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Schürch Classic English Mixtures


Schürch Tobaccos

Tobaccos here: 111 129 Tarek Robusto 114 128 132
  146 Don Carlos English V Cahmpion Mix. X Sobrani  

Since 1964, all Schürch tobaccos have been blended by HAND
by Hans Schürch himself in Switzerland, and based on the highest quality leaf available.

 
Numerical Strength Guide
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Ex. Mild V. Mild Mild Mild-Med Medium Med-Strong Strong V.Strong Ex.Strong Overwhelming


 
Name/No.: 111
Cut: Wild
Strength: 5
Photo: Available
Ingredients: Several Virginias & Latakia.
My Comment: This is a very good-looking mixture, with different cuts and colors. It's an extremely well-balanced English mixture with just the right amount and kind of Latakia that complements the other fine ingredient tobaccos withouth obscuring them. The taste is an intriguing combination of natural sweetness, sourness and smokiness. It's suitable for any time of the day, and doesn't have the heavy (and unpleasant) smell usually associated with Latakia mixtures, talking about people around you.

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Name/No.: 129
Cut: Medium
Strength: 6-7
Photo: Available
Ingredients: Different Virginias, Latakia, and Perique.
My Comment: This is definitely a world-class English mixture, with extremely high-quality tobaccos and all the talent that Hans is known to possess. At first you get a good whiff of Latakia which promptly allows the taste of the other ingredient tobaccos come in and join in the symphony! The taste is definitely spicy, and the aroma is most pleasing to (that is, in) the nose. The rather homogeneous cut of the tobaccos used results in an easy and regular combustion. There is a hint of bitter that combats the more established sweetness but consistently fails. A great after-dinner smoke.

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Name/No.: Tarek Robusto
Cut: Wild
Strength: 7
Photo: Available
Ingredients: Two Virginias, Latakia and a bit of Perique.
My Comment: Yes, Hans made this mixture, with me in mind back in 1994; at that time, I smoked exclusively English with Latakia. Since then, the mixture has always been marketed with the name you see above. Now, the pouch aroma reveals the sweetness of the VAs, the smokiness of the Latakia, and the oiliness of the Orientals used. Upon lighting I find the tobacco to be very "creamy" and smooth on the palate and a bit spicy in the nose, without being harsh or aggressive; later a taste of "muddy" soil comes through and it is wonderfully complementary to the rest of the tastes present. Gradually you get to realize how complex this mixture is: There is a host of distinct tastes that are never in conflict with each other. This is a great instance of a mixture that allows you to enjoy its wholeness, without losing site of the taste and aroma of its individual ingredient tobaccos. At the end, a slight taste of "lime" develops, and it is a nice way to round off the myriad of tastes enjoyed in the course of the smoke. Combustion is very regular and slow. This is an ideal mixture for moments of relaxation and contemplation.

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Name/No.: 114
Cut: Fine-Medium
Strength: 5
Photo: Available
Ingredients: Several Virginias of different cuts and colors, and Latakia.
My Comment: This is one of Hans Schürch's earliest mixtures. A true Classic English mixture that is highly prized by many. The fact that this Mixture has survived for decades is indicative of its high quality.

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Name/No.: 128
Cut: Wild
Strength: 6
Photo: Available
Ingredients: Two Virginias, including an extremely rare one, a generous portion of Syrian Latakia, and a touch of Louisiana Perique.
My Comment: This is by far Hans' most successful and popular English mixture. Fans of this type of tobacco all over the world swear by this mixture.

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Name/No.: 132
Cut: Fine-Medium
Strength: 6
Photo: Available
Ingredients: Several Virginias and Latakia.
My Comment: Again, an old and very popular mixture. It has a unique taste and aroma. Best when savored slowly in a medium to large bowl.

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Name/No.: 146
Cut: Fine-Medium
Strength: 7-8
Photo: Available
Ingredients: Several Virginias, including highest quality Havana Leaf, Latakia, and Orientals.
My Comment: Here's a very special Mixture in all its aspects. The uniqueness comes from the Havana tobaccos used. If a tobacco could be descibed as "creamy" in taste, this is definitely the one. A great pleasure when smoked after dinner. If you occasionally (or often) enjoy a quality cigar, you should try this mixture.

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Name/No.: Don Carlos
Cut: Fine
Strength: 6
Photo: Available
Ingredients: "Mainly" several Virginias, Kentucky, Orientals, Latakia, and a touch of Perique.
My Comment: This is as complicated as a tobacco mixture can be. An all-day smoke with a rich taste and aroma. As you may know, this mixture was made to honor the high quality of the Don Carlos pipes, and hence the name. Yes, it does live up to the name!

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Name/No.: English V
Cut: Ribbon
Strength: 6
Photo: Available
Ingredients: Bright Virginias, Toasted Black Virginia, Orientals, Cyprian Latakia, and a touch of Perique.
My Comment: This is a true example of classic English mixtures, as far as its ingredient tobaccos as well as its taste and aroma. The combination of the smokiness of the Latakia and the 'oiliness' of the Orientals offers a wonderful taste. Also, it has a highly pleasant room aroma.

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Name/No.: Champion Mixture X
Cut: Fine-Medium
Strength: 6
Photo: Available
Ingredients: Several Virginias, Syrian Latakia, and a tiny bit of Black Cavendish to balance the Perique.
My Comment: This is another REALLY classic English mixture. It was made to honor one of Swizterland's great pipe smoking champions.

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Name/No.: Sobrani
Cut: Medium
Strength: 6
Photo: Available
Ingredients: Several Virginias, Orientals, and Syrian Latakia.
My Comment: Now, here's a revelation: No modern mixture comes closer to the old Balkan Sobranie Mixtures, precisely "759". Fans of the old Sobranie have been very happy to find such a perfect substitute. What more can be said! (Only the looks of the mixture are not those of Sobranie.)

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Numerical Strength Guide
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Ex. Mild V. Mild Mild Mild-Med Medium Med-Strong Strong V.Strong Ex.Strong Overwhelming




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