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A richer smoking mixture than our Balkan I. Same choice tobaccos, only higher in percentage of Turkish grades and Latakia.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McAllister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
None Detected
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1643)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Sutliff Tobacco Co. - Balkan II #512.

There's no arguing that the title Coarse Cut suits this blend well. Moisture's good, although maybe a little dry for long term storage.

The smoke has a good enough milder English flavour. I don't get the commonly found smack of smokiness, but lighter wood, and more of a wisp of smoke, from the Lat'. The Turkish gives a kind of 'dry' flavour, if that makes sense? The Virginia, although easily the lighter of the three, gives a sweetness that smoothes and mellows the smoke. I find the burn fairly good, even if it's somewhat quick, and the temperature cool.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: not particularly nice.

Although I can't say I dislike this, it bores me after a short while. So, it's lumbered with two stars:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kinsale #XL11 P'Lip

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Cup O' Joes

1 person found this review helpful.

pipercavse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipercavse (5)
Extremely Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

If this is richer in strength than Balkan I, I'm sure glad I didn't get that one! This is very weak tasting to me. Probably would be a great all day smoke for those that like a lighter English. I guess my palatte is hard to penetrat because I do not find a blend like Night Cap terribly strong either. So take my word with a grain of salt!

Pipe Used: Mr Brog hammer #62

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: P&C

1 person found this review helpful.

hoo-boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hoo-boy (26)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A fine Balkin blend , lights and stays lit easy , burns to the bottom of bowl. No bite a tad smoother then other Balkin blends so You can smoke it all day. A good addition for your rotation I give this a 3 star rating try it and prove me wrong OR agree that's its worth a 3 star... hoo-boy

1 person found this review helpful.

ddmholst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ddmholst (23)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin note: smells like an English blend. Lat forward with a mild leathery smokiness.

I bought a small sample of this in bulk. Moisture level was smokable when it arrived but I always dry and put in mason jar for a month or two before sampling. It lights easy enough and stays that way. I get a taste of latakia initially that fades fairly quickly to oriental. The oriental ( I think) tastes kind of like rye bread or toasted rye seeds. The orientals dominate most of the way through then the whole thing just gets bland and harsh towards the end of the bowl.

This wasn't all that bad but there are so many more, much better tobaccos, blends like this that I will not be purchasing anymore.

Pipe Used: Various briars used only for english/balkan blends

Age When Smoked: 3 months

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1 person found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm not terribly fond of this blend. The Turkish tobacco is a bit bland, lacking character. Too mellow with very little staying power. By the halfway point they have very nearly faded to the background. The Latakia is too light. The Virginias carry a little sweetness, but very little flavor. Having said all that, it's not quite bad enough to warrant one star. It is capable of giving a very modest amount of satisfaction. 2 stars.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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1 person found this review helpful.

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

This is not a complex smoke. It presents you with a woody smokiness over a rye bread crust sweetness. Smokes very easily as it arrived at an appropriate moisture level. While there isn't a whole lot going on with this one I really do enjoy it! It's akin to enjoying a simple smoked lager; simple, well-made, and simply different.

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