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A proper English mixture composed of only the finest Virginia, Maryland and Burley tobaccos with a pinch of Latakia. The result is a remarkable blend that is medium-bodied and traditionally
English in character.

BrandAshton
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Maryland, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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A. Gabor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Gabor (1)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It seems to me that this blend is under appreciated here on Tobaccoreviews.

People seem to note a inherent "lack of flavor," and call this blend "nothing special." I however, feel contrarily. This blend is special because it is so light in latakia, while still retaining a classic english odour and taste. Many criticise this blend, consciously, or unconsciously, because of the sparsity of the latakia, but that is precisely what makes it special, along with the addition of burley tobacco. Many overlook the fact that English tobaccos used to contain no latakia at all, so for those who say that this cannot be a proper english, may I remind you that a common and proper English, at one time, was comprised only of Virginias and Burleys, and a bit later, with just a pinch of latakia. Many englishes abuse latakia, overuse it (cough cough Nightcap) to the point that it will numb the palate of any smoker, experienced or not, to at least some degree. This one, however, does not. Yet it is still a fine medium-bodied blend with plenty of english character... and it won't destroy your senses of taste and smell! This is quite the refined blend, and I may liken it to SG Squadron Leader, another fine blend.

Pipe Used: Nording Dublin Freehand

Age When Smoked: A few months

Purchased From: Holt's Tobacco Co.; Philadelphia, PA

Similar Blends: Squadron Leader.

5 people found this review helpful.

Clive Moses Apikouris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clive Moses Apikouris (30)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a blend which I often smoked in the past. It had gone ignored for a while as recently having gone back to a dedicated pipe smoking, I had focused on types of tobaccos I had not previously experienced. Today I loaded some into an old Iwan Ries Dublin, acrylic saddle bit pipe for my first pipe of the day. I'm very glad I did. Consummate Gentleman is a marvelous gentle extremely well balanced classic English style blend. Gentle yes, but very flavorful. Smooth sophisticated Latakia in the background directs round nutty and demi-sec flavors. There is also a muted but very desirable spice to it. as English blends go this would be on the opposite end of the spectrum from a smoke bomb like Pease's Charring Cross. Very pleasurable indeed and highly recommended.

5 people found this review helpful.

FunnyPipe727 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FunnyPipe727 (20)
★★★★
Strong Strong Very Full Very Strong

Ashton's Consummate Gentleman is a properly balanced English mixture that is satisfying, dry smoking, and a pleasurable smoke. The tin itself is rather ornate and classy looking, so you know that if you're smoking this, you've made it into the brotherhood of Briar. To start, the tin note is very strong in Latakia's signature scent, but there are mellow and creamy Burley notes as well, and of course there's that wonderful dried fig smell of the good old Virginia sweet leaf. Overall, it smells bitter, almost like fresh cut Cedar, but it has a warm toasted marshmallow scent as well. This tobacco may need a little drying right out of the tin, but not too much. It smokes very dry to begin with regardless, but if you find it wet, give it a day or so after popping the seal and it will be perfect. The taste is glorious to say the least. Very cool and smoky Latakia overtones wrap this whole smoke in a tight embrace. It's the prominent flavor, and there's not even that much in there. However, this blend has its own cool sweetness and depth. It almost tastes like a sweeter, medium strength cigar infused with Latakia. It has a nice spiciness to it that is sure to satisfy the seasoned smoker. It has subtle notes of a woodsy flavor, not unlike Peterson's Irish Oak. Very robust, full and prominent. The forefront of this blend is certainly its English crafting, but it is definitely softer smoking than more traditional English and Oriental mixtures, like Balkans and heavier Latakia tobacco blends. Its room note is rather pleasant and potpourri-like, but it lingers. This is not the best blend to smoke in mixed company. Save this one for reading in your study, poker night, or when you feel like bringing something different to the table when you get together with your cigar smoking friends. I try to seek out good English blends to recommend to those who like aromatics, but want to try something a little more traditional. This one is not too strong, not too intense, and even though it has a significant amount of nicotine, it's a slow smoker, so it won't knock you right out. Even though it does not smoke hot in the slightest, I recommend this to anybody who likes to smoke a Gourd Calabash pipe. The extra cooling will bring out the subtleties in this blend like nothing else.

