Are you looking for the best "bang for the buck" blend? You came to the right blend. My opinion here is also shared by fellow pipe smokers here in my country. We have tried various blends of englishes. But we all came down to one common con... Read Moresensus: this blend is the most cost effective but tasty English blend there is. Give this blend a try, its affordable yet good. Read Less
Today's Dunhill 965 is not the same as it used to be, back in the day. Hate to say that, but it's true. I've been a fan of Dunhill's blends for going on 50 years and they've just… well… changed. Part of it, I think, is the Latakia. Used to be Syrian.... Read More Now, I believe, it's Cyprian. Good smoke, yes, but different. For my part, I think this is better. And the price sure is. Read Less
I guess based on how much I've raved about Dunhill's My Mixture 965 being an English standard coupled with the Dunhill news, my friend picked up a bag of Sutliff's 965 match to see just what sort of potential replacement it offered. He really seemed ... Read Moreto like it. I eventually gave in to curiosity and had to try the match for myself. I think it's fair to say that I'm more familiar with the Dunhill version, but I was completely surprised how much I liked this match blend. It has all the hallmarks that made 965 great. The ribbon cut is not the same, less refined, but preforms okay. It's bulk, but seemed to maintain a nice moisture level for weeks. That's where the differences end folks. The flavors are rather spot-on IMO. I joked with my friend that I may not be able to tell them apart on a blind taste test. Yes, it was that close! So, then I thought...”Why is this so similar?”, and then it dawned on me. When I first started smoking Dunhill's blend 25yrs ago, it more than likely had Syrian Latakia. Over the years it has slowly changed a little with the more common variety of Cyprian Latakia being used. Cyprian Latakia is more mellow and smooth, creamy even, which works with VA to make the blend just slightly sweeter. Matching “sweeter” is something Sutliff can do. So, I must conclude that if you're thinking this will match old tins of Dunhill 965 from your cellar you'll find this match sweeter, but if you're looking for it to match the more recent tins of Dunhill 965, you'll be much rewarded. Me personally, I still give the win to Dunhill either way, but with its days numbered and Sutliff having such a great bulk match, I can easily see my loyalties wavering. I hope this helps. UPDATE: We now have My Mixture 965 readily available thanks to Peterson, and as far as I can tell theirs is identical to the final tins Dunhill released, but I still believe for the price and convenience of bulk, I have no problem with Sutliff's match (now Match 20). BTW, I failed my blind taste test with flying colors! Read Less
This is a very good blending of the described tobaccos, it is a very nice mild English with a good hint of Latakia but the Orientals seem to play the major role, the cavendish is slightly detectable ( which I prefer). It has a moderate amount of smok... Read Moreiness and the nic hit is light. I would put this as a good all day smoke for those who do but the aroma will not be a big crowd pleaser. As for being a good match to the original, yes, but if you are big Dunhill fan you will not agree. I personally have hard time supporting current Dunhill due to the companies direction of disassociating themselves from tobacco. The only negative comment I think I could have about the blend is the the cut could use a little more attention, some of the strands were on the long and leathery side. Read Less
My father had been looking for a good replacement for the now defunct dunhill my mixture 965. When I presented this tobacco match 20 he was extremely sceptical.
However now that he has been smoking it for a while he is blown away by the quality and ... Read Morethe flavour of it. I am so glad to be able to find this for him. Thank you so much. From a happy customer. Read Less
Purchased this to see what Sutliff's take on 965 was all about, I certainly didn't have high expectations when ordering, and to be quite frank, Dunhill's 965 is not even in my top 10. I smoked 4 bowls so far of this, in a Savinelli 316KS and this ble... Read Morend is awesome! I think you will be pleasantly surprised if you are a Enlish Blend aficionado. Read Less
With the publication of Dunhill ceasing their production of pipe tobacco, I wanted to make sure there were suitable alternatives. Dunhill 965 is one of those tobaccos I felt I wanted to buy in bulk or find a replacement for. Fortunately, I didn't hav... Read Moree to look far. Match 965, in my opinion, fits the bill. This gem provides a nice Lat bomb lovers fix. My mouth is salivating thinking about it. The black cavendish and Latakia meld with the oriental to produce an ideal miasma of deliciousness. Needless to say. I believe my first smoke tonight will be Match 965. Read Less
I’ve never tried the original Dunhill 965, so I’m not comparing this match blend to it. I’m smoking Sutliff Match 20 to just enjoy a different English from what I usually smoke.
This blend is absolutely fantastic! Smoky notes of leather, sour, and s... Read Moreweet. The black cavendish is what makes this blend for me and sets it apart from other English blends. The smoky edges of this blend are smoothed by the sweet black cavendish, giving this woodsy blend a nice velvety body.
This may quickly become my new favorite English. Read Less
So this is a light english. Sweet, not harsh, not overwhelming in any way, but if you add some strong coffee, oh my God, it is perfect! I have joyfully smoked it every day for 2 weeks. Without coffee is average (it fades after 1/4 of bowl and needs t... Read Moreo be kicked in the butt with a cup of coffe or a small piece of dark chocolate from that time on), so i would say that the below 4 stars scored are a fair mark, but this is my favourite morning coffee tobacco and just for that it has my 5*.
