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    Question about English blends...

    As most (read all) of my pipe smoking experience has been with aromatics (either Cavendish or a Cavendish that has had toppings added) I have very little experience with anything else. The other day I was at the pipe store and was looking at their bulk and tin selection.

    My question is, why do many of the "English" blends or types smell like an old leather bound book? They have a VERY distinctive aroma pre-smoked compared to the Aromatics that I have used.

    Do they smell the same way (room note) when they are smoked? It isn't that it is an off-putting aroma just very very different to what I have smoked.

    I ask as when I was stationed in Spain years ago, they had these cigarettes they smoked (Not sure of the brand) that smelled like burning cow hair. Those reminded me of growing up on the ranch and working cattle. The smell was almost like the smell from branding cattle.

    I would like to try some of the English blends, but don't want to just jump in and not really know what I am smoking. I'd hate to, through beginner's luck, pick the strongest blend and then be put off of trying others.

    Any recommendations of a mild English blend to try?

    Thanks all for any help.
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    Found Pipedia...reading about the differing blends and types...interesting read so far.
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    My question is, why do many of the "English" blends or types smell like an old leather bound book?
    The Latakia and other Oriental tobaccos. A light English, I'll let others chime in...a benchmark English, Dunhill MM 965 maybe...? The different tobacco tastes take getting used to, but IMHO, the persistence is worth it.

    For some "crossover" blends, look into McClelland's Frog Morton blends...

    http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/brand/37/mcclelland

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    For some good reading about tobacco, check out Arno's blog Dutch Pipe Smoker,

    https://dutchpipesmoker.wordpress.co...latakia-lover/

    https://dutchpipesmoker.wordpress.co...ulence-part-1/

    https://dutchpipesmoker.wordpress.co...ulence-part-2/

    These are older posts, but it's worth searching around in the archives.

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    Dave I would agree with your statement about 965. Not all English mixes have Latakia and if they don't they usually contain several different Oriental Va's that are well aged can have a 'bitter' taste but in a nice way. They may well be scented or topped as well. The room note will not match the tin scent but that doesn't mean there aren't any unpleasant surprises from these blends. For example my wife hates all tobacco but I don't go near her if I'm smoking Latakia.

    Read up on the Gawith, Gawith & Hoggarth, for probably the most famous English blends. But Sutliff and McClelland (5110) have several bulks to offer you.
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    You don't need strong - it 's a stupid fashion to think if something is good, then more is better! - I'd recommend any Rattrays's blends, but, most of all, try Dunhill My Mixture #965 - as Dave says, a benchmark of the genre.
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    When I was smoking English type tobaccos, two of my favorites were MM 965 and Peter Stokkebye's Proper English. Both are available in bulk, too. Here's a link to a description of Proper English:

    https://www.smokingpipes.com/pipe-to...id/11744/bulk/
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    All the above posts give stellar advice, but for a mild English I must give a shout out to the following:
    Presbytarian mixture/ Skiff mixture/ ashtons consummate gentleman & exmoor mixture. All on the mild side but all top notch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon G View Post
    All the above posts give stellar advice, but for a mild English I must give a shout out to the following:
    Presbytarian mixture/ Skiff mixture/ ashtons consummate gentleman & exmoor mixture. All on the mild side but all top notch!
    Sorry, but did you mean Presbyterian?
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    Seattle Pipe Club's Seattle Evening is a nice mild English blend and a good introduction to the style


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