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A luxurious blend comprising generous portions of Cyprus Latakia, ripe red Virginias and fine Oriental leaf, with a bit of bright added for a hint of subtle sweetness. Pressing and aging in cakes integrates the flavors and partially ferments the tobaccos. The cakes are then sliced and tumbled into ribbons, ready to for you your enjoyment.

Notes: From GL Pease: Lagonda, a rich, luxurious old style mixture, will be the newest entry in the Old London Series, and though it shares some characteristics with its siblings, it's nevertheless all new.

What's the same is the method of production, in which the leaf is layered, pressed and aged in cakes for several days in order for the flavours to integrate, and to sort of 'jump start' the aging and fermentation process. The cakes are then sliced and tumbled. Some people have referred to this cutting style (also used for Chelsea Morning and Meridian) as a 'broken flake,' but it's really not that. It's much more closely related to standard ribbon cutting, but since some of the tobacco strands continue to bind together, the result is somewhat denser than conventional ribbon-cut. It's the way a lot of the old English tobaccos were produced. I revived the method, thinking that it would offer something interesting, and have been thrilled with the result. (It's been difficult not to change the production of all of the ribbon cut blends to this method, but it changes the character of the blend so much, they'd turn into entirely different things. I don't need the hate-mail.)

What's different is the blend's composition. The proportion of Cyprus Latakia is more significant in Lagonda, and there's also more of an oriental component. It's spicy, but not aggressively so, and dry, in the sense of not being sweet. It's got mouth-filling flavours, and a wonderful aroma, both in the tin and in the air when it's smoked. The virginias give the mixture legs to stand on, but aren't the dominant note. Don't let my talk of how big it is scare you. Despite it's largeness, the blend is all about finesse and balance, which was a bit of a challenge with something as full-bodied as Lagonda. It has a lot to offer, but doesn't overpower. It'll age beautifully, but is smoking fantastically right out of the gate.

BrandG. L. Pease
Blended ByGregory Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging2oz Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
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None Detected
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Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable
3.2
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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (298)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I am a longtime fan of GLPease tobaccos, especially the Latakia blends. Caravan, Odyssey, Blackpoint, Westminster, Abingdon... all favourites of mine.

I hadn't tried this Lagonda since its first release, and now I have been able to do so. Well, at first I was slightly unimpressed. The cut is different from Greg's traditional mixtures, it's a more of a broken flake than a ribbon, and this is nice since it means that Greg keeps experimenting with new cuts and processing methods (=pressure) that were typical of the old tobacco brands. In spite of the thicker cut, this blend lights easily and stays lit wonderfully, providind a cool, rich and long smoke. Really, this one of the better burning GLPease blends!

What I find it slightly lacking, is in flavour development. It seems very dependent on the pipe I am smoking it, and while it is quite full in body and richness, it lacks the explosive punch of Caravan, Abingdon, or the richly rewarding and continuously growing Westminster.

Yes, I find that Lagonda has some extra spark missing... Maybe some more orientals? Or a smokier Latakia? On the other hand, at times it truly is wonderful.

What is sure is that this is a different Latakia blend... More of a slow grower than one with a big initial impact. Flavourwise it's not the most powerful, nor the most complex (Westminster is), but it surely is the one which will show most secrets with long and patient explorations. I am glad to have other tins away, to see how it evolves.

So, while not my favourite GLPease Latakia blend, it certainly is a very interesting one with many nuances to discover, and I'll gladly smoke it again.

5 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I don't hand out many four star reviews to Pease blends but Lagonda is a flavor explosion that can't be denied! Upon opening the tin I was greeted with a beautifully course, colorful tobacco with a deep leather and smoky smell. Considering the large quantity of Latakia Lagonda could have been a Latakia bomb, but it's not. It's just as spicy as it is smokey. Lagonda is complex and masterfully balanced with a ton of flavor. The only thing I didn't like with Lagonda is that it can bite a bit if pushed.(although not enough to take away a star) I think that some age will make this even better and may lessen the small amount of bite. According to Greg Pease's web site, most all of his blends have some type of treatment but I can't put my finger on the cased component in this blend. Having experimented with this blend, I appreciate most when sipped in a large bowl. Highly Recommended.

4 people found this review helpful.

quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

I intend to keep this review short and simple.

