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In particular, the lover of English latakia blends is familiar with the problem of bringing the good taste of tobacco with a pleasant room note into line. With "English style", we managed to crown the good, balanced flavor with a pleasant smoke. (Translated from http://deintabak.de/)

BrandMotzek
Blended ByHerbert Motzek
Manufactured ByHerbert Motzek
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutMixture
Packaging100/200g Pouch
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Tolerable
3.5
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guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (85)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was given a sample of this blend by a forum friend who lives in Germany. He included it with some Strang. This is an earthy light English blend. The pouch note is a mixture of smoky Latakia mixed with an almost molasses aroma. The Virginias are darker - reds and browns - and I have yet to find a blend quite like it. You will need to dry it out some, because as with most Motzek blends, this stuff is fresh and needs some air time. After drying it, you'll find that it is a coarser ribbon cut that packs pretty well into most pipes. So far I've only had it in a Peterson 999 and a LHS Purex (which has a much smaller bowl than the Peterson). Both were enjoyable smokes to say the least. The smoke is thick but not oily, and the sweetness of the Virginias shines out among the smoky Latakia. I'm pretty sure I got a hint of Perique in there as well, but it could have been my palate playing tricks on me. The sweet tanginess of the darker Virginias give you flavors of hay, sweet molasses, and leather. The burley provides a nice nuttiness along with flavors of coffee and sweet toasted grains. The Latakia is smooth and not over-the-top. It burns down to a fine grey/white ash with very little dottle. I really wish I could make this an all-day smoke, but it is very expensive to get here in the U.S. If you're looking for a high-quality light English with a dark VA kick, then it is well worth the price.

Pipe Used: Peterson 999, LHX Purex

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Gifted, but purchased from Motzek

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2028)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

The dark fruity, earthy, lightly woody red and brown Virginias take a mild lead over the smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia. The Virginias also sport a very light floral, fermented note. The nutty, earthy, molasses sweet and lightly bready burley plays an important condimental role. The spicy, raisiny, plumy perique is present in every puff as it underscores the experience. The nic-hit is a tad closer to medium than it is to mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. The tobacco has a little dampness. Burns cool and clean at slightly less than a moderate pace with a mostly consistent, rich, slightly creamy flavor from start to finish. Leaves just a little moisture in the bowl, and needs some relights. Has pleasant, lingering after taste, and stronger campfire room note. Not quite an all day smoke, but it’s certainly repeatable. Three and a half stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (461)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I really enjoyed this blend, but found the name of English Art to be a little misleading. To my tastes and without looking at the contents or such, this tasted like a VaBurPer. I guess I sensed a smokiness, but found it more akin to the smokiness of Dark Fired Kentucky to that of Cyprian Latakia.

I guess you can say that the presence of latakia is very light, so much so that I questioned its existence altogether both in the tin (bag really) note or in the combustion of its contents. I think the star to my tastes was the burley and the Virginia. So much so that I would and did classify and group this blends with my VaBurs among my open containers. There is a nutty and earthy sweetness that runs deep in this one and there is a touch of spice from perique, but it is lightly applied.

I found it to be a very tasty blend somewhere between three and four stars. I am leaving it at three as it isn't Strang and it isn't (IMHO) a true English blend. I do however, understand that under the various definitions of English in our hobby, almost anything can be called English. I think the majority of us consider it a blend that primarily consists of Virginia, Latakia and Oriental.

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Jan Westphal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jan Westphal (4)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I was given a rather large sample of Type 5, enough to smoke three bowls and a mini corn cob of this mixture. I totally agree with the reviewer who posted his statement before. The blend is very well selected to give a satisfying and balanced smoke, a nice virginia sweetness goes along with tasty, nutty bread flavours from the Burley. Topped with the perfect amount of Lat. Will order some for sure!

Pipe Used: briars and mm

Age When Smoked: dunno, sample was rather on the dry side

Purchased From: gifted

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