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Full-bodied and Latakia-laden, Balkan Supreme combines the aforementioned with fine Orientals and Virginias with black Cavendish and Turkish Samsun to produce an award-winning smoke

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Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Windy City Cigars
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Medium to Full
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cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (52)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A sweet Balkan with lots of flavor! Bag note = Balkan + Dark Chocolate. Moisture level = ready to smoke. Charring light and initial flavor is a basic Balkan. As the bowl warms, the sweetness and flavor build. Flavor is fantastic to the bottom of the bowl. This is almost a shag cut and there was no junk; 100% good tobacco! 2 ounces will fill a pint jar. Very nice pipe manners... cool, no bite, and clean. Smokes to an almost nonexistent ash. N level is medium-. I think most folks will adore this stuff, as long as they're expecting the sweet flavor of the blend. I'm glad I tried Arango Super Balkan and will surely keep a regular supply. Put it on the shelf between Balkan Sasieni and C&D Super Balkan. Happy smoking. Hope this review is helpful.

Pipe Used: Stanwell 9mm Featherweight

Age When Smoked: Fresh Bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes

10 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (294)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Who are these , "Arango Guys ?" , I only see ONE blend listed on this site, but it's a good one. It seems in 2009, "Arango Cigar", bought the rights to "Buteras" line which includes: Butera’s Royal Vintage produced by McClelland , Esoterica and Specialty families of tobaccos, which include the Kingfisher blend produced by JF Germain and Peter Stokkebye, Ltd., of Denmark makes the Pelican . Maybe, we in America, should be blaming Arango for the poor supply of these very convoluted manufacturing and distribution practices of these fine blends ?

This blend, "Balkan Supreme" , was chosen as the "Best English Blend 2014 at the Chicago Pipe Show" . It's a creamy well balanced Balkan blend, that needs 3 months in a mason jar to bring out its best. . The blend has a nice balance with the Latakia, is smooth and has an easy to work with " Dunhill like" ribbon cut. The Virginias are behind the Orientals , not a real sweet smoke but not bitter or sour either, the Cavendish is hard to find. Mild to medium "N". A great all day smoker or as an" in between" heavier offerings, ( I really like this feature). I've tried this as a morning smoke but it didn't have the kick I needed for my first smoke of the day ( slightly less than my usual EMP) .. Nice sweet oak fragrance when French Inhaled in little wisps brings out the touch of Samsun Oriental.

I've ordered more, so it gets 4 stars.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: Bulk-

Similar Blends: Maybe Dunhill Aperitif with less Latakia?.

7 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1641)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The richly deep smokey, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is the star component, although the others have their say in what is essentially a lat-bomb. The Orientals and Samsun Turkish add a fair amount of smoke, wood, sweet spice with a minor floral essence, all of which are very noticeable in every puff as a strong second lead. The black cavendish is unsweetened and offers a smooth creaminess, and I believe it’s responsible for a very light sugar note. The Virginias are somewhat crowded out, but I sense a little grass and earth, and sweet fruit and citrus from it in the background. The nic-hit is mild to medium. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a mostly consistent and very creamy smooth flavor. Has no dull or harsh spots, and won’t bite. Burns to ash with little trouble, and leaves hardly any moisture in the bowl. Has a rich, sweet latakia and spice after taste, though the room note won’t get you any dates. Not an all day smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (91)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a superb Balkan blend! Lat. is there and it is earthy, smokey, a little leather. It competes with the Orientals as which is dominate. Sometimes it is at others they are. The Orientals are musky, perhaps a little floral too with a note of spice. The VA's are a sweet base. There is a creaminess about the smoke as well. But what is important here is what I don't taste. Often a black Cavendish gives a prominent brown sugar note. But I don't get that here. I have to say this is by far and away the best Balkan blend that includes Cav. that I have tried and that includes Black House too. A very good blend that seems overlooked and reminds me new of Peter Stokkebye's Balkan Supreme when it was new.

