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Whilst Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon was responsible for the spectacular 1903 Delhi Durbar celebrating the accession of Edward VII as Emperor of India. This name celebrates the heritage of this blend which is designed for the more experienced and mature pipe smoker and has a composition of Virginia, Latakia and Oriental. It has a well balanced smooth, dark brown smoke with floral and tannin tones.

Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
None Detected, Medium
Mild to Medium, Medium
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1898)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Charatan - Curzon.

Another of Charatan's Dunhill remakes. I've smoked a lot of these clones and have enjoyed every one of them. So, this is an attempt at Durbar; is this a good smoke or a nongermane, pointless, one? Due to me not having smoked Durbar for a few years, and the quantity being only a few tins, I'll have to compare to notes here rather than memory!

Curzon's made of quite even size ribbons, an impartial split between light and dark pieces, has a medium bodied Balkan aroma, and great hydration.

Like the aroma implied, the smoke isn't a tough, Lat-Bomb, but a bit more of a docile Balkan! The ripe Virginia and Oriental leaf supersede the Latakia. Creating a fruity, zesty, slightly sour, leading flavour. The Latakia gives a substrate, underlying, smokiness, which makes it a fuller flavour, but not too smoggy. It burns brilliantly, not wanting much work to sustain the burn. I get no tongue bite from the medium temperature smoke.

Nicotine: not too strong. Room-note: quite pleasant.

Curzon? As I mentioned, I haven't that much experience with Durbar, but going from notes here, this isn't a million miles away! Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: A few: Cob, Altinok, Poker.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

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Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (27)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Only bought this 4 hours ago, and am only 4 pipefuls in, but a brief review nonetheless.

When tin was opened, no discernible aroma, just a slight but not unpleasant mustiness. Short dark and light brown ribbons of baccy which pack easily into the pipe. Baccy was moist but not overmuch.

Lights easily, burns evenly, need the occasional relight but not too often.

A very pleasant, mature smoke, this one. It's much less distinctive than the old Durbar, but none the worse for that. I found that Durbar could be a bit harsh. It's probably the least obtrusive Latakia I've experienced, but as usual with these Charatans, I feel the blender has got it absolutely right. I suppose there must be Turkish in there, in fact I can discern it e'en now as I type, but it's subtly and pleasantly there, not tooo strong and catching in your throat, which Turkish can do.

Seems to me that Charatan have got it absolutely right and once again actually improved on the Dunhill template.

Room aroma pleasant and not too strong.

I keep using that word 'pleasant' - it does fit so well with these Charatan offerings. I do admire the blender who has come up with them.

I may update review in future as I get to know Curzon better.

Remember the ditty about Lord Curzon, contemporary with him being Viceroy of India? It was 'my name is George Nathaniel Curzon, I am a most superior person.' Lol. This Curzon baccy is superior in its nature, but much more modest. It doesn't have to make claims about its status. It just IS top quality.

Pipe Used: Beldor Derby (French, St Claude make)

Age When Smoked: New.

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

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