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Five different Virginias, a touch of Java (Cigar Leaf), Latakia and Louisiana Perique. This is definitely a world-class English mixture, with extremely high-quality tobaccos and all the talent that Hans is known to possess. At first you get a good whiff of Latakia which promptly allows the taste of the other ingredient tobaccos come in and join in the symphony! The taste is definitely spicy, and the aroma is most pleasing to (that is, in) the nose. The rather homogeneous cut of the tobaccos used results in an easy and regular combustion. There is a hint of bitter that combats the more established sweetness but consistently fails. A great after-dinner smoke.

Blended ByHans Schürch
Blend TypeVirginia/Latakia
ContentsLatakia, Perique, Virginia
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Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild
Medium to Full
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1370)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

The description of this blend is very accurate. The latakia does dominate and the spice of the perique compliments nicely. The cigar taste is there, but not forcefully. Not as complex as some of their other blends, but for a strong and spicy, cool and even burning smoke, it does everything you'll want it to do. Smoke it in a big bowl and you'll get a little more complexity for your taste buds.

2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (653)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Zaffiro is well done English from the folks at Schurch. I like Latakia, but generally don't favor heavy Lakakia blends (I don't ever refer to them as “Latakia Bombs” as I think the term is riddled with condescension). Zaffiro is well blended and while its Latakia forward, it doesn't drown out the supporting tobaccos. The Orientals play a great supporting role and the perique makes the blend spicier than most Latakia heavy blends. The cigar leaf helps to add“creaminess” to the blend. It packs easily and burns cleanly. I think this blend would be enjoyed by all lovers of strong, somewhat complex Latakia blends. Zaffiro reminds me of a spicy Penzance.

2 people found this review helpful.

CoolPilot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoolPilot (69)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

I second the other comments. This mixture is also known as "129". This is great smoke. Nothing else to add to what previously written. Not sure the Java is cigar leaf, the Maduro is, for sure, in mixture 146. It is stronger than Dunhill Nightcap, for me. More spicy, given the Perique, and the latakia is just excellent. Smoked in any pipe, big or small, this is a delicious blend. Only one note: latakia and perique tend to bite , in this blend. But it is worth the pain. Absolutely!

1 person found this review helpful.

brando71 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brando71 (2)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Very interesting mixture, I bought it online from the swiss vendor Synjeco. Medium cut, more ribbon than broken flake IMHO. Latakia taste is predominant and I love it.

A bit spicy, very cool smoke, no bites. Definitively a must have blend. Enjoy!

1 person found this review helpful.

Peter Zorg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Zorg (34)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

An extremely good English / Balkan.

Highly recommended

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