This is one of the Lane treasures. Mr. Lane's favorite. A very lightly sweet recipe with a a touch of the Latakia for spice. The balance between light sweet and light smokey make this a must have. The aroma is enchanting.
The combination of Latakia and aromatic compliment each other perfectly. I can't imagine anyone being offended by the smell except, perhaps those who are intent on being offended. The tobacco burns cool with plenty of smoke at a reasonable rate. Ther... Read Moree is no goop or dottle left in the bowl, just a fine gray to white ash. Read Less
With the demise of McClelland a self proclaimed "old codger" recommended I try blends that have stood the test of time and that are at very little risk of going anywhere saying "just cause they have been there forever does not mean the... Read Morey aren't any good"
I took this advice to heart and sampled Lane HGL, my expectations were low but I was proved wrong in my prejudices of HGL basically being Captain Black with latakia added.
HGL is a sublime blend and I find it an excellent old school type of smoke. It packs easily and takes to a light quite well, it begins with a light sweetness that maintains throughout most of the smoke and also satisfies my need for a bit smokiness in a blend. Leaves a good room note and after taste as well as a nice mustache aroma for the wife.
Can easily be smoked throughout the day.
I only give it 4 stars because it is relatively weak in nicotine.
A must try blend from the golden days of yore. Read Less
To me, 99% of all aromatics basically taste like warm steam. Sure they smell great, but I can't get any pleasure out of smoking them. This stuff, however, actually tastes like tobacco! This is a winner in my book, because not only does it smell good,... Read More but it actually has a nice tobacco flavor. I only give it 4 stars because it does tend to bite if I smoke it too fast. Read Less
My buddy introduced this to me. I started to disparage that Lane would have something with some English to it. Then, he gave me a bowl of this. It had all of the smokey goodness I love in Latakia forward blends (English), but it had the nice smooth ... Read Moretaste Lane is known for. It was like a perfect blend of Captain Black Original with Latakia. I love it. It comes across as a light to light-medium English blend. Read Less
I received a sample of this from my local tobacco shop and to be honest I wasn't really expecting much. Lo and behold, I was pleasantly surprised. I do enjoy cross-over type English blends and I found this to be a very nice, well balanced smoke. A li... Read Morettle sweet from the Cavendish, a little nutty from the burley, A little tangy from the Virginia's and a little smoky from the Latakia. I find that some blends with Latakia tend to have too much and it overpowers the rest of the tobacco's, but not so with this blend, as the Latakia seems to be perfectly applied. Read Less
I received a sample baggy of this with a recent order placed with smokingpipes.com and a big thank you goes out to them for it!
A mixture of black and tan leaf with a nice, low-key Latakia aroma with some background sweetness. As I'm not a huge fan ... Read Moreof Latakia, I found the amount added to HGL was just right for me. It loaded and lit very readily and did not smoke hot or bite. It burned slowly to the bowl's end and did not leave any goop behind, nor did it gurgle. Picked up the Captain Black influence that many have commented on; not too much, but present.
A pleasant set-it-and-forget-it type of smoke and a good crossover blend for those wanting to venture into Latakia territory; but not too deeply. Not my type of tobacco to place in weekly rotation, but certainly good for what it intends to be. A nice smoke for a cool fall day, sitting on the porch, watching the leaves fall. Nothing spectacular, but dependable. Reminds me of those old codger burleys with Latakia mixed in. Happy I tried it. A solid recommended for those who want a smidgen of Latakia in their smoke. Read Less
HGL is one of my go to blends. It is probably my favorite aro/English crossover blends on the market today. It has the great taste of a burly and black cavendish, vanilla aromatic with just the right amount of latakia smokiness added. It smokes cool ... Read Moreand never bites no matter how hard you push it. For me it's the all day smoke that you will most often find in my tobacco pouch. I would give it 5 stars but I never rate anything as perfect. But that being said, as far as inexpensive bulk tobaccos go; HGL is about as close as it gets. Read Less
Lane Limited's answer to a Latakia-free Captain Black line.
