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This Balkan style blend would have been all-the-rage in the squire's country home in the 19th century. A hearty Latakia base blended with Burleys, Virginias, and unsweetened Black Cavendish for body create a sublime late afternoon or evening smoke.

A formula (similar to Balkan) but containing more Latakia for full-bodied taste.

Notes: This was an Amar Blends Co. mixture. Cornell and Diehl bought the rights of all their old recipes.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByAmar Blends Co.
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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ChristianProbst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ChristianProbst (4)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Strong

Elegant! When you know C&D Bulk- Blends, you know what to expect. Rich and Strong, quite Earty and Robust, natural Tobacco. This one is a bit different. Of course, it is flavourfull, and of course it is a natural tocacco. And it has all the good characteristics of a C&D Blend. It is quite dry, very easy to light and burn. When you smell it, you smell Latakia, but also a sweet note of the Virginia and nutty smell of black cavendish. You can compare it with C&D Constellation. But London Squire is a bit less bold, and Black Cavendish is not so promiment. It reminds me somehow old Dunhill- Blends as they were still made at murrays. London or Standard Mixture for example. London Squire is the most elegant, yet sophisticated C&D Latakia- Blend that i know. It has not such a big Nic- hit, and not a overwhelming Latakia- Content. Very harmonioulsly middle of the road english. Taste is quite complex, with a nutty- smoky notes and little sweetness. This could meant to be a Pease- Blend. I would recommend London Squire to those that look for a real classic english. Or those that find usual C&D Bulk- blends too strong. or even those, that look for a good quality, rich and elegant all- day smoke.

Pipe Used: Several Briars. Dunhills, Winslows, Savinellis...

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Similar Blends: Dunhill - My Mixture 965, Dunhill - London Mixture.

8 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2251)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woody and a little sweet, and is well supported in the first two attributes by the dry Oriental/Turkish, which also has a slight spice note, and hint of butter. The Virginias are grassy, citrus sweet in a back up role, but also has a little dullness. Burns at a reasonable pace with a consistent flavor, leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs an average number of relights. It won't bite, though it can get a little too warm at times, so it needs to sipped just a mite. Has very little nicotine. The after taste is short lived. More of an entry level English, it may not satisfy those who are experienced in this genre. Two and half stars.


7 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very good light to medium English. Latakia and Orientals pretty well balanced with a nice mildly sweet base of Virginias. Mild to medium in body with medium flavors. Tasty and enjoyable. Great for when you want a break from the heavier English blends.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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7 people found this review helpful.

StrongMixturesOnly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StrongMixturesOnly (17)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

As a connoisseur of English mixtures, I must say that London Squire is enjoyable, but not so much if you are searching for strong tasting blends and/or blends high in nicotine content. It is a good starting choice for the novice English smoker, as well as a mellow morning and afternoon smoke for those who smoke often. The taste is, in general, light with Latakia and Virginia dominating the bouquet with a subtle hint of Turkish announcing itself from time to time.

7 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1826)
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Full Tolerable

I've smoked a lot of C&D blends over the past couple of years and am now starting to post my reviews by transcribing them from my notebook.

According to my notes, no English or Balkan style blend from C&D gets a heavy dose of Latakia into the veins like London Squire. Beautifully put together true English style with heavy hitting from the delicious Latakia, several grades of Virginias and wonderfully presented Orientals for a full, yet refined taste that is so smooth that the power of the Latakia actually was more than tolerable. It was just plain good. Don't smoke this one around any fire alarms as you're sure to set it off from the heady doses of smoke that will choo choo train its way out of your pipe's bowl.

5 people found this review helpful.

millarddj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
millarddj (2)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Very earthy, smokey, and with little sweetness, this seems to be of medium strength to my palate - but that from a relatively novice English blend smoker. However, I find the particular combination of Latakia, unsweetened Cav, and other tobaccos makes this considerably more interesting and satisfying than milder English blends that I have tried (thinking of Frog Morton AtP, Dunhill Early Morning, Boswell Countryside, and others). Heavy enough on Latakia to really satisfy that craving, but mellow enough a blend overall to not swamp the tastebuds and allow for other tobacco to be enjoyed afterward.

