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A few years ago, when Russ was still pressing tobaccos himself, he made a new blend based on “Ten to Midnight” (A dark, full Balkan-style tobacco containing bright and matured Carolina and Virginias, Turkish and Orientals, and Latakia), but with some Perique and black cavendish added to it. The Cavendish is steamed green river Burley with no flavor in the steam press.
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2231)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias and matured Carolina form the base of the blend, though the role they fill is just above being a background player. They provide some grass, citrus, dark fruit with a light tanginess and a “barbecue” fermentation along with a touch of earth. The deeply rich, smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia takes a light lead over the smoky, woody, earthy, spicy, floral, buttery and dry sour Turkish and Orientals. The spicy raisiny, plumy perique competes with the spice from the Turkish, and its last two attributes offer some added nuances. The sugary black cavendish adds a light smoothness. The strength level is just past mild to medium. The nic-hit is just shy of the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite, and has no harsh or dull moments. This krumble kake is very easily broken apart to suit your packing preference. Well balanced and more nuanced than its brother blend, Ten to Midnight, it burns cool, clean and a little slow with a rich sweet and savory, mostly consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a pleasant, lingering rich after taste. Not quite an all day smoke, but close enough than an experienced smoker may consider it to be one.


9 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (506)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I was not a fan of this one and prefer 10 to midnight to it. 10TM is more the standard latakia bomb providing more a smooth thick smoke with campfire notes galore. The oriental fades into it and it delivers the taste one would want in a Balkan blend.

This, of course, is a play on 10TM as the description reads with Perique and some unflavored Cavendish thrown in. It seems to me that this would suit me just fine, but it doesn't. Even with the added elements, this one still comes off as mundane and boring. The flavor I am getting is spicy and sour likely a play between the perique and orientals. It still has a good bit of latakia, but with the addition of some elements, others must be subtracted and I would guess this has less of both the latakia and Virginia. It is sharp and edgy.

I don't think this could be a candidate for an all day smoke. I couldn't stand it in larger bowls as the flavor just got to me after a while and I would dump it. It wasn't not too bad in smaller pipes, but would still be far down a long list of others I would prefer.

3 people found this review helpful.