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Rich, flavorful, delicious, tasty, mellow. This tells the complete story on our all new Exotique Mixture. Only the finest grade of choice ribbon-cut Virginia leaf, the most flavorful latakia, the most mellow of Turkish tobaccos carefully blended together to achieve this rich tasting Exotique Mixture.

BrandSmoker's Haven
Blended ByJ. F. Germain & Son
Manufactured ByJ.F. Germain & Son
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging8 oz. tin
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2144)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Turkish and Orientals dominate this blend with an obvious spicy, woody, dry, buttery sweet and sourness that gets a little stronger in the last third of the bowl. There's some citrus sweetness from the Virginia along with a light earthiness and grass hit, though it is a little subdued. The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woodsy, with a light sweetness, and though not a major player, it adds necessary strength, complimenting the other components very nicely in an important support role. The nic-hit's just beyond the mild level. No chance of bite, and has no dull or harsh spots. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace for a thin ribbon cut with a rich, deep consistent flavor that is smoother than expected. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, slightly lingering, spicy after taste, and doesn't chase women out of the room. Not quite an all day smoke, but it is repeatable.

19 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (833)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Another sample from a friend, but this one was probably only an ounce. That makes sense, based on how rare this stuff is at the moment. I'm going to have to jump hard on the bandwagon so that I have a shot at some when this comes back!

My memory of Sobranie 759 is so hazy that I can't compare the two. But this one seems about perfect as a Balkan blend (based on whatever criteria people use for that designation). The taste was sweet, but not cavendish-sweet. The sweetness came from the latakia and the oriental. The oriental presence was immediately recognizable, and the latakia was a more minor player, but still in the game. The virginia lent its own brand of sweetness, which differed from the orientals. Nothing was out of place here and the blend was greater than the sum of its parts. Germain has done an excellent blending job here and Smokers Haven chose their blender well. Whereas Krumble Kake turned bitter on me, this one got a little sweeter and just a tad stronger as the bowl progressed. This was a sweet, smoky, leathery batch of goodness and the difference is like between a nice restaurants food and Grandma's. The restaurant does everything very well but something is missing, and that something makes all the difference. Complexity in a latakia blends? Look no further.

This is most certainly among the 5 best latakia blends I've ever smoked. Many latakia blends have incredible strengths but few have no faults that I could discern. This is one of those few. It's not that much different than a lot of latakia blends in its constituent tobaccos but the differences are significant. If you can get your hands on some, do so! My new reference blend in the Balkan category.

18 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Germain's answer to the Balkan Sobranie 759, Exotique is one of the finest English mixtures that I've ever smoked. I am currently taking a trip down memory lane of Smoker's Haven tobaccos that I have had stashed in my cellar for many years. The Exotique that I am smoking is more than 20-years old and I can't put it down. That concerns me because I only have two old tins left. A nice, rich English tobacco with an Oriental presence dominated only by the smoky and smoothly crisp Latakia.

10 people found this review helpful.

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

I have been fortunate enough to smoke almost all of the Smoker's Haven tinned blends by Germain. As a group, IMHO they are some of the best “house” blends to reach the market. Exotique is my favorite of the bunch. The tin scent of Exotique Mixture is of deep, rich, Orientals and a proportionate amount of Latakia and Virginias in supporting roles. The thin ribbons require a bit of dry time, but then are easily packed. Due to the cut (which I love), it can be a little hot if you are not used to smoking very thin ribbons. The smoke is also rich, full and very smooth. There is a very slight sweetness to the blend too. Sadly, after many hopeful moments, it appears that these blends may be gone forever. If you enjoy Turkish/Oriental forward English blends, this one's worth the few extra shekels' to find a remaining tin. Highly Recommended.

9 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Yes boys and girls Exotique Mixture is back, for how long though is the question. Blended by Germain for SH this may just be the closest you will get to Penzance or Margate etc. Not because the blends are the same but the quality of tobacco's are the same. Exotique is briny, Smokey and slightly sweet. I find it interesting that I can smoke some aromatics when they are sopping wet but try to smoke the thin ribbons from SH and it simply will not burn. Shows you what they left out... the chemicals that assist in combustion. Seriously the best in blending, delightful Turkish, sweet Virginia's and Latakia. Its a giant sweet and sour Balkan that just begs to be smoked in an easy chair by the fire with a vintage tube radio playing FDR's fireside chats... Seriously tho guys this blend is getting very hard to obtain and Germain in general is exceedingly rare, try it out before its gone...

