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A generous portion of fine, fragrant Syrian Latakia is combined with exotic Turkish leaf, Orange and rich Red stoved Virginias, and a touch of air-cured Kentucky White Burley. A hint of Cyprian Latakia completes this marvelous blend. Its symphony of flavors are reminiscent of the classic mixtures from the Golden Age of pipe tobaccos.

Notes: no longer produced

BrandFriedman & Pease
Blended ByFriedman & Pease
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging4oz Tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
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oldmanpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldmanpipe (62)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

"Kismet" was a Broadway show in the 1950s, a time nearly as unsettled in the Mideast as it is now. The difference is that America then had memories of mystery and hopes of romance. Not so now.

Kismet comes from the era of dreams and myth, treasured diversions from the realities of horror and bloodshed. Kismet is Alfred Drake's rich baritone, not Donald Rumsfeld's Socratic monologues.

Religion and politics are not good to discuss anywhere, but with a bowlful of Kismet one is transported by magic carpet to a world of "1,000 Arabian Nights." It is not full, not something to smoke in a hookah or a Calabash...but in a well-loved briar, with miles of otherwise boring Interstate ahead and just the right music low in the background.

The Latakia in Kismet is primarily Syrian, with its stronger presence and winey character. The Orientals are inscrutible as the sands and spicey as herbs brought from a thousand miles away. The Virginias are treasures from a new and glistening world.

Don't expect to be bowled-over by Kismet, for such is not its intent. Expect to be beguiled and enchanted...ah, there is the reward!

Four out of four stars.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1274)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

This long gone F&P tobacco blend appears to be nothing more than a hodge podge of tobaccy types if you read the description. Unfortunately, it also presents itself as a "Hoover" blend.

I am actually quite a fan of Latakia/Burley based tobacco offerings such as Country Doctor and Barking Dog. This F&P blend is not in the same league.

Positives - it stayed lit well and didn't nip at all.

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Paul Tatum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul Tatum (86)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

My notes on this one reflect disappointment . I recall wanting a heavy Syrian mixture , but the blend was way too refined for my tastebuds and ended up delivering an uneventful smoke . It was a good tobacco , but nothing to excite me .

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