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Sweet Oriental carefully blended with Bright and Red Virginias, pressed and lightly stoved. Great as the `first pipe` arousing the palate for the further pleasures of the day.

Notes: Previously released by Murray's and Sons, UK

BrandDunhill
Blended ByDunhill
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g. Tin, 100g Tin
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Roy Odhner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Roy Odhner (8)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend has been around forever, and has been enjoyed by many generations of pipe smokers. I looked up the date that it was first introduced to the market, and near as I can tell it was first introducted in 1912. Ever wonder how a blend remains a top seller for over 100 years? Simple, really - it's very good. EMP is very good - very, very good.

I think that it's been so popular for so long because of its simplicity. It's comprised of Virgina and Oriental leaf. There may or may not be some Latakia in there, but if it is it is only in trace amounts. The color is a pleasing blend of brown and tan tobaccos, and the tin note has a nice Oriental sweetness to it. There is also something vaugly smoky in there, and that may or may not be Latakia. Whatever the case, it's just wonderful. The tin note doesn't really translate to room note, because the room note is just a light tobacco aroma. Very nice. Call it cigarette-like if you care to, but to me (and my wife) it's just a pleasant tobacco aroma.

This is not a blend to smoke if you're looking for some sort of deep experience from your pipe, or you want to play with a broad palate of nuanced flavors. This is a blend to smoke if you just want to mindlessly enjoy a bowl of tobacco while reading or just bumming around the house. True to it's name, it is jut awesome in the early morning hours when you have nothing to contend with but peace and quiet - and a good mug of coffee. In a way, it has a classic OTC character to it. Just fill, char, tamp, light, and puff away. No need for fancy packing techniques, no need for constant relights, and no need to concentrate on it to try to pick out it's sublte hues.

I'm of that generation that was brought up to believe that Dunhill tobaccos are the pinacle of pipe tobaccos. I still think that they are shining examples of class and sophistication, where less is more and elegance is best expressed in an understated manner. (What C&D and Pease blends want to be when they grow up). This blend is no exception, and it is Dunhill's answer for the discriminating pipe smoker who wants a blend that he or she can just kick back and enjoy in those rare moments when life, family, and career are not imposing their demands upon us... those early mornings when it is just us, our cup of coffee, the morning paper, and peace and quiet.

But don't be put off my the "morning" conotation to it, because it is enjoyable thought the rest of the day as well - when all you want is just a nice bowl of tobacco to enjoy on your smoke break, lunch hour, or just doing nothing but enjoying a pipe.

20 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (586)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Update 2/17/14

Chanced into this from someone that was curious about how I felt H&H Daybreak compared to this. I haven't finished that tin yet but I smoked enough of this to re-familiarize myself with it. My original review stands, as I find this too limp-wristed for me. It has a gorgeous sour and thick tin aroma and an excellent room note as well, but the flavor is just too light. I can certainly see why it has it's fans, but it just isn't for me. I sure wouldn't mind being around someone who was smoking it, though! Dunhill latakia blends have a certain pungent tin note that Orlik has maintained, but this one is all aroma, little flavor IMHO.

ORIGINAL REVIEW 7/8/09

Let me put my bias out in the open and upfront: If a blend is going to contain latakia, it must either contain enough to drive the blend OR the other tobaccos must be flavorful enough to pick up the slack. Otherwise, what you have is a bland, dull tobacco blend. Such is the case here. I realize this is supposed to be light and mild, as a "first smoke of the day" but this blend would put me back to sleep. I find little going on here, other than a possible palate cleansing to separate two bowls of zestier tobacco blends. This was a Murray's era tin, by the way.

Ok, another bias - I'm no huge fan of Dunhill tobaccos as a rule. If they came back only with Elizabethan and 965, I would not miss the others at all. There's nothing really wrong with them but there's not much to recommend them, either. This one appears an afterthought - as though they decided they simply HAD to offset the heaviness of Nightcap (another uninspiring blend) with something wimpy and bland. There's red virginia in here??? They covered it up nicely, but how and with what?? Nothing asserts itself here.

Finally, some objectivity! My biases aren't necessarily yours. A lot of people like this and if you enjoy light, mild balkan blends, you should definitely give this a spin. Hopefully you like it more than I did. I'm packaging up what's left of my tin and shipping it off to a friend who enjoys it.

10 people found this review helpful.

tmoney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tmoney (24)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This tobacco was good so good, that it reminded me of a time long ago....

Place, Vietnam. The Year is 1965. The Month, June. Day: The 7th; AKA Day 282 in 'Nam for me. June was the rainy season for 'Nam. I had been given some leave time from my base in Saigon and so I went to explore the City, like usual, my buddies didnt get leave, but I hoped to find some more GI's in some of the local bars. It was unseasonably dry that day. No rain. It was nice for once to not deal with dagum water in the shoes. I felt good, like it was going to be a swell day; I had every reason to think so. A week before, I had killed 10 Charlie in one night. I was satisfied. And now I had leave, who could ask for anything more?

I stopped in at a bar in the East Side of Saigon called Do Phing Pan Ngo, where all the action was. The bar was bustling with GI's. Different guys trying to sweep some exotic doll off of her feet and into the bed. I had similar plans. I walked to the bar and ordered myself a tall one, ready to relax and find a target. Then it happened. She walked in lookin like something out of a dream. So gorgeous, she was with her sexy Vietnamese hips and supple behind. I knew what had to be done. I ordered another beer, and started over to her. Just before I did, some officer cut in front of me. Dam. He had beat me to the punch. I was just a lowly grunt. There was nothing that I could do. The babe started shooting me looks as the Officer was talkin her up. I knew this would be my only chance to get laid until i was sent back into the jungles to fight charlie. Charlie would always be there. This doll wouldnt. I made my move. As I did it, I felt my balls grow 3 times larger. A grunt was about to steal a woman from Officer. I approached her; didnt say a word and just took her hand and left with her, leaving the officer to shove it. I led her off to a small hotel room where we made love with out even speaking. We made love many times before the morning of the next day came, i wish I could remember the number, but I lost track after 30. I would have set a company record.

As she is there sleeping I got up to watch the sun rise over beautiful Saigon, with a gentle mist sweeping the rooftops that morning and I smoked a fat stogie in honor of my recent accomplishments. It was the most incredible feeling in the world, despite my man tool nearly falling off. The beautiful woman was still asleep after having the night of her life. I dressed, and left the room, but not before leaving her my picture so that the kid would one day know who his or her father was. And with that I left, returning to base and eventually leaving 'Nam, never to return.

Early Morning Pipe felt like that special morning in Saigon.

9 people found this review helpful.

Derfargin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Derfargin (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I'm new to pipe smoking, and have smoked cigars in the past and always enjoyed the more fuller tasting ones. I haven't a clue as to why people that are new to pipe smoking are always told to start with an aromatic. I've tried and smoked at least a 1/2 a dozen aromatics and always found them lacking something. Sure, the g/f always mentions how great they smell, but when I'm smoking them I can't smell a thing.

And then there was EMP....I bought an ounce of EMP to try to "venture" out in the "English" blend world, and I have to say, it was a good thing I was sitting down when I had my first light of this magic. Not because it's strong, but I was so surprised at how great it tasted. Nothing like the aromatics I've ever had. The smoke was tasty, and a more complex than anything else I've smoked in the past. The taste and smell of the latakia, and the orientals really played their parts well. I sat there for a good hour enjoying the hell out of my first "real" bowl of tobacco. The next day I ordered a full pound, and threw out most of the aromatics I had.

They say you never forget your first love, and I think this will have to be mine.(in regards to tobacco that is) There's always have a place for EMP in my cellar.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars in Bulk

Similar Blends: McClellands AM Pipe - Kind of, but more of a tribute blend..

8 people found this review helpful.

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

Appearance: Typical Dunhill broad ribbon cut, about 70% medium and light leaf, 30% dark.

Aroma: The Virginias seem to be on the sharrp side, rather than sweet and mellow. There is a fairly good Latakia and urkish presence.

Packing: Packs easily into medium and large pipes.

Lighting: Again, typical Dunhill. Always needs a full charring light. Slow, steady burn rae follows immediately.

Initial flavor: First taste is slightly harsh, not as gentle as I expected. There is more strength of flavor here than in Std. Mild Mixture.

Mid-bowl: This is not my wake up pipe tobacco. It seems to be more of a medium blend, but harsher than most other Dunhill?s. There is nice complexiy from the condiments, but the sharp edge keeps me from enjoying it. It also causes me to produce more saliva as a reaction to the flavor.

Finish: Even harsher at the end.

Summary: Not a nice tobacco at all, IMHO. It needs more mellow red Va. to smooth it down. It?s hard for me to imagine why this is as popular as it is.

8 people found this review helpful.

Inquisitor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Inquisitor (155)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

One of my favorite English blends. Complex, shifting flavors. Very well-integrated Oriental tobaccos with a restrained Latakia element. This is my favorite Dunhill, and Dunhill's only Latakia blend that I like. It was one of my first tobaccos, and has stood the test of time magnificently.

7 people found this review helpful.

Pipe Newb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Newb (40)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dunhill Nightcap is one of my favorite tobaccos, so I've been anticipating this blend for a few weeks now. Tin notes, leather, raisin, and pear brandy(?) - some kind of fruit sweetness with an alcohol/phenol bite at the end. Faint smokiness, and big bready/yeasty strawlike compounds.

Initial char, hey... where did the brandy go? I'm getting rye bread with lots of caraway seeds, roasted marshmallow, and as I work my way through to midbowl, a strange nasal curry spice, like fenugreek or brown mustard with lemon. It's really good. I'm also getting a little burley burp, but that's probably more because I went straight to a bowl of this instead of coffee and breakfast. There is a slight spice, and a slight smoky flavor, but I'm still getting mostly a very subdued English flavor from this tobacco. Room is roasted marshmallow and fruit brandy.

At the bottom of the bowl, the phenolic sweet flavor got a bit more intense, that is to say, I could actually taste it. Everything started to come together wrapped up in a neat little bow, but then I started tasting burned maple and realized I had sadly hit the bottom of my new cob.

All in all, the tin description of "delicately flavoured" is spot on. I'm surprised how prevalent the "rye bread" notes were, that's pretty much exactly what I thought of Nightcap, however Early Morning Pipe was much more subdued and mellow, and the topping (if there even is any) was so mild that I really didn't even taste it until the last 3rd of the bowl. I was half expecting to hear Edvard Grieg's Morgenstimmung as I puffed this morning, but nope, just a good tobacco and landscapers trimming my hedges at 7:15am.

Pipe Used: MM Legend

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

4 people found this review helpful.

manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (37)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Been smoking this pretty regularly for a very long time (first tin in the late 70s). The blending notes always, until the switch to Orlik, included latakia. i don't care what anyone says, there's still some in every batch. Regardless, still good at any time of the day. I'm a sucker for light English, oriental forward blends and this does very well. As others have noted, it can get a bit bitter towards the end (last fifth) of the bowl if smoked in anything larger than a mid-sized pipe.

Pipe Used: ben wade bent billiard

Age When Smoked: 18 months

Purchased From: smoking pipes; pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: Hearth & Home Daybreak, Villiger Early Day; GLP Chelsea Morning.

4 people found this review helpful.

SmokytheSasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokytheSasquatch (4)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

If you're looking to move beyond aromatics to dabble in the realm of the English blend, what better way than to purchase a tin of Early Morning Pipe from one of England's most renowned tobacconist names? Dunhill is as synonymous with tobacco as Nike is with athletic footwear. It's the perfect place to start when seeking an introduction to English blends.

Early Morning Pipe is great on its own, but I found it wanting a little help from its big, grizzled brother, Nightcap. Adding some Nightcap to Early Morning Pipe is like putting a leather jacket and red bandana on Basil Rathbone...

About a month ago I found myself in a curious predicament: I had half a tin of Dunhill Nightcap and about three-quarters of a tin of Dunhill Early Morning Pipe. The Nightcap was a tad too strong, the EMP was a tad too soft. So what did I do? I mixed them together in a large mason jar with the intent to establish a nice medium-bodied Dunhill English. And the result has been absolutely wonderful! Matter of fact, it's the blend I smoke most often.

I've ingeniously dubbed it: "Early Morning Nightcap."

So if you, like me, find Early Morning Pipe to be ohhhh soooo delicious but maybe a bit too soft, mix a little Nightcap in there with it, christen the blend "Early Morning Nightcap," and there you have it, a beautiful Dunhill medium-bodied English blend that smells and tastes as good as you could imagine.

4 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (227)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A fine blend. I like this as a wake up but I would think this might be too strong and maybe too much smokiness( Latakia?) for some in the early morning . I love the stringy cut that makes packing and lighting easy. Immense smoky Oriental flavor with a slight sour lemon background . Although Latakia is not listed , I find this smoky .Allow this to breath some in the tin before you load up or it will steam. No bite, big flavor, smooth, all day anytime smoke.

It's a great "on the go blend" no messing around rubbing it out, charing lights , tamping, just stuff the pipe, hit it with a match and smoke. When packing, I like to roll the tobacco in a tight ball and stuff the one piece into the top of the bowl. This method tends to smoke slower and less ashy.I Always have a tin close at hand.

Do you want something milder but similar, try Germains, King Charles Mixture?

4 people found this review helpful.

Kentishman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kentishman (6)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Well....as a new piper this is about my 10th tobacco. I had already decided English blends are my thing. I thought this would be a little lighter than mm and London mixture and certainly it was, perhaps too far. Lovely pack and burn. No relights. But..... An almost cigarette room note and smoke. I packed it more heavily thereafter. A better result but still some mild disappointment. I shan't reinvest in a tin, back to a heavier blend.

Age When Smoked: New tin

Purchased From: Local tobacconist in Canterbury

3 people found this review helpful.

Stutter818 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stutter818 (45)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Really enjoyed this blend for the mornings, or anytime during the day. You gotta be in the mood for it - it's got a sharpness to it. Smells great in the tin, and tastes delicious. Mild, toasty, sweet hay, easy smoke. Left a slightly sweet taste in my mouth as an aftertaste which is not a bad thing! Fine white ash in the bowl. Room note is slightly on the cigarette smelling side, however. Can get a tad bitter - but mostly good sweet and tangy tobacco smoke.

Pipe Used: Dr Grabow grand duke, MM eaton, Dunhill estate.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars online

3 people found this review helpful.

Daniel,xyz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Daniel,xyz (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

This is a superb blend that is flavorful but not too strong. A mild English blend with rich flavor. And what a glorious aroma! Great for all hours of the day. Doesn't need any special drying. Consistently great flavor,especially good in older English pipes. I've stopped smoking anything else. It gradually builds in strength as you move from the top to the bottom of the bowl, but never is overwhelming. If you like Squadron Leader,Skiff, Rattray's Red Rapparre, 221 Baker street, King Charles and the like, you must try Early Morning: it is the most flavorful of the bunch. Note: this blend is, in my opinion, superior to the old Murray blend: the ingredients are of higher quality and it is much smoother than the older, greatly over-rated blend. The only other blends in it's class are Dunhill's London Mixture, which has too much Latakia for me, and Dunhill's Royal Yacht, which is similar but with added sweetness. p.s. when E.M.P. was unavailable, many other companies tried to replicate it--with very limited success. I've noted some peppery accents in the middle to late bowl. You should go for the original & best.

Pipe Used: English pipes,mainly pre-trans Barling,Charatan

Age When Smoked: fresh to several years oof aging

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: see tobaccos listed above.

3 people found this review helpful.

krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (137)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If you are looking for a light English to make the switch from aromatics to English blends, then this is the blend for you. It is not overpowering in any sense of the word in either taste or nicotine. It has just the right amount to keep things interesting. It lights well and stays lit with no further prodding. The moisture level for me is just right, YMMV. It burns down nicely to a fine ash at the bottom of the bowl. Recommended.

3 people found this review helpful.

PuppetHead Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PuppetHead (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

People have called this monochromatic, and I can't really disagree - though the interplay between the orientals and virginias, while subtle, seems to me to be perfectly harmonious. This is a tobacco that has always lived in the nose for me -- not sure if that makes any sense -- but the sidestream smoke is just delicious, sort of a naturally sweet, mild toasty natural Virginia goodness (always reminded me a bit of burnt marshamallows) coupled with an Oriental pungency that I never seem to tire of. There are just enough other hints of flavor from the other tobaccos to keep things interesting. I can be a bit bitey if smoked too quickly. I preferred the bulk Orlik to the Murray's in this one -- but have only sampled one tin of Murray's, so perhaps it wasn't a representative sample.

It may well be that absense makes the heart grow fonder. Hopefully rumors are true, and I'll have an opportunity to test this tobacco again later in the year.

3 people found this review helpful.

Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Rich taste and nice balanced strength. For sure it fits perfectly for the first pipe of the day, especially in autumn and winter.

For many years I didn't omit to buy a few tins. And consumed all of them with great pleasure.

If you wish to smoke an elegant English mixture this would be a perfect choice.

3 people found this review helpful.

flagg1122 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flagg1122 (15)
★★★★
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

EMP is one of my Dunhill favorites. I can smoke it all day long. Mild choice for english blend lovers. Nice stuff:)

3 people found this review helpful.

Old Puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Puffer (42)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

While I can't find any strong fault with this baccy, I can't find anything with it to get excited about.

Came a little too dry, Packed and lit easily, but doesn't stay lit well. Taste seemed a little fruity to start out, went bland by the half way mark and got a little nippy close to the bottom with a slight bitterness creeping in. The Virginias were there until about half way down and then there was no obvious distinction of any particular tobacco.

My overall impression is of blandness. According to some of the glowing reviews below, maybe I had a bad batch but, I can't really recommend this above 2 stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

Falcon Fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Falcon Fan (17)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

A very pleasing english. As a relative newcomer to pipe smoking, the English blends I have tried are less easy to distinguish between than the various aromatics which tend to have more immediate and distinctive characteristics to the nose, particularly before lighting. At my current stage of experience, I am still limited to distinguishing english blends in simple terms of strong or not so strong, harsh/bitey or smooth and "contains weird twang or not" (eg the pepper afterkick from Squadron Leader that I just can not get used to). So, working within my limited terms of reference and experience, EMP is a smooth, medium strength English with no weird twangs of any description and I fully recommend it!

Pipe Used: Barber B Line B3 Straight Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: 4 Noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

Papa swede Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Papa swede (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

First let me say, I don't smoke a pipe everyday, but I do smoke the pipe at least 2 - 3 times a week. Now that being said... I do like this blend! The first bowl I smoked was early in the morning before breakfast and It set the mood for the entire day. I sat there on the back patio watching the sun come up and the birds flying around looking for food. This blend does have a little nic kick but not enough to make you sick or dizzy. I'm not looking for the nic, I'm looking for a good tobacco to be that medium blend where you can sit there and enjoy a bowl for an hour and relax. Now, for the room note, not so good for the reciever. My wife thought I was smoking a cigarette or something along that line. For myself, it tasted good and the smell was fine. I did have to take a shower to remove the smell so the wife would come near me... Wait...(lightbulb went on) next time I want some alone time from the family, this will be my blend! Lol!

Hope this helps.

Pipe Used: Canadian

Age When Smoked: 2 months old

Purchased From: Brair Patch

2 people found this review helpful.

twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (33)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I only had a sample of this but enough to make a mark on me an to write a review. This is another awesome blend. No aromatics. The tobacco heap in my hand was just ..... oriental. Its like walking somewhere in the middle east; or maybe on a tour of Paul's missions to Laodicea, Philippians, Corinth, back to Syria. OK, so the Oriental / Latakia is there. And I like that lot. The same notes of the fresh tobacco was also the room note.

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The nice thing is; that "overpowering" Oriental smell was just rightly balanced in the bowl. You smell it when you exhale, but on the palate, a well balanced smokiness and a touch of sweetness. I don't know if it was the coffee or the tobacco, but I had a lingering and satisfying sweet spicy creamy after taste on my tongue.

I can see why its Early Morning - the tastes you like (Latakia & Oriental), yet not in quantities that will shock you back to reality.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

2 people found this review helpful.

Raines Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raines (24)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

What can I say ? I just love this tobacco. It's one of my favorite tobaccos. When you light the bowl it's fresh. Then comes a light strong but also sweet latakia taste. It's probably not the best english blend type, but for the moment I can say it's the best I've tasted. Maybe in the future I will say the opposite but now it's sure to me. As my rating suggest, I highly recommend this tobacco...

Pipe Used: Butz-Choquin Formula 1601

2 people found this review helpful.

Bdub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bdub (4)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is probably the best tobacco I have ever smoked, based on quality of leaf. The flavor is mellow but progresses just a little throughout the bowl, yet not quite an aro. For someone who is looking to crossover from aro's and try non-aro's, then this is where I would point you. Not quite an English blend since the Latakia is very very mild, if not unrecognizable. This is an extremely enjoyable smoke for anytime of the day despite its name, however I found it to be the most relaxing in the evenings.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Pisa and McKie Pipes

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

dannypey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dannypey (1)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Strong

This is obviously, beeing a dunhill blend, a fine tobbaco. It is assantially "Nightcap" light, dunhill is making up for the lightness by adding some spiciness to the overall flavour. Out of the tin best smoked indoors with a 9mm filter pipe light to medium packed and dont be greedy. Dont pack strong just get a bigger pipe, it can get kind of hot this way but still enjoyable. Best thing with this tobbaco is that it good for any ocasion before or after dinner with or without coffie or ilght alcohol ,sitting ,standing, you get the point. This one wont have a strong after taste or leave you with a sticky feeling in your mouth. Maybe this tobbaco will be good in a small unfilterd pipe dried up and medium or ever strong packed.

2 people found this review helpful.

William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (31)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Strong

I like Oriental-forward mixtures a lot. This one just doesn't do it for me. I loved Dunhill's Standard Mixture Medium and I love others, like Presbyterian, Gordon Pym, McClelland's Wilderness, and C&D's Tuskegee Airman. This one just tastes muddled to me and I have never had a wholly pleasant smoke with it. It's not terrible, but just kinda boring. Overall impression: Meh.

2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Many say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Since I am reviewing this while smoking what little EMP I have left, I guess it could taint my review. I have always loved the Dunhill blends, especially EMP. It leads with wonderful Orientals with the Virginia's and Latakia playing great supporting roles. EMP has a subtle sweetness with a "leathery, toasty" taste. I find Red Rapparee as my new "go to" in this category. EMP will sadly be missed. Like many folks, I have sent a note of protest to BAT. Hopefully they will sell the blend to another manufacturer.

UPDATE 2/10/11. I enjoy the Orlik EMP very much. It is my desert island smoke. I disagree with those that say this is half strength and half taste of the Murray's. I think that opinion is true of the Orlik 965 but not of EMP. I have smoked EMP every day of my pipe smoking life and tasted an entire sleeve of Murray's side by side with Orlik and Orlik might be just very slightly lighter, but its so close that I think many would have a very hard time in a blind taste taste. Don't be swayed by old memories. Still highly recommended!

2 people found this review helpful.

Aquinas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aquinas (3)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Any similarity between this and the original Dunhill Early Morning of years gone by is not even in the realm of possibility. This stuff, made in Denmark is apparently residue from the floor sweepings of the old Scandanavian blends. I smoked Dunhill for years and even had several private blends with them. This is not even close to anything Dunhill ever put their name on. Newbies may like it for the name but certainly not for the reputation. Ordered 8 ounces of this stuff and am still trying to find someone I dislike to give it to.

Pipe Used: Dunhill Bruyere Collector

Age When Smoked: Upon receipt

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Scandanavian floor sweepings.

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mtitus83 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mtitus83 (9)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is the first tobacco I ever smoked from a Tin. I originally learned about this from the /r/pipetobacco subreddit where its often a part of most newcomers "haul" and decided if enough people were talking about it then its worth a try. This is light airy smoke with gentle flavors great for the first smoke of the day, another added bonus is this blend right out of the tin smells just like a barbeque which is a great smell however it doesn't taste like that at all.

All and all no regrets over this purchase and this is another ill likely be smoking for some time to come.

Pipe Used: Dr. Grabow Omega (Briar)

Purchased From: J&R Cigar; Selma NC, USA; www.jrcigars.com

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Tilley4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tilley4 (2)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am a huge fan of London Mixture. this blend is not quite as strong but it is a very nice blend.after a little drying time, I loaded this into one of my Cobs and went to the back porch. nice mixture of Orientals and Virginias.nothing groundbreaking here, just a nice smooth tobacco.I still like London mixture a little better but this was a very nice.

Pipe Used: MM Cob

Age When Smoked: New

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Cultured Explorer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cultured Explorer (7)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Well, it starts out good. I enjoy the initial experience of the Latakia flirting with the Virginias and Orientals, and the pleasant room note. However, as with a previous reviewer, it becomes bland to me as I smoke it.

1 person found this review helpful.

rsvp2rip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rsvp2rip (27)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Wow...wasn't ready to find this so good. Breaking in a new pipe with this and have to say this is a real good blend. Light (not overly so), naturally sweet, interesting. It is thought provoking as in "When the shop has this in bulk why did you buy it in a tin?" and "Why haven't you gone back to buy the other 10 dusty tins that were hiding on the shelf behind the Mac Baren tins?" Easy to like, burns slight hot if not careful. Very good overall. If this is Nightcap "light" I've got to try Nightcap.

Age When Smoked: Unknown, year or two

Purchased From: Kenny the King, Lakemoor, IL

1 person found this review helpful.

Brukspatron Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brukspatron (14)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Nice straight tobacco flavor with a pleasant and pronounced taste of the oriental tobacco with just a slight hint of Latakia. EMP goes really well with a cup of coffee or tea, as a suggestion to be your "Early Morning Pipe"

1 person found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (56)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Unnoticeable

My review is based on the bulk supply only and not the tin, which I understand could affect the taste.

Latley ive been going through the long time pipe standards...My Mixture' Nightcap, etc.. But after reading the reviews it seems even at $8.95 a tin of Early Morning could wait or be missed entirely. But it so happens my local Tobacconist added the Dunhill standards in bulk to their eventory, so about $4.50 an oz. it was worth the shot.

The prelight aroma had that familar Dunhill latakia smell. However when lit this latakia/va smell was mixed with a bitter taste. I thought my tastebuds were playing tricks on me. I wasnt impressed or pleased. It stayed bitter. Just read the last review and the piper mentioned "sour" yeah.... That!

A friend asked if he could try it. By all means... I didnt tell him my thoughts. He lit up and after a few minutes dumped the stuff out of his Peterson. What do you think? Bitter! He said, and reached for his whisky blend. The key word here pipers is BITTER. Not for me.

April 22 2014 additional review. I would take this blend to work and smoke it in a tiny corn cob on breaks. Its not so bitter in small qtys and seems to work better in a smaller bowl. Ive grown to appreciate it more... Im adding another star.

Pipe Used: Peterson silver edition 69, and small basket pipe

Age When Smoked: Bulk

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Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Early Morning Pipe is a delicate english blend. Perfect for waking the palate in the morning. EMP is a light blend with just enough spice and sweetness to make things interesting. Simply a mellower version of Dunhill's Nightcap. Perfect for all day puffing.

1 person found this review helpful.

cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (48)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I really appreciate the quality of this tobacco. It burns great and has a pretty good punch. Several folks have mentioned that Early Morning is a bit uninteresting. Funny, the first time I smoked it, I was reminded of the term "plain Jane" but it is a good sort of "plain Jane". That hot cup of black coffee mixes great with Early Morning. Later, try Early Morning layered with Samuel Gawith Skiff Mixture and/or Balkan Sasieni.

Pipe Used: cob

1 person found this review helpful.

TexasPipeGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TexasPipeGuy (6)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Very Strong Overwhelming Pleasant

I am not a fan of this stuff. I get tongue bite no matter how I smoke this. The flavor is bad and it is just not an enjoyable smoke. I have found a good use of it though. I never smoke a bowl to the complete bottom so this makes for a good toss away buffer between the tobacco I am smoking and the bottom of the bowl. As soon as I near this stuff I am done. Bowl is cleaned and Dunhill trashed.

Pipe Used: Nording Bent

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Random Pipe Shop

Similar Blends: Hopefully Nothing!.

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Kerpap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kerpap (13)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I can see why this tobacco is suggested as a "great first pipe of the day" I smoked it right after breakfast with a cup of black coffee and let me tell you. Sublime! Tin note is leathery with a hint of tangy citrus. You can almost smell eggs and OJ with bacon and beans in the tin (well, perhaps just in my imagination). The star of the show is definitely the tangy bright virginias however they are not overpowering and compliment the Turkish exquisitely with just a dash of Latakia. the Nicotine is very low. I am not sure why people below are saying this tobacco has a heavy nicotine content as it really doesn't and I am sensitive to nicotine and don't like a heavy nicotine hit. This is a great first pipe, second pipe, all day smoke and a light after dinner smoke however I would go for a rich full English for after dinner, the point is this is just a great all around blend and a must for everyone's regular rotation.

Pipe Used: Peterson System Standard

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Patryk Georgevitch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Patryk Georgevitch (10)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Amazing mild yet strongly tasting tobacco, very paradoxal smoke. The Latakia is very pleasant yet very subtle, enough to dictate its presence to the palate. A slow smoke is recommended so the taste doesn't overwhelm the mouth. Another amazing English tobacco from Dunhill.

Pipe Used: Peterson

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WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (48)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I used to like this blend more than I do now. I think, today, there are many other English style blends that are significantly better than EMP (you can check my other reviews for some of them). Back in the old days EMP was considered a mild blend, but no longer. Since returning to the pipe after having quit for almost twenty years, I find that EMP's nicotine level to be too high (nowhere near as high as Nightcap, however). I wish tobacco blenders today would produce more blends with less nicotine. Don't get me wrong, EMP is a quality tobacco, everyone who enjoys English blends should try it, but it's no longer for me.

Cheers!

Pipe Used: Jobey Stromboli

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

TheWoodwose Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheWoodwose (17)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoke aromatics more than I do English blends and I don't smoke very often.

If you are a bit of a weekend warrior with smoking like me then this is a good English blend for you to try.

It is the most finely cut tobacco I have smoked to date, which I think is why it smokes down so consistently and so nicely (just ash at the end of most smokes). The flavor is pretty mild so I can see why folks who smoke daily would get bored with this but for me (1-2 bowls a week on average) it is perfect. It is not sweet like an Aro, but it won't leave you smelling like you slept in a cigar bar the night before.

[RABBIT TRAIL] It has been my experience that the more frequently I smoke, the more I have a taste for stronger English blends.

For example, if I have smoked 3-4 times in a given week and light up a bowl of Billy Budd (which is a full English tobacco) it is actually quite enjoyable. However, if I have gone 2+ weeks without smoking and light up a bowl of Billy Budd... well, it's nasty. Way too strong, and too much flavor.

Not so with EMP. I can light up a bowl of this pretty much whenever and I consistently enjoy the crap out of it[/RABBIT TRAIL]

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Smoking Sam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoking Sam (20)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dunhill Early Morning Pipe: First Impressions.

