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A very dark and full-bodied, mild mixture of surprising flavor and very slow burning with exactly the necessary touch of latakia supported by a good portion of cavendish.

Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Virginia
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant to Tolerable

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (833)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

After finishing a 15 year old tin and about half of a new K&K tin, I have to say that K&K did an excellent job of recreating this blend, which might just be the most "genius blend" of the entire Rattray stable. Is it my favorite? No, HOTW and Red Rapparee share that honor. But this is a wonderful mixture that requires a deft hand in blending, where all the tobaccos contribute to the final flavor. Not my favorite Rattray but just possibly the undersung hero of the line.

The virginia is the lead player... sweet and with nice depth and color. The cavendish provides a nice burley-like body to the smoke and the lightly applied latakia tags along for spice and a hint of zest. The result is a rich and flavorful yet mild blend (how do they do that??!!?) that never failed to deliver. I got the best results from a half-hour drying time, as the newer version did come somewhat overmoist.

I do not typically care much for light latakia fare but this one is so skillfully blended that I found myself smoking several bowls over a few days. I probably won't smoke this nearly as often going forward (too much competition!) but it will be part of my regular rotation when I want something different. Ol' Jock, whoever he was, is no doubt proud to have his name on this one.

14 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2136)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginias are a little grassy and earthy with some citrus, dark fruit, and a light fermentation note. They form the base of the blend as the main component. The Virginia-style black cavendish provides some brown sugar, stewed fruit, and a mild creaminess in a support role. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is a background player. I’m not sure where the ever present hint of spice is coming from, unless it is how the black cavendish was processed. The nic-hit is a shade past mild. The taste level is a couple of steps closer to medium than it is to mild. No chance of bite or harshness. The tobacco is a bit moist, and may need a short dry time. Burns cool, clean, and slightly slow with a fairly smooth, rather sweet, consistent flavor from start to end. Leaves some moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a very pleasant, slightly lingering after taste. Can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.

8 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My review of Jock’s is based on about two ounces from a four ounce tin that was at least 15 years old. Although listed as a ribbon cut, mine was definitely a ready rubbed with sizable chunks of flake, however it may be different in its current version. Overall, I think that DK’s review really nails it as I agree with much of what he said in his review. Jock’s is a really well blended, Virginia forward English blend that smokes fuller than many other light English blends. Jock’s has a spicy component that I find keeps me from pushing it. The Cavendish IMO adds depth to the blend and is not the sticky sweet American style black Cavendish. The Cavendish almost gives it a buttery quality. Overall though, this is a very flavorful, slightly sweet blend that occupies somewhat of a unique niche in the marketplace. Not quite a four star blend for me, but close.

Age When Smoked: at least 15 years

8 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild None Detected Full Very Pleasant

Because I respect our reviewers and do appreciate Jock's Mixture for it's ability to please some of my pipe smoking friends, let me just say gently that it did mightily please my palate!

The Latakia/Cavendish flavor was tangy and delicious. The quality of the Virginia leaf was evident and provided a nice touch.

I do not often drink beer. So, when I do, I sure don't mess around with "light" brews. I go for the gusto.

I do not often smoke Latakia laced pipe tobacco. So, when I do, I sure don't mess around with "light" versions of that leaf. I go for the gusto.

Jock's Mixture is like drinking stout beer. It tastes great and makes me pee.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1608)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Rattray - Jocks Mixture.

When I open this I think straight away "this appears to be a very standard looking Tobacco": it's a very even distribution of Cavendish, Latakia and Virginia, with a moistness that can't be argued with, which makes it superb for someone less patient like myself as NO time is needed to let it dry out. I can't wait to get started!

Getting this one lit is a real simple task, it ignites awesomely and the burn is marvelous throughout the whole pipe .... even, cool and consistent. Flavour? .... again very even in its distribution of tastes, none of the tobaccos particularly stand above the others, which I find a touch disappointing as I actually enjoy it when the Latakia takes the front seat but with this one it remains a tad subdued as the spread is too even for a blend with Latakia (for me). Another negative is this gives a little tongue, but that is subjective, we all vary for that! The fact it bites is cancelled out by the Vitamin N/inhalation ease as it is easy to inhale with neither a great amount nor a small amount of N. Room note is prominently Virginia and fairly light, so it can be enjoyed without upsetting any anti smokers around you. I think that this will be great if you like your Latakia flavour to be more "mild smokiness" than "blazing furnace". Please note, the 3 star vote is based on my preference for more Latakia taste and not the quality!

