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Specially formulated Balkan Sobranie replica, this is an opulent and intricate blend of Latakia, Red Virginias and Orientals with a touch of air cured leaf, giving a smokey, spicy Latakia flavour.

BrandE. A. Carey (Europe)
Blended ByE. A. Carey (Europe)
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Peter Piper (41)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

The makers describe this themselves, quite unashamedly, as a Balkan Sobranie "replica." Ambitious, you might think. But of course there are very few of us who would be in a position to question this one way or another. So let us take it on its own merits.

Clearly, with that description you know what to expect though. So Latakia and oriental lovers pay attention, haters look away now!

This is a very nice blend of its type. The unmistakeable essence of the Orient is straight there out of the packet. Loose and small cut, so preparation and packing are a cinch.

Light it up and the creamy, smoky Latakia is evident. But there is a well defined tangy counter-balance behind it too. Based on good quality Virginia, I imagine. Overall the blend manages a zesty counterpoint to the smokiness, good stuff. Not too strong, or over-powering - in the context of the leaves concerned, of course - and it burns away slowly and steadily.

A most pleasant discovery, if you like a "Balkan" blend I think you will like this one.

Highly recommended.

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