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A traditional full Balkan mixture, rich with substantial amounts of latakia, Turkish, Macedonian and other Balkan tobaccos. The 1848 formula is often imitated, never equaled.

Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Wessex usually provides me with flavorful offerings. Not a particularly strong "Balkan" style flavor at all and in this one and the presentation looks much bolder than the strength of the blend

The Latakia is in the background, and it was certainly flavorful enough, but the Oriental and Turkish leaf appeared to me to be the leaders as I worked my way through a tin of this middle of the road Balkan style tobacco.

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It's light on the Orientals and Turkish, which are dry, slight buttery sweet and sour with a touch of wood. The Cyprian latakia is not as smoky or woody sweet as I find in other Balkans. There's no real flair to the taste. Has a mild nic-hit. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a lackluster, consistent flavor. Needs an average number of relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. The after taste is short lived. It probably deserves two stars, but that would really be stretching it, so I rate it as a one and half star blend.

4 people found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Another Kohlhase & Kopp blend, not very good but nothing to throw away. In this particular case you have a nice oriental content supporting the taste. As expected there's no building up throughout the bowl in the flavour department, quite the opposite: from half bowl down the taste mingles in something messy and indistinguishable. You can find much better blends but at least it's worth its price.

2 people found this review helpful.

the_IRF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_IRF (3)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Yes, i seem to agree with the general thrust of the reviews here. The aroma out of the pouch is GREAT, but the smoke is quite a bit less that one would have expected or i had hoped for. However, i found it grew on me, and i wound up liking it better than i would have guessed at first blush. How did it wind up with more flavor than in the beginning? I don't know...

I got a very attractive deal from Pipes and Cigars on pound of this. Because it was nicely dry it looked like a pound and a half in the bag when it arrived. It was very smokable, however. None-the-less i think i do like it.

BRIER pipes: Probably Best Choice - supports a broader (maybe "smother" taste, it seems

CORN COB pipes (my favorite choice of pipe): A bit sharp or tinny, showing the thinness of or shallowness of flavors

MEERSCHAUM pipes (i have a ton of them/ big, small/ expensive and not): Stronger Flavor, again a bit spiky, to begin with, like the Corn Cob smokes, as would be expected by the amplification that the Corn Plant does with tobacco and as does Meerschaum, too. In the end this is where i found i liked this tobacco.

At first blush, did it match up for me to:

Ashton's- "Artisan's Blend; or

Lane Ltd.'s- Crown Achievement; or

Cornell & Diehl's- Pirate Kake; or

Drew Estate's- Meat Pie; or

my standard favorite, McClelland's- Frog Morton Across the Pond?


Did i like it in the end, yes. How does That happen?

Then, too, i may be a bit odd in that i smoke Iwan Ries & Co. IRC Kings Oriental because it has a clove topping that seems to help puting more punch into it.

Most everything is a bit on the lightweight side for for me, even when moistened a bit... or a lot.

If anyone here knows of something with a big Latakia Hammer, i am all for finding it... so please mention names i may not yet know.

End Note: I am not unhappy at all with this tobacco. The More I Smoke It the more it seems to be wanting to be my friend. Tobacco can do that for me if it wants to... but then again, you already know i am a bit of an odd duck with a soul of a poet and heart and temperament of a linebacker, right?... ROTFL

Pipe Used: Brier, Corn Cob, Meerschaum.

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the dealer

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Sort of in the same "English" category as:, Ashton's- "Artisan's Blend; or , Lane Ltd.'s- Crown Achievement; or , Cornell & Diehl's- Pirate Kake; or , Drew Estate's- Meat Pie for me?.

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1645)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Wessex - Balkan Supreme.

The initial impression of Balkan Supreme was good. I removed the lid to be met by a perfectly hydrated, mid size ribbon, appearing quite even with the colours. Shame I don't find the smoke as appealing.

The description says 'a substantial amount of Latakia' but to my palate it doesn't taste that substantial. The Orientals give a greater quantity of flavour, accompanied by a toastiness. There's very little sweetness; I'd include a touch of Virginia to brighten the profile, if it were down to me. The burn from it's good enough, giving a medium temperature smoke, which doesn't bite.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not great.

Okay, it tastes different to your regular balkan, it isn't a smoky Lat-Bomb, but this inimitable quality won't raise the outcome any higher than two stars:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Tin not dated, but two month in cellar

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