Scenario: Saturday morning, 9:00 AM. I've just finished a breakfast of country ham, egg, and cheese biscuit, hash browns, OJ, and freshly brewed coffee. I poured a second cup of java, and grabbed my newly refurbished 1970's, Jobey Dansk freehand, and a new tin of Dunhill EMP. This is my first time smoking this blend. I am a huge fan of Dunhill flake and Dunhill Nightcap.

The pipe packed and lit very easily. The tobacco had perfect moisture right out of the tin. Three false lights, and three tamps, and its off to the races.

I was looking for a milder version of Nightcap. My first few puffs were frankly, "yuck." Stong puffing produced copious smoke and a harsh, unpleasant taste. The pipe burned hot, and the experience wasn't enjoyable. I experienced a little stomach gurgle from the nicotene content. Time to tamp the pipe and reconsider the situation.

Apparently this is a tobacco that needs to be sipped slowly to be enjoyed properly. As soon as I adjusted to a more leisurely pace, the tobacco mellowed out, the pipe cooled down, and the taste and experience improved dramatically. The tobacco still didn't have a very pronounced taste, and it wasn't strong at all. EMP tasted like a straight Virginia blend to me - no Oriental tobacco was noticeable in the taste. The strength is what I was expecting though from a mild, early in the day, blend. The burn remained good, abundant smoke - a mild, mellow experience.

This tobacco is perfect for a first smoke of the day. Not surprisingly, it pairs well with coffee.

The first half of the bowl was one star for me, the second half, three stars - so I'm giving it two stars for now. It is not nearly as enjoyable, to me anyway, as Dunhill flake or Nightcap. I prefer something a little more full flavored like FVF. I will smoke the tin that I have, but I don't see myself buying this in the future. YMMV.

= UPDATE and WARNING =

I wanted to see if a more leisurely approach, sipping slowly, would provide an enjoyable full bowl experience. I poured a third cup of coffee, and packed a second bowl. I should have paid closer attention to some earlier reviews regarding the high nicotene content, because Dunhill Early Morning Pipe proceeded to lay me out. Five trips to the restroom. Nauseous. Shivers. Cold sweats. I had to fight to keep from throwing up. A most unpleasant experience for a couple of hours. I am recovered enough to where the experience is "almost" humorous, but in the future, I definitely won't be smoking two bowls back to back. It seems like I have to learn everything the hard way, and this was surely a lesson, albeit painful, learned. Don't take this tobacco blend lightly. It may be an early morning blend, but it still has the nicotene punch of its big brother, Dunhill Nightcap.

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Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (87)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Among my favorite English blends. Superb.

Mild, for this style of tobacco. Very light on Latakia (some suggest there is none at all). Smooth. Flavorful.

While not predominately an English smoker, if I had to pick only one, this would be among my top two or three choices.

1 person found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (695)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As others noted - and as the name implies - this is an aptly named tobacco. It's strong enough to get you going early in the day without you wanting to nap first! It can be an occasional through the day smoke, but not really an all day one, though I have been known to have done that. It's a little sweeter than some of the other Dunhill English blends, which I find nice for a change from the heavier mixtures. They don't mention latakia as a component, but it's obviously there as a smoky treat. The Turkish/Orientals are noticeable without being overwhelming, and the Virginias are choice cuts: the red is a little tangy and sweet with a hint of grass while the lemon adds a slight citrus flavor. Some think it rather one dimensional, but I don't. There are more complex blends, but this does give a nice variety of flavors. It burns cooler than your average Dunhill smoke.

I have to say I prefer the Murray's version to this, so I can only give this three stars, whereas the earlier one gets 4. But the difference is not that noticeable, and you'll enjoy this one if you like English blends.

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Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (100)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Upon a recommendation from my father I tried a tin of this Orlik-blended Dunhill classic. I have smoked almost the entire tin before posting these personal impressions; smoking this in a variety of pipes, at different times of day, and with (and without) my usual beverage accompaniments.

To those who thoroughly enjoy this, my best wishes to you for your continued pleasure, but for me it misses badly. Perhaps it is my personal oral chemistry and the fact that I do recall smoking any "Balkan" without Latakia other than some McClelland Grand Orientals before, but EMP's flavor is just not to my taste. The first bowl, smoked without beverage, was very sweet. The tobacco itself is gorgeously presented in the tin and the tin aroma is promising. However, at the 1/3 point in the burn the blend turned extremely salty, objectionably so. Moreover it seems to contain the same 'cavendish' Virginias that are found in Orlik/Dunhill 965 and Standard Mixtures. In those blends I found them overwhelming, smothering the blend. I think this same treatment is in London Mixture as well but the Latakia in it perfects that blend (into one of my favorites). Here it does not marry well with the potpourri of Balkans/Orientals it has. In fact, I cannot tell what these varieties might be.

The last 1/3 of the bowl turns astringent.

At other times I find the blend better and suspect the long, beautiful ribbon cut has not given itself to blending well resulting in a wide variation from bowl to bowl.

Smoked with my favorite 100% Colombian coffee I rarely finish the entire bowl. Smoked with some scotch, it is passable. It does remind me of a mix of Rothmans and Camel cigarettes in both taste and room note.

Well, I have now 'been there, done that'.

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orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (54)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a great eye-opener, but works all through the day as well. Mild and sweet, somewhat astringent. Can be complex if you want it to be, but equally good for casual puffing. Like most (all?) Dunhill's it's potent in nicotine and flavour. Still, of the Dunhill range it's on the lower end of the scale. Very good stuff.

1 person found this review helpful.

Matt1977 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Matt1977 (6)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is the blend if you are new to english mixtures. I love to smoke this and G.L. Pease Odyssey. The E.M.P. is a great subtle taste of fine fire cured virginia along with the mild latakia! The scent is that of leather and a bonfire. I reccomend this blend to the fans of english tobacco like myself. Try this and you too will like the early morning mixture to start your day!

1 person found this review helpful.

Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (85)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Like many other smokers, this was my first English/oriental mixture, a classic of this genre and I would recommend it to beginners. It is not bad, but for my taste is a bit too toasty, I just prefer other mixtures.

1 person found this review helpful.

viscfab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
viscfab (81)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Very decent light English blend. If I had to stick with only one Dunhill English blend it woul be My Mix 965, but this one is also worth in the bowl of my pipe when I am in the mood for a lighter version of it. The problem is that recently I tend to preffer zestier and tastier fuller latkia blends. I would recommend this though to any aromatic or new pipe smoker that wants to start indulging into the journey of fine English blends. No, do not start with Night Cap. Cheers.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bub (18)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a very nice blend. You can taste the sweetness of the Virginia. The others in the mix are pretty mild and not overpowering at all. If you are just getting into the Orientals, this is a great place to start.

1 person found this review helpful.

Requiem Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Requiem (36)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

(Orlik) Not much to add here... Latakia is present (no more then 10%, although still not sure if Syrian or Cyprian kind) and virginias must be good quality. However, this blend is dominated by the orientals (which are of a balanced variety between spicy and tangy - not monotonous at all).

I'm still to smoke it on the cold days, but so far it's a great balkan/oriental smoke under the hot sun.

(some british online stores refer Erinmore Balkan Mixture as a good replacement for EMP... I disagree. Erinmore BM is much fuller and spicier. Although I find EBM a great blend, it is not a close match to EMP)

1 person found this review helpful.

jackal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jackal (11)
★★★★
Very Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

EMP has been around for a long time and has changed several times, according to who is making it for Dunhill. The original was pure ambrosia; later iterations varied. The best of it is as fine a mild or light English as there is, it is still near the top of my list. The sweet aged Virginias are round and mellow. The orientals are lightly spiced and fragrant. There is an unknown ( to me at least) that adds a wine-like quality that lingers on the pallet for some time. I understand it has become hard ( if not impossible) to find in some areas. If you can't find it or are not happy with the present form of it, try the Altadis matching substitute. It is not bad.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Because the Murray's version of Early Morning Pipe is heads and shoulders above what Orlik attempted, the Murray's EMP has become one of the most collectable of all tobaccos, and rightfully so.

EMP is a unique smoking experience as it contains all of the elements of what should be a strong blend, yet Murray's was able to pull back on the throttle just enough to give the smoker an "English" experience without being obtrusive.

EMP is mellow, mild, stays lit well, and delivers a sweet and unique taste seldom found (if ever), in any other blend of this type.

1 person found this review helpful.

Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Professor (67)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

Dunhill's (Orlick) Early Morning Pipe has the least amount of nicotine of any Dunhill blend that I have smoked. Unfortunately, that fact did not help this pitiful weed. Indeed, the stuff looks fine. It is a pleasant earthy-coloured ribbon cut. It smells unremarkable in the tin--essence of rolling tobacco. I did my best to smoke this stuff but I only found that it made my pipe too hot, my wife retch, my throat sore, and my mouth shrivel. The part about my wife I certainly can get by, but the room note even made me ill. In a word, Early Morning Pipe is dreadful. I could barely smoke this appalling rubbish. A colleague of mine smokes cigarettes and occasionally a pipe. He enjoys Early Morning Pipe. Like I mentioned with Peterson's Irish Oak, this might prove well as a transitional smoke for those looking to make the switch from cigarettes to pipes. Admittedly, by mid-bowl Early Morning Pipe improved slightly by a mellowing of the harshness. Still, I will not smoke it again. Indeed, if I had to begin every morning with this foul weed I would eventually end up jumping off a bridge by afternoon. This is the 100th review of Early Morning Pipe to date.

1 person found this review helpful.

Elric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elric (34)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm given to understand that this is the prototypical light English. That said, I fail to see what all the fuss is about. I found EMP to be rather lacking in the character department. This observation becomes particularly apparent when comparisons are drawn to similar blends such as Piccadilly. I would have another bowl if offered, but can't see myself purchasing another tin.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★★★☆
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Tolerable to Strong

I got acquainted with Dunhill?s Early Morning Pipe after trying two stronger Latakia blends: My Mixture 965 and Balkan Sobranie, so in many ways it was a very agreeable surprise to find an optional, milder smoking blend containing Latakia and Orientals.

A difference I find with many of its stronger relatives, is that EMP has a sharper effect on the palate immediately after lighting up. Not sweet, not dense, but almost thrifty, its components seem to incessantly compete with one another, as if seeking to desperately assert themselves before being gobbled up by the others. Mid bowl, however, the flavour settles down, achieving some nuttiness and strength but without entirely leaving the mild zone. Mild in this case is not equivalent to smoothness, and that is one of the paradoxes that quizzes me about EMP, for that initial sharpness seems to remain the only constant effect throughout the smoke and, by the end of the bowl, it can reach a certain degree of harshness on the bitter side. I also find it tends to burn a tad drier than other Latakia/Oriental blends, and in spite of the respectable amount of Latakia I find it difficult to reach the ?zone?.

Otherwise, it is a very lively and enjoyable smoke; a good change of pace when seeking to drift slightly from the more conventional blends of this type, and a recommendable overture to fuller English compositions. Maybe Dunhill?s idea was to create a smoking continuum, in which EMP opens the day, followed either by Apertiff or Standard Mixture Medium, finishing with My Mixture 965 or Nightcap. Nowadays I find that the transition from EMP to any other Dunhill Latakia blend has become too steep and radical for me. IMO, London Mixture is by far a better starting point, and virtually an all day symphony.

1 person found this review helpful.

BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (83)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I forgot how much I enjoyed this blend until a friend gave me a can recently. This was a blend that I enjoyed in the early 80's and somehow I lost track of it. Being a fancier of oriental in particular, and red virginia in general, this really is a smooth, flavorful smoke. I enjoy this with a big mug of black kenyan coffee in a backyard recliner. It packs easily and burns consistently down the bowl to a grey/white ash. I seldom need more than one relight, so long as I tamp along the way. The flavor becomes fuller to me the farther down the bowl I go, ending with this smoker in a state of satisfied bliss.

1 person found this review helpful.

Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★★★☆
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

The mildest kind of Latakia blend, with a thoroughbred Dunhill finish. A perfect introduction to the English School, for people who are not accustomed to this kind of flavour. Personally, after years of smoking stronger Latakia mixes, I find this a trifle bland; even in the lightweight category, S. Gawith & Co.'s Skiff seems rather more interesting. But there is no gainsaying that satin-smooth Dunhill univocity [put that in your pipe and smoke it!] and this is recommended as the mildest kind of Latakia blend.

I smoked this in a long, svelte Dunhill prince, whilst sipping very dry, very cold champagne, and felt præternaturally suave. But why does elegance no longer excite us?

1 person found this review helpful.

Latakia Lenny Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Latakia Lenny (2)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The normal morning here begins early. A cup of coffee with the wife, toast or a light breakfast, wake up and begin the day. The second cup of coffee generally is accompanied with the first pipe of the day,and a scan of the local newspaper.I have been smoking a pipe now for some time and a creature of habit the first bowl is usually 3 Nunns,Escudo or Early Pipe. By this time the wife begins her daily routine, though, doesn't seem to mind the aroma of my morning selection. "It's better then some of the stuff you smoke" is her comment regarding the room note. Definitely a Dunhill Blend, (My Mixture 965 and Night Cap are two of my all time favorites)it packs and lights nicely. Average number of relights. They don't list Latakia in the Tin Description but it displays a Latakia presence,especially after the halfway point. A smooth,some what mild taste with little or no moisture build-up. A slight nutty and smokey taste increases near the end of the bowl. More often then not, if I start the day with it, it's a Dunhill day, a bowl or two of My Mixture 965 and ending with the last smoke of the evening, a bowl of Night Cap. Overall, a very nice tabacco, if you like English blends, you'll enjoy this one. If you're thinking of trying an English blend this would be a good one to start with, though some may think it strong.

1 person found this review helpful.

Llewellyn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Llewellyn (8)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This and Red Rapparee are my go to oriental tobaccos for a morning smoke. Very smooth with some herbal spice, but not too strong. Turns acrid and bitter in a larger pipe.

Pipe Used: Standard

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: Cupojoes

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Tim the Box Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tim the Box (2)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a great tobacco for the first smoke of the day, mild with an underlying richness. Thoroughly recommended, but beware, you may end up smoking it all day long.

Pipe Used: Aldo Velani - White Stem

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: E A Carey

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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (102)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Ah my first English blend that I first tried back in 2002 or so. When I first opened the tin I was reminded of the interior smell of battleships. Anyone that has toured an Iowa class like New Jersey or Missouri or has toured the USS Midway in San Diego will see what I mean, the asbestos or fire retardant material coating the inside of those ships smells just like the tin aroma of EMP. Anyways this was the first time I smelled and tasted Latakia. A very good starting English, one that I still love. Some say it is too weak but I really like the toasty flavor and it does have a decent amount of nicotine (coming from a two pack a day guy). Just don't expect a Balkan or heavy English, it is what it is, toasted Orientals and Virginia with a smidgeon of latakia. Tasty anytime of day and the VERY best tin art, I just love the rooster and the sun... Marketers take note, a name and a label can make the public think a blend is for morning or a Nightcap just by the power of persuasion!

Pipe Used: Ardor, Dunhill, Cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Local B&M

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Grovesy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grovesy (13)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

I really like this tobacco and has become one of my favorites. This is a blend that I can enjoy any time of day or night. The fact that I can buy it in bulk is another plus for me.

Pipe Used: various

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Koimann Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Koimann (2)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I tried Dunhill's MM965 some time ago and disliked it immensely - after reading reviews of EMP, on this site, decided to give it a go - well, I'm disappointed again ! I can still smell and taste the pungent Latakia/oriental aroma - it's just not to my taste. I also dislike aromatics and find myself searching for that pure Virginia with a malty/nutty/chocolate taste. Royal yacht is superb ; if a tad too strong for all day consumption. EMP will not be filling my pipes much, if at all, again I'm afraid ! UPDATE ! 6:10:14 - Well, this pipesmoking game is indeed full of surprises ! Reached for my recently purchased tin of EMP as I was finding the royal yacht too strong for all day consumption - To my surprise and delight it seemed to agree with me ! The initial smoky and pungent aroma that I had previously disliked was extremely pleasant. I am now finding the royal yacht a little one-dimensional. Maybe these English mixtures have a lot more to offer than I initially thought ! Taste : certainly a subjective and often fickle thing. That's why these reviews are very helpful and worth reading, as a guide, but I guess the old adage is proved correct again "proof of the pudding ............" Peaceful smoking to all !

Pipe Used: Dunhill (2nd)

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: Lewis Darby (The bear shop) They have a stuffed brown bear in the window obviously antique

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PhillyB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PhillyB (41)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Based on my recent experience with Royal Yacht, I was not sure about this blend. The smell from the sample I got was very mild and somewhat aromatic. Not very exciting. Upon actually smoking it I was very surprised by how much I liked it. While the flavors do not exactly have a lot of oomph to them it is a truly wonderful smoke. For the most part it has a mildly sweet taste with a bit of spice that is perfectly balanced. I can now understand why this is such a highly praised blend!

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Legend

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Haroldt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Haroldt (8)
★★★★
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

This is my main stay baccy. While I have many blends, I have one consistent aromatic, (H&H Vermont Meat Candy) and one consistent English (Early Morning Pipe.) I have a third jar for what I'll call "specialty" This rotates out a few oz at a time.

I was given EMP to try by a fellow at Pipe Magazine Forum. I found it to be excellent from the start and have order it and Match Early Morning Pipe as well. Both are great all day smokes. Mild, light, and a pleasant aroma. Something one could smoke all day.

Pipe Used: any

Purchased From: Pipe and Cigar - Smoking Pipe

Similar Blends: Match - Early Morning Pipe.

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Dottie Warden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dottie Warden (7)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Upon opening the tin, I was surprised by the delicious double-smoked Danish bacon aroma. The ribbon cut of the primarily redish tobacco fluffed up easily and after 10 minutes dry time it was ready to smoke. It is very user friendly in terms of filling, lighting and keeping it lit. It smokes absolutely smooth and completely cool. The tin states it has a light flavor and, initially, the taste was close to sucking air. After continuing through the tin the subtle flavors began to come through, but flavorwise, this is one mild tobacco. I find the nicotine level present, but not overwhelming. Great all round smoke, all day or any time of the day.

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DoomDealer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoomDealer (9)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I like this. In fact, there's not a lot NOT to like about this venerable blend (except perhaps for the name, which is second only to 'Nightcap' when it comes to silly names ...what were they thinking?).

This is the solid, tasty, medium-strength English/ Oriental blend that Skiff Mixture wanted to be! It lights well, smokes well, behaves well and is a very tasty, reasonably complex little blend that leaves very little to be desired. It is quite a bit stronger than the name suggests, but that's by no means a bad thing. Personally, I would reach for something milder in the morning, but this is a cracking all-dayer that I won't tire of any time soon.

Pipe Used: Ermanno Elite, Peterson, Falcon Coolway

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Brucciani Ltd

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Joeray Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joeray (61)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I think Dunhill made a mistake to give a wrong name for this blend. Honestly, according to my taste this stuff is not fit for first early morning smoke. I'm really surprised when I'm wake up with an empty stomach before take a breakfast and smoke this stuff is quite strong for me. The Nicotine is quite powerful for me, made my head little bit dizzy and pump my blood a little, and at the other morning, I decided to take a breakfast and made a cup of coffee before smoking this stuff at my pipe and I got a quite pleasant smoke.

The tin notes is wonderfull, slight virginia with orientals scent which is floral and herbal. The smokey scent of Latakia is not much appear, just a tin scent. Is quite easy to pack it into my Tsuge Kaga pipe and the burn is quite well with a great thick smoke. The strength is quite strong for me but the taste is mellow, mostly sweet, grassy virginia and floral is the dominant taste. Not much smokey Latakia detected when I smoke this stuff, I think the Latakia just at small amount at this blend.

Well this blend is good, nice and simple, but need a very relax time to enjoy this blend. I just want to give 4 star to this blend, but because according to my subjective taste this stuff is not fit for early morning so I just give it 3 star. Still lot other english blends at outside that more proper for early morning smoke then this stuff. It really hurt my stomach when I smoke it first with empty stomach. Just take a breakfast, made a cup coffee and relax your self when smoke this blend.

Pipe Used: Ben Wade Standard 275

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Local Tobacconist at Indonesia

Similar Blends: H&H Ten to Midnight but stronger.

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andmer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
andmer (4)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Unnoticeable

Don't let the name "early morning" or "mellow" fool you. This is a full flavored delightful smoke.

What more can I say that hasn't already been said. Wonderful taste, sweet, rich, deep flavor that just keeps developing throughout the bowl. Gets a little stronger towards the end to culminate the experience.

You need to have this.

Pipe Used: Peterson B42

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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nekeke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nekeke (19)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Unnoticeable

Another one I really could not understand why people like this tobacco. Burns too quick. Not distinctive in any way. Strenght-mildness no. A very special aroma, no. Why then? For the first bowl go with SG Skiff, you will like it more

Edit: I am close to giving up on this tobacco. Smelled..again and again. İnhaled from nose, blowed away from nose...Not inhaled...Nothing. I can not pick up anything either with the smell or the taste of this tobacco, that is special.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

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pecheur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pecheur (6)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought the tin new and had a couple of bowls, I wasn't very impressed as I found the blend bland and uninteresting. The rest of the tin was put into a kilner jar and left for a month to six weeks. I then started dipping into the kilner jar and found the blend had changed, it had gone from being bland to very tasty! It's never going to be a 'in your face' blend but the sweetness had really come out as had the orientals, particularly on the snork. It's a lovely easy to pack mixture that burns nicely with just enough taste, doen't seem to bite. I'm going to cellar a few tins as I think it'll age nicely

Pipe Used: MM Washington & Peterson 80s

Age When Smoked: From new

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Brnzip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brnzip (1)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is my go-to tobacco. My favorite tobacco with an unique smoke and taste that transforms while you're smoking. and each bowl is different for the other to me. it goes really well with coffee

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (126)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Very tasty, smooth and creamy, with a spice note that is accentuated on the retrohale. Easy to pack, light and maintain through the bowl. No lightweight yet no heavy-handedness either. A very good, well-blended smoke, that hits on all cylinders (small block V-8), and doesn't need a microchip for performance. 4*.

Pipe Used: Grabow Freehand

Age When Smoked: Undated tin

Purchased From: Smokes on Burdick, Kalamazoo, MI

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ScannerDarkly7 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ScannerDarkly7 (6)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I've been working my way through numerous highly rated English blends, from both Dunhill and Samuel Gawith. The main difference here, is the lack of a latakia content, and more red virginias, what are, for me, at the heart of this smoke. There is a decent intertwining of the virginia and orientals, and I imagine the latakia is very subtle, just to balance the blend out.

It's a cool, easy smoking blend, and very vibrant for an English blend, compared to say a latakia heavy, like Dunhill 965. This has a wonderful aroma in the tin, and that aroma does carry through into the taste, with a subtle wood and oak, balanced with a clear, crisp oriental/virginia mix. I can see why this may remind you of early morning, when the day is so clear, and you've got a spring to your step ready to start your day.

The virginia isn't as strong as something like Rattray's old virginia, and the overall blend of other tobaccos in here make this really mellow, and I can empathise with the recommendation by Dunhill here as having this as your first bowl of the day. Overall, about 3 out of 4 stars for me. A good quality tobacco, but a little too subtle in taste to give that full body experience that other Dunhill English blends can submerge you with.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum - Pride (Straight)

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: A tobacco trade!

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (256)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Dunhill Early Morning . I have read a few mixed reviews on this so decided to sample it myself . It has a perfectly straight forward ribbon cut and holds a good moisture amount . The pre-light aroma gives me a slight cedar hint . The lighting is very undemanding and it does not require many re-lights as it gives a beautifully even/steady burn . The smoke is just the right thickness and bestows no bite on me but we all differ with that . It also does not burn too hot . Room note is nothing spectacular but not offensive . A pleasing tobacco !

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

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Mr. Motoyoshi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Motoyoshi (31)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I love this tobacco. It is meant to get your day started with a nice nicotine kick. If you're not used to heavier blends, then you might want to baby step it. I find myself reaching for this over my other Dunhill Tins. The orientals in this are just enough to create another realm to the flavor while enjoying the other aspects of a traditional English blend.

Don't want to write too much, but if you want a bit more umph to your smoke, and still have an excellent flavor, try this.

Age When Smoked: 2 years

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Burner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Burner (8)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a light english if you're looking for lots of latakia, as many seem to be, look elsewhere. It is a subtle tobacco one to be savoured. The merest smattering of latakia weaves in and out of the virginias and orientals. A nice subtle blend. I like to add perique to it but it's very good without too.

Pipe Used: Peterson Deluxe 8s

Similar Blends: Squadron leader..

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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (45)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

50g round tin..

Upon opening i am greeted with a familier dunhill-esque sweet and sour herby onions and a honeysuckle and mild wine vinegar tin aroma.

Mainly lightbrown and tan,with some blond ad dark specs of a well prepared short ribbon cut..

light up is creamy smooth;smokey cokey toasty salted popcorn,butter,slight herby,mild onions..Tastes like the ingrediants of a well aged,lightly toasted virginias and supporting orientals.

Has a slight initial virginia felt citrus ,like fresh lemon squeezed over a scampi,but it transfigures to something else suggesting its well melded with the other leaf within to produce a french dressing vinagarette suggestion.

Nice balance as it settles down,this is not a spicy sauce bomb compared to other orientals i am familier with,its more subtle.Although the condiments are diluted with the virginia volume it is not at all lacking and is infact a full volume smoke.. The red virginias i presume lead the charge with their hot zingy zest adding a raw onion/horseradish tickle or mustard heat.

A gentle understated english,with enough mild herbacious oriental seasoning and wine vinegar to sate my taste without overkill..Think sunday roast rather than curry.

Gets creamier still;the initial popcorn gives way to a salad cream,then tartar sauce.Resting the pipe while i chew the smoke and blow out to feel the taste fade to judge the finish,it leaves a mild salt factor,very subtle maybe like sea spray or sea air..

Subsequant puffing and the richness grows further and the tartar sauce hint developes into into a creamy white wine and herby dill white sauce with a slight vinegaric tartness which stays consistant as reached taste developement climax that stays for the duration more or less..I want to cook a salmon in it!

Tastes stronger than i was initially imagining. Certainly full in its own right and not missing anything..Those expecting a smokey BBQ english might as well pass though,this is a completly different lunch,and that also goes for those expecting a spicy mango and lime pickle chuckney style of oriental.This is a cream sauce to my taste.

Sophisticated subtle smoke and in its own league,i can see why this nis rated highly;it definately has an alldayer factor..The room note is mild like just a richer golden virginia roll your own rather than cigarettes.

Stronger nicotine than taste would suggest,its not that far behind NightCap i recon..The tin moisture seems perfect but drying out some might help if you are a serial reloader..Like all englishes to my taste,they like a dry briar more than other baccies. Got to give it 4 stars ..

Post pipe aftertaste leaves a smooth buttery corn flour taste like haven eaten dumplings or something that lingers in such a way to make me come back for more.

Pipe Used: Vintage koolsmoke.falcon pipe.the pipepyrolytic..

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: Local tobacconist/newsagents in poole dorset.

Similar Blends: Presbyterian..Parsons pleasure..Dunhill London Mixture...

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FastEddie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FastEddie (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I first tried this blend seven years ago, thought it was ok, then put the remaining cans away into long term storage. Well, that was then and this is now! I just finished off a can that has been aging to absolute perfection! I think time does wonders to many English blends, but time has been absolutely wonderful to my tins of EMP. No, there is nothing exotic not does it contain any surprises, but I must say that EMP is probably the most robust, even keeled and well balanced smoke I have enjoyed in quite a long time. I can detect some hints of fine Turkish tobaccos in this blend. The first third to half of the bowl is just on this side of heaven - absolutely delicious! Maybe my palate has changed a bit over the years, but I can't say enough about EMP. Personally, I prefer many of the Frog Morton light English blends in the morning and work my way up to this magnificent blend. This is light enough for an all day smoke yet robust and flavorful enough to be enjoyed on special occasions. My only regret is that I wish I had stored away a few cases of these.

Age When Smoked: seven years

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codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Every morning smoke. Daily. Possibly my favorite.

Starting with the strength. If you ever had nightcap you now how strong it can be. This is almost a light version of it, yet different. You can wake up and enjoy this, and still get on with your work day.

The taste is excellent, as always with dunhills' latakia. It's incredibly smooth yet full.

The room note is your average english smoke. I find it pleasant. Other may feel differently.

It's a long lasting smoke, and one I would highly recommend.

Pipe Used: Nording Bent Billiard (Large)

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Dunhill - Nightcap.

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sigler09 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sigler09 (2)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

If this is what all English blends are like, count me out! I went to Iwan Ries last night with two friends to help them pick out their first pipes, and I finally pulled the trigger on EMP (I've been eying it for some time, as it always came highly recommended).

I finally got a chance to smoke it today, and wow -- not something that I expected. As my first ever English (and first ever blend from a company other than Iwan Ries' own Three Star), I am not a fan! It came out of the tin nice, and packed easily. It stayed lit with no problem and I had high hopes. But the taste was bland and the smell was rather pungent. It left a heavy aftertaste in the mouth, and towards the bottom of the bowl the bite was a bit on the harsh side. It also left me a bit light-headed and feeling a bit queezy, which I've never experienced before with pipe-smoking; it was almost a feeling like I had chainsmoked half a pack of cigarettes!

I can see this tobacco as an early morning, perhaps as my replacement for coffee, but nothing else. Unfortunately, I bought the tin and now am stuck with it for the foreseeable future. Shame -- I was looking forward to this one, and it makes me a bit worrisome to try another Dunhill blend.

Purchased From: Iwan Ries & Co., Chicago

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Gus Evening Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gus Evening (6)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Good solid English Blend. Beginning of the smoke is flavorful and light, tends to get a little bitter towards the end of the bowl. Burns great as most Dunhill tobacco. Pairs well with coffee and tea. Nicotine is stronger than you might expect ......

Similar Blends: Davidoff Royalty.

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boc777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boc777 (18)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my second favorite Dunhill tobacco, just behind Nightcap, which is my absolute favorite of all. EMP is just a nice perfect medium strength smoke for me. Whatever Dunhill does to this and NC I love. The spicy taste is just so unique and pleasing to me. It does not come through as strong in EMP, but its there, and it is so delicious! I am trying not to be biased, but its just hard to find anything wrong with this one for me. I would recommend it to anyone, especially someone looking to try an oriental perique mixture. If there is something better than this out there, let me know because I would love to try it. Solid four stars. Enough said.

Age When Smoked: <1 yr

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (94)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a fairly straight forward mild flavored English blend with a bit too much nicotine for my taste. On charring light EMP is semi sweet on the palate and the bit of Latakia that is in this mixture is immediately noticeable. The first portion of the bowl is quite nice and I get a slight coffee note on exhale along with a twinge of an ammonia-like flavor. A pleasant spiciness does build a bit but it’s never overwhelming.

