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Elizabethan Mixture was originally an old Murray's and Sons blend, which Dunhill had re-created by the master blenders at Orlik, and re-introduced. at least to pipe smokers on the other side of the Atlantic. Like the original, Dunhill's Elizabethan combines pressed, darkened Virginias with a dose of Perique (all ribbon-cut) to create an easy-to-enjoy blend with a tangy character and a bit of pepper spice. And now, after several years of lamented absence, it's once again available here amongst the "rebel colonies".
I seem to go through this stuff at an alarming rate. I just love it. Sweet and spicy in excellent balance. One of the few tobaccos that I can smoke daily and always feel satisfied with. I will truly miss it when it is gone.
Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture is a very good blend, but it is rather different than the catalog description
and tin art would lead one to believe. The tin says, "Dark Virginia Tobacco with
Louisiana Perique." Imagine my surprise to find a substanti... Read Moreal proportion (maybe 25% or more)
of flue-cured yellow Virginia. In fact, the dominant tin note is grass/hay. Not exactly the
characteristic VA/Per expected.
That being said, it is a very nice tobacco blend if smoked properly. It wants to
burn fast and hot, and like most flue-cured light Virginia blends, will deliver a good
tongue bite and little to no flavor when smoked too fast. In addition, the Perique is
one of the sharpest, revealing its own teeth when pushed. But, when smoked slowly, it
delivers a very rewarding flavor. Probably best for smokers who have mastered the gentle
art of smoking yellow Virginias. Read Less
I like VaPers, so I thought this would be awesome. My first attempt left me thinking it needed to cellar. I put it away for a week. I came back to it, and it still seemed the same. I waited a month. It was mellower, but not to the point I wanted to s... Read Moremoke it. I am holding out of another month with the hopes more time will pay dividends. My gut tells me that patience will make it worthwhile. Otherwise, this will be the first VaPer to let me down. Read Less
Great right from the tin. Hearty base of Virginia with enough perique to keep old and new smokers attention. Enjoy this one slowly and you will be reminded why you became a pipe smoker to begin with. It will be a sad day when this one is gone.....aga... Read Morein. Read Less
This blend is growing on me. It took me a while to dile into this one. But as I slow it down I'm getting what the blend is about and it begins to call my name when I'm deciding what to smoke. At first I was kinda sorry I bought a few time but now I'... Read Morem not. Glad I gave it a few try's befor I gave up on it. It's a keeper. Read Less
The blend isn’t bad, but being someone that has come to prefer the latikias and orientals in there blends. This is a bit too cigarette for me. I will happily finish my tin, not sure if I’ll get another....wait....Even after a month of jarring the ble... Read Morend improves drastically. Read Less
Very nice and very smokable. Dunhill blends are surely some of the best blends. Just the right amount of Perique to know its there But not enough to 'Sting 'you ... SOLID VA/Per blend.. AND there is something about the tin art I like as well ...
After a year of smoking this blend, at first occasionally and now regularly, I now have a much greater appreciation for this blend. Elizabethan has proven itself capable for every occasion. It is my doppelganger of tobaccos. It has delicious flavo... Read Morers of sweet bread and hay that continue to develop through mid-bowl, with a wonderful perique spice intervening near the bottom. The magnitude of this blends convenience can't go understated. Elizabethan packs, lights, and smokes like a dream. The flavor and nicotine always satisfy me, and to this day I still find myself surprised with the consistency of the delicious flavors and moisture. I consider this blend mild-medium in body, medium in nicotine, and medium in flavor, especially with some age. Speaking of age, Elizabethan doesn't truly shine until it has a solid six months of time in a jar. I empty the contents of one tin into a 16 oz. Mason jar and leave it to age for at least six months. In my experience 50g per pint sized jar is the optimal ratio of tobacco:air for this blend, and it will develop tremendous flavors during this short time. I'm currently running an experiment with two 50g tins in one point jar, and a side by side comparison reveals that there is a big difference in color and (I'm assuming) flavor. The extra oxygen seems to accelerate the process possibly, but I'll add the results here once I crack them both open and taste them. I did not find this blend anywhere near as enjoyable fresh out of the tin as I did with a little age on it, but your results may vary. I will be sad to see Nightcap and Eliz go when Dunhill is discontinued soon, but at least we have been given ample warning and plenty of time to cellar our favorites, unlike McClelland. Now is the time!! Read Less
This was a very smooth and rich blend. It smoked wonderfully in most of my pipes and was just the thing for around lunch time. While It wont be in my regular lineup, it is a fantastic one to crack open as a mid or end of summer treat.
