Rattray Professional Mixture

A mixture of Virginia tobaccos of various types, combined with Black Cavendish and a pinch of Oriental and Latakia.


Brand Rattray
Series British Collection
Blended By Kohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Manufactured By  
Blend Type English
Contents Black Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 100 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.70 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 25, 2012 Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
From the the ingredients listed it would appear to be something that I would like. The tin aroma would also indicate that. Opening it up one is greeted with a melange of brown ribbon cut pieces of various shades possessing a kind of sweet raisin like or plummy fragrance similar to that of the Altadis Revelation match and E. Hoffman's Distinguished Gentleman. I was truly hoping for a pleasant piping experience. I had tried this mixture some four years ago disliked it and put it away. As I am presently enjoying "English style" mixtures that feature some Cavendish I was expecting to now enjoy P.M. The fact that it is a product of an authentic British Tobacco firm led me to truly want to like the stuff. It had retained it's moisture and scent and I loaded it into a Vauen filter pipe as I still harbored some suspicions from my hazy but not very positive memories of previous attempts to enjoy P.M. The first few puffs were very pleasant, fragrant and slightly sweet but very quickly the smoke developed a very nasty chemical gaseous quality and the stem began to seep an acrid juice that fouled my mouth. My tongue was stung by the seemingly toxic vapors and I put the experiment to rest. Undaunted (I had purchased the 100gm tin) I tried again a few days later in a filtered Dr. Grabow Freehand and experienced the same results. Fortunately I spared one of my quality English pipes from this nasty stuff.
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Sep 03, 2008 Mild to Medium Strong Full Tolerable
First impressions in the tin are of raisins, dates & port wine. The weed itself comprises golden ribbon (Va), a little brown leaf & a good sprinkling of black leaf (Orientals). It?s described as a mixture that stimulates & soothes (oh brother). The pipe?s a Mastro de Paja bulldog. First few draws to get it going & the fruit comes through together with the Turkish. It?s pleasant, but the flavours don?t meld into one. There?s a spiciness in this that belies the ingredients. A third of the way down the bowl & it?s gone flat ? little spice, but the flavour has just flattened out completely. Ho hum. There?s a mustiness instead. Halfway through & the spiciness has transformed into a mild sting ? not unpleasant though - & the smoke is turning a little bitter. Further down, & its even more bitter ? it?s the Turkish, I?m sure, because in the background I can taste the Va?s which are mellowing out quite nicely, like whipped cream. Now three-quarters of the way into this smoke & the bitterness has almost subsided. It?s not a pipe thing, I?ve experienced this on every smoke ? not just this review. The sting has backed down into spiciness again & a richness has unfolded. Not bad. But not a complex smoking experience. Last quarter & it does improve, but it was never a remarkable experience.

I won?t be buying another tin of Professional Mixture. I found it disappointing, not in the league of what I?ve come to expect from Rattrays.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 04, 2008 Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
I have been told that Rattray's blends are some classic mixtures, but after my sixth bowl, I'm not impressed. I was looking to find a well balanced latakia blend, and this is not it. All I could taste was virginas, and that was brief after my tongue began to sizzle. I'm sorry but this tin will be my last, it smokes wet, gurggles, and man does it bite. I think my mouth deserves some ice cream. By the way WHERE IN THIS BLEND IS THE LATAKIA? There are a few errant black strips in this, that hardly constitutes a blend. Nasty stuff in my opinion, almost up there with Carter Hall, my opinion is my own however. To all others who enjoy, I'm glad you do. Sorry, but only one star worthy in my opinion, take it for what its worth.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 13, 2005 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable
New to Rattray and only tried because the local tobaccoist said it was a good choice. Well, I tried it and was not pleased. When I first lit my pipe I said this was not a wise decision to buy. It nearly burnt the nose hair right out of my head. Sorry try again.
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Aug 31, 2004 Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Tolerable
After having tried all the range of the Rattray's latakia mixtures, I certainly wasn't holding my breath: I like Red Rapparee and Black Mallory, but I loathe all their other offerings. It seems to me that Accountant Mixture, Highland Targe, Jocks Mixture, 3 Noggins and 7 Reserve (the "best" of these five) are all slight variations on the theme of dullness: one is a bit tastier, one has some more orientals, one has the added sweetness and tonguebite of black cavendish... but they all are examples of very uninspiring tobaccos. They have little taste, they leave a grey sensation in the mouth, they are BORING. Perhaps when Mr. Rattray used to make them himself, they were subtle and delicious tobaccos, but today they are made in Germany by Kohlhase & Kopp and they often plain suck. As you can guess, my hopes for Professional were not high: a lighter version of the bland Accountant MIxture? Wow, that surely must be a feat! Indeed it is milder, with more bright virginias and less red ones, and less orientals and latakia. And, in spite of my low expectations, it still managed to disappoint me! The cut is finer than averagem and it burns quite well (probably because it's drier than many Rattrays too). The flavor is bland to the point of boredom (in spite of an intriguingly fruity tin aroma, which reminds of pears), absolutely monochromatic and reminding of burning paper. Cigarettish, if I may say so. Definitely a letdown of a blend: try GLPease Piccadilly instead if you want a light English which is MUCH better than this!
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