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This almost black flake tobacco combines the best grades of naturally sweet Virginia and smoky Latakia, matured together under pressure. A wonderfully smooth and mild yet full-bodied mixture. Very reminiscent of the old Bengal Slices.

BrandCharles Fairmorn
Blend TypeVirginia/Latakia
ContentsLatakia, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutBroken Flake
PackagingBulk
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I just opened a jar of Lancer Slices that I put away 4 ½ years ago. If a blender is going to go with just two tobaccos in an English blend, the key is using high quality tobacco and getting the proportions just right or it can be boring. Lancer Slices gets it just right. When I first bought it back in 2009, I thought at the time that the Latakia might be a little bit heavy handed. But now, due to time in the jar or my taste changing, not only has the broken flake changed to a nice darker color, but the Latakia feels just right. LS burns cool, has a little sweetness and is a full bodied blend. I don’t see the comparison to Bengal Slices because I recall Bengal Slices having a topping where this blend has none. One of the things I really like about this blend is that the flavor continues to build as each bowl progresses. Secondly, where can a person buy a real high quality broken flake like Lancer Slices at bulk prices?

Age When Smoked: 4 years

9 people found this review helpful.

Barling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Barling (19)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I purchased 8 oz. of this in bulk from 4Noggins due to all the reviews comparing it to my all-time favorite Bengal Slices. While I find some similarities, it is definitely not a dead ringer.

When I first got this the deep black color and intense woodsy, smoky tin aroma really overwhelms you at first. I was sure it was going to be a Latakia bomb, but it is surprisingly (and pleasantly) smooth with a delicious Latakia richness that is rounded out with the sweetness of the Virginias in the blend. I like it much better than Penzance, and it has quickly become one of my all- time favorite English blends.

It takes a few tries to get this one burning, but once it gets going it burns slowly, yet consistently, with a very cool yet thick and luxurious smoke that never bites and keeps you wanting more. It leaves behind the aftertaste I remember from the old Balkan Sobranie and Bengal Slices days (leading me to believe that it contains some Syrian Latakia), not unlike the ancient tin of Garfinkel's Orient Express No. 11 I am currently smoking (minus the Orientals). The flavor is both nutty and coffee like, with a dose of sugary sweetness to temper the flavor. For the bargain price this sells for, I would strongly suggest getting some and cellaring it, as I am sure that this will age marvelously. You can be sure this will remain a staple in my cellar.

8 people found this review helpful.

WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (27)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

To my palate, Lancer's Slices is very similar to Penzance in taste. I would consider it a poor man's Penzance, and, for those who don't have the scratch or the patience for some of that stuff to come along (at a reasonable price), Lancer's Slices makes a good substitute. I find the flavor profile between the two to be nearly identical—Lancer's just a bit more rough around the edges than Penzance. Still, Lancer's a class smoke, though I find it both a tad bit strong and harsh. Back in the day, I used to smoke Bengal Slices, and Lancer's does have some of its qualities, but Bengal was no Penzance. So, in the end, I'd rather be smoking Penzance, therefore Lancer's gets only three stars from me. Is that unfair of me? Perhaps.

Pipe Used: Molina bent

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From: 4noggins

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (662)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Lots of smokey, woodsy latakia with an earthy, smooth and creamy Virginia with spice notes. The flavor is consistent throughout the smoke. It may require a few relights, but I didn't consider that a big deal. It's not overly complex, but it doesn't have to be. It's well made with quality tobaccos and is very satisfying. A broken flake well worth trying if you haven't, and worth revisiting if you have.

3 people found this review helpful.

Bigdadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bigdadz (32)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

This is a full english mixture that showcases the smokey latakia with the subtle sweetness of the virginia. A well behaved tobacco with good burning qualities. I prefer it fully rubbed out. It is slightly tarry with a dry woodsy character . It is one of the finest english mixture offerings of today for the seasoned Latakia devotee.

I do not see the similarity with Penzance and I most certainly prefer this tobacco.

3 people found this review helpful.

Elkhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elkhunter (8)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a smoke that all pipe smokers should try.The strength is a strong medium with no added flavors detected.I like the room note, but others around me have not developed the sensory appreciation for the latakia let alone the virgina's. The taste is solid and smooth.This is a well made tobacco,needs little preperation but it smokes,way good with some drying time.

01/27/2013 Really nice, RUB/DRY it out, it makes all the difference in the smoking qualities and the flavor throughout the bowl. Don't be afraid to smoke a drier tobacco than you normally would

3 people found this review helpful.

FireintheBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FireintheBriar (9)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

A novice pipe smoker, I entered the ring with a tin of Early Morning Pipe, Dunhill Flake and Presbyterian. After a few rounds I would say I liked them all but longed for a bit more depth and taste; enter the favorite smoke, aka champion, Lancer's Slices! Lancer's Slices burns wonderfully, tastes great and is less filling. Less filling in that one bowl usually will not be enough. I have not refined my palate enough to name nuances like leathery or peppery, but Lancer's Slices does have greater depth of taste than the previous three I have mentioned. Most important there is no tongue bite, but there is a nasally sensation most similar to eating a bit to much horseradish or wasabi. That is neither unpleasant nor disruptive, only noticeable. As far as nicotine is concerned I would say it is minimal because I am a new pipe smoker and I felt no affects of the latter. In closing there is a wonderfully fine gray ash left in the bowl, and again I am to inexperienced to answer why, but I perceive that to be a good thing.

3 people found this review helpful.

nitekrawlr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nitekrawlr (26)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A great, and perfect blend of VA and Latakia, neither overwhelms the other. A good, tasty, heady smoke, not to be overlooked by anyone interested in a VA/Latakia blend, especially for $12-$13 for 4oz. No bite, just smooth, smokey and tasty.

3 people found this review helpful.

Lyle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lyle (5)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This blend surprises me with its complexity. I have come to expect English blends to be interesting and complex via the interplay of component tobaccos. However, this blend is comprised of just Virginia and Latakia, and still delivers a delicious and rewarding variety of aromas.