The dark Virginias and the Perique in this blend offer a complex melange of pepper and spice that is best enjoyed slowly. This is one of my favorite Va/Per blends, especially with a good Belgian White beer. The sweetness of the beer combines well ... Read Morewith the pepper and spice in this Dunhill offering. The ribbon cut packs and lights easily and smokes to a fine ash with little if any re-light. I am not sure it would make a good all-day smoke because it is very spicy, but is great smoke for a warm summer day, as well for a nice start to the day on a cool morning. The pepper and spice tend overwhelm a bit if smoked too fast, and it lacks subtlety and complexity for the same reason. Highly recommended for Va/Per smokers but may not be a great blend for an introduction to Va/Pers. For a good comparison, load two bowls - one with this and the other with Russ Ouelette's Anniversary Kake (a great blend for those wanting to break ground in Va/Per territory). Smoking them side-by-side offers an appreciation for different approaches to blending Virginias and Perique Read Less
The ribbon cut is perfect. easy to light easy to smoke. Theres a soft silky taste with a perique spicey finish. If you like VaPers..or if you havent ever tried one but wanted to..do yourself a favor and by a tin or five
I have not been smoking ELZABETHAN for almost 10 years. It has never been a favourite of mine. Now that is has been relaunched by the STG, I decided to give it a try again.
Perfect, neat Ribbon Cut, beautiful colour of mainly bright Virginias. First... Read More class tobacco and perfect moisture to be smoked straight out of the tin, as always with Dunhill mixtures.
As it is a rather fine Ribbon Cut, it has a tendency to overheat. Otherwise good packing and burning conditions. The mixture tastes young, fresh, crispy, slightly unripe and over all light, I should say. Anyhow, this mixture has a rather low aroma profile. It lacks in depth, but may be this is intended. The bright and medium-bright Virginias play the main role. This unusual selection of bright Virginias in combination with Perique make this mixture somehow unique. Generally I prefer dark and matured Virginias with a fuller and wider aroma palette. There is a subtle sweetness that can originate from both, Virginias and/or Perique. Perique is always there, in just about the right amount. More Perique would certainly suffocate the light Virginias. There is still enough of Perique to produce a tingle on my tongue and in my nose when retro-haling. This is the reason why I rate this mixture medium to strong. Without Perique I would rate the Virginias mild.
No doubt, it is a quality mixture that stands out (positively or negatively, that’s up to you to decide) of most other Va/pers with its special character. This makes it interesting. But, it is still not my mixture, it does not fit into my profile. Read Less
This is quite an acclaimed blend and I tend to approach these ones with high caution as not to be predisposed. And so I opened the tin not knowing exactly what to expect rather than the tin description, and I was welcomed with a sharp note of citrus ... Read Moreand grass complemented by the bright look of Golden virginia. Which is predominant in aroma and looks. The blend is cut to perfection - even more than the usual excellent Dunhill cut - and came at perfect moisture. I loaded the bowl which was a breeze and lit it up. It came out interesting, as I couldn't get much of that citrus taste whatsoever, it was richer and darker, but no light virginia or perique. And gradually towards the first third of the bowl the perique rises up to be the star of the show. Peppery, strong and nice, and this comes from someone who's not fond of perique. It remains so consistently till the very near end of the bowl. Dark and rich with a hint of pepper and zesty aroma. then just as I got to the end of the bowl, all this gets muted and the sharp, grassy virginia taste takes over. It is as if I am smoking a straight virginia. I tried 4 different pipes with it and got the same results, so I concluded that this is how it is. It won't make my favourite list for two reasons. One personal and one mechanical. The personal one is, I am fond of dark, rich virginia rather than bright ones, so that last part of the bowl becomes a tad annoying, and the mechanical part is that there is no complement of taste in that last part as well. It is as if the perique has disappeared from the blend. I compared this to one of my favourite VaPers which is Davidoff Flake medallions and I still prefer the medallions as it is more consistent and has aged virginia. But if you're unlike me, and you prefer sharp virginia, then definitely this is a top notch blend with the excellent mechanics of Dunhill tobacco.
Pipe Used: Stanwell Deluxe Royal Danish Brandy billiard
Age When Smoked: Fresh tin Read Less
Elizabethan is great. The Virginias are sweet and Perique is spicy. It was the first VaPer I ever tried, and I keep coming back. The presentation from the tin requires no drying and burns nice and cool.
I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did. Many English blended Virginias have left me flat. Too much, grass and hay. This blend is not as sweet as most of the Va/per I enjoy, but I found it very satisfying. First off, I think Russ Ouellette,... Read More and Mike McNiel are Virginia/Perique blending gods. No one does it better (together, or separately). They know Virginias like, Bear Bryant knew football. I like the chocolaty sweetness in their Virginias and Va/pers. Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture was not like that at all. I would say, sweet-nut-grass, if there was such a thing. Not real complex. I could smoke this blend 365, and enjoy every pipe full (if it was available in bulk). Perique is definitely in the background here, a medium bodied blend. Burned well right from the tin, but off course, could use some dry time. It’s a, “Buy It,” from me. Read Less
Fairly new to Virginia and perique blends. Usually smoke aromatics. This is a treat. I tried it in a clay a corn cob and a briar, no complaints, It has a nice taste, and burns well. It's straight forward with no surprises. ( hint, when trying a new t... Read Moreobacco for the 1st time, smoke it in a clay 1st, You will get a real taste of the tobacco. Read Less
It's fine. Burns really fast, but very evenly and gently if you're not a chimney.
