After receiving some calls and emails from members of the New York Pipe Club lamenting the loss of Dunhill’s Early Morning Pipe, we wanted to develop a blend with similar characteristics to EMP. After a number of “tweaks”, we sent a sample to the club, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We’re now making it available to the general public. Try this traditional English mixture of sweet Virginias, fragrant Orientals and rich, smoky Latakia.
While Dunhill’s Early Morning Pipe was the very first tobacco I purchased and smoked back in 1994, and I have fond memories of it, it has been too long since I smoked it (over a year) to comment on how similar in taste Daybreak is, but like the description says, it has characteristics like those of Early Morning Pipe.
By its own right, Daybreak is a fantastic blend. I’m not an expert at the art of blending, but I believe it is a fair guess that making a lighter bodied English like Daybreak “work” is more of a challenge than dumping generous quantities of Latakia atop some Virginia and Oriental leaf and thinking up a name for a new blend for Latakia lovers. Not that Latakia bombs can’t be done well too, of course.
Hearth and Home’s Daybreak balances a mild sweetness and gentle tang from the Virginias with a range of intermingling flavors from the Oriental and Latakia. Oullette has kept each of these flavors from dominating or drowning out the others leaving a pleasantly complex smoke. This may be a fantastic “early morning” smoke, but I’m sure English lovers will appreciate it throughout the day for its easy burning characteristics. No doubt this will also age very well.
If you are mourning the loss of “Early Morning Pipe” do give this one a try and let me know how well it matches up in your opinion.