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For the connoisseurs of full-bodied tobacco. Choicest small Latakia impart a rich nutty flavor and coolness. Macedonia Bright is added for sweetness. The Brown Cavendish completes the blend that all confirmed pipe smokers love.

Notes: In the early times and until 70s, it was produced by Dunhill, England.

After released by Murray's and Sons, UK.

Now is made by Orlik, Denmark, a Company of the Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

Pipe Tobacco Hall of Fame Inductee.

BrandDunhill
Blended ByDunhill
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsCavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Iwan Ries
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable

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Colonel Panic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Colonel Panic (42)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Full Strong

Pouch Aroma: Rich, smoky and leathery, this tobacco is touted as 'the finest smoking mixture in the world' by Dunhill. I don't know about that, but between the Latakia and Orientals in it I can sniff my jar for a while before I get around to lighting up. It has a dark sweetness from the brown Cavendishes and lighter Macedonian, and a woody, leathery smell from the some of the choicest Latakia I have ever experienced.

Appearance: This is a finely-cut tobacco consisting of medium to short ribbons varying evenly in color from golden-brown to black with some birdseye stems with an interesting woody texture.

Packing and Lighting: The cut of 965 makes it easy to drizzle pinches into my Jobey 'Asti' Canadian for filling, yet it doesn't seem to clog the airhole or pack too tightly. Drawing through the unlit pipe yields a nice leathery flavor - this is another tobacco that I'll sometimes put in a pipe for dinner in a non-smoking environment as I can 'use' the pipe unlit and get a nice flavor.

The first match raises a small crown and brings up a dusky sweetness which transmutes almost immediately into a full nutty taste and a semi-sweet aroma which mirrors that in the pouch. A few puffs and a light tamp later a re-light tames the sweetness even more and the smoke becomes reminiscent of burning autumn leaves (which I miss sorely since the Environmental Protection Agency banned the practice) and distant fireplaces in a cool autumn evening.

This is a mixture that is medium in strength and definately FULL of flavor. There are many nuances - burning hardwood, old leather, musty books and faint hints of exotic spices - this is one of the most rewarding smokes for an inveterate English lover like myself. I never allow myself to run out; if I had to pick only ONE tobacco to smoke for the rest of my life I have to say that this would be the one.

Exposition: As the bowl burns on it increases in strength and the flavor becomes slightly more unified. The neat thing is that what it unifies /into/ seems to change with my moods and which pipe I smoke it in. My Jobey emphasizes the nutty and leathery flavors, whereas my Italian pipes bring out the musky sweetness of the Cavendish and Macedonian. In my Tinskys, it is pure campfire heaven.

This is an easy blend to smoke hot, both due to the cut and the fact that I keep mine rather on the dry side. Taking my time, though, produces just enough warmth and moisture to bring out the flavor and my pipe never gets more than warm to the touch. Also, I have never been bitten by this at all. The room aroma is heavy and natural and seems unwanted my most non-smokers indoors. Outdoors, I get many compliments - it makes people wistful as they remember some wonderful night by the fireplace or a special camping trip.

The Story: Midway down the bowl a sharpness appears; far from unpleasant, this shows up as a tickle on the palate and a spicy flavor that I (when I first tried it) mimics incipient bite. But no! Stop puffing for a minute and it fades gently, leaving only a pleasant aftertaste.

The flavor changes very little as the bowl is smoked, only increasing slightly in heaviness and sharpness. This is so gradual that I find it barely noticeable unless I put the pipe down for a short while and come back to it. The aroma hardly changes, and the sidestream smoke from the bowl remains sweet and nutty - if I had an Oom-Paul, I'd reserve it for this.

Denoument: The end is approaching and there is still no sign of sour, bitter or ashy taste. Relights become a bit more frequent but not because of any moisture - I don't dump the ashes at all as there is very little produced and I like to coat the bowl with them (by shaking the pipe with a cleaner in it and the bowl covered with my thumb) and I think this also helps it burn cooler. I don't mind, since the relights just blast me with the flavor all over again anyway, and the burn is so even that this process produces the kind of thin hard cake I like best. I break all of my pipes in with this or McClelland's 2015 (a Virginia/Perique flake), which has the same effect.

Actually, the only way I can tell that the bowl is done is either the draw becomes too easy (no resistance from ashes) or I can't get it to stay lit. The flavor is still pleasant and there is no bitter dottle, which is a problem I have with aromatics.

Pros: Just re-read the above paragraphs, as I think I have effused quite enough on the virtues of this, my favorite English mixture :)

Cons: The room aroma is too heavy for most non-pipers, and the flavor and strength can be a bit much for those not accustomed to heavy English blends.

17 people found this review helpful.

Stevethesuperhero Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stevethesuperhero (7)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This epitomises the phrase "you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone". 965 was Dunhill's signature blend for years.

Somehow, 965 manages to marry good quality virginias with the sweetness of cavendish and spicy latakia tobaccos to create a very palatable smoke of good strength. The smoke never bit, neither did it show any bitterness. Just a great mixture of sweetness and savoury, cavendish and latakia.

Smoking it now, the tin has been opened for six months, and I am down to the last couple of bowls. It really is an exceptional smoke. The strength has been lost slightly, and the powerful latakia mellowed with time outside the tin. The tin was aged at least 5 years when I opened it, and I really feel like I am smoking the remainders of something very very special. Luckily I have a few more tins in cellar, but when they're gone, they'll be gone for good.

An update to this review. I have just opened a tin of the EU production, and it is still a fine smoke. Sweet, smokey, spicy - fully of flavour. There is no bite and the flavour remains consistant down to the dottle. There may be differences between this and the UK produced tobacco, but I cannot tell. It is certainly still head and shoulders above most other blends of this ilk I have tried. With 5 years of age, it should become a very fine smoke indeed!

15 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (299)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

The quintessential English Blend, together with London Mixture. This is another tobacco that I would choose if I could smoke only one blend for the rest of my life.

The reasons? Well, it is a perfect mix. Very full, rather strong, but never aggressive: I like strong tastes, but while I love Nightcap, I think that 965 is much more suited for all-day smoking. It never tickles the throat or bites the tongue, regardless of how you smoke it. Just a bit in the nose, maybe, but it's an otherwise well-rounded mixture.

What shocks me is that this doesn't come at the expense of taste: this is one of the tastiest tobbaccos I have ever tried. Every mouthful of smoke gives you an almost culinary sense of fullness, as if you were eating some delightful "lasagne". It really makes you crave for more and more, never tiring: I find it perfect as appetizer, or after dinner, or in every other moment of the day. This is a tobacco that simply makes you love the taste of... tobacco! That burnt-wood, exotic taste that I have always been looking for in a tobacco...

I am a guy who loves to try different tobaccos to change tastes, but I feel that My Mixture 965 is a blend that MUST always be present in my collection, because it never grows tiresome. And it should serve as a warning to all "aromatic fans": don't try and go looking for taste in those boring and syrupy cherry-vanilla-fruit tobaccos... There's twice the taste in this and in London Mixture than in ANY aromatic, and it is a TRUE taste, the taste of real tobacco...

I also tend to recommend it to beginners: in my opinion, it is a much better choice than the usual drugstore tobaccos, or than the ultra-classic Early Morning Pipe. I began smoking a pipe with EMP, and I was a bit disappointed. And don't fear that it might me TOO tasty: it never goes over the top, and it is much more straightforward (which doesn't mean it lacks in subtlety) than my other beloved: Nightcap. Nightcap is even fuller and tastier, but it might be TOO spicy and "grand" for someone. 965 has also the advantage of releasing its taste from the start and keeping it very stable for the rest of the bowl, while Nightcap evolves and changes: nice for experienced smokers, but a bit disconcerting for someone else.

Packs easily, burns well (leaving a dry light grey ash), doesn't require a great smoking technique, tastes great. What else could you want?

A recommendation if you like this tobacco: as I said it is very similar to Dunhill London Mixture, but in my opinion it is less sweet and "licorice" tasting, verging on a "salty" tone instead. Probably due to the reduced amount of Virginia? You may want to try both, anyway.

Curious note: Many say that this kind of English blend (heavy on Latakia) can be unplesant to wives around you. To my surprise, this is a tobacco that my wife LOVES to smell when I smoke it! She hates aromatics, or "sweet" tobaccos: she prefers the room note of english blends, especially London Mixture and 965! Her sister, too, once asked me if she could try to take a puff out of my pipe when I was smoking this kind of tobacco! She, too, loved the smell of it (and she isn't even a cigarette smoker)! So it seems to be only a matter of taste... It has a strong room note, but someone may like it very much (and my cigarette smoking friends LOVE it).

UPDATE February 2004: After a couple of years and some tins more, I can say that this tobacco suffers from batch variations. Some tins can be great, while others can be nauseating, with a taste that is sweetish and spicy but in the wrong way, or because of a weak undistinct taste. Recently, it has become almost impossible to find a good tin... Not a very subtle tobacco, though, even when you get the good tin, and it probably has become stronger in nicotine while becoming generally worse in taste. I prefer London Mixture by a long shot, now. The rating reflects the average between the old 965 (==) and the new one ().

UPDATE 2012: Ok, downgrading the rating AGAIN. While I enjoyed the recent Orlik versions of London Mixture (a bit thin, but fragrant and very balanced), Standard Mixture (not as juicy as it used to be, but still very... "standard") and even Early Morning Pipe (never my favourite, and still heavier than what the name would suggest, but very complex ad intriguingly oriental), this one is a BIG disappointment. Flat, carboardy, cigarettish. Not exactly offensive, and probably lighter in nicotine than the last Murray versions, but boooooring! Some slight harshness, too. Here and there a hint of the old greatness and of Dunhill's trademark style, but otherwise it's a miss.

12 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (580)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I waited to review this, my absolute favorite latakia-based blend, until I had smoked a tin of the Orlik era tobacco. The Murray era blend was an absolute classic. This is very nearly as good, and I think a bit more aging of the tin could bring it neck-and-neck.

The description above tells a lot. It's a nice spicy, sweet, rich, nutty mixture that smokes cool as long as you don't overdo the puffing. It bursts open on your tongue with the first draw and the spicy sweetness stays with you throughout the bowl. I find this to be an extremely complex and refined tobacco and it is still my favorite English blend. It's full bodied without being overly strong, as Nightcap is. GREAT after dinner smoke, but I've found I can enjoy this at any time of the day, although as a committed VaPer smoker, two bowls of this in any one day is plenty. And single malt lovers, this goes great with a dram of Highland Park or Lagavulin, although I found it clashed with Talisker.

No confirmed pipe smoker that enjoys latakia should miss this blend. Truly a classic.

7 people found this review helpful.

cotech Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cotech (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Strong

--update-- After that first (very very very old) tin I found at the local tobacconist, I never found another anywhere. I smoked alot of different tobacco's but always longed for the 965 taste. I finally found a shop in Germany that sold 965 tins over the internet! I ordered one and am smoking my first pipefull of this "orlik" made version. I opened the tin, expecting the familiar and lovely smell of 965....it was not there... It now smells more like Red Rapparee but not as nice. It looks "totally" different than the "old" 965. I have always kept a pipefull of old 965 as a comparison so I can see the difference. The orlik version is much lighter and is young looking, not as "aged". It does seem to contain several different sorts of tobacco leaf, yellow, light brown, dark brown, grey and black. The old version did not contain yellow leaf (young virginia?). It's really moist in the tin, but packs well. Lighting was easy and the first draw gave me the familiar 965 experience. After that first draw it was over. No creamy smoke, no "spark", no "holy smoke this is good!" feeling. Just a solid good tobacco with latakia. Orlik has made a VERY good English, I LOVE it.....but it's NOT 965. I will however be buying more of this....maybe to let it age. I am smoking it now, and I am enjoying the experience! That's what counts, not the label on the tin. Fun trivia : the old tin was painted cream with a painted logo, the new thin is a "generic" gold coloured tin with a Dunhill sticker on top. Well done Orlik.....goodbye Dunhill 965....

--original review-- I love this tobacco! I bought a really old tin and it's just amazing. Not familiar with latakia blends, when I first opened the tin I thought "this tobacco is off!" but I gave it a try. Such an experience! Sort of nutty tasting and leaves a creamy feeling in the mouth that no other tobacco has done. The smell can be a bit "over the top" for non smokers so I would suggest to leave this one at home. I can't buy it anywhere anymore, the shops don't stock it. I found a sort of replacement in mixture medium but that does not give the same satisfaction... I have to be in the mood for this one, it's not my everyday smoke as it where.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

Appearance: A slighly broad ribbon cut, about equal parts medium and dark colors. Ribbons are quite uniform, typical Dunhill attention to detail

Aroma: Lots of Latakia, with a good Virginia base. Little Turkish present to my nose.

Packing: Packs easily in most pipes, group 3 and up.

Lighting: Typical lighting procedure, not too quick or too slow.

Initial flavor: Just like it smells, lots of smokey Latakia, with some slightly sweet Va flavor.

Mid-bowl: Not very complex, just the two flavors changing intensity slightly as they interact. Dry and cool, and not too sensitive to puffing rate. You can smoke it while being active outdoors.

Finish: Nice, clean finish. No tendency to get harsher at the end, and no wet dottle.

Summary: An excellent blend, even though I normally prefer more Turkish with my Latakia. If you haven?t tried it yet, you should. Could be a wonderful intro to Latakia blends

5 people found this review helpful.

CriolloCorojo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CriolloCorojo (18)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

What can I say about this blend that has not already been said. There are some reviews with which I agree and others which I do not. However, there are some things that I can point out in brief that will hopefully help others who have not tried this blend to know whether or not they should give it a try. 1) If you prefer English blends but have never tried My Mixture 965, then you absolutely need to try it. I trust that you will not be disappointed 2) If you do not typically like latakia-based blends but are open to trying one that should really be the be-all-end-all litmus test of whether you like a properly composed english blend, then this could be it. If you do not like this blend at least a little, you probably will not ever like English blends 3) If you love English blends and have been wondering which one is the absolute best value in bulk, then look no further. You can purchase this blend by the tin, and if you only smoke casually and infrequently (less than once a week), the tin may be the best route to go for you. However, if you are a daily smoker or smoke more than once a day and are looking for the best bang for the buck in an English (I have found it on sale for around $30 U.S for a pound), here's your blend. It is around $45 for 16 Ozs at pipesandcigars.com, but I have purchased it there for less on sale.

The tobacco packs very nicely and should not clog or restrict air flow even when packed tightly. It smells like any good english should smell - like leather, fresh cut wood, peppery spices, and real quality tobacco. It lights fairly easily when fresh out of the tin or bag, but it will light even easier once it has dried out a little. It does not have an propylene glycol added, so it will dry out if you do not take care to keep it seeled. In bulk, I have considererd keeping a little humidifier on the bottom top of the jar (distilled water only), but have not needed to yet - as I smoke through it quickly enough to not have the need. If you do this, remember to open the jar from time to time if you are not smoking frequently in order to prevent over humidification or mold. I must so, IT GETS BETTER WITH AGE!!!! I recommend aging in a well-sealed jar.

It tastes the way a good english should taste. It tastes like a combination of high-grade (non-sutliffy) pipe tobacco, quality cigar, smoky-peaty (think Islay scotch), and a good qualtiy dunhill cigaratte - I actually typed that and was not even thinking about the fact that this is also a dunhill product, although it is a coincidence.

It burns very evenly and will not require relighting with proper tamping. In fact, it leaves very, very little ash in the bowl. You will know when it is done and ready to dump because it just gets to a point where there is nothing left to burn.

I notice from time to time that my clothes smell a little more like I have been smoking a cigarette than pipe tobacco from time to time, although not nearly as pungent. The smoke is typically not pleasant to non-smokers, but then again, for whom and why are you smoking the tobacco in the first place.

A few other important points are:

1) the tobacco burns failry cool - you will not get tongue bite (this is not some syrup infused Sutliff tobacco made from tobacco scraps and chemicals), and the bowl should not get too hot if you smoke it properly (and have properly borken in your briar) 2) As far as I am aware, I have not smoked the 965 from the previous manufacturer. I believe that I have only ever smoked the Orlik version. Please keep that in mind when reading my review, as many others have pointed out some disappointment with the Orlik blend compared to the previous verision (Murray I believe that I have read).

If I told that I could only smoke one pipe tobacco for the rest of my (if it was just one tobacco then it would be cuban seed nicaraguan that was handrolled by one of Don Pepin's finest and most likely had a Tatuaje label on it), then that pipe tobacco would most likely be My Mixture 965 - although SG Squadron Leader,MacBaren Navy Flake and a few others would defintely need to duke it out first.

Pipe Used: various - each only used for latakia-based blends

Age When Smoked: various (aged in tins and glass jars)

Purchased From: B&M's, Pipesandcigars.com, various sources

Similar Blends: the best English blends you have ever had....

4 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (84)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

965 is about harmony of the constituent tobaccos. There are certainly bigger "Lat bombs" out there. There are definitely sweeter English/Cavendish blends. There are more oriental-forward mixtures. But few blends present the harmony and balance of 965, from tin note through the final sip. I suppose that's why there are so many reviews of this classic blend, a must-try for every serious piper.

While not predominately a smoker of English blends, this is on the top shelf of those I would reach for: a classic of the style, on par with what Dunhill Flake is to Virginias - the best? Debatable. A classic? Indisputable.

Highly recommended.

4 people found this review helpful.

rocker311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rocker311 (9)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

Umm.... Yes.

I really do love 965. I've smelled it from bulk bag and tiny tin, old and new. Yes, the newer production lacked the huge amounts of Latakia from back in the day, and they've remedied that somewhat. I also found that the first thing this requires upon purchase is to empty the entire contents into a Mason jar (you're shocked, I know) and leave it in your basement for about 2 months to marry and meld. But once that's done......

Something about 965 just sets it as the baseline English blend. The Latakias are pungent and musty and loamy. There's almost a figgy note in some of the older blends. It's rich in the nose. It's like smelling beef gravy. You can already hear your wife b*tching and you haven't even packed your pipe yet. Get a big one. If you're going to suffer her complaining, you may as well earn the scorn. I prefer this in a monstrously huge Don Carlos that has a bowl about the size of a film canister.

Oh, how wonderful. Right out of the gate in third gear with latakia. Huge volumnious clouds of latakia. Does it stay lit? God I hope not, I want any excuse to fire it some more and get more of these billowing air pockets swirling around me. Birds drop dead from the sky and mosquitos run for the hills. Children hold their noses and wave their tiny hands in impotent disgust. Wives' faces implode in derision. Who cares? This is a great, great blend. And now that I'm about 1/3 of the way through the bowl, I actually do notice it's a blend. There's other stuff happening here. Orientals, virginias, not brassy or tart but enough to lift the whole mix and keep it up off the deck. But make no mistake, the Latakia is the fat lady singing in this play, and she will not be denied.

Some will say this deserves a worthy beverage, like a stout. Somehow, I disagree. I'd think a beer (such as the Greek import "Athenian") or even a fine tea would be what you'd want, to cleanse the palate. But I don't have time for such nonsense, I'm too busy enjoying this stuff.

Just barely this side of overly full, you could smoke this one with some regularity before your tongue cried for mercy (or variety.) It truly is the quintessential English blend, and you won't often go wrong in comparing other newcomers to it.

Just make sure it gets some quality time (6-8 weeks) in the bell jar first, or your flavors will be all disparate and unpleasing.

4 people found this review helpful.

Otis56 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Otis56 (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My favorite Latakia forward oriental mixture. Can't Tell you I smell a Pete fire in the moors on a Sunday eve. Or taste the coffee, tea, red wine, cheese. Chocolate, honey, or date. Or my grandmothers oatmeal cookies, but what I do smell is the best Latakia I am sure money can buy. I can taste the orientals in perfect harmony with the Virginias. Mixed together in the correct percentage they all combine to make one of the best English/ balkan mixtures ever made. Cause I say so lol. Peace.

Pipe Used: Tripis/ dublin

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: 4noggins

3 people found this review helpful.

tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (69)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Regardless of the famous provenance, this current interpretation is not good, muted, bland, and frankly boring. No further purchases required and I'm not taking the chance that this was an off-batch.

Quite a shame really, I was hoping it might bear some vague resemblance since I adored the Murray's and pre-Murray's versions, purchased in bulk from the Duke street shop. My late pipe mentor Uncle and I combusted lorry loads of the stuff.

If one is keen to recall the days of yesteryear Compton's York Full Mixture is infinitely better. And Old Limey Bastard is superior too, although it does not have the "transporter" qualities of Compton's.

3 people found this review helpful.

Patryk Georgevitch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Patryk Georgevitch (9)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Being a Nightcap lover, and having overdosed on NIghtcap (3 to 5 bowls in a day), I decided to take it a bit slower on my palate.

My MIxture 965 offered an amazing alternative to the Nightcap. You can feel the Latakia aroma from the moment you open the tin, to the moment you ash down your bowl! After half of the bowl is down, the smoke turns exquisitely sweeter compared to when you start smoking it, giving a gently mellow taste to the "kick" delivered by the Latakia. The Latakia is very present, yet gentler in its kick and concentration than that of the Nightcap, and the closer you get to finishing the bowl, the more you can feel some pepper-ish taste like that of the Perique, which adds to the amazing intrigue of this tobacco!

The nicotine content seems quite well, especially after a meal. Early in the morning, it does provide a decent dose to rush into the head while not feeling nauseated for a first smoke.

I would not recommend this blend to a new smoker or an aromatics-fanatic smoker for many reasons. First reason, the room note is not as pleasant than other tobaccos. Second reason, this is a very complex smoke to be enjoyed by a beginner, since it changes character as long as the bowl is getting burnt down, it starts with a strong Latakia note in the palate and in the nose, then as it goes, subtleties start arising, some sweetness, some pepper-ish, and some wooden-earthy taste, making it voluptuously complex, but not as a straightforward-one flavor-blend! This said, for all English tobacco lovers, and for those who would like to make their intro in the world of English mixture, it is one to be highly recommended both to be enjoyed and to get on the right track of English tobacco smoking.

An amazing afternoon, after lunch smoke. Smokes cool, taste full, burns great!

A must I must say in every English Tobacco smoker's locker!

Pipe Used: Stanwell - Army Mount

Similar Blends: Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe, Dunhill - Standard Mixture.

3 people found this review helpful.

marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (47)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I am not a worshiper of Dunhill blends. I think that they have suffered over the years from being bounced from producer to producer, and in some sense have rested on their laurels while failing to ensure that top quality has been maintained. With that said, this mixture is essential to anyone wishing to keep English style blends in their cellar. I think the description is fair also in that you cannot really consider yourself a smoker of English blends if you cannot smoke and enjoy 965. It is at core of what an English smoke has to offer.

This blend has been reviewed to death, so I will keep it brief. The cavendish makes all the difference, and is what sets this apart from other English offerings from Dunhill and others. It is a very "English" style cavendish, and if you have not experienced this style of smoke you are in for a treat, as it has none of the funky, gloppy flavor and consistency of some danish or american offerings. What it does, in conjunction with the VA's, is provide a sweet backbone (but not overly so) to the richness of the latakia. Yum, Yum, Yum!

The overall experience is one of luxurious fullness in the mouth and a rich refined flavor that few blends from anyone offer. The tobacco packs, lights, and burns easily, with no tongue bite or issues. This blend truly is perfection.

With respect to strength, I do not notice the nicotine until the second half of the bowl, which is why I have rated this at medium to medium strong strength. I can smoke a large bowl of 965 without being too loopy, but I feel it. If you look at how English pipes were (and are) generally shaped and sized, you will notice that the vast, vast majority are not too large, and do not offer a huge bowl capacity. My humble opinion is that there is a reason for this as English blends which often offer a fuller flavor and stronger nicotine content are best enjoyed in small to medium quantities. Even my oversized GBD's and LX or ELX Ashton's do not have the same bowl capacity as a largish Italian or Danish pipe (My ELX Ashton, despite being about the size of half a baseball bat, still holds less tobacco than my "standard" sized Kai Nielsen or Neerup). Keep this in mind when choosing a pipe for these types of blends, and you will improve your experience.

As stated above, this mixture is essential and should be kept on hand at all times if you enjoy this style of tobacco. Sillem's London is similar and equally (yes, equally) good, and to my palate a little drier than 965. I enjoy both regularly.

Pipe Used: Ashton XXX Sovereign Bent Rhodesian

Age When Smoked: 2 yrs

Similar Blends: Siilem's London.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Update 3-7-09: I am upgrading to four enthusiastic stars. This blend is smooooooth. I am an English-Balkan hound, and I keep coming back to 965 for its dependable, smooth, delicious qualities. Great stuff! Buy it whenever you find it.

Original review: Found a couple tins in a store recently. The guy there told me that he thought they were a couple years old. Upon opening, I found the tabac in great condition, perfect for packing and lighting right out of the tin.

Tin aroma is delicious, and often in my office I'll just open it and smell it (I don't smoke in the house so this is my cold weather fix)...almost as good as smoking it!

Not much new to say here...it's a very good blend, I would certainly offer some proudly to my pipe smoking friends, but it's still not my fave. It's about in the same place in my heart as Westminster. Squadron Leader is a bit higher on my rating system, and Stokkebye's Balkan Supreme is higher still. Right now, Compton's Balkan is on the top of my rotation. This Dunhill offering takes...oh...let's say fourth or fifth place in my list of English blend preferences.

Certainly good enough, though, to search high and low for more. I'll buy more whenever and wherever I see it.

3 people found this review helpful.

Kapnismologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kapnismologist (30)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Short mixed ribbon of brown, tan, and black. Packs and burn very well, with only minimal drying time needed.

While the cheap and often ill-placed tin label is nothing short of an abomination compared to the wonderful old Murray's painted tins (and while Orlik has the terrible habit of gluing the interior envelope to the tin bottom), the venerable Danish blender has done a superb job in recreating this most classic of English (read: Scottish) blends. Creamy and rich, with hints of vanilla, leather, and coffee over a solid core of toast and nuts.

In my experience, 965 has always been a blend best smoked young, as its can tend towards flatness after a time, and in that sense let us hope that the good folks at Orlik - who are leagues more consistent with their products than Murray Sons & Co. ever were - continue to furnish us with a goodly supply of this old standby.

3 people found this review helpful.

DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

For most pipe smokers I've known, this is the standard by which all other English blends are measured. It has incomparable burning characteristics, the components mesh perfectly, and it's as close to a genuinely "bite free" tobacco as you're likely to find. For many years, the only tinned tobaccos I had steady access to were from Dunhill and McClelland, so I went through my share of this stuff. Personally, however, I've always been kind of put off by the odd flavor (peat?!?) that seems to accompany most of Dunhill's blends. I was willing to overlook this for many years because, as I mentioned earlier, I didn't have much access to other English brands. Today, however, I can hop online and order plenty of mixtures in this genre that I believe are far superior to this (anything by GL Pease, for example). My experiences with Dunhill remind me somewhat of McClelland, a company known for its high-quality VAs that all seem to be haunted by an odd, ketchupy taint. In both cases, I can't really find any fault with the tobacco itself, and the popularity that Dunhill and McClelland blends enjoy indicates to me that my aversion to them is a matter of personal taste. Nonetheless, I can't bring myself to rate something as "highly recommended" when I've come to actively dislike it and would consider it no great loss if I never smoked it again. I'm giving this one three stars just because it IS a classic, and I believe it's a tobacco that everyone should at least try.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I like 965 because although it is an English, the latakia does not overwhelm the palate. There is enough latakia to certainly satisfy latakia lovers, but it is subdued enough to be enjoyed by those of us who don't want our palates overwhelmed by the stuff.

This tobacco is elegant and burns to a dry, white ash. You can puff as fast as you like because the blend is so cool, tongue bite is not a worry. Because 965 is strong, you will not be firing up multiple bowls of this stuff. It is not for everyday consumption either. At least not for me. I will smoke a tin over a week's time and then take a 6 month break before heeding it's call again. Enjoy this classic!

3 people found this review helpful.

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

This was one of the first really good smokes that I've enjoyed from a pipe. The tobacco was full of flavor and rich, rich to the point of creamy. If tobacco could have cholesterol this would be a candidate. This was also one of the first really nasty smokes I had, because the second time I smoked MM965 the tobacco had turned bitter. Thinking my new Savinelli pipe was the culprit, I tried it in my other pipe (I only own 2 pipes) but again that bitterness just overpowered every pore of my mouth. The first smoke was from a newly opened tin and by the second smoke the tin had been opened for a few weeks. I had not jarred the tobacco and I live in the tropics. This regrettable experience could very well be blamed on my carelessness, but I have other tobaccos that hold their own in a tropical environment and do not go Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on me. A low star rating for this one for not being more robust.

2 people found this review helpful.

Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (26)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I just finished my second tin of this blend and have ordered more. Come to find out I really like Scottish blends. They have just a slight sweetness to them that a proper English does not. This being due to the addition of cavendish, I think. I bought this bc it knocked my socks off when I smelled it in a jar at a tobacco shop. I said to the lady who owns it, "this smells really good". She replied it was the most expensive they carried in bulk there. I bought one of the tins she had in stock, it had a pretty good layer of dust on it. I think it must have been aged a good amount of time bc it was better than what I have received since.

Any way, on to my review. Fresh tins smell spicy sweet, and really do smell of leather. A bit smokey too.The cut is a good ribbon, some a bit crumpled, which I believe lends to its fantastic burning properties. It looks very pleasant in its tin, the colors are all fairy close in shade to one another. This is one I just like to smell when I open it for a bit. It bears some resemblances to nightcap, in quality, burn character and strength. But its flavor seems to be more balanced and it is sweeter.

It packs very well and I have not had any draw issues to date. It takes to the flame readily and burns even and cool without much need to relight, properly tamped of course. I've tried it in small and large bowls and it burns cooperatively regardless. The taste is rich off the draw, and maintains its flavor profile throughout the bowl. It does change slightly in the end, it sort of gathers it's strength and pushes forward the sweetness towards the last quarter. It burns fairly dry as well and doesn't leave much ash or oily residue in the pipe.

I would recommend this one to most pipe smokers. To the new ones, it is worth starting out properly. To the seasoned, you owe it yourself in your exploration of the English/ Scottish world. It is a worthy blend and a fine representation of what this art is supposed to be about. Rich, pure and un tampered with. I gave it a highly recommended, and I stand by it. For what my opinion is worth to you anyway.

Pipe Used: Group 1 billiards, ratts butchers boy.

Age When Smoked: Fresh tins

Purchased From: Tobacco plaza, old saybrook ct, smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Dunhill nightcap in a some ways.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Being a huge fan of Nightcap and EMP, I really was looking forward to this and picked up a half pound of bulk to sample.

I haven't been able to put it down. It's exactly what I was looking for, a "middle ground" blend between Nightcap and EMP, something I could smoke throughout the day and enjoy.

On to the review...

Pouch Note: Smell is definitely not a "lat bomb" but you know it's there. Along with the so-called "brown cavendish" it imparts a very rich, almost molasses and smoke smell.

Light and initial draw: Familiarity, I can recognize this blend as a cousin to my other favorites from this particular house. It's rich and heady, slightly smoky, with a very, very subtle molasses sweetness. The cavendish is quite subtle, it simply rounds out the sometimes sharper flavors of oriental. If done poorly, I'm sure this could muddy the brightness but this definitely compliments the blend overall.

Down the bowl: Consistent with the rest of the bowl, but it still doesn't lose it's complexity. Everything is very subtle compared to say, Squadron Leader. Nothing is really standing out but playing very nice with all components.

Room note: I've received comments from folks at my local B&M who are avowed aromatic smokers that this smelled "much nicer" than my typical Englishes that I bring in to smoke. My wife doesn't complain when I smoke this one, either.

Final thoughts: This tobacco was an apparent favorite of Southern authors William C. Faulkner and Shelby Foote, as were Dunhill pipes. One of the lesser reasons I enjoy a pipe personally is due to the history of pipe making, tobacco blending, and my own love for a bygone era when rich and poor both had a pipe dangling from their mouth.

But to the aspects of this tobacco, it essentially has ended my search for a medium strength, room-agreeable, smooth, complex English (well, with Cavendish to be fair) tobacco that scratches every itch, and even goes beyond that.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Lovat and 616, Cobs with balsa filters

Age When Smoked: Unknown (purchased bulk)

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

2 people found this review helpful.

ven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ven (13)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

WHUF. Great quality tobacco...but man is it STRONG! I'm not just talking about the nic hit, here, man. I can't even get through a whole bowl of this stuff. Again, this is not to demerit the quality or flavor of this smoke - but man oh man it's soooo aggressive! And I love a strong tobacco. This packs a punch and a half. I'm glad I have it on hand - but honestly, I don't know when in the world I'm going to be in the mood for a third of a bowl...because that's about all I can handle. All the reviews here, and nobody seems to mention how potent this guy is..! I will be the one to say it, then: This tobacco will punch you right in the face. It's a quality punch...but it WILL punch you. Socko!

Pipe Used: Laxey Manx Meerschaum; Orlik "Captain Black"

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Rain City Cigar, Seattle

Similar Blends: A Punch in the Face.

2 people found this review helpful.

twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (33)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Another of those samples given to me.....awesome blend. Typical English with the just right balance of Viriginia, Latakia & Oriental. The smell from the tin not nearly as pronounced as when you start smoking this, although the Latakia was clear. In the pipe, a well balanced blend full of flavours.... smokynes from a camp fire or fireplace, antique goods, mouldy, and then that hint of orientalness.

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Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Similar Blends: McClelland - Frog Morton's Cellar (Craftsbury Series).

2 people found this review helpful.

AfternoonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AfternoonPipe (5)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I have tried many, many tobaccos, especially of the English variety, which has always been my preferred type of tobacco. For whatever reason, of all the English blends I have tried, this remains by far my favourite. It has been, is, and I suspect will be for a long time, my daily smoke. It has the ideal nicotine level for me to enter into a very focused contemplative mode, especially helpful in the afternoon when I am trying to keep writing, researching, etc. And yet it is also good for just relaxing and enjoying. Although I will continue to try other British blends... and I feel like I've tried almost all of the good ones... this remains my favourite. It think the secret is the right blend of latakia and cavendish in the mix... for me these make the flavour pop more than in other blends I've tried, admitting that there is probably something particular to what I look for and enjoy in a British blend. I have come to prefer the quality of bulk buying it to the tin because I don't have to wait for the bulk tobacco to dry at all.

Pipe Used: Dunhill Chestnut, Ser Jacopo picta, Bakerstreet

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Tinder Box Haverford Store

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Very good balanced English blend. It starts out pretty much how it finishes. No bite, no gurgle, right ammount of moisture in the can....there is not much more that can be said about it than already has been said. A solid choice for an English blend. If you wander into a tobbaco shop and can't decide, this is a good pick. Not thought provoking but just a very fine blend thats not too strong to be enjoyed all day.

Pipe Used: Nording Bulldog

Age When Smoked: Unknown, year or two

Purchased From: Kenny the King, Lakemoor, IL

2 people found this review helpful.

Simon.c Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Simon.c (7)
★☆☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

At first I gave this two stars because I thought there would be some redeeming quality's if I jarred it for a while, but now I have had enough of this rubbish.

I do not know how people can enjoy this, it's harsh on the back of your throat, the flavour is wishy washy and thin and all in all it's a blemish on the good Dunhill name compared to the masterpieces like Nightcap, London mix and Navy Rolls.

Pipe Used: Meer lined Dr Plumbs.

2 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (666)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

The latakia is a minor player, but aids the Oriental/Turkish in regard to the smokey, woodsy quality of the blend. The spice from the Orientals is lightly moderate. The Virginia is sweet and grassy with a touch of earth. The brown cavendish amplifies the sweetness, and adds a slight nuttiness. The various elements are all noticeable and work well together. There's a mild mustiness with a nice, light creamy taste. This can be more than a once a day smoke, even with its strength because it's got such a good taste and doesn't knock you off your feet. Burns cool and leaves very little moisture, though if you puff it very hard, you might get a nip at your tongue from the Virginia.

I prefer the Murrays' version, which seemed a little more complex than this incarnation, but don't let that stop you from buying this. If you want a little less in your English, and don't want to suck air, but want a nice taste, this could be your blend.

2 people found this review helpful.

piedpiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
piedpiper (26)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

When I reviewed Dunhill's Royal Yacht (my 2nd Dunhill review of these Orlik blends) I indicated I wasn't buying any more of the current Dunhill offerings. Well, I lied. I picked up a tin of MM965. Same thing-there is no comparing these blends to the Dunhill's I experienced in the early to mid 70s. While all of those mixtures had their own unique characteristics, they all had a unique rich flavor almost a similar flavor which stamped them as Dunhills. Apparently the blends I experienced @ that time were indeed blended by Dunhill & predated the Murray's offerings. I would characterize this as a crossover blend, since it's basically an English with cavendish. I'm not really big on this genre, as I prefer English & cigar blends, but the tin beckoned to me in the cigar shop & I caved in. One reviewer of the Dunhills said that we old bucks should just accept that these blends have evolved & we should just get over it. I disagree. Dunhill seems to want to live off its past glory with these inferior Orlik blends which aren't even a shadow of what they were several decades ago. They should call them something else-how about Orduns?

2 people found this review helpful.

Tripjoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tripjoker (64)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have smoked 3-50gr tins of this new release of an old standard and find it to be every bit as good as the old, and maybe a tad better. The tobaccos are identical to the old and give you the same effect.

A solid english that set the standard for what an english was defined by. The latakia is not 'overdone' as in many newer english blends that have trouble getting the proportions right. this usually ends with just adding more lat to compensate thinking this will coverup the fact that they couldn't figure out how to balance it.

The smoke is creamy and has a satisfying strength that Dunhill blends have always been known for. The cavendish is masterful as it has been in the past. That balance and perfect harmony is still there, fear not. The burn rate and quality is very good as well. The moisture out of the tin is about perfect as well. Dunhill seems to be one of the only names that can get this right. C&D is another. As usual, the tobacco benefits from some air (oxygen) to get the aerobic action working to bring out the flavors. The anaerobic state in the tin helps in the maturing and preserving process, but does nothing for the smoker. Therefore, a little air is needed to bring this or any tobacco that is tinned to full flavor potential. Just simple science.

As with my review of Standard Mixture (Standard Mixture Medium of old) I find no fault with this new version and am thrilled that they are available again. If you have reset your palate to other tobaccos since these blends have been off the market, you may need some time to reset to flavors that you only remember faintly. I'm just saying...

I, for one, am happy to recommend the new MM965 to anyone that is a fan of med-full english blends. You really can't do much better than this. It's not a lat bomb, but that isn't the true measure of an english anyway.

