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Delicate slow burning mixture. Sweet Oriental tobacco blended with bright and red Virginia, enhanced by latakia. Supplied in a 50 gram tin. Similar to Dunhill Early Morning Pipe.

Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
None Detected, Very Mild
Mild to Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1836)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Charatan - First Bowl.

I've smoked a lot of this over the week as I write for McGahey's tobacconist and this was the new blend to do. It says it's similar to Early Morning?

As I remember E.M. was cut finer. This includes some coarser pieces and even a few small broken flakes. I could compare as I have a tin of Dunhill but feel reticent to open it now it's been discontinued! The tin's aroma is one of a mild English, I feel no inclination of a forthcoming Lat Bomb.

Once lit the expectations from the tin-note come true; a Lat Bomb it isn't. The Latakia gives flavour, in a way reminiscent to E.M.: not sharp, harsh, or cutting, but mildly smoky. The most flavour comes from the Oriental leaf, with the red Virginia taking the back seat; because it lacks pungency the VA would have needed to have been added with more weight to gain recognition. It has an uncomplicated burn; hardly any relights, little tamping, mid-speed, generating a cool, bite-free, smoke.

Nicotine: mild for an English. Room-note: not great!

First Bowl? I actually prefer this to how I remember Early Morning. So, will give this four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson 150th Founders

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: McGahey's

4 people found this review helpful.

Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (26)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

As with the other 3 Charatan replacements for Dunhill which I've tried, I find this mixture to be better than the original - in this case, far better.

I found Dunhill's EAP to be just about unsmokeable. Horrible flavour. First Bowl, however, is a mild but full English mixture with a slightly liquorice edge to it. Very agreeable, very satisfying. All the Charatan replacements seem to be produced by a very mature, thoughtful blender, who really knows what he's doing.

Pipe Used: Portland (BB&S Ltd) Straight Grain.

Age When Smoked: New.

Purchased From: Londis store, Market Square, Dover, Kent, UK.

2 people found this review helpful.