08:43 – Probably 25 years ago, I settled on my favorite pipe tobacco, Dunhill My Mixture 965. Unfortunately, not long after, Dunhill stopped making the stuff. They apparently subbed out manufacture to other companies, and although the name was the same, the tobacco sold as Dunhill 965 was and is a pale shadow of the original. I’ve since tried several supposed clones of the original, but none of them have come close to matching the original Dunhill 965.
For the last couple years, I’ve been buying a supposed “match” from Pipes & Cigars. It’s a decent tobacco, but not even close to the original. I’m running short on tobacco, so this morning I placed my usual order for five pounds of their 965 “match”. But this time I went a step further. The original blend was heavy on Latakia and Perique. The blend I order has some Latakia, but not enough. And Perique is absent. So I also ordered half a pound each of Latakia and Perique. I’ll add some of those to the base tobacco and see what I can come up with.