John Cotton Throwdown Winner Now Available

Princes Street Mixture from Chief Catoonah Tobacconist

Dick Silverman won the 2012 John Cotton Throwdown judging at the Chicago Pipe Show a few weeks ago, and he now his award winning blend is available for purchase.

Dick has been a retail tobacconist and tobacco blender for over 30-years. His store is Chief Catoonah Tobacconist.

Dick tells how he chose the name for what was entered in the contest as "Blend Y".

"John Cotton, born in 1801, established his famous Scottish tobacco shop in 1826. While the store moved around Edinburgh many times over the following years, the most famous address by far was on Princes Street. By the time of his death in 1868, John Cotton tobacco blends were sold all over Scotland. In the decades that followed, John Cotton’s wonderful smoking mixtures became available throughout the world.

So, fill your pipe, carefully light the tobacco, sit back and slowly smoke this mixture. Perhaps, if you close your eyes for a moment, you can see the streets of 19th century Edinburgh and let you mind wander into John Cotton’s Tobacconists shop."

Order Princes Street Mixture here.

Dick Silverman, Chief Catoonah


4 Responses

  • Congratulations on such a fine showing with your wonderful blend, Dick! Glad that I can get a full tin of this now, that tiny sample was such a tempting preview of this blend.

  • This stuff is so good, I’m buying it! I want to find out what it tastes like in 10 years.

  • Thanks for the congrats. Princes Street Mixture is now available in “bulk.” Tins will be available at a later date.

  • Hi – Bought 5 oz – But I think in 1961 the Cotton was a dark grey in can.
    Now that I think of it, it was John Cotton “Strong” that I smoked and loved.
    Do you have the strong, it was different, and I never have had better.
    But very nice tobacco..