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Whilst Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon was responsible for the spectacular 1903 Delhi Durbar celebrating the accession of Edward VII as Emperor of India. This name celebrates the heritage of this blend which is designed for the more experienced and mature pipe smoker and has a composition of Virginia, Latakia and Oriental. It has a well balanced smooth, dark brown smoke with floral and tannin tones.

Notes: Charatan released Curzon Mixture to fill the gap left by Dunhill discontinuing Durbar Mixture.

Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Charatan - Curzon.

Another of Charatan's Dunhill remakes. I've smoked a lot of these clones and have enjoyed every one of them. So, this is an attempt at Durbar; is this a good smoke or a nongermane, pointless, one? Due to me not having smoked Durbar for a few years, and the quantity being only a few tins, I'll have to compare to notes here rather than memory!

Curzon's made of quite even size ribbons, an impartial split between light and dark pieces, has a medium bodied Balkan aroma, and great hydration.

Like the aroma implied, the smoke isn't a tough, Lat-Bomb, but a bit more of a docile Balkan! The ripe Virginia and Oriental leaf supersede the Latakia. Creating a fruity, zesty, slightly sour, leading flavour. The Latakia gives a substrate, underlying, smokiness, which makes it a fuller flavour, but not too smoggy. It burns brilliantly, not wanting much work to sustain the burn. I get no tongue bite from the medium temperature smoke.

Nicotine: not too strong. Room-note: quite pleasant.

Curzon? As I mentioned, I haven't that much experience with Durbar, but going from notes here, this isn't a million miles away! Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: A few: Cob, Altinok, Poker.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

4 people found this review helpful.

Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (29)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Only bought this 4 hours ago, and am only 4 pipefuls in, but a brief review nonetheless.

When tin was opened, no discernible aroma, just a slight but not unpleasant mustiness. Short dark and light brown ribbons of baccy which pack easily into the pipe. Baccy was moist but not overmuch.

Lights easily, burns evenly, need the occasional relight but not too often.

A very pleasant, mature smoke, this one. It's much less distinctive than the old Durbar, but none the worse for that. I found that Durbar could be a bit harsh. It's probably the least obtrusive Latakia I've experienced, but as usual with these Charatans, I feel the blender has got it absolutely right. I suppose there must be Turkish in there, in fact I can discern it e'en now as I type, but it's subtly and pleasantly there, not tooo strong and catching in your throat, which Turkish can do.

Seems to me that Charatan have got it absolutely right and once again actually improved on the Dunhill template.

Room aroma pleasant and not too strong.

I keep using that word 'pleasant' - it does fit so well with these Charatan offerings. I do admire the blender who has come up with them.

I may update review in future as I get to know Curzon better.

Remember the ditty about Lord Curzon, contemporary with him being Viceroy of India? It was 'my name is George Nathaniel Curzon, I am a most superior person.' Lol. This Curzon baccy is superior in its nature, but much more modest. It doesn't have to make claims about its status. It just IS top quality.

Pipe Used: Beldor Derby (French, St Claude make)

Age When Smoked: New.

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

3 people found this review helpful.

Swiss-smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Swiss-smoker (86)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The Charatan CURZON MIXTURE is inspired by Dunhill’s DURBAR MIXTURE. My first impression: Curzon is a little lighter and much sweeter than Durbar. Unfortunately, the boost of sweetness has definitely been added artificially, it is not natural tobacco sweetness. From most artificial flavours, especially sweetness, I get an unpleasant acrid side-taste.

Curzon is an Oriental/Balkan mixture with nice Virginias, a reserved amount of spicy Orientals and a small portion of Latakia. At the beginning of the fresh tin, the Orientals are more pronounced, but they gradually fade away as I empty the tin. To make it a true Oriental/Balkan mixture it definitely needs more Oriental/Turkish/Greek tobaccos. The amount of Latakia is ok though.

For my personal taste, there is not enough emphasis on the Orientals, it is too sweet and I find, the aromas do not deploy as well as in “Durbar”. I will finish the tin, but I would not buy it again.

2 people found this review helpful.

Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (145)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Another of these Charatan attempts to recreate Dunhill tobaccos, in this case Durbar was a favourite of mine, and what's worse it seems not to have been reintroduced as a "Peterson" version! To add insult to injury for me, this Charatan tobacco is a poor effort, a mere suggestion of my beloved Durbar spoiled like so many other of these by a pervasive "icing sugar" sweetness.

The tin contains a medley of somewhat damp ribbon cut of slightly uneven width, as well as some broken pressed leaf which Durbar did not. A mix of bright to dark leaf. The aroma in the tin is very mild, with latakia smoke, a hint of oriental spice and above all, icing sugar. Its easy to pack, and burning qualities are good.

The magic carpet ride of Durbar through an enchanted realm of incense, spice and mystery has been sadly replaced by a fitted carpet stuck in a room with magnolia walls and the faint after aroma of joss stick... A pale imitation. The latakia is more prominent in this blend, perhaps because the Orientals offer so little. I'm not an objective judge here though because a) I love Durbar and b) they told me this could replace it.

I will not buy this again. I am just glad I have one tin of Durbar left. I will smoke it, then bid it farewell and remember it as something glorious and past.

Pipe Used: Northern Briars Bulldog, various Meerschaums

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Mysmokingshop

Similar Blends: A bag of icing sugar..

1 person found this review helpful.

Sir John Moore Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir John Moore (25)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

As a Balkan lover I shall never know the pleasure that was Dunhill Durbar so this shall have to do. On its own merits I found this to be an enjoyable smoke. The first third seemed somewhat one dimensional with the Latakia at the fore. The complexity came through in the second two thirds with a slightly zesty and pleasant end of sour. The thin ribbon cut makes drying and packing easy. Moistness was just about right fresh out of the tin and didn't require much drying time. I look forward to putting this away to see what some age does.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: The Black Swan Shoppe

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