Happy Holidays. I've been following the forum for about a month now and wanted to ask a question to see if anyone could give me some advice on crossover English blends. I've been an aromatic smoker for years and recently ventured into Va/per territory when I smoked some Grey Havens from McClelland. After that, aromatics seem way too mellow, although I do like chocolate notes in some of the aromatics I've smoked. Right now I'm looking for a mild/med. English blend with some casing to start out on. I already smoked Plumcake by Mac Baren and I enjoyed that quiet a bit, but it bit more than I liked. Could anyone direct me towards other English blends with some mild casings? After browsing Tobacco Reviews for a few days I've thought of trying Navy Flake, Chocolate Flake, and/or Perfection (all by Sam. Gawith). I don't know how strong these are right off hand. Dan Tobacco has one called Black Velvet that sounds promising too. Again, no idea how strong the taste would be. C&D has one called Cross-Eyed Cricket :startle: but I can't tell if that's like the others I've listed or not. What could I expect from some of these blends? Will the casing help temper their strength (mellow them out)? I'm looking for good flavor with a bit of complexity without it being too harsh. Any suggestions or advice to help me make the jump to English would be welcomed.