When smoked aggressively, which I do when I'm not paying attention, the blend has a straightforward in-your-face Latakia flavor. It stays cool and tastes good when smoked this way.

When smoked carefully, it gives a very interesting and varied experience. The Virginia complexity comes through and has a tasty interaction with the Latakia. Although words like "nuanced" and "deep" are poor descriptors, those are the words that come to mind when this blend is smoldering.

I do not get the phenolic, resinous flavors that I find to be a characteristic component of some other Latakia blends (e.g. Penzance) in this blend.

Pipe Used: Two billiards dedicated to VA/Latakia

Age When Smoked: Six years aged in a canning jar

2 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (203)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This is outrageously good. Sweet, spicy, smoky, and woody. Flavors are rich and deep. Medium bodied with flavors medium to full. Not terribly complex, just dang good from the top to the bottom of the bowl. Sometimes simple is better and this is one of those times. Can't wait to try it with some age on it.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman, MM Freehand

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (37)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I incorporate herein all of the positive commentary below. Great tobacco that forces me to my piper's Thesaurus where, when I don't feel like typing, I call upon the only 3 scholarly words -- "yucky", "whatever" and "yummy". For such a manly flake I hate to say it's yummy but it's late and it is. Rich, creamy, enveloping and unctuous smoke. To my taste, surprisingly smooth and mild. Whether you like lighter English blends or more rich and powerful Balkan/Latakia offerings, you'll like these broken flakes. Seems like there's oriental in there but it may just be the quality of the Latakia or the "muscle memory" of my system. Whatever it is, it's highly recommended and very good stuff.

2 people found this review helpful.

Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (71)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

While it isn't Bengal Slices, it is as close in character of any that I have smoked. A huge, rich smoke, it stayed cool and smoked slowly. The taste is dark and sweet and hugely of latakia without the sharply acrid taste some latakia heavy blends get. It stays sweet, dry and smokey. I like this as an evening smoke, or when I'm outdoors. I plan grab a little more and see what a few years of aging will do.

As an update, this has become one of my go to tobaccos. It has a wonderful, rich, straightforward taste. It smells like what I think one of the Edwardian Clubs in Pall Mall must have smelled like. Lancers has helped me fall back in love with latakia, it is "just right."

2 people found this review helpful.

pacman357 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pacman357 (15)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

If there is a finer VA/Lat flake on the market, I'd like to try it. A good, meaty and hearty blend that tastes great whether rubbed out, cubed, or pretty much any way you want to burn it. One of my go-to smokes.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a blend that I long read about here before I went ahead and bought...you may share the feeling that you look at the reviews of something that seems to have possibilities, but there's always safe bets that you need to restock and there's no money left for possible tries :-) Well your pocket might be larger than mine and your budget also, but I've brought up two kids, put both of them through university and had my daughter's wedding to consider and all this as a single parent...soo my resources have been severely limited.

Anyway the upshot of this is that I finally managed to get hold of some Lancer's Slices. I had read all the reviews several times over and was pretty confident this would be a winner.

You bet it was. Wave after wave of smokey, medicinal flavours caressed my senses. I smoked this walking home with my Springer Spaniel on a muddy lane by the side of a wood with no other sounds save the rain on the leaves and Meg splashing in the puddles and it was perfect. Cold evening autumnal scents; September in East Anglia.

A worthy list of stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

Katharsis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Katharsis (39)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I think this has taken the place of Frog Morton for me (both being just English and Latakia). This is beefy stuff and delicious. It makes blends like Frog Morton seem way too mild, almost weak, for me now. Most of the descriptions here are already pretty accurate. However, I'm not sure why people compare it to Old Ironsides. I've never had OI, but considering it says it also contains Perique and Turkish, I'm not sure how a comparison could be made.

2011-12-15 Just coming back to say how solid this blend is. Very reliable for me with every smoke. Good sweetness from the VAs and the Latakia is blended with it fantastically. I'd actually like to know where CM gets the VA in this blend, because I think it would be amazing by its lonesome. After I'm done with this, I'll be trying Commonwealth Mixture from SG (50/50 mix). It will take a lot to get me to like something more than this one, though.

2 people found this review helpful.

thomasanswered Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thomasanswered (11)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

In the Old Ironsides class of tobacco, providing the beef jerky and shoe leather smokiness that the other does, the shoe leather predominating here. Yet the Slicer's leather has a tanginess that is lacking in the former. It brings a fullness to the smoke.

2 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (578)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Quite frankly, one of the best tasting latakia blends I've ever smoked. Simple latakia and virginia blend - no orientals, no perique. I've never smoked Old Ironsides but this is reminiscent of Bengal Slices, a tin of which I smoked last year. The difference is this has better flavor but the Bengal was smoother. This is a spicy and semi-sweet blast of flavor without a hard-to-take blast of strength. The latakia was pungent but had excellent presence and flavor. Beautiful broken flake cut, and very dark in color.

As good as this stuff tastes, I can't give it a 4th star. Smoking it made my tongue feel grainy... like it had a fine layer of grit on it after finishing the bowl. I don't know if I attribute that to latakia of less quality or what, but it was consistently there. And after smoking this, the taste of latakia was in my mouth for quite awhile! I found this an excellent counterpart to a fine scotch. But it misses my regular rotation due to the cotton mouth I got after each bowl. Try this if you love the taste of latakia and don't want it subdued by too many other tobaccos.

2 people found this review helpful.

Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (57)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

This is a desert island blend.

Simple, elegant, rich, creamy and almost decadent. A wonderful, high quality blend for an almost scandalous price.

Its just high quality Latakia mixed with high quality VA's. The lat is fairly dominant, but the VA makes itself known with a sweet and earthy pop that gets richer the longer the bowl goes.

The smoke billows enormously, in a dense cloud, and it gets warmer, sweeter and richer as the bowl goes on.

Ships at a perfect moisture level, packs and lights easily, among the simplest but also finest English blends out there.

