Yesterday I smoked Dunhill My Mixture 965 (D965), Sutliffe Dunhill 965 Match (S965), and Comoy’s Cask 11 (Cc11). 6 total bowls in Clay and Meerschaum. Quick recap, If you can find (D965) under $9 U.S. buy as much as you can get. If you want similar but are OK with a slightly different taste, (Cc11) is for you. If you want the same flavor but are OK with quality issues and a delay for the flavor to build, (S965) is for you. They all are going to rate another purchase, but I personally think the (Cc11) was clearly my Clay and Meerschaum champion in the head to heads.
Welcome to round number 2. Today’s order of smoking is (Cc11) (D965) (S965) and all from a cob. My test cob is the Missouri Meerschaum Bent General. It is a giant bowl compared to my Clay and my Meerschaum. Very important to find out if the size of the bowl changes the [pick a variable] too many to list. Also Cobs are great pipes and quite possibly the most common type of pipe.
I’m skipping the bag and nose test, if you want that, read part 1, 2, and 3. The Comoy’s Cask 11 is not advertised as a (D965) replacement. I just always thought it was close so I put it in this test. In fact it is a lot closer than I thought but with some subtle flavor difference. If you can’t tell a difference don’t be surprised if you can, well, I warned you.
3 minutes of drying in Houston is plenty. Adjust time for less humidity. Maybe skip the drying, you know your area.
Bright sun, perfect weather, and a freshly lit pipe. At this point we can make fun of my craptastic beard or get back to smoking.
The Cob does not slow down the (Cc11) aggressive nature. It is full flavored before your pipe is lit. However, it has brought out a certain sweetness. The smoke, though not pictured is white and plentiful. There is a definite peppery feel with this pipe not the flavor just the warmth of feeling on the tongue. It might be a mild case of tongue bite but, I don’t recall the level of warmth from yesterday.
I find most true English blends have an almost menthol feel. I haven’t smoked a cigarette in so long, people who weren’t born back then can drink legally in all 50 states, but I still remember that feeling of menthol. Hard to describe other than similar but different. This blend has it and not in a shy way.
The strength of (Cc11) tobacco is medium full with a lean at the full side. While I didn’t notice it yesterday, the General holds more than both my Clay and my Meerschaum combined. If you are into stronger blends, it won’t disappoint.
Well past halfway through and the flavor is not changing. For my cigar readers, I’m not sure there is a cigar that is close.
Shock of the day, 45 minutes in and the pipe is done. So it definitely burns faster than I prefer, but not hot as I would expect from a twice as fast burn. I’m sticking with the binary 1 and a highly recommend. Comoy’s Cask 11 is a blend to put into your normal English rotation.