Affordable Pipes Guy's English Blend #25

This is our stoutest English blend with a full measure of 50% Latakia with a touch of Perique and other fine high quality tobaccos. If you love Latakia... this blend is for you! Extremely smooth and robust English blend... great evening smoke.


Brand Affordable Pipes
Blended By Guy Wallace
Manufactured By  
Blend Type English
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Mixture
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.56 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 21, 2004 Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This tobacco was a Christmas present from a friend (Christmas 2003). I was given a very small sample (about 3 medium bowls worth) and I have purposely set it aside to age before reviewing.

Appearance: Predominately dark tobaccos latakia dark Virginias and perique. There are a few lighter colored bits thrown in as well.

Tin aroma: Initially, just what one would expect from an English blend, nice smoky body with faint whisperings of the Virginias and an odd sharpness which I suspect is the perique. This blend seems very well balanced in ingredients though it lacks the overall complexity in smells that I usually crave in English/Balkan mixtures.

This tobacco is seems to be nearly perfect in moisture and I employed the ?Frank method? for packing each review smoke. In general, the samples I smoked lasted 45 minutes to an hour in a small Peterson Rocky Canadian reserved for smoking English mixtures exclusively.

Lighting usually is a single match affair, I find that the ?Frank method? usually eliminates the need for much of a ?lighting tamp?, though once in awhile if I pause or just let the pipe go out, I might have to re-light it. This is a very easy going easy burning tobacco that almost smokes itself if packed correctly. As expected, the initial flavor is very smoky with the familiar ?peppery? sensations one expects from perique. This blend has a very ?even? pallet and changes very little throughout the bowl. There is a very slight sweetness to it probably from the Virginias which stay very ?muted? and otherwise indiscernible throughout. The flavor is bold smoky and quite satisfying in body if not complexity and is very smooth and soothing. If one is looking for nice mild English without the complexity many smokers enjoy, perhaps this could become a favorite.

Mid Bowl: Approaching mid-bowl, the fullness tends to build and the flavors mix and match very nicely. I find myself relaxing more deeply into my chair, and while I wouldn?t call this a strong tobacco in terms of nicotine, it is very full in flavor

Home Stretch: As end of the bowl approaches, I?m still more or less where I started, the flavor having leveled off somewhere in the middle of the bowl. This tobacco is very nice, and something I might smoke all day not requiring the attention that a more complex mixture requires in order to properly enjoy. I might compare it with some of the better Dunhill offerings such as ?London Mixture? or ?965? though I think this blend is far more economical. A very good effort by a relatively unknown blender.

Supplemental Notes: This is one of very nice mild English with moderate complexity, a very good value for the money. Rating for those interested in numbers ***
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 03, 2004 Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This is a brief review that will be expanded in at a future date.

This is a very smooth blend with a reasonable amount of flavor. While listed as containing about 50% latakia, this is not an overwhelming latakia blend.

Smoking characteristics are exceptional. It burns well, does not bite, and is smooth. If you have found latakia blends to be to rough, you might give this a try.

The smoke is consistent through the course of the bowl from start to finish. This is true of the smoking characteristics and the flavor. This would require more complexity in order to rate 4 stars in my books.

Overall, I think that this is a very nice blend that would appeal to many smokers. This would appeal greatly to smokers looking for more flavor than a straight burley or burley and VA blend, but for whom complexity and overwhelming flavor are a distraction.

A very nice smoke.

March 2004
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