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Britain's Best Briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

2 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (481)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

EDIT 2/27/2017

I opened a tin of this a few years back and just finished it up. For me this is kind of weird blend in that I hold to my earlier assessment that this is the best tasting thing when I am outdoors hunting, but at all other times it is just an OK blend.

For that, I am taking a star off this so as not to mislead anyone, but if you are a deer hunter, I would still recommend trying this one to see if you have the same phenomena. I have added quite a few tins of this to the cellar and look forward to trying this with some age on it.


I find this to be the greatest treat to be had while sitting in my tree climber while deer hunting. I guess you can say that this is a contemplative blend as there is no better place for me to enjoy such a smoke.

I purchased my 100 g shortly before the opener in October and finishing my last bowl during a cool Sunday Night on Memorial Day weekend, I am saddened that it is done.

It is great and definitely warrants a repurchase in bulk before the next hunting season. This is something I always want to have on hand when the leavews start to turn. It was great in any pipe I used.

2 people found this review helpful.

DoctorHoo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorHoo (6)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Full Very Pleasant

I agree with the previous reviewer that this tobacco is, essentially, 'Old Gowrie Plus.' But, for me, this makes it as close to the quintessential all day tobacco as I've ever encountered. As much of a cliche as it is, if I could only smoke one tobacco for the rest of my life, this would probably be it.

Old Gowrie is, by far, my favorite Virginia flake, delicious, albeit monochromatic. Jock's adds the perfect amount of condimental spice. It is sweet (much more so than Highland Targe) and full-flavored without being cloying or overwhelming. For me the latakia line between 'just enough' and 'yuck' is a fine one and Jock walks it perfectly. I love Turkish and appreciate it in English/Scottish/Balkan blends but, strangely, I don't miss it at all in Jock's.

Fortunately, I don't have to smoke only one tobacco for the rest of my life so I can enjoy Old Gowrie when I'm in the mood for a straight VA, Squadron Leader when I feel like something a little more spicy, one of Cornell & Diehl's excellent blends when I'm in a burley mood and, very occasionally, when I get a wild hair, Celtic Talisman. But Jock's is the blend that's in my 'cellar' (bottom desk drawer) and the one I'll come back to day in and day out. I give it four stars only because five aren't available.

2 people found this review helpful.

Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (78)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It is a mistake to try and judge this blend for something it is not. What it is, is a blend wherein the Virginias and Cavendish are dominant and the Latakia serves as a CONDIMENTAL flavoring (ie not the main course). The overall effect is a very fresh sturdy smoke, redolent of the outdoors or strong black tea. No the Latakia will not be the dominant note, but it helps round out the sweetness of the Virginas and add deeper tone to the flavor. If you want a Balkan or straight Latakia look elsewhere. If you want a good, if eccentric smoke, give it a try.

2 people found this review helpful.

tillmanj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tillmanj (73)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is a blend that is spicy in a way that lingers on my lips, but doesn't bite my tongue. It should be smoked slowly and deliberately. It would be easy to forget you were smoking it if you were wraped up in reading or some other pursuit, and would miss out on the subtleties of this light pleasant blend. There are several different Virginias somewhere behind the Latakia and Cavendish, and they poke their heads out occasionally throughout the bowl to make sure you haven't forgotten about them, but the overall strength of the blend does not waver much, and it doesn't suddenly go through the roof at the end of the bowl, like with many blends. However, it does develop a bit of an 'ashy' taste in the second half of the bowl, even without tamping or lighting to mix ash in with the tobacco. I enjoy this blend with both a cup of pekoe tea, or a single malt scotch, both of which seem to round out the flavors in the blend nicely.

2 people found this review helpful.

brian stephen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brian stephen (8)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is from a ten year old tin (jarred) I dug out recently. My thoughts concur with DK and a few others. This is a mixture that I've taken for granted for quite some time. After digging this old jar out, I'm very surprised at the complex flavours. Virginia, Black Cavendish ( Virginia Cavendish), a dash of Latakia, and what ever else makes for a very tasty smoke. Nic lovers and those who seek tremendous flavours need not apply. This is truly a wonderful mixture for those contemplating smokes at the end of the day over a wee dram or three. A simple pleasure that I'll return to again and again. Bet on it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (94)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Update: Well, I’ve been too enthusiastic with this one at first. After a second attempt with a 100 gr. tin I’d say it gets somewhat acrid and chemical, when dries. Two stars

What a pleasant surprise! My tin was fresh (bought in december), none the less my impressions are very similar to those described by SteelCowboy which has smoked a long aged one. Jocks is a thousand miles away from a generic Va/Lat : not the usual grassy-peaty bomb but a well balanced mix of mature Virginias and a pinch of spicy-smoky Latakia along with a quality Black Cavendish which adds sweetness and roundness; flavors of good tobacco with a sort of BBQ sauce twist. A pleasure from the top to the bottom of the bowl, enjoyable at every time of the day.

