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A very full English blend. It took us three years to get this blend right. It is over 45% Latakia with a heavy helping of Orientals with Cavendish and brown Virginia's. This blend is so smooth that we were surprised. A number of our customers tell us they find this very similar to Dunhill 965 (Murray's).

BrandCompton's of Galashiels
Blended ByMax Engel
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Cavendish, Virginia, Latakia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging100g Pouch
CountryCA
ProductionUnknown
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Duke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Duke (39)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

How does one describe York Mixture Full, its essence, its mass? I will, with pause and consideration, as well as, with delight. Call me old fashioned, but the fact it doesn?t arrive affixed with a barcode is reassuring. Run your hands through the blend and smile that aggregates are not uniformly manipulated. With cupped hands raised, slowly draw deep aromatic pleasure. All this, before a single match is lit.

Upon lighting you sense you?re in for a great smoke. Indeed this mixture is full, spicy and complex- yes, very English. This tobacco is very big. So you expect the Latakia and Orientals assertiveness and yet the brown Cavendish adds a sweet and sublime softness. I must mention separately the Virginian, which for me, chirps brightly with zest. And with that bright Virginia present my palate never dulls. York arrives a bit dryer (my preference) than Dunhill, but smokes exceedingly well. An off white ash is all that remains. Much like a small bakery or microbrewer, Max provides an artisan passion and skill to the Compton?s line!

Highly recommended.

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moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (32)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

There is nothing fruity or "exotic" about this blend, just first quality tobaccos artfully blended and simply presented. YFM is, as one might well suspect, Lat-forward, but it is similar to GOG's Balkan blend in that the Lat never gets up on its hind legs to over saturate one's mouth and/or eclipse the other tobaccos in the blend. According to Max, this blend swaps his Balkan's Turkish for some Cavendish, and I think the Cavendish factors in taming the Latakia, like the Turkish do/es in the Balkan. Meanwhile, the Virginias act as expected, rising up to put some sugar and a little edge that I like on the aroma and taste, if I puff it hard enough to keep it lit. Despite this, it never burns my mouth, and I am left with a very nice, "smoky" aftertaste, mostly satisfied. Plenty of tobacco-lover smoke, too - if you keep it going.

The "English" league is tough to play in these days. While I enjoy this blend, and there is nothing about it I don't like, I can't honestly give it 4 stars.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Mateo Torgy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mateo Torgy (7)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Very Full Tolerable

I ordered this tobacco with a new pipe, combining the orders to save shipping costs. I highly recommend ordering the pipe online at pipes2smoke.com and then ordering the tobacco over the phone, just for the opportunity to chat with Maxim. You'll quickly learn that he's a great representative of the tobacco industry. I ordered the pipe/tobacco four days ago and the box arrived today (Toronto to Minneapolis).

The tobacco arrives sealed in a metalized pouch, similar to that used for premium coffee. When opened the initial scent is that of an extremely high quality tobacco, featuring dark Virginia and Latakia. It's a dark, alluring, fresh musky scent. Spice, campfire, and a slight hint of molasses (though this is not an aromatic). The scent is reminiscent of Dunhill My Mixture 965 but much deeper and far more complex.

The tobacco leaf itself appears thick and the Virginia, Latakia, oriental, and cavendish seem consistent in cut size and volume. I don't recognize this tobacco as that being from any of the major bulk blenders, and I think I've seen most if not all. This stuff just seems extremely well cut. The quality is obvious. I got a good look at it all as I transferred it into four-ounce quilted mason jars, as is my routine. The pouch is rated for 15 years so I don't know why I didn't just leave it in there...

The initial char light was a thoroughly pleasing experience in realizing that this was "it," that grand master tobacco I have been searching for. I've spent a significant amount of money on online tobacco orders from all the major online retailers, in tins and bulk. No other tobacco comes close to this magical tobacco.

The depth, complexity, fullness of flavor is unparalleled. Full flavored tobaccos invariably come with a cost of harshness. Such is not the case with this tobacco. In fact, this full-flavored stuff is as smooth as any tobacco I've tried. The taste is sublime and the aroma is luxurious.

