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Cerberus was introduced as the International Pipe Smoking Day blend for 2012. The name comes from the three-headed hellhound, and the name was chosen because this robust blend contains all of the most popular condimental tobaccos - latakia, perique, and dark-fired Kentucky - along with Virginias and Turkish leaf.

Notes: As the first addition to the H&H Marquee series in 2012, we are thrilled to offer a real latakia lover's blend which we created in honor of International Pipe Smoking Day 2012. The initial response was so strong, that we worked hard to obtain the components to make more. Cerberus is the most latakia forward of all the Hearth & Home Marquee Series blends.

BrandHearth & Home
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsKentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2076)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The Virginia is a little grassy,earthy and citrus sweet, but is a minor player. The perique is also a supporting actor with some raisin, fig and spice. There's a lot of smokey, woodsy sweet Cyprian latakia here, but it doesn't over take the other tobaccos. The lightly nutty, dry, woody, spicey dark fired Kentucky lightly underscores the blend. The Oriental/Turkish is also smokey,woodsy, mildly buttery sweet with a hint of spice, and nearly commands the experience. Has a mild to medium nic-hit. Won't bite. Burns a little slow, fairly smooth, cool, and creamy with no harsh or dull notes, but leaves a slight bit of moisture at the finish. Needs a few relights. Not quite as much sweetness here as it seems, but it does offer a pleasing toasty, campfire feeling when you smoke it.

11 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I received some generous samples from Russ Ouellette at the Newark Pipe Show recently and Cerebus was one of them. Cerebus is the latest entry into Hearth & Home's top quality Marquee Series, joining the two other English blends, Magnum Opus and Black House. The pouch scent is leathery and smoky with no hint of sweetness. The chopped ribbons are mainly dark brown and black with a smattering of Virginias. From the appearance, my first thought was that this would be a Latakia heavy blend and it is, but from the first match, it becomes clear that the Oriental flavors are going to run the show. The Latakia just plays a solid supporting role even though there is more Latakia in the blend. I didn't get very much sweetness from the Virginia tobacco. Cerebus is a creamy, cool English blend. The strength doesn't build very much as the bowl progresses. It's isn't as strong or complex IMHO as Black House, even with the addition of the dark fired. The taste is on the full side. Cerebus is another example of Mr. Ouellette's blending skill as the Marquee Series really showcases H&H's top shelf tobaccos. Highly Recommended!

10 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (470)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

I himmed and hawed for two days about ordering a few tins of the IPSD 2012 offering and it proved too long a delay as they sold out quick. So I jumped on ordering a couple tins of Cerberus upon its release. Just finished the first one and cracked the second one after a 7 month rest.

I enjoyed the blend and do recommend, but was surprised to see this one carrying a four star rating. It is high in Latakia, but that shouldn't be a surprise as it is clearly stated as such on the description. It is pretty smooth however with the proper cadence. The quality of the product is great as one would expect from this blender. It lights and smokes great, cool and a bowl last s along time.

To me it has an incense like quality that I found very unique and I do recommend it as such, but It doesn't quite hit the four star for me. Perhaps my mind will change as I near the end of this tin. I have found it growing on me with each bowl smoked as I think I would be at a touch over two stars on my first bowl. But with anything unique, the first bowl is kind of a WTH is this type of moment. YMMV of course. Only way to find out is to try and do recommend so doing.

6 people found this review helpful.

bteddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bteddy (23)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Picked up this on a whim when as an adjunct to English-American blends. While not quite in that category, this little gem works great for my taste. Described as a Latakia lover's blend on the label, it is not, so don't be scared off by the description. This great tasting blend favors more of the Oriental, Virginia taste with a good, but not overpowering, hint of Cyprian Latakia, just enough to satisfy. A slightly sweet undertone finishes the mix. This just may be my go-to blend. Fans of Maltese Falcon will enjoy this change of pace. Smoked this in my favorite Armentrout pipe, I want more! Highly recommended

6 people found this review helpful.

dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (99)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Bought a tin of the 3 headed dog to round out all of the H&H Marquee Series. Darn glad I did. As wirh the large majority of Russ O's blends this one is a winner. DFT Dang Fine Tobacco! The Lat is the key player but it s not overly strong, The Ky adds good balance and the virginia adds a note of hay like sweetness. This tobacco in a few brief words is an almost perfect balance of these tobaccos. You can really hammer on this one and not get a bite. If you like Lat blends you need to give this one a try.

