|I was told by the manager of Straus' Lexington store that this blend is Lane's TK-6. I had smoked this mixture years ago, when Straus first opened its Lexington store in the '70s, and remembered it fondly.
I picked up a pouch at Straus' now down-sized Lexington store, and found it worthy of the praise it receives here and under its Lane designation. Though it is sweet, it is not goopy, and while there is some carryover in the pipe, it rarely lasts more than one bowl. I have found that smoking a bowl of Mercantile, then smoking a bowl of Lane's 1Q, which Straus sells as Losantiville, works quite well. The touch of cherry left over by the Mercantile flavors up the 1Q a bit, making the leftovers enjoyable.
This is not a finely balanced English blend, but for what it is, a basic mild aromatic, it is quite good indeed.