4 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (120)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

In a world flooded with varying English blends, this one does not try hard to stand out. Packs easily with a bit of spring, lights very well and stays lit. This tobacco requires very little attention, and is a friend of mine while performing tasks such are restoring straight razors, tying a few flies for the upcoming trout season, or goofing off on the internet writing these reviews. It is also a great English blend for road trips, as it requires no relights to burn to the bottom of the bowl. Notes of leather, sweet Va, and the backbone of burley. It is clean on the palate, pairs well with a Macallan 12, Highland Park 18, or even a snifter of Grand Marnier neat. Room note is not as heavy as say Pirate Kake, but it will still drive the wife to the other end of the house. But sometimes that is a blessing........

3 people found this review helpful.

mnadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mnadz (35)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an excellent all day English blend. A little bit less flavor than Frog Morton (hence why just recommended). Not strong but still gives enough flavor.

3 people found this review helpful.

madamadam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
madamadam (7)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

A superb English style blend. I have been quoted saying that English blends are the 'Bordeaux' of pipe tobaccos. This blend is true to that sentiment. One of my favorite mixtures for any time of the day.

2 people found this review helpful.

Oouder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Oouder (11)
★★☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Update:

Yep. Sounds about right. I had to jar this stuff to keep it from drying out. I think I have most of the tin sitting in that jar still about 6 months later. I am in no rush to get to it. I would give it to a newcomer to the hobby the whole time explaining that there is much more to it but I don't want to overwhelm you. keepin it at 2 stars cuz it doesnt suck it's just not good. lol

Original Review:

Very very mild smoke. Good for when you don't want to focus on the smoke at all. I have a few tins laying around. For some reason I just keep buying a tin of it with my other bulk orders. Not something I would cry about if I was out and could not find any but also something I seem to always have around. Nice easy burn. no bite. 2 stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

sherlockhomie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sherlockhomie (2)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

A decent tobacco,but quite plain. Definitely not for the fan of aromatics.

2 people found this review helpful.

jmrtsus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jmrtsus (10)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

As a new reviewer I hate to "ding" a blend but this one I will not buy again. It just does not impress me, strange taste, expensive and a bore to smoke. SG Squadron Leader is more to my liking for an English Blend, has a better taste, smokes cooler and is just more economical. I smoke it daily, but I have yet to find an Ashton to impress me. Sorry Ashton fans, I see many folks really like this one but I guess thats why we have so many choices.....Not so bad that I didn't finish the tin but, as I said, I won't be buying another.

2 people found this review helpful.

smoking pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking pipe (2)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Overwhelming

do not like this ashton blend. it was my first tin of the "high quality" tobacco i was very disapointed that i wasted money on this. not recommended

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is indeed a medium bodied mixture with deep notes filtering in from time to time thanks to the sparse hits of Latakia. The Burley gives this one a somewhat unusual taste sensation for an "English type" offering.

Unlike most Ashton blends, I sorta liked this one. Oh, and this blend's name is spelled correctly on my tin. (-;

2 people found this review helpful.

Dragon76 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dragon76 (4)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

Smooth English for sure. I bought a tin of this tobacco to try something new. I read the back of the tins description and was intrigued. It is a good consistent English from beginning to the end. Burn is great, not to hot and no bitter taste. The Maryland Tobacco mix, gives it a little touch of extra smoothness / different / tiny sweet flavor, that compliments and enhances the Latakia-English flavor very well. After I used up my first tin, I went back to buy a second tin.

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (282)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Having seen Mr Chris Solf on you tube recommend this I tried it myself and it is lovely , A good even burn with full flavor . It does not keep going out or require re-lights . The smoke is delightful and it does not burn too hot . I now believe all the hype about this one !

1 person found this review helpful.

Flinthills Tex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flinthills Tex (20)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am a smoker of aromatics, but once in a while I like a change of pace. I have 3 pipes dedicated to blends containing Latakia or Orientals, but, alas, my stomach doesn't seem to be able to take most English blends (most of them are just too strong). So I was quite pleasantly surprised by this tobacco, which, although definitely an English blend, did not upset my stomach in the least. Finally, I have somewhere to turn when I get the craving!

Tin note: definitely English, Latakia prominent, though not overpowering

Moisture content: less than aromatics, really ready to smoke out of the tin, packs well with just the right amount of resistance to draw

Room note: spicy-smokey, typically English without being overpowering

Taste: just the right amount of zest and spice to remain interesting throughout the bowl; hard-core English smokers may find this tobacco too mild.

