Ashton's Artisan's Blend is a full-bodied English mixture that's carefully crafted for the experienced pipe smoker. Virginia and Turkish tobaccos harmonize with Latakia and a touch of Perique to create a taste that is resoundingly rich, spicy, and satisfying.
I've tried lots of English style blends and this Artisan's Blend stands out above most others. Has a slightly sweet/sour note in the background that is distinctive and attractive. An excellent pipe tobacco. In my opinion it is better than the curr... Read Moreent editions of Dunhill blends. A very nice smoke in the evenings. Read Less
I wish I could give this 6 stars. Unbelievably smooth and enjoyable. I have tried so many blends since taking up this hobby and can honestly say this so far is my favorite. Perfect moisture level, even burn to white ash. I have to say that I really g... Read Moreave this a try originally because I wanted to experience Syrian latakia. Sadly, I believe this now contains Cyprian (not bad, just disappointed!). I will say also that this is the most balanced English I have smoked. The latakia doesnt punch you in the face, and something about this blend just works so well. 'Accidentally' inhaled a puff (or two...) and it had no adverse effect. It literally felt like I was just taking air in. It gave the taste and experience of this tobacco even more of a different dimension. I will actually be stocking up on this. If you havent yet, treat yoself' to a tin of this. Mustache note was delightfully smooth and just smokey enough. Read Less
I have tried other English blends although I keep coming back to AB because of the nuanced flavour. This smoke has a very round oily mouth feel with a mellow smoke flavour I have burned it fast with no tongue bite haven't wanted DHN after I sampled ... Read MoreAB!!! Update this blend does not contain any Syrian Latakia base the new blend on its own merits.... old recipe 5 stars new recipe 3 stars Read Less
I can't even imagine how incredible this must have been when it had syrian latakia in it, it's incredible now and that would have just made it more complex and deep. This stuff is so complex and it changes throughout the bowl. So many layers of flavo... Read Morers coming out at different moments. Sometimes you can get a whiff incense, sometimes I'll put the bowl down and the faint aroma of brick oven thin crust nyc pizza will waft over and shock me...yes it sometimes smells like pizza! This stuff is awesome. This is stuff you need to take slow, respect, think about, have a nice tea with, sip slow and it will reward the pants off you. But don't buy any...I'm sick of it being out of stock :) Read Less
叙利亚拉塔基亚已经开始灭绝，这是非常可悲的。叙利亚拉塔基亚是独一无二的，没有什么可以取代的。这种混合物含有叙利亚拉塔基亚，我的看法是它是一颗隐藏的星星。一旦锡打破，你立刻意识到这是一种酒体丰满的英国混合物，带有一些酸味和醋味。混合是黑色的，有少量明亮的小鸟，有着完美的水分，光滑的质地和丝带。包和灯很容易用几个凸起。当你从第一个峡谷吸烟时，你会意识到这是复杂的。拉塔基亚斯是主要的玩家是甜，皮革，煤和木材。东方人是尖锐的，泥土和香料。然后，加一些非常罕见的李子的酸和辛辣的味道。维吉尼亚在后面，支持混... Read More合的一些草和柑橘味道。味道完美地结合在一起，以一种非常平衡和自然的方式，使一个完整的英国混合。烧伤缓慢和中等热的总灰分，没有水分在碗的末尾。房间的音符是可以忍受的，因为适当的英国混合应该气味。尼古丁水平中等，回味不错。没有一整天的烟雾。这种混合物的复杂性如果抽得快，我的建议是，如果抽得快，就不能透露复杂的味道。把它装在教堂管道口的座位上，让人感到舒服，喝上一杯烟熏威士忌吧！ Read Less
This English was recommended to me by an Iwan Ries employee while I was visiting the store. If you take note of the Syrian latakia, it should strike you as a rarity. Personally, I enjoy Cyprian latakia, so I didn't necessarily need a different lataki... Read Morea style. What harmonizes an English blend is the balance amongst the other components, such as Virginias and Orientals. Anyone can shove latakia in their pipe and say "this is smoky...this is English" without having a truly well-crafted blend.
The Artisan's Blend is a completely different style of English from the traditional Dunhill, or Sam Gawith; both of which are enjoyable tobaccos. Artisan's Blend is unique in the sense that this latakia has undertones of mint, and even nuts as the bowl progresses. I would reserve this blend for special occasions or on cold nights where a blazing fire is lighting up your room and calming your senses. Read Less
I'm a huge fan of this blend it hits all the right notes for me especially the combo of lat and perique its smooth so you can smoke it all day but it also makes a great nightcap definitely pick up a tin to try out
I recently discovered English blends and very quickly fell in love with Dunhill London Mixture. It's one of the most perfectly balanced blends, with just the right amount of Latakia without overpowering the Oriental and Virginia. It was the blend I h... Read Moread found myself returning to more often than most others.