Some have compared this to 965. I guess I can understand that. However, 965 doesn't come close to this stuff in terms of appearance, scent, burn quality, etc. 965, like most of the Dunhill tins, quickly develops an ashy cigarette taste and smell halfway into the bowl. That doesn't happen with this stuff. Virginias usually do have that cig quality. This stuff tasted and smelled like its luxurious, rich, fresh, and complex self all the way to the end.

I'm not sure if it's the Latakia or the oriental, but there's a unique mustiness, or musk, or something... It's intriguing and alluring. I can't explain it. You'll know what I mean.

Best ever. I'm so glad I found this stuff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

SecretAgentMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SecretAgentMan (27)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

I'm really, really bored with English mixtures. Or I thought I was. This stuff is a real head-turner. From the pouch it smells like Heaven. All the pictures, memories, fantasies flash past -- old libraries, old-fashioned tobacco stores (not in a mall, but in a been-there-forever hole in the wall crammed with more tobacco than you thought it could hold), leather chairs at the club. All the good pictures I associate with English mixes, like Downton Abbey with 90% less estrogen. Anyhow, I dried it for 15 minutes. It's fairly dry out of the pouch, but the moisture will stay for awhile. You can spend the time admiring the way the tobacco looks, its obvious quality and the pleasing mixture of black, chestnut, ochre and earth.

Lights easily and stays lit; thick blue-white smoke that hangs around until it disappears (no little clouds drifting in far corners of the room). The first thing that slams into the tongue is Latakia -- lots of it, followed by orientals which are more sweet than sour. I found if I puffed slowly, sippingly, the Virginias would burst into view. Then it was sublime, I mean really sublime. Pure, perfect Virginia flavor flanked by oriental and latakia, like supporters on a coat of arms. The strength is acceptable to me -- medium to strong, just the way I like ‘em (when I'm not in the mood for more, that is).

But then trouble came to Eden. The Virginia would not stay. Slowly, inexorably, it was covered over by the latakia and oriental; the Virginia would be gone for awhile, then re-emerge to sighs of joy, and then leave again, but each visit was shorter and shorter until the Virginia was gone for good and there was nothing but latakia and oriental banging back and forth like doors on an empty saloon in a deserted boom town. Maybe smokers with more experience, or a more refined palate, could enjoy more of these Virginia moments. I couldn't. But man, this is fantastic stuff and if you like full-bore flavor English mixes you owe it to yourself to buy some and see if you can entice Lady Virginia to stay.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

A.E. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A.E. (22)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Of the tobaccos I've tried, I find no flaw in Compton tobacco blends. The York Full Mixture is my personal favorite. No other tobacco brand need be tried, as I'm completely satisfied with this one. To keep sampling new possibilities (which seem endless these days) suggests that too much attention is being paid to a pleasant, though relatively inconsequential, aspect of life. I say - pick one or a few blends or brands , stick with them, and move on. Comptons of Galashiels, specifically York Full Mixture, is my pick. Even with sipping, as I do, the smoke is thick and luscious. The flavors are richly complex and dense - evidencing high quality tobaccos. Even with top shelf tobacco though, the blend must be balanced. Therein lies the art. Mr. Engel seems to be gifted in this regard. No bite to the tongue or offense to the sinuses. The smoke rolls out softly, and can be savored through the nose as lightly smoked oak and fine leather, with subtle sweet maple and spiced nuts - but yet no suggestion of topping. Lighting a bowl while reading gives me pause to close my eyes and fold myself deeper into my easy chair - the aroma and flavor carry me into the pages. Luxurious and meditative. This is as good as I should expect any pipe tobacco to be.

Pipe Used: Davorin Morta Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: A few months from freshly blended.

Purchased From: Pipes2Smoke.com

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (500)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

York Full lives up to its name as it is one full tasting English blend. Even the pouch scent lets you know that it is going to be a complex blend. It seems to burn a little slower for me than similar blends. It is hard to believe that there is 45% Latakia in York as it is balanced and the Orientals are top shelf. As the pouch scent indicated, it has a lot of complexity in the smoke. I still would have to give the edge to Macedonian Mixture from the same blender in terms of my favorite. I am lucky enough to still have a fair amount of Murray's 965 and I don't see the comparison. As others have noted, the COG blends do cost more, but IMHO the quality is worth the extra coin. I do drop a half star for availability. I don't mind waiting, but it's too long too often so York ends up being a treat for me rather than part of any rotation. Recommended!

