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Old 11-19-2011, 01:33 PM   #1
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Default English blends, which should I try?

So I have a couple blends I've tried.

I bought some Mac Baren Virginia #1 and some Altadis B20 black cavendish, which I blended together about 50/50. It tastes a lot like raisins to me. It's not bad, but I'm not a huge raisin fan. I may try adding more of the virginia to get it closer to 70/30.

I also got a sample of 5 star gold from Sterling, which tastes okay, but seems to give me bad tongue bite.

The 3rd, which is my favorite so far, is the Peter Stokkebye Proper English. I was wondering if some of you more experienced smokers who like english blends could recommend a few of your favorites so that I can go sample some new blends. Something that's similar to the Proper English, but better? I like that it has a good balance between full flavor and sweetness. Plus, it doesn't seem to give me any tongue bite unless I really overdo it.

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Old 11-19-2011, 02:31 PM   #2
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Default Re: English blends, which should I try?

I'm not a bigt english smoker any more, but I like Dunhill's My Mixture 965. Also, as one that is a spin off of an English, I like MacBaren's Plumcake. It is topped with a rum sort of flavor and blended with latakia for the smokiness. It reminds me a lot of the smell of a shipyard. Give it a try if you want to be a little adventurous.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:50 PM   #3
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Default Re: English blends, which should I try?

My short list of faves:

GL Pease Meridian
GLP Lagonda
GLP Chelsea Morning
McClellands Wilderness
McClellands Legends
Rattray Red Rapparee

That should give you a good start.
Chelsea Morning is a light english
Meridian, Wilderness, and RRR are medium english/oriental heavy blends
Legends and Lagonda stray more toward the full english

And, should you decide you really like Latakia (that component that tastes like a campfire) then try Cornell & Diehl Pirate Kake. The biggest lat bomb around.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:54 PM   #4
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Default Re: English blends, which should I try?

Thanks for sharing! I will be sure to try them out! Have you had the Peter Stokkebye Proper English?
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:04 AM   #5
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Thanks for sharing! I will be sure to try them out! Have you had the Peter Stokkebye Proper English?
I have. It's good bang for the buck, but I find the ones I mentioned more complex. YMMV
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:24 PM   #6
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Default Re: English blends, which should I try?

Thank you, Tony. I realize that everyone interprets things differently, which is evident by by browsing the reviews on tobaccoreview.com, but would you classify the Stokkebye blend as a medium english?

Thanks so much for your insight. I can't wait to try some different tobaccos from your list.
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Default Re: English blends, which should I try?

Ashton's Consummate Gentleman and Artisan's Blend are some easy English blends That I like.
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Thank you, Tony. I realize that everyone interprets things differently, which is evident by by browsing the reviews on tobaccoreview.com, but would you classify the Stokkebye blend as a medium english?

Thanks so much for your insight. I can't wait to try some different tobaccos from your list.
I would probably call it medium. The latakia is definitely up front, but not overbearing.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:00 AM   #9
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So I have a couple blends I've tried.

I bought some Mac Baren Virginia #1 and some Altadis B20 black cavendish, which I blended together about 50/50. It tastes a lot like raisins to me. It's not bad, but I'm not a huge raisin fan. I may try adding more of the virginia to get it closer to 70/30.

And if you don't like that, you've simply thrown away more tobacco to a blend you do not like. I'd say cut my losses and throw it away - or suffer through it till it is gone - or send it to someone who likes raisins.

I also got a sample of 5 star gold from Sterling, which tastes okay, but seems to give me bad tongue bite.

Then don't smoke it (see above options).

The 3rd, which is my favorite so far, is the Peter Stokkebye Proper English. I was wondering if some of you more experienced smokers who like english blends could recommend a few of your favorites so that I can go sample some new blends. Something that's similar to the Proper English, but better? I like that it has a good balance between full flavor and sweetness. Plus, it doesn't seem to give me any tongue bite unless I really overdo it.

Thanks in advance!
Other English blends? OK, here goes.

Two Friends - Deacon's Downfall (made and distributed by Cornell & Diehl)
Cornell & Diehl - Bow-legged Bear, #416 Plantation Evening
Esoterica - Penzance
Gawith & Hoggarth - Mixture #12

Many like Dunhill - 965 (personally, never been a big fan)

And my suggestion is to try stuff, just to see what you like. A call to Cornell & Diehl Craig & Patty Tarler Tel: (800) 433-0080, could get you a sample of three I mention above, and I am sure they'd gladly recommend others.

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Old 11-21-2011, 10:02 AM   #10
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Default Re: English blends, which should I try?

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My short list of faves:

GL Pease Meridian
GLP Lagonda
GLP Chelsea Morning
McClellands Wilderness
McClellands Legends
Rattray Red Rapparee

That should give you a good start.
Chelsea Morning is a light english
Meridian, Wilderness, and RRR are medium english/oriental heavy blends
Legends and Lagonda stray more toward the full english

And, should you decide you really like Latakia (that component that tastes like a campfire) then try Cornell & Diehl Pirate Kake. The biggest lat bomb around.
I cannot speak to all these suggestions, but the Rattray Red Rap is also an excellent choice.
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Old 11-23-2011, 02:25 AM   #11
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Default Re: English blends, which should I try?

Check out tobaccoreviews.com if you haven't already I think you may find it helpfull, and possibly a little overwhelming at first. Oh so many tobaccos to smoke.
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I cannot speak to all these suggestions, but the Rattray Red Rap is also an excellent choice.
Todd, if you love RRR like I do, then run out and get a tin of Meridian. I constantly wiggle over which one is better.
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:32 PM   #13
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Default Re: English blends, which should I try?

I ordered a tin of Dunhill nightcap and smoking my first bowl. It seems to smoke smoother, but not as smokey as the proper English. I plan to try some of the glp stuff after I've gone thru more of what I already have.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:56 PM   #14
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Default Re: English blends, which should I try?

I just started in with English Blends and here are my favorites so far:

Rattray's Red Rapparee
GL Pease - Quiet Nights
GL Pease - Westminster
Presbyterian Mixture
McClelland - Blue Mountain
Stokkebye bulk - English Luxury
Gawith & Hoggarth - Balkan Mixture
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