Though #14 has a fair amount of Latakia in the blend, one can still get the depth of Virginia flavor that is found only in the finest of the English style blends. In addition, the Oriental component lightens up the overall presentation. More earthy than sweet, #14 provides the smoker with a true middle of the road English experience not found anymore.
Now this is a proper full English. I am a Dunhill 965 smoker and this English is somewhat in that range as far as punch goes. Lots of flavors here but as the previous reviewer mentioned, nothing fights for attention . The quality of taste and smoothness of smoke is rare and worth a try if your looking for that all day English to replace the now departed 965. Burns well all the way to the bottom of the bowl. Comptons is the standard IMO and I put these blends with the best of English offerings of Pease, Esoterica, and others. 4star Quality
initial whiff from the pouch is kinda subdued. everything that should be in an english mixture is present, but somehow very light and unified, if that makes sense.
easy to light - a little drier, perhaps, than other compton's blends. and this is indeed a smooth smoke, and an all day smoke. nothing sticks out or fights for attention. a bit like nightcap, only very much less strength (compton's compare it to "white spot", but i've never tried that blend). no bite, no harshness, just delightfull english flavours in exquisite velvety balance. works absolutely perfect as a morning or afternoon blend - it's a little too light and smooth as an evening or nighttime smoke, at least to my taste.
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