The move to the new blender has in no way diminished these tobaccos and I think may have saved them. The old blender was starting to lose interest anyway and it was starting to show. May the Dunhill blends lead a new and happily long life. Cheers!

2 people found this review helpful.

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

At the first opening of the tin, you smell the wonderful glabnaw nuts from the planet Kashyyyk come through with such strong proportion. The flavors that they gathered from all over the galaxy are absolutely exquisite. Also, Dunhill managed to gather a full harvest stock of Bota from Drongar. It really is a shame that the Republic's occupation of that Planet fell stale to a streak of bad luck. What amazes me is that Dunhill had to have smuggled a small shipment, frozen in carbonite, off of the planet before the specimen became useless.

And Unlike most death stick companies out there, Dunhill doesnt use droids to do the work, they still use various humanoid species from all over the galaxy. This is nice, because it gives it a very personal touch. I think that this blend goes nicely for any species out there. Would be enjoyed by the stingiest Hutt to the most welcoming Wookiee. The Room note of this tobacco brings on strong memories of my years spent in the low levels of Coruscant; where many of my inter-species relations took place.

Also surprising to me is the taste. Dunhill managed to capture pure essence of death stick in this blend. Subtle like a skilled galactic bounty hunter, yet as bold as a Republic cruiser ship.

I must say, although death sticks have been outlawed, it is nice to see a great many people in support of the galaxy's favorite past time. I think this whole mess with the Republic granting emergency powers to the Senator Palpatine is a bad Idea. Already the Galactic Senate has limited our rights as death stick smokers, are we really gonna sit by while the Republic elects one of the most liberal leaders in the Galaxy? We shouldnt. Have your say, galactic citizens. Dont let them walk all over our rights.

2 people found this review helpful.

LtMac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LtMac (21)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Is this the most reviewed tobacco here? I think so, because its so good. My Mixture 965 is tied with Nightcap as my two favorite English blends. When I started trying other pipe tobaccos besides aromatics several years ago My Mixture 965 was the first English/latakia blend that I ordered. I have desired it ever since. It smells good in the tin and tastes good after being lit. I burns cool with no tongue bite and produces a good thick smoke. The nicotine level is good. I have a few tins cellared and smoke it sparingly to make it last as long as possible. If this blend was widely available it would be my everyday English blend, its that good.

I like the aroma in a room after smoking My Mixture 965, but my wife doesn't, so the room note is listed as "tolerable to strong". If you haven't smoked this and you can find some (its scarcer than hen's teeth now) by all means try it. Its a legend in the pipe smoking world for good reason.

2 people found this review helpful.

viscfab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
viscfab (81)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I am enjoying my last tin now and it will soon be gone... This is the best Dunhill blend ever done in my opinion. Classic balanced smoky taste, fullfilling and mild. Was my fave English blend for long time and now it is gone... Thank God Mac Baren put out HH vintage syrian which is quite good and in the same mood of 965. Go get it. Happy puffing.

2 people found this review helpful.

Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (74)
★☆☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A classic blend, so it seems: so many accolades, and now a Hall of Famer... I just had to try this blend.

It started off poorly, dry and hot like a sunstroked meadow, and it was downhill from there.

There were a few draws that somehow slipped into my mouth that were sorta smooth and pleasant and almost made it seem like tobacco, but most of the time, from my very first puff on, it's been a savagely hot, unpleasant experience. All the notes I was getting from this thing were nothing more than painful noise: any subtle undertones were, for me, smothered by overtones of smoldering rubber or plastic.

I've tried several bowls of this stuff, and this blend is just not for me. I honestly don't know how it's for anybody. Indeed I dislike this blend so much I don't think I'm going to try any other Dunhills, because obviously they're doing something very wrong by my standards. This blend just proves how variable and subjective a thing is taste, because I actively hate this blend. I'm amazed it's in the Hall of Fame (at least for all the wrong reasons :) ).

I seem to be on a radically different page than every other smoker on this one. Since I don't like mysteries in my personal life I will continue to try it once in a great while just to see if I can divine how almost everyone else can possibly enjoy this straw.

UPDATE 10/15/10: I tried it several more times since I wrote my original review, and my experience with it never improved. Indeed I don't know when I've ever hated a blend as much as this one. I gave the tin to another smoker who loves 965 and he said it was fine. Go figure. I don't get it. And yet, having just read denversixstring's review of 10/01/2010 I wonder if that accounts for my experience of this blend since his experience of it ("Horrible. Flat. Nearly tasteless. Hot.") coincides with mine. Maybe he and I were just victims of an errant batch. I don't know. But once bitten, twice shy -- I steer clear of anything with the name Dunhill on it.

2 people found this review helpful.

Bigdadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bigdadz (32)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

I have been on and off this mixture once it switched hands to Orlik. And I finally figured out how I can consistently enjoy it.

Alas, the problem I had with this baccy was that I was simply smoking it too moist. This one really needs to be aired out properly. I find that smoking it on the dryer side cuts of that harsh tarry flavour that was killing it for me before. Once at the optimal level of moisture, for me really on the dryer side, it burns well to a fine white ash and the nuttiness and sweetness comes to the forefront. This one is back on my favorite list!

2 people found this review helpful.

Satc001 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Satc001 (64)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

965 is one of the most classic and well-known tobaccos on the market. This is one of the staples of the English blend smokers and is often the standard by which this genre of blend is judged. Putting its accolades aside, this is a good English mixture.

This blend is a mixture of tobaccos of various shades of dark brown. The aroma is earthy and rich with Latakia. I love the cut of this tobacco, it is easy to pack and lights easily. My supply of this tobacco was bought in bulk. I find that it has about the right moisture content.

It smokes cool and clean. It has a nice nutty flavor with some smokiness from the Latakia and a hint of burnt Marshmallow sweetness. The flavor is rich, but does not overwhelm the palate. It is rather smooth and is easy on the tongue. It has the typical Latakia room note. Pleasant to a smoker, not so delightful for the non-smoker. This tobacco is a bit too rich for an all-day smoke, but is enjoyable with a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of single malt at night.

I find 965 to be a dependable and tasty English blend. While it doesn't set off any fireworks for me, I keep returning to it because of its ability to consistently please my tongue. 965 is one of the best examples of a standard English mixture.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Update: The last few tins and bulks samplings, even prior to the Danish hand-off, drop this to one star. This has gone from a momentous smoke to something hot, harsh and undistinguished. I can make no correspondence between recent tinnings to what I wrote four years ago on TR. Sad.

Original review:

A blend full of complexity and depth of flavor. I still consider it a special smoke after 10 years.

I cannot believe what heights of creaminess and toasty aromas this achieves, with just the right amount of spiciness and floral notes, too. Cavendish brings in burnt-caramel/toasted marshmallow flavors, especially the last half of the bowl.

I prefer the tinned version, having purchased this in bulk previously. For whatever reason, I find more subtly in the tinned packaging. Go figure; it is probably just my problem.

My only complaint about MM965 is that once I have enjoyed a medium sized bowl of it, my mouth is fairly bombarded for about six hours or more. I guess the satiation adds to the economy of the blend.

Too moist or dry, I find anything less than moderate humidification to seriously diminish my enjoyment of MM965. It must also be puffed with care to avoid nipping the tongue.

There is little wonder to me why this has been popular for so long, amongst new and experienced smokers alike. Mastering the smoking of this blend will serve one well in pipe-pleasure and the enjoyment of other less challenging blends.

2 people found this review helpful.

AL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AL (22)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Mild Tolerable

965 is a blend that I smoke in cycles, probably about four tins a year. This is one that I had planned on cellaring for retirement years. Price wise, the bulk is quite economical. With many reviewers finding the current mixture less than expected compared to the old I thought that this might be a good time to compare the bulk and tinned versions to pick one to cellar. The tinned version and the bulk are a mixture of rough cut ribbon with some fine cut strands mixed in. Both blends have a variety of browns and some pieces of black tobacco presumably the Latakia. The tin version came slightly damper than the bulk. Both versions seem to be well mixed, no dust, no veins, and both versions look alike. Both have a typical Latakia musty smell, or maybe wet leather. I usually smoke 965 in a medium sized pipe. Both the tinned and the bulk are an easy tobacco to load up and light.

This has always been an odd English to me, I always blame the impression on the brown Cavendish and its light touch of sweetness to an otherwise English blend. The Latakia seems to be in good proportion for an English blend and provides for plenty of smoke. The Oriental is not an overly tangy addition, I just notice the Oriental being there and that?s about it. Comparing the two versions side-by-side, I can not smoke the bulk version for long. The bulk is a harsh smoke for lack of a better term, and stays that way throughout a smoke. The tinned version is not as harsh and is an enjoyable smoke. The tinned version is a lightly woodsy tasting smoke for me that I enjoy but does not seem as flavorful as other English blends. Both tend to give me a good nicotine hit especially low in the bowl. The tinned version is probably what I?ll put away in the cellar.

2 people found this review helpful.

Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Professor (67)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Extremely Mild Overwhelming Overwhelming

Mixture 965 has been reviewed with the results of a champion. And like a champion boxer, it virtually knocked me out. It is a nice-looking ribbon blend, but there the pleasantness ends. I smoked it while driving on a New York motorway called the Taconic State Parkway. PARKway indeed. With little to no shoulder on this scenic drive, I could have used some place to park. This is a road that I have driven at least a thousand times, getting off of the same exit each time. This time, with this deadly weed filling my auto and my mouth, I missed my exit. I was light in the head, I forgot where I was. At one point, dazed, wondering if I had really just passed my ramp, I swore that I could see the ghost of Alfred Dunhill laughing at me. With the ringing of his hyena-like laughter in my ears, my vision blurred, and I swore that I was losing my mind. It was the later years of American president Ronald Reagan all over again. This stuff is deadly and is the reason for smoking warnings on tobacco. It has to be the only legal weed that has the essence of illegal forces. It should be called Mixture 666 as it is the very devil in a can; this is clearly the aim if one looks at the font used for the 'M' in its name (a swirling evil tail that does not end). I will not attempt this again, but gladly have recovered to conquer another journey.

2 people found this review helpful.

The Keeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Keeper (112)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

My initial review of this blend went from stellar to quite harsh in a matter of days. It has taken nearly a year for me to try another sample that has come my way. This one is some aged bulk and I will play news media and give some revisionist viewpoints (as if we need any other more viewpoints on 965):

After being extremely disappointed by the "flatness" of this blend, and recently becoming a bit more interested in cavendish mixtures - I've started to reconcile the mass appeal 965 has. I stand by my initial comments that the strong points in this blend are marketing, pedigree, and accessibility - not tobacco excellence (reach for Margate or Raven's Wing if you'd like to try that). Though I can understand the occasional bowl of something soft and nutty vs. "exotic" and spicey tasting ala Durbar. Dare I suggest some of the C+D cavendish based English blends (such as Santa's Mistake - if you can still get any) actually do what 965 attempts to only they pull it off with more flavor and less taste enhancing and preservative additives. I find the comparisions to Night Cap "light" interesting as I feel there is an wholly different quality of latakia and perique in that blend.

I have considered 965 to possibly be a great English with which to break in a new latakia oriented pipe. It leaves a nice rich cake in the bowl.

2 people found this review helpful.

UNIX Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UNIX (1)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Very Pleasant

I read the reviews above and thought I had to get some 965. So I did. After opening the tin it was like deja vu. I had previously purchased a tin of Margate. 965 smelled EXACTLY like Margate. Not only did it smell the same it was cut the same, looked the same, had the same moisture and feel, packed the same and, for the first quarter of the bowl, smoked the same with the same room scent. If you took the tin lids off each and switched them, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference until you smoked a quarter of a bowl. I agree with most other reviews above so I'm not going to repeat the other 65 reviews. But, some common comments in the reviews were 965 being a benchmark to judge all other English tobaccos, and it being one of the best; can't find anything better in this style, etc. If you like 965 I think you will enjoy margate just a little bit better. By that I mean all around quality. I had a few sticks in 965 with the consistency of wood splinters; not in margate. The lid on 965 keeps popping off but if I twist too tight the lid still comes off; not with margate lid. Smoking is a little cooler with margate, the flavor comes through a little better and there wasn't the little nicotine nudge. The bite is a little more pronounced with 965. For what it's worth the ash color and texture at the end of the bowl is the same. Don't get me wrong I like 965 and I plan on finishing the tin. I may like something a little better but I'm not crazy. But, if you want to try something along the same line with just a touch more quality all around, you might want to look at margate. I apologize now if it is bad etiquette to review one tobacco and state there is a competitor's tobacco that is a little better.

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final_id Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
final_id (35)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

The girlie behind the counter at my local pipe shop doesn't even know that this is "Dunhill 965" or "My Mixture 965 by Dunhill," she thinks it's "1965" ("nahntayn suxtuh fahyuv"). But I can't get it in tins, only sifted and weighed by her nubile fingers into the shopkeeper's balance, "bulk."

I don't dislike it. It's a bit of a "dry" smoke for me, gives me nose itchies. I do find it burns very regularly (probably because of the longer cut) and looks great in a small ziplock baggie. There's a good distribution of lights, mediums, and dark browns, and the startlingly thick strands of what must be the Latakia spicing, laced throughout. It packs well, much more spongy in the pipe than you'd expect from the almost crumbly appearance.

It is easy to light, and burns a bit quick for my preferences. I sometimes pack this one extremely tightly (like, cram it into an over-small pipe) for windy days or for coaching the kiddies out in the winter time. Very outdoorsy woodsman type stuff.

I like it well enough. Not the Balkan 15 of my tobacconists in Tampa (Smoke 'n' Snuff, I'm asking to add it to the database) but close. I could go with a little more Oriental tang and a little less smooth easy-tastin' non-presence.

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Additional notes: this has become an "all day" favorite of mine. It's a bit stronger than a usual all-day smoke, I think, but that's OK by me. There's some kind of affinity with the cigarette in the taste and complexion, which I don't appreciate, not having been a cig smoker ever. I'd recommend this to someone who was trying to downgrade from cigars or cigarettes to pipe, because of that similarity. The Latakia content is a subtle hint, almost sneaks in the back door. I'd like more tang, less bland. But it doesn't bite.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

As a relative newcomer to pipe tobacco and not having tobacconists local to me that stock wide ranges I am still working through the standard Dunhill range. If and when I look to more exotic horizons here is one option always to fall back to. Of all the Dunhill English blends, in my opinion this is by far and away the best. Significantly better than Elizabethan or London, in the mid range of strength choices. I am sure the quality of tobaccos is consistent throughout the range so the conclusion is the blend must be the driving factor in pleasure derived. I am yet to discover who the original owner of mm965 was. Whoever he (or she) was, we owe them thanks. Latakia of the highest quality, superb cavendish, all tobaccos in perfect proportion. A newly opened tin lit and smoked well, however it seemed a little vinegary in the smoke, and I wondered what all the fuss was about. Three days later, however, a perfect, intricate and well balanced smoke. Therefore I would recommend decanting or opening a few days prior. If you like English you will have already smoked this. If you want to try the type, stick to this as a first option. My only negative is, as expected, the room note is not for non-smokers. Oh well, the perfect smoke for a long country walk

Age When Smoked: New tin

Purchased From: Local Canterbury tobacconist

Similar Blends: London mixture.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Almost perfect. Sweet notes, spicy at times, superb rich, deep flavorful smoke. I windup reaching for this very often even though I want to try other stuff. It sings to me.

Weird thing I've noticed the more I smoke this mixture, I almost get some kind of mint like almost menthol'ish note around halfway into the bowl, I don't know what that is, its weird because I'm not into that but I don't mind it here, it just works.

You need this at your disposal at all times.

Pipe Used: Marxman 400

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (238)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

My Mixture 965 . This has an incongruous aroma coming from the mix as you can't really pin-point a specific smell but it is not at all unpleasant , just a little different to what I expected to get ! The cut of the pieces is of a fairly wide spectrum with some almost like Tobacco shavings , yet also quite a few bigger pieces in there . I can't fault the moisture level at all as it is just moist enough but not at all dry , so when your pipe is filled it is really easy to get lit . Once lit it is a very " laid back " smoke , you get a wonderful Smokey flavour coming from the Latakia with an equally pleasing "sweet" touch from the Cavendish but not too heavy tasting as sometimes occurs with Cavendish . Although there is no additives I get a faint plum like taste and the Nicotine level is superb , if you choose to inhale it your head does not spin ! Tongue Bite only happens when I really draw hard on it . It gives off a very "nostalgic" room note which is not at all overpowering . It would make a fabulous all day smoke as it is not over laden with Nicotine , flavour or strength and does not create too much aroma for those around you !

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

1 person found this review helpful.

Palermo09 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Palermo09 (20)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Perhaps this, in name at least, is the all time classic English blend. And that is what it tastes like, a classic English blend. Burns very well with the orientals up front and the latakia in the background especially in the beginning of the bowl. As you progress through the bowl the strength of the tobacco kicks up a bit and the latakia becomes more prominent. Nothing overpowering, but certainly not mild either. I could see this being an all day smoke. I will definitely keep this in the rotation.

Pipe Used: 1974 Dunhill Shell Briar Pot

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Churchill's Tobacco Shop, NJ

1 person found this review helpful.

nekeke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nekeke (19)
★★★★
Strong Medium Very Full Pleasant

Nothing to add really. Best ribbon cut tobacco I have ever tried. Strong and has a very distinctive aroma. Tastes similar to no other. No wonder it became a classic

Pipe Used: Various

Similar Blends: none.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tplumm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tplumm (21)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't smoke English blends all the time so take this as a review from a tobacco whore. I like latakia, but at times it can be a bit overwhelming. I like Orientals as well, but if not done right they make my mouth feel like I've been licking plastic Velcro enclosures. This has just enough of everything for me to make it one of my favorite English blends.

Pipe Used: briars

Age When Smoked: 1 yr

Purchased From: ?

1 person found this review helpful.

Chris66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chris66 (9)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Tried it for the first time tonight. My favourite was Ashton Artisan's Blend, but this stuff is a little bit better. Its much smoother and burns down to a fine white ash, it has a mild nicotine hit. A lovely satisfying smoke. I love it, a really smooth lat smoke, and a lovely taste. I still will be smoking a lot of Artisan's Blend, when I fancy a change and want a bit of a spicey smoke, but this is going to replace it as my go to tobacco.

Pipe Used: Peterson, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: Tin Fresh

Purchased From: SmokeKing.com

Similar Blends: Artisans Blend without the spice !.

1 person found this review helpful.

meanska Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meanska (11)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Continuing my exploration of English blends, i recently finished a tin of 965. This is a more subtle and refined smoke, at least to my palate, than others I tried (i.e. Ashton Artisan's Blend) recently. Not Latakia forward, but simply well-balanced and elegant. I really enjoyed this, and will probably purchase more (but I'm still exploring).

Update (7/17/2014): i am pretty sure this has become my go to English. The strength and balance are perfect for me. I now would rate this at 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Stanwell, Cob, Peterson

Purchased From: Cigars.com

1 person found this review helpful.

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

A good solid English blend, which is a bit of a benchmark for me how a traditional English mixture should taste. A rich flavorful mixture where the latakia does not take the upper hand against the other component but everything are in perfect symbiosis with each other. But having said that there is something missing for me and it is some strength in Mixture. but still a real favorite of mine

1 person found this review helpful.

piedpipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
piedpipester (19)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I have never tasted the earlier incarnations of this blend. I live in a very rural area with a small town, so until the invention of internet, all that was available to me was basic drug store blends. I have since made up for lost time in trying many types, and this one is one I will not be without.

I'm partial to Dunhill blends to begin with, they have a very clear and clean taste to me. I smoke several English/Balkan blends, and this is a horse of another color. It's so well blended that all the components meld together to produce one unified taste which is pronounced, yet very clean tasting, smooth and satisfying. I think every serious pipester should give it a try. Highly recommended.

Similar Blends: sweeter version of nightcap, or nightcap lite..

1 person found this review helpful.

codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

This is one of the blends I always want on hand. I've got it from several different places. To keep this shorter, It's a mild english, that you can smoke(I do) all day. The taste and room note go hand and hand. Just beautiful.

In some english blends, you will get some weird things going on, whether it's towards the end or halfway through the bowl. This does not do that and is smooth and formal all the way through.

If you haven't tried this blend, you must.

Pipe Used: AKB Smooth Freehand Meerchaum

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes, Pipes and cigars, local shops

1 person found this review helpful.

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

A perfectly blended, well rounded English blend. The blend is very reminiscent of Early Morning Pipe but slightly fuller, bolder, and smooth. I lend this to the excellent use of cavandish. Normally I steer clear of anything containing cavandish but when I saw a Dunhill english with cavandish i had to try it. I was very pleased. It rounds off the blend and adds a little something special.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This is the benchmark blend for English tobaccos. (Here in the US we use English tobacco in reference to a mixture with clearly apparent oriental/latakia content.) As the benchmark, MM965 is not automatically the best one has smoked (for me that would be GLPease Renaissance), but it provides the mean against which others are judged. Some insist an English mixture with cavendish should be called a Scottish mixture. MM965 does have cavendish, unflavored Virginia cavendish, which provides a slightly sweet base. The oriental/latakia component comes in at the medium to strong level--just under medium if ranking only the latakia. The mixture lights easily and burns well, and does not bite so long as the puffing cadence remains reasonable. In over a half century of pipe smoking, I have gone through the Dunhill production, the Murray version, and now the Scandinavian Tobacco Group. I have not experienced notable changes in taste and quality, although when I first smoked MM965 it almost certainly had Syrian rather than Cyprian latakia. There will be slight variations in taste for aged tins, and MM965 does age well. The full room note is delicious for latakia lovers and universally hated by significant others.

1 person found this review helpful.

FireintheBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FireintheBriar (9)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

My Mixture 965 is a solid blend. It has a very enticing tin note, not to sweet but not sour either, it just shrewdly asks to be put into a pipe. I could not resist, I had already had some Plum Cake, and I rarely smoke back-to-back bowls, but I just had to find out what that smell was. The taste is bolder, deeper than what I am accustomed to; there is a lack of higher notes, which I take to be Virginia tobacco, yes upon looking at the alleged contents Virginia is not there. It reminds me of some of the better cigars I have burned; it has a similar nose feel. No tongue bite, no nicotine rush, just a solid deep flavor that is pleasing and 965 stays lit well. This one is a keeper. I never get a room note because I smoke outside while walking.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Army mount, Pellini

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

JustinCarcerated Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustinCarcerated (55)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

Fantastic blend-as good as Nightcap while being more "user friendly." By this i acknowledge that MM 965 can be an all day (or night) smoke, where I cant do NC till early evening at best.

Take away the VaPer from NC, mix in a proportion of sweet but smooth Cavendish, and it just makes palatable sense.

Presentation is classic Dunhill, tin note emphasizes cav and lat/oriental balance. Moisture is spot on out of the tin, conformity of cut throughout. It packs well in any pipe, typically its one light followed in part by strategic tamping, and I'm smooth sailing to white ash.

The bowls start sweet, with some movement forward mid bowl of the orientals, interspersed with lats. It never bites, and the flavor comes through even with carbon filters.

I don't feel the Vit N as I do with NC, but its enough for early morning. I understand now why its much revered. I'd think it may be good for anyone wanting to venture into English blends it is that smooth. A jewel in my book.

Pipe Used: BC, Sav, Miss Meer

Age When Smoked: 7 months in my cellar

Purchased From: Pipes Cigars.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Motoyoshi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Motoyoshi (26)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

When I first tried this I had three Dunhill tins opened. EMP, Ultra Mild and the 965. I used to love the 965 but as I got through the tin it went from a 3.5-more of a 2 star tobacco for me. I found myself more intrigued by EMP and reaching for the Ultra Mild more often.

I'll admit that I'm not the biggest fan of Cavendish but I feel this tobacco is a little flat. I think the Cavendish takes away from the typical English blend elements and smoothes it out a little too much. If you're looking for a really diverse smoke. I think you could find better English blends. I prefer EMP over this tobacco as it has more of a nicotine kick and for me, the flavor is a little bit more complex.

It's not bad and I think it's something everyone should try. But for me, I don't think I would buy another tin of this as I am almost making myself smoke it to finish the last remnants.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I've only every had the new version, just picked up my first tin just about a week ago. I bought another. It may seem boring to applaud the Dunhill (Orlik!) 'baccy's available to the UK smoker readily, but I find them all to pretty damn good. I always get 'heavily rotated' on a certain Dunhill offering. Recently I have been mainly smoking Elizabethan Mixture. And oh, how I love the stuff (along with basically all the Dunhill's). So, I finally examined the possibility of trying something new. I settled on 965, no reason why except for the signpost in my mind saying 'Something New > This Way....' Home, I'm in the shed. 7 candles burning for warmth, I've a fully loaded MM Country Gent and a glass of Morgans Spiced Rum Gold.... And I am blown away by the sublime nutty and creamy thing going on. It is like smoking a Walnut Whip. And cool. And she starts to get a bit spicy. Tangy, almost. Like a sun-and-smoke-cured bikini bottom. And then I wake up. Still here, in the shed, candles burning. Seven...candles.....burning....like my pipe still is, 'cos I found this smoked great outta the tin. I live a couple of miles from almost 360 degree ocean. Drying tobacco is not an option. The air is constantly moist. But the stuff I've now had sitting in a mason jar for a coupla weeks is really starting to get good. If you like Dunhill's and you ain't had this, take it from an unashamed 'DunnyBoy', this is good. Really good. Just about in this order...Nutty, creamy, sweet, smoky, tangy. Gone. Hardly any dottle. Great afternoon to evening smoker, good with both tea and coffee. And Rum. Spiced.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gent, BC Mirage 1603, MM Legend

Age When Smoked: As bought from B&M

1 person found this review helpful.

JoPo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JoPo (7)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

This tobacco confirmed my love of the pipe. In the tin this tobacco smells like an oakwood fire. The room note reminds me of incense burned on holy days in church. The flavor is fresh and full with Cyprian Latakia and rests on a nutty sweetish base. My other half however says its "smells like death," both in the tin and burning. Of course she doesn’t like incense, or as I have found, the smell of Cyprian Latakia... To me the only drawback is a bit too much "Vitamin N." I can smoke up to half a bowl on an empty stomach but a full bowl needs to follow a full meal. Like most Cyprian Latakia blends I find it pairs well with black tea, scotch, or a glass of cool water. Bottom line: A cool rich nutty smoke that I recommend to cigar smokers looking to branch out or anyone looking for a cool, rich, well balanced blend.

Pipe Used: Dunhill 4109; Peterson Kildare 106

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: The Tinderbox

Similar Blends: G.L. Pease's Maltese Falcon, Sam Gawith's Balkan Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

balkan_boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
balkan_boy (32)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I'm smoking a lot of this lately, and all I can say, this is an outstanding tobacco. Worth all of it's fame and glory. Never smoked it aged, but I have this inner feeling that it would benefit a lot from ageing. It's very balanced, a little bit short on Latakia for my taste, but satisfying. Extremely balanced, flavors play almost like in the textbook. The cut is fine, easy to pack, easy to lit, perfect level of moisture. Somewhat too perfect if you ask me. I only had bulk of it, so I don't know exactly how moist it comes from the tin. First puffs, you get greeted by nice incense like smell of Latakia, that develops quickly in the dark campfire like earthy nutty smoke, orientals are there from the start, and getting bolder as the bowl advances. Somewhere at the middle of the bowl latakia goes in the background, a little bit too soon for my account, but there's a fresh sweet/spicy like aroma all the way down. VA can also be noticed, and nothing overpowers anything. It's balanced, depending on your mood can be contemplative smoke with a lot of subtle layers, can also be a "social" smoke (as long as people around you tolerate it's room note"). You can totally forget about it and still enjoy it on subconscious level intuitively. It's different every time, and awesome all the way, in every occasion. Not an all day smoke, but close. Nice complex tobacco, but no nonsense at all. Not my favorite of Dunhill's but it may become soon. I opened a jar a week ago, and am enjoying it immensely. I highly recommend it.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This was just a plain Jane English for me. It was simply just ok. Didn't really feel "full" after smoking a bowl and not very inclined to smoke more. Had a bowl of Penzance afterward and really got a charge from a superior tobacco product.

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1 person found this review helpful.

Balisong Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Balisong (3)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The latakia provides the majority of the flavor. The Macedonian never comes to the forefront and the Cavendish seems overly bland.

1 person found this review helpful.

n9inchnails Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
n9inchnails (10)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

I'm not much of a reviewer but I can't sit back and watch all these 4 star reviews of this crap. I've never had any of the Murray's only the Orlik Dunhill blends and this stuff is clearly the worst, in fact it is the only Dunhill blend that I don't love.

It's bland, boring, flavourless and harsh. It has nothing going on and is one of the all around most unsatisfying smokes I've ever had, I had to struggle to finish the tin. I've had 4noggins Owl's Head which is supposed to be a cheap "replacement" for the Murray's MM965 and its way better than this crap. It's pretty sad when a cheap knockoff is better than the real deal, Orlik really screwed up with this blend.

This stuff is a far below average English blend with a premium price tag, Dunhill should be ashamed to put their name on this crap.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

A very tasty tobacco. I especially like the flavor and aroma in the last half and the end of the bowl. It tastes rather nutty and toasty, somewhat like a Virginia/perique blend. Lots of oriental aroma and flavor. Sometimes perfume like. An extremely well rounded and balanced tobacco. Falls between EMP and London Mixture in strength. Halfway into the bowl it develops the taste and strength that London Mixture has right out of the gate. LM's little brother. After several months since returning to the pipe, I have to say this is one of my favorite blends day in and day out. Very consistent in both the Dunhill tins or in bulk.

1 person found this review helpful.

slightlyfermentedvirginiaflake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
slightlyfermentedvirginiaflake (10)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I just started smoking a new tin of 965...Huge disappointment! This used to be one of my favorite tobaccos. I can honestly say that I don't even recognize the blend that I am currently smoking??? What the hell happened?! This used to be a most incredible tobaccos. Now, I am not sure I will even finish this tin. As other reviews have stated, the "low notes" are gone and there is no depth to the flavor. 965 used to be a wonderfully complex English. Now, the blend is shallow and completely uninteresting. Sad to say, another great blend may be gone forever. Truly a shame...

1 person found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (152)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I think that this will be review number 340 by the time I finish this reveiw unless someone sneaks one in while I am typing. I am primarily reviewing this in defense of the new mixture by Orlik.

I am a new pipe smoker, but due to some extremely fortunate circumstances I find myself in possesion of just under 6oz. of the original Dunhill 965 mixture (pre murray.) I will not divulge as there is more where this came from. Thus I have had the unique opportunity of trying the two side by side. I will not commit blasphemy and sugget the new stuff is better. Its not. That said, it is still good.

The original is a fuller tasting blend and the taste above would rate a solid medium if i were reviewing the original, but I am reviewing what is available at present. And I feel the newer does have the same taste, just lighter. In color and taste. More like a 965 mellow mixture if you will.

So if I am reviewing the new and not the old and have admitted the old is much better, than why 4 stars? As this has 340 reviews and is constantly compared to several other tobaccos within these reviews, I think every pipe smoker owes to themselves to try it. As for you older guys who smoked this religiously 30 to 40years ago, I can certainly understand your antipathy.

Will I buy more? I finished my 2oz tin at approx 8am and purchased another tin at 10am this morning. I plan on always having it on hand so I am not tempted to deplete my 6 oz of the better stuff on anything but the most special occasions like after dropping a buck each fall.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (226)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I purchased my tin about a year ago, had a few bowls , was unimpressed , and cellared it away. I just reopened the tin and was initially delighted with the new results. Good balance between the latakia and Orientals. I found a sour/sweet component and savory smoky Oriental taste. No bite easy to pack and light and it burned to a clean gray ash. I was really surprised at all the poor reviews, but maybe people are stuck on comparing this to the Murray blender rather than taking this for what was. I continued to smoke this off and on for the next few days but my interest slowly faded. The more I smoked this, the less I liked it, it was stuck in "no man's land" , it wasn't sweet, it wasn't a strong Latakia and the Orientals were stuck in the background. It was boring, and yes it does grate at the roof of my mouth. I don't think I have any reason to buy this again. I now see why all the poor reviews

Updated 2/4/12 I don't give out a lot of 1 star reviews since I usually only buy 3 &4 star reviews from this site, but I just threw out the remaining 1/2 a tin of this blend. This really is harsh without the flavor. There are some tobaccos that I will put up with some harshness if the flavour is there, but this doesn't have the flavor. Boring , flavourless, harsh, it gets the single star of "unsmokable"!

Updated 4/2/2014- I've been reevaluating some of my reviews and I may have been too harsh on this one. I purchased some McC "bulk Nine 2 Five", which is suppose to be a match for this Dunhill blend . Well, McC "Nine 2 Five was so good I had to reorder some bulk 965 ( do I have you confused yet ???) . The result of smoking the Dunhill Bulk 965 was good, wasn't as harsh as I remembered, but was not as good as the "Nine 2 Five". I believe there maybe some blending inconsistences in the 965 ( look at the reviews, 4's then 1"s &2"s ) , this batch was a 3 star . Average =2

Pipe Used: cob

1 person found this review helpful.

Duke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Duke (41)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Well, the latest batch is back in the homeland again, so what do I think of the new MM965? I can only paint an analogy. Think of your twenties and remembering someone that was just staggeringly great in bed, yet nothing serious, like marriage, occurred- Ah, the one that slipped away. Now emancipated from a dismal 20+ year marriage, you run into this woman and you ponder could things still be that hot? Then a week later staring at the ceiling together you think, “that was soooo good”! Is it the same? Maybe not exact. See, I started smoking Dunhill nearly exclusively since 1976. Heck I'm not the same as I was in '76. I can tell you this, I have many tins of English/Balkan from other august blending houses that today lay fallow, whereas, my recent six cans of MM965 have burnt as fast as a firecracker fuse. I can smoke bowl after bowl and never tire. The only difference I noticed between Murray vs. early Orlik was that Murray made more money on water than it did in tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

PIE-EYED-PIPER Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PIE-EYED-PIPER (20)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I've always been partial to English (and Virginia or VA based blends) tobacco. Without getting into too much fanfare, what else can I say except that My Mixture 965 is one EXCEPTIONAL English blend. It's a medium English that's flavorful with a hint of sweetness to it. The room note can be very pleasant as well. Kudos to you for a job well done, Dunhill!

Unfortunately, I cannot compare the current (Orlik) blend to the original blend (whoever made it) to make a proper comparison as to which one is better. I leave that up to those who are fortunate enough to have savored the original Dunhill blend.

Some manufacturers have also tried to copy this blend. A few came close, but “no cigar”. Like I always say; “imitated but never equaled - only a Dunhill can be a Dunhill”.

If you're a lover of English tobacco like me, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you purchase some for the sheer pleasure of enjoying it. I can't wait until they roll out the bulk packaging of this blend.

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scorpio2billion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scorpio2billion (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Who wouldn't recommend this tobacco? It's more sweet than smokey (to me, anyway), incredibly mellow yet full, rich and creamy on the tongue, and is in this very sites "Hall of Fame". Yet it's only "Recommended"? I HIGHLY recommend it. It's the only Cavendish-containing blend I've ever really enjoyed. And I'm not one of those curmudgeons who like it just because it's been around forever. As a matter of fact, the first tin I bought was recently, after the re-introduction to American shores. I've since gone through 5 tins, which left no time for sleep or food, but I'm dedicated like that. That being said, you should now prepare for it to disappear again. You know why? Because every time I find a new blend that I like, it goes home and locks the door. When I first tried Penzance, homeless people were throwing it in the garbage. It was everywhere. I'd find tins of Squadron Leader in the sofa cushions. Greg Pease should pay me NOT to smoke his offerings! Anyway, if you haven't tried 965, you should. I believe it has something for everyone. Except werewolves. Werewolves will hate this stuff.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

There's nothing really new to say about this marveless, wonderful english blend. Nevertheless, I'll add my review. It seems that I'm getting closer and closer to my favourite pipe tobacco as I'm smoking my way through the english blends. With trying My Mixture 965, I've reached a landmark. Even though its price is horrible. But let me tell you one thing: There's no price for quality and if you haven't tried this blend yet you should do as soon as possible. If you like english tobaccos, you will love it. It's worth every euro, pound, dollar...whatever! One the one hand it's a classical english one. It's dominated, in scent and taste, by Latakia. But to that, it's very well balanced. The Latakia is always present, but after the middle of the bowl, the taste is becoming beautifully rounded and elegant and you can taste the spiciness of the Orientals and a slight sweet Virginia (Brown Cavendish). It reminds me a little bit of Erinmore's Balkan Mixture, but 965 smokes cooler and tastes even more rounded. Do I have to say anything about its burning qualities? I don't think so, as it's Dunhill! Well, It's cool, it's creamy, it's full-bodied. A wonderful smoke, anytime of the day. Love it!!

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BigSwede Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigSwede (61)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Its the story of my life: I always catch on to things just after they're discontinued. My daughter told me for years I should watch "The X-Files" and the first one I see it's the year they went off the air. So it is with this outstanding pipe mixture....and this comes from a guy whose everyday smoke can be purchased at the grocery store.

I bought the last tin from the local smoke shop just after it dropped off the radar. This stuff smokes like a dream. This is one of the best balanced latakia blends I've run across. The cut burns perfectly. The latakia is perfectly and precisely blended against the orientals and the cavendish. Not the smallest suggestion of bite or nip, smokes as smooth as a babys butt yet at the same time has some real "oomph". It's a bit like Old Dublin but with better balance and smoother. This would have become a daily smoke for me if it has survived. Highly recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bassman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bassman (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I recently returned to my pipes following a long break after inheriting a number of nice briars from the estate of a dear old friend and former work colleague. I was moved to pull my own pipes out of storage, and lo and behold, I discovered a still-sealed tin of 965 which had to be at least 10-15 years old. I gather from the reviews here that it wasn't blended by the current supplier of this mixture.

I popped the tin open and the rich, smoky aroma was so luscious and well balanced that I immediately loaded a favorite old Charatan large bulldog and lit up.

It took all of two puffs to remember why I had been a regular smoker of this blend back in the day. The balance of intensity, complexity and subtlety was magnificent. Beautifully balanced - the inadvertent aging probably helped - with a firm and full Latakia foundation above which soar the mysteries and intricacies of this grand smoke. I was sad to note that the Sobranie mixtures, which had an even more profound "bass note," are no longer available - I missed a lot during my interregnum from pipe smoking, I see.

I am doling this out to myself sparingly until I see whether it will become available once again.

Highest recommendation!

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denversixstring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
denversixstring (3)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

Thanks to this wonderful website I have managed to this point to avoid the truly terrible tobaccos out there. Even with the ones that I didn't like I could see how some people could enjoy them even if I didn't. But for f#*k's sake this was something else.

