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Sutliff's match for Dunhill's Standard Mixture Medium.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (721)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

It can be just a tad hot on your tongue in the same way the Dunhill version can if you are a very fast puffer, but it burns a shade cooler than the original. The Match is slightly less grassy than the original with the same amount of Virginia sweetness. The Oriental/Turkish acts in a supporting role with a light spice note, while the latakia has the usual smokey, woodsy character you'd expect it to. The proportions seem to match the original, though the latter has slightly more latakia. A well balanced blend that burns well with no moisture or harshness. It’s a very close match, and in a blind taste test, it would be difficult to tell the difference.

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CJBas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CJBas (26)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is another of Altadis' clones of Dunhill blends for which I've never tried the original so can only judge this Standard Mix based on what it is, which is a fair way of judging any tobacco I think. It's quite good, and “Standard” is probably a good name for it. None of the tobaccos in the mix dominate over the others but all seem to be there equally in flavor. The Virginias to become sweeter as the bowl is smoked. This seems to be common with Virginias. I've read it's because the heat artificially ages the tobacco and brings out the sugars in the Virginias.

“Standard” is, I think, a good name for this blend precisely because it does his an even point where the tobaccos' presence are felt equally. A 'nulling the meter' of sorts – (-)_l_(+) – a balancing act that, no doubt, requires more than simply adding equal weights of each tobacco (I think if that were done the latakia's presence would overwhelm the others).

The pouch reached me at just the right moisture level. It lights easily and stays lit. All the physical characteristics are good. And the tobaccos used are of good quality. Being “standard” however, it really doesn't jump out as being particularly distinctive in any facet. For that reason I don't know if I'll get any more but at the same time I wouldn't complain if I could only get this and a couple of more English blends. I like all kinds of smoking tobacco and enjoy experiencing a variety of blends and was glad to have the opportunity to sample this.

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