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A classic English Virginia mixture with a fairly high amount of Syrian latakia, Former's Jubilee 50th Anniversary blend is full-bodied and spicy, yet soft and mellow with the typical natural Virginia sweetness.

Blended ByFormers
Manufactured ByDan Tobacco Manufacturing
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium, Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild, Medium
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1911)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Former - 50th Anniversary.

Quite a robust looking ribbon, comprised of dark brown, medium brown, and yellow pieces. It's all concealed under the type of foil seal you find on instant coffee jars, not like, say, the heavy ring-pull lid on G. L. Pease or Cornell & Diehl tins. The moisture looked exemplary.

The Syrian Latakia forms the leading taste, unequivocally. But, it doesn't seem like the archetypal 'bomb', it's not caustic enough. The flavour from the Lat's rich, smoky, woody, but quite smooth, and the overall taste is given a tangy, dark fruitiness from the Virginia. After about a third the smoke becomes suggestive of a light casing: a sweetness not quite natural enough to emanate from Virginia, alone. The quality of the burn goes without question: cool, even, to a pure white ash. This was my Sunday morning smoke today and after a few bowls in succession I can conclude that it doesn't bite me.

Nicotine: medium to strong. Room-note: nice.

50th Anniversary? I'll happily rate this with four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Christmas 2017 #03

Age When Smoked: One month

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Spartacus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spartacus (2)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I tried this for the first time last night. It comes with a foil top. Not sure how well that will work for long term storage. It has a nice English blend smell when you pop the tin. The moisture level was moderate and took a few tries to get lit. Once lit it burn completely through. To me the Latakia was in the forefront of this blend. It did burn my nose some and didn't seem to have that mellow creamy taste of the Syrian Latakia that I am used to. I'll cellar this for a while and see how it ages.

Pipe Used: Savinelli

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: eBay

1 person found this review helpful.