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Equal parts bright, widely-cut Virginia and darker, heat- fermented ready rubbed, rounded out with a goodly proportion of Latakia result in a full but smooth pipe tobacco with a stout taste in the typical english vein.


A traditional Scottish Blend of Virginia and Oriental Leaf.

BrandMountain Village
Blended ByDan Tobacco
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50g tin, 100g tin, 250 g bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium, Strong
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Medium to Full, Full
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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (202)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I must be crazy. The name of this blend is "Evening Standard," and the previous (and so far only) reviewer had already noted this as a Latakia bomb. So I should be smoking this in the evening.

I opened the tin in the early afternoon one day after running out of another English blend. The tin note is, of course, smoky, with a bit of sweetness and a steamy- meaty note on the side. The leaf is very dark brown to black with some bright yellow VA highlights. The ready-rubbed mentioned in the description on DanPipe's website must be rubbed very well indeed; I cannot find any in the mix--but the dark VA is definitely there.

The leaf is ready to light straight out of the tin--no excessive moisture--lights up easily and burns slowly. The taste starts out smoky and sweet (my favourite combination...), satisfyingly full, and deepens a little throughout the smoke. Evening Standard has been compared to Bill Bailey's Balkan Blend, and yes, it compares. Favourably. I find more depth and sweetness in ES, and much more meatiness.

I definitely like, and will honour the name in the future. This is a full after-dinner mixture that should go well with a peaty Islay or Orkney Single Malt.

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Fazby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fazby (36)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

This is a full latakia blend. While it is full and smoky, it is just not very good.

Bailey's Balkan & Red Virginia Superb are far better.

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