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 30, 2017 Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable
I try to capture, in a word or two, the initial smell of tinned tobacco when freshly opened. Putting my finger on it can be a challenge at times, but with Smyrna, I can safely say it smells of freshly cured leather.

The cut is fairly crumbly, and I was often packing the bowl with pinches of "seasoning" rather than wound together ribbons. This may or may not of added to what is already a strong (nicotine) tobacco. Lights up easily to a very dry charcoal tinged smoke. With even a puff or two, the taste will stick to your mouth for the rest of the day.

My smoking habits are often once a day, but with 2-3 successive bowls and Smyrna takes a lot out of me after the first, so it doesn't fit style.
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