Pipe Used: Stanwell Brandy

Age When Smoked: Fresh from SH

Purchased From: Smokers Haven

7 people found this review helpful.

marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (67)
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the good stuff.

There seem to be a blue million pipe mixtures these days, and some companies keep churning out more and more. This is distracting. The few English blenders who exist today have been making a relatively modest offering of products for in most cases centuries, and they are very good at what they do. Any desert island or bucket list of pipe blends needs to include Exotique. It is perfect.

It is done in that classic long thin ribbon cut for which Germain is famous. It smells wonderfully musty, leathery, and delicious in the tin. I like to spread mine out in a bowl for a few minutes to take off a little moisture, but there is no rubbing out or other significant preparation that needs to take place. It packs readily into any size bowl, and lights with ease. Once lit the magic begins.

If Exotique can be summed up in one word, that word is balance. Each constituent tobacco exists in the perfect proportion to create a harmonious rich smoking experience. The sweetness of the virginia's is there, but not in an overbearing way. The latakia works as a glue that binds the spice and tang from the orientals to the sweet but smooth virginias. The smoke is creamy and smooth and cohesive in a way that very few blends achieve. The flavor is full but not overbearing, and it is very soft on the mouth, with absolutely no hint of sharpness or bite. The smoking experience is singular.

Exotique is a masterclass in tobacco blending and preparation from Germain. It will become the stuff of legend if it ever stops being made. This is a blend that you can give even the newest pipe smoker and they will only have good experiences. It burns effortlessly and requires no work to move down the bowl. The flavor is consistent, but never monotone or boring, and it produces volumes of smoke while remaining cool and delicious. It is so, so good that you will never regret reaching for this instead of the flavor of the month. Germain is within 5 years of their 200th anniversary, and they have clearly learned a thing or two. A true privilege to enjoy.

Pipe Used: Il Ceppo 4 Bulldog

Age When Smoked: 1 year

4 people found this review helpful.

hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (93)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

There are other blends that may come close to this one but close is not good enough! This one is hands down the best English style pipe tobacco I have ever smoked, it's absolutely stunning! I don't know how to even describe the taste I get from this one, sure you have the Orientals and the Latakias marrying and dancing on your taste buds, but anyone who has had Germain's blends knows that they have their own signature taste and nobody can reproduce them. The taste is sweet, sour and smoky and there is something else in there that I can only describe as magical. The great thing about it is that, as of right now, this blend is readily available but seems to be a sleeper to other big names like Penzance or Balkan Sobranie. I'm not complaining as I really don't like having to deal with all those hard to find tobaccos, ya'll can keep hunting those blends down while I'm over here happily smoking my brilliantly blended Exotique. This is the king of kings and when this becomes unavailable it will reach a mythical status.


Pipe Used: Neerup, Savinelli, Nording

Age When Smoked: 1 year, 2 year, 5 years...

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Smoker's Haven - Our Best Blend, Esoterica Tobacciana - Margate.

3 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (146)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Brown complexion overall with some latakia ribbons. Shag cut and fluffy. Moisture seems quite right though the tin lid was not compressed and made no sound upon opening indicating that it was not vacuum sealed. As for tin odor, there does not seem to be any topping at all and it has the classic English mixture smoky woodiness with a nice Oriental tang. Easy to pack and light, needs only a few relights.

The smoke is mellow and smooth. Orientals and Latakia are nicely integrated and are the main players. Both are mellow rather than pungent or tangy. Orientals are both salty and creamy and only mildly sour and Latakia is more woodsy than smoky. Virginias are also soft and sweet and form the base upon which Latakia and Orientals perform. Now, while smooth and of medium strength it is a full bodied and fully flavored mixture with enough nicotine content to make me feel content for a while after finishing a bowl.

This is a quintessential English blend and has that old-timey, deeply aged tobacco feel of, say Skiff Mixture and Squadron Leader. If you like these you will also love Exotique.

3 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (481)
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

I just recently finished a tin of this that I, at first smoked heavily, but later it got buried. Having recently unearthed it, I finished up the last few bowls this past weekend.

