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Dunhill Ranking - Which One's the Most Iconic?

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  1. donperique

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    Sad enough - Dunhill blends passed away. But looking back, which of these blends had the most iconic 'value' for you - and why?

    My rating:

    1. Navy Rolls (best Vaper)
    2. MM 965 (hits Nightcap and EMP in the middle)
    2. Nightcap (simply unique)
    3. EMP (best tin design)
    4. Durbar (best Oriental)

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    I can hear Deathmetal screaming.

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    For me it was always Nightcap.

    The exceptional aroma and flavor combined with the amazing tin art.

    That was my daily tobacco

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    I'm throwing Royal Yacht in here! Truly unique.

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    I liked Royal Yacht, but I liked seeing Deathmetal's posts extolling it's virtues even more. I can smoke it, and I can enjoy it, but if it was wiped off the face of the earth, I would just sigh and keep going.

    Nightcap is one that I am very glad that I stocked back pounds and pounds of, but again, it isn't something I couldn't live without. Dunhill's passing didn't hit me nearly as hard as McClelland's. The rest of their stuff was good, IMO, but I always found that there was something better in the genre. Dunhill blends were more like a distant uncle that I heard good things about, but in person, he was more talk than action. Whereas, McClelland blends were like an uncle that took you on fishing trips, gave you stuff, and never forgot a birthday.

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    Gotta agree on Royal Yacht. All those blends were tasty, but Royal Yacht is the furthest from having any reasonable substitute on the market. I would also rate The Aperitif as very unique and sorely missed, but there are definitely blends out there which, though not an exact match, fill the void left by The Aperitif very well.

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    It's hard not to choose my favorite but I'll not.

    I'll choose an English blend as it's an English company. As far as I'm concerned the big three are EMP, MM965 and Nightcap and personally I'd suggest, for it's rich bold flavor and nicotine punch, Nightcap as most iconic Dunhill blend.

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    BB1938

    Nightcap

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    Of those blends deluxe Navy Rolls, but Dunhill flake was my favorite.

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    Most iconic? Nightcap

    My favorite? Durbar

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    I smoked Dunhill Flake all the time. Luckily I still have tins left and I've found several substitutes.

    But I never went too deep into Dunhill, so I'm not sorrowful of its demise.

    Sorry folks, but change is part of the game.

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    Nightcap.

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    Really miss Nightcap. It's all gone...

    Favorites: Durbar, Ye Olde Sign, BB1938.

    Why: Because I have about 10 tins of each stashed away.

    Only 2 tins of EMP and going fast at 2 bowls almost every morning.

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    Ash- what are your Flake substitutes? I find Capstan Blue scratches my itch but wasn’t able to celllar enough Dunhill to last so I am also on the replacement hunt.

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    Well,to me it was The Standard Mixture and Royal Yachts,along with Clan Aromatic these were my first 'real tobaccies which I tried when I was in my 17ies(You bet,had a bad nic hit back then)and the tin art was simply lovely on both of these and on EMP as well,

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    I already miss the days when Nightcap was just part of the routine monthly order.

    MM 965 was the first Dunhill tin I ever bought; I think it was the first latakia-forward blend I tried. When I first opened the tin, I was attacked by the odor of a tire fire in a junkyard. I couldn't wait to try it! That first smoke, outdoors on an early winter night, was a milestone experience.

    Like a lot of you here, I moved on, as my Dunhill stockpile moved from the daily bin to the special occasion bin. It was a fun run, though, smoking EMP as an everyday-ish smoke. At least I have enough Royal Yacht for several years of backyard barbecues.

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    @Pianopuffer: I find the same with Capstan Blue. On another thread, Jiminks says that the yellow seems more like Dunhill Flake to him. I haven't tried that one yet, so I'll have to take his word for it until I do.

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    Yeah, I've also had the Capstan Yellow, but for me it wasn't quite the same thing. Perhaps with age on it my perceptions will change.....

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    All good, but Nightcap has won the most affirmative comment on Forums, in my assessment. Royal Yacht is polarizing, but for those who like it, it is irreplaceable, and i'll go with that. London Mixture is a quiet blend but has always been a personal favorite of mine, in the Dunhill line. 965 is a great old trooper everyday smoke. And so on. I have a few unopened tins on hand and look forward to the nostalgia trip in the future.

