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Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Steerpike (119)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

One of the better Charatan attempts to make a substitute for the missing Dunhill blends, this one isn't the same as London Mixture, but it does help scratch the same itch for a fairly strong, spicy oriental leading English mixture. In continuing my sampling of these blends, I've been smoking the two alongside, to compare properly.

Appearance: mix of amber, brown and a little black ribbon very similar to London Mixture, although the cut of these Charatan blends isn't as neat or even, with a few big leafy pieces. The moisture content is about average, not unduly wet or dry.

Tin aroma - oriental funk, yeast, spice, leaf mould. Hint of incense, and subtle smokiness from the latakia. There is an overlying iced bun sweetness similar to that I noticed in the the Charatan Royal Ensign /Standard Mixture substitute, although it isn't as prominent here. I'm thinking it's to do with the Virginias Charatan are using.

It lights easily, and the flavour is pleasant, with bready flavours intermingled with spice and an astringent nutty character. There is a sweetness here that London Mixture doesn't have, but it's not excessive. There is some flavour progression as you smoke it, with a gathering richness and spice. It gets stronger as you make your way through the bowl.

I think the nicotine content is at least the same as in the London Mixture. The room aroma seems to be what you'd expect from an English mixture, nothing excessive and it doesn't hang around. It doesn't need much attention or relights, and you can burn every last shred.

In summary, a nice smoke, playing a similar tune to its inspiration, although a little sweeter. I love my English mixtures to have plenty of orientals, so it suits me, and it's fairly economical. Just a shame about the name really. I think the chances of a pipe smoker entering No. 10 Downing Street these days are about the same as those of our ever having an honest Prime Minister...

Pipe Used: Northern Briars Bulldog, meers, Peterson bulldog

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Turmeus Liverpool

Similar Blends: Dunhill London Mixture, Dunhill Durbar, Rattrays Red Raparee.

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