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't normally gush. But I must. I really appreciate fine foods, wine, microbrewed beers, a great cigar and a great pipe. And if my pipe is loaded with York Full Mixture, then nothing in this world can harm me. Everything is right with the universe, my chi is lined up, and my dog loves me.

The first thing that hits me while smoking this blend is absolute astonishment that it's actually 45% Latakia. No way! This stuff is so smooth, so rich, so tasty, but without even a hint of the sharpness often present in many Lat bombs.

The Virginias provide a stellar base when balanced with the smoothness of the cavendish, and the proportion of Latakia to Orientals is perfect. I don't find this all that similar to 965. 965 hits you with that Oriental sour out of the tin, and the cavendish is more noticeable than in York. I'm not sure what to compare this to because I don't know of any other blend with so much Lat that is so smooth. It burns beautifully, stays cool, allows you to really huff and puff if you want to, and the smoothness and richness just keep on giving and giving.

Still can't believe it's 45% Latakia, but the proportions are so well balanced that it almost behaves like a medium English. But it's not. This is a full, rich, beautiful piping experience that can rival any full English on the market today IMHO. Better than Pease's best? Nope, just different - another glorious English mixture to add to my personal hall of fame. And perhaps yours too should you try this excellent blend.

Five stars out of four.

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tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (68)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Another stellar blend from Canadian blending concern Compton's. These folks are conjuring up some of the best blends I've ever had. If Pease is 7 on my Marshall head, Compton's is 11 . . . these go to 11.

Very full and rich but never overwhelming. Great texture and mouth-feel, creamy. Burns like like a dream, cool and a whispery grey ash, virtually no dottle and nary a pipe cleaner needed between bowls.

Slightly reminiscent of Dunhill 965 (Murray's) mostly in delivery and balance, not so much on the palate; most enjoyable.

Well worth the expense and sometimes the wait too. Care and quality cannot be rushed. I'd pack my pipe with this stuff any day of the week when compared to Pease, McClelland, Esoterica/JF Germain, and so forth.

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Uban Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uban (21)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Being a "yes man" is sometimes a good thing. This superior blend deserves four stars, and now that I have ordered some of Maxim's blends yet again all I want to add is that THEY ARE ALL WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY AS WELL AS THE WAIT.

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DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (141)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

GL Pease's Odyssey has long been my favorite Balkan/English/whatever, which is to say it's one of my favorite flavors in the whole universe. Excellent smoky latakia, exotic orientals and a wonderful sweetness exuding from the VAS .... the stuff is perfection, with only one significant caveat: the stuff has the burning qualities of granite. Ok, Ok, so it's not really THAT bad, but Odyssey doesn't burn well, even with prolonged drying. This greatly hinders my enjoyment of what would otherwise be my hands-down favorite blend, especially as the alarming number of relights has frequently generated so much heat that it singed my tongue.

So what does that have to do with Compton's York Full Mixture?

Because the flavor of this stuff is nearly identical to Odyssey, but it burns like a dream. Hence, this is close to being the perfect pipe tobacco (to my tastes only, of course).

The only reason I don't cellar this by the ton is because of the price, and even so I am seriously thinking of importing a ridiculous amount come tax return time.

Highly, highly recommend to Balkan lovers.

P.S. I can find no resemblance whatsoever between York Full and Dunhill's 965, except of course that they both contain latakia. YMMV, of course.

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PIE-EYED-PIPER Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PIE-EYED-PIPER (20)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

What else can I say except that I have to join the band wagon on this one and concur with the rest of the reviewers. The strength is more medium than full at best.

People compare this to the Dunhill 965. I just became an avid fan of the Dunhill My Mixture 965 since I got a hold of the re-released Dunhills. Although the YMF is a great smoke, it is however, not similar to the Dunhill 965. It's a good tobacco, and it can definitely be considered a good ALTERNATIVE for the Dunhill 965.

One major drawback of this tobacco is it price. It is cost prohibitive. There are others out there that are good alternatives at a fraction of the cost. For that, I'm giving this a solid 3 out of 4 stars.

