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Superbly made blend that Dan had created with a good friend in mind who was searching for a light English. The result is a unique taste experience. Excellent blend to look forward to at the end of your day. Another masterful blend by Dan Boswell.

BrandBoswell Pipes & Tobacco
Blended ByBoswell Pipes & Tobacco
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Virginia
PackagingBulk and 2 oz tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

Unlike the descriptive, I did not find Magnum to be a light English... in fact, not even mid-range. It was fairly strong stuff and I found it to be similar to Dunhill's Nightcap without Perique and less depth of flavor in its overall presentation. Still, this is a very nice smoke for times when Latakia comes calling.


5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2850)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

The tangy, very dark fruity, earthy red Virginia takes a lead over the citrusy, lightly grassy bright Virginia. The sweet red Va. is the most important component. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is a little more than a background player. There’s a light vanilla note that I suspect comes from the sugary black cavendish rather than an overall topping. I also detect a hint of whisky which, along with the vanilla, very mildly tones down the tobaccos. The strength level is a step past the mild threshold while the taste level is a little closer to medium than it is to mild. The nic-hit is a shade past mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with sweetly consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires slightly more than an average number of relights as the tobacco is lightly moist. Has a pleasant after taste that sports a slightly distracting syrup note, for which I deduct half a star. This is an all day semi-aromatic English smoke. Two and a half stars.


4 people found this review helpful.

morphijuana Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
morphijuana (17)
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant

1st Smoke: Smoked my first pipe load in my Balkovec. My first thoughts would be that it is very mild English with almost aromatic notes. 2nd Smoke: Smoked a pipe load in my Hackert. Light English is a perfect description. The aromatic tones I picked up on my first smoke of it have seemed to diminish. I think I mistook the sweetness of the Virginias for a vanilla casing. I didn't pick that up at all in the second smoking. The Latakia is apparent, but far from overwhelming. It produces a nice smoke, and burns a little warm. As with all Boswell blends I've tried, no tongue bite whatsoever. The room note is very nice, pleasant and inviting. I liked it and will look forward to my next bowl of it. 3rd Smoke: Ribbon cut packs well and lights easily in my Moretti Chimney. No problems lighting it and it stays burning with no problems. I could very easily see this blend being an all-day smoke for me. Mild, tasty, and an overall pleasant smoking experience. So pleasant in fact that I huffed it down unusually fast. It burns fairly dry and produces a nice gray ash. I should have ordered a bigger bag of it. Conclusion: An English that isn't overpowering. This blend provides a smooth, tasty, smoking experience. This is one that easily falls into the class of an all-day smoke. Most defiantly worth a try.

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30057)
Mild Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Magnum Blend is a light English developed by Dan Boswell for a friend that has become very popular. The ingredients are not listed on Boswell's website but peering into the jar I have here it appears as though there are gold and red VAs, Black Cavendish, and a little Latakia.

MB packs and lights easily due to its' almost perfect moisture content. Once going, it requires a minimum of relights. The taste at first is dominated by the sweet VA and Black Cavendish, then you notice the Latakia there in the background providing body to the smoke. It's a very pleasant early morning smoke before you're ready to take on a full-fledged Balkan. In fact, I sometimes smoke it all day, it's that good.

Boswell's prices have gone up steadily in the last few years, as have most tobacco suppliers. Nevertheless, I'm deducting one point on value.

Scores for Magnum Blend: Taste- 18 of 20; lighting and burn- 8 of 10; value- 8 of 10. 34 points equals a good ** score.

4 people found this review helpful.

Stinkypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stinkypipe (155)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

This is pretty darn fine smoke. This is again a milder form of something like Northwoods. Probably not as much Latakia and a bit more spice. Has a nice smoky tin note. Lights just fine and burns very nice. I get smoky flavor wit hints of vanilla and nuts but those are very faint. Has a pleasing room note but very mild. This is fine blend particularly for a evening smoke or for those that are looking for a milder English/Latakia blend.

Pipe Used: Boswell freehand

Age When Smoked: Fresh

3 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The cut is a narrow ribbon. The pouch note is a slightly sweet smoky. There may be a hint of vanilla in the pouch note.

