John Cotton John Cotton's Smyrna

John Cotton's Smyrna is a Turkish forward blend with plenty of rich latakia. Virginias add a touch of sweetness to a robust, smoky and earthy experience.
Notes: John Cotton's Smyrna was a favorite among connoisseurs. This was a rich, spicy and smoky classic that was a go-to for pipe lovers around the world...and then it was gone. The new owners of this classic brand approached Russ Ouellette to recreate their blends. Through diligent research and sampling vintage tins to help jog Russ' memories of the flavors, Standard Tobacco Company of Pennsylvania is now ready to bring this classic back. A combination of carefully matured Virginias, fragrant and zesty small-leaf Turkish tobaccos and plenty of Cyprian latakia, John Cotton's Smyrna is deep and bold, and a perfect meditative repast.


Brand John Cotton
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By Lane, Ltd.
Blend Type Balkan
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 1.75 ounce tin
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.48 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 22, 2018 Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable
Despite how the blend is billed it's a disappointingly rather weak English in character. It may have a hefty component of turkish but the leaf is very mild with no outstanding character. The latakia isn't particularly hefty, maybe 30%. I couldn't notice the virginias against the rest of the blend. The most detracting issue was the mild casing which adds a bit of sweetness that adversely effects the latakia that is hard to describe but reminds me of a burnt marshmallow with a bitter herbal tone. One gets this sort of thing from Kohlhase & Kopp(i.g. Rattrays.) and I hate it. English blends were not like this 25yrs ago. This blend is best summed up as a weak and diluted smoking experience; There are just far better English style products to smoke, namely from Dan Tobacco, Samuel Gawith and C&D.
Age When Smoked: new
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