The first of our Aromatic Latakia Series, a classic North American style of black Cavendish and Virginia aromatic, but with the added richness of Latakia. Initially, the concept seems a little odd; Latakia is something you associate with English/Oriental/Balkan blends, sweet and sticky aromatics are the last place you would expect to find this smoke-cured Cypriot leaf.
Latakia is a very smooth and cool burning tobacco; it has lots of flavour and is low in nicotine. The cool and smooth qualities really enhance the often hot aromatics by slowing down the burn rate and cooling the smoke. The sweetness from the casings and toppings give the Latakia a smoky flavour and a sweet and fragrant backdrop.
|Blended By||Glynn Quelch|
|Manufactured By||Glynn Quelch|
|Contents||Black Cavendish, Latakia, Virginia|
|Flavoring||Cocoa / Chocolate, Vanilla|
Mild to Medium
Favorite Of 1 Users
|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|ScannerDarkly7 (6)||Mild to Medium||Medium||Medium||Pleasant|
An interesting concept of blending an aromatic with latakia. The latakia keeps this a wonderfully cool smoke, and for me is at the front of the tobaccos. Does a strong taste of latakia work well with chocolate vanilla? I think so, it's perfectly balanced. The chocolate is more of a spicy chocolate, namely because of the latakia, and the vanilla is a constant flavour throughout -- it doesn't burn off leaving you with cheap tobacco half way through the bowl like many aros.
The flavourings are uniform from the start of the bowl to finish, and this burns without any bite down to a fine ash. I had recently moved away from aromatics due to "aroma deception", disappointment, hot burning, and bite onto latakia-heavy English blends. This is a great blend to either rekindle an English smokers taste for aromatics again, or as a brilliant insight into gorogeous latakias found in English and oriental blends for dedicated aromatic smokers.
Highly recommended. After one bowl, I'm always tempted to have another.
Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman corn cob
Age When Smoked: New
Purchased From: http://www.gqtobaccos.com/
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