Pipe Used: WDC bent apple

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: 4Noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

ddmholst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ddmholst (17)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When first opening this bulk offering I assumed it would be a lat bomb. It has the strong smell of latakia and not much else. The deep dark broken flakes are realy nice looking and easy enough to work with. I found a little(10-20 minutes) drying time seemed to be perfect. I choose to fully rub this tobacco out. The flakes remind me of how mcclelland broken flakes usually come. Be careful to not pack too tightly, being as some of the chunks are quite long I tend to have this problem sometimes. This baccy took a little work to get going but after several relights it settles in to a cool enjoyable smoke.

The first portion of the bowl is mostly dominated by the leathery,smoky latakia. I get thick clouds of salty with hints of coffee flavor. As the bowl progresses the sweetness of the Virginias make themselves known. About halfway through thing seem to come together in harmony. Not too sweet but not too bitter. Not too much change from here on out. Not that that's a bad thing.

I have only ever gotten moisture in my pipe when either not allowed to dry enough or just pushing it too hard. It usually burns to a nice clean white ash.

There are better Englishish offerings out there but this one is solid and at a great bulk price. Go get yourself some. Enjoy.

Pipe Used: Mr brog amigo 51

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Lancer's Slices is a Good Thing.

Black, pliable flakes which come at the perfect moisture content. No particular care is needed in filling the pipe, and the flakes take light easily and burn steadily to a fine grey ash.

Just two ingredients, but both are of high quality. I never managed to smoke Bengal Slices and therefore cannot comment on the similarity of taste. Penzance it is not: it has nowhere near the subtle complexity of that mixture. The nearest approximation in my experience is Gawith's Balkan Flake, though Lancer's Slices is heavier in latakia.

When in the mood for a simple latakia heavy smoke, there is little that is better than these slices.

Pipe Used: several briars

Age When Smoked: four years

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Balkan Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mike Munday Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Munday (3)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant

LANCER SLICES IS FAR AND AWAY MY FAVORITE PIPE TOBACCO - IT HAS BEEN COMPARED TO BENGAL SLICES - PENZANCE - HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED EITHER OF THESE - HOWEVER - I HAVE TRIED OVER 100 OTHER TOBACCOS - IT'S A SUPER SMOOTH - FULL BODIED MIX THAT TASTES GREAT AND HAS A KILLER BOWL NOTE AND ROOM NOTE AS WELL. I HAD IT BACKORDERED AT P&C - FINALLY GOT BOTH ORDERS AFTER WAITING 2.5 MONTHS - JUST ORDERED ANOTHER 47 OZS - AND OF COURSE IT IS BACKORDERED. LC IS REMARKABLE - #1 FAR AND AWAY.

Pipe Used: ERIK NORDING

Age When Smoked: 66

Purchased From: PIPES AND CIGARS

Similar Blends: I HAVE BEEN TOLD BENGAL SLICE AND PENZANCE.

1 person found this review helpful.

PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (78)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

...Quite a nice tobacco...not much to add as the reviews have been fairly sraightfoward. "Very reminiscent of the old Bengal Slices"...well, that may be a bit of a stretch. There are similarities between the two but I believe this tobacco has its own character and complexity.

Definitely worth a try for those who like full-bodied tobacco and I enjoy this any time of day...

...a pipe is to be savored...

1 person found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (126)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Leathery and full bodied Latakia with a sweet and slightly hay like interlude from the Virginia.

A long smoke that burns to a white ash. It reminds me of Durbar somehow, the Latakia being the main player and yet there is nothing monochromatic about this mixture. The name is well chosen as I was seeing myself a 19th century British officer maybe in the Crimean war, smoking a pipe after a charge.

A pipe tobacco for journeymen pipe smokers that should appreciate the incense qualities of this proper Latakia mixture.

1 person found this review helpful.

ThePipescott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ThePipescott (3)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I went to my local tobacco shop and I was looking for a compatible tobacco for my English pipe. I normally smoke Boswells Northwoods and was looking for something that would not compromise the seasoning of the pipe.

After inspecting a few of the jars I honed in on Lancer's Slices. The aroma was very pleasant out of the jar. I rolled the broken flake into a bowl sized pinch and held my pipe upside down and gently twisted it into the bowl of my pipe. Then lightly pressed it level with the rim of the bowl.

I made the charring light and enjoyed the initial puffs of smoke; tamped the risen tobacco down and lit the tobacco. I only had one relight as I let the pipe rest to cool.

The lightly sweet virginias combine blissfully with the floral latakia and I get a flavor of leathery almost orange spice. This is a very satisfying smoke and one I will be enjoying for a long time.

1 person found this review helpful.

Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (59)
★★★★
Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

For those of you who relish a delicious heavy Latakia bomb, this is for you! It finally grew on me & I ordered more, after a rough first trial. Now it will be in the rotation. A very complex blend that has many timbres and shadings--honey, leather, chocolate and roasted chestnuts, among them.

1 person found this review helpful.

A7Guitar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A7Guitar (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

This tobacco while my first bowl made for a very quick smoke it is definitely highly recommended that everyone try this at least once. The flavor is amazing. Even the ash looks good. The only downside is it smokes down to the last very quickly. I couldnt get even 30 minutes out of a 1 bowl pipe. I got maybe 15 to 20 minutes. But if I can figure out how to make this tobacco last longer I would gladly smoke it all day. It is just that good.

The taste is 4 star even 5+ star The length of smoke per bowl is 2 star The tongue bite is about 2 star (this case 2 not being very severe) The heat is about 2 star

Overall it is definitely a new favorite of mine so go try it :) You wont be dissapointed

1 person found this review helpful.

Behindtheclouds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Behindtheclouds (9)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I don't know about room note - I can't smell what I am smoking! For a bulk, I really love this blend! Along with Peter Stokeby's English Luxury, this is one of my two mainstays right now. Nice, flavorful, but not overpowering. I don't understand everything about blends, but I know I prefer non-aromatics, but not too strong. This is a really good blend for me!