Then I discovered Ashton Artisan's Blend; it takes that perfect balance of Lat/Oriental/Va and threw in the most subtle nuance of Perique to elevate that experience to what can only be called Pipe Nirvana. This is my new gold standard for English blends to which which I now compare all others.
And one more note: although it's labeled as being for "the experienced pipe smoker", I would even say that because of the perfect balance where no single flavor is too overpowering, this would also be the perfect introduction to anyone who wants to experience an English blend without being blindsided by an overly spicy and smoky Lat bomb or an overly tart Oriental bomb. Read Less
Artisan's Blend is a tobacco blend that proclaims it is “for the experienced pipe smoker”. I agree with that statement to a point. I think to get the most out of it, it would help to be, but it is not necessary. This is probably not one I'd hand to a... Read More new pipe smoker, but if you've tried a few Latakia mixtures and understand how Orientals can play with flavors, then this is a good one to try. It has a common rough ribbon cut and colors range from tan to dark brown. It lights easily, burns slow and cool, and doesn't bite. The flavor is both delicious and strong. The Virginias within give the blend a slight sweetness, but they don't stand out in the shadow of the Latakia and Orientals playing off each other which is where the majority of flavor comes from. It is a full-flavored blend of mostly aromatic woods and earthiness with a touch of spice. I can't tell how much Perique is used, and I can't pick it out per se, but it's definitely there adding a richness to the blend (the tin says a “touch” of Perique, but I'd guess more). I'd easily give this a 5 on taste. It tastes much better than the somewhat ordinary Latakia-rich tin note would lead you to believe. All in all, this is a wonderful blend for lovers of Latakia and Orientals. Word is out though about how good it is, so availability varies. Thankfully, it's not overpriced. That makes Ashton Artisan's Blend a must. Enjoy. Read Less
A balanced English blend with a natural sweetness and hints of spice. It has plenty of flavor and a pleasant to tolerable room note. The presenation was excellent in the tin, the moisture level was spot on. You can tell this was blended with great ca... Read Morere and attention to detail to get such a great flavor. Highly recommend this Ashton English Blend. Read Less
This is one blend I truly wish had a bulk option. One of the richest, most complex English blends I've ever smoked. Sweet, savory, creamy yet mantains that perfect balance of Latakia that every English blend strives for.
There are certainly enough glowing reviews of this here, so mine will certainly not add anything new. And I don't have the experience, nose, pallet or prose to match some of the excellent and clever things you'll read here. Suffice it to say that t... Read Morehis is just a damned good smoke. Full, rich, flavorful, consistent, complex and very, very satisfying. I find myself reaching for it again and again and again. Read Less
Got this on sale last year from smokingpipes.com. I let the sealed cans age in my humidor till today. The baccy was made in Germany. It has imported tobacco and some "domestic" and, "imported" tobacco content. It's a fine ribbon... Read More cut that needs a little rubbing out, due to the compression of the baccy in the tin. Used an MM pot corncob to try it out today. It smoked well but, an "English" blend, it is not. It's actually a fairly homogeneous smoke with little oriental or latakia nuances. It has very little nic kick. It's OK for a morning pipe. There's a tad of complexity, but, nothing to write home about. Got it at an excellent a sale price though. It does leave a mild "English" aftertaste for awhile. An average baccy with an easy draw, though lacking the usual smoky flavor the UK baccys, like Sam Gawith posess. Read Less
Tin note of very smoky, mildly sour and mildly sweet. Tobacco is black and dark brown ribbon cut with a little light brown mixed in. Moisture content is ok, though some pipers may want to dry it a bit. Burns moderate with few relights. The strength i... Read Mores medium and nic is mild. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium and consistent, with notes of floral, smoky, woody, lemon peel/zest, soda, herbal, incense, earthy, leather, musty vegetation, spices, mild bread, mildly dry, tangy citrus, mildly savory, a fermented sour dark fruit background note, and a mildly peppery and smooth retro. Latakia is leading with Oriental/Turkish and Virginia supporting. Perique is supporting from the rear. Cavendish didn't show up at all. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great. Read Less
After reading some reviews and the description of the blend I was very excited to taste this one, and I got what they mention and much more. The blend is very well-balanced, the mixture of tobaccos and their particular flavors are in every smoke. It ... Read Moreburns very well and I got a complex and very pleasant smoke. Completely recommended. Read Less
Artisan's Blend is by far one of my favorite English mixtures. From the Floral note upon cracking the tin, to the smooth, well rounded finish; this tobacco satisfies in a way not many others can for me. Slightly sweet, with the creamy and smoky aspec... Read Moret of the correct amount of latakia. THe Virginas add to the sweetness, and the condimental aspect of the perique play nicely with the sour tang of the Turkish leaf.
