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Medium English blend of Virginias and latakia with a bit of cavendish for a slightly sweet taste.

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByCarole Burns
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsCavendish, Latakia, Virginia
Packaging2 oz. bag, 4 oz. bag, 8 oz. bag 16 oz. bag
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Medium
Room Note

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2135)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

The grassy, citrusy, lightly earthy and dark fruity Virginias form the base of the blend, and though they may be the lead component by volume, the cavendish takes the flavor lead. A topping isn’t mentioned, but there’s no doubt one is here, and I’m mostly certain it is Carole’s Royal Scot in the cavendish. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is a background player. The taste level is step closer to medium than it is to mild, while the strength is a little closer to mild than it is to medium, until the last quarter of the bowl when it gathers just a little more potency. It falls just short of medium by that time.The nic-hit is mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a consistent, sweet, light smoky flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant after taste and room note. Can be an all day aromatic English smoke.

4 people found this review helpful.

tubehead71 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tubehead71 (5)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is easy latakia blend that one can smoke all day. Wonderful English with a nice smooth background taste. It reminds me of Chelsea Morning. I like to smoke Pipe Maker's choice on a cold winter night like tonight. I love many blends from Pipeworks and Wilke and this is part of a regular rotation.

3 people found this review helpful.

Schwetty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Schwetty (15)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Another fine offering from Carole at Pipeworks & Wilke.

High quality leaf blended for a smooth light english blend that is an all day smoke. It has a slight sweetness of vanilla, but I dont think it is cased. The virginias are proper, with a hint of latakia to keep things interesting with cavendish bringing up the rear.

The nicotine content here is low, so I find it particularly attractive as an all dayer. The plus here is that it has that slight hint of sweet vanilla/caramel that really sings for me. Pipemaker's Choice would be the ticket for those who want a mild english "crossover" blend to make the transition from aromatics.

The room note is very pleasant, and always draws compliments from those around me.

Once again, this is a very high quality blend that deserves to be in your rotation. I keep a pound of this blend around as a staple mixture. Highly recommend.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

My first encounter with this blend is analogous to how I find pipesmokers after meeting them for the first time: often unimpressive, a bit abrasive yet tolerable over time, and occasionally adding benefit to the smoking way.

PC has gone from a "I wasted my nickels" to "Where did I put that pouch." I can't say that this is a daily craving, but PC hits the spot when a uncomplicated, comprehendible, darkly sweet and mildly rich smoke pushes the "Send" button on the tobacco wireless.

The Cavendish is really the star here, Latakia playing only the bit part with the modicum of flue-cured. This would be entirely different if the Cyprian were removed entirely. I do not get a Dunhill My Mixture 965-thing from PC. Perhaps it would if it had pungent Macedonian leaf added and more Lat. PC does manage to distinguish itself from PW's Bestmake. It is all-around darker and warmer than Bestmake, like a swarthy uncle married into a Scots-Irish brood.

Two stars because it is somewhat recommended, not at all to be avoided. Try it in group 3 or 4 size bowls (it is altogether undistinguished in larger chargers).

3 people found this review helpful.

dedalto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dedalto (24)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I have been slowly working my way through Wilke's blends and Orlik's new Dunhill blends. In some ways many are similar which surprised me. At any rate, PC was a pleasant shock. After a number of years, Latakias just underwhelm me so I was apprensive in trying this blend. The nicotene strength is low so this could be a great all day smoke if anyone does that these days.

I don't think it is cased. The virginias are full but don't nip and the Latakias are soft while they cooperate with the other tobaccos and behave themselves. I am sure the cavendish plays a huge role in this. The quality of the leaf is high as with all Wilke's blends so far. This is a very balanced tobacco. The result is a sweet, smooth, and balanced delight. Some one wrote it reminded him/her of Chelsea Morning. I went back and checked. Yep, they do have so elements in common, but PC is a little sweeter which is fine with me. Room note is good when my wife came she didn't roll her eyes at me. Remember there are bad tobaccos and good tobaccos. Then there are really good tobaccos. PC is a really good tobacco. It deserves your attention. 4 stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This blend is spicey and sweet, with a delicate compliment of Latakia. Indeed, the Cavendish plays the lead, with other types of leaf for support. This one can burn hot when it is fresh, so let it dry a bit. This intensifies the flavor as well. Even after drying, this one was a bit bitey for me. I strongly discourage getting too greedy with this stuff.

This is a rather unusual blend, but I feel it would make a nice change of pace for the open minded. Die hard English fans will probably hate it.

This one nips me a little too often to keep it around, but it's probably a personal problem! Flavor wise, this is quite good. It's certainly worth a sample.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

This is incredible! One of the best medium english mixtures around, for sure. It's spicy, tasty with an aroma so good that it will be a hard work to find something similar. It can be the perfect all-day smoke even for who's not a latakia head.

2 people found this review helpful.

thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This is the epitome of an aromatic English blend! Right out of the gate this gets 4 stars!It has a very English taste with the latakia as a key component,yet it has an aromatic oatmeal aroma and flavor.If you like Gotham Court and wish to take the next step up to a full English this is your ticket.There is nothing on the market like this and i have smoked over 200 blends,so when ordering from Wilke make sure you get some of this.