You have to take things you read or see online with a grain of salt, but long before I ventured online to check my thinking, I had come to the realization that there were certain Captain Black/Lane Limited equivalents. Namely CBW (Original) was the s... Read Moreame as RLP-6 and CBR (Royal) was Lane's 1-Q. Believe what you want to believe, I'm not trying to convince anyone of this, but HGL is a bit different. While other tobaccos may be the same or (at a minimum) similar, HGL takes it a step further by adding something the Captain Black line lacks; namely an all-day English Cavendish blend. It's not a secret that HGL was Herman G. Lane's personal blend, thus “HGL”. And, that blend was basically RLP-6 with a wee bit of Latakia added. Brilliant idea, Mr. Lane. So that makes HGL basically a Captain Black Original with Latakia. That works for me. This is a mild, flavorful blend that has a nice soft quality to it. It is somewhat sweet and light for an English blend thanks to the Cavendish, but it's a very pleasant smoke that works great as an all-day blend or a beginner's blend for those wanting to try something more in the direction of non-aromatics. It is on the light side of English, so don't expect a Lat-bomb. If you've ever had John Bull Royal English, it's in the same ballpark. For those of you that tune in to the YTPC (YouTube pipe community), Padre Piper often gives this one his blessing, which is how I found out about it. Thanks Padre! I may not ride a Vespa anytime soon, but I'll try any blend he recommends; we apparently have similar tastes in tobacco. Enjoy. Read Less
but I recently felt that I should give latakia another try (I swore off of it a while back and haven't had the nose for it till recently). I was a little apprehensive of the aroma when I received this in the mail as I could smell the bbq smokey smell... Read More already but I could also pick up hints of sweetness that didn't force me to put it down. I loaded up my pipe and fired it up. It packed great, and lit well. I was surprised at how smooth and cool the smoke was. The presence of latakia wasn't overwhelming for me and there was enough sweetness to keep me interested. I found myself really puffing away at this and before I knew it I finished my bowl. I've had about 3 or so bowls and it's been consistent each smoke. Read Less
Yes, Mr. Lane created HGL specifically for himself. HGL is RLP-6 with Latakia, and should be tried by every pipe smoker. It's a sweetly smoky/vanilla fragrant mixture. It has a nutmeg, vanilla, dark cocoa nuance that goes well with the slightly s... Read Moreweet tasting woody/bready Virginia, and is supported by a creamy and lightly resinous Latakia. Has very little nicotine and virtually no bite. It's a crowd pleaser and offers the smoker a bit more tobacco flavor than typical aromatics. Nic is 1 on a 5 scale. Read Less
I love 1 Q, I love English blends. I was sure that this would be the be all, end all for me. Kramer's A Blend For Cary Grant is a favorite of mine, so anything listed as an "English Aromatic" will at least pique my interest. It smelled i... Read Morenteresting when I opened it, and not necessarily in a good way. I smoked a few bowls of it, and it just didn't do it for me. Perhaps I should revisit this blend in the future. Read Less
The best comparison I can make to this is Sutliff Match Early Morning Pipe. Where Match EMP gives me hints of toasted marshmallow, HGL gives me hints of vanilla.
If you are looking for a good English aro, or 1-q is a bit too aromatic for you, this i... Read Mores a good choice.
The only negative for me is that it also has a hint of a cigarette taste (probably from the burley). Read Less
Transitioning to english mixtures, I discovered english aromatics. After seeing all the reviews for HGL decided to give it a go. No tongue bite despite puffing a bit fast. Could maybe use a bit of drying time since it did gurgle once. The opening is ... Read Moreaverage, not really feeling the english, not really smelling an aromatic. Towards the half and end of the bowl the taste develops into a bit of latakia smokiness, but very little, and quite a bit of perique. The room note is not as pleasant as I would have expected. Strength is mild. It's not a bad blend, but it's not for me. I'll stick to sutliff aromatic english 504. Read Less
I really just don't do aromatics, I probably have 3 or 4 on a shelf of about 50 different English Blends, I ordered this on a whim, smoked 3 bowls and immediately ordered more! Can not say enough good things about this Blend.
Lane Limited - HGL;
Star Rating = 3.50;
Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst;
Pouch Note = 7;
Room Note = 7;
Flavor = 7;
Bite = 7;
Burn = 7;
After Taste = 7;
Raw Score = 42;
Rated Percentage = 70%;
Comment = This has Latakia i... Read Moren it, so I didn't like it very much, a bit of a Bite and a slight After Taste Read Less
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