Peterson My Mixture 965

Peterson's My Mixture 965 is for the connoisseurs of full bodied tobacco. Choicest small latakia imparts a rich nutty flavor and coolness. Macedonia bright is added for sweetness. Brown cavendish completes this blend beloved by English mixture aficionados.
Notes: From its inception and until 1981, it was produced by Dunhill of London.Production was then transferred to Murrays in Belfast who like Dunhill were owned by Carreras Rothmans. Murrays produced it until late 2004 when BAT, who by that time had taken over Rothmans International, closed the Belfast factory. Since then it has been produced by Orlik, Denmark, part of the Scandinavian Tobacco Group. Pipe Tobacco Hall of Fame Inductee. Formerly known as Dunhill My Mixture 965, STG bought the rights to some Dunhill blends and changed the brand name from "Dunhill" to "Peterson".


Brand Peterson
Blended By Dunhill
Manufactured By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type English
Contents Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin, bulk
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.18 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 07, 2004 Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable
The quintessential English Blend, together with London Mixture. This is another tobacco that I would choose if I could smoke only one blend for the rest of my life.

The reasons? Well, it is a perfect mix. Very full, rather strong, but never aggressive: I like strong tastes, but while I love Nightcap, I think that 965 is much more suited for all-day smoking. It never tickles the throat or bites the tongue, regardless of how you smoke it. Just a bit in the nose, maybe, but it's an otherwise well-rounded mixture.

What shocks me is that this doesn't come at the expense of taste: this is one of the tastiest tobbaccos I have ever tried. Every mouthful of smoke gives you an almost culinary sense of fullness, as if you were eating some delightful "lasagne". It really makes you crave for more and more, never tiring: I find it perfect as appetizer, or after dinner, or in every other moment of the day. This is a tobacco that simply makes you love the taste of... tobacco! That burnt-wood, exotic taste that I have always been looking for in a tobacco...

I am a guy who loves to try different tobaccos to change tastes, but I feel that My Mixture 965 is a blend that MUST always be present in my collection, because it never grows tiresome. And it should serve as a warning to all "aromatic fans": don't try and go looking for taste in those boring and syrupy cherry-vanilla-fruit tobaccos... There's twice the taste in this and in London Mixture than in ANY aromatic, and it is a TRUE taste, the taste of real tobacco...

I also tend to recommend it to beginners: in my opinion, it is a much better choice than the usual drugstore tobaccos, or than the ultra-classic Early Morning Pipe. I began smoking a pipe with EMP, and I was a bit disappointed. And don't fear that it might be TOO tasty: it never goes over the top, and it is much more straightforward (which doesn't mean it lacks in subtlety) than my other beloved: Nightcap. Nightcap is even fuller and tastier, but it might be TOO spicy and "grand" for someone. 965 has also the advantage of releasing its taste from the start and keeping it very stable for the rest of the bowl, while Nightcap evolves and changes: nice for experienced smokers, but a bit disconcerting for someone else.

Packs easily, burns well (leaving a dry light grey ash), doesn't require a great smoking technique, tastes great. What else could you want?

A recommendation if you like this tobacco: as I said it is very similar to Dunhill London Mixture, but in my opinion it is less sweet and "licorice" tasting, verging on a "salty" tone instead. Probably due to the reduced amount of Virginia? You may want to try both, anyway.

Curious note: Many say that this kind of English blend (heavy on Latakia) can be unplesant to wives around you. To my surprise, this is a tobacco that my wife LOVES to smell when I smoke it! She hates aromatics, or "sweet" tobaccos: she prefers the room note of english blends, especially London Mixture and 965! Her sister, too, once asked me if she could try to take a puff out of my pipe when I was smoking this kind of tobacco! She, too, loved the smell of it (and she isn't even a cigarette smoker)! So it seems to be only a matter of taste... It has a strong room note, but someone may like it very much (and my cigarette smoking friends LOVE it).

UPDATE February 2004: After a couple of years and some tins more, I can say that this tobacco suffers from batch variations. Some tins can be great, while others can be nauseating, with a taste that is sweetish and spicy but in the wrong way, or because of a weak undistinct taste. Recently, it has become almost impossible to find a good tin... Not a very subtle tobacco, though, even when you get the good tin, and it probably has become stronger in nicotine while becoming generally worse in taste. I prefer London Mixture by a long shot, now. The rating reflects the average between the old 965 (****) and the new one (**).

