Tally Ho was an expression originally used by British gentry during a fox hunt to announce that the critter had been sighted and that the chase was on. It has since been adopted by RAF fighter/fighter-bomber/interceptor pilots to advise that the target had been sighted and they are going in for the kill. (For all I know, the fox hunting crowd still uses it). Today I got a package in the mail. Contained within was a tin of Squadron Leader with that trademark RAF bi-wing fighter. "Tally Ho" seemed like an appropriate title for this post, and I think I'm going to pop the lid tonight. I'd like to say that I'm going to save it for 7/4/11, but I'm not so sure I'm going to be able to hold off on smoking it for that long. I've never tried it, but if just half the rumors of it's fabled goodness be true, then this is one awesome smoke indeed. Also included was two ounces of Walnut and two ounces of Sugar Barrel. Walnut is an old time favorite of mine. I've never tried Sugar Barrel, but it has this wonderful maple sryup aroma oozing from the baggie, and it's making me crave a waffle something fierce. Anyway, I've caved and I'm going to pope the lid on the SL right now. Tally Ho!... Oh sweet orient! This smells just wonderful, and the orientals are dancing for my olfactory senses. Break out the Pete Sherlock Holmes original, and fill 'er up. Nicely dried toby here, with a wonderful rainbow of light, dark, and medium brown baccies. Black Latakia as well. Fire in the hole! Tally-by Gawd-Ho! If you haven't tried this yet but are thinking about ordering some and are hoping that the Latakia mule is gong to kick you in the head, then look else where because Latakia is not what makes this blend shine. However, if you like the focus on fine Virginnies, supported by a healthy dose of wonderful Orientals, and all of it illuminated with a moderate splash of top-notch Latakia, then this is your baby. Sweet mother of pearl, this is good. And all of this on my first bowl. I can't wait to see how much better it gets (and for me, good toby always seems to get better with successive smokes). This has lived up to every rave review or glowing opinion of it that I've ever come across, and I agree that it really is "the most English of any English blend." Thanks much, ddandb!