THis tobacco doesn't have the over the top cologne aspect of Consummate Gentleman (another great blend from Ashton!). Artisan's blend feels and smokes more like a Balkan blend. Not a 5 star rating, but really close! definitely worth a try if you are into nuanced English blends that are fuller in body. An absolutely fantastic smoke! Read Less
This is a wonderful English! I enjoy smoking while I read, but with this blend I find myself putting the book down, closing my eyes, and getting lost in thought; surrounded by the nostalgic comfort of a warm aged cellar workshop of antiquated tools a... Read Morend old seasoned wood Read Less
Este es uno de mis tabacos favoritos, las latakias mas bien tenues dejan contemplar las virginias y el perique con faciclidad. Un tabaco muy ameno y fácil de fumar para quienres comienzan con los latakiados.
If you love tobacco and the nuances of English blends, this one won't disappoint. Each tobacco seems to stand out on its own and yet they all blend in a very harmonious way. Definitely full flavored, leathery and smoky with a good bit spiciness from ... Read Morea healthy dose of perique. A solid English blend. Can't really go wrong with this one. Read Less
Tin note has a slightly funky mustiness,but note is similar to Fusiliers,Plum P, Nightcap..really grew to like this type of blend for the smoky,sour,heavy perfumed Oriental...Perique just in the back..playing harmoniously with the rest of this blend.... Read More.Nic hit is just below medium to me....my tin is 4years old,just opened...looking forward to enjoying this one for the next few months... Read Less
Artisan's Blend is a pleasingly rich and flavorful smoke with a light spiciness. Plenty of flavor nuances throughout. You will be hard pressed to find an English blend as balanced and flavorful. An anytime smoke for me !
Smokey peaty blend with a strong latika presence riding high and strong in every puff. The rest is conflicting giving the confusion in varietals in the description. Theres a dry sweetness from either the Latakia or Black Cavendish, it's not subtle he... Read Morere and works to dull/smooth the Virginia and Orientals. I was unable to detect the Perique, even in the retrohale. Occassionally I taste a soda note and a brightness to the latika that I attribute to the presence of Oriental. The Virginia comes in mildly in an occasional dark fruit at the forefront of a puff. AB has one toe breaking the full body line. Mostly this is a smokey, toasty, lat bomb. Delicious and relaxing. Read Less
I purchased this at a local smoke shop to break in a new corncob. Really, enjoyed this blend. No tongue bite at all, great mouth feel, loved the taste. Everything I want in a tobacco. I was nervous that I had purchased a substandard tobacco at the ti... Read Moreme, but it’s proven to be one of the best I’ve had. I highly recommend this! Read Less
This full-bodied English mixture is carefully crafted for the experienced pipe smoker. Virginia and Turkish tobaccos harmonize with Syrian Latakia and a touch of Perique to create a taste that is resoundingly rich, spicy and satisfying.
So I might have a old tin of this since my lid has Syrian Latakia on it and just not Latakia as in the lid pictured above. This blend for me is a treat because of this closeness to Vintage Syrian from H&H with alot more flavors from the other le... Read Moreaf coming throughout the entire smoke. This one of the blends I will alway have on hand Read Less
Most of the highly rated blends don't do a thing for me.But AAB is unlike any other,delicious.The tobaccos are so well blended that no particular constituent stands out.The whole is superior to the sum of it's parts.Excellent.
This review is based on the Syrian Latakia variety sampled in 2010 & will update should I opt to try the Cyprian variety. After lighting up this Latakia blend for the first time I thought... not as bad as I was expecting & I loved the salty f... Read Morelavor I tasted occasionally from the Orientals... probably the Macedonian variety, & started enjoying the flavor really well and thought this reached its peak when the salty flavor came through but it was very slight, subtle & the taste only came through at varying times when it hit that certain taste receptor on the tongue. There is much to like about this blend & I found it similar to other Latakia blends but much better than many others that I've tried since then.
