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Hans made this mixture, with Tarek in mind back in 1994; at that time, Tarek smoked exclusively English with Latakia. Since then, the mixture has always been marketed with the name you see above. Now, the pouch aroma reveals the sweetness of the VAs, the smokiness of the Latakia, and the oiliness of the Orientals used. Upon lighting we find the tobacco to be very "creamy" and smooth on the palate and a bit spicy in the nose, without being harsh or aggressive; later a taste of "muddy" soil comes through and it is wonderfully complementary to the rest of the tastes present. Gradually you get to realize how complex this mixture is: There is a host of distinct tastes that are never in conflict with each other. This is a great instance of a mixture that allows you to enjoy its wholeness, without losing site of the taste and aroma of its individual ingredient tobaccos. At the end, a slight taste of "lime" develops, and it is a nice way to round off the myriad of tastes enjoyed in the course of the smoke. Combustion is very regular and slow. This is an ideal mixture for moments of relaxation and contemplation.

Blended ByHans Schürch
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
PackagingVacuum Sealed Bags; 50g, 100g, 250g, 500g, and Kil
ProductionNo longer in production
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Medium, Medium to Strong
None Detected
Medium, Full
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The Syrian latakia is smoky and woody, mildly dry, wine-like tasting as a light lead. The Virginias are citrusy and a little grassy with some earth and dark fruit as the base of the blend. The Orientals are smoky, very woody with a touch of sour, a little creamy sweetness and spice in an important support role. The spice and raisin quality of the perique shows through a bit. All the components in this blend compliment without crowding each other out. The nic-hit is mild to medium. Won't bite, or get harsh, but the spice may tingle your tongue just a touch at times. Burns at a moderate pace. cool, clean and even with a very consistent flavor. Needs an average number of relights, and leaves little dampness in the bowl. Has a creamy, woody spicy after taste. Though it has fullness of taste, you can smoke this throughout the day.

2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

A good friend told me that Schurch tobaccos were one of the best kept secrets here in America. After smoking this blend (one of two that I purchased) for the past week, I couldn't agree more. This is one complex, tasty tobacco. Based on the name Tarek's Robusto, I initially thought this was a cigar blend although I don't believe there is any cigar leaf in it. TR is full of body and is nice and spicy too. The blend is very balanced and even though it's pretty strong, it is not a Latakia bomb. I would call it strong in the same vein as the old Murray's 965, maybe a tad stronger. Each component tobacco is in perfect proportion for my tastes. The eight ounces I purchased had some age on it, so you will need to take that into account. I really love good English blends and Tarek's Robusto is among the best I have smoked in a long time, and well worth the added expense of the shipping this from Switzerland. Highly Recommended!

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