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RAM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RAM (1)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I am an avid cigar smoker for many years. This past year, I discovered a wonderful “hobby” – collecting pipes and pipe smoking. I am one of those “newbees” trying to find his footing. I am, in what one might call, the “experimentation” stage.

What can one say about the York Mixture Full? Well, I've had the opportunity to smoke this tobacco at one of our club meetings. Mind you, I'm not one to be persuaded by ads or testimonials of others. As a lover of English tobacco, I must proclaim that this is one of the best I've smoked (considering my limited experience). The cut was perfect and the aroma both pre-lit and lit were intoxicating (in a very good way). Contrary to some reviews, I did find this to be Medium in strength with very little, if no bite to it. Some reviewers rate this close to Dunhill's 965. Unfortunately, I yet have to try the “965” to make an intelligent comparison. I will leave that comparison to the more experienced smokers.

I would like to try other Compton's blend as it is being touted as one of the best tobaccos in the market today. As far as York Mixture Full is concerned, it will most certainly be included in my rotation. It will definitely have its place in my cellar.

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Boswell Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Boswell (6)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Very Full Pleasant

This is my first review -- and I have chosen York Mixture Full because I think Maxim Engel has done a great service for people who, like me, are very fond of English and Balkan mixtures. I hope this site encourages others to try the Compton's of Galashiels range!

The cut, moisture content and burning properties of this mixture are all excellent -- as, indeed, they are for the other Compton's blends I have tried (Macedonian Mixture and Number 10). The tobaccos are clearly of first-rate quality. On lighting one is rewarded with clouds of deliciously spicy smoke; the taste is nutty, creamy, smokey and spicy by turns, with a little sweetness from the Virginia base, with the Cavendish very nicely, as hagen notes, offsetting the high notes of the Orientals.

Dunhill's 965 was the tobacco which introduced me to pipe smoking (and Dunhill blends more generally) several years ago -- and I was lucky enough to go to one tobacco tasting at Dunhill's London shop before they closed down their tobacco business here. While there are clear resemblances between York Mixture Full and the old 965 I remember, I don't think YMF is a copy of 965. Rather, it's another excellent blend in the same tradition. I enjoy it greatly, and recommend it highly.

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hagen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hagen (91)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

first whiff out of the jar is latakia and the cavendish (mind you, not the modern caramel horrors, but old-fashioned english-style, with a slightly woodsy and sweetened taste, expertly used to balance the high notes of the oriental tobaccos). in the background you sense the sun cured orientals. the virginias don't make themselves much noticed. perfect humidity and texture. no need to dry this one out.

the taste and flavour: as the tin description says, it's smooth. i don't know how this can be, as most other full englishes/balkans seem to be quite bitter/acrid, nightcap being a noteworthy exception. may be the quite powerfull virginias and cavendish, or it may be that the latakia is superb quality. whatever the reason, this is full taste, but with no attack on your throat. the orientals are obvious, too (and as with all compton's blends, with a wonderfull fragrancy), and beautifully balanced with the other ingredients. there's sweetness here, too, not only from the cavendish but certainly also from the virginias. bass as well as treble. to enjoy the full spectrum, sip it slowly and lovingly. puffing will make it smoke wet, and you'll lose all the subtleties. take your time. relax.

for me, this is absolutely not a morning smoke, or one for a short break during work, but it's great in the evening. not every evening, though: there are other compton's blends that beg to be smoked late in the day! and though it's not my absolute favourite among the splendid compton's blend, it's very very fine quality, and perfect when i want a powerfull and refined dose of oriental tobaccos.

it's really not an "english mixture" in the modern sense - "full scottish" would be less misleading as category - but very much recommended indeed.

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LSU Tiger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LSU Tiger (13)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

In my search for a replacement for the now gone Dunhill blends, I decided to try Compton's. I'm so glad I did.

York Full Mixture is akin to eighteen year single malt, in that it's smooth, but potent. The Virginias provide a sweetness that's complimented by the orientals and latakia. The different tobaccos pass in and out of the spotlight, each giving their solo and drifting back to accompany another during their solo. This is no sharp, harsh English, but a silky creamy blend that leaves the smoker wanting more.

Quality of leaf and unparalleled taste are hallmarks of Compton's. For the lover of English blends, I can give no higher stamp of approval than to urge one to try it and prepare to an experience like no other.

