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Based on a blend over 103 years old, #7000 contains a very generous portion of top quality Latakia with some of the finest Orientals. Then finished off with a black Cavendish and Turkish Samsun for a full-bodied traditional English.

BrandPaul Olsen
Blended ByPaul Olsen
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Oriental/Turkish, Cavendish, Latakia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging100 gr Tin
CountryDK
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable
3.2
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Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Professor (67)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

It frankly surprises me that I like Paul Olsen's (My Own Blend) No 7000. I obtained this as a sample and subsequently bought much more and have been smoking it with much frequency. Based on the Cavendish listed in the contents, I would not have purchased this if not for the sample. That certainly is part of the beauty of a gift, is it not? The smell in the tin is truly very nice and drew me to it before any of the other samples in the package that I received. I packed, lit, and found something wonderfully new. Even with that said, there is a slight harshness produced in smoking. I do not mind it as I would in other weeds, however. 'No 7000' (dry yet just right out of the tin) burns quickly, but that is also fine because it has a quality important to pipe-smoking: this is a superb new pipe 'breaking-in' tobacco. Every bowl that I have smoked has burned well to a splendid dry ash that clings to create the markings of a fantastic cake. Additionally, I rather like the large tin that snaps tightly shut. I plan on keeping this in stock. Enjoyable stuff indeed.

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marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (47)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I am not sure whether this is still available or not, but I am throwing in my two cents as much for my own future reference as anything else. My tin is 7-9 years old, and has been opened for that long. It is a nice high quality tobacco. I gave it only two stars, however, because it is a little bitey, and there are many, many similar english style blends which are just plain better.

It looks and smells in the tin like a typical english blend. It packs nicely, and burns readily. The flavor is mostly of latakia, but the orientals do add some nice undertones. As stated above, my experience is that it has a bite to it that is present throughout the bowl. The strange thing is that it does not seem to burn particularly hot, but it still bites a little. Maybe my palate is just off on this one. While there is nothing wrong with this, I think there are any number of english blends (look to England, young man) that offer more flavor and complexity without that funky bite.

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s-liskey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
s-liskey (6)
★★★★
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I love this blend! Its smoky and delicious, a real winner. The Latakia takes a front seat on this blend and the taste is deepened by the Orientals. I really didn't taste much as far as Cavendish is concerned but it definitely didn't take away from the blend. The flavor is complex and rich yet smooth and strong. I highly recommend this blend!!!!!

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

No. 7,000 is a Latakia forward blend that arrives a the perfect moisture level for smoking. The very thin ribbons pack with ease. My tastes tend to point more toward medium English blends where the Latakia isn't quite such a force, but Paul Olsen does a real nice job with this blend. Too much cavendish can wreck an English blend, but in this case it seems to be added with a light hand offering a slight sweetness, although not a sweet English (think Frog Morton or Northwoods). This blend should be on the must ry list for lovers of Latikia or full English blends. Recommended.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (297)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

A very good full English mixture, rich in Latakia and fine oriental tobaccos, but sweetened and made more palatable by some Black Cavendish. The presence of Cavendish is not a sign of a bland mixture like many other "modern EMs", but a perfectly integrated component. The taste, while not as full as in some other mixtures like Balkan Sobranie, is very satisfying: sweet and full of "burnt-wood" latakia notes. At times it can be a bit watery, but usually it's just a matter of correct packing and smoking pace. I like this tobacco a lot, as it burns fine thanks to the perfect humidity and cut, and it has a very good taste sometimes comparable to some of GLPease's offerings (which, considering that this blend is Danish, is quite unbelievable!). The only problem for me and a fellow pipesmoker is that it tends to bite the tongue: nothing truly bad, and certainly no harshness, but at the end of the bowl you are left with a slightly tingling feeling in the mouth... I don't know if the Cavendish is to be blamed for this, of it's due to something else, though. Anyway, a very recommended tobacco: its balance, taste and sheer quality of the rare orientals are all strong points to its favour. Too bad that it has been withdrawn from the European market, and probably will suffer the same fate in the US: you will still be able to find it at Olsen's Copenhagen shop, at least, which is a minor consolation...

