Charatan First Bowl

Ideal as the first pipe of the early morning, arousing the palate for the further pleasures of the day. The First Bowl blend consist of a mixture of slow burning Oriental tobaccos and bright red Virginia leaves. The mixture is then pressed and lightly heated. To further enhance the blend, a touch of medium fired Latakia tobacco is added.
Notes: 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.


Brand Charatan
Blended By  
Manufactured By House of Edgeworth
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.57 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 10, 2019 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
PurchasedFrom: McGahey's
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 03, 2019 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.
PurchasedFrom: Londis store, Market Square, Dover, Kent, UK.
Age When Smoked: New.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 10, 2020 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
PurchasedFrom: Turmeus Liverpool
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 11, 2020 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
PurchasedFrom: Dubini Chiasso , Switzerland
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 30, 2019 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
PurchasedFrom: Tobacconist in Leicester
Age When Smoked: Six months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 23, 2022 Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable
By far my favorite blend from Charatan so far. And I hate Early Morning Pipe — at least the STG one. I also strongly favor VAs and Vapers. And Charatan does have at least two great VA/Vapers so this says a lot about how good I think this blend is. There are elements that definitely remind me of EMP. Mostly the lats. But there is an underlying sweetness that really tied it all together. It has everything I thought was missing from EMP. EMP falls flat and the lats are sharp without balance. The lats on first bowl are sharp in the same way but there’s a lot balancing it, making it more layered, interesting, and satisfying.
Pipe Used: Sav 311ks
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 30, 2022 Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable
Tin note is very faint, maybe mild spiced fruit, mildly sweet, and very mild smoky. The tobacco is mostly tan and medium brown, with a little dark brown and black mixed in. Tobacco is mostly dry, no prep needed. Burns moderate with a few relights. The strength is mild and nic is mild. No flavoring detected. Taste is mild and somewhat consistent, with notes of mildly sweet grass, spicy, floral, mild smoky wood, earth, mildly sour vegetation, mildly sweet-spiced bread, a lemon zest background note, and a very peppery retro. Oriental is leading with Virginia supporting. Latakia is filling in when needed. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is good.
Pipe Used: DR Ardor Urano Dublin
PurchasedFrom: Cup O' Joes
Age When Smoked: fresh
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