2 people found this review helpful.

mcbpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mcbpipe (11)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a very balanced smooth blend.It is I guess a mild to medium english with slight sweetness from a small amout of cavendish. I find this addition well balanced & adds not distracts from the base tobacco tastes. This, #10, & Gramercy are my favourites & if I had to stop adding to my rotation these would be my 3 tobaccos in there different genres. They are not finicky about the pipe, the tendencies of the smoker & yet tate like tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

lustra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lustra (170)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

The Dick Cheney of pipe tobaccos: rich, bitter, and monotonous.

1 person found this review helpful.

pipper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipper (11)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a terrific medium English blend that has become my afternoon favorite in my daily rotation. The latakia gives it the robestness and smoothness that it posesses. There is a underlying flavoring that surfaces throughout the smoke, making this a very unique blend IMO. It burns slowly, allowing me to savor this treat. I actually prefer this now to Dunhill's London Mix as my all afternoon smoke. Perhaps it is because of the light application of cavendish in this blend. Whatever it is, it is very satisfying and worthy of your consideration.

1 person found this review helpful.

BriarLaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarLaw (85)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This is the first tobacco in a long time that just knocked my socks off from the first bowl! Once again, the folks at Pipeworks & Wilke have hit another one out of the park (I understand that this blend was first created by famed pipemaker Elliot Nachwalter).

This is an extraordinary (and uniquely different) medium English blend made of very high quality leaf. The VA base is full and rich but has no bite. The Latakia is low-key and floats in and out for nuance without taking over. What sets this tobacco apart for me is the addition of natural style (not cased black) Cavendish. As in Dunhill's 965, the Cavendish takes the tobacco from standard English fare to something special. With Pipemaker's Choice, the Cavendish adds a sweetness and warm spice that perfectly balances the VA and Latakia. However, this is not an aromatic English. Instead, it is a sweeter natural English blend with undercurrents of spice like nutmeg/cinnamon (you really have to try it to understand what I mean).

The cut is a mix of shorter ribbon and rubbed out flake. Burns clean and dry all the way down to the very end of the bowl.

I really love this tobacco. I truly have smoke nothing quite like it before.

1 person found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (481)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I did not like this at all. The listings above say there is no flavoring, but I do not believe it. I tasted Vanilla when I first lit up my first bowl of the sample sent me. I was cooking on the grill for my In Laws, who happened to be over. After moving some meat around. I sat down with my FIL who immediately remarked "smells good, Vanilla right?"

Looking on here, it stated there was nothing listed, but I did see a few reviewers also picked up on Vanilla notes. Whatever is used to top this blend seems, to me, at odds with the latakia and otherwise English Notes this blend has. It is contrasting and distracting and further points out the reason many of us will use some pipes for lat blends and some pipes for aros, but seldom intertwine them.

When an aromatic English is done right it can be enjoyable. Blends like C&D Sweet English, PS EOS and luxury English are a couple of examples. This one is just terrible to my tastes. My favorite bowl was the last since I diluted it with so much unflavored Cavendish. I wanted to give this one star, but will give it two out of respect for reviewers I know who apparently don't think it is as bad as I thought it was.

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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (299)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

I was given a sample recently of a friends stash of Pipemaker's Choice and through the bag I could tell this would be an interesting taste. Latakia blends that have a topping are one of those love it or hate it genre's since traditional English smokers tend to scoff at a topped English and Aromatic smokers might not enjoy the smokiness. I enjoyed the full mouth feel and strength of PC and my family were pleased with the room note so it's a win-win. To me PC is a light to medium English with a decent amount of Latakia but nowhere near bomb territory and the supporting Virginia's were of course the best quality being as Carole uses nothing but the finest leaf. I do not believe the blend is topped but rather an Aromatic Cavendish is added to the English blend which keeps the goopyness and moisture at a perfect level. At $60 + per pound, this is a bit steep for what Is essentially an Aromatic English, or is it an English Aromatic... But either way if this is your thing then PC is the best rendition of the genre I have found.

Purchased From: Pipeworks and Wilke

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Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (150)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Presentation is typical Wilke ribbon. A mixture of light, medium, and dark browns. Jar note is slightly sweet, with a touch of smokey Latakia.  Will benefit from some drying time before lighting.  This blend produces plenty of smoke and will definitely nip, but not quite bite, if rushed. 

The charring light brings a very sweet flavor to the tip of the tongue. While Royal Scot is not listed as an ingredient, I strongly suspect it is the Cavendish listed here. After the true light, some citrusy Virginias poke through as well. Latakia is applied here with a very gentle hand and, in the first third of the bowl it's a light, condiment touch but nothing more.  

By mid-bowl the lemony citrus settles down a bit but the smokey notes of Latakia are still struggling to shine through. This flavor profile remains fairly consistent through to the end.  There is a touch of smokiness in the background but the sweet Virginias and Cavendish are the stars of this show. By the final third of the bowl, I found myself wanting something more in order to ground this blend - perhaps some burley, or a touch more Latakia. 

In this regard, it's tough to consider this a "medium English", and I think true English smokers may be disappointed. This is definitely an aromatic English and in Pipeworks & Wilke's line-up I would rate it as more similar to No.5 and No.13 than, say, Bestmake, which is less sweet. To my taste, this blend could use some burley to balance out the sweetness from the lemon Virginias and Cavendish. But then it would basically be No.5. 

That doesn't make this a bad tobacco, far from it. I don't want to suggest that this is anything other than a good blend from one of my favorite blenders. But Carole has several better blends in this category.  Those who like a pinch of Latakia in their aromatic blend should definitely try this. Smokers of HGL will find this a dryer, higher quality blend. 

Similar Blends: Pipeworks & Wilke - Wilke No.005.

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