I would recommend this tobacco to anyone who enjoys an English blend or to those lovers of aromatics desiring to make first acquaintances with an English blend. Consummate Gentleman is a smooth smoke, though definitely not as velvety as, say, Dunhill Nightcap. It is a good all-day smoke, though I prefer it with a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

1 person found this review helpful.

Whosblah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Whosblah (1)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This was my first English blend I've ever tried. And I LOVED it. I'm beginning to finish the tin I purchased it in and it's almost sad. I want more. Now, this IS my only English blend I've ever had, and I've been smoking it is a cheaper pipe (I don't have any actual nice ones), so I might find I like better once I've had a few. I use the 3-pack method when packing this into my pipe. It's lights very easily and rarely goes out throughout the bowl. I've maybe had to relight it 3 times depending on how well I packed and how hard I was puffing. For the most part, it stays light very well.

The taste is gorgeous. Now I finally know why people love Latakia so much. As soon as you pop the tin open, the scent of latakia hits you square in the face. It reminded me of the smell of leather. Well, I wasnt sure how I'd like it because of the strong smell, but when I lit it up and tried it... Oh goodness. I call it my A1 tobacco. It reminds me of eating a nice hardy steak with A1 sauce. It isn't spicy, but it has that nice rustic taste to it that brings memories of a nice cookout to mind. Will definitely purchase another tin of this. Great daily smoke, not much of a vit N kick.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mesh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mesh (21)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Not bad at all. Burley doesn't seem to be nearly as common an ingredient in Latakia blends here in the UK as it is in the US, so this was a fairly novel experience. The nutty and somewhat chocolatey characteristics of the Burley leaf are particularly evident in the first half of the bowl. A slight sweet topping is probably also included. Pretty mild in nicotine.

1 person found this review helpful.

atomicbuster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atomicbuster (29)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I've been smoking pipes for only 3 years. I still consider myself a newbie in this arena. I've smoked about 18 different pipes but only a handful of tobaccos. After going through the available drugstore brands, all aromatics, I decided to order something totally different online. Consumate Gentleman was my introduction to English blends and Latakia in particular (along with Balkan Sasieni and Astley's #1 Mixture, reviewed separately).

The aroma that comes from a freshly opened tin is quite strong to me, so I figured it would produce flavorful smoke. Not quite. I've smoked cigars before and the flavor of the smoke usually corresponds to the smell of the cigar. This is very light on the actual smoke flavor. I can taste it, but just barely. The room note is OK. It's got that that smoky/spicy/leathery combination. It's not overpowering. I actually find it relaxing. I haven't experienced any bitter aftertaste. It will only produce tongue bite if you puff very quickly. Otherwise, it smokes fairly cool. I recommend it. I certainly find it better than anything OTC.

My overall score for this blend is: average. But I haven't smoked too many different tobaccos, so my criteria for evaluation might be limited. I might have to come back and edit this review after a year or so of trying different blends.

1 person found this review helpful.

jazzmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jazzmoke (57)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Delicate EU style Latakia taste is what comes to my mind, but there is nothing to which I could make an analogy, milder then Dunhill EM or 965 and somewhat sweeter. It is a tobacco to like and buy constantly.

1 person found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (132)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A classic Latakia mixture balanced in all aspects. There is Virginia, Black Cavendish and of course Latakia as per K&k website description. A good after dinner smoke for the occasional Latakia mixture smoker or for an all day smoke. The Latakia is very good tasting, different and interesting. There is some sweetness in this blend and it tastes kind of "dry" which I like. Overall a very serviceable blend that deserves attention.

1 person found this review helpful.

bence Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bence (25)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My first english mix, which i like a lot. Spunky stuff, with perfect burning properties. I need to try other english mixtures as well, then i'll come back to complete my review.

1 person found this review helpful.

Sorringowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sorringowl (8)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a really nice, medium English Blend. There is a lot going on here and if you mind this blend when you smoke it, it will reward you with plenty of flavor and body. I could find subtle notes of red wine, smoked meat and very light citrus notes. It is very smoky without being spicy. If you push this, it can bite but if you keep your cool, this is a really nice smoke down to the bottom of the bowl. Unlike a lot of English blends, when you get to the bottom of this one, the smoke just gets sweeter. One of my new favorites.