Smoked this reminds me of a less intense Capt. Black "Black Sea." It is sweet with some condimental latakia. The sweet is hard to identify, and the smoking experience is mild on mild. When puffed, I get a little tart Virginia in the profile.

This is OK, and I can smoke it. I am not going to be stocking up.

2 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (297)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

One would expect when a blend is called MAGNUM, it would be strong. Stout. Powerful. But it's not. I don't quite know if I got the bottom of the jar when I ordered my 2oz, or if this is the normal state of the blend, but I got a lot of "shake" in my pouch. a lot of tiny, powdery tobacco that settled to the bottom. Hmm.....

Pouch note appears to be a great crossover type sweet English blend. I detect some faint natural vanilla aroma which is quite pleasing! Just a touch of smoke to make you realize it just may be an English blend. Moisture is the same as just about every Boswell English blend.

Packs well, not much spring upon lighting.

Initial Flavors of the cavendish are most discernable. Sweet, vanilla notes are the most prominent, but that hay-like sweetness from the Virginia also comes through. It's very easy to detect what flavor is coming from which leaf. The latakia is added perfectly. The sweet and smoky leaves are meld together in perfect harmony. What a terrific indoor room note!! Even the wife commented on how wonderful it smells. It has that old timey pipe aroma with a touch of Latakia. I am a sweet English tobacco fanatic. I love them, and this is no exception. This is a perfect crossover blend for those looking to start sampling English and Latakia, but its also a great English blend for when the weather is too hot for a full strength Balkan. If any tobacco has a flavoring or topping, Boswell knows how to produce them!

Pipe Used: several

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From: Boswells

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30057)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

This blend was my first english i've smoked. I right away liked it! The latakia and virginia in it make it great too. One of those all day smokes for sure.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30057)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is another blend that I'm shocked there isn't more reviews on. I have to note again that Boswells English blends are the first and only English blends I've tried. I am also not a full English smoker, but I am finding them very enjoyable when the taste arises. I'm smoking a bowl now to help this along. With that said, this is another nice English blend from Boswell, all three of them are great. They are all a little different but make for a similar good smoke. Using Northwoods as a reference I feel the Light English is a "little brother" to Northwoods and this Magnum Blend may be more like a cousin. Upon lighting you notice the Latakia, but just enough to know its in there. Later in the bowl you notice it more in the aroma. This one holds onto the Latakia but also blends with the other tobaccos. The flavors dance back and forth on different puffs. I notice more of a subtle sweetness with this guess from the virginas or maybe a very slight topping flavor, but I doubt it. That is the only reason why I put Extremly Mild for Flavoring.

This is a similar smoke to Boswells Light English, but even milder. It packs well, stays lit, and smokes fairly cool. This one is a very, very dry smoke...almost dries out the back of my throat. Like the Light English, I don't feel this one is as creamy, or velvety as Northwoods, this one isn't as smooth either but neither are as bold as Northwoods. All in all a nice, milder English that has some characteristics of an aromatic. It's an easy going smoke, but my least favorite out of the 3 English blends from Boswell. I might not get it again since the Mild English is so perfect. But thats not to take away from this being a great blend and something to recommend. Just maybe not 4 stars in my opinion.

1 person found this review helpful.

wekers Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wekers (14)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

In my tastes i see that this blend like Vaper, i dont know the blends, but seems a lot of cavendish, some virginia and Perique? Latakia i think is a little dose. For me its a Vaper blend, at least in the beginning, after some time is very sweet and mild.

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LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (85)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

This blend packs well, lights easy. The cut is ribbon type, in the pouch I can see burley, virginia, cavendish and very little latakia. As soon as you light it there is a faint taste or vanilla mix with a slight tang probably coming from the virginias, as the smoke progresses this combination of taste disappears and the taste of cheap aromatic comes in hard, the latakia completely goes away and nothing but hot air comes thru the pipe, witch leads to to slight tongue bite for the rest of the journey. In summary would I buy this again NO, hence my one star rating for this blend.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30057)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I did not enjoy this tobac for one reason: the topping. I think without it would be a somewhat enjoyable blend. The Virginias and the light touch of Latakia do a good job untill the sweet of the topping start to come thru after a few minutes. Packs/burns nice with no bite.If you like aromatic english blends you might want to give this a try.

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