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Delicate slow burning mixture. Sweet Oriental tobacco blended with bright and red Virginia, enhanced by latakia. Supplied in a 50 gram tin. Similar to Dunhill Early Morning Pipe.

Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
None Detected
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1954)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Charatan - First Bowl.

I've smoked a lot of this over the week as I write for McGahey's tobacconist and this was the new blend to do. It says it's similar to Early Morning?

As I remember E.M. was cut finer. This includes some coarser pieces and even a few small broken flakes. I could compare as I have a tin of Dunhill but feel reticent to open it now it's been discontinued! The tin's aroma is one of a mild English, I feel no inclination of a forthcoming Lat Bomb.

Once lit the expectations from the tin-note come true; a Lat Bomb it isn't. The Latakia gives flavour, in a way reminiscent to E.M.: not sharp, harsh, or cutting, but mildly smoky. The most flavour comes from the Oriental leaf, with the red Virginia taking the back seat; because it lacks pungency the VA would have needed to have been added with more weight to gain recognition. It has an uncomplicated burn; hardly any relights, little tamping, mid-speed, generating a cool, bite-free, smoke.

Nicotine: mild for an English. Room-note: not great!

First Bowl? I actually prefer this to how I remember Early Morning. So, will give this four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson 150th Founders

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: McGahey's

6 people found this review helpful.

Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (29)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

As with the other 3 Charatan replacements for Dunhill which I've tried, I find this mixture to be better than the original - in this case, far better.

I found Dunhill's EAP to be just about unsmokeable. Horrible flavour. First Bowl, however, is a mild but full English mixture with a slightly liquorice edge to it. Very agreeable, very satisfying. All the Charatan replacements seem to be produced by a very mature, thoughtful blender, who really knows what he's doing.

Pipe Used: Portland (BB&S Ltd) Straight Grain.

Age When Smoked: New.

Purchased From: Londis store, Market Square, Dover, Kent, UK.

5 people found this review helpful.

Rich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rich (1)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Beautiful blend. Perfect ribbon cut, loads easily and stays lit even after the charring light, one tamp and away you go. Do not be put off by Latakia being one of the components, it is skilfully added to the Oriental, red and light virginia leafs to provide a mild smokey English taste, and still allowing a balanced bite free experience. This blend by Charatan is much better than Dunhill Early morning pipe. It leaves a very nice aftertaste with a friendly room note. First class,

Pipe Used: Peterson Atlantic 221

Age When Smoked: Six months

Purchased From: Tobacconist in Leicester

Similar Blends: Dunhill Early Morning Pipe, but superior..

3 people found this review helpful.