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No. 25 mixture - this blend is another one for the smoker devoted to Latakia. bright Virginias (53%) are blended predominantly with light burleys (17%) but the introduction of some dark sun-cured (10%) helps to both cool and sweeter the smoke. finally, the addition of Latakia (20%) gives the blend its main character.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUK
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild, Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Extremely Mild
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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7formy1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
7formy1911 (34)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I've been smoking through some of the offerings of G&H and this is by far the best I've had. Balkan Mixture was nice but quite monotone and the faintest hint of Lakeland toppings (baby powder?) seemed out of place. Scotch Mixture was too light and just lacked any interesting qualities. Mixture No. 25 is a very happy medium that has just the perfect suggestion of latakia along with very interesting Virginias and burley for body and fullness.

At first light this seems like it might be latakia heavy but that quickly fades into semi-sweet, earthy Virginias and a slightly nutty but full burley. Throughout the smoke the latakia feels quite distant and seems to only contribute a creaminess to the smoke along with whispers of salinity. This blend smokes very cool and has the faintest hint of Lakeland essence that I perceive as sweetness and baby powder freshness. As the blend smokes down the bowl I perceive more of the dark Virginias becoming a stronger presence and adding a burnt caramel taste that is intriguing. This is most certainly very high quality leaf.

The cut seems like a thin ribbon cut and it's not quite a shag. It burns easily to the bottom with minimal relights and leaves nothing but a fine ash and very little moisture. A most agreeable aspect to the blend if you base your contentment on such factors.

I find this blend strange in the fact that I usually reach for something with some punch and heaviness to it (e.g. C&D Purple Cow) but, although on the medium end of the spectrum, it satisfies and soothes. It truly does seem like an Arcadia experience and I have quickly ordered a large quantity of this for my cellar. My only caveat is that it will seem like you don't have nearly enough once you start smoking this fine mixture.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (108)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is an exceptionally good tobacco if you like English mixtures: a well-executed blend of Virginia, Burley and Latakia tobaccos, with the Latakia a clear presence, but by no means an overwhelming one. People who enjoy a touch of Latakia but don't want it in large doses will probably prefer this to SG's Commonwealth Mixture and G & H's Balkan Mixture. The Virginia gives No. 25 Mixture a lot more ‘body' than Balkan mixture has, I find.

More than anything, No. 25 Mixture reminds me of a tobacco that went west years ago: W.O. Bigg's Exmoor Hunt Mixture. It's also remotely - though only remotely - like the long-lost and much lamented Craven Mixture. The smoke is cool and creamy, the flavour is full and uniform all the way down the bowl, and it won't bite you. It's not too moist, and lights and burns well. It's a mildish smoke in terms of nicotine content, though, so if you want something that will bring you to your knees this isn't for you. There's no dottle to speak of: only the proverbial fine grey ash; and no sludge.

I'm not sure whether to describe this tobacco as a very fine ribbon cut or a shag. Flake smokers will find that, because of the fine cut, it burns away rather quickly, but this is one of only two negatives I can find; and you can, after all, always come back for more. The other negative is the inevitable Latakia room note, which is not to everybody's taste; SWMBO doesn't like it at all, and innocent bystanders will probably look at you in a funny way. Perhaps this is one to enjoy in solitude, or outdoors.

In a large bowl (as I write I'm smoking it in a Peterson 312) No. 25 Mixture will give you a longish, tasty and interesting interlude. If you aren't a habitual Latakia smoker, you'll be well advised to have a separate pipe for this kind of blend, because the Latakia flavour lingers long. Try it first in a corncob, maybe.

Nice with a strong black coffee, I find. Highly recommended; a true arcadia experience, and a viable all-day smoke if you want one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (61)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have managed to avoid this blend for over a decade and it was the fear of too much Latakia dominance that frightened me away. That was a HUGE mistake! Let’s call this what it is—it’s a light English blend. Latakia Junkies beware, there’s not going to be enough Latakia here to satisfy your tastes. Latakia does not provide the main character—it’s all about the Virginias and the Burley elements. I would characterize the impact of the Latakia as slightly less than in Presbyterian, no Latakia heavy-weight in its own right. Even at the stated 20%, the Latakia works primarily as a spice. The Latakia is there--I can taste it and smell it, but it's hardly a dominant feature.

This is an all-day, any time of day tobacco that can be smoked pipe after pipe after pipe without tiring and without bite; it doesn’t seem to display any particular partiality whatsoever about the pipe used. These things take it well outside of the mainstream.

This is about as close as I have found to a “Goldilocks” blend. Is it GREAT and WONDERFUL—well, yes it is! It’s not as sweet as some, it’s not as rich as some, it’s not as powerful as some, and it is not as refined and complex as some, but the component tobaccos work together in almost perfect harmony. And there’s a hint of that Kendal character to add a bit of interest. Mixture No. 25 is just right!

NOTE: You're probably not going to discover WONDERFUL on the first or even second pipeful--this blend requires 3-5 pipefuls to gain an appreciation.

Pipe Used: Many varied

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (496)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a half pound of No. 25 Mixture after reading the reviews here, (thanks DrDyson!) on TR and my love of GH’s Balkan Mixture. At first look, it seems hard to believe that there is as much as 20% Latakia in No. 25 Mixture as there were just a few pieces of Latakia in my bag. But it really isn’t important because this blend is absolutely bursting with flavor. The Latakia fills the supporting role perfectly. Although the flavor profile isn’t similar, the condimental use of Latakia in No. 25 reminds me too of the blends of old. It also reminds me of the great way Steven Books’ uses it in his Irishman’s 5 O’Clock. The combination of the Burley’s and Virginia are allowed to stand out, offering a bit of sweetness and backbone in a way that makes this a full flavored mixture. Great Stuff!

Pipe Used: mostly straight Bulldogs, group 4

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.