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A really special flake tobacco, made from the best Virginia grades with 10% latakia and a pinch of perique, sweetly seasoned with natural plum extract.

BrandDan Tobacco
Blended ByDan Tobacco
Manufactured ByDan Tobacco
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Perique, Virginia
Packaging 100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2248)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The Virginias are very earthy with a little dried dark fruit sweetness, and are the dominant component. The latakia is smokey, woody sweet in a support role. Its impact varies throughout the experience, but even at its least obvious, you’ll get the feel of it on your taste buds. The perique is raisins, figs and spice in a minor role. You don’t always notice the spice, but when you do, it picks up the blend. The plum topping is mild to medium, but it doesn’t sublimate the tobaccos that much, and weakens by the half way point so you get more tobacco flavor from there to the finish. The nic-hit is just past the mild mark. The flakes easily break apart. Burns slow, cool, clean and fairly smooth, and leaves very little moisture in the bowl. Won’t bite. Has a pleasant lingering after taste and smokey, woody room note.


6 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1826)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

One of the tastiest and unique blends you can put in your pipe. A bit of a VaPer blend with a hint of Latakia and the added topping is called plum, but my tin was 20 years old and it was more like a raisin flavor, which, like the Latakia, was in the background but noticeable. Best of all, the added flavoring also added to the overall experience of smoking this classic.


4 people found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (201)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

First of all: London Series is not a brand. It is a serie of three blends (no. 250, no.750 and no. 1000) under the the name Timm, produced by D.T.M./Dan.

No. 250 is correctly described above as a Virginia Flake seasoned with Latakia & Perique, and a very light flavouring. I would think to something of the league of Old Ironside – or Latakia Flake no. 9 by Brebbia , just to call something of the same manufacturer – just the Latakia is more condimental (but enough to have SWMBO saying it stinks). Perique is just a trace, nothing to talk about other than some piquancy added.

It lights and burns very easy, cool & dry. The flavour is sweet, soapy and smoky. Seems to me I'm smoking some St. Bruno Flake, but no. 250 is consistently milder and has a clearly detectable latakia note. A bit piquant and astringent, but nothing really annoying. It nicely build during the bowl to a dark creamy smoke, leaving a very pleasant palate.

All in all this is a nice blend of it's own style, and I would suggest to Virginia flake lovers.

Three stars, no doubt.

3 people found this review helpful.

felipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
felipe (6)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a 100g tin of this tobacco as a mistake: I wanted to buy No. 1000, so I pointed at it and the completely oblivious tobacconist didn't warn me that there were two completely different tobacco with the same-looking tin. So I went home, opened it, smelled it, and I was like 'WTF is this? Plum?'. Then I looked up online and I felt like an idiot for wasting my money for something I would have never bought.

But I gave it a try anyway.

This tobacco is actually not bad, and I kept smoking it even though my judgement was biased from the purchasing mistake. While I'm not an aromatic fan, the plum flavor is not disturbing or overwhelming, plus it disappears at mid-bowl, when things start to get interesting, namely when the perique kicks-in. Latakia is used as a condiment, and it's not the point of the blend. The broken flake form helps you to smoke it very slowly, so you can taste the tobacco without burning it.

Even though it's not in my regular EM-VA rotation, I view it as an interesting and satisfying smoke, good for a change when I'm in the mood for something different. I smoke it in my "anything goes" pipes, to avoid plum contamination.

I would recommend it to aromatic smokers, to help them into the transition towards serious smoking, and to hardcore non-aromatic jihadists, to open their mind: aromatization may not be the Devil.

2 people found this review helpful.

puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (74)
Medium to Strong Extra Strong Overwhelming Pleasant to Tolerable

This has been an odd revisitation of a tobacco I first tried in the late nineties. At that time I remember it being a blonde to light brown virginia flake with faint black stripes of latakia and perique and faint sweet smell of the plum extract. The taste was mostly of virginia with a pleasant flavor from the extract, very subtle in it's application. It was long flakes (ala MarlinFlake) rolled up in a 100gr. tin. I smoked the tin but found other interests and moved on.

In 2012 I decided to try it again. LB1000 gets lots of push in the U.S. but the rest never have, so I bought it from a prominent e-tailer who surprisingly had it. However, what I got was not what I remembered. The flake cut was the same but the color was incredibly dark almost black. The tin aroma was quite strong with a casing, the taste was also quite strong on the flavoring side. I could taste the latakia and viginia but they were mostly overwhelmed by the flavoring. Either the blend did change in those intervening years or there is another possibility. I am certain that the tin I smoked in the nineties was relatively fresh. The 2012 tin had all the tell tale signs of having sat on a shelf for a verrryyy long time. So perhaps that's what happens to this blend with serious age on it, if so it was not for the better.

As it stands what I have is not great and I probably will never get it all smoked. I would try it again from another tin if it were free just to compare but at 20.00 a tin I will not do this again. I am giving this 2 stars because I don't simply want to trash it as it is difficult to believe this is what the blender had in mind.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28474)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

I hate to go against the grain here ...but I have to do so. This really is a Rubbed Out Virginia Flake with some Latakia and Perique added to it. I guess you can consider it "An English Blend" in the very broad sense of the word. I found it to be a little too sour and bitey for my tastes. All I tasted was VIRGINA with some of the Condimental tobaccos wafting in and out. I can say with certainty that this is for the Virgina Flake smoker. A possible nice diversion- kind of unique. However, for the Aromatic and English crowd this will probably not register very high on the taste scale. 2.5 stars for using quality tobaccos.

1 person found this review helpful.

Fazby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fazby (66)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Excellent blend. Virginia and latakia plus a casing that has only a slight flavor. The Virginia is consistent. The Latakia comes and goes so there is some variety as one progresses through the bowl.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28474)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is I high quality "English" that is sure to please the latakia lover. Upon opening, a wonderful tidal wave of English essence oozes from the tin. There is a heaping helping of latakia in this blend. I love this blend alot yet I prefer many other English mixtures. Don't get me wrong though, this is top knotch stuff.

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