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A blend of several Virginias, latakia, and a bit of cavendish. Reminiscent of 965 of old.

Notes: The description from 4noggins: Dunhill MM965? This fine hand blended pipe tobacco has been approved by the members of the Pipe Club of London. If you believe the late Bill Ashton-Taylor, at a meeting of the Pipe Club of London, who exclaimed, "That's it!", you no longer need to look about. It's as rich as MM965 but all who smoke it say it's so much smoother. You can taste Virginias and latakia equally. No sharpness to it. Just light 'er up and enjoy the sunset with a bowl of this exceptional English blend.

BrandB&B Tobacconists, llc
Blended ByRandy Beck/David Barnes
Blend TypeVirginia/Latakia
ContentsCavendish, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Every long once and a while I come across a blend that defies my ability to properly describe it. Just can't come up with the right words. This is one of them. I look at the components and can't reconcile them with what I'm tasting. I can say that this blend is unique and has an excellent flavor profile. Tastes kinda like an English/Scottish/Balkan hybrid from heaven. Just a wonderful smoke in every regard. Can't really compare it to anything else I've smoked. It stands alone. Medium in body and taste. If you haven't tried this one you're cheating yourself.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman, MM Freehand

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: 4noggins

10 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This being touted as a replacement for Dunhill 965, and me being a lover of said tobacco, I just had to try it. As usual, I was at first disappointed but over time, I recall saying to myself "Hey, this really DOES smoke like 965! Well... kinda... uh, yeah, it does... or at least it's in that direction."

I think it's extremely difficult for one blending house to copy the recipe of another from scratch. That said, how important is it, really? If the blend stands on its own, isn't that what should matter? And this one does.

I taste less of the cavendish in this one than in 965, same as the previous reviewer mentioned. In that sense, OLB is a bit more robust tasting, yet it is smooth as well. Where it truly deviates from 965 is the lack of a sharp flavor burst. 965 isn't a strong tobacco, but like the original Sobranie, it had a flavor that demanded attention from the first puff. This OLB lacks that signature, which I prefer but that may not be preferred by others. This is a blend to try if you've enjoyed 965 in the past or if you're looking for a smooth but rich latakia flavor without being overpowered by it. I don't know these blenders but they've notched a winner here.

9 people found this review helpful.

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

When I smoked it, I wasn't aware it was supposed to more or less be like Dunhill 956, but I noticed some similarity. It doesn't have the tanginess of 956 and has less black cavendish, but it's smooth and the Cyprian latakia is richly smoky and woody sweet. The Virginia is smooth with a fruity sweetness and a little earthiness. The nic-hit is mild. No bite or harshness. Burns at a regular pace, cool and clean with a bit of smoothness, and a consistent flavor. Requires few relights and leaves little moisture in the bowl. While the latakia is the star flavor, and it's a good nearly all day smoke if you're used to English blends, it doesn't have enough complexity to stand out from the burgeoning crowd of English mixtures. Deserves two and a half stars, but not the quite three I gave to 956, so I reluctantly settled for two stars.

7 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I am not going to get into comparing BO'LB to any venerable blends. To me it's really too complicated given the age of and variations that one can find in a blend like 965. However I will say this, for me Beck's Ol' Limey stands high up atop a mountain of Latakia blends and is firmly planted among my favorites.

There is a seamless integration of flavors that never has me thinking of the components comprising the whole, but only the whole itself. Beck's is very reminiscent to Penzance, not in flavor but in the characteristics inherent with that perfect melding of all the right flavors. Or better yet, “superbly balanced.” Any earthy or spicy tones are wonderfully supported by a subtle yet full sweetness that gently navigates the whole experience. The fragrant aroma is bewitching and for me sits just outside the realm of a good descriptor. Musky, acrid, sweet, musty, and uniquely pungent. All these descriptors can't really do the fragrance of Beck's any justice. One just needs to experience it. Altogether this is an expertly crafted Latakia mixture. Highly recommended.

7 people found this review helpful.

