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A blend of several Virginias, Latakia, and a bit of cavendish. Reminiscence of 965 of old.

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

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DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (64)
★★★★
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.

3 of 3 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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Mike Castello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Castello (49)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

The contents of this blend tell me what I want to know and what I hope to experience. The question is how well have the blenders succeeded in creating a smooth English blend that could be classified as a Scottish mixture. The burley and Cavendish tobaccos are the ingredients I'm referring to because when I pick up a tin of a Scottish mixture those are ingredients used along with Virginia and Latakia tobaccos. Without doing a step by step accounting I'll say this blend is a success. The flavor is very good and free of any harshness or bite. The cut is a ribbon making packing, lighting, and smoking very easy and problem free. In symphonic terms this blend does not blast you away, but the lush and smooth playing is a pleasure to experience. I can smoke Ol' Limey from first bowl in the morning to the last bowl at night and enjoy every draw on my pipe. I highly recommend this blend to any one who enjoyed Dunhill 965. They are not twins, but you will certainly recognize the family resemblance. For those who never had Dunhill 965 this is a fine blend and you owe it to yourself to give it a try. It's a great smoke any way you want to look at it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (68)
★★★★
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) it was sometime ago. Beck's does harken back to the early Murray days, 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 at all. 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 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 tinned blends which did not even make the grade of "would I buy them again".

1 of 1 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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Hart Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hart (4)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My first latakia blend was 965, and it was a favorite for quite a while. I moved on a few years ago when I could no longer get the bulk version in the shops. Tried the tin version when Dunhill came back out with it, but just couldn't get a good smoke out of it. Don't know if it was the tobacco or my tastes that changed. Anyway, I live in Asheville, and frequent B&B. I was given a sample of this blend when they found out I had been a 965 fan.

Excellent smoke in every way, and truly does remind me of my original experiences with 965. The latakia seems especially leathery (best word I can think of to describe what I'm trying to say) in this blend, a characteristic I happen to like. There is also a good deal more sweetness than I find in most of the other latakia blends I smoke. If you're in the mood for this kind of sweetness, and just enough latakia goodness, try this one out. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people 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 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1004)
★★★☆
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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (531)
★★★☆
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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Stationmaster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stationmaster (7)
★★★★
Medium Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

If, like me and our brother Danny below youve never tried Dunhills or Murray sons concoction of MM 965 its an awkward situation if youre doing a comparison. I have tried Orliks MM 965 though and I liked it a lot. But struth mate, this stuff stomps all over Orliks. It packs, lights and behaves perfectly because its not soaking wet like other bulks. It flavourful and zesty but no bite. Its not too heavy and not too light. Its just right. I still love Westminster, Greg, but I do love this new Yankee, ol bloody Limey bastard too. Smoke the GLP with a s/m scotch and a good book and the OLB with a frothy and darts. Sorted!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (31)
★★★★
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

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bigterr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigterr (9)
★★★★
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 (27)
★★★☆
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 (8)
★★★★
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 (10)
★★★★
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 (36)
★★★☆
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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Puffingthebriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puffingthebriar (17)
★★★★
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

The blender of this blend needs an award, Fantastic in every way,Very smooth & you could smoke this all day no probs. just the right latakia strength for me, with a little sweetness.4++++

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TeeBee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TeeBee (19)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

My experience in latakiablends is somewhat limited. But I know when I come upon good tobacco. And this is really great. Perfect amount of latakia, a nice sweetness and very well blended. Quite similar to PS Balkan Blend.

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

Sweet.Very sweet english blend.Sometimes i can't get enough.I read Burley, Cavendish, Virginia, Latakia however i also tasted Oriental.Oh maybe i am wrong, try it and let me know.

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smokeymountainmike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokeymountainmike (10)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

This is a very mild english with a very mild taste. I would say that it would be a good choice for someone who is just starting to explore the english blends.

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★★★
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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wx5nco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wx5nco (2)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I am one of the "newer" pipe smokers who was not fortunate enough to have enjoyed a bowl of the previous 965's. That being said, I was told about this blend from a pipe forum. The guys on there told me that I'd like it, and I do. This blend is in my top 5 of the blends in my cellar

Jon wx5nco

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SMOKETSES Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SMOKETSES (208)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A bulk tobacco that I received from 4noggins, consisting of Virginia, Latakia, and a slice of cavendish. It is said that that it resembles Dunhill 965. Unfortunately I wasn't lucky enough (not the only one of course) to try Murrays blend, but this mixture thrilled me. Personally – being of course a Latakia fan – I am ecstatic with its special aroma, which may be due to the Cavendish. It contains very good and sweet Latakia which makes it a strong blend, sweet and easy to smoke. It fills the bowl very easily and it is lighted without much effort. It stays dry until the end. It also leaves a good and neutral scent to the bowl.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (226)
★★★★
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!

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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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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.

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Budman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Budman (24)
★★★☆
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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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (499)
★★★☆
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.

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fcpiii Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fcpiii (3)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is one of the blends recommended as a substitute for Dunhill 965... Of course we can argue which 965?... Murrays which is almost unavaliable or Orlik's which you can still find in Europe ... I haven't opened the Orlik's I bought yet but I sprang for and have smoked some of a 15 year old tin of Murray's and can compare the two.. Of course, each tobacco needs to stand on it's own and not have to imitate some long lost "idea of the perfect English tobacco"....( Would Plato agree that there is a perfect " Idea of an English Blend" that all aspire to?

Having said that Beck's is a wonderfully bright and alluring smoke.. There is enough Latakia to be noticable especially when the tin opens but it does not overwhelm... Instead the mid notes are full of the lovely Virginia. The burley is definately there, with a bit of bite that I did not notice with the MM 965....But how can you compare a tobacco that is 15 yo with a newly blended one, any way maybe in 15 years Becks will not bite either?

As you go along, the complexity of this mixture increases and changes with more and more subtle flavors coming to notice....

This mixture doesn't have to imitate anything... it can stand on its own as a lovely smooth English smoke with subtle and deep complexity expected of a great tobacco.... Now we have to compare it to the other great widely avaliable English blends...Squadron Leader Westminster and the like... WHat a job but someone has to do it!!!

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rramstad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rramstad (115)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My initial smokes with this were a solid 2 stars, but I've had a couple recently that were better.

Good overall English tobacco. I don't consider it anything special, but the elements are pretty harmonious.

My earlier smokes had some problems with tongue bite, and this blend tends to smoke wet for me, which is unusual for an English.

I prefer many other blends to this one including Squadron Leader and Westminster.

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

I started smoking a pipe after the transition of Dunhill tobaccos from Murray's to Orlik, so I cannot compare this blend to what 965 was before 2005 when that switch happened. However, being a fan of English blends, I can compare this to Orlik's 965 and also other blends that I have smoked as well. When I first loaded my pipe with this blend, I first noted the ease with I was able to do so. Many English blends I have tried tend to need a little bit of extra care while packing, but in the case of Beck's Ol' Limey Bastard it simply melts into the pipe perfectly. Then of course comes the light, which is just as easy as packing.

But we don't want to know so much about how easy it packs or how easy it is to light as much as we want to know how it smokes... and the basic fact is that it smokes wonderfully! As I said, I cannot compare this to pre-Orlik 965, but compared to the most recent incantation of 965 Beck's Ol' Limey Bastard has a fuller flavor without the harshness that 965 had. It is rich with Latakia, but balancing it out is a wonderful blend of both red and yellow Virginias with a hint of unflavored Cavendish.

Simply put, it is truly a remarkable blend that is thoroughly enjoyable from the first light all the way down to the last puff.

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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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