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One of the original 'English' mixtures, but it remains very popular. A mellow medium blend of Latakia, Cavendish, Virginias and Oriental Leaf, with added Havana filler leaf to give it 'zest'. Available only at the Dunhill store.

BrandDunhill
Blended ByDunhill
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsCavendish, Cigar Leaf, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUK
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable to Strong

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DrDNA Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDNA (58)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Notes: From the moniker, one would suspect this was Mr. Dunhill's personal blend, and certainly it is complex enough to support this idea. At any rate, it's no longer made, now that Murray's has shut its blending house doors. So if you find some of this, it will be a matter of luck. One less cigar leaf blend in the world. Ah well...

Anyway, I have smoked several ounces of this from various vintages in several pipes. It is the same in most pipes, although I prefer a briar.

Appearance: A complex mixture of thin to moderate cut ribbon. Black, dark brown, nut brown, pale gold, reddish brown, and tan strands in varying, fairly equal proportion.

Aroma: Tidepools, the seashore at low tide. Aged cigar leaf, walnut oil, salted peanuts, smoke, salmiak, nutmeg --mildly unpleasant aroma.

Taste: Quite complex. A medium strength belnd in which no single element seems to fully dominate. The cigar leaf adds a dusty old bookshop quality. Bright virginias add a nutty, sweet flavor. Stoved leaf adds a white cake/fresh baked bread note. Oriental leaf serves to bolster the overall flavors, adding strength without much spiciness; just a bit of smoky liveliness. Salty-sweet at times. A unique flavor profile that fits no category readily.

Comparisons: Amongst the cigar leaf blends, this is the most complex, and the least cigar-dominated, to my palate.

Bottom Line: For lovers of English blends and cigar leaf blends who seek a medium-bodied Virginia blend with just enough English elements and cigar leaf to give it body and spice.

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Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I was lucky enough to get a tin of this from London, and was quite taken with it. In appearance, it is exactly like othe Dunhill blends, a fine ribbon cut of assorted colors. The aroma was that of a medium-full English blend with a trace of cigar leaf.

The flavor is exactly like the aroma, a wonderful hybrid of an fine English blend with a maduro cigar. The Va. provides a full sweet base, the Oriental provide spice, the Latakia adds that smokey pungent flavor, and the cigar leaf brings up the basso notes. Just perfect.

Comparing it to other cigar leaf blends, it is much closer to J. J. Fox Banker's, than to G. L. Pease Robusto. If you can get some, by all means try it.

2 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (300)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

From the smell in the tin, I was expecting a stronger Latakia taste: no, this is actually more similar to Dunhill Cuba with just a sprinkle of the smoky black leaf... The cigar leaf is in the correct amount for my taste (albeit, not too much of it and not harsh), and has a lesser impact (taste and nicotine wise) than in GLPease Robusto, which on the other hand is a more personal and tasty tobacco while mantaining several points in common. Personally I think that if I want a Latakia blend with cigar leaf, Fox Banker's mixture is still VASTLY superior to both Alfred's Own and Robusto: rounder, sweeter, rich, warm and rewarding. This Dunhill offering, only available at their London store, is decent but not memorable.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Extra Strong

I've had many old fashioned concoctions, and this is certainly on my "best ever" list. The added Havana leaf from the original Mr. Alfred's own (gold tins), continue to sparkle and mellow quite nicely after years of aging.

If you enjoy latakia, Cuban Cigars and scrotum tingling Orientals, this is your ticket! The newer Mr. Alfred's own that was created at the Dunhill store is tasty, but cannot begin to compare to the original, gold tin version.

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DrDottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDottle (3)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is certainly my favourite English blend so far. It is smooth, rich and balanced, the latakia does not overwhelm, and the cigar leaf adds a certain sweet tang which makes it stand out among other English mixtures. The nicotine strength is fairly restrained. Whenever I smoke it, I realise afresh why Mr Alfred made it his own.

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aadelma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aadelma (55)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I used to get pissed off when I would read rhapsodic reviews of tobacco which was not available in the USA. Now that we live in the world economy, however, I feel justified in posting a review of this tobacco which is only available from the London Dunhill store near Saville Row. Besides that, I love this stuff! This is a medium to heavy latakia blend which contains some unflavored Cavendish and Havana cigar leaf. It has that fine cut common to all the Dunhill blends which makes them pack and burn easily. The tin aroma is similar to 965, but less tangy and more spicy. I definitely notice the cigar leaf aroma upon lighting up, but it is not overpowering and it never becomes rank like an actual cigar does. The flavor is of a medium Dunhill blend such as Early Morning Pipe, but also contains a bit of that uniquely sweet Havana cigar flavor. Repeatedly smoking this blend in the same pipe brings out the cigar flavor much more. It burns completely to a fine white powder. I smoke this blend in the same pipes in which I smoke 965 and find they all get along just fine. While the flavor is full, it is also fairly light in nicotine, something which I found pleasantly surprising. When I can't decide between a pipe and a cigar, this is the obvious choice. It is also the only blend I have ever tried containing cigar leaf which I enjoyed. Available only from Dunhill, London, England.

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