Pipe Used: some Mastro de Paja

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Appearance is a medium to dark brown crimped ribbon. Tin smells very sweet. Tastes sweet with deep notes.

Jocks Mixture is a nice sweet smoke. It does not have much to offer in flavour aside from a pleasant sweetness, so I think this may appeal to aromatic smokers who would like to try a tobacco that isn't soaked in chemical flavourings. No nip or bite, either. Jocks is lovely, like a light dessert, and I can see why pipers would enjoy it with a cup of good milk tea. With all Rattray's, like a fine wine, this benefits from a good airing.

1 person found this review helpful.

calboy8686 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
calboy8686 (11)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

A must smoke. Yet another Rattray's treasure. Smooth, supple, tantalizing, and cool smoking. Perfect for when you need to take a break from what your doing and you want to forget all about what's happening around. Sit back, close your eyes, and take your time puffing through a bowl. But the time your done you'll have another outlook on the situation. Even great to take with you on a Sunday afternoon cruise in the car.

1 person found this review helpful.

RMBittner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RMBittner (66)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My review is based on what I assume to be a brand-new, 2008 tin.

I find this blend quite delicious and an enjoyable change of pace from either matured Virginia flakes or latakia-rich English/Balkan blends. Frankly, I think it's an undiscovered treasure.

Here, the ribbon-cut Virginias are underpinned by just a dash of latakia, with black cavendish tying the components together. The latakia never stands alone here, it simply enriches the Virginias. Meanwhile, the cavendish adds a pleasing, though very faint, sweetness. At times, this feels like a softer, more supple Old Gowrie. Then there are waves -- briefly -- of enveloping richness.

Although the constituent tobaccos are slightly different, this reminds me very much of McClelland's Anniversary, which lacks the cavendish and features chunks of matured-Virginia flake rather than ribbon-cut (if my memory serves). There are strong similarities in flavor, though.

I have yet to smoke a Rattray blend that I didn't enjoy, and Jocks continues that trend. This is a blend that deserves to be much more widely appreciated. And cellared! This stuff should be amazing in 10-20 years.

NOTE: Some older reviews have cited "stickiness" in the tin and described "chunks of bright leaf" in the tin. Neither was present in my tin of Jocks. I can't help thinking that some of these reviews were based on early K&K runs of Rattray's blends, which have changed considerably in the intervening years. The Jocks of five years ago may be quite unlike the Jocks of today. I'd encourage those earlier reviewers to revisit the blend to see if their criticisms are still warranted. And I'd encourage newcomers to take into consideration the posting date of a review when judging its contents. (But I'm clearly prejudiced in favor of this blend. . . )

1 person found this review helpful.

NapaWineLover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NapaWineLover (66)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

The blender's notes for Jocks are spot on. It is rich yet mild and has great flavor, which all adds up to medium to my tastes. This was one of those that I purchased because I was already pleased with some other blends, Professional Mixture and Accoutants. I was searching for something mild and different than the others and tried Jocks. It was love at first puff and is standard now as a choice early in the day, or when I want something that isn't a classic Orientals blend, but not bland.

The pinch of Latakia is in condimental proportions that works wonderfully with the Virginia and the Virginia Cavendish. Like Professinal Mixture, this is easily an all day smoke, albeit, a completely different type of blend. There is a subtle sweetness throughout the bowl that I have come to crave but it is never hum-drum.

As with some of the other reviewers, I have come to love Jocks because it is well balanced and a wonderful example of skilled blending that is reliable. Jocks, Professional and Accountants mixtures are my Rattray's trilogy and are in my daily rotation. Highest praise.

Cheers, VC

1 person found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (303)
Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

Another totally insipid light English/Scottish mixture from Rattray: this brand is so weird... While Red Rapparee and Black Mallory are very good and tasty, their other Latakia blends are so bland and devoid of taste that I wonder how they could survive for such a long time... This one has not the heavier oriental overtones of 3 Noggins nor the sweetish touch of Highland Targe, and is a light, tolerable, smoke. But if you are looking for Latakia... look elsewhere! You can find just a hint of Virginia taste if you smoke slowly (there's lots of bright broken flake here)... but then you'd find much higher satisfaction from a Rattray Virginia blend (Marlin Flake in primis). Oh, well, at least it's drier than other Rattray's offerings, and can be smoked straight from the can... but it also bites significantly, which is weird for a Rattray.

