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The winning blend from the 2012 Throwdown at the Chicago Pipe Show. We're proud to introduce Princes Street Mixture. This blend is a re-creation of a 28 year-old sample of John Cotton 1&2 Medium. It was judged highest in each of these four catagories - taste, look, aroma, and overall smoking qualities.

BrandChief Catoonah Tobacconist
Blended ByDick Silverman
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia, Perique, Latakia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging2oz Tin & Bulk
CountryUnknown
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
3.9
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I was pleased to receive a good sized sample of this John Cotton's Throwdown Bell Ringer. Although extremely hard to get, I do enjoy the old John Cotton's blends whenever I can scarf a tin, and was eager to see what all the fuss about Princes Street was about.

A very nice rendition of the original John Cotton's 1&2, and I may actually like this better because the Latakia leaf has not broken down and presented itself well. Smooth and no bite, this one should please the low-key English blend lovers. Also similar to Rattray's Black Mallory, Iwan Ries Gourmet English & Frog Morton on the Town according to my old taste buds.

Pipestud

Pipe Used: Rad Davis, Joe Nelson & Brian Ruthenberg

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: It was gifted to me

Similar Blends: John Cotton's 1&2, Rattray's Black Mallory, Frog Morton on the Town and Iwan Ries Gourmet English..

3 people found this review helpful.

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

I was sent a sample from the Chief himself with a hand written note stating "hope you enjoy a few bowls". Many thanks Dick.

To start, I've never had the blessing to smoke JC 1&2 Medium, but if it's like this, I've missed out big time. The sample was a bit moist and needed a small bit of dry time. I could detect the familiar scent of Red Virginia (5100 maybe?) used as a base for the rest of the ingredients. Only a tiny bit of Latakia scent was noticeable. Visual inspection showed a dark red and black mixture speckled with very few tan coloured ribbons. Also noticed a few black pieces of Stoved Va.

At the match, the Red Va. and Latakia are first noticed. About mid bowl the Turkish (tastes a lot like McC BTR) and a small hint of Perique barely whisper along with the Red and black stoved Va. Smoke is smooth and a tiny bit sweet. The smoky Latakia is never strident,but always there throughout, playing along very well with everyone else. Bottom of the bowl was just as tasty as the top, with no muddled finish. Just a small bit of wet dottle (as always from 5100) in the bowl is all that's left after this wonderfully smooth smoke.

Princes won't be a bell ringer for those who thrive on mixtures such as Nightcap, SOTE, or Engine 99. Delicate and complex is rule of thumb here. Excellent first bowl of the day blend.

Very recommended for pipemen who appreciate subtle complexity in their mixtures. And, even for those who don't. ;-)

2 people found this review helpful.

Passion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Passion (28)
★★★☆
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant

This is way too light for my liking. However, I recommend it if you are interested in what John Cotton 1 & 2 used to taste like. I was able to sample some from the 50s and Dick hit it out of the park with this blend. I would not be able to tell that Dick's blend was from freshly blended tobacco. They are VERY close.

A quality blend that is just too airy for my tastebuds as they have been seasoned to heavy englishes and orientals.

Don't hesitate to try it.

1 person found this review helpful.

porshcigar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
porshcigar (27)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

This is a great blend by the Chief. It was the 2012 Throwdown winner. I find that it lights well and burns slow and steady to the bottom of the bowl. It has sufficient Latakia to satisfy my taste, but it is not an overwhelming element of the blend. I find it to be a very pleasant and satisfying smoke that will become one of the blends that I buy and cellar.

1 person found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (604)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

People who like a strong English blend probably won't satisfied with this mixture, but the rest of the English smokers will. The red Virginia has a light natural sweetness that is muted some by the stoved Virginias, and is well enabled by the smokey latakia, Oriental, perique, and Turkish components. The latter three ingredients are lightly added to provide a pleasing spice contrast without dominating. A well balanced smoke that can be smoked as often as you wish.

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RazzARoni Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RazzARoni (2)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Smoked a bowl of this blend and here are my thoughts:

A very good English blend. Nice balance of ingredients. Smoked well top to bottom. Very clean flavor with no strong aftertaste like most English blends. If you like a medium English blend then you should give this a try. Definitely in the rotation.

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lapress33 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lapress33 (1)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very enjoyable from start to finish begins a little meek till about a third off the way down then the virgina sweetness and the orientals begin the magic show. Will be in the regular rotation

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