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A Virginia and Turkish blend mixture.

Notes: Dunhill Standard Mixture clone, and was originally called Golden Standard.

BrandRobert McConnell
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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Kohlhase, Kopp & Co. are marketing this blend as a replacement for Dunhill Standard. I went for a direct comparison, smoking a tin of each side by side. First off, the tin note is different, less spicy than the Dunhill. The leaf does not contain any red VA, which DSM has a goodly amount of, and in RMC GS, we have a lot of ready rubbed. I also found some leaf ribs.

Lighting is OK—the ready-rubbed makes it a two-match affair for me. The flavour is less toasty, more sweet, and has none of the nuttiness of the original. I have some annoying dottle left over at the end.

And now for the actual review: This is not DSM, but a new blend by KK&Co. So, everything is as described above. Judged on its own merits, this is not a bad blend, but nothing out of the ordinary either. A run-of-the-mill English which I would not refuse, but won't go out of my way to buy again either. I'd give 2-and-a-half stars if it were possible—just barely not quite good enough to fully recommend.

Pipe Used: Passatore Oliva, Vauen Luxus

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

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Similar Blends: Lots of run-of-the-mill English blends..

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