Standard Mixture Mild
Again, this is another in my prep for seeing where the newly reintroduced Orlik fits into my cellar.
"A mild blend of Virginia and Turkish tobaccos
Soft delicate flavour"
But the description often is
"Traditionally English, Latakia, Orientals, East Carolina and Georgian, all
The several tins I have had are the painted "Made in the U.K." with the small rectangular Lane sticker, presumably Murray production. Mild has been politically-corrected as 'Mellow'.
In the '60's, pre-Murray, I didn't care much for light Latakias. Curiously, when I fell across a few tins in Oct08, I fell in love with Mild. Since then I enjoy light Latakias for morning puffs.
I've always seen this as mostly Virginia with a sprinkling of Latakia, the latter growing in presence as the bowl progresses. Compared to Namaste and various Turkish explicit powerhouses, I've never dwelt on that component in Mild. I haven't done the research on East Carolina and Georgian leaf - they sound burleyish, but again I've viewed this as a VA/Lat, along the lines of EMP but less Oriental.
Visually it consists of Dunhilly ribbons, mostly light tan with some darker leaf. As with most DH's, this often needs just the one match to get going and is well behaved in the burn down to the proverbial white ash.
The taste profile is subtle and nuanced: if I puffed Mild in the evening after something like Nightcap, I might well miss the point. Yet the mouth feel is substantial. Room note is not particularly prominent.