Charatan Victorian Mixture

Charatan Victorian Mixture may be of a different time period but it commands the same royal dignity. Pure Virginia and perique tobaccos, unadulterated, pressed and ribbon cut. Prim and proper.
Notes: Charatan released Victorian Mixture to fill the gap left by Dunhill discontinuing Elizabethan Mixture.


Brand Charatan
Blended By  
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.25 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 04, 2019 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Charatan - Victorian Mixture.

As I've mentioned before I write for the UK Tobacconist McGahey's. They sent me 'Victorian Mixture a few days ago and like the other new Charatan blends I'm not disappointed!

Often billed as a replacement for Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture?

It's made of mostly medium size ribbons but a closer look reveals a few small broken flakes. The mixture includes every shade of brown, from light to dark and the moisture's good.

It gives a high quality VaPer smoke. The Virginia forms the platform, giving the usual hay-like flavour, but the Perique gives an immense amount of life: spicy, dark fruit, a little sour. The slight sourness has a vinegary quality. There's no mistaking the fact that a decent quantity of Perique has been added. It burns below medium in temperature and I doubt it would bite anyone!

Nicotine: above medium. Room-note: plenty of Perique.

Charatan Victorian Mixture? It's been a while since I smoked Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture so can't really draw a comparison. But, I can happily highly recommend it:

Four stars.
Pipe Used: Various. Dr Pumb to type
PurchasedFrom: McGahey's
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 23, 2019 Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
Bought this for the first time yesterday. Am on my sixth pipeful.

Victorian is undoubtedly a good mixture. However, it doesn't seem to me to be like Dunhill's Elizabethan. It doesn't look the same: It's not such a mix of light and dark brown and black. It's more medium and dark brown with occasional flecks of black. It was nice and moist, but not too much so, in the tin I bought.

It certainly doesn't taste the same: it hasn't got Elizabethan's complexity, but don't let that put you off, because it's none the worse for that. Victorian is a very straightforward, honest, full mixture, with an excellent base of Va and just the right amount of Perique to make it interesting without being too tangy or peppery.

It smokes exceedingly well. A good, slow, steady burn.

This morning I'm smoking a pipeful after coffee, and it is really an excellent baccy for that purpose. Don't let anyone tell you it's not a good smoke for first thing in the morning. It's a lovely, rich smoking experience.

One's impressions always change over time, but I've no doubt I'll always recommend this mixture.
Pipe Used: Portland 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
Mar 20, 2019 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
CHARATAN "Victorian Mixture" I got this blend about two weeks ago. I managed to have about 5 -6 bowls already. It is replacement for "Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture". Rights to blends made previously by Dunhill were bought by "TOR Imports". All their products are made in Denmark (I couldn't find what company makes them though). Well, I can't really say is this blend worse or the same as predecessor, but I like it as I used to like Dunhill. It is a VA-PER (Virginia - Perique). Usually you love Va-Pers or you hate them. Myself I like them more and more (I had some issues with them on the beginning, though). Personally I wouldn't recommend VaPers to someone who just got into smoking pipe business. They are spicy and peppery. They will happily bite your tongue if not smoked carefully. They keep you awake. It is the same situation as it is with spirits - you didn't like them first, when you tried them at the age of ... say 10 y.o. by emptying leftovers from your father's glass (remember?). Later though they become nicer and nicer. Charatan VM is a blend of good quality. Good, light Virginia with pinch of Perique (not to much but enough to my taste). Virginia with hay like flavour gives a good base. Perique with its sharpness and sourness works as pepper and vinegar in a salad. I wouldn't smoke it as my first pipe of the day, rather later, but works definitely well accompanied with glass of something strong. Just right amount of moisture straight out of the tin. Very easy to pack pipe with. Lights well but requires to be relighted. It has tendency to make your pipe hot, so puff gently.

RATING: - Strength: medium to strong - Nicotine: rather Strong, but nothing like Night Cap - Taste: medium - Flavouring: none - Room Note: pleasant to me for sure - Would I buy it again?: YES. It is in my daily rotation now

Pipe Used: Briars only
Age When Smoked: 51
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 24, 2023 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant
Charatan Victorian Mixture; clone del defunto Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture. Latta Arancione, tabacco in buon ribbon dai profumi dolci con nota di frutta essiccata. Il Virginia è la base portante del tabacco, piuttosto erbaceo e di fieno; il Perique è il contrappunto, che da sapore, frutta secca, asprigna, piccantina, che solletica le papille, ma non le offende. La varietà di sapori si amalgama molto bene sin dalle prime fumate. La miscela è quasi la copia dell'ulte produzione Dunhill, che trovavo un ottimo accompagnatore di momenti più lievi: una passeggiata, la scrittura. Essere appunto in compagni lieve, quella compagnia che non ti chiede troppa attenzione, ma che minuto dopo minuto ti allieva. Uno dei pregi è che fuma praticamente da se, quasi senza pigino, a patto di aver dedicato il giusto tempo alla carica, ma sopratutto alla accensione che deve essere lenta, regolare e questa si accompagnata dal pigino. Non è un tabacco grintoso, la sua forza è sempre media, né complesso, ma proprio per questo è bello. Come detto serve per accompagnamento non per meditazione. La morte sua con n buon caffè forte, nero, senza zucchero. Ovviamente batte alla grande il giallone in commercio qui in Italia.
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Jun 02, 2020 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
I've smoked this just after a tin of Elizabethan Mixture, in order to compare properly. It's a reasonable match for it, let down only by the icing sugar sweetness that pervades the aroma and to an extent the taste of almost all of these Charatan tobaccos. Is it a casing, or a characteristic of their Virginia leaf?

