That makes sense. There's not really a standard. I'll point him towards a decent medium English and he can adjust from there.90% of the cigars in a cigar shop are trying to mimic the proto Cuban cigar flavors. And, many cigar guys will bawk when a cigar gets too far away from these cigar flavors. Pipe tobacco isn't exactly like this.
We call just about any pipe tobacco with latakia an "English," right or wrong. Latakia doesn't even come from England, ha ha. Excluding Balkans which were blends trying to emulate the original Balkan Sobranie orientals.
So, there is no archetypical (in the definition of the word) English, per se. There are Balkan blends that many think of as English, but no one "English blend," with latakia.
What we do have is variety. A variety of blends creatively using latakia as it's main flavor element. And, thankfully so.
Maybe have him explore Balkans, if he is looking for archetypical tobaccos?
Many recent blends have become