2008 Update: I still have a few tins of this left, and I must say that aging didn't kill the tounguebite at all. It has an excellent flavour, a true Latakia/Orientals lover's dream... but it is one of the most aggressive tobaccos my tongue has ever experienced... Weird, very weird.

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Davetopay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davetopay (42)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I picked this up about 2 weeks back and have since smoked 10-12 bowls of it. Both in a Peterson full bent and a cheap ebay meer. EXCELLENT in both pipes, but very different.

The briar comes across as more subtle and soft, but the meer allows this baccy to taste the way the tin smells...smoky and earthy. I wish I knew what percentage of Latakia this contained, because I get the feeling that is what I like best in this blend.

Upon opening the tin moisture is as near perfect as I have come across. I don't need to try and dry it before smoking. It burns to a clean dry grey ash and the tiny bit of dottle is always dry, making it a low pipe maintenance blend.

Any bite I have gotten has really been my own fault and the result of my being an impatient smoker.

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ripdundee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ripdundee (2)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This being my first review, I am not sure it should be considered a fair one...... the reason is that my particular tin of 7000 was opened about 3 years ago. Perhaps it has worked positive wonders for this tobacco blend; perhaps it has destroyed some of the better qualities it once had...... It is beyond me to positively know. As with rifle barrels made on the same machine, each barrel will shoot differently....... so be it with pipe tobacco.

Surprise originally greeted me 3 years ago upon opening the tin, I did not expect such an overall dark colored tobacco. I have forgotten how it packed then; it packs very well now. I do not use the 3 layer method anymore, I simply pack thin layer after thin layer with light and judicious tamping. Very gentle.

Upon light up, the flavor is full and thoroughly enveloping. I am overcome with the thought of please let this continue to arrive in such a wonderful, full, surround sound. Samsun certainly does play its part and does play it well, but the symphony is made complete and full by the orientals...... such a sweet symphony in perfect note orchestration. Strong, full, yet plesantly sweet...... no tongue bite for me, though I am terrible about smoking a pipe too quickly...... too anxious to enjoy the feast. Even if smoked too fast, this will not turn into a rocket sled on the end of a stick.

It did leave a plesant taste in my mouth and that most wonderful of feelings...... wanting another bowl immediately. Fully and cleanly burned to the bottom of the bowl, this one has earned its way to the top of my favorites list. I will stockpile this one..........

As simply a side observation, I found this now to be sold as My Own Blend....#7000..... only a thought.

RIPDUNDEE

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MCM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MCM (4)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I love this stuff and have been smoking it exclusively since I bought my tin about three weeks ago. The addition of Turkish Samsun really makes this blend unique. Folks who enjoy other English styles like I do (e.g., Penzance and the many Dunhill offerings),will probably like this too.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This blend has definitely one of the best Oriental parts on the market and it would be worth smoking just for that, but it has many other good characteristics. The packing and lighting are easy due to the perfect moisture level and almost shag cut, the latakia used is one of great quality and smokiness, the Cavendish sweetens a little the mixture but it isn't very detectable in the amount of flavour generated by the orientals and the latakia. The body is light enough to consider it an all day blend. The fast burning can cause some problems to your tongue if you don't pay attention at your smoking pace, but nothing compared to the majority of Virginia and aromatic blends.

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Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Update Jan. 2006: This is extraordinarily similar to Peter Stokkebye Balkan Supreme bulk blend. If there is any difference, this is a touch sweeter. Both are delicious. Further, Balkan Supreme seems to me identical to Balkan Sasieni. Hmmm, all three blended by PS....

Update Feb. 2005: After smoking this for nearly two years, it is in my Hall of Fame of full English or medium-full Balkan blends.

It is not as full as Caravan, but fuller than Margate and Renaissance. Much fuller than McClelland's Balkan's.

The Orientals are scrumptuous, with tanginess, floral, herbal and woodsy essences. 7000 is less edgy than Red Rapparee (which Orientals I find even a bit sweet) and McClelland's Syrian Full and Super Balkans.