A Northern Breed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A Northern Breed (16)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is from my local tobacconist, here in Asheville, NC. Randy Beck, the namesake of this blend and one or two of their other "Beck" blends, has unfortunately passed on, but David Barnes (the other B in B&B), and one of the owners and proprietors of the shop, is a great guy and fun to talk with while you sit and smoke. He tells great stories. Anyhow, not sure if he had a hand in coming up with this blend, but the stuff is top notch. Just don't expect it to be Murray's 965 or anything ridiculous like that, because it's not. It's Beck's Ol' Limey Bastard, and that's all. So that is how I will rate and review it.

It comes in bulk form from B&B only, although I believe 4noggins keeps it on hand as well, in case you aren't fortunate enough to live in this part of the country. Anyway, it's a ribbon cut, pretty easy to deal with, and it packs well, takes a light well, and burns evenly without much effort on my part. That's a good thing.

The experience may not be what some people expect, but it's usually because they think they're getting a 965 clone when that's really not the case. It's a pretty mild English, not one that blasts you with nicotine like, say, Nightcap (which is my overall favorite tobacco). It's probably more like Early Morning Pipe than anything if you have to compare it to something, but try not to do that and just try to judge it independently. The individual tobaccos all work together quite nicely and peacefully, creating a nice, tasty smoke that is good for right when you wake up or right before bed. It's just great stuff, very high quality.

I generally only give four stars to my personal favorite tobaccos, and I believe this is one of them. I always keep it on hand now, because it's such a versatile smoke and because English is mostly all I smoke. I like a good VaPer occasionally, but I prefer English, and if you prefer English, this is great stuff. It is NOT a Latakia bomb, it's very well balanced. Do yourself a favor and try it out.

7 people found this review helpful.

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

I smoked a bowl of that Limey Bastid this afternoon. Tasted really fresh. The flavor was good but I kept getting strong hints of very fresh oriental leaf. I think this one will perk up with some age. The Latakia was very subdued. Congrats to Beck and Barnes for putting together a nice smoke!

Pipestud

4 people found this review helpful.

Country Doc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Doc (20)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Soft, smooth and big. Elegant and complex. Smoky, tangy, sweet notes. Many subtle flavors, note of dried apricots, leather and faint chocolate. High quality and delicious.

3 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Felt like Latakia today and decided to try this blend. I fell in love with it right off the bat! First off it is a B and M store blend and is available at B and B and 4 Noggins only. In the pouch, it smells very sweet and fresh, the latakia coming through to the nose but also some of the spicy perique and Va. It is multi colored from khaki to dark black in a rough cut ribbon and for me it came at the perfect moisture level to just dig my pipe in and load up. It lights extremely easy, first flame and it stays lit well. Upon my first puff, I was greeted with a rich, spicy, creamy smoke and the room note was sweet and arogant and just made my mouth water more. This blend is a real dream smoke for an English type, very multi dimentional, wafting through from a sweet latakia, then to a perique spice, then a sweet VA and now and then the cavendish would say hi but then soon be gone. Just like my first bowl of this stuff, gone fast. I proceeded to smoke two more bowls and could not get enough of it. Just seemed to push all my buttons. The tobacco burns down the pipe at a faster pace than some English blends I smoke but never bites and never turns bitter or overwhelming. It also smokes all the way down to a dry medium grey ash with no dottle just dust at the end of the bowl. I can find no flaws in this blend, and I highly recommend it. This blender knew what he was doing and does it quite well!

3 people found this review helpful.

Geir Danielsen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geir Danielsen (5)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Given to me as a gift, and wow...what a taste ! I ordinary smoke vapers or plain virginias.(stronger types) Never been a fan to Latakia.But this,Limey Bastard smells and taste like a good meal ..Creamy blue smokes,a little bit sweetnes,and a perfect amount of latakia, its never to much of that.Spicy notes as well and just a little bit of that latakia ..campfire ..smell. Cyrian Latakia or Balkan...i don't know but this one hit my palate like a ...i don't know...Love it !

Pipe Used: Molina Poker

2 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (492)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This blend did not blow me away in the way it has many others below. I found it to be well balanced, good tasting and easy to smoke. In this respect, I do recommend the blend as there was certainly nothing unpleasant about the smoking experience.