AB is a good English with some Vitamin N punch that I will probably sample once again later on down the road. I've since tried many other Latakia blends including the aged Gallaher version of the Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture & ever since have been on an odyssey in hopes of acquiring that Holy Grail flavor once again in a ten dollar tin. Good luck, right? Read Less
I was gifted a tin and what a fantastic friend to have given it to me. Nice smokey Latakia, lovely spice from the Orientals, and a kiss of Virginia. A smooth, well balanced, full English. Very impressed.
This is a very strong Latakia foreword blend. Ive tryed to find something similar to frog Morton original and in doing so I found something different but just as good. I highly recommend you smoke this any churchwarden as that's the best pipe I have ... Read Morefound to complement this blend and the Retro hail is the best. This will forever be my new favorite Latakia blend. Read Less
Let me start by saying over 90 percent of my cellar is English tobbaco, with 75 percent of the balkan variety, my favorite by far. This blend shares both flavors, and nuances of my favorite balkan, and English crossovers that all others can't do at t... Read Morehe same time. Its smokey, and peppery on my tounge while being a touch sweet and sour all together. This is great with Cyprian latakia, can only imagine what it was like with Syrian. This is a stellar blend! All English fans must try it Read Less
A tobacco worthy of its name. A true artisan work. When you first open the tin, you are cordially welcomed by an aroma of Syrian Latakia and orientals.. Followed by a very dark well cut chunks of tobacco. The moisture content is acceptable, though a ... Read Morebit of drying may be your thing. I never needed to, though. It packs easily but preferably in a wide and stout bowl as the chunks of baccy are not quite ribbons but rather square chunks. Once packed it lights with a bit of effort but it stays lit. The first draw is absolutely astounding, with an open bouquet of flavours from the Latakia and Orientals followed by the lovely rich virginia and later a tad of spiciness from the perique. It burns quite cool and is reduced to ash with little dottle, even in briar. No moisture noticed either in briar or Meerschaum. It has a strong room note and those who do not smoke will glare at you for it. But for the pipe smoker, it only provided a beautiful, smooth and quite creamy smoke with a strong, woody, smoky room note. Definitely one of the finest tobaccos out there
Pipe Used: SMS block Meerschaum hand carved
Age When Smoked: Fresh tin Read Less
well! this and consummate gentleman became my two smokes when dunhills nitecap and london blend became hard to find.both good. this ones better. ive never had it for a reasonable price before. very nice!
Not overly strong, not a "Latakia Bomb", very creamy to my taste, but definitely in the English tradition. I tried this on a whim based on some discussion online and I think this is going to become one of my go to blends. Its a good smoke.
Hard to find a replacement. It is in my daily rotation list with Penzence. But dont be misunderstanding, it's character is distinctive with P. P is older, but not as changeable and vivid as Artisan. It is thick but not harsh, spicy yet creamy, fu... Read Morell of Lat strength but not been knocked out, somehow bitter but sweet, which reminds me a hint of black java with milk and brown sugar. It is unbeatable!!! A must buy !! Read Less
Hard to find a better, full English than JM Boswell's Northwoods but this one comes closer than anything else I've tried. JMB's Northwoods would be my number one go to every day all day smoke but Ashton has this one figured out.
I've tried it fresh... Read More from the tin: fantastic.
I've tried it aged for 6 months: nearing perfection.
I've tried it after a year: one of the finest smoking experiences of my life!!! No exaggeration.
I know this is all rather subjective; we all have our tastes. But for those of you looking for an easy smoking, full-bodied smoke, this has to be it. I'm still looking for it's equal and if anyone can recommend one, I'd be happy to try it. But Artisan's Blend will forever be stocked in the cellar and always close at hand. Read Less
When I purchased my Ashton pipe, I decided to try Ashton's "Artisan's Blend." What a winning combination! But then again, this smooth, fine-tasting tobacco will grace the chamber of any pipe! Give it a try!
Artisan's Blend is a treat for English smokers. Strong in latakia and a rich, creamy smoke. I didn't get as much of the perique as I expected, but that is more than made up for in latakia content. I highly recommend this blend to any English fan
Smokes like the old Dunhill Standard Mixture. That's a big compliment. That Dunhill standard was the standard in my book before they start making it outside of England. This stuff is addictive: definitely classic English, Latakia based mated with the... Read More usual Perique, Orientals and VA in varying dosage to provide a medium yet full bodied smoke. Highly recommended. I need to stock up on this blend. Read Less
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