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Classical English mixture with plenty of Syrian latakia, blended with Virginia, Orientals and a pinch of perique.

BrandWellauer & Co
Blended ByPlanta
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50 grams pouch, 100 grams tin
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atman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atman (7)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

My first latakia blend. Fully aromatic, marvelous sent and full of spicy aroma.

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2 people found this review helpful.

Stuttgarter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stuttgarter (5)
Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Tolerable

Don't buy it!!

To begin with, this is not an English tobacco. If there is latakia in it, you'll probably not feel it, because the casing is simply too strong. The casing is a wine-like aroma that covers completely the natural aspect of the tobaccos they say is in there. It could easily be called sungold something. I bet this is a byproduct, there is no coarse cut, this is cutted that way because it's made of the rest of other blends and cased in a way you can taste something. So do yourself a favor and just don't buy it, it has absolutelly nothing to do with english blends, yet, you'll feel like me: fooled! If you want a decent english tobacco buy Samuel Gawith-Commonwealth or anything from Dunhill.

Pipe Used: Vauen Classic 4415

Age When Smoked: new

1 person found this review helpful.

JohnMZap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnMZap (2)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Latakia is stronger than i prefer and doesn't seem to be of good quality (bitter and soulless). Perique is almost unnoticeable. Its a mild, overall cool smoke to the bottom of the bowl. Bite-less and forgiving for the puffer and the novice smoker.

1 person found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Stumbled upon an aged tin of this at a reasonable price and jumped on it. This is a chunky ribbon of mostly light to dark brown, with a tin aroma that reminded me of some of the old Dunhills - a richly pungent sour aroma that was very enticing. This burned a little unevenly at first but after a few extra relights, it got into a groove.

The flavor started out with the Syrian latakia front and center, which offered its usual smokey, outdoorsy-type notes. The perique was noticeable but not potent and it took a backseat to the orientals about mid-bowl, when the blend's lightly pepper/sweet hints gave way to a slightly sour flavor. The Virginia was of the grassy variety which only a hint of added sweetness that offset the orientals in excellent fashion. Too sweet and the two may have fought, and I think the choice of Virginia was the right one. This was a subtly complex mixture that really only changed at mid-bowl. It was almost like smoking two different simpler blends. Kind of intriguing. I should point out that I did not have the opportunity to smoke this fresh, so I don't know what factor age played. I enjoyed it but I have no plans to cellar this one, even if I could find it easily. Recommended as a very fine representation of what Syrian latakia brings to a standard English blend, but not a reference for me.

Pipe Used: meerschaum and morta

Age When Smoked: 15 years

1 person found this review helpful.

cigarcohiba Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cigarcohiba (30)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Expected a more rich flavor. It becomes a bit harsh when not carefully smoked. A spicy character giving off a spicy, smoky note. A tobacco that needs some work and thinking in order to define accurately its contents, properties.

1 person found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I had run out of regular, all-day English mixtures, so I visited my trusted tobacconist's a bit off-schedule to find what he had to offer at this time. This blend was in there, and when asked for a description, he just shrugged. I looked up Wellauer's English Blend in Pipe Tool (though the database is a bit out of date, still a great app, highly recommended!) and found it recommended, so I bought the tin.

In the tin, there is a very wide cut of mostly bright VA with some Oriental in evidence, and a small but noticeable amount of Latakia. The tin note is of generic cosmetics, but not in too bad a way: there is a heavy topping on there.

With this sort of leaf, you have to use your widest bowls, so that's what I did. Lights up OK straight out of the tin; a little wait after stuffing lets some of the topping evaporate making for a better smoke IMHO. The burn is even, but needs a little experience, and in the end, there is some dottle left, but not all that much for such a wide cut.

The taste is sweet and gently spicy, the topping does not make it into the taste to any large extent, and I get large plumes of smoke out of this blend without it burning hot. Not too much strength in there. The room note is OK, though not exactly brilliant. I get a slight, lingering aftertaste, which is not bad at all.

