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If you miss the old Balkan Sobranie, this is your blend. Classic balkan mixture of old.

BrandMcCranie's
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild to Medium, Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Very Mild, Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Very Strong
2.0
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Tobold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tobold (7)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

01/06/09 - This is a "blue-collar" review from a long-time pipe smoker who is neither a connoisseur nor a gourmet. I like subtleties up to a point, beyond which I cannot detect them. There are very few aromatics that I like anymore. I love orientals, latakias, and Virginias, but burley gives me some trouble. Most of the time, I like stronger blends over weaker ones and in larger pipes than smaller ones. I have exceptions to all of the above. With that said . . .

This blend comes as an untinned bulk.

Showing brown and black ribbons with some tan, this blend smells like a light Balkan in the pouch. A solid Balkan at the match, the orientals are at the fore. But don't kid youself: despite the description, without Yenidje, this is NOT close to Balkan Sobranie. However in it's own right, this is a good medium Balkan that is lighter than SG's Balkan Flake. Gets stronger toward the bottom of the bowl. A spicy full flavor, but monochromatic. It burns easily and is well behaved. This blend is for Oriental lovers, and probably not for the beginner. I will buy more of this!

Compares well with Samuel Gawith's Balkan Flake: has more orientals, not as strong.

I will keep some on hand because it's simply a good, solid, loose-cut Balkan.

I rate it 7 out of 9 leaves.

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Lawyertodd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lawyertodd (6)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Mild Pleasant

Disappointed in the simplicity and lack of any complexity. Agree there's some basis for calling it Balkan, but no basis for calling it Supreme. Two stars at best. Will add some Perique and yenidje (wish I had xanthi too) and lemon Virginia to give it some modicum of flavor and personality.

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