The most popular 'Latakia' blend in Europe. Scottish Mixture is comprised of Brazilian, Zimbabwe and Malawi Virginia (53%) which are blended with Malawi sun cured (10%), and Malawi burley (17%). The relatively high proportion of burley helps to carry the special Virginia casing which sweetens and flavors the blend. To this we then add a small proportion of black cavendished dark fired (7.5%) to cool the smoke, and finally the latakia (12.5%) The whole combination provides a very pleasant and easy to some tobacco with the background taste and aroma of latakia.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50 grams tin, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This blend is somewhat similar to Samuel Gawith's Perfection Mixture without the Vanilla. I looked at the components of both and they really don't seem to be that similar... are my old taste buds letting me down? Anyway, Scotch Mixture has some backbone thanks to the Burley. And the discreet sprinkling of Latakia in this one simpy adds to the overall enjoyment. Another pluc, the fact that Scotch Mixture's cut makes it easy to load and presents a very even burn right down to the bottom of the bowl... Now, if I could just identify the sweetness that seems ever so slightly present with ever puff.


13 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

The Lakeland essence is not as strong here as in some of GH&Co.'s other blends, but it does tone down the tobaccos. The floral Virginias have some earth and grass, citrus and fermented dark fruit. The same can be said for nutty, earth, toasty, lightly molasses and cocoa sweet burleys, which occasionally takes a lead over the Viriginias. There's a very light sweetness, which I assume comes mainly from the black cavendish, and not the other components. I got a very mild hint of spice as well. The Cyprian latakia is smokey, woody and mildly sweet, but isn't very forceful. The nic-hit is a little past the mild level. No bite or harsh moments. Burns at a reasonable rate, fairly cool with a light rough edge and a slightly inconsistent flavor. Needs few relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. Not an all day smoke, but not so strong to prevent repeat performances.


12 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2080)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth - Scotch Mixture. Now, this is my kind of smoke!

At the beginning I found the aroma from the unlit blend captivating, it suggests every quality that I yearn for in a blend. It smells natural, rich, and full of class! I'll get the negative point out of the way now: it's far too wet! But, with that aside, I can't find another low point! The mixture's mainly medium brown in colour with a small amount of black specks, it doesn't look as though it's got a large quantity of either Latakia or Black Cavendish in there. That's enough about the un-lit blend, let's get on with the smoke:

It's like pure silk on the palate; the smoke is velvety thick, ridiculously cool and superbly flavoured. The Latakia is the tiniest addition, it only gives a VERY slight earthiness to the smoke. Strangely, I get more of a Latakia aftertaste than I do from the actual smoke! The majority of the flavour space is occupied by the Burley. Next in line is the Virginia: it's not too strong with the grass notes but definitely more discernable than the Latakia. That leaves the Black Cavendish: even though it doesn't give an immense amount of taste to the blend it gives a sort of creaminess to the smoke, it gives it the ultimate finish! The nicotine? Mild, enough said! Finally, the burn: incredible!

This is a brilliant smoke, I couldn't possibly score it less than four!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson System 303

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Robert Graham

11 people found this review helpful.

incendio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incendio (45)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This blend reminds me of some 40+ year old Mac Baren Scottish Blend that I had the other day, thanks to the generosity of a friend.

This blend, in my opinion, reinforces the qualities of a matured Virginia. It has an "oatmeal porridge" quality, and the Cavendish and Latakia add spice, though you shouldn't expect them to be at the fore. If there is a topping, I can't discern what it is as it's quite subtle, and quite harmonious. Nice papery, lightly sweet, floral virginia.

I will definitely be buying more of this. It's quite affordable as a bulk offering so I'd recommend trying it (what've you got to lose), and my guess is that the tin offering is even better.

[Update: 10/7/2019]

I purchased a pound of Scotch Mixture, having cherished the fond recollection of the earlier ounces that inspired this review two years ago. You ought never be to blame for investing in a sizable stockpile of your favorite tobaccos, preferably now and not later, for the only reason that your favorites will invariably change with time. Sadly this blend isn't what I remembered it to be. It's drier. Thinner. The intriguing depth and mysterious essence are hardly there. I'd liken it to a very mild English interpretation of a "codger blend"---certainly not bad, but not quite what I wished my reacquaintance with it to be. My advice to myself, two years ago, ought to have been to buy up plenty of this blend to put away. In its current incarnation I'd only "somewhat recommend" it. I wish I had a bowl or so of the earlier stuff squirreled away somewhere.