There was a while when there were no Smokers Haven blends available and then this and a few others became available in 2012. I bought some of each, which was everything they had for their foreign (Germain) produced tins besides Krumble Kake and OBB. The latter of which only recently becoming available this past spring.

I bought two tins of Exotique as I thought I would surely like it. I must say that it was not my favorite of the group. All of which are kind of similar in that they are all Balkan blends with differing percentages of Virginia, Latakia and Turkish/oriental leaves.

My favorites of these were Select and In B Tween. Exotique is probably seated at number three. I agree with many who state that the Orientals lead the way in this blend, making it a true Balkan by most descriptions of that term. The latakia is subdued, but its campfire notes are felt. The Virginia is sweet, but the sourness of the orientals used does stand out above all else.

If I had to rank this one it would come in between 2 and 3 stars. I am rounding up to three stars as it is still pleasurable to smoke although not my favorite. I feel those who enjoy their orientals on the sour side will really enjoy this one.

3 people found this review helpful.

point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Some said Exotique is the same thing of Esoterica Margate. They do share some similarities, because they are made by the same J.F. Germain. However I find Exotique is more latakia and a bit fuller taste. They are more like brothers rather than twins and both share the same unique classic English blend characteristics.

3 people found this review helpful.

Uban Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uban (53)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Only want to add another "4", even though I opened a brand-new tin, having finally scored two little ones. I guess I must like orientals as much as latakia, because this O-forward Balkan puts me near to Pipe Nirvana, whether smoked in clay, meer, ANY briar, or cob. The rich sweet leather/campfire aroma will surely satisfy any Balkan smoker. One of the very best.

Pipe Used: All

Age When Smoked: Brand new

Purchased From: SH

Similar Blends: Blue Mtn, Black House IMHO.

3 people found this review helpful.

furious Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
furious (29)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Just blew through one of the newest tins and I have to say that it is really a fantastic smoke. The highlight of this blend is the Turkish which has been added liberally and is the defining component. Clearly the base Virginias are the glue that holds everything together, but the Turkish provides such a delicious aroma and flavor! Just enough Latakia to hold one's interest for the Lat lover. Well done SH and Germain!!

3 people found this review helpful.

Fountainhead Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fountainhead (17)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my favorite oriental-styled blend. It has very mild flavorings, so it is a very pure tobacco smoke, but the taste of the tobaccos in the blend is surprisingly full and well rounded. It is spicy and a bit oily tasting with a sensuous, almost herbal hint to it that also dominates the aroma of the blend.

3 people found this review helpful.

Liquid360 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Liquid360 (10)
Mild Mild Full Pleasant

My all time favorites include Penzance, Stonehaven, Escudo, JA Luxury Flake, and Margate... Just to tell where I'm coming from. Generally speaking, I'm not a huge fan of ribbon cut tobacco which this is. I'm also not a fan of this type of packaging. The tin note didn't particularly excite me, nor did the texture/color of the tobacco. After examining and opening the tin my expectations weren't high. The leaf packed well enough, although a bit too moist to burn well. I let it dry a bit. Yawn.

That said, this was pure, unadulterated love at first puff. There is something about this blends flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. I'm still too new here to give some long winded, yet highly descriptive list of adjectives to make your mind wander. Let me just say this, if you're a fan of the blends I've listed as my favorite, order yourself some of this. I began by trusting others reviews and ordered 25 tins. This was a couple weeks ago. After a couple of bowls, despite assurances from Smokers Haven to the contrary, I developed an irrational fear the supply would dry up. I ordered a dozen more and I'll likely order more still. I've smoked my way through two tins in less than a week. This tobacco is absolutely and without doubt one of the most perfect I've had. With this new association, I'm a ribbon cut fan, these tins rock, the note is perfect. All reservations flipped around... It's all so very perfect ☺️

Pipe Used: Dunhill Shilling HT XL

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokers haven

Similar Blends: The sweetness, and I seem alone here, reminds me of Aylesbury LF. Also reminds me of Bohemian Scandal, but far more mellow..

2 people found this review helpful.

Passion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Passion (28)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

SH has another fine blend here. As with Select Mixture, this needs liberal dry time as it comes sopping wet in the tin.