Have smoked this numerous times now, and it is the blend that opened the door for me to English/Balkan style blends. Therefore, I can wholeheartedly vouch for the recommendation that this is a good serious yet entry-level English for new pipers.

Pipe Used: MM Eaton, Peterson Rocky Donegal

Age When Smoked: Fresh to 16 Months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1752)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - London Squire.

The ribbons are quite coarse, the blend contains an equal amount of black to browns, and sadly a few twigs too. It could afford to be a bit moister, not that it's un-smokeable, I just wouldn't trust it in my cellar for long.

The smoke isn't as aggressive as Balkans can often be: the Latakia gives the softer notes instead of the more abrasive ones, with the Orientals sharing the lead. The Virginia sweetens the smoke, with the Burley giving it a slightly rustic edge. My only problem, although it's listed as a balkan, I want more oomph from it! A good beginners blend instead of an aromatic maybe? A bowl of L.S. burns well, but tends to be over quite quickly.

The nicotine's milder than a lot of this genre and the room-note isn't great.

I wouldn't add this to my list of regular blends:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Somali Meerscham Oom Paul

Age When Smoked: Two weeks

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2 people found this review helpful.

Fumatore Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fumatore (48)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I am revisiting this tobacco (5/10) after not smoking it for 3 years. This one is a pretty good medium English tobacco, with emphasis on the orientals. The first 1/8 bowl has a tendency to be a little rough on the taste buds, but it settles down into a tasty smoke. The complexities of Latakia and Orientals meld together quite nicely. Believe it is somewhat unappreciated English in the C&D lineup.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

"Earthy" is the first adjective that comes to ming while thinking about this blend. It isn't smooth, refined and somehow "aristocratic" like many English blends on the market, not subtle at all. It gives you exactly what you might expect: a great latakia blend, full, tasty, spicy...a true Balkan-style in the old fashion. Latakia is clearly the top note, but the orientals play a major role and that's the secret of its deepness. The Virginias are there to support with "meat", not sweetness. Recommender to the latakia lover.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28474)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

General Comment for All C&D Blends. So far, all my samples have burned clean and dry. They contain quality ingredients. If purchased fresh from C&D, I find that I must adjust the moisture content, and let them rest for 3-6 months before sampling. They change flavor dramatically in just a few months.

In appearance, this is mainly a blend of mid to dark flakes with an occasional bright speck here and there. The blend aroma is that of a very mild English. The taste is that of a very mild to medium Latakia-Oriental type blend. There are a few puffs where the flavor goes flat but then returns again. It is smooth and does not bite. It burns clean to a powdery gray ash. I can smoke this when I want the flavor of Latakia, but do not want to have the smoke interrupt whatever I am working on at the time. This would be a great smoke for those that want to try a good English blend, but have not acquired the taste for stronger or more complicated versions.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28474)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Here's a tobacco that's so polite in its Englishness that it's in danger of going unnoticed. To the eye, it looks like a black and tan beer, with wide cuts of latakia predominating. It's a very simple looking mixture with a very simple, enjoyable flavor. The fun of the tobacco comes not from any unique taste or zany flavoring, but instead from its almost reserved consistency and friendliness. It's much more like a friend with whom you are so comfortable that you don't feel the need to speak, instead of one who is always engaging your responses. The hefty cut of the tobaccos makes it slow burning, and sometimes hard to keep lit, but the payoff is a very mellow smoke. I got curious to see what this would smoke like if cut into smaller ribbons, and I diced some throroughly to see what effect it would have on its smoking characteristics. I like it very much. The burn is better and easier, and the flavor seems clearer, oddly enough. I'm sure a certain amount of my reaction is the placebobo effect (the psychological benefit of hitting a clown in the face with a pie...), but I do like it better. It's hot on first light, though, but quickly settles into a smooth burn. It truly has everything in its favor - mellowness, comfort, affordability, and ready availability.

1 person found this review helpful.