Delicious!

Now, for those of you who want more detail...

I realize this blend has been out there for a while, but I have finally had the time to have several bowls, and I have throughly enjoyed every puff. Yes, it's a huge blend. Yes, it's full of Latakia. Yes, it's vintage Pease. Yes, it's awesome stuff!

Tin note is what you'd expect, but I get a little fruitiness on the side, reminiscent of cherry, but it's not cased. It must be the fermentation and aging process that kick starts the fruit character. It does not, however, translate into the smoke.

A bit wetter out of the tin than many Pease blends, this one still goes straight into the pipe. I virtually never dry out any tobacco but prefer to simply adjust my packing and smoking techniques accordingly. This can be sipped or throttled, just depends on your mood. Release a little through your nose to get the full effect, and you'll be hooked.

Not as sweet as some, which makes sense, since the Virginia component remains in the background. The Latakia is obviously the star of the show, but it is quite smooth and refined. If it gets too much for you, just slow down and remember why you smoke a pipe. To relaaaaxxxx......

Lagonda will take a place in my rotation with other big Lat blends like Commonwealth and Star of the East Flake. With its earthy, rich, powerful flavor it's one I will most likely save for late evenings. This blend has gained a little bit of criticism as being too similar to Pease's other offerings, but I see it as analogous to finding a favorite winery: similar character among the various products does not detract from an artist's reputation, it defines it. No mistaking a Salvador Dali, right?

Four enthusiastic stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (578)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A nice broken flake that is much more broken than flake. Heady tin aroma of latakia.

This one appears to be a less complex version of Meridian. Or at least of a different type of complexity. This is no one-trick pony and Meridian was sort of unobtrusively complex, but they strike me as similarly flavored. Less of an overt oriental presence here and more of a latakia presence. Lagonda strikes me as GLP's take on a past blend but I can't think of which one. Perhaps the recipe is more common than he usually uses. Whatever - it's something I can't put my finger on. Good tasting blend, but I place it firmly in the middle of what I've tried of the GLP line... preferable to Westminster, Chelsea Morning and Abingdon and not so good as Meridian, Quiet Nights or Charing Cross (or Odyssey). More dark than light tasting, there is a very slight sweetness in this mix. It's not a creamy blend like Odyssey and falls well short of that one's flavor level. This is more of an all-day type of latakia mix. Interestingly, I also noted that this one tasted best when I aimed the bit at the roof of my mouth rather than my tongue.

I don't fall into the hype of "GLP blends need to age before they can be enjoyed" any more than I join the party line for McClellands tasting of catsup or Mac Baren's being inherently bitey. However, this one does seem to need more age. I think there's a classic blend in here somewhere, but it just can't quite get out due to this tin being only 2 months old. To use an analogy, it's like someone draped pieces of cloth over the PA speakers at an opera. The gist is there but the full effect of the presentation is muted. Lagonda is one that I'm going to stock up on (because there is a classic blend in there!) and see how it performs in a year. Hopefully, it'll move me from Row X to about Row D!

2 people found this review helpful.

Crookshanks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Crookshanks (3)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Holy Grail tobaccos. Do they really exist? I don't know, but, if they do, this one is on my short list. If you are a smoker of Latakia blends, you simply must try Lagonda, it is truly a sublime example of the genre, which exceeds in certain areas where others have only dabbled.

The tin note of Lagonda is at once familiar, and unique. This is what some call a Balkan, what some call an English. If this is to be likened to something, or put into a category, it would be that of BS 759, and it is "like" that blend itself, in some ways, but in others, not. It is perhaps a tad lighter in Latakia "trunk", I of course don't know the proportions, but this is my impression. It also exhibits a more embellished strain in the oriental passages, though, no less of a Virginia "backbone". It smells of the classic genre, but is more complete and rounded than usual. We'll get to that...

The "Old London" presentation here is familiar to those acquainted with Meridian, and Chelsea Morning. For me, this processing is a marvel, and I am wholly impressed and even infatuated with it. It is the difference between home-baked bread, and mass-produced and bagged bread in terms of both aroma and flavor. This form packs and lights well. It also isn't too greedy with the flame-which keeps things on the cool side, and this is also most welcome. Its the best of the flake and the ribbon forms in one.

