When I lit my first bowl of this tobacco, I thought, "Oh, this is great, but it won't stay this good. Past the half-bowl mark, it'll turn bitter and dreadful." Most really well-balanced English/Scottish mixtures I've tried did fall apart to... Read Morewards the end of the bowl-- even the oft-praised and memorialized Balkan Sobranie and 759. Gawith's Skiff can turn bitter, as will Dunhill's EMP and 965, and various Rattray's.
Not this one. The balance and interplay between the sweetness of the Cavendish and Virginias with the smoky bitterness of the Latakia stays interesting and enjoyable all the way to the bottom of the bowl, and the Orientals accentuate the deliciousness without being too heavy-handed.
After trying it in a couple of pipes to make sure it wasn't a one-off experience, I ordered multiple pounds to put away. This is top-notch stuff! Read Less
An amazing tobacco full of flavors like toffee/leather/irishcream. this is a great great baccy. even better than dunhills classics like Nightcap or Early Morning.
pd: the "rough" coarse cut its a real pleasure!
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Nice Latakia hit, not too much though. Paired quite well with the Turkish and Virginias. I suspect the cav is working to round things out, as I personally think is often the case. Not overly complex, but quite tasty. Easily an all-day. Well done C&D.... Read MoreRead Less
A very bright, smooth and mild English. Imagine Westminster without the stoved depth and sweetness from cooked Orientals and VA... that's this. The uncooked Orientals are assertive and clearly out front; their freshness tingles the mouth and bursts f... Read Moreorth with a bright and nuanced verdant effervescence. The cavendish acts to tone down the VA a little and give the impression of an aged mixture, while also adding a touch of sweetness. The Latakia is light to moderate and doesn't overwhelm. Remove the cavendish, stove this mixture, and you'd have Westminster. Nicotine fairly light and is 1.5 to 2 out of 5. Read Less
First Impressions: Well blended. I'm a fan of the classic flavors of unadulterated tobbaco leaf. I enjoy evening smokes that are Oriental forward with just a condiment level of Latakia. Stratfordshire's Latakia is in the vain of Presbyterian or Skiff... Read More Mixture, maybe sharper, but the Cavendish smoothes it out, pulls the punch a little, letting the brilliant C&D Virginia and Oriental play the citrusy, nutty, sweet notes. Just what I was looking for! A decade as a brother of the Briar has instilled appreciation for the adage "too much of a good thing" as applied to Latakia and Perique. I find this to be a brilliant all day blend. Personally I'll enjoy it as an evening smoke. Read Less
Maybe it's the addition of the black cavendish or just the ratio of the blend but I find that I am going to this blend more than Westminster and Westminster by GLP is very good. This blend is very well balanced.
I was pleasantly surprised with the taste of this blend. It was really a pleasure to smoke. The latakia was tasteful and not over powering. On first light there was a real sweetness that calmed down without disappearing. Highly recommended.
I wasn't expecting this blend to bowl me over, but it did. I was surprised by how much it reminded me of some of the Captain Earl's blends, particularly Ten Russians. Definitely not as much latakia as Ten Russians but definitely had the overall taste... Read More of it. Will be a part of my regular rotation from here on out. Read Less
The rough cut of this blend allows one to taste each leaf better making for a more flavorful experience. It is very similar to SPC Potlatch this just not having the perique. For a bulk English blend this is terrific.
I think it needs a narrower bowl and/or a longer stem
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