A very nice, very smooth English blend. The Bright Virginias lead by just a touch providing sweet hay and a touch of citrus. The Latakia comes next with ample smokiness and wood. The Black Cav provides very little flavor, but makes this a very smooth smoke. Medium strength and easily an all day English.
Mild to medium in body. No added flavorings. Medium in taste. Burns very well straight from the tin.
Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain
Summary: a sweet English with too much goop on the Cavendish, more smooth than spicy.
Among blenders competition to produce a sweet English has reached great intensity. People love their English blends, but want the tangy Latakia toned down a bit and the mixture sweetened, more like the big sellers like Orlik "Golden Sliced" and Peter Stokkebye "Luxury Bullseye Flake." If you can make a blend taste like breakfast cereal, you win a big audience. Svendborg tones down the Latakia and makes a smooth mixture with sweetened Cavendish, giving it a faint maple syrup flavor, but may have gone overboard with that. The spicy piquant flavor which makes an English so much fun is gone, replaced by a tangy sweet smoky flavor more like barbecue sauce. This is not bad, but not exceptional, and remarkably inferior to the best sweet Englishes like Dunhill "My Mixture 965."
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