1 person found this review helpful.

renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (59)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

A thoroughly evil blend from Ashton's.

I was thoroughly spoiled with their aromatics. None of the subetlties of Rainy Day or winding Road are present here. This is a leathery punch in the gob, no messing about.

It seems a very respected blend in here, but it's quite clearly not my cup of tea. Reminiscent of Squadron Leader (which also disliked).

I was very surprised Mrs RW even sanctioned the smoking of this in the house as the this room note hangs around the room like a musty dank fog.

It's obvious therefore, that I am an aromatics smoker and this blend is not for me.

1 person found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (517)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

There is nothing wrong with this blend, its just kind of a "wall flower" in a world filled with a vast number of English blends. I will finish the tin, but there isn't a compelling reason to buy more.

1 person found this review helpful.

Kissphantom05 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kissphantom05 (20)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I enjoyed this blend pretty well, although it was not what I consider a "great." When the tin was opened I could smell a certain sweetness in the tobacco. The pinch of Latakia is very apparent, but It did leave a slight bitter finish on my palate. It seemed moist for an English blend, so I am going to let some dry a bit next time. I did blend this with some Lane black Cavendish just for an experiment and it ended up smoking very nicely. I would say a little bit less than half of the mixture was the Cavendish. I recommend that it at least be tried, because as the saying goes, "To each his own."

Update: I am smoking the very last of this tin and it has been about two months. I must say my views on the tobacco changes a bit. Aging this tobacco helped mellow and mix the flavors to a rich but smooth and satisfying blend. I may actually have to buy some more!

1 person found this review helpful.

Mike__P Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike__P (87)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This initially was an impulse purchase at my local tobacconist, and I just opened a second tin that has aged a couple of years. Forget the goofy name; this is a legitimate medium English blend that starts as Latakia-forward as any in this category. The sweet topping, as I recall from the last batch, seems to have dissipated over time. About halfway through the bowl, I was pleasantly surprised by a burst of nutty-sweet Burley/Virginia flavor, but alas, it was a fleeting moment, and the whole smoke devolved after that. As such, I can't fully recommend it, but it has the makings of a contender. As always, your mileage may vary. To me, there are just too many other standout mixtures in this category to choose from.

1 person found this review helpful.

madpoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
madpoet (2)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Disclaimer This is my first review and it comes after an extended (3+ year) break from the briar. I am a novice pipester and still developing my palate. /Disclaimer

Consummate Gentleman, as many other reviewers noted, is a middle-of-the-road English style blend. While I like it, no single part of it stands out. It smokes well, leaving a fine ash, though it is a little moist straight out of the tin. I tend to reach for it when I'm not sure what I want to smoke.

Three stars if you're looking for an undemanding smoke that is still somewhat satisfying, two stars because it lacks complexity and at times tastes...dry?

1 person found this review helpful.

p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (52)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Strong

Reccomended for latakia lovers. It is a very dark blend, with dark aromas. The latakia is in front place. If you like it... Maybe not a complex mixture, but well done with quality leafs.

1 person found this review helpful.

mel51us Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mel51us (47)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Consummate Gentleman is, IMHO, a medium mixture. This contains Burley, so I don't know if it could be called a true English, but it can be called a very tasty blend. This loaded and lit easily in any size bowl. A minimum of attention was needed to keep it burning. CG smoked cool, left a salt and pepper ash and a dry pipe. While it may be a bit too strong for the new pipester, the veteran pipester should try this, if only to say they have. CG earns a spot in my tobacco rotation.

1 person found this review helpful.

Wolfpaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wolfpaw (37)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Ashton's Consummate Gentleman is a good middle-of-the-road English mixture. There's a pleasant interplay of flavors among the component tobaccos; none is especially dominant in C.G. You won't get a big Latakia blast from C.G., but there's enough Latakia in this mixture so you won't forget it's there. The Burley adds a nice undertone of nuttiness to the flavor. I am usually wary of English mixtures that contain Burley-- low-quality Burley can spoil an otherwise tasty blend, and sometimes imparts an almost bitter, cigarette-like taste, but this is first-rate tobacco here, and it only enhances the overall flavor and aroma. I'm amused by the illustration on the label: the lady at the lower right almost seems to be frowning over the scent of the nearby pipe-smoker's C.G., and she appears to be waving away the smoke (which I doubt was the illustrator's intention). In truth, the room note of Consummate Gentleman isn't terribly strong, and has been well-tolerated by my non-smoking friends. C.G. is a little moist when the tin is freshly opened; a few hours' worth of drying time with the lid off helps quite a lot. C.G. lights readily and doesn't require frequent relights-- and I've never been tongue-bit by it. A good choice for a medium English-- definitely worth a try.

