A rich Oriental base and wide cut Virginia Brights, rich and sweet, stout but never heavy.
Notes: To those who think, "Latakia = Strong", here was The Stout to change that thinking. It's a broadcut mixture with striking bright and dark tobaccos - though these colors may have muted over the years. The first pleasure of The Stout came upon opening the tin and smelling in its initial aroma. Then detangling the compressed tobacco from its tin. Wow, and we haven't even packed the bowl yet... In its time there was no tobacco like The Stout. Approximately half the blend was a mixture of Lakatias - unheard of in its day. Yet The Stout was the most mellow of E&C's English mixtures, though one wouldn't call it mild. This mixture has a richness which could be enjoyed all day, and yet our offices were often filled with "Stout Smoke" at 8:30am. A special tobacco - which even the very low key Mr. McConnell felt was an, "accomplishment." The Stout was an Elephant & Castle original. As with all the tobaccos in the Elephant & Castle range, tins of "The Stout" was hand blended in the McConnell factory on Barking Road in London, England. It is at least 13 years old.
Information from "The E&C Story" on the Marble Arch Ltd. website: http://www.serjacopo.com/e%26c/E%26C_000.html