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The perfect IN-B-TWEEN tobacco, when, from the moment you jump out of bed and reach for your favorite briar til' you put it back on the rack and get ready to sleep. Bowlful after bowlful, IN-B-TWEEN will please you all day.

BrandSmokers' Haven
Blended ByJ. F. Germain & Son
Manufactured ByJ.F. Germain & Son
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2974)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Creamy and smooth as a mild to medium English blend can be. The Oriental/Turkish are lightly woody and playfully spicy, adding complexity to the smokey, woodsy sweet flavor of the Cyprian latakia. The rich brown Virginia is slightly citrus and dark fruit sweet, tangy, and earthy with very mild hay notes, and acts as a cooling base for the other components. Has a mild to medium nic-hit, closer to mild than to medium. It's more of a shag cut than a ribbon, and burns exceptionally well without burning fast and hot as many thin cut tobaccos tend to do. Won't bite. Has a cool, clean consistent flavor, requires few relights, and leaves very little moisture in the bowl. A well made all day English smoke that won't bore you, and the room note won't chase most of the ladies away either.


12 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The name of this blend is really a description of the blend and where it places verses Our Best Blend. In-B-Tween is a very good quality medium English blend. It lacks the richness (and Latakia) that OBB offers, but it is nicely balanced and could be an all-day smoke for most English smokers. I don't seem to be able to single out the sweetness that others have pointed out, but my review is based on two newer tins and it may be due to the “newness” of my tins. Due to the very thin ribbons, it should be packed with care to get the best results. I am eager to see what a couple of years in the cellar will do to this blend. It is also great news to see its return to the marketplace! All in all, IN-B-Tween gets a solid three and a half stars for my taste.

8 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (303)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

What a delight this In B Tween Mixture is. Reading the reviews I thought it was going to be a reincarnation of Dunhill Early Morning but its not. The leaf used here is much smoother and milder than anything Dunhill has now. While I love Dunhills EMP which was my first English blend this IBT is just more complex, doesn't irritate my sinuses one bit and the room note is much more pleasant according to my other half... DRY, that's what EMP is to me, like a dry wine, this is a light /medium English that is the opposite. The use of the condiment leafs as just that -condiments- is to my mind like using salt and pepper on a steak. You want to taste the steak but also add a little something to enhance that steak flavor. The bread like Virginia flavor is dominant and every now and then the toasted oriental flavor comes through, all while the finest Smokey Latakia flavor adds its saltiness and aroma. Simply delicious and I'm telling you, If you haven't tried a Germain blend yet you are missing out on what is IMHO the best blending house still left. Its definatly more expensive than its peers at $13.50 a tin but I only smoke one bowl of an English blend before bed each day so I don't mind paying for the best...

Pipe Used: Stanwell Winther, Charatan Pot

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: Smokers Haven

Similar Blends: Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe.

7 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Looks in the tin like the picture here and is mostly a shag. Smells like a light latakia/oriental blend in the tin, with a delicate mustiness. Loads like a shag, meaning you'll probably want to tear it in places to get it to load properly. This performed best at tin moisture, as shags are too thin to hold excess water. It came pretty dry anyway and further drying just destroyed it.

This one is a case in point as to why reviews based on a couple of bowlfuls are usually not helpful. The first half-dozen bowls were "meh". A light latakia flavor on top of what appeared to be characterless Virginias and not much of an oriental presence. Eventually somewhere around the halfway point of the next bowl, the orientals came out, and they are stellar, with a beautiful spiciness and depth. They ruled the show from that point and carried a lackluster blend into something very nice indeed. This is considered an English blend with the predominant flavor being latakia but I found the orientals more enticing and apparent at midbowl. The Virginias shored up well but provided almost no sweetness - more of a bready quality. It's a nice trickle down of SH's "Our Best Blend", which necessarily for me means a less enticing smoke. But this is a worthy blend if you like your English mixes more on the mild side, both in potency and flavor. I happen to prefer Exotique for it's more Balkan qualities but I seemed to smoke this tin rather rapidly, which I find meaningful. I enjoyed my time with it but don't miss it now that it's gone.

5 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (628)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is another wonderful Latakia blend by JF Germain for Smoker's Haven. I have now had the luxury of trying all of these blends. They are all different despite having very similar make up of Va, Lat and Or.

This one differentiates itself by having very little latakia presence and focusing more on the oriental components. Similar in the way that Select mixture does. I would put this below Select Mixture as my tastes go as the orientals in Select lean more to the woody, nutty side; whereas, IBT tends to come off as more sour to my tastes.

overall the fine Virginia used by SH carries these blends adding sweet hay and citrus. I like this one better than 20th anniversary, but that is about it. I prefer all the other ones over this.

