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Made of Virginia, Orientals and latakia.

Notes: John Cotton's Latakia is aptly named, because this is a distinctly latakia forward blend with just enough Oriental and Virginia influence to keep it from becoming monochromatic. Remarkably cool and robustly deep in flavor, this is a treat for the real latakiaphile.

BrandStandard Tobacco Company of Pennsylvania
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByLane, Ltd.
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging1.75 oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Strong
None Detected
Very Full
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King Weed (110)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

If you are feint of heart, don't open these tins. If you are made of stronger stuff, have at it. When you open a tin of John Cotton's Latakia, you are assailed by a very strong aroma of Latakia that approaches, but does not reach, overwhelming status. Although variegated in color range, this blend is darker than any of the other current John Cotton's blends and it is heavier in it's smoking qualities; so, be ready. You are now smoking a full English blend - congratulations. Here's how my initial smoke went: first third of bowl - wild and somewhat chaotic and hard to get settled down, but, we did manage to get there; second third of bowl - now, this was another matter entirely as the blend nestled down into an absolutely beautiful and rich smoke; last third of bowl - well, all good things have to come to an end and the blend settled down too far and ended in, what struck me as, a Virginia and Oriental blend with only a hint of Latakia. I would rate these third scores as: three stars, four stars and two stars and I recommend this blend with a three star rating.

Pipe Used: Michael Parks and Ashton Billiards

Age When Smoked: current production

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: those dark and nasty looking English blends in the very last jars down on the English ends of the offerings of, just about, every pipe shop in the heydays of pipe smoking.

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