The most popular 'Latakia' blend in Europe, Scottish Mixture is comprised of Brazilian, Zimbabwe, and Malawi Virginia (53%) which are blended with Malawi Sun-cured (10%) and Malawi Burley (17%). The relatively high proportion of Burley helps to carry the special Virginia casing which sweetens and favors the blend. To this blend is added a small proportion of Black Cavendish Dark fired (7.5%) to cool the smoke and finally the Latakia (12.5%) The whole combination provides a very pleasant and easy to some tobacco with the background taste and aroma of Latakia
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This is a difficult review for me to write, as I absolutely love GH & Co.'s tobaccos. This blend, however, is the exception to the rule. I bought about 2 oz of this around a year ago and I just finished it a few weeks ago. I had been mulling over... Read More it for a while and I just don't feel that this one spoke to me.
Don't misunderstand me; there's positively nothing wrong with this blend at all. It burned well and still had the nice GH mouth-feel that the other blends offer. I think that it just isn't for me. I found this blend to be just too bland to catch my interest; which is stange, because I like a lot of other tobaccos that other pipers find bland. Oh, well... Even for GH, they can't all be winners. Read Less
I bought 4 oz just to tryand found this tobacco compairable to my farorite Dunhill 965. With the Dunhill going away, i feel this blend is an ok replacement, at half the cost. Its not a campfire tasting blend, like Sqardon Leader, but I get a stoch fl... Read Moreavor, the burley to me is not over bearing. It is a lighter Latakia blend, but with the virgina it is a mellow flavor. I just orfered 8oz. Read Less
Like the commentor below, I love to see other smokers' takes on the blends. To me, the smokey and spicy English elements, although present, go to the back seat. What hits me in the tin and in the smoke is a caramel nougat note...which I'm not parti... Read Morecularly a fan of, but it is a pleasant smoke. I would buy again, but not for regular rotation. I would consider this a very well rounded blend to buy if you intend to share with American pipe smokers. I think everyone could enjoy it. Read Less
I've only been enjoying pipe smoking for about a year, so have grains of salt handy.
Unless I'm identifying the component incorrectly, this seems to be a very Latakia-forward blend. The tin-note is what I'd expect; rich and smokey. I found th... Read Moree mouthfeel to be quite strong in that flavor, but in an oddly pleasing way. One of the greatest things about reading these reviews is the descriptions of the flavors we taste. Here's one for you: The intensely smokey and cool flavor to me is somewhere between Wint-O-Green and Ivory Soap.
If I'm not completely wrong, this is probably an acquired taste. But I still find that when choosing a tobacco to smoke and considering my mood, the pipe, and the weather, I invariably come back to this one just to check, and I do like it. Read Less
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