The Latakia is killer and generous; robust, but in complete balance with the Turkish.

I think the leaf cut requires a bowl with 3/4" or larger bowl opening diameter. The oxygen will help keep this lit and require lighter drawing. Add fairly tight packing for all three layers (if that is how you load your bowl), and tongue bit should reduce.

I ordered Stokkebye's Balkan Supreme and will compare it with 7000 and Balkan Sasieni in a future review.

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Presentation is a large tin with a pop-top, not the twist top variety (kind of like a can of Quick). Tobacco is on the dry side, yet packs easily, burning fairly cool, thoroughly and with little dottle.

I cannot find fault with this blend, but much in the way of pure pleasure. Nice complexity and smoothness. Taste is upfront, plentiful and steady throughout the smoke.

Initial tin aroma led me to think "late evening." Instead, I enjoy this throughout the day and after a hearty meal.

I am considering cellaring many tins of 7000. Over the internet it can be had for a bargain. I will try 3005, too. If you like Dunhill's 965, this is a must. If you want a great, world-class English style blend, go for 7000.

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Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This blend has a generous portion of Latakia but far be it from me to tell you whether that percentage is 15% or 20%, 30% or? My palate is not that discerning. Regardless, there is too much Latakia in this blend for me to smoke it on a regular basis. I like it but it falls into my ? I smoke it occasionally? category. The heavy, rich flavor in this tobacco is right up front. You can taste this tobacco without lighting your pipe and especially before a DGT light. It has a pronounced, bold and plentiful earthy, full, woodsy, smoky flavor but it is not as sweet as some other English blends. It also left me with a strong, lingering aftertaste that I have experienced with only one other blend: Penzance. Such a strong aftertaste should make PO MOB 7000 your last bowl of the day if you smoke other lighter blends. PO MOB 7000 also makes for a great smoke after a full meal.

I did not experience any bite or ?stinging? with this blend as some others have noted. Generally speaking, I personally find that English blends are the least likely to bite and, in my opinion, have much better burning qualities than most burley based or VA blends. PO MOB 7000 is a little too ?Latakia heavy? and rich for me for the humid, summer months but I am looking forward to smoking my cellared 7000 remains on crisp, clear, mid to late fall afternoons when it would fill the bill. PO MOB 7000 is truly for those of you who love heavily laden Latakia blends.

A cigarette is to be smoked. A cigar is to be enjoyed. A pipe is to be savored.

I rate this tobacco 6522 out of ?7000.?

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (125)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This has plenty of latakia and oriental flavor and is well balanced although the latakia component is a bit too much for my taste. The big problem for me is that on occasion it creates a stinging sensation on the lips, very odd. I usually smoke this late in the evening and it satisfies. This is not among my favorite English/Scottish blends,and I doubt I will buy more after my stash is gone. There are just too many very good latakia/oriental blends available that are more friendly. Paddy.

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The Keeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Keeper (112)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

As others have noted this is an old style English blend with an unique taste. Unlike many other English blends which tend to become "ashy" or "muddy" in flavor - each component is bright and strong on its own - yet does not overpower any other ingredient.

The predominant flavor is woodsy smoke, a touch of sweetness, and a bit of tanginess from the oriental herb. Foggy evenings and rainy mornings would make perfect atmosphere for this tobacco.

I can not say that I would smoke this regularly, but there is a flavor here worth exploring and revisiting.

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bigjonburley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigjonburley (64)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a full strength English mixture that is quite bold in the nose and pallet. As the description above states, this blend is comprised of high quality, exotic tobaccos that form the backbone of the English oriental blends. Cavendish is a wonderful component that lends extra complexity to this smoke. The samsum adds alot of spice and depth as well. This is a quality Oriental mixture but, there are many others that I prefer to this blend. Maybe if they sold a bulk version, I would keep it on hand.

