Artisan's Blend by Ashton is a full-bodied English mixture is carefully crafted for the experienced pipe smoker. Virginia and Turkish tobaccos harmonize with Latakia and a touch of Perique to create a taste that is resoundingly rich, spicy, and satisfying.
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I've tried lots of English style blends and this Artisan's Blend stands out above most others. Has a slightly sweet/sour note in the background that is distinctive and attractive. An excellent pipe tobacco. In my opinion it is better than the curr... Read Moreent editions of Dunhill blends. A very nice smoke in the evenings. Read Less
I wish I could give this 6 stars. Unbelievably smooth and enjoyable. I have tried so many blends since taking up this hobby and can honestly say this so far is my favorite. Perfect moisture level, even burn to white ash. I have to say that I really g... Read Moreave this a try originally because I wanted to experience Syrian latakia. Sadly, I believe this now contains Cyprian (not bad, just disappointed!). I will say also that this is the most balanced English I have smoked. The latakia doesnt punch you in the face, and something about this blend just works so well. 'Accidentally' inhaled a puff (or two...) and it had no adverse effect. It literally felt like I was just taking air in. It gave the taste and experience of this tobacco even more of a different dimension. I will actually be stocking up on this. If you havent yet, treat yoself' to a tin of this. Mustache note was delightfully smooth and just smokey enough. Read Less
I can't even imagine how incredible this must have been when it had syrian latakia in it, it's incredible now and that would have just made it more complex and deep. This stuff is so complex and it changes throughout the bowl. So many layers of flavo... Read Morers coming out at different moments. Sometimes you can get a whiff incense, sometimes I'll put the bowl down and the faint aroma of brick oven thin crust nyc pizza will waft over and shock me...yes it sometimes smells like pizza! This stuff is awesome. This is stuff you need to take slow, respect, think about, have a nice tea with, sip slow and it will reward the pants off you. But don't buy any...I'm sick of it being out of stock :) Read Less
I have tried other English blends although I keep coming back to AB because of the nuanced flavour. This smoke has a very round oily mouth feel with a mellow smoke flavour I have burned it fast with no tongue bite haven't wanted DHN after I sampled ... Read MoreAB!!! Update this blend does not contain any Syrian Latakia base the new blend on its own merits.... old recipe 5 stars new recipe 3 stars Read Less
This English was recommended to me by an Iwan Ries employee while I was visiting the store. If you take note of the Syrian latakia, it should strike you as a rarity. Personally, I enjoy Cyprian latakia, so I didn't necessarily need a different lataki... Read Morea style. What harmonizes an English blend is the balance amongst the other components, such as Virginias and Orientals. Anyone can shove latakia in their pipe and say "this is smoky...this is English" without having a truly well-crafted blend.
The Artisan's Blend is a completely different style of English from the traditional Dunhill, or Sam Gawith; both of which are enjoyable tobaccos. Artisan's Blend is unique in the sense that this latakia has undertones of mint, and even nuts as the bowl progresses. I would reserve this blend for special occasions or on cold nights where a blazing fire is lighting up your room and calming your senses. Read Less
This review is based on the Syrian Latakia variety sampled in 2010 & will update should I opt to try the Cyprian variety. After lighting up this Latakia blend for the first time I thought... not as bad as I was expecting & I loved the salty f... Read Morelavor I tasted occasionally from the Orientals... probably the Macedonian variety, & started enjoying the flavor really well and thought this reached its peak when the salty flavor came through but it was very slight, subtle & the taste only came through at varying times when it hit that certain taste receptor on the tongue. There is much to like about this blend & I found it similar to other Latakia blends but much better than many others that I've tried since then.
AB is a good English with some Vitamin N punch that I will probably sample once again later on down the road. I've since tried many other Latakia blends including the aged Gallaher version of the Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture & ever since have been on an odyssey in hopes of acquiring that Holy Grail flavor once again in a ten dollar tin. Good luck, right? Read Less
Artisan's Blend is a tobacco blend that proclaims it is “for the experienced pipe smoker”. I agree with that statement to a point. I think to get the most out of it, it would help to be, but it is not necessary. This is probably not one I'd hand to a... Read More new pipe smoker, but if you've tried a few Latakia mixtures and understand how Orientals can play with flavors, then this is a good one to try. It has a common rough ribbon cut and colors range from tan to dark brown. It lights easily, burns slow and cool, and doesn't bite. The flavor is both delicious and strong. The Virginias within give the blend a slight sweetness, but they don't stand out in the shadow of the Latakia and Orientals playing off each other which is where the majority of flavor comes from. It is a full-flavored blend of mostly aromatic woods and earthiness with a touch of spice. I can't tell how much Perique is used, and I can't pick it out per se, but it's definitely there adding a richness to the blend (the tin says a “touch” of Perique, but I'd guess more). I'd easily give this a 5 on taste. It tastes much better than the somewhat ordinary Latakia-rich tin note would lead you to believe. All in all, this is a wonderful blend for lovers of Latakia and Orientals. Word is out though about how good it is, so availability varies. Thankfully, it's not overpriced. That makes Ashton Artisan's Blend a must. Enjoy. Read Less
I was gifted a tin and what a fantastic friend to have given it to me. Nice smokey Latakia, lovely spice from the Orientals, and a kiss of Virginia. A smooth, well balanced, full English. Very impressed.