For me, however, what separates it is that it fails to excite me in the way that some other similar blends do. I would opt for some Rattray offerings (jock's in particular) and 965, orlik or Murray.

My personal experience is from a sample sent from a forum friend. It probably comprised of about five bowls. Admittedly, this is less than I would normally care to smoke to form a proper opinion, but usually on blends I really like I would have had some memorable moments in those first few bowls. It is for this reason and out of respect for several reviewers below whose opinions I respect, that I have added the third star.

Speaking of other reviews, I would most closely side with that of DK below. His words echo my experience in a much better way than I am able to convey.

Age When Smoked: two years

Purchased From: sample from forum friend

2 people found this review helpful.

tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (111)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Although I did smoke tins upon tins and bulk pounds of Dunhill 965 (Murray's incarnation and the original Dunhill) that was sometime ago. Beck's does harken back to the Murray days, although things did change in their last decade or so. Although Beck's is not a dead-ringer it's far superior in my view to the current 965 incarnation which I do not care for whatsoever. Comparisons aside this is very good stuff on it's own.

I do enjoy this considerably, it smokes and combusts well in all of my pipes; very tasty. Full, but not too much and quite satisfying any time of the day, indoors/outdoors, yet still has enough flavour to be enjoyed after cigars and Scotch late in the evening.

Overall an excellent value which makes it Four Stars at least for me, since I've had a number of well known even so called 'famous' tinned blends which did not even make the grade of 'would I buy them again'.

2 people found this review helpful.

point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When I bought this from 4-noggings for the first time I was attractive to it's name. Back then I did not even know there are so many differences among English blends. It tastes wonderful and flavorful. Definitely better than present MM965. Great English blend!

1 person found this review helpful.

Boswell Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Boswell (9)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I started pipe smoking with 965, and this excellent blend reminds me much more of 965 from 15 years ago than the current Orlik version. Irrespective of Dunhill comparisons, though, it's a great smoke in its own right. By turns creamy, spicy, chocolately, leathery, smoky, it burns cool and is really very pleasant. Full marks to the blenders!

1 person found this review helpful.

Otis56 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Otis56 (31)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an unbelievable tobacco mixture. Easy to rub out. Packs perfectly. Holds a light very well. Smokes nice and creamy and mild. First half of bowl taste and smells of smoky coffee with dark chocolate overtones. Second half is smoky with a Lakeland floral aroma. Just an amazing smoke. I will add this to my daily rotation. I am always so excited when I find a blend this good. You need to try this mixture you won't be dissapointed. Peace.

Pipe Used: Tripis large bowl bent billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: 4 noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (82)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This limey bastard is a personal fav but Ive put off the review because properly describing this one proves quite difficult as well as intimidating. Its an English that would make an english gent proud. You want to say its easily driven by a very smooth latakia, but that is only the beginning. This is a blend of balanced Virginias burley and cavendish. I think I taste oriental in it as well, but I could be wrong. Ol' Limey Bastard wont bite no matter how hard you puff. Its perfectly balanced. One tobacco does not override the other. Its harmonious like the way nightcap works. It pimps a gentle smoky smell and taste that transfers to the fire without giving you that heavy bbq smell like some latakia blends. This blend is starting to blow up as they are now getting orders from all over the world. Pipers are discovering this great blend being pumped out by the pound from the local tobacconist in Asheville NC. I highly recommend you fill your pipe and give it a go. Just save some for me.

Age When Smoked: 8 months

Purchased From: B&B tobacconist asheville nc

1 person found this review helpful.

Markd1920 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Markd1920 (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Admittedly, I am not the most experienced of smokers when it comes to trying new things. I found MM965 while in college, or shortly there after, and thought it was horrid. I stuck with aromatics for years, and then, doing some part time work at the local "mall" tobacconist, I re-discovered 965. I assume my tastes had changed because it became my regular smoke for years. When it changed/disappeared/reappeared/changed again I kept smoking it. By the end I was simply tired of it, the constant inconsistency. I admit I have not even tried the newest reincarnation. But I did read the reviews of OLB and decided to give it a try.

