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A very smooth Balkan-style blend with exceptional depth. It is rich with cool-smoking, aromatic and lightly sweet Cyprian Latakia, spiced with the finest fragrant Macendonian Oriental leaf. One of the most popular Balkans we have ever made.

Notes: Originally introduced in April, 1995 for the Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers, is now part of the Club Blends Series.

Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1551)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woody sweet and is the star component. The Oriental/Turkish is smoky, woody, a little dry with a sour note or two, and a little floral. The Virginia is grassy, tangy citrus sweet with a slight “vinegar” hit that soon disappears, mainly acting as a base for the other tobaccos to shine. The sweetness level is just above mild. Needs a little dry time, but burns fairly well and cool with a consistent flavor, and leaves just a little moisture at the finish. No harsh or dull spots, and if you like this kind of blend, you’ll like the after taste.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1454)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I've had the pleasure of smoking a couple of the original year 1995 tins produced for the CORPS folks and found it to be really good, especially since my tins were more than a decade old. When McClelland's came out with the revival, I was all over it. Really well done and as good as I remember the original being. Lots of depth of flavor and the Orientals, unlike some other Balkan or English style blends, were not drowned out by the Latakia.


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SakamotoFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SakamotoFan (12)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I've been happy with almost every blend I've tried from McClelland. If you've tried Frog Morton: On The Town, imagine that tobacco without the extra sweetness. That's exactly what this is.

Although I only ordered about 2 ounces to try it out and enjoyed it, I will not be buying more only because I prefer Frog Morton because its very similar but slightly better.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (899)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Another excellent blend in the Club series, FBR is smooth and rich with a slightly sweet, smoky taste. This just gets better as the bowl progresses. Best dried a bit, this is a pleasant all day smoke and I highly recommend it.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (899)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is the second Balkan I have tried being more used to straight Vas, VA/Burley blends and some Englishes. This smelled of latakia in the pouch and a touch of that McC vinegar. This blend lit well, produced a good volume of smoke and burned well throughout the smoke. This blend seemed to be more dominantly of latakia and the VAs were less noticeable as were the Orientals. This reminded me of a English with moderate strength but very smooth. I love the aroma of latakia but the taste becomes cloying to me. This was a nice change of pace smoke for me but I think I will go towards something with less latakia in the future. This blend was gifted to me by a kind friend in my online tobacco group...thanks for the experience my friend!

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