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Gold Standard is a full bodied classic British pipe tobacco mixture produced by Wessex from an exclusive formula. Only pure, natural Virginia, latakia and Turkish tobaccos, blended and aged properly. No flavoring, nothing artificial. Just rich tasting fine tobacco.

Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Gold Standard is apparently produced by Altadis for XYZ's Wessex brand (unlike most others in the Wessex line, which are manufactured in Germany by K&K). I probably shouldn't mention that because I've encountered far too many in pipedom who seem to associate all-things Altadis with all-things bitey or chemically enhanced. Gold Standard is neither of these things.

This isn't half bad as a medium to medium-full English. It all seems very correct with a lightly sweet Virginia base, soothing Orientals, and a modest amount of musty, smoky Latakia. The problem with all of this is that correct English blends are pretty common and unless you're going to do it better or cheaper or you're going to market the hell out of it, you run the risk of being a marginal member of a very large group. I'm inclined to believe that's exactly where this tobacco is going to remain. In the Wessex catalog, I suppose it is “cheaper”—cheaper at least than the German manufactured Balkan Supreme. But it is only equal in price to many other fine, American made, correct English mixtures.

I quite like it and would have no problem buying another tin if my preferred English mixtures were all-of-a-sudden unavailable. But I don't think that's going to happen.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Heavy on the Latakia and the Orientals are really present in Gold Standard, too. But, its the rich, bold Virginia presentation that really stood out for me. Kind of surprising, too. I always associate lighter colored Virginia to be lighter in flavor and strength (I know, that's not always the case), but this one, like Chuck Norris, is stronger than it looks. Really good stuff!

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Pastor Puff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pastor Puff (15)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

So, it was a Friday night and I remembered that I forgot to restock on my Chelsea Morning, my favorite Saturday Morning tobacco, in a panic I ran to my local Tinder Box. To my dismay they did not carry GL Pease tobaccos. The tobacconist recommended this as an alternative so I went ahead and purchased it.

So, it's Saturday Morning and I crack the tin open and stick my sniffer in. Smoky, very smoky, almost reminiscent of Syrian latakia. I am searching for but cannot find any of the virginia and the tang of the orientals is discrete. Not what I was looking for. However, each tobacco must be judged on its own merit.

I packed this into my trusty tasting cob and lit it up. I was mildly surprised. While this does not fit the bill that I was looking for it's a solid, medium strength english. The flavor was balanced, with just enough of that smoky latakia that I love. I would put it in the vain of 965 or Standard Mix. Which is why I don't see me buying anymore of this tobacco. Both 965 and Standard Mix have a place in my line up already. Both 965 and Standard Mix are a couple of my favorites. I would reach for one of those solid, medium strength english blends over Wessex Gold Standard under just about any circumstance.

If you are already into english deep and have a 965 in your line up do not waste your money.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: 22

Purchased From: Tinder Box

Similar Blends: Dunhill - My Mixture 965, Dunhill - Standard Mixture.

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