An English type mixture with Virginia and latakia added.

BrandJohn Aylesbury
Blended ByPlanta
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin, 100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I recently received an old tin of this to sell on my website and I had remembered smoking it a long time ago and was surprised I had not transcribed my notes on TRC. Just sensational, according to my journal. Waves of deeply rich and smoky Latakia that produced unusually large plums of gray smoke as I puffed away contentedly. The quality Virginia complimentary leaf added to the attraction and the blend was as cool a smoke as there is on the planet.


8 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

John Aylesbury - Latakia Blend.

I got this from my mate Gentleman Zombie in the 'States, another winner Franck!

This is, what it is: a straightforward, no messing, English. The ONLY negative is the one or two twigs the blend contains, other than that it's an English lovers ideal blend; I recon! The flavour of Latakia Blend is exactly what the name implies: lots of smokiness, strong notes of cedar, and a cool temperature smoke. To my palate there's only a tiny amount of Virginia, it's a smoke that's monopolized by the Latakia, but that suits me nicely! Something I can't hold against it is the speed of the burn: t's too fast, but it's been out of the sealed tin for a month or so and it's become quite dry.

Although the note's quite heavy, I like it, and I find the nicotine medium to strong.

Franck, I can't wait to see your review on this, me thinks you'll like, I do!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: No name hand made

Age When Smoked: ???

Purchased From: Traded with Gentleman Zombie

5 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (401)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

The only thing I can read on the can is the name of the tobacco, the description is in German. I picked this up a few years ago. It is a 100 gram tin with a lid on it that needs a quarter to open. Don't have to worry about this drying out too much. It is a nice mild latakia blend, good but for me nothing to want me to go out and buy another tin. I guess I am drawn more to the spicier latakia blends. I would not turn it down but for me has no zip, zest, pizazz.

Pipe Used: TC FULLER POKER 2004

Age When Smoked: A few years.

Purchased From: Liberty Tobacco

3 people found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

A very monotonous tobacco. A good dose of latakia completed with tasteless young Virginias. I sense no flavoring, yet it bites like a heavy aromatic. A real tongue scorcher.

Low quality + tongue bite + flatness = highly NOT recommended.

3 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I really like the Lat used here. It hasn't been smoked to death and still has a lot of Oriental qualities to the flavor. Lightly smoky with nice notes of sour, buttery wood. The Virginias on the other hand bring little more than a mild sweetness. I'd like a little flavor from those. Overall though, a nice simple Lat smoke. 3 stars on the strength of this tasty Lat. There are blending possibilities here too.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. No added flavoring. Burns well, but you may need to shovel out the ashes at about the 3/4 mark.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Mars cigars and pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (156)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Rather coarsely chopped Latakia blend, a reasonable proprtion of dark leaf, with some bright Virginia.

Lights easily, smokes all the way through, leaning only a few dry pieces in the bottom of the bowl, no soggy dottle. Most Latakia seems to do this.

It tstes alright, a little unexciting perhaps, its not a dramatic adventure of a smoke as some of the Dunhill blends are. But it is pleasant enough, and would make an ideal all day smoke (not that I often smoke all day), it never bites or overheats, it stays lit, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. One to enjoy while doing something else.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

Must agree with Sasha. This one is a bit soft, in the "modern style" of all DK/DE tobaccos. In the tin this blend smells ONLY a bit like leather. It shows ribbons in 3 colours and comes a bit too dry. I think that this blend is not even intended to be an english type. Aylesbury issued a different tin for that purpose called English Mixture, which I never saw. This one is allright for experimenting some touch additions, like adding some syrian latakia (it already contains cyprian) or some burley. It would make no sense to add any Oriental or Black Cavendish because the sweetish red virginia already tends to that. It compares fine with Rattrays tobaccos, with which it shares manufacturing place and market.

Tasty nevertheless, but don't expect too much.

1 person found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was very surprised when I smoked this blend the first time, expecting to have the usual sensation of a Va-Latakia mixture. Wrong! It's totally different from any other (S.G.Commonwealth, Balkan Flake, Charles Fairmon Lancer's...etc.). First of all it's very dry upon opening the tin, almost too much: I'm used to leave every tobacco open for a while before packing, but this really wasn't the case. The ribbon cut makes loading the pipe and lighting it an easy task, while the burning isn't so even, due to the lack of tobaccos such as Orientals or Burley that help in regularity. At sight you may expect a latakia-dominated smoke, but the Virginias used prove to have a great character and a certain punch, with a sweetness probably pushed by some casing that makes it surprisingly biting too (you better not rush it!). The smoke never builds up, so someone may find it boring and monotone; the mixture is very light too, which doesn't help in making it unforgettable. A good first bowl of the day.

1 person found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

10-15-04 A basic blend...

Appearance and tin aroma: Comes in a 100g. tin with a pop-up lid. Mostly dark leaf, smells musty like a good Latakia blend should.

Packing and Lighting: Easy to pack, typical medium ribbon cut. Lit quite easily with moisture ok right out of the tin.

Initial Flavor: Smokey, kind of a BBQ charcoal undertone.

Mid-Bowl: Boring! All you get is a subdued smokey bottom note and a strong High-note from the VA leaf in the blend. The VA tastes like a young Red VA and tends to be overly spicy.

Bottom of Bowl: Not much increase in strength, same flavor all the way down to the ash which is mottled grey and dry when its all over.

Overall: I just found this blend bland for a Latakia mixture. It is cheap, but I wouldn't buy it again. There are other blends in this price range that are more interesting. Lane's Crown Achievement comes to mind. the Va High note becomes annoying to me and is another reason I don't care for this blend much. I suppose one could do worse, I cannot understand why anyone would compare this to Sobranie, it does not even come close.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Points

1 person found this review helpful.

Wonwon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wonwon (5)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I was recommended this by Shervingtons (337 High Holborn, WC1. Tel: 020 7405 2929 - i think they will do mail order as well.

This is a very nice Latakia blend and smokes dry and cool. It is a very pleasant mix of virginia and latakia. It is only available in the 100g green tin, which is good for storage. (£15)

My Balkan Sobranie from 3yrs ago finally ran out and this is a good replacement. It is one of my favourites and smoke it regularly.

Shervingtons have their own Balkan Mix which is also very good.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Medium None Detected Medium Strong

This is a pleasing English, in which the Virginias tend to dominate and the latakia provides smokiness and depth.

I can't say that this blend is outstanding, but the quality is good and it is not unpleasant. The red Virginias make it bite a bit if you aren't careful, but they also add a nice tanginess.

So, while a little middle-of-the-road, this is not bad stuff. You've got my permission to try it.;>

1 person found this review helpful.

Brunello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brunello (166)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Nope. This one was a waste of money. I even tried using for blending but actually had better results using less expensive pouch options like John Bull. I’ve now fussed with this blend for six years since I first put it in a jar. It’s not getting any better. The problem for me is that it is very lightweight and has no compensating spice or complexity to redeem itself. The Latakia is probably the most lightly cured I’ve ever tried, and the Virginias lack weight on the palate, the brights especially problematic in that they have been minimally tempered, giving off a bitter herbal note that settles at the bottom of the bowl. This makes the last quarter of the bowl unpleasantly bitter. At this elevated price, or any price, I don’t recommend it, but I’m still giving two stars because it is at least smokable if you have nothing else.

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