The story behind this disaster is that I walked into Edward's Pipe and Cigar of Denver, and here were are blessed with one of the truly great B&M's in the country. I took a look behind the bar and lo and behold, there, resting on the shelf, was something that I hadn't seen in years- a dozen or so tins of 965 and a few of Nightcap. I guessed incorrectly that some poor SOB had died and left his collection of Dunhill to posterity and that his wife or children had sold the lot off. My lucky day right? So I bought a tin.

Before going further, I must say that without a doubt 965 provided the superlative pipe smoking experience of my life. I loved the stuff under Murray's manufacture and still have a tin dated from 2000 that I plan on smoking when my physician informs me that I'm down to the final six months of my life- that's how good it was. I also have one remaining tin of Nightcap and London Mixture. They're great too.

What I purchased however, was what I should call the transitional Orlik's production. By that I mean that the lid was painted and said made in UK, but the back sticky label stated that it was EU production- tin dated 2007. They had just begun making tobacco under the Dunhill mark and would soon be out of the US market altogether. This tin was from that period.

To get an approximation of the flavor, go buy a carton of Camel Light cigarettes. Carefully unwrap each cigarette and place the tobacco on a sheet of paper. Then throw the tobacco in the trash, place the filters and the box in a blender, shred, then stuff your pipe and light. Horrible. Flat. Nearly tasteless. Hot. Jarring it and cellaring it for a few months only made it worse. Into the trash it went. A waste of 15 bucks and to this date the only tobacco I have ever thrown out.

Now I know why someone sold a lot back to Edwards: a dedicated dunhill fan took one puff and said, "Bye Bye." Life is way too short to smoke tasteless crap, particularly when there are so many great English and Balkan blends out there.

It seems from reading below that the more recent Orlik's stuff is much better. I certainly hope so. In the meantime, stay away from any of these transitional tins. Pure garbage. You have been warned.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I love this site! lets not loose sight of the forrest for the trees: this tobacco is one of only six listed in the 'Hall of Fame' on this review site.

No doubt its selection owes much to the blending when in the steady hands of Murray & Sons, Whitehall Works, Sandy Row, Belfast (demised and sadly missed since 2005), but in reality Dunhill Tobacco Ltd only moved its blending there from London in 1981. Now having tried all of the Dunhill offerings from Orlik in Assens, including Nitecap - just recently released in the UK, it is clear to me that MM965 still has a home in the Hall of Fame - it's as good as the Murray's blend except in one respect -it has lost an element of strength, but I find this an advantage - the 'N' is more a slap in the face, rather than a punch in the mouth.

It is precisely what it says on the tin - "Balanced smoking tobacco cool with a rich flavour". Emphasis on the 'balanced' as no one component leaf take precedance over another - it's Hall of Fame stuff and a must try for anyone who enjoys that special moment - when pipe, tobacco and smoker are in perfect harmony.

Good for Orlik!

1 person found this review helpful.

Red Rapparee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Red Rapparee (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Hello fellers, Red here. I won't bore you with waxing poetic in regards to this great old blend. It's all been said. Balanced VA's, Orientals, and Latakia. Balanced to the point you can focus on your favorite aspect of an English blend and enjoy it all the way down or adjust your smoking cadence and elevate any one you prefer. MM965 is, for my money, the king of middle of the road silky-smooth English blends. Imagine gorging yourself on spicy mixed nuts, tossing back a cup of Earl Grey with four lumps while sitting in your favorite chair smelling the house burn down around you. That's 965.

Highly Recommended

1 person found this review helpful.

Tee-dub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tee-dub (48)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I've only had the Orlik version of this venerable old blend. Was this once better than it is? Who knows? No codger alive can tell you how closely this resembles the blend Alfred Dunhill created in 1908, and neither can I.

So instead I'll tell you this, which you already know: On the fuller side of medium. It's savory and oh-so-slightly sweet, it's robust and laced with a heaping helping of Latakia. Layers and waves of full flavored goodness.

Let others bemoan the loss of something half-forgotten. Seems to me this tobacco is just exactly what it should be--a medium to full English that delights the senses. Paired with the right briar, this makes you glad you're smoking your pipe.

Magnificent tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

the old man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the old man (14)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This is the best English blend I have ever smoked!! The tin aroma is sweet, smokey,and nut like.It has just the right amount of latakia. I gave it a tolerable room note,because the people I live with say it "stinks", but I love the smell of this tobacco. I recommend this tobacco to any one who loves strong English blends. :)

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This is going to be a mixed review of 965. First the Murray's 965: Arguably the best English mixture ever made, period. Slightly sweet, strong and smoooth! There isn't much more to add to the other Murray's reviews. I should point out that I don't worship at the altar of Murray's. I find that some of the Orlik Dunhill's are very close to the Murray's versions or better. With that said, I was able to get a few of the current tins in Denmark and the new 965 lacks the depth and some of the sweetness of the Murray's. It maintains some of the trademark flavors but leaves me wanting more. I do find that as the bowl progresses it does improve somewhat. I wouldn't turn down a tin. Four stars for Murray's and 2.5 to 3 stars for the Orliks. For those looking for a good match blend, I would suggest B&B's "Beck's Ol Limey Bastard" sold at 4 Noggins. Hopefully, the insanity will come to an end and we will see the return of Dunhill to America.

1 person found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (128)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Beautiful Latakia mixture with a wide spectrum of flavors. Sweetness from the Cavendish, the Orientals give that, rich, exotic taste and the mixture is rounded up by the burnt wood smoke and nutty flavor of the Latakia.

1 person found this review helpful.

sobejon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sobejon (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm going to keep this one simple... This is probably the best blend I have ever put into a pipe. If MM965 isn't the best... it has to be in the top 5. a very rich and interesting smoke :)

1 person found this review helpful.

TonyC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TonyC (13)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this (bulk) at a shop in town when I was craving a smoke after my first anniversary dinner. As I didn't bring a pipe with me, I also picked up a MM cob to pack. I was very excited about finding/trying this classic blend, since it's becoming more and more difficult to find.

This was somewhat early in my re-introduction to pipe smoking, and I was unprepared for the nicotine rush which followed. It nearly knocked me down, had me wobbling weak-kneed down Main Street, and when we got home, was put in the back drawer for a while. When I found the courage to come back to it, I tried blending it with other varieties, to help tame the beast. I find it adds a nice smokiness to a bowl, with a rich earthy/nutty flavor.

It slowly grew more palatable with time, but I would only recommed this for those who crave a big nicotine hit, and enjoy a full-bodied smoke.

Tony

1 person found this review helpful.

orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (53)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It's no wonder this is a popular blend, it really is good. Certainly one of my favourite english blends to date. Good for most hours of the day, it's very flavoursome, sweet, nutty and rounded. Refined. Strengthwise it hovers somewhere in the medium range, and always leaves me satisfied with the nicotine (perhaps that can serve as a caution to some).

1 person found this review helpful.

Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is my best among Dunhill 's English mixture offerings. Although it is a bit strong for my taste it never leaves an unpleasant taste or bite. It is not an every day consumption for me, I prefer it in the evenings and only in the winter. I never pass a winter without a tin of 965.

It is a classic and must have.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Wow! This is a keeper. Just a little of the smokey latakia flavor. Very subtle. If you like a mild English blend without being overloaded with latakia, then you'll love this.

1 person found this review helpful.

eamonclever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eamonclever (45)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Out of all the Dunhill latakia products I definitely prefer 965 because it is a good quality tobacco with a good amount of nicotine and a very pleasing amount of latakia and oriental leaves. So what do you want more from a good english mixture. It comes out of the tin nicely and ready to load your pipe. Easy to pack just one or two matches and off you go. Compared to nightcap which I find a bland overpowering source of nicotine, 965 is perfect, because the smell of the mixture stays in your mouth after I finished my pipe, that is the reason why I love smoking the pipe, i.e. to savor the mixtur during and after the smoke. I smoke it in all kind of bowls even one x-large. I think it comes closely to my benchmark for english mixtures - old dublin/squadron leader. Despite rumours even here in this forum, this is a top quality tobacco and it´s mixture has been adopted, no question about that, to a less harsh smoking experience. Now this tobacco is ready to get some new fans, who prefer it more smoothly. Worth a try.

1 person found this review helpful.

Nachman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nachman (13)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I just smoked my last tin of MM965, Goodbye old friend. You will be missed. There are a few English blends that are almost as good as MM965, but not quite, and certainly none surpass it. Hopefully the future brings better times and better blends, but I won't hold my breath.

1 person found this review helpful.

Sick Boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sick Boy (1)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The first time I tried 965 was a few years ago, so I cannot compare it to the "old blend." it is good all day blend. My tobacconist at hilands cigars in AZ has made a few Dunhill copies, 965 bieng one. I could not taste a difference between the Dunhill version and the one he stocks. That goes for all of the Dunhill copy blends.

1 person found this review helpful.

PipeProfessor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeProfessor (15)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This review is made on a day of sampling various english blend tobaccos and my tongue is a bit hot - I think we've all been there before. Concerned that I had ruined my senses today, I fired up a bowl of 965 and to my pleasant surprise it has been a wonderful experience. The rich, smooth and nutty flavors were so enjoyable and soothing to my palate. Proof to me that 965 is one of the very best all day smokes!

Has anyone tried the Altadis 965 Match ? I have not.

Update 9/19/2010

I have found a replacement for MM965, it is Peter Stokkebye's Balkan Supreme. Awesome blend at half the price. Still hope they bring back MM965.

1 person found this review helpful.

Peter Zorg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Zorg (34)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I find difficult to review this blend, or these blends, should I write... I have three versions of this blend in my cellar. The one from around 2000, a few boxes bought in the US in 2007, and a few boxes bought in Europe recently. All are different, even if they express the "same idea". It has already been said, and it is fully exact that the older version is really the best. It is the kind of tin you finish in a few days without noticing, and you crave for it. Then you only find substitutes which are not awful, but definitely different, and not as good. I am a little amazed that the recent version we find now in Europe is far stronger (this is true as well for the EMP) than the one that was sold in the US a few years ago, and of course the Murray's version. It is noteworthy to conclude that the description on the tin has been recently updated from a "Medium Strength" to a "Balanced".. smoking tobacco cool with a rich flavor.

1 person found this review helpful.

Country Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Piper (12)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This is my all time favorite tobacco. I smoked this stuff in the good old days (about 35 years ago). I loved the spicy flavor. I could smoke this all day long with no bite etc. The sweetness was perfect. How sad that it is no longer avaliable. Truly a fine blend. Does anyone know what the future holds for Dunhill avaliability? I have tried some copycat blends but they dont do justice to the original. I just smoked my last bowl of 965 with a tear in my eye while saying goodbye to my old leafy friend. Now it exists only in my memory.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I feel like crying, 965 is like Mana and now it seems it will be unavailable. At least I can get 1lb of it, but that might be the last my tobaccanist can get in. I'm willing to pay the 41$ a pound for this.

The room note has to be among my absolute favorites, the smell can brighten up a dark night. It can make a rainy day feel happy, and a sunny day perfect. My Personal notes give this a 10.0 (Dunhill if you read this don't take the 965 away!!!)

1 person found this review helpful.

JackinJapan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JackinJapan (12)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I smoke this tobacco occasionally and generally keep a tin on hand. It is a good example of an English mixture, strong taste, little or no bite, strong on nicotine.

Opening the tin reveals a very high quality tobacco with no stems and a smokey aroma from the Latakia. Packs, lights, and stays lit well. If found to have a slightly high moisture content on opening, an hour or two of drying should do the trick.

Very full and flavorful smoke. Pine Smokey initial taste with a kind of sour after tang that is not unpleasant but takes a little getting used to. I find that personally I am only occasionally drawn to MM965's quite unique taste. So although I keep it on hand, it is not one of my "go to" tobaccos.

Non-smokers will probably not like the room note and even some smokers might not be overly fond of it.

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Bottom Line: High Quality, Strong English Blend with no bite (as expected in an English); very distinctive Smokey taste with a sour tang that while not unpleasant, is perhaps an acquired taste.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

UPDATE JAN22/2009 ----------------- yes, the baking process (3hrs at 80°C) has worked very fine also for MM965.

After rehydrating it, I have had a dozen bowls or more, finding myself to experience MM965 twice in the evening (while I have quite never more than a bowl after dinner) the first leaving me wanting the second. I have just dedicated it three Mastro de Paja medium bents, always with nothing less than enthusiastic results... and reconsider my relation with the english mixtures, which was partially lost in the years in favour of more virginia-oriented tobaccos.

The colour of the mix has gone to the dark side, to something in between the MM965 of old and Nightcap. The strength and whole body of the smoke went definately to Nightcap. This make the baking "experiment" a true success, and I'm planning to try with a shorter version of the process.

One star up.

UPDATE DEC16/2008: ------------------ I must cut one star off... The same tin was left aging from 2007. Upon re-opening, I do realize that my memories (and my infinite love to Dunhill's tobaccos and pipes) has deeply influenced my former review. What now remains (and was, I think) of this tin has nothing to do with the glorious MM965. The tin aroma takes me back to the beginning of the 80's: I was used to smoke an italian "english mixture", disappeared many years ago, named "DERBY" (something affordable for a student, at half the price of any Dunhill's mixture) which was approximately similar to Standard Mixture Mild... I don't know what is now being imported in the U.S. of the Dunhill brand (I still see reviews of Nightcap and even London Mixture, which have disappeared from time) and which is their quality. In Italy we still got only two of them: MM965 & Early Morning. I can do without both, and will let them sleeping.

Another "three stars" review! This has been a very pleasant surprise. During the last years, I have faced several delusions from the english mixtures - the latest came from SG's Squadron Leader, too bland - so I have concentrated my attention mostly on the Va's (and variants). But I'm always keeping a couple of EM in my tobacco cabinet, just for a change of pace. 965 needed one month and more in the unsealed tin, but now I can appreciate its medium-to-full, spicey, smokey, creamy but still round taste. Not the 965 of the old times, but still a focal point to compare all the EM stuff.

1 person found this review helpful.

SMOKETSES Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SMOKETSES (208)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

Finally I found a Dunhill which, not only I like, but I would say that I?m excited for.

Definitely it?s not an all day smoke for me, but this does not decrease its value. Cavendish, Oriental and Latakia create an harmonious combination of flavor and enjoyment, with Latakia to have a very distinctive presence. There is no tongue bit at all. I regretted because, of my long time, negative mood towards Dunhill smokes, I didn?t buy this amazing smoke. New entry in my top 5.

I also hear those who smoked some time ago (Made by Murray's), the my 965 and I envy them because they all say that it was much better.

1 person found this review helpful.

Rimshot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rimshot (11)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a wonderfully full and complex blend. It comes a little wet and, until it dries it a bit, can be hard to light; but once it lights it burns extremely well. The taste of the first puff is amazing, and the smoke is rich and creamy. It's got a wonderful sweetness to it, but not too much; and the taste certainly reminds me of very strong tea. No one ingredient is overpowering; everything is wonderfully balanced. I would recommend smoking it in a half-filled or smaller bowl, because a large bowl can wear you out with its complexity.

I hoped to be able to review 965 after smoking my first tin, but unfortunately I have a very strong reaction to something in the blend. After researching forum.pipes.org I find that I'm not the only one. Since I enjoy a range of other tobaccos and styles of blends, it seems I must be reacting to the brown cavendish. It's a shame, because this blend is tops.

But fair's fair, and this blend is excellent, whether or not I can smoke it on a regular basis. I highly recommend trying it. But before you commit to buy a pound, make sure brown cavendish agrees with you.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipesmoking101 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesmoking101 (18)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A standard tobacco with a smoky richness that complements the nutty light tones of the specific flavours. The tin itself upon opening gave off a tar-like deep aroma, somewhat remeniscent of roads on a hot day. This led to some trepidation sampling the product, but thankfully by bravery in fully loading up my GBD Bulldog with this delightfully multi-coloured ribbon blend was rewarded by a tobacco which combines complexity of smoke with excellency - through simplicity - of flavour. The flavours occasionally poke through the richness of the dark smoke elements, combining - as has been said - nuttiness & (for me) tea. An extremely pleasant smoke, the only bad points of which are that: 1) The tin MUST be left to dry out a little - this gets rid of the dark smoky dampness, revealing more of the subtle delicate flavours & also allows for better burn, 2) It sticks to the palette & tends not be as clean on the taste buds as most English blends, & finally 3) The tin on opening boasts a somewhat unpleasant aroma. Points 1 & 3 are easily remedied by leaving the tin to dry out (under supervision to avoid any waste of tobacco or hassle rehydrating). Point 2 can be revised by keeping clean drinks nearby to refresh the pallette, water, tea & clear beers are what I would recommend. A standard tobacco known internationally, & I do not feel that anyone who has not tried this has really earned their stripes as a pipesmoker. Recommended to most, but essential (for at least a try) for all. I will definately be keeping this around an all day smoke suitable for all seasons (except spring, for which I feel this may be a little too deep).

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Update for the Orlik blend: My lord how could they have taken such a beloved mixture and trash it. I personally enjoyed this mixture almost to the exclusion of other blends as it satisfied everything one could want in pipe tobacco. I don't think it is entirely Orlik's fault as I detected the Murray blend being cheapened at the last, but this is just not the same blend. It has a harsher and more stringent taste. Alfred Dunhill has officially rolled over . . . and if there be an afterlife, I suspect Alfred will demand his justice for the infidels.

Old Review: I have been smoking pipes for 40 years and smoked literally hundreds of tobacco brands, always in search of the perfect tobacco. I bought a tin of 965 perhaps 15 years ago and from my very first bowl I knew I had found it. It just doesn?t get any better than this blend, and even though I continue to search for another that can match it for pure enjoyment, I have never discovered one. Indeed I would be a happy pipe smoker if no other blend existed. There is an underlying sweetness and nuttiness here that is simply delicious. Never bites, and I tend to be a heavy puffer. While I enjoy the occasional pressed Virginia, Balkan and many other English blends, I find I reach for this one from the first bowl in the morning and throughout the day, usually only stopping for an occasional heavier English as an after dinner smoke. I have no idea what is in the ?Cavendish pot? included with 965, but I suppose it is that recipe that heightens the other tobaccos and brings out the smoky, velvety, tangy, all at the same time flavor. If you love good tobacco, pay little attention to the reviews of those who prefer to smoke raspberry goop in their pipe, and treat yourself to a bowl of what tobacco was meant to be. I recommend the tinned version, as the bulk is never as good and always seems to have a faint but noticeable stringent taste.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I must confess I held this blend in high regard for a long time. I had originally given it 4 stars but now I feel I have to reduce that rating to 3 stars (and I'm being generous), let me explain why:

When Dunhill blends became unavailable in the U.S. I had to experiment with other blends to find suitable replacements. I tried P.S. Balkan Supreme and found not only a suitable replacement, but a much better blend indeed. They say Dunhill Blends lost quality once production shifted to another blender. I don't know if that's the truth, but if a slightly cheaper blend such as Balkan Supreme can surpass the supposedly super premium blend that Dunhill 965 was thought to be then I'd have to agree that the quality wasn't there.

I think it may have been all hype, and now that my palate has been trained to the subtleties of quality tobaccos I find other blends such as GL Pease blends to be of much much higher quality.

I'm not saying someone won't enjoy this more than any other blend, after all pipe smoking affords unique flavor experiences to match the unique taste buds of individual smokers. In my opinion, now that Dunhill blends are no longer available in the U.S. others who were previously mesmerized by them will be forced to look elswhere and maybe, just maybe, realize the quality that was lacking in the modern incarnations of the Dunhill blends.

I am generously giving this blend 3 stars for the simple fact that I did enjoy it for a while. If I would have tried this blend after trying some of the stuff I've recently smoked then my rating would have to be 2 stars.

I don't think I'd go through the trouble of ordering this from Europe while there are much more balanced offerings available.

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Puff Daddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puff Daddy (43)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I love this stuff! Again, as noted, the current blending differs from the older iterations of it, but even while this newer blend is lighter in latakia, it's still excellent. Like all Dunhill products, the moisture level on opening is about perfect. Even when it dries out a bit, it's so easy to rehydrate. Beautiful ribbon cut that packs like a dream. 965 is nutty, creamy, spicy, fairly full, and has an aroma that is actually tolerable. It hearkens back to Autumn days and burning leaves. It burns cool and very dry, and leaves just the smallest amount of white ash. I'm continually surprised at how little (if any) moisture is left in my pipe when a bowl of this (and other Dunhill blends) is through. I alternate between older 965 from the Murray's era and newer tins, and while they're subtly different, they're both just excellent. The more I burn this, the more I like it. Highly recommended. An all-day blend. It was for me today, and might be again tomorrow. Just a superb English blend.

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elias Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
elias (9)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Yet another review of this mixture does not have much to add, other than a high recommendation for statistical reasons.

I tried both the UK and EU versions. They are different, but both excellent.

I might be one of the few fortunate ones to "meet" them both at around the same time. So I cannot say that I have any nostalgic preoccupations for the UK one.

The UK tin was obviously more aged than the EU one, and for this reason more round in taste. I will keep a couple of tins cellared and do a side by side comparison in a year or so.

This is my all-day tobacco, and I think that I could live with either of them. But, of course I do not have a choice ...

And last but not least, I am surprised to get good comments about the room note when smoking 965. Strange.

1 person found this review helpful.

BriarLaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarLaw (85)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Let me start by saying I love English blends and if a pipe tobacco does not have Latakia in it, I usually am not interested. With that said, I think this is the best English blend on the market. It is, however, a bit different than most. Unlikely so many English blends, 965 has a fair amount of Brown Cavendish. This adds a bit of sweetness to 965 that makes it different than most English blends. Alot of pipe smokers don't like 965 for this reason, but boy I sure do. Nothing comes close in my opinion.

So if you are looking for a full-bodied English tobacco with moderate Latakia PLUS a nice hint of sweetness (very light), then give this a try. If you don't like it, then give some of the other English blends out there a try because 965, while the best in my opinion, certainly is a bit different than most.

UPDATE ON THE NEW VERSION: My first impressions of the new Orlik version were good. I found the tin aroma virtually identical (I did a side-to-side comparison with a Murray's tin). The taste was very similar but a hint sweeter with a tiny bit more bite (not bite in a bad way - just a bit sharper).

After trying the Orlik version for over a year now I must say that I enjoy it and it is true to 965 BUT it is a bit lighter in body and has less nicotine than the original.

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

My Mixture 965 is another of Dunhill's "old reliable" blends. Whenever I can't quite decide which tobacco I'm in the mood for, I often turn to good ol' 965. It's the kind of tobacco that can be enjoyed at almost any time of day, whatever the season. The Latakia isn't overpowering here; it adds a subtle smokiness to the richly-flavored Orientals. I don't find the brown Cavendish too intrusive; it imparts a bit of smoothness and sweetness to the blend, and mostly stays in the background. Like most of the Dunhill tobaccos, the nicotine level is above average. 965 is a bit sweeter and spicier than my other Dunhill standbys, London Mixture and Early Morning Pipe, and not as full or strong as my all-time favorite, Nightcap. I usually buy the bulk 965, which is very reasonably priced at my local tobacconist's-- in fact, it costs little more than the inexpensive "drugstore tobaccos" they also stock. That alone is enough to recommend it as a fine everyday smoke. The bulk 965 seems to be cut a bit more coarsely than the tinned version, but otherwise, I can detect no significant difference between the two. The room note is noticeable, but not all that objectionable, and the sidestream smoke is downright enjoyable. My Mixture 965 is an ideal tobacco to keep on hand at all times; it will rarely disappoint.

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A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (73)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Reviewing Dunhill's 965 is like reviewing milk. No matter what one thinks of this blend it, is here to stay. The fact that it was Alfred Dunhill's preferred mixture would seem like enough to secure it, but 965 has no need to rest upon its laurels. It is as fine a classic English mixture as can be found, with all of the components in almost perfect proportion and working in near perfect harmony. What's more, they even decided, way back when, to shake things up a bit and augment this seemingly reserved blend with a little Cavendish, brown Cavendish, to be precise, a tobacco I have never heard described outside of this mixture. One is treated to the potent sweetness of good Virginia leaf, the piquancy and occasional bitterness of Orientals, and the meaty essence of Latakia used in the proportion that it was meant to be used in. That mysterious brown Cavendish comes through at various, almost random intervals throughout the bowlful and gives a goodly dose of Vanilla-like ease to the palate. Mind ye, I was smoking a tinned supply that was around ten years old. I understand that the blending of the stuff has changed hands and not for the better. The only other blend I have tried that duplicates so genteel a smoke is Samuel Gawith's Perfection, a venerable, augmented English in itself.

If there be one thing to detract from Dunhill's 965, it is that they have, to a small extent compromised the good old British reserve that is to be found in all of their other blends. The Virginia is at times too sweet, the Orientals and Latakia to deep and dusky, and the Cavendish outright cloying and sickly sweet should 965 be smoked too fast or too often. This can be an unpleasant surprise from an otherwise wonderful tobacco that one might have desired as an all day, every day companion.

Regards, A. Morley Jaques

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Not having smoked this blend for a year or so I recently opened a twenty year old tin. The ruffled paper and the insert were a deep brown, and the tobacco colours had merged. Moisture level was intact and the tin aroma the vintage 965. This blend has been so well described that it is only necessary to reiterate that yes, it is a benchmark. Along with Balkan Sobranie this is what pipe smoking was about.

Many commentators have said that this blend is not for the beginner. One can keep drinking a relatively unflavourful wine by the glass in search of the absent taste or be satisfied with a few sips of a mouth filling, aromatic wine. I usually suggest MM965 to beginners and they mostly like it. Now that it will not be available - or at least not available in its past glorious form - there are many stellar blends from the US and Europe with which to begin pipe smoking.

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

I have smoked many tins of this tobacco. I would like to state that I have not tasted its new incarnation by Orlik. What I am going to say is based on tins made by Murray. This is an english style blend, although it is not a "proper" english mixture. It has brown cavendish in it and this disqualifies it as an "orthodox" english. This may sound strange since it is this tobacco what many pipe smokers think of when they think "english". I find the addition of cavendish makes this blend a bit easier than the typical Virginia based english to smoke, it makes it less complex as well. This may be a good thing depending on your mood and the situation. I prefer Virginia based englishes, specially those based in red virginia but, nonetheless, I have always this tobacco in my cellar. Sometimes it is the only tobacco that will do. I think every smoker that does not absolutely dislike english mixtures should try this at least once. Its cavendish base delivers a very special leathery taste and some sweetness (very different than that offered by Virginias). Latakia and orientals are present in a complimentary role. A very rounded mixture, perhaps lacking in complexity. Full and satisfying. Similar in character although with a more pronounced presence of orientals is Peterson´s Old Dublin. If you like 965 give it a try , you may find a nice change in pace.

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emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

965 is one of the most popular of all tinned tobaccos. It?s probably Dunhill?s best seller, and judging by the voluminous reviews, is probably the most talked about and lauded blend on this website; about 34 pages, to be exact.

Like Nightcap, perhaps it was all the praise about 965 that left me wanting something more. This is a fine tobacco in many respects. It?s blended nicely, has a number of fine elements: Virginia, latakia, perique, a touch of oriental? It?s definitely lovely in the tin with its speckles of light and dark colors, like a grassy knoll covered with damp autumn leaves. The tin note is grassy and musty, characteristically Dunhill. It?s a well-pressed, moist ribbon cut that pulls easily and packs well into any bowl. It?s without a doubt a standard among tobaccos.

Overall, though, it left me a bit flat. It has a rich, nutty quality, with less power and zeal than Nightcap. It can be smoked all the way down the bowl, and at times, is very pleasing and subtle. I prefer the oriental tease of Aperitif and the Balkan bounty of Durbar. So far, those are my favorite of the Dunhill line. 965 has balance and elegance, but it never really reaches grand scale, at least not the kind that everyone here sings about. Desert island stuff? Probably not. Perhaps, like Nightcap, this was a superior blend way back when, especially before the days of blend outsourcing, which I believe Dunhill and others do these days.

Very good, though, and I would enjoy smoking a bowl from time to time when I desire something lighter, less chewy and complicated.

Three of five stars

----------------------- update - april 10, 2006

I am adding another twist to this review. I had the opportunity to try this blend in bulk form, which I did not realize existed. A good friend of mine picked some up at the venerable Jack Schwartz cigar shop in Chicago. It's so much better than the tinned product, probably because it's not made by Dunhill's tinning source. Bulk '965' is much truer to form and more Oriental than English with a rounder complexity and a deeper finish. The Balkans really project while meshing beautifully with the cavendish. This reminds me a bit of Nat Sherman's discontinued but no less magnificent '536' without the mahallah and buttery softness. If you have a shop in your area that offers '965' in bulk, do try it. I think you'll be much more pleased than what Dunhill has been cooking up in its tins of late. I'd like to know if there's any 'Nightcap' around in bulk, as I will definitely revisit that disappointing number as well.

Three and a half of five stars

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jackhackett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jackhackett (76)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

UPDATE: ORLIK (New) Version:

"This [name any dunhill blend] is not the same as it was, yadda-yadda, and our beloved 965 is nothing like what it used to be..."

You've heard and/or contributed to the hype. The previous version was a harsh experience and made me turn green like a cheap cigar on an empty stomach would. The new version ain't messing around either---you have to be patient with this stuff or it will send you reeling. Slow and steady is best.

But the quality of the leaf and the marrying of the blend (even though this hasn't been in production with the new manufacturers for very long) are far, far superior to the 965 offered at the end of the Murray's production.

The new version is smoother, and much, much less harsh. Balanced in cut and moisture, loaded and smoked with ease and pleasure. This is a 965 I can enjoy, and will keep around.

Yes, this is an almost totally different experience from that of the previous incarnation, but in my opinion, a vast improvement has been made.

Murray's (OLD) Version:

965: The impetuous darling of the english blends. Adored by millions, held up as the grail by many here, 965 seems to set the bar for many pipe smokers.

But for me, it's EMP turned up to "11". I'd probably like 965 a whole lot more if I could stand the nicotine hit. Not sure why this blend makes me turn green, but it's just too much. I'm overwhelmed by it.

But do try it. If you can stay on the bull you'll win a ribbon.

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OPCguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OPCguy (46)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

EU version. A bowl of 965 is a pleasant experience.

Start: I enjoy the initial start-up of every bowl I smoke. Mix 965 was rather disappointing in this regard. If you?re an occasional nasal sipper the first few puffs of the bowl is not the time for that. 965 will sting your nose with an ashy bite. Nothing special or unique is noticed at this stage. Having said that lets move on?

Mid-Bowl: Wow. What a difference! At this point 965 comes into its own and delivers its merits. A tasty English with a smooth smoky note. Go ahead take a sniff at this stage?its lovely.

Finish: No real notable changes for me just a good smoke. An occasional ashy flavor can enter in from time to time.

English blend with a little sweetness, this could be a good morning bowl. But I probably won't keep a lot of this around for the ashy notes distract...nevertheless less a very decent smoke.

Update: The ashyness must have been from the pipe I smoked it in for I had a much more pleasant experience in a different pipe.

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (138)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is of the new Orlik version of Murray's longtime favorite, now discontinued 965 for Dunhill. Dunhill also discontinued all of their house blends. Sadness for all.

Old 965 is a famous, somewhat full and slightly sweet English. This is not the same but not aweful unless you are a die hard. Looks similar in cut but smells sweeter.

A 965 fan may say this is no longer even an English. It is more sweet than English. The same sweetness that was a hint is now louder. You can still sense the latakia. In the tin and on the tip of the tongue. No bite if puffed slowly. Older 965 was more bullish in flavor too.

This may open up 965 to more smokers, including upgrading (or changing) light aromatic smokers to an Aero-English. But we must not curse, as the Dunhill name stil inspires pipes and blends alike worldwide for all. Like what Arnold Palmer did for golf.

So try a tn before you dispair and don't like in the estate market all the time. I was to do a review of this for payless pipes before Katrina hit my home town, N.O. Everything's changed now, so why not pass on the info here? But we'll be back.

1 person found this review helpful.

English Bulldog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
English Bulldog (10)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

This blend is something of an enigma for myself. Upon opening the tin my nose is overwhelmed by a full peat-like aroma intermixed with what seems to be like burning charcoal (I assume this is the latakia I have read so much about here)-The tin smell reminds me of an autumn evening with coal fires burning in the distance, unfortunately this is where the romanticism ends. Three lights are required to get this lit and the start is a bit labour intensive although it burns better as the bowl progresses.

Thick clouds of strong bluish smoke arise from the tobacco, but strong should not be read pejoratively as it is rather pleasant and enjoyed by nonsmokers I have been around. I do not know why but whilst smoking this the back of my throat develops a 'tickle' early on that becomes more aggravted as the bowl progresses and it can also be a touch hot if puffed too rigourously.

I really wanted to like this blend but it just does not agree with my mouth which becomes irritated by 965, even more so upon a relight. I find the smoke to be really quite harsh and unrefined. Moreover this leaves an unpleasnat aftertaste in the mouth as if one had been sucking on a piece of coal for half an hour.

Undoubtedly this is a fine mix but I wish the tin aroma translated into the smoke produced. To be sure this packs a nicotine wallop as I felt slightly dizzy and sedated afterward, as if I had had a little too much to drink-a rather pleasant feeling! I will probably finish the tin but will be unlikely to buy it again-while not for me this may be ideal for a cigarette smoker who wants to gravitate towards a pipe. About 5.5/10

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Pagercat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pagercat (41)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with a beautiful scent of high quality tobaccos nestled together in a well-married blend that seemed to cry out "Smooooooooooke meeeeee..." The moisture content was a bit higher than I had expected as the strands of tobacco were very pliable. It did very well using the Frank method of packing.

At first light I received the initial greeting from the latakia and smelled the sweetest perfume from the first burning strands of leaf. After the charring light and tamp it was a nice long slow smoke that got increasingly sweeter the further down the bowl it got. This was certainly not the harsh charcoal-like smoke that I had feared.

One of the things that surprised me about 965 is how slow it burns. Right now I am smoking it in a large Neerup freehand that I first lit up at 1:30 p.m. and it is now 4:15 p.m. and it is about 75% finished. This is without any breaks in smoking with the exceptions for the occasional tamping and relights. I think it should be finished by 5:00 p.m. which would make this a nice 3.5 hour smoke. Very nice.

"My Mixture 965" will definitely be a staple in my tobacco stock. It is the benchmark English blend and for good reason. I would not recommend this to a beginner smoker but as a reward after some years of experience and refining of tastes. It is truly a sophisticated blend that should be appreciated as such. 965 is great as a nocturnal ritual to clear the mind and soul of stress. It produces a tranquilizing effect causing the lucky smoker to hear the call of blissful slumber while drifting into a meditative state of "Tobacciana Nirvana".

1 person found this review helpful.

UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (108)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

As of 11 March 2005, this is the most reviewed tobacco in this database with 91 reviews. Nightcap is a close second with 85. Surely there is some reason why so many have smoked this blend and felt compelled to comment. I think people try this because their grandfathers smoked it.

I smoked a few bowls of this six months ago, tired of it and went on to other boutique blends. While cleaning up some early 20th century english pipes, I remembered the tin and thought it fitting to reawaken the long neglected briar with an appropriate mixture.

Again, I found this to be a stalwart, though uninspiring blend. It took until a third down the bowl to identify any defining characteristics and they were unremarkable as well. I suppose it serves well as a benchmark to which most pipe smokers can relate, but there are so many others I prefer. I don't know the British equivalent to Sears and Roebuck, but this would be it: a point of departure. 965 is to English like Prince Albert is to burley.

1 person found this review helpful.

Thatcher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thatcher (58)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This was the second English mixture I ever tried, the first being McClelland?s Frog Morton. Needless to say, it was a bit of a shock. The two have little in common, in terms of taste. 965 packs a big nicotine punch, and I found it to be too strong for my tastes. About a year later, having tried a couple dozen other English mixtures, I gave 965 another try. I assumed that my initial reaction was the result of being a newbie to the world of Latakia blends. I enjoyed it more than I had initially. However, I still find it to be stronger in the nicotine department than most other English blends I had tried (except for other Dunhill blends). It has a certain ?peppery? quality that I don?t really care for. It is a fine blend, but far from my first choice in an English blend. If I am going to smoke a Dunhill blend, I much prefer the smoothness of London Mixture or the richness of Durbar, or the unique taste of Nightcap.

I have to respectfully disagree with those who proclaim 965 to be the definitive English blend by which all others must be judged. 965 may well be the best-selling English blend, and in many smokers? opinion the best-tasting English blend, but that doesn?t make it the definitive English blend. Call me a purist, but in my opinion the use of cavendish in this blend disqualifies it from meeting the classic definition of an English blend (i.e. a blend that epitomizes the definition of classic English smoking mixture?a Virginia base with Latakia and perhaps other orientals added). If you want to taste a truly definitive English mixture, try Gawith?s Squadron Leader, Robert Lewis? Tree Mixture, Pease?s Renaissance, Esoterica?s Margate, or perhaps even Dunhill?s London Mixture; if you want to taste one of the most popular and best-selling English mixtures around today, then give 965 a spin.

1 person found this review helpful.

Inquisitor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Inquisitor (155)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

965 is the English blend against which all others are measured. It is incredibly popular. To me, though, it is just plain middle-of-the-road. There is nothing bad about it, it smokes cool, it burns without difficulty, it is made with high-quality leaf. But it doesn't have anything that grabs you either. Its a house Cabernet, a Johnnie Walker Red, a cup of Maxwell House, a Beatles catalog tune. There are lots worse, but lots better too. Nightcap tips the scales with the Latakia (not my cup of tea, but it works for many), EMP with Orientals (yum!), but 965 just sort of goes along.

That said, if you haven't tried it, you HAVE to. It is a benchmark.

1 person found this review helpful.

Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Its all been said, this is a magnificent English mixture. Smokes cool, smooth, full flavour, the sweetness is very subtle and the nutty flavours complimented by smokiness and a hint of spice.

Lights with moderate ease, 3 matches usually, although drying will assist lighting somewhat. Like all the Dunhill English mixtures it comes too moist for my lighting, but it's no trouble to dry it out a bit. The burn is very complete, no harshness at the bottom of the bowl, although a few relights are required if it has not dried out a little.

Smells lovely in the tin, similar to Nightcap but milder, and without the scent of Perique. I have been complimented on the aroma, so what need is there for aromatics? If its Latakia I want to smoke, I'll smoke it.

