Recommend a good, mild, English?

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  1. 5H4N3

    5H4N3 Active Member

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    Over the last 25 years I have tried and enjoyed, MANY different blends.
    I have at least 30 blends, "in stock". Most of them aromatics, but also several OTC "codger" blends, straight Virginias, burleys, cavendish, etc.
    I have never ventured into the "English style" tobaccos though, and I have an itch to try something new.
    I need to stop by the B&M this afternoon, and thought I'd pick something up.

    Suggestions?
     
  2. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Define "English". Are you looking for something with latakia?
     
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    Yes, perhaps I should have said Balkan? Not sure about the terminology. I am talking about a non aro, lat blend, but a mild one. NO LAT BOMBS.
     
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  5. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Neither is anyone else. :ohyh: That's the problem with "English/Scottish/Balkan" - nobody really knows what those terms mean.

    One of my mild latakia reference blends is C&D's Epiphany. It's a take on an old OTC blend also, so that fits in with your scheme.

    GL Pease Picadilly is another. This is latakia and virginia, light on the former. Very refreshing. A bit of perique for the finish, but no orientals.

    GL Pease Kensington is a step up from Picadilly and adds orientals while removing the perique. A little more robust than the other two but style mild.
     
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  6. Mington

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    Frog Morton was my 1st and that is what I recommend. Let us know what you get and how you liked it.
     
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    Which of the frogs?
     
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    I tried the plain Frog Morton and I think it's a good intro. Kerr is definitely the guy for recommendations though.
     
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    Looks like I may have to order something on-line.
    I'm browsing my local B&Ms website, and have yet to find ANY of these recommendations in stock. :-(
     
  10. fogpipe

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    Smokingpipes.com has epiphany available in bulk for under 30$ a pound last time i ordered some from them.
     
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  11. Mington

    Mington Well-Known Member

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    I have and like all 4, but the 1st I tried (and recommend) is the plain FM.
    All are very good though.
     
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  12. JRobert

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    Any Peter Strokkebye blend with "English" or "Balkan" in its name, from light to medium: English Luxury, English Oriental Supreme, Proper English, and Balkan Supreme. Your B&M may have these in bulk under another name (some stores relabel them as house blends). If you can't find those, Dunhill Early Morning Pipe, 965, or London Mixture, Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader, or Balkan Sasieni.
     
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    Kramer's Tobacco (kramerstobacco.com)
    Fr Dempseys Blend
    Danny Kaye Blend
     
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    Maybe go to a site that sells 1 oz samples and nab a few . To be honest , if you are wanting to go with a mild " English " like you say and I'm guessing you havent had Latakia yet ? I'd say MacBaren Solent , only cause it's the mildest of that style I've had while still being an " English " and not an "American style English" ... say , like Middletons Walnut. It would be a good introduction to the flavor of Latakia . Not that Walnut would be horrible , but I think the latakia in Walnut is so subdued that you wouldnt be sure where the Latakia was . I'll check to see if I have any Solent left . I've beem on a SG Skiff kick , as far as the English stuff , and really .... compared to the English blends out there , Skiff is a mild/med blend and wouldnt be a bad start either .. I'm thinking the solent is perfect though
     
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    Do you have a site to recommend where I could go about ordering small samples?
     
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    My B&M has the Dunhill London Mixture (thanks jrobert) and the SG Skiff (thanks Ruff) in stock.
    Think I'll stop and pick up one or both of them this afternoon.
     
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    I enjoy McCelland's AMP and Dunhill EMP They have a hint of Latakia with out the campfire smell of the Frog Morton, Balkan Supreme. I smoke in the house so I try and keep my wife happy. :confused:
     
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  19. dmkerr

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    Thanks for the reminder - I have to pick up some English Oriental Supreme with my next TAD order. Been meaning to try it, I just keep forgetting. I liked the Balkan Supreme pretty well, and I agree it's a good rec for balkan newbies.
     
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    Great idea. These will give you an idea of what's what in the medium English sort of world. There's blends with more latakia, blends with more oriental spice, and blends that are sweeter. These are good middle-ground, solid classics.
     
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