Sutliff - 526 - Old Professor
Solid English blend
I offered this to a friend with no experience of English blends. He liked it in fact. Yes, the amount of Latakia is considerable but it blends well with yellow virginias and maybe orientals that play in the background. There are other great English blends, but this one is a success too.
Murray's - 1862 Whitehall 1.75oz
Mild English Blend
This is a mild English. Burns fairly fast because of its high content of Virginias. It smokes very well though. But, beware that puffing hard would burn the mouth and make your pipe's bowl hot, again another negative effect of its Virginias. Orientals don't play much. Latakia: you can smell it but there is not enough of it to cool down the smoke process. Overall good. But, there are betters.
G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights 2oz
Good, unusual English blend
It is a Latakia forward with Cavendish (made of Burley I suppose). Virginias are timid and Turkish/Balkans play off and on. It contains, as it says, some Perique. Nicotine level is mild/medium and no tongue bite. It is smokey and tastes good but somehow monotonous. It is a good English blend but I find that mixing too many tobaccos is not a good idea or meets here with less success. Pease produces more than 70 blends and I think it is a matter of marketing! I shall leave it to sit for a while to see any amelioration in this blend.
Hearth & Home - WhiteKnight 1.75oz
The blend is claimed to be a reproduction of the now, out-of-reach, Balkan Sobranie. I don't know because I have never tasted that one. This blend tastes like a Balkan/Oriental and is a very good, robust English blend with its all components (Virginias, Orientals/Turkish, Balkans + Latakia). It is smokey and woodsy but needs a few relights. There is a component in it that prevents an easy burning. An update: I just opened a tin recently and realized that it was not as good as the previous ones. Chemical smell or the like as I was smoking plastic! Not the usual Balkan tobacco!
Hearth & Home - WhiteKnight 1.75oz
The blend is claimed to reproduce the old, now out-of-reach, Balkan Sobranie. I have not had a chance to smoke Balkan Sobranie but it seems that WhiteKnight is a very close reproduction. It tastes like a Balkan with spices and a sour but pleasant after taste. However, the only issue is that this blend doesn't seem to burn easily and needs a few relights.
Holger Danske - Original Orange 50g
Not a complex blend
This is a good, decent blend but nothing extraordinary or complex. Orange smell yes it has some but it disappears in the first puffs and what you get is just an ordinary tobacco.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1855 1.4oz
This is an extremely pleasant and good blend of Virginias. It smells and burns good. It is mild and doesn't give you any tongue bite. Will buy more.
Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 1.75oz
This is a very good blend. Tin note doesn't do justice to it. It burns very well, it is smokey, and the nicotine level is mild to medium. However, I doubt that Latakia is from Syria. Probably from Cyprus.
Solani - Gold Label- English Luxury - 779 50g
A good English blend that has more Oriental and Turkish than Latakia and Virginia. It tastes like cigarette with Oriental tobaccos. It needs a few relights. Nicotine level is low. Good blend but overpriced.
John Cotton's - Numbers 1 & 2 1.75oz
Ok but not impressive
The blend of these three to revive John Cotton's forgotten blends is a good effort. Latakia takes over and the Virginians are way in the back. It burns slow, but to me, it is a bit dull. There are other English/Oriental blends better than this one!