From what I can find out, it seems that this blend is still being produced by Wellauer's for Switzerland only, and Planta of Germany are producing it for the rest of (at least) Europe; given the different laws on tobacco in Switzerland, the Swiss version may be quite different.

Overall, not a bad blend. It does not really compare favourably with some other broad cuts like e.g. 34th Mixture, but for the price asked, it is definitely recommendable. I'd recommend a good Bourbon to go along, or a strong black tea.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I see where most of the esteemed reviewers here believe Wellauer's English Blend to be an outstanding tobacco and I heartily concur. I have never seen this tobacco presented in a pouch, it has always been in tinned form as far as I know. I received several well aged tins a couple of years ago and smoked them all over the course of a year.

Like the esteemed Jakob K., I found the visual presentation to be somewhat unusual for an English type tobacco. The cut is wide and even chunky. The Latakia presence is there in droves, and at the match I detected an unusual "spice" that bordered on an acidic taste - similar to a strong French coffee.

If you like semi-heavy English flavor and don't mind an unusually slow burning blend, then this tobacco will probably please. It is cool and dry with a fresh and clean taste.

It is also hard to find.

1 person found this review helpful.

Wallenberg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wallenberg (10)
Very Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

Fresh out of the tin, it immediately reminded me of Squadron Leader or 7 Reserve, except for Wellauer's being a coarse cut. It has this wonderful spicy scent of some delicacy that is aging and maturing away.

Packing and lighting is completely hassle-free, relights were never necessary. It leaves grey ashes and burns very well.

Now to the taste. For me, this bears awesome resemblance to my favourite blends, especially Squadron Leader! But, as wonderful, as the taste is, smoking this tobacco is nothing more than a mere game of tease and denial. Imagine listening to your favourite piece of music. Now imagine how listening to it would feel like in a big hallway, with your music player sitting on the opposite end with the volume turned down. Between the noise of the surroundings you just sometimes catch a tiny bit of the tune, but otherwise there's just the vague impression it's even being played at all. Now, this is Wellauer's English Blend to me. It could be a marvelous blend, hadn't they forgot packing it into the tin! Even adding Stanislaw Balkan Latakia to it just made the Latakia fade into the haze. Plus, stronger than the taste, there is this feeling of ultra-mild cigarettes, that scratchy feeling of smoke without taste.

EDIT: If you've got a tin of this blend and find yourself agreeing with my review you should try this in a medium to big gourd calabash. While not perfect, this seems to get the best out of it! The experience is really more focused on taste then and reveals more of its potential; spiciness and nuttiness ensues. I have to give it a second star just for this, as I've found a way to enjoy the purchase./EDIT

The room note is in between Squadron Leader's or 7 Reserve's and Stanislaw's London Mixture. It is indeed more present than the taste.

I am very sorry for the huge potential Wellauer wasted here. It's just not there. I can't even recommend it to the beginner, because even the mildness of this smoke is spoiled by the itch it leaves on the palate like ultra light cigarettes do.

Pipe Used: briars, meerschaums, gourd calabash

Age When Smoked: can't tell, fresh out of the tin

Similar Blends: This blend is similar to watching someone smoking Squadron Leader through a telescope but being denied to smoke it oneself..

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

I picked up an old tin of Wellauer’s English Blend about a year ago. I am guessing it is 15 to 20 years old, but that is just a guess. In the tin, there is the scent of a topping that I would best describe as “fruity.” The tobacco is a chopped ribbon. In the pipe it smokes of a typical medium to full English with the Orientals and Latakia leading the way. There’s some sweetness from the Virginias but I had a difficult time distinguishing it from what I perceive to be the topping. The Perique has adds a very light pepper quality to the blend. The reason why it has taken me months to get through this tin is that I find the first half of each bowl somewhat tasty, but as each bowl progresses, the later stages become muddled and somewhat flat and at times even bitter leaving me with an unpleasant aftertaste. I finally gave up about two thirds way though the tin. In fairness, this may have been better in its youth, but that’s just a hopeful guess.