EMP performs well and stays lit nicely. It does seem to burn pretty fast but it still remains relatively cool in the bowl and on the tongue.

By Mid-bowl the flavors and strength build quite a bit and I start to notice a few more of the fragrant qualities found in prime oriental tobacco. There's a musky scent that it produces that's simply delightful. It seems to always be at this point where I hit my stride and experience a smoke that is much more in my flavor-wheelhouse. Unfortunately it’s also at this point where Lady N. creeps in and spoils the program. While it’s not exactly a show stopper, it does interfere with my ability to really dig in and savor this blend, or to smoke it with any amount of frequency. And while I do love a small bowl of strong tobacco from time to time, this just isn’t my preferred flavor for that. As far as overall strength goes, EMP's tobacco flavor strength is Mild to Medium, but by end bowl I'd rate the nicotine strength as Medium to Strong.

Now if you fancy milder flavored English blends but prefer more nicotine strength, EMP would be a nice choice. However, I can think of about a half a dozen other blends in the same category that I would rather smoke. GLP's Meridian comes to mind as does Sam Gawith’s Skiff Mixture and Rattray Red Rapparee. These share some common flavors/traits and a similar tone without turning on the nicotine drip.

Pipe Used: Bjarne Bent Apple

Age When Smoked: 2

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A long time ago (30 years or more) EMP contains round about 10 % Latakia.

the recent Orlik version i guess just about 5 %.

But the stuff is good enough in comparison for all the copies (American GLP Chelsea Morning - German Kohlhase HU Tobacco English Breakfast) from them.

Good Virginia (African ?) Good selected Orient

A much better comparison is Davidoff Royalty on the same level

Age When Smoked: 1 - 2

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QuestaReviews Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
QuestaReviews (2)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Medium Medium Strong

This tobacco is garbage. It is way too high in nicotine. Leaves me with a headache, and is extremely unpleasant. The tin smells pretty good, smelling it will be the only way I'll enjoy it from now on, if I don't throw it out.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Internet

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Quaffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Quaffer (18)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

This blend is very accurately named. It is the sunny version of nightcap. I didn't enjoy Nightcap too much because it had a very strong rubbery taste. This blend does not have that rubbery taste, but at the same time because of the lack of latakia it doesn't have a creamy texture, so I find it to taste a bit too sharp in my mouth. It is a good blend nonetheless, and I would gladly smoke it again.

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Nightcap, Balkan Sasieni.

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Ethan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ethan (34)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This was my first English blend that I ever tried. The smoky tin note had me worried at first. To be honest it smelled like an old mans medicine cabinet. Everything about it seemed out of left field for me but I just went for it and tried it. As it turns out I really like this stuff. It tickles the senses so to speak. I find myself looking forward to having a bowl of it all the time. This is a great "first timer" blend and I highly recommend it.

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Axel Trouble Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Axel Trouble (2)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was my first foray into non aromatics. I very much enjoy this stuff. Having come off of some bad OTC aromatics, I don't have the experience to write out a lengthy, detailed review. What I CAN say though is that my one issue with EMP is the nicotine buzz. I have discovered that I am not a fan of the feeling. That being said, this is a very good blend in my opinion. I love the mild flavor and the scent out of the tin is fantastic. Great with a cup of coffee.

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mdnyc71 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mdnyc71 (22)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Now that cooler weather is upon us I have turned my attention back to English style blends (although VAPers are still my go-to smoke). I was very impressed with Dunhill's Elizabethan Mixture so I decided to try Early Morning Pipe and Nightcap.

EMP is flavorful without being overly complex and I find the nicotine level to be on the lower end of the scale (not Frog Morton low, but much lower than Nightcap). I agree with others who call this a "light English". I don't smoke all day - I usually have just one pipe. On those rare days I plan to smoke more than one bowl I find that EMP is a good starter.

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Andersson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Andersson (6)
★★★★
Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable

Well, this is my favorite latakkia mix. It has a very warm and mild taste in the first half, which brings you a real pleasure. But a bitter note appears than, so the second half could be not so well. Burns cool and slow.

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Calebargh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calebargh (2)
★★★★
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This gets 4 stars for describing the tobacco exactly how it smokes - It's definitely a flavor free tobacco with a nice aftertaste and very high nicotine content in my opinion. This might be blasphemy, but I'm going to mix some flavored tobacco in with it like Sutliff's Private Stock Molto Dolce (which I've already done) to add some flavor. I'm a fan of non-aromatic tobaccos, but this is truly a plain jane tobacco and given that it's a blank slate, adding some flavored tobacco to each bowl, or to the entire jar is definitely an option. It burns relatively cool, and in my exerience, little or no tongue bite. Thanks.

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BrSpiritus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrSpiritus (18)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I had smoked the original Murrays offering of EMP many moons ago and back then I found it to be exactly as the name implies, a wonderful start to the day. Then I returned to pipe smoking later to find that Dunhill was no longer offered in the USA and I had to make do with C&D Good Morning which was very close to the mark in terms of taste and soon became my favored morning mixture.

Cut to the present and I am able to get Dunhill in the USA, now manufactured by Orlik. I find this tobacco to be almost exactly what I had back in the day, the only difference is truly no difference at all but I suspect Murrays used Syrian Latakia and Orlik uses Cyprian Latakia for obvious reasons. The difference in taste is barely perceptible since latakia is so much in the background with this blend, only a perception of smokiness to the tin aroma. There is a definite sweetness partly from the Oriental leaf but mostly from good stoved red Virginia tobacco and make no mistake, there is a goodly nicotine hit while smoking this, at least for me. Go slow, take your time and sip the smoke and you are rewarded with a sublime way to get your day going. Try a bowl of this with some New Orleans chicory coffee and you are in Elysium.

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

I actually enjoy the flavor and aroma of EMP, but try as I might, I simply can't keep this stuff from drying out my entire mouth and biting the hell out of my tongue.

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Cedrick Dunderhill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cedrick Dunderhill (3)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is an absolutely fantastic smoke. Methinks the best time to smoke this is indeed in the early morning, which for me is just before I retire. It is that one last smoke when I really should make do with what I have already indulged that night and I allow myself an extra fifteen minutes and that naughty extra pipe with the last sips of cold milky coffee. EMP then thrills the nerves as no other tobacco indulgence. This really must be smoked last thing early hours to be properly experienced.

As with all DH ribbons a pinch may be gently stuffed straight from the edge of the paper with zero rubbing or parting. Gorgeous vaginias and orientals. Zero effort, maximum reward. A real delight, a masterpiece sui generis.

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Nagans Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nagans (3)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Upon opening the tin, it has a wonderful smell = GOOD

Upong lighting the tobacco, it has a mild taste, not that strong which is for me: GOOD

The one downside i have with this tobacco is that if i smoke more than one in an hour, i get extremely nicotine hit, allmost to the point when i feel dizzy.

So overall: A good first pipe because of the nicotine, two bowls of this and i would not feel that well. But one bowl for me in the morning is good enough for me.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Nice mild blend. Not a great deal of flavor, moderate smoke volume. This one left me bored and unsatisfied, in the morning or at any other time. Could see smoking this if doing a task and not paying attention. For contemplative moments, it would not work for me that well.

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McKNooB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
McKNooB (34)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Great as the first pipe of the day? Good for me all day long. My McKNooBNesS makes it difficult for me to distinguish the sweet element but I do catch a hint from time to time. I have found it to be more full-bodied than other reviewers it seems.

Indeed, it goes well with a very sweet cup of coffee but compliments a very strong, black dark roast as well. Lights easy and requires little fuss, I aired out a pinch before I filled my first bowl. Hasn't left any residual moisture either.

It seems to smoke better in a wider, deeper bowl and its a long, slow burn. Earthy and subtle and less bold than Nightcap, it is a refined smoke thats creamy and appreciated by those around me (especially my neighbour who has given up cigarettes for pipe tobacco!!!).

I've been told to get a tin (or 7) and let it age and perhaps I'll update this review then, as it seems that the older tins are even better.

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tomspeed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tomspeed (22)
★★★★
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

This is really cool and super mild high quality tobacco Nice to smoke in the morning cos its really mild and genteel

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Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
★☆☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Very disappointed by this blend, especially given its name. If your idea of a good start to the day is a harsh, bitter smoke with the mouthfeel of wet cabbage then go for it.

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Fofo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fofo (81)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Just a simple blend of Virginias. One dimensional, nothing great. Easy to see why it would be someone's choice for a morning pipe: packs a decent punch, flavorful, not everwhelming with complexity. As for myself, I prefer plain burley in the morning, and while I like Virginias and Orientals I like them with a little more flavor than this. Not bad, really, just did not live up to the hype. I'll finish my tin and move on without hurt feeling. I think it is just the Dunhill name and reputation that gets people singing about this stuff, even though they are not even close in quality compared to what they were. Honestly, you could put this in a pouch and sell it as an OTC and no one would know the difference. Also, I could take an OTC, put it in a Dunhill tin, and lots of those "refined pallets" out there would sing praises about its complexity.

Worth the try, just don't kid yourself.

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Mateo Torgy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mateo Torgy (7)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A nutty, slightly peppery, and creamy smoke that complements morning coffee. But like all the other Dunhills, it gets bitter and ashy at the 2/3 mark. This can be mitigated by maintaining a cooler burn, but it's unavoidable. It's a very good tobacco if you avoid that bottom third and it is in my starting rotation. I've found that mixing it with Nightcap makes for a very deep and complex blend. A regular standby -- like an old friend. Recommended.

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camillako Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
camillako (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

a must try.

i got a scare because the first couple of bowl were unpleasant, with all the components closed and giving a sour, spiky smoke with little going on. much like a closed wine.

luckily the tin came into its own shortly after for a smoke i can only describe as complex, deep and comforting.

on the downside, the tobacco dried up rather quickly and the last few bowl were burning out quickly and with somewhat less complexity.

perhaps a bad patch given the early scare and the late disappointment?

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Wraith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wraith (1)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a great mild English blend that is good for any time of the day, not just the early morning. This is the first English Blend I have ever tried, and I found it to be fantastic. Now I am wondering why I never made the jump from aromatics to English before this!

I definitely recommend this to anyone that is considering trying an English for the first time. Don't let the smell of the tobacco in the tin fool you, it tastes and smells nothing like what you would expect from the smell of the tin. Think mild cigar for the room note, and simply good natural tobacco, with hints of sweetness and a very light hint of pepper for the flavor.

A decent amount of vitamin N that aids in the relaxing nature of the smoke without being overpowering.

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G70051 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
G70051 (2)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

STRENGTH: Mild to medium tobacco strength. Very high in nicotine, especially towards the end of the bowl.

TASTE: Satisfactory flavor and mild-to-medium complexity. Clean, natural tobacco aroma with a nice hint of spice. Tolerable aftertaste.

EASE OF SMOKING: Very easy to smoke. Stays lit and smokes cool and dry, with no tongue bite.

ROOM & BOWL: Tolerable room note. Fine ash and tolerable smell left in bowl.

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Grumpynuts Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grumpynuts (5)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This one did not agree with me. Tin smell was nice/mild, started mild, but as smoking went on it became harsh. It might be me and I'll continue trying it. Maybe I'm missing something.

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (162)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

As scores have noted before me, a nice, mild English blend. I really don't get much Oriental flavoring, and so was not really 'into' this blend, as it was not what I expected. I wasn't so much disappointed in the actual blend, but for me, as I said, the Oriental components were very understated.

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Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (130)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Orlik's new version tin. A purposefully lighter kind of Standard Mixture. The Virginias to the forefront, a light Oriental and Latakia presence complements this offering. I get a tangy, slightly sweet with woodsy undertones, cigarette like tobacco taste. A light Latakia mixture that fully deserves its name and could easily be used by neophytes to the world of pipe smoking.

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Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My favorite "light English" is Skiff Mixture. This is a little milder, even more on the light side of the scale than Skiff. The proportion of Latakia is just right. The Virginias are somewhat lost in the Orientals. There is an ever present sour undertone. But overall it is exactly as advertised. It will never threaten my romance with Skiff. It will not replace Presbyterian in my rotation; but Orlik's version of this classic recipe is a fine morning smoke, an excellent all-day mild English.

For a "mild" smoke, I recommend this above Dunhill Standard Mixture Mellow.

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bourbon and pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bourbon and pipe (3)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Oh, my beloved EMP. I am an unabashed Dunhill fan, despite the warnings of those who remember the 'good ol' days.' Yes, I understand that Dunhill ain't what it used to be, but I'm living in the present, and what it is is pretty damn good to my palate.

This is my go-to blend. I have an old painted tin that I constantly refill from a big sealed glass jar. I buy it by the pound. I take it almost everywhere. The girlfriend loves the smell, and even loves the flavor when she enjoys the occasional pipe (once every three weeks or so).

So, what does it taste like? Great nutty flavor, some say too nutty. I say, perfectly nutty. Goes well with your morning cup of joe. Great after-breakfast smoke (or any meal, really). I love to relax in my chair, stuffed full of eggs and english muffin, and enjoy the interplay of orientals with VA (very subtle, to my taste). Just a sprinkling of latakia, methinks? But enough to be a great all-day pipe. Doesn't bite or wear out your palate with its intensity.

For some reason, I enjoy this in straight pipes (a Peterson Dublin, or a Savenelli billiard are my preferred pipes for this blend). Burns all the way down to the heel of the bowl if sipped properly, leaving a fine white ash and a satisfying buzz of N.

Five stars.

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Torben Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Torben (7)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Love this blend. Semisweet. Mellow. Just the right amount of latakia. Lokning forward all Day to sit Down and enjoy this blend. I writer this ón an IPad so pardon the Strange spelling. Complimented Troels Mikkelsen from Orlik ón their job in making EMP (we have kids in the same School). He was pleased....puffing away ón red Orlik.

September 2013 I was at a small gathering where Lasse from My Own Blend told us that the original EMP contained 45 % latakia and the current blend has 25% in it. That's quite a difference.

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Hottgunn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hottgunn (19)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A nice blend but too layed back for my taste was my first impression with a one star rating. However, as is often the case with my reviews, I spoke too soon. It is definitely subtle but I have come to appreciate it much more now. Concentrating on the Orientals without the overpowering Latakia that many good blends contain I find it is delightful. I also have discovered by trying to enjoy this tobacco that the cleaner I keep my pipes, the more the subtle favors and aromas come through. This goes for Standard Mixture and other laid back tobaccos. I hate to admit it but many of my pipes were filthy black. Everclear and bunches of bristle cleaners helped a great deal. Like the plain Jane girl next door, this tobacco makes a very nice companion. Too bad it is viewed mostly as a morning type tobacco because I think it is quite good at any time. However, the tin art is terrific so I can see the point of leaving it alone. Just wonderful in a Dunhill pipe. It has become my number one tobacco. 4 stars.

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AdRock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AdRock (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I really like this tobacco. Needs to dry out a little before smoked. I let mine sit out overnight. It's not the most powerful or flavorful, but it's a quality, tasty tobacco. This is my everyday smoke.

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Pontificating Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pontificating Piper (10)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

It is good. Not your typical English, as the Virginias are pronounced and the Latakia takes a back seat, theroefore extremely mild. Good quality and for an early morning, it is recommended. A slow start to a great day...

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Adam_Beckmark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adam_Beckmark (10)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This tobacco always return to my pipe from time to time.

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mad dog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mad dog (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Excellent English blend...really good with coffee or tea. Great all day smoke. I buy it in bulk, its great when I'm needing a more natural smoke.

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pipeFitter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipeFitter (5)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe wasn't my first pipe tobacco, but from the day I first smoked it with coffee in the morning, I haven't missed a morning since. Packing is easy and not critical. It often burns to the bottom of the bowl on one light and burns cool unless abused. As a wake-up for the taste buds, it's perfect. Lots of smoke and great taste. For a few, it might be an all-day tobacco, but it can't be for me. After breakfast and later, I want increasingly stronger taste and fuller body, and if I smoke it after stronger tobacco, EMP seems a bit bland. It would be good as a non-smoker's first pipe tobacco. EMP serves the purpose for which it was blended excellently, though, and I can't imagine a wake-up without it.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A mild and pleasant mix, very enjoyable experience.

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Revolted Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Revolted (11)
★★★★
Mild Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Great tobacco, this one. Had a tin unopened for one and half years, and after this time it felt so good smoking it. Very mild English blend, Latakia is not overwhelming and with a nice Virginia sweetness. It feels low on Nicotine, what makes this a great companion during all day.

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polaris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
polaris (9)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

One of the first English tobaccos i tried.Pleasand cool dry smoking. If you only smoke aromatics and want to try something different, it is a nice option

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kadet.siipina@gmail.com Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kadet.siipina@gmail.com (2)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my first em and it's my first review. As soon as I opened the tin and can I noticed a great scent (woody, oriental and smoky)

composition:

Latakia + Virginia Tobacco

Smoke:

the tobacco presents cutting medium (mixture, ribbon). Packing is quite easy. The lighting looks easy and straightforward without burning too quickly or too slowly. After the first puffs ash is very clear and soft, until about three quarters. The last quarter I noticed that the tobacco on the bottom no longer had the initial appearance but charred but rather to make and more attention as smoke. I noticed that there was little moisture inside the pipe.

Conclusion: I smoke the pipe for a short time (a few months) and I would recommend it to beginners. I've smoke it on straight Savinelli with small capacity.

Rating: 85/100

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Pipe1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe1000 (14)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

As stated already, it's a pleasant smoke and very smooth. I'm just not sure where it would fit into rotation, as I like a blend that it memorable and when I wake up I want my taste buds to be excited for the first bowl. If you want a very good, simple smoke that lacks depth, has flavour throughout with very little latakia then it's perfect – and yes this blend does contain lat!

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Bingobaron Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bingobaron (5)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Tolerable

This is a great smoke, but not a memorable one. It really is described on the tin in that it is pretty great with your morning coffee, but that's about it. It lacks depth and whilst refined, has too sharp a taste to wish to carry it beyond the earliest of smokes. I like it, but don't love it. Pretty much like mornings!

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

very smooth, very creamy and lightly spicy. tastes a lot like nightcap but much lighter and a touch sweeter.

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430pat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
430pat (39)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Seems like the little brother of 965 I will just smoke 965 instead

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Yadan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Yadan (6)
★★★☆
Very Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

Extremely mild and too much so for my tastes, but pleasant enough for a very relaxing smoke.Lacks sufficient character for me to classify this as a great smoke.

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teniscat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
teniscat (11)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

Bought it in Bulk form, and it didn't taste at all like the EMP I used to get. Not hardly worth smoking. Whoever is producing this for Dunhill has missed the mark entirely. Very Boring to smoke, tobacco not great quality. Sorry, the tinned might be better, in fact it would have to be. It seemed it had more latakia than this blend possesses. Those old names like Three Nuns, Dunhill, Rattray are gone I guess. No one wants to do it right.

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GrowingMyOwnFood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GrowingMyOwnFood (14)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This tobacco is extremely mellow and pleasurable. In the tin, it is dry with a pure tobacco smell. It smokes extremely well with a light taste and no tongue bite. A real pleasure for an inexperienced smoker. The taste is soft, with occasional sweet notes that hit you out of the blue. If you like rich aromas, or you are an occasional smoker and you consider your pipe a ritual to reserve for special occasions, this may not be the tobacco for you, otherwise it is definitely a recommended product.

Similar Blends: Dunhill - My Mixture 965.

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FireintheBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FireintheBriar (9)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Unnoticeable

I have been pipe smoking for 2 weeks, but I have smoked cigars for many years. It just seemed more economical to smoke a pipe. This tobacco was what I was looking for, something mild to begin with. There is not much depth in the flavor; I have been smoking this daily in three different pipes, alternating it with Presbyterian, and Dunhill Virginia Flake. Early Morning Pipe is not as flavorful as these two. On the positive side there is no nicotine head rush, and minimal tongue bite. Overall it is a great starting tobacco, but with so many more out there I feel I must move on.

2014-1-29: Received another tin in a five pack from Smoking Pipes; basically free. I would like to downgrade my recommendation to 2 stars, although a nice mild and meek tobacco there just isn't as much flavor here as there is in other English Blends. I don't wish to bad mouth Early Morning Pipe, but I will be giving this to my son to stoke while we are ice fishing.

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

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who me? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who me? (8)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one blend that never disappoints! It is indeed a perfect pairing with your morning coffee and the combination amplifies the sweetness that the Red Virginias bring to the mix. The anticipation of this experience often gets me out of bed even when it wasn't really necessary! (Well you have to put the dog out anyway)

It burns perfectly and never bites and with a mild but full flavor it makes a good smoke any time of day. I am a big fan of the Dunhill stable and along with London Mixture and Nightcap the trio would probably keep me happy without any additions. But then how would I know how great these are with occasionally sampling the others, right?

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Traderbob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Traderbob (24)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I had not smoked this blend untill after reading all the comments posed on the web during the time that Dunhill tobaccos were off the shelf in the US. The hype and notes enticed me to try this one when it became availible. As a point of reference I smoked MacBaren Burley as my only tobacco for several years before joining a pipe smoking formum. After being on the forum for a couple of months I branched out and started trying new blends.

I find EMP to be a great smoke - especially in the morning (I guess due to the name). Over the last few months EMP has become my favorite all day smoke. I find it to be mild with no bite and it does not leave that strong lingering smell in my car and clothes that MB Burley left me.

I find it to be very similar to Dunhill's Nightcap - just milder. Great smoke and I would think a great starting point for the new pipe smoker. I cannot comment on the nicotine hit as I was already used to stronger tobaccos. It packs well and burns smoothly and evenly.

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Realmensmokepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Realmensmokepipe (5)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am an experienced amateur when it comes to my favorite hobby, smoking my pipe. It's been about a year since my first go, and only really a few months of taking it seriously by purchasing my first two pipes and beginning my collection of fine tobaccos. I love the hobby, and I find it most relaxing to unwind with a great bowl and my Bible. But my palette is still being developed, and I'm only beginning to discover what I like and dislike, having only purchased a little more than half a dozen blends.

My experience with English blends is particularly limited, with Early Morning being only one of two blends I have procured. The other was the stronger English Oriental Supreme. I enjoy the body and fullness of these blends, but the latakia and the nicotine hits are still settling with me. Hopefully in the years to come I will learn to enjoy these elements, as I love the heritage and the pride of the British pipe smoking tradition.

My relationship with Early Morning Pipe started when I found a tin for sale in the large J.R. Cigar outlet in Selma, SC along route 95 on a trip I frequently make between my new home in Sebring, FL and my hometown of Martinsburg, PA. The packaging was attractive and the Dunhill brand was recognizable from my brief research in pipe tobacco. I picked up the tin, along with a tin of Stanwell Vanilla. The latter turned out to be a disappointment in many regards.

Upon opening the tin, my nostrils were caught in surprise at the latakia scent, which I had never smelt afore. It reminded my of the fermented alfalfa haylage that we fed our cattle on a local dairy farm that I worked at as a younger lad. I packed my pipe, finding it to have a more stemmy texture than the ribbon cut bulk blends I had smoked previously.

My first go was a late morning in June, outside at my grandparents pavilion, alongside a cup of coffee and my morning devotions in Ecclesiastes. I had not eaten breakfast, which meant that after about half a bowl and half a cup of coffee, the caffeine and nicotine had my blood vessels to themselves for their little battle. The battle ended with me lying on the ground, nearly vomitting. This was my lesson in how not to smoke your first ever English.

For the most part, the tin has remained in storage throughout the summer months. Tonight I pulled it out again, sitting on the back porch of my home in Sebring. The evening light was just right, and I was once more in Ecclesiastes. I now have an understanding for the sweet and spunky flavor of Virginia tobacco, which is the base leaf for this blend. As I lit my pipe, I was created by that familiar briskness of Virginia. The latakia oriental does sing a very nice harmony in this blend. I think that if I was a more matured piper, I would enjoy this blend twice the more I do now.

I do recommend this blend to any piper, old or new. It's a fanciful and well proportioned blend. It's great as an introduction to latakia and English flavor, as it's simple two makeup allows for these flavors to be easily identified and explored. The experienced piper with a love for English blends will also enjoy it, as it's a great mild English that really does do well as a morning smoke, and compliments a cup of coffee or tea. The flavor is reminiscent of earl grey, without the sweetness of citrus. The room note is also good, with the bright Virginian aroma in the forefront.

It's a great blend, that every piper should buy and have in their collection. But for me right now, it's only an occasional smoke, and I doubt it will ever become more.

Additional Note: It's been a bit over a month since posting my review of this blend. I am on a bit of a heavy stint with my smoking, which happens about twice monthly. I pulled out my new corncob earlier this week to take to a campfire. I accompanied the 5 dollar pipe with some of my favorite Boswell's blends. I hadn't smoked my cob for months. Tonight, I decided to pull it out yet again, and since I was in an interesting mood I decided to bring along my tin of EMP. I hadn't thought to combine the cool smoking of a cob with this mellow morning mixture, but I have quite enjoyed this, alongside my preparations for my sermon this weekend. So, give this a go with a cob, since you only live once. I have found that a good, broken in corn cob can do just as well as a briar, and though you can't quite harvest the same depth of flavor like you can in your favorite billiard, a Missouri Meerchaum can bring out some otherwise missed top notes in a blend. I also like having the cheaper pieces around, and I feel more free to smoke whilst mowing or working outside with a cob, since the mouthpieces are cheap plastic, and I'm not worried about leaving teeth marks on a nice original vulcanite mouthpiece. So go, and puff proudly.

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gsbergman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gsbergman (6)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I just tried this tobacco for the first time and find it to be wonderful. It truely is a tasty blend and well suited for its intended purpose, Early Morning Pipe. Goes well with my first cup of coffee in the morning. A great combo.

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (154)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

I highly recommend the blend as I do any of the famous name blends among pipe tobaccos. And don't get me wrong I do enjoy it and it does share an affinity with coffee. My only problem is that I find that Squadron Leader fills this niche better for me.

With all of that said I have wonderful memories of looking out over the northwest Michigan woods this summer at my 80 acre retreat (deer camp) watching the sunrise after restoking last night's fire. With a cup of coffee in one hand and a pipefull of EMP in the other. I didn't pack any SL on that particular trip, but it didn't matter.

I don't know anything about this blend before Orlik, but I do like it as it is.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

As the title of this suggests, this makes a great, English, morning pipe. The taste is very light, but there and amazing. There is no tongue bite. The girlfriend usually compares the smell to a sweet bonfire.

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JustinCarcerated Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustinCarcerated (55)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Unnoticeable

EMP is Nightcap without the punch...nare a jab to be seen here. Beautiful colors. Blondes with specs of browns & blacks, nice oriental scents with sweet Virginia's. Smoke required several delights despite near perfect moisture, very one- dimensional. It is good in the morning first thing, would be great English for new smokers, but just not enough ummph for me.

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Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (84)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

For me, this one lived up to its hype. I really enjoy english/latakia blends early in the morning and this aptly named blend fits the bill perfectly.

Very nice balance of the virginias and latakia. The latakia was always present in a nice spicy, not overpowering way.

For comparison, I smoked this tin of EMP along with a tin of a cheaper, knockoff version of EMP. EMP was still a step above although the knockoff was a decent smoke itself.

I've got a tin of EMP in my basement I plan on cellaring for five years or so. Check back for an update.

In short: well worth a smoke for english lovers.

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Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (120)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This blend was mucho better when Murray's blended it. Four stars for Murray's, 3 for Orlik

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palm springs piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
palm springs piper (12)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very, very good. A mild English, a very mild cousin to London Mixture. Excellent all day smoke. No epiphanies, but a solid work-a-day blend. It does awaken the palate, I'm craving the company of Tobie's bully boys at the end of the day (London Mixture, Royal Yacht, maybe even 1792 Flake, if I'm in the mood for a fight). I'll keep this one around, for certain. PS This one is much better with teas than coffees, IMhO

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seriousdan2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
seriousdan2000 (3)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

After 280 something reviews Early Morning pipe really doesn't need another plug but I'm going to do it anyway.

This is an absolutely perfect smoke with your morning coffee. The room note is nothing to write home about but the taste and Vitamin N hit can't be beat.

I usually will open a new tin and let it sit with the lid off for about 30 minutes before smoking. Unlike some other favorites of mine it really doesn't need to air out for days before smoking.

I don't really consider it an all day smoke simply because it is so perfect in the morning and smoking it any other time just kind of cheapens the experience for me.

If you haven't tried Early Morning Pipe I'd get a tin from your local Tobacconist ASAP and enjoy!

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AlexL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AlexL (26)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I wanted to be the slave of Dunhill marketing machine, I really tried. EMP in the morning and so on. Many reviewers call it "965's little brother". I love 965, but this comparison is totally out of place. Alas, this is not so successful brother. And not so little: it's nicotine push is on par with 965. But the taste is dull and too salty.

If I'll suddenly will find myself on some uninhabited island, I would be glad to find EMP tin. But until then, it's just not my cup of tea.

Update 09.13.2012: In meerschaum pipe it goes much better. I'm upgrading it from two to three stars.

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bjeorn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bjeorn (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

this baccy is just something else, good in the morning but great whenever, this tobacco with coffee is a pure dream that almost could border on confection, i find it smokes differently in an array of pipes but in the morning i like a big fat peterson donegal billiard, "because strange as this may sound" ive found that a bowl with a larger surface area gives a more complex flavour. as i smoke "slowly" i could almost swear i taste hot buttered seeded batch toast with a sliver of chrunchy peanut butter over top. the only tobacco that makes me salavate.

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kaywoodiecanuck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kaywoodiecanuck (14)
★★★★
Very Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I love EMP in the EM.

Nice first bowl with coffee or with out. Not a crowd-pleaser when it comes to room note or tin note, but I do not often smoke for others(life is a bit short for that). Light in the nicotine department but that's what I was expecting.

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Callback Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Callback (3)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is definately in my top 5. Tastes great and smells terrific. It burned a bit hot for me but I tend to smoke too fast. Great smoke right out of the tin. This would be a fantastic all day smoke. Would highly recommend.

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Mr. Scruffy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Scruffy (2)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Leaves a pungent and unpleasant taste. Ruined several good cups of coffee trying to enjoy this blend. SWMBO hates the sidestream aroma.

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scottyspipesebay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scottyspipesebay (25)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Update 9/5/12. I originally had a long drawn out review praising this blend, but I'll update and say that EMP has become one of my favorites. Nearly no drying time. Packs evenly, smokes a bit warm, but BURNS FOREVER. This is the slowest burning blend on the market...I think. The flavor all the way around is simply wonderful, all the way to the last sip. This is not for beginners, but lovers of good English will surely enjoy it. I don't see Latakia listed in the blend, but I'd swear there is a little in there...not just Oriental. Regardless, if I could give this 5 stars, I would. Pure excellence.

Also, adding a little Nightcap to this is nice.

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BronxBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BronxBriar (10)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A wonderful way to start the day. Light yet flavorful and full bodied. A regular part of my routine.