The turkish is the star here. You won't find many blends that showcase the taste profile that this blend does. Latakia is subtle in the background but you know it is there. Each passing puff makes your palate want more. High quality and worth the few extra dollars!

2 people found this review helpful.

Budman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Budman (25)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I received this along with six other sample packs from Smokers Haven. As with all the other samples this was extremely moist and required a lot of dry time. The ribbon cut IMO is simply the best for packing,lighting and staying lit. Exotique is an exceptionally rich blend. The bellows of smoke are intoxicating and the Latakia invades your nose at first light.The Virginia in this is well balanced and of good quality.The Turkish makes it's presence known but not obtrusively. This blend really borders on a Balkan but lacks the tartness. The price is steep at $5.50 an ounce and you only save a little when you buy the large can. Other then the issue of price,this is one of the best blends from Smokers Haven and is part of my daily rotation.

2 people found this review helpful.

Black Seamus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Black Seamus (56)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a very pleasant, easy tobacco on the milder end of the Balkan spectrum.

As has been noted, the moisture content right out of the tin is a little much, and if you're too impatient to dry it out before smoking, lighting can take several trys.

Good Turkish flavor dominates this blend, with the Virginias and Latakia vying for second place.

In the Balkan range, I prefer GLPease Odyssey or C&D's Star of the East, but they are both a bit too heavy to qualify for all-day smokes. Exotique Mixture, on the other hand, would fit the Balkan desires of early-morning or mid-day smokers very well.

2 people found this review helpful.

The Sunday Evening Pipe Smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Sunday Evening Pipe Smoker (41)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I often feel as though these smaller blends take on a status that are perhaps disproportionate from their relative merits, driven in part by their 'exotic' quality, being a different label (a bit like craft beer) from the usual, and particularly because of the scarcity of their availability -- which thus makes them seem somehow more desireable.

I'd certainly put this blend in that category. It is a fine blend in what I think of as the Scottish tradition and I'd be happy to have it in my cellar, but it is essentially the same as My Mixture 965, Father Dempsey or Aperitif; latakia and that incense like flavour. Is it any better (or worse) than any of those? No. I'd say its on par. But the point here is that for the difficulty of getting the blend, you can pretty well turn to those old standby's to get it.

That said, I do believe its worthwhile supporting these smaller house blends, so do go ahead and give them your support. But you can take your ease in knowing that if you're smoking any of the other blends I've mentioned, you're not really missing out on anything flavour wise.

Similar Blends: Dunhill Aperitif.

1 person found this review helpful.

Palermo09 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Palermo09 (21)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

This is a thoughtfully blended tobacco. All of the tobaccos are in balance and work well together. The latakia is sweet and smokey yet subtle. Perhaps over all the taste is to subtle for my liking. I find this blend a bit mild, not quite as good as the Smokers Haven 20th Anniversary. There is no doubt however that the leaf is of the highest quality and I would recommend trying the smokers Haven blends to everyone.

Pipe Used: GBD

Age When Smoked: 1 Year

1 person found this review helpful.

Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I have enjoyed several smokers haven tobaccos and surprisingly this one is one of my favorites. There is a striking resemblance to Balkan Sobranie 759 in this blend. I think that is a definite plus. This blend is very similar to the Smokers Haven our best blend, which is rarer than hens teeth anymore. The main difference between the two blends is this one is a bit more reserved on the Latakia front. The orientals shine a bit more here. That being said the only problem I have with this blend is that the very fine cut can make for a scorching hot smoke. Experienced smokers only.

1 person found this review helpful.

emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Yes, much better! This is another fine Germain blend with exotic touches. The Turkish really brings out the smoky, musky qualities. Again, if this were offered in smaller packages and the people running the shop were a bit more amenable to the public, they'd have a loyal fan. One of the things I definitely like about Smoker's Haven is their tin art. Fantastic! I love the designs they use, especially that 1950s prototypical man reclining in his favorite arm chair relaxing with his pipe. Exotique has that Arabian Nights calligraphy and Cognac has an almost Magritte like touch to it. I might purchase these tins one day for the artwork alone.

Three and a half of five stars -------------------------------------- 2007 - Revisiting this again at the Chicago PT a year later, it?s an excellent blend. Heavy, though not overpowering on the Orientals, it?s tempered by Germain brininess and a tangy, bittersweet flavor. Smoker?s Haven only had a sample tin available, as they are currently awaiting a new batch. I will be ordering this lovely tobacco when it is available. It's consistent, and in this sleight of hand world, I enjoy consistency.