Age When Smoked: 15-20yrs

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Plihopliheri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Plihopliheri (12)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Asking for an alternative for Artisan's Blend which was out of stock, I was pointed to the Wellauer's selection. Had I read the comments here, I would have bought the Latakia Blend most likely. However, I left the shop with a tin of English Blend. Well, I made worse decisions in my day, but I also did a lot better. Opening the tin, there were spicy aromas; a bit too spicy for my nose. In a wide-bowl pipe (by that time, I had read the reviews), the smoke was much milder than the smell, and actually not unpleasant. The room note, too, was "pleasant" according to my wife. However, I did not really sense this was an English blend, let alone one of the caliber of Artisan's. Latakia is scarce (if any), Perique not overwhelming either, no bite on the tongue - that adds up to too many "not"s. Overall, I felt this pleasant smoked lacked in character. Giving it a "somewhat recommended" rating reflects that it is an enjoyable, mild and easy smoke if you don't look for any kick or overdose of orientals. But it is definitely no match for other milder English blends I like, such as EMP or Squadron Leader.

Pipe Used: Chacom

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Similar Blends: Consummate Gentleman..

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milabros1981 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
milabros1981 (10)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

A decent english blend, though posed me a series of problems. I wasn't able to light it properly, I never found the Perique it claims to contain, which was the actual reason that I bought this tobacco. My last bowl was a nightmare-if ever existed a last bowl, for I never managed to light it up and smoke it. Am I too amateur for that kind of cut? Did I forgot how to fill my pipe? No matter what, I will try it again after a (very long) while....

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Mild Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Maybe I picked up the wrong pouch, but this tobacco seemed almost too young to be smoked. The smell in the pouch was of fresh grass, earthy, raw; and the same during the smoke. It's no smoky at all, nothing like any english blend smoked before, and I didn't like it.

Update September, 12, 2005:

this is the pouch:

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Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (120)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This one is a stouter version of Wellauer's "Best" My tin was from '87 with vacuum seal intact. Upon opening the tin I was greeted with a quite unusual flavouring - very German as in many Torben Dansk products, but also very discreet. The Syrian Latakia smells very different from the Cyprian used nowadays, and it tends to be somewhat more rounded and mild.

WEB is cross-cut, which is rather unusual for an English blend, but it works fine and relights will not be necessary. The orientals are very present thoughout the bowl, and they make WEB a very pungent, but at the same time also a very cool affair.

I like it as a change of pace to many of the traditional English blends since it tastes more "fresh"; recommended for a sunny day on the porch.

Only downside is that WEB sometimes leaves an alkaline taste on the back of your tongue if smoked to hard. Handle with care!

Jakob Kiilerich, Denmark

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a northern european attempt at making an "english" blend and IMO they have done very well, indeed. Upon opening the tin, you are greeted by an aroma and appearance very similar to Dunhill's nightcap, but you will discern the Syrian latakia as opposed to the Dunhill's Cyprian offerring. Moisture seems a little high, but does not seem to affect burn which is about two relights to get going. The initial flavor is wonderful with a distinct pungency common to this type of blend. The perique is noticable but not in your face and settles down about mid-bowl to let the other leaves shine. The interplay between the virginia and syrian latakia is wonderful. The turkish is there, but only as support.Toward the end of the bowl, strength builds, but not in an overpowering way. The ash that is left is dry and you are ready for more. This blend is not as full as nightcap despite the likenesses previously stated, so that this can be an all-day smoke. Pricewise, this is very affordable. A 100g tin only cost $12.00 U.S. Give this one a whirl, I believe you will enjoy it thoroughly. Rating 4.5 out of 5 points

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