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Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (111)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Having finally decided to get round to smoking some Dunhill, I pulled this one out at random from their three and four star reviews on here to see what gives. So let's have a peek under the bonnet.

I don't often comment on the tin, but the art on this one is nice and bright, made me want to have breakfast properly up at the table with my boiled eggs and soldiers and all that before kicking back in the chair to read the paper to prepare for my journey to work. Eventually, having wrenched myself from the delicate artwork, I finally opened up the tin to be greeted by a decent tin aroma, a light tarry smell, reminiscent of SG's Squadron Leader. After easy packing and lighting, the flavour followed suit, a lighter version Squadron Leader. Towards the middle of the tin, as the tobacco dried out, the smoke did get a bit hacky, but rehydrating the remainder worked wonders on the subsequent smokes. The roomnote is isn't fantastic but doesn't turn anyones nose up.

So, not a bad tobacco, that tarry taste is nice, but doesn't have quite the subtlety or nuance that Squadron Leader. To be honest, though, this isn't the most memorable tobaccos I have ever had. Having finished a the tin, I've never thought, "Darn, I wish I had another tin of EMP", and I will probably buy SG's offering over this in future. But I have enjoyed smoking it while I've had it, which is what matters.

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machinebcon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
machinebcon (50)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

Oriental-forward, medium N. A Reference tobacco for English mixtures. 5 of 5 stars, though you gotta be a fan of non-aromatics.

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Art Pagano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Art Pagano (6)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I would have to say that EMB goes best with a cup of coffee 1st thing in the morning. It's now my ritual. I special enjoy the sweetness that comes through as you smoke the bowl down. A must!!!!!!

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Taerin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taerin (20)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is like a Nightcap Light, it has the same flavor, a little less body and a little less nicotine; overall another Dunhill master blend. It is a good blend for waking up in the morning with for sure, it is one of my favorites. There is no tongue bite to speak of in this blend.

Overall so far out of Nightcap, EMP, and London Mixture, this is definatley my favorite of the Dunhills because of the flavor, the lack of bite, and the lower nicotine. I like the way Nightcap tastes more but the nicotine content makes it something I can not smoke very often, only when I am in a certain mood.

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Afraz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Afraz (14)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Here is hard to find non aromatic tobacco and im very happy to find the tabacco that smell like tobacco not a fruit :D.

This blend has Content a little latakia that they didnt mentioned. People may hate this if choose a pipe that dosnt show this blend, i smoked this in a orlik pipe and i hate this blend but in my brebbia it was very delightful, my orlik is a good aromatic BTW. If you hate this maybe changing the pipe would be helpful. I like this blend and bought 2 another tins.

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Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (59)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

An all-purpose smoke. Packs lightly and is easy to light--fluffy in texture. Cigarette-like overall--Lucky Strike/Camel? Not my cup o'tea...

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Mike__P Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike__P (87)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This stuff smells sweet and looks good enough to eat out of the tin, with its beautiful, multi-colored ribbons. I love how the Dunhills smell and how they're cut. Lit, the Virginias are the main attraction here with the Orientals adding support. This is a flavorful and satisfying smoke at times for such a relatively light mixture, and I liked it at first, but then the brightness and overt peppery spiciness began turning me off. It tends to get ashy, too.

Maybe it's the stoving process or my cadence, but I find this black-pepper bite common among some of the Dunhills, and I don't like it. I can see how others can consider this blend a "Nightcap Light" of sorts.

This one's not for me, and is so far my least favorite of the Orlik Dunhills. Of course, your mileage may vary. I don't like Pease's Chelsea Morning, either . . . I am seeing a pattern with this whole morning thing.

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russ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
russ (25)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Picked up two tins of this stuff, and after looking over the reveiws here I gotta tell you that my method of review began by breaking the seal, and putting my nose to the tin as I took the lid off. I immediately picked out the Latakia. I am like a blood hound with Latakia, and love Latakia. I took the tobacco, and spread some out on a paper towel to examine it. I could see the ribbons of Virginias, and noted the Orientals along with the darker Latakia. I could smell, or note any casing. Well I loaded up a James Upshall dedicated to English blends, and did the charing light, and watched the smoke. Relit, and began the smoke. I gotta say that the comments that this blend is like cigarettes--well I hate cigarretts--For me It doesn't even remotely remind of that smell--garbage, and chemicals. I could immediately note a nice blend of the orientals, virginias, and latakias coming together. As I allowed the bowl to burn to half I noted no real difference in smell, or flavor, and had a nice finish right down to the bottom of the bowl. This blend is nice, and mild, and I can honestly say I REALLY like it. The clincher in my review---I intentionally waited till an evening instead of "early morning"---oh yeah---outside at 26 degrees Far.. I can honestly say I could smoke this stuff--early morning--mid-day, evening--late at night. Its a nice mild English blend that I could not find it strong in the Nicotine arae--at least my first tin. I asked my daughter as I came back in to review the smell, and she admiitingly stated that she noted it as a more cigarette smell on my clothes, but said that during my smoking it it did not have a strong smell---only after the pipe was done did she note that smell. During the smoke however I gotta say that the blending, or melding of the orientals, virginias, and Latakias together the smoking was enjoyable, mild, and not flat. The blend has just enough going on to keep me interested, but not so strong with a certain, or specific flavor that it distracts me to thinking of one certain thing going on with it. I really would say that this is a blend worth putting in your pipe at any time of day----give this a whirl---as with ANY Dunhill blend---nice stuff.

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musicman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
musicman (81)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

The Dunhill Legacy is to pipes what the proverbial apple pie is to Americanism. The Dunhill line of tobaccos ranks among some of the oldest and most respected, put on a pedestal with names like sobranie.

Whether today's Dunhill blends do justice to the blends of yore I cannot say, and for the purposes of this much beloved web site the point is a moot one. I personally believe the Dunhill tobaccos are of the finest quality one can buy, and the legacy behind them is just icing on the cake.

Early Morning Pipe is what I consider one of the finest in the pantheon of these fine blends. It is not a powerhouse, but beautifully balanced. In the history of pipe tobaccos some names can be misleading, or utterly unrelated to the tobacco itself. This is one blend where the name is perfectly fitting. This is an excellent first pipe of the day, not overwhelming to the palate. It is full of flavor but nothing so big and bold as to overwhelm the palate. This to me is also one of the few Dunhill blends I would consider to be an "all day smoke". Wonderful blend, beautiful virginias and orientals blended with a deft hand. Masterfully balanced. Highly recommended and another must try for anyone considering themselves an avid participator in the quest that is pipe smoking.

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A Northern Breed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A Northern Breed (16)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I'll start with my "Dunhill Disclaimer": I am an enormous fan of the great house of Dunhill. So take that into account here, but not too much. I enjoy Dunhill very much, but that will not prevent me from providing a good, honest review.

Open the tin, and the aroma is misleading. It kind of smells like dip tobacco, which is odd because it tastes like nothing of the sort. The presentation is the typical Dunhill tin, and the cut is the typical, excellent Dunhill short ribbon cut. Upon inspecting the tobacco, one cannot necessarily discern much useful information.

This is where the important part comes in: the packing, lighting, and smoking of it. It packs easily, like all Dunhill mixtures, lights easily like all Dunhill mixtures, and burns clean to the bottom of the bowl, usually without needing to relight. No tongue bite, ever. Small bowl, big bowl, doesn't matter, this stuff will smoke very well every time, regardless of circumstance. It is indeed a fantastic early morning smoke, "arousing the palate for the further pleasures of the day", as Dunhill says. I smoke this with my coffee pretty much every day, and I never tire of it. The nicotine content is PERFECT; it gives you a nice, pleasant little feeling, but it will not make your head swim, even if smoked with your coffee on an empty stomach. You would be doing yourself a tremendous disservice by not trying this mixture.

I find that the rating system on this website is very good, but this mixture was hard to evaluate in that way. The taste is "medium", but it's also "full". I don't know how to explain that to you; you'll have to try it and see. Room note is tough too; I live where it often gets down to 40 below zero, but when it's around 20?F or higher, I like to sit outside with my coffee and smoke. It's good indoors or out.

Not much else I can think of to say, other than that you should most definitely purchase a tin of this tobacco. Do yourself a favor, and start your morning right.

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under the arbor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
under the arbor (12)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Some companies just do things better than others. Not being blessed with an "einstein" for a tongue, I simply trust my simple tastes and find myself in sync with this blend. As reported earlier the same held true for Nightcap. Both Dunhill [sic] Orlik blends are, for me, simply right, simply delicious.

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vaporcrow Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vaporcrow (7)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Very pleasant smoke. Mild taste and it smokes very cool, lights easy and stays lit. Easily an all day smoke and it provides a nice nic hit. Will keep it in my rotation. Check out my new video series on youtube called "Adventures in Pipe Smoking"

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Bigdadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bigdadz (33)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I have been disappointed with MM 965, it used to be smooth, nutty and slightly sweet, now it's just plain old harsh and tarry, I hope it's just a bad tin.

Early morning pipe however was a pleasant surprise, smooth yet full flavored, it has that typical dunhill dry and robust taste.

I may simply smoke this instead of 965 from now on.

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82piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
82piper (7)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Ok. It's official.I'm addicted to this mixture! I held off trying the new orlik dunhill blends because i'd gotten the impression from some of the reviews that orlik had missed the mark again. I used to love the murray version of durbar & aperitiff, but the orlik versions were flavorless to me, so I wrote dunhill off. I was in the tobacco shop one day recently and saw the dunhill tins. Even though I didn't expect them to taste like much, it's just something about the dunhill name and mistique that draws you, isn't it? Bought emp, london mixture, and 965. Tried LM first and was very impressed. A little disappointed with 965, but EMP blew me away. Salty, spicey, and sweet all at the same time and is my all day blend currently. Moral is, when it comes to tobacco, never take other people's word-try it yourself!!

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smokeymountainmike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokeymountainmike (10)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This blend is perfect for what it's meant to be. I enjoy it very much and there have been times when I just kept it going as an all day smoke. It's a refreshing break from the strong English latakia blends and I really would recommend this blend to anyone who wanted to step away from the aromatics and into a pure tasting tobacco blend without all the sugary casings. Top quality stuff from Dunhill.

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Tripjoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tripjoker (64)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

As with all Dunhill branded product, this is high quality leaf blended in a perfect balance to achieve the desired goal, a light style English for morning tea. The Orientals used are a tangy, citrus, rich and smooth lot that pairs perfectly with the Virginias. They are silky smooth and really get you going in the morning.

Having switched my morning beverage to tea years ago, I find that this blend pairs perfectly to a strong morning cuppa. All the flavors are delicate, not pushy. Like the way your woman wakes you in the morning. A gentle hand that stirs you for the day ahead.

Tin moisture is just a little damp, but put right with a little airtime. After a month in the jar, it's perfect. I always open two or three tins at a time to fill my morning jar so that there is enough to air for a couple of months or longer.

The strength is mild in my little world. It does build toward the medium side toward the end of the bowl, but never gets fully medium. Over the years I have come to appreciate this gentle approach to nicotine in the morning. Flavor is the word of the day with this blend. I switch over to heavier stuff around 10am. But, there is no finer morning smoke than EMP in my humble opinion. As a matter of fact, this is the only mild rated smoke that I cellar. Lady 'N' and I are old friends and I make this my only exception.

I cannot recommend this highly enough as a morning smoke. Cheers!

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pipelovingcalvinist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipelovingcalvinist (68)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am somewhat puzzled by this blend. Not enough taste to keep me occupied and way too much nicotine for the early morning. However,this blend is solidly pleasant, it is quality tobacco, and burns quite nicely and consistently,and tastes nice with coffee, therefore deserves three stars.

Soli Deo gloria!

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deepbass9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
deepbass9 (7)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I'm all about variety, I'm all about quality and my palate is wider than many. Tobacco moisture, tongue bite, mood, smoking circumstances and other controllable variables won't be covered. This review is based on multiple bowls over time.

EMP is my favorite morning smoke thus far. I often enjoy Margate or Chelsea Morning or Balkan Sasieni with my coffee, as well, but EMP really kicks it for me.

The blend constituents seem to be balanced perfectly, with plenty of medium to medium-full flavor and mouth feel. Smoke output is very good, as is most everything about EMP.

The deal sealer for me is the underlying citrus tones. This is the key that sets EMP apart from the other blends I've tried (still have many more to go...). The bit of zest wakes the palate up and goes divinely with a good medium roasted island-grown coffee. The zing blends well with the chocolate and nuttiness of this style of coffee.

This an excellent tobacco.

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cgar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cgar (37)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I found this ole classic smoke to have great balance. I can see how some might use it as an all day smoke because it provides the perfect balance of vitamin N' with the great taste that come from top leaf oriental and Virginias. I found it enjoyed the group 3 size bowls a bit more and like a lady in the morning wishes to be treated delicately or she will turn on ya with a little bite. Its a high recommend for me and ill keep pounds of it in stock.

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bish777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bish777 (4)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Very Mild Tolerable

This is OK. Mild taste with little bite. However Presbyterian Mixture is similar and as far as I am concerned far better.

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fervor06 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fervor06 (11)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco was good so good, that it reminded me of a time long ago....

Place, Vietnam. The Year is 1965. The Month, June. Day: The 7th; AKA Day 282 in 'Nam for me. June was the rainy season for 'Nam. I had been given some leave time from my base in Saigon and so I went to explore the City, like usual, my buddies didnt get leave, but I hoped to find some more GI's in some of the local bars. It was unseasonably dry that day. No rain. It was nice for once to not deal with dagum water in the shoes. I felt good, like it was going to be a swell day; I had every reason to think so. A week before, I had killed 10 Charlie in one night. I was satisfied. And now I had leave, who could ask for anything more?

I stopped in at a bar in the East Side of Saigon called Do Phing Pan Ngo, where all the action was. The bar was bustling with GI's. Different guys trying to sweep some exotic doll off of her feet and into the bed. I had similar plans. I walked to the bar and ordered myself a tall one, ready to relax and find a target. Then it happened. She walked in lookin like something out of a dream. So gorgeous, she was with her sexy Vietnamese hips and supple behind. I knew what had to be done. I ordered another beer, and started over to her. Just before I did, some officer cut in front of me. Dam. He had beat me to the punch. I was just a lowly grunt. There was nothing that I could do. The babe started shooting me looks as the Officer was talkin her up. I knew this would be my only chance to get laid until i was sent back into the jungles to fight charlie. Charlie would always be there. This doll wouldnt. I made my move. As I did it, I felt my balls grow 3 times larger. A grunt was about to steal a woman from Officer. I approached her; didnt say a word and just took her hand and left with her, leaving the officer to shove it. I led her off to a small hotel room where we made love with out even speaking. We made love many times before the morning of the next day came, i wish I could remember the number, but I lost track after 30. I would have set a company record.

As she is there sleeping I got up to watch the sun rise over beautiful Saigon, with a gentle mist sweeping the rooftops that morning and I smoked a fat stogie in honor of my recent accomplishments. It was the most incredible feeling in the world, despite my man tool nearly falling off. The beautiful woman was still asleep after having the night of her life. I dressed, and left the room, but not before leaving her my picture so that the kid would one day know who his or her father was. And with that I left, returning to base and eventually leaving 'Nam, never to return.

Early Morning Pipe felt like that special morning in Saigon.

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smoke dog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoke dog (10)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Unnoticeable

After reading so many good reviews on this website, I decided to try this stuff myself.. this blend of tobacco left me nothing short of nauseous. It tasted like a stale cigarette, and leaves a smell in the room that smells exactly the same. It is heavy in nicotine, which I do not find pleasing for a morning smoke. or an afternoon smoke... or anytime for that matter.. I don't understand how smokers like this stuff. If you want something that taste like a cigarette, then smoke a cigarette. I couldnt even get half way through a full bowl.. after i write this review, im going outside and dumping it in the grass.. waste of $10.00.. total CRAP..

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Katharsis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Katharsis (39)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

OK, deleted the old review, since I found out that much of my taste was completely off in this blend and in others. (I had some bug of some sort.)

This is quite good blend, with the Orientals being the dominant flavor here.

UPDATE (2012-11-01): OK, just revisited this blend after picking up some bulk at my local shop, and apparently I've missed it a lot. This is just fantastic now after I've had about year of sampling other blends. This one stands out. Upgrading to 4 and adding to my personal hall of fame (i.e., "favorites" on this site). That makes 3/3 Dunhill blends I've smoked added to my favorites. Something tells me I should be smoking more Dunhill.

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ArchtopBill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ArchtopBill (16)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

For the past couple years this has been my "regular" smoke. Not that is is necessarily the best thing that I have ever smoked, but it is very good and I can readily find a find a tin or two when I running low here in the mountains. I enjoy pretty much anything with latakia, so this meets my key criteria. It lights easily and smokes evenly to the bottom of the bowl. I have been noticing a few stems in my last couple tins, which is something I do not expect from Dunhill.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (87)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Orlik blend. Have not tried prevoous incarnations. A beautiful balance smoke which is perfect for the first half of the day. I really, really like this and will always have some on hand. Enough nicotine to get you going. I will cellar a lot of this in case it goes AWOL again.

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Taipanmamba Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taipanmamba (16)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is fantastic stuff and really should be a hall of fame tobacco. Tin aroma is nothing to write home about and the room note is quite cigarettish but the taste is just delicious. This is one of the few tobaccos I actually crave. The delicious spice of the orientals lingers on your tastebuds for hours after. As many have written already this if fantastic in the morning but is equally good throughout the day. I find this has almost a palate cleansing effect and it enhances the flavour of tobaccos that follow. I am currently smoking Silems Black and find if I have a bowl of EMP first it allows me to appreciate the complexity of this blend better. Highly recommended

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DaddyWarbucks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DaddyWarbucks (11)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a great daytime tobacco as its name implies. The oriental flavors are pronounced, but not in the least oppressive. Smooth pine notes in a bright, well-balanced foundation. Reminds me of a quality lapsang souchong, brewed lightly.

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PastorPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PastorPipe (17)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Early Morning Pipe lives up to its name. Mild with a hint of sweetness from the Virginias. Very little Latakia. The other orientals are certainly present. I get no tongue bite from this, but just a little bit of spice. It burns very well leaving a nice white ash all the way to the bottom of the bowl. It definitely pairs well with the morning coffee. As others have pointed out, it can be smoked all day, particularly between stronger blends.

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tleek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tleek (51)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

This may be my favorite. It is for sure one of them. Great light english. I've only bought one tin because i like trying new things and i enjoy a variety but soon as i finish up a couple open tins and try London mix ill be getting a couple more of this. Maybe order it or get it out of this area cus although i live it id rather not spend 20 bucks. This is fantastic.

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Pipe_Smoke_Brewer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe_Smoke_Brewer (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a great all day smoke. As primarily an arromatic smoker, this also acts as a great palate cleanser. No tongue bite at all, pleasant room note. This was my first foray into non-arromatic baccys and I have been enjoying it ever since. Would highly recommend to new pipe smokers or experienced puffers alike. I reserve my 4 stars for outstanding products, and this is just a damn good baccy.

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Alden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alden (7)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Smokes well in any size of pipe. Good to smoke while I'm in my car, or working alone at my PC (I work from home, so no Health and Safety police worries). The English flavours are noticeable enough to prevent boredom, but mild enough to avoid distraction. Tolerable room note doesn't hang around too long, which means I can share my 'office' when the work day ends.

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GSTQ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GSTQ (31)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Appearance is a light brown fine ribbon. Tin smells of antique books, musty attic, light spice. Tastes lightly sweet.

Early Morning Pipe could very well be All Day Pipe. And the way the blend dries and becomes less interesting, I recommend you do smoke it all day so as not to waste this lovely tobacco. This room note may seem a bit like cigarettes to others. I prefer to start the day with something stronger.

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Kashmir Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kashmir (19)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Full Tolerable

Well now, I know I've trashed some of the current Dunhill re- issues by Orlik (e.g., MM 965, Nightcap etc) and have complained of their use of inferior Latakias - as compared to GLP and C & D Latakia choices - after giving some thought to the matter, I have to say Early Morning Pipe (EMP) has really grown on me in a good way. Now on my third 50g tin since January, I have to say, yes, it is a fine English blend. The tin says "Sweet Oriental carefully blended with Bright and Red Virginias, pressed and lightly stoved. Great as the `first pipe` arousing the palate for the further pleasures of the day". I have to agree.

There is an excellent set of Virginia choices in this blend producing a very heavy sweet dense smoke. Like all the re-issues, water content is fine out of the tin, gravitation loads like a dream and keeps lit without fuss. Produces a fine ash all the way to the bottom of the bowl.

As I sit here chugging along, the Virginia sugar base really rings through, with a mild spiciness added due to the choice of Orientals. Although most of these Dunhill re-issues are fairly loaded with nicotine (thinking here of Royal Yacht), EMP seems on the lighter side.

Dunhill EMP is really a fine smoke and I highly recommend this as an all day smoke - not just a day opener. Give it a shot and I'm sure you'll agree.

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Jaysown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaysown (7)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

An elegant English blend. Unlike some English blends that blow your hat off, this one is subtle with only a hint of Latakia.

It's a blend I turn to reasonably often as it's a very easy and undemanding smoke that always packs and lights well, but it'll never be a real favourite of mine because the flavour is too bland to really engage me. It's not that it's too weak, I'm not a fan of strong English blends but I find that the taste remains the same from start to finish and lacks depth and complexity. It's very pleasant but not a great tobacco.

My wife tells me the room note is a bit more like cigarette smoke than pipe smoke so this isn't really a crowd pleaser.

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pipesmoker87 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipesmoker87 (14)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is one of the pipe tobaccos every smoker should have given a try in his carreer. It's worth the expense and a pleasureful experience. Smoking pleasure is provided here by cool smoke, slow burn and constant flavour. But nevertheless, I politely refuse from rating it with five stars. In my personal opinion, it is just a little bit flat compared with favourite english mixtures of mine like Erinmore's Balkan Mixture. The latter presents itself more exiting, a little crude and rough (in a comforting way concerning pipe tobacco) than Early Morning. For my taste, it's a little bit too constant in taste. There are english mixtures fuller of facettes. Smoking it, I miss a 'taste kick'. Flavour developement is beautiful, but with a little too much english understatement. Notwithstanding that, a classy english tobacco for reason!

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (56)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

This is a classic light english, great Virginias and enough Orientals to keep things interesting. Very good smoke.

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hiatus67 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hiatus67 (6)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoke this blend after I have smoked Erinmore Balkan Mixture, both made by Orlik. I´d like them both, EMP been like the light variant of EBM. The taste is very good, better that the Murray variant of Erinmore Balkan Mixture.

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Tenthgate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tenthgate (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Off the bat, the tobacco is fine, delicate, and easy to manage.

The smoke develops through the bowl, relights are worthwhile deeper down to bring out what I find to be an incredible taste. It's like oatmeal, malt, sweet thick flavour. The natural full flavor of the virginia is magnified by something in the orientals. This is what I'm gunning for when i light this u; getting to mid bowl so i get hammered by that awesome tasty taste.

Similar to presbyterian with some small differences(can't detect latakia), but the underlying flavour is very close. I wouldn't be surprised if the orientals were the same.

The smoke(roomnote) itself is a bit harsh if it hits your eyes or if you inhale too much through your nose, it will burn so smoke with care and not facing upwind.

Overall that doesn't deter me from making this stuff something I'll hit everyday with glee. It's the tobacco i look forward to the most. Hell i hunger for it!

Strong enough nicotine to get a dizzy spell when you stand up but not as strong as some other stuff.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (205)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I first tried this blend back in the early 1990s, when it was still put together by Dunhill. A few friends who also tried it as well as I were overwhelmed by the strength of the tobacco, and decided that this was not an early morning or even anytime-during-day blend for us.

20 years have since passed. Orlik is blending DEMP now, and I find it to be a very agreeable, easy-burning English blend that may very well be the day's first pipeful. Of course, I have much more experience than I did back then, and as has been said here before, memory is tricky. I can't make out any of the claimed Oriental; the VAs and Latakia are obvious enough.

Today, I would recommend this blend. A good, straight English. Not truly exceptional, but certainly a very good standard one can come back to when other options are unavailable, due to its good availability (where I am).

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CPT/VSG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CPT/VSG (70)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I first smoked EMP in the early 1970s when it was still blended by Dunhill. My recollection was of a very flavorful, rich blend. Well, both my palate and memory have faded over the years because that distant memory doesn't comport with the current (Orlick for this review) version. But as I don't trust nearly 40 year old taste memories, I discount that memory and pronounce myself quite happy with the current incarnation. While I like many of the imitators of EMP, the light blue tin still pleases me most. I think it's a good all day lighter English with a rich, satisfying Oriental note. I haven't smoked the Murray version but am looking forward to for comparison purposes. Maybe the current EMP isn't on a par with the old stuff but it's still a very good tobacco in its category.

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TheSmokinDragon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheSmokinDragon (56)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Just got a few new made in the EU tins of EMP, opened the fresh tin this AM and WOW, really love this stuff...gonna be my only first pipe of the day tobac from now on, but I could see mysefl smoking this blend as an all-day as well. It is smooth, smokey and well-balanced as others have noted. Also on another note from a reviewer about the stuff getting bland, I agree..open a tin and put in a nice air-tight mason jar or something (if not going to smoke it all within the week) to preserve the flavors.

I had this experience with MM965 (made in EU one) it was GREAT on fresh tin open but after a few weeks went bland on me...

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Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke (7)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

Great blend for anytime. a dark chocolate/honey taste and aroma in the tin.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Outstanding mild English mixture with mature red Virginias, sweet Orientals and a relatively low proportion of Latakia. An easy to pack, all-day smoke that never bites and burns cool and evenly.

(C&D Good Morning is a great EMP-like blend, although the Virginias are not that mature. If you can't get EMP, try that one).

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Coyote Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coyote (7)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This was a wonderful discovery. There have been times when I mistook 'spicy-hot' for tongue burn or tongue bite. This has some very wonderful 'spicy-hot' qualities. The VA is not as sweet as in some blends, especially C&D Tuskegee, but nice. Ah but the quality spicy-salsa taste is great. Some salsa's and hot sauces are just "burning hot" a quality hot sauce, like Texas Pete's is hot when you eat it and then, maybe 5 mins later...just tasty. That's quality. The same with this nice pipe tobacco. I've never quite gotten the 'spicy-hot' flavoring of Oriental tobacco until now. The underlying VA is quite tasty, not strong, just very tasteful. I like this in the morning and especially about 3 pm. I'm ready for something a stronger than my 'all-day' and this is perfect. The Oriental room note of this is quite nice.

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fireball Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fireball (36)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

First pipe of the day it always does the job, enough N to keep me happy until lunchtime, enough light oriental flavour to make smoking it enjoyable, but mild enough to manage with the first coffee of the day. I don't smoke this at other times of the day, but there's no reason for that other than I have too many tobaccos and not enough pipe smoking opportunities.

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hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (30)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

This is a nice smooth light blend which is really no surprise as the name would suggest, nice and mild. It tastes to me, exactly like a toned down 965. So if you like a nice English blend but tire of the latakia powerhouses out there, than this is your blend.

Just a side note: McClelleand's A.M. Pipe is still a darn good blend in my opinion and if only they would change the name and let go of that "clone blend" status, I think more and more people would realize that. They should call it Morning Stroll??? I don't know, I just hope they don't stop producing it because EMP is now on the market in the states.

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (89)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This for me is a blend that brings back specific memories, it is one of the first English blends that I tried and I really enjoyed it. I remember smoking this one while sitting on the porch of a coffee shop in Cape Hatteras Island doing homework for an online class and sipping a cup of earl grey. This was something that I began to look forward to even on vacation, I looked forward to getting up mid morning and heading for the coffee shop for a bowl of EMP. It is a great blend I like to smoke it in the morning as the name suggests or even in the early afternoon after mowing the grass. It is a nice mild English with just enough of a unique flavor to keep you interested, as I said before it is excellently accompanied by a cup of tea!

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Taste Buds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taste Buds (138)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a wonderful light oriental blend that is also very satisfying. None of the copycats that have been produced to duplicate this gem have come anywhere close to their goal. This is a genuine original. Excellent burning qualities without huge plumes of smoke. Very cool and tasty from start to finish. The virginias provide a nice toasty flavor I've only tasted in Dunhill blends. Very light in nicotine. This is excellent now, but I expect it to be even better in six months, after the ingredients have time to age and meld. One of my top 5 and worthy of 4 stars.

Update: After enjoying a few bowls of the blend I wrote the glowing review above. Subsequent tins have never equalled the first. My revised rating reflects this.

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Dr. Hall Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Hall (15)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Tolerable

Revised: I used to smoke a lot of the previous incarnations of EMP. This new blend has about half the strength and flavor, or less. It's basically a watered down version of the EMP of yore, very mild, almost cigarette like. If that's your thing, go for it. It's not bad as a first morning smoke, but not the all-day smoke it used to be.

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mskywalker2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mskywalker2000 (11)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This one is growing on me, then 'new' mixture that is.

I have fond memories of the classic Dunhill tobaccos; EMP and Standard Mixture were the 'family house blends' when I was still a young boy. The smell of EMP in the tin, the taste, the room note, all have been permanently stored in my limbic system ever since.

Tins of the 'old' mixture remain available on e-bay. Tempted I was but I never got myself to actually buy a tin. The prices were (are) just too high and frankly, there is a universe of excellent tobacco blends to explore. GL Pease, Cornell & Diehl come to mind, 'micro'tobacconists if you will, offering excellent products and quality.

Cornell & Diehl came out with a similar blend a while ago btw - 'Good Morning'. Smelling it, it evokes memory 'fragments' of EMP, same direction.... Not bad, really, but it tasts kind of harsh in comparison. Made me quite happy for a while, though.

Now, the 'new' EMP is mellow, much more mellow than the C&D blend, and if I remember correctly, more mellow than the original EMP, too. The original mixture had a bit more backbone to it, for lack of a better word. Not worse, or better, just slightly different. Perhaps not as strong?

WAF is moderate but I am smoke it more and more.

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Peppino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peppino (74)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I don't usually hand out 4 stars but this is deserving of such. Generally a re-make of a classic falls short, however this is not one of those! In fact it's as good if not better than Murray's. A must try! It takes me back to my days in Chicago, I was working for a Tinder Box, a friend smoked this every morning in a Dunhill Group 2 with real brewed tea as his morning ritual. Those were some fun times....smoking 759, sneeking in HGL from Lane LTD ( we couldn't smoke anything but TB tobacco's back then)smoked my first Castello and was in love with high end pipes ever since. Hope I didn't bore anyone with my memories! Jon if you read this I hope you enjoyed the time as well.