I have not given any of these blends below two stars, because it is really splitting hairs to determine which one is better as they all are good and offer an enjoyable smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

Germain doesn't fool me with this blend. It's Penzance in shag cut form. At least, that's my guess. Very similar flavor (if not identical), with the middle of the road English taste made heavenly by the special Germain preparation of the components listed above. A beauty of a smoke!

3 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (246)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

In-B-Tween is another great blend from SH! This is a traditional English with high grade Orientals. Virginia’s and Latakia. The tin note is malty and at first your are greeted with Latakia with a VA’s following it up. The smoke is creamy and sweet. Latakia provides sweetness and some smokeiness and not overpowering. The Virgiia’s are earthy, sweet and slightly fruity. There is some toastiness from the Virginia’s as well that works very nicely. The Orientals are dry and woody with a slight spice. I have never had Best Blend but it must be loaded with Latakia if this is a mild version. I find this to be a nice English/Balkan, if it is in between it is a Lat bomb that is the comparator. Great blend similar to Exotique but milder and slightly less complex.

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

2 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (228)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

IBTM is the third SH blend that I have sampled and, I must say, it is the best so far. The current version has a mix of narrow ribbon, slightly wider ribbon and shag pieces. It is nicely variegated in its color range; a characteristic of medium English blends and yields a classical English smokey tin aroma that is neither too strong nor too weak - in other words, medium. The smoking aroma is wonderfully rounded and you sense all components working together in harmony. This blend in the current offerings from SH is the closest, so far in my sampling, to what I remember from the past and is, therefore, the most successful of the three blends I have tried: 20th Anniversary mix (least successful), Cognac (pretty good but a little too weak) and IBTM (four stars).

Pipe Used: Ashton Brindle LX Chimney Billiard

Age When Smoked: 2014

Purchased From: Smokers Haven at the 2014 NASPC show

Similar Blends: pick a nice solid medium English that you remember from the past..

2 people found this review helpful.

CPT/VSG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CPT/VSG (72)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Having lived all of my life in the home of Smoker's Haven, I am partial to all of their imported English blends and am fortunate to have maintained a stock pile of them. In-B-Tween is a light English, perfect for a morning smoke or for a time when less strength and more sweetness is called for. It is cut in a fine ribbon and burns well. It has great balance. I've been smoking from a 2003 8oz. tin and it has enough Virginia in it to age nicely. A fine offering.

Age When Smoked: 2003

Purchased From: Smoker's Haven.

2 people found this review helpful.

JustOneforMe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustOneforMe (28)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Objective: This blend was fairly dry when I recieved it. Dark short ribbon cut and some smaller pieces. Seveeral relights needed.

Subjective: This blend bit slightly with only moderate puffing, but yielded a good amount of smoke and a nice flavor. A good medium blend, but left me wanting something stronger after two bowls. Very grateful for the gift, however I will not be making a purchase for future use.

2 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (388)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

We had an unofficial club meeting today. A few of us went out and grabbed lunch and settled down for a cigar or pipe or both. A friend of mine brought some of this in and I was lucky to get a nice sample smoke from it. This mild English had a sweetness in the tin note and the smoke but not sure of what. There is no flavoring added as stated on the website so maybe the sweetness is from the Orientals. I was smoking this in my Dagner Corn Cob and man did this put out a lot of smoke, I had a solid stream of smoke coming out of my pipe that looked almost supernatural, like a thick long white snake. This is a really nice blend. Pipestud thinks that this is Penzance in a shag cut, with over 1800 reviews I will take his word at it and they are both manufactured by Germain. Alas, this is no longer in production but always a pleasure to try something new, albeit if only a bowl or two. Interesting to me is that the last review on this one was 3 years ago.

Pipe Used: Dagnar Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Sample

1 person found this review helpful.

nkulk8r Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nkulk8r (90)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

Smokers’ Haven IN-B-TWEEN Mixture is a mild English of Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia, made by none other than J.F. Germain & Son. It’s listed as a ribbon, but when I popped the tin, it reminded me of pencil shavings, the kind you find when emptying a pencil sharpener (albeit somewhat moist pencil shavings). IBT was my first Smokers' Haven blend, and I found it to be a delightful, creamy smoke; I love the spicy/tangy Orientals in this one, along with mildly pleasant citrus just behind the soft-smokey Latakia. Initially, I too had a “meh” reaction to the first bowl (pilot error: not dried sufficiently). I allowed some of this shag to dry enough so that it wasn’t tacky when pressed together between the fingers (I did not allow for enough of on the first bowl – drying some of the moisture away is key to getting the most out of this mix -- at least with moisture level in the tin I received). I was then tilting towards a 3-star recommend by my third bowl (3.5 actually), when it dawned on me that IBT would be the absolute perfect go-to smoke for the front porch in mid-August when it’s 88 degrees outside – whether it be 7:20 in the a.m. or 10:40 at night. (NOTE TO SELF: IN-B-TWEEN is the perfect blend for when it is just too hot outside to smoke anything else). 4-stars.

