I was browsing my local shop today and picker up two new tins: Frog Morton Across the Pond and CAO Eileen's Dream. I decided to try the FM first because I had loved to original so much.
Upon opening, the tin has a nice tin note. You notice the latakia, but it is fairly subdued. You can tell this isn't going to be an full-bodied, robust blend, so that has to be understood going into it. This is my first blend with Syrian Latakia and you really can tell a bit of a difference - even in the room note. It wouldn't be fair to judge how it burned because I didn't give it adequate time to dry before smoking. Tongue bite seems apparent but I'd have to try it a bit less moist to really judge. It did require a few relights, but I'll take responsibly for now. The flavor is a very unique experience - which is somewhat hard to find in the world of English Blends. It is a naturally sweet blend - if I had to choose a couple of words to describe it I would choose cream and leather. It's subtle and sometimes fleeting, but still thoroughly enjoyable. The room note is pleasant - bordering on natural aromatic.
Overall, I think that this is an excellent blend. Most of the criticism I've seen has been from people expecting a full-bodied nicotine bomb, but I think it's a mistake to expect that of this blend. It is an excellent light english with some very unique characteristics, which I find to be refreshing. I like it a bit more than regular Frog Morton, but really they're hard to compare as I find they're going after two different things: FM=English Crossover FMATP = light/naturally sweet English.