1 person found this review helpful.

TGA49 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TGA49 (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Consumate Gentleman is one of the first English blends I have really enjoyed. It is a medium English that can be smoked through out the day. The smell from the tin is typical of a medium English. It packs well and needs few relights. It does take some drying out in order to get the best flavor. I usually let it dry out for a day or two or microwave it on high for 10 - 15 seconds. I am not a heavy English smoker so CG is just about right for me. I started like most pipe smokers in the aromatic tobaccos and found most of them to burn hot and over whelm you with flavor. I wanted a moderate tobacco flavor and began my search in moderate English tobaccos and CG is a part of my regular rotation. Frog Morton is also a good English, however, I buy McClelland 5110 bulk which is very simular. Here are my top five tobacco's, CG, McClelland 5110, Penzance, Davidoff's Royalty, and Sam Gawith Golden Glow (my only Virginia). Highly recommend, Enjoy! Update: While I will still keep this in my rotation, I have just tried and enjoyed Peter Stokkebye's English Oriental Supreme. It is very very good with quality tobbaco. A must try for all English smokers.

1 person found this review helpful.

Scottish Steve Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scottish Steve (14)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is my first pure english blend and I like it. While this is as mild as I'd ever like to go, there is flavour here -subtle, creamy and interesting after months of VAs and VA/Pers. The word that keeps coming to mind is "vanilla", or maybe butterscotch- zero harshness with enough to keep the palate stimulated, this is good stuff. In comparison I found the Artisan's Blend a bit 'shouty'. Think of this as cool, slightly overdriven blues while the Artisan's more Steve Vai.

1 person found this review helpful.

herfinmickey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
herfinmickey (5)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

When reading cigar reviews one often finds reviewers frowning upon anything less vigorous than a super Camacho double Corojo, triple ligero, gordo, inter-continental missile. This can also be the case in reviewing pipe tobacco blends. So let's start off by saying that this blend is not your bowl of Night Cap. In terms of flavor and strength it is much like Twinings "Prince of Wales" tea, round flavored, balanced and subtle. They actually go wonderfully together; I am enjoying that very combination as I write this review. Consummate Gentleman is just that, a gentleman, agreeable and pleasant to spend time with. This blend lights and burns evenly, the taste stays enjoyable and smooth, no tongue bite and not a hint of an unwanted acrid or gaseous flavor. The Latakia is present but as a subtle spice in the mix and does not take the center stage. C.G. is not hyper delicious, stimulating or complex but still makes a fine companion. I often alternate C.G. with Morning Pipe as my daily smoke. It's fine as an afternoon pipe or to be enjoyed while writing or driving. Recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A good English blend!

Good quality leaf here that will not let you down! Although I am not a Latakia person I liked that one much..

Not for the aromatic fan though..

1 person found this review helpful.

adamfasoli Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
adamfasoli (8)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

My brother actually had a tin of this lying around and I was surprised by how well it smokes. It is has a nice traditional flavor and surprisingly pleasant room note. It didn't blow me away and I didn't find to flavor to be all that complex or interesting, but maybe I just don't know what I am talking about. Seeing as I didn't pay for the tin, I can't complain about the price but looking at retailers online, it definitely seems a bit overpriced for what you are getting. If you don't mind that, I would pick up a tin.

1 person found this review helpful.

MCM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MCM (4)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

My local tobacco shop was out of Dunhill EMP so I decided to try this as a replacement. So far I am not impressed. I would describe it as an overpriced high quality blend that lacks any kind of flavor. Can I pretend I didn't open this and get my money back?

1 person found this review helpful.

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

A good blend, at least a turn from the standard Kohlhase&Kopp blend. A medium tobacco, suitable for all day smoke. The lack of Orientals removes the deepness this blend could have, but the burley gives a nice turn and a nutty flavour throughout the smoke. I don't think I'll buy another tin, but I won't throw mine away.