Pipe Used: various briard

Age When Smoked: new tin

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

4 people found this review helpful.

Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (69)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

A few light pieces of ribbon, otherwise very dark in the tin.

Smell is campfire, burnt cedar, leather. Lots of smoke and leather.

Thick plumes of naturally full-flavored smoke. Took a match well and didn't need many relights. Solid dose of nicotine.

Strong/complex flavor and aroma with a rough edge; borders on a cigarette or cigar-like taste and aroma. Suspect the Kentucky, but who knows? Could be the Orientals and/or Perique too.

A bit too heavy for me; I prefer Russ' slightly mellower Magnum Opus and a good bit mellower White Knight to this one by far. Quality product though, and definitely something lovers of Kentucky and especially stout English blends should try.

(Steel Cowboy opined that this is not as strong as Black House. I haven't done a side-by-side comparison, but based on memory, I found Black House a bit mellower; probably due to the lower KY component? But he'll get no argument from me that this is yet another fine example of Russ's blending skills.)

Similar Blends: MacBaren HH Syrian.

4 people found this review helpful.

Skibbereen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skibbereen (19)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a bit stronger than Magnum Opus to start. It is a little stronger on the throat...but a little milder on the nostrils. is a little more stepped up in flavor and taste. I say it would be a tremendous choice after a perfect steak dinner followed by a nice Irish or Scottish single malt. It starts to mellow a bit about 1/3 down the bowl. Another excellent blend by Russ O. It relaxes quite a bit on the throat as it progresses past the first third of the bowl. But the tremendous flavor hangs in there threw out the whole bowl. If you are in for a bit stronger version of Magnum this...pack it up...and revel in it.

Pipe Used: Peterson Aran 80S

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the Postman

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Hearth & Home - Magnum OPUS (Marquee Series), Sobranie of London - The Balkan Sobranie.

3 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (113)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I agree with reviewer Lit a Kia 2014-12-14 that this mixture is somewhat like Mac Baren's HH Vintage Syrian, but narrower in range. HHVS certainly has more perique than Cerberus, but the other difference is in the lighter colored base tobaccos in HHVS that cover a wider range and give it a sweeter roundness. I also agree with reviewer Pipestud 2015-03-04 that most of us will not identify Cerberus as a traditional English blend. Opening the tin you see a mixture that is very narrow in it's color range; almost uniformly a monochrome dark umber brown. The smoking qualities of this blend are also confined to a rather narrow range at the top of the bell-shaped curve. Compared to HHVS it smokes somewhat flatly and never strays very far from that median taste and aroma position already mentioned. I don't find anything overtly wrong with this blend but, on the other hand, I don't find anything that makes it stand out from it's very crowded medium English field. I don't feel that Russ Oulette has erred here but, more, that he designed this mixture to satisfy those English smokers who desire a middle-of-the-road, lower perique, higher latakia, burley-dominated smoke. I prefer HH Vintage Syrian to Cerberus - three stars.

Pipe Used: Charatan Selected 44

Age When Smoked: current

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: Mac Baren HH Vintage Syrian.

3 people found this review helpful.

WhiskeyPete107 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WhiskeyPete107 (1)
Medium to Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

This blend is now my new favorite. As far as I'm concerned it's perfectly blended if you love Latakia prominent blends. It's heavy with just the right amount of Perique and orientals to give it an amazing flavor profile. I'm not quite sure why blackhouse is the favorite of this series when this exists. Fine with me though. Makes it easier to get. Excellent aftertaste as well. There is so much flavor here that to me it's an aromatic for English lovers. Great stuff!

Pipe Used: Many

Purchased From: P&C

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

HOW's Barking Dog with more flavor, better leaf, more strength and more Burley. I think it is a blend that traditional English fans may not go for, but those who enjoy Burley and Latakia will appreciate greatly. The Perique is far off in the background but can be detected. A very cool burning smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

pylet2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pylet2000 (33)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I've smoked enough of this now to feel qualified in my review. One liner: very nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live here. Highly recommended, in small doses.