At the match, Latakia lays the scene and that familiar type of comfortable blend starts to settle on the tongue. And this is one of the high points, because though it is like those blends, there's more "it" to it. Again, the home baked bread advantage comes to mind. Its as though the flavors in other blends of the type, which aren't pressed together in their ingredient forms, never quite bloom, or puff-up to this level, or its simply the recipe. Or both. And, this is where the surprises start...

The flavors are not at all homogenized. They are not equals. They are a trio, none of which are background, or cameos. This clearly is a full Latakia mixture, but not to the point of overshadowing the Virginia, which is often the case. These sweet Reds are quite warm and present. They ascend through the Latakia like a leaping dolphin, and are just as playful. Likewise, the orientals are clearly swirling at all times, but they never tilt the blend to dryness, which could easily happen-either in a way that one enjoys, or the way one likely wouldn't. This blend is neither sweet, nor spicy enough to use either word as a one-word descriptor for it. Neither is it heavy enough to be called a "Lat Bomb".

Now, of course, the common words to use here are "complex" and "balanced", but I want to apply neither in my review, though I would never disagree if someone called Lagonda those things. It is. But I think it goes beyond those terms. I say Lagonda is strikingly Harmonious, in the way that a family of singers is harmonious, not complex and balanced like a large professional choir. Lagonda is rustic and lively. It's delicious, and absolutely bursting with flavor, natural Tobacco Flavor.

Which brings us to the topic of the suggestions of casings or toppings. I don't mean to be contentious, but I say: there's no chance that this blend is cased, or topped. I think that perhaps the characters in the blend that I describe above could lead one to suspect an added flavoring, because like I say-this level of harmony in this type of blend (to my experience) has not been achieved before with only natural tobaccos. Also, on GLPease.com the introduction to the entire Old London Series states clearly that there are no flavorings added to the members of that series. Have a look! http://www.glpease.com/Tobacco/OldLondon/index.html

Cheers all. Clearly, I like this blend. I love it. I've spent time with 759 lately, and blends that are said to be like it. And they're all fine. Comparing aged blends to new blends is unfair, in my opinion, but even still, I can't imagine that I would ever prefer 759 over Lagonda. Its not a clone of it, or a replacement for it, its the evolution of it.

2 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (120)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Once again, I could not wait a few months for this to settle. I left work early today, I found out my Uncle just passed. I was feeling down, so I poured a glass of Crown Royal, and opened this new tin of Lagonda. I usually smoke at least 2 ounces of a blend before I write, but this is too good not to share my experience. A bit moist, but 10-15 minutes out of the tin dries it perfect. This is like no other English I have ever smoked. It's perfectly balanced, but missing the sweetness in most GLP blends. As the reviewer below, there is some casing in here, but it is impossible to tell exactly what it is. It delivers a smokey, graham cracker like flavor, that leaves the palate feeling clean and refreshed. The perfect nicotine shot is found here, whether it be the first bowl in the morning with coffee, or the last bowl of the night with your nightcap of choice. Greg, you have done it again. I will have to say, this bumps Blackpoint out of my 1st place spot. Stock up, I am sure age can only make it that much better.

2 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (111)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Having been lucky enough to have a little spare cash, I decided to plump for this, I fancied a latakia and this one seemed to fit the bill.

The tin note is a strange one, a bizarre mix of hay and silage, both made sweet by something that I couldn't put my finger on I never seem to tire of commenting on the colour of the ribbons of Mr Pease's work, it always seems to strike me more than those of any other tobacco. These are largely a rich dark brown colour flecked with lighter tones. Packing and lighting are easy. The taste of the smoke itself is lovely and sweet, there's hints of something farmyardy -possibly something of the cowshed but yet strangely nice - and some occasional wafts of orange.

On the whole, this is a cracking tobacco. It's not wildly exciting but just has pleasant mix of flavours of sweetness, fruit and of the countryside. Worth buying again.

Pipe Used: Straight Falcon with Algiers Bowl

Age When Smoked: 8 months

Purchased From: Gauntley's of Nottingham

1 person found this review helpful.

The Tin Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Tin Man (1)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

So in early June I found myself in Chicago without any of my pipes or tobaccos. Naturally I sought out Iwan Ries under the El on Wabash Avenue. I bought a nice enough pipe and picked, from the description on the label, a tin of Lagonda.