Pipe Used: billiards

Age When Smoked: unknown but bought bulk, no way of telling

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

Similar Blends: Mac Baren's Scottish Blend (... but a 40+ year tin; I've never tried the new stuff so I can't say how similar it is).

6 people found this review helpful.

pipey duck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipey duck (50)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Unnoticeable

This nis a blend that stands alone. The brother blend by Samuel Gawith is very similar otherwise I do not know a blend like this.I can describe it not as an englisch blend nor any so called scotish blend I know. It starts as va/bur with no seetness to speak of. A little latakia in the back adds more wood then smoke and the "emperor cavendish " is like nothing i have smoked so far. At midbowl a remarkable mint or herb flavour is detectable which is really interessting. There is no bite and the strength is mild to medium. I think the burley ,the special cavendish and the lack of oriental make it a englisch of its own. Now while I am smoking a bowl of it and I am almost to the bottom , the mint comes through very clearly. Unique but not great. Just good and recommended to all of you looking for a natural satisfying smoke without tons of latakia. One more unique blend from Gawith

Pipe Used: Parker 109

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smoking pipes

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith Scotch Cut Mixture.

4 people found this review helpful.

Kamerling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kamerling (28)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Why do they call an english mixture "Scotch Mixture"? Well, that's not scottish blend type, although proportions of it's components are quite familiar. We've got tightly compacted and fairly moist contents: (according to the manufactor data) 53% Virginia, 17% Burley, 7,5% Black Cavendish and 12,5% Latakia. It tastes slightly sweetish , slightly bity, sometimes tight , sometimes severely and after a while cool and gentle at the same time. Finally, theres is also (unexpectedly) even a coffee flavor. Not good enough to be a trully scottish blend type, but also not so bad as for english one.

4 people found this review helpful.

ThePortlyGenie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ThePortlyGenie (13)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

Re-visiting GH blends this month after >6 months [the 'summer' months] piping mainly G.L Pease Va and VaPers. A confirmed "english" piper of many years, I am puzzled by Scotch Mixture - almost NO Latakia [just faintly perceptible]. Slight spiciness though for most of a bowl. Non-descript Virginia tastes - I detect a "grassy" note in the tin but not in the smoke. The Burley is there, but again rather non-descript!! As for casing ...? Altogether a bland blend - not even "Lakeland Essence" to comment on. Maybe this is because my bulk stock is >12 months old [with no manufacturing date known]! But the tobacco is still moist and I have no reason to suspect it is 'off!' My guess is that, compared to other 'mild' "english" blends, this GH effort is just TOO ordinary. It's not objectionable - pleasant enough if all you want is to puff away - but has no character. I pipe it when I don't need to spend time immersing myself in the tobacco, if you get my meaning! SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE: GL Pease "Westminster" has good character, is mild enough not to 'injure' younger pipers, and rewards one who pays the price premium.

Pipe Used: Various - over >12 months

Age When Smoked: >12 months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes [bulk]

4 people found this review helpful.

MeerAcrolyte Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MeerAcrolyte (5)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Somewhat baffling blend with a strong claim as Europe’s favorite Latakia blend. This is my second go round with this blend. First time I found the flavor of the blend intriguing, but there was a serious 4 stage fire on my tongue. All I really can recall was that Europeans must have a deep sadistic/masochist streak as this was an exercise in pain. The tobacco was thrown in a mason jar and a bit set aside for my neighbor to see if he experienced the same level of pain that I had experienced.

Shortly after gifting him an ounce of the fire weed I was strolling past his open garage and was greeted with what I can only say was the most classy, elusive room note I have yet to experience. I quickly asked what he was smoking as this room note was exactly what I expected quality pipe tobacco to have and whatever he was smoking must make its way into my rotation. Oh, he replied, it’s the tobacco you gave me the other day, Scotch Mixture.

The next day, out came the jar and again, 4 stage tongue fire!!!! Baffled, I re applied the lid and buried deep in my tobacco cellar.

Flash forward 2 years. Haunted by memories of the room note, I again dig up my jar of Scotch Mixture. Loaded up my 2017 Peterson Xmas Pipe that I had drilled out the stem to take a 9mm filter and much to my surprise, the gentlest, smoothest Latakia scent filled my head. Gently nudged forward and back by sweet Virginia’s and creamy burley....ohhhhhh, this must be why Europe loves this blend. It is delicious to the bottom of the bowl, Latakia present with floral hay sweet Virginia lurking in the background. Riding gently in the burley cream. No tongue bite but an occasional tingle when I’m pulling to fast for the next draw of what is, I have found, an almost perfectly balanced Latakia forward blend.

