|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|TabakDave (1)||Mild to Medium||Mild||Mild to Medium||Very Pleasant|
I received a sample of this from some friends at the 2019 Chicago Pipe Show. Upon opening the sealed Mylar bag a beautiful mix of a sort of sweet and savory barbecue hits the nose. You get the idea the Latakia is going to sit a bit back in the smoke just from the smell but it is definitely present, this might be due to it being Syrian instead of the heavier handed Cyprian that I'm used to.
The bag states the blend has a savory sweet casing, which is true. It's not at all a fake or sweet taste like an aro, but more of an aged maple barbecue taste, very pleasant and not at all overpowering. It's most noticeable on the front end of the smoke, then gives way through the first quarter of the bowl and balances well with the other ingredients to create a really unique and enjoyable smoke.
The blend states it has both red and yellow Virginias and some dark fired Kentucky. The Virginias are enjoyable but are probably the least easy to point out. The Kentucky is present on the back end, it gives the blend a bit of body. I suspect it was added to amplify the smoky sweet BBQ thing, and if so, it does it wonderfully.
The nic level is right at medium, the burn is fantastic. No tongue bite in sight. I used a wide bowl like their website recommended, I think it helped a lot since there's so much going on in this smoke.
I understand from my friends that this blend won't be around forever due to Syrian Latakia being gone. This is a real shame as I would love to have this blend in my weekly rotation. There's something very unique about this one, not just another Oriental blend. Try it if you have the chance!
Pipe Used: Stanwell Shape 81
Age When Smoked: 3 Months
Purchased From: Online
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