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WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (66)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I sampled several bowls of EMP from a tin I received at Christmas. Wow! What a wonderful smoke. I haven't smoked EMP for many years, and the last several refused to pay the kind of prices being asked for it after it was pulled from the market. So I was excited to get a tin of the re-issued blend at Christmas time. It was more than I expected. EMP had perfect moisture content upon opening and greets one with the smoky aroma of Latakia. (I know it's said not to contain Latakia, and it may not, but it is certainly top dressed with the essence of Latakia and that smokiness is present throughout.) I sometimes have trouble with Latakia coating my palate in an uncomfortable way. EMP did not do this, and I liked it very much. The interplay between the smokiness, the Virginia leaf and Orientals was wonderful and complex. It burned to a fine white ash, did not become unpleasant at the bottom of the bowl or overly moist. EMP did not bite or heat up my briars. I knew very quickly that it will be among my favorites. I can highly recommend this Dunhill blend as “top shelf” to anyone who appreciates English blends.

Update: *Editors Note/Correction: from PipeMagazine.com:

I have to make a correction to this review. After further investigation, I have found out from Orlik that this blend does contain Latakia. Here is a list of the tobaccos that are in this blend and where they come from:

•Virginia tobaccos from Africa and South America •Oriental tobaccos from Greece and Turkey •Latakia from Cyprus

A part of the Virginia tobacco is steamed in order to get the smooth taste.

Because the recipes of the Dunhill Pipe Tobacco Blends are kept secret, I could not find out how much Latakia that they put in this blend. I presume that it is not very much because the Latakia is not very strong like I encounter in most every other Latakia/English type blend.

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Weber 62 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Weber 62 (4)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoked this and Standard Mild for years. It was usually EMP because it was available in bulk. I did miss this, plus London Mixture, Durbar, Standard Mild and Aperitif when Dunhill blends were discontinued. I do like to stick to one tobacco most of the time. These milder, more subtle Dunhill blends, for me, can be savored better than if I'm switching smokes often. EMP can taste like nothing if you've just smoked something really different, but if I'm sticking to just that blend, I detect all kinds of great, but subtle flavors. It's also a good mild all-day smoke. During Dunhill's absence, I tried everything under the sun and settled on Squadron Leader. This still might be my favorite. I first smoked Dunhill around 1962 and yes, it probably was better then, but my nose was young too. At any rate, I find the new EMP very good. It's ribbon cut is somewhat finer than before, but doesn't seem to effect the smoking quality. I'm waiting to see if it will be available in bulk. I've heard it will be, but know there were many rumors about Dunhill coming back that were inaccurate,at least the rumored dates. I'm glad it's back ! I've tried Standard Mild/Mellow and EMP so far. Next up will be a tin of London Mixture.

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eamonclever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eamonclever (45)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I smoked it as a newbie first years ago, tried it again 10 years ago - i hated it, because all of the oldies loved it... now getting older i love it too. Especially the new mixture by orlik is a tremendous step forward.It never used to be that mellow before, it sometimes was harsh and not very friendly to your tongue. Now they made it a great pleasure - good start for the day. Broke in my rotation. it is easy to pack out of the tin in every kind of bowl no matter if small or xl. Pleasure comes with first light. Smokes down to bottom. Depending on your sipping few relights possible. The room note is no always tolerated by anti smoking campaigners, but smokers accept it. Good with black coffee or green tea. Newbies may try.

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The Persian Slipper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Persian Slipper (29)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I had read of the fame of this blend for years now. I had a chance to purchase a tin of it from Dunhill, or whoever is the new producer. I had it as my first pipe of the day in a cob churchwarden. The charing light gave off a taste and aroma of Latakia, but after it was tamped it went to the background, to be replaced by the Virginias. They are quite tasty and strong. Around mid bowl, the latakia kicked in and complemented the Virginias quite well. And it smoked to the bottom with no issue. The tin is packed tight and is at a good moisture level, but could probably do with a little drying out. On an ironic note, I let a fellow pipester smell the tobacco in the tin (as he is all aromatics and didn't want any) and he said it smelled of eggs, bacon, and ketchup. He even said that the room note smelled like breakfast. But, I would recommend that this be the first pipe of the day, as it isn't one that would be pleasing to the palate all day long. If you have a chance to get it, do so.

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RecitalGuitarist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RecitalGuitarist (3)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

It means nothing if I tell you my opinion of this tobacco if you know nothing of my tastes, so let me give you the brief. My regular 'house white' so to speak has been Carter Hall for the past year. It is readily available and it is, at least to me, easy-going with a decent room note, a decent flavor and doesn't wear me out. In the past I smoked all teh drugstore offerings with Captain Black Gold being a contender. I also like Prince Albert when the mood is right. With that said, I love MacBaren Dark Twist when I can find it. I live in the sticks.

I bought a tin of EMP on the recommendation of many reviews on this site. I am not a huge fan of Latakia, but I believe I have matured since 1980--when I last tried a Latakia blend. EMP has Latakia in it, but as so many folks had said so much positive, I figured it was worth a try. Got the tin from Iwan Ries along with a Nightcap as well since I wanted to compare and contrast. The EMP tin is a bear to open which means that the tobacco inside had every opportunity to be nice and moist -- which it was. There is no trace of topping, just pure tobacco aroma. Although I could smell the Latakia right away, there was enough of the armoa of Virginias that I loaded up a medium-bowl pipe right away with great anticipation. With a moderately loose pack, it lit on one match and was not overly billowy (if I can coin a term) and very richkly flavored. This stuff is great! No tongue burn -- although I took recommendations to puff slowly and savor the flavor. The flavor belies the tin aroma. The blend is so expertly crafted that no one flavor overpowers any other -- a true blend. The room note was pleasant, but I dare not risk it on my wife as it is heavy. Overall, I would say that this is a very enjoyable smoke and that I would not hesitate, if rich enough, to smoke it all day long. I know Dunhill is not blending this anymore, but whoever is doing the blending deserves major kudos fro a delightful and satisfying mixture.

I wil certainly be buying this again when I have blasted through the tin!

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Very mild and flavorful. The Virginias and orientals take the forefront. Slightly cigarettish in a good way. Solid stuff. Barely detectable Latakia. This is the Orlik version I am speaking of. 3 stars.

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jazzmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jazzmoke (57)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I've bought two tins of Dunhill from Italy, My Mixture 965 and Early morning, both excellent , although I can not say which I like best, 965 seems a little stronger than this one but they are both great tobaccos.

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Carrot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carrot (13)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my first tin of Dunhill tobacco. I've been smoking a pipe for 3 years and it was always unavailable until now. The tin I have is the new made in the EU tobacco. I've not tried the old made in the UK stuff so I can not comment on it.

I think this is a very subtle English type tobacco. Great for your first puff of the day and a good all day tobacco. I enjoyed it very much. It's much more subtle than Squadren Leader and somewhat milder. After tasting this I can see why Dunhill tobaccos are held in such high regard. The only bad thing I can say about it is the Latakia seems to work on the wife like Kriptonite. If I dare smoke this around the Mrs she has a hissy fit. I can only smoke this stuff when the Mrs is not about. Having said that I highly recomend this tobacco. It's a masterfull blend and would be a good introduction to this type of tobacco as it's not so overwhelming as other English blends.

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Plunket Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Plunket (39)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

OK ORLIK! I've tried your offering of My Mixture 965 - good, Royal Yacht - good, and now EMP - most impressive. Once again, from opening the tin both the aroma and texture are a near perfect representation of Murrey's recipe and the flavour should be savoured on its own merits, without dwelling on the past. A number of EMP devotees (of 20 years +) in the shop allowed me the privilidge of getting one tin before they bought the entire stock. They give it the thumbs-up also, so I am definetly not alone. Definetly 4 stars until I can see some consistancy over time, but I think this new EMP will get more and more admirers.

Only the Virginia Flake and Navy Rolls and two more mixtures to go and this will complete my return and reviews of the 7 factory blends that Orlik has re-launched under license.

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japanpipeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
japanpipeman (8)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

My very first tobacco, and part of why I kept at the hobby! I don't think there's anything magical to say about it, but it just tastes good, and left my mouth tasting good all day. There are better tobaccos, but this would definitely be in the upper percentiles of all day smokes. Should have named it "All Day Pipe."

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Smoking-To-Port Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoking-To-Port (13)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

I am just counting the days,and not all that patiently.

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South Mantis06 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
South Mantis06 (12)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Iwan Ries will be obtaining this tobacco shortly. Check their website for details.

http://www.iwanries.com/dunhill_C1533.cfm

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Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

I did not try the Orlik version. I heard from my tobacconist that Dunhill gave up the production because it was loosing money; there are a lot more smokers of flavored tobaccos than of unaltered tobaccos.

Anyway, a very nice mixture. Smokey and sweet. It just becomes a bit bland after a week, so smoke it quickly now!

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DeadMensPipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeadMensPipes (38)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

All the positive comments below I affirm. Although there are imitators out there purported to be a suitable replacement, such as McClelland's "AM", none come anywhere close to matching Dunhill Early Morning Pipe. EMP is a pleasant smoke which has not been duplicated. Too bad my stash is about gone.

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Tee-dub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tee-dub (48)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

Not much I can add.

If you're looking for a well-informed review, keep looking. I don't know what the hell I'm talking about, but I like this.

This is Orlik stuff, and I won't try to pretend this is better or worse than what came before it; my frame of reference doesn't include Murray's or pre-Murray's Dunhill blends. Codgers and curmudgeons will find no fodder for their argument here.

This is balanced and measured. It is expertly blended to form something perfectly pleasant, light, creamy, and cool-burning. Latakia, added with a very light touch, lends a certain mellow coolness to the smoke.

The smoke is bright and fresh, and has an agreeable creaminess and tartness. No flavor dominates, but all contribute to a subdued but satisfying smoke.

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PipesterJim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipesterJim (44)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Back in the old days the grass was greener, the sun always shone and pipe tobaccos invariably tasted better than they do now, at least, a relatively new pipe smoker like myself could be forgiven for thinking so based on the number of keystrokes that have expended on this topic by veteran pipesmokers across the various internet message boards and review sites.

So it was that early this morning (well, actually it was more like 10.30) I broke the seal on the sole tin of Dunhill EMP in my possession and decided to put this assertion to the test.

The tin is marked 'Made in the UK' rather than 'Made in the EU', so I assume this means it is from the Murray's production, in other words, it is the good stuff and has at least 6 years of age on it.

Moisture level was a little dryer than I expected, but pefectly acceptable for firing up the briar straight away. Light brown and tan coloured strands of tobacco predominated and loaded into my sandblasted Stanwell Rhodesian with minimal fuss.

Inital puffs yielded a good volume of light, slightly tangy and slightly spicy smoke. Vitamin N levels were more satisfying than I expected.

By the halfway mark the Virginias were showing their sweetness and the spicy flavours from the orientals had gently given way to creamy, buttery deliciousness.

Great burning properties and gave every impression of being a sophisticated, balanced and high quality blend. I am not sure it would work as an after dinner smoke, but I could happily enjoy it at any other time of day.

Given the kind of prices that remaining tins of this blend are going for online I doubt that I'll pick up more unless I stumble across some dusty tins on the shelf of a backwater tobacconist. Nevertheless, I can understand why it has the following it does and I might consider ordering some of the more recent production from the continent to see if it matches up.

EMP is certainly the nicest tobacco I have smoked in the 'light english/oriental' category. Looks like sometimes the old timers are right!

Update: After a few more days getting to know this tobacco a couple of additional comments are called for. Firstly, it is quite pipe sensitive and bigger bowls seem to work better for me, not least because they prolong the pleasure. Secondly, smoke this in a Latakia soaked pipe and a lot of the nuances will be lost. I reserve a couple of pipes for light English blends only and these will be my pipes of choice for the remainder of the tin. Thirdly, this is one seriously moreish blend...I think another star is called for!

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

First ever blend I tried outside of aromatics. As it's not available anymore it would be unfair for me to comment in detail on this blend.

What I can remember is that this stuff reminded me of the smell of a freshly polished (Mr Sheen) living room sideboard cabinet. A woody, burnt leather taste which, if I'm honest at the time thought was utterly awful. Though I do remember a certain creaminess about it..

Again this was a 2004 experience, and I'm sure if I tried it now this would be a 3 star reward. I've moved on since then and acclimatised to the different blends of tobacco available. (VA, VAPER, English, etc..)

As I have no means to sample it nowadays without paying over the odd's etc.. I'll give EMP the benefit of the doubt and give it 2 stars. This being purely based on memory and how I believe I'd respond to it nowadays. Which is kind of impossible, so it's a two star job..

RIP Dunhill...

UPDATE: December 2010. I now have about 6 of the new tins 'attic-ing'(as opposed to cellaring!) Having tried the 'repatriated' (poignant, as Wootton Bassett is only 3 miles away) version of Orlik's Dunhill EMP, and I must say it is a pleasant joy. An easy going 'does what it says on the tin' kind of blend. Promotion to 3 stars

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Lombard65 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lombard65 (48)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Oh yes, Dunhill no longer exists! I've tried a tin of this blend. It was about 30 years who do not smoke, and never buy it! I do not understand why they leave the can was, and the blend is completely different from the original. Maybe it will be for those who do not have smoked the original?

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Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (36)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Love this one. Nice and mellow. Not too strong and not too light. It's just right for the first pipe of day or the last. It leaves no lingering taste on the tongue that some latakia blends do. Overall a very nice well balanced tobacco.

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pipeweedlover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipeweedlover (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Full Pleasant

Early Morning Pipe is by far my favorite smoke. I will smoke several bowls a day and certainly hope it is released in the USA again! I have not yet found a comparable replacement and if anybody has a recommendation I would appreciate it!

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LedZeppelin@@@ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LedZeppelin@@@ (2)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Overwhelming Extra Strong

Well OK, I bought a tin of this and I must say it was the worst thing I ever smoked, yuk, burnt tire syndrome. It made me want to vomit. Sorry, this stuff is horrifying!

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BigNick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigNick (36)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

All I can say is WOW, it was my first Dunhill experience, and I was very satisfied. The sweetness of the Virginias stood out at mid bowl. The only thing i might mention is that it burnt a little hotter that i would have liked for about 5 minutes, but then it cooled down. Excellent smoke!

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Caripu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Caripu (11)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Past week I ordered 5 tin of EMP to try the new (Orlik's) version of this stuff as I enjoyed a couple of aged Murray's tin months ago. My first impresion is that Orlik is doing an excellent job with this blend as the just open tin is tinned in 2010 and I like almost as much as the aged Murray's ones. In fact, this light and balanced english is becoming my favourite or one of my favourites for all day smoking, not only for early morning. I'm just emailing my tobacconist to order 10 tins more to cellar.

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BossSauce Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BossSauce (9)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I picked up a tin of this in Vienna in January of 2010. It was my first English tobacco and I'd only been smoking pipes for a month or so. Long time cigarette smoker before that, I hadn't had any tobacco for about 8 years.

I've switched almost completely to English tobaccos, and still have some of this around. I go back to EMP occasionally, but my impression now is similar to what it was when I first broke into it: this tobacco tastes like cigarettes. It tastes like Dunhill or even American Spirit loose cigarette tobacco.

Obviously a lot of people like this taste, but knowing what's available for pipes (Westminster, Penzance, Squadron Leader, even Shortcut To Mushrooms) I just don't know why anyone would want to smoke this stuff.

Also, the nicotine in this really drops me. After the first really woozy experience I've only smoked smaller pipes of this stuff, but it still gets me occasionally. I've got a pipe with a monster bowl that I can burn three flakes of Penzance in and feel a nice buzz, but not break into cold sweats.

Is it possible that the tin I got in Vienna is a different blend than what is being reviewed here? Either way, I only have a little left and am really considering pitching it out of my glass jar to make room for something tastier.

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ned Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ned (10)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

My every morning toba, each time the same wonder, with my coffe, the day start well then...

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Pipesrevisited Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesrevisited (45)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

update nov 2010: My taste having shifted in the direction of Flakes and twists, EM is still one of my fave's in the oriental department, still 4 stars and luckily much easier to come by again!

original review: My absolute favourite! I do like Latakia blends, but find myself preferring 'oriental' blends when smoking more than 3 pipes a day. After the many excellent reviews of this classic tobacco what can I add?

Tinnote: sweet, mellow and goood!

Taste maybe middle of the road but then in such a way that this is where I want to stay most of the time...

Good any time of day, an absolute classic must try!

Oh.., and Nikko, if you still have the surplus tins, please send them to me! I gladly reimburse you what you paid for them!

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mr.335 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mr.335 (20)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

it`s a classic, and the name suggests when is the best time to smoke it (-: you cant mess with perfection.

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nikko Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nikko (5)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I used to really like this stuff until I discovered Samuel Gawiths Perfection. Not as smokey as I like, I think my taste are changing so I dont want to totally say this is not good,Its not bad I just found something more to my likeing. I have three unopened tins of this stuff I purchased before I found Perfection. what to do.

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muntajab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
muntajab (11)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

EMP has a really good taste, and yes you can smoke it in EARLY morning without any problems (it leaves no side-effects on sensitive stomachs). It has a good smell ( I have washed the tin with water and soap about two months ago and it still has a pleasant smell!).

Haven't try too many kinds of pipe tobacco yet, so my evaluation might be due to lack of choices.

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Watson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Watson (20)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

I am not in the "English" stuff, but this is tolerable to me. It is realy "light" for an early pipe as its name states. I can sense that is a true quality tobacco but only for the "English tobacco" lovers. Perhaps my rating is prejudiced while I smoke exclusively aromatics and this is the reason that I have no right to critise its strange aroma.

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Nurse_Maduro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nurse_Maduro (27)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Wow! With 195 reviews already posted, I doubt another one is going to sway anybody in either direction, but this is a tobacco I have to comment on. Perfectly named, Early Morning Pipe washes across the tongue with an immediate toasty, nutty flavor. Sweet and complex the first third of the bowl, it develops some spice as it progresses. The balance is amazing: all of the elements work together at once, yet one can change the character of the smoke by changing the draw. My bowl started very cool, but it will burn hot and harsh if pulled too strongly upon. Still, there is definitely room to play in this blend. Fun to smoke, and tasty as hell.

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Capt. Cavendish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt. Cavendish (21)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Whoa, whoa...hang on. Just hang on for a minute. I have to respond to all the good reviews of this blend. This tobacco is just downright wierd. Wierd taste. Wierd room note. Too expensive. And call me half-committed to pipesmoking, but the last thing I really want to do is smoke a pipe early in the morning. This was definitely a let down.

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Walkman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Walkman (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

EMP is a wonderful light Balkan. It smells like leather in the tin and is the perfect combination of Bright and Red Virginia tobacco with Orientals and Latakia. I would classify it as a Balkan rather than an English tobacco as the Orientals are emphasized over the Latakia. I enjoy stronger Balkan and English blends, but eventually always come back to EMP and am never disappointed. I hope this Dunhill blend is reinstated in America soon.

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colt25314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
colt25314 (41)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Another classic Dunhill blend that has disapeared!! EMP is one of my all time favorites. I started smokit EMP about 20 years ago. I love full streanghth tobacos and was a little taken aback when I saw the medium-miled rating. This is the blend that made me quit smoking cigarettes and opened the door to the joy of pipe smoking. There is nothing out there even close to this blend INHO.

Please, Please, PLEASE join me and contact British American Tobaco (BAT) and demand that they either manufacture all of Dunhill Pipe Tobaccos or sell the rights to someone who will. It is insanity to let this and other Dunhill pipe tobacco blends die out. Shame on you BAT!!!!

August 2012 update. Wow. Orlik has don an excellent job in recreating EMP. I have been smoking it for the last year or so and am delighted. I only wish it was available in bulk form.

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PipeJoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeJoe (6)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

What's to say? It's a classic! I wish I could find it.

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Not a lightweight, but not a knockout either. I consider EMP more than a light English because it has good strength and enough complexity to keep it very interesting. In fact, while most tobaccos seem to get stronger and a bit harsher as they burn down, EMP seems to get richer and toastier. I typically don't like a lot of that Oriental tang in my smoke, but this one is so well balanced that it works beautifully.

First tried it in a meer and was completely unimpressed. The Orientals came through too strongly for my tastes. I more prefer smoky Latakia flavors. But in my broken-in Nording freehand it shines! The tang is mellowed, the flavors meld more smoothly, and the slight smokiness provides some lip-smacking goodness.

To me, this is a sipping tobacco. Unlike some English blends that require a bit more heat, this one responds well to some slow and gentle TLC. But why do I keep calling it English? By definition this is supposed to be a Balkan, I guess, due to its high Oriental content.

Looking forward to taste testing this as it ages. Ought to be mighty fine in a year or three...

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Rehfeldttw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rehfeldttw (8)
★★★☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a good blend to start if you want to venture in to English blend or full Virginia baccy. This for me is a little too mild but still enjoyable. Other wise, I would have given a 5 star. Good for all day smoke.

Overall, this beccy burns evenly with no tongue bite. Sweetness is nice and not too overwhelming.

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dk-piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dk-piper (25)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

For me a great allday-smoke. Highly recommended for pipesmokers entering the world of english-blends for the first time. Since you won't get a heavy latakia-punch like other english-blends. Tobacco has perfect moisture. Burns excellent. The sidestream of this tobacco is wonderful. Gentle sweet. I don't know why, but everytime i smoke EMP the image of bacon and sweet honey comes into my mind.

update 9/24/2009 this stuff is getting better and better with every bowl i smoke. Fantastic. I enjoy it in the morning as much as i do enjoy it in the evening. Every puff reveals a different taste...sweet, oriental, mystic, subtle smokiness of latakia in the background. i like this blend...case closed.

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BriarBurner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarBurner (29)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

So Long Dunhill!!!This average english/oriental has gone the way of all the Dunhill blends..You would think a U.S. distributor could be found but none has stepped up to the mark. In the past 10 years this blend has changed as often as the stock market.Get over it!!It seems as supplies have diminished, peoples estimation of its quality have increased. Sounds a lot like Balkan Sobranie!! there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of hundreds of other excellant blends. So go light up a bowl and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!

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p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (52)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Early Morning is a beautifull blend ! Very rich in oriental and with european elegance: very different from american EM, this one is so refined.....

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daniel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
daniel (4)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

UPDATE:05/13'10 Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe is my favorite pipe tobacco and will for sure be re-introduced at the trade show in New Orleans in August,2010, and should be available in stores in September--this info is from the new distributor; and 11 other standard Dunhill tobaccos will also be available. In the meantime, close cousins to E.M.P. include the 3 excellent Rattray blends-Reserve #7, Red Raparree, and Professional mixture;the King Charles mixture by Germain is excellent; McCleland mixture #1 is very good and close to E.M.P. with a tad less flavor; Skiff and Squadron Leader are good, close variants; In my opinion, McClelland's 925 is also in the ballpark. G.L.Pease's Arcadia is excellent. None of them, in my opinion, is really a substitute for E.M.P., but can do in the interim.

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Tudval Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tudval (18)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The tin I purchased is marked Made in UK. Upon opening it, a pungy aroma of iodine, sea salt, mint, then musty earth, smoke, tar and leather. Instant recollection of an Islay malt. An aquired taste perhaps, but I aquired it by spending many hours in the company of 16 year old Lagavulin. Smoking it produces more subtle aromas in the same notes. Pleasant for the smoker, but maybe it won't win accolades from the second hand smokers in the room (unless they happen to be scotch aficionados). Perfect humidity for a cool smoke. Not at all what I expected from an 'early morning' blend. I have to agree with the reviewer who thought of it as an 'end of a long night'. Great smoke nonetheless.

Update: I bought two more tins, but did not get the same pleasure smoking them. They were noticeably drier and even re- humidifying them did not restore the flavor. Seems a bit of a lottery, so I am downgrading this to two stars from four.

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bryantm3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bryantm3 (29)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is for the post-2004 version This tobacco will forever remind me of the morning after I stayed on a traincar in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was the most comfortable hotel room I ever stayed in; even if it was a small cramped space, it made you feel closer to the people around you. After a good night's sleep, I stepped out of the traincar early the next morning and lit up this tobacco in a meerschaum pipe. (EDIT: I was told that it was an English blend, but have recently learned there is no Latakia: this is a Balkan blend. No wonder I loved it so much.). The room note is surprisingly tolerable compared to many English blends; most smell pretty naff after a few minutes, while this one smells nice. It has a lot of Orientals in it that give it a nice taste. I have had many English blends with great reviews, such as Penzance, Commonwealth, Pirate Kake, and Star Of The East, and this one has to be my favourite. The main reason is that this is such a great all day smoke. While Pirate Kake is a decent tobacco that should be smoked to enjoy the flavour, this one can be enjoyed and inhaled easily. Its consistant ability to give a great flavour in the morning after you wake up makes it one of my favourites.

By the way, does anyone know what the heck is happening with Dunhill? Is their stuff still available in the UK or the EU?

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JLong Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JLong (35)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

As others have reported, this is mildly tasty tobacco. It packs well, lights well, and stays lit out of the tin. It's something I can smoke anytime of the day. But during a time out to savor on the flavor and pleasure.

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Harpua0077 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harpua0077 (31)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I am so happy I found some of this for sale still. Things wont feel the same without a tin of this on our kitchen table. My wife and me love it. It really is a great Tobacco early in the morning. Specially outside as the sun is rising.

It smokes well, burns evenly, smoke is cool, arome is fragrent. My Personal notes give this a 10.0 for a real morning smoking pleasure.

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Gunnar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gunnar (9)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

There is nothing I can add to all the previous reviews - love this stuff or hate it ... :) However: this mixture is probably the most misunderstood tobacco in the world. It is not intended to be put into the first bowl you smoke in the morning! Instead it is a good smoke before you go to bed early in the morning after a long night. And then it really is a great smoke!

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (155)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Being mine the review no. 170... I just add a couple of things.

First: the Orlik version just needed long seasoning. I'm smoking the second half of a tin bought a couple of years ago. I clearly remember I found EMP very flat smoking upon opening, and thinking what the hell was happening to the Dunhill line ... going completely lost; now it's round and has a medium tang and strength, which I just enjoy.

Second: EMP has quite little to do with first bowl in the early morning... it's an all-day english smoke. This is what I'm thinking now, as I did with the pre-Murray EMP.

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JackinJapan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JackinJapan (12)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I never had a chance to try Murray's EMP but I like the Dunhill version very much.

As always with my experience with Dunhill Tobaccos, opening the tin reveals well prepared, high quality tobacco with no stems to be found. A newly opened tin might have a slightly higher moisture content but it still packs and lights well even at first and as I smoke through a tin this balances out rather quickly without having to purposefully dry it.

Early Morning Pipe, as the name implies, is a good tobacco to start the day with as it is relatively mellow and mild compared to some other English tobaccos I have tried. It is flavorful with a slight tanginess such as you see in Dunhill's My Mixture 965 but not nearly as strong. It burns cool with no bite which is as you would expect with a non-flavored tobacco but again this is another good reason it has merits as a tobacco to start the day with. Even though it is on the milder side, it still packs enough of a punch to be satisfying on the nicotine side of things.

The room note is also as you would expect with an English tobacco in that it will probably only be appreciated by a smoker. That said, the room note is not as strong as seen with some other, more robust, English tobaccos.

EMP is one of my "go to" tobaccos, and I do not restrict it only to the early AM! It is a nice tobacco to switch in if you have been smoking an aromatic and want to go to something without any bite and also want to keep things on the mild side.

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Bottom line: An English on the mild side; no bite; still packs a good kick; a very pleasant smoke

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Chris08 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chris08 (37)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Early Morning Pipe is a fine example of a light English that is well suited as a tasty smoke while reading the paper or having a cup of coffee. It's latakia is not overwhelming and so it makes for a decent, simple smoke in any weather and at any time.

One reviewer mentioned Samuel Gawith's Skiff as being in the same genre and I agree. I would rate Skiff a little higher, as it seems a little less bitter-although EMP was by no means unpleasently bitter.

Recently I purchased 2 oz of Early Morning Pipe-Dunhill Match from pipesandcigars.com This seems fairly close to the original-although I do not intend on breaking the seal on my last tin of Murray's vintage to experiment with it quite yet. I will upate this review with continued smoking of the substitute and of the original when I can get my hands on more.

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CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (71)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I dont see what the hullabaloo is with this stuff, i finally broke down and bought a tin and i wasnt impressed at all!I thought for what i paid id be getting something with some flavour. I think this is one of the most over rated blends out there and it didnt do a thing for me.I cant say im shocked that its been discontinued.

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DerekSmartymans Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DerekSmartymans (6)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Early Morning Pipe is my go-to blend for early morning smokes. I have a morning ritual of a good breakfast, followed by a little Baily's Irish Cream in my coffee and some of Dunhill's EMP in my corncob. It has sustained me for almost a year now, and I have to say that although I can't get my tins anymore, the substitution-in-bulk offered by pipesandcigars.com is passingly similar. Enough to keep me in my morning ritual, anyway.

Early Morning Pipe presents as a very mild, smooth Oriental and Latakia blend. It smokes extremely cool with no tongue bite noted. The thing I like best about this tobacco is how it pairs with coffee...the flavors of the tobacco are subtle and soft, and the palate is not overwhelmed at the start of the day. The tin aroma is nice and crisp, suggestive of things to come. I always noted an earthy note in the smoke that I attribute to the Latakias, which are present without being too forward in the mouth and nose. The room note is everything a good pipe tobacco should be, not too strong but letting one know that a pipe and not another form of tobacco has been smoked. I highly recommend that anybody who finds a dusty old tin in the back of his local tobacconist's shop (since it's not made in tins anymore) crack this one open and smoke it post haste. Or, simply send it to me instead.

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hagen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hagen (91)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

okay, i didn't want to throw it out, so i tried "saving it" by baking it at c. 80 C for 3 hours. most times, the effect is limited in time, but it proved a very fine idea with this one. just about every aspect of the aroma was enhanced, and i've found myself really enjoying the remaining 2/3 of the tin. the virginia has mellowed and deepened, the orientals shine, and the room aroma is a lot more intense!

i'll leave the 2 tins in my cellar to age for a couple years, as that will almost certainly make for an even better experience than the baked tin. as it is: upped to 4 stars.

original review, 04/09/2008:

this is the orlik version.

a very clean tasting, and a very mild blend, bordering on bland. it must indeed be for those who wake up very slowly, and it could be smoked while you're asleep. there's almost nothing in the taste to note, just some virginia sweetness, a little more oriental, and, let's be fair, a teeny amount of latakia.

nice quality, but boring. wonder how i'll get through my two tins. perhaps adding a dose of perique, some full virginia flake and a healthy amount of syrian latakia can do the trick. or perhaps i'll use it for ryo.

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Duke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Duke (41)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Ive smoked mostly Dunhill tobaccos for years. I think the folks at Orlik are trying their damnedest to successfully re-create the Dunhill recipes. I say this because, yes, I find the Orlik's satisfying. You would think finding a US distributor should be easier than nailing the recipes. In comparison with Pease's Embarcadero and Solomon's Presbyterian, Early Morning Pipe is my preference. So, to avoid a cyber lynching allow me to explain. Embarcadero and Presbyterian are great tobaccos that on any given day I would gladly purchase and smoke. I'm just partial to EMP's toasty Virginians, and its lively strength, particularly in the morning. Sweeter than Embarcadero and spicier than Presbyterian, EMP is perfect to me. DGT with Embarcadero is a great treat, but from pouch to briar and fire, Early Morning Pipe takes home the cup.