1 person found this review helpful.

Buster Bluth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buster Bluth (51)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I buy this in bulk from an online retailer. A very dark rubbed out cake. Thick. Frequently find myself cracking the jar I keep it in to inhale the aroma. Mouth watering to the Latakia lover. Good value for the dollar.

This is a straightfwd Va and Latakia mixture, and Latakia is what you taste. You get a very direct earthy Latakia flavor. No doubt it is tempered a bit by the Virginia, but the sweetness never dominates, nor are there any of the undertones that one might find in a mixture containing addt'l Orientals. Behaves well in most pipes. No special effort req'd to keep lit & ran cool all the way down with consistent puffing.

Have been smoking for a year and give it 3 stars. Rate it up there with Penzance and Star of the East Flake as my favorite Latakia smokes. Lancer Slices is not as complex in my book, but has a robust edge the others lack. 3 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

SMOKETSES Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SMOKETSES (208)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

This is the first Charles Fairmorn mixture I ever tried, and didn't really got excited about it with the first trials. A broken flake mixture of Latakia and Virginia, with intense smokey flavor. Very heavy for my taste, it does not present any sweetness at any point and the Latakia appear particularly harsh. It specifically has an intense acidity/sharpness in the beginning of the bowl. The Virginia does not make its presence very perceptible. Perhaps after some less healthy meals, than these I have this period, I may like it more. If still it is combined with a good whisky, the results may be even better. All these, hypothetically. In any case, I didn't go crazy about it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Elcid Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elcid (16)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

Man I hate to be the voice of dissent. Oh well.

Ordered a couple of ounces of this from the fine folks at Marscigar. It was economical and I expected a sort of economy Penzance. And I was well down that road, until I actually smoked some. The appearance and aroma are lovely -- a dark musty smoky flake. It rubs out and packs nicely.

At first light, the creamy smokiness is a dead ringer for Penzance. But then some kind of bitter grassy/hay note jumped in and just overwhelmed me. I suffered with it, hoping it would abate. But just a little. It left a disagreeable taste in my mouth. I tried drying out my next bowl, but no change. It's just not my cuppa, sorry.

1 person found this review helpful.

beercritic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beercritic (16)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Relentless, powerful steamroller of a tobacco. Not for the timid. Huge smoky aroma and flavor. At home, recovering from hip surgery, this arrived when i was out. So I ordered another pound. Will try mixing in a bit of oriental & some with a pinch of Perique. This'll make my weekly rotation of a couple dozen Lat forward blends.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: P&C

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beano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beano (7)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

only 2+ years experience

A decent enough english blend. I am not a huge fan of latakia at the moment, but I like to have some on hand for when I want something different. Lancer's Slices is in the category of "like to keep some around". A good blend for someone who wants to try english.

Pipe Used: cobs, italian briar

Age When Smoked: fresh

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Stutter818 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stutter818 (45)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

SO good. Very nice latakia flavor, with a mild spiciness. Sweet tones come out, just an incredibly good tasting English tobacco. Excellent! If you like Frog Morton Cellar, I think they are kind of in the same area.

Pipe Used: Dunhill Estate Pot Sitter

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: 4Noggins

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puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (73)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I first smoked this seven or so years ago. What I am about to state breaks with a lot of commentary but this is afterall about the highly subjective state of personal tatse. During no bowl of this have I ever been reminded of Penzance, it completely lacks that tobacco's depth and smoothness(Please note that my reference to Penzance which I smoked a lot of over the years has nothing to do with whatever it's production of the past two years may taste like because I've stopped looking for it.). It also gets some play as reminiscent of Bengal's which I also don't get.

What it is to my taste is a pretty straight forward heavy latakia and virginia tobacco which delivers a fairly full and consistent smoke. I have sense found other tobaccos I prefer but this is a solid offering. I even bought a pound or so of this at a time when it was truly inexpensive and I still have most of that pound left.

If you like heavy latakias with a background of virginias then you will not be dissappointed.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: varies

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Wellpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wellpipe (48)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

I find this blend very similar to Penzance but easier to light and just a little more 'Virginia forward'. And easier to get hold of. A wonderful pipe, but probably best enjoyed out of doors or at least away from the nose of Mrs. Wellpipe who says this smells like 'old man tobacco' no doubt due to the prominent Latakia. Yes dear, we are all growing older. ;)

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tontine Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tontine (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

I have had battles with friends over this one, but every time I pick it up, I find something new to rage about. An amazing blend is all I can say with a note of caution. It does bite, from what a few friends say an overwhelming desire to be a desicant in your mouth sucking the moisture right out. Ah but you see a 5 star! Let me explain and a possible solution to that. But the blend! Let me first say that I am a BIG virginia perique blend guy. And though this is a latikia virginia blend, the mixture seems to compliment nicely. I love the fullness of great virginias and this one comes screaming out for attention after the initial blast of a rich latikia hits you. But to my palate the virginias kick in with a carmel, buttery taste to my mouth. AS such demands a lot from your mouth including moisture. Have no fear- add a fine rum or scotch or another adult beverage and you are good to go! I originally thought there might be a flavoring or casing on this but correction needed. I think there is added a topping of some kind or another that is added to this. The unpleasant bit I think and maybe the noticeable dryness comes from this. No doubt some of the characteritic of the blend is made from that but it is has a drying tendency which to me agravates the bite as well. Others have noted it. Well I am blessed to have a Master Blender available to help with that, Master Blender Steven Books of Oregon, who said to add a little Deer Tongue to it. Presto a majority of the dryness and bite cleared up and revealing more depth and richness to make this virginia,latikia mix better. A magnificent blend but be prepared for its rich character. (I love a cigar blend as well of his and find it rich as well, so a lot of this has to do with the type of tobacco's you favor and it is not for everyone. I have smoked it in a variet of pipes, a calabash tends to cool it of course and takes a little of the edge off the bite to me. AA few of these reviews reflect the bite and dry mouth,but this blend seems to bring out the best in virginias to me and I tell my friends, this blend demands a lot but it pays big rewards! Oh and Steve is opening up a shop soon here in Oregon-Can't wait for those forthcoming-some have up to 45 year old tobaccos blended in-sweet and ones to give anyone a run!