My 8 ounces in the jar is halfway gone so I committed to a 500G bag. I will see from the newest batch if the 2 years of banishment brought this blend under control or if really the key is using a filtered pipe. I suspect it’s 80% a filtered pipe and 20% some additional aging on the Virginia.

I think this blend goes to show, every blend has its ideal pipe conditions and personal chemistry. So this gives me hope that those other blends banished to the cellar are just in need of the right pipe combination and technique to bring out their bright sides!!!

Pipe Used: Peterson filtered B10/Rattray Razor Clam 80

Age When Smoked: 2 + years

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: G&H #20 but with a lot less nicotine.

3 people found this review helpful.

renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (177)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Unnoticeable

'You won't like this', said my son, who was really into Latakia blends at the time.

I had to agree, before I'd even dared to open the tin. But I HAD to you see, to try it for myself. I don't care for Latakia per se. It reminds me of a hot summer day when they are asphalting the roads, back in 1975.

So this poor old blend was on a hiding to nothing really and well on it's way into my son's cellar.

A new pipe (thought it might ghost an old favourite) was used. Opening you'd expect wring-out wetness normally associated with Gawiths blends.

It was actually quiet dry. Promising I thought.

Yes there was THAT smell of old coach yards, of hot pitch or burnt leather, as expected. The look of the tobacco looked quite inviting - curly broad cut strands more golden brown than you's expect.

It doesn't do to squash this tobacco into a bowl. I found this out later. It seems to expand more than usual, and the 50g tin seems to go on forever.

Burning, it behaves itself nicely and I expected violent objections to lighting this stuff up in the lounge. No comment from Mrs RW. Hmmm.

The taste and smell of Latakia hits home as soon as you apply the light. Strong, dark, tarry. It was what I expected........BUT the Latakia suddenly did a nose-dive. It slipped into the background, still apparent, but just growling in the shadows.

I was rewarded with a rich toasty, mellow taste, which was maintained almost to the bottom of the bowl. Very nice. Very nice indeed. Mr Latakia stayed silent throughout.

Well what a surprise. I like this blend. I wasn't supposed to. Maybe as you fit the seven year itch on pipe smoking your tastes change, it would seem that mine are. Ok I am not going to dive into classic Latakia blends anytime soon, but this is part of my rotation and if another tin came my way it would be happily cellared and brought out as required.

Oh yes, my son has gone off Latakia now.....

Pipe Used: New Blakemar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Cigars.com

Similar Blends: Perfection, Squadron Leader, Skiff..

3 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (304)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I found Scotch Mixture to be very bland and not at the level that other G&H blends can reach. I also think that the Latakia in this blend could have been left out which would have let the other leafs shine, its as another reviewer noted almost like an afterthought and my sample had some sort of mild Lakeland essence either added or it was in close proximity to Ennerdale and I did not enjoy the Latakia / Lakeland combination. I enjoy Scottish mixtures and was expecting more along the lines of Davidoff Scottish or even Macbaren's Scottish IE: VIrginia, Burley and Black Cavendish, a slightly aromatic, easy going mild blend without Latakia. Had I read the description before purchasing I would have passed. Not a bad blend but again, boring to my palate.

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I like this blend, but it confuses my taste buds. Evergreen smokiness with a nice amount of spice and some floral notes. It just doesn't quite taste the way I would think a blend of these components would taste. The spice tastes very Perique like, but there is no Perique. I can't really discern the Burley. It all makes my head hurt to think about it. Even so, this blend has an appeal. I kind of like it. 2 stars.

Pipe Used: MM General

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

bob323 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob323 (46)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I must confess that this was my first venture into the 'Land of Lakeland Essence' and I'm still trying to get my head around that...and this after being told that said essence is very light in this blend--Saints preserve--That being said, I was a little disappointed because this is NOT a traditional Scottish blend...Virginias, Burley, Cavendish...all well and good although the Burley is not absolutely necessary for a traditional blend...it the Latakia that I take exception to...In traditional Scottish blends, you would find Orientals and not Latakia...Seems like today the norm is 'When in doubt, dump in some Latakia'...the Orientals would not be as heavy as you would find in an old, traditional English blend...just enough to tickle the palate and make everything interesting...Strangely enough I would try this again to confirm my initial feelings...I know I'm a glutton...