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (96)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I may be fortunate in not having tried the English version of this esteemed tobacco, I have two unopened tins in my collection and one open tin of the EU rendition. I have been tempted to open a tin of the English, just to compare the two, but I live in dread that I may fall in love with a blend now gone.

So this review is based on the EU offering which is a light Latakia blend with a reasonable amount of flavour for an early morning smoke, I say reasonable as my taste still leans towards a more straight virginia for the first pipe, usually a Sam Gawith Golden Glow or Astley's 55 Elizabethen.

For the Latakia lover, who for whatever reason, has not had a long and loving afair with the real EMP, this may yet suffice to start the day before moving on to something like Squadron Leader. Alas, IMHO, this is just a mild Latakia blend, may pick up another tin in a few months time, wouldn't refuse a bowl if offered (assuming I didn't have any tobacco on me) but certainly not enough to write home about. Two Stars

UPDATE January 6th 2009

I have to upgrade this, even though no longer available here in England, due to the fact that IMHO, Sam Gawith's Skiff Mixture is about as close as you can get to EMP, and with the colder weather (it's about -4C right now) I tend to be smoking a lot more Latakia's and as I'm tending to start the day with Skiff, which I rated as 4 Stars, it seems only fair that due respect should be paid to EMP

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Kapnismologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kapnismologist (30)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

A beautiful short ribbon of mixed colors with an occasional olive strand. Packs and burns very well, with but a little time needed to dry before smoking.

Among oriental-forward English blends EMP stands out as mild with a tangy and sometimes earthy core of musty orientals supported, although not consistently, by understated virginias. The finish, while tending towards the alkaline, is short and crisp. Blindly tasted, beyond the expected effects of tin age this reviewer noted no discernible difference between the recent Danish production (Orlik) and the older Irish production (Murray's).

EMP is a standard oriental-forward English which is dependable, predictable, and nothing special - this being, perhaps, its most charming quality.

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gourmet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gourmet (13)
★☆☆☆
Strong None Detected Overwhelming Overwhelming

Probaly one of the most overrated tabaccos in the world, the taste is too overvhelming. If I want to eat tar in the morning and make my neighbours disappear this might be the right choice....

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (198)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

EMP is still the most well balanced, friendly smoke, good and original flavor in the Va/oriental tobacco available today, this blend is my reference to evaluate other Va/Oriental blends made by other tobacco makers.

This smoke is delightful, Tasty and mild. Inexpensive (I buy it in bulk), easy to smoke and maintenance-free. The perfect all-day smoke.

Simply; if you like oriental blend, buy some Early Morning Pipe!

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endubito Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
endubito (13)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

"EMP EU blend"

I found this blend to be utterly flat and boring. The problem is that nothing here blends at all. There's no interplay of flavors, no point-counterpoint balance. It seems to be just a bunch of weed thrown together and sold in a pretty tin.

I'm not done with Dunhill yet, but I'll never buy another Dunhill blended in the EU. There's some UK still to be found in the odd tobacco shop in your nearest mid-sized town.

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BriarChef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarChef (100)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Used to be Early Morning Pipe, now it's Early Morning Poop.

Current version doesn't follow the recipe, doesn't use the same ingredients, or even quality substitute ingredients.

Presbyterian is a better Virginia/Oriental eye-opener, or the pressed VA offerings of Stokkebye for unseasoned virginia.

Another good blend bites the dust.

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varg winter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
varg winter (11)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I recently discovered a whole stock of Dunhill pipe tobaccos that where made by Murray's including Early Morning Pipe. Since this blend is made by Orlik I bought one tin and gave it away: that EMP was just so poor compare to the Murray's made. But now I've found this treasure of Dunhill tobaccos made by Murray's I'm again smoking EMP. Oh yes, this is just a legendary tobacco and as the name suggest, it's taste the best early in the morning. The taste and smell is just so satisfying! The best of the best ingrediënts, top quality tobacco leafs. Delicious latakia together with sweet oriëntals and virginia's.

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SMOKETSES Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SMOKETSES (208)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

Lately I have smoked quite a few oriental and I can say that compared to the rest I was not impressed.

If this was the first of the kind I had tasted, I would have written a better review. It contains a good dose of nicotine. It has a honey, mild taste of Virginia, which is enriched with a good quality oriental. There is no way I can smoke it in the morning. Maybe late in the evening.

I have written enough about the last Dunhill (I will not try another after De Luxe Navy Roll DUNHILL) I have bought.

Update :How times have changed....

Now, after several years I think it is one of the best oriental tobaccos, and always take care to have 3-4 closed tins in my "cellar". Very mild and sweet flavor. Easy going tobacco for every hour of the day.

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pipenewbie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipenewbie (5)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

EMP is mild without being bland. The light hand with the latakia really lets you taste the other tobaccos that are in the mix. It is well suited for the first pipe of the day, but I also find it excellent for any time I don't want alot of nicotine or want my mouth to taste like a BBQ for the rest of the day/night. All throughout the bowl the taste is uniform without being unsatisfying. I like to take a large, full pipe of it on walks at night because it stays lit without a fuss and I can enjoy what I am doing without having to always play with my pipe. There is very little bite even though at times my puffing gets syncronized with my pace. The tobacco burns to a fine white ash and does require some tamping in order to keep a nice light. I like to smoke fuller English mixtures like British Woods, Renaissance, and Blackpoint. However when I want something more toned down I reach for EMP. As stated most eloquently by FiveRings, "The easiest Dunhill blend to smoke . EMP doesn't offend your senses, your mouth, or your mind . Very smooth Oriental and Latakia presence . Elegance and subtlety." EMP will stay in my cabinet for some time to come.

=UPDATE= I recently picked up a new tin of EMP. The only thing that I need to change in my review is to echo previous comments about the nicotine content being markedly higher. Due to this I have to downgrade my recommendation from 4 stars to 3. I will only be smoking this in smaller bowls and on a full stomach.

==UPDATE== I went back to EMP after a long absence. I have to say that the new stuff is definitely not as good as EMP of yesterday. It starts off OK, but then the tast and room note reminds me off strong cigarettes or, even worse, bad cigars. I have to downgrade this further to 2 stars, maybe even 1 1/2.

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Laudante Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Laudante (29)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The change between old and new versions in most Dunhill blends is so drastic that my procedure in rating Dunhill tobaccos is the following:

When I tried only the old or the new version, I describe and rate it as I tasted it, making it clear which version I refer to.

When I tried both, I rate the new one, but in the comments I try to compare them. So the one star rating refers in this case to the new one.

Now the comments for both versions:

Murray: It was very good. Collect if you find.

Orlik: Low grade, almost disgusting. Avoid.

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SirShaggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirShaggy (28)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I had never tried this blend by Murray, only the current version. OK 4 tins purchased, 2 different sellers. My first tin upon opening was barely moist. I rolled a few pinches between my fingers onto a plate and let it sit 10 minutes before filling the bowl of a new Savinelli. Grabbed for the lighter, empty! After a 10 minute treasure hunt, I came back with a few matches. It only took one. I finished the whole bowl in one sitting. I think the flavor came out in the second half. Not hot, no bite, just very smooth. I was happy with it. I fininshed the tin in 4 or 5 days, smoking my normal blend in between. It was a touch mild and seemed perfect as an "Early Morning Pipe." I figured I would do just that, smoke the second tin as just a starter pipe of the day. It is not too light in the morning, just a little. This tin had the exact same characteristics as the first. When I got to the 3rd tin, purchased at the same location as the first 2, I was shocked how "WET" the tobac was! I immediately thought I had better order a 4th tin in case this one takes a while to dry out. I did just that. 5 or so day's, it was here. I opened it and found it in between the first 2 and the 3rd in moistness. They all smelled the same but wow, what a difference in moisture between them. It took me 40 minutes each time to dry enough to smoke, and several matches per smoke. That is my only gripe: inconsistancy. I think it is a mild tobac anyone could enjoy, the Orientals are light and never overpower Virginia's. I have tobaccos I like more, but this is a good starter for English style tobacco. It is much milder in taste with a pleasant room note - My kids hate the smell.....

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

Nice tobacco...not as great a volume of smoke which I prefer. Some tongue bite...but not too bad. I think this is a nice Latakia starter but I much prefer NightCap...the added perique makes NC just heavenly. This is a quality smoke but just a little weak for me..and I don't mind smoking something stronger than this in the morning.

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tamatoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tamatoker (6)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Dunhill does a superb job with tinned tabacs, Englishes and otherwise. EMP is a quality tabac featuring natural sweetness and fullness produced by the interplay of virginia and oriental without their adding any other elements: simple and delightful.

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Jeremy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jeremy (19)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Though I have little experience with Orientals, this blend is possibly my favorite of those I currently have 'in stock'. I will without doubt keep some quantity of this on hand regularly.

EMP is a cool-burning blend that I enjoy immensely. It has little bite when smoked at even a moderate pace, and has a nice nicotine level that is not overpowering, but not absent. The smoke is rich and smooth, and it is very easy to light and then keep lit. It burns to a fine ash, evenly and consistently.

The flavor is mildly sweet, but not aromatic, making it a nice change of pace from my usual straight VA and English blends. The light use of Orientals gives it a tasty, slightly peppery flavor that rolls off the tongue.

Whether you are used to Drug Store blends or high quality English blends, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this tobacco.

UPDATE May 2010: Two years after discovering this blend, I continue to keep this on my shelf of open tins almost always. It's a great smoke.

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

A good well reputed oriental, I do believe I prefer Red Repparee (Rattrays), I'm not so experienced in Orientals but I find it a touch on the monochromatic side...quality baccy, well behaved, is sweet and creamy but can taste bitter when smoked incorrectly...can be bought in bulk at a fair price which would push it to 3.5 stars.

Note: Latakia is mainly a late in the day experience for me...how people have this for breakfast is beyond me!

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Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (111)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Strong

GOOD BLEND I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT FOR FIRST PIPE OF THE DAY FOR A BEGINNER. THIS IS NOT AS SOFT AN EASY AS THE TIN SUGGESTS. ENJOYABLE FOR A VIRGINA AND HEAVY ORIENTAL BLEND SMOKER. EMP WILL TICKLE YOUR NOSE WITH ORIENTAL LEAF SMOKE. THE FLAVOR IS A HEAVY ORIENTAL AND LIGHTER VIRIGNIA FLAVOR. I HAVEN'T TRIED THIS BLEND SINCE MURRAY'S HAS STOPPED MAKING EMP. AND ORLICK HAS STARTED MAKING EMP SINCE LAST YEAR. TO ONLY BAD REVIEWS FOR ORLICK VERSION. STILL SOLD IN THE SAME TIN OF COURSE. I GUESS WHEN THE OLD MURRAY'S TINS I HAVE ARE OUT I WILL TRY THE ORLICK MAKE OF EMP. I THINK THE BEST PART OF EMP IS THE TIN ART. WHICH DEFINELTY SOLD MANY TINS FOR DUNHILL. GOOD BLEND GREATER TIN ART.

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jlinge Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jlinge (17)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If you're looking for a Latakia wallop, this isn't the tobacco. Mostly a Virgina with Oriental overtones and a hint of Latakia, it should satisfy the confirmed English-blend smoker for a short time. It has a nice package note, smokes evenly and not too hot, burns down to a non-gooey dottle, and warms up the pallet for more potent stuff.

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Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was lucky to get, on a mere whim as I wasn't actually smoking anything like it at the time, some tins of Murray's EMP. Left them in the cupboard for some considerable time and there they gathered dust...and matured into a very nice tobacco indeed. I don't smoke this kind of stuff much at all these days, being a VA smoker now...but when I do, this is what I turn to. The pipe tobacco version of lapsang souchong tea sums it up perfectly I think. Delicate, smoky, refreshing, very mild...your tolerance to nicotine must be nil if this stuff affects you...and recommended. Not 4 stars because it's not outstanding...now that's highly subjective I know and others will disagree with me. Also I remember the original Dunhill's EMP and I don't think that Murrays could be differentiated on a blind test, though I can't say the same for Orlik cos I've never tried it. I still have 5 tins left unopened one of which I am looking to swop for a Gallagher's Rich Dark Honeydew (which my Dad used to smoke) if there's anybody out there who fancies a one for one:-)

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imago Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
imago (63)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Update 02/26/2008: Ever since my original review a few years ago, I had grown quite fond of EMP. It was, in fact, one of only two Virginia/Oriental blends that I smoked (the other being GLP Cairo). However, since the reported change in blender, this tobacco has become, at best, mediocre. Smoking EMP now provides only a faint reminder of what this tobacco used to be. Still not a bad tobacco by any means, but not a terribly memorable one either.

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PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

This is a very nice oriental blend! However is way too strong in nicotine and taste for me so I always go for NIGHTCAP!

I actually tried it once as I got up and I can tell that I could barely stand on my feet!!! :-))

Never treat yourself this blend on an empty stomach!!!

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Latakia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Latakia (69)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

This as the name suggests is a good first of the day pipe. It is mild but has just enough Orientals to give a taste. I really like the room note. Has a pinch of Latakia as I can detect but not too much. I will always have a tin around for the morning pipe or a pipe later in the day that needs to be light but satisfying. Beautiful ash.

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Jaybee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaybee (76)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Okay....I know it's a Dunhill product. At one time that was synonymous with great tobacco, although I'm not sure if that's still true.

There's nothing particularly bad about this blend. The Virginia and oriental leaf seem to be of good quality, and it's fairly unobtrusive. Somehow it just leaves me flat and still wanting....I have a similar feeling when I drink de-caffeinated coffee. Great for some I'm sure, just marginal for me.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

Thirty years ago I smoked this and Smokers' Haven "Our Best Blend" exclusively. It's been a few years since I've purchased EMP, I used to purchase it in bulk, made by Dunhill. This is only an ok tinned blend now produced by Orlik. The Orientals taste of a different variety than I remember and they are not as fragrant, the VAs are not as sweet nor as floral either. Perhaps if I age some tins this will be better. 4 stars out of 10.

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loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

Ok, I'm sorry to say this is a very bad way to start the day. I can't say that blender's changes did much to ruin this for me. What probably has ruined it for me (at least a little) is that this is one of a troublesome trio for me. 3 non aromatic tobaccos are available in my area and this is the worst. (The other two being 965 and MacB Navy Flake, (which it's self hardly qualifies)). The other two also got slightly better reviews than they deserved, just for being old reliables. This stuff has gotta go.

Anyway, there's just a big nothing-there-ness about this particular blend that kills me. There seems to be a hole in the mix. It really lacks body and definition and is too sweet, too flat for me to start the day with. It's nothing but limp-wristed virginias and a watery oriental section. A one legged paper-hanger of a tobacco. Wow, this stuff is so uninspiring I can't even come up with a bad analogy for it, nor complete my sentences. Green Sugar water

It is a bad day when I run out of favorites and have to wake up to this. Dunhill! aye carumba! (Thank buddha for online tobacco sources!)

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smokinj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokinj (19)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

just alright for me, not the one i seem to keep reaching for.

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Mitch P Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mitch P (1)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Overall, a great Medium English blend. An enjoyable experience the first time, but each subsequent smoke seems only to get better. I haven't tried many of the other medium English blends, so I can't say it is the best in this category.

Doesn't bite like a cheap aromatic

Smokes VERY VERY slow. I have had a medium bowl last an hour and a half or longer.

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Tobacco Saves Lives Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tobacco Saves Lives (31)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I am not an english smoker, and like none of the other Dunhills, although they are quality. EMP is so unusual that its better you just try it rather than explain it. it really does smell like a campfire burning, not in a poetic way. A very good smoke, and a great way for a non-english smoker to branch out in a mild way.

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DrY11 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrY11 (39)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I finally did come across this. And I am happy too. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Since this is one of the most reviewed blends I will refrain from saying too much. I only see one drawback: It smells like cigar so I am reluctant to smoke it in public. I do not think that it is so much lighter than 965. (I do prefer 965 - which I find much better balanced).

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john doe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
john doe (41)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Now here's something from Dunhill I like. Not a thudding blackjack to the side of the skull from that hoodlum called Nightcap or the brass knuckles to the groin by that alley-dweller 965, Early Morning Pipe is a nice cup of tea in the morning... and another in the afternoon... and what the heck, maybe after dinner too, no worries.

It's got a medium-strength flavor with just a hint of (what I think) is a natural sweetness in the tobacco. This and the moderate nicotine content make EMP an excellent choice for the beginner.

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SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (115)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

This blend just doesn't do it for me. I don't mind a milder latakia blend, but the balance of this mix seems almost like cigarette tobacco (as a previous reviewer noted). I hope that the remainder of the tin benefits from some aging....

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Holy Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Holy Smoke (26)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Glorious, truly Glorious! There's no better way to start the day.

It is claimed that some supermodels get paid £20,000 to get out of bed, I rely on this to draw me from the sheets. One, for its refreshing qualities that refresh the palate as well as the mind and two, due to my distinct lack of stunning looks.

This is not as soft and light as some may think. Though For fans of stronger tobaccos [e.g. Brown Pigtail] there's no better way to start the day.

A permanent fixture on my rotation.

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drdave Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
drdave (9)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Phew! What was once a delightfully complex and powerfull smoke, this is now merely rank, harsh, and "green" tasting. Plus it leaves a bad smell in the bowl and it takes a couple of bowlfulls of something good to get rid of the lingering after taste. Of course others find this to suit them just fine - so, to each his own. If there was truth in advertising, they could rename it "Dunhill's Danish Disaster".

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★★★★
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The only thing that I can think better to wake up with than EMP and black coffee would be waking up to Heidi Klum making me breakfast. No seriously, it is a great morning smoke. Light and soft with just the right amount of latakia for a 5:00 a.m. pipe. There are very few for that matter Orientals that have such a small amount of latakia, it is a nice change of pace. Don?t smoke it too fast, you might burn your tongue. There is for me a noticeable jolt of nicotine that I get from this blend. This is again one of those blends that I would consider classic.

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Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I really enjoy this tobacco, its a lovely way to start the day. Either with a cup of Lapsang Souchong after breakfast (not coffee, that would drown the subtleties of the flavour), or out for an early walk in the fields with a mist still hanging, fresh cool air makes tobacco taste so much better... I imagine a frosty morning would be ideal for enjoying this. The lemon Virginias give this a piquant tang, quite mouthwatering, that really does wake up my tastebuds in the morning, and a sweetness, also from red Virginias that complements this. The sourish, musty spice of the orientals backs this up, fills out the taste, makes it very satisfying. The latakia, if there is any, is applied sparingly, I believe there is some fired tobacco here, there's just a little smokiness, very pleasant.

I have a tin blended in the UK, so I can't comment on the batches by Orlik (although the tin itself is the same shape as the Orlik tins, so perhaps it was blended by Orlik). Whoever mixed it, I'm very satisfied. In my stash I have a really old tin of it, I cant wait to get into that stuff...

Highly recomended.

-----------------UPDATE----------------------------------------

I just broke into the old tin of it, I presume blended by Dunhill: it's one of the old ones with a painted lid. LOVELY! Much the same as the newer tin I'd had, but seems somehow more balanced, the flavours are better integrated. I don't want to bash whoever produced the other tin, this stuff could just be better off for ageing, but this is rather more elegant, more refined. All of those flavours I'd enjoyed are still there, but it's harder to pick the smells of different components apart. Smokes smooth, very smooth, and it is indeed a delicate tasting mixture. Perfect smoke to start the day with.

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ex20adayman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ex20adayman (30)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Unnoticeable

This is currently my Virginia du jour having recently replaced Bell's Three Nuns. Being new to pipe smoking and having immersed myself in the reviews on this website I just had to try a Dunhill blend didn't I.

First impressions are the attractive packaging - ruffled paper inside the tin with a cardboard cover. Bit disappointed that the tin label was just a sticker and not printed on like back in the day but I guess it's for cost purposes.

Tobacco has a nice aroma in the tin but on lighting has a distinctly musty taste that I find hard to describe. In all honesty the first three bowlfuls of this didn't impress me at all but something just then seemed to click and now I love this tobacco - great taste, good burn and no bite - but only if smoked with respect I find.

I think the name is a bit irrelevant however. Maybe this was an "early morning" mild blend in the 1950s when everyone was smoking Capstan untipped cigarettes but nowadays it surely must be seen as a proper full strength tobacco. With that in mind it is plenty sufficient for me, I was going to also try Dunhill 965 and Light Flake but if they're stronger than EMP I won't be bothering.

The one bad point is the room note. Nothing remarkable when you're actually smoking it but, even worse - when you come back to it 10 minutes later it smells of stale fags ie the pub after a heavy night! Still, I smoke in the garage so no big deal.

This tobacco is very much a "slow burner" in that it grows on you. Recommended if you like virginias.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

While it may be a decent smoke for a beginner or for an aromatic smoker looking to make explore the world of English blends, EMP falls short in my book.

This was my first English blend, and I wasn't awfully impressed. Some time has elapsed now, and I find that it is much "flatter" than the bright tastes and casings on some of the aromatics that I've smoked, and not nearly as rich and complex as the Virginia blends I prefer...at times it tasted "dirty."

The smoke itself is cool, slow, and managable. Very easy to control this tobacco and to puff at the temperature and pace of one's particular choosing. This is what makes it a good intro tobacco.

As far as aroma, its less offending than many of the stronger Englishes out there, although does come off as a bit "stale" to those non-smokers who are used to associating pipe smoking with their grandfather's aromatics.

As far as flavor is concerned, it is quite mild. This is your basic English stripped of all the "extras." Its light, you can taste the oriental tobaccos, but they definitely don't stand out like one might hope. In once sense, its a good thing that neither the VAs or the Orientals stand out, because it means that they blend into a cohesive smoke. In another sense, it means the smoke can be boring and monotonous, with no high points popping out at times.

As the name implies, its a good first smoke to ease into one's day, or a good last smoke if you're looking to wind down with something mild. If you're not looking for something special, sweet, rich, bold, or complex this will get you though (although there are better smokes for that job...squadron leader, for example).

I guess one way to put it is that its a good smoke for those who would smoke it...I wouldn't consider myself one who would smoke it. Reading some other reviews, it doesn't seem like a bad blend, but one that in no way suits my taste. In light of its simple nature, and the fact that there are a number of similar blends that are yet a bit better, I don't think that I'd recommend this blend.

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LearnedHandsome Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LearnedHandsome (10)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

A great tobacco that I smoke often. It burns well, tastes good, and is available everywhere. EMP is an especially good value when purchased in bulk. As far as lighter English blends go, this is one of the best, but I prefer Gawith's Skiff because it has a more interesting range of flavor and is a touch milder.

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Puff Daddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puff Daddy (43)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

IMHO, this blend has suffered more than any I've yet found, after the transition from Murray's to today's Orlick. I have tins from the Murray era, from like 6-7 years ago, which is so much more rounded and rich than this current offering. It's sad, really. This has been a nice, mild to medium VA blend with the right touch of Orientals. But now, it tastes like a cigarette blend, sharp-edged, and too often, harsh. When blenders change, like in the case of Dunhill, I try hard to give the benefit of the doubt, and evaluate the newer blends on their own merits. Sadly, I just find this lacking, with little to remind us of its former glory except how the tin looks.

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tonyg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonyg (103)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Here's another of what was once a great blend by Dunhill that has evolved over the years to what I would call merely acceptable. If I were out of tobacco, I certainly would accept a bowlful in a pinch. But I wouldn't part with a penny at a tobacco shop on this one.

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hoo-boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hoo-boy (17)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Tolerable

Early Morning if you like a Mild smoke. A blend of orientals with a portion of Virginias , this is a tobacco for the novice as well as the seasoned smoker Not an all day for me cause I like a bit more Nicotine.

I was given a tin of this and now understand why it has lasted so many years. On the plus side it will not bite so puff away. It looks nice in the tin. It packs and light easy and is consistant to the last puff. As I've heard the earlier versions were much better, as I never had the pleasure, I cannot comment except to say , Wish I had! This blend Is named appropiately as it is An Early Morning brew for me. The Rooster has something to crow about! Cause 3 out of 4 is not bad!

hoo-boy

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Jazzplayer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jazzplayer (9)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A great introduction into the English blends. EMP is a great morning tobacco, that will entice the palate for more wonderful flavors as the day grows old! This tobacco I find is best loaded into the bowl using "Franks Method". This tobacco is a mild English.....great starter!

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I have been trying out the Orlik made Dunhills - in bulk as well as from tins. The bulk Nightcap and My Mixture 965 are passable blends in their own rights, but vastly inferior to the original products. How shall June tell the glory that went with May ...

Early Morning Pipe was never the light weight blend that its name might have suggested. It was a medium strength blend suitable for all day smoking, with the Dunhill virtues of impeccable ingredients expertly blended for a rich taste and a rich aroma. The Orlik made blend smells the same as the Murray version on opening the tin. In the pipe it lacks some of the roundness and the fullness of the original. There is a certain raw edge to the smoke which detracts from the usual Dunhill finesse. It may be a function of age, because the blend does promise much to the nose.

I have kept tins of EMP, NC, SMMedium and MM 965 for revisiting in six months or so in the hope they will improve.

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Harvey54 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harvey54 (4)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Back in my college days I took up the pipe. I went through the usual stuff available to one with little or no funds available. The Carter Halls, The Chery Blends, and of course the venerable Prince Albert. Remembering the wonderful aromas from my grandfathers pipe I thought boy did he suffer alot just for the aroma. Well eventually I gave it up. Many years later I decided to try again, dropping in the local tobacco shop I picked up a nice Dr. Grabo, and a few ounce of the shops blend of a very nice aromatic. Needless to say I was very much impressed with it. Then I found another shop a few miles away and decided to see what was out there. To my great surprise there was a young man who basically took me by the hand and led me to the promised land of pipe smoking. Starting me out with Mc Clelland 5100, some Bob's Chocolate, Orlik's Golden Slices and finally to Early Morning Pipe. NOw it is here that I must admit he is not fond of the English type Blends and gave me a bit of a warning that they aren't for everyone. After the first few bowls I was in full agreemant with him. Not willing to give up just yet I had a pipe that had smoke horribly with the other brands I smoked, giving this pipe a thorough cleaning and some time to settle. I found a treasure, This particular pipe and EMP seemed to be made for each other. There were hints of sweetness and the Latakia of which I have become fond of. It has become my early morning pipe. Mind you for me , (who is a reformed cigarette smoker and occasional cigar smoker), it packs a heady wallop if I am not paying attention to it. I must say next to the 5100, this is my favorite blend. Recommended to all who would love to try and English blend.

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wolf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wolf (5)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This new Dunhill Early Morning tastes like a typical Danish tobacco. It no longer has that Dunhill feel, taste or quality. It has a very specific Danish type taste and somewhat a cigarette taste. Perhaps Orlick will get better but so far ,presuming they are working from the old recipe, they are doing something wrong. The Murray's Dunhill was one of my favorite tobaccos. This stuff remind me of the German made Parson's Pleasure, that is rubbish.

Most disappointed.

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Merple Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Merple (15)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I generally go for english blends and Dunhill's but I have to say - I don't enjoy this as an early moring pipe. It's too harsh for me for. Great later in the day certainlly. Strikes me as a little cigarette tasting - Oops - Sorry - No offence to all of your fans on this.

It's time like this I wonder reading the other comments if I just don't get something ???

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Moe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Moe (45)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

EMP is Nightcaps little brother. Very similar in base flavors, but toned down a couple notches. Avery pleasent all day smoke.

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DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

This is my personal favorite of the venerable Dunhill products. In my book, there aren't enough blends on the market that focus primarily on oriental tobaccos without adding heaps of latakia. Although EMP seems to contain latakia, it's a relatively minor amount (if there at all) and you can really focus your attention on the other flavors. As with most Dunhill products, the tobacco quality is superb and it burns well. I'm not fond of the odd, musty taste that seems to accompany Dunhill blends, but it's far less prominent here than in other mixtures. Recommended.

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giturra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
giturra (31)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I should start by saying that I'm mostly an aromatic smoker, who on ocation will gladly try some english mixes and latakia driven tobaccos, I admit that I still lean over aromatics more heavily though. That said, and without being a conoisseur of english mixes, I liked this tobacco but I was not as impressed as I hoped, after hearing all the rave comments on this tobacco, i was a bit underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, It's a solid quality tobacco that has a great full flavor (IMHO, I know that for some of you, calling EMP STRONG makes me a pussy boy) By the aroma and taste I can see some latakia, some ppl say there isn't any at all, but I disagree, it's stronger than what I expected, not schocking but still pretty strong. I'd recommend it as a way of crossing over from aromatics to english type tobbacos. love the tin aroma though. Good, but not great, let's see in a couple of weeks if I change my opinion. I give it 5 out 10.

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Maimonides Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Maimonides (70)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

MILD SWEET TOBACCO, INCENSE

Dunhill's quality is shown here! A great mild, cool, blend. A great introduction to Dunhill- English style. I am sure some might be bored, but for all day use it fits the bill.If you are not stuck on having a good 'presentation', you can save some money and buy an all american blend like revelation. Its smooth, with potency. If you like this- you likely will like House Of Windsors Revelation as well.

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Wolfpaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wolfpaw (37)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Early Morning Pipe has been a longtime favorite of mine, going back to my college days when I first smoked a pipe. It was one of the first "high-class" tobaccos I tried back then (as opposed to the low-priced aromatics I got at the corner drugstore), and I've been enjoying it ever since. It's sort of like an old friend, always dependable, and I find even the artwork on the tin is welcoming and comforting. I like most of the Dunhill mixtures-- Nightcap and Aperitif being my top favorites. When I want something a little less potent, it's often EMP that I reach for. It starts off with that great woodsy and smoky tin aroma, and continues with a pleasingly complex flavor-- just challenging enough to the palate to make things interesting, there's a nice interplay among the Orientals and Virginias. The Virginias here are rather less sweet than they are in some mixtures, but the EMP is nicely balanced. The room note isn't unpleasant-- I'd call it "properly English;" it doesn't hang as heavy in the air as Nightcap's aroma does. I just finished my first tin of Orlik-blended EMP, and they seem to be maintaining the Dunhill formula fairly faithfully. It does seem to have a little more of a nicotine kick than it used to though, and the ribbon cut is a little more raggedy than it was when Dunhill stil produced it themselves. EMP remains a good, reliable medium English blend.

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Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Now this is what I'm talking about! Yes, EMP is mild for an English blend, but it doesn't kill me like 965 or Nightcap (YEURK!)

Beautiful, goergous natural tobaccos. It tastes like tobacco and smells like tobacco. I've had many moments of satisfaction smoking this mixture. The sad part is, as it's mild, it becomes kind of flat after the tin has been opened for a couple weeks. But at least, this is an English blend I can smoke with great pleasure.

