This traditional mixture of the finest Latakia, Turkish oriental, and Virginia Leaf is slowburning, cool and still blended by hand.
Two thoughts struck me as I lit up my first bowl Old Dublin. The first was “wow, this is so middle of the road, but in a good way.” The second thought was “where you been all my life!” Further bowls have revealed a most pleasant English that is perfectly tolerable in every way. I think this is what I noticed when I was seeing Old Dublin in the middle. There wasn’t anything extraordinary that I had to interpret, it just tastes good – it tastes like an English blend rather than an English blend but only little more this, or like and English blend, but with a lot of that. Like the tin description says – traditional English. Old Dublin was not an attempt to reinvent the wheel.
If anything stands out it is the Orientals. They are absolutely heavenly to my taste, much like a dry white wine. I love Old Dublin after a meal whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It has this dry fragrant character. Of course, when I say dry I don’t mean the moisture content, but the taste. So, the Turkish is right up there with everything else. Latakia fanatics may be underwhelmed, but those of us who would rather the Latakia leave room for others will find the proportions a wise choice on the blender’s part. There is more tang than sweetness from the Virginias. You have to pay attention or you may miss it.
The cut is ribbon, fine to medium. Moisture was perfect from a fresh tin. The burn is perfect and a good fill is near effortless. I had no problem with tongue bite and the strength is suitable and satisfying any time of the day. If you like English and Balkans, especially in the medium range, you’ll want to try this if you haven’t already. If you have tried it, or even if you haven’t, please comment below.