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The ultimate luxury mixture from the respected house of John Aylesbury!

We began with a spun cut mixture of prime golden and red Virginias combined with black cavendish, gently adding real gin and brandy whilst the mixture is carefully turned for cutting. Hints of the finest burley, extra velvet cavendish and torn bright Virginia are then introduced to the full bodied brilliant bouquet of this premium blend.

The final result brings forth an irresistible scent of melting caramel that is certain to enchant you and all who may be in the vicinity of such a special aroma.

Notes: Formerly called Premium Blend, but the name was changed due to EU laws.

BrandJohn Aylesbury
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Brandy, Caramel
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Mild, Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
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Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (108)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

John Aylesbury Premium Blend was introduced to the market way too fresh. By opening the tin you were greeted by an intense caramel topping that was not synthetic but overwhelming at first. It felt immature during the smoke, while neither the used tobaccos, nor the gin/brandy had a chance to get through. Therefore I got an occasional bite when I wasn’t careful.

The potential was there I thought and let it sit for about two years.

What I got was a sophisticated aromatic for those who like aromatics at medium strength. Caramel is still present, but more as in Larsen No. 32, together with that alcoholic note I was missing when fresh. Virginia tickle, no bite. On the way to the bottom of the bowl you sporadically hit one of the small curly cuts in the mix, which keeps it not only interesting, but I can even see myself placing them with purpose and then celebrate like a child when I hit one. The premium blend became what it’s called and one of my favorite aromatics. Enjoy!

Pipe Used: Various with and without filter

Age When Smoked: fresh to 2 yrs

4 people found this review helpful.

BrokenRecord Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrokenRecord (123)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dragon Blend: A Tasty Aromatic that Can Devastate Your Tongue

The casing is quite tasty. The liquors, whatever they are, blend well with the brown sugar syrup without turning the tobacco into a sugary-soppy mess. The tobacco is mostly made up of bright and red Virginia varietals that provide a bright-grassy edge and some tanginess to the smoke. The burley and Cavendish do not add much in terms of flavor. Overall, Dragon Blend is nice for an occasional pipe session, but this blend must be smoked like a straight Virginia or it will taste of ash and scorch your tongue into oblivion.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Upon first light, the brandy and other liquor makes itself known. I thought I tasted an orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier, but who knows. The boozy flavors merge well with the sweetness of the caramel, which together dominate the tin note and the first third of the smoke. The tobacco components make themself known the further down the bowl you smoke. The Virginias are grassy and slightly tangy. The burleys add some nutty flavors. The rest gets lost under the casing/topping.

There is some potential for tongue bite.

Is it good: yes. Is it the best aromatic that I have ever smoked: no. But, Dragon Blend is a nice blend to smoke around Christmas.

2 people found this review helpful.

KM Athens Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KM Athens (5)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Aromatic - yes it is, but not annoying in any case. I am swinging between classic English blend (love to feel some Latakia and Orient) - and well-balanced aromatic blends. This is exactly the case. Burns evenly, cool, to the very bottom. If too fresh, will probably need a couple of re-lightings; mild and soft - you would have to smoke as a chimney to get a tongue-bite. Not too pricey, but by no means cheap. This one is on my favorite list. Will alway have a can of this one in my “cellar”.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum, XL size, handmade in Turkey

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Leipzig, Germany

1 person found this review helpful.

rattdogg99 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rattdogg99 (49)
Mild to Medium Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

I'm a bit disappointed with this one. I found it to be somewhat bland tasting which surprised me considering the number of toppings listed in the description. The only flavor I could distinguish was brandy and it was fairly light. The blend started become harsh about halfway through the bowl and never settled down again. The Dragon is not for me but others may enjoy it.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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1 person found this review helpful.