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    For me, there is a lot of nostalgia with Nightcap.

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    1. Durbar (Murray's)
    2. Light Flake (Murray's)
    3. Standard Mixture, any version was good in my opinion.
    4. Nightcap (Murray's)
    5. Apéritif (the new version and I never had any other)

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    In reverence to the Dunhill collection, I enjoyed some Standard Mixture and Durbar tonight.

    Both were excellent. As usual.

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    1. Aperitif - I enjoy the complexity of the blend and the deep flavors.
    2. Nightcap - My tie with Aperitif but I only have one tin of NC left so I have not had too much of it.
    3. Early Morning Pipe - A great blend and I consume it as directed, in the morning. Last tin left and I will miss it very much. I will smoke the last little bit out of a mini cob if I have to!

    I came in after they were gone and had a hard time sourcing them. I enjoy them on my special occasions but I have moved on to obtainable blends and am happy to smoke those as well.

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    only had a tin of dnr. came in too late. but was able to get couple of tins for most dunhill blends i was interested in. no luck with night cap.

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    1. Durbar
    2. London Mixture
    3. 965

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    Nightcap was tops but also ... Royal Yacht, Apertif, Dark Flake, BB1938

    Ye Olde Signe and Durbar were also really good

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    The Oxford Brogue is always in fashion.

    And a steal at only $750!

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    I prefer their Custom blend

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    Nightcap has the most reviews on TR: 586
    MM 965: 552
    EMP: 531

    Not sure why this matters... I'm bored.

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    What's most iconic?

    Anything not made by STG.

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    Just to say, I think many had less celebrated Dunhill blends as their favorites in the brand. I really enjoyed the big names, but also several of the others.

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    The only 2 Dunhill blends in my cellar are Deluxe Navy Rolls and Flake.

    In regards to what is similar to their Flake, Capstan Blue is a nice substitute. Capstan Gold Flake to my tastes has a distinct citrus thing going on which is nice but not as tasty as the Blue. I have maybe a dozen tins of the Gold Flake and over 150 tins of the Blue.

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    965 was a go to blend of mine for many years. I have some cellared but as many in this thread have already mentioned, I have moved on to other blends. I did however, get my hands on a Murray's MM 965 and man....that stuff cannot be beat

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop smoking my pipe
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    965 by Murray with Nightcap and especially Durbar are among the best Latakia mixtures I've ever had.

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    +1 to Nightcap. It's one of my favorites. I have 10 pounds cellared and would be happy to have at least 10 pounds more.

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    150??! Man, I hope to stock a cellar like that one day. Well done.

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    I have always liked Nightcap although it's not my daily smoke. I have one unopened tin left after the one I'm working on. You guys with the vast cellars of tobacco have a bigger purse than I do.

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    I would say EMP is the most iconic and talked about by pipers. I know when people are new to the hobby they ask for recommendations for english blends to try. EMP typically tops the list.

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    I'll throw in here though my experience is somewhat limited but I know what I like.
    1) nightcap
    2) my mixture 965
    3) EMP

    Nightcap by far is my favorite and I'm hoping the 4 tins of quiet nights that are on their way is a suitable replacement

    965 is good but honestly I actualy prefer peterson old dublin so that's good due to availability.

    EMP is ok but honestly doesn't do a whole lot for me.

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    I haven't tried all the Dunhill blends, but out of the ones I've smoked I'd also pick Nightcap. Next would be E.M.P., Mm965, Aperitif, and Royal Yacht.

    When I first picked up a pipe a couple decades ago, Nightcap and E.M.P. were mind blowers and they will always be special to me.

    I love Durbar, London Mixture and Elizabethan, but to me they aren't icons.

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    What Cigrmaster said.
    Flake was my fav of any tobacco.
    Capstan Blue is fantastic. Love it. Just pricier than Flake for old retired Dudes.
    But will always have a tad.

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    Nightcap aged at least 6 years is my favorite. But the last generation Of Dunhill tobaccos was not as good at all, as the same tobaccos from the 1950s. 965 used to be so good that at times I even preferred it to the Balkan Sobranie white label. It took a few years for me to decide I preferred Sobranie. That 965 was not rough as was the most recent version. I do not remember the Nightcap from the 1950s.

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