1 person found this review helpful.

preppypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
preppypipe (57)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

CG's A very nice high quality english slightly reminicent of the Murray's made Dunhill's #965 though with much less latakia.This could be considered an all day smoke and has a good solid flavor without being terribly over bearing.I would reccomend this blend to an aromatic smoker wishing to reform or a VA smoker who likes his latakia in short supply...

Highly Reccomended prep

1 person found this review helpful.

NapaWineLover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NapaWineLover (66)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

This was surprisingly a very nice change of pace. A lightweight balkan blend that isn't bland or boring. I say surprinsingly because I had been forwarned that Ashton is now the product of another manufacturer, different country, different tin (which I love) ... blah blah blah. I've learned to not have any preconcived notions about where. I'm strictly about whether I like it or not.

This fine blend has a range of complexity that I have seldom found in a mild to medium smoke. Quite often I find milder blends to be too mild, in fact bland. In this case it's complex and interesting and very well behaved. The tobacco in the tin is the first thing that put a smile on my face since it was not shy for a mild-medium blend. I have actually grabbed the tin and a few pipes and spent the day with this one tobacco while out and about. Moreover, I have lit successive bowlfuls of this without any disappointment.

The mixture is pretty much an American Balkan and the blend is smooth. While the Latakia is reserved it doesn't require a search party. Blending is such a fine art that escapes me but the product of good blending is musical. This is one of those very nice blends. The Burley, I believe is fundamental in temporing this blend yet doens't accomplish it with a bland attribute but rather a mellowness maybe even the word tame comes to mind because many of the fine elements that I look for in the more robust blends are present, just in a very restrained way. There is subtle natural sweetness but not from a dressing. It smokes cool and clean to a medium gray ash with no dottle.

It is in a fine ribbon which lends itself to burning more quickly than some. The melange of tobacco produces a wonderful blend that completely surprised me. It also surprised me that I wouldn't put the first tin down until it was empty.

I enjoy stout balkan blends and a range of VA's that I enjoy too. All of them very complex. Typically I have a method to when I smoke a particular blend of the aforementioned whether it be based on what I ate or drank or likewise anticipated in consuming. Also I have habits (they may be clinical obsessions) about the early morning and late at night. Consummate Gentlemen has made it to a place only 2 other blends have achieved, and that is - Good anytime. It's the kind of smoke, that without fear of boredom, can be my singular blend on a 2 day trip. Bravo, I'm very impressed. Highly recommended for someone looking for a lighter weight but tasty entry to their rotation.

Cheers, VC

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Because I'm far from being one, Consummate Gentleman came in as a nice surprise. Firstly, because it was part of an early Christmas gift; secondly, because this is not at all a bad blend. From the onset: this blend does not aspire to be a Balkan or a Scottish mixture. It's a middle of the road English in all the extension of the term: straight Virginias, Burley, some Maryland, and a pinch of (enough) Latakia to spice things up.

It's beautifully presented in the tin. Ribbon cut, the variety of leaf covers a range of brown and reddish hues, plus the jet-black strands of the Latakia. Unlike many English and Balkan blends, this is not a pungent tobacco. Instead, upon opening the tin, one is greeted by the natural fragrance of matured Virginias, the Burley nuttiness, and a slightly sweet whiff from the Maryland leaf. The Latakia is there all right, but in a rather restrained form. The level of moisture was perfect: not too humid, not too dry, but definitely on the drier side. Easy to pack and light, it also has a nice burning rate.

If I had to compare this blend, I would say it's somewhere in between Gawith's Squadron Leader (though far less pungent, as there's less Latakia in CG and no Turkish leaf at all), and Davidoff's Royalty (both, in structure and in price). The first light yields a creamy taste, the Virginias being the most evident flavor, with the Burley smoothing things up. Tasty, lightly piquant, the Latakia hovers in the background, providing density and an incense-carbon aftertaste. The presence of the Maryland leaf is almost an anecdote. As you progress down the bowl, the flavor remains consistent, with the Latakia coming to the fore every now and then, but never overpowering the Virginias.

Absolutely tongue bite free, Consummate Gentleman is never imperious or demanding. There is no mystery, no complex interplay of flavors. Austere, tranquil, you can smoke this blend as a reading or writing companion. It's tasty and smooth enough to enjoy it regularly through out the day. Granted: I wouldn't go out my way to get hold of this blend, but if given the chance to smoke it, don't let it pass you by. For the novice, this may be a wonderful introduction to English and Latakia blends; for the established smoker, this is a quality alternative when not in the mood for a heavy Latakia tasting blend. Nice, composed, polite, but with enough punch.