Four of five stars

1 person found this review helpful.

Horse Bodotes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Horse Bodotes (19)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Smoker's Haven Exotique Mixture is a wonderful and delightful blend of Virginias, Orientals and a bit of Latakia. The fine cut ribbon leaf packs well and light easily, and burns well down to a fine grey ash. The taste is spicy and slight smoky with just a bit of natural sweetness. The leaf burns very evenly and the flavor builds and matures as you smoke down to the bottom of the bowl.

After reading the previous reviews for this blend, I think that most of the reviewers did not quite understand the genre this tobacco plays in. This is not a classic English tobacco in the Balkan style, but rather is more centered around the Turkish components. Compared to another favorite of mine, Dunhill's Durbar, the Exotique Mixture is sweeter and smokier, and the Oriental component is simpler and not as complex or layered.

I find that this is an ideal tobacco to accompany a good book. Great flavor, low maintenance, and the smoke stays interesting all the way to the bottom of the bowl. Pour yourself a dark ale (or better yet, a pint of bitter) and enjoy a good smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I'll add that this is indeed an Oriental mixture because the Latakia is too far behind in presence to make this a Balkan to my tastes and it is not an English for the tertiary power of flue-cured leaf.

The Turkish leaf is unmistakably Germain's, reminding me much of Margate and Germain blends with a Turkish ingredients. The Oriental (including Latakia) leaf is delicious, refined and pleasant. It creates its own desire to smoke it.

My only complaint is that it comes exceedingly moist. The humidification must be reduced in order to light the blend within reason and so that the constituent tobaccos taste full and not muddled. This blend will only taste better when the overall moisture is put off.

I purchased the 8 oz. tin without regret.

1 person found this review helpful.

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


Appearance and Tin Aroma: medium cut ribbons with mostly dark brown and black. Smells deliciously pungent from the orientals.

Packing and Lighting: Fairly easy, some long ribbons give a fuss, but lights easily. Two matches max.

Initial Flavor: Delicious! Smooth from the get go. The orientals are in the forefront, latakia slightly behind. VA's are for support only.

Mid-Bowl: Delicious round sweet and sour flavors, no harshness at all, nor is it too bitter.

Bottom of Bowl: Builds some strength, but never overpowering. Nicotine is not overwhelming which is perfect for this wimp of a piper.

Overall: This is my favorite oriental blend, but alas, this is only a change of pace blend for me. I still prefer Balkan or Ennglish blends over this, but what a wonderful change of pace.

1 person found this review helpful.

gahdzila Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gahdzila (58)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The first thing I noticed when popping the tin was the smell. I always say something about the tin note in my reviews, but this one really deserves mentioning. It is rather pungent. I'm reminded of being in the woods growing up - a general "outdoors-y" smell, dirt, decaying leaves, an old tree trunk that fell years ago and is crumbling with rot. I know that doesn't sound particularly appetizing, but it is positively intoxicating. I really want to stick my face on the tin and inhale and dream of playing hide and seek among the trees as a child (minus the mosquitos and poison ivy). WONDERFUL!

It's a rather long and thin ribbon cut. Not overly wet at all, but a bit on the moist side. I've found that it needs to be packed a little on the loose side for best results, and doesn't need any drying if the pipe is packed with a light touch. Personally, I'd prefer a shorter and wider cut for easier filling, but that's a minor quibble, really....and drying it a little might completely alleviate that for me.

In the pipe, latakia makes its presence known, but this isn't a lat bomb. There's a heavy oriental presence too, and a nice Virginia sweetness. I'm reminded of Dunhill MM965, in style if not in execution. Definitely sweeter than 965 (which I found almost astringent), and overall just plain better than 965 IMO. Yes, it tastes like it smells - grass, trees, rotting leaves, dirt...with just a hint of sweet from the Virginia to keep it in balance.

Interesting, complex, chock full of flavor, full and rich, thick and heavy on the palate, yet very well balanced. English and Balkan fans are doing themselves a serious disservice if they don't try this stuff. The heavy oriental presence prevents this from being a favorite... nothing wrong with it, it just isn't my preferred flavor profile.