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (225)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

A man's tobacco, not for beginners, strong but flavorful.Nice amount of smoke ,stays lit even with a slow sip. U Don't have to think about this one ,light it and go, ending in white ash. I tried relighting a number of times only to find that all I had left was white ash! Creamy, earthy, just a touch of sweetness. I just checked the ingredients ( Va. & Latakie) wow, was I wrong on my guess. I was thinking maybe a Va., Burley, Perique, maybe like Petersons University Flake without the topping but much creamier and smoother . Latakie just hides in the background adding depth and body, the Va. never jumps out. Great stuff, now where can I fit this in my rotation? I won't even try the wife test, no chance!

Update: A few more bowls of this and I have to take away a star, THIS BITES. I can't believe it, I never had a tobacco so creamy that bites?

Update 2: A few more bowls and in a Cob and it's perfect , no bite??? Tastes like a smoked sausage.

Update 3- 11/17/11- Some more age and the bite is back? This just doesn't smoke well on my tongue ( agree with reviewers "DK" & "tabaco" from 2010). I also feel that the complexity is not here, some Orientals would help. Still a solid 2 1/2 stars

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Lancer's Slices is by far the best Virginia/Latakia mixture I've ever tried: velvety, earthy, smooth, creamy and perfectly balanced, it stands above all other English mixtures with little or no Orientals because, instead of running flat towards the middle of the bowl, it stays complex, deep and satisfying until the very last puff.

Should I be forced to choose 10 tobaccos to smoke for the rest of my life, this one would be one of them, beyond any doubt.

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mate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mate (3)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

When the Greek Gods walked the earth, this is what they left for us mere mortals to enjoy.

This is the most beautiful baccy.

A Latakia Lovers Delight

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (234)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

BBQ smoke was all I thought of today as I smoked this blend all day to review. I love a good English blend but I like to taste the sweet notes of the VA and or other compnents in an English. I did not get that with this blend. it was like smoking straight Latakia. While some may like this I am not one of them, I want a blend that brings all the tobaccos together in harmony. Quite frankly, I don't think this one does that at all, it's all about the latakia. It is smooth, it is a full creamy smoke that behaves very well in the pipe. I think the tobacco in the pouch looks and feels very quality, a dark brown and black mix of straight long ribbon cut flakes. It smells very peaty in it's puch note and my mouth waters smelling it. It came at a good moisture content to open and smoke and it did smoke quite cool and down to a dark grey ash to the bottom with minimal relights. It smoked very dry and had no dottle when done. Everything about it would be perfect if they had just let the VA come though and offered its sweetness to the blend. The room note was tolerable to strong but that is typical of this type of blend. I can only recommend it if you like a very latakia dominated type of blend but out of four stars, it is only a two in my book.

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FrankBurns Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FrankBurns (3)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

The first time I tried this I found it a little strong for me and a bit of a nicotine bomb, but still liked it. I'm kind of a puffer which causes most everything I smoke to run a little on the hot side. However this does just fine. Stays lit pretty well, and over time I've come to like the stronger taste. I'll buy more when my jar is empty.

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Big Kev Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Kev (8)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

A great straight forward Lat/Va blend. No complaints at all with this. Taste was a fantastic earthy smokiness. I wish the Va played a bigger role but it is still on top of my short English list.

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Introibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Introibo (45)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is an outstanding balkan / English blend. A lot of Latakia, but there is a sharp tang to this blend that keeps it from getting dull.

Burns slowly, on account of being flake, I suppose, so one pipe lasts a long time. No bite, and a good vitamin N kick -- just about everything one could ask for in a balkan.

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The Commoner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Commoner (30)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I've been on an English bender.

Trying out about 8 different well thought of and promising english/balkan blends in sort of my own private smoke off.

Beck's Ol Limey Bastard jumped out to an early lead, and Balkan Supreme is pretty good stuff too. Engine 99 is very very solid and certainly right up there.

Then I ordered some of this sort of on a whim. I happened to see the reviews of it from an advanced search of this forum and it sounded worth a shot.

Indeed it was. I'm not yet declaring the race over but Lancer's Slices is leading right now, by quite a margin. And I'm starting to ignore the others.

DK said it might be the best tasting English Blend he's smoked and I agree. It's very "reliable". Smokes the same every time. Doesn't bite and hits the sweet spot for me in what I'm looking for in an English blend. The VA and Latakia are just right. Together but still standing on their own.

I just love this stuff and would be perfectly happy to smoke only this if forced to pick one English Blend.

Personally I'm a rubber outer. But treat this however you typically treat a flake and I think you'll get good results.

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tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (69)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Overall a decent smoke, ignites quickly for a slice, burns well, and the slices pack quite nicely similar to Germain/Esoterica, not as finicky as Gawith.

Is it akin to Old Ironsides . . . sort of, maybe second or third cousins. Is it akin to the celebrated Bengal Slices . . . not really. Penzance replacement . . . different solar system, you'll need a higher power telescope.

There is a nice wisp of natural Virginia sweetness that comes through and a good amount of Latakia, which I really enjoy. Often, most blends of this ilk are right up my alley, all very good stuff.

I found the pH varies quite a bit from batch to batch. During my first encounter the tongue did not agree with this blend at all, even though it combusted quite cool and my test pipe Charatan was humming along as per usual; surely old reliable would never let me down especially after a thorough cleaning. I tried a different bag/batch about eight months later after I'd passed the previous one along and it was far better, no palate protest.

Try a few bowls, quite a nice Latakia forward blend which I enjoy more than Samuel Gawith Commonwealth, which is somewhat similar in composition although a different cut as presented.

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Scottish Soldier Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scottish Soldier (6)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

My interest in Lancer's Slices was peeked by what I had read on various forums.

