Burleys and bright blended with Turkish and perique with a touch of light New England rum.
Notes: The original London Dock was produced by the Christian Peper Tobacco Company of St. Louis, Missouri. beginning in 1941. It was advertised as an aromatic.
The Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company of Wheeling bought Christian Peper Tobacco Company 1952. London Dock was one of the blends which came from Peper. Manufacturing changes to say "Christian Peper Tobacco Company's London Dock, a Division of The Bloch Bros. Tobacco Co, Wheeling WV." It was advertised as an aromatic.
In the mid to late 1950's the Bloch Bros. owned division called "Kentuckey Club" began produced London Dock, dropping all references to Christian Peper Tobacco Company and changing the manufacture to "Mail Pouch Tobacco Co. Wheeling W. Va." It was advertised as an aromatic.
In the early to mid 1960's, the Bloch Bros. owned division called "Kentuckey Club" began produced London Dock, and changing the manufacture to "Kentuckey Club, Wheeling W. Va." It was advertised as an aromatic.
The Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company was sold in 1969 to the Culbro Corporation after the Culbro Corporation purchased General Cigar and Tobacco Company in 1961. New manufacturing reads “General Cigar & Tobacco Co. Wheeling, WV – A division of Culbro Corporation." It was advertised as an aromatic.
The brand was sold to John Middleton in the 80's and the blend was reformulated, they added Latakia and Rum, took away the Deer-Tongue and Rose essence. It was advertised as an English.
Altria bought Middleton in 2007 and discontinued that version of London Dock.
The rum topping tastes nice, though it does sublimate the individual tobaccos. The perique sports a very mild spice note, nearly undetectable. The Virginia is grassy sweet, and forms the base of the blend. The burley is a little nutty with some molasses and a touch of earth in an important support role. The Oriental/Turkish is woody and a little smoky with a sour note or two, and is plays well with the burley and Virginia, though this really wasn't that complex a blend. The nic-hit is mild. Won't bite or get harsh. A fairly pleasant all day smoke with consistent flavor requiring few relights, and just a little moisture at the finish.
As an unabashed and unrepentant fan of English blends it is rare that I post a positive review of a flavored blend. This long gone blend is an exception for me, however. I was gifted a 5 pouch pack of this many years ago from my father. He told me it was good, but he like me, preferred English blends. There was one opened pouch which I sampled. I did like it but it was out of my comfort zone. I put the rest away for years. So many years in fact that the pouches showed signs of bloom (or plume) as cellophaned cigars often show. Eventually I gifted two pouches to a friend who appreciates a wider range of blends than I and kept one for me along with the opened one. Over the last two years I load up a cob of this from time to time. The fact that the tobacco was still smoke ready without rehydration might say something about the PG level at packing, but what I have now does not paste my tongue the way PG'ed blends normally do. As with many blends, the formula claimed by the manufacturer might be made by the advertising department, not the blending line. It seems to be predominantly burley. If there is Latakia and perique in there, I cannot taste it. The heavy age on my stock I am sure has altered it though. That said, the flavor is quite pleasant, the smoke consistent bowl to bowl, no bite - just a good blend, period. I guess costs rule in today's corporate world and the expensive tobaccos in this did not justify its continued production. And that is a shame.
HEllo, This Old Favorite hasn't been around for years. But, you can find it at Milan Tobacconists. Renee from MILAN TOBACCONISTS will help you with your order. This is a smooth blend considered English. Yes, Not all English blends are Full of Latakia and non aromatic. Why, this blend with its smooth Buttered Rum flavor Burleys and with a touch of Perique for added aroam is a classic. Everyone will enjoy this blend when you smoke it. It taste so smooth it will put you to sleep. And a great aroma will please all. I would consider this even better then the orignal if possible. Redd
As far as I can tell, Middleton quit making this blend quite some time ago. I have personally seen none available, just empty tins on e-bay. It must have been quite popular at one point, as Milan Tobacconists produce a "replica" of it. These notes and ratings reflect thier product. I found it to be a good blend, with a nutty, spicey, flavor, with a hint of buttery rum. The aftertaste reminds me of buttered toast. The aroma is very pleasing to me. It is delicious with a cup of Irish Breakfast tea. If Milan's version is on the money, I am amazed Middleton discontinued it. A classic American blend.
