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Rich, Smooth Latakia Blend - Benjamin Hartwell's Inn was the Quail's Breath. The specialty was wild game. Ben traveled deep into the woods to hunt and fish. His favorite spot to relax was Chesdin by the river. This is the rich, smooth Latakia blend he made to enjoy in those pleasant, quiet hours at Chesdin. The recipe comes down to us as a reminder of the importance of simple pleasure at any age.

BrandBenjamin Hartwell
Blended BySutliff
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsLatakia, Virginia
Packaging50g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

The Cyprian latakia is sweet and a little smoky and woody as the major component. The mild Virginia citrus and grass offers some support. The vanilla topping is very light, but it helps give a Frog Morton-like impression in some respects. Has a mild nic-hit. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns clean and cool slightly less than at a moderate pace with a very consistent flavor. Requires a few relights, and will leave a little moisture at the bottom of the bowl. Has a pleasant sweet and smoky after taste. A nice introductory blend for those who are thinking of venturing into English blends with a little sweetness. Three stars for that type of smoker, two or two and half for the experienced ones.

3 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My review of Chesdin Mixture is based on a tin that has a number of years of age on it so that should be kept in mind. I will echo those that compare this to Frog Morton. It smells very similar to Frog Morton on the Town in the tin. Like many McClelland blends it is quite moist and takes a while to dry down to my favorite humidity content. Once lit, it tastes like a sibling to FMOTT, albeit a not as good. It is a little stronger and a little less refined than Froggy. Where it really breaks down is as each bowl smoked progresses toward the bottom third of the bowl the flavor turns nasty. Chesdin becomes somewhat bitter and “ashey” in the bottom third.. I enjoy an occasional bowl of FMOTT as it was my very first “Englishish” blend, but there would be no reason to purchase Chesdin when I can have the real deal.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Benjamin Hartwell - Chesdin Mixture.

The ribbons are short, and apart from some occasional flecks of yellow, jet black. The moisture's a little too high, not unsmokeable when fresh, but in need of a short drying period.

The Latakia leads, unequivocally. But, isn't sharp, or cutting, instead it's very smooth and laid back. I get hardly anything from the Virginia, it's overwrought by the flavour from the Lat'. There's the presence of a sweet, vanilla, flavour, which works well with the smoothness of the Lat'. The burn from Ches' is without fault, giving a consistent burn, with a cool, bite free, smoke. I think this would suit an English/Balkan smoker who wants something insouciant to relax with, for a change, but has little interest in over-sweet/mild aromatics.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: pleasant.

I think this deserves full marks:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Erik Nording

Age When Smoked: Two months

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I smoked a several years old tin of this one and found Chesdin Mixture to be a very fine smoke but with no rough edges. The Latakia was nice and smokey and the Virginia leaf seemed to have grassy undertones. There was a little strength in this blend due to the Virginia leaf, and I rather liked the subtle sweetness the Latakia provided (along the same line as the McClelland Froggie blends). I do think this one has potential and I will continue to age the remaining two tins for a few more years.

2 people found this review helpful.

Clive Moses Apikouris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clive Moses Apikouris (38)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Luscious, velvety, rich, voluptuous, how many adjectives can I apply to this blend which you can see I am obviously very much enamored with. If I could reward it with six stars I certainly would. I wouldn't have suspected such piping pleasure from an Altadis product. Chesdin Mixture has the perfect balance of texture, smokiness that is complimentary not overpowering and a rich but not cloying sweetness. Think dark chocolate (but it doesn't taste like chocolate). The contents list Virginia and Latakia but I would suspect also some quality Cavendish has been included as an ingredient. This blend lights easily, burns well but is very long lasting. No tongue bite but it is a moist tobacco so it should be sipped not huffed and puffed on. It contains some vitamin N but not in an overwhelming manner. Fill your pipe lean back and become entranced. Most highly recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Lat dominates. It's smooth and woody and mildly smoky. The Virginias add a little grass. It very definitely has sweetened Black Cav which adds more sweetness and flavor than the Virginias do. The toasty note from it is obvious from one third of the bowl to the finish. While this is pleasant, it's also very ordinary and lacks any pizazz. 2 stars.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. Added sweetness is mild. Burns well if you dry it a while and further rub out the chunks.

Pipe Used: MM Dagner Poker, Country Gentleman, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Mars cigars and pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (76)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Disappointing for the cost.

Just kind of blends in with a load of other middle of the road English blends for me.

Nice lat, nice aroma, lit well, smoked decently, but for the cost and the fanfare that goes with it, I expected to have my hair blown back.

Refined, maybe just needs some age.

Pipe Used: Cant remember

Age When Smoked: Dont know

Purchased From: Cigars International

1 person found this review helpful.

musicman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
musicman (88)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

I like this small series from Altadis. I think the packaging is nice, the little anecdotes attached to the tins are nice, and the tobacco is not too bad. Surprisingly enough my favorite blend from the Hartwell series is the aromatic in the line, evening stroll.

Chesdin mixture is a real middle of the road latakia based blend. The flavor there is solid and good but it is certainly not wow you good. It doesn't list it on the tin but I would suspect there is some black cavendish involved here? Black cavendish is not always a bad thing in the english world, as demonstrated by the great MM 965. It definitely makes a lot of sense to me that this blend is produced by Altadis. It has a lot of the characteristics of the other Altadis blends. This stuff is really moist, probably a high PG content. Drying this out is a little bit of a futile effort and you really just have to smoke it as is. It really comes off as a blend that was designed to sit in the bulk bins of small B&M's.

