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English blends containing the mysterious and smoky tobacco, Latakia, have long been a mainstay among pipe smokers, and nothing is more emblematic of England than John Bull. A true connoisseur’s delight, this supremely cool and smooth mixture uses mild flue-cured tobaccos, mellow and nutty Burley, a touch of black Cavendish for a subtle sweetness and the star of the blend, magnificent Cyprian Latakia. The result is a well-behaved, all-day mixture that is ultra-flavorful but never overbearing. It’s exceedingly rare to find this kind of premier blend in a pouch, but John Bull is anything but ordinary.

BrandScandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)
Manufactured BySt-Group Assens
Blend TypeVirginia/Latakia
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Virginia
Packaging1.5oz Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1183)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

If you like lots of latakia flavor in your blend, don't bother because this doesn't have that. This is a very mild blend with some subtleties of each flavor. I don't think I've ever seen a tobacco with several different kinds of tobacco be this mild before. Lightly smokey, lightly nutty and lightly sweet with a little grassy/hay note, it's an unobtrusive all day smoke that burns particularly well, but not hot. Without the mild amount of latakia, it'd be the most boring smoke in the world. This is for the smoker who wants a little smokey taste as he goes about his daily business, but doesn't want his senses filled up with what he's smoking. It's really nothing special, but for some reason, I found myself ready and willing to enjoy it when I wanted this kind of smoke. It's perhaps the most well balanced light smoke I've ever had.

12 people found this review helpful.

Ethan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ethan (34)
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Tolerable

This is English blends 101. Great for a beginner who wants to try an English blend for the first time. It's as mild as it gets, no bite, burns well, yet still allows one to experience what latakia is with out it blowing your head off. It's really not a bad blend all-in-all and you sure can't beat the price either. It's one of the only OTC blends i will even consider buying anymore. This is good to keep on hand to throw in your pipe from time to time when you want something light for a change. It is very mild so if you are a more experienced smoker you may want a large bowl for this one.

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11 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (200)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Unlike JimInks, about all I got from this blend was mild Latakia. Nice for an OTC pouch, even straightforward. If you're looking for complexity or a Lat-bomb, don't look here. If you like a mild Latakia, it's worth checking out. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is no.

8 people found this review helpful.

Thorre Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thorre (27)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When I purchased 2 pouches of John Bull Royal English from PipesandCigars , it was because it sounded very interesting, and it was recommended by a staff member. I also read the reviews here and thought, what the heck. It was very inexpensive. I did not expect much latakia, and it doesn't have much. What it does have is some very good quality blond Virginia, burley, and black Cavendish. When I opened the pouch I could definitely smell latakia. It has just enough of the smoky leaf to make it's presence felt. The main flavor I tasted was a good nutty burley, and slightly sweet Cavendish tobacco. I packs and burns very well, and it doesn't seem to me to have very much topping if any. I have never smoked any tobacco in pouch, that has this standard of quality leaf. I surely recommend this to anyone who wants a good, inexpensive non biting smoke with a light English flavor.

6 people found this review helpful.

Black Sheep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Black Sheep (19)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a good all around English blend. Easy on the mouth and always burns well in the pipe. Not overpowering, but tastes good nonetheless.

5 people found this review helpful.

Der Pfeifenraucher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Der Pfeifenraucher (35)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

Just finished up a pouch of John Bull. It was my first shot at an English blend having smoked mostly Virginias and Cavendish. Good stuff. The operative word here is mild. The Latakia takes center stage but in the meekest way possible. The first couple of bowls didn't leave much of an impression at all but once I got toward the end of the pouch subtle nuances of different flavors began making themselves known and I found myself interested in another bowl over the aromatics currently in the lineup. Although I did like this smoke, I probably won't be buying any more John Bull because the requisite Kick of Nick is just shy of acceptable. I will, however, be trying other English blends because of the favorable introduction to the genre.

Pipe Used: MM Ozark, found briar

Age When Smoked: new when opened

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5 people found this review helpful.

PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (83)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

...I like this in the AM...certainly not very strong but sometimes this is a good thing...A light English blend/mixture, it has the basic components that represent a English mixture. Because it is not complex, I find an "earthy" sweetness that I enjoy with coffee/tea.