UPDATE 2012: Ok, downgrading the rating AGAIN. While I enjoyed the recent Orlik versions of London Mixture (a bit thin, but fragrant and very balanced), Standard Mixture (not as juicy as it used to be, but still very... "standard") and even Early Morning Pipe (never my favourite, and still heavier than what the name would suggest, but very complex ad intriguingly oriental), this one is a BIG disappointment. Flat, carboardy, cigarettish. Not exactly offensive, and probably lighter in nicotine than the last Murray versions, but boooooring! Some slight harshness, too. Here and there a hint of the old greatness and of Dunhill's trademark style, but otherwise it's a miss.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 05, 2020 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
Tin note is wonderful sweet nuttiness. Smokes similar. Latakia comes out a bit more but is very balanced with the mildly sweet and citrus Virginias. Half way through a bit of spice develops.

Easily packed and smoked, average amount of relights, if any. Won't bite, just a simple enjoyment. Works in a medium or bigger bowl for me.

Due to its mildness this would be a great all-day smoke for Latakia lovers. However, if you enjoy Latakia or Balkan blends as a more rich and full bodied once in a while blends, I'd say that there are many other better options.

It is a great blend and I do recommend trying it but it just not one of the first Latakia blends that attract me. I don't think that I'll buy it again in the coming future. Maybe some day.
Pipe Used: "Ena" Brezo red bent apple shape
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 21, 2015 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable
It is almost 2016 and I haven't purchased any new tobacco in a few years, instead smoking various Latakia tins from my Cellar. Most were purchased 2012-2013. I generally like 2-3 aging on most Lat. blends. As I've begun to smoke again with greater regularity, I've made effort to replenish many of my favorites these past few months but find I am in short supply of one favorite blend in particular I like with a little aging. I use an app to manage my cellar and I'm regimented in that regard. Last week I purchased 8oz of bulk 965. My rationale was that I'd be purchasing a ample supply of a tobacco that although not my favorite, I remember being a consistent standard and would fill a gap for me. One key to this story is that I haven't smoked 965 since the late 90's...

I try to be open minded when it comes to pipe tobaccos. My tastes range from OTC Burleys to heavy Latakia blends. Having started piping in the mid 1990's, I like to avoid that "they don't make it like they used to" line of thought and commentary, as we are truly in the golden age of pipe tobaccos. But, my experience with this latest incarnation of Dunhill 965 has prompted me to post a review along those lines.

I remember a 965 with a different cut and different coloration. This seems to be a much finer cut ribbon with less dark tobacco. Tins and bulk I purchased at a mall tobacco shop in the pre-Internet days were perfect moisture content. This definitely requires some drying time. Memory is a fickle thing, but I remember a slightly zestier aroma and flavor. The bag aroma of this 965 seems to have a flavoring or casing added that is more prominent than expected from a Dunhill product.

I recently smoked this tobacco in an Ardor, a Boswell, and an old Custombilt. While the burning qualities were decent and the tobacco seemed balanced and slightly nutty as I remember, something was missing. A savory aspect is lacking, it seems the Latakia struggles to make its presence known.

To me, this current iteration of 965 reminds me of Middleton's Walnut. The 965 I remember was closer to something like Hearth and Home Sunjammer. While this 965 doesn't live up to initial expectation, it will be jarred and sampled at intervals going forward. It is a little disheartening to sense that a classic has declined, but we have a multitude of other choices nowadays.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 11, 2022 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Well blended and consistent, both in burning and in taste. The latakia is always noticeable but never too dominant. The cavendish brings some lighteness to the blend, and the orientals are modest.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 21, 2011 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
When I reviewed Dunhill's Royal Yacht (my 2nd Dunhill review of these Orlik blends) I indicated I wasn't buying any more of the current Dunhill offerings. Well, I lied. I picked up a tin of MM965. Same thing-there is no comparing these blends to the Dunhill's I experienced in the early to mid 70s. While all of those mixtures had their own unique characteristics, they all had a unique rich flavor almost a similar flavor which stamped them as Dunhills. Apparently the blends I experienced @ that time were indeed blended by Dunhill & predated the Murray's offerings. I would characterize this as a crossover blend, since it's basically an English with cavendish. I'm not really big on this genre, as I prefer English & cigar blends, but the tin beckoned to me in the cigar shop & I caved in. One reviewer of the Dunhills said that we old bucks should just accept that these blends have evolved & we should just get over it. I disagree. Dunhill seems to want to live off its past glory with these inferior Orlik blends which aren't even a shadow of what they were several decades ago. They should call them something else-how about Orduns?
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Jan 03, 2020 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable
560 reviews so far . I don’t think many will read this but I am making my own log on tobaccos here so I don’t have to go by memory only . If it helps someone else great . This is for a 3 month old tin with the Peterson label . The cavendish is a little much for my tastebuds . It is a full flavored blend and burns great with the Dunhill type beautiful ribbons . It has a good amount of smokey nutty latakia and very nice orientals but every time I get a nice puff of them immediately the cavendish drowns them out . After a couple of bowls i had to add about 10percent or so of Izmir and Smyrna leaf and it greatly improved the blend . I have a couple of Dunhill tins with about 3yrs on them and i will try to let them age as long as possible and then revisit the blend and see if time improves it . I wish i had only bought one instead of two . 21/2 stars for me .
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 19, 2016 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The tin smells immediately of acetic acid, and the tobaccos in here are young and still maturing. It’s not ready to smoke, which is super frustrating from a blend that is supposed to be a benchmark. Somebody at British American Tobacco needs to put the hammer down on Orlik, 965 has been this way for a while.