Beautiful appearance, great feel, good moisture. Packed a bowl full, lit it and waited to find something to complaint about. I still haven't. No, it's not MM965, but it is excellent. Has, to me at least, what the old 965 did. A comfortable and willing feel. It simply tastes like pipe tobacco should. It may not be a pipe tobacco you look forward to smoking on special occasions, but it feels like I have found a long lost old friend. It has become my daily/almost only tobacco. Guess I should stock up on a few pounds, my Dunhill paranoia is starting to kick in.

1 person found this review helpful.

Walkman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Walkman (5)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'll add my kudos to the others posted here. I can only compare Beck's 'Ol Limey Bastard to the Orlik version of Dunhill MM 965, but the smell from the bag is very different. Orlik's 965 has a stronger Cavendish smell to it, whereas Beck's has a dominant Latakia scent. I don't smell Cavendish at all.

The real issue, however, is how it smokes and while it's not exactly the same as the Orlik 965 I know and love, it's similar and a great blend in its own right. Beck's helps fill the 965 void for me and I recommend it to people looking for a replacement or to those who are simply looking for a very smooth medium English tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I don't think that B&B is marketing this as a Dunhill 965 match blend, however, if their not, they should be! To my knowledge it is only being distributed at 4 Noggins and it is being sold as a match blend there. Now with all that said, this is a very good tobacco. I was fortunate to be able to taste this, McClelland 965 match blend (925)and the real deal, Murray's 965 side by side. This comes far closer than McClelland's to 965. I find this to be very similar to 965. In some ways more full and a bit less sweet. It comes at the right moisture level and burns cleanly. I give this 3 1/2 stars instead of 4 because of a very slight soap taste. I actually think it tastes better than the Orlik 965. If you are looking for a replacement for Murray's 965, I suggest giving this a try. Recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this Bulk from 4Noggins about 6 months ago, the price was right. Upon reading many of the other reviews , there seems to be a consensus that this is a match for Dunhill's 965. I've never been a fan of D's 965, find it harsh, this is smooth and mild. Do I really like it enough to buy again ? No, it's got a top note of mild Vanilla , that's not for me. I think it reminds me of one of the "Frogs" . I really think many would like this if you're looking for a mild English.

Pipe Used: Maple

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: 4 noggins

Similar Blends: one of the McC Frogs.

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EvetsNC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
EvetsNC (5)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

First of all, let me state that I am very happy to have been turned on to this tobacco by others. I do not feel that this is a direct substitute for Dunhill's MM 965; of course, it is said to be a good remake of the "earlier" 965, so perhaps that's why I feel so, as I have never smoked the early version. This blend reminds me more of the modern BS 759 version(s), from its "tin note" (bag note, actually, since it's sold in bulk only) and how it tastes as it's smoked. Two of my favorite blends are Dunhill 965 and BS 759 (modern versions), BTW. I can't wait to age some of this a bit and see what happens.

Age When Smoked: <1 yo

Purchased From: 4Noggins

Similar Blends: BS 759 (modern versions).

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arpie55 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
arpie55 (64)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Many have compared this to Dunhill 965 but I did not think this to be nearly as smooth. As a matter of fact, I would say that Sutliff match 965 is a much smoother smoke and closer to Dunhill. Overall I thought that it was just Latakia overkill. I purchased the minimum of 2 ounces and may smoke it gone but will not go out of my way to obtain more. Recognizing that there are many who "seek" Latakia bombs I am going to rate it as Recommended.

Pipe Used: Briar- Radice and Savinelli and Ascorti

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: B&B

Similar Blends: Dunhill 965?.

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1645)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

B&B Tobacconists - Beck's Ol' Limey Bastard.

The blend's presented as well rubbed ribbons, has a great moistness, appears to be an equal dissemination of black and brown tobaccos, with nothing untoward about the aroma.

