll have to admit I would expect more (or better) Orientals from a blend whose tin liner names Orientals in first place.

That's it for the downsides. This is a very straight English, with only a touch of the DFK and Orientals. The leaf is a varied, almost careless cut which, probably because of that, is very easy to stuff and light. Burns well, but -- one last niggle -- for an English produces too much condensation. The taste is creamy-smooth (the Latakia...) with less sweetness than I would expect from a Balkan blend (so this is not a Balkan... says it's not on the tin already).

It still is a decent tobacco for the English-blend smoker IMO; I can't understand how this would be relegated to 1-star status. It simply is not that bad; actually I find myself enjoying it. There are, of course, many better blends out there. But this is not a throwaway; it is an enjoyable blend to me. Not a beginner's choice, nor a quality leader. Still decent.

2 people found this review helpful.

Corncob3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Corncob3 (44)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I put JA Blends in the following hierarchy: English-brut and smoky, Virginia-strong, sweet and smoky and Scottish-smooth and sweet. I have to say this was a pleasant surprise and very rewarding experience. I was turned off by the Mac's Scottish Mixture, but JASB has to one of their crown jewels. Well balanced, no bite and similar to its brother blends but with something more. This is excellent all the way around. If you're use to watered down aromatics, this may not be for you. However, if you want to branch out to non-aros this is a great starting point. The virginias take center stage. The burley gives a well-rounded nutiness, the Orientals a slight butteriness and the Black Cavendish gives the blend depth. And the room note is just heavenly. Four stars in my book.

Pipe Used: Corncob

1 person found this review helpful.

Gripsholm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gripsholm (6)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

In my humble opinion I would have to say that John Aylesbury’s Scottish blend is without a doubt an Oriental forward blend. The tin note for me is predominantly Oriental. The flavor of the Oriental leaf is also quite present while smoking this Scottish blend.

The Latakia is mild compared to some other Latakia blends. Even though the Latakia takes a back seat to the Oriental, it is still a very important part in both the tin note and the smoking flavor.

The Virginias, the Bright, the Dark, and the English style Black Cavendish all combine to give this blend body and depth. For me it’s difficult to pick out any one of these Virginias as having a dominant presence.

For those of you who would like to become more familiar with Oriental tabaccos, I would recommend purchasing an ounce of Peter Stokkebye 313 Oriental.

Pipe Used: A Clean Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1419)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

All in agreement with what Tantric wrote and Lustra seconded, please raise your hand.

(Pipestud's hand is raised high.)

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lustra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lustra (170)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I concur wholeheartedly with Tantric's review. Pass this one by...

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