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topdogue Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
topdogue (11)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I recently added York Full to my collection of Maxim's mixtures, and I like this one the best. The others being #10, Viceroy, Macedonian, and Scottish Mixture. This is a big mixture and appears to be more a broken flake than a ribbon cut. It packs easily and stays lit. Pretty user friendly. The cut is rougher than most ribbons and prevents to a certain degree getting too hot with my steam locomotive rate of smoking. It smoked cool and dry all the way down to the bottom of the bowl and is intensely flavourful. I would describe it as an English, not a Balkan, even though it has a lot of Latakia in the mix. The smoke is full and has a lot of interesting twists and turns, although not as much as a G L Pease mixture. Slightly sweet at times, it is very well balanced and has that "just right" combination of elements that propelled me to the computer to order a whole pound for future enjoyment and aging. It had none of those bitter aspects some mixtures have with major Oriental components. I think the cavendish leaf adds a subtle characteristic that one can only get from well processed unsweetened Virginia Cavendish leaf. This will be a blessing to those of you who remember the old Dunhill mixtures before they were mucked up by the Continentals. Shipping to California from Canada takes forever, it seems, and sometimes a shipment gets lost (stolen) , but Maxim will replace it gladly. Very highly recommended.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

This mixture right out of the bag is quite on the dry side, and this is the way it should be smoked to get its full flavor.

Upon lightning, it reminds me of Odyssey. A Balcan plenty of Latakia and nicely backed up by Orientals and Virginias. The Cavendish is not at all apparent, and I never get to detect it throughout the bowl.

Through the second third of the bowl the Latakia recedes, giving way to strong Orientals that make a sharper, almost jarring smoke.

The last third of the bowl is when Virginias get their full flavor and start playing an important role. I enjoy all English and Balkan mixtures in big bowls, but this one really excels in 0.75+ in³ bowls.

I really couldn't find any similitude with My Mixture 965, but this is a very enjoyable smoke by itself.

Due to its relatively high price, it lies somewhere between 2 and 3 stars.

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BriarLaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarLaw (85)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

York Full by Comptons is a hand-blended tobacco from Maxim Engel at http://www.Pipes2smoke.com. Maxim has been re-creating a series of very old (1900s - 1920s)English and Oriental blends from original recipes.

I do not know where he gets the base tobaccos but they are fine indeed. Full of flavor, no humectants, on the drier side (as I prefer). In some ways the base tobaccos remind me of the excellent ribbon tobaccos available from Gawith.

This particular blend is delicious. I find it to be a truer representation of Dunhill's 965 than the current EU version of 965 which, after smoking it for a time, is good but lighter than its predecessor. York Full has plenty of smooth Latakia, sweet Orientals, and a fullness along with a tiny bit of natural sweetness which I think comes from some added un-sweetened natural Cavendish (like in 965) and the VAs. Easy to light and stays lit, burns to a fine ash, the flavor is complex and full all the way to the dry heel. But makes no mistake, this is a full flavored tobacco for veteran English blend smokers or those looking for a real tobacco adventure. York Full is no shrinking-violet.

Do try this (and other) tobaccos from this blender - particularly if you are fond of traditional English blends made in the old-style. A real delight. I will post reviews of other of these blends as I try them.

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (135)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

And now for something different -- Compton's by pipes2smoke.

I am glad I am the first reviewer for a short salvo of this reincarnations of fine old English blends. It's surprising a private house can produce such quality. You all come and join the mix.

This is not the run of the mill English, but a full meal of English delights.

This is a ribbon, dark tasting, smoky, and leathery blend with an abundance of darker tobaccos, highlighted by the Latakia this time.

Yes, this is certainly full and an evening smoke in my opinion. It is quite smooth for something with 45% latakia, and you must love that leaf to appreciate the high quality of this mix.

Some experienced puffers have compared this to the older version of Dunhill 965, but I only tasted Murray's later but now extinct version (which is not as dark or quite as full as this and more balanced to the sweet side). This is more akin to Pease's Oddessy to me but different enough.

This is not an all day smoke to me, as one bowl is plenty, but some of you who like heavier blends may partake of it more often than I. In its category of a full English, it is certainly a leader and not just a player.

Highly recommended to a variety of Latakia devotees and full English puffers.

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