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Three distinct Virginias lend spice, sweetness and a unique spirits-like taste, which is balanced out by fragrant Turkish tobacco, and plenty of rich, woodsy Latakia. Plenty of taste, a bright bouquet, and voluminous clouds of smoke reward the smoker looking for a rich experience.

BrandHearth & Home
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByPipes & Cigars
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging1.5oz Tin, 8oz Tin, Bulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium, Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Big Blue Jazzman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Blue Jazzman (47)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Another fine English blend from Russ O. Reminds me of the Dunhill bulk offerings we had in the 70's. As much as I like Admiralty I like this one even better as it is a little fuller in taste. Packs and burns well. If you are an English fan, here you go.

Pipe Used: 70's Meer

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Admiralty.

2 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woody sweet and is the star that the other components play off of. The Virginias are grassy with a little citrus in a support role. The Oriental/Turkish is woody, buttery sweet, slightly dry with a mild hint of spice that isn't always evident as a third player. The nic-hit is just past mild. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns clean and cool at a moderate pace with some creaminess. Leaves just a little moisture in the bowl, but no dottle, and requires an average number of relights. It has a nice start, but the flavors muddle a little in the last third of the bowl, and makes the mixture less complex than it was. Even still, it's a decent starter English blend.

2 people found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is lightly darker than the Admiralty, but still much lighter in colour than Armada or Ten to Midnight. It's another classic English mixture, a little less balanced and smooth than the Admiralty but still belonging to the tradition; the Virginias here are darker and the latakia is more present, giving the blend a fuller spicy flavour. A great afternoon blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Fred T Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fred T (67)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

A relatively mild English style smoke. Very tasty. I generally prefer somewhat stronger English styles, such as Dunhill's 965 and Perfection. My tin came slightly on the dry side, ready to smoke, but probably needs to be humidified shortly. When I'm looking for a milder English, this is a good one. I give 965 and Perfection 4's, and House of Lords gets a 3.

Pipe Used: Dunhill

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Dunhill 965, Perfection.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

House of Lords begins by showcasing the Orientals, (Smyna maybe??) and as described, seems to produce a large volume of smoke. HOL for the most part thought is a fairly pedestrian blend. Yes, it’s a good tobacco, but undistinguished, especially considering the many and often very good English blends made by Russ Ouellette. For me, the spice shows up about mid-bowl and remains till the end of the bowl. It isn’t overly spicy, but just enough to let me know that it’s there. The Virginia tobaccos don’t offer much in the way of sweetness. There is an ample amount of Latakia in HOL that seems to kick in about the same time the smoke offers some spice. I am not sure when Russ developed this, but my guess is that it was earlier on in his blending career as it isn’t as complex as some of his later blends. I have smoked it new and with about 3 years of age on it, and while there are some changes, they are not drastic by any means. House of Lords is a solid, straightforward English blend. It just isn’t memorable.

Age When Smoked: New and up to 3 years

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

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SecretAgentMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SecretAgentMan (27)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I found this sour, bite-y, with too much perique (I am over-sensitive to perique, I think, so bear that in mind if you will) or something that makes me think there's too much perique. Latakia is there, sure, and so are Virginias. The flavors didn't seem to want to be with each other, though. If someone wanted to try an English blend, I wouldn't recommend they start with this one.

Pipe Used: MM Washington

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Fumatore Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fumatore (48)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I thought I would like this blend much more than I did since Russ Oulette has quite a nice blending touch. I could not find anything distinct in the blend, save a somewhat bitter taste. It also just seemed just a little harsh to me. Too many better 3 and 4 star English blends out there.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Similar to Squadron Leader in strength with less Turkish component. Caution: If you don't like occasional blasts of Latakia, break up the bigger chunks before loading your pipe. A fine medium English but there is a lot of competition in this class.

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