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Babylonia is dark brown to black in color, composed of rubbed flake, ribbon and fine cut
leaf. This blend is a mix of stoved XXX Latakia, Blended Turkish Ribbon, Matured Red Virginias, Black Stoved VAs, Black Cavendish and St. James Perique.

Blended ByMarty Graybill
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia, Black Cavendish, Perique, Latakia
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Medium to Strong, Strong
None Detected
Medium to Full, Full
Room Note
Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This was a wonderful surprise. I got a sample from Vegas Smoke but was not particularly keen on trying it, because I had just had a rather disappointing experience with Crown Achievement. Eventually I had a go and I must say this is one of the best Balkan smokes I have had in years! This tobacco belongs in the same range of Balkan Sobranie and some of Pease?s offerings. It is rich and dark, musky and incense-like, and by the end of the bowl you get that salty-mineral taste so peculiar with this type of blends. All in all I had a most wonderful experience smoking Babyblonia through a rainy afternoon, in the company of Samuel Barber.

I don?t recall having smoked ever before a blend with stoved Latakia, but if this is what it tastes like, I should recommend other blenders to include some in their English-Balkan blends!. The Turkish and the Pèrique seem to complement each other, forming a peculiar sweet-sour undertone that enlivens the smoke, and the presence of the Black Cavendish was innocuous. In fact, in spite of that ingredient this blend tastes nothing like 965 or Astley?s 99. I really must congratulate the blender of Babylonia, for he has achieved a unique and exciting mixture, a true tobacco symphony, full of varied flavors and melodies. Excellent medium to full smoke, not at all overwhelming, yet a true Balkan.

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tillmanj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tillmanj (73)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Tin Aroma: A heavy overtone of Latakia, with a spicy, sweet underpinning. Reminds me of the woods in fall, with slightly decomposed leaves, campfires, etc...

Physical Characteristics: A medium to long ribbon cut blend, nicely balanced between dark brown, light brown and blondish pieces. A stem or two in there, but nothing to worry about. Packs easily, though I do dry it out a tiny bit before smoking. Takes the charring light easily, and burns cleanly to a very fine white ash, almost dust. Builds cake well as a result of that.

Notes: Ahh, a wonderful heavy blend. I have been smoking a good bit of this recently, and like it late at night, mostly outdoors, with a steaming mug of strong coffee. It is high in Latakia, but not as overpowering as, say, Bill Bailey's Balkan Blend. The perique is negligable, actually, I had a hard time picking it out, but there is no doubt that it lends to the overall spicy/sweet character. It is simply the perfect percentage of perique for me. The two cavendish's keep the blend cool and smokeable all day long. I was initially worried about them, as I detest the taste of too mcuh cavendish, but they are also minor actors on this stage, taking their proper places next to the perique, in supporting roles. The virginias provide a nice base, and the Turksih used in this blend is absolutely of the highest quality.

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