The lack of virginia takes a lot of sharpness out of the blend, this is made up for by the spicy taste of the Oriental tobaccos, so the smoothness does not make this blend seem flat. All the tobaccos used here are of the highest quality, as is to be expected, and blended well. The flavour builds as the bowl progresses, not changing greatly, the complexity of this blend comes from the subtle interlplay of the various ingredients, with attention, you can taste each of the components, or just enjoy the full flavour as they work together. The Latakia taste will surface strongly if you puff harder, it becomes more apparent if the burn gets a little fiercer.

Wonderful stuff, I could smoke it all day.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (118)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Strong

Okay.. I'm not a Latakia-man. I have no experience smoking Enlgish Mixtures. I have tried Highland Targe and Oriental from McConnel's. They tasted ok, but acrid. Then I had to try this one. Dunhill's flagship.

I'm sold.. I had no idea that Latakia could taste so wonderful! This blend is heavy and strong, yet extremely cool on the palate. The cut is even with no stems. The quality of the tobacco is simply outstanding. It is well balanced and very transparent - It's possible to "decipher" almost every nuance during the entire bowl.

Some say that this is not the best introduction to English Mixtures, but for me it was. A wise guy once told me that a neophyte should start with a strong tobacco, instead of those mild bright VA's, because the strong dark flakes never bite the same way as the light ones does. I think the same thing goes for Latakia, because afterall: Either you like it or you don't. So why not start with the real thing? I love it!

Jakob Kiilerich, Denmark

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Appearance: Very long ribbon-cut. Even amount of dark and light. I prefer to take this to the chopping block and shorten up the length a bit. Otherwise, it is a bit like trying to pack spaghetti into my pipe.

Tin Aroma: Dusky and earthy, just like an English blend should be. As a matter of fact, this has become the aroma that I think of when someone says "English Blend" to me. I have been known to sit and sniff the aroma for almost as long as it takes me to smoke a bowl of it. If I could get air fresheners that smelled like this, I would be set.

Ash: Dove gray

General Notes: this is quickly becoming my default blend, the one I reach for when nothing else is calling out to be smoked. I could (and do) smoke it all day while working, and all of my pipes seem to love it. Unlike some English blends, the taste is there from the get-go, it doesn't need any time to "warm up". I also find it almost impossible to make it smoke hot, no matter how hard I puff on it. This tends to be my first ( and often second) smoke of the day. I try to buy a pound of this every time I drive past JR on I-40, and just chuck it in the closet. Some of it should manage to survive for a couple of years without me smoking it, and then we can really see what this blend can do.ww

1 person found this review helpful.

Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Full Strong

This and tinderbox's Balkan are my all day smokes. It's inclusion of cavendish however keeps me from considering it a 'classical' english blend. Rather it is a nice mellow smoke that allows me to get the english flavor I so love while keeping it smooth and sweet.

Although I concur that this could be considered nightcap light, this is a good thing, because no matter how much I love Nightcap- it's just too rich to smoke all day. The cavendish in this blend brings a slight sweetness throughout the bowl until the very end when things get a little more spicy. Even though there is a lot going on with the blending here- it is not the most complex smoke- not nearly so as Apertif for instance. The flavors that do make themselves known, do so upon first light and don't change a whole lot during the course of the smoke until the end. This blend doesn't bite no matter how hard you try although it does get a tad bit peppery if you puff to hard. The latakia is very prevelent but not what you need if you are looking for a fix. In that case you should fall back on either Penzance or Nightcap. I should mention the room note also- when I was smoking it around my mother, she told me I should get rid of the nasty stuff and put something of more quality (i.e. better smelling) in my pipe. Oh well- you can't please everyone! All in all a classic tobacco and one you can't go wrong with if you are a lover of English blends.

UPDATE I had to downgrade this rating simply because after trying EMP and London Mix, I have found this to be a trifle boring. I won't give it the lowest rating, however, because it is still very high quality Dunhill tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

preppypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
preppypipe (57)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

Without a doubt this is my favorite english blend.It's as classic as blue jeans and a leather jacket.When I've tired of trying new tobaccos 965 always bings me back to delightful tranquility.I agree with Richard C.Hacker(The Ultimate Pipe Book)when he describes this blend as "One I would'nt mind being stranded on a desert island with" If you have'nt tried this tobacco yet,you have no right to call yourself a pipe smoker.==THE BENCHMARK ENGLISH THAT I COMPARE ALL OTHERS TO AND IN MY OPINION THE BEST ENGLISH TOBACCO OF ALL TIME=== HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!! preppypipe

1 person found this review helpful.

Checkmate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Checkmate (23)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Strong

965 is what I thing of when someone says "English Tobacco." Dunhill has done a wonderful job of blending the sweetness of Cavendish with the smoky creamyness of Latakia. If I feel like a good Latakia blend this is the tin I reach for above all others. It's much more of a full bodied blend than others like Frog Morton. I'd recommend this tobacco to old seasoned Latakia lovers and newbies alike.

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Brotherblue Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brotherblue (12)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Full Strong

People who are set to venture out from the aromatic realm, and into the world of Englishes, read this: I bought this because this is what everyone said to try if I wanted the consummate English blend. I also heard that both Faulkner and Tolkien loved the stuff, but this is hearsay. I bought a tin and immediately opened it up, and was extremely let down. It smelled like my clothes smell after I've been sitting around a campfire all night. My next thought was Laphroaig. For those who don't know, this is a single malt whisky from Isley made with smoked peat, giving it a strong iodine like flavor. I don't like it, and 965 smells like it.

That said, I let it sit for a while, still disappointed in the smell. I actually thought something was wrong with it until I went back to the shop and smelled some of their bulk Englishes. That's how Englishes smell.

The smoke, however, was a very pleasant surprise. It lit easily and stayed lit. Up until that point, I had smoked aromatics exclusively, and learned aromatics don't stay lit as easily. Non-cased tobaccos are more reliable in that sense.

The flavor, going back to the campfire experience, is that of smoking a botanic garden. It's quite a nice sensation. It's as if someone scoured a forest floor for moss, juniper, and pine needles, and packed it into a tin. It brings me back to camping trips in the Sierras.

A word of caution: if you smoke inside and like the day after smell of vanilla aromatics, you might think twice before smoking this inside. As much as I liked the taste and room aroma when smoking it, the room smells nothing like that botanical forest aroma I alluded to.

Realize that this can be strong stuff, and you may take on a greenish tinge if you're not careful. But take it easy and smoke slowly. This is a tobacco worth savoring. I expect to smoke several more tins of this for many years deep into my sunset.

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imago Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
imago (63)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is one of those blends that I've thoroughly enjoyed for some time, yet have never gotten around to writing a review for it. My first encounter with it was a number of years ago when I visited my tobacconist and inquired as to what blend he was smoking in his pipe.

I'm one of those pipe smokers who does not have an absolute primary choice of blend. I have my favourite English mixture, favourite Virginia blends, etc., and I will go on record proclaiming this as my English/Scottish mixture of choice. It is quite amazing how the different elements present in the blend stand out and yet, at the same time, coalesce into a singularly pleasurable smoking experience. There are times when more of a Balkan blend is what I want, and that is when I head for the Odyssey, Caravan, or Balkan Sasieni. When I want something a bit more full in taste, yet smoother, I'll reach for this.

Unless you simply can't stand anything but cloying aromatics, I heartily recommend this blend to you.

22 December 2003

Since posting the above review, I have downgraded my recommendation to "Might try it again, but will not keep it on hand". It took me some time to realise that I don't care for the coexistence of Cavendish and Latakia. "965" is a quality blend, but I prefer "Nightcap" over this one.

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Spuds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spuds (14)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Where do I begin with such a blend? Tin Aroma: The smell of the smoky latakia was unlike anything else I have experienced. From that point on alone, I can understand why this is considered a standard for English blends.

The burn: One of the best burning tobaccos I have smoked to date.

The taste: There has been a lot written concerning the venerable My Mixture 965, so I?ll keep it brief: If you like English latakia blends you?ll have no problems with this. 965 will take you back and deposit you in the English countryside, if you only close your eyes. This is one helluva a tobacco and my yardstick for English blends. Available also in bulk - the price can?t be beat.

The nicotine kick is notable, but I grew accustomed to it after a few bowls. I think a word of caution is in order if you react strongly to nicotine; smoke this at home when you?re done for the day.

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Henry B Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Henry B (11)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Everyone who smokes a pipe knows Dunhill My Mixture 965, except maybe those who do not smoke Latakia at all. If you don't, do yourself a favour and grab a tin of this fine tobacco. I always get the numbers wrong, when I'm at my local dealer, so I just say 'My Mixture, please'.

The qualities of this tobacco make it an autumn tobacco for me. Since I don't smoke a lot when it's hot, the approaching time of year when the leaves turn brown and windy chills blow down my collar when taking a stroll through the woods, mark the beginning of Henry B's pipe smoking season - autumn and winter. And it's great to have this tobacco in your pipe, when you come home, the scent of wet wood and fresh air in your nose. For a 'traditional' English blend (i.e. a Latakia blend) it is very smooth. It may be considered very forthcoming by those pipe connoisseurs, that prefer to have only a little Latakia in their tobacco. There are a lot of nuances, that keep you wondering, what you are tasting. A mild sweetness is always present, and the smoky Latakia rounds things off. It is a welcomed change of pace for me, cause I seem to grow a little tired of pure Virginias lately. At last - Cavendish put to good use ! I can see myself smoking this a lot this year. Well done, Dunhill.

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mesacactus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mesacactus (21)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Strong

Dunhill, the name says it all. Or does it? When most pipe smokers hear "Dunhill" the automatic response to that name is quality. That is not to say 965 is a non quality tobacco, far from it. However, I would say it is an overrated tobacco. For an English it is OK. Ok taste, Ok cut, just Ok. There are far to many other English blends out there either on the bar, or tin, that are much better. When I smoke an English, I want it to be cool. Dunhill 965 is not cool. You can get serious bite from it if you are not carefull. Maybe it's me. I have to puff on the pipe quite a bit to get the latakia taste I crave for. The bite is not worth it. Will I smoke it? If offered, but I do not seek it out. Remember, just because it says "Dunhill" on it, does not mean it is the best. In this case, it's ok.

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lvnvbiker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lvnvbiker (15)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is simply a great blend. One of the ones that reached out and touched me! The guys at the Big D. got it right on the money for whomever this blend was created, and my tastebuds are right in line with his. This packs easy and stays lit only needing one mabey two relights for a large pipe. As far the leaf goes this is superb. The latakia is a constant friend but does not over run the orientals in this one giving it a smokey, spicy, yet suprisingly smooth flavor. It is consistant all the way down the bowl and burns realy cool now matter how hard I go at it. I would recomend this for one wanting to delve into the world of english blends with out going all the way.

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omegapd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
omegapd (81)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

This was the first English blend I actually fell in love with when I first tried them, and one I always compare other blends too. I just cracked a 4 year old tin and it's as good as ever. The flavor and aroma are full, and you can enjoy both while smoking. I always seem to get a hint of some sort of pastry cooking while smoking- something like cinnamon rolls. The latakia is in just the right proportion and is mainly used as a spice. The only thing I don't care for much is the cut. The ribbon is too long- so I usually dump out a tin and pull it apart into shorter pieces. The nicotine strength is as strong as I want in a blend, and I can feel it on an empty stomach, but it's not too bad. At JR's prices, it's also a wonderful bargain per tin. Nothing beats it...

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Benjamin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Benjamin (22)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Full Overwhelming

I have long delayed my review of this tobacco. One never likes to, dare I say it, mention the emperor's lack of clothes? Ach, well. Caution to the wind.

This tobacco is foul. I threw out my first tin because I was convinced it had gone off. "No," I realized upon sampling the second tin, "it's supposed to taste that way." My Mixture 965 tastes like wine that has reacted with the cork and gone bad.

To all those who haven't been smoking a pipe for long, I have some advice. Don't make My Mixture your first incursion into the land of latakia. Try G. L. Pease's Mephisto instead. Wonderful stuff.

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OSR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OSR (73)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Everyone has different tastes...and that's what makes the world go 'round.

To make this brief, I can't smoke this blend without it biting my tongue. The flavor is good but it's a hot blend. In the 80's it bit me, in the 90's it bit me and the last bowl I smoked of it (2003) will be the last ever.

This one gets my vote of "most overrated tobacco of all time", hands down.

To each his own, eh?

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Geeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geeper (4)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my all-day smoke and to me what pipe smoking is all about.

Nice pure tobacco taste with a pleasant "nuttyness" to it that keeps me coming back for more. Very traditional room note which others don't mind.

It's not as strong as some others and the smoke isn't as heavy as some of my other favorites but it's prefect as a regular everyday smoke.

Not much more to say, I guess it's easier to write a long review when something isn't as great as 965 is.

I ALWAYS have a tin of this on the go no matter what else I have open, or no matter what I'm doing. I simply love it.

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GaryScott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GaryScott (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

As a new-comer here, there seemed to be only one thing to do: join the clamoring group of voices who recognize 965 for what it is: genius. This is a blend I smoke almost every day, despite it?s expensive nature.

Before the confusion sets in, I?ll explain. I live in Poland, and all Dunhill mixtures are atrociously expensive here: about 32 to 36 z³oty for a 50 ounce tin. That is indeed only about eight dollars, but I, like most other Poles, earn only about 1,400 z³oty a month. So perhaps that?s the best testimony about the quality of this blend, for it?s about like someone in the States paying $30 for a small tin of 965. Is it worth it? Of course.

When I first tried 965, I was stunned by the depth of the nuttiness in the middle of the bowl. I remember my first smoke, and I literally stopped in my tracks when I noticed it.

Since then, I?ve become more attuned to the fine balance of the mixture and that in fact has become my favorite aspect of it: you can virtually choose your flavor. Want something slightly sweet on a winter?s night? Listen to the Macedonian or Cavendish. Out for a fall afternoon walk and want something embracing? Concentrate on the Latakia. Not looking for anything in particular? Sit back and let the flavors mingle on their own. Balance, I think, is the key to this blend, and you?ll find a thousand notes here if you listen carefully.

Surprisingly, as most have commented, this blend doesn?t bite, even if you draw on it like Sachmo in reverse.

Regarding the nicotine content: I am an occasional cigarette smoke, so I find it pleasantly acceptable, though for new comers it might very well make for wooziness if smoked quickly.

Overall, it?s a perfect tobacco. Softly falling snow, a Brandenburg Concerto, and a bowl of 965: a Sunday afternoon doesn?t get much better.

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Grundie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grundie (26)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This has been a long term favourite of mine, it would be my standard tobacco. The 'old reliable' I can fall back on if no other tobacco takes my fancy. I smoke this daily and I have never tired of it. The tin aroma is unmistakable Latakia, you don't need to actually smoke this to enjoy it the tin aroma itself is a joy to savour. It has a fairly course cut and in my experience it usually needs a bit of extra rubbing out to make it suitable for filling a bowl with. Upon lighting the wondeful warm flavour of Latakia flows around your mouth, tickling the senses in a way few other pleasures in life can compare with. After a few minutes smoking the cavendish kicks in and adds a bit (and just a bit) of sweetness to the smoke. Just enough the give an extra dimension to the flavour of the tobacco. I find it hard to describe, but I can best sum it up by descibing it as the Latakia equivilent of a slighly sweet latte coffee, that tastes so wonderful. As the bowl smokes on, the consistency of the blend springs out on you. It smokes well from top to bottom, never erring towards harshness or weakness, nor too little or too much flavour. It is always just right. Without a doubt one of THE definitive English blends and a must for the Latakia lover. Plus it also makes a good introduction to the world of Latakia for those smokers coming from aromatics and other sweet and mild tobaccos.

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JClark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JClark (26)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

There really isn't anything else that can be said about this wonderful tobacco. I would just like to say that this is my stand-by smoke. This is the one that I can always come back to over and over and never grow tired. I also break all of my english smoking pipes in with 965. A true classic that is highly recommended.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

The story. Quite a long time ago (I must have been 23 at the time), my father in law came back from a trip to NYC. Knowing that I was starting to smoke a pipe, he had visited the Dunhill shop there and, on suggestion of the shop keeper, bought a couple of tins of My Mixture 965. Before this, the only pipe tobaccos I was acquainted with were Clan, Amphora red, Prince Albert, and a number of American drug store blends (i.e., Grand Old Dad, flavoured with bourbon, and those goopy vanilla steam-cased Burleys). So you can imagine what it was to experience this tobacco?Wow!!! From the onset, the tin itself was a novelty! As soon as I opened it I felt transported somewhere near Nirvana: soft leathery, slightly pungent, and naturally sweet aromas engulfed my senses. I had never seen or felt a pipe tobacco with this texture and aroma before. Packing it in a medium sized Savinelli Punto d?Oro was a joy: all those different shades of light and dark brown, plus the jet black strands of Latakia?a tobacco I had no previous knowledge of. Then came the first puff?Eureka! I had found it: the perfect tobacco! No gurgle, no dottle, simply a dry, very cool smoke, full of NATURAL woody and earthy flavours I had no idea you could find in a pipe tobacco. A completely different smoking experience. My Mixture 965 gradually revealed itself in a myriad of deep, subtle, yet full of savour and mystic aromas (very much like incense). That day I must have had three or four bowls, but at a price: by the evening I felt dizzy and exhausted from the nicotine rush and the strength concealed in this mixture. It has been a rather long way from that first Latakia based smoking experience. Since then I have read about a great variety of blends and mixtures, and have had the opportunity to sample many tobaccos of this kind (Early Morning, London Mixture, Balkan Sobranie, Sullivan?s Mixture, Red Raparee, Black Mallory, etc.), some of which are softer, and some of which are stronger or harsher than 965. Of recent I feel a closer affinity to, and enjoy more, Dunhill?s London Mixture, and Davidoff?s Royalty. Yet, 965 will remain in my memory as the first REAL tobacco experience I had, and still is one of my most cherished Latakia based smokes! I know this is a very subjective (personal) review. Then again, pipe smoking is also a very personal pleasure?.Highly recommended (if a beginner, though, proceed with caution).

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ruggiero Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruggiero (19)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

"An English lovers delight!" I can't imagine life as a pipe smoker without this blend around. It is the standard by which I compare all other English blends. It is the ultimate tasty and full, all purpose English. The nutty flavor found halfway into your bowl cannot be overlooked. It's rich enough to satisfy the palate, but not overwhelming that you have to back off from smoking into it as often as you want to. It burns cool, and the rich, woodsy scent which fills the room confirms that your smoking a world class tobacco. The wife and kids don't take to the heavy fragrance like they might with Dan's Blue Note or Iwan Ries' Three Star Blue, but hey, I'll smoke it in the garage if I have to. The cat seems to enjoy it.

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Evil Catfish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Evil Catfish (10)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This tobacco a good example of today's full English blends. It has a good nutty character and has a slightly sweet taste.

1 person found this review helpful.

lustra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lustra (170)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

When I was just moving into English blends years ago, I often blended 965 half-and-half with Black Cavendish for a smoke my wife could stand and that I could taste. On its own, though, I have just never been able to work up much enthusiasm for this stuff, lauded though it may be. It's sort of the Attila the Hun of Englishes, quite unrelenting and often harsh, it doesn't have the Virginia base I prefer, and it is full of that nasty tweedy brown Cavendish yucko ptooey stuff. Life is short and there are just many more interesting English blends out there. On the plus side, this blend always burns cool, and like all Dunhills, is always cut well. I am almost certainly in the minority on this tobacco, but it's just eh sort of OK in my book.

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

For this review, smoked in one of my favorites a rather large Cavicci poker,a small size 5. As you see by my name here, I love a Latikia blend, though this doesn't have as much as some I've smoked. This is my favorite smoke, usually smoking it at least once a day if not all day. Long Ribbon cut,moist to the touch but definitely not too moist. The aroma in the pouch is that of a classic English blend,woodsy,and somewhat leathery. One of 3 or 4 tobaccos I purchase in bulk,usually an 8 ounce bag will keeps just fine in the jar until its gone. Packs easily though some of the longer strands require extra attention. Lights fine and fewer to normal relights necessary. Not one of the wife and daughters favorite as far as the room note goes. I do get an ocassional chant but not bad enough to have the smokers candle lit or the lysol can brought out. I am usually smoke this in the house. The beginning starts with a nice full, smokey flavor,somewhat nutty and only a slight ring of latikia. Since it's summer and I'm in the midst of expanding my horizons as far as tobacco is concerned, trying some virginias, there have been times when I've gone one or two days in a row not smoking it. When I do smoke it again it's like meeting an old friend. The halfway point the fullness of the blend starts to appear, a more nutty flavor and I begin to pick up a slightly salty taste.The end is probably my favorite part. The Latikia is here in its fullest form,in a nice robust, full, smokey presence.It leaves a nice light grey ash and rarely do I get any moisture build up.I have never had it bit, no matter how it's smoked.It's a very satisfing smoke with a nice after taste and goes well with any type of beverage I've had with it, from a glass of cold water right up to an after dinner coffee and congac. It's never a boring smoke and if there was only one tobacco I smoked it would be this one. I highly recommend it, but like most English/Latikia blends, it can be a bit strong for 1st timers.

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

It took about a year, but when I'm in the mood for an English mixture, more often than not I reach for a tin of 965. As the name implies, this tobacco started life as a custom blend for a particular customer of Dunhill, but it became so well liked that it became a production item. Like the other Dunhills I've tried, this blend is very easy to pack, light, and keep lit due to the fine and varied cuts of tobacco within it. It is somewhat similar to Early Morning Pipe, but is made fuller and stronger by the addition of burley based brown cavendish. This gives the tobacco a unique tangy taste and aroma from the very start of the bowl. As the bowl progresses, the tanginess recedes and is replaced by the heaviness of the latakia. Repeatedly smoking this tobacco in the same pipe tends to bring out an underlying sweetness which I did not notice for the first several bowls. Due to the fullness of 965, I find it just gets to be too much of a good thing when smoked in a large bowl. It takes a long time to get the cavendish flavor out of the pipe when switching to another tobacco from 965, so I dedicate 2 small pipes to it. I also find that the pipes need to rest longer between smokes or the tobacco gets pretty rank towards the bottom of the bowl. If this sounds like a bit of trouble to go through in order to enjoy a tobacco, it is worthwhile to a lot of people: Dunhill 965 is the most popular English blend in the world! Available from JR Tobacco

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farndog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
farndog (22)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Dunhill 965 is probably the standard for full bodied English blends. 965 has nice full smoky, nutty smell to it. It is cut into very fine, long ribbons, which makes for easy packing and lighting. 965 is very full and can be unpleasant to some around you. 965 is almost too well balanced, as nothing really stands out about the blend, but that doesn't leave you thinking that it is anything but an excellent tobacco. If you are not used to it, 965 will make the room spin. Very nice tobacco.

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mparker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mparker (51)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Like Balkan Sobranie White and Sullivan's Gentlemans Mixture, this tobacco is a standard reference point among english latakia blends.

Although I have never detected any casings, I tend to mentally classify it along with FrogMorton as a crossover blend, probably because of the large amount of cavendish in the blend, and the relatively low amount of latakia present.

This blend lights well and burns quickly. There is a fair amount of moisture generated by the cavendish which combined with the fast burn makes this tobacco prone to tongue-burn in anything but a calabash.

The flavor of 965 is a not-unpleasant barnyardy smokey flavor, with a musty aromatic quality from the cavendish, and additional sweetness from the macedonian. The lack of Virginias seems to leave this tobacco unbalanced by the dark flavors of the cavendish and latakia. As for room aroma, the consensus seems to be mostly positive, with comparisons to burgundy (from the macedonian) and leather (from the latakia), which pretty much sums up the flavor as well.

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From Etten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
From Etten (11)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

Short thin ribbon-cut and fragrant out of the tin that I couldn't open with my quarter. Certainly this is a high quality blend. I began at the 1/2 bowl with my hiccups (nicotine alert). I will weaken this wonderful blend with some mild black cavendish. For me the N brings this fine blend to 1 star.

Pipe Used: Tsuge briar, greek briar

Age When Smoked: fresh from tin

Purchased From: Pipe & Cigar Month Club

Similar Blends: American Pride except 965 has N.

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

Nice appearance - fine ribbons, variegated colors. Pouch aroma - rich, sweet, smoky. Burn - required few relights, burned pretty thoroughly, didn't require much drying. Flavor - one of my favorites - a good balance of Latakia and other components, with a bit of sweetness. When my current jar runs out... I'm going to buy more!

Pipe Used: Dr. Grabow

Age When Smoked: < 3 months

Purchased From: Online

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Kiyle A Winborne Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kiyle A Winborne (4)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Full Very Pleasant

An excellent blend with a room note which conjures imagery of a sitting in a large library, reading an old book, while sitting next to a fireplace.

A fantastic blend which, at the charring light, pdresents itself with a touch of sweetness and a prominent smokey flavor which is definitely a pleasure to the palate, after a few puffs and a tamp, a new taste arises, and you can taste a slight must, similar to the smell of a book which has not been opened for a long time, and a tingle on the tongue (which I mean a tingle, almost no taste except a slight spiciness to it).

After a few minutes of smoking, it presents a distinct leathery taste, with more of the tingle, and more smoke. At this point, the flavor is very distinct and easy to recognize.

Once you get near the end of the bowl, it's very very difficult to taste any ash at all, in fact I taste it quite regularly with any other blend, but this one is fantastic right through the last.

On the nicotine content: This blend has a decent amount of nicotine. While Dunhill Nightcap was reported to have a very strong calming effect, (note, that this varies from production year to production year, much like wine vintages), I had not experienced the same while smoking Nightcap, but I had a very strong reaction to MM 965.

I nearly went to sleep, and I am not exactly a light-weight when it comes to nicotine, as I smoked cigars and cigarettes for years before switching to a pipe. To answer the question I get a lot, no I do not inhale. Perhaps I just got a winner on the particular year, who knows, but in my experience, the nicotine knocked my socks off.

Overall: 10/10 would smoke again.

Pro: Very fine taste, lovely scent, tin aroma, and nicotine strength

Con: Only comes in 50 g tins where I live.

Pipe Used: Great in any pipe

Age When Smoked: Two Years

Purchased From: Local Tobacco Shop

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Raines Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raines (22)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

The 10 first bowls were rather strong for my palate. Maybe beacause I hadn't dried it enough (at least 1 hour !). But after, I've found it really tasty. Sweet and strong in the same time. It's difficult to tell with words but my palate can :P So, in a first time I didn't realise why this tobacco was so appreciated. But after the 10 first bowls, I've known why. Obviously, if you don't like Latakia, you can pass your way. If you like it, just tried !

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

I rarely review anything but felt compelled to do so while I sit in the ambience of this magnificent blend.

I'm sure many regular pipe smokers have already discovered this great blend by Dunhill and if you haven't you really owe it to yourself to buy a tin asap!

I originally started with aromatics as I'm sure many newbies have but after trying several blends, some delightful and some nothing to write home about, I decided to delve into more traditional UK blends. I must say I really wish I had discovered this one sooner.

965 is an astonishingly smooth tobacco blend and just simply works so well. It always seems to smoke cool and I have never had tongue bite. There are lovely leathery, nutty and subtle pepper notes to this pipe tobacco and I find it one of the most calming and relaxing blends I have tried.

This for me is the perfect evening accompaniment of which assists me in reflecting on my day and truly reminds me of why I love pipe smoking.

If I had to choose only one blend to smoke for the rest of my days this would certainly be it.

Dunhill, I salute you. Well done!

Pipe Used: Comoy Bulldog, Peterson System 303

Purchased From: Smoke-King.co.uk

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natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (40)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is an OK english blend. Good latakia flavor. If this was a 5 star rating system I'd give it 3. There are better ones out there. (Odyssey)

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SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (55)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Strong

Wonderful Dunhill classic I don't regret purchasing. This full body English doesnt bite. The secret to this any other great blend is the right amount of tobacco leaf working in harmony. Each tobacco in MM965 compliments the other and has stood the test of time. Smoky latakia in the right amount makes me want to sniff the tin all day. My Mixture 965 has a bit of a sour tang thrown in the mix without overwhelming the blend. Other pipers have noted strong nicotine but I have not found any nic kick yet. The room note is musky so don't expect MM965 to generate compliments. Lights easy, burns great. A great blend that has stood the test of time.

Purchased From: JR Cigars

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gam86 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gam86 (34)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It’s a good mixture but I found it a little bit to strong at the beginning and the taste doesn’t meet my standards. I don’t say it’s bad but it doesn’t live to the taste I’ve imagined.

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CoolPilot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoolPilot (64)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Get a Nightcap , add some latakia, mix with gunpowder, shake and serve hot. This is 965. Stronger than Nightcap. Stronger than the Cornell and Dhiel Da Vinci. And a load of nicotine: a lot! Strong in nicotine, this is first thing I can say about this blend.

good but too strong, and taste is vanishing beyond the full strength smoke, which is quite overwhelming.

Not the best from Dunhil, in my opinion. But nevertheless worth a try or two. A good point is: with this blend you can digest nails, mice, and also your mother-in-law.

Pipe Used: savinelli champagne

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tpatriarche Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tpatriarche (23)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

I have been unable to find this blend in a tin locally (BC Canada), and had understood it was no longer available. However an excellent substitute is available as a house blend "D-965" from Goodfellas Victoria BC. It is distributed by Brigham Enterprises but I have been unable to determine the manufacturer for certain, but it may be this mixture, City Cigar Company - City's D-965 or Sutliff #3658. More info when available. My review relates to the Goodfellas House Blend.

Excellent "English/Oriental" blend with a distinct topnote of Yenidje. Very smooth smoking; altogether a fine blend,

Pipe Used: Carey, Falcon

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Goodfellas Victoria BC

Similar Blends: Sutliff Tobacco Company - Dunhill's My Mixture 965 Match.

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King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (40)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

I was gifted a two ounce bulk amount of this blend by a longtime smoking buddy at Xmas at the same time I was smoking from a bulk sample of Germain Balkan Sobranie Mixture. Eventually I will compare them. But first, I want to say how gratified I was by reading the many positive reviews of this blend on this site. I have been exposed to a lot of bitching about the current iteration by Orlik and was almost afraid to smoke my sample. But I lit it up and, I'm here to tell the reader, I'm happy with my experience. No, its not the product we smoked thirty-five to forty years ago, but what blend is?

As with my review of BS Mixture, I can say that I have smoked this blend off and on for about fifty years - everything made from the late sixties to the current Orlik mixture. Also, as with the BS Mixture, the earliest iteration was the best and, yet, I don't see anything really wrong with the current product. Both BS Mixture and 965 appear identical in bulk appearance; a mixture of medium and darker browns in a narrow ribbon cut. Both pack well and smoke in a straight-forward manner to finish. The difference I noticed was in the aromas. The 965 has a slightly stronger bulk aroma in the package and, correspondingly, a slightly stronger aroma in smoking. I attribute this to the inclusion of the cavendish component in the 965. What this boils down to is a slightly more "sour" aroma for the 965. Smoking the current 965 took me back to a very familiar experience from the nineties, eighties and seventies - a good and solid medium balkan-style english blend that always satisfied and left me happy and looking forward to the next bowl. 965 was, and still is, toasty and strong - but not too strong - hearty and satisfying.

For my part, I don't see anything wrong with the current Orlik blend and I highly recommend it to all smokers. Now, I don't have any old tins of the BS Mixture to open and compare to that current product. I do own two tins of 965 from the second half of the eighties - paper label with all original royal warrent devices - most likely from the early days of the Murray tinning era. If I open one I will add a comparison to this review of the current product. Until then, hey, four stars!

Pipe Used: Ashton and Butera

Age When Smoked: 1 yr.old

Purchased From: gifted from another smoker

Similar Blends: Balkan Sobranie Mixture.

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (116)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Packs and lights well. Smooth and cool all the way. Well-balanced blend. Medium strength and overall taste, with no harshness or bite. Quality of tobaccos makes this a 3+.

Pipe Used: Neerup, MM

Age When Smoked: Tin date 23-FEB-2011

Purchased From: Corona Smoke Shop, Battle Creek, MI

Similar Blends: A crowded field..

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

965 was my mixture for a very long time. It reached much over 30 years ago.

After the second little downstep was done. maybe 15 - 18 years ago (already in the murray time) i reduced the consumtion from 965. But it stays in my rotation

I think the recent stuff from Orlik is on the same level as the last murray. But of course not the original Dunhillquality. This times are gone forever. The resaon therefore is not alone the quality of the latakia. Its although the quality of the virginia.

I had read here negative comments from the cointaining cavendish. Thats full nonsense. Dont get fooled its not american cavendish. Its wonderfull great britain cavendish. A very much other beast.

Pipe Used: Dunhill Jorn Larsen Castello u.a.

Age When Smoked: 1 - 5

Purchased From: tin + bulk

Similar Blends: nothing.

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

Very enjoyable smoke. No complaints. Very well balanced blend worthy of anyone's briar. Just enough latakia to keep it honest. In my top 5 for sure.

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Abdeh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Abdeh (2)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I enjoy this in the evenings after a hard day's work. A bit spicy and definitely the strongest I've tried so far, but smoking it is pleasing.

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Joeray Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joeray (61)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Ok this is a good blend. i really enjoy this blend very much especially at evening when i go back home from work. Little bit spicy but i enjoy it. Very relaxing and good taste.

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Stuffin McPipey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stuffin McPipey (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This stuff is wonderful, just right in my opinion. As a fan of cav. I like the going back an forth with that and the lat. as the bowl progresses. For those of you that want a little more sweet, try it in a MM. Call me crazy but I find corncobs add a factor of sweetness. 11/16/2013 update: I really can't get over the horrible smel of the tin of this, but don't let that deter you from smoking this quality tobacco. In the tin I note nothing but burnt, wet, hardwood, but that is not the character of this wonderful tobacco.

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

An awesome full rich aroma. Mellow taste with a strong nicotine influence.

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cloudconnect Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cloudconnect (10)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

As advertised, this is a well balanced tobacco that I would only say is good - not great. I would basically just call this an english blend, with a slightly lower level of latakia. I also think that the cavendish makes it a more mild tobacco than others in the Dunhill line. I would recommend it because it is a pleasant smoke that doesn't really fail in any regard other than giving a bit higher level of tongue bite than other Dunhills and not really excelling with any one given obvious taste. I can see this being a go-to for a daily smoker, but that's not me. I only light my pipe a few times a week and would tend to favour something with just a bit more character. I prefer Standard Mixture, but would still call the two quite similar.

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DEN-C1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DEN-C1956 (28)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

i have just bought a 50g tin of this pipe tobacco..and i like it...reminds me a little of squadron leader..and i love that tobacco,for me 965 is another very good tobacco,and i will be buying it again, so give it a try im sure you will be glad you did.its one of the best that dunhill have made.

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DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (92)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Given the stature of 965 among pipers who enjoy Latakia mixtures, I have no problem seeing why it is so beloved by thousands of avid tobacco aficionados. However, I have to admit I am rather underwhelmed and I can't help but feeling somewhat let down by the flavor of this one. As a result, I am left only to assume that Murray's version was amazing as I can't say that Orlik's is.

There's no doubt that it hits some of the right notes and I'll be first to admit that 965 is all about balance in flavor. If you're specifically looking for a relatively balanced blend this could be the ticket. The smokiness of the Latakia is nicely tempered by the other components, and in the center of it all is a sweetness that adds a bit of depth. Even though this version of 965 has some fine attributes, to my tastes it still seems to be missing the qualities needed to really push it into the realm of greatness. Also mid to end bowl flavors are at times a bit off-putting and slightly harsh.

Perhaps I am spoiled with the sheer number of fantastic mixtures available out there for the adventurous palate to try. Maybe I have had the pleasure of experiencing too many of these blends and as a result 965 seems to me rather commonplace.

Interestingly, I notice a difference in the smoking quality of bulk MM965 and tinned MM965. The tinned version smokes somewhat smoother, where the bulk tastes more rough and tumble. Either way, it's tough to recommend this one.

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (203)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

404 reviews and a hall of famer. Only thing I can add is that the Macedonian Bright is superb. To me it steals the show. Love this blend. Get some.

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samantabhadra411 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
samantabhadra411 (6)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This tobacco is utterly perfect!

But, as we all know, a perfect world would get boring pretty fast. 965 is seriously the best blend of tobacco i've ever had, on bowl one. But it loses its charm after half a tin for me.

It is hard to shake a stick at or demean in anyway... which i am not. But for some unknown reason I lose interest.

This is perfect for a holiday smoke, or on special occasions but more than that I would not use it.

P.S. This is my experience. Your mileage may differ. Definitely worth a try.

Happy puffing.

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

My first experience with this blend left me "ho-hum". I was not very impressed and felt that this was the first Dunhill blend that I really didn't like very much. But by the time I finished off my first tin I had come to appreciate this blend a lot more. Now, while it may not my favorite Dunhill(EMP/Nightcap), it is solidly in my rotation.

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

This is one of my faves. It is at first, savory, jammy/figgy and a bite later, very light vanilla and maybe toasted marshmallow shows up as well. But again very lightly. Immensely delicious. Burns a little warm. I'm making this a regular. Latakia.

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

Opened a tin of Nightcap, Early Morning Pipe and 965 all at the same time. At first I thought that they were all the same, with extremely subtle differences in the level of earthyness and peat scented unveiling.

Is it just me or do these three tobaccos not really resemble one another out of the tin? I'm a NooB of less than a year but I really have to focus on uncovering the difference. But I think it all comes out in the wash, er, I mean, smoke.

Wasn't sure how happy I was when the tin was opened, maybe I was expecting something different. Its all subjective maybe? Which pipe do you use? What tobacco did you have prior? What time of day? Are you getting along with your spouse? Did the Blue Jays lose (again)?

Anyway, 965 surprised the halibut out of me. Packed easy, lit exceptionally well and produced a beautiful, creamy smoke. The last third of (my first bowl) was remarkable and I thought to myself that I've finally discovered what a true tobacco is. It was the first Dunhill I've tried and I'm not disappointed.

As for the room note, the War Department remarked that it actually smelled very nice and earthy.

I can't wait to have more.

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

Boy, tastes certainly do vary. I'll side with the leather-tongued reviewers below and say that this is by no means a strong, full tobacco. Tastes like latakia thrown into EMP, but that's not a bad thing. I prefer EMP, London Mixture and Nightcap in the Dunhill stable, and many, many more light to medium English blends reviewed on this site. That said, however, it's still a 3-star tobacco (given what 1 and 2 stars connote). Good quality leaf, well cured/aged/manufactured, easy to pack, light and maintain, plenty of smoke, and a pleasant enough taste throughout the bowl. The hints of sweetness from time to time are a nice counterpoint to the overall blend, and clearly indicate a quality leaf and preparation. Given the sales that are always popping up on these sites, and having bought the bulk which is every bit as good as the tins (just a matter of storage preference), it's worth throwing a few bills down to have around (with the 50 or so other light Englishes that this OCD smoker keeps on hand!).

