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A classic English mixture developed from flue-cured African Virginias, Black Cavendish, Mexican Burleys and Cyprus Latakia. Then, on top of these fantastic tobaccos, a mild, spicy Turkish Samsun grown on the Black Sea coast is added, just to give the final touch of excellence. This non-aromatic blend produces an astonishing array of refined flavors ranging from mild to medium strength.

BrandNewminster
Blended ByMac Baren
Manufactured ByVilliger
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (92)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I absolutely love this stuff. For bulk tobacco, I haven't found anything better in an English blend. It is fairly well balanced. The nuttiness of the burley is there, along with the sweetness of the Virginias and the floral notes of the orientals (albeit, they are slightly weak compared to some higher-end blends). Of course, the Latakia takes the center stage, but not in a strong way. It melds very well with the other flavors, and stays around for the remainder of the bowl. The cut is a mixture of thin ribbons (almost a shag cut) and it packs wonderfully in every pipe that I have dedicated to English blends (about 10-12 pipes). It is a great "all day" smoke, and the price allows it to be smoked all day without spending a fortune. I keep at least 8 oz on hand at all times.

Again, I am reviewing this for what it is: a bulk English blend. One would be hard pressed to find one of this quality at such a cheap price. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a mild-medium English that they could enjoy all day. It's no Squadron Leader, but I have smoked much more expensive tobaccos that have been MUCH worse than this one. I'm going to try more Newminster blends now that I've discovered this jewel. Get some and try it. You might be surprised.

Pipe Used: LHS Purex, Sasieni, other various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

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13 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2502)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias are grassy with some citrus, wood and earth, and form the base of the blend. The Cyprian Latakia is smokey, woody, earthy sweet in an important support role. The Oriental/Turkish offers wood, earth, a little sourness and smoke as well as sporting a little spice and light floralness as competition for the other components. The nutty, earthy, woody, mildly sweet burleys pop up now and then as a minor ingredient. The mild brown sugary black cavendish rounds out a few rough edges. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a slot past that. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Will not bite even if pushed. Fairly well balanced, it burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a mostly consistent, mildly sweet and spicy, rather savory flavor. Requires an average number of relights. Leaves very little moisture in the bowl. Has a lightly lingering, pleasant woody, lightly floral spice after taste. Can be an all day smoke.

-JimInks

11 people found this review helpful.

Corncob3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Corncob3 (77)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Excellent smoke. Reminds me of John Ayelsbury's English Mixture. Same dry sweetness but w/ Latakia and Orientals. Slightly smoky, spicy and floral undertone. Medium to full flavor but not overpowering. Just well balanced and a blend anyone can enjoy. Best of all where every you smoke this, it won't smell like burnt tires. Unfortunately P&C was out of English Luxus so I ordered this instead. It was a rewarding replacement and something I see adding to my rotation.

Pipe Used: Dr. Grabow Grand Duke

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars.com

Similar Blends: John Ayelsbury English Mixture..

9 people found this review helpful.

mooncycles Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mooncycles (2)
★★★★
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very enjoyable smoke. The flavours come in chunks, rather than in a well blended way. I like that though! This is a robust product - each flavour that comes through has real pedigree. A classy product, I'll come back to it from time to time. The topping/flavouring (from the cavendish) is quite noticeable - I don't know what it is, but it's quite nice for a change of pace. This would probably be a great transition smoke for those moving from aromatics to English/Orientals.

Pipe Used: Falcon Coolway, Royal Sovereign.

Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Peter Stokkebe "English Oriental Supreme" Arango "Balkan Supreme".

9 people found this review helpful.

Big Blue Jazzman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Blue Jazzman (51)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm a big fan of English blends and have tried about 6 English Orientals. I like this one the best. The components play very well together and nothing in the blend seems to overwhelm. The price is awesome! Great job Newminster!

Pipe Used: 1970's Meer

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: pipes & cigars

7 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Not exactly a blending masterpiece. The Burley, Black Cav, and the Samsun are weak. I don't mind that about the first two, but with "Orient" in the name I expected the Samsun to make a better showing here. Only comes out well at the end of the bowl. The Latakia and Virginias are in the right proportions. Mild to medium in body with medium flavors. It just didn't meet my expectations nor did it suit my preferences. It's not a bad blend though and others may like it more than I did so I somewhat recommend it.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

6 people found this review helpful.

clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (104)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

You would be hard pressed to find a better bulk English. Highly complex, well balanced and absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I mean really as far as the tobacco taste goes there is really nothing quite like it. I can only compare it to Sillems London for its unique character. Highly Recommended.

Pipe Used: Ram Horn Carved Bent Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Sillems London - albeit Sillems has a little more Latakia punch..

4 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (206)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

This is from a nice sample I received from a friend of mine at the ‘club’. This has a slight smell of musty earth and leather and looks like half black and half brown tobaccos. Upon first lighting up I noticed that this is a mild Lat blend with some sweetness experienced throughout the bowl that I am guessing is from the black cav. The Lat is definitely in the background and was not really noticeable to me on the other hand I usually smoke some heavy Lat blends so that may be the lack of detecting it as readily as some may. This is a good everyday blend but for me is a little too mild to get too excited though I do appreciate the gift. If you like a light all day Lat blend then this is probably a good choice.

Pipe Used: Peterson Briar Poker

Age When Smoked: New

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1912)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Newminster - No. 306 English Orient.

When I opened the blend I was instantly impressed by the hydration of the ribbons, which are evenly cut, and there's no twigs in with them.

The first third of a bowl didn't make a good impression on me, it tasted far to busy with nothing particularly standing out. It seems confused about its identity: English? Yeah, right, there's nowhere near enough Latakia smokiness. After a third the flavour develops somewhat, there's still nowhere near enough Lat in the blend for it to be called an English, but there's a clearer taste of the Turkish tobacco. It also becomes a little buttery around this point. It's aggressive on my palate though: too hot and quite bitey.

The nicotine's medium, and I don't like the note.

Sadly for No. 306, I'll stick with my initial feelings; although the flavour develops it still isn't enough to gain anymore than two stars.

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Levent Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (143)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is absolutely superb . This English blend is an orient forward english, with ample Virginia added. This burns well and is a gem of blending. The taste is complex enough to maintain interest.

3 people found this review helpful.

georgariou33 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
georgariou33 (16)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

a very nice english blend. love the taste and a wonderful noise. this is a great smoke after lunch with a starbucks french roast coffee. leaves a rich taste on the palet

Pipe Used: stanwell and big ben only

Age When Smoked: 70

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: 0.

3 people found this review helpful.

Gr8tefuldawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gr8tefuldawg (22)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Newminster- English Oriental

I received a nice sample of this from a friend at the local pipe club, about enough for 3 bowls, which I feel is enough to paint a picture of the blend, better so than only smoking it once.

This blend is a english with some oriental leaf, I must say I can smell the smoky Latakia presence upon opening the zip loc bag, along with the earthy slight sweet and sour oriental leaf.

Upon first light I got the typical Latakia smokiness, but with a lot less full of a flavor, it was well tamed and he oriental immediately hit me, it balanced well with the English and would show and disappear, re-appearing just when I thought it was gone forever.

This was a great sample, very much appreciated. This is a blend that does it well, but I think others do it better. If this was on-sale I would purchase it otherwise it’s not a must have blend for me.

It’s an overall mild English with a touch of oriental the leaf is of good quality just could just didn’t do enough for me.

Pipe Used: Bones One poker

Age When Smoked: New

1 person found this review helpful.