Charatan No. 10 Mixture

A classic example of a traditional London style mixture, with the skillful blending of Latakia with Virginia and Turkish leaf being of medium cut and strength. It has a pleasant aroma and a flavour which never seems to cloy.
Notes: Frederick Charatan established his business in 1863 in London and it remained in the hands of the Charatan family until the 1960ies. Later it became owned by Dunhill (part of BAT British-American Tobacco). With the withdrawal of Dunhill from the tobacco market in 2017, Dunhill sold its brand Charatan to “Tor Imports Ltd.” (based in the UK) in order to save the old tradition brand of Charatan. Today Charatan produces pipe tobacco blends that are inspired by the former Dunhill pipe tobaccos.


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


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

Average Rating

2.20 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 25, 2024 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
This blend is made in an attempt to copy Dunhill London Mixture. Another similar blend released by Gregory Pease, Westminster, is among my favorites, so it's hard for me to write a review without comparison to it.

Appearance: a relatively evenly sliced ribbon of Virginias is mixed with a much less even cut of Orientals, while the Latakia cut is "as is". Despite the fact that the tin was released in early 2022, all parts of blend are easily distinguishable - I counted three varieties of Virginias, two varieties of Orientals (one of which has a slightly greenish tint, which confused me a bit) and Latakia. The overall shades of the blend are lighter in color than the G.L. Pease Westminster, reminding the same Dunhill London Mixture. The tobacco has a moisture content close to excellent, glycerin and propylene glycol are minor. As for the condition, small sticks are present.

Flavor: suede and a bit of tar, an earthy mossy flavor, a light hay note, a bit of sun-dried tomatoes, a sour milk note and some spice, with a faint wormwood note thrown in. Compared to Westminster, the flavor is significantly less bright and subdued. In addition, the spices of Orientals are rather quickly weathered out.

Taste: The overall bouquet is quite bright, initially a bit sharp. Light smokiness and some meat juice, rather bright woody note, sour-sweet spice gathering, mild creamy sourness is present in the taste, disappearing only by the middle of the pipe. On the retrohale you can feel the peppery spice (which, however, is quickly extinguished) and a barely noticeable pine note. The tobacco quickly comes to volume, the last remnants of sweetness disappear (in Westminster the Virginia notes are present till the end of smoking and even slightly intensify). Dry woody-spicy taste with a slight smokiness accompanies you during almost all smoking, without changing in intensity and flavor nuances. The strength of tobacco is medium, in very large pipes nicotine hit is possible. The tobacco smokes extremely cool, burns slowly, burns out into fine light gray ash without lumps, leaving a small amount of moisture in the pipe. The aftertaste is woody, slightly astringent.

Smoke of the tobacco has a woody-earthy odor with fragrance of fragrant pepper. It is quite persistent in the room.

What's the bottom line? A good English everyday tobacco that is somewhat reminiscent of Dunhill London Mixture from the Murray days, but seriously different from current examples. Unfortunately, it lacks the fullness of flavor of the old Dunhill. Nevertheless, if Westminster didn't exist, I would prefer the #10 Mixture to the current Peterson-branded London Mixture or Kopp's other attempt to recreate this blend in the Robert McConnell Heritage series.
Pipe Used: Peterson 69, 106, XL11
PurchasedFrom: Online
Age When Smoked: 2022
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 31, 2022 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
Tin note of mild smokey, mild sour, and sweet spiced dark fruit. Tobacco is mostly an orangish tan and brown, with a little black and dark brown mixed in. The cut is a mix of ribbon and a small rough cut. Tobacco is on the dry side, no prep needed. Burns moderately with few relights. The strength is mild to medium and nic is mild. No flavoring detected. Taste is mild to medium and consistent, with notes of wood, very mild sweet dark fruit, herbal spices, very bready, moderately spicy, earth, leather, mildly smoky, a lemon grass background note, and a peppery retro. Oriental/Turkish is leading with Virginia trying support, Latakia got lost somewhere. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is good.
Pipe Used: 2013 J.M. Boswell Poker
PurchasedFrom: Cup O' Joes
Age When Smoked: fresh
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