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"Autumn 84" - The classic English mixture. Exquisite Oriental tobaccos, bright light-red Virginia, topped off with spicy Latakia. The slow, cool burn guarantees a highly pleasurable smoke.

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BrandMotzek
Blended ByHerbert Motzek
Manufactured ByHerbert Motzek
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging200 g Pouch
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant
4.0
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2040)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

The Virginias are light and darker red, and are earthy with a deep rich, slightly tangy fruitiness that bursts with flavor. The Orientals are a little smoky, floral and woody, but are also sweet and amazingly spicy. The Cyprian latakia is very richly smoky and woody with some sweetness in an important secondary role. A well balanced, complex blend where you taste all of the characteristics of the tobaccos all the time, though I notice the Virginia sweetness, smoky woodiness and certainly the spice the most. The spice pleasantly tingles the tongue from first light to last puff. The flavors are consistent all the way through with a slightly more than mild nic-hit. The strength level is medium while the taste is in between medium and full. Burns cool and clean with some creaminess at a moderate pace, requiring very few relights, and no dull or harsh spots. Burns to ash with almost no moisture in the bowl. The spicy sweet after taste pleasantly lingers, and the room note is sweet with a distinct camp fire smell. Could be an all day smoke for the experienced smoker depending on your proclivity for a spicy sweet English.

9 people found this review helpful.

guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (87)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Just when I thought I couldn't like Motzek's blends more than what I already did, I smoked this wonderful creation. It's in the same vein as Motzek's Typ 5, but a little less rich. The thing about this English blend that makes it different is the fact that the Latakia plays second fiddle to the Orientals and Virginias. The Virginias used in this blend are complex. They are red VA's, but they are super sweet and less tangy than other reds that I have encountered in other blends. Upon lighting a bowl (which packed very well, by the way), I was hit with this sweetness and a bit of smokiness from the Latakia. After settling into the bowl, the Latakia really took its seat and added just a subtle hint of smokiness to the VA sweetness. The Orientals were more floral than spicy, and I began to get a delicious nutty taste around mid-bowl. I don't believe there is burley in this blend, so either my mind is playing tricks on me or the Oriental/dark VA combo just produces a naturally nutty flavor. It was absolutely delicious. If you're looking for a Lat bomb, you need to go elsewhere. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't even call this a "good" English blend since the Latakia is a bit weak. What I DO know is that it's an excellent blend that is sure to please both the experienced pipe smoker as well as a new pipe smoker who is looking to get into English blends. Too bad it is so expensive here in the U.S. I might be getting in touch with my German friend again soon for more of this one...

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Gift from a friend

Similar Blends: Motzek #5.

5 people found this review helpful.