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PipeBot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeBot (7)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

I never tried the previous incarnations of this tobacco so this is based purely on the Orlik version and as it has so many reviews already I'll keep things terse.

My Mixture 965 is a tasty sweet-smoky tobacco with a decent nicotine hit. However, there is a noticeable lack of low notes to the mix which makes it a peculiar smoking experience. Almost akin to the experience of hearing someone else's music leaking out of their headphones.

I found that this problem is easily fixed by adding a little rubbed- out FVF (a bit of Kentucky would do the job too) but as it stands I'm unsure whether I'll order any more. I'm giving it three stars as the taste is good - if not full - and it packs/burns well.

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camillako Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
camillako (9)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

It sets the standard for full bodied tobacco, with complexity, depth and charm.

There may be better full bodied tobaccoes out there, but for my palate I still need to find another one that doesn't go off the rails like with too much vitamin N or strength.

everyone should try it, even hardcore aromatic fans, at least to make sure that's really all they can smoke...

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mnadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mnadz (35)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Extremely good full-bodied blend. Not as good as Presybeterian, but close. For those looking for a mouthful of flavor, do not skip this one. I am usually disappointed with tabaccos that say they are "full-bodied", but this one does deliver.

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Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (59)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A good straight English. The tin was 2 yrs. old to the day that I bought it. The paper was showing some browning. So it should be a little more rounded than a new tin. I have not had Murray's verision to compare it with but this is one that stands out in a large category of Med. bodied English blends. It smokes slowly and has a great smokey, creamy, spicey taste that has a very mild sweetness to it. Not a sweet tobacco like some of the others by any means. This I think is a good thing. It does bite after a while. The odd thing is that 1 is fine but two is not. So this cannot be an all day smoke. It is good in the morning and OK at night. I typically seem to enjoy it first thing in the morning wiht a cup of coffee. I may buy more when it is on sale to store; however, this is just one good one among many.

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GrowingMyOwnFood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GrowingMyOwnFood (14)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

It's an extremely good English. There's not much I can say except "try it". If you are a fan of the Early Morning and you want something "Like but better", it's definitely a great choice.

Similar Blends: Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe.

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The Conde Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Conde (17)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

This was my first English blend and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Very complex and balanced but not overwhelming.

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Philosopher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philosopher (27)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

An excellent tobacco. Similar to Nightcap, but a little lighter, drier, nutty and less oily. If you enjoy Nightcap this will be a nice alternative.

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John Frum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
John Frum (15)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Having tried, and by and large enjoyed, the main Gawith players in the English / Balkan arena, MM 965 is a welcome addition. The lightweight flavour/mouthfeel other reviewers mention doesn't bother me. There's a great balance in the mix, the aroma is pleasing and it is overall very user-friendly. A bit of a gentleman, in fact. If it could speak, I imagine it would say in a Leslie Phillips voice: "Well, heloo!" Four stars.

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

A great smoke in the proper English tradishion. If you enjoy Nightcap or Dunhill's Standard mixture, you'll enjoy this! Great smoke, absolute fulfillment. See it, buy it. Try it!

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Gestalt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gestalt (7)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Immaculate presentation, the ribbon cut smokes straight out the tin. Lovely aroma: wood smoke and peat with leathery notes.

The charring light is cool and the first few puffs are all about the Latakia. In fact the first half of the bowl is all about the Latakia in taste, aroma and coolness, with some spiciness and old leather in the background; which eventually becomes the predominant taste towards the end of the bowl. The blend tastes dry, very little sweetness from the Cavendish and a very different experience to an English blend with Virginia (imagine a cup of earl grey tea without milk and sugar).

I have experienced a strange mouth feel with this one... perhaps the ‘chemical taste' that other reviews have noted, or maybe the lack of sweetness on my pallet?

It's a good smoke, packed with Vitamin N which some might not like, but I can smoke first thing in the morning and all day long, but... it's still not ‘My English' (I think the orientals could be better) so the (happy) search goes on.

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Adam_Beckmark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adam_Beckmark (10)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Good tobacco from time to time. Strong and full experience.

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

I just don't get the ad copy and reviews that rate Dunhill's My Mixture 965 as strong and full-bodied, and I've tried it both tinned and bulk from different sources. Maybe it's my cigar background. No doubt it is a subtly tasty blend, different from the EMP/LM/NC tastes, and a staple among my stock, but I find it between Early Morning Pipe and London Mixture in strength and body -- more along the lines of Samuel Gawith's Squadron Leader. It's smooth and creamy. While some would say I'm nuts, I can smoke MM965 (or SL) as a wake-up pipe, where I don't like that with LM. On the other hand, LM can fill the after-dinner role for me (but I'd be missing Nightcap) where MM965 leaves me a bit unfulfilled in the evening. Again, that may be from my expectation of dark maduro cigars in the evening. As with other Dunhill ribbon cuts, packing is easy and not critical. It often burns to the bottom of the bowl on one light and burns cool unless abused. I'd definitely recommend it as a first pipe tobacco for someone coming from cigarettes or cigars.

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

A pleasant earthy, musty, mushroomy mix. A hair milder and sweeter with different flavors than nightcap.

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polaris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
polaris (9)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

One of my favourire English tobaccos. Can be smoked for long periods without getting bored of its taste.

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

Cracked a 50g tin of this last summer and upon opening a rather strong smell of smokey indian came to mind. Perhaps a worn out old moccasin. A nice light brown ribbon cut that was somewhat damp was what I found inside. No drying time needed as it was perfect in moisture content. Went straight into the bowl with 1 charring light and the rest was smoooth sailin. Tamping it every 10 minutes while puffing with ease. She smoked cool, crisp and right on. From the beginning I could detect some rather rich oaky notes that once half way down the bowl turned into a mellow nuttiness with a hint of vanilla. Burned cool and clean right down to the last puff and left a small pile of white ash at the bottom. Overall a real good smoke with minimul effort to keep going and one that I will be keeping in stock for future times. Rating would be a 4 out of 5 star.

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

My two cents here. Can't comment on the 'Orlik vs. Dunhill' debate. Never had the Dunhill. Still, pleasantly surprised. Mild and slightly sweet. Usually not a fan of Cavendish, but here it works.

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

Short and sweet review: tobacco in ribbons, dark browns and blacks with a few bright highlights (oriental...). Tin note a little softer and sweeter than expected, but the Latakia dominates. Stuffs, lights and puffs easily, little maintenance. Taste is sweet for an English, without any sharpness. Very satisfying Lat quota.

All of that would make a three-star blend for me, were it not for one thing: I cannot imagine anything that could improve this blend. It's perfect. Fully mature recipe, not a single negative point in the entire experience.

I enjoy this alongside a Single Grain Highlands Whisky.

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

Adding a review to this blend would be like adding a drop of blue coloring to the ocean. But, I'd like to get my tuppance worth in it. Orlik's, whoops I mean Dunhill's, My Mixture 965 is what English blends want to be when they grow up. It is a nicely packaged product. The tin art reminds me of the early 20th century tobacco tins. The tobacco inside is a nice golden color shot with black tobacco. The leaf comes the right moisture for smoking; I didn't need to dry it at all. Packing is easy with the cut. The light is easy and it tends to need little attention, maybe an extra match here or there. The flavor can indeed be full bodied. It is a strong, "manly man's" tobacco. But it's quite pleasing to the right smoker. Not as strong as "Nightcap" I'd say, though. Someone who has never had an English before would do well to avoid this. They should not lose their cherry on this one. Now, here's mouse dropping in the whipped cream: This has quite a nicotine kick. If you smoke this on an empty stomach and/or are not used the high dosage of the smoky mistress, Miss Nico, then you're going to be ill. Probably not vomiting ill, but you'll feel like you should for an hour and some change. This is the only reason I couldn't bring myself to give My Mixture 965 a full four stars. An excellent tobacco, but it has its dangers to some of us. Use your own discretion.

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II Stormy II Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
II Stormy II (14)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Mild Full Unnoticeable

Not a huge fan. Nice smoke but I'm not going to sing praises like everyone else, I don't think it's that great. My rating is not very high because I'm not a huge fan of Latakia.

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DavidP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DavidP (24)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I would characterize this blend as having a rye bread and dry, woody/leather flavor. It is low on sweetness as compared to something like Dunhill's Standard Mixture. Packs and lights easily enough and out of the tin has an appropriate moisture level.

I'm don't think this is right in my wheelhouse but it's well-made and surely would fit some people's bills as a great tobacco.

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

This blend was reccomended everywhere from fellow smokers around me (those that indulge in latakia anyway), so I said I'd give it a go. The first bowl made it obvious why-this is an excelent latakia blend. I did not (unfortunately) find the leather taste, but I am tasting the latakia, not a small amount of it, and there is a slight hint of sweetness. Not the artificial flavor sweetness though, more like virginia sweetness, but I am not quite sure. Mouthfeel is nice and full, it can be a bit bitey if you don't smoke slowly and it's a bit heavy on the nose. I cannot comment on the nicotine, as I went back to cigarettes for a while and 20 of those per day can fool your judgement. If you like latakia blends, do try, you might find what you're looking for.

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Quincey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Quincey (2)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I'm rather undecided on this english mixture.

At first it feels like a full taste, cool and good burning tobacco. Usually I really enjoy the first half of the bowl. No bite at all.

With the second half of the bowl, I start feeling something bad at the back of my throat and even the taste seems a bit boring.

I find it to be like the ragged version of the early morning pipe blend

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cmhpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cmhpipesmoker (21)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I contemplated two thoughts before writing this review. One, should I review it so soon after smoking my first few bowls. Two, should I compare this to the Murray's version of 965. The free sample my local pipe shop gave me only lasted a couple of bowls, and I will compare this to the Murray's version because the tobacco is still called My Mixture 965. I was fortunate to smoke not only 965 but also EMP and Nightcap (in bulk) from Murray's. What I remember about Murray's 965 was that it was a deep, rich smoking tobacco. Not heavy, strong or biting but it just smoked deep. I'm sure it had lots of latakia but you couldn't tell. It had some sweetness to it, almost fruit-like (maybe apricot or pear), but the most noticeable component was a very pleasant nuttiness. Overall, I enjoyed smoking it but then Orlick took over. This version, regardless of who blends it, is nothing like the Murray's offering. At best, I can only classify it as a regular English style tobacco and not a very good one at that. It appears to be a little rough around the edges. Very unrefined. I can't really compare it to anything else I've smoked but there are many I could recommend that are far better. You can never go wrong with Balkan Sasieni or PS Balkan Supreme. They're both a bit easier on the wallet too. Not only is this blend not even close to the Murray's version, IMHO it's a below average smoke. I'm surprised it's not blended by McBaren's. Crappy and harsh.

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

As mentioned by others, this is a good morning smoke. The mild cavendish allows the latakia to come through nicely, though not strongly. Very satisfying at the top of the bowl but gets rather sour at the bottom. The taste is milder than one would expect of a medium strength tobacco. Subtle and pleasant overall.

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spidermonkey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
spidermonkey (7)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This may be my new all day tobacco. I like a heavier tasting tobacco. For me, this stuff is top notch. I can see how people might not migrate toward this. One thing that I noticed was that it can burn a little flat and flavorless if I let it get too hot. Low and slow is the way to go. It's not enough of a problem for me to worry about. Sweet. Smooth. All day. Any day. It's dynamite with the morning coffee. For some reason it seems to bring out the sweetness of the blend for me.

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johnstaf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
johnstaf (12)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant

MM965 has a typical Dunhill latakia backbone, but it also has its own flavour, which reminds me of liquorice and bitter walnut skins -a bit like Standard Mixture. This is one of the stronger Dunhills, but the cavendish makes it very smooth. As a child, I imagined eating the clouds, and in my mind the texture was something like the soft fluffy smoke produced by 965.

Now before anyone accuses me of writing advertising copy to entice 10-year- olds to part with their pocket money, I must say that the core of 965 is dark and leathery. At the same time, I find this a fairly easy going smoke that easily accompany everyday tasks, and should appeal to the novice as much as to those who seem to have dedicated their smoking lives to it.

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SBC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SBC (20)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Leather. Like an old leather strop. Or maybe bbq sauce. Depends on which you're thinking about when you open the tin. Maybe like leather and bbq had a baby named BBleather (get it? baby leather? never mind, only the uber bright can laugh at it). Oh and there's cream. It's hard to explain how cream is there with BBleather, but it definitely is. Maybe BBleather is having a bath in cream. Yeah, that's it.

The smoke is a tad warm and fairly creamy.

Taste reminds one of the leather more than anything else, I guess. Extremely one dimensional. Too simple. Like getting a bag of m&ms and finding no chocolate beneath the candy coating; which is not to say that this tobacco is sweet--just that it offers sort of a "surfacey" flavor.

It's not terrible, but I just don't think it's worth spending money on.

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alpyesilay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
alpyesilay (9)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Good strong latakia. Good choice fot the latakia lovers.

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

This one is a winner in my very humble (novice) opinion. I really like my night cap and this one is a tie or photo finish second. Bought a 50g tin and devoured it. If you like English blends, you will like this. If your unsure I would say give it a go! I shared a pinch(because I was completely greedy and a pinch was all he was getting!) with a friend who does not smoke as often, and leans to lighter nicotine, aromatic blends and he was quite impressed (and light headed by the end of the bowl he admitted). Strong nicotine, great taste and a room note that I love, not many others do. I highly recommend this one.

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

For me this is the golden standard of Dunhill tobacco. Not like almighty Nightcup, different, but good. Very rich and interesting taste, something like bitter-sweet chocolate with fruits. Nice nicotine presence. I like to smoke it in the car while driving in the morning, sometimes adding one more pipe of it after lunch.

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albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (165)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Tolerable

One of my favorites. Remember that ther Dunhill's 965 is a standard, is a benchmark mixture, and the original's blend have 100 years. Is balanced,complex,but each tobacco type can be recognized easily. Is a kind of tobacco that I like:Week in Nicotine but the taste,flavour and smell are full. Wonderfull tobacco,a premium grade for the blenders! In my oppinion, is similar to other English mixture Benchmark, Presbyterian. Also, as Presbyterian, it contains Macedonian Tobacco.

Pipe Used: A Sasieni Billiard.

Age When Smoked: 2 years,produced in 2012.

Purchased From: A Friend

Similar Blends: William P. Solomon - Presbyterian Mixture.

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machinebcon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
machinebcon (50)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

A delicious, light, fragrant smoke. Low nictone dose, typical Cavendish sweetness. Absolutely recommended for those who like light/medium strength English (or Scottish) mixtures. A mix of wheat beer, cream, banana and nuts. Won't give it less than 4.5 of 5 stars. Dunhill/Orlik knows how to blend.

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keisel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
keisel (12)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

Ok, as I have smoked every (I think) Dunhill blend, this is no exception. Evey time I have this dry-mouth sensation that doesn';t let me enjoy the blend. It's a good quality blend but I prefer other engish type tobaccos.

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

It's going to be a bit of a funny review this. I only managed to get five grams of this a part of a decent sized purchase of samples of a similar size. I don't think I'm going to do a properly fair review of this but I feel I need to get my thoughts down until such time I get round to a full tin.

The tin aroma is strange mix of smoke and cream, a strange mix. Packing is easy enough though, strangely for a ribbon, I found myself having to relight a couple of times on each smoke. As for the flavour, I had some strange experiences, the first few smokes gave out strong wafts of smokey tar flavour akin to EMP and Squadron Leader, but with the volume turned up to eleven. This would eventually tail off and I'd just about manage to pick up hints of cream and a little sweetness. The last couple of smokes I had were a pleasanter surprised, just a nice mix of smoke, tar (neither too strong) and cream, I kind of thinking this is how it's supposed to taste. The room note isn't the best but does give nice strong wafts of tar every so often. There is a bit of tonguebite but doesn't hinder the smoke any.

On the whole then a decent enough smoke, a bit more intricate than EMP but doesn't have the gravitas of Squadron Leader. While I think a full tin will be need to properly get to grips with this, this sample is certainly enough to get me interested in one.

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Grimon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grimon (1)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I quit my country in 1981 after waking one morning next to a woman whose name escaped me. 965 is like that; good but not very memorable. Take a slow boat to China lads and taste the world. You might find a tang, an excitement, a raison d'etre in other ports that puts this serviceable tabac in its rightful place. Worth a try, but not a commitment. OK, but not the stuff that dreams are made of.

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Trippwire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Trippwire (58)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

This is similar to standard mixture, but with a creamy undertone. The cavendish is very apparent, and although quite heavy on the latakia, reminds me of cigarettes.

Very english in taste, burns well like all dunhill's, but a little bit off what I am after in an english. I prefer London mixture a lot more than this, but I can understand why 965 has such a following. This is a good strong, solid blend, and one that needs to be tried if you are on a quest for YOUR english tobacco.

Probably won't buy more of this, but glad I gave it a shot.

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

It was the same as another dunhill called early morning pipe at taste and there is not much taste in this blend. The tin aroma also was the same as EMP. I am a latakia smoker but didnt taste latakia at this blend maybe a little bit?!

But its a good tobacco for me cuz here is hard to fine a non aromatic tobaccos. I bought 3 tin of this,its somewhat boring BTW.

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@martz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
@martz (3)
★☆☆☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Positives: Smokes cool, burns exceptionally well, very creamy, is a two star tobacco if smoked in the morning.

Negatives: There is little to no flavor. The latakia and cavendish are only slightly detectable in fleeting moments. If this mixture is smoked first thing in the morning then it is easier for your taste buds to pick up the flavors, but it is still not enough to keep your attention. To be frank I got bored smoking this, because it lacked flavor so badly, and about half way through the tin I tossed it all out. It just wasn't worth it.

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Precourt93 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Precourt93 (8)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

This was great during the lighting process but within about 10 draws I got the worst bite I have ever had with any tobacco. It wasn't only the bite that was bad before i got the bite it seemed very harsh but without any flavor, just plain harsh. I will cellar this away but if you are looking at maybe getting this, I wouldn't recommend it, it isn't worth your time or money.

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Absurd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Absurd (1)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As I opened the tin and loaded the first bowl in a Peterson's churchwarden I was totally anticipating the experience and... Yes... At first I liked it quite a lot, but then, bowl after bowl I began to feel something wrong about it... like if something was totally missing.

As I smoke it I notice how the tobacco seems to be totally lacking of any "bottom note"... Like if it was disembodied.

I think it is a very harsh blend and, to quote some other review, the more I smoke it, the less I like it.

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

I like 965, and I find myself reaching for it more frequently, especially after dinner as a night cap (instead of NightCap). It pairs well with amber spirits or a robust ale, and I wish I could smoke it indoors in my study next to a fireplace with a Cognac in hand, which is the image that this conjures, but alas, times have changed. My first impressions of the blend were lukewarm, but the more I've smoked it, the more I like it. It does contain Cavendish, which is the blend's signature, and I think that's what polarizes its admirers from its detractors. To me, it adds some mildly sweet creaminess to the Latakia's smokiness and holds everything together well.

It's definitely worth a try, especially given its legendary status as a definitive English mixture. I think Orlik has done a great job with these Dunhill blends, and I think they hold their own in a crowded category, even when compared to the offerings of contemporary blenders, such as GL Pease. I enjoy the Old School stuff, and it seems to me that many other houses aim to duplicate this one. As with all Dunhills, you'll get a relaxing dose of nicotine, too.

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musicman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
musicman (81)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Can you get more traditional than 965? This tobacco is a legend in its own right, and any pipe enthusiast worth his salt has tried this blend, and I am sure many have some tins of this in the cellar.

Dunhill 965 is the earl grey tea of the pipe world. It almost defines a pipe tobacco genre. It has been around for a long time and when you recommend an english blend for somebody to try for most this one would be on the list. It's wonderful legacy aside this blend is good but I feel there is much better on the market today. I feel that blenders like GL Pease have taken this wonderful template and gone above and beyond.

Don't rush this, it can bite. A little uncharacteristic for this type of leaf but it happens. This is a sipper as it tends to get a little hot and the flavors are not as good. There is cavendish in there so there is a slightly sweet undertone, which sometimes I dig and sometimes it turns me off.

Whether this is as good, or better, or worse than the Murrays version or the dunhill version I cant say. This review is on a orlik produced tin.

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

I had first smoked 965 in the mid 90s, and quite liked it. Upon first smoking this Orlik version, I was rather disappointed. The tobacco seemed to lack the depth of flavor I remembered. This impression remained for about five different bowls from different pipes. I then decided to empty the tin into a jar and let it sit for about three weeks. When I came back to this tobacco it was an entirely different blend. The depth of flavor and toastiness that I remembered had returned. Though I still believe the old incarnation of this tobacco was richer, this current blend is still quite good.

Soli Deo gloria.

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fervor06 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fervor06 (11)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

At the first opening of the tin, you smell the wonderful glabnaw nuts from the planet Kashyyyk come through with such strong proportion. The flavors that they gathered from all over the galaxy are absolutely exquisite. Also, Dunhill managed to gather a full harvest stock of Bota from Drongar. It really is a shame that the Republic's occupation of that Planet fell stale to a streak of bad luck. What amazes me is that Dunhill had to have smuggled a small shipment, frozen in carbonite, off of the planet before the specimen became useless.

And Unlike most death stick companies out there, Dunhill doesnt use droids to do the work, they still use various humanoid species from all over the galaxy. This is nice, because it gives it a very personal touch. I think that this blend goes nicely for any species out there. Would be enjoyed by the stingiest Hutt to the most welcoming Wookiee. The Room note of this tobacco brings on strong memories of my years spent in the low levels of Coruscant; where many of my inter-species relations took place.

Also surprising to me is the taste. Dunhill managed to capture pure essence of death stick in this blend. Subtle like a skilled galactic bounty hunter, yet as bold as a Republic cruiser ship.

I must say, although death sticks have been outlawed, it is nice to see a great many people in support of the galaxy's favorite past time. I think this whole mess with the Republic granting emergency powers to the Senator Palpatine is a bad Idea. Already the Galactic Senate has limited our rights as death stick smokers, are we really gonna sit by while the Republic elects one of the most liberal leaders in the Galaxy? We shouldnt. Have your say, galactic citizens. Dont let them walk all over our rights.

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macpuffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
macpuffer (17)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

I bought this with great anticipation.....what I got was a run of the mill blend. Not to the Dunhill quality I was expecting.a shadow of its former self.....it certainly will not be "my mixture".

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KahveDelisi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KahveDelisi (45)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

So many pipe tobacco being produced by orlik, after sometime you start to notice similarities (and in some cases exact match/clone)

orlik bull's eye / davidoff flake medallions / luxury bullseye flake

escudo / dunhill de luxe navy rolls

orlik golden sliced / dunhill flake

erinmore balkan mixture / dunhill early morning pipe

and finally

dunhill my mixture 965 / davidoff royalty

I have no idea about previous offerings by dunhill or by murrays but my experiences with orlik made blends tells me; with their massive pipe tobacco production they are opting for the easy way out. Lets say I will start my own brand and choose Orlik as my blender. I'm sure they will arrange something similar to EMP, LM, NC, Flake, 965 in couple of days by changing the ratios in casings, adding a pinch more latakia or using a little more orientals etc.

So.. why should the pipe smoker of today buy the overpriced davidoff flake medallions if they can buy orlik bull's eye for less? or luxury bullseye in bulk for almost half the price. Same goes with golden sliced and dunhill flake, and/or 965/royalty. Those subtile nuances among these blends don't leave enough room to distinguish itselves for the experienced pipe smokers of old. That guy who claims he has been smoking pipes since 1912 and smoked thousand+12 tins of dunhill --well, looking at today's production-- he's probably right, that these new ones are nowhere near the old ones. It's so obvious now we're smoking a duplicate of the previous duplicates which made for clone companies. The problem is now the original and the duplicate, they all are in the same market, at the same time, just with different brand names, different tin art but either same or very similar content.

As I said I have no idea about the old 965, but the one I'm smoking right now, the one blended by orlik, it's so very similar to davidoff royalty. Well maybe not as creamy as royalty but the tin scent, the aftertaste, even the dryness you feel in your mouth after you smoke a full bowl.. 965 bites a bit more, a bit younger, a bit citrusy.. and I wonder, when Davidoff executives went to Orlik in hopes of something similar to Dunhill blends, did they ever consider, a day would come and they would be no more dunhill clones but the dunhill would be clone of theirs/others.

Since Royalty is one of my favorites and I rate it highly, 965 will get 3 out of 4. If I was smoking since 1912 then I would probably rate it 1 out of 4. Good for me and good for Orlik that I'm not over 100 years old cough will you be kind enough to pass the oxygen tank dear? Thank you.. cough more

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

Orientals and latakia in perfect balance, held together nicely with the cavendish. Not too much of anything: mildly sweet, herbal, smoky, floral, Lady N. This is the first tobacco I have ever had physical cravings for. Maybe its the crack casing...

Update: after a number of excellent tins, I was disappointed to smoke one which had almost none of the characteristics I mentioned before. It was flat and boring, and indishinguishable from the tin of Standard Mixture I bought at the same time. Hopefully this was a one off situation. Sorry MM965, you lose a star, and that star goes to your London cousin.

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DaddyWarbucks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DaddyWarbucks (11)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I feel a little guilty giving this a three-star rating, as my honest opinion places it at about 2.5. I've only been smoking a pipe for about 10 years, so I don't know the ins and outs of brand & blend changes; regardless, this was my first pipe tobacco and remains one that I usually keep on hand.

MM965 is like a warm, soft-bottomed lake in utterly flat and boring country - good for swimming, a little muddy, comfortable, and heimlich in itself, but with no scenery to speak of. Or maybe like a plump, attractive nurse or schoolteacher; always nice to have in your life, but neither exciting nor challenging nor ornamental. It is utterly standard; I will never complain if it's in my briar, but I go elsewhere for entertainment.

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Taipanmamba Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taipanmamba (16)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Undecided on this one . My first few smokes from the tin were delicious - a yummy nutty quality to the smoke and a rich aftertaste . As I progressed through the tin however I found it became a bit bland. I certainly dont thinks its as good a blend as EMP . It took me over 2 months to get through the tin in the end and that probably says something. I also found it lacked any real nicotine kick . Room note is less than spectacular . I would love to have a tin of the old Murrays to compare this too. In general I am a big fan of Orlik blends but I feel they may just be missing something here. Its seems to lack any real oriental depth . Not bad but I dont think I would buy this again. London Mixture is up next for me so I shall see how that compares.

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PipeSmoker1969 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeSmoker1969 (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Well I love this tobacco one of Dunhills best in my opinion I would recommend this to anyone if your into full tobacco blends

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (76)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Love the stuff! if you dont like full tobaccos then Dunhill wont be for you.

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PipeLover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeLover (16)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Very Strong

My opinion is based on 4 bowls of this all in one day.

I must say I did not expect what I got. I really thought this was a blend similar to Midnight Ride or Squadron Leader, but nowhere near. It is somewhat harsh and very strong to me, a fist with a big "N" on it popped out of the bowl punched me in the face.

Latakia is minimal. Cavendish is not sweet. Orientals rule here. It is extremely cigarette like. Room note is also VERY cigarette like, and it lingers. My wife told me it wreaks of rally bad cigarettes. I agree. I don't know why so many like this blend, maybe ex-cigarette smokers.

I did not have a chance to try the original blend from the past. But I know that this one is horrid. Not at all pipe tobacco like aroma.

After about 20 puffs, there is some discomfort in the back of the throat.

I would not recommend this blend unless you are trying to quit cigarettes and moving to pipes, then you will feel right at home.

Again this thread reaffirms my theory that pipe reviews are useless. You have to try things on your own and make an opinion.

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Jallen49 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jallen49 (22)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have only smoked this blend a few times, but I could not help posting a review about this stuff because I am so taken by it.

Amazing, amazing smoke. two words: SMOOTH and CREAMY.

This blend is soooo creamy. It must be the combination of the orientals and the cavendish, or maybe it's just the cavendish. I taste some faint resemblence between this and Boswell's Northwoods, and I notice that both blends use cavendish in them, so that could be it. Latakia and orientals get along just well enough to create a delicious balance of smokiness and sweetness... mmmmm.

Behaves well: minimal tongue bite, burns beautifully, and produces a nice light grey ash with a darker gray smoke.

It's just good, good, good. Probably going to spend my autumn and winter with this stuff.

Also, in reguards to the room note, to my senses, it smells wonderful: sweet and smokey (maybe a weight on the sweet side), but I know that people tend to think that latakia blends smell bad, so I went with the "pleasant to tolerable" as opposed to just the "pleasant."

Get some, you won't regret it.

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

A bit disappointed with this one.

Very similar in appearance to its brothers LM and SMM. Unfortunately for this mixture I find those two blends much smoother. MM965 seems to sting my tongue a little. Not tongue bite, but just an unpleasant tang which LM and SMM do not seem to have.

I still found it smokeable though, and my problems may be associated with an additional strength, or most likely, my body chemistry(?)

A medium/full bodied camp fire/leathery English mixture with a bit of a sting in the tail (for me anyway)

By all accounts it was better in the old days. But then wasn't everything?!

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Atom heart tobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Atom heart tobacco (3)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I'm not a friend of many words. It's too stressful for the readers. I have a simple additional pattern for all tobaccos like this:

I rank for this tobacco:

taste on the tongue - 4,0

flavor of smoke - 5,0

staying power (of taste) - 5,0

pain the tongue - 3,5

glow(down)behavior - 5,0

Filter necessary - now

from 1 (very bad) to 6 (excellent)

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goldfinger63 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
goldfinger63 (13)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

with 31 years experience of pipe smoking i find this blend is not the same as the original when produced by dunhill.the whole smoke seems to be bland,i must say that dunhill london mixture is a far better smoke,more sharper and taste.another blend i find much better than this is erinmore balkan mixture,well worth a try.also when i was in london called into the dunhill shop and spoke to marc burrows who used to do the hand blends.he told me that 965 was the nearest you would get to the old babys bottom blend.i will not buy this anymore.

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Arash Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arash (5)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This tobacco is a perfect everyday smoke. It smokes cool right out of the tin and finishes in fine white ash. There is no tongue bite. You can smoke it in almost any pipe and you would love it. Highly recommended.

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sandman5709 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sandman5709 (3)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

I totally agree with the last review. Been smoking 965 for a long time. Liked the original the best, Murray's did a good job, but this latest recipe is not satisfying at all. It's not a terrible tobacco, it's just not 965. Lucky I stashed away two pounds and will be sad when it's gone.

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choch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
choch (2)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I have been smoking 965 on and off since 1983, and yesterday I found the new Orlik version of this blend at a local shop after an absence of several years. This blend is much different than I remember it from years past; it has a lighter, more blond look, it has more bite than it used to have, and worst of all the blend lacks the deep, satisfying, smooth flavor that it used to possess. I am really not happy with the new 965 at all. I will try a few more bowls of it, but if it doesn't pick up I will be dumping this $15 tin in the rubbish bin.

UPDATE 8/18/11: On the advice of my tobacconist I removed 965 from its tin and put it into a jar and let it sit for a few weeks. The nature of the 965 changed for the better with the aeration; it's now closer to the original blend that I remember from 20+ years ago. A richness and smoothness has come forward, and as a result I've been smoking 965 every day for the past week. This will once again become one of my go-to English blends,

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meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

A quality, solid, Latakia mixture with a tangy background flavour.

Very easy to use, cool smoking, satisfying flavour.

This may not be identical to previous incarnations (I don't know, I never tried them) but it is demonstrably not a terrible tobacco. In fact, it is clearly a very good tobacco. Maybe if Orlik had given this release a different name, people would have been able to accept this as the thing of beauty it undeniably is, rather than comparing it to a memory of a lost companion.

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neoclassical Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
neoclassical (9)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

The new MM965 is my first experience with Dunhill. I have become a lover of English and Balkan blends and this did not disappoint. It has everything I love about these styles but less intense. It was smooth and sweet. I never tried the original Dunhills and if they were better than this incarnation I can only imagine what I missed. This was a very fine blend.

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brigstowe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brigstowe (5)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

As a newcomer to the briar, I have yet to experience the pleasure of smoking the previous incarnations of this blend. I am, however, glad that it has made a reappearance, albeit in a Danish-manufactured form.

The tin aroma is pungent, but not unpleasant; there are sweet, sour and herbal notes in there. The moisture content is perfect upon opening, but I worry that the tobacco will dry out if I don't finish it within a few weeks. Time will tell.

For a novice like myself, the ribbon cut is most convenient. It packs well, lights well and burns evenly throughout. This is a user-friendly tobacco!

The first few puffs after lighting are thick, dense and creamy with a rather luxurious mouth-feel.

I was initially rather disappointed by the flavour. I had expected to find a nice, rich Latakia vein running through this blend. In reality, the 'Vitamin L' component is much more subtle than that, and it took a while before I began to enjoy 965 for what it is. I am glad I persevered, because this tobacco has a 'structure' to it which I have yet to encounter with other blends. It is mild and creamy at the beginning, becoming tastier as it warms up. Mid- to late-bowl relights yield delicious hazelnut accents. These flavours steal the show, and the muted Latakia has now ceased to bother me.

A further boon for the beginner is the (almost) complete lack of tongue bite. 965 may be allowed to reach a fairly high temperature without causing any discomfort. This is fantastic for those of us who are still honing our techniques.

So why only three stars? Well, this tobacco is (in my opinion) missing that certain something which would make it great. The flavour just isn't strong enough or distinctive enough. It works well as a blend and is a real pleasure to smoke, but it hasn't blown my socks off. My search for a four-star tobacco continues...

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

Appearance is a mixed light and medium brown ribbon. Tin smells musty and lightly smoky. Tastes very lightly sweet, with savoury notes as well, medium body.

Fine ribbons leading to a fine smoke. Sweet and savoury, with a nice lift. Very good indeed. If only the taste were more full and the strength a wee bit milder, 965 would be in my pipe more often.

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Wagon25 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wagon25 (14)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Having read the raving reviews MM 965 has garnered over the years, I was delighted to find this back in stock at my tobacconist. I only bought one tin, however, because of the more recent lackluster reviews since the company has changed hands.

I'm convinced that what now carries the name "My Mixture 965" bears very little affinity to what made this tobacco legendary. Upon opening the tin, the aroma is pleasant--similar to Presbyterian. The actual smoking experience, however, is not even mediocre. A taste of burley seems to predominate, but unfortunately, a chemical taste lingers and gives the overall impression of cheapness. The aftertaste is like a cheap cigar. I have a much better smoking experience with Prince Albert, which I consider a good burley blend, but which unfortunately seems to be the one tobacco that gives me headaches.

On the positive side, this burns very well right out of the tin, and maintains a consistent (albeit mediocre) taste right to the bottom. There isn't too much tongue bite either. There are a few pleasant moments, but this tobacco lacks any sophistication or nuance whatsoever--it is monochromatic.

I think Presbyterian Mixture is probably similar to what 965 used to be. I lit up a bowl of that right after the 965 for comparison sake. The higher quality of the Presbyterian is immediately recognizable, from the tin aroma to the smoky sophistication of a robust English blend. There is no chemical-y taste with the Presbyterian. Like it or hate it, it is what it purports to be. Which is more than I can say for MM 965. I don't know what the company is doing with this one. I ordered a few tins of London Mixture, which I've read is better than its predecessor. I hope that's the case.

UPDATE: This gets better if you let it air out a little before smoking, for at least 20 minutes or so. I will upgrade my evaluation to "Somewhat Recommended."

UPDATE: Okay fine, this has somehow gotten better. Whether my taste is changing or the tobacco is so much better after being opened for a while, I'll update to three stars. I enjoy it now.

UPDATE: Has risen in the ranks: this is my final smoke before leaving for a 2 week archaeological dig. I have to ask why this was the choice, when Night Cap, Arcadia, and Navy Escudo (not to mention a good Virginia) were at disposal. I find it more full bodied than I used to. May be a better stock. Burns superbly. A subtle pleasant undernote. Clear taste of Cavendish, but with a manly, tar-cream sensation in the throat. Smoking this on a cool night rather than a breezy day makes for an entirely different experience. Still recommended.

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Kashmir Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kashmir (19)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I must tell you that I am greatly disappointed in the newly released line of Dunhill Pipe Tobacco by Orlick DK. I have tried all of them, going through many tins, and spending much money, and can really only recommend Early Morning Pipe and London Mixture out of the lot. The rest (e.g., MM 965, Nightcap, Standard Mixture, Royal Yacht etc.), for me, has been a real disappointment.

I am saying this in comparison to what is currently being put out by GL Pease, Cornell & Diehl, McClelland, Hearth and Home, Gawith Hoggarth & Co., Balkan Sasieni and Esoterica Tobacciana, to name but a few. I mean this Dunhill re-releases by Orlick do not even come close to what is offered by these other blenders. I am sorry, but this is what I think and it is important to put it out there.

There is a chemical taste whose presence is felt, at least to my palate, in nearly all of these Dunhill re-releases. I don't know what it is, but I could detect this in a blind taste test I am sure. Is it burley or is it a topping or casing or what, but whatever it is, I taste it in nearly all of the Dunhill re- releases.

Rather than reviewing all of the Dunhill re-releases individually, I am going to take the liberty of quoting a a recent review of Dunhill My Mixture by Maxim Engel of Pipes2smoke fame. This comments can be found on his website and in the recent email he sent out.

This website address is: http://www.pipes2smoke.com

My apologies to Maxim for not asking his permission first to quote him in full, but what he has to say encapsulates my feelings on the Dunhill line as released by Orlick to a "T". I can not improve on what Maxim Engel says. What he has done is to take a single Dunhill re-release, namely MM 965 and to compare this to the original and to the Murray Bros. issuance and finally to the present incarnation by Orlick. Many thanks to Maxim Engel and his wise words.

So here goes:

"Dunhill 965. I Finally had chance to try the new, new Orlick Dunhill. It is much improved over the 1st version 2 years ago. It is a very good tobacco albeit with a bit of bite I find and lacks a consistency of taste if I use different shaped pipes. In a Dunhill Group 4 Apple it was good – VG, in and Ashton Canadian it was thinner. I keep thinking I am tasting Burley or something akin to it when I smoke it. It certainly is a lot blonder in color than the Murray and earlier Dunhill version. By and large it is good tobacco but it lack the depth and breadth and fullness of taste that both the Murrays and Dunhill version had. It's good but not great. To me it has the difference that Davidoff's Scottish mixture has between the Made in UK early version and the later made in Denmark ones. Somehow crossing the small stretch of the North Sea they loose some English quality and become good English style Danish tobaccos. They are no longer English. To make sure I wasn't psychologically fooling myself. Last Sunday I smoked a bowl of Dunhill 965, around 25-30 years old. Then later in the day a bowl of Murray/Dunhill 965 about 15 years old. And later the new/new 965. Taking into account the Dunhill 965 (Royal Warrant) had a lot of age on it and the Murrays version a bit, less my observations were".