I am somewhat surprised that I have not reviewed this famous old delicious classic. I've smoked both the Middleton and Kentucky Club versions but never had a shot at the old American Tobacco Company production. As good as it gets regarding "drugstore" type blends and certainly right up there with Walnut as an English style "Druggie." High quality, rich and smoky Latakia, fine, tart and spicy Orientals, and Virginia leaf in short ribbon cut form and as naturally sweet as one will taste. Combined, the presentation was sinfully delicious, cool and dry from first puff to last. Again, IMO, one of the all-time great "drugstore" blends.
This was my first pipe tobacco ever - over 35 years ago. It had a very "pipey', old-world smell to it and very comforting. I enjoyed its taste and ease in smoking. I wish it were not discontinued as I would visit it regularly. I smoked it on and off until its demise. Recently, I won a 50+ year old all metal tin (with a key attached to its bottom) of Half & Half. Immediately upon opening that tin, I was reminded of London Dock. I would have to say that the 50 year old content was better than any Half & Half that I started smoking in the late 80s. It was very reminiscent all around of London Dock and brings back pleasant memories of it. London Dock surely was a very good OTC blend and I am sorry it is gone. I agree with one reviewer's opinion that Middleton should have discontinued their Apple blend and kept London Dock on the shelf. Recommended - if you are lucky enough to find an old pack or tin from an estate sale.
UPDATE 3-28-18: Some time ago I purchased a 1 oz promotional tin of this on ebay (Kentucky Club produced). Still a very good smoke for me. Today I just purchased a sealed 14 oz tin produced by the American Tobacco Co from Pipestud. Once I get that I'll have a smoke and update.
UPDATE 3-31-18: Got my 14 oz sealed tin. Baccy mostly black and surprisingly fresh considering it was in a cellophane bag. There was a slight hole in the cellophane and what I smelled after popping the lid was Latakia! Never was that smell present in what I remember. The smoke was a good one, but in a blind test I would never say this was the London Dock of what I'm familiar with - which was a Middleton production. Interestingly, my small 1 oz tin that is labeled Kentucky Club smells and tastes like the Middleton version I reference, however this 14 oz Kentucky Club is a different bird entirely. No rum, no rose, no Perique, no Turkish, no coumarin...just Latakia. I'm wondering if whenever this tin was packaged (60s, 70s?) they put the wrong tobacco into it! Good, but not what I was expecting. For me the original is 4 star and this version is a 2 as I'm not a Latakia fan.
This was my very first pipe tobacco when I started in 1960 (yeah, I'm that old!) and my liking of this tobacco is affected by a lot of nostalgia. The package note was rum, but the Perique added a pleasant, papery balance to the smoke. It lit easily, but often reduced to a slight goo at the bottom of a bowl. The rum casing was evident throughout much of the smoke, but the Perique and Turkish balanced the sweetness. I miss it. It was very popular. I do not understand why Middleton discontinued the blend in favor ordinary run-of-the-mill aromatics (maybe it was some mindless accountant's justification) and I wrote them and requested, begged, and pleaded for its continuance. "No way", I was told.
The Milan version is only an attempt. While it's not too bad, it is affected too much by the "baked cake/cookie" casing that seems to be found in so many tobacconist blends of today. That sweetness overrides the rum/Perique nature of their offering. I can say this with some certainty because I still have three unopened canisters of London Dock carefully laid away and the one that I finished a short time ago was uniquely London Dock, Milan's doesn't compare.
Eventually, I will finish all three canisters. I'll be very sad, but maybe Middleton will take pity by then. But I doubt it.