In more detail, this blend is curious. The Latakia and orientals are the most pronounced to my palate, Latakia being the smokey / leathery note, orientals being creamy and deliciously sour. Off to a great start. It's the things that play backup that are the enigma. I can sense Virginia grassiness / sweetness on one draw, and raisins / figs from the perique on the next. About every 4th draw I can make out the distinct taste of Kentucky (which I love), but it is the subtlest of the flavors.

Mix all this together and you get a complex smoke. I'd call it an experimental Balkan, as the orientals and Latakia drive the experience with some rather unusual contributions from unexpected condiments. But to me Balkan prevails, providing plenty of the soda water flavor, with leather, creaminess, and subtle sweetness to round it off.

In my opinion, the size and depth of the flavor spectrum make this a wonderful occasional bowl when your normal haunts sound too boring or mono-dimensional for your mood. I reach for it about once a week, and thouroughly enjoy it every time. Not a particularly good "fire and forget" kind of bowl; Cerberus gets your attention and won't let go.

I found the tin a little dry but not exceedingly so. I did find it pleasantly unprocessed (little to no humectant), and the somewhat chunky leaf to be of good quality. No sticks / stems to be seen.

2 people found this review helpful.

S8ntsfan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
S8ntsfan (11)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

After a mistake with an order from P& back in 2012, my order was corrected and they generously included a sample of Cerberus. Although I was grateful, I suspected it was something they couldn't get rid of and through this tin in. How wrong was i, and I keep at least two tins on hand at all times. Great tobacco.

Pipe Used: Neerup, Missouri Meerschaum, Peterson

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2 people found this review helpful.

ab8137 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ab8137 (1)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This was my first heavy latakia blend and I liked it. Opening the tin offers a pleasant aroma quite smooth and inviting. I was expecting something more acrid and harsh so my first impression was very positive. A bit moist so I aired it out for 5 hours or so. Lit very easily and was easy to keep smoking. The first half of the bowl smoked cool and mild with a great campfire aroma. It built a lot of power as I progressed through the 2nd half. Not harsh but lots of flavor and strength. I have a feeling this will get even better after cellaring for a few months. Can't wait!

2 people found this review helpful.

serif365 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
serif365 (21)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Cerberus smokes smooth and creamy throughout the bowl. The Latakia is noticeable and the Perique hovers in the background. I love this tobacco. The flavor is sweet with a hint of spiciness in the back of the throat. I've ordered a second tin for the "cellar" and highly recommend this blend.

2 people found this review helpful.

Sir Tampsalot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir Tampsalot (7)
Mild to Medium Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Got a sample of this from P&C with my last order. Very full & very tasty. Holds it's smoky,toasty flavor all the way down. Reminiscent of Frog Morton OTT but a tad stronger. A very good blend that I'll include with my next order.

2 people found this review helpful.

bigterr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigterr (21)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This blend has a supberb flavor. Another home run by Russ. The closest others would be Brebbia Balkan and Bill Baileys Balkhan Blend although the latter is heavier in Latakia. The proportion of Dark fired Kentucky seems to be the ticket that sets this apart from the other heavy with Latakia blends. It smells mostly of Latakia upon opening the tin but once lit the DFK fills out the flavor profile very well. It was just about perfect for smoking right out of the tin with only 10 or so minutes of drying time for a bowl full. Produced a fine white ash with only a tad bit of dampness at the bottom of the bowl so you do not waste much as only very little is too damp to fire up at bowls end. If you have tried Orlik's DFK and liked it you will most likely enjoy this as it has all that goodness along with the added smokiness of the Latakia. I would not suggest this to novice pipers but highly recommend to the more experienced smoker who enjoys a plentiful serving of Latakia. I will be buying more of this some to cellar but it is so good new, although I would not say it is an all day tobacco, it might be hard to keep it in the cellar for any real lengthy stay. So, to summarize: Buy some of this if you like Latakia and/or DFK blends as I believe you will not be disappointed.

Pipe Used: Brigham Canadian, Castello Sea Rock Canadian

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Becks O'l Limey Bastard, Brebbia Balkan, Bill Baileys Balkan Blend, Blackhouse, Orlik's Dark Strong Kentucky MacBaren's HH Vintage Syrian.

1 person found this review helpful.

BriarWoody Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarWoody (33)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This one is a big, Lat-heavy blend, with the spicy and robust Kentucky playing a major supporting role. To me, it's more of an American English and reminiscent of a few Pease offerings.