"Dunhill Royal Warrant 965 had breadth, depth, fullness of flavor and absolutely no bite. All the various ingredients melded beautifully and I only wish I had 500 tins stored away".

Murrays/Dunhill 965 – excellent but not quite as much depth. No bite but lots of subtle differences between it and the Dunhill version. Murrays a bit less strong in odor, maybe a bit more forward with the Latakia and the base Virginias were less there. Wish I had 250 tins stored away".

"Any smoker who has only had the new Orlick version of 965 should try to smoke a bowl of either the Murrays or Dunhill versions and see what great tobaccos are as distinct from good. Would I smoke it again, yes. 5 years of cellaring will improve it I am sure but it will never be a great English tobacco".

Again, my thanks to Maxim Engel. I only hope he doesn't mind this, but I have quoted him in full, taking nothing out of context.

I hope you have enjoyed reading his words as much as I have.

My favorite line is: "Somehow crossing the small stretch of the North Sea they loose some English quality and become good English style Danish tobaccos".

A priceless comment!

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

Well let me first state that I never had the privilege of smoking any of the original 965 or the latest version that flopped, so in tatse I get to review this legend in its current stage by Orlik. All of the qualities that make Dunhill so special are clearly in this tobacco. It lights well, smokes well, and its taste is as complex and creamy as advertised. I will no doubt have this one around at all times!

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derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (67)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I did somewhat enjoy smoking the tin I bought of 965 but probably had too high of hopes. I guess I just would rather smoke other Dunhill blends: Standard Mellow Mix for instance. With so many splendid blends out there yet undiscovered, 965 doesn't have anything extraordinary about it that would warrant buying another tin. It's on the low end of good, for me.

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Judge Adams Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Judge Adams (16)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

I am old enough to fondly remember the original Dunhill My Mixture 965. And to remember the rather weak sequel by Murray's when Dunhill contributed only its legendary name. Now the blend is made by Orlik, and I think they inherited not only the famous name but also the unique recipe which made 965 the gold standard for pipemen throughout the world. The new 965 is about as close to the original as it gets. It is a soft but flavorful English which never disappoints. It relies on latakia for taste, not torture, and is perfectly balanced so it can be enjoyed anytime. I occasionally pick up a bowl of Early Morning Pipe to prepare my palatte while I read the newspaper with that first cup of coffee. But the rest of my day belongs to My Mixture--965.

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ARIMA Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ARIMA (12)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable

I was really looking forward to this one; bought two tins after reading the reviews. Just couldn't enjoy this one. Maybe it was the latikia? Too much after taste and too much of a pungent bite.

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Coltrane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coltrane (26)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

After years of looking for this blend I was finally able to find some in The Humidor in San Francisco. A lot of people are saying that the new blend is made by Orlik, well my tin doesn't say anything about Orlik but it does say "MANUFACTURED IN THE EU UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF DUNHILL TOBACCO OF LONDON LIMITED,1A ST JAMES, LONDON SW 1A 1EF".

The tin aroma of this blend is nice slightly smokey with a creamy backbone, it reminded me of Savinelli English Mixture. The tobacco is quite moist and usually that would give me some problems with staying lit. But not this blend, it stayed lit and burned like a dream! I was talking to some of my alumni at the college and had to stop puffing while I was talking to them for a minute and when I took a puff it was still lit! I just had to gently tamp it down and everything was fine, this is an awsome blend!! But hey at $20 a tin this stuff better be awsome!

The flavor of the blend is on the medium side with a very well balanced palate. Some people have described this as being a Latakia Bomb, but to be honest Sutliff Private Stock Blend No. 5 and Guy Wallace Fox and Hound have more Latakia than this does. Dunhill has blended this mixture to perfection in my opinion. The orientals and latakia are perfectly blended with the cavendish creating a sweet, creamy and smokey blend that has little to no tongue bite.

The room note is very pleasent; to me anyways, one of my classmates who smokes cigarettes likes the aroma of the blend so much she wanted to try my pipe! and others who don't smoke at all just lingered around stating how relaxing the smoke was, this blend is amazing! It's definately a keeper for my rotation.

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SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (115)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I experience an unpleasant aftertaste when smoking this. Maybe it is just my personal chemistry, but I can't seem to get past that, regardless of the pipe in which I smoke this.

I feel that 965 lacks the refinement of London Mixture. And it also lacks the punch of more heavy blends. Moreover, I do not experience the slight sweetness that others have had.

I will finish my aged stash and my new tin, over time, but I am in no hurry to do so.

Govern Yourself Accordingly

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HokieGeek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HokieGeek (23)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

Well this was quite nice! It started out nicely sweet and turned mellow with a nice smoked taste to it. It's probably one of my favorite tinned tobaccos and found it to be way better than I expected it to be. Towards the end it tasted a bit metallic and not great, but I think that's merely my technique. It was quite enjoyable until then though!

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Chatsworth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chatsworth (52)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

Overly high expectations on my part. Kind of a weak taste. Nicotine was just average. This is the new Orlik stuff. I would prefer Quiet Nights, Frog Morton, Bombay Court, or Bombay Extra over this. Those all have more flavor.

1/2013 update: Have decided I do like this. I somehow missed the fact that this is a 'sweet' tobacco. As in sugar. The latakia and oriental are lower key than nightcap which is my #1 favorite. The room note is definitely easier to handle afterwards. I've lost my taste for 'quiet nights' which I consider too pungent now. Also slow puffing is needed, the flavors start to fade out when too hot.

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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (45)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I have smoked about five tins of this,,both the old uk version and eu version..

My first english and best (so far) is actually "petersons old dublin",,,;this "965" was a pleasant substitute that seemed to be more available in highstreet stockists..

I wish i had tried the good old days tins , but wonder whether time and nostalgia blows things out of proportion when old things nolonger available get revisited?? I wish i really knew?

Anyway i only have the rough biro notes i made on some of the tin inner paper lids..

"965 UK tin" Slightly rougher cut,,inner paper stained with age,,,slightly more mature tasting,,more leathery & appeared devoid of casing as opposed to the EU version,,,not greatly different but felt..

Tobacco had a fermented appearance,eg white spots & salt crystal appearance...Maybe the age of tin makes a difference..

Strength is the same as the EU version.

Comparing UK and EU version ;Consistancy varies between tins and bowlfuls within duration of the smoke.

If you you can accept it on these terms you have a variety of smoke in one brand(thats me saying that the tins were never consistant probably)its true;on turning over another card my other notes were "this tin too sweet & badly mixed or was wrongly labeled,,i wish the EU version would dump the unnecessary casing agent - 965 is not an aromatic!" i was disapointed.

The quality average is always there with an altering leyway between the leaf ingredients-like food on a plate in separate heaps as opposed to a processed refined soup blend,,,;sometimes you have more carrot or potato,or meat etc-different combinations emerge..(alegorically speaking of course)

Bright virginia - Tan leaf - Brown or Black cavendish?- Khaki green leaf..

Leathery,soapy(like imperial leather),mustardish,smoky latakia.

Moisture leval smokable,,,;nicoteen medium to strong,,,:ash like white pepper..

EU version 4th tin purchased notes:tin odour upon opening as i like it;a diesal creosote smell-smoked in a tight clay,,,aftertaste is promising,,,so far the EU version when it is good it is good enough...

I still liked the EU verion enough and 965 in any version is close enough to what i want to taste..

Hindsight update:965 in an EU tin had a slight vanilla ice cream topping which i felt was an intrusion ,,,and also consistancy between tins was not very tight,,,,to be honest when i was smoking it i was wishing that it was "old dublin",,,its alright but "old dublin" tasted consistant and didn't have a stupid casing like some of these 965 tins did..

Update:19/10/2011; i have decided that i prefer london mixture to this and have down graded this to two stars because of the intrusive topping.

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

It gives me great pain to review my all-time favorite blend at this time. I began smoking My Mixture 965 in the mid-1960s, not long after Alfred reposed and his store in Manhattan was still a pipe smokers pilgrimage site. I smoked it for years, well into the 1990's when I switched to cigars. At that time I jarred up my large store of MM965 and forgot about it.

After a few years of cigars I picked up a couple of private label English blends from Finck Cigar as an add on to an order - I liked them and in 2000 went back to my pipes. It wasn't until Finck switched its supplier of its blends in 2008 (but still marketed these under the names of those I liked) that I remembered my Dunhill stash. Even jarred it took some doing to bring it back to smokeable state but once there I was happy. It wasn't until I went searching for a re-supply did I learn that Dunhill had withdrawn from the US. Ugh. Thankfully I found Cornell and Diehl and a new batch of favorites, but I still missed MY 965. Like many old timer smokers I was delighted to learn they were coming back and I placed an advanced order at my B&M. When I got the email it was in, I immediately left home and went to pick it up. At the shop, with great expectation, I cracked one of my newly acquired treasures. Something was drastically WRONG. Did I have a mislabeled tin? The appearance wasn't right, the tin aroma wasn't even close. Suspicious, I loaded my favorite pipe and lighted up. The owner advised me, "Now, Demetri, your memory might be wrong, you know". Not hardly, not after decades of this blend, not after finishing my stash only a year or before.

For purposes of this review the "Orlik" version shall be called "current" and the OLD, "classic".

Apparently Orlik, the contract blender (no use in berating them, but the still owner - BATCO) has taken some major shortcuts and is foisting the current blend, passing it off, as the classic. It is not even close. In a blind taste test I know I would NEVER have picked this current stuff as any Dunhill, much less the 100 year old blend My Mixture 965. The cavendish favor is OVERWHELMING. The Latakia is of extremely poor quality, what little is in the tin, that is. No "small leaf" stuff here. Macedonia Bright? Bah, this tastes more of the generic potpourri the Turks are selling now - a blend of various "Turkish".

The mellow creaminess - it is not here. The smokiness, too tepid to note.

I sincerely hope those here who like the current production continue to enjoy it. More puffing power to them, seriously. This current is not bad tobacco, but it is not the classic blend by a LONG shot.

I hold little hope that any aging can improve this stuff - the Latakia is too weak to take it. Just to be sure, I stopped at another B&M and bought one more tin just in case mine was mislabeled. Same stuff.

Henceforth, when I want the endorphin rush (to steal another reviewer's words about another 965 copy blend) of the classic, I wil stick with C&D's Tuggle Hall (especially after a year's aging) or Ashton Artisan's Blend. Even C&D's Stratfordshire is closer; and McClelland 9-2-5, while not the classic either, is better than this.

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

Maybe my tastes changed but this new version just doesn't do it for me. I used to love it but this seems bland with very little latakia and no nicotine kick at all. I remember this blend being alot richer with more latakia and more of a kick, as I recall. EMP and Night Cap we're both good, so my expectations we're high going in. I wish I could say something good about it but even the ash is not as I remember. :Update...........

Try it in a large pipe and see if you can detect a difference. My Ascorti New Dear KS smokes this completely different, I was smoking a group 3 Dunhill. The flavor is better as well as the burning qualities Maybe I'm just getting old! But this combo works well. Also let it air out a couple months, pack light and sip the bowl and you'll find it a much better smoke. Still not what it once was but better than the 1st bowl. IMHO

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (89)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was my first English blend, my hometown tobacconist used to carry it in bulk. 965 carries strong memories for me of breaking in my 4th pipe and simultaneously tasting Latakia for the first time! I found it to be a nice introduction to English with it's bold smokiness and sweet nutty notes that carry you on through the bowl, I still have a bunch of this in a jar, but I'm afraid the Latakia has diminished a bit and I don't smoke it very often anymore. Great smoke though, I would for sure recommend giving it a try.

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

I hear great things of MM965 of old, but never having tried the old, I have a few of the new. I opened a tin today, packed up (Frank Method) a Savinelli Saturnia 111 and off I went...MAN I enjoyed this one, nutty, smokey and creamy...got a good hour smoke and reduced to a nice fine grey ash. I will enjoy many a tin of this one for sure

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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (76)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, I have become dissapointed with the relauch of these Dunhill blends, 965 being my second outing. They're definately better than the previous german firm producing them for a short time but they are not being produced/matured to the quality that Murrays of Belfast famously did, which I heard they were going to be. The base of supposed brown cavendish isn't the ready rubbed/spun out brown cavendish as before but seemingly cased ribbon leaf cavendish that doesn't have that slight but definate brown sugar sweetness as those of us who would remember. Again but, to a much lesser extent, I found a charactersitic harshness that I experienced with the revamped Standard Mixture Medium. The moisture is a bit high out of the tin. Overall, no nuance of taste and character. I don't intend to try anymore of these newer Dunhill blends. The fact that they are at least better than the german versions prevents me giving it only one star.

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Smokey D Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smokey D (5)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

Let me start by saying I got my favorite GBD pipe out, picked out my favorite scrimshaw ivory tamper, postured myself in my most comfortable chair, cleared my mind and hastly opened the tin of the new 965. I buried my nose in the tin and my heightened anticipations crumbled into anger. My first thought was, this stuff wouldn't make a pimple on the old 965s ASS!!!!!! Reluctantly, I continued my ritual of loading my bowl, that began a series of false starts. I then began smoking. Halfway through the bowl, I sat my pipe down and quickly came to the computer. Please don't insult me; this tobacco should not be called "965", I don't know what it should be called, but call it anything but "965". Now let me be perfectly honest, screw it,brutaly frank. This tobacco reminds me that the things of life that I have cherished, are slowly disappearing and leaving me a more cynical man. If this were the last of my favorite tobaccos imitated, I would take my 300+ pipe collection and burn them in the fireplace as a sacrifice to the artist and blenders of years gone by. The only thing this tobacco has in common with the original "965" is it left a white ash at the bottom of the bowl. I have to agree with my fellow brother of the briar, (Pipe Stud). Life is too short to spend anymore time with this one. Finally, my only reprise; the tin was shaped as such that it actually skipped 4 times before sinking to the bottom of my backyard pond!!!! Sincerely, a totally disappointed tobacco aficionado!

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

In short, MM965 is a full bodied version of EMP, and not as full-on as Nightcap (which I am not 100% sold on). Cool, mellow, flavoursome, low-maintenance, nice N hit. The only problem being now that any other English mixtures I try have a lot to live up to.

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FunkyD in the Morning Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FunkyD in the Morning (7)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I was extremely puzzled to find that this tobacco at my local tobaccinst's tobacco shop. There it was in all it's glory, My Mixture 965, right in front of me. I couldn't believe it, when did he get this in? How long has it been sitting here?

I felt taken advantage of, and deeply hurt, so I snatched up the tin and promptly stomped my way to the front counter. Old man Bert was there cleaning his glasses, in the usual fashion when any stranger approaches an old man at a counter. "Hey Bert," I said, "I like what you've done with the place. Seems very clean, and it looks like you have a lot of pipe tobaccos. That makes a great shop in my opinion." "Well thanks, Ernie." He replied,"Did you find anything worth giving a go?" I then slammed the tin on his counter, glared at the old man straight in the face and shouted, "How the hell did you get this?!" "Oh, 965, well you see that just came in. Ha, it's not Murray's. Don't worry, I haven't been holding out on you. "Well I know that!" I spat, "It says My Mixture, I know it doesn't belong to Murray." Confused, bert mutter, "That's Orlik's you got there sonny." "No" I said, "It says my mixture. IT'S MINE! HOW DID YOU GET IT FROM ME IF I NEVER GAVE IT TO YOU? Did you steal it Bert? Huh? Did you come to my house and steal my mixture from me? It was a secret Bert, I have been blending my own mixtures for quite some time and recently discovered pure bliss in my 965th mixture. And now you stole it from me and are selling it?" I was furious, i threw my fists down in rage on the counter and split the glass, Bert looked scared for his life. "Ernie I don't know what you're talking about, that's Dunhill....." "Don't make excuses Bert", I interrupted, "That's not going to save your old ass this time." I pulled out my tamp. Bert's eyes were fixed on my hands, and he started to shake. "What are you going to do Ernie? I'm sorry, I'm so sorry for what I did. You're right, and I'm sorry. Just don't hurt me, please don't hurt me. I'll give you anything." A smile grew across my face. "Ok, Bert." I said, "I'll let you go this time. But im taking this tin, and I'm walking out that door. If you pull a fast one on me again, I'll tamp your god damn eyes out you hear me?" Bert shook his head yes, a bead of sweat fell to the cracked counter. I left the shop, and never went back. Then I went home and enjoyed some free tobacco, great stuff.

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Romanypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Romanypipe (2)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

My sojourn into pipe smoking started like most with aromatics .I have since progressed or diversed whichever is the better term! Obviously ,I have tried several VA blends and still have a few in my rotation.Which when the mood arises I indulge with complete abandon.

However , I recently purchased 965 which is for me the ULTIMATE pipe smoking pleasure.The latikia is sublime in it's presence and the cavendish infuses with the turkish wonderfully.

A dry cool smoke with a nutty creamy character and a touch of natrual sweetness.

The nicotine hit is just right and the whole smoke leaves one with total satisfaction.There is no doubt that this will be my number one choice of smoke.

If you have never ventured to try this blend then reward yourself with what is pure GENIUS blending.

Think I am a fan!!

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Bigdude007 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bigdude007 (3)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This was my second Dunhill blend I tried, a nice full flavour. A good hit of nicotine. Tongue bite when the bowl is nearly finished but nothing unpleasant. This is a great tobacco which I will be restocking regularly.

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

I used to shy away from MM965 because I preferred the milder strength and tang of Early Morning Pipe. Back then, MM965 was a strong tobacco to me. But this new 965 is in my opinion milder than the old EMP, both flavor-wise and strength-wise. MM965 used to be a full flavored tobacco, toasty, with a sincere latakia hit and some creamy-sweet Macedonian leaf, but, alas, this new version hits my palate and nose with brown cavendish and an almost menthol note that remind me almost of cigarettes. If you thought the old MM965 was a bit too strong and you're looking for a fairly mild English blend and don't mind the cavendish, this might be worth a whirl.

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Merven the Great Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Merven the Great (18)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Tastes and smells like an old tobacco and kicks you in the butt with a huge Nicotine Boot! Wow this blend is amazing, sweet and creamy English Blend which has, in my opinion, the right amount of Latakia which is there all the time in the undertones and pops out stronger periodically. Fools you in thinking its just another nice tasting English Blend, until the Nic Buzz kick in! If anyone can smoke a Magnum from start to finish I want them to be my body guard, tough mothers! Not for the faint hearted nor novice smoker without some stamina. Loved it and ordered more from smokingpipes.com the cheapest and best online store.

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M.Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Toney (53)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This review is based on a tin from Y2K. Aroma is typical English. I smoked this entire 50g tin last spring in around four or five days. So, it must have been good. I remember reaching the point when the tobacco melding process unfolded & morphed into a melange of enjoyable flavors prior to mid bowl.

It produces plenty of strong, sweet, creamy smoke and it seems like the tin empties quickly. It has a pretty fast burn rate although it does not burn hot or become uncomfortable. It has plenty of Vitamin N to satisfy any smoker. Not much to say that hasn't already been said. Therefore, IMHO, Dunhill's My Mixture 965 easily merits four stars. Another crowning achievement from "the master." Sampled in a Peterson Deluxe System Pipe.

Will update this review when I sample the "new" MM 965.........

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Papercutpostman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Papercutpostman (7)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong

Within a week, I've managed to graduate from aromatics to Virginias and now, this 'English' blend. All I could say is that I'm on a roller-coaster with the varying levels of nicotine.

When I first opened the tin, it smelled somewhat of licorice and the gristle of a barbecue stove after an afternoon of grilling. It was quite intimidating because the smell was twice as strong as Early Morning Pipe. After my bout with EMP, I decided to only fill up my churchwarden 1/3 of the way so I wouldn't let the nicotine get the best of me.

After a gentle pack and good char at the top, the tobacco released a spicy, leathery flavor with hints of Macadamia nut. I thought the spice was with the initial lighting but continued throughout the bowl (Perique?). Mid-way through, I started to taste fine cigar leaf (surprise surprise!) which reminded me of the Dunhill variety I once smoked (I kid you not!). Room note was fair but I could imagine how those around would be offended by the pungent odor. Nicotine kick was definitely there so be warned aromatic smokers...this packs a punch!

Overall, I thought this blend was pretty tasty and with care, I could really learn to appreciate such complex English blends.

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Big Blue Jazzman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Blue Jazzman (32)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

An all time classic is back and is as good as ever.

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RxMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RxMan (17)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Not much to add with all the prior reviews, however just wanted to say that MM 965 is all it's said to be and more. Cool smoking, no bite, flavorful, ménage of tobaccos that meet and exceed all expectations. Highly recommended!

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Budman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Budman (24)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

So much has been said. I love this spicy treat! However, if you want to hear a great review with no bull see Tee-dub below. I do not know who he or she is, or where there from, but I could have not put it better myself. Let's cut the crap about new verses old! I've had this with coffee in the morning and a good beer at night-it's just a great English and I really don't much care who blended it. Smoke it and enjoy or move on.

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hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (30)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Okay, I finally got a tin of this stuff!!!! Took long enough. I now understand (even under the Orlik production) why this tobacco has a legendary status. Creamy, smooth and light, yet full flavored. I will definitely be buying this one again and while I'm sure it's not as good as the original blend before the name was bought out, I think it might just make it up there in your desert island blends. A smoke that can be enjoyed any hour of the day.

Update (1-04-11) Okay, while it is good, it does NOT make it on my desert island list. I will keep those to myself.

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History Nut Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
History Nut (5)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I have smoked two other Dunhill blends in the past, and felt they were quality products. After hearing so much about MM965, I received my first tin yesterday and packed my first bowl. Wow! This blend lives up to its fabled reputation as a holy grail tobacco. I have never smoked an English blend quite like this. The flavors are most satisfying and elusive to description. I highly recommend this blend, and 965 will be a favored companion for years to come!

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Raw Hide Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raw Hide (5)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

As I write this, I am midway down the bowl of a pipe full of some of the last 965 I bought in bulk form in 2008 and have been smoking sparingly as I discovered shortly afterward that there wasn't going to be any more in the foreseeable future, until now. I have smoked this and Night Cap more or less regularly for 10 years now. This is one of my favorites. The tobacco I have now is sufficiently dry to burn well.

It smokes wonderfully from the first light all the way to the bottom, with varying characteristics throughout the smoke. It starts out strong and sweet, with a depth and variety of flavors, and to me, get's milder throughout and at the bottom of the pipe, finishes with a citrusy, slightly sweet finish, which is at the same time sort of creamy, slightly bitter, leaving a white ash and no gunk or dottle and makes me wish it wasn't over.

I usually smoke this one toward the end of the day, though now that we are getting more shipments of this coming back, I may start enjoying it a little earlier. This is the epitome of English Blends, a thoroughly delicious and wonderful tobacco blend. I am glad I can put it back in the line up!

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maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (57)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I used to smoke the original one many years ago. I am sorry to say I tell if the new one is better or equal to the old one. Opening the tin it seemed I had met again an old friend! The impression was the same when I started smoking it. I am now more in the habit of smoking aromatic mixtures but this 965 remains a great English pipe tobacco worth using on a regular basis.

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

I do not know who blended the tobacco in my 965 tin, but I can say it was excellent, I think I am slowly becoming a bigger fan of latakia, meaning that I'll smoke it daily.

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sirchud68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sirchud68 (43)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I don't know who made the 965 I bought (it came out of an old dunhill mixture jar that I reckon was made in the 70's or something) but the stuff I'm smoking is A#1! I guess if it's bulk it's Orlik? Altadis? Lane? Hell, I dont know. Just saying give it a try no matter what. I usually put this blend up till the weather cools down. I have no idea why. This stuff is mild enough to smoke year round and is superb.

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

A Hall of Fame Tobacco. No doubt about it.

A mature, full-bodied smoke. Not for the weak of heart.

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7formy1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
7formy1911 (36)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Update 4/22/2011: I'm dropping this a star. I find that there's a topping that adds character to the blend that seems to evaporate over time. This leaves the tobacco with less character that really make the blend get lost in a sea of other English blends. Still recommended, just not as highly.

I've had a little bit of this put away and was saving it for a rainy day but since it was announced that Dunhill tobaccos will be returning to the US I thought I would smoke a little in celebration. I loaded up a Savinelli Shellmore billiard which is one of my best pipes for English blends and fired it up. This blend starts off with a kick of latakia followed by a softly sweet flavor and the nutty Orientals right behind it. The smoke quickly settles into a nice groove of sweet, nutty smokiness. Wow, I really like this stuff. It's got a fullness to it that I usually only receive from a burley but there is a slight sweetness that keeps it interesting along with the latakia which I really enjoy in quantities that are certainly far less that most English smokers like.

There is a creaminess to this smoke that I really enjoy. It's also cohesive in that no one part really sticks above the others but is also interesting throughout. The brown cavendish really sets this one apart from other English blends (do I dare say this is a "Scottish" blend in the vein of Rattray's?).

In saving the little bit I had of this I was really cheating myself but now that we have been promised a renewed supply I don't feel so bad about smoking it! This is definitely going into my rotation and I highly recommend this blend.

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Txspurgeon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Txspurgeon (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Well, first off let me say that I have never had the Murray's tins, so the Orlik is all I know. I love the stuff! It is AWESOME on a crisp autumn day, or any day where the weather is cool. It has a sweetness in the background that I love. Not much to say, its Dunhill 965. I like it.

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Stacey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stacey (40)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A very nice english blend. I picked up a half pound in bulk at the Leaf & Ale in Knoxville, TN and am very glad I did. I wonder if all the clamor about Dunhill going away is just BS because I also found this at a local tobacco shop in bulk, no tins in either case, just bulk, but still available. As for the blend, I detect a nice level of Latakia, mixed with Virginia and other baccy I can't recogize. Definitely not tasteless, which is so often the problem with other blends (Lane aromatics, ick, they are destroying the pipe tobacco world and running off would be pipe smokers). Anyway, this is a cut above all of that!

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PipeCat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeCat (13)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Very Full Tolerable

A classic. What else is there to say? Glad it's coming back.

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Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

I wonder what makes this mixture so bold and strong? I can only see the brown CA but what type of tobacco would it be?

However, it is really good. In small doses, I love it.

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

Just got four tins of this today from a UK supplier. If you look hard enough it's still out there.

Never had the Murray's version, and quite frankly I don't care either. It's history, so why lament over the why's and wherefore's that you've never experienced.

Med/full strength English blend, ok stuff, a little tangy to be a real winner though.

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Art Pagano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Art Pagano (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I just received 5 tins and just finished my 1st bowl. I read many positive reviews, but still did not know what to expect. OMG this awesome. Simply put, smooth, cool and great English taste with a nicotine kick. A must try!!!

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Bierstadt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bierstadt (8)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Quite simply the greatest english blend ever created and is in the hunt for the best tobacco of all time. It is all at once sweet, smokey, spicy, and creamy. PERFECTION!

Personal rating: 10 out of 10 (rare)

Tobacco reviews rating: 4 stars

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Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (36)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

965 is a good quality full bodied english. I can really taste the nuttiness in the smoke. It has no bite at all and it burns cool and clean. Not as good as NightCap which has perique added which really gives it much more depth but,none the less 965 is a nice smoke indeed.

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (96)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Round and supple are the words that come to mind while smoking this, I've tried a few renditions of this and this one of course is Orlik's, which does taste a little different than someof the others, which of course could be put down to age of tin, batch of tobacco, rainfall on crop etc, all in all, a still very decent smoke. And as Arthur Dunhill is unlikely to rise from the grave to blend a few batches, we may as well get on with enjoying what we have. Which to be honest, I find very similar to Sam Gawiths Squadron Leader.

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

A very good tobacco, typical Dunhill quality which I like a lot. But 965 has a heaviness I do not quite like.

Still: a try before you die tobacco

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twokidslater Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twokidslater (7)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Tolerable

I bought a tin of this in a store in Taiwan even though it looked like it had been sitting on the shelf (and buried) for an eternity. When I got home and opened the tin I was pleasantly surprised that the tobacco was still moist enough to smoke. My biggest concern with any tobacco is tongue bite... having smoked half of the tin so far, I found that puffing hard gave me a little, but nothing compared to most blends. My overall experience has been smooth and flavourfull.

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

i have always wanted to try this. it is much stronger than i thought but its good. i highly recommend it for the evening smoke for latakia lovers and those who love the full bodied taste.

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smokey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokey (120)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I received this sample of MM965 from a friendly pipe smoker over at Smoker's Forums. It was bagged on July 19th of '08 so I assume this is the Orlik version. I also smoked the Murray version back in the late 90s and find this one just a little bit harsher in taste. It may not have quite the Cavendish component of the original MM965. It's still a good smoke, though.

I don't find it overly high in nicotine but I should qualify that by saying that nicotine doesn't seem to have that big an effect on me. My grandson rates the room note as better than some of my other English mixtures. It burns fairly well and doesn't need a lot of relights when kept at the right moisture level. Unlike some pipesters, I don't like my tobacco to be crispy dry, it may burn somewhat better but the taste is too harsh for my palate.

I smoked MM965 in two pipes: a Bermel System pipe and a Jan Zeman Latitude 41 North Cape. It smoked well in both, with a slight edge going to the Zeman pipe.

Scores for MM965: taste- 15 of 20; lighting and burn-8 of 10; value- hard to say because it's not available at this time in the USA. Judging by what I've paid in the past, I would give it 7 of 10. That totals up to 30 points and a good *.

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baodolino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
baodolino (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

When you open the lid and scent this perfect mixture you feel like in heaven - and that's only the start of the marvellous sensation...

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stephenspring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stephenspring (13)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Tried a half bowl in a Duhill Canadian I just received. Have to say for relaxing this is a full bodied tobacco. It definitely packs a punch because I'm feeling a tad lightheaded. My 8 year old said the aroma was yuk; however, I found it to be a very robust full bodied smoke and enjoyed it. Don't think I could smoke it all the time but it is definitely a recommend to have. Having had a very hectic day and wanting to just sit back a relzx with a bowl, I certainly did that. In fact, it was much more.

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nikko Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nikko (5)
★★★☆
Very Strong Strong Full Tolerable

Man this stuff packs a punch, too strong for an everyday smoke for me. Maybe if Im in a real rambunctious mood I will pull it out. High quality tobacco though if you can find it.

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Helzbelz75 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Helzbelz75 (4)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

I use to smoke cigars ($5 variety) and cigarettes but recently switched to smoking a pipe. I had only tried aromatics before trying 965 so I was a little nervous that it would taste like a cigar. I actually enjoy the sweet taste of aromatics. To me, 965 is very smokey tasting with a touch of sweetness. Much better than the cigars I was smoking. It also didn't leave any funk in my mouth. I really enjoyed the the overall smoking experience of 965. I'm not ready to give up my aromatics yet, but I will keep some 965 handy. It's perfect for those ex cigarette smokers too and tastes a lot better. Cool smoke all the way to the bottom of the bowl. Room note is not great so I only smoke it outside or in the garage. I recently added Lane BCA to a bowl and that provides a pleasant room note. Enjoy!!!

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Watson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Watson (20)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild Full Overwhelming

How can one resist the temptation of trying such a legendery tobacco? For me, an aromatics lover, has a strong stench. But the most strange effect (which I had experienced with this blend only) is that makes me dizzy and creates fast heartbeat (?) So far I' ve managed to smoke about 7-8 bowls (with the same effects) and I quit on trying. My 100g tin is still 3/4 full. This is the strongest tobacco ever smoked. For the bold ones only...

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Nishi-nijo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nishi-nijo (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is definitely the best pipe tobacco I've tasted so far. Your wife or girlfriend may not like it, however the richest taste of tobacco and slight sweetness in your mouth will tell you why MM 965 has been this praised by many pipe smokers.

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The Gentle Smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Gentle Smoker (11)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

When I first smoked this tobacco, I was somewhat disappointed. I was lucky enough to run into a store that had some "old price" stock (In the netherlands we changed currency from guilders to Euro in 2001 and you can't sell the tobacco with the old price anymore. It is officialy not legal). So these 2 tins were sitting there under the counter for about 8 years. I bought these with a pack of Balkan Sobranie and the 965 was in perfect shape. I was eager to smoke it and as I said was a bit disappointed at first. I am a big fan of cigars and this was just a subtle tabacco.

But just yesterday I finished my 4th bowl and man it grew on me.

The flavours are subtle sweet, cool smoke with a wonderfull undertone of latakia.

These 2 tins are Murray's (needless to say as they are 8+ years of age) and in wonderfull condition. I'll be having a blast with these.

If ever you find a tin, I highly recommend it.

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Abeus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Abeus (2)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Having read a number of reviews for this blend it certainly caught my interest, fortunately my tobacconist had a handful of the Dunhill tins left in stock. I took the opportunity to try what seems to be regarded as one of the all time greats.

Well I certainly don't regret the purchase. What a strong and thoroughly pleasant smoke. Sweet, smooth and creamy with just right right amount of latakia. A bowl of this blend burns cool doesn't bite easily and only gets better as you smoke it.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Another Dunhill English-they all taste similar to me, but that doen't mean bad, I'm just more of a straight Virginia man. All are high quality and tasteful blends.

1-21-10 I have some Durbar and London Mixture left, and have learned to appreciate them more, as I would with this one if I got some more.

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

Taste is very similar to EMP. Imho it tastes more mature than EMP. Kind of an upgrade. Subtle Sweetness. Nutty, Toasty, Creamy. This is a superb blend. My personal benchmark for an english-blend. Tobacco burns like a champ. This blend is very harmonic. One of the smoothest & coolest smokes there is...

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

Discovered a sealed tin of this Dunhill blend collecting dust on a shelf in a local smoke shop. I eagerly opened the tin in anticipation of experiencing pipe-smoking nirvana, based upon the reviews here. It looks and feels very nice right out of the tin, with a fine tobacco aroma. Packs well. Lights easy. IT BURNS PERFECTLY - no other blend even comes close. Three matches and it burns trouble-fee right to the bottom of the bowl. No bite whatsoever. But you won't get any positive comments if you smoke this stuff in a room near your wife or other innocent bystanders. And, if your tastes are like mine, you will find this blend is a little bit too heavy, and the nicotine level will make your head spin before you know it. "Rich nutty flavor and coolness"? Not! Who writes these tin descriptions anyway? Usually, if I try a blend once and don't quite appreciate it the first time, I will try it again in a different pipe - but not this one. Just a little too heavy for me.

UPDATE 04/28/2010: Left the unsealed tin sitting on a shelf for months. The tobacco inside completely dried out, so I rehydrated with distilled water using the G.L. Pease method. Loaded up an old Dr. Grabow with a charcoal filter. Impeccable, wonderful smoke. Don't know what happened, maybe this blend just grows on you. Maybe it's just that I took the time to relax, contemplate, and sip it slowly. It will be a bummer when the tin is empty. Anyway, I am increasing one star to three. (It gets a little too harshly peppery towards the end of the bowl, so three stars instead of four.)

UPDATE 05/21/2010: Picked up a couple of ounces from a tobacco shop that had some original Dunhill left in bulk. Who knows how long it was sitting there on the back shelf? Have to admit, this is about the best stuff ever. Too bad they don't sell it anywhere anymore. 4-stars.

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Ghost1974 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ghost1974 (10)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Tolerable

This was my first foray outside of aromatics, and I did enjoy the experience. It didn't convince me to switch over, but it was overall positive.

It is definitely way stronger than what I usually smoke, and I could see what the appeal in this blend is right away. Packs great, burns terrific, and is easily the most behaved, lowest maintenance tobacco I've tried. I guess my sweet tooth still prevents me from embracing blends like this regularly, but it's good to know that there is a whole other pipe world out there to discover someday.

I had a couple of older tins, and I'm intrigued to try it now...just to compare.

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

(Orlik) With this high quality classic blend I found out cavendishian english blends are not for my taste.

It is indeed high quality, the white ashes proving it, creamy and tasty... I just find it a little boring and by mid bowl (I even ask myself "are we there yet?") I'm tired of it. My preferences go towards spicier, tangier english blends, without cavendish (or with just a pinch, like Black Mallory)

If creamy, deep body, and smokey are your keywords (and kind of sweet, in a english manner, from the cavendish) have some, you'll rate it 4 stars.

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TTQC Driver Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TTQC Driver (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I have come to believe that some tobaccos smoke better in different pipes. I recently got a limited edition (03/30) Sara Eltang Rhodesian. I have smoked it with Squadron Leader, with Dunhill London Mixture, but it was not until last evening when I smoked it with Dunhill My Mixture 965 that the full blending of tobacco to pipe came out. I am able to get 965 at a shop that is closing out of pipes and pipe tobacco, but still has some tins of Dunhill at a reasonable price. Yesterday I purchased one tin of 965 and one tin of standard mixture medium. I found the 965 in the Rhodesian to be a smooth, relatively cool and tasty smoke. I can estimate that this would not be an all day every day tobacco, not just due to lack of availability, but because it is medium to strong. Nevertheless, I give it four stars for those times when it is just right for a certain pipe...

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PuppetHead Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PuppetHead (5)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is/was probably my favorite tobacco. Tasty from the first to the last puff. Sweet, savory, and smoky. Definitely my desert island tobacco. I miss this stuff badly.

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elelion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
elelion (25)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

I ordered 50 grams of this bulk tobacco nearly a year ago, and it is only up recently tyat I opened the package. It is a pity that Dunhill has stopped producing this excellent tobacco. I enjoy this tobacco only with my meerschaum pipe because it is the only way I can smoke it from top to buttom without any relights or wastes. However, I must say that I gave too much expectation to this blend because of the high notes from various reviewers and people around me. It is not the best L blend that I can find but it is a really a quality tobacco.

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Griswold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Griswold (16)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Dunhill My Mixture 965 was one of the blends one just has to try if one is interested in exploring the world of 'English' blends.

And it still is, although it's now produced in Denmark.

Smoky with just the right amount of sweetness and spicyness to round out the flavor, creamy and well-balanced, but never bland, MM 965 is a blend that can be smoked all day, every day without missing a thing.

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Elkabong Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elkabong (11)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I am also a 965 fan -- it has been my daily smoke for years. I purchased it most often in bulk, only occasionally in the tin, although I admit there was some difference and preferred the tin.

Like all of you, I was despondent when I learned of the demise of this line.

I sought and bought a few pounds after hearing the news, but was skunked. Apparently, "they" were cleaning the bins out, and it didn't taste like my 965. I know --- we've all heard this before from old folks like me, but this was NOT my tobacco. It was missing a large component. I suppose that, due to age and derailing physical systems, particularly taste, my critique should be heavily disclaimerized. (We all should keep the "disclaimerize" button close to hand!) But, hey -- I know my pipes, and my tobacco, and this weren't it!

