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Made of burley, Virginia, black cavendish and latakia.

Notes: John Cotton's Sweet English is where the English-style latakia blend meets a gentle aromatic. Burley, Virginia and black cavendish are blended with enough latakia to make this a great choice when you want to enjoy a pipe but want a pleasant room note - gentle enough to enjoy all day.

BrandJohn Cotton
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByLane, Ltd.
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Virginia
Packaging1.75 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3008)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The grassy, tart and tangy citrusy Virginia is the base of the blend, and has a little dullness. The nutty, earthy, woody, molasses sweet burley is a supporting player, and not forceful in any way. The unsweetened black cavendish adds some brown sugar smoothness. The Cyprian Latakia is lightly smoky, earthy, musty and woody sweet, and does just a little more than underscore the experience. I’m not sure what the sweet, very lightly creamy topping is, but I get something almost vanilla-like, and it tones down the tobaccos a little. The strength is a step past the mild mark, while the taste is close to the center of mild to medium. The nic-hit is very mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a very consistent sweet and mildly savory flavor. Leaves some moisture in the bowl, and requires a few relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. Can be an all day English aromatic smoke. Two and a half stars.


10 people found this review helpful.

lasix1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lasix1 (6)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

If you enjoy cross-over blends or light English ones, you should try this. Russ Ouellette has done his job well in re-creating the classics from John Cotton. Sweet English's sweetness comes from black Cavendish, perfectly married with Burley, Virginia and the lightest touch of Cypriot Latakia. To my taste, he's got it down perfectly. I have a pipe full to start the day and it goes very well with black coffee. Everything about this blend is gentle. The Virginia's are sweet, the black Cavendish tones everything down and the Latakia is so pleasant and understated that the untrained nose will not be offended. My wife, whose disdain for Latakia is legendary in our house, remarked the other day when I came in from smoking Sweet English how pleasant it was. I almost fell down the stairs! This is now my go-to blend and I'm on about my sixth tin. If only I could talk Russ into packing it in 8 oz. barrels, I'd be very happy.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Punto Oro

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: The Mind Meld Sweet English (No Longer Available).

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

John Cotton - John Cotton's Sweet English.

This would be the consummate entry into the English genre.

Some of the pieces are quite chunky, not massively, but my tin contains none that could be described as ''fine''. Light brown, dark brown, black, quite a fair weight of each colour. It's hydrated perfect for imminent smoking, so on we go!

Mellifluous and sweet; a short description of the smoke! Any causticity from the Latakia has been calmed by the others; not that there's a heap of Lat to calm! The black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia meld together nicely, with the Cavendish bringing actual ''weight'' to the smoke. I get a ripe, fruity flavour from the Va, and a coarse, nutty flavour from the Burley. There's a little smokiness from the Lat, it's notable throughout, but in no way does it cartelize and rule the smoke. There's a kind of honey-sweetness, which doesn't seem to come from the tobaccos. I haven't smoked anything other than this since last night, I also haven't had any tongue-bite. Every bowl has behaved well, giving a cool smoke, needing little maintenance.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: nice.

Sweet English? An easy four star blend:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: John Brumfit

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (318)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Tin note of mild smoky, sugar, and spice. Tobacco is black, dark brown and tan short ribbons. Moisture content is good. No drying/prep needed. Burns moderate with few relights. The strength is mild to medium and nic is mild. No flavoring detected, other than whatever casing they used on the Black Cavendish... vanilla maybe? Taste is mild to medium and mostly consistent, with notes of sweet, citrus, vegetation, wood, bread, earth, bitter, brown sugar, dry, mild smoky, cocoa, spice, mild tangy, nuts, molasses, mildly floral, a sweet grassy background note, and a peppery retro. Black Cavendish and Burley are battling for the lead, Virginia is supporting. Latakia is in the back somewhere, making sporadic appearances. Room note is pleasant, and aftertaste is good.

Pipe Used: 2015 XXX Ashton Brindle Author

Age When Smoked: 4 years

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