That was three months ago. I am now finishing that tin. It has aged nicely, qnd the overwhelming aspect mentioned by other reviewers has yielded to a contentment unusual in my experience. Perhaps the onset of fall weather in the western NC mountains where I am finishing a bowl is partly accountable for this, but even the first bowl revealed the quality and expert balance in this blend.

I have smoked at least 20 Latakia blends. Until Lagonda, I was sold on Penzance as the most satisfying since the demise of the original Balkan Sobranie that I remembered from the late 70s. The reason Lagonda has risen to the top is, I believe, the way the "ripe red virginias" meld with the other ingredients. The result is a distinctive and unique spiciness unlike that of any other Latakia blend. Latakia often subjugates its fellow tobaccos into minor roles, the way brass instruments sometimes blare too loudly in an ensemble. In Lagonda the orientals, latakia, and red virginias—with the touch of virginia leaf—create the ultimate complexity one longs for.

It is easy to pack, smokes to the bottom of the bowl, and excites the palate.

Still, the only latakia whose ashes I am inclined to want to eat is Penzance.

1 person found this review helpful.

Former 965 Fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Former 965 Fan (7)
★★★★
Medium Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin marked 090711. Taste really opened up after about 8 weeks after starting closed and more than a bit bitey. Ribbon cut was on the fine side for a Greg Pease tobacco but very easy to load and excellent burning characteristics. After about 8 weeks air the taste was incredible - the most vivid I have come across in 35 years of pipe smoking. Impressions invoked were fruit (tangerine and/or some fruit I have never come across) balanced by cedar, leather perhaps pleasant creosote. Slightly winey feel overall but surely this combination requires the now long gone Syrian Latakia? I am afraid my words fail to do the intensity of flavour justice - can I just say that if the late and much lamented Jimi Hendrix had blended a tobacco this would surely be it! The downside is that even after air this is not the easiest of smokes - it remains very slightly bitey for me but this is very likely just my problem with medium strength smokes - a poorly controlled technique even after all these years in other words. Will I order it again? Not perhaps in quantity but I will return to it over time in the hope of finding comfort as well as beauty but certainly finding stimulation when things look a little dull. Overall this is an intriguing mixture that every pipe smoker who values vivid tastes should try at least once.

1 person found this review helpful.

Cochon74 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cochon74 (21)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I wanted to love this blend. I love latakia and Oriental-rich blends as a rule and am particularly impressed with other Pease Blends such as Abingdon and Charing Cross. I even give props to the curious Haddo's Delight. Pease's latest English offering just fell a little short of greatness.

Out of the tin, the presentation and aroma are wonderful. It loads easily and lights easily.

I'm not totally sure I understand the process, but the flavors in Lagonda are fairly well integrated and while I can taste all the leaves, I find them much more harmonious in this blend. The latakia is firmly there, the Orientals are rich and exotic, and the Virginias definitely sweeten things up a bit. Much more finesse than expected.

However, I found this blend to be more than a little bitey and it definitely smoked a little hot in comparison to previous GLP's I've tried.

I might try it again in the future, but will revisit CC and Abingdon as well as other Pease English/Balkan blends first.

All in all, not a horrible tobacco, but definitely not a Pease classic.

UPDATE 4.11.12 Okay, so I've come to terms with Lagonda. Honestly, it's probably (for me) the most temperamental English blend I've ever smoked... and I only realized this when I reeeeeeaally slowed down and smoked it more like a VA. The bite calmed down and the flavors really started to shine. Along with the rich Latakia background and a generous bouquet of Oriental goodness, I got a rich, almost caramel-ly sweetness which I've never experienced in a tobacco before... especially an English-style blend. I think this blend is probably much more unique than I gave it credit for... and now that I've lived with it for a while, I think I'm starting to get "it". It is a BIG blend with intense flavors, but very well- done if approached with respect and patience. Promoted to 3-stars!

1 person found this review helpful.

zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (134)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

How many Latakia mixtures fill Pease's line, and how different can they all be? That was my curiosity when sampling the new Pease offering, Lagonda. Pease has moved from ribbon cuts to press, slice and tumble, and lifting that metal lid from the tin, one is impressed by the presentation. The blend is rich, full of Latakia, but there's a problem--he's already covered too much ground with his existing mixtures. Lagonda feels like a standard yearly release to drive revenue, not the inspired creation of a blending genius.

