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
Feb 20, 2020 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
PurchasedFrom: Turmeus Liverpool
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 22, 2023 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Charatan No. 10 (clone del London Mixture). Cosa dire, in sintesi, un bel fumare, ricorda l'Originale, forse è più dolce, almeno negli inizi. E' il Virginia che prevale, e questa è una costante in tutte le cariche, un Virgina più fruttato che erbaceo.Poi finalmente escono gli Orientali misti col Latakia; un Latakia educato e non coatto, che dona aroma e amalgama alla miscela. Gli orientali sono ben generosi come deve essere questa miscela. La progressione di aromi esiste, non clamorosa, ma presente e questo non rende la fumata mai noiosa. Sicuramente le differenze con l'originale esistono, ma ormai scomparso a noi pipatori, con questo possiamo benissimo rivivere alcune emozioni e sapori. Il tabacco si presenta con un ribbon non troppo omogeneo, dai colori ambrati e variegati, ottimo il grado di umidità. L'accensione è rapida e la fumata va praticamente avanti da se. Ovvio non esiste in Italia.
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