I particularly like the picture on the tin label. Open the tin and you find the most perfectly cut and presented tobacco; a feast for your eyes. Perfect moisture, too. All typical Dunhill.
A strong Scottish Mixture, that’s what I would call THE APÉR... Read MoreITIF. Excellent smoking conditions. No tongue-bites. The body of this blend is brown and bright Virginias, donating a few sparkles of grass and hay notes now and then. The amount of Oriental is highly over-pronounced for a Scottish Mixture. On the other hand, Latakia is under-represented. The description mentions “Cavendish”. Yes indeed, but it is English Cavendish (uncased steamed, pressed, dark flue cured Virginia), NOT American/Dutch/Danish Cavendish (sauced, flavoured, steamed, pressed Burley) as my American pipe friends may assume. English Cavendish is always pleasant to have; it rounds up the blend, adds a discreet layer of natural tobacco-sweetness and mellows the blend. Unfortunately, in THE APÉRITIF is some unnecessary, additional, artificial sweetness as a topping, which I am sensitive for and don’t’ like.
Over all I find it a rather heterogeneous mixture. All added tobaccos can easily be identified, but it lacks harmony. For my satisfaction I prefer blends with a more definite, distinct character, on either side. In my view THE APÉRITIF is neither fish nor fowl. If you like pronounced Oriental flavours in a (sweet) Scottish based mixture, then go for it. If you generally love Orientals, Dunhill DURBAR (balanced Orientals) or Dunhill LONDON MIXTURE (spicier Orientals) would be a better choice. If you prefer more Latakia, less Oriental and similar sweetness, Dunhill MY MIXTURE 965 is your blend. You have the choice. Read Less
Let me say at the outset that this is my first review, and I’ve only been smoking for a bit less than a year, so I can only use layman’s terms.
That said, I about fell out of my chair when this divine smoke hit my palate. A closed-fist punch of love... Read More when I didn’t expect it. I’m fairly used to aromatics and the very mild and wanted to move more into Latakia and Oriental flavor; the spice in this blows away any artificial sweetness. The odd note of incense (the high Latin Mass kind, not the Pier 21 kind) left me wanting more. More than that, it made me want to really dive into the deep end of the pool of the Dunhill lines. As soon as possible.
So yeah, I’ve gone ahead and ordered more. Read Less
Nice flavor and body, without being too strong, or too weak. I was looking for something with a nice body/flavor profile, but something not as "rich" as Early Morning Pipe (which I also love) but not as overpowering as Nightcap. Apertif is ... Read Moreperfect. Nice smoke for the evening when you want to taste your tobacco but you don't want to be kicked in the face by it. Read Less
The description says this is an English. I tasted it with a friend, but it tastes a little like an aromatic with it's sweetness and hints of Brandy or whisky. If I may, I will sggest that you smoke this after a hearty meal and you will see what a rea... Read Morelly good blend this is! Read Less
This is a real nice crossover between 965 and nightcap. Sweet spicy savory rich and delicious and of course behaves beautifully like alll Dunhill. I like to open a couple of tins and spread it all out let all the players stretch their legs a little... Read More bit then put it in a mason jar with plenty of Elbow Room let it sit for a week or two fantastic. It tastes the most like the old days to me out of all their blends. Fantastic!! Read Less
This tobacco is actually good. It’s what 965 is trying to be. I love it. Let it dry out a bit. I can smoke it bowel after bowel. Don’t smoke in a pipe you want to be Latakia-free. It stays in the pipe. So good though. Tastes similar to standard mixtu... Read Morere, but is more sweet and rich. Read Less
I can percieve a very interesting cold flavor and it is an easy to maneuver tobacco because it comes with the right humidity to smoke it instantly. In the smoke you can only enjoy the freshness of this soft tobacco because it is very easy to smoke. I... Read Moret is a very kind tobacco for all day and every day, it is magnificent!. i can see that Smokingpipes has a little stock of this tin, that is a shame because this tin can be part of my cellar for ever! Read Less
Got my first tin of Apertif last week. Smoked a few bowls in Peterson Killarney....still trying to decide if I like it as much as Dunhill MM965.... n 965 is my favorite in rotation.
The Apertif will grow on you ...gets better every tine I fire up a ... Read Morebowl. More complex than 965 Read Less
I very much enjoy Dunhill Aperitif. Most of the English blends I enjoy do not have the extra sweetness this one does. Latakia is definitely not the star of this blend which is also nice, even though I do really enjoy my Latakia
This is a very bold and tasty blend. I can best describe it as dark, earthy with some pepper spice. Best to be smoked slowly there is some bite. Pretty standard moisture content I personally think most of the Dunhill blends can stand a day or so air ... Read Moredrying. Definitely worth a try I keep some in the rotation. 👍👍 Read Less
The blurb on the Dunhill homepage (and not just there) says this is a Scottish mixture. I really don't think so. To my senses this is a very good substitute to the top shelf Balkan blends there are right now ("Black House" or "Balkan B... Read Morelue"). Also this is (as all Dunhill products I know) smokeable right from the start. So try it you wont be disappointed! Read Less
This blend of Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish and Virginia has a pleasing peppery nut flavour to it. It is mellow and has dark chocolate and woody undertones when smoked unfiltered in my Peterson Donegal Rocky. When smoked in a filtered pipe li... Read Moreke my Savinelli it is creamier but does not lose character. I very much enjoy Dunhill Nightcap and 965, but find The Aperitif really more satisfying. It is easy to light, burns beautifully and clean and does not leave any residue. Read Less
Nice mellow English blend that never disappoint bowl after bowl. I smoked this back before it was discontinued and the flavor is the same as I remember it. It doesn't overpower you yet gives a satisfying smoke. I enjoy this blend with some Cognac and... Read More Perrier on the rocks as a classic favourite aperitif. Highly recommended. Read Less
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