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A mixture of the finest English kind. Mixed in old copper drums. Made from the world's best tobaccos: red Kentucky, Virginia, Turkish, Carolina black and Syrian latakia. Fine to medium taste with a gentle smoky note.

BrandJohn Aylesbury
Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsKentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin, 100 grams tin
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Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
None Detected
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

John Aylesbury - Finest British.

Another from a recent trade with Gentleman Zombie!

As I've said on previous John Aylesbury reviews, Franck sent me a few blends in loose pouches, so there isn't too much moisture like there could be in a sealed tin. It's about 50/50 black and brown, and although the mix includes a few chunky pieces, the majority's quite slight in build.

I get a good flavour of Latakia, stronger for the first quarter. Then, the Kentucky and Turkish join in, filling out the smoke. The Virginia gives a subtle sweetness, and a delicate sprightliness. On a whole, I find it fuller tasting than my fellow reviewers do; prominently a Balkan/English Lat' taste. The smoke's below medium in temperature, and 100% bite free throughout.

The nicotine's medium, and the room-note's quite nice.

For me, Finest British is a three star blend.


Pipe Used: Peterson Silver Cap #68

Age When Smoked: ???

Purchased From: Traded with Gentleman Zombie

5 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very nice smoke. Smoky, woody and nutty with just a touch of sweetness. I usually prefer a little more sweetness, but this taste just fine without it. Very smooth and pleasant on the retrohale. Nice cool burn with few relights. I think any Kentucky fan will appreciate this blend.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. No added flavoring.

Pipe Used: MM Dagner Poker, Country Gentleman, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Mars cigars and pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (108)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I’d call Finest British a mild to medium allrounder. It’s supposed to be a best-seller in the John Aylesbury program. English in character, Virginia and Oriental forward underlined by a modest and supportive smokiness. The smoother Syrian should be responsible for this, making this blend a limited offer in the future, though. Easy handling.

The only thing I don’t like about this blend is the cold, smoky aftertaste mainly from the Orientals I think, which stays present even after a good meal. Other than that this is a decent blend for all-day purposes, very enjoyable with or without filter and not a bad alternative to more expensive brands. The room note is typical English, yet tolerable.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: fresh to 6 months

Similar Blends: Dunhill Early Morning Pipe.

3 people found this review helpful.

Anthony Caridi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Anthony Caridi (29)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

A solid, quality smoke. No fireworks but plenty of light mellow taste. The Latakia is not heavy but nicely balenced with the other tobaccos. I think a nice starter blend for the novice to try out English mixtures and a good basic English smoke for the veteran. Sometimes basic is a good thing.

Pipe Used: Don Carlos Cannadian

Age When Smoked: New

2 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (309)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Strong

I picked up a tin of this when looking for a medium English at my trusted secondary tobacconist's.

A rather standard English blend, with VA, Orientals and Latakia. The tin note is not much different from the milder varieties, but does show a touch of freshness among the spice.

The thin ribbon lights up well with a single match, and smokes down to bright ashes. The taste is slightly sweet, with a touch of acidity. The room note is not too bad, but won't improve the smoker's social life either.

Having smoked the likes of SG Squadron Leader and Bill Bailey's Balkan Blend, this is a bit of a letdown. The taste does not develop at all, nor does the strength satisfy me, and the Orientals don't make much of an appearance.

A good choice for a beginner to dip his toes in Latakia blends, I'd say, but apart from that, there is nothing else to tell. Two and three quarters solid stars from me. There are far better English ones out there, even in the same price bracket.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30126)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This tobacco is appropriately named. It is The Finest British and it really is just that. The traditional ribbon cut and the aroma in the tin are just right. The flavor, most importantly, is spot on. From the first few puffs of the pipe right to the bottom of the bowl it is a tasty English. I plan to buy more because it is one of the best English blends available. I highly recommend Finest British to all those who enjoy English blends.

2 people found this review helpful.