Air cured- Cavendish, Latakia, and Oriental. Ribbon cut.
While I have a tin of this cellared, I actually got this sample as part of the Blind Taste Test the other month. It is a medium colored blend with some light notes, but generally darker than say, EMP. The scent in the bag is very campfirish. The Latakia has an almost hickory odor to it that teeters on beef jerky if only it were slightly more savory. It reminded me of the smell that is on your clothes when you wake up in your tent on a camping trip. I found two stems just in my sample but the ribbon cut was decent and the consistency was perfect- no drying out time needed here. I smoked out of a Storient Meerschaum and filled using the three tamp method. The draw on the pipe was nice and relaxed.
I enjoyed the complexity of this tobacco. The Latakia, while prominent in the mixture’s scent really seemed to take a backseat to the Cavendish in the blend. The sweetness and nougat flavor was accented well by the Latakia’s smokiness. I thought it to be a more dynamic smoke than many Dunhill blends. At certain points I was also able to find an almost floral flavor in the retrohale.
This tobacco burned fairly cool and I had no issues keeping it lit after the first tamp. This is a medium-bodied, all day smoke that I think would go particularly well with a nice cup of black tea. The multiple facets of the 965 Mixture gives you plenty to enjoy and while I had trouble picking out the Orientals for the whole, I can only imagine that they are a key part of this variety.
Overall I give it an 8.5/10 because it is a well rounded English smoke without any tongue bite.