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A touch of Cyprian Latakia is added to Syrian Latakia, Turkish, red Virginia and stoved bright Virginia ribbon.

Notes: Discountinued Blend.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionNo longer in production
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Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
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freevito Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
freevito (6)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This is another of the great Syrian blends that are now extinct. I bought a few ounces of each of them back when C&D still had them in stock, and this is one of the ones that stood out. I bought a pound of it, and I'm sorry to say that I'm nearing the end of my stash...and there's just no more available, and there probably never will be any ever again.

First, this is a blend for Syrian Latakia connoisseurs. The smoky oak flavor is abundantly evident (they used oak to fire-cure the tobacco), and provides that glorious aroma of fine aged leather. The Orientals and Virginias add just enough complexity and sweetness to make it a superbly interesting blend. Reportedly, Syrian Trawler also contains some Cyprian Latweed, but if so it's been added with just the lightest touch. The Latakia presence is unmistakably Syrian. The tobacco lights easily, and burns clean and dry.

There are no tobaccos like this any more. Greg Pease could certainly make a blend this good if he could get his hands on some Syrian Latweed, but the gods have conspired against that outcome. Too bad. For those who appreciate refined Syrian Latakia blends, Syrian Trawler is one of the classics.

Pipe Used: Mastro de Paja, Karl Eric, Dunhill Root Briar

Age When Smoked: 15 years

Purchased From: Cornell & Diehl

Similar Blends: G. L. Pease - Bohemian Scandal (Heirloom Collection).

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a top quality smoke. I concur with the other reviewers that it could use some Virginnia doctoring to cut some of the Latakia overdose. I will hold off on my ministrations to this mixture until it has aged a wee bit. It may turn out to actually rate these four stars without the alteration.

Update: After following the Latakia rich Mt. Camp, this one tasted much closer to 965. It tasted very well balanced with just enough of each tobacco alternately making its' presence known. The Perique level (not listed as a component)was just right and I could even taste the Oriental leaf on occasion. Very nice smoke. It smokes clean and leaves a light gray ash. No gunk in the bottom, just a pipe cleaner midway to remove some of the particulates.

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

While this is a perfectly acceptable Engish bend, with lots of Latakia and Turkish, it is not exceptional. There is good flavor initially, but little complexity. The Va background seems lacking in body, probably will improve with cellaring.

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