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Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by avislash, Feb 9, 2013.

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  1. avislash

    avislash Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm very new to pipe smoking. I've smoked a couple of aromatics (Chartwell and Tinderbox's Anniversray #2) from Tinderbox. I would like to try some English blends next, does anyone have any good recommendations as to where I should start?

    Thanks
     
  2. AussieTX

    AussieTX Active Member

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    Dunhill Nightcap has always been a favorite English of mine.
    There are hundreds of others out there, but I'm not at home right now and Nightcap is the only one I can remember off the top of my head that i really like.
     
  3. dbt13

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    If you like aros then Frog Morton on the town is a good transitional blend. It's a latikia blend with a little sweetness.
     
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    BradNTX Well-Known Member

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    Mac Baren HH Vintage Syrian
    Samuel Gawith Skiff Mixture
    Esoterica Penzance (hard to find)
    4noggins Bald Headed Teacher
    Just for Him Shortcut to Mushrooms (Latakia blend with an aromatic side)
     
  5. avislash

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    Also, how different does an English Blend taste versus an Aromatic Blend (i.e. Is it super bitter? What's it feel like, etc.)

    Thanks for all the input everyone!
     
  6. AussieTX

    AussieTX Active Member

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    English blends tend to be stronger, quite mellow, lots of lat.
     
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  7. Stonewall

    Stonewall Active Member

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    I would suggest some of the tobaccos I was introduced to when crossing over from aros and OTC's. Frog Morton on the Town is perhaps one of the best for transition. Peter Stokkebye Luxury Twist Flake, McClelland 2000. I think Dan Tobacco Blue note is a great, great tobacco. Reiner Long Golden Flake and Orlik Golden Sliced.

    You can't go wrong with any of these in my humble opinion. However your tastes may prove otherwise. Good luck in your personal journey!
     
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  8. esteban

    esteban Active Member

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    you can never go wrong with Proper English IMHO, good pricing also
     
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  9. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    Frog Morton on the Pond is an excellent beginners English.
    Shortcut to Mushrooms is an aromatic/English hybrid that might work for you

    I rec Dunhill London Mixture.
     
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  10. JHeiliger

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    I love Dunhill London Mixture! It's a nice mello blend...
     
  11. avislash

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    Wow so many recommendations! I'll certainly have to try all of these at some point. Looks like I have an incentive to apply for more grant funding now ;-)
     
  12. Tom Sawyer

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    If Artisan's Blend from Ashton has not been mentioned, then I recommend it.
    Frog Morton on the Town is simply deadly with the addition of sweet Basma grades (Oriental).
    and my all time favorite: Black House from Hearth & Home.
     
  13. BigJ

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    SG Squadron Leader. The definition of what an English blend should be.
     
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  14. JHeiliger

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    I enjoy the Dunhill London Mixture a bit more than SL. I think it has quite a bit more "punch" to it. The flavors are deeper...
     
  15. LifeOfRiley

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    The biggest immediate difference you'll notice with an English is how "smoky" it is. Sounds obvious, but it's the best word I can come up with. What makes a blend an English is that it has latakia, which is a tobacco that has been cured over wood fires, from which the tobacco absorbs a lot of the smoky flavor. That's why it'll smell kind of like campfire embers both in the tin and when you smoke it.

    To me, at its best, an English is smooth, a bit leathery, and nicely rounded with both "low" and "high" notes showing through in the flavor. It's not really bitter, but it doesn't have the obvious sweetness of a lot of aromatics. Think of it as the difference between a nice cabernet and a peach-flavored wine cooler.

    Proper English, Squadron Leader, or Frog Morton on the Town would all serve as good introductions.
     
  16. LostDog13

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    Newb, but Frog Morton On The Town is a really good English (if you decide you like it, then be sure and try the rest of the line). If you like Squadron Leader then definitely try C&D Red Odessa.
     
  17. Nuck81

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    MacBaren Plumcake Another nice Beginner English
     
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    Presbyterian Mixture, Sutliff No 5, C&D Epiphany, MacB Solent Mixture, Stokkebye English Oriental Supreme, and Pease Chelsea Morning.

    I think that these are all very good and basic English blends, and are great for beginners as-well-as seasoned pipe smokers who are looking for a lighter and/or all-day English blend.
     
  20. ruffinogold

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    Samuel Gawith Skiff Mixture .... it's perfect imo

    My wife would say Balkan Sasieni and Sutliff Luxury Balkan
     
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