No.306, English Orient, is a classic English mixture from Newminster, developed from flue-cured African Virginias, Black Cavendish, Mexican Burleys and Cyprus Latakia. Then, on top of these fantastic tobaccos, a 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 in strength.
Smooth as silk. This is a very refined blend. No one component or flavor overpowers, which is unique in itself, but creates an ensemble. Ina sense, it's own flavor. Luscious, smooth and balanced. Great no bite, all-day smoke. Burns cool and left only... Read More white ash. In a world of English blends, this is a rare breed, must have. Read Less
There is plenty of room in the tobacco world for an English blend that insists on allowing all its components equal time. "Will the gentleman from Latakia kindly take his seat?"
Newminster English Orient has a wonderfully round taste, where the La... Read Moretakia is present in a supporting role. The addition of the Turkish leaf and the Cavendish make sure their dark companion doesn't take over, and that makes this blend delightful, especially earlier in the day.
English Orient packs well, lights well (does need a char light) and burns cleanly. Save your "Lat-bombs" for later in the day, and enjoy this with coffee, while writing, or after lunch. Read Less
Rather new at the pipe. Started with aromatics and have found the English blends to be my go to. First bowl and I love it. I think this will be a great all day smoke. It is smooth and almost has a sweetness to it. Definitely will be ordering more of ... Read Morethis. Read Less
Let's not keep this secret, retrohalers dream, I am smoking my first pipe as I write this, I've got all the super english, balkan, latakia lovers smokes, this smoke is so nice, one match light, beautiful turkish up front, unbelievably smooth, do your... Read Moreself a massive favour and order this one, as soon as the masses find it, who knows what might happen, stock up so your never left alone, this smoke is great company, one of the easiest englishes you'll ever smoke, I'm smoking as is, I won't adulterate this one, I'm more than fine with it, I'm sure you will be too, well what are you waiting for, kind regards, from Adalaide, South Australia. Read Less
Good sour smoky flavor, definitely oriental forward, good English flavor that was relatively full bodied, easy to light and smoked cool, probably would be very good in a less challenging pipe, even relights were ok without too much bite, overall good... Read More reliable smoke. Read Less
The bag note is a bit muted, but don't let that fool you. A bit moist, packs well though. The smoke is full and it burns cool, really cool once it gets going. No problem keeping the burn going. It took the first third of the bowl before it settle... Read Mored down. The second third was all cocoa, nice semi-sweet chocolate. Never gets hot or bitey. In the last third the latakia began to come thru but that didn't last as the orientals and burley made for a spice and cool smoke. There were hints of sour and sweet, both a pleasant experience. A very good blend. Read Less
The description says “non-aromatic”, but that is 100% false advertising. This is definitely an aromatic; there can be no question about it whatsoever. It is SOAKING WET, gooey, goopy, overly sweet, medicine-y, absolutely DRENCHED in vanilla, marshmal... Read Morelow, caramel flavors like a children’s breakfast cereal with a ridiculous cartoon character on the box. Latakia is barely even detectable. The orientals are drowned out almost completely in the sea of syrupy caramel goo. Rude cavendish overpowers everything else while burley and Virginia play a rowdy and unruly supporting role, egging on the belligerence of all parties to this travesty. Everything “English” and “Oriental” — i.e., refined and subtly exotic, respectively — is savagely beaten into submission by the clown show of cotton candy carnival flavors. Why would Newminster pull the proverbial wool over our eyes, working so hard to convince us that this is not aromatic when it so clearly is? It’s covered in sugar syrup! I’m so confused and disappointed. When this super-soaked aromatic blend first showed up on my doorstep, I contacted Smokingpipes to express my confusion because the description clearly says “non-aromatic”. I did not even have to ask, Smokingpipes sent me a replacement the same day (thanks guys! excellent customer service). But what showed up in the replacement package was the selfsame sugar-coated, gooey, goopy, caramel-vanilla-marshmallow mess. What is happening here? It’s like living in Bizarro World. But since I have received the same aromatic ab0rtion twice in a row, both times under the label of Newminster no. 306 English Orient, I can only conclude that this is in fact the genuine article, and that Newminster is reeeeeally stretching the definition of “casing”. Most of us can tell the difference between an aromatic and, say, a Virginia that has been heavily cased. Take for example Newminster’s own #400 Superior Navy Flake. It is technically not an aromatic, but it does smell like a sugar factory in the bag or tin because of the casing process. However, the flake is relatively dry because it is not topped with heavy flavors and syrups. And I love Superior Navy Flake! I have four pounds of it in my cellar. And I have many other flakes, cakes, ribbons, ropes, and coins which do evince an application of a sweet casing but which are not goopy, sappy messes because casing is not topping. But English Orient is not just heavily cased. It seems also to be topped with a sea of sugar flavor goop. I will give it half a star for the very nice orientals they used, but they ruined them by brutalizing the mix with all the childish candy flavors. How could anyone do that to something so beautifully complex? It’s like taking a gorgeous filet mignon or aged flank steak with rare truffle sauce, and then dumping ketchup all over it. What a tragedy. What a loss. Read Less
Well, this isn't a very "Englishy" tobacco, straying pretty wide from the path of traditional Englishes, but that's not to say it's a bad thing. Seems to be one of those "kitchen sink" blends, with a little of everything thrown in... Read More. Everyone's biochemistry and physiology are like snowflakes I know, but my tastebuds don't find anything exceptionally remarkable in this smoke, save for perhaps its smoothness and easy "smokability"; nothing particularly stands out, either good or bad. This batch I'm smoking now has been sealed in a Mason jar for about 5 months. I'll probably smoke a little now and then, just for a change but it won't be a regular smoke, and when I finish all this batch (who knows when?), I doubt I'll order more, since there are too many really wonderful blends available that are much more suitable to my taste. Read Less
This has become one of my favorites. Great taste, No bite. Burns and packs good, no goop in bowl. Fine Lat flavor without being over board, other tobaccos come through. This one is very good for an all day smoke. I'm glade I bought 8oz, I will re... Read Moreorder this one. Read Less
I had a pipe maker throw in a small sample of this stuff along with a pipe I bought from him and I was instantly hooked. This isn't a traditional English blend but that's alright with me. 😉 The addition of the Cavendish and Turkish tobaccos gives th... Read Moreis blend an amazing, indescribable flavor profile. Room note is mild and non offending. I've smoked through this stuff slowly as well as rather quickly and there is little to no tongue bite at all. If your an aromatic tobacco smoker and a little hesitant to take your first step into non-aromatic tobaccos I think this would be an excellent one to try. I keep a couple jars filled with this stuff and it's a regular staple in my rotation. Outstanding! 👍👍 Read Less
This was my first sucessful delivery. Perfectly sealed. During opening the bag I smelt a beautiful scent. The taste was pleasurable but after a couple weeks, it was best thought to be in rotation. Following several constant puffs throughout the day, ... Read Moreit gravels your tongue. Sometimes becoming painful in conjunction with a beverage. I noticed similarity to black gunpowder..
Waivering a second batch. The taste is relative to at least 3 flavors. Perfect for a mid morning. I found consuming a fizzy drink helped with the aroma. Read Less
Very enjoyable and sure to be added to my regular rotation. I feel that this blend is very smooth, but would benefit greatly from a little cellaring. I will definitely buy this blend again and set some back to age and mature.
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... Read More. 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. Read Less
This is one of my "go to" English blends. Even though, by definition, an "English" blend is Virginias and Latakia only, I feel the addition of Burleys and Cavendish makes this blend more complex and flavorful. The addition of Turkish Samsun makes it ... Read Morea luxury blend at a very affordable price point. Read Less
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