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Thatcher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thatcher (58)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Unnoticeable

This blend didn?t do a lot for me initially, but soon grew on me to the point that I really looked forward to smoking a bowl of it each evening for the duration of the 100g tin. Must be the Samsun component that gives this blend such a wonderful and distinctive Oriental flavoring. Whatever the source, this is the best Danish-blended English blend I have yet tried. Very nice and reasonably priced. 7K is another great example of an old-school tobacco blend, and definately deserves to be tried by all English/Oriental lovers. My biggest complaint about this blend is the tin. When I opened mine, the tobacco was very dry. I also didn?t detect any kind of ?whoosh? vacuum-breaking sound, either, and began to suspect that the tin?s ?pop-top? lid might have failed to hold the vacuum seal. This makes me a little wary of doing any long-term cellaring of 7000 in the tin.

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Big Guy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Guy (12)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This one is a bit unusual for me as with the exception of a Perique blend or two I smoke Latakia blends all the time and they are my favorite. This one didn't work. The inside of my mouth burned with every puff. I don't understand as the taste was excellent, but something in this put me in real pain. No way can I smoke or recommend this blend. Maybe some day I will give it a second try, but I will sure have something to sooth my mouth ready. A big thumbs down along with a big question mark since I have never had this reaction before.

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imago Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
imago (63)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have gone on record before saying that, in my opinion, a marriage latakia and cavendish is never a good idea. With this blend, I think I should reconsider.

There is a significant (but not overwhelming) latakia presence and, yes, I can detect the cavendish as well. However, instead of the bland, murky flavour that I've noticed with other famous latakia/cavendish blends (no need to name names here), this one really seems to come alive in a pleasant sort of way. I also did not detect any dry-mouth for which latakias are famous (at least in my estimation), and tongue bite was non-existent.

Smoking this is pure pleasure.

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This blend has made it into my daily rotation for many reasons: Visually it is a mostly dark ribbon cut with an occasional red and brown when you look closely. Tin odor is delicious! One is almost tempted to bite in! Packing is easy due to the ribbons not being too long. Lighting is an easy two vesta affair. Upon first light, you are instantly presented with a bright, zesty flavor which settles down to a delicious mellow smoke to the bottom of the bowl. I have to say that the oriental leaf in this blend is particularly tasty! This is an all day blend with enough complexity to keep you interested, but not too busy to overload your senses. This one is in the same class as Rennaisance, Margate, Penzance, etc...This is the first "Danish" attempt to make an "English" and they have succeeded wonderfully, 5 out of 5 points, a true "TULIP" blend.

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David Cimino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
David Cimino (18)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoke a lot of English blends and sometimes I find myself in a rut. This tobacco was a refreshing change. My Own Blend 7000 is a unique blend of Latakia, black Cavendish, Orientals and Turkish Samsun. When Latakia and Cavendish are belded properly, the result can be a welcome variation for smokers of English blends. I love a little bit of sweetness mixed with the smoky richness of Latakia. However, with this blend the subtle and velvety sweetness comes from the Samsun. I find this blend to be elegant, rich and smooth. It has the flavor of a full-bodied, Latakia-based blend but it's not too stout. The Cavendish and Samsun add complexity to the blend and impart a touch of flavor. This is one of my new favorites and I will keep some on hand with my other favorite English blends.

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pmonroeb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pmonroeb (92)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

My sample of this came from the sample bin at my local pipe club. Out of the can it was somewhat too humid for me and produced a very steamy smoke. After I dried it a little, it became a very good middle of the road English mixture that would certainly satisfy me most of the time. There is nothing to really set this blend apart from the crowd, though there is nothing wrong with it either. It is not as strong in latakia as Penzance or Raven's Wing and not as complex as Renaissance or Margate.

ADDENDUM

After quite a few more smokes I now recognize a subtle difference in this blend over most English blends, possibly due to the Samsun oriental tobacco. This is the first blend I have tried that I knew had Samsun in it. This is an interesting twist on the English theme and may be worth trying to get something a little different.

Also, I had previously wrongly commented on the unavailability of this tobacco except from Europe. I now see this available on several of the tobacco websites.

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kbosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kbosi (15)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Very nicely blended tobacco. Alls the flavors come through. Another one for the Latakia lovers.

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