Bentley Old London is the first Latakia mixture of Bentley. Traditionally made from selected Virginia grade, fine oriental tobaccos, and a touch of spicy Kentucky. This mixture is enhanced with a generous amount of Latakia.
|Blended By||Dan Tobacco|
|Contents||Oriental/Turkish, Kentucky, Virginia, Latakia|
|Packaging||50g Tin, 100g Tin|
|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|the_german (196)||Medium||None Detected||Full||Strong|
From a company like Bentley, a strong English is a bit of a surprise to me. I like good surprises, so I tried it.
The tin aroma is similar to that of Timm London Blend 1000 or DTM Holly's Discovery: strong Latakia-based blends, but in this case with some KY to add Oomph and a touch more Orientals. The tobacco in the tin is long ribbons, with shorter bits of Latakia in there; stuffing is easy, as is lighting.
In my usual Lat-Bomb pipes, this blend comes over fully savoury-sweet in taste; the room note is the usual Latakia disaster (I love it, all other English-blend smokers love it, rest of the world convenes a firing squad), so you have been warned. The Orientals make it a bit less offensive.
This blend burns down to a voluminous, mottled ash that has no condensation in it; there is enough strength to keep me interested, but unfortunately, at EUR 12.50, this is on the upper end of the price scale where I live. There are similar blends available that are much more affordable. But if you can get it for a fair price, by all means try it; this is an excellent English/Balkan blend!
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