Let's start with the cut, which doesn't seem to hold up well in practice. It appears that the small leaf Latakia completely falls away from the broader Virginias when one begins to dig into the tin, resulting in a blend which looks like tiny bits and fragments of tobacco...the deeper one digs, the more the cut disintegrates. European blenders likely douse their flakes with some sort of binder that serves to glue the layers of tobacco for a more uniform presentation, and I appreciate Greg's commitment to natural processing. It's not a huge problem, but I prefer he rather not tumble the cakes upon slicing, as in Key Largo, or Quiet Nights, both of which stand as a beautiful sliced blocks of tobacco.

My other complaint stems from what appears to be a lack of ingredients in the kitchen. Greg seems to cook too often with the same few staples, slightly altering the ratios of each to cook our meals. Take for instance the Oriental/Turkish element. The leaf is abundantly present, but it's more of the same Izmir/Smyrna found in all of Greg's blends. With some other blenders beginning to incorporate varietals such as Yenidje, Basma, other others from McClelland and Ouellette, C&D needs to find a more diverse source with alternate varietals and stockpile them for years to come. The Yenidje employed in such Ouellette blends as Sweet and Savory exhibits a natural floral essence that imparts a highly distinct character upon a blend--now imagine that incorporated into a robust, modern Latakia mix; it would blow any standard blend out of the water. One might argue scarcity limits choice, but if Russ and McClelland can secure a sample, why not C&D?

Lastly, the Virginias need more variety as well. Upon reading European blenders list the scores of leaf selected from around the planet, I get the feeling we're getting one of two standard crop selections, generic Red and generic Bright, or some micro blend for each, absent of any additional treatment. You can get a sense of that reading Greg's tin descriptions, which read like lazy translations from tin to tin. Where are the deep, earthy, and nicotine laden mature Virginias that fill out the European market?? I'm thinking about the leaf in Tilbury, Dark Flake, or Nightcap--Virginias that will not require the addition of Perique and Kentucky to bump the strength and consequently impart too much of their own unique flavor into a mix to distort the overall balance. Both McClelland and Ouellette blends share the same fault.

Lagonda is tasty and pretty out of the tin, but it's too much of the same. I want bolder experiments with flavors I cannot simply imagine from the top of my head.

1 person found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a very nice LA blend. The LA is smoky, the OR are spicy and the VAs do add a little sweetness to it. The result is a rich and tasty experience and the nicotine input is satisfactory. There was stil a little tongue bite here and there, but with my next tin being opened when it will have 2 years of age, there will be no more tongue bite.

I have had difficulties in the past with Pease's LA blends, but this one is really good.

Pipe Used: Dunhill; Blatter; Meerschaum (no stamp)

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Gift

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Keac241 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Keac241 (8)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I've been anticipating this blend for a long long time. Today I finally had a chance to give it a go. The tin is only 2 months old, so still young.

I have only had 1 smoke of it and will update as time goes by.

First impression, the smell is great. The tobacco is slightly moist, not by much. It did require a few more relights than usual but I can see that wouldn't be an issue in the long run.

First puff, not impressed to say the least. Weak and bland. I was expecting this to be a lat bomb. What i got was something in between Meridian and Chelsea morning.

After a few more puffs, I can taste the flavors melting together and it slowly becomes something much more complex. The strength does slowly but surely grows. Now i think I'm kinda hooked.

In a month or so I'll be sure to know whether this is a keeper or just an affair and I'll report back. 3 out of 4 stars for now.

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CPT/VSG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CPT/VSG (70)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm a fan of the Old London series, in part because I prefer broken flakes to any other presentation of pipe tobacco. Lagonda took a while (2 oz.) to get a handle on and differentiate from the other two. It is, to my taste, a bit more Latakia forward and the Virginias are more muted. With a touch of drying, Lagonda smokes cool and with minimal relights. The room note is typical of an English--those who don't care for Latakia will find the room note less than tolerable. I like the scent, though. Don't get me wrong, though, while I think the Latakia seems more forward in this blend, it is not a Latakia powerhouse. Lagonda is a fine, balanced English for slow, contemplative puffing. Recommended.