Smokes well in almost any pipe and appears to be within my expectations of moistness and easy packing/lighting.

All-in-all, this tobacco meets or exceeds my wishes as a light English...

...a pipe is to be savored...

Pipe Used: usually a group 3 to 6 size

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: pipes&cigars

5 people found this review helpful.

puddlepirate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puddlepirate (11)
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Tolerable

Very mild english blend. Faint trace of latakia. Not bad for an OTC blend. I usually prefer a stronger smoke than this. I did mix this with C&D 412 Billy Budd in a glass mason jar to pick it up a notch or two.

Pipe Used: MM country gentlemen, great dane

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From: pipes&

5 people found this review helpful.

TXBulldog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TXBulldog (53)
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Received this tobacco in a group kit. Wasn't expecting much - but, I was pleasantly surprised by this blend. As a big fan of Boswell's Northwoods and Dunhill Nightcap, which I keep in my regular rotation, I would also include this as a milder english as well. This smoked great throughout with a soothing Latakia flavor. You definitely get the earthiness coming through. Nicely done. This is a perfect smoke for a nice cool fall morning with a great cup of coffee. I think someone new to smoking Latakia or someone who has been around for a bit would walk away with a good smoke from this one.

Pipe Used: la strada bulldog

Age When Smoked: 6 mos

Purchased From: P&C

3 people found this review helpful.

Bazsup Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bazsup (13)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Really not a fan of Latakia but got this as a trial pouch. For a smoker of burley and Virginias, this was a good introduction into the English genre. It smoked cool and even with a somewhat nutty flavor to go with the smokiness of the Latakia. I'll probably not buy it again but I did enjoy the pouch.

Pipe Used: Barber B

3 people found this review helpful.

ASmithee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ASmithee (8)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This was my first English blend tobacco so I can't compare to others. The experience was very pleasant. I found the tobacco strength to be just right. I also used this tobacco to break in my new Peterson pipe and the experience was positive - smoke lasted nearly an hour and it burned smooth.

Pipe Used: Peterson Celtic

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2 people found this review helpful.

M.T.TIN. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.T.TIN. (3)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

JOHN BULL ROYAL ENGLIEH .Have'nt wanted to smoke anything else since I stuck my nose in the pouch . Moisture content ready to smoke . Cut kind of Cavendish . Packing not a problem . First impression after char reminded me of Dunhill Nightcap . Second impression middle of bowl thought I was smoking Elizabethan . I must say this is one of the best pouch tobacco's I've ever smoked . If your a English tobacco lover don't miss this one . For this endeavor I used an estate Dr. Grabow Sculptura . (Fine pipe if there ever was one ) . Smoked almost half the pouch using the Doctor and my taste buds were rewarded the same way with every bowl . Does it need to be said always use your slow smoking technique for tantalizing results . I'd also like to mention using different pipes smoking the same blend can uncover hidden qualities . So now I tried J.B.R.E. in a ALPHA Burl Briar freehand Israel . To my surprise somewhere at the top a new but familiar old taste presented itself . Have you ever used Balkan Sasieni ? What a treat that John Bull is providing me . There are no words I can use. I know this is not much of a review but it's my way to describe the taste of a tobacco such as J.B.R.E. or any tobacco , is to compare it to other blends . Try it you'll like it ! LAST WORDS : SMOKE SLOW , TRY DIFFERENT PIPES .

Pipe Used: Dr Grabow . Alpha .

Age When Smoked: same day it arrived

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

Funn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Funn (15)
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Finally ordered a pouch of this from Russ and am glad I did. This is the perfect all day mild English for me. An excellent blendation (Funn Dictionary) of tobaccos, in that no one stands out IMHO. Brings to mind an extremely mild Dunhill 965. Ribbon cut makes in perfect for packing and burning. Tastes fantastic when DGTeed as well. If you are looking for an all day mild English, it doesn't get better than this. This is something you can smoke all day and enjoy. Only drawback is it only comes in a pouch. I'd love to get a pound of this. You will not find a better pouch tobacco at this price. Smoked in a huge calabash shaped meer and a small briar. Those of you who need a breaking in tobacco for an English pipe...this is it. Highly recommended

Pipe Used: Calabash Shaped Meer, and a small briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars

Similar Blends: Mild 965, Mild Dunhill London Mixture.

