John Cotton John Cotton's Double Pressed Latakia

From Pipes and Cigars: Many people who enjoy English and Balkan blends will buy them and age them for months or even years to take the "edge" off the Latakia flavor, and also to let the Virginias become a bit sweeter. With John Cotton's Double Pressed Latakia, a lot of that effort has already been done for you. It starts out as a flake that consists of smoky Cyprian Latakia, select ripe Virginias, fragrant Orientals, and a bit of Burley to add even more body. Then the aged flakes are fully rubbed out and allowed to breathe for weeks. Then the tobacco is put back into a press and formed into a crumble cake. The second pressing helps to mellow the Latakia and deepen the other flavors for a truly harmonious result. This isn't a "lat-bomb" by any means. The balance of John Cotton's Double Pressed Latakia is just about perfect if you don't like getting bowled over with smokiness.


Brand John Cotton
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type English
Contents Burley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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
May 14, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Disappointed by this version. John Cotton Latakia was one of my favorite pipe tobaccos along with Smyrna. It had enough Latakia to appreciate but not overwhelm. It was smooth, mild and never bit. I really enjoyed it. Then suddenly I couldn't get it any more.

This Double-Pressed version is different. It's stronger, harsher and bites my tongue. It does not seem to be the same blend at all. I had three pipes and just was not looking forward to another. I've sealed it back up and going to leave it in the can for a few months. Hopefully it will mellow out. If it does I'll update this.
Pipe Used: Aldo Velani Dubliner
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and Cigars
Age When Smoked: New
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