This is a very strong Latakia foreword blend. Ive tryed to find something similar to frog Morton original and in doing so I found something different but just as good. I highly recommend you smoke this any churchwarden as that's the best pipe I have ... Read Morefound to complement this blend and the Retro hail is the best. This will forever be my new favorite Latakia blend. Read Less
Let me start by saying over 90 percent of my cellar is English tobbaco, with 75 percent of the balkan variety, my favorite by far. This blend shares both flavors, and nuances of my favorite balkan, and English crossovers that all others can't do at t... Read Morehe same time. Its smokey, and peppery on my tounge while being a touch sweet and sour all together. This is great with Cyprian latakia, can only imagine what it was like with Syrian. This is a stellar blend! All English fans must try it Read Less
This tobacco is most generally my afternoon to evening smoke. On a rainy day or a particularly lazy day it's my all day smoke. It has a smooth, rich, leathery taste and just a touch of spiciness. To me the spiciness is almost like fresh ground black ... Read Morepepper, but just the slightest touch. The reason it's my later in the day smoke is because of the nicotine content. I was a heavy cigarette smoker for about 40 years and if you're not use to that much nicotine, just a word of wisdom, ease into this and I'm sure you will love it as much as I do. Oh yeah, my daily disappointment... my bowl is burnt again. Maybe I should get a bigger pipe. Read Less
A tobacco worthy of its name. A true artisan work. When you first open the tin, you are cordially welcomed by an aroma of Syrian Latakia and orientals.. Followed by a very dark well cut chunks of tobacco. The moisture content is acceptable, though a ... Read Morebit of drying may be your thing. I never needed to, though. It packs easily but preferably in a wide and stout bowl as the chunks of baccy are not quite ribbons but rather square chunks. Once packed it lights with a bit of effort but it stays lit. The first draw is absolutely astounding, with an open bouquet of flavours from the Latakia and Orientals followed by the lovely rich virginia and later a tad of spiciness from the perique. It burns quite cool and is reduced to ash with little dottle, even in briar. No moisture noticed either in briar or Meerschaum. It has a strong room note and those who do not smoke will glare at you for it. But for the pipe smoker, it only provided a beautiful, smooth and quite creamy smoke with a strong, woody, smoky room note. Definitely one of the finest tobaccos out there
Pipe Used: SMS block Meerschaum hand carved
Age When Smoked: Fresh tin Read Less
well! this and consummate gentleman became my two smokes when dunhills nitecap and london blend became hard to find.both good. this ones better. ive never had it for a reasonable price before. very nice!
Not overly strong, not a "Latakia Bomb", very creamy to my taste, but definitely in the English tradition. I tried this on a whim based on some discussion online and I think this is going to become one of my go to blends. Its a good smoke.
Hard to find a replacement. It is in my daily rotation list with Penzence. But dont be misunderstanding, it's character is distinctive with P. P is older, but not as changeable and vivid as Artisan. It is thick but not harsh, spicy yet creamy, fu... Read Morell of Lat strength but not been knocked out, somehow bitter but sweet, which reminds me a hint of black java with milk and brown sugar. It is unbeatable!!! A must buy !! Read Less
Hard to find a better, full English than JM Boswell's Northwoods but this one comes closer than anything else I've tried. JMB's Northwoods would be my number one go to every day all day smoke but Ashton has this one figured out.
I've tried it fresh... Read More from the tin: fantastic.
I've tried it aged for 6 months: nearing perfection.
I've tried it after a year: one of the finest smoking experiences of my life!!! No exaggeration.
I know this is all rather subjective; we all have our tastes. But for those of you looking for an easy smoking, full-bodied smoke, this has to be it. I'm still looking for it's equal and if anyone can recommend one, I'd be happy to try it. But Artisan's Blend will forever be stocked in the cellar and always close at hand. Read Less
When I purchased my Ashton pipe, I decided to try Ashton's "Artisan's Blend." What a winning combination! But then again, this smooth, fine-tasting tobacco will grace the chamber of any pipe! Give it a try!
Artisan's Blend is a treat for English smokers. Strong in latakia and a rich, creamy smoke. I didn't get as much of the perique as I expected, but that is more than made up for in latakia content. I highly recommend this blend to any English fan
Smokes like the old Dunhill Standard Mixture. That's a big compliment. That Dunhill standard was the standard in my book before they start making it outside of England. This stuff is addictive: definitely classic English, Latakia based mated with the... Read More usual Perique, Orientals and VA in varying dosage to provide a medium yet full bodied smoke. Highly recommended. I need to stock up on this blend. Read Less
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