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The Zulu – a smoky and earthy Latakia blend. Syrian Latakia is blended with a bit of dark-fired Kentucky, sweet Malawi Burley, Louisiana Perique and spicy Oriental Djebel. The result is a strong and spicy blend with smoky and peaty but slightly sweet and fruity tones. The Zulu – a complex blend for the experienced bon vivant.

BrandHU Tobacco
Blended ByHans Wiedemann
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique
Packaging100gr tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected
Room Note
Tolerable to Strong
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1398)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Zulu is consistently smokey, woodsy, and earthy, with the latakia being the major player, though this is not a one dimensional lat-bomb. Smooth and creamy with tasty spice from the perique, dark fired Kentucky, and Oriental Djebel, there's also room for a slight nutty, brown sugar sweetness from the burley. I also get a slight plum note which must be coming from the perique. It's so well proportioned that I don't miss the absence of Virginia, which is usually a staple ingredient in English bends. Burns perfectly with almost no relights, and virtually no moisture at the finish. Not a harsh note to be found either. I recommend a wide bowl for the total experience of what this has to offer.

7 people found this review helpful.

Cypressandstar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cypressandstar (14)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

I've had the opportunity to taste this mixture after months that I had received,ando so I smoked it on the dry side. Zulu does not look like anything that I've tried:it's reminiscent of the good old days mixes and strike me in a very positive way. I felt something more than old in this mix:she is ancient, archetypal,recalling hints of old precious woods and tribal life. I have not been able to distinguish all the ingredients declared,and this could be due to the fact that the mixture has had time to mingle as well as being, as usual, well-measured by its creator. I would add that in addition to being for me so interesting and hypnotic, this tobacco is strong, but incredibly smooth. I've smoked it in an old Dunhill group 4. A special tobacco to be reserved for after dinner.

4 people found this review helpful.

Weisenheimer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Weisenheimer (19)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Today's offerings of latakia-blends seem almost endless, therefore it is pleasing to find something outside the "mainstream".

Zulu is a Latakia dominated blend, however always pleasant and full in taste, with creamy and earthy taste notes. Possibly this is, besides the balancing Burley and Orient, attributed to the Kentucky and Perique, which add to the spicyness of this marvelous blend. Further down the bowl, Zulu shows its full play of tastes and its particular strength, however never overwhelming. A true treat for the Latakia lover, seeking for something outside the mainstream.

Especially recommended along with a good dark stout beer... heavenly...

3 people found this review helpful.

smoking-rob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking-rob (75)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The proprietor of HU-Tobacco, Hans Wiedemann, has recently introduced a new line of tobacco's blended in co-operation with the Italian pipe maker Foundation by Musico. Being the big fan I am of his blends, I ordered them all and this is my review of "the Zulu". From the description, you'll notice that there are no virginia's in this blend and his website states that the Latakia percentage is 58%. Yet this does not taste like a Latakia bomb as it is well-balanced by the Burley's and Djebel. Louisiana Perique gives this blend more body and spices up the Syrian variety of Latakia which he uses. Together, it gives a creamy rich smoke which is salty, peaty, slightly sweet and spicy. Burning well in a medium sized pipe, this is another creatively conceived blend that has no peers at the moment. I love it!

3 people found this review helpful.

Antihero Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Antihero (7)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

A marvellous and unique blend! The overall taste is not unlike another HU tobacco, namely Fayyum (which I also love), also from the Foundation by musico line. But this one adds deeeeeelicious Burley and of course Perique (and leaves out the cavendish), the two of which give him a very deep taste and also a good amount of strength. JimInks and Cypressandstar have in fact pretty much said everything I would say, so I will keep it short and will only add the notion that to me its strength is the same as Dunhill's Nightcap's. Whether this ist strong, extra strong or, like for me, medium to strong, is for you to decide. I find comparisons between different tobaccos more helpful than to rate it based on a scale, because it's a very personal thing.

Pipe Used: Various medium sized bowls

Age When Smoked: New

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Similar Blends: Dunhill Nightcap (strength and perique-ness^^).

1 person found this review helpful.

BaconAndEggs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BaconAndEggs (4)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant

This is a seriously good pipe tobacco. Perhaps one of the finest and most memorable I've ever tried in 20+ years of pipe smoking. The tin yields deep, rich aromas of woodsmoke (Latakia) and rich dark spice. But on smoking it's evident that this is far, far, more than just a Latakia dominated blend. The Latakia is Syrian (dryer, more savoury, and in my view classier), rather than the sweeter more pungant Cypriot version. The smoke itself is a challenge to describe principally because it is so multi-faceted and complex.

Imagine the best quality, highest Cocoa content, luxury, extravagently expensive chocolate you've ever tried. Imagine sucking it to let it melt in your mouth, feel it coat the tongue in smooth mouth filling flavour. Then take away the chocolate taste, and replace it with (in ever changing order); toasted hazlenuts, the smell of the best quality antique leather of the quality that can't be purchased nowadays, dark, dry, spice, a hint of candied orange/cranberry, mouth drying tannins from a quality Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and the long lingering aftertaste from the same wine. Do that and you'll be close to Zulu.

It's not one to puff on while rushing about. Smoke it slow. Sitting down with nothing to do. Infront of something magnificient; a spring day (like today), a roaring fireplace, or a mountain or sea view, and you will be experiencing one of life's greatest pleasures.

It's another winner from HU-Tobacco. I haven't tried them all yet (but I probably will) but I haven't had one from Hans that is not at the very peak of the blenders art. Moisture is always perfect. No dottle. No artificial anything. Just the best tobacco done to perfection.

Pipe Used: Chopitz Major

Age When Smoked: New

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1 person found this review helpful.