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mightysmurf8201 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mightysmurf8201 (24)
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Tin note offers distinct oriental aromas, a promise of what's to come. A bit on the moist side right out of the tin, 20-30 minutes of drying is about perfect for this blend. Long orange/brown stringy ribbons, and specks of black Latakia. Lights easy. The orientals are the star of the show in this blend, and they put on a grand performance. Tasty and flavorful the whole way through. The Virginias are every present in the background. A touch of Latakia ties it all together very nicely. Reminds me a bit of EMP, but heavier on the orientals. Also very similar to Match Presbyterian by P&C, which is a wonderful blend and costs less, but I'm just as happy to pay a bit more for this blend which, at $12/tin, is still a fair price for an excellent tobacco.

Pipe Used: Briar, cob

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoker's Haven

Similar Blends: - Match Presbyterian.

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King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (114)
Mild Mild Mild Unnoticeable

I've now smoked this blend in three iterations: Sobranie tinned, early Germain tinned and the current Germain blend. Of the three, I prefer the earlier Germain variety, if you can find it. When Sobranie was making the blend it was dark, moist and extremely pungent. When Germain took over the blending they lightened both the mixture itself and slightly toned-down the pungency and that was OK by me, as I could hardly tolerate the Sobranie version - it was that dense! But, now we come to the current production. The tin I opened had a beautiful color range and texture and was moist, but not overly moist. What it lacked from the get-go was any real tin aroma to speak of. I found this odd, as this blend always had a noticeable and distinct tin aroma that was somewhat reminiscent of Balkan Sobranie 759. I dried some out and loaded my "Custombill" and had at it. The tobacco smoked well enough but didn't produce any really distinctive smoking aroma and when I came back into the room it didn't really have a room aroma. Thin, weak and faint; I found this blend to be a shell of it's former self.

Pipe Used: Rich Lewis "Custombill"-2014 NASPC pipe

Age When Smoked: 1 yr old

Purchased From: Smoker's Haven

Similar Blends: really, nothing I can place.

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tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (111)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

I've been meaning to praise the accolades of this blend, since I've been enjoying it so much since Mr. Chheda has been able to restock it.

Not much to be said other than this stuff is great, from one of my favourite blending houses.

Subtle complexity, with a creamy mouthfeel, there's a whole lot going on here and I really like it . . . highly recommended.

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cmhpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cmhpipesmoker (21)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I've always been a central Ohio native and have been familiar with Smoker's Haven the entire time. However, it hasn't been until the last year or so that I've tried this blend. I never thought that I would use terms such as "rich" and "creamy" to describe tobacco but those are some of the terms that came to mind as I smoked this blend. I've just finished my recent purchase and have to agree with most of the comments written in the previous reviews which actually drove me to make another purchase of this fine tobacco.

It has a wonderful Balkan aroma upon opening which happens to be close to its cousin, Our Best Blend. Where I feel these two blends differ is that Exotique concentrates more on the Turkish/Oriental tobaccos and less on the Latakia. It has the same richness in the aroma with a slight undertone of tea and less pungency of the latakia. As such, it smokes "sweeter" from the bowl. I always look forward to packing a pipe with this on a weekend morning. It just seems to be perfect for that time of day. No heavy tastes or the fear of being light-headed because of a nicotine overdose.

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CPT/VSG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CPT/VSG (72)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I love this blend. Smokers' Haven has been around Columbus since 1940 and I first smoked Exotique in college years ago. I loved it then and still do and don't feel that the taste has changed over the years.

I would classify it as a fairly sweet Balkan. The Latakia does not dominate, though, and the Orientals can come through nicely. I think it's a little stronger than an English so I classify it in the Balkan category but it is not so strong that I cannot smoke it all day-which I do frequently. A fine ribbon cut, Exotique burns to a dry white ash and is not hard to keep lit. Just a wonderful tobacco. If I could only smoke one blend, this would be it.

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Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (169)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Full English....this delicious blend might just define the title of Full English, as its that good! A mixture of sweet Virginia, a good mix of Oriental spice and lots of smoky Latakia. This is Our Best Blends' smokier, more Latakia driven older brother and is closer to Margate than OBB in my opinion and this is reinforced by the fact that all three are blended by J.F. Germain. This is among my very favorite tobaccos and I highly recommend it to all who enjoy English style tobacco.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New and aged both

Purchased From: Smoker's Haven

Similar Blends: Our Best Blend, Margate.

