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Top 11 Best-Selling English Blends

Top 11 All Time Best-Selling English Tobaccos at Smokingpipes.com

A while back, we compiled the top trending bulk tobaccos, and the results were pretty interesting. It got me thinking though, what are the ALL TIME best-selling blends? Since the cold weather's rekindling my love for Latakia and Orientals, let's start with the all time top 11 best-selling English blends:

Bengal Slices at Smokingpipes.com11. Bengal Slices

First up is Bengal Slices, taking the number 11 spot on our comprehensive top selling English list. The delightful rum topping on this blend of black Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, and Virginias has made it a customer favorite. A crumble cake made from Cyprian Latakia, exceptional Orientals, sweet Virginias, and a touch of black Cavendish, Bengal Slices is finished with a subtle top note, resulting in a bright, sweet, and smoky blend with a lively, yet deep flavor.

Samuel Gawith Balkan Flake at Smokingpipes.com10. Balkan Flake

Though somewhat more mellow than most Balkan blends out there, Samuel Gawith have nonetheless impressed with beautifully formed dark flakes of pressed Virginias and a generous helping of Latakia.

G.L. Pease Gaslight at Smokingpipes.com9. Gaslight

Presented in compact, pressed bricks of exotic fragrance and flavor, Gaslight is a deep, rich and full flavoured blend that delivers a lingering, satisfying smoke for the connoisseur of Latakia English blends..

Balkan Sasieni at Smokingpipes.com8. Balkan Sasieni

Balkan Sasieni is actually one of my favorite Oriental-forward blends. There's a slight peppery note that I find most enjoyable. The Macedonian leaf combined with ample portions of Latakia and Virginias has made this number 8 blend one of the most popular premium pipe tobaccos in the world.

G.L. Pease Westminster at Smokingpipes.com7. Westminster

Though not as strong as Nightcap, G.L. Pease's Westminster embodies the very essence of a traditional English mixture: an exquisite balance of Cyprian Latakia and red and bright Virginias, seasoned with rich Orientals. As its impressive ranking suggests, such a balance makes for one perfect every-day English.

G.L. Pease Quiet Nights at Smokingpipes.com6. Quiet Nights

Smoky Cyprian Latakia, red Virginias, pristine Orientals, and Acadian Perique combine to form this number 6 blend, Quiet Nights. Perfect for those quiet moments of reflection with a good book and perhaps a wee dram.

McClelland Frog Morton at Smokingpipes.com5. Frog Morton

Inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Frog Morton takes its name from the Eastfarthing village of Frogmorton and is a unique blend of Virginias and Latakia. For a sweet, mellow English blend, this one could be an all-day smoke.

Dunhill Nightcap at Smokingpipes.com4. Nightcap

For a stronger English mixture, Nightcap's a great choice. It was my first English blend, to be exact, and I've been known to have a few tins on my desk at home for special occasions or just quiet moments to myself. Coming in at number 4 on our list, I'd say I'm not the only one who appreciates a little more Latakia every now and then.

Dunhill Early Morning Pipe at Smokingpipes.com3. Early Morning Pipe

Josh practically swears by Early Morning Pipe. Passing by his office in the morning, you'll likely be greeted with that rich aroma of sweet Orientals and smoky Latakia as you make your way to acquire your morning joe. Seems he's not the only one, as EMP came in at a solid number 3 on our top ten all time best selling English blends.

Dunhill My Mixture 965 at Smokingpipes.com2. My Mixture 965

Designed for connoisseurs of full-bodied tobacco, smoky Latakia, sweet Macedonian leaf, and brown Cavendish combine to create the blend that, as the statistics show, all confirmed pipe smokers love.

McClelland Frog Morton's Cellar at Smokingpipes.com1. Frog Morton's Cellar

And the top, all time best-selling English blend goes to McClelland's Frog Morton Cellar. Though somewhat similar to the original Frog Morton in its Latakia and Virginia proportions, it technically falls into the English Aromatic category, as the blend itself topped and aged with stave cubes cut from oak barrels used to mature whiskey.

And there you have it: the top 11 best-selling English blends of all time here at Smokingpipes.com. Don't see your favorite on this list? Feel free to share it in the comments section below!

Comments

    • Duane on November 27, 2014
    • I have actually never smoked My Mixture 965. As far as English mixtures go, when the weather gets chilly, I liberate some Balkan Sobranie from my cellar. I also enjoy "C&D's Black Frigate and Red Odessa with Balkan Sasieni and Balkan Supreme as standby's to fill the Latakia craving.

    • Andrew W on December 1, 2014
    • Thanks for sharing Duane. Balkan Sobranie's a great winter smoke, I think. Your other go-to's are fairly similar to mine as well. If you've really never tired 965 though, I'd highly recommend it. I remember walking into a tobacco shop once and asking about English blends. The tobacconist reached behind the counter and threw me a tin of 965 and said, "That's all you need to know." I'm not sure I completely agree with that statement, especially now that I prefer my English blends a little stronger, but it is a classic, and quite a tasty one at that.

