John Aylesbury Finest British

A mixture of the finest English kind. Mixed in old copper drums. Made from the world's best tobaccos: red Kentucky, Virginia, Turkish, Carolina black and Syrian latakia. Fine to medium taste with a gentle smoky note.

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Brand John Aylesbury
Blended By Kohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
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Blend Type English
Contents Kentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin, 100 grams tin
Country Germany


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.83 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 11, 2023 Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable
Appearance: the tobacco was packaged in a 50 gram tin in early 2022. The blend is an evenly cut ribbon of different tobaccos, easily distinguishable by color. The quality of the raw materials is very high. There is a large amount of glycerin in the blend, which prevents drying out but somewhat mutes the taste and flavor.

Flavor: the overall bouquet is complex, but well sorted out into its individual components. Notes of peat and leather dominate, creating a dense but not overly bright base that is well supported by a spicy mix of orientals. Earthy, nutty and woody tones play second roles, with Kentucky adding very light notes of bitter chocolate and wood smoke - apparently not much of it here. The Virginias are almost drowning in this set, but bring a light scent of honeyed floral herbs to the overall bouquet. There is no flavoring in the blend, and there is absolutely no need for it.

Taste: mild, literally on the verge of being unimpressive. The blend of Virginia, Latakia and Orientals produces a dense, but not bright bouquet of creamy, smoky and woody notes, supported by a light fruity sweetness and spicy Orientals that are slightly trapped in the overall mass, but noticeable on the retrohale. The nutty and chocolate Kentucky notes are almost imperceptible in the overall bouquet until midway through the pipe, when the latakia and orientals begin to weaken a bit in the taste. Toward the end, the sweetness goes away and the blend becomes denser and drier in taste. Tobacco has some harshness at the beginning of smoking, but quickly gets back to normal. Does not bite in the process, burns cool, not prone to overheating. Strength is medium, in very large pipes a slight nicotine hit is possible. The tobacco burns into light ash without lumps and leaves almost no moisture in the pipe. The aftertaste is woody, weak.

The smoke from has a typical English blend smell - woody and peaty, dense, well discernible in the room.

What's the bottom line? A good English everyday tobacco. No need to look for some kind of highlight in it. I have been slightly disappointed by the large amount of glycerin - perhaps without it the blend would have been more vibrant. As for Kentucky, it is added in a small amount to give strength, and does not play a significant role in the taste and aroma.
Pipe Used: Peterson 69, 106, POTY 2007
PurchasedFrom: Online
Age When Smoked: 2022
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 07, 2017 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
John Aylesbury - Finest British.

Another from a recent trade with Gentleman Zombie!

As I've said on previous John Aylesbury reviews, Franck sent me a few blends in loose pouches, so there isn't too much moisture like there could be in a sealed tin. It's about 50/50 black and brown, and although the mix includes a few chunky pieces, the majority's quite slight in build.

I get a good flavour of Latakia, stronger for the first quarter. Then, the Kentucky and Turkish join in, filling out the smoke. The Virginia gives a subtle sweetness, and a delicate sprightliness. On a whole, I find it fuller tasting than my fellow reviewers do; prominently a Balkan/English Lat' taste. The smoke's below medium in temperature, and 100% bite free throughout.

The nicotine's medium, and the room-note's quite nice.

For me, Finest British is a three star blend.

Pipe Used: Peterson Silver Cap #68
PurchasedFrom: Traded with Gentleman Zombie
Age When Smoked: ???
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 14, 2017 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This is a very nice smoke. Smoky, woody and nutty with just a touch of sweetness. I usually prefer a little more sweetness, but this taste just fine without it. Very smooth and pleasant on the retrohale. Nice cool burn with few relights. I think any Kentucky fan will appreciate this blend.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. No added flavoring.
Pipe Used: MM Dagner Poker, Country Gentleman, Marcus
PurchasedFrom: Mars cigars and pipes
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 02, 2015 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
I’d call Finest British a mild to medium allrounder. It’s supposed to be a best-seller in the John Aylesbury program. English in character, Virginia and Oriental forward underlined by a modest and supportive smokiness. The smoother Syrian should be responsible for this, making this blend a limited offer in the future, though. Easy handling.

The only thing I don’t like about this blend is the cold, smoky aftertaste mainly from the Orientals I think, which stays present even after a good meal. Other than that this is a decent blend for all-day purposes, very enjoyable with or without filter and not a bad alternative to more expensive brands. The room note is typical English, yet tolerable.
Pipe Used: Various
Age When Smoked: fresh to 6 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 15, 2022 Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable
A solid, quality smoke. No fireworks but plenty of light mellow taste. The Latakia is not heavy but nicely balenced with the other tobaccos. I think a nice starter blend for the novice to try out English mixtures and a good basic English smoke for the veteran. Sometimes basic is a good thing.
Pipe Used: Don Carlos Cannadian
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 28, 2011 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant
This tobacco is appropriately named. It is The Finest British and it really is just that. The traditional ribbon cut and the aroma in the tin are just right. The flavor, most importantly, is spot on. From the first few puffs of the pipe right to the bottom of the bowl it is a tasty English. I plan to buy more because it is one of the best English blends available. I highly recommend Finest British to all those who enjoy English blends.
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