My shipment arrived yesterday in the mail – I hurried home to investigate and taste. The aroma from the open mylar bag was divine – smokey, sweet latakia! The cut is in log slices, the color is very dark.

For my first taste, I decided to charge a small clay pipe that I use for tasting purposes. The taste was mild and very much filled with latakia. The sweetness of the Virginias came through very nicely. Later on in the evening, while watching TV, I decided that another bowl was in order. Out came a Nanna Ivarsson designed Stanwell and the bowl was filled and lit. As difficult as it may have been to make a decision, I believe that the Lancer's Slices in the Stannie came out on top of the hockey game.

The tobacco burned clean and dry leaving a grey ash. Very few re-lights were required. This wonderful mixture is recommended for those who like latakia and mild, sweet Virginias. I would suggest that it is an all day smoke. As with most Latakia blends, the room note leaves something to be desired however, the Virginias mask a lot of the pungency.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I don't want to scare anybody, but I think I share the same palate as most of the esteemed reviewers here on TRC... well, at least regarding Lancer's Slices. This is another bell ringer for Charles Fairmorn. An elegant offering expertly mixed to produce a smokey, yet sweet and refined Latakia blend that burned cool, evenly and very dry right down to the last shred.

To me, Lancer's Slices tastes similar to IRC's Gourmet English and Rattray's Black Mallory (both are Latakia blends on the sweeter side) and left me wanting another bowl immediately. This one does not carry a lot of strength but is certainly full of unrelenting flavor.

Frankly, for those who enjoy this genre, there is nothing about the blend not to like. Kudos to the Fairmorn boys for producing yet another dandy tobacco for us pipe hobbyists to enjoy!

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Tripjoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tripjoker (64)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

Update 12-24-10

Ok...my initial review was a bit harsh. Maybe I was smoking some Va. at the time and just didn't appreciate this blend. I have since revisited it and am far more impressed. It still isn't a four star, but will qualify IMHO as a strong two or a weak three. I will give it the three in recognition of my earlier savaging...lol

I had high hopes for this as I was a fan of the long gone Old Iron Sides. But as with most people who are looking fo replacements to their favorite blends, I was let down in a big way.

As a fan of latakia, I was prepared for the strong smokey essence of that leaf. This however carried with it the flavor of a casing that is not definable or pleasant. It coats the mouth and assaults the senses in a way that I found most objectionable.

Burn qualities are good. That is the best I can say for this blend. The four ounces that I have remaining in the cellar will probably be there when I pass on. Maybe by then someone will want to smoke it.

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constantsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
constantsmoker (62)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

For those of you bemoaning the disappearance of Old Ironsides, here is a blend for you. Truly marvelous, slightly sweet and smokey taste. Right up there with Penzance, IMHO. Treat yourself to this one...you won't be disappointed.

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forestfires123 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
forestfires123 (4)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This has absolutely no bite in it. I smoked it with greedy fervor when I lit the bowl... i was drawn by the sweet/smokey flavor to puffing with haste. I controlled myself and enjoyed the tobacco, but was left shocked my mouth felt no burn whatsoever. This is amazing! Smells almost like an extremely gentle topping of vanilla, could just be the baccy though. Lights and smokes perfectly- maybe the best burning tobacco I have ever encountered. What a blend!

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Plex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Plex (39)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Read what the others that favored these delicious shreds of heaven said below. Smokey, rich, luscious and yummy! On my list of regulars and in no risk of being displaced.

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Just one small word of advice - you better like Latakia before lighting this one up. Starts off great, beautiful melding of the Virginia and Latakia. Rich and smooth, easy to light and keep burning, just don't pack it too tightly.

During the last third of the bowl the Latakia almost becomes more prevalent. It got very pungent and strong, but if you slow down the pace a bit and puff more gently than during the first two-thirds it'll reward you with rich smoothness all the way to the bottom. I really like this blend!

I've now got a pile of this stuff aging. One of my all-time faves.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (198)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Virginia with Latakia top flavored with fair amount of licorice, Wonderful smoke, the licorice casing reminds me the flavor of Mac baren Mixture.

This is my TOP favorite Va/Latakia blend, absolutely fantastic smoke!.

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zierro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zierro (11)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Having smoked English blends for 4 decades, I know what I like. Bengal slices was perhaps my all time favorite. All I can say about Lancer Slices is OUCH!! Much like the review from Elcid, I'm gonna stand outside the crowd on this one. Based on its contents, you would think think it would be on my hit parade. The two seperate occasions I smoked it met with the same results. Within minutes of lighting a bowl my toungue would actually swell, and my taste buds would numb. The effects lasting for more than 24 hours. Never, before or after, have I experienced this in any blend. Far worse than bite, more like an allergic reaction.

I wouldn't let my review stop you from trying it. Based on others reviews, I wish it worked for me.

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Fife&Drum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fife&Drum (22)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Strong

Well I gotta say this is a very good English blend. I will rank it with my usuals, Margate, & Penzance. Of course, it's less expensive than Penzance, so it's a great alternative when cash runs low. Lancer's Slices came to me buy a good Latakia loving friend in coarse flake form, semi rubbed out. It is dark brown with some lighter tobacco dispersed evenly throughout(Virginia). I rub it a tad further for easier loading and lighting. The flavor is full with some spiciness that I really enjoy. The Latakia element is dominant but the Virginias hold their own admirably, melding into cohesive pleasure. Very nice indeed. At times during the smoke I seem to think there's a bit of Perique thrown in the mix. Hard to tell, but I tend to think that spicy note is the Perique, or even the quality Latakia. Anyhoo, I like it.

Peace, F&D

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loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I know I give almost everything I review 3 or 4 stars, but I usually like what I smoke. I like Lancer's Slices.

It doesn't claim to be a "complex English with delicate arpeggios, ephemeral in gustatory countenance yet ever so nuanced with the unyielding plenary perspicacity of the blender."

