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Dark and Stormy is John Patton's Storm Front blend with Latakia added, which results in a masterful new blend that adds English dimensions of depth to round out the flavor, without overwhelming the cube-cut Burleys.

Notes: Sold through

BrandJohn Patton
Blended ByJohn Patton
Manufactured By4noggins
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Cigar Leaf, Latakia
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected, Extremely Mild
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I thought that the addition of Latakia to Storm Front might not work because it would dilute the little bit of sweetness it had and a lack of sweetness is big negative for me. Not so in this case. While this isn't as sweet as SF (and SF isn't very sweet), it still has enough to make this pleasant. There may be a touch in this Latakia. This is a very good smoke. The addition of the woody, smoky notes do add to the complexity, but at the same time they hide a little of the Burley flavor. It's a trade off. I think I prefer SF a little more than this, but this is still worthy of 4 stars in my book. A smooth smoke.

Medium in body and flavor. Burns fairly well, but will need a re-light occasionally.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Diplomat Apple

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: 4noggins

5 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (377)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a wonderful medium strength burley with some cigar leaf and latakia on the side. The burley is earthy, slightly sweet and even more slightly nutty. There is a smoky, woodsy quality to it that has a different quality than the parent - Stormfront. It is a little more woodsy. The cigar leaf and latakia play together nicely. I think there is a subtle topping that adds to the sweet, but it is so subtle, I can't identify a flavor or even swear there is one.

Compared to Stormfront, this one was easier to like initially. Stormfront grew on me as I smoked more. There is a quality to this blend that is hard to explain. The flavors are subtle and not in your face, but they are having a party in your mouth. This is an excellent blend and easy to recommend.

3 people found this review helpful.

bojangle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bojangle (7)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

From the first puff to the last, this blend tastes very smoky / like a campire. The finish is like that of a cigar with slightly spicy notes.

I'm not getting any flavours that I can compare to real foods, but maybe cloves? The flavour is consistent and obvious. It tastes good and something I do enjoy, depending on the time of day/week.

It burns nicely and the smoke is thick and smells just as it tastes, though the tin-note isn't exactly the same as the room-note + taste.

It's a flavour cigars can't mimic and for that, I give it a decent rating.

Pipe Used: Dr Grabow Omega

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: 4noggins

3 people found this review helpful.

Pascal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pascal (2)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As a big fan of Storm Front, I decided to give Dark and Stormy a try with my last order. I have smoked about 2oz of it. I really like it. Everything I like about Storm Front is still there, only with the addition of Latakia. It is a very pleasant, cool smoke. It stays lit very easily like Storm Front. The Latakia is present but more as a smooth background flavor instead of a bold English type flavor.

I still prefer Storm Front, but will also keep plenty of this on hand as it is a nice change and complement to Storm Front. Very nice... if you like Storm Front give it a try. If you like light English bends, give it a try. There's not much about this blend that I could find objectionable. Good stuff!

Pipe Used: Peterson Canadian, Ropp Cherrywood

Age When Smoked: 1 - 2 months

Purchased From: 4Noggins

Similar Blends: Storm Front.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1947)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Strong

John Patton - Dark and Stormy.

The blend isn't that coarse, really, it just looks like a standard ribbon. It's a medium shade of brown with a few light and dark specks.

The Latakia really makes this blend: it gives a good smoky/cedar note that's the leading taste. The Cigar Leaf isn't too pushy, it has more of a richness as opposed to a caustic cigar flavour. The Burley gives a good nuttiness, but again, this isn't too formidable. The only added taste I get is a VERY delicate perfume/floral one, but this is extremely light. The burn's steady and the smoke doesn't bite me at any time.

The nicotine's quite medium, and the room-note (to finish on a low point) is too much for me: lots of aroma and plumes of smoke.

This isn't bad, it just isn't one for me.

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Jake Hackert

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

brashboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brashboy (84)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Dark & Stormy is John Patton's STORM FRONT with some Latakia added. SF is one of the finest Burley blends anywhere, flavored with cigar leaf and a favorite of mine; it smells like TOBACCO, by God; it's as "tobacco-ey" a blend as you could ask for. So D&S is a blend of Burley, cigar leaf and Lat. The John Patton blends are terrific, overall, if you have not made their acquaintance. You get them from, btw.

I didn't like D&S much at first. In fact, my first impression was yiicch! This is partly because I am not much of a Lat fan, though I am always looking for blends to like that are lightly flavored with Lat (so many claim to love Latakia that I keep thinking I should cultivate a taste for it). And maybe I kept expecting it to be Storm Front. But I stuck with it and came to appreciate its good qualities, which are considerable. The Lat is much stronger in the jar (this is bulk tobacco) than in the taste, or aroma. I would probably like even a little less Latakia, but less might not work as well; maybe the blend would then simply smell a little off instead of announcing that Lat is present. The combination is a grand one for those who like Burley and cigar leaf.

This is excellent-quality tobacco that packs well and burns slow. Unlike other reviewers, I don't really get much sweetness. The different leaves go together well. Sometimes the Burley comes through more, sometimes the Lat. Not the most complex blend around, but I'll take genuine tobacco taste any day. Because of the Burley and Cyprian Lat, I doubt this one will age that well, but some blends are made to be smoked when you buy them and I think this is one of them.

If you are not a Burley fan, or are turned off by cigar leaf or Latakia, Dark & Stormy is not for you; the Latakia probably won't redeem it. But if you do like them, or if you like English blends, Dark & Stormy definitely is one you should try.

Age When Smoked: Just purchased

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2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28806)
Medium Very Mild Medium Unnoticeable

It is exactly what it says it is. A derivative blend of Storm Front with Latakia added. There are periods where the Storm Front is quite obvious and other times where the Latakia takes control. It did not manifest as a halfway blend to me.

I expect that if you really like Storm Front, this would be a let down but if you like your Latakia (as I do but only in moderation), Dark and Stormy would be a good gateway drug to Patton's Cigar leaf Burleyland. I guess someone asked for it just as Dark Horse is a customer-requested derivative of Soulmate's Kiss.

On the whole I like it and recommend it. 3 Stars.

1 person found this review helpful.