On a whim (read: trying to get my total up to a hundred bux so I wouldn't have to pay shipping) I bought four ounces of the Altadis substitute. Surprise!!! It is, as the saying has it, up in smoke. Two days to burn up 4 oz. Tasted like 965. Smelled like 965. Okay -- not quite on the money, sure, but WAAAAYYYY closer than the 'real' stuff I have in the cellar.

So, until sanity returns and we can find this again, give the Altadis substitute a try.

Only problem with them is that, by the time you read this and decide to gamble a few bux, the blend will change and it'll taste utterly different, and you'll wish I'd hit the "disclaimerize" button mentioned above a little more frequently. Hope you Altadis execs are reading this.

* update some months later. The prophecy in the last review was right -- puchased a pound later and it tasted nothing like the first batch I bought. Other approximations have also presented varying and undependable success. Guess it's gone... (sigh)

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LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (59)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

My review comes from a 4oz batch that I bought 2 years ago and it has bee sittimg in my tobacco cellar (closet) for that time.

This is a great tobacco mixture cavendish, plenty of orientals and just enough latakia to make her presence known but not to overwhelm the palate, this is a satisfying smoke the whole way thru even though it can be bitey I'm, assuming that this comes from the Virginia in the mix or me over puffing; this is a sweet nutty tasting sometimes bitter in a good way smoking concoction I could smoke this in a consistent basis if it was available. If it never comes back I can see why latakia smokers and in distress since this could be a great mixture at anytime of the day, I'm sure glad that I had the opportunity to try this one. The only reason why I'm not giving it 4 stars is because I'm mostly a Vaper smoker, but I cannoot find nothing wrong with this one.

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

I smoked this for better than 20 years. It was my daily companion, through good and bad. It was with me the day I sarted college, graduation, my marraige, the birth of my daughter & my divorce. I will miss 965. Good bye old friend.

=Does ayone know if dunhill pipe tobacco will be re-released?=

Contact British American Tobaco (BAT) and demand that they either manufacyure 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 to die out. Shame on BAT!!!!

August 2012 update. 965 is back but not the same. It is high quality tobacco and Orlik has done well to keep the quality of the blend intact. Still an excellent mixture, but not the same.

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Korndog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Korndog (16)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I always loved the smell of this in the tin, but never found that it translated into a good smoke for me. I just found a tin in my house from about 1999, and lit some up yesterday after re-hydrating. Well, let me just say that my view of this tobacco has changed radically. Everything is just right now; balance, room note, strength. If I had only known, I would have laid more up for 10 years. :)

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BBlevins Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BBlevins (102)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A very good medium English blend. Of course, as I understand it the blend in no way compares to the real Dunhill 965 which was pre-Murray era, but for the price it's a fine smoke, especially the tinned version. Doesn't particularly bite and the Latakia isn't overwhelming. It will be missed by many, myself included. I have several ounces of this blend tinned in 2005 and smoke a bowl nightly. Very, very enjoyable. One previous reviewer mentioned a floral element to it, which makes me wonder if he was actually smoking 965 because 965 has no Lakeland district tobaccos in it.

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

I have to say I expected a lot more from this the first time around. At first, it smoked fine but then I found it became very perfumey or soapy. Definitely not what I expected. I may give this another chance sometime, but for the first time I tried it, it was not what I expected and not too enjoyable overall.

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jazzyguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jazzyguy (15)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I have about 2Oz left from my last bulk order of this wonderful tobacco. Sadly it is impossible for me to obtain more in either bulk or tin but I love the taste of the tobacco which burns evenly and always leaves me wanting more. I do prefer Nightcap but 965 is a classic and I will missit.

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

tin aroma: winey, in the manner of de luxe navy rolls, with added smokyness. cut: fine. strands in hues from light yellow virginia over brown cavendish to black latakia. exact right level of dryness to be lit without any hassle.

taste is rather different from tin aroma. lacks character. in particular, i'm disappointed with the "macedonian bright" orientals, but there's also a void where i expected the depth from the cavendish.

after a while, it seems to pick up a bit, but then towards the last third, it slowly deteriorates to an ashy unpleasentness.

i can't recommend it as is, except, perhaps, as an investment for long time aging - there's something in the tin aroma that suggests that there may be something good in store. i will try baking a tin, too, as suggested by skando below.

addendum: i baked it. c. 3 hours at c. 80C. very much improved.

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g_andrini Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
g_andrini (6)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

New production of this english mixture is nice. There are some different between new and old production but for me the quality is the same.

Good Smoke!

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jankoez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jankoez (67)
★☆☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

What is this? Is this blend today really is what was originally once upon the time?

Today, most Dunhill's blends are looking like cheap Chinese copy of once famous tobaccos. Even one may see it from how package looks like... And the sensation of smoking - it is poor, tasteless and without any pleasure.

Fortunately, there are other manufacturers of good English blends which are representing British tradition of its best. Dunhill, with this blend, as well with Nightcap lost fame.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

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

So many reviews already done about MM965, this is the only English blend I really enjoy and this is my standard to evaluate other so many English blends in the market today, I have tried most of them, some are good, some are less good but none of them can match the MM965,

You can?t go wrong with MM965, it is simply the best.

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

I think old Alfred Dunhill is rolling in his grave due to the vast change & inconsistancies this blend( bulk ) has undergone in the last 40+ years. It used to be the mark of a real english blend. Now I think it's sliding by on name alone.Too many hands in the pot. Sad to see old friends change and disappear.If you can, get get hold of some older tins and enjoy its full rich taste.It does not disappoint.

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Country Gentleman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Gentleman (28)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Dunhill blends are always an unknown for me, and I find myself genuinely surprised when I like one. So far, 2 out of 4 on my score card.

This is based on some bulk I bought a couple of weeks ago from a shop: A little moist, but no problem with gurgle. Smooth and full. Consistent. Easy, all day english. Latakia component is present but not dominant. Must be the Cavendish that evens this out? Not as smokey and strong as I prefer, but good.

This is what I thought London Mix. would've been like. The only Dunhill left that I am interested in trying after this is EMP, and then my sampling of this brand will be done.

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Silver Spigot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Silver Spigot (18)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have switched to 965 as my daily smoke, having abandoned aromatics. This blend is smooth and tangy, with a very full, pleasing taste. I prefer the tinned, but the bulk is very close; the tanginess is somewhat muted. I find it's better to keep this blend moist.

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eichenlaub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eichenlaub (13)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

This one just wasn't for me, iin fact none of the Dunhill products I have tried were very good and many have been downright horrible. I know they used to get rave reviews before the blender change, I wish I had been able to experiance that.

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bandkbrooks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bandkbrooks (1)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

My first review. Why not pick something controversial. "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture" - Frank Zappa. In other words it's all subjective.

I am still a student of the pipe (smoking a little over a year). I have unfortunately, not experienced the majesty of vintage 965 yet so I do not have a comparison of Coke Classic to New Coke. New is all I know. With that being said, I actually like this blend a great deal.

I had a 4 hour drive back home ahead of me so I googled, found and stopped at a pipe shop. They didn't have tins of 965, only bulk so I bought a few ounces. I loaded up my pipe (Frank method), fired it up and hit the road.

It seemed a little thin at first mostly top notes and highs. As I got further into the bowl it began to round out in the mid range with the Latakia/Oriental starting to come through nicely. Towards the end of the bowl is when the magic happened for me with a very rich and flavorful smoke. It was a wonderful, friendly and very enjoyable smoke.

Many thanks to Britannia for the beverage recommendations. I was hoping someone would do this for various blends.

If you've never had vintage this would probably be a great tobacco, but for vets I understand how changes in a blend this popular could bring about harsh reactions.

I hope to one day have the much loved 965.

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tennessee texan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tennessee texan (21)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My first English tobacco was Dunhill's EMP. I then moved to Dunhill 965. I really do like this blend. It has a very good flavor and is not overwhelming.

I have no trouble with relights, nor do I find an unpleasant aftertaste.

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BriarChef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarChef (100)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Sound "Taps", swear out a warrant on the blender and unleash the dogs of war. Somebody peed in my wheaties.

Tin purchased January 2008. Something has gone terribly wrong with this blend, once upon a time the premier Scottish/English. I've seen drunks with better coordination. None of the elements come together with any harmony until the bowl says "Uncle", and by then it's a bit late. The quality of the leaf selection isn't up to standards expected from the house that Alfred built. This one must be from the shed that Albert Duhill built out of old cardboard boxes.

Thank God I still have a few pounds of the eighties mixture stockpiled in case of emergency.

I hereby declare a state of emergency.

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

I used to smoke this mixture a lot, in Murray times, and I really loved it. But in view of the drastic change in quality I discovered in other Dunhills (even without having knowledge at first of the change of blender), I stopped buying this one after 2004. So I never tried the Orlik version and this review and recommendation apply only for the Murray one. If the new 965 is as nastily done as other so-called Dunhills of today (and it probably is) then try other much better options there are in the market. Believe me...

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

I really like several of Dunhill's tobaccos, this one just does not do it for me. I am not sure why but it seems to taste/feel creamy in my mouth. I just didn't enjoy that. The tin smell and room note are great to me, the flavor and taste are just OK. This may be a good tobacco for a person to get into English style blends due to it's mild nature. No bite as usual and really very smooth and cool smoking. I just can't seem to get into it.

PS - I did buy this as a 2oz. bulk package. Maybe the tin is different.

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Auroraboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Auroraboy (22)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This was my introduction to English-style tobaccos, bought in bulk from the local cigar shop. After reading reviews noting sweetness, I was surprised to find that it smelled like an old leather jacket or pair of boots -- not unpleasant, but not at all what I expected. I smoked my way through the 2 oz., but never really got used to how strong this seemed to me, with nicotine levels that made the back of my throat catch. I've since learned about latakia and the other components of English blends, and realize that this is a fine, middle-of-the-road example of it's type, but I can only recommend it with reservations.

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Chris08 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chris08 (37)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Given the much maligned move of British American Tobacco's movement of production at the Murray's facility in Ireland to Orlik Tobacco, I did not have high hopes for My Mixture 965.

I was quite surprised at the tastiness of the Latakia in this mixture. Perhaps the negative comments about new Dunhill production have been overstated-still I haven't had the opportunity to try vintage tins, so my review is limited in scope.

My only complaint-and this wasn't a deal breaker-was that the strength of the tobacco required that I have something to sip on. A nice hot cup of tea tones down the harshness quite nicely and then you can really enjoy this classic!

As a side note, I recently purchased 4 ounces of the Altadis substitute for this product. While having never tried the original in tins, only bulk, this was close to my experience with the original 965. It wasn't quite as harsh or drying on the mouth as the original, which is fine by me, but it wasn't quite as full tasting either.

I think that the substitute is good to keep on hand, but certainly won't replace my Squadron Leader.

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

Bought this in bulk. Dark brown and black tobacco with a nice latakia smell. Very good burn quality and a very slight sweetness in the background (very slight). While I recommend this, I would say 2.5 stars as it's not quite worth it price-wise as some favorites of mine (Westminster in 1 pound tin for example).

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

This fine tobacco is in my regular/daily rotation. If the English/Oriental/Balkan genre is up your alley, I can highly recommend this Dunhill classic. I prefer bulk over the tinned. No bite, lights and keeps lit well. Amazing multi-dimensional aroma and taste. Latakia is present but not overwhelming.

If you like this blend, you will most likely also enjoy Red Rapparee (RR has more Virginia), Black Mallory, Squadron Leader, Balkan Sasieni, and Dunhill Durbar (no longer available).

-- Robert, Bonsall Calif.

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birdseye Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
birdseye (15)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Surely, this is not the Dunhill 965 of old that I remember with such affection. I know it is no longer made by Dunhill, which is perhaps the problem. It has more of a slightly aromatic Danish taste (too much cavendish and not enough latakia, I suspect), not the medium-strong, sturdy, classic English blend I used to smoke. It's a quite pleasant tobacco, but it's not Dunhill 965. It's something else.

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Jeremy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jeremy (19)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

A great blend, it packs a wallop if you aren't prepared for it in terms of strength. The wife is not super fond of the aroma, but I like the slightly musty, nutty tone. It has little tongue bite. The taste is subtle, so this is best not smoked after a strong meal. Instead, smoke it later in the evening when you have time to savor it slowly. Of note, the latakia is very well blended, complementing the overall taste rather than overpowering it. A very good blend all around. EDIT: My wife doesn't care for the room note of this blend, so be forewarned - the taste is excellent, but the aroma is not especially bystander-friendly.

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latakiahaze Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
latakiahaze (11)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Being a hopeless latakia addict I used to mix a little of the dark Cypriot weed in with this one to give it a little more "oomph". However, of late I've noticed I missed the true complexity of this delightful blend which smokes just fine without any modification. Not much more to say than has already been penned here, really. This is wonderfully sweet and nutty with the macedonian bright working some subtle magic with the cavendish. The latakia isn't overpowering and the sweetness increases throughout the bowl. It tastes just as it smells in the tin. I find this can be smoked quickly (though not advised) without any tongue-bite or gurgling, so it may just be a perfect all-day smoke. Without doubt one of the greatest blends ever manufactured.

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WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (68)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my first time smoking a Dunhill blend. This one is a bulk blend, offered by my tobacconist, and one of the things I noticed was that it was a bit dry, compared to other English blends I've smoked in the past. The Latakia is quite noticable upon lighting up, but I noted something else quite spicy, and wondered if it had any Perique in it? Once I got home, and looked it up here, I found that it doesn't have any Perique in it, but it does have something called Macedonia Bright, and I wonder if that's what I'm tasting? As I smoked my first bowl of this, I noticed that it seemed to have layers of different flavors, and this was delightful. I had a similar response to Frog Morton On The Bayou. I would recommend smoking this one slowly, as I noticed it can start to get a bit hot, if you hit it too hard. Overall, I liked this blend, and would probably give this a rating of 4 stars, but I need to smoke a few more bowls of this, before I give it my final blessing. Not an all-day smoke, but it makes a nice treat to finish out the day, along with some Earl Grey tea...

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SiliconBadger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SiliconBadger (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

29Feb08 01:20: My... Lordy. I really like Butera's Royal Vintage Latakia No. 2, and 'till now that was my favorite smoke. But after having smoked a few bowls of this stuff in my quater bent rhodesian (Stanwell), I have to say that it is at least tied for my number one spot! I apologize for not being able to articulate with great precision my appreciation for this tobacco... all I can say is that it is lovely.

It is very smooth; not super-creamy smooth like RVL#2, but sufficiently so that it is not too dry (as I find Westminster to be). I find myself just giddy at how delightful it is to puff away on a bowl of this while listening to Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz at this moment. All I can say now is that I need more pipes! And more My Mixture 965!

FYI: This tin was bought recently from smokingpipes.com, and is the first tin I've tried. I would normally wait longer to review a tobacco, but I've smoked enough of this to know how I feel about it. I have no idea how old the tin is, but rest assured I will be buying more to stock when it's time for my next order.

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PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I find this blend a very interesting smoke! The combo of Virginia Cavendish with Latakia and Greek Orientals is unmatched! I like to smoke 965 in my churchwarden on a lovely sunny day below mount Olympus; giving in this way my 'offerings' to Zeus! :-)

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LeGunnCat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LeGunnCat (18)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I smoked this all day yesterday. My first experiences with it were fine, but I really got to appreciate this blend after my all day excursion with this blend. There's not much I can write about this blend that probably hasn't already been said. It's solid and delicious. The Latakia taste so nice so well balanced. It burns very evenly and cool. It's not too strong, but has enough nicotine to keep me coming back for more.

Upon initially opening this tin, I found the tobac to be dry enough to pack without any drying. I soon found out it was a tiny bit wet, but nothing worth mentioning. I could dry it out a bit more but frankly I enjoy the taste the way it is. I'll let time dry out the rest of the tin and just smoke it the way it is.

965 burned pretty evenly taste wise from top to bottom, the Latakia expressed throughout the bowl with just the right amount of flavor.

This is a great smoke. It should be tried by anyone venturing into classic tins of tobac.

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bullof7battles Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bullof7battles (7)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't remember exactly when I first bought the tin (a few years ago, anyway), but I wasn't too sure if I liked it. I was just getting into the english mixtures. I cracked it open and wham it was sharp! I decided to let it sit for a while. A couple months ago, I decided to crack it open again and see what had happened and I was pleasantly surprised. Everything mellowed. I went down a trail made from an old railroad grade near my house, just puffing away. It was perfect. Nice fresh snow, cool air and sweet and smoky flavors of this tinned weed.

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rincewind8 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rincewind8 (6)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Tin aroma is very interesting, slightly nutty and tastes almost exactly as smells. Complex, full taste and nuttiness. It's truly great smokable, grat shame that Dunhill is discontinuing their tobacco in UK - still available outside. It's must-a-try.

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Jake696 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jake696 (10)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I never tried the original that everyone seems to rave about; however, I have tried it in bulk, I've tried it in the tin, I've tried it in the car and I've had it with gin. OK, not really w/ gin, I don't drink anymore and got carried away there.

I have aged it (1 year) and gone back to it, thinking the first time was a fluke. I've used different pipes hoping that would help...

I normally smoke English blends and lots of Balkans, but I must've missed something here. I don't taste the latakia and I don't like what I do taste. It's not that it's strong, just flat. I mixed some more latakia in it, maybe that'll help me finish off what I have left...then I'll be sure NOT to buy any more!

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Latakia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Latakia (68)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is a good blend for a latakia lover. I felt it was smooth and left a beautiful camp fire feeling to the room. Nice sweetness that rounds out the latakia without being over the top. Very cool smoke. Agree with the description of nuttiness. I will write more on this review when I get a few more tins so that I can write and smoke. Think this will age well.

Two years later: Dunhill just returning to the shelves and got a friend to pick up a tin of 965 from Barclay-Rex in NY. I am currently in Jamaica and now in the cool season so the temperature was perfect for this blend. I think the fact that Dunhill was out of circulation for so long also that made this tin a special treat. From the first pipe, the blend was elegant! I forgot how much I loved that Latakia-Cavendish-Oriental blend. Really very smooth and offered a beautiful room note. Burned well and offered the right amount of smoke. The latakia is there but not the dominating feature...enough but not over-bearing. This is one of my favorites. It stands the test of time and I will always keep a tin or two around. Will order an 8-pack in case the disappearance happens again. A tobacco blend that is impossible not to like...especially if one likes latakia and orientals with cavendish which makes it a nice sweet but latakia-based blend.

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Jaybee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaybee (76)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This was the first tobacco I tried after leaving the comfotable nest of aromatics. I was amazed at the taste, which was so different and yet enticing. I still pick up a pound of this occassionally and enjoy it immensely. I love the smoky taste that stays in the pipe.....I can puff on this tobacco unlit and still receive that smoky, sweet taste. Any appreciation I have for latakia or oriental blends began with this old standard...

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

This blend was much better years ago, I've enjoyed MM965 off and on for 30 years. The current blend is one to age perhaps to enjoy later but tastes too young out of the can. This has a nutty flavor, light on the Latakia, and fairly smooth taste. I find the strength lacking somewhat and the overall smoke a little flat. 4 out of 10 stars.

After aging several tins a couple of years this has turned out to be a much better smoke. 7 out of 10 stars.

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kenneth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kenneth (15)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Wonderful Mixture which I gather is soon to become unavailable. Dunhill has become a shadow of it's former self from it's glory days in Jermyn Street. The company is trying, in my opinion to distance itself from any associations with tobacco on one hand and yet continues to manufacture a large range of White Spot pipes and lighters. What do they think we are going to use their pipes and lighters for. Political correctness gone mad if you ask me. Anyway, their loss. I am now smoking Sam Gawith's Squadron Leader and, do you know something, I think I prefer it. So Alfred Dunhill, put that in your pipe and smoke it

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

This reminds me a great deal of DH's EMP and seems to my palate to be just a notch above EMP in fullness, a small notch. DH's Nightcap is still the flagship in this line. I just like more latakia than this offers. No tongue bite at all and I was puffing pretty vigorously.

I think this is a fine offering and will suit many quite well. For me, I will smoke the rest mixed in with a stronger blend and probably not purchase any more...though I do think this is quality smoke. My sample is based on the bulk offering and not the tin.

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is the best Dunhill blend. The balance is perfect, Latakia is front and center at the the beginning, and mellows nicely as the bowl progresses. I feel there are only a few blends that rival its flavor and body. If I were to place any blame on the tobacco is that it is a bit on the strong side for an all day smoke. Love the sweetness toward the bottom of the bowl.

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TeeBee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TeeBee (19)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This is quite good stuff, real quality. But it is a bit too strong for me. If I would choose between MM965 and Frog Morton and would definitely choose the latter one.

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MrBriarwood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MrBriarwood (2)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

After smoking Early Morning,and then Nightcap I found 965 to be a nice compromise. Its my favorite Dunhill blend to date. Im fairly new to smoking the better quality tobaccos, so im looking forward to trying alot of different blends that ive read about on this site. I really enjoy reading the reviews. Thanks to everyone who contributes to this great site.

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tracybemiller Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tracybemiller (2)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

A great smoke. Good everyday blend. A lot of flavor and wonderful smell.

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

This is a great tobacco, unfortunately i live in italy and there are lots of differences between the Made in UK/Made in EU i'm talkin about the Made in uk one. Great and pleasant smoke, cool and sweet with a fresh latàkia taste. perfect balance great taste.For my point of wiew it's an all-afternoon mixture and absolutely not boring.

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DrY11 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrY11 (39)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Eventually a dream came true. I did manage to discover it in a tobacco shop in Vienna and I am so happy.

This is great - truly great - stuff. I am sure others have written anything worth saying. I notice they do tend to compare with EMP. Personally, I find 965 much better balanced and I do not think that it is so much stronger than EMP as people usually state. Further, it also does smell like a cigar but not in such an offensive way as 965.

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ThChrMn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ThChrMn (7)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

I purchased this from a bulk bag from a local (OTC) "Tinder Box". It lights and burns well. I?m just not a fan of the burnt black licorice flavor.

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krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (135)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Maybe I was expecting too much from such a storied name in the pipe industry, but this really didn't do much for me one way or the other. The best thing I can say about it is the room note was tolerable, at best. I find the 2 Frog Morton tobaccos I've tried to be of a much better quality.

Update 12/21/13:

I decided to give this one another go, since my tobacco tastes have changed a ton in the 6 years since I made this original review. My, how taste changes over the course of time. I saw this in the local B&M and thought since I have drifted a lot towards the blurry line of English/Balkan blends to give it a shot. MM965 really fits right in with what I am liking in tobacco of late. The components really come together for a fine smoking experience. For me, this could be an all day smoke. It lights easily and stays lit without any relights for me. It burns down to a fine ash at the bottom of the bowl. I've adjusted the rating and other factors to a more reasonable level for what I am smoking nowadays. Highly recommended. I left the original review as it was, except for the changes already mentioned.

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john doe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
john doe (41)
★☆☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

As a beginning pipe smoker this is one of the first tobaccos I purchased. There were so many reviews on this site I figured it must be something worth trying.

Halfway through my 2 oz bulk bag, I dislike this tobacco intensely.

First, it is too strong. Not as unpleasant as Nightcap, but when I go running for four double whiskies after a smoke, I'm sorry but it's too strong.

Second, the flavoring is very dry. Not even a hint of sweetness to round out the taste. It's not a bad taste, and if it were a weaker tobacco I could see myself smoking it on a rare, rare occasion.

As it is now I am flicking through some cheap aromatic blends to mix with this to get it down the hatch. I'm too poor to just throw it away, so I'll have to use up some perfectly good berry or vanilla flavored aromatic to get rid of this unpleasant smoke.

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Mahardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mahardy (5)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

One thing I have learned since I first started smoking is that the worse the tobacco smells, chances are the better it will taste. This is no exception to that rule. And it smells quite horrid, I may add. But upon lighting it it gives off a smell such as a campfire might make. Very pleasant. The tobacco that I have is overly dry, but that may just be an issue with my tobacconist. However, had this been more moist, it would be a first rate smoke.

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pencils Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pencils (22)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Full Tolerable

Latakia. The staple of all good pipe tobacco, or so I am told.

I am not a regular connoisseur of latakia blends (shock horror), so perhaps my comments on this fine blend are all the more valuable. 15 years of pipe smoking probably prevent me from being a novice, even though I prefer aromatics to anything else, yet even I cannot find anything negative to say about MM965. I don't think that my forays into latakia blends are particularly adventurous - Barney's, Punchbowle, and Balkan Mixture being the main attempts at this genre. I am a man of simple and limited tastes.

MM965 is perhaps the best example of a latakia blend that I have indulged. No idea whether the tin I am am almost completing is the 'wonderful old incarnation' or the 'inferior new weed' that some speak of, but it is satisfying, easily smoked and tasty. A clean burn, a reliable and consistent smoke from the start of each bowl through to its conclusion, and a relaxing and flavourful hour from the first unscrewing to the last dregs that I am about to pack.

I will buy this again.

Update - October 1st 2010

Well, well, so this tobacco is back in the UK after a long absence!

Aside from that, I too am now somewhat older and wiser (?). The previous review of this blend is at least 3 years old, and I have since shifted my tastes significantly. I am now, an 'old' hand at Latakia blends - they are now my staple pipe tobacco of choice. Greg Pease is my ruin! Abingdon, Maltese Falcon, Westminster, Charing Cross, Blackpoint, Samarra - plus the superlative Star of the East and Pirate Kake by C&D - are my 'go to' smokes. That said, the 'new' Dunhill have returned and I am the proud onwer of tins of London Mixture, Standard Mixture, Early Morning Pipe, and of course, this most recent incarnation of MM965.

This tobacco is pleasing and smooth - not too much latakia, I think, so a gentle latakia blend rather than a powerhouse - but easy on the palate and gentle on the nose. My tin is up and running and I am glad of it. It may not be the tin that I turn to above Brother Pease's offerings, as it lacks the nuances and complexities of said products, but it will disappear in wreaths and billows when I want something light and satisfying.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The most delightful "scented" English mixture, only rivaled by Black Mallory. It burns a bit hot, but the balance between Cavendish, Orientals and Latakia is perfect.

I think this blend is where you can find the biggest difference between the top half of any bowl and the bottom. The former is great; the latter is sublime.

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Poro- Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Poro- (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

First, when I opened tin and smelled, I was shocked. This tobacco smelled like "smoky tar" - like badly cleaned pipe. I did not have courage to try this at that point.

Later, when I run out of my other tobaccos, I forced myself to try this. It was a pleasant surprise. It didn't have that "tar smell / taste", it smelled SWEET.

On first bowl, I was so confused I almost forgot to enjoy my smoking. On next bowl I started to like this, and now, when I'm almost finnished my tin, I love it.

It doesn't leave bad aftertaste, it's full, pretty strong but still sweet. Pretty complex tobacco. Give it a try!

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

The greatest part about this tobacco for me was the smell. It smelled just like a really, really good barbecue sauce. However, the taste was not all I was hoping for. This is a decent blend in a pinch but if you can find some of the nicer English blends out there don't bother with this stuff.

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tonyg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonyg (103)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable to Strong

Update December, 2010

The much anticipated new 965 is finally here. It is a good tasting, flavorful blend. Cut a little finer than the original, it smokes cool and burns well leaving only a white ash.

Tin aroma is non existant. I was hoping for at least a semblance of what I enjoyed years ago. No such luck. The taste, while good, is nothing to write home about. I'm sure this blend will appeal to many, but I will go to one of the many English/Scotch blends in my rotation. If you happen to buy a tin of 965, adding something like Penzance, will get you a bit closer to the original. It's really unfortunate that Dunhill couldn't produce (or license) this tobacco to be manufactured in Great Britain as it was in the past. C'est la vie.

ORIGINAL REVIEW Putting a decent but unremarkable wine into a vintage bottle doesn't change the wine. Putting a decent but unremarkable tobacco into a tin and calling it 965 doesn't make it the classic 965. The new blend is a tobacco that I can tolerate and even moderately enjoy as I did when I needed to purchase a tin while out of town recently. My choices were limited to 965 and several pouches of Danish aromatics which I wouldn't smoke under any circumstances.

Unless you're in a bind, try one of the many fine English blends on these pages if looking for something new.

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ChrisBrewster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ChrisBrewster (1)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

I got this and it seemed dry out of the can. the first bowl I smoked was alright, but everyone after that just seemed too hot with no taste. I don't recommend this.

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Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (111)
★★★☆
Strong Strong Medium to Full Overwhelming

Not bad also close to Petersons Irish Oak. This blend is closer to old Irish Recepe's not Scottish. 965 is very woodsy. Packs well Lits easy. Good flavor I can see why it can become a favorite blend but a little hard on the throst. I would consider the nutty flavor very suttle. One of the better Dunhill Blends. I don't know how long it will remain as good since Orlick is making it know instead of Murray's. I would still give it a shot, This recipe is hard to foul up. Dunhill may take the credit fot it but it is close to old Irish recipe's of the 1850's at least. Anyway you cut it still a good hardy blend. And this type of blend is found ohter many different names.

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padrebean Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
padrebean (4)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm not old enough to remember the 965 from the good ol' days so I have nothing to compare this new mixture with. I have smoked a lot of this in bulk and tin all from the EU. It is now my all day smoke. It has a mild nutty flavor with a slight latakia kick. I think this is a wonderful blend and should be smoked slowly in order to give it time to work its magic. I worked through several tins before I fully appreciated this blend. Good quality leaf...recommended.

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geddeeee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
geddeeee (3)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I've tried EMP in the past and enjoyed it. 965 is a better tobacco IMO. A very cool, medium flavoured smoke. I enjoyed it right down to bottom of the bowl. Will certainly be buying again in the future. Highly recommended!

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stonedlion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stonedlion (6)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I can't compare MM965 to the blend of days past, since I never tried it in my pipe smoking past.

Given the large number of reviews for this tobacco, it's obviously fair to say that many pipe smokers have at least tried it.

I like it. I'm about half way through my first tin and find myself loading it in my favorite pipe quite often.

Nice moisture content when first opened, my tin has begun to dry somewhat. But my poor treatment of the tin has not negatively impacted it.

Lights easily and burns to a fine white ash. I have noticed just the slightest of tongue bite if I try to rush it. Generally, that's not a problem for me as I thoroughly enjoy a contemplative, slow smoke.

Recommended.

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Wriggles Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wriggles (44)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Recently I purchased my first tin of 965. This is very high quality tobacco. In my opinion, this is a milder version of London Mixture. It has the same basic flavor and burning qualities. (For me, London Mixture is just too strong to smoke on a regular basis.)

I will smoke 965 regularly.

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

This is great! I see a lot of reviews that complain that Dunhill has changed over the years and they're not as good as they once were. I don't care. This is still really good, consistent tobac. I've probably smoked a pound of this in the last six months (bought in bulk, 4 ounces at a time) and it's always the same. I would smoke even more of this but wy wife thinks the house is on fire every time I light up anything that contains Latakia.

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Denny Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Denny (2)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Mild Very Pleasant

I like this smoke once in a while. It is light in flavor and body. Has a slight edge to it, bits slightly and is a tad bit bitter at times. Lights well, stays light well, burns a white ash, good sign. It is slightly smoky and spicy.

If you do not want a robust taste this is a nice mild smoke noting the latakia in it. Has an autumn aroma about it, an all day smoke I would think as mild as it is.

One of my favorites is by Dan tobaccos; Bill Baileys Balkin, full bodied and flavor, a Genuine robust smoke, free of flavorings.

SAVOR THE FLAVOR YA ALL

SCIENCE: WHY IS TIN TOBACCOS DIFFER FROM BULK

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Lytton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lytton (7)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I'm not a big English blends lover, but felt I had to try this famous old blend due to the numerous positive reviews.

Well it's not bad at all, quite mild "English flavoring" (Latakia, etc.) with aroma that doesn?t stay in your nose hours later, like other heavy English blends (Esoterica Margate for example which I couldn?t stand for that reason).

I don't know if it?s the Dunhill name alone, but it's definitely a quality mixture, well worth to smoke once in a while, actually it got me starting to experiment with English blends again, its that nice, very relaxing experience indeed.

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Gandalf the Grey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gandalf the Grey (9)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I'm not going to get real technical about this blend, I'm just going to say that It wasn't what I expected, and I mean that in a bad way. It came to me highly recommended, it smelled very nice in the tin, but... When smoked, I found it to be FAR too complex, almost like it was intentionally blended that way. I enjoy a good english blend all around...but I have to say, if this is going to be the blend to which all other English blends are held against, I wouldn't bet on it to hold up.

It was a flood of over-rich, nutty, confusing flavors, a rather cigarish aroma (which isn't a bad thing...when it's a cigar), and a huge build-up and an even bigger letdown.

Each person has his/her own tastes and prefers different things in the world of tobaccos and everything else, but at least for me, this was just too much, too quickly. Sort of like Summerfest's Fireworks displays. Lots and lots of good fireworks, but blasted together so fast and so closely that it's just a bright flash that hurts the eyes, and prohibits enjoying each part fully.

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

This used to be a very enjoyable blend in years past! I find the 965 blend today to be flat to the palate with no significant flavor as the true 965! The blenders of this 965 MUST return to the blending table and bring back the tried and true 965 of old!!

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Redneck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redneck (15)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a great tobacco. It tasted wonderfull and smells super. Indoors the aroma is a bit strong for non-smokers, but they do enjoy getting a 'wiff' of it outside. 965 has no bite, DGT's well, stays lit, and burns at a medium rate. Not much moisture produced either. A very pleasent change of pace from full virginia tobaccs. Well worth including in your tobacc rotation.

= Update Dec 2006 =

This new 965 is a waste of time & money. Toooo bad the new blender had to screw it up this way. A very good tobacco has been lost to the world. I won't be purchasing any more of this new 965 !!!

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Pkloop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pkloop (45)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Smooth, rich, and creamy! Excellent stuff that is well deserved of its reputation. Not too much Latakia, not too much Cavandish, everything just right here! Oh, thats if you get a good tin of this which is really getting to be a crap shoot these days with Dunhill...07/24/2005

=UPDATE=

I have had the oppourtunity to sample the new made in EU/Orlik tin.

I'm very..very pleased. This is what 965 is all about. Smooth, creamy, smokey, hint of sweetness comes & goes. An absolute treasure and immediately reminiscent of the great tins from the murray days. Thank you Orlik and if this kind of quality is what we can expect from Orlik's handling of the Dunhill line I'm pleased..and will be stocking up on all my fav's EMP,965,Nightcap etc! 12/04/06 Excellent!

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TOMMYBIRD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TOMMYBIRD (4)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It's hard to expand upon what others have said about this blend ...so I would like to add that this blend goes very, very well with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. It truly is a winning combination!

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caddad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
caddad (53)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

What can I say. Waited a long time to try this blend and had the chance to pick up a tin of this over the weekend at a favorite old tobacco shop of mine on the Plaza in Kansas City. Wonderful! I love the smooth way this comes across. I was afraid that it would be too strong after reading others reviews over the years. Very smooth and very flavorful. Top notch english blend by all means. I think I may take this one over Durbar in the future.

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tacoeatingzebra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tacoeatingzebra (36)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

965 is, at present, my favorite Dunhill tobacco. I like a good wallop of nicotine and it never fails to deliver the punch. The aroma of 965 is precisely that of pipe tobacco as it should be.

Like most quality English blends, it smokes down to a lovely whitish ash, with minimal dottle present. While smoking, it very seldom bites and is always a cool smoke.

Yes, I can't deny that there are more exotic and exciting blends out there, but as with Penzance, you're not likely to find me running out of this stuff.

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flyrod6057 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flyrod6057 (18)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

I enjoyed the fullness of this blend. Pretty robust, flavor-wise, but not overpowering. "Peppery," I guess. A good english smoke. In fact, this is my a go-to tabac, good for all day. I don't know what I would do to improve it. It has plenty of flavor, without being overwhelming.

My wife hates it, so it must be good! Definitely as a result of the latakia, so I'm limited to when I fire this up. Whatever...she'll get over it!

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Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

The famous My Mixture 965 from Dunhill. Definitely, this is outstanding tobacco in terms of quality. I will give it that. But.

Upon opening, I am welcomed by a beautiful long cut tobacco with occasional little flakes of dark brown leaf. Despite the fact that the amount of Latakia is rather small, acoording to the description, it smells pretty smoky.

I can smoke 965 until half way, than things become nasty for me. I tried, and retried about a dozen times to finish the bowl; then I just forgot about 965. It's a marvelous tobacco, but its richness and strength is just overwhelming for me. I can't see how it's a cool smoke. Not really recommended, despite its high quality.

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Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I've been smoking this occasionally for a couple months or so, and I really like it for a no nonsense English blend. It's not what I would call overly comlicated. For those wishing to try an English blend for the first time, this is a "safe" choice.

It is definitely smokey in taste and aroma, but also sweet. The Latakia isn't overwhelming like in some full English blends, and it isn't real spicy like olthers. It's just a very carefully balanced blend; one that has appeal across a broad spectrum.

If you hate latakia, you probably won't like it. If you are undecided about latakia or English blends, give this one a try.

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

This is my first Latakia blend and I have heard that you either love it or hate it. In my opinion, this is a great english blend that I can't get enough of. I find it to be a very pleasant change from the aromatics and that means it's a good all day smoke. My wife doesn't mind it and unlike many other stronger tobaccos, this one doesn't lay as heavily in the mouth. That is, I don't wake up with that taste of having eaten a campfire the night before. It doesn't smell all that great in the tin. But it tastes much better, provided you like an uncased tobacco. I have noticed a higher nocotine content than most of my other tobaccos. My recommendation rating is based on the fact that it doesn't bite much, burns well, and is one of the first non-aromatic blends that tastes good to me. However, it does tend to get a little bitter towards the end of the bowl. I'm hoping that after a little bit of extra drying, it'll be tastier throughout. It is still my favorite non-aromatic though.

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ollievon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ollievon (8)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Dunhills 965 mixture is my favorite Dunhill blend. As opposed to Nitecap and Early Morning; this blend is mild and easy on the tongue and throat. The nutty flavor dominates most of the first time smoke, it's not too strong and not too light...actually it's just right.

Most of the Dunhill blends are dominated by Latakia and (personally) I think it detracts to the variety of tobaccos used in the many Dunhill blends. The 965 is a pleasant break from the aromatics that I normally enjoy and allows me to explore an English mellow non-aromatic tobacco. Try it..I think you will really like it.