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emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I think I've said this before: like other Ashton blends I've sampled, as well as their cigars, Ashton is nothing to write home about, hardly memorable & way overpriced. This is not a bad blend, but C & D & McC offer much better English styled mixtures than this at better value. And if you prefer honest to goodness English, stick with Dunhill. If status is what you seek, then be impressed by the Ashton label. Buy this if your local tobacconist is selling his last tins at deep clearance prices. Otherwise, why bother? Yawn!

Two of five stars

p.s. 'consumate' is spelled 'consummate'.

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This "ASHTON" is the european version,not the McClelland version.I really taste Kohlhasse&Kopf in this blend. The tin says "MADE IN EU" The best way to describe this shag/ribbon cut mixture is a "EUROPEAN CORNELL&DIEHL English blend. I say that because it has that distinct Virginia/Latakia flavor common to Euro blends,but the Burley in this gives it a very unique and quirky type of flavor.This has an almost toasty/nitty quality to it.I like Latakia,and although the tin says"a pinch of Latakia" trust me,there is more than a pinch.It is a medium English with a nice burley flavor to it.The blend never gets hot,although it was a little dry for my taste when I opened the tin.I "shpritzed" it with distilled water like I do with my C&D blends. A good all day English.This I would classify as a very high quality "BULK BLEND" in a tin.A great characteristic of this tobacco is the room note-it dissipates very quickly -within seconds. It will not offend anyone around you.This may not be earth shattering,but it really is very good.A nice adventure into THE ENGLISH BLEND FROM EUROPE THAT TASTES LIKE AN AMERICAN ENGLISH BLEND! A little expensive $9.75 per tin,but I did not feel I overpaid. Give it a try if you like Cornell&Diehl products.This one has a european twist to it. 3 of 4 English stars.

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gam86 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gam86 (36)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I would say a good english mixture but nothing over the top, it didn't shake me at all. I would recommend it to the newcomer of the gender

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Plihopliheri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Plihopliheri (8)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

With Artisan's Blend being my favorite for heavier English blends, I wanted to try a milder Ashton, hoping to find something similar to SG Squadron Leader. Well, CG was a disappointment, as I found it to be rather bland. Not enough Latakia for my taste, and too little distinct flavor or taste in general. Mild, yes, and easy smoking, but nothing special.

I realize my high expectations may have influenced my judgement, and therefore, I will give it another chance in a few months' time. If necessary, I shall update my review then.

Pipe Used: BC

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natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (48)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

As some of the other reviewers have stated, this blend just has nothing that jumps out at you. It's rather bland in my opinion. With so many great blends out there, I would skip this one.

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meanska Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meanska (11)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very pleasant English blend, not too heavy on the Lat. easy packing, lighting, and doesn't require babysitting. I could smoke this all day. My favorite Ashton to date.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Purchased From: Cigar.com

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DEN-C1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DEN-C1956 (29)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Very Pleasant

this is my first 50g tin of this pipe tobacco..and i like it alot easy to light and very easy to smoke, a sort of tobacco to relax with, quite sweet, and nothing harsh about it, very nice room note.im going to try somemore of ASHTON pipe tobaccos...very nice indeed.

Pipe Used: peterson

Purchased From: thoroughgoods basildon essex.(newsagent and tobacconist)

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Ejay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ejay (3)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Just finished my first tin of Consumate Gentleman. This is not my usual favored Latakia blend, but I did enjoy it. The tin note is a sweeter Latakia note, not the brush fire note that I've come to appreciate. Packs nicely, lights easily, and burns evenly. None of the individual elements overpower, and I found myself enjoying it more as I smoked my way through the tin. Still not my favorite Lat blend, but will work it into the rotation.

Now for some minor packaging nitpicking. This may sound silly, but I enjoy opening a new tin and seeing the pleated paper all folded up neatly, then opening the pleats and lifting out the paper disk to take that first whiff. Well the pleats were smashed up and the paper disk was thin and soggy. I know this has no effect on the quality of the tobacco but presentation is important too. I think they could shell out the extra 1/2 penny and use stiffer paper for the disk. Silly, I know, but hey, its my money.

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