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Dunhill Standard Mixture Medium is made using Cyprus latakia and Mediterranean Orientals gently balanced with Eastern US flue cured tobaccos, which give this tobacco an aromatic and rich mellow smoke.

Blended ByDunhill
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Mild to Medium
None Detected
Mild, Medium
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1934)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Dunhill - Standard Mixture Medium.

I bought this a year ago, having no idea Dunhill would 'disappear' from the tobacco world. It's a fine smoke, shame it's gone!

My blend has a slightly lighter appearance than the one pictured here. I see mostly light and medium browns with just a few black ribbons. The smell from the tin's quite a calm English one; although the Latakia can be identified, there's a notable hay/fresh touch from the Virginias. The seal 'hissed' when I popped it, so the tobacco's been preserved exactly as it was when tinned, but the moisture's perfect.

At the risk of sounding ciceronian and rhetoric, this would make a great All Day Smoke. There's Latakia, yes, but the smoke isn't a heavy, smoky, mess. The Latakia takes the lead, yes, but is exceedingly well supported by the other two. I note a subtle sharpness from the Orientals, and a pleasing wisp of hay from the Virginia. It burns very well, my bowls have needed little maintenance. The smoke's medium temperature, and hasn't got a bite in it.

Nicotine: below medium. Room-note: nice.

Standard Mixture Medium? I find this exemplifies why it's a shame Dunhill has gone. Four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop UK

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Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (120)
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Standard Mixture Medium was originally the middle of three, the others called "Mild" and "Full". The term "mild" was abolished by the authorities in case we thought it meant its wasn't as bad for us, so this was rebranded as Standard Mixture "Mellow". When the Dunhill blends went to Orlik, Standard Mixture Medium was just labelled "Standard Mixture", and remained in production until the tragic loss of the Dunhill pipe tobaccos. Then the term "mellow" was also banned, in the latest round of enforced newspeak. Now, I've never smoked Standard Mixture Mild or Mellow, but I've had my share of Standard Mixture (formerly "medium"), and I'll eat my hat off the stuff in this tin, from the last of the Dunhill produced, isn't actually the milder offering rebranded in a bizarre case of newspeak tail-chasing. Such is life in these crazy days!

So what have we here? A tin of mostly brown leaf, fair bit of a bright, barely any black. Tin aroma is very mild: toast, loam, leaf mould, yeast, forest floor. There is the barest hint of Latakia smokiness. It is the usual Dunhill ribbon cut, and quite dry in the tin.

It lights and burns very easily and quite fast. Flavour is very mild: toast, a hint of citrus zest, black tea with the restrained character of a weak cup of lapsang souchong telling of the pinch of Latakia. This is about as mild an English mixture as one ever smoked, and has less of the oriental component than Early Morning Pipe. Instead, toasty flavours from the Virginias run the show (the Standard Mixtures were all toasted as part of the processing, which no doubt accentuates this). Still, the presence of some oriental gives it a bit more complexity than Baby's Bottom. It is slightly sweet, burns to a clean ash with no dottle, and may be unsatisfying unless smoked in a large pipe.

For me, I prefer more Orientals, so Early Morning Pipe is my preference, but this can be a very nice English mixture to start the day off, or on hot summer days when anything heavy might be a bit much. There are still a few tins of this available, so if you like a very mild mixture of this sort, do get some. Latakia fiends may be disappointed.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum claw, calabash, Briars for English mix

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Early Morning Pipe (has more orientals), Standard Mixture (is the richer version).

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