3 people found this review helpful.

mooncycles Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mooncycles (2)
Very Mild Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Quite a unique Balkan blend. The interplay here between Black Cavendish, Latakia, Orientals, and Virginia is endlessly fascinating and tasty! No bite for me at any smoking speed. This is currently in a rotation including McClelland No.1 Grade Balkan, GL Pease Odyssey, Peter Stokkebye English Oriental Supreme, and Cornell & Diehl Super Balkan. This is hands down my preferred smoke! Hazy memories of Balkan Sobranie from the Seventies aside (I have only come back to pipe smoking in the last 6 months), this is the best Balkan I've experienced thus far! It's available in bulk! I've read a lot of reviews here of cheaper Balkans which lack depth and/or complexity. I suspect that this one will satisfy many! :-)

Pipe Used: Falcon Coolway 24

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (183)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been up and down the block with a variety of bulk English blends and this is so far the best that I have smoked. I found Arango's Balkan Supreme to be every bit as delightful as any of my favorite Englishes, proof positive that it's possible to blend a top-notch mixture, that's readily available and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

The cut is similar to a lot of the currently available classic English mixtures (e. g. Sam Gawith, Dunhill, Planta's Presbyterian); thin cut ribbons designed to create a harmonious flavor that's full of subtle nuances rather than the dramatic shifts in flavor that one can get from a chunkier, less even cut. The smoke is herbal, lightly sweet and fragrant with a very pleasant aftertaste and aroma. Each puff finishes with a delicate wintergreen like sensation along with a lingering hint of wood smoke and spice.

This Balkan Supreme is on the higher end of medium flavor strength spectrum, nicotine is mild to medium. This is a superb cool smoking and even burning mixture with delicious end-bowl flavors. Frankly, I can’t think of anything more that I would want from an English style tobacco blend.

2 people found this review helpful.

pinko Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pinko (52)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

So this blend IS Peter Stokkebye's Balkan Supreme. It's also the winner of the 2014 Chicago Bowl, Best English Blend.

Not much more needs to be said, the difference between 3.3 and 3.9 stars is probably a combination of the number of reviews and the fact that Stokkebye is seen as a budget manufacturer.

If anyone wants some evidence:


Age When Smoked: various

Purchased From: 4noggins, P&C

1 person found this review helpful.

point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I will say this is a typical Balkan with sweet, sour and creaming taste, but not complicated and a little rough on the edge. Two and half stars if take the price into consideration. The bulk price is a charm.

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1051)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Arango - Balkan Supreme.

The pouch contains quite a simple ribbon cut blend, with very few twiggy bits and no cubes or broken flakes; it doesn't qualify as a mixture in my mind. The smell is that of a Lat strong Balkan, enough said. The moisture's perfect, and it lights easily.

The flavour? To me, the Latakia's the leading taste, without a doubt. But this doesn't mean the others are redundant: the Orientals give good back-up, whilst the Black Cavendish sweetens the smoke. The Virginia can be noticed, but in comparison to the others it seems boring.

The nicotine's a little milder than a lot of Balkans, not fully mild, but mild to medium nevertheless. The room note's pleasant enough, but nothing special.

The summary of this, to me, is a Lat' rich Balkan with a slightly soft edge.

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula #999

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

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Leaf Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Leaf Packer (20)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

When received I smoked 3 bowls, with different shapes and maker. The blend was so -so in ajar it when for 8 months. What a difference I could hardly believe it was the same tobacco. Smooth as silk & very relaxing after a stressful day. Latakia is front runner YOU HAVE TO LIKE LATAKIA, just this side of a lat. bomb. It is creamy and rich tasting and the Orientals are just superb. This is easy a all day smoke for Lat. lovers. ordering more this week. Enjoy

Pipe Used: Sasieni, Peterson, Stanwell

Age When Smoked: fresh and 8 months

Purchased From: pipe and cigars

Similar Blends: Sasieni, Sobraine, Crown Achievement.

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ASmithee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ASmithee (17)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant

For those lost in the quandary over what constitutes a "balkan" blend versus and "english" blend, try Balkan Supreme and your confusion will dissipate with the smoke. This blend is genuinely distinct. It's not "like" anything else. Ok, I amend that statement: this blend is like other oriental leading blends which, when mixed with latakia in certain proportions, produce a smoke distinguishable from an English blend. However, Balkan Supreme is at the top of list among other Balkan blends in terms of flavor and smoking experience. The oriental tobaccos and the latakia provide a rich harmony that leaves a pleasant room aroma and rewarding smoking experience. The tobacco comes very dry -- do not hydrate.

Try smoking this and then try a bowl of Nightcap. There's no comparison. Both are great and at the top of their game, but both are clearly distinct from each other. Just as now I can state with confidence that I believe there is such a thing as a "balkan" blend and and "english" blend.

Purchased From: Cup O'Joes

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