Tin aroma is icing sugar sweet, with a hint of spice. The baccy is mostly ribbon with a little rubbed flake present, much like the original. There is however a lot more "dross" of crumbs towards the end of the tin of this stuff.

It's moister than the Dunhill product, but not exclusively so, and packs quite nicely. Lighting and smoking is a breeze, and it offers a sweet, moderately rich Virginia experience with just a hint of spice and barely any sour from the Perique. I have to say Elizabethan Mixture was never a favourite of mine, I prefer tobaccos with a bit more oomph and complexity: both this and the original lack the punch of a stout Virginia/Perique and the subtleties of a good Virginia.

It's a nice smoke after breakfast, goes well with coffee, and is a bit cloying on a very hot day. I don't think I'll buy it again.
Pipe Used: Northern Briars Liverpool
PurchasedFrom: Mysmokingshop
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 09, 2019 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
I've tried both matches of Dunhill Elizabethan available in Europe, McConnell Regent Street and Charatan Victorian Mixture, and I find the latter much closer to the original (al least in its last incarnation before dismission) and overall a better blend. The taste is dominated by the sweet Virginia (maybe there's also a little casing, but no topping detected), but the Perique shows its presence more and more throughout the bowl. The resulting combined taste is very smooth and pleasant. I would say that this is better than the original, which by the way I liked... Highly recommended to VaPer lovers.
PurchasedFrom: Dubini Chiasso
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 22, 2019 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
I never got the chance to try Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture, so I'm not able to compare this to it, but I can review it on its own merits.

On the hole, this reminds me of Rattray's Hal O' The Wynd, particularly the tin note and presentation. I get a slight whiff of Samuel Gawith Cabbie's Mixture too, although not as pungent or pleasing when it comes to taste or smell.

The Virginias form a solid base, with naturally sweet notes mixed with the usual grass and hay. The perique is very noticeable without being overpowering. It has a somewhat similar mouthfeel to Hal O' The Wynd, for me, but I can't describe it very well. Clean? Cleansing? I would wager there are some red Virginias in here.

It's a decent VaPer. By no means my favourite, and I almost certainly won't buy more of it, but it's easy to recommend and is, overall, a solid blend.

As a side note, I disagree with the price point these are being sold at, at least at time of writing. The price is up there with Dunhill, nearly a full quid more expensive per 50g than most other brands. Riding off the coattails of the now defunct Dunhill makes marketing sense, and I can at least commend them for making a good business decision, but are these blends as high in quality as Dunhill's? No.
Pipe Used: Ben Wade Christmas 2018, various MM
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 22, 2023 Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant
Charatan Victorian Mixture - the name explicitly refers to its Dunhill prototype, the beautiful Elizabethan Mixture vaper.

Appearance: the 50 gram tin was packaged under vacuum in early 2022. The description on the tin, "Dark Virginia tobaccos with Louisiana Perique," is somewhat surprising, as the can contains a clearly distinguishable blend of three varieties of Virginia, including a fair amount of light Virginia. The Virginia is sliced thin but not too neatly, with flecks of very small amounts of perique chopped fine. The moisture content of the tobacco is perfect.

Flavor: the main notes are quite reminiscent of Robert McConnell Flake - the same cookie notes (butter, wheat flour, sugar) and a soft woody note with a slight spiciness that adds something like the smell of bergamot to the bouquet. The citrus, already faintly noticeable, mingles with an equally faint fig-spicy perique scent, almost disappearing in the open air. The same (or very similar) sweetish topping as in the Robert McConnell Heritage Flake is present.

Taste: smooth and calm, but a fairly simple Virginia bouquet with a slight touch of perique. Herbs, hay, and wheat tones play almost equally, though somewhat muted. The perique, despite its small amount, gives the blend volume and a spicy note, which, to my personal regret, is still not bright enough. Very light fruit note together with the topping gives the mixture just enough sweetness – but not much. The taste of tobacco is quickly smoothed out, not losing its brightness and density, but not gaining them either. The advantages of tobacco also include the consistency of taste - it almost does not change during smoking, except for a slight increase in woody notes and is equally accentuated in pipes of different shapes. It is a soft blend with almost no sharp edges, not too prone to overheating (in parallel with the samples for the review, I used it for smoking during the day, preparing a new pipe). The blend strength is slightly below average, and even a very large pipe didn't make me uncomfortable. The tobacco burns slowly and evenly into a gray dusty ash, leaving almost no lumps or moisture in the pipe. The aftertaste of tobacco is practically absent.

Smoke in the room is slightly discernible, has a sweet-woody smell, easily weathered, does not cause inconvenience to neighbors.

What is the result? First, a few words for those who are looking for a copy of Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture in this tobacco. This blend is not Dunhill, although certain motifs are present. Nor is it similar to Robert McConnell Regent Street, which differs significantly from the original. Which one to choose as a replacement if the original is unavailable is a matter of personal preference, and my recommendations in the review are irrelevant. I have several tins of both on my shelf. As for the verdict on Victorian Mixture as a stand-alone recipe, it's worth pondering. A very small amount of perique allows to recommend it to those novice pipe smokers who would like to try how blends with perique differ from pure Virginias, but are not ready to plunge into the depths offered by Cornell & Diehl recipes, in which perique is poured with a generous hand. I would also venture to guess that this blend would be well suited for aging - the amount of glycerin and propylene glycol in it is low, and Virginias of different varieties are still clearly distinguishable even after a year and a half.
Pipe Used: Peterson 69, 106, 999, POTY 2017
PurchasedFrom: Online
Age When Smoked: 2022
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