Im not sure what to make of this one, i have mixed feelings.I had purchased a can online, and i realized this blend is no longer on the market so i sat on it for a while and savoured the idea of smoking it on a special occasion(like a cheap champagne).After a couple of years i figured its time to let the cat out of the bag.The pouch aroma was quite pleasant, but i detected no presence of rum AT ALL.Instead i smelled hints of flowers, maybe some hops with a bit of ammaretto or almond extract perhaps. The cut was to my liking, it reminded me of a prnce albert crimp cut which i enjoy smoking as well. It packed well and had just enough moisture to hold its shape in the pipe. Now before i get into reviewing the tastes of this baccy, i have to admit im a die hard drug store cowboy, and this is what i thought i was getting:A lovely cased burley blend that smelled of rum with a hint of condiment tobacco to compliment and add complexity.....perique and turkish enter stage left!Upon lighting i found the aroma and room note to be very fragrent(almost overpowering) it reminded me of potporri and my Grandmother's perfume. I couldnt detect any rum casing/topping and i found the turkish overpowered the blend completely. I could barley sense any burley at all, and the perique was non existant to me.Please dont take this the wrong way, its just not what i expected. Its a very flavourfull mixture almost too rich to be a drugstore blend, ive heard others compare it to an english blend, but i dont make any connection. If you like turkish blends with a hint of burley i think you'd enjoy this, but if you think your going to be smoking a cased drugstore burly blend, you'll be surprised.I think this is why they stopped blending this one, i think alot of people(that ive talked to)buy it once to try it and it wasnt what they had expected, and thats it.I feel bad for the people that enjoy this one, its like all the other classics that have disappeared that had a loyal following(i also have lost loved ones in the last few years). I wouldnt buy it again, but i will smoke the rest of this stuff from time to time.I could see how this one would be well liked by certain smokers, its just not for me.
I loved it years ago and wished middleton dropped the apple blend and kept this one . This ones been gone a while .If I remember it was like a crossover type blend ....maybe I'm off, hell , I haven't seen this blend in decades . this was a fantastic blend . There is a blend available in Mexico with the same name and a similar packaging ... however , it is nothing like the original blend , sadly . I would try to describe it but theres nothing like it . I've had most of the current " match " blends out there and they are a few solar systems away but at least theyre closer than the opposite side of the universe [ if there even is an opposite side ] . really it was a great unique crossover that was quite complex . It smoked flawlessly with no moisture at the end of the bowl to speak of
This review is also for the Milan Tobacconist version "Our" London Dock. I used to smoke this mixture years ago when Kentucky Club made it and always liked it. Middleton took over the brand and eventually drop it from their line.
IMO, this is one of the best rum tobaccos you can smoke. Turkish burleys and perique make this an mild English aromatic. This is a pleasant change from most rum tobaccos which usually are burley & VA. The rum flavor stays in the background and is not overly sweet, and the perique adds a little spice to the flavor. No bite or goop. The room note is very pleasant.
Renee at Milan even offered to send me a sample before I ordered and 1/2lb. They are an excellent company to order from. My shippent arrived in 3 days.
I agree with the other reviews that it's hard to beleive that Middleton drop this blend from their line, considering some of the tobaccos they did keep. This one was a winner!
I tried to post this review on the Milan tobacco list, but "Our" London Dock would not come up.
1955 Tin of Christian Peper Tobacco Company's London Dock, a Division of The Bloch Bros. Tobacco Co, Wheeling WV. (1" wide tax stamp series 125 = 1955)
Tin States: "London Dock Unusually Fragrant and Satisfying is made solely for the pipe smoker and his companions who appreciate the finest tobaccos in a blend of individual character and aroma. The unique qualifies of London Dock are safeguarded by our use of the best possible moisture proof, packages available. Christian Peper Tobacco Co Manufactures of fine tobacco since 1858 Division of The Bloch Bros. Tobacco Co. (INC.) Wheeling W Copyright 1941"
Tin note of strong flowers and mild stewed spiced fruit. Tobacco broken flakes are dark brown and brown with a small amount of light brown. Tobacco is mostly dry though still soft, larger pieces may need some attention. Burns moderately with few relights. The strength is mild to medium and nic is mild. Flavoring is mild to medium, with notes of roses, a mild vanilla like note that fades rather quickly. Taste is medium and consistent, with notes of earth, moderately spicy, floral, molasses, herbal spice, very woody, sour grass, a sweet nutty background note, and a moderately peppery retro. Looking up info on this blend, earlier versions listed Burley, Virginia, Oriental/Turkish and Perique. In this blend the Burley is barely beating Oriental/Turkish for the lead, Virginia is supporting. Perique was late to the party. Room note is very pleasant, and aftertaste is great.
Pipe Used: Wally Frank Limited White Bar Sandblast 128
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