The smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian latakia is the lead component. The woody, floral, earthy, herbal, vegetative, spicy, mildly buttery sweet and sour Turkish plays a support role. The grassy, very tart and tangy citrusy gold Virginia is just above being a condiment. A light sweet (possibly rum?) topping barely tones down the tobaccos. The strength and nic-hit are mild. The taste level is a step or two past the mild mark. Won’t bite, and has no harsh spots. Burns cool and clean and a little fast with a rather smooth, very consistent flavor. Requires few relights, and leaves virtually no dampness in the bowl. Has a lightly lingering pleasant sweet after taste and room note. An easy going light all day English. Two and a half stars.
Looking for an "English blend" in Canada? Don't want to spend a fortune? Cambridge Blend may fill the bill. This is a welcome change from the well soaked aromatics that seem to dominate the Brigham line and the ususal choice of Sail, Capt. Black, Amphora, etc. which are the usual available choices outside of the big cities.
And the price is competitive, Brighams costs only a dollar more per pack than the "drugstore" brands, which makes it about 1/2 the price of a tin of Dunhill or Solani,, if you can get them.
This is easy to light, the taste is tobacco, and if their is a casing I couldn't find it. This contains latakia, but it is there as a noticable condiment, not as latakia "fix."
Well to find out Brigham has this surprising English blend on offer here in Canada made me very happy. Usually finding a good English blend here is having to search for products that are oftentimes out of stock. Luckily we have the interweb to purchase online from fine retailers in the US.
Back to Brigham Cambridge blend, this is made in the US (MacBarren I think?), and compared to Petersons, Dunhills, Comoy, Rattray's and other Euro English blends, this is very comparable, and the real surprise is how very easy going & light of a smoke it is.
The other thing is that most English blends I smoke have people around me asking what the heck I'm puffing on? English blends tend to have a bit more present of a room note, and some find it a tad overwhelming. But this one is borderline aromatic in it's room note. The tin note if like a good whisky, robust with earthy, woodsy notes, but when lit, smokes so smooth, giving off an awesome white cloud, rich and thick, whit that pleasant room note I mentioned. Surprising!
Smoking this is a story in itself, as the blend is a mix of coarse pieces and nice ribbon, it packs somewhat oddly, and you need to take constant puffs as you pack to ensure and even, not to tight draw once lit. The tobacco is fairly dry out of the tin, so it can be packed right away, and I rarely need a second light, as it seems my charring light is enough to get this going right down to the bottom. Fluffy white ash is left, and this is the easiest cleaning tobacco I smoked thus far.
And it's an inexpensive English blend, which makes this even more pleasurable to smoke and stock up in the cellar. Enjoy!
Pipe Used: Peterson Aran Rustic 106
Age When Smoked: new
Purchased From: Ottawa Cigar Emporium
Similar Blends: Peterson Hyde Park (a bit lighter in taste).
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