It lights easily and I enjoy the smoke for the first few puffs: a touch of Lat'-smokiness, some clean Virginia traits, and a tiny amount of Cavendish. I even note a mild toastiness, it's quite a savoury smoke. But then, I begin to get a strange sort of bitterness coming through. I'm guessing this is subjective as no flavourings are listed; either way, it doesn't suit me. Assuming it's just a personal issue, I'll return to the more pragmatic things! It burns well, and doesn't get warm unless I really stress my pipe; and then it's just 'warm', not hot. It's a medium weight smoke, and doesn't bite me, at any point.

I don't like the room-note, and the nicotine's about medium.

I'll give this the benefit of the doubt and put the bitterness down to my palate. That said, two stars not one.

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Brebbia Fat Bob

Age When Smoked: Six weeks

Purchased From: 4noggins

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pinko Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pinko (52)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A top shelf all-day smoke in a bulk bag? Heresy. (See Arango Balkan Supreme for more of this heresy.) There’s a nice nutty sweetness coming off the Cavendish, and some perfumed, not overwhelmingly smokey flavor from the Latakia. The Virginias are deep and earthy, not too bright, but there’s plenty of balance between tangy and rich flavors.

It’s been blended with an eye toward smoothness, and that comes through in style. It is sheet-of-glass smooth, makes Baby’s Bottom feel like 40-grit sandpaper. It is approved by the members of the Pipe Club of London because it is very good pipe tobacco. I shudder to think how much it would sell for if it came in a fancy tin.

It is almost a 4-star blend. There are better blends in this category but OLB will never disappoint.

Age When Smoked: fresh

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Renar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Renar (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It was recommended by fellow pipe smokers as perfect Latakia blend. So I gave it a try. OK, it's not perfect. Ok, it's not straight latakia blend at all. But it's good, full of flawor and has its own unique taste. Can not say if this mixture is the same as old 965, because I don't actually like 965. But it has own character and deep taste. If you able to smoke cool and slowly - you will have a good bowl definitely.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (191)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I like this old style pipe tobacco. Like the new Dunhill 965 for the flavors but more subdued, less sweet and more balanced. The Cavendish and Latakia are less pronounced, the flavors while mild appeal to the palate in a indescribable way.

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bigterr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigterr (21)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Yes, as many reviewers have said this is a fine English blend. Latakia is lightly loaded in the mix so if you are a Bill Bailey fan you will find this unsatisfying. If you are new to English mixtures or tired of heavy latakia offerings, this is a fine place to be as the mix is very well balanced with no single component dominant. The cavendish is a nice sweetner without erasing the natural virginias. The ribbon cut is just right holding some moisture but easy to pack and easy to light. Smokes cleanly to an almost white ash with only a few black bits (not wet ones) at the bottom of the bowl. I have not yet tried the Orlick 965 but this blend is a least as satisfying as the Murray 965 incarnation although a tad less sweet. The price point puts it ahead of Squadron Leader for the frugal pipester and the fact that no tongue bite occurred in my unfiltered ser jacopo puts it ahead of Mac's Plumcake. I give it a solid 4 stars and if you cannot go to Ashville you can order it from 4Noggins. Order some NOW! You will not regret doing so.

Pipe Used: Ascorti billiard 9mm filter ser jaqcopo dublin cdn

Age When Smoked: 6 mo

Purchased From: B&B tobaconists Ashville NC

Similar Blends: Dunhill 965, Macbaren Plumcake (minus the rum casing), Squadron Leader.

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WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (108)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Unnoticeable

I really like this tobacco. It's a fairly straightforward English blend with a good honest taste. Not much else to say about it, though, I do prefer Chipman Hill over it (it hits my palate right on). Both Beck's and Stokkebye's Balkan Supreme are in my bullpen. That's a great rotation! I recommend this tobacco.

Cheers!

Pipe Used: Favorit straight billiard

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From: 4noggins

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corncobcolombiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
corncobcolombiano (9)
★★★★
Mild Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

One of my go-to, all-day smokes at this point...beautifully balanced, very mild latakia blend, somewhat complex to my taste... Not sure what casing may be added?... regardless a wonderful smoking experience, a lot to taste, a mild and soothing companion. Can get "limey" (chalky, acidic tasting?) after the second half sometimes, especially in certain pipes I have. Maybe that's the bastard coming out. Nevertheless still a great smoke in my book. I can barely pick up the burley in it, definitely used more as a condiment in this blend I think, a good call in this case.

