|Notes: Well, No. 27 is no longer available. Dunhill stopped selling their in-house blends when Murray's closed in 2005, so you'll only come upon a tin by sheer luck, and then from a pipe smoker who's selling off his tins. Good luck with that.
I tried this in various pipes and various vintages. It greatly benefits from several years of aging, mellowing with age.
Appearance: Thinnish to medium cut ribbon, ready rubbed. Gold-green, nut brown, and dark brownish black in equal proportions.
Aroma: Sweet plums, dried figs, cherries, dried wheat, smoke, nutmeg.
Taste: A well-balanced mild-to-medium English blend. Well-integrated flavors of dried figs, wheat, walnuts, corn oil, smoke, allspice. A hint of sour-sweet flavor in the aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel. The oriental leaf (including latakia) plays more of a supporting role here, helping the natural Virginia tobacco flavor to shine in an English context.
Comparisons: Supremely refined, quite similar to Dunhill's My Mixture No. 965, but simply more elegant. Probably the most well-balanced, refined English blend I've tried. It lacks the body and punch of No. 965 or Nightcap however or the sheer voluptuous nature of Peter Stokkebye's Proper English or Lane Ltd's A-100.
Bottom Line: Well, it's no longer made. If you want a mild-to-medium Virginia-biased English blend with a little Oriental leaf to spice it up, this would be a definite choice; however, it's not worth seeking out by any means, when there are many excellent English blends still available.
|My Mixture #27 is a more refined version of #965 and for the life of me, I don't know why this blend isn't imported into the states. I think it would beat out #965 in popularity.
Yes, this is an English blend, but the oriental leaf and unsweetened cavendish are very discreetly added, allowing the Virginia base to really shine. If you can find a tin or care to order #27 from the Dunhill, London store, I think it will be worth your time and money.