    • Duane on December 3, 2014
    • Thanks for the info! Have tried a few of Dunhill's other offerings, and really enjoyed them so I will definitely give 965 a shot! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    • tom on February 21, 2015
    • Ashton Artisan's blend is my favourite,followed by Nightcap,965 and Davidoff Royalty. I haven't tried any G.L Pease yet but have Westminster cellared for a couple of years. Maybe next winter I'll pop the can. Cheers

    • Al on February 27, 2015
    • I think it's a toss up between Ashton Artisan Blend and 965. My favorite is the one I'm smoking at the time. I am currently trying other English blends which have been recommended by Smoking Pipes.

    • Tom on March 6, 2015
    • On your recommendation, being the novice I am, I tried My Mixture 965 and enjoyed it very much. Having said that I'm hooked on Night Cap. I don't think Dunhill is capable of creating a non-enjoyable tobacco, it just comes down to which is better than the other.

      After smoking 965 in my Man Cave, then leaving and coming back after an hour, I couldn't believe how beautiful the aroma in the room was.

      I still haven't tried Early Morning Pipe. I'm looking forward to that one. Frog Morton is also on my hit list. Thanks for the review.

    • Alain Baer on April 29, 2015
    • Today I bought my very first tin of 965, and I can't stop smoking it. Really love the Dunhill stuff!!!

    • terry nicolay on May 12, 2015
    • send me free tobacco

    • captain joe on May 22, 2015
    • Thank you for the info. I live in a very hot area. Israel,I like to smoke early morning pipe. It is very nice tobacco and it reminded me the smell of the old city of Jerusalem, and the villages of turkey.

    • Bob Morgan on May 26, 2015
    • I'm curious about the methodology of determining the rankings. Is it the number of containers or total quantity? I notice there are no bulks. I wonder where some of the McClellands would fit in.

    • Sykes Wilford on May 26, 2015
    • Bob Morgan,

      It's combined facings, ranked by weight. Since it was all-time, it tended to favor things that had been on the market a long time too, of course.

      As for bulks, they're embedded there: Nightcap tins and Nightcap bulk were combined.

      None of the bulk McClelland English blends come close on the list, but the Frog series is well represented, of course.

      Sykes

    • Vince M. on October 22, 2015
    • Great list, I have tried about half. To me Balkan S. is my favorite followed by Nightcap. Was surprised not to find London Mixture, but to each his own.

    • jpmcwjr on March 1, 2016
    • Since it's an all time ranking, that would indicate that recent arrivals, such as the Pease blends, are selling very well. (?) Is there a possibility of seeing, say, 2015's sales? I'd guess that Smyrna might be in there.

    • Adam O'Neill on March 2, 2016
    • @Jpmcwjr We're actually working on that now.

    • Robert Naranjo jr on January 21, 2017
    • How can I buy blends or test what blends I want to buy.

    • Adam O'Neill on January 23, 2017
    • @Robert Naranjo Jr You can buy any of the above blends by clicking on their titles, which'll take you straight to their product pages.

      As for testing, the three Dunhill blends are all available in bulk, so you can buy them in as low an increment as an ounce. Other than that, check our resources page (link below) and visit some of the forums. There's plenty of ways to trade samples there.

      https://www.smokingpipes.com/smokingpipesblog/single.cfm/post/top-resources-for-pipe-smokers

    • PREACHER on March 13, 2017
    • Great list. I have tried many of them and agree with your synopsis of each. There are a few that I have added to my 'To Try' list. Thanks!

    • Adam O'Neill on March 13, 2017
    • @PREACHER Thanks for reading mate, and we're glad you concur!

    • Allen pratt on April 30, 2017
    • Top stuff l may stock up on some of these

    • Adam O'Neill on May 1, 2017
    • @Allen Pratt Glad we could help Allen 👍

    • Rodrigo Teixeira Pinto on June 13, 2017
    • How about Penzance of Esoterica Tobacciana? I though it would be ranked among the top 10!?

    • Adam O'Neill on June 13, 2017
    • @Rodrigo Teixeira Pinto This list is generated by volumes over a given period, so while that would probably be true over the day, week, or even month we had Penzance to sell, for this list we can't get enough in the door for it to rate.

    • Mike Wurzer on July 5, 2017
    • Looks like a good deal I will definitely order and try out some of these fine products. Prices are reasonable and nice variety.

    • James Best on September 14, 2017
    • Hi, I received a pipe from my new son in law on his marriage to my daughter. I am a roll up smoker, liking a strong drum tobacco smoke. I want to try this pipe as I have never smoked one before, can someone recommend a brand for first timer please as I'd like to have a treat now and again with it?

    • Andrew Thomson on September 28, 2017
    • Although not in the list, I would recommend Peterson Golf Leaf for any beginner. Lovely aromatic mixture that makes changing to pipe smoking a pleasure as it has much less tounge burn than the others I have played with and a lovely flavour. My favourite to date and it has firmly shelved the cigar smoking.