2 people found this review helpful.

Old6String Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old6String (24)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Great, straight forward English that's not too strong on the palate or the wallet. I could see enjoying this when you need a "smokey" smoke without the punch in the head like Night Cap or similar strong "Lat" blends.

Every time I light up it's not strictly for a "nic" hit or a complex "guess what flavor is next" , more often it's for pure, simple pleasure. This tobacco will offer just that.

If you are fairly new to pipe smoking and want to ease into English blends I couldn't recommend a more pleasant way to start. Experienced pipe smokers I feel, will enjoy the simplicity as well; I did.

I just finished my first bowl and can't really find much fault for what this is. I enjoyed this in my new Parker Apple which I have dedicated to such a blend.

Pipe Used: Parker rusticated Apple

Age When Smoked: New Pouch

Purchased From: P&C

2 people found this review helpful.

Vogi Tobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vogi Tobacco (3)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a great tobacco. I was strictly an aromatic smoker until I found the love of latakia. This was the tobacco that changed my mind on tobacco.

If you are not from the UK or Australia, this review might confuse you a little bit. The smell and taste remind me of marmite/vegemite. It has a very thick taste and on the "salty" side. This might turn a lot of people off, but it is a great taste. There is hardly any tongue bite and a long smoke.

Pipe Used: corn cob, briar, pear wood

Age When Smoked: straight out of the pouch

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Similar Blends: G. L. Pease - Gaslight (Old London Series).

1 person found this review helpful.

CapnStuby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CapnStuby (33)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

My experience was like the others: this is a good introduction to English blends. It has the correct notes of a good English blend without the volume that might scare off someone who isn't used to Latakia. It burns well, won't get too hot unless you really puff hard and doesn't tear your mouth up. It makes lots of smooth, creamy smoke and doesn't burn the back of the throat with too much pepper. It doesn't develop deep flavor like a British Woods (McClelland) and it's not as peaty as a Sobranie-style blend, but it's a solid tobacco and it's very surprising to find such a good value in a pouched tobacco.

Highly recommended for those looking to get into English blends but it's also a good blend for those experienced smokers who need a simple but easy blend as an everyday smoke.

Pipe Used: 9mm Generic Briar

Age When Smoked: 1 year in sealed package

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1 person found this review helpful.

bobbysmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bobbysmokes (11)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Very pleasant English with very little Latakia flavor. The first time I tried Latakia I did not like it but after smoking this blend I now enjoy a more robust Latakia in other blends. This may be a training wheels tobacco:)

As for the taste, very mild and enjoyable. I smoked this all day long and never got tired of it. For the price you can't beat it!

1 person found this review helpful.

Bleepy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bleepy (3)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

In a word, surprisingly excellent. Guess that's two words. For a pouch tobacco this is outstanding and is, in fact, one of my faves of any type. Especially for the prices for which you can find it online.

An extremely balanced English. Most, IMHO, are overpowered by Latakia. Don't get me wrong, I like Latakia, but not when it completely dominates the blend. With this blend, everything is in harmony.

Is it mild? Yes, but so what? It's flavorful and yummy. Give this one a try.

1 person found this review helpful.

From Etten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
From Etten (22)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Medium ribbon-cut moist out of the pouch. A Pleasant steady enjoyment into my second pouch. Have wrestled with rating what is a 4 star pouch and this to me is my preference Latakia forward smoke that is an astonishing low cost value.

Pipe Used: Tsuge Briar, Greek Briar

Age When Smoked: Pouch Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: MM Country Pride.

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guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (67)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm reviewing this for what it is: A light English. It's not made to be a complex, multi-component blend. I think it was blended to be an everyday English, and that's exactly what it is. I keep a pouch in my backpack at all times. The Latakia is very light, so I can see someone who is new to the hobby picking this up as their first English blend. It's nothing special by any means, but it's a good everyday English that won't knock you out with Latakia or nicotine.

Pipe Used: Sasieni Four-Dot, Millard,

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch

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