Highly recommended without a doubt!

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mel51us Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mel51us (47)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

09062006 Much has already been written about this blend, so I'll keep the comments short. Very good blend. Burns cool and clean. Great tobacco flavor. I would recommend EMP to any pipe smoker, although the neophyte might find it a bit strong at first. ============================================================= 09242006 I find I am reaching for this more and more when I want a break from heavy Latakia blends and virginia blends like Old Gowrie and Wessex Brigade Campaign Dark Flake. The orientals in this blend are very tasty.

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Mitland Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mitland (7)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

EMP hasa nice varigated color of light to dark. Aroma has a topping similar to Irish Mist. The tobacco is a bit moist and needs to be dried out for about an hour. Upon light you're presented with a sweet almost burnt marshmello and spice flavor that turns bitter and leathery. Nice smoky undertones though. There is a fair amount of nicotine punch for a bowl in the morning which is when I've sampled this. The acrid, leather flavor remains constant to the bottom of the bowl. All in all this is nothing special.

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Howlin' Wolf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Howlin' Wolf (10)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Early Morning Pipe is my overall favorite tobacco. I don't know if the 115th review of this great tobacco is going to add any startling new insights, but here goes:

There is just enough Oriental in it to artistically weave a very pleasant cardamom / cumin flavor into the smoke, but it's emphatically not dominant, not on-top. This blend comes by this subtle flavor naturally. It is not a cased or aromatic tobacco. This tobacco is delicious, smooth, and very satisfying.

This could very easily be an all day smoke. It's definitely an everyday smoke for me. I like heavy English blends and the various VA incarnations very much, but I don't think that every smoke needs to be an epic encounter with a big, dramatic flavor. EMP is my go-to blend and I expect it always will be.

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Captainmicahp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captainmicahp (4)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

This is a nice light tobacco. it is a nice introduction to latakia. The only thing I can really add is that this stuff burns hot, I mean nuclear, so pack it in a pipe that can take the heat, other than that this stuff really is good for you first pipe of the day.

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aniboker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aniboker (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

After twelve days of waiting, this tobacco finally arrived in the mail this morning. I eagerly pried open the lid with my pipe tool and was greeted by the musty smell of a beautiful latakia tobacco. The tobacco was soft and broke easily, making the filling of my pipe a quick and simple procedure. Hastily, I ducked out onto my verandah to savour this renowned smoke.

EMP is delightful. It is not as strong as some other latakia blends, making it a pleasure to smoke prior to the day beginning. It has a slightly sweet aftertaste, but not so sweet as to unfavourably colour my appreciation of the pipe. I do not like aromatics, favouring instead the enjoyable strength of real tobacco flavouring. I was not disappointed.

The pipe required very few relights, which was surprising considering the size of the bowl that I was smoking. As the pipe burned the taste became stronger, leaving me wanting more once the final third was smoked. I would recommend this to anybody who appreciates a stronger tobacco but who is nonetheless looking for something a little milder to start their day.

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Snowblind Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Snowblind (2)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very nice tobacco, with not too much latakia and in my opinion, not bland at all. It has interesting taste and I like it more than My Mixture 965. Worth buying.

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Diomedes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Diomedes (2)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Early Morning Pipe is my standard for evaluating Mild strength English blends. I have sipped the smoke from this for nearly 38 years, off and on.

The latakia is slightly understated. The Virginias come through in a balanced way.

Overall, a very good smoke, but it really isn't a blend to get excited about. Just a good, stable smoke.

It burns well if allowed to dry some. Slight bite.

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tacoeatingzebra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tacoeatingzebra (36)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I would echo a lot of the attributes given to this tobacco by other reviewers-- it's good, don't get me wrong. My problem is that it is kind of two dimensional, particularly after having tried many other Englishes...

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EAL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
EAL (36)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This was the first pipe tobacco I ever smoked. I began my continuing journey through the world of pipes and tobacco with EMP in 1994. For whatever reason, I never returned to this blend until just recently.

This is a great blend for a new pipe smoker in my opinion as well as deserving of its status as a favorite by so many seasoned veterans. Because I enjoyed this so much as my first tobacco, I bypassed the usual early indoctrination through aromatics and postponed my enjoyment of that type of blend until much later in my hobby when I could appreciate them. I think one of the main reasons people are predjudiced against aromatics is that's what they burn their mouth on when they take up the pipe so they associate them with pain and/or categorize them for the beginner only.

In any case, a more natural English type blend like EMP lets a new pipe smoker know what tobacco tastes like, and does so in a gentle way. I wouldn't introduce someone who's never had an adult beverage to whiskey by serving them some rotgut cheap immitation, or even worse, something disasterous like Southern Comfort, nor would I introduce them to wine with a 4 pack of Bartles and James - they'd get a nice single malt or a Pinot Noir, with a little coaching on how to make the most of it. But I digress.

What Cragganmore is to single malts, EMP is to pipe tobacco. The stoved Virginias provide a slightly sweet and full base while the orientals provide just enough spice. The result is a smooth rich satisfying smoke without any rough edges that packs and burns nicely. If you light this up looking for a latakia bomb you'll be disappointed. I think of it more as a Virginia blend with a little oriental leaf to add fullness and complexity. The condimental leaf is just that. Don't let the name fool you into thinking this is some sort of sawed-off or diluted immitation of something else. It's a fine blend in its own right that meets all reasonable expectations. Highly Recommended - four stars.

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wyrmis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wyrmis (7)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I am no longer as crazy about this blend as when I first tried it, but that is largely because I have vastly expanded my experience with related blends. I still turn to it for a good mid-day smoke every now and again, and enjoy it, but will pass it up for other things given a chance.

There is not much that I can add to discussions of its flavor or strength, besides that I would consider this a good "bridge" blend for those trying to get into English style blends. It made a good transition blend for me, and at the time I was a pretty strong aromatics smoker.

I will probably finish off what little I have left in the tin and then move on to slightly stronger fair. But I think that everyone who hasn't given it a chance should. Its quite good.

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cavendish guru Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cavendish guru (6)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Extra Full Overwhelming

Seemed as if it lacked nicotene, but the Room Note makes up for it. This tried and true english is so very potent, it cleared out a room full of us one afternoon...I know it's for the morning, but I had evening access again to my friend's dad's stash of fine tobaccos. It really had a burn barrel taste for some reason. I'm a fan of englishes yes, but I want a blend that won't clear the room of my friends and other random onlookers. If you feel the same as me about the blend, dare I recommend a nice Haunted Bookshop or some two friends bed and breakfast for a fine morning smoke

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D'Jullius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
D'Jullius (19)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A Good English. Offers more complexity than most Dunhills.

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OleFattGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OleFattGuy (27)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I broke the taxation seal and put a coin under the rim of the lid and twisted it slightly. The vacuum popped and a smell akin to the one you might feel when opening up the hatch to your tile stove streamed out to greet me. I peeled of the top paper to check out the mixture and the worst smokiness slowly disappeared, but it still smells like an Ardbeg or Lagavullin cask strength!

How someone would wanna want it in the early morning is beyond me, but it was after work, so I packed the only pipe I had available right then (a chacom neat prince) even though I'd been smoking aromatics in it earlier...

I stuffed my pipe using the "Frank" method (for the first time, it was interesting - and good) with Dunhill Early Morning Pipe. Had a brisk walk outdoors while smoking it. Far from optimal circumstances to judge a new tobacco I gather...

First charring, tamping, recharring, retamping, and then the tobacco was lit and stayed lit all the way down. First impression was a leathery, almost oily smoke but this soon disappearred as I provoked the pipe with some fast puffs. It burnt easy enough(which was one of my concerns about the "Frank" method) and gave a cool dry smoke. The taste was a bit sour, all the way through but at the same time sweet and remarcably dry almost woolen. "Like sucking slightly sweetened lemonade powder and single malt through a woolen blanket sitting by the fireplace in an elegant leather chair".

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A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (73)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have often spoken up for a more restrained expression of English blends in the past. A via media, to use the Anglican term, is what I think best sought when dealing with bright Virginias and the always temperamental Latakia. Here is a mixture that has rather fallen short, though not by adulterating the smoking experience with a massive and pretentious quantity of Latakia.

Perhaps I am never again to be fully satisfied with an English blend, but even the more restrained approach taken with Early Morning Pipe, for me, fails to deliver. Upon lighting up one is titillated with the musky tang found in so many other fine Dunhill English blends. This is not to be the lasting or predominate flavor, however. The smoke very soon gives way to a mundane note of bland, hollow blonde Virginia that tastes like poplar wood smells like when it is burning. Perhaps one or two more times that true English flavor will reassert itself, but again it is not to last.

For my part, I will always reach for a far stouter and heavier tobacco to have with my tea in the morning, and do not generally understand the sentiment that lead to the formulation of Early Morning Pipe. It would seem that the experience I have had smoking this is similar to what others have described when experiencing what they perceive as the uninspired blandness of Dunhill's Elizabethan Mixture. Elizabethan happens to be among my favorites and I will be sure to take it over Early Morning Pipe any day.

Regards,

A. Morley Jaques

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raadman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
raadman (31)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was initially my "go-to" smoke when I feelt the need for a little latikia but the smoky, peppery flavors keep calling me back to become my all day tobacco. My first two tins came in dry and rated overall 21/2 stars but the third tin came just at the right moisture level and that's when I became hooked. For some reason in this fourth tin the tobacco is nearly dripping wet...like they just dragged it off the farm during a rain storm, quickly chopped it up and stuffed it in as many tins as possible to meet a huge order. Still a top notch smoke in my world...

ser jocopo bent bulldog

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calavera Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
calavera (26)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I received an aged tin from a friend, and eagerly popped the top to see how it was.

Has a fairly mild taste, and it almost seems a little bland to me. Kind of just a generic virginia/smoky taste. In this type of mixture, I much prefer Red Rapparee.

Will smoke the rest of the tin, but will probably not do so at a rapid pace as there is not really anything about this tobacco that makes me reach for it.

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jimh76 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jimh76 (3)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Pleasant

Being a (relatively) new pipe smoker, I was enticed to this by a mixture of the cheery tin, the reputation of Dunhill - and some of the reviews on this site. I can see where the "Early Morning" part of this comes from, it is a mild tobacco without any "kick" - I smoked it in a virgin Peterson straight Billiard Briar, and I confess it was rather sweet for my taste - but perhaps the taste will mellow as the pipe matures. I'm reserving it for my Sunday Morning walk to church!- Not an every day smoke for me.

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tennessee texan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tennessee texan (21)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dunhill's EMP is exactly what it's name indicates, an early morning smoke. Not an all day smoke for me. I do like the taste of this tobacco, and like all Dunhill's that I have smoked, it burns well with a minimum of relights.

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Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (140)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Too light for my palette, I did not taste the complex flavors other reviewers have found. This blend was rather flat and seemed "decaffinated". I regularly smoke 965 as well as Nightcap, but I cannot find a place for EMP in my rotation. I know that it is supposed to be lighter, but Frog Morton fills the, light english niche for me. This is definitely made from good tobacco stock, but it is too dull for me to bother trying to enjoy.

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ollievon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ollievon (8)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Being an aromatic smoker, this was a change of pace. I had always been curious about what an Early Morning Pipe would taste like, and the name Dunhill created a level of facination. I have to admit that the first smoke was tough having never smoked Latakia and Oriental tobacco. It smoked fine and had a strong fragrance that was somewhat pleasant. The Latakia was difficult for me to truly grasp an appreciation for, to me it tasted like maple and soap mixed together, not my personal favorite taste.

I will try this again, many have suggested a second smoke will help me appreciate it more. I would not discourage anyone from smoking this, but if you are a first time pipe smoker, or one that is expecting an aromatic I would not introduce this to you as a first of the day.

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Semois Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Semois (18)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The dry oriental liquorice taste dominates. Only a very small amount of Latakia is present. The first half of the bowl is a bit frustrating, while waiting for a taste-intensity that doesn't seem te come. Only in the second half, the taste becomes somewhat richer and deeper. So my feelings about EMP are dual. But perhaps I have to smoke it at the time, it is designed for : the early morning...

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afi6to8 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
afi6to8 (4)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a great breakfast smoke, going well with that first cup of coffee. I think it is a bit too light for an all day smoke, and I would never want to smoke it after dinner, but in its place, works quite well. The aroma is appealing, and like all the Dunhills I have smoked, it lights well and stays lit, leaving a clean ash in the bowl. The flavor's are bright and ease you into the first bowl of the day very smoothly. The room note doesn't leave the wife complaining right out of bed either. I'm putting the rest of this tin back to age, and I expect it to mellow out even a bit more. It burns cool, and is a friend to the tongue. Definetly worth the money. Three stars.

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DUPE.629 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.629 (133)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dunhil-Early Morning Pipe. January 2006. UPDATE After returning to this wonderful Dunhill blend,I am more empressed than ever! It seem's even more delicious than it did in the past,lit very easily and only required one re-light and two tamp's,then it was all smooth smoking right down to the bottom of the bowl.Leaving a very clean whitish grey ash at the end. Highly,highly recommended.

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anixi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
anixi (17)
★★★★
Strong Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Firstly, this is the Lane version. I thought the first quarter bowl was very spicy, almost too much. Not much nicotine hit. The second quarter bowl started mellowing out, nicotine started to kick in big time, a little high. Taste at that point peaked, very good room note, spectacular in fact. The last half showed a lot of nicotine muscle, very high, almost knocked me over. The room note and taste were consistently very good. Somewhat annoyingly wet in the middle. Burned to ash very well, very smoky tasting finish. I'll burn up the entire tin and revise this review at the end. I like it so far!

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Joseph Durham Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joseph Durham (16)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Trying EMP for the first time it wasn't bad. Differnet from what I am use to, mostly aromatics. The Virginian's stand out considerably.

After smoking EMP a few times it begins to irritate ones tounge, and seems to be rather bitter. This did not occur in smoking the same pipe continually. The bitter taste was detected in four different pipes.

While EMP is not the best, it certainly is not the worst. A few more tins will be cellared and in a few years, there may be a few changes to this review.

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Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (81)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Right in the twilight hours of Murray's production Dunhill, and faced with declining quality of London Mixture, 965 (which I never really liked), and Durbar, I've voted with my wallet for EMP bulk over every other Dunhill English (save Nightcap, which is a different thing), putting away 8 lbs as an "everyday" English. Late production EMP is strong in nicotine (Paddy is right), light in Latakia and zesty and subtle in orientals and VAs. Supply is drying up , so this review is mainly for "posterity", and I've not had the Orlik bulk, if there is such a thing. The 5lb bulk packs are (or used to be, I should say) labled made in the UK, so the whether or not the bulk was made by Lane or Murray's should never have been an issue. It should go without saying that I don't find this too light or too weak in either flavor or stength but it is better in a big pipe. I agree EMP has suffered less than any of the other Dunny Englishes over time, varying mainly in nicotine kick (seems to have gotten stronger) while maintaing the same nutty, subtle taste. My flavoring rating refers to Latakia and oriental presence.

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Collezionista Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Collezionista (59)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Pretty mild stuff this is. Nothing exciting, but it is a relatively enjoyable smoke nonetheless. Compared to many of Dunhill's stronger English blends, the Orientals in EMP seem to have a more dominant role. Unfortunately, they aren't flavorful enough to carry the blend, leaving EMP with a relatively anticlimactic quality that vexes me to some degree. Dunhill's next step up, 965, is about as mild an English blend as I can enjoy and therefore EMP simply tends to fall off my radar. However, like the rest of the Dunhill English line, it is a quality blend that smokes well. Perhaps those lilylivered types that are put off by the potency of the other Dunhills might enjoy this lightweight treat quite a bit. As for me, there are greater rewards to be had in fuller English blends.

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Theodoric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Theodoric (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my favorite English blend right now. It smells like camping, it tastes like tobacco, and it doesn't require me to drink a gallon of water after smoking it to recuperate.

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jackhackett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jackhackett (76)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

While EMP doesn't supply the croaking green nicotine roller-coaster of 965 or the deep intensity of Durbar, it does provide a more refined and subtle approach to the English blend, and is probably my favorite of the current Dunhill selections I've tried.

EMP isn't simply a bland cousin to 965; I am able to detect more subtle and interesting notes in EMP while I find that 965 can almost blast the senses out of register at times.

Moisture content is perfect out of the tin, and to be honest, drying out too much has never been a problem as I cannot leave a tin unfinished for very long. I usually buy EMP two tins at a time, and they never last as long as they should.

And no clue as to why Alfred thought this should be an "early morning" blend; I sometimes smoke this all day and enjoy the first, last, and every bowl in between.

Don't let the name discourage you from trying this blend----this may be the Dunhill you've been looking for.

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Lancelot Gobbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lancelot Gobbo (23)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

For many years I was a Balkan Sobranie man. I used to tend to be, let's get technical here, apollonian in approach, rather than dionysian. That means I was looking for the one best, rather than delighting in trying many and enjoying the variety. But when your favourite tobacco disappears, what's to do? When BS went west, so did I in another sense, moving from the UK to Canada, and there I moved on to an aromatic (I know, chalk and cheese) blended by a tobacconist in Toronto. When that business went bust I quit smoking for five years. Now I'm dabbling in pipes again, and finding that EMP is rather like a Balkan Sobranie Light. It has the smoky tin aroma, though less intense (I think Lapsang souchon tea smells more smoky). It has a similar flavour when lit, but again less intense. It has the same tendency to burn a bit hot and to bite if you don't go slowly. It's a good deal lighter with respect to nicotine. There is the same hint of spiciness behind the smoky flavour. While the latakia content is said to be a lot less than in Nightcap, it is more obvious in EMP. An excellent tobacco to keep around, but not rich enough to be a 'this is the only one for me' tobacco. I find it a delightful way to make a break between heavier flavoured smokes, a sort of sorbet betwen courses.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

One of the best Dunhills on the market, it doesn't seem to suffer the decadence of some other productions by this brand. It's really not so light as someone might think by its name but it's suitable for all-day smoke. The best thing about it is that not many tobaccos can be so full with a relatively low nicotine content, but this one is really satisfying and fullfilling.

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bobspipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bobspipe (13)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the first step in my recovery from Dunhill. A few years ago when I was just returning to piping, based on all the recommendations tried Nightcap in all the wrong ways. I was traumatized and backed away from all Dunhill.

So I was cautious even with this mild blend. But It's been okay, I'm taking it slow, day by day, puff by puff. As I'm starting to settle down I'm beginning to appreciate the some of the nuances of the smoke, the fine blend of the tobaccos, the slow burn. It's getting better. I think we'll make it.

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RickPiatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RickPiatt (16)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

EMP was my first Dunhill Tobacco followed shortly by London Mixture and Nightcap. I found EMP to be a tasty english blend but unfortunatley it lacked the full latakia kick I was looking for. Nightcap was too strong in latakia ... for me, the best bang for the buck is London Mixture. If you want a mild english, EMP should be just what the doctor ordered however.

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suvit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
suvit (3)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

i don't like the smell from the tin. but when it comes to the taste - very good. easily lit and will stay to the end of the bowl. good taste. yes, can be smoked several bowls a day. my wife does not like the smell that much but she likes the tin cover. recommend to buy a tin or two and try.

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JulioJustice Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JulioJustice (12)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

EMP is nice anytime of the day. The name does kind of give it a pre-supposed existance, as the "first" pipe of the day. Good stuff. I especially like the coolness that comes form this blend, no bite at all. I really enjoy this.

If your a relitivly new smoker I would reccomned this blend because of is sensabilty in strenth and flavor.

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ricardo pear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ricardo pear (7)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The tin aroma is very rich natural english tobacco smell: musty and spicy, though EMP has a sweet smell, almost caramel like aroma that i havent smelt in any other of the Dunhill english blends. It is medium strength and slightly sweet with a typical english taste and aroma. I gave this 4 stars because it is rich and tasty without having a heavy or muddy taste that, although I like sometimes, is not the preference among many in the morning. It is in this sense a very good morning smoke, and also an all day smoke if your habits tend towards that.

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UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (108)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was my first english blend I tried back in the '70s and it remains my reference point for the genre. EMP is my favorite vehicle for Orientals. It is gentle enough to smoke all day, although I prefer a variety. Everything I could say has already been well said. This is easily my favorite Dunhill.

Update 5/05: "Favorite Dunhill" it may remain, but the quality of them all has dropped precipitously to mediocre; I've demoted by two stars. If there is some kind of dating method, buy only old tins. So much for a grand old name.

I hope the infection doesn't spread to Gawith.

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kevin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kevin (7)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I'm a relatively new and ocasional smoker and bought a tin of this after reading the reviews on this site. I quite enjoyed this blend, but find it a touch harsh on the throat; perhaps EMP is better suited for a more frequent/ experienced smoker? I love the aroma in the tin (a leathery, woody smell), although this does not really come across in the smoking experience itself. The tobacco is best left to air for half an hour prior to smoking, after which it packs and lights relatively easily. Few re-lights are required, and I agree with reviewers who comment on the campfire/ burning Autumn leaves aroma. A great nicotine hit too, however this tobacco is not really for me.

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Casper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Casper (22)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

At the crack of dawn.... rays of sunlight filtering through the trees.... early morning mist hovering over the fields.... my dogs at my side, deer in the distance - birds melodious in the still air. A cup of Tim Horton's and a bowl of early morning pipe in my Peterson Shannon bent apple. Kill me now - it doesn't get any better!

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Pipey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipey (17)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Mmmmmmmmmm, Dunhill Early Morning Pipe.

This is quite simply a delicious, un-pretentious and satisfying smoke at any time in the day.

I often find myself sitting out under the stars, with a pipeful and chuckling to myself about what time exactly in the morning they were aiming at (Perhaps 1 or 2am?) :).

I find this an interesting and tasty blend, that seems to smoke well, but Is a little moist when the tin is new - but this is a good thing. Better too moist than too dry - just leave a pipeful on a plate for ten minutes prior to indulging.

The Latakia is smoky and rich, but blended in a manner that is not overpowering (This was actually the first english I tried whilst smoking aromatics exclusively).

The finished product is well rounded, tasty and interesting, with a satisfying and mild smoke. In my opinion, its a little low on nicotine, but certainly not to the level where I would consider it weak.

All in all, one of my favorites for many reasons.

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Stud Cricket Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stud Cricket (3)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Well here goes, this is my first review. Las evening I tried EMP, I've been wanting to venture out and try some new things since starting to read these reviews, well for me it's back to the drawing board as far as taste goes. You guys that smoke this stuff are far stronger men than I. All I can add to this is it tasted like a pile of leaves on fire, and I'm standing in the smoke breathing in deeply. I guess I'm just a woos but I'm going back to the mild aromatics so at least I can stand the taste and smell. Just not a sophisticated smoker I guess. Perry--5-4-05, On further review, I had a full tin of this so I had to keep trying it as to not be wasteful, after a few bowls I grew to kind of like the stuff, or at least I was able to finish the tin. I can now say I've at least tolerated what some call a fine tobacco. Perry

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pipe dreams Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipe dreams (15)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

I very much like this one. The orientals in this, blend very nicely with the virginias, as the latakia rounds it out and gives it a good volume of smoke (not a great volume) but good. I'll be keeping a few tins of this one on hand.

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dishkuvek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dishkuvek (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the first tobacco I will review, as I consider it the first 'real' tobacco I smoked.

I began pipe smoking with a few local blends that I found in the jars at my local smoke shop. They were defiantly aromatics, not to say that they were all that bad. When I finally got around to doing some Internet research, I read on "The Professor's Pipe Page and Tobacco Bar" this little ditty, "I finally tried a couple of natural, English-style blends, despite warnings that these were for more serious, seasoned pipe smokers only. Surprisingly, these tobaccos provided the kind of taste experience I was somehow hoping for."

I knew the moment I read this, that I needed to start smoking English-style blends immediately. Unfortunately I was out of town when I read this, so it wasn't a few days till I could get my hands on some tobacco. When I finally got home, I rushed to the tobacco man and asked for some guidance on picking an introductory English blend. He gave me Early Morning Pipe and said, "Study this, when you're done, come back and talk to me again." The second I laid my eye's on what I still believe to be the greatest of tin art (along with it's darker more serious brother nightcap), I knew I was in for a lifetime of enjoyment!

I marched home eagerly awaiting the treat that lay in the small brown bag I was holding. I popped the tin, this was the first tin of tobacco I had ever popped, and marveled at the esthetic quality of the packaging. So naturally I loaded up the bowl of my cheapo Dr. Grabow and fired it up.

I can remember the first puff, oh the joy! From then on, that puff is the benchmark flavor that I associate with English-style tobacco. I've been in love ever since. Out of all the tobaccos I smoke, this is the only tin that I keep when I am finished. I don't know why, all they do is lie in the corner collecting dust. I do, however, enjoy looking at the stack and remembering all the varied memories associated with smoking this beautiful blend.

Most mornings, it is EMP that I start the day with. However, I often return to it a few times throughout the day. This is certainly one of my favorite blends, I owe a lot to my friend at the smoke shop. In just the same manner, I would recommend this blend to anyone wanting to journey into the wonderful world of English-style tobacco smoking!

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (125)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

A very nice light tasting English blend, perfect for starting the day. It always did have enough nicotine to perk you up in the morning, but the tobacco in my current tin will propel your circulatory system like a rocket tied to a Model T. Nicotine does not make me dizzy. I get no buzz at all from it. But when you reach geezer status, you have developed certain indicators that tell you when you have received a nicotine injection. This tin of EMP delivers as much nicotine as anything I have ever smoked. If you ever need a kick-start in the morning, this will do the trick. And it is a right tasty smoke, as well. Highly recommended. Paddy.

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Master Merlin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Master Merlin (11)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was one of the first tinned tobbaccos I tried. I liked it, all those years ago. (not that many). I stashed a few tins in a drawer and forgot about them for a few years. I rediscoved them and poped one open. Medium, right down the line.....just medium in all aspects. Good for an all day Orielntal/ english. All in all I prefer Mclelland #6

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bigjonburley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigjonburley (64)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

As many others have a tendency to compare this tobacco to 965, I will not. This tobacco in no way resembles the complexity and depth of 965. EMP is however a marked blending achievement in its own respect. This blend is dominated by the presence of bright orientals, though dark leaf obviously contributes a high percentage of the composition. The oriental content overides the presence of VA. The mildness of the orientals is complemented by a slight sweetness lended by the natural sugar content of the VA. Finally, the latakia adds a smokey essence that does seem to be a bit more overbearing than other reviewers have noted. I believe that this is due largely impart to the mildness of the orientals matched to the latakia. Even though the latakia content is lighter than full-strength English blends, it holds more leverage against the lighter bodied tobaccos that comprise the rest of the contents. This blend is not what I consider to be a great smoke in the morning. I prefer Gawith and Hoggart's dark Kentucky with an addition of 10% perique per volume. I like a stronger nicotine punch to complement the dark aribica coffee that I drink in the morning. Although a popular blend with many, I prefer to save this blend for the occasional change of pace from the deeper, darker blends that my pallet prefers. Smoking a bowl of this tobacco leaves me appreciating the likes of Gawith's Commonwealth, 965, and Nightcap even more. Point blank, too much oriental leaves this tobacco flat and rather one dimensional for my taste.

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Thatcher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thatcher (58)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant

This has a higher Virginia content than does 965. It is nicely done because it doesn?t bite as much as some other English blends heavy on the VA, but it packs a much higher nicotine wallop than most. As with 965, it is not my first choice in the Dunhill lineup. But if I am seeking a strong nicotine jolt, this is a good one to go to.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Of late I have sought a variety of light latakia blends. Although I can enjoy full blends, I prefer to treat Latakia as a condiment, not the main course. Naturally I had to try this classic from Dunhill. I must say, the blend is well named. It packs, lights, and behaves so well, one could do it while almost asleep. The flavor is right there from the beginning. Dry, toasty Virginia, spicey,tangy orientals, and just enough Latakia to give a gentle smokey flavor. The turkish is present in the aroma, as well as a clean woodsy scent. I don't believe this is topped or cased, the description on the tin simply tells us this is a delicate blend. Other reviewers have stated they find this blend boring and bland. I see it as being solid and consistent. This is precisely what I want while reading the paper, or a good book. I want the smoke to be comfortable, and discreet, not demanding of my attention.

I can certainly see this being an excellent introduction to English style blends. I don't see this as a wake up for any Latakia lover, as it will leave them wanting. I will certainly buy more.

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Pkloop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pkloop (46)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I think I've sampled a bad tin. This blend is bitter, bites like a pirhana, and seems too "green". That said I might try another tin if I can find an aged one. I do believe I may have recived too young a tin. With all the positive reviews and the longevity of this blend I must have gotten a bad one. Oh well. I'll stick with Rajah's Court. 11/10/04

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Tiger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tiger (53)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

As EMP's 59th reviewer what could I say that hasn't been mentioned? For me, it is on the ho-hum side - a second-fiddle to Standard Mixture Medium for sure. But, all things considered, it IS a nice smoke, likely a very nice "intro" smoke for someone wanting to flirt with English blends and, if such a person asked me for a short-list of such smokes, EMP would definitely be on it, if for no other reason than the typical Dunhill quality. EMP, though not in my stable of regulars, is very welcome to 3 full stars.

Tiger

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FiveRings Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FiveRings (21)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The easiest Dunhill blend to smoke . EMP doesn't offend your senses, your mouth, or your mind . Very smooth Oriental and Latakia presence . Elegance and subtlety .

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I have been smoking this mixture so long I thought I'd already reviewed it! Some other reviewer has said the bulk Dunhills are made by Lane in America. I don't know if this is true or not but I do think the tinned version is superior to the bulk I have smoked. Where the bulk blend is alright, the tinned version is excellent. I guess the bulk version could suffer fro improper storage, mis-handling, or in some cases be the wrong tobacco entirely. This has happened to me using internet tobacconists! Even the local shops goof sometimes. Especially when an inexperienced clerk with little tobacco knowledge is filling your order. Anyway about this tobacco: It truly is a benchmark in my opinion. A perfectly balanced English for any time of the day. The only time it lacks taste is after some of the stronger European flakes, twists, curly-cuts, etc. If I had to recommend a beginner English, I would probably recommend Skiff as I find it milder than E.M.P. That being said, I prefer E.M.P. as I find it a bit richer or more forward in taste than Skiff. I would also caution those who live in drier climates not to follow the "leave the lid off the tin for a week." If you live in a low humidity or semi-arid area of the world, just breaking the seal and not smoking it for a month or so will dry it up to the consistency of twigs! The Dunhill tins don't reseal all that well in my opinion. This same drying out happened to me with the London Mixture and Royal Yacht tins also. I would suggest transferring the tobacco to a sandwich bag or sealed container of some sort once the desired dryness has been achieved.

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Esoxhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Esoxhunter (60)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

September 2004

This is not nearly so intense as Nightcap, but a pleasant smoke nonetheless. Unlike Nightcap, this wouldn't suffice in past years when I was looking for a suitable replacement/companion for cigars, but now I am able to discern the sweetness of the orientals. I don't smoke this regularly, but it is nice for a change of pace. One of many quality Dunhill English style offerings.

