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Hand-blended mixture of fine virginia and oriental ribbon, further spiced with chunks of fragrant Perique and Latakia.

BrandCrofts
Blended ByBob Crofts
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia, Perique, Latakia
FlavoringNone
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50g Pouch
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Full
Room Note
Tolerable to Strong
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★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Croft's #5 is a hand-blend from Bob Crofts at the Antique Pipe Shoppe in Houston. It's a mixture of Virginia and Oriental ribbons, with big chunks of fresh Perique and Cyprian Latakia. When packing, I generally try to avoid getting the big chunks on the top to make a consistent light easier.

This tobacco is probably the holy grail for Pelican/Sullivan's smokers -- it tastes very much like Pelican-on-steroids; seriously, I thought Pelican was mild-bordering-on-tasteless, but this stuff is potent indeed. It's got a little sweetness from the Virginia, but its dominant flavor is the pungent spiciness from the orientals. The Perique helps round out the blend, while the Latakia is present sparingly, and then mostly in the aroma.

It's certainly not my favorite smoke -- I tend to fall in the Sobranie White/Penzance camp myself, but IMHO it's much better than Pelican and Dunhill Standard Mixture Medium. Even though it's not quite my cup of tea, it's still an amazing blend (and it's the foundation for Crofts #7, which is one of my favorites).

Highly recommended for Pelican/Sullivans/Std Mxt Med lovers.

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