3 people found this review helpful.

William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (95)
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable to Strong

This is a difficult review for me to write, as I absolutely love GH & Co.'s tobaccos. This blend, however, is the exception to the rule. I bought about 2 oz of this around a year ago and I just finished it a few weeks ago. I had been mulling over it for a while and I just don't feel that this one spoke to me.

Don't misunderstand me; there's positively nothing wrong with this blend at all. It burned well and still had the nice GH mouth-feel that the other blends offer. I think that it just isn't for me. I found this blend to be just too bland to catch my interest; which is stange, because I like a lot of other tobaccos that other pipers find bland. Oh, well... Even for GH, they can't all be winners.

3 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I would find it very surprising if this actually is the best selling Latikia mixture in Europe as I think our brothers of the briar across the pond have better taste. I love many GH blends but this simply isn't that interesting. Yes, it packs well and burns well. Those that don't like the florals of GH will find this to be on the very light side in that department. It is cool smoking and those that enjoy a light English should give this one a try. I just think that given the number of tobaccos in this blend that it could have been much more interesting. Due to the high quality tobacco that GH produces, I'm sure there are some that will really enjoy this blend, but its not my cup of tea.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Good English tobacco, typical Lakeland flavor without much soapy after taste, very classic lakeland flavor without any spectacular performance, relaxing smoke, natural and wild flavor, no topping/casing but still require your Lakeland dedicated pipe.

I am smoking 1oz of this with other 8oz sample from G. & H., good change of pace, maybe I won?t buy more

3 people found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

08-10-04 This is another of the fine, exquisiste Lake District syle blends. For some of you that means "SOAP!" but weirdos like me, it means "delightful".

Appearance: Medium ribbon cut, mostly brown with occassional light and dark leaf.

Packing: easy, no fuss. Moisture is perfect.

Lightng:easy, two vestas

Initial Flavor: The floral flavor is there, but it is way in the background compared to most of the other GW blends, even less than their "Balkan" blend. The quality of the leaf used is also evident by the rich complexity of flavor.

Mid-bowl: This is where I like this blend best. This is a medium English blend, the latakia and turkish are there, but only as support. The VA in this can smoke a little hot so do sip this blend. The floral flavor comes out a little more.

Bottom of bowl: Slight build up of strength, The floral flavor recedes, the latakia and turkish give a slight "Tadum" and all you are left with is a grey fine ash.

Overall: This is a blend I like from time to time as a change of pace. I prefer to smoke it when I am not doing anything else so I can concentrate and enjoy its complexity. It does not have the fullness of a Balkan like I prefer, but is still a good smoke. I can see why it is so popular in the UK. Also, the nic content was fairly low compared to say, Dunhill. That is a plus for me!

Rating: 4 out of 5 points

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

This has a nice bit of everything. It's sweet, but not too much, it's spicy, but the latakia doesn't dominate, and the Virginias are fairly bright but not overwhelming. I do find that I get a teeny bit of tongue bite from this, but it's not bad, on a scale of 0 to 10 with 5 being something I'd likely never smoke again, and 10 being Coniston Cut Plug or MacBaren Virginia #1, this rates a 3. I have trouble with bright Virginias and I think the Cavendish in this really helps tame the edges. Good stuff.

UPDATE I don't find any Lakeland style toppings in this, it seems to have zero casing, other than the cavendish being rather sweet and possibly cased.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This tobacco burned very well, and behaved it self well but it just did not grab me. With all the different blended tobaccos in this mixture I think it would have been better left alone. The casing was just present enough to be annoying. It masked all the delicate flavors that enticed me to try the blend. I did not necessarily enjoy the way this tobacco kicked ether, I think it is a cruel trick to have a subtle tobacco that packs such a punch.

2 people found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (556)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Bag note of campfire, sour and slightly sweet. Tobacco cut is mostly ribbon in colors of tan, light brown. there's a smaller amount of brown leaf and a tiny amount of black. Tobacco is moist but not wet, no drying/preparation needed. Burns is average with few relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium and consistent, with notes smoky wood, light floral, earth, a spicy retro and a sporadic lightly sweet note. The various Viriginia's are leading, supported by burley and latakia, and the dark fired cavendish is playing hide and seek in the background. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is good.

Pipe Used: Castello Sea Rock Briar SC 31

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

MangoLegs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MangoLegs (72)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Preparation & Burn: 7/10 Decent burn, a few relights more than desired.

Taste: 9/20 Does not really have it's own identity. Nothing special at all.