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thedigger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedigger (17)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As suggested, this one's good for the first or for an all day light strength smoke. A fragrant, naturally sweet tasting blend, with a small amount of kick. Dunhill seems correct in saying that this blend is a good one to start the day but I have found it to also be a good smoke anytime. I recommend everyone (at least) try this one; it's worth it. I don't have any of this on hand (and I haven't since I found GL Pease, Piccadilly) but, it is good enough to hold a top rating.

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pedro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pedro (7)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild Tolerable

Here you get a real English one.

The Tabaccos used give it a strong natural flavour with different kind of nuances:

In the beginning I always get the automn breeze, I'm reminded of smoking leaves. There's a whole bunch of exotic flavours to discover accompanied by a smooth sweetness which is close to licorice.

It's best to let it dry out a little and than go to the cool early morning experience.

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The Keeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Keeper (112)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I believe it is called "Early Morning Pipe" as to truly savor it, you must have a relatively fresh palate. I first tried smoking EMP after pipes of 965, Night Cap, and other rounder tasting blends. I could barely get a thing out of the smoke aside from...dull smoke.

With a clean mouth and a refreshed pipe, I can taste a burst of tangy citrus orientals, musky turkish, hints of sweet VA and a tiny bit of Latakia. All billowing out through out the bowl. Fairly complex yet not overwhelming in flavor. As I had hoped and suspected, I classify this as "Durbar Light". Less power, harshness. Still plenty of taste. As others have noted, this is NOT light as far as nicotine goes. Expect a VERY high nicotine kick. Nightcap usually gives me little trouble, this made my head spin.

Similar to Pease Samarra, though a bit fuller in a cigar like flavor. While I enjoy it, I believe there are other tobaccos in this category (Orient Express, Baalbek, Samarra) that are a bit more interesting. Though I believe the strength in this tobacco, like many of the Dunhill line I've been recently working on, comes in the pedigree and reliability. And at the price (if you hunt around), you likely won't be disappointed by a bowl of EMP if you like Oriental blends on the lighter flavor side.

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bumbum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bumbum (20)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild Very Pleasant

After some years I tried a tin of this tobacco. I is a nice tobacco, but no better. If I have to smoke a latakia-based mixture in the morning I absolutely prefer Paul Olsen's "King George VI".

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vmalloc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vmalloc (10)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

After getting a whif of a jar of this stuff at the tobacconist, I was interested. It was like an english, but not. It had a lot more of a virginia aroma, with a note of oriental.

The flavor changes between two main stages for me: REALLY TASTY, and 'sortof bland'. Unlike most reviewers, I actually get the best flavor out of my bowls from the first third, midway the flavor dies down, and then occasionally comes back at the bottom. 'Really Tasty' is awesome; it's a mix between spicy and nutty, with a hint of virginia sweetness added in. Some people have said there's Latakia present, but I'm not so sure. If there's latakia, it's in a negligible amount. I didn't detect it at all.

I could see, flavor wise, why people would want to smoke this in the morning. But I definetely wouldn't. I'm not a morning pipesmoker anyways, but my sample has nuclear tongue bite. It does smoke pretty hot too. All these wifes out there that hate pipesmoke will probably not appreciate the aroma, but I liked it, it's the first blend I've had that actually smelled like pipesmoke to me.

It's getting towards my perfect blend, but because of the bite, heat and often dissapearance of taste, I have to give it a 3. Maybe I should try some non-latakia oriental blends and see if I like that.

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Ratcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ratcat (30)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

It has a good name really. There is a lot of serious names on the market sugessting serious smoking experience. This is a fun name and this is a fun smoke. In fact you can do tons of fun things with this one. Pack it tight, pack it loose, take big big puffs, take a toasting slow puff and it will react differently. All reaction is good and well tempered. This is one of the most frequent tobacco I smoke. It is very spicy but managable. Best for folks who like to get into English Mixture cause it is light enough and yet kind of flavorable..

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DeltaSnake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeltaSnake (31)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The illustration on the tin is a triumph of image over reality, although I say that in jest. It's intended to be a first smoke of the day, or smokes, and it gives off the aura of a mild smoke, which it isn't. It's a pleasant medium English blend which I smoked for years on and off, until I learned that the best early morning smoke is the one you are in the mood for, and not any particular strength. I have a lot of pleasant memories of peaceful mornings with this one, and recent smokes haven't changed that. It's one of the classic Dunhill mixtures and with good reason.

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batfastard123 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
batfastard123 (10)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I love this blend, what's not to like, sweet Virginias, rich Oriental, wonderful Latakia. This is a tobacco which goes through a transition, starting out with just a hint of sweetness provided by the Virginias and just a hint of a bite, almost like a Perique (although no Perique is supposed to be in it) then it really mellows out and the Latakia kicks in. A great all day smoke if you like a milder English. Not the strongest as far as nicotine goes, but enough to wallop the uninitiated. The tobacco smells nice in the tin, full of Latakia, it burns clean and leaves a nice gray-white ash, very little or no dottle. The tobacco is a nice cut and appears to be of high quality, it lights easily and requires very little relighting. For me, an enjoyable smoke anytime of the day, again not as strong as 965 or Nightcap but a good choice when something lighter is desired. If you are not a fan of the heavier English blends, you might want to try this one, it might be a good blend for someone wanting to crossover from straight Virginias or Aromatics. I would give this tobacco an 8 out of 10. I will definately keep it on hand.

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Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I do not have the time to describe the attributes of this tobacco in detail as others do. However, as I do wish to contribute some feedback, I will simply rate this tobacco on a scale of 1 ?10, including tenths.

I no longer smoke English blends but my notes indicate I found EMP lacking 'oomph." - I like more body. I rate this tobacco 7.5 out of 10.

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J M Hines Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J M Hines (5)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

EMP is my favorite Dunhill.Although I enjoy other english such as Margate more.This is the only Dunhill I keep this on hand.Recommended.

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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

Unbelievable! Quite simply unbelievable! For some reason I have avoided trying this weed. I think it was the words mild and delicate that caused me to instill a subconsious aversion to trying this. I have since been cured of this aversion to say the least. I recently read somewhere that the references to strength that Dunhill(Murray) uses on the tins is in reference to Latakia content. Well, this may not have a high Latakia content, but it is certainly rich and satisfying. This blend showcases how important the Va's are in an English blend. These are simply the best there are. This has become my new favorite Dunhill blend, right beside Nightcap. I detect no flavorings here, just the absolute very best weed there is. The blend does pick up some intensity the further down it burns, but never nips, nor gets sour. The last third marries the VA's and Orientals into a perfect tobacco bliss! You must try this.... Now...... Hurry.....!

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CoronaDoug Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoronaDoug (7)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Here is a review after my first bowl of this. Smoking it reminds me of burning leaves on a cool fall day. The smell of the opened tin has a most unique scent. It packs well and required one relight. The flavor is not really describable. It is a rich nutty, smokey smooth flavor. I would not smoke this first thing in the morning but this is a good change up between your usual pipe. I will include this in my rotation. Don't let the name throw you off. Give it a try.

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

The first tobacco I tried after many years of cigarette smoking.

The tin has a great smell, but when smoked it is rather bland.

Not as mild as someone might expect, but I prefer stronger and tastier stuff like Nightcap.

As a whole, a well-balanced, pleasant tobacco: sometimes I like to smoke it. It is simple, never boring, and in some moments of the day it is just what I need, but not usually the kind of taste I am looking for.

UPDATE February 2004: With some more experience, and some slower puffing, it's actually quite a tasty blend. It's quite stout and "heavy" on the throat and palate, and quite nicotine-laden. Its toasted/oriental taste reminds a bit of Gawith's Squadron Leader. It can get a bit bitter towards the end of the bowl.

One of the most stable Dunhill products, quality wise.

UPDATE February 2011: After having enjoyed the most recent version by Orlik of London Mixture, I decided to give another try to this classic. Well, it seems that Orlik did a good job in recreating it! Sure, the tobaccos could be more mature, but the percentages are spot-on, and the recipe seems faithfully recreated. Actually, I find it smoother and creamier than some of the late Murray production! This version is just as deceptive as the older ones, in that it's not as light as the description would suggest: actually, it has a nice medium body and taste. The "delicate" in Dunhill's description is just to say that it's not a Latakia bomb, although the smoky weed sure is present together with a fine array of orientals. Nicotine content is not so low as some might think, and IMHO it's better as an all-day mixture than something to smoke "early in the morning". Certainly stouter and "more English" than, for example, GLPease Piccadilly. Funnily, too, I think it's stronger than London Mixture (which is MY idea of a mild though tasty Latakia/Oriental tobacco). This recent version has a great balance between sweet and rich Virginia, the nutty and slightly salty orientals, and the right amount of smokiness. Good job, Orlik. What it lacks is the incredible refinement, evolution in the bowl, complexity and taste (without the "thickness" on the palate that EMP sometimes can exhibit) of Samuel Gawith's stunning Skiff Mmixture. While the two tobaccos can be comparable in basic purpose, composition and "philosophy", the Skiff has a particular extra charm and magic of its own (which the Dunhill probably had some 20 years ago too but somehow got lost). Oh, well, anyway it's a return to form, and I could almost (barely) raise the rating to a "Recommended". Just don't make the mistake of thinking it's a mixture suited to a beginner wanting to explore the world of English Mixtures strating from something light and easy: it may disappoint due to its lower Latakia content, and scare because of its thickness and (relative) heaviness. But if you have the experience to appreciate its nuances, it is doubtlessly a quality tobacco... just not the best around in its genre (for that, go to Skiff Mixture or GLPease Westminster). And I still DO think it's a bit too heavy in nicotine, especially compared to the supposedly stronger London Mixture... (and, is it my impression or it does lose some taste after a few days since the tin has been opened?)

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preppypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
preppypipe (57)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

I've smoked this right out of the tin and aged a few years too.Its's always a pleasure.At least a few days a week I fill up a smaller size (group 3)and puff away the morning at work with this classic blend.I work in a retail environment,and no one who comes in has ever said anything but positive things about it.It's the perfect after breakfast blend and is highly reccomended..... Preppypipe =====UPDATE===== The last couple of tins were quite flat and burned hot..Try G.L.Pease's Piccadilly.It has become my first bowl of the day and is a worthy replacement.

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pop-pop's pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop-pop's pipe (96)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

An ecellent medium english with lots of flavor. Smokes cool and dry.

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Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Strong

Delicious. Much like Nightcap only milder. Others have done such an adequate job describing this blend that I'm not going to take the time to repeat what's already been said. Suffice to say that if you like Nightcap, you'll likely enjoy Morning Pipe.

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Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a staple blend for me that I smoke throughout the day when I have such luxuries. I am always aging some for future enjoyment.

The quality of the flue-cured leaf is obvious. EMP is flavorful, with natural and subtle sweetness.

I love Dunhill's Orientals and latakia. In this blend, the leaf from Asia Minor is behaved, spicey, creamy and well-balanced with the flue-cured leaf, which makes up most of the blend.

I cannot find fault with this and recommend it to new and experienced smokers alike. While it works in small bowls, I get the most from it in medium to large bowls.

You might feel a bit of the nicotine from the Oriental leaf if you smoke too much of it on an empty stomach, but this does not seem to affect me.

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chaplikc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chaplikc (135)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is hands down my favorite dunhill tobacco! I love this stuff. It is mild in manner but suprisingly complex. This has to be smoked in a clean pipe and smoked slowly to fully enjoy the subtle complexities that rise and inter mingle through out the bowl. Suprisingly I did not like this the first couple of times I smoked it. The more I smoked it the more the flavors and complexities began to make themselves apparent to me. Highly recomended!

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Brotherblue Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brotherblue (12)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

This will get your attention in the morning. I agree with those who call this a lighter alternative to 965, but let this not imply that it is light. It?s still a Dunhill English, which means there's a goodly amount of Mr. Nick O?Teen in this bowl.

The flavors are rustic and dynamic at once. It is a fine way to spoil yourself so early in the morning, if that's how you begin your day. I like to ease myself into the day, however, so it's not something I'd smoke in the morning--too much too soon. BUT, this is a great mid day or evening smoke. Wonderful flavors abound, just like with 965. A great smoke--my #3 for English blends behind 965 and Peterson's Old Dublin.

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Brumm-Brumm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brumm-Brumm (3)
★☆☆☆
Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

One of my lifes biggest mistakes. Though I'm not an all to experienced smoker, I found this one nothing els but stiff and boring. But then again, I'm born and raised in Sweden, and we have a very (to be frankly honest) whoosie style of tobaccos.

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lvnvbiker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lvnvbiker (15)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is for me aptly named, as it is my morning pipe and goes great with coffee. A mild and sweet blend very suited for all day pleasure. I find that it is best in a larger(group 4+) pipe, and smoked a touch on the dry side.

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GaryScott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GaryScott (8)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

An English smoker trying to develop an interest in Virginia blends, I decided I?d give this a try, as reviews indicated that the Virginia presence is more noticeable in this blend than in other Dunhill English blends. Initially I was infatuated, though that faded as I gradually noticed an occasional and unpleasant sharpness.

Perhaps it?s a side effect of the marketing, perhaps the nature of the blend, but I generally do smoke this in the morning with a cup of strong, black coffee. The bitterness of the coffee and the sweetness of the Virginia play off each other nicely, but not so pleasantly that I smoke this even close to daily. For me, once every two or three weeks is perfect. A diehard 965 fan, I find that blend much more satisfying in the morning (afternoon or evening, for that matter).

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Pennwiz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pennwiz (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I dropped by my local tobacconist to see if I could grab a 100g tin of McClelland?s Frog Morton, which with my luck, was fresh out. He asked me what I was looking for in general and after talking for about 15 minutes or so suggested I pick up a tin of Dunhill?s Early Morning Pipe. A great introduction to English blends, or so he told me.

After arriving at my house that night I set the tin on my kitchen table and seemed to stare at it for a long while. I wasn?t sure what was going to happen but I was full of excitement. I cracked the tin and stuck my nose right in it. Is that Ketchup I smell? or perhaps an old musty leather bag or jacket left in someone?s closet only to be discovered years later? You either like this smell or hate it. I was completely taken in by it!! Wonderful.

The tobacco consisted 60% light and 40% dark ribbon cut strands. It comes firmly packed in the tin and requires one to loosen up with fingers before packing. Packs and lights easily.

With this my first English blend I wasn?t sure what to expect, although I very much liked the tin aroma. Upon lighting a very nice and light ?nutty? flavor comes through. The smoke was very cool and I enjoyed it with no tongue bite at all. I tasted all kinds of different flavors but for some reason was constantly reminded of the crisp autumn and the burning of a fireplace or leaves. This made me toke the tobacco with pleasure. I did find that if I provoked this tobacco to much, it produced a tiny bit of harshness on the back of my throat, so I took more care in smoking the rest of the bowl. The tobacco seems to get heavier and a bit darker towards the bottom. It did require a pipe cleaner in the stem before finishing and produced a small bit of moisture. The tobacco burs to a thin gray ash and leaves little moisture in the bottom of the bowl. But why the name Early Morning Pipe? It is a great smoke any time of day, but if you like to start your mornings with a little kick, then EMP it is!! Being a fairly new smoker myself, I would highly recommend this to someone wanting to experiment with English blends. Its very mild, the mix of tobaccos is smooth and not overpowering, and full of wonderful flavors. I will always keep a tin of this on hand.

I?m looking forward to moving on to some other tasty treats, but I?m very glad I started here. Thank you Early Morning Pipe.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (87)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Ye Gods, but this blend doth inspire reviewers to paint these pages with descriptions. I, for one have never smoked this while drinking champagne or ever been aware of feeling "praeternaturally suave". EMP is the tobacco equivalent to a middle aged German bus driver: solid, comfortable and entirely unlikely to do anything unsettling. Said blend contains enough latak for the "woodsy" set as well as a substantial amount of orientals. I do not taste much VA, but what do I know, I reside near the "woodsy" camp. A step in the right direction for those looking for an english experience which will not masticate the respiratory system, and a suitable choice for those moments when the reviews all blur together and piping becomes just so many electronic blips, whirling around your PC.

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Gae Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gae (46)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a very pleasant smoke with interesting flavour's that are not sickly.I enjoyed it, & it smoked easily without any bite.My pipe was not left with anything 'goopy' at the end.So I would go along with all the other positive review's. 4 out 4 star's in it's class.

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BrittPark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrittPark (41)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

As a newish pipe smoker I was first put off by Latakia. It seemed kind of like a "manly" tobacco, i.e. it tastes bad but if you're a man you'll smoke it with pleasure. I'm slowly changing my views. First I tried Frog Morton and found that it's a wonderful smoke, and that the Latakia taste was working for me.

Now I've tried EMP which seems richer in Latakia than FM, not to mention un-topped. This is a keeper. Smooth juicy smoke, musty but at the same time tastefully sweet

Those who think they don't like Latakia and do like Virginia blends, may find that EMP is a good smoke, certainly worth trying.

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mailman 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mailman 5000 (60)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Following my other experiences with Dunhill tobacco, I decided a bit off age might smooth things out. I kept looking at it every few months and after 3 years I bit the bullet and popped the seal. Having just tried GLP's Renaissance it seemed they might be similar. Wrong, very voodoo. Strong. First bowl was torture. The tobacco has a thin shag cut, and was very moist even after 3 years. But if you adopt the sippin' whisky techinique the qualities of this blend become apparent. But on the whole to strong for me, I feel a rougher cut would help this brand. A solid English but a blend like Renaissance fits in with my idea of an early morning pipefull.

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Hunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hunter (38)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

By far my favorite Dunhill blend. The Latakia, although not on the label, makes its presence known without being overwhelming. Tasty and colorful, this is a sedate and civilized blend that won't send people screaming from the room.

It is, as advertized, a quite good first pipe, especially with coffee. I keep this in my rotation most of the time and is almost always my first pipe of the day.

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dangpipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dangpipes (22)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend starts off oddly due to its name. Dunhill has invoked an impression of something very light to start the day. Then they suggest the ingredients are "merely" some Virginias and some Sweet Oriental.

Well... reality isn't always what it seems.

After a few smokes of this fine blend I have concluded the following:

This is not a mild mix of light tobaccos, rather a nice, easy English blend with a touch of Latakia to compliment the Virginias and Orientals. It is mellow and cool to smoke. The blend has enough body to remain interesting throughout and to entice you to another when done.

Finally, I find this smokes extremely well at the end of the day when you are reday to settle down for one last puff and head off to bed. Perhaps it is meant to settle the mind for sleep so as to anticipate tomorrow's Early Morning.

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Nimrod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nimrod (29)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild Medium Unnoticeable

I think others have said this but I'll say it again. To me this seems like a milder version of Dunhill 965; milder in taste but not lacking much nicotine if any. Apparently the early-morning smoker sitll wants their full dose of nicotine to get them started for the day. Then again maybe I'm just too sensitive to nicotine or something.

Even though this is supposedly mild I found it stronger in flavor than the last mild english I smoked (Valle Crucis) so I'm rating it medium on that. Valle Crucis was a bit too mild for me and EMP is about as mild as I think I can stand in an English blend without getting annoyed at the lack of latakia flavor.

I detect a slight soapy flavor so I'm assuming that there is a little bit of casing involved in this somewhere.

Overall I think this is quality stuff but to me it's nothing special. Maybe if I were more of an "Early morning" or all-day smoker, and i smoked more 965, I'd see more point to this stuff, but to me theres no special appeal. If you find yourself craving a milder 956 at times though then give this a try.

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BriarNorth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarNorth (49)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Unfortunately my quest for the ultimate morning smoke did not end here. IMHO this tobacco has little body or smoothness--in fact it's slightly bitter with a touch of harshness--definitely not what I want to wake up to. I keep trying it as a first smoke and end up wondering why I didn't smoke something more well-rounded (965). I have also tried it in the afternoon and ended up wondering why I didn't try something more full-bodied (965). Now it sits on the "why did I bother" pile, waiting to join the others in my can of "BriarNorth Blend". I guess I see no point in messing around with bland-mild English blends when there are good ones out there to smoke. Furthermore, the low nicotine is a strike in my book, as I'm looking to kick the day off with a proper buzz! So it goes...

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Skilling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skilling (80)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Before I start. If Mr.Dunhill is reading this; I like your tin. Very simple but unique.

I only smoke a few English blends and this is the one I probably smoke more then the rest. When I do seem to want EMP is on the weekends. Where I can just sit back drink my black coffee and unwind. From there, I'll smoke it most of the day.

Upon tasting, I receive the VA but not strongly. There is no sweetness at all. It's enhanced with Latakia & Oriental but none of the above are overpowering. They are well balanced and even. Dry woodsy to sometimes slightly bitter (but in a positive way).

Aroma wise, my wife is not fond of it but she lives with it. She says it smells like "Burning Leaves" (when she's in a good mood) and "Just Smoke" (when she's in a bad one). Apparently, It's not for mixed gatherings.

And last, I have a habit of inhaling Early Morning more then most of my other tobaccos. Maybe it satisfies the old cigerette smoker in me.

A good English.

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Hesam1980 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hesam1980 (5)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extra Strong Mild Pleasant

this is very good when you want to smoke something even before having breakfast...although i don't smoke at the begining of the day but every time i feel like doing that this is real good and pleasant,very mild & the taste is almost perfect for the time you jsut have woke up...BUT the smell(flavour) of this is not the thing that attract everyone...since this tobacco is roasted it smells like something burned!!!but when you start smoking it amazingly all the bad smell is gone & good taste comes...

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Flatcap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flatcap (7)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

Like most reviewers I find the name of EMP a bit on the deceptive side - not a 'first thing in the morning'-type smoke for me, this tobacco certainly does pack a significant punch and my first encounter with it left me with my head reeling.

EMP smells great in the tin and I decided to take the advice of previous users and left the lid off for a week or so to try and dry it out. It lights well with a good charring and doesn't require above average attention to keep it going. The flavour starts smoothly, more 'Virginia' than anything else but as you smoke down the bowl so the presence of the Orientals and the Latakia grows and so does its strength and power. I found the smoke increasingly harsh, especially on the back of my throat and as I neared the bottom of the bowl got a slight feeling of light-headedness. The advice from a previous reviewer to take a breather midway through is probably wise.

EMP is a 'clean' smoke, just a fine grey ash is all that is left from a satisfying session.

But overall I would say EMP is disappointingly bland and without the smoothness of other Dunhill blends like London Mixture. However, I have several tins of EMP and will return to it now and again as an alternative or 'resting' tobacco from my usual favourites.

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tillmanj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tillmanj (73)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin Aroma: A nice mellow english-type smell. Bits of sugary virginia waft in and out of the predominate muskiness of latakia and oriental varietals.

Physical Characteristics: A standard Dunhill wide cut ribbon, comprised of almost exclusively dark brown and black pieces. Packs easily and burns evenly and slowly, to a gray, grainy ash.

Notes:I am not sure exactly what this blend is flavored with, but it most definately is flavored with something. Something vaguely sweet, and perhaps vegetal. Heck, even the tin says so "mildly flavoured", which is about as apt a description as I could give it, unfortunately. The flavoring is very light at first, but becomes more noticeable as the bowl progresses. It is a mild and pleasant blend, and probably, as it's name suggest, appropriate in the morning. I never really took to this blend though, probably for the nagging wonder about what exactly was used to case this. This reminds me of what My Mixture 965 would be like if it were cased. Tongue bite is a rarity with this blend, but also, for me, so is enjoying the last few puffs, as whatever flavoring agent is used seems to concentrate in the bottom of the bowl as the smoke progresses, amking the last few puffs unpleasant.

Verdict: A nice blend, I suppose, but nothing that really grabs me.

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howie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
howie (46)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I had fond memories of this when I opened my most recent tin. I had not tried it in 8-10 years, but have recently rediscovered an enjoyment of light English style blends, where light refers to latakia content. After setting the open tin out to air for about a week, I found that the pungent aroma was very nice, and fuller than I recalled. The initial taste and flavor was nutty, turning quickly to short passage through a bright and citrus-like period when the virginias took hold. The middle half of the bowl was characterized by a delightful spiciness that was complex and changed often. The bottom third settled down into a nice consistent flavor that was restful after the quick turns and changes of the middle bowl. The light volume of latakia was noticed in this portion of the bowl as a solid bottom note rather than the smokiness that is often the characteristic flavor in mixtures with a heavier concentration of the dark, smoked leaves.

There was no tongue bite and it certainly did not overwhelm the palate. Tasty and complex for a light latakia blend. Highly recommended.

I do have to mention that this tin had aged for 7-8 years. I have also recently tried the bulk version of this, which I find to be sweeter and less complex in the nutty tones that I enjoy in the tin. I hope more recent tins are not reduced in their complexity and overall flavor. (4/02)

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Cooksmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cooksmoke (29)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Tis I, the nemisis of the quintessential English blends. Well, not this time, at least not as strongly as with 965.

Early Morning Pipe is indeed a mild blend so far as its "kick", that is the nicotine content. It will not shock the nervous system into overdrive as some blends will. That being said, this is not a blend that will induce nausea at 6 a.m.

The tobacco, cut, and packaging are all vintage Dunhill (read:Benchmark). The tobacco packs and lights very well, and stays lit. As another review noted, it is a low maintainence tobacco.

This is one English mixture that I can tolerate to some degree despite my aversion to Turkish tobaccos. The Virginias dominate early on and the Oriental factor is lighter and later than in 965. It is in fact a good smoke for any time of the day when you want something that is clean, fresh, but not overly contemplative.

I would try to like it much more, but in the end, that little Oriental chap has me put out.

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Pipepoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepoet (1)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Very Pleasant

Since other reviewers describe the physical characteristics and composition of Early Morning Pipe, I should like to focus on the subjective experience of smoking the blend. As I write this review I am smoking EMP in a favorite briar, and drinking good coffee, and it is indeed early morning. (I wanted to place myself in an authentic setting for the review.) EMP is mild, and perhaps that's part of the plan. It is, therefore, either a very good or a very poor first smoke of the day, depending on whether one desires to be gently or more forcefully awoken. For me, the gentle approach is favored, and this feeling is shared by my wife, who also enjoys the mild room aroma of EMP. But don't let the name Early Morning Pipe lead you astray: the tobacco is fine any time of the day when one desires a comfortable, mild smoke that doesn't clamor for attention. The tobacco burns quite nicely (I call it a "low maintenance smoke") to the bottom of the bowl, requiring very little care. Thus, one can read the paper, drink coffee, smoke a pipe, and enter the day in a civilized manner quite befitting. Sometimes I think of myself as an Englishman at the turn of the 20th century, sitting in my country home on a cool morning, watching the pheasants and the sheep move gingerly through the dew-laden grass around the estate. In my fantasy I am smoking an old Dunhill filled with EMP while the household comes to life. But then reality breaks in -- the noise and bustle of Manhattan gets my attention, and the mists of England vanish in a cloud of EMP smoke. Still, I am content with my pipe, and face the day with calm and hopeful demeanor. That's the glory of Early Morning Pipe, a tobacco I respect and admire.

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ruggiero Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruggiero (19)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

See "English 101- Introduction to English". A refined, smooth English blend that shows off why, in many ways, Dunhill's top blends are still as good as anyone's. This stuff is timeless, and I find it's subtle balance as calming as Earl Grey tea. This was one of the first English blends I tried, and after this I took off and had to try the fuller blends. I regularly prefer the fuller English blends, but will always consider this as a top notch choice on the mellower side. Highly recommended.

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Evil Catfish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Evil Catfish (10)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I find this to be a rather nice tobacco. It has a good toasty and nutty character which is quite nice. The only quarrel I have with this tobacco is its name. I couldn't imagine smoking this in the early morning. Perhaps after lunch at earliest.

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Paul Tatum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul Tatum (86)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A nice one to keep on hand . It isn't overly memorable , but it is mild and easy going . I usually smoke this in the early morning , as in the real early morning , just before bed and after a hard day of smoking . It tends to be a little more easy on the mouth and nervous system .

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Grundie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grundie (26)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco is just like it says on the tin, great to get you woken up in the morning. The flavour of the tobacco is mild, but the flavours can easliy be tasted and enjoyed the more that. This light flavouring is great first thing in the morning when something a bit more potent might not go well on an empty stomach or on sleepy taste buds.

I have never had toung bite with this tobacco and it is a tobacco which you can go on smoking for quite a while, but the blandness of it can become boring after smoking it for 15 minutes, so I say it is best smoked in a smaller bowl. Overall I'd reccomend this as a wake up smoke or as something to wind down with after a day of smoking stronger tobacco's.

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Blake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blake (6)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is another of Dunhill's solid English blends, along with Nightcap, 965, and Standard Mixture Medium.

The visual appearance is an equal mixture of dark and light ribbon cut tobaccos. The predominant odor is Latakia. Although it isn't listed on the tin, Latakia is definitely present.

EMP lights and smokes fine. It's mildly sweet, but I would definitely say it's a Latakia blend. Many people say it's a mild English. I think with the amount of Latakia it's more in the medium range. It's milder than Nightcap and 965 but still stands up and it's less harsh than Standard Medium with very little to no bite. The balance between Latakia and the Orientals gives this an easier room note than tobaccos heavier in Latakia.

Overall a very good English and one of my standard Dunhill blends along with Nightcap.

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Sceny Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sceny (66)
★★☆☆
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

While not as knock-you-on-your-butt-strong as 965, this tobacco still packs some punch. If you like My Mixture 965, you'll likely enjoy this as a somewhat lighter alternative. If you prefer Frog Morton, however, this may be a surprise! I loaded up my first bowl of this in a rather large Stanwell Golden Danish poker, thinking that, from the other reviews I have read, this shouldn't be too strong. And perhaps it isn't, if you don't find My Mix 965 at all strong. Two thirds of the way through this one, however, I stood up and noticed that I had become rather dizzy without realizing it. I rested for half an hour before finishing the bowl, and am glad that I did so. The tobacco is somewhat long-cut, with multiple shades of brown and a rather strong Latakia smell in the tin. It packed and lit easily, burning fairly well with about the average number of relights. The first third of the bowl was nice, with Latakia clearly present in the flavor and odor. The nutty, woodsy taste did not dominate, however, and the other tobaccos blended nicely with it to make a rather mild (in flavor) smoke. Getting into the second third, I find that the flavor is more complex and a bit darker, but still very mild with no bite at all. At this point, I stand up and decide I need to rest for a time. Starting in on the last third the complexity seems to diminish, though that could be due to the half-hour wait before proceeding. There is a very little moisture in the bottom of the pipe, and I am able to finish the bowl with little dottle. Overall, a nice smoke that I would not classify as an "early morning" experience, as least in my case. If not for the strength, I might recommend this as an all-day smoke somewhat lighter than My Mixture 965. I personally, however, prefer Frog Morton or Mephisto to this well-blended but rather average tobacco.

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