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

I give this three stars, it's a very pleasant smoke. As all other dunhills I've tried until now, the tobacco quality is high and it smokes smooth and cool. if you're looking for a latakia blend, there's no much latakia in this one. this is a very good blend and yet a safe one, means that you can smoke it whenver you don't feel eager to smoke something specific. there's nothing in this blend that will overwhelm you, yet it'll certainly achieve some statisfaction. if you tried nightcap and didn't like the fight different tobaccos in the blend had and the surprises you got(which i loved very much), this blend is for you, the different elements in this blend play together in harmony

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mel51us Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mel51us (47)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

08/02/2006 My Mixture 965 is my first Dunhill purchase. This is one of the best blends I have tried to date. Straight from the tin, it was at the perfect moisture level, so I loaded it in a Peterson full bent rusticated apple. 965 loaded easily, took a charring light, a tamp, then another match. 965 burned cool and clean with no tongue bite. A very mellow smoke. I had to lay the pipe down for about 20 minutes to take care of some chores, but when I relit, this blend was even more mellow, more flavorful. No one tobacco dominated the flavor, but all melded together in a well orchestrated blend. 965 may be too strong for the beginner, but for seasoned pipesters, it is well worth a tin. I will be buying this in bulk. Most assuredly, this blend goes in this smoker's rotation.

08/11/2006 The more I smoke this, the more disenchanted I am with it. 965 is a great smoke, with quality tobaccos, but Dunhill's Standard Mixture Medium and many other blends top 965.

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loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Update: july 2006. Ok. I just bought a tin of this and it's back to the way I remember, good strong, smooth stuff. 3 stars. .. .

I can only give two stars right now to the tobacco of many, 965. Who makes all these European blends these days? I have no idea. Orlik, Murray, K&K, Butera, Germain, Esoterica, Murray's, Bob's, Buddy's, Billy's, Eke& Zeke, hmmm well. I've got a friend who smokes only 965, so I'll do my best. . . . I can only give two stars because the last three tins I've had were SO different from one another. The first of the three was the same as the last I had had for years, a staple. A two and a half star tobak for me. Good body, good Latakia, and not too much Cav. Nicotine medium. Then came a dissapointment. Way too much green. Green Orientals. Sweet in all the wrong way and every flavo(u)r was un married, unfriendly, and it just could not dance. Last tin, like the good old stuff but with less of my dear friend nicotine. There are much better Latakis blends. Sorry Peter!

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D'Jullius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
D'Jullius (19)
★☆☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I once put all my Dunhills in a ziplock bag together loose and mixed, As I was tired of 'English'. I'll be damned if I really couldnt tell the difference. Dunhills are way too similar to fool with.

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pyroboby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pyroboby (5)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Upon finding that the local tobacco store had Dunhill tins on sale i grabbed a tin of this to give it a try. When i cracked the tin open i was met by a smokey aroma with hints of a hidden sweetness. The mixture has a diverse mix of light and dark ribbons smattered together. Moisture was nice, not sticky but nothing like the tin of virginia flake left in the garage all winter either(quite crunchy). After packing i touched the flame to the leaf and was hit with a leathery taste with some heavy smoke. This flavor seemed predominate and i sadly had to rest the pipe as i had to leave for a quick errand, so hopefully soon i will get to finish a bowl with some peace and quiet! I liked what i sample so stay tuned......

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

I acquired the bulk version of this recently in Chicago at Jack Schwartz Cigar Shop. It is most interesting in both aroma and flavor. I now will only buy bulk. There have been too many mistakes(costly ones) with tins lately. This mixture tastes as wonderful as it smells. A classic British Oriental mixture. I agree entirely with Embee( as I usually do considering we smoke the same blends) that this is Nat Sherman's #536 sans the butter and cable wire flavor. I encourage all those seeking a reliable everyday Oriental mixture to pick this up. The Latakia will not offend others or seriously frighten the Latakiaphobe.3 of 4 stars.

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

It's a good stand-by tobacco. I've had Early Morning Pipe, 965, and Nightcap as far as Dunhills go. My main complaint is that they're all basically the same thing, same flavor, just in different strengths, which doesn't impress me a lot. Once you've tasted one, I feel, you've basically tasted them all. I hear the same goes for their London Mixture (I have a tin I haven't opened yet).

It's not bad, but if you like this I'd highly reccomend getting Peretti's British Blend. As far as the Dunhills I've tried goes, I would say that the Nightcap stands out as the best of the bunch. If you want to try Dunhill, go with that one.

For the record, I am not really a Cavendish fan at all, but it works in this blend, just a little hint of it.

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calavera Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
calavera (26)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Update 4/5/06: I still like this blend, and always have some around. However, there are other English type blends that I enjoy more, so I will have to drop this one star.

I don't have much to add, except that I really enjoy this blend.

There are other English blends out there, and I plan to try them all, but there will always be an open tin of this in my house. Smoke it in three different Kirstens, and it is great in all three.

My wife says that it really stinks, both in the tin and when I smoke it.

July 2004

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CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

What can I say to add to what has already been said about this blend? After all, it is the #1 most reviewed blend here. And with good reason. This is THE English blend, the blend by which all other Englishes are judged.

965 is like smoking velvet. Rich, smooth, cool. Well balanced, well behaved. Burns cleanly and I don't think you could force this stuff to bite if you hooked a ShopVac (tm) up to it.

My Mixture 965 is a necessity, plain and simple.

====UPDATE====

Since the writing of this review, a couple of things have happened. First off, I have found that the cavcendish has become more and more pronounced. Maybe it's just me. It has become boring to me. Secondly, the tobacco is no longer tinned by Murray's. I will no longer smoke 965. If you didn't like it before, you should try the Orlick version of 965. It tastes nothing like the real thing.

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Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (81)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I have a lot of this in bulk, as well as bulk EMP and NC, having come to appreciate these for what they are. English mixtures that set the standard for taste and strength. There are variations among batches, a lot of variations, but the stuff I have suits me fine. I like the high strength of the Murray's versions. The nuttiness, woody notes and creamy body (due to the Cavendish) of 965 is unique. All three of these bulk blends (if you get a good batch) stand above the crowd, imo. None are "sweet" or particularly mild, for that you need to look elsewhere.

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Paulinus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paulinus (3)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

I must admit to a chronological bias with this blend: it's what was first recommended me by the bespectacled proprieter when I bought my first Sasieni, and exactly as timeless. I keep coming back to it, as one returns to Lagavulin, though Laphroaig is in the cabinet.

Autumnal brightness ablaze, aged aromatic leather, cafe con leche and bisteca con pepe verde all amalgamated.

Classic as the OED.

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Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (140)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Medium strength with full flavor, one of my favorite middle english blends. Stronger than Frog Morton and Dorisco Mixture, but quite a step down from Nightcap. This is one of the more layered english blends I have tried, it seems like a light balkan at times. Very good to smoke while reading, when I want alot of flavor, but I don't want the onslaught of a full balkan. Highly Recommended.

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PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (79)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I will preface this review by noting that this mixture I smoked comes from a 5 pound bag I bought and stored in 1985. Several times a year I spend a few weeks dipping a portion out for smoking. I only humidify it every couple of years and it has provided me an excellent "journey" as it has changed and taken on a variety of subtle qualities over the years.

The first time I ever smoked 965 was in 1963... a pleasure then and certainly one now. While the flavors have married and become "rounder" due to aging, this medimum plus English has always been a treat. Due to changes in the manufacturer of this product, I have smoked a few tins as recent as a few months ago, and while it still comes through as dunhill 965, it is none-the- less different.

Smokeable in a variety of pipes I prefer it in a group 5 size straight billiard, with a tapered bit.

This mixture has stood the test of time and I suspect it will continue to do so, even with new manufacturers, least wise, I hope so.

Very much worth a try if your not familiar or if you want a change in pace from your regular rotations.

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akaiser77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
akaiser77 (52)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Alfred Dunhill blended My Mixture 965 for E.A. Baxter, Esq., sometime before 1910. By the 1920s, it was one of the most famous English blends around, often advertised in Dunhill's catalogs as its finest tobacco.

It is indeed a noteworthy blend--rich, creamy, smooth, and cool-burning. It pack easily and requires few relights. The individual elements merge beautifully, and I find it a very pleasant English indeed. It is also unique; whether you're sniffing the tin or enjoying its room note, 965 is unmistakable in its character. Only afterwards does one notice its strong nicotine jolt. Newbies beware!

Is it the greatest English mixture of all time? I don't think so. But it is certainly a great pipe tobacco, and, with some of the C&D Englishes, at the top of my list when I'm in the mood for latakia.

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maynard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maynard (18)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

My first time with 965 was with a strong cup of coffee, 5.30 in the AM, watching the snow fall thru the window of my cabin, now its my early morn smoke on the way to work, or hunting , fishing or just because. love that full flavor.

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Hemlock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hemlock (57)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Magnificent tobacco. Neither an aromatic nor a plain jane english, this is the empitome of a rich, esoteric pipe tobacco for the initiated. Cool smoking, smooth smokiness, subdued sweetness and a pleasingly pungent aroma make this a prize. I enjoy it somewhat dry, in my medium sized Savinelli rusticated bulldog, packed relatively loosely. Burns to the end with no more than a couple lights, leaving minimal moisture and never turning into something else.

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Flyboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flyboy (39)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

YUCK!! Crash and Burn! Nothing like the Dunhill of old. I couldnot believe this is the 965 I had smoked on a regular basis years ago. No richness in taste I onced remembered from this ol favorite. I give it 2 stars only for what it used to be. Sorry, but its a prop airplane wanting to be a JET.

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anixi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
anixi (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Unnoticeable

Very, very nice. My first enjoyable English. Just finished a bowl of Nightcap (not good, couldn't keep it lit, bad finish) and thought "Let's try my new tin of MM965". Wow, what flavor, intensity. Creamy? Not to me. This is a wonderful combination of intense flavor, sweet on the tongue, keeps lit, wonderful smoke, just great. I think this is the best of my short tobacco career. My Savinelli just loves this blend! Highly recommended for all newcomers.

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Ian Weeks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ian Weeks (36)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

A memorable blend, but not for good reason- I wonder what variety of Cavendish it is that Dunhill?s successors use for this blend, American or English. It would surprise me none were I to learn that it is American, in which case, Blaaahhh!

This blend has a following- indeed some of my friends- but I for one can do without it ever again. I recommend this blend to the pipe smoker who enjoys English Aromatics that produce copious amounts of thick black perfumey smoke, but it is not a blend for me.

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Collezionista Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Collezionista (59)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

While it's far too dull to earn a spot in my rotation, I would recommended 965 to others looking for a smooth and very smokable English blend that pleases without being even remotely overwhelming.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a classic, a must-smoke for everyone who grabs a pipe. But it is also the tobacco I have seen changing the most in the last few years: now it actually changes from country to country, as I have experienced with tins coming from Italy, England, USA and Switzerland. And it changes from 50 gr. tins to 100 gr. tins too, it's completely unpredictable. If you are so lucky to put your hands on the right tin you'll find an almost perfect tobacco: full, round, satisfying, a perfect all-day smoke, never biting, enough smooth to be smoked in the morning and full enough to suit an after dinner smoke. If it happens that you pick up the wrong tin, try to correct it with pure latakia and just a bit of pure kentucky; you may not find wonderland but it will save the tin. I suggest you to chase some 100 gr. tins from Switzerland, they're the best around these days.

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zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (134)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I guess I had better rewrite this review--it's been a few years since I first sampled 965, back when I first took up the pipe. I was lucky to scarf down a couple tins of the Murray's version before the switch to Orlik, and then another couple before the drought hit. When I ordered my first batch of Dunhill blends after the return, 965 was the first tin I cracked open.

In that long span I smoked every English I could get my hands on, and quite a few Balkan mixes as well. I fell in love with Odyssey and Charing Cross, and for those moments that I wanted a bit of kick, I had Bill Bailey's Balkan. If I had the urge for a good Syrian mix, my old friend from Mac Baren never failed. And every now and then, when I'd get lucky, I could score some Squadron Leader. I love them all--so many variations on a simple theme.

When I filled up that first pipe and took my first few puffs of 965 once more, I admittedly felt underwhelmed. "This is what I've been missing? This is what I've been lamenting over the past few years?" I was astonished by the apparent mediocrity of the blend, and I came to thank its absence for the opportunity to sample so many other Latakia mixes out there.

But I smoked my meager supply of two tins, then ordered five more the first chance I could, because the supply dried up so quickly again. I've nearly finished those as well, and my appreciation has returned, even though I now seem to favor London Mixture over 965 for the higher dose of Orientals.

Complaints aside, 965 is a solid blend, robust and smokey, and though you can find heavier blends, and blends with more Latakia, 965 balances it all quite well. In a short while, I will make sure to order another helping, and I know there won't be much left to cellar.

So, smoke it while you can, because in this little hobby of ours, there are few certainties. 965, I'm glad to have you back in the cabinet...I will pile you next to my new friends.

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Tubalcain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tubalcain (6)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Let me start by saying that I love Latakia, very much. Also, I was a cigar smoker before I became a pipe smoker and tend to seek stronger flavors. The Dunhill 965 I have been smoking is the bulk variety, not the tin. I enjoy the cavendish flavors, but always long for more latakia. This blend seems to be a good marriage of the two. However, to really enjoy this blend, one must "sip" it so to speak. The subtlety is there, if you are careful about how aggressively you smoke it. No problems with moisture. The aroma is what I think of as a classic pipe arome. The taste is full and creamy on the tongue. I get the sensation of drinking a Cafe-Au-Lait when I smoke this blend. I would recommend this blend to anyone who likes subtle sweetness with a nice subtle latakia smokiness. Will definitely make this a regular blend, and will buy the tin, instead of the bulk, when I run out of my bulk mixsture. 3 out of four stars.

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Ebola Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ebola (10)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Mild Very Strong

I just don't "get" this blend. Despite excellent reviews this tobacco seems very flat and one dimensional. I can't seem to acquire a taste for it and having tried multiple times with several pipes, I am giving up on it.

I give it 2 stars out of respect for the many other, more experienced smokers who love it. Just goes to prove that not everyone's palate is created equal.

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pipe dreams Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipe dreams (15)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

One of My top five. An English that I can smoke all day/I don't believe there are many of those, as some are numbing, and some, although good, just wear Me out after a bowl or two. Perhaps the lack of latakia is the reason, although present in this one, is much in the background. A superb english that I dedicated a Peterson 'spigot' to.

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Polski Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Polski (4)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Very Strong

This is probably one of the most known blends out there. The first time I smoked this I had to pack another bowl right after the first one. Even thought I smoke less of it now it still accounts as one of my favorites. The room aroma is the only thing that I dont like about this blend. Next time you find yourself at your tobacconist and dont know what to pick, just grab a tin of this stuff. You really cant go wrong with it.

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

So many people have reviewed this blend. I will add my two cents worth however. This blend is definitely one of the benchmarks when a person is discussing "English" type tobaccos. The flavor is full, nutty, smokey, tangy with a subtle sweetness that runs the length of the bowl. It is gentle without being wimpy. Easy to pack and light and with tamping seldom needs a relight. It burns to dry grey/white dottle. Another reviewer stated that if he could only have one English for the rest of his life this would be the blend. I am inclined to say that I might agree with him. A Really Nice Smoke.

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smoker390 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoker390 (36)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

965 doesn't really need another review, but since it is a staple of my tobacco diet, I feel the need. I consider this to be the model English blend from pouch aroma to room note to taste. It is a great place to start for someone interested in trying a classic Balkan style blend. Though it is spicy and arguably Dunhill's strongest blend - there is not a finer way to experience the exotic spiciness of Oriental tobacco seasoned with high quality Latakia. The cavendish (I believe it is unsweetened / unflavored) really brings it all together and allows the tobaccos to successfully marry together and hold consistenly from the first bowl to the last - even if you buy it by the pound!

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DevilDog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DevilDog (5)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Strong

A classic latakia-rich, full-flavored English blend. For a period of 7-8 years I smoked nothing but My Mixture 965 and Balkan Sobranie (which is sadly no longer available). While I now like to try new tobaccos on a fairly regular basis, 965 remains the standard to which I compare other blends, and the tobacco I reach for when I either can't decide on what to smoke or don't want to be surprised. It's also very consistent from one tin to another, readily available at most smoke shops, and not as expensive as some "designer" English blends.

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Lbarraa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lbarraa (27)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This blend is one of my top ten favourite tobaccos. I love the latakia together with the cavendish. The tobacco`s quality is really good. No matter in what pipe you smoke 965 (meerschaum, clay or briar) is a great experience.

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Ralph Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ralph (4)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Very good go to tobacco. It is quite mild, but still is able to satisfy.

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Tiger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tiger (53)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Strong Very Full Tolerable

Whoa! Gents! I'm still dog-paddling my way through my very first tin of #965 but already know it will likely be my last. Whew! This blend is not at all for your typical sane piper, Lads. This is for the guy who eats live bearmeat and makes his Manhattens with bourbon & gasoline. Aiii Carumba! Am sure the Dunhill quality is there and that there are several of you Jedi around who dote on this hyper-warp weed but that doesn't make it a national heartthrob by any means. Will give it 1 star but only because I'm afraid to anger it. Lawd ha' Mercy!

Tiger

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is the reference by which all others are judged. I have not had the tinned version of this mixture. A great value and truly worth using this as a benchmark for trying other English blends. Probably not my first choice for first pipe of the day nor an all day smoke. If you like English type tobaccos you will love this mixture.

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Esoxhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Esoxhunter (60)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

August-September 1994

Until I tried 965, I thought that Nightcap was the quintessential Dunhill English blend. I found 965 to be slightly sweeter, less heavy on the latakia, and more complex than the Nightcap, but still more full than Early Morning Pipe. I really like this blend and will always keep a tin on hand for Saturday afternoons--I'll save the Nightcap for post-large-dinner puffing with a glass of port ala a nice Honduran Hoyo Excalibur or Cuban Cohiba Robusta.

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pocket Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pocket (27)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

What to say about this. It is a benchmark tobacco. Does not bite, taste is delicous and good for an all-day smoke. Leaves only grey ashes in the bowl. It is one of the 2 Dunhill-tobaccos that is for sale in the shops in the Netherlands. I always have a tin opened!

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thedigger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedigger (17)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This one is the perfect example of a good all around, "all day-every day" smoke. Personally, I prefer stronger tobaccos so, I find this blend only somewhat pleasing to my nicotine cravings; this may change with time. However, I will say that the taste is excellent and a shining example of the Dunhill flavor. It holds a good, full flavor without being too rich; and the Orientals truly add the high point to the taste without being too sweet or overpowering. While I don't find this to be my personal #1 favorite, the flavor alone keeps my respect and a place on my shelf. I don't have a tin of this now but it is good enough for me to give it the top rating.

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Daniel Morlan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Daniel Morlan (50)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Another holy grail smoke! This is an AWESOME pipe tobacco. Cool-burning, very sweet latakia blend with hints of nuts and gragrant spice. I might be out of line putting this in a category of an almost "dessert" tobacco, but it really is... IN IT'S OWN RIGHT. It's not some fruity, cased or topped tobacco, but a rich, complex, SWEET smoking, cool-burning pipe tobacco that is brilliant.

Sumptuous, classic, luxurious... Mind the manly laugh...

I will be cellaring this blend. It is THAT good.

DJM

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DUPE.629 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.629 (133)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

October-2003. It has now been nearly two year's,since I first reviewed M/M/965.After trying many,many other English tobacco's,I would have to rate this as one,of my all time favourite's. It's never boring,being full of various flavour's,& a rich spiceness to it.Without a 'bite'(At least to me)This is one tobacco that I never get tired of,& I often smoke it back to back,many,many time's over. It also offer's a few pleasant surprizes, all the way to the bottom of the bowl.The Cavendish,Latakia & Oriental's all come out to play,performing like well tuned Orchestra. Easy to light,& behave's extremely well. Highly recommended.10 out of 10

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bigblends Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigblends (46)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Another review of Dunhill 965 would almost be gratuitous.

I grew up smelling this stuff, and it was the first blend I ever smoked. I always have some on hand and recently popped a tin that had been aging for more than a year. What a treat!

Dunhill 965 may no longer be the bellwether of English blends to some smokers, but it's a classic and the benchmark to which I compare every English I smoke. My Mixture 965 is a blend that, if it's to your liking, you can safely return to time and again -- a consistent performer.

Yes, some English blends are better; many are worse. In the end, I know I can always count on 965 to deliver (and the flood of sense memories of my childhood is a bonus).

If you've never tried this blend, now's the time to do so.

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Chessnut Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chessnut (13)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Quite alot has been written about this blend so I don't think I can offer any new insight so I'll just say that I think the is a wonderful english blend with a great aroma and taste. If you like english blends or simply just want to try one. Gice this one a go. I think you will be very pleased.

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bumbum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bumbum (20)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

If any mixture deserves the title "THE classical mixture no. 1" it should be 965. A lot of Latakia, little Cavendish, Turkish (which I consider beautiful), a bit more Virginia, and probably a tiny dash of Perique. The maturing process makes this mixture very uniform; it will neither disappoint nor surprise you. But still I consider Paul Olsen's "Blue Queen" the aristocrat among the classical mixtures.

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Ratcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ratcat (30)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

Let say you are stuck in a cessert island. You have a choice of one food source between blue chesse and chicken. I would be stuck on the dessert with chickens. If the chicken for me is Dunhill's Early Morning then the blue chesse is 965. While the chicken is fun and all aound, this one is a bomb. I can only smoke this on occasions. I consume around a tin of this every 5 to 6 months. I find the best result of doing 965 is let it dry a bit. The lakatia really kicks in when it is dryer. The flavor of each and every leaf peaks at a different temperture. When doing it in a slow milking burn, I get this full nutty taste. It is sweet but like those produce by dry nuts not sugar. When in deeper puffs which raising the burn temp, the lakatia peaks. Continue with the high temp, the rest of the flavor peak and the lakatia become a bonding factor. After bring to a milking burn, it rests again with nutty harmony. The thing with 965 is that after you finish taking it for a ride, I need to mellow my taste out with some nice coffee or my stablizer blend Irish Oak. It is a little to much kick for everyday smoke.

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opus piscator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
opus piscator (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Okay, this is my first review. 965 was the first "real" tobacco I ever tried and by "real" I mean not those aromatic house blends from your local cigar shop! Anyways, this is one of my favorite blends. It has a wonderful mustyness to it, along with the nutty, smoky, and somewhat earthy flavors. A wonderful smoke, especially in winter.

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phroney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
phroney (5)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Yes, another review of 965, but I would like to look at it from a different angle. I smoke this wonderful tobacco for two reasons. 1)It tastes amazing and I have a hard time finding any thing else that tastes as good as this stuff. 2)By smoking My Mixture 965 I am smoking a tobacco with a history. It has been filling pipes for over 80 years and by some great pipe smokers. Whenever I light up a bowl, I smoke a tobacco countless others before me have smoked through four generations. The romantic in me comes out and I imagine myself in the company of greats.

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chaplikc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chaplikc (135)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Out of all of the fuller english blends in the dunhill line this is my favorite. I will not elaborate about this as I feel alot of people have already described this blend very well already but I will say a few things about it. This burns cool and the flavor is full. The quality of the tobacco in this blend seems to be of very hi quality. This is a blend in which I feel is worthy of its reputation. I would smoke even more of this if I did not have so many other tins that I am trying out right now. Very good and highly recomended.

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Not another review of 965! Well, yes. It is important for dissenters to voice their opinions. First, the nicotine content of all the Dunhill line just seems too high to me compared to other brands (very fishy, indeed!). Second, I would classify this as a "Scottish" type blend, not an "English". IMO there is nothing special in this to qualify this as the "standard by which all English blends are measured". It smokes easily, leaves no dottle, no tongue-bite, etc..., but does that make it classic or great? No, thank you. Rating 3 out of 5 points. Save your pennies and go elsewhere Nuff said... Update: 01-27-04 A fellow pipester opened up a vintage tin of ths blend (1980's)and I'm afraid that it is still not a blend I particularly like. The ageing has smoothed it out, but the cavendish sweetness is cloying and for what ever reason, provokes heartburn in me. The nicotine content did decrease significantly, so that was nice, but for a blend of this type, I prefer "Old Dublin" or "My Mixture 7000". What else can I say?

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wolfie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wolfie (1)
★★☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Full Strong

Oh, how I yearned to love this stuff! When I first bought it, I had visions of this classic becoming my own personal favorite. "965 is the holy grail" I'd tell everyone. It was going to be beautiful.

But alas, it wasn't meant to be. After multiple bowls of this stuff, all I get out of it is a stomach turned upside down, a lousy, ashy taste in my mouth, and a room that reeks so badly I have to open the windows.

Strange. I've never had any other tobacco hit me like this one does when it comes to the nicotine content. Even after a dinner, half a bowl and I need to eat something to settle my stomach. Like smoking a pack of cigarettes in one sitting.

The taste of 965 is rather numbing. It's very dark and smokey, and after a while it becomes bland, almost sour in my mouth. Starts to get that ash-tray taste every time. This is unfortunate, as I could sniff this stuff in the bag for hours. It smells absolutly out of this world in the package - all smoky and leathery - and the cut is great. But that fabulous balance that exists in the bag goes right out the window when I light this up. Oh well.

Finally, the room note. I LOVE the smell of pipe tobacco - almost everything I've ever smoked has left a room note I could enjoy - other English blends included. But after smoking this, oof, I need to air out the room. It's like I burned a pile of leaves on my couch. Even the room note I couldn't handle.

It may seem like I'm really laying into this blend, but the truth is once I get this stuff out of the tin, it has pretty much zero redeeming value for me. Obviously others feel differently, so you should at least try 965, but I'll be damned if it doesn't leave me feeling like I've been on a tilt-a-whirl eating cigarettes.

And more importantly it leaves me feeling like I wasted a chance to smoke something else. edit: Just a note, I may come back and revise my review with time. For some reason I can't seem to totally phase this stuff out of my rotation, no matter how hard I try! We'll see...

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Nojoqui Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nojoqui (28)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Ah! My My Mixture 965...or is it "MY Mixture #1"? Mine, and a lot of other's yardstick on what an English is. I grew up in a family that had pipe wars. Really! My older brother was a Balkan Sobranie regular. My father was a Cavendish (Danish/Dutch) kind of guy. I went back and forth with these over the years, and have to say I leaned toward The Balkan. This created my love of the English blends, but something gnawed at me called "My Mixture 965". It was the perfect blend of the two, in my opinion. It leaned heavily toward the Latakia style without being overbearing. It had a fair amount of Cavendish thrown in that was more of a catalyst than a performer. I still believe that, and I have been smoking this stuff for years. I can always count on Dunhill's consistency, so I'm never let down. Besides, I can't get ANY of The Balkan Sobranie anymore. Do I need it? Not as long as there's good old "MY MIXTURE 965"! It burns easily, it tastes great, and it burns down to a fine white ash without any work. I do, however, think that if I don't let it sit out for a short period of time, that I get an overpowering vanilla taste that can overcome the Latakia and Perique that I truly love. Anyway, where is the perfect tobacco? This is, in my opinion, the best of the best. Today, The Balkan Sasieni comes, very, very close, however.

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Bootknife Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bootknife (17)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

965 puzzles me. There seems to be a subtle inconsistency in flavor from bowl to bowl, however this is one thing that causes me to return to it. At times I think there is no topping of any kind, just rich latakia and oriental spiciness. At times I seem to detect a hint of clove or anise, perhaps from the cavendish? Mabey what I'm tasting is variation in what was used to cure the latakia.

Whatever the reason, 965 is a great blend. I'll throw my two cents worth in here and echo the majority of the above reviews. This is a must try.

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Butch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Butch (7)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

This was my first English. My Mixture is not the only English out there, but not a bad place to start. I prefer Durbar, but I always have My Mixture on hand.

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Brother Buford Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brother Buford (8)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

Having tried and liked Nightcap, I thought I'd give 965 a try. Well... can't say I'm too enthused by it. It has a flavor that to me seems to be missing something essential, I'm just not sure what. I still have some around, but I doubt I'll be smoking it very much.

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BrittPark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrittPark (41)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

There is nothing I can say in praise of 965 that has not already been said. It is, for me, the definitive English Blend.

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JohnnyFlake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyFlake (17)
★★★★
Extremely Mild None Detected Very Full Very Strong

(October, 2003) The aroma upon opening the tin is very heay, pungent, smokey and musty. I do not detect any sweetness from the Cavandish or Orientals. When you sniff this stuff, you will have no doubts that this is a full English Blend. This is a ribbon cut tobacco which is about 50% black and 50% tan to dark brown in color. Moisture of a fresh tin is, like most Dunhill Blends, is near perfect but I still like to allow a fresh tin to air out and dry for about two hours. It works well for me! Do to the length of the ribbon, this can be a little tricky to pack properly, so I usually take a pair of scissors and cross cut the tobaccy a few times. Again, this works well for me. The flavor profile of this blend is complex. It seems to change from bowl to bowl but it is always deep and rich and somewhere in the range of semi-sweet, smokey, musty, earthy, nutty, pungent and spicy. It truly offers an array of flavors. As stated, the flavors are rich and deep and consistently so through the first and second third of the bowl. It's in the final third that the power of this blend truly shines and the flavor profile becomes intense. Although, not over powering, this is a strong tobacco and it can give you a bit of a buzz. Room note is very strong! There are a number of great English Blends out there but 965 has been around much longer than most of the others. It has stood the test of time and has become kind of a benchmark English Blend. 5 out of 5 Flakes - Highly Recommended!!!

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WNDE Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WNDE (69)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

No we?re talking! This is indeed a full-bodied English blend. There is a beautiful, smoky pouch aroma and it smokes like a dream. There is plenty of Latakia but it doesn?t overwhelm the blend, it is a perfect balance of rich, smoky flavor with the Oriental and Cavendish tobaccos. The Macedonia Bright really does add a touch of sweetness to round out the flavor. But be warned, this is indeed for connoisseurs. I think I could only smoke this a bowl or two at a time and on certain occasions when I want the best an English blend can be. It might be too strong for an all-day or every-day smoke.

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WxGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WxGuy (95)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Another Dunhill blend that has been well-reviewed. If # of reviews is any indication, this is one of the most popular brands on the high-end pipeweed market. Perhaps the fact that it is one of the few Dunhill's blends that is sold in bulk as well as tin contributes to its popularity.

I like 695 a lot, but do not wax eloquent on this mixture. I find it a little "light in the shoes" latakia-wise. I think that the substitution of cavendish for virginia- the thing that defines 695 apart from the myriad other Dunhills for me- is not a good tradeoff, IMHO. Still, it does give 695 a smooth, cool "cloud-like" texture (for lack of a better descriptor) that is a unique and sometimes welcome change from other English blends. As is typical of almost Dunhills, I find My Mixture to be heavy on the nicotine content.

For me it makes a good "on occasion" smoke. Some esteemed reviewers note a tongue bite, but I find 695 very inoffensive on this point. In fact I often turn to 695 when I have suffered tongue bite from another tobacco (like MacBaren's aromatics) and want to go easy on that tasting muscle. Maybe I would call 695 a good "convalescent smoke"... All in all, a good, but not great, tobacco.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (87)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Who wants to read another 965 review? Everything, applicable or otherwise, has been written about this blend. Me? I like to smoke it in a Brebbia horn on the way to work in horrendous traffic. Seems to opiate the senses enough to arrive on time. Happy smoking.

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

Maybe I?m some uncouth youngster when it comes to 965; I just don?t get it. It?s an English blend and I like English blends (that much I can figure out), but past that it seems lackluster to me. Maybe it?s over my head right now and I?ll grow into it, but then again maybe not. I certainly don?t dislike it, but I don?t really like it either. I?ll keep what I have incase I run out of Balkan Sasieni and can?t get more right away.

BTW I don?t smoke indoors so my Room Note rating is just a guesstimate.

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Hunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hunter (38)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I'm not a big fan of Latakia blends. Although this does not jump out of the tin with the heaviness I've come to expect from Latakias. I found this to be pleasant and mild to smoke.

Unforftunately, I found nothing compelling to keep me with this blend. The flavor was nothing spectacular and with other more interesting blends around, even in the Dunhill line, I don't see myself buying it again.

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dangpipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dangpipes (22)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

What a great treat. This strikes me as a mild English Blend with a good Latakia smokiness. Room comments included: incense?, but there were no complaints. A cool smoke with no bite.

Subsequent smokes showed a nice, rich smokiness, at times a bit fat, probably from the cavendish.

This burns cool and is very easy to enjoy.

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BP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BP (3)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Dunhill My Mixture 965- 4 stars

Like so many others, I believe 965 to be the very best English Blend out there. It is absolutely perfect in every way. It is always my first smoke of the day and often my last.

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BriarNorth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarNorth (49)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Strong

For those, like me, who don't smoke English blends every day or all day, this is the one I reach for again and again. I know it will give me just what I want, when I want it, time and time again--that's hard to beat. Of the English blends I have tried this seems to me the most perfectly balanced, all its elements working in perfect harmony. I like it best late afternoon or evening, and I will always have this on hand. Yes, your room will smell like mouldy hay, but it's worth it. Tho I keep trying new Englishes in the endless search for blissful weed, every time I do I find myself wondering why I didn't just fire up some 965...Although this is a strong blend it won't bite, and any new smoker transitioning from aromatics would do well to try it (and stay with it) for it is in many ways the exemplar of English tobaccos. Classic stuff!

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Gae Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gae (46)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong

I love the way the Cavendish,Latakia & Perique all come out to play in this blend. Sometime's individually or all together. It offer's a unique sort of peppery taste(Perique) And a rather smooth background(Cavendish) & Last but not least-the rich full not to heavy but reasonably strong leaf of (Latakia)I found it to be straight forward & not boring in the least. "Supurb" That's the word. Just when you think you have this blend worked out "Bang" the taste buds are dealt a different flavour-full of richness just like a stronger, middle of the road Good English should be.And I didn't detect any tongue bite at all with the six bowls I have thoroughly enjoyed so far.This a fine mixture of top quality tobacco leaf. "Well Done" Dunhill. I'll definitely be adding this to my rotation,& look forward to enjoying it often. I'm sure this would age well(IF YOU HAVE WILLPOWER)to let it do so!!! (4 out of 5 star's)

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Nimrod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nimrod (29)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Unnoticeable

I'm admitedly a neophyte, but when i think of English blends I tend to think of the uncased variety blended and sold by my local tobacconist. My experience is mostly limited to those blends (from Maison Edwards, quite good) and Frog Morton (which is admitedly atypical.)

When first opening the can I found 965 to smell much sweeter than I expected and it contained much more light-colored tobacco than I expected. Perhaps thats the Macedonia. The sweetness almost has me convinced that there's a light flavoring of some sort though I'm starting to think thats just my lack of tobacco experience.

My overall impression is that this tobacco is very pungent with a backdrop of sweetness. To me it smells much like old leather. It's a bit stronger than I expected. When I first tried it it didn't taste right to me, possibly because I'd been eating the wrong things beforehand, but later, after some earl grey tea, rye crackers, and havarti cheese, i tried some and found it excellent. The only problem with it is that even though I just bought my first tin it feels like I've been smoking this forever, and it almost seems boring somehow. Anyway, I don't think this will be one of my regulars though it is quite good and I'd recommend that everyone who likes Latakia try it at least once.

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GeoffM24 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GeoffM24 (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Dunhill 965 is one of my favorite English blends.

It can be difficult to put your finger on exactly what it is about a particular blend but this one has a balance that many English blends can't seem to find.

I find this blend to have a nice full body with lots of flavor without being overly strong in terms of nicotine.

Very tasty and a must try.

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Cooksmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cooksmoke (29)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Strong

Oft lauded as the Holy Grail of pipe tobacco. Dunhill's My Mixture 965 is claimed by many to be the "desert island" tobacco. The one they would want if none other could be had. I just had to venture down this road. As I have stated in other areas, English tobacco does not agree with me. For some reason Turkish tobacco burns the living fire out of my mouth. Virginia does not, Latakia does not, not even Perique bothers me. Don't know why, but there it is.

First off, I really want to like this tobacco. In the tin the aroma is absolutely divine. Deep and earthy with leather overtones. I am imagining deep wingback chairs, log fires and Islay malt now. It has a dark overall appearance, with light and medium brown pieces thrown in. I should not say thrown in any way about this mixture. It is prepared with the utmost care and diligence one would naturaly assume of Dunhill.

It packed and took to the fire just grandly. Not complaints there. I was immediately treated to an explosion of rich smoke and powerful tastes. There is nothing at all understated about this tobacco.

The first third of the bowl gave me a terrific English blast of tobacco. Thick and chewy, slightly musty, old books and hounds. Heaven in a tin can. Then it hit me.

That blasted Turkish. I know it is an indispensable part of the mixture, and it would not be 965 without it but it just kills the whole thing for me. My mouth burned like a house afire. I have tried my best to like it but I can not. Another excellent blend ruined by my tasters. Alas, we cannot have it all. I know that this blend is not for me becuase of my peculiarities, but I highly recommend it to anyone who loves and appreciates high quality English blends.

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

EVERY COUNTRY HAS IT'S STAPLE FOOD SOURCE AND THIS IS MY STAPLE TOBACCO! THIS MIXTURE HAS EVERYTHING. I ENJOY IT'S DEEP SMOKYNESS AS WELL AS THAT HINT OF NUTS AND MAYBE DRIED RAISINS? I FIND THE TIN AROMA QUITE PLEASING AS WELL AS THE ROOM AROMA ALTHOUGH SOME NON SMOKERS TELL ME IT SMELLS LIKE SOMEONES BURNING A CAT.I FIND THIS TOBACCO A LITTLE TO MUCH TO HANDLE IN THE MORNING ON AN EMPTY STOMACH SO I START WITH IT'S LITTLE BROTHER, STND MIX MILD. IT USUALLY LIGHTS WITH ONE MATCH AND BURNS TO A FINE GRAY ASH. I STRONGLY RECOMEND THIS TO ALL.

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Paul Tatum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul Tatum (86)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

I have an ad from Punch Magazine dating back to the 1920's for 965 . In the lower corner of the ad it states "Originally blended for E.A. Baxter" , info taken straight out of the original My Mixture book at Dunhill I suppose .

My Mixture 965 is a benchmark latakia english . A must for the fan of medium latakia blends .

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

To me, this has always tasted like NIGHTCAP-Light. Not too light, mind you; the basic idea is the same as Nightcap, with some cavendish thrown in to make things a little creamier and smoother.

The result is a great blend, memorable in fact: less ecstasy-enducing than Nightcap perhaps, a little easier on the palate, especially in the beginning, where Nightcap can seem bitter, but a wonderful, full-flavoured English-style mélange, touchingly autumnal and true.

To read sea stories by.

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flakeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flakeman (13)