Mildness: 7/10 My idea of a good smoke is a relaxing, low nicotine session. Therefore, the milder the better. Not much nicotine!

Total: 19/40

1 person found this review helpful.

LoneRider Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LoneRider (24)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Terrible. Just terrible. Little flavor if any. You might need an absetoes tongue protector this stuff burns a shot as the Flying Dutchman that I smoked when I first started smoking a pipe. I'm tossing out the remainder of what I have.

Pipe Used: JACONO

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

SecretAgentMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SecretAgentMan (27)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I really like G&H. They make a bewildering array of quality pipe tobacco. But this one is a surprising departure from the experience I've come to expect from G&H's blends. Love them or hate them, G&H blends have definite personalities and flavors. This one has neither. The virginia lacks savor and the latakia tastes like another company's rejects. The blend's as bland and tasteless as a dusty attic.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (318)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The ounce of bulk I have makes me wonder if there is a quality-control issue or if this needs a lot of aging (or if I am just sensitive to Lakelands). In any case, for me, the dominate flavor was the Lakelands (although they weren't as powerful as in some other GH blends I've tried), with barely a hint of latakia. Mixing it with other blends, however, reduces the Lakelands enough to make it a refreshing change of pace. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is probably not.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Bulk: Supplied in bulk, SM is a long, thin ribbon, shag cut, ranging from medium to light brown, mostly medium, with a small percent of black ribbon. There is a very mild smoky latakia aroma, and a faint sweet scent in the background. The ribbon is supple and not very moist. There is no sticky residue lift on the fingers.

Burning: Burns with one match all the way to the bottom.

Taste & Aroma: The Kendal Lake District floral arrangement is subdued compared to, let's say, N0. 5 Mixture, presumably partly masked by the latakia, which is likewise not very evident. The amount of latakia makes this a rather mild English blend.

Top of Bowl: Subdued floral taste

Mid-bowl: The mild smoky latakia partly obscures the small floral arrangement.

Nicotine: Mild

Room Note: Pleasant to tolerable

Overall: The tin description says it is cased. Not really a substantial English blend, the latakia barely making its presence known. Like other GH blends of this type, there is a definite but mild salsa effect on the tongue. 2.9 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Just thought I would add a little update about the 'tin description'....Here's a quote from the Gawith site:


(Sorry about the CAPS. I'm not yelling at you, that's the way its printed by Gawith Hoggarth.) Now someone is probably going to tell me there is a difference between Scotch mixture and Scottish Mixture. If so, conk me on the head. They only list one.

8.27.2007: I saw a dust-covered paper sack of this blend behind the counter at a local (Sacramento) Tinder Box. The owner didn't even know it was there. Since it had been opened and not properly stored, the contents were quite crispy, and I got a good deal on two ounces. After re-hydration and combustion, I promptly went back for 4 more oz.'s. This is good. I'm guessing that the drying out of this blend reduced whatever top flavor there might have been to null, since I tasted nothing but tobacco.

It's a good blend. I add about five % Latakia to it. It's a little spicy and has a full round flavor. Smokes very cool and dry. This one I like to have on hand, though I only smoke a bowl a day.

My wife also smokes this one. She says it's the most relaxing tobacco I keep in stock. I plan on ordering more from cheaper sources.

p.s. As my wife is not a Full Time pipe smoker, this might be a good smoke for those new to the pipe.

1 person found this review helpful.

Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Another fine offering from G&H. More of a traditional English with Latakia taking the lead all the way. Too much Latakia for me. It is a quality smoke however and for those who like the smoky flavors to dominate, this is a winner. I much prefer the Virginias and Orientals to be more in the foreground. Three and one-half stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I tried this blend for the first time in a long time. Initially, I was a little disappointed, having remembered it being one of my favorites. After 4 bowls, I left it alone in the jar for a few weeks. Low & behold, I don't know what happened but it's high on my list again. Just as I remembered, it has that unique floral Virginia taste that is only possessed by Lake District blends. The Latakia gives it the smoky spice keeping the floral taste in check. I can almost taste a presence of mint somewhere in the floral arrangement, but then the nutiness of the burley supplements the other tobaccos in the blend. The cavendish though in a small amount, seems to tie everything else together, giving this blend a unique character. I've read many descriptions of this blend and half say there is a special Virginia casing, the other half say no additional flavorings. I am inclined to believe there are no flavorings, as my familiarity with Lake District blends sets certain expectations of how that natural tobacco tastes.

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