Oriental tobaccos, latakia, black cavendish, dark & bright Virginias come together to form this superb smoking blend.

BrandJohn Aylesbury
Blended ByPlanta
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin, 100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (321)
Mild None Detected Very Mild Tolerable

Scottish Blend is an interesting tobacco that responds exactly to Eulenburg's contention in the sense that Scottish mixtures are basically Latakia based English blends with added Black Cavendish. In this case John Aylesbury offers a mild blend of top grade leaf which, unlike its English Mixture, it includes Oriental and Latakia leaf.

Rough cut and rather dry in the tin, the blend is natural tasting, but the presence of the Eastern tobaccos is almost anecdotical. Mild and easy burning, it unfortunately lacks in strength and density, even if measured by the lightest Latakia/Oriental blends (think of S. Gawith's Skiff). On the other hand, the presence of the Black Cavendish is not intrusive at all or annoyingly sweet. On the contrary, it is this leaf, rather than the Orientals, the one that provides some body and structure to the blend. Room aroma is not that heavy and I think it would be feasible to smoke it in public with no mayor consequences.

This could be a nice introduction to natural tasting tobaccos, as well as very polite way of getting acquainted with Latakia and Oriental tobaccos. But if you are already used to blends such as Squadron Leader, Early Morning or even Larsen's Selected Blend No 20?not to mention My Mixture 965 or 7 Reserve? this Scottish concoction will not do much for your palate.

6 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (309)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable to Strong

I don't get it.

Opening the tin, the Cyprian Latakia is leaping out at you, as it will do with any blend it is a component of. But it isn't overwhelming; I'm guessing about 10 per cent or less here. The Orientals are quite prominent in the tin, but rather weak for that; I'll have to admit I would expect more (or better) Orientals from a blend whose tin liner names Orientals in first place.

That's it for the downsides. This is a very straight English, with only a touch of the DFK and Orientals. The leaf is a varied, almost careless cut which, probably because of that, is very easy to stuff and light. Burns well, but -- one last niggle -- for an English produces too much condensation. The taste is creamy-smooth (the Latakia...) with less sweetness than I would expect from a Balkan blend (so this is not a Balkan... says it's not on the tin already).

It still is a decent tobacco for the English-blend smoker IMO; I can't understand how this would be relegated to 1-star status. It simply is not that bad; actually I find myself enjoying it. There are, of course, many better blends out there. But this is not a throwaway; it is an enjoyable blend to me. Not a beginner's choice, nor a quality leader. Still decent.

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

John Aylesbury - Scottish Blend.

Another blend from my pal Gentleman Zombie, thanks Franck.

A medium sized, medium brown, ribbon, with a few black and yellow specks. Like all the other John A' blends he's sent me, he's put it in a loose pouch, so it's not too damp.

This gets a mixed reaction, here on Tobacco Reviews, but I'm with the higher ratings. The flavour, although quite heavy with Latakia and Oriental, is quite smooth; from start to finish, a bowl has little fluctuation in flavour, there's no rough/coarse spots, really. The Cavendish only gives a touch of sweetness, the majority of the flavour's this laid-back Lat/Oriental. The Virginia's present throughout, but nothing remarkable; it forms the backbone of the smoke.

The nicotine's mild to medium, and the room-note's quite heavy.

Like I said earlier, I'm with the folks who find this more enjoyable. I don't 'adore' it, but it could be a regular smoke.

Franck, cheers mate, three stars.


Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef replica

Age When Smoked: ???

Purchased From: Traded with Gentleman Zombie.

4 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A mild and light blend. The Lat leads with the Orientals not far behind. There is a nice sweetness from the Black Cav. The Virginias are hidden to me. It's a pleasant smoke, but lacks complexity. This really needs the Virginias to show, but they refuse to.

Mild to medium in body and taste. No added flavorings. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Mars cigars and pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

Corncob3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Corncob3 (77)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I put JA Blends in the following hierarchy: English-brut and smoky, Virginia-strong, sweet and smoky and Scottish-smooth and sweet. I have to say this was a pleasant surprise and very rewarding experience. I was turned off by the Mac's Scottish Mixture, but JASB has to one of their crown jewels. Well balanced, no bite and similar to its brother blends but with something more. This is excellent all the way around. If you're use to watered down aromatics, this may not be for you. However, if you want to branch out to non-aros this is a great starting point. The virginias take center stage. The burley gives a well-rounded nutiness, the Orientals a slight butteriness and the Black Cavendish gives the blend depth. And the room note is just heavenly. Four stars in my book.

Pipe Used: Corncob

3 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2976)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

The rather musty Cyprian Latakia offers an abundance smoke, earth, wood, floralness, some incense, sweetness, and mild spice as it takes a very small lead. The tangy Orientals provide a wealth of earth, wood, fragrant incense-like floralness, plenty of spice, vegetation, sourness, some buttery sweetness, and smoke as a competitive second lead. The creamy, sugary black cavendish sits in the third slot as it tames some of the rough edges. The aspects of the bright Virginia are some tart and tangy citrus, grass, vegetation, bread, sugar, floralness, spice and slight acidity. They are a couple of steps above the condiment line. The dark Virginia produces light tangy dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, sugar, and touches of spice and floralness. It’s a slot below the bright Va. The strength and nic-hit are medium. The taste is a notch past that mark. Won’t get harsh or bite, although I recommend a slow puffing cadence due to the tongue tingly spice content. Has a few rough edges. Burns clean and slightly warm at a moderate pace with a mostly consistent sweet and sour, spicy, floral flavor that extends to the mildly lingering, pleasant after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke due to the spice, but it is repeatable. Two and a half stars.


2 people found this review helpful.

Gripsholm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gripsholm (45)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I would have to say that John Aylesbury’s Scottish blend is an Oriental forward blend. The tin note for me is predominantly Oriental. The flavor of the Oriental leaf is also quite present while smoking this Scottish blend.

The Latakia is mild compared to some other Latakia blends. Even though the Latakia takes a backseat to the other Orientals, it is still a very important part in both the tin note and the smoking flavor.

I'm pretty sure the "Black Cavendish" in this blend is of the English variety where Bright Virginia tobaccos are steamed and subjected to pressure without any flavorings or casing added.

The Virginias; yellow, red, and English style Black Cavendish, all combine to give this blend body and depth. For me it’s difficult to pick out any one of these Virginias as having a dominant presence.

The flavor of the Oriental tobacco reminds me of Peter Stokkebye 313 Oriental, which is a Macedonian Oriental tobacco, although I'm sure there is probably more than just one type of Oriental tobacco in John Aylesbury's Scottish blend.

If you enjoy the flavor of Oriental tobaccos accenting a mélange of Virginias where Latakia takes a backseat then John Aylesbury-Scottish Blend could be a worthwhile endeavor.

Pipe Used: A Clean Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

All in agreement with what Tantric wrote and Lustra seconded, please raise your hand.

(Pipestud's hand is raised high.)

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I concur wholeheartedly with Tantric's review. Pass this one by...

1 person found this review helpful.