The Perique adds some body but is eclipsed by both the other dark-leaf varietals. It's dry and savory, but a bit ponderous and not as complex as I was expecting. It's more of a brute force, in-your-face, dark leaf composition. I prefer Blackhouse and Bengal Slices over this from Russ.

1 person found this review helpful.

Gripsholm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gripsholm (21)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I received my tin of Cerberus in the mail with a few other tins. I noticed the Cerberus tin wasn’t concave on the top and bottom like the other tins. So I gave it a slow easy twist, and sure enough the seal was broken. I opened it up and the tobacco was drier than a box of Corn Flakes. I carefully poured it into a mason jar, added a half dozen or so drops of distilled water, sealed it and waited. A few days later I opened it and the moisture was just about where it should be. More fluffy than crunchy.

I immediately taste the smoky Latakia, the sour spiciness of the Orientals, and the musty earthiness of the Perique. The Virginias seem to be of the bright variety, I taste a citrus note which enhances the Orientals. I’m not sure if I taste the Dark-Fired, but I’m sure it’s there complementing and strengthening the Latakia. Russ did an excellent job in creating this delightful blend. Another fine addition to the Marquee series!

I’m not sure how much effect drying it and rehydrating it has on the flavor. Another reviewer, HobgoblinTA96, had the same problem and thought it tasted “brass-like” after rehydration. I suppose the sour spicy Orientals together with the Bright Virginias might be described as brass-like...

The three heads of the Cerberus are the Latakia, Perique, and Dark-Fired Kentucky. The body is the Orientals and Virginia…

Pipe Used: Caked Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (42)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

To be quite honest, it was the name and tin design that peeked my curiosity in this blend. The fact that it was a Balkan Style english was also a perk,as I quite enjoy this style..Alas, to my chagrin it was just another "gimmicky" sales pitch. The condition of the tobacco was atrocious. I like a drier tobacco just as well as the next bloke, however this blend is to the extreme. It being exceedingly "Crunchy" with the bottom of the tin filled with "coal dust". This being said, it have a pleasing taste, albeit quick and hot. Rehydration was no answer either. It compounds the taste with a very strong "brass-like" flavor. In the end, I was forced to dump the remainder of the tin in with my "Smoked Snargeloff" blend. Unless I happened upon a bad tin, which I highly doubt, I could not recommend this blend.

Pipe Used: Peterson's Calabash and German Black Clay

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin (rehydration used)

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Balkan Style English.

1 person found this review helpful.

haiku44 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
haiku44 (4)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is the first latakia blend that I have liked. It smoked very cool and smooth with now bite, even when pushed fairly hard. Smokes down to ashes with no effort at all. Would be a great latakia blend for a newb to pipes and pipe tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (122)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a big lat. blend. Lat. is very forward and to me over takes the other components. That said, it is not quite one dimensional. The orientals do come forward at times and are a little musty, woodsy, with slightly floral notes that do help break up the monotony. The dark fired ky may also add to some of the nuance but falls behind this and never really comes to the front. The perique does add a slight spice but not much else and the VA's, although seen in the tin were never really present in the flavor profile for me. There is just too much lat covering things up. So all things considered this is not a simple lat. bomb that has nothing else to really offer but there is a time where the percentage of a tobacco crosses a line that it takes away from all that the other components have to offer. This did that for me.

On another note, one that I seem to be the only one with an issue with as well but I will say it for my own future reference. This tin in the Marquee Series came with a plastic rather than the standard cardboard paper cover between the paper and the tobacco. It looks like plastic, it had a basic plastic smell underlying it, it did not impart that smell into the tobacco but I know from experience that over extended periods of time plastic does do this so all tins in this series need to be opened and moved to jars IMHO.

Age When Smoked: 15 months

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Mike10 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike10 (16)
Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

I found Cerberus easy to enjoy from the first time I lit it. It is a curious mix of rich taste, particularly with the Latakia, but not too overpowering. I wouldn't consider it an "all day" smoke, but in relation to the rich flavor it is quite mild in effect.

The tin I got was extremely dry, even when freshly-opened. Whether or not this really changes my perception of this tobacco I can't say, but my instinct is that it probably doesn't matter. This is an enjoyable smoke if you like flavors on the rich, smoky side.

Pipe Used: various briars

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rintrah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rintrah (8)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Sample from Chicago Pipe Show 2012. Good leaf. Recommend it.

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