Pfeifen Huber - English Balkan
A strong, very rich English blend with a high percentage of smoky Latakia, sweet Virginia, strong Perique and full-bodied Black Cavendish. Spicy and opulent.
Notes: Huber's Balkan Sobranie clone
|Packaging||100 gram tin|
Tolerable to Strong
|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|funkychorlton (5)||Strong||None Detected||Very Full||Tolerable to Strong|
I just started pipe smoking again after almost 30 years. I was dismayed to discover my favorite tobacco Balkan Sobranie* had disappeared in the interim, so I after a bit of research I tracked down a tin of this German blend. It is not very easy to buy because you can only get it direct from Huber and they have a high minimum order - I think 70 euro, but I scored a single tin on ebay. Divine smell out of the tin, dark rich, opulent leaf, perfectly moist. It smells and tastes pretty much exactly as I remember Balkan Sobrane all those years ago. Burns smoothly enough, very full flavour with a slight soapiness - for want of better word to describe the Latakia taste - as it gets down the bowl which I remember very well. Let's be honest there is a bit of farmyard aroma in the room note. If you smoked the old Sobranie I am sure you know what I mean. So if you are missing the old Balkan blend this is definitely worth a try. It might surprise you how close Huber got. After such a long break I don't regard myself as an expert but for me it is a perfectly satisfying replacement.
*edit: I should add I am referring to Balkan Sobranie 759
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