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Latakia from Cyprus and Syria, spiced with strong Kentucky and rounded off with a little, broad cut Virginia. Full and strong in taste. Traditional English.

BrandBarling
Manufactured ByPlanta
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsKentucky, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50 gram Tin
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full, Full
Room Note
Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
3.2
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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (683)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

Once the plastic bag inside the tin is opened, it’s easy to tell that Tradition is going to be a bold English blend. Many pipe smokers will find this dry enough to smoke right away, however I like my tobacco on the dry side so a few minutes of dry time was preferred. The blend of the two different Latakia’s offer both smoky and incense qualities to the smoke. Tradition is full to very full in flavor, but not strong in the nicotine department, but average. It burns cool and, personally I find the Syrian to really add the key dimension to this blend. It is what distinguishes this blend from other full English blends IMHO. The interplay between both Latakia’s is very pleasant. The broad cut Virginia, while adding a needed dimension, doesn't offer much sweetness. After being less than impressed with Garnet, Tradition is a well done smoke that lovers of full English blends and Latakia lovers will enjoy.

Age When Smoked: new

5 people found this review helpful.

tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (111)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

A very nice blend clearly quality leaves were used, I take my hat off to Planta.

Tin-moist is just the right level, the first few bowls I dried out on a piece of paper for 5 to 10 minutes and the taste was a bit too bitter for me. There's some bitter in general from the Syrian Latakia which also adds a nice church incense note on the palate, mind you occasionally Cyprian can do that too. Both styles of Latakia are noticeable, interesting and quite enjoyable.

This is not a Latakia bomb nor is it a massive blend although biggish and somewhat full but that's subjective and I prefer big rich flavours anyway; jaded palate. For less experienced folks it may be over the top. A touch of Uncle Nic, which is just right I can pack bowls consecutively if the mood suits. For those whom desire a bowel moving Nic-blast you'd be better off with something else.

Quite a nice mouthfeel a touch creamy which often does not coincide with bitterness, this one's an exception. Another big exception and a big positive in my books, after popping the lid with oxidisation it gets better deeper and richer too. Far too often tinned blends tend to fade quickly and become quite mute with oxidisation some do recover but not all. I'd recommend a briar with a large 1" diameter bowl mind you most English and their cousins tend to show better in a larger bowl at least for me.

I'm not sure what it reminds me of perhaps something from Sam Gawith or JF Germain/Esoterica, maybe Murray era Dunhill too. Regardless it does have that certain 'British taste' to it, mind you the Germans adore that style being quite proficient at it.

Good stuff, I've plans to cellar a few tins and always nice to find something new and very tasty I hope it's around for awhile. Since I enjoyed this one I'll have to buy a tin of the Garnet Red medium and see how it goes.

5 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (806)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Mostly mahogany brown to black, this has a cut that's by turns ribbon, wide chunks and those infernal stems. Hard to judge a cut overall by the stems in one tin, but that's what I have. Tin nose of latakia - a lot of latakia. Both kinds. A deep if not a rich aroma.

The flavor of this leans heavily toward the English side, with the lack of orientals and the subservient Virginia. The latakia ruled the show here - a ton of latakia flavor. The Virginia added a very modest sweetness (I could have used more) and the Kentucky a bit of earthy spice (could have used more of that, too) as well as a bit of nicotine but this was all about the latakia. Both did what they were supposed to with the tried and true "campfire smoke, wood and incense". The problem I had with the flavor was that it was monodimensional. This blend did not develop down the bowl and I kept hoping that the dusty taste would subside and some sweetness would come about. It was a dry smoking tobacco, and tasted very dry as well. Whereas I suppose I would call this a lat bomb blend, it wasn't as overwhelming to me as most others of that species. Another issue was that this kept plugging the draft holes of my pipes as I smoked. I went through pipe cleaners like crazy, and not because it smoked wet. I'm not sure if that was the result of the cut or if I was just unlucky but I didn't note the other reviewers having this issue. Overall, I think this one is worth a try if you enjoy latakia heavy blends but my experience with such (unless, apparently, they are blended by Greg Pease) is generally less than favorable. If they are more to your palate, this one should be on your list. For me, 2.5 stars.

4 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I've not tried what I call the fake revival of 1812. The original that I tried came in a cutter top and boy, was it ever strong stuff. The Kentucky packs a wallop and the Virginias and smoky Syrian Latakia are in the background but do offer a spine tingling compliment. Sensational weed, for sure.

3 people found this review helpful.

dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (89)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Heady tin note of campfire from the Latakia. DFK adds a spicy note as well. Dark mix cuts of the afore mentioned weeds with flecks of Virginia disbursed throughout. Moisture content good, packs well and burned at a slow rate as well. Flavor profile in my view is more from the DFKwith a spicy, earthy note. The Latakia is obvious but not over reaching by any means. The Virginia is just enough to provide a tad of sweet citrus. Not a lat bpm like Old Ironsides by any means. Burned well and proved consistent through the bowl. No weak or dull spots. Little Dottie and burned with little moisture. All in all a good smokei in what I call more of a non traditional English blend.

Pipe Used: Oversized no name German

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1427)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Barling - Tradition (1812).

The mix is a cornucopia of sizes and cuts. There's plenty of manageable ribbons, big and small, but there's also some long stringy pieces and twigs. It's nicely hydrated.

This is mainly a Kentucky/Latakia blend. The Latakia doesn't steal the show with too much smokiness, and the Kentucky doesn't seem astringent: it flavours the smoke, without monopolizing it. The Virginia does the least work, requiring more 'looking for'. I get no tongue bite, and the burn from it's even and cool.

Nicotine: a good punch. Room-note: quite heady.

A well made blend, but I'm not a huge fan. Somewhat recommended:

Two stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Sherlock Holmes Milverton

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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