Long out of production tobacco from the old Pete Brothers blending house. Burley, Latakia & Virginia combined to make this one, according to the note on the top label, a "Mixed Mild to Medium" blend. I don't think the label was far off. The Burley though, made it stronger than what I had anticipated and the Virginia was at the top of the flavor meter with a subdued offering of Latakia that was silky smooth due to the age (my tin was from the 1980s).
This is another older blend bought from a seller on Ebay about three years ago in a spate of listings of old blends offered one tin at a time. I remember the Pete Brothers from the older days, but never smoked this blend to my recollection. I am in complete agreement with the only other reviewer, Pipestud 2017-01-13, that the tin description on the lid is spot on. This is a mild to medium blend with the Burley in the lead over the Virginia most of the time. The Latakia is lightly applied and gives the other two tobaccos an edge to push off from. In the bottom third, the Latakia all but disappears and gives the other two a chance to create something new on their own. I thought that the best smoke was, in fact, in that bottom third. Pipestud did not mention this in his review, but I found a tongue tingle in this smoke that persisted all the way down the bowl. On initial light up, I had to be careful of some tongue bite from pulling a little too hard to get started. On opening the tin one finds a beautifully folded doily, the likes of which one rarely finds today in tinning, and a cardboard disk advertising three new John Cotton aromatic blends in the same flat 100 gram tins. The tobacco presents in a roughish kind of shag appearance with lots of square cut ends that I don't remember seeing before. The tin lid also says that its a Danish blend and I take this to mean it was tinned in Denmark, as this blend bears no resemblance to any "Danish" blend I remember smoking. Long out of production and somewhat hard to find, I can recommend this blend to fellow smokers with three stars - assuming one can find a tin to smoke.
Pipe Used: Ashton ELX Apple Billiard Pebble Grain
Age When Smoked: 35+ years old
Purchased From: an Ebay seller
Similar Blends: Although the smoking taste and aroma are considerably different, Grand National smoked with the same profile as Cornell and Diehl's Easy Times with the Latakia never strong at any point and, basically, disappearing in the bottom third. This made the other two tobaccos in each blend come to a new and tasty conclusion..
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