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Notes: After the stock of Syrian latakia ran out, Per Jensen wanted to keep this blend around and replaced the Syrian with Cyprian latakia. The HH Vintage Latakia is a successor of HH Vintage Syrian.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByPer Jensen
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin,100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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raybrown55 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
raybrown55 (29)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I couldn't tell what's the vintage that the name suggests, but who cares? I like this blend very much, more than the previous (syrian) incarnation; while the Syrian Vintage was latakia - forward, this contains less of the black leaf and it is of the Cyprus variety (which by the way I prefer…) and the leader role is played by the nutty Kentucky, which adds body without overwhelming other tobaccos, so that the blend preserves its balance more than the syrian version. Moreover for the Italian smokers like me this is probably the only english/balkan offer at a reasonable price. So four stars and highly recommended

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: New (less than 1 year)

Purchased From: Noli Tabacchi Milano

6 people found this review helpful.

Jared Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jared (7)
Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable

The Vintage Syrian is gone. Forever. This replacer is flat, lacking the woody and sapid facets of the original. I would have preferred that the mixture was interrupted without "escamotage" on the popular name. Stock up as long as you can with the original Vintage Syrian. It will become a myth, because HH Vintage Syrian it's already a myth.

Pipe Used: Savinelli

Age When Smoked: 1

6 people found this review helpful.

Harry_Callahan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harry_Callahan (14)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Didn't get the chance to try the Syrian version, but this is a good tobacco for its price. Were I live we pay double for the more popular EM. HHVL provides a nice smokey(not too much) Latakia from start to finish. Spices not always there, same thing for the Virginia..sometimes you can get the sweetness but not that often. If you know how to recognize Kentucky you'll get it too. For me it is a 3.5 for price\quality. Great EM(Bakan?) to start out with

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerscham Straight 5th Avenue

Age When Smoked: days

Purchased From: just a smoke as a present from a friend

2 people found this review helpful.