Good flavor, nothing new or crazy. Fair bit of nicotine. Perique makes a gentle but frequent appearance as tart fruit. Brown VA is typical Dunhill dusty but high quali... Read Morety.
Just, you know. Pretty good. Read Less
this tobacco is so mild that you can smoke this while swimming thats all i have to say. tastes good lights good stays lit good packs easy its mild mild mild no nik hit no harshness no bite good for everyday smoking good for smoking when u wake up goo... Read Mored for smoking before going to bed... hell smoke this while riding a bike. the flavor is simple cigarette like tobacco Read Less
A standard to judge all va/pers by, Elizabethan is fantastic as it is rich and flowing out of the tin, and alight it is full bodied; the raisin-y sweetness, savoury nuttiness and spice of the perique are so well integrated that it leaves you wanting ... Read Moremore. Don't sip too hard without some drying time though - pretty moist out of the tin. Absolutely STUNNING with a glass of fine port in the evening. Read Less
This is a good all around smoke if you like some things in moderation, tastes great(a little sweet, a little nutty...like me and a touch of spice in it) does not have too much perique for me, has a great shot of N and burns really clean and dry. I us... Read Moreually smoke/enjoy Va/KY blends but this has been such a pleasant surprise that I just bought another 5 tins! The moisture straight out of the tin was perfect, so go ahead and click "add to cart" now Read Less
I really enjoyed smoking the Elizabethan Mixture. The tin note is sweet and nutty as mentioned in other reviews. The ribbon cut packs easy and burns evenly top to bottom. The tobacco is a bit moist so you may want to let it dry a day or two for a lit... Read Moretle easier lighting. It's a pretty standard high grade Virginia and what you would expect but the added Perique gives hints of spicy pepper which is outstanding. There is some bite if smoked to fast so sit back and enjoy this one slowly. I will definitely keep this one on hand. 👍👍 Read Less
The tin note is sweet with a nutty nuance. This ribbon cut is very fine so its very easy to pack. The charring lights reveal a sweet nutty overtone. The bowl extends its formal greeting once its underway with sweet spicy notes and an enticing smoky r... Read Moreoom note. The sweetness fades near the bottom 3rd and the spicy takes over. If you smoke to hot this blend can taste dirty at the end. Great tobacco! Great taste! My favorite VaPer so far. Read Less
This is a wonderful blend that has been copied many times. Yes, I have had old U.K. made Elizabethan and there is no need for those who have not to feel like they are "missing out". For me this is a must have and has both the complexity and... Read More medium strength that I most often look for in a blend. You will get some sweetness, and you will get some spice, but never too much of either. This is about as easy burning and packing as a cut can get and does well in many different chamber sizes. Many people recommend Escudo as a starting point for those looking to explore Virginia and, more specifically, VA/Perique blends. I think both Escudo and Elizabethan should be a part of that introduction. Read Less
I'm really enjoying this blend. I can taste the dark Virginia, has a nice raisin note, and I quite like the peppery finish from the Perique. Somewhat reminds me of a mild peppery cigar, at least for me. Would prefer maybe a more coarse cut like shag ... Read Moreor even a flake. The ribbon will likely dry quickly in the tin. Read Less
A really nice VA base. For me the perique doesn't show itself until the bottom half. Blend gets really intense in flavor towards the very bottom.
The VA shines in this blend, from start to finish. I do find at times it strikes me as a little harsh, ... Read Moremuch like Three Nuns does to me. I think it's me and not the blend. I have found that if I let it sit out 30 minutes prior to loading it smooths out. Might just need some breathing time to mellow around the edges.
Considered a VA/Per blend, but it's really the VA that makes this blend what it is, the VA takes the lead right out of the gate, and it's a very good VA at that.
If you're a perique lover, don't expect a lot of that flavor here - stick with Escudo or the like. While there, it's sublime.
Sticking a tin of this back, I'm curious what it'll be like in 5 years time. I'm betting superlative. Read Less
Elizabethan Mixture is only my second Va/Per blend, but makes me want to explore the style much more! A beautiful aroma from the tin of clean virginia, raisin, as well as some acidic/vinegary notes. Pleasant and sharp. Lovely, light yet rich flavours... Read More with slight spice and a nice finish of chocolate (drinking chocolate?) and caramel. Overall, mild and relatively cool with a good burn. Great stuff! Read Less
This was my favored tobacco in the seventies and eighties. Later on I switched to lighter mixtures and finally to flakes. Naturally I was wondering if the Danes were able to replicate the once very tasteful but strong mixture so I bought a tin of it ... Read Morefor a try. IMO only the strength has survived, there is no taste but that of hefty smoke left. That last tin was therefore my final goodbye to Dunhill's Elisabethan. Read Less
This is a nice smoke, open the tin get surrounded by aroma of pastry and raisins. Cut packs well, and lights well out of the tin. The smoke appeared creamy, soft, and as mentioned a hint of Perque. I never smoked the original can't comment on a compa... Read Morerison. To it is a mellow mild smoke, enjoyable in the late afternoon or early evening. I would recommend it, although I found myself wanting more preque. Read Less
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