English Mixture pipe tobacco has a quite basic and mild flavour. I tried it first in a cigarette with 50% English Mixture and 50% Manitou Gold, rolled like an ordinary hand-rolled cigarette. It tasted simply of nothing. So I had to tweak the proportions of the tobaccos a little, and roll a thicker and a tighter cigarette. Then I could get a nice, if quite ordinary pipe tobacco taste. There’s nothing wrong with English Mixture, but given its high price I expected something more.
Manitou Gold is simply the best rolling tobacco to mix with pipe tobaccos. It is additive free Virginian tobacco, and it tastes simply of nothing. Were it not so damn expensive, I’d use it exclusively. Its use in this cigarette was justified, since with other rolling tobaccos, there is a serious risk of masking the aroma of the pipe tobacco.