1 person found this review helpful.

CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Jocks Mixture is extra-light in the Latakia department, so if you?re looking for a way to try Latakia without it being ?over the top? this may be a good choice.

The Cavendish and Va intermingle well for a bit of complexity. Latakia adds flavor as a condiment. Overall the effect is a cool and relaxing smoke. This would be a good one for working in the yard

1 person found this review helpful.

Flyersfan_92 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flyersfan_92 (10)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The pouch smell is mostly sweet virginia with a touch of latakia. The tobacco is a little moist so i like to let it sit for about 5-10 minutes to dry out a bit, after that i rub it out to a nice fluff to pack into the pipe.

The tobacco packs firmly so i use a lighter hand as i would on a virginia and pack a little less that i would for a full english. It takes a few relights to keep this blend going nicely but tamps down to a dark grey ash.

I would describe the flavor as musty-sweet, nutty, with a nice touch of latakia to keep it interseting, about half way the latakia becomes more prominant, and the blend picks up flavor.

Overall a very nice blend, which i will keep on hand for those times when in the comany of non pipe smokers but i want a nice english flavor.


1 person found this review helpful.

Colonel Panic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Colonel Panic (42)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a great morning smoke. It's not heavy, is complex enough to be interesting and is, IMHO, what a "Latakia with Cavendish" should taste like. Rich and nutty to start, the flavor stays relatively consistent all the way to the bottom and it DGTs better than most Latakia blends do for me. I like to smoke this with a cup of strong British tea (brewed so strong a mouse could trot across the top and keep his toes dry!) as I read my morning's collection of posts in alt.smokers.pipes. It's got a nice mild spicy flavor that reminds me of holiday baking, fireplaces and the smoke from my dad's White Owl cigars emanating from the basement.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

A mild blend that improves as it breaths. Basically a Virginia with a touch of Cavendish and Latakia that both hide in the background. If I didn't know better, I'd think it had some Perique as this has that Perique pepper spice.

I would like more strength and complexity to get this to 4 stars but the spice provides enough interest to be an all day mild smoke. A top note was present during the initial opening of the tin, but that quickly faded after about a week of breathing, a nice easy ribbon cut to work with.

Reminds me most of Sutliff's Court of St. James or a smoother H&H Louisiana Red ( both with Perique)

Pipe Used: cob and maple

Age When Smoked: 3weeks open

Similar Blends: Sutliffs Court of St. James.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Rattray's is a brand I really need to explore more, since this, believe it or not, is only the second blend by them I've tried after Professional Mixture, which I liked a bit better than this. I will give it three stars, because the quality seems to be there in this year 2000 tin, but I don't find anything in it to really make it stand out or excite me. I reckon I'll finish the now jarred tin eventually (this is probably my 7th or so pipe of it in four months), but I doubt I'll be reaching for that jar all that often.

Reason? Not really sure I can pin it down. Maybe it's the overload of black cavendish and not enough aged Virginia taste, or perhaps the difficult to detect Latakia: I actually like light Latakia blends quite often, but I also like to know it's there usually, without having to be informed of its presence!

It's a good blend for a lazy morning on a day off, drinking lots of strong, black, yet unremarkably roasted coffee, which nevertheless does the trick as a day-starter, going through my list of tobaccos I haven't reviewed...

When that "to be reviewed" list starts to get long, I generally go for the easier ones first. This tobacco, then, for me, is easy and easygoing, but not knocking my socks off, though as with so many blends, I'm sure there are those who love it.

Me? I just like it, yet have too many tobaccos in my collection that I like quite a bit more. Again, seems a quality blend, and I think the problem is more that it's just not quite my thing stylistically.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (262)
Very Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Having ordered my tin of this blend together with a tin of 3 Noggins, I let this one sit while I got disappointed with the latter.

Going through the descriptions of the various Rattray's-branded blends available, I had practically given up on this one after trying 3N; the descriptions by Kohlhaase Kopp & Co. were practically identical.

Opening the tin, however, there are noticeable differences. Jocks Mixture has much more spice, while still being very weak in the Nic department. Being a crimp cut, this stuffs easily, lights easily, and burns down to practically nothing. The room note is OK, and the taste is astonishingly spicy for something advertised as being mostly BC. I do believe there is a goodly amount of Orientals in there, notwithstanding the sticker on the tin which says there is not.

