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Old Belt Virginia and Carolina Piedmont are enhanced by Latakia and fire cured Kentucky. Medium strength English style with bracing woodsy aroma.

BrandIlsted
Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp and Co.
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsKentucky, Virginia, Latakia
FlavoringNone
CutBroken Flake
Packaging100g tin
CountryDE
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
2.8
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Barling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Barling (19)
★★★☆
Very Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I picked up a couple of tins of this at a local tobacconist because it was dated September 2000, and was under 10 bucks a tin. If there ever was any Latakia in this, it has long ago taken a back seat to the cased tobaccos in this mixture, which presented scents of honey and vanilla. At first I decided I did not like it, but as I continued to smoke this mixture, it grew on me. The Virginias definitely come through, and the casing is mild enough to complement the blend nicely. I like this as a late morning smoke, and it is very mild, leaving behind a pleasant room note. Do not buy this if you are expecting an English blend, as it is sure to disappoint if you do.

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p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (52)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I concord with TheGerman and Doc'spipe. This is a good light modern english blend, with an elegant sweetness and easy to handle. I appreciate it.

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (195)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was looking for another flavored Latakia blend similar to Sillem's Black as a rotation partner. Ilsted blends are blended by the same blender as Sillem's Black - Kohlase & Kopp of Germany. Their website says it is flavored with honey and orange. This I could not honestly detect in the tin aroma. Perhaps a faint sweetness that remained so while smoking. Nor would I have guessed honey or orange if it hadn't been listed. It smelled mostly of Latakia and the addition of the Kentucky made for a pleasant, spicy smoke. It did smoke a bit hot, as does Sillem's Black, but I experienced no real bite. The tin sample was a bit sticky, but packed and retained its light without much problem. After a bit of drying, it retained its light fairly well. There was some moisture while smoking, and I was left with a mix of medium gray ash and a little dottle. It was a pleasurable smoke, and sweet tasting (not natural tobacco sweetness, but a cased sweetness) without being overbearing. A solid team player for that three or four time a week smoke. Although I prefer Sillem's Black, No. 88 can serve nicely as a change of pace for a mildly aromatic Latakia unless I find something better.

If you are looking for a mild Latakia, this would do. This may prove beneficial as a good introduction for the aromatic smoker who wants to branch out as I feel there is enough sweetness, albeit nondescript, to prove enjoyable. Hard-core Latakia smokers, I am sure, would find this too mild for their likes.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (205)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A rather light English blend, with the Latakia being noticeable enough, but not too dominating.

Easy to stuff, burning slowly and gently, this used to be my everyday tobacco for almost a decade, and I still like to revisit it every now and then; the VA and KY are foremost. Gently sweet and spicy, easy to handle.

This is a tobacco I would recommend to a beginner, and to aromatics smokers who would like to try an English tobacco without having to buy a whole tin of something that may be too radical for their tastes. For the English tobacco afficionado, I guess it could be a nice and mild take-a-break tobacco, though they're likely to find it lacking punch.

Recommended because it's a blend suitable for just about everybody. Enjoy!

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