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ven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ven (16)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

This was recommended to me while I was feeling my way around some various staple tobaccos, and I wish that I had found this first! Simply marvelous. I cannot rave about this one enough, and cannot recommend it enough. Highest, highest possible rating. You will be blown away. Rich, complex, tasty, adult, masculine and outdoorsy - but deeply philosophical and imaginative in character. If you're reading reviews that say smooth and creamy - they're dead on. Really, just a thing of beauty, and absolute perfection. Anyone looking for that one true love to keep in your pouch for all times - this is it. Absolute highest rating. From someone who had it recommended to them, I am doing the same - and you'll want to share this too. Pass this along and spread the word!! A+

Pipe Used: Laxey Meerschaum, Orlik "Captain Black"

Age When Smoked: New

Similar Blends: Peter Stokkebye English Oriental Supreme.

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Phonomet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phonomet (44)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I got a couple ounces of this and it didn't take me long to finish them. Very satisfying balance of the virginias and latakia. The cavendish didn't show up on my radar as it does in 965, but in some ways that's why I enjoyed this more than Dunhill's flagship! Milder in the nicotine department but still satisfying.

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (130)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Your quintessential low-maintenance tasty English blend for all day every day. To give a fair comparison to 965 I would have to taste them side by side, which I plan to do, but for now it will suffice to say this is an excellent blend for the back porch. My cousin and smoking buddy, who is more into cigars than pipes, really enjoys this one too!

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

Let me preface my remarks by saying that I smoked Murray's 965 for nearly 15 years, it was my "go to" smoke and I smoked it 90% of the time. I literally smoked hundreds of pounds of it (preferring the tins) and indeed I found it to be the perfect tobacco. Sadly, I have been on a 5 year search for something/anything that satisfied like that blend did. Further, and pardon my strong opinion here, but I am a little disgusted with those who have smoked the Murray blend and now smoke the Orlik junk, and dare mention the two in the same breath. While I am sure some might enjoy Ice Milk, please leave Haagen-Dazs out of the discussion!

That being said, I wish to offer my opinion as to the differences and similarities between Becks new contribution and Murray's 965. First, Murrays had a sweeter taste that I believe might have been captured, in part, by the unique use of a high quality Cyprian Latakia (I seem to recall 965's description always mentioning the use of a young or small Latakia plant). Becks I assume, uses standard Latakia (and precious little of it), and what sweetness there is in the blend is from the Virginias. Too, Murrays had a smoothness and nuttiness about the smoke. Again another assumption is that the feature came from a distinctive use of some Burley tobacco in that Cavendish mix. I believe Beck's to be the more typical Virginia Cavendish (and a cheaper tobacco too). None of this would matter if Beck's could have captured the overall taste of the Murray blend since that is what we seek/desire. Those of us who loved the Murray blend were appreciative of the lack of Orientals in the blend, as I believe that is part of what made 965 quite distinctive from many other English types. Beck's seems to use very little oriental tobacco (perhaps none) which should make it an appealing choice for many. However, Beck's uses precious little Latakia too. Overall, there is no rich creamy smoke to the Beck blend. I find a little stringent flavor too. Further I consider OLB to be more akin to "Early Morning Pipe", rather than "965" - and some of you may indeed like it for that quality. While I am not saying this is bad tobacco, it tastes like cheaper tobacco is used, and it's just not worthy for this 965 lover to keep around. However I will attempt to add some age to this blend and together with a little more Latakia, will see if I can improve it. My rating gives the Beck version a half star bump just for the admirable attempt at recreating such a superlative lost blend.

Footnote: I don't hold much hope of ever finding anything I enjoyed like 965 and it is said that Sir Alfred Dunhill himself preferred the older version of this classic (pre Murray). I find that I only smoke a bowl or so a day now (mostly Pease tobaccos) and rotate between several mixtures. In one pipe smoker's forum, I practically begged Greg Pease to turn his attention to recreating 965, and although he mentioned that it had indeed crossed his mind, he had many projects he wished to pusue as well being conflicted as to which 965 might garner the most appeal, the original Dunhill or the Murray blend. Lord how I wish he would just pick either one!

