The basic tobaccos of Black Mallory are Virginia, Black Cavendish, and Latakia. Carefully apportioning of the quantities of seasoning leaf brings about a dark full-bodied mixture. A notable tobacco from Rattray's.
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I must be honest here, I'm only on my first tin of this wonderful tobacco. It will not be my last. I fell in love with Black Mallory from my first bowl. One of my all-time favorite blends is Butera's Pelican, and this is the closest thing I've found.... Read More While not identical, Black Mallory has much of what I love about Pelican. It is a smooth, somewhat stronger than average Balkan style blend with a sultry aroma and taste. And, while Black Mallory isn't always easy to find, it's easier than Pelican by far. If I'm not mistaken Black Mallory has been around much longer too and seems to be a fan favorite of the Rattray's line going way back. The blend came with perfect moisture and there was noticeable suction release to the lid upon opening. I doubt my tin was very old though since the tin sports new artwork (not as pictured). But, it taste like it's mellowed from age. It is so easy to smoke I find myself getting lost in its richness. No bite, no sharpness, no adjustments necessary... it agreed with me in every way as if smoking a life-long favorite blend. The Latakia is upfront and balanced perfectly with the Orientals. The smokey Latakia is both rich and mellow, not at all over done, but definitely stronger than you'd expect. The Orientals come across as creamy and incense-like without any annoying perfume chemical twinge. This IS the definition of “balanced blend”. Every component is supporting the others and is a relevant and crucial element. Any one component is hard to find, but the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. Fans of Latakia mixtures and Oriental blends should try Black Mallory for sure. Luckily, it still manages to fly under the radar so-to-speak. It's an old classic, but enjoys a slight niche anonymity. Enjoy. Read Less
I was looking into full body mixtures for a friend, and happen to try this, made it halfway through the bowl and went to pet my cat, that was sitting on my lap. Just to wind up petting my leg instead of my cat. If this was fruity, which it is not, I... Read More would say taste like the rainbow, but since its not fruity, I cant say that. Read Less
This Rattray's Black Mallory has opened-up my world of possibilities into even MORE realms of pipe smoking pleasures!!! I know there was something special about this blend immediately upon first light. A I looked at the component tobaccos, I saw the ... Read Moreaddition of Black Cavendish! I knew there must be a common thread here, so I looked more closely at other favorites in my rotation. Again, B. Cavendish. It just seems to mellow-out the smoke and adds a bit more body, less tongue bite, cooler burn and a pleasant subtle "sweetness", but not a "sweet" blend by any means. This is a nicely balanced tobacco with another favorite added in the form of Latakia. And, of course VA's as well... This is a top-notch tobacco that you should try and prepare to be pleasantly surprised! Not an ARO by any means, but a nice bouncing-board blend for those wanting to stray from the ARO's a bit... Enjoy Read Less
Very nice English blend. I bought this blend because I have read several comparison to Dunhills Apertif. Apertif it is not, but it similar. It is lighter in flavour and aroma. I am definitely enjoying this blend. there does seem to be quite a few har... Read Mored stems that need to be removed. Read Less
i,m glad i tried this. i read about it in an old pipes @tobaccos review by a fellow named william serad. iloved his reviews they convinced me to try many tobaccos. never had the chance to try this line before. thanks!
Funny how I allowed myself to influence by the "name and art work '. Both are exotic, which lead me to order. I was fooled. I expected something strong and robust. It wasn't even close.
After three bowls it dawn on me that I was looking for so... Read Moremething that wasn't there.
When opened, the smoker is greeted by a beautiful colors and aroma's . There seems to be just a bit of sweetness I believe from the red Virginia's. or the playfulness of the Orientals. The Latakia is by no means over whelming but more that enough to pleases us "Lat. Heads" It is a smooth and silky never harsh. I would recommend if a soft evening blend is to your liking, I lucked out, this a fine tobacco will order again without hesitation, Read Less
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