Pipe Used: Briarworks Bullmoose; Peterson B11 spigot

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

bent-1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bent-1 (39)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Just a short review of a fine ribbon cut VA/Oriental/Latakia.

This blend has a sweet VA base, with a healthy dose of an oriental leaf (not sure which one) and sprinkled with latakia. Burns sweet, with a nice creamy sweet spice, followed by a muted, smooth latakia. It's a medium bodied smoke, richer than a straight VA, a little light on the nicotene, but tasty & satisfying. The latakia is strictly a condiment, lightly sprinkled throughout the blend. It burns to a light fluffy ash.

My suggestion, dry it so it doesn't stick together when pinched in a wad as it arrives a bit moist. Best results are achieved during a relaxed draw.

will post more with additional time in the tin

9/15/08. This has been a consistently good smoke, one I now cellar. Long may this fine blend live.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Smoker's Haven, as it has been mentioned before, has their house blends made for them by Germain & Sons (maker of Esoterica blends, amongst other lines). As such, all the SH blends I've tried have been very well put together; they use high quality leaf (as far as I can tell), blend and age their leaf very well, and pay fine attention to detail.

Of the three standard english blends SH offers (and I'm not counting here their heavy hitting Krumble Kake, as it's a bit different, or Exotique, which is a classic Balkan, not english style blend) this is in the middle. Not as full and rich as Our Best Blend, not as wimpy as Select Mixture. I think it achieves a happy medium.

IBT is a medium english style blend with a stronger focus on the orientals than what I typically see in these blends. It's still very well balanced and no one component steals the spotlight from another. In this way it's similar to Dunhill's London Mixture. Though this lacks the mustyness I usually got from LM, IBT has a very briney smell and taste which I also appreciate. I think it often gets overlooked due to its marketing and name, but for those who don't need the latakia bomb which is OBB and KK (see above), IBT is a fine blend with lots of flavor.

Recommended for all smokers wanting a solid medium english blend, highly recommended for those who love the above with a solid oriental component.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Very Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a nice tobacco, it is just as it says and in between tobacco, not a lot of latakia or anything else. It is like a warm cu of soup on a cold day, I guess what I am trying to say it is the tobacco equivalent to comfort food. It is always the same mellow and cool smoke no matter which of my pipes I put it in and it never lets me down. I have on a few occasions used this tobacco as a base for my own blends, it works well with Cyprian latakia. I think this tobacco must consist of at least some Turkish tobacco. I prefer this tobacco in the morning but have smoked it latter in the day as well, but by late in the day I want somthing with more of a punch in the taste department. If like me you sometimes want a gentle smoke that makes you forget the troubles of the day this one might be your ticket to mild English tobaccos. It might also be a good way to break yourself of the habit of aromatics.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If you've tried Smoker's Haven "Our Best Blend" then you will recognize In-B-Tween immediately; it has both a similar cut and tin aroma. This is correctly described on S-H own web-site as a lighter weight version of OBB and I find it a pleasant all-day smoke. Our Best Blend is one of my favorites but this is a fine smoke all on its own.

The tobacco is a moderately long, string-cut (which I prefer), the strands are mostly dark. The mixture is mostly VA with Syrian Latakia next in quantity and the Turkish filling out the blend. The flavor is mild and enjoyable, the aroma is slightly smoky and sweet and there is a bit of that Balkan tang which I love. I think I've found the perfect summer blend. 8-1/2 out of 10 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Old Puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Puffer (42)
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Nothing bad at all with this blend. Ordered it once when Smoker's Haven was out of 'Our Best Blend" and was pleasantly surprised. I find it to be more friendly than OBB and consider it a great standby. No longer use OBB but will continue to buy this as long as it is available.

Recommend for newbies.

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Fountainhead Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fountainhead (17)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is very comforting. There is a good harmony in this blend between the Virginia, Oriental, and Latakia. The aroma is mild and unassuming, but it smells very much like how it tastes (although the taste is relatively stronger).

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