Overall, not too bad. A bit weak for my own tastes, but for the beginner and the aromatics crowd, I think this could be a great introduction to serious tobacco. Works well for me in Falcon pipes, too. For a drink, a sturdy beer should do the job, or a gentle Oolong for the tea lovers.

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Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Just like Accountant's & Professional Mixtures...

They're ok but nothing great that makes me want to buy more.

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thedstinguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstinguishdgntlmn (8)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I think they made this "Mixture" in his "Jock". Another bomb from Kohlhase & Kopp!

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KDudley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KDudley (4)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am guilty of enjoying everything from American drugstore aromatic blends to the most Latakia-heavy concoctions on the market. I've managed to find a time and place for most types of pipe tobacco. Occasionally, the way we categorize mixtures lets us down: some blends do not easily fit into categories like "Virginia", "English", "Aromatic", etc. This is one such mixture. Jocks may disappoint if you go into it with the notion it will be easily categorized. It is mellow and rounded, with a mild earthy sweetness, a slight chocolate character (though less so than in Highland Targe), and a muted spiciness. With all this restraint, when taken slowly and attentatively, the result is surprisingly flavorful. I enjoy it most when I don't sit and concentrate on identifying the leaves that make it up. It simply produces a tasty smoke that is of a different character than what you'll commonly find. The tin I used for this review was purchased in Sept. 2001 and opened in late 2005. I have no idea what this would taste like off the shelf. The tobacco was originally quite moist; I had to let it dry out quite a bit before it became enjoyable.

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DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Yet another shit in a tin blend from Rattray. After smoking Marlin Flake, HOTW and Ol Gowrie, Its hard to believe the same company puts their name on this vomitous abomination.

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chaplikc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chaplikc (135)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is not bad but did not really grab my attention. The virginia plays dominant role in this one with the cavendish and latakia supporting. The cavendish in this does give it a nutty burley kind of flavor that is in good balance with the virginia. The latakia is very light in this and is not at all assertive. This burns a little on the warmer side for me and as one reviewer mentioned I recieved the same lip tingle with out the bite, not a perique kind of tingle. This is not bad but not something I would look for when purchasing blends. Worth a try.

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Stogie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stogie (26)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I originally received a small sample of this blend with a tobacco order. I was absolutely floored by this blend and immediately ordered a tin from the company that gave me the sample. (See, it does work!). After receiving the tin, I opened it a loaded up a bowl. This was no where near as good as the sample. I have since tried the blend in different pipes, packs and stages of aging/humidity to no affect. I will base this review on a mixture of both experiences. I think it is possible that my sample was from the bulk source rather than a tin. I will have to order some bulk Jock's to find out.

Visual: Lots of greasy black ribbon cut with peices of brown to black broken flake mixed it. it looks sticky in the tin.

Texture: It is sticky! this stuff has so much humectant that I could probably leave it open for two months and it would still not be dry! I don't recall my sample feeling like this.

Pack / Pipe: I usually found myself rubbing this blend out to seperate the broken flake peices and to "unclod" the tobacco. I then pressed some of the blend into a number of shallow pipes, (ie: Israeli Alpha 1/4 bent apple, a Comoy Rockroot Pot, an Ascorti 1/8 bent squash etc...) The tobacco does not lend itself to my usual trickle tampp method of loading, so a light hand needed to be used to have a successful smoke.

Lighting / Burn: This stuff often took 3-4 matches to get going, and seemed to go out within 5 - 10 puffs. However after the first relight, it often smoked to the bottom needed one or no additional matches.

1st 3rd: After getting the tobacco lit, I am rewarded with a sweet and somewhat tangy smoke that has just an afterthought of Latakia taste. I picked up a lot more of the Latakia taste when I smelled the smoke rolling out of the bowl. This tobacco is in no hurry to fnd the bottom of the bowl, so I had to make sure not to rush my tamping.

2nd 3rd: The tobacco is burning nicely now, and tends to get the bowl a bit warm, however, it is not really burning my tongue. Any tongue irritation is from the humdifying chemical applied to the tobacco. Once again this is a slow burning tobacco.

Final 3rd: The ash on top of the burning tobacco is loose and rolls around the top of the cherry. The final third still has some sweetness and that tang. (The tang is not necessarily VA tang, and again may have something to do with the humectant)

Notes: I will hesitate to order this as a tinned blend again. Hopefully my bulk order in the future will prove to be the same as my original sample experience. If it is, then I will smoke Jocks Mixture regularly. Until then...

Stogie rating of: 5 Fair Fonsecas

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