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derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (67)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

This one fits my flavor profile very well. Lots of meandering colors here and ultra smoooooooth. I'll be purchasing several tins next time around and aging them. Anxious to see how they come alive with a few years. He said this one should age well, so....

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

You won't be dissapointed by English mixtures created by the great Mr. (it should be Sir by now) Greg Pease. Lagonda not only did follow that rule, but raised the bar one more time. Its perfect balance and top-notch ingredients make this classic English a delightful and soothing experience. I often find GLPease Latakia mixtures too heavy in the legendary leaf. Samarra and Lagonda are among the ones that never overwhelm me. The latter will be my favorite English/Balkan tobacco for some time.

By all means, give it a try.

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (89)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I really enjoyed this blend, at first I found the latakia a little on the heavy side for my liking, but as I continued to smoke it I started to really enjoy this stuff! This is one of those heavy, leathery latakia smokes, yet it is quite well balanced if you ask me. The preparation techniques they used on this one really meld the flavors together quite well in my opinion. Overall, good smoke, great heavy english!

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carolina kid Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
carolina kid (17)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Overwhelming Pleasant

Lagonda is made of very high quality component tobaccos. The pressing process blends them together very well. The resulting flavor is overwhelming. And that's the problem for me -- the flavor of this tobacco is just too intense. From the orientals to the ripe, sweet Virginias to the copious amount of Latakia, this blend is just over the top.

It sounds crazy to be saying that a blend has too much flavor, but Greg Pease has done it. Here's an analogy if you haven't tried this blend yet: Most of us pipe smokers like rich flavorful foods -- things like BBQ ribs, steak, bacon, cheeses, creamy sauces -- but nobody wants to eat a bacon-wrapped filet mignon with melted blue cheese on top, plus hollandaise, all garnished with a side of BBQ ribs. Well, at least _I_ don't. But that's what Lagonda tastes like to me -- too much of otherwise very good things.

There are much better English/Latakia blends out there than this one, many of them from GL Pease.

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (225)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Revised 9/13/2013- I find GLP blends hard for me to accurately review as he does use many of the same types of Orientals but in varying proportions and some with or without perique. Also I do find that aging does change the blend, although some will say it doesn't. My initial review was not that enthusiastic from a new tin of about 2 years ago. I found the flavors mottled and without merit. However after 2 years of cellaring I had a totally different experience. The blend took on bold changing flavors, as if one was to mix a 1/3 Chelsea Morning , 1/3 Meridian and 1/3 Quite Nights type of blend. The bowl progressed from a fruity to a savory to a smoky Latakia , all with a certain muskiness flavor in the background. The whole experience was wonderful, but somewhat muted . I only hope that it doesn't take 2 years to experience this again.

I do have to agree with much of what reviewer ,"zulujerk 03/04/2012", above, has said.

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Lestrade Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lestrade (16)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I just finished my third tin of Lagonda. While it's certainly not a Lat Bomb to my palate, the Latakia takes center stage and refuses to relent, almost drowning out the VA and Orientals. I say almost, because it has its "moments" albeit fleeting ones where the VA and Oriental raise their head and this blend really turns on and sings, then its back to center stage. Experience has taught me that with some GLP blends, time in the cellar to age is simply necessary. Will revisit in a year or so. Recommended if you do not mind the wait for it to age.

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Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (59)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

It has a "raw", unfinished edge to it, something's missing. I think it should do better after very long aging (years), as I found it a bit harsh and somewhat medicinal tasting. Room note is nothing special.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (75)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

The first thing i taste as soon as it's lit is Latakia. Not rubbery start up Latakia but good smooth Latakia. Next comes the base of orientals and Virginia which are balanced so well that they are as one. It's smokes a little lighter than i expected at first but is not at all weak. The strength increases in a linear fashion along with the oriental/virginia coming to the for over the Latakia as the bowl progresses. Half way down i can taste strong similarities to GLP Caravan (spicy)(i smoke that daily) as no doubt they share some components. I really like GLP products and so far it would seem that this one will fit in nicely with the rest of the stable. I still like greg's jackknife plug the most though.

Smoked in a 1920's Barling's that doesn't lie.

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