After a week of airing out, you’ll get a Turkish-forward blend that tends toward the sour and tangy, with a good body of Latakia underneath and a lot of rich red Virginia flavor. It definitely leads with the sun-cured stuff though, and kind of stays there.

After a couple of years aging in the tin, what you have is a very well balanced all-day smoke with good Turkish flavor on top of an integrated VA/Lat backbone. But nobody should be forced to sit on a tin for that long just to have a good smoke. With the availability of better all-day English blends, 965 should be put in the penalty box until it can get its act together.
Age When Smoked: fresh - 3 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 16, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
This is a much fabled blend--and my first tin was met with great anticipation. Opening the tin for the note was a surprise. A very strong aroma of something mildly unpleasant--almost animal in nature. Also, a bit wet for my preferences.

The following summarizes impressions of a tin, and sampling of 8oz of bulk order. The initial burn is not really characteristic of how the tobacco progresses. Initially a bit bitter and heavy--with a mild sour note. As the bowls move into the first quarter, the sweet begins to slide forward--but is offset by a bit of bite.

There is an odd taste to this--underlying the VA and Lat. Something burning of a woodlike character--but not what I associate with tobaccos. Going into the first half and onward, it makes for a relatively nice smoke--but no fireworks or bells going off with commendation. The odd flavor continues throughout, and the bit of bite continues to wax and wane.

Finishes well and leaves a fairly nice mouth taste--sweet and mostly what one associates with Virginia. Overall this is a fair tobacco--but certainly does not live up to all the rave. Trying it in a bulk the manure sort of odor is barely noticeable, and the sour not such a component at the start.

I am putting 8oz of this into cellar for a couple years to see what develops. Otherwise, I find that such blends as Vintage Syrian and Arango Balkan are superior as overall smokes. An update to follow in 2 years...
Pipe Used: meer, Pete 8S, Stanwell poker
PurchasedFrom: SPC
Age When Smoked: New tin and bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 08, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
This was one of the first really good smokes that I've enjoyed from a pipe. The tobacco was full of flavor and rich, rich to the point of creamy. If tobacco could have cholesterol this would be a candidate. This was also one of the first really nasty smokes I had, because the second time I smoked MM965 the tobacco had turned bitter. Thinking my new Savinelli pipe was the culprit, I tried it in my other pipe (I only own 2 pipes) but again that bitterness just overpowered every pore of my mouth. The first smoke was from a newly opened tin and by the second smoke the tin had been opened for a few weeks. I had not jarred the tobacco and I live in the tropics. This regrettable experience could very well be blamed on my carelessness, but I have other tobaccos that hold their own in a tropical environment and do not go Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on me. A low star rating for this one for not being more robust.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 01, 2017 Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
A very much beloved blend, just not by me. To be fair I've never smoked the murray or older versions, and so i only have the orlik to speak upon. To me, this blend is like a classed up frog morton, and it basically plays upon the novelty of Latakia plus cavendish. That has never been a combination i particularly enjoyed, and though there's fun to be had here, it's very short lived for me. The oriental component isn't very sharply defined, and one ends primarily with a softly sweetened, incense like latakia flavor. It's nice as a change of pace but quickly tires my palate. I pick it up from time to time, smoke a bowlful, enjoy it a bit, but remember why i don't pick it up very often. Perhaps the older blenders did more with it; i certainly don't know.
Pipe Used: Cobs, meerschaums, briar
Age When Smoked: New to 2 yrs
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