My main complaint with this blend is the cut. I hate the way this tobacco is presented. There are these big chunky folded mishmash of leaves here. This type of blend is so hard to pack well, especially in pipes that are of a smaller size. It is also really difficult to get this style of cut lit well. The cut and the moisture come together to make this blend a bear to get going and keep going. Once you are rolling it is not a bad blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

jankoez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jankoez (67)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a blend of very quality tobacco, smell is great upon opening a tin, it burns well and has enough strenght. Only it lacks in taste.

My rate: 3.0

1 person found this review helpful.

crapgame1967 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crapgame1967 (55)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

After trying Evening Stroll I decided to try this English blend and once again I was quite pleased with what I smoked. It is not overly strong and will not make the smoker new to an English blend woozy. I have been told that there is some type of flavoring but I can't find it. A nice light English I would be able to smoke all day

Pipe Used: italian basket

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: local smoke shop

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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I agree that Chesdin Mixture is very similar to Frog Morton but somewhat sweeter which is interesting since Altadis manufactured these Benjamin Hartwell blends but I would bet my hat that McClelland actually produced them. As with all McClelland blends, the tobacco is very high quality with the whole sweet / smoky English hybrid thing done very well. I absolutely love the tin art, the little background stories that accompany the BH blends and the fact that they employ top shelf leaf, also the fact that the series encompasses an aromatic, Virginia and English type blend ensures that one could be content with having a tin of each for their morning, day and nighttime smoke. I just prefer the other two BH blends and while this is a nice blend, its just not my thing.

Similar Blends: McClelland - Frog Morton (Craftsbury Series).

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Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (113)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I purchased a tin of this about 6 months ago and it sat in my cabinet until last week. I finally, curious as to what it might be, cracked the tin and loaded a pipe for the drive into work. First reaction: an incredibly exquisite Latakia based blend. Second opinion, later into the bowl: is that all there is? The Virginias seemed AWOL.

Yes, it reminded very much of Frogmorton (which I gave a 4 star -actually a 3.5), but it was still somewhat different. It seemed to share the same Latakia, seemed very, very close, but still different. The following day, a day 0ff from work with ample leisure time to experiment, I compared my open tins of the Frog and CM. Tin aroma was very close but the CM, my sample at least, seemed sweeter. Appearance was identical. Was I imagining a difference in the pipe? I loaded up one of my favorite Custombilt bulldogs and puffed away on the CM. Same experience as the day before. Two hours later (resting my palate some) I loaded another, identical pipe - both newly cleaned- and smoked the Frog. Very similar as my memory guessed BUT a discernible difference nonetheless. The Va components came through with the Frog where I tasted little if none in the CM. Edge to the Frog - more depth of favor. I could smoke Frogmorton everyday (but not all day) whereas I couldn't see my smoking CM except occasionally. Was the difference I tasted only a variance in two tins of the same blend. Obviously we're dealing with an agricultural product with all its variabilities. So, is CM the Frog? I've no idea. Based on my very subjective sampling I must knock a star off my frog rating for CM...down to three. Then comes PRICE. CM is the most expensive blend I own and I can't justify its price (perhaps from a double layer of markup being a contracted blend). Down another star.

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al1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
al1 (58)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

Not too bad. Too bad better tobacco can be bought in bulk cheaper though. Try mclelland 5110 if you like this and don't mind sweet.

I could smoke this again though, really a pretty decent english style latakia blend.

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Stacey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stacey (40)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A very slow burning tobacco that you have to puff on like mad to keep going. The smell reminds me of they way your clothes smell after camping out for a couple of days and messing with a campfire almost continuously. The taste is slightly bitter and the whole thing is pretty uninteresting. If this is as good as Latakia gets, I won't be bothering any more.

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stoic066 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stoic066 (7)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Tolerable

I disagree with esteemed Professor. It is almost identical to Frog Morton. In fact I smoked both of them one after another and I could not find any difference. It is definitely mild tobacco which to me is a weakness. I found myself puffing as hard as I could and all I was getting out of it was steam-like smoke and very little taste. I will not try it again.

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Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Appearance: Mostly dark leaf, combination of wide ribbon and rough cut. Fairly moist and stays that way for a long time.

Aroma: Smells like a crossover to me. There is plenty of Latakia, but there is also a definite sweetness here. This is not as heavy as Frog Morton, but does bear a strong resemblance to McClelland Coyote Mixture.

Packing: Packs well into medium to large bowls.

Lighting: Fairly typical two match light, occasionally needs three.

Flavor: Just a crossover blend for me, nothing enticing about it. All I can taste is the Latakia and a major amount of Black Cavendish, which is sweeter than I like it.

Summary: I won a can of this at a raffle. I won?t try it again.

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Revised: 08-04-04 Many have complained that this is just Frog Morton repackaged for Consolidated. Whether this is true or not, is not for me to figure out, although, I don't believe that it is exactly like the Frog.

Appearance: Medium to fine ribbons. Mostly dark leaves, an occasional medium brown.

Aroma: This is where I think it differs from the Frog. There seems to be a discrete amount of Vanilla casing present ala SG'S "Perfection" blend.

Packing: easy, but it is a littlle too moist, airing is recommended.

Lighting: Easy, once aired out.

Initial Flavor: Nice, smooth, light latakia flavor, vanilla is noticable, but in the background.

Mid-Bowl: buttery smooth, but monochromatic, not much complexity.

End of Bowl: Nice build up of strength, ash is grey and dry, no goop at all in spite of the casing. Slight chemical aftertaste that does not mix well if you plan to smoke other blends that day.

Overall: This is a nice easy latakia blend, perfect for those crossing over from aromatics. Not enough to keep me interested. I much prefer the original Frog or for more richness in this genre, prefer SG's "Perfection". Hard to get tongue-bite with this blend, the room note is tolerable to non-smokers.

Rating: 3 out of 5 points.

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