Very similar to Heavy english(reviews are quite simular for that matter) but with some extra oriental (in my opinion). Read Less
965 has been my "go to" baccy for a long time. I've probably easily smoked 300+ tins of it. I suspect I know 965 pretty darn well. This "match" does its best and I appreciate the effort by Sutliff. However, this blend only mildly... Read More rhymes with 965 and only in the higher notes. It's a bit bitey if your not careful and is totally missing the pleasant slightly sharp leather of 965. The Sutliff match also lacks the nicotine strength. 965 also has a bolder flavor overall by a significant margin. The biggest problem, however, is the Cavendish component. 965 uses UNSWEETENED brown Cavendish. Sutliff uses an obviously sweetened Cavendish. I smoked 965 and this Sutliff match side by side....puff by puff. It's not a good match at all. I don't recommend. If you are looking for something that has the same spirit of 965, I would highly suggest you try Balkan Sasieni. It hits many of the same notes as 965 and is the best "match" of 965 currently available. Read Less
This blend is sooo delicious! Smoky, woodsy and sweet. The cavendish brings out just enough sweetness to make it a well balanced and delicious blend. The orientals and black cavendish intermingle and are supported by latakia. A nice smooth and creamy... Read More smoke is what you should expect from this blend. No bite at all and a good burning rate too. Read Less
MATCH means "competitor, of equal quality and strength
This pipe tobacco is amazing! I cannot know why Dunhill My Mixture 965 gets more positive attention than this great Match. Surely, they people don't realize how great this one is, compared to My Mixture 965. This must be on top; superior to the infer... Read Moreior Dunhill type. Five stars!!! Read Less
Like Brian B., I have never tried the original (I have a tin on the way), but this blend deserves to be applauded on its own merits. Very smooth smoke, with a decent room note and a little sweetness to tone down the latakia.
Never had the original, but I'd bet it's far better.
As with most sutliff matches I’ve just gotten in my order I regret buying them. They’re unique and interesting in a way, but don’t seem the best quality. Honestly wouldn’t waste my money on any of their matches. They never burn right and taste off.
Sutliff’s Match 20 is a high quality cover of a legendary English classic. Creamy and rich, it’s a fine balance between sweet and savory. I’m more of a Virginia flake smoker these days. However, I enjoy having at least one pipeful of a Latakia ble... Read Morend each day. Match 20 is one of a handful of blends that always seems to satisfy my craving for the English. Read Less
No idea how 965 tasted and don't really care. All you can ask from an english blend. As I'm not a big fan of virginia, this blend is pretty good. Smokey latakia smell in the bag, awesome taste, nice smoke. Has a bit of moisture and needs drying time.... Read More Also the latakia is a bit harh and I suspect it might get better with time. All in all, a good blend and well worth the money. Read Less
First and foremost, I have not tried 965, so I do not know how this compares to it. Now that that little disclaimer is out of the way, let me continue. This has to be hands down one of my new favorite English Blends. It is on the milder side with lig... Read Morehter Latakia. For someone venturing into English Blends, I would recommend this one! This blend would be great for an all day smoke and it doesn’t leave my mouth dry, like most other English Blends! This will more than likely be in my Winter Rotation! Happy Smokes! Read Less
I never had the Dunhill tobacco that this supposed to be a match for so I just reviewing this on it own merits. I love this blend. I had purchased 20 different blends from Smoking Pipes to work into my rotation. I'm a huge fan of orientals, more t... Read Morehan latakia only blends. I love the room note, it's soft, sweet, easy to smoke all the way down the bowl. Everyone's tastes are different but I get the taste of soft fruits and melons. This blend is near the top of my list of favorites, under Gawith's Bob's Chocolate and Lakeland blends. I bought some to cellar, I'm looking forward to see how this will be in a couple of years. Read Less
I have spent alot of time in englishes. This is a truly unique experience. Having never had 965, I can't compare them. In my opinion the only thing that this tobacco has in common with a traditional English is the underwhelming presence of Latakia. I... Read More say underwhelming only because it is nowhere near the front of this bus. This blend offers a confusing array of flavors from slightly bitter just tickling the back of the throat, to an odd Mish mash of sweetly sour citrus tobacco mash up deserving its own contemplation time prior to pondering life's intricacies. This blend will have it's own slot in the oddities section of my cellar. Side notes however are as follows: blend started a little moist dry time suggested not required. It did carry a bit of bite that I think a 6 mo time out would more than take care of. Can't wait to try some of this after it settles down a bit! Read Less
In my opinion this blend is too sweet and heavy in body to be an accurate match. I think there’s a lot more cavendish in this one, and I believe it’s black cavendish that has some sweeteners or mild aromatic element added to it during production. Not... Read More a bad blend but not close enough to do it for me. Although the flavor is different I think rattrays black Mallory is a better substitute Read Less
This is a fine pipe tobacco, but something aromatic is happening with it that isn't in Dunhill's current My Mixture 965. For the past few days I've been going from one to the other, just to try to understand the unlit aroma. The Sutliff is sweeter ... Read Moreand has a topping of some kind
Almost vanilla. It is OK, but I don't think the similarity is close enough. Read Less
Black Cavendish Latakia Orientals can feel the blend of the first I have a smell and taste that is cleaned by burning the smell of smoke and palate and the hair of the head of a sheep, and this taste obviously gives up for a while but you will feel d... Read Moreifferent flavors as you drink. Read Less
Although not sharing the background pungent aroma Dunhill's My Mixture 965 has, Sutliff's 965 Match comes pretty close to its creaminess and smoothness. If your on a budget but want something similar to Dunhill's My Mixture 965, Sutliff's 965 Match i... Read Mores a sure win. Read Less
I have never tried the original 965, so I can't compare this to the original. It's a very good English blend with a latakia forward taste and aroma, but very balanced. Burns really well, too. Definitely worth a try!
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