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DeadMensPipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeadMensPipes (38)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

After searching for a replacement for Dunhill MyMixture 965, and reading elsewhere that 'Beck's Ol' Limey Bastard' was a suitable replacement, I decided to order a few ounces and give it a try. The tin note says it is "very similar to 965 of old." Well, maybe by a stretch it is "similar", but not "very". While Beck's is certainly a decent blend on its own, it did not fulfill my expectation of being a suitable replacement for 965. If that is your basis of reviewing Beck's OLB, then you will be disappointed.

While Beck's OLB has a nice pouch note, it is not the same olfactory delight as 965. Not as strong or rich. Beck's OLB comes a little overmoist in the pouch, but with a few minutes of drying before loading, it smokes well with few relights. It is smooth. No bite. And it has a fairly flat taste, some licorice notes which I like, but there's something else - a slight whiff of pine needles burning.

Overall, it's not bad, but it's not 965 either. A start maybe. Adding some more latakia? Perhaps if they keep tinkering with it they'll come close.

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Sir Walter Smiley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir Walter Smiley (24)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Full Tolerable

I was making a trip to the Saphire Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains(NC), so I did my homework and came across B&B Tobacco in Ashville. Upon arrival at the little shop, there were 7 or 8 "old codgers" enjoying the afternoon in an extreme smokey haze. I was impressed..... As for this bastard of a blend; it was slightly sweet, rich, creme de la smokie, nicotiney smooth, amazing. The shopkeep, David I believe, likened it to old Dunhill 965. I personally don't like comparing blends to other blends as a replacement. There are always too many variables. This blend stands alone, above most latakia blends I have smoked; which covers enough for an objective opinion. I would give this a 9/10, the old Murrey's Dunhill 965 a 8/10 and Esoterica Tobacciana Penzance a 7/10. I am still searching for that 10/10 blend.

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

Becks OLB is a very nice rounded English with a good bit of sweet Virginia's. The Virginia's do not allow the Latakia to dominate the blend but rather compliment it. I really can't compare it to the 965 of old because quite frankly the taste of those are just a memory. This is smooth,smokey and kind to your pipe. I've got some stashed and we will see what effect aging will have. This is one of those blends that goes well with a pint of good Lager. Recommended

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wdsmith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wdsmith (11)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I've smoked some of the replacements or blends that were very similar to MM965 (York Full, etc.) as well as the Murray's and Orlik versions. This blend tops them all. I will stand firm that this is much more tasty than the Murrays and far beyond the Orlik disaster.

This blend progresses quite nicely througout the bowl but is best at about the half-way point. Smokey and slightly sweet, it is a great all day smoke.

In my very humble opinion, Dunhill was Dunhill only when it was blended by Dunhill. No use chasing an old ghost by paying through the nose for a tin of the Murrays/Orlik versions on eBay (Let's admit it, we've all been tempted or have fallen into that temptation).

Available at 4noggins.com, I purchased 4 ounces of Beck's for half of what I paid for roughly the same amount of Compton's York Full (a great 4 star tobacco as well but just too expensive for me to keep in rotation).

Bottom line: 4+ stars for Beck's Limey &^%$#@@.

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

This was recommended to me as a 'mild' English. Being a relatively new pipe smoker my tastes haven't developed as much as the gurus who write most of the reviews so you might want to consider this as you read my review.

I've tried several English type blends in the past and found them too strong fro my tastes and the wife (who is my 'room note' expert) did not care for the odor. This was recommended to me by Bruce of Bruce's Pipe & tobacco in Asheville NC and I really like it. It has enough of the 'english' taste for you to know that's what it is but not so much as to be over powering. I rated the strength as mild to medium but in a few months I might re-grade it to mild as my tastes change.

I've packed it using the 1-2-3 method and the Frank method. It burns well and stays lit either way after in initial light, tamp and re-light. Smoke it slow and savor the flavor.

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