No sir, this is just Latakia and Virginia I'm told. Mostly Latakia to my gustatory muscle. But it's really nice to have around when the urge for a campfire in the mouth strikes me. Yes indeed this is a Latakia festival.

The flakes I get are broken, just the right moisture level and light and smoke great without my usual rub out. It can bite just a little and I haven't made too many friends smoking this at work. But if you like smoke in big doses, this is a good one.

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Dug Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dug (18)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

This bulk blend is a dark, nearly black, broken flake of latakia and virginias, wonderfully pungent in the bag, rich with the same manly virtues one finds in campfires, barbecue, and jerky. I usually rub it out a bit before packing. Deeply smoky, darkly sweet -- it's not busy with orientals or other components, but is extraordinarily satisfying. Once I get it lit, it burns very well.

While the smoke itself is silky smooth, you should expect to taste the latakia for a while afterwards. And this isn't one you're going to go to when looking for an inoffensive room note for the easily queasy. But as a red-meat smoke for a latakia-loving smoker, this has become one of my very favorites.

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Irishlefty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Irishlefty (19)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

What a pleasant surprise! Great smokey flavor without any trace of bite.

An interesting dark tobacco, Lancer packs easy, lights easy, stays lit pretty well and smokes extremely smooth.

I lit my first bowl - in a Fairmorn Pipe - that is only fair and was impressed from first puff to last. According to my room mate, the room aroma is 'no stinkier then my cigarettes', for whatever that is worth.

This doesn't have the zippity do dah of most English/Balkan blends, it is instead a cool, smooth, earth/smoke experience. Won't be for everyone but I'll keep it around especially for those times when several bowls of harsher blends have left my mouth feeling abused - a nice smooth smoke would be perfect towards the end of the day.

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student Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
student (21)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

My Highly Recommended rating is for Virginia/latakia smokers only since that was all I detected in this tobacco. AH, but what a VA/LA blend! It's smoky, woodsy, down to earth taste is hard to beat without adding some orientals but then, it wouldn't be Lancer's Slices, would it? Folks that like a medium to full English may also like this, Aromatic smokers should stay away, far away. It won't win many Significant Other awards but this blend represents a fine value for a fine smoke. Charles Fairmorn hit a home run with this one. Finally, give it about three to six months shut away in a mason jar and most of the edge come off, there is even more of a marriage between the tobaccos and it tastes even better.

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NapaWineLover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NapaWineLover (66)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

*Update Consistency is worthy of a note. This tobacco is very consistent. My latest bulk purchase had a little more age on it than previous purchases and must say it had already settled down. The high quality of the components is evident at once not only by taste but in the way the long wide slices appear. Years after my first acquaintance with this tobacco it still holds a vital position in my rotation. It ages very very well. The latakia is the highest quality Cyprian, which is considerably different than the general market blending condiment. The tobacco that comes closest to this in my opinion is Sam Gawith Balkan flake - although the VA in Lancer's is sweet and natural, as opposed to the SG Lakeland style which can often seem slightly bitter in a blend.

**Update: This tobacco remains a favorite in my rotation. I have changed only one aspect in the review, that is moving the Room Note descriptor from Pleasant to Tolerable, based on my cohabitants declarations. (Personally, I'm addicted to the aroma but I also singularly enjoy anchovies, fine Stilton and the entrails of various species.) The taste, however is in a rare class of sweet mature VA and smoky-creamy Latakia. I can't share some fellow reviewer's comparisons to other blends that have many other Orientals - such as Penzance. While they may have a similarity inasmuch as they both have Latakia - the comparisons are much like saying Lamb is just like Beef.

11/20/2005 Review This is a difficult review to write because this tobacco was exactly what I hoped it would be, so I'll start by saying that I love this stuff.

It is a very smoky latakia blend but totally creamy. The mature and non-tangy VA is very subdued but clearly apparent and sets a nice background to the Latakia. This is interesting without being complex. It starts out with creamy cool Latakia, but not acrid in the rooom note. It also doesn't hang. I can only imagine that the maturing process of this tobacco has been nailed. The VA's in the background are also missing the sweet sour tang, and more like a hint of VA sweetness.

The top half of the bowl is dominated by Latakia and then it backs down considerably and the cool dark viginia plays a duet but in the dark stoved VA manner. The is an incredibly cool smoke without a bite in the bowl.

My bulk order came in long slices that I have recannistered. The first whiff is an incredible Latakia smokiness. You can actually smell the complexity of the smoking curing process. Once the initial pop has subsided, the smell is incredible, inviting, again very subdued sweetness with the smokiness in the foreground but almost an addictive pouch aroma. I have smoked it as flake and partially rubbed out and fully rubbed out. My preference is fully rubbed out since the VA's seem to be more assertive when rubbed out.

It has mellow enough to be an all-day smoke without being boring. You must have a great love of creamy smooth cool Latakia to enjoy this since it is the headliner of this show. 4 of 4 stars without question.

Cheers, VC

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tonyg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonyg (103)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

What a find!

Upon opening the bag, I was greeted by the all too familiar musty smell of a heavy latakia blend. Surprise, surprise. This is not a blend that overwhelms the smoker with latakia, and while the latakia is pronounced, the virginia's do shine through.

Packing is remarkably easy although one needs to be careful of packing too tightly as a fresh package can be quite moist.

I wish I could compare Lancer's to the old Bengal Slices, but my only familiarity with that blend is one pipefull some forty years ago and memory does not serve me well. On the other hand, comparisons abound with Penzance and some of the G L Pease latakia blends, past and present. All are creamy, wonderfully flavorful and of the highest quality. The one obvious difference is that Lancer's does not seem to have the complexity of the others. Then too, one does not always seek complexity.

I'm not about to remove Penzance and Pease from my rotation, but Lancer's will take a place therein.

At about one half the price of Penzance and one third the price of Pease's blends, Lancer's has to provide the biggest bank for the buck.

Unless you smoke only aromatic's (heaven forbid!) you Must give Lancer's a try!