    • Jack G on November 7, 2017
    • Could do a "Best-selling Aromatic English" list? I'm currently in the search for some more to try as I've thoroughly enjoyed Stuliff's Aromatic English #504; it's become my daily all-day, favorite tobacco.

    • Adam O'Neill on November 7, 2017
    • @Jack G We're updating and adding some new lists, Jack, so we'll bear it in mind for sure!

    • Christopher Eynon on November 16, 2017
    • It's always interesting to see the top sellers list. I smoke a few of these regularly.

      Does this list change dynamically? Just curious since it says that EMP is #4 but it's listed as #3 and it's seemed to have changed places with Nightcap. Also looks like Sasieni has fallen back to #8, even though the text says 7.

    • Adam O'Neill on November 20, 2017
    • @Christopher Eynon No, we have to manually update them, and yeah, there was some swapping to be done from the last list.

    • AZ Mountain Geek on December 13, 2017
    • @Jack G - You might want to try Savinelli's Essenza Cipriota. It's my favorite English Aromatic (at the moment) - very rich and flavorful.

    • Brother Jepson on January 15, 2018
    • The Acme of British blends:
      Smoking - EMP
      Wearing - Linen suit
      Reading - Graham Greene
      Location - the overnight train to ‘stamboul
      Because guys - it’s not all about the blend ok.

    • Adam O'Neill on January 16, 2018
    • @Brother Jepson Indeed it isn't, Brother. Enjoy!

    • vulpes on January 20, 2018
    • So this week I had the very good fortune, or even providence?, to taste a delightful bowl of Samuel Gawith’s Commonwealth Mixture. This was virgin territory for me, but as a fairly well travelled smoker of the latakia blends (nightcap, durbar, EMP etc), I felt Confident that I could cope with its heady bouquet. Luckily I wasn’t immediately intimidated by the dark brown latakia but could see how the more recent initiate to the dark arts of pipe smoking might be. But fear not! A beautifully rendered tobacco that gave me shivers breaking into 25g portions (a long and unrelated story involving officious administrators of Australian customs and associated imposts – but anyway I digress). Packed slightly hurriedly into the bowl of an unidentifiable estate pipe that has hitherto risen to prominence in my collection. And then, … and then. . . Leather. Cedar wood. Smoke. English Autumns. Saunas? Were I a pup, nothing would get me wagging my tail faster and with more enthusiasm – except perhaps a brand new tail! And I could swear, despite there being no perique as per the manufacturers’ treatise, there was a cheeky, even coquettish spicy-tang to the after taste. A really refined smoke reminiscent of gentrified English autumns, the open road, toad hall and walking the pups. I plan on purchasing some more shortly and will get myself to the tobacconist – “hope to see you all there”

    • Adam O'Neill on January 22, 2018
    • @Vulpes Sounds like quite the transcendent experience! Thanks for sharing, and be sure to leave a review on the product page, if you haven't already.

    • Jack G on January 22, 2018
    • @AZ Mountain Geek -- Thanks! I'll check it out.

    • Danny G on March 29, 2018
    • I just got into pipe smoking and I looked at this list. The top four are soon to be obsolete. I really wanted to try Frog Morton just once but everyone is sold out. Maybe that's a good thing since I wouldn't be able to get more. I think this list needs an upgrade!

    • Brother Jepson on April 4, 2018
    • @ Danny G:
      My dear fellow, by ‘the top four’ do ye mean numbers 11-8 (top of page) or 1-4 (top of ratings)? If the later I believe there to be enough supply certainty of 965, EMP and Nightcap to keep a 32 gun, (18 pounders) frigate’s company in fine fettle down through the line, around the cape and up to ravish Ile de France in an 18 month sally forth from Portsmouth!
      That said the deeper question I percieve you to be asking is could one find a decent rope tobacco to give an English blend poop deck ‘room’ note to see one through those drier latitudes..?

    • Brother Jepson on April 4, 2018
    • *latter
      P.S. Great to see brothers(?) Jack G and Danny G sharing a love of smoking a pipe (possibly the only thing half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats)

    • Nathan S on April 21, 2018
    • I must say, this is obviously a top seller list, and not an actual best English list. Not that these aren't the best, but I would have to add Solani Gold if we're talking best English blends.

      I'd be interested to see this list redone without the discontinued tobaccos.

    • Stephen Goethe on July 4, 2018
    • Same here, the list contains some good blends but to many that will be discontinued. Could someone with the knowledge please update this.

    • Bill M on July 28, 2018
    • I've been a piper since the 80's and have smoked most all of the blends on the list at one time or another. For the last couple of months my fave English is G.L. Pease Abingdon. To my taste it is Lat Heaven in most any pipe but particularly my Ferndown 3 Star bent. So many blends.....so little time.

    • Ben on August 27, 2018
    • I love smoking

    • Joel Howard Albert on December 4, 2018
    • Favorite English blend...Wilke #78
      Full bodied....not harsh....


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