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

Smoker's Haven makes reference in their description that this is similar to Sobranie 759 and admittedly it is close, but not quite as satisfying as the original. It comes quite wet and with very long ribbons that I have to break down to be ready for me to smoke. It lights and burns to a light gray ash once it has been dried somewhat. Not overwhelming with the latakia, but a nice blend of latakia and orientals. This will likely be my standard Balkan.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Germain makes good stuff. My only quibbles with this blend are that it is pricey, and arrives pretty wet. Crack the tin open, stick it in your cellar and forget about it for a while. After it dries a bit, it is a very good Balkan. Fresh, it is a bit muddled, and is tough to light. Don't worry, the wait is worth it...

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1280)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I happened upon the Smokers' Haven web-site and immediately wanted to reacquaint myself with their proprietary blends. I remember receiving their catalog and happily ordering items while I served in the Army during the early Seventies. Our Best Blend, Exotique Mixture, Krumble Kake, Cognac Mixture and 20th Anniversary Mixture were some of the blends I remembered. After receiving my order I made sure Exotique was the first one I opened. Exotique is advertised [by Smokers' Haven] as the closest thing to Sobranie 759, though I can't remember ever smoking the original I had great hopes for this blend (I was not disappointed).

The mixture is ribbon cut, the tobacco mostly dark with some lighter leaf mixed in and the tin aroma is wonderful, fragrant, smoky and Balkan. Packing and lighting are simple affairs, the mix is slightly springy. The flavor is medium to full and evolves while smoking, first the Orientals are predominate then the VAs and back again with the Latakia adding depth and fullness; not too sweet or bitter but just right. Packed in my Imp Meer this is a delightful blend. If I were to have only two or three Tobaccos to choose from this would surely be one. 9-1/2 Stars out of 10.

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Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a fairly fine ribbon cut blend, with equal parts of light and dark leaf. The aroma is mostly Oriental, with some Latakia and Virginia background. It also comes rather moist, and feels slightly sticky. I suspect perhaps a touch too much PG, as the stuff is almost impossible to dry out.

It seems slower than average to light, but stays lit reasonable well. The flavor is decidedely Balkan, but not a heavy version. The Orientals are the Tenor star of the show, while latakia sings the Bass parts and Virginia sings Soprano and Mezzo.

This is truly a marvelous blend, marred only by the PG. I would probably rate it at the top of my rotation, if it were available in tins (without PG). Maybe that's why I regularly smoke very few bulk blends.

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Meerschaum Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Meerschaum Man (85)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This smoking mixture has a little of everything for all those interested in a mild English/Balkan blend. Pleasant and rich tasting from start to finish, both Latakias combine with the excellent Turkish leaf for a satisfying symphony of flavors on a stage provided by the light Virginia. The only thing I would suggest for improvement would be the use of a pressed and sliced cake instead of the ribbon cut. The key word to this blender's product is balance. No one leaf stands apart from the others but instead, all combine to make a pleasant smoking experience.

Meerschaum Man Smoking a CAO Bacchus

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stupergenius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stupergenius (2)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A really fine English blend, that some would call an Oriental, but it's all subjective really. :)

The very excellent Turkish tobacco takes control in Exotique over the Latakias, which are still there, adding an element of complexity and smokieness to the blend that would otherwise be sorely missed.

A really fine cut gives this blend an almost shag look, and dyring out is a good idea as well. The guys at Smokers Haven recommended that you let this sit for about three hours spread out on a piece of white paper, and "really watch the clock on this one", or else the essential elements will start to evaporate along with the moisture. After which the tobacco smokes much clearer and more defined.

Otherwise a very peppery, spicey and smokey blend from Smokers Haven that is destined to satisfy, wheather you are looking for an Oriental or an English.

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kbosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kbosi (15)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't know why I waited so long to try this blend. This will be one that I'll always want to keep on-hand

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Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The tobacco packs easily and burns well. The latakia offers it's presence but is not overbearing. The turkish tobacco in this blend mixes well with the virginia to make it a very pleasant smoking experience. While not quite as strong as some of Smoker's Haven blends, it is quite enjoyable and would probably make a good all day smoke for the latakia/turkish blend lover.

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