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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, Mild to Medium
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Mild to Medium
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1981)
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

6 people found this review helpful.

Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (29)
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.

5 people found this review helpful.

Rich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rich (2)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Beautiful blend. Perfect ribbon cut, loads easily and stays lit even after the charring light, one tamp and away you go. Do not be put off by Latakia being one of the components, it is skilfully added to the Oriental, red and light virginia leafs to provide a mild smokey English taste, and still allowing a balanced bite free experience. This blend by Charatan is much better than Dunhill Early morning pipe. It leaves a very nice aftertaste with a friendly room note. First class,

Pipe Used: Peterson Atlantic 221

Age When Smoked: Six months

Purchased From: Tobacconist in Leicester

Similar Blends: Dunhill Early Morning Pipe, but superior..

3 people found this review helpful.

BruineBear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BruineBear (6)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

First bowl of this First bowl by Charatan. Sipping it on my terrace, 10 am of a Sunday. I wasn't a big fan of EMP...but this is another stuff. Light but with a delicate taste, perfect with a morning cup..Elegant, and balanced. Charatan is scoring high with this as well as with its excellent Rolls. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Craftsman Jan 2016

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Dubini Chiasso , Switzerland

2 people found this review helpful.

Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (141)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Another Charatan blend, this completes my tour of their Dunhill substitutes. Some have been OK, some have been awful, very few have been close to the originals and I rather think I'd have enjoyed them more if they hadn't tried to claim the "substitute" ground rather than just introducing a new selection of tobaccos. First Bowl claims to be a replacement for the lovely Early Morning Pipe, an old favorite of mine which was always a pleasant way to wake up the tastebuds gently on days when I have the luxury of a pipe before breakfast.

First Bowl is visibly different in the tin, the cut is less even and tends toward a wider rougher cut, with bits of broken flake not found in the EMP. It's a mix of bright to dark leaf, and the aroma is woody, incense like and subtly smokey, with that dreadful icing sugar sweet aroma which every Charatan English Mixture seems to have. I don't know if this is a characteristic of their virginia leaf or if they case with a lot of sugar water, but I find it pretty offputting. There's just a hint of a yeasty bread aroma.

It takes the light with ease, and the flavour is immediately richer than EMP. This blend seems to possess much more Turkish with it's incense like flavour and aroma, which is very pleasant, but a far cry from the extremely delicate and subtle virginia based EMP. The flavour continues to build, with smoke and wood playing in amongst the incense - any contribution from the Virginias is lost in the intensity of the Orientals. The strength is moderate, but the flavour is fairly full - I'd put this blend at the lower end of medium for an English Mixture rather than considering it a mild one, for comparison EMP is a decidedly mild blend with some spice and zest from the Orientals and Latakia.

You can smoke this down to a smidgen of ash, it won't need many relights once it's started to dry out a bit (it does come a little damp). The room aroma is quite a lot stronger than EMP and those close to me have commented unfavourably on it.

In summary, this is a new English Mixture, Oriental dominated, at the lower end of medium. It's not EMP.

Pipe Used: Various briars and Meers

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Turmeus Liverpool

Similar Blends: EMP? Not much..

2 people found this review helpful.