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mel51us Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mel51us (47)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

03/17/2007 WOW!!!! Others have given this blend good reviews, and they did well in their descriptions, but words do not do justice to Charles Fairmorn's Lancer's Slices. Of all the latakia blends I smoke regularly, Samuel Gawith's Balkan Flake is my favorite. but Lancer's Slices could quickly become the #1 blend in my tobacco rotation. I ordered a 500 gram bag based on the previous reviews of this blend, and I will be ordering 3 or 4 more bags soon. I am very curious to see how this blend responds to aging. After about 10 minutes or drying time, Lancer's Slices loaded easily in my pipe. A charring light, an easy tamp, and a second match, along with an occasional tamp, were all that was needed for the entire bowl. No gurgle, no tongue bite, just very good flavor. A bit milder than Balkan Flake, this blend is well orchestrated. The Virginias were sweet, the latakia smoky and peppery. All in all, a very pleasant experience.

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Satc001 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Satc001 (64)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

I was excited to have a chance to try this tobacco that I had heard so many good things about and it did not disappoint. My sample came in a sort of broken, unorganized flake. The pouch aroma is heavenly. I am a particuarly big fan of the straight VA-Latakia blends like this. It does need to be allowed to dry out a bit, but after ten minutes or so it is ready to smoke. The rubbery particles take a litte bit of work to be well lit, but once ignited this provides the smoker with a lovely experience. It starts off semi-sweet, kind of like dark chocolate with a rich smokiness in the background. As it progresses it becomes smokier and one is greated with notes of pepper which rounds this tobacco off with a bit of spiciness. The wonderful thing about this tobacco is that it is very rich without over powering ones palate. This is very reminiscent of Esoterica's Penzance, only a bit sweeter and not quite as full bodied. Overall this tobacco is on pace to be a favorite of mine, there will be more Lancer's Slices in my future. Highly recommended!

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Brutos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brutos (11)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I love this stuff. I smoke 98% latakia blends and 2 % Virginia Flakes. It is generally listed that only pressed virginia + latakia is in this blend. And for such simplicity, it is rich, smokey, creamy and intersesting enough to simulate complexity. Where a straight virginia, like SG Full Viginia Flake, which can bite if not sipped slowly, this blend never gets aggressive on the tongue. It smokes from top to bottom leaving a clean, white ash. It really reminds me of Penzance with less complexity and more body. One question I have is how names like Charles Fairmorn and Robert McConnell are German tobaccos? Are they actually English companies or just "English" names used by the German producers? Anyway, I recommend this tobacco highly.

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wordmerchant Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wordmerchant (16)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I love this tobacco. It?s my ?I?m putting on flannel and jeans and huntin? grizzer bear? feel smoke.

A perfect marriage of Latakia and Virginia?s, the tobacco is rich and beautiful shade of dark umber. Tin nose is of vibrant Latakia: slightly peppery with the smoky overtones of a Korean BBQ on a winter?s eve.

Lancer?s is served in long, somewhat moist slices. I?ve always enjoyed the ritual of preparing a bowl of pleasure. With Lancer?s, I rub out the tobac and tear the slices into lazy thirds, enjoying the rich earthy colour and woodsy aroma of this tobacco. Amazingly, the aroma that arises during this process with Lancer?s Slices wakes up the salivary glands as I prepare for my journey into a piper?s paradise.

Lancer?s takes fairly well to the match. About two lights and an easy tamp and it?s off.

By nature, I tend to sip my pipes, relishing (or more likely searching) for layers of flavour. With Lancer?s sips are lovely things indeed. So are two handed, hedonistic gulps for that matter!

Regardless of how Lancer?s is smoked, there is no bite. A hot bowl does little damage to the flavour?no medicinal overtones from over-cooked VA, there are no crackling forest fires with kim-chee chasers. Nope. Just warm fingers.

Slowing down of course brings out the bells and whistles of this fine tobacco. The smoke is creamy and copious, the room-note rustic and inquisitive. There are no ugly aftertastes or peculiar mouth-feel. Lancer?s is the perfect blend for my finicky personal chemistry.

There are numerous flavours laying in wait as this is consummed. As the latakia gives way, the sweetness of the VA's slip around the tongue. At times, especially in the final furlong, I experience hints of wine infused chocolates, while the next sip may bring out oaken casks and berries followed by whispers of distant campfires. There's a lot hidden within this simple mixture. Like life itself, much can be found if you take the time to find it.

I highly recommend Lancer?s Slices to traditionalists and British fancier?s who want a simpler blend (but ever so rewarding nonetheless). Also recommended for the aromatic smoker who want?s to try something different and is willing to experiment a bit.

Try an ounce. If you don?t care for it, you can always send it to me!

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Austin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Austin (2)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

The description states this is reminiscent of Bengal Slices. I have to say that I never smoked the original. But, if it exhibited the wonderful attributes of this avatar, I could understand the tears of many who witnessed the denouement of the old Bengal Slices.

Lancer?s conveys an amazing balance between the sweet and nutty Virginia and smoky wood-like overtones of Latakia. The taste is a leather and toasted nut harmony that smokes the whole way through without bite and ends with predominate white ash.

Fans of Latakia should find this is a tobacco well worth placing into rotation. An amazing treat that is best when left to dry a few days. Congratulation Charles Fairmorn, well done.

AGA

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maynard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maynard (18)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Great late evening smoke, after a meal, or with a single malt scotch,

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sasha (228)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This may be the best Virginia-Latakia blend on the market, for sure it's the best as far as burning qualities. It is presented in a broken flake format, you can smoke it as it is or rub it out some more; it will burn slow and even, with a rare to find freshness and no bite or moist at all. The colour is very dark. From the beginning of the bowl you can taste the strong latakia presence, but the Virginia is not just a background at all: the two tobaccos' wedding is an ode to smoothness and perfect balance. Maybe it's too smoky and flavourful to be an all-day smoke, but it's really easy and somewhat refreshing, one of the rare times when I don't feel the need of a good amount of orientals to add deepness.

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