|A disappointment to me. This one comes drier than most McClellands and is of ribbon cut. Not really what I would describe as a Balkan, but rather an English blend with sweet rather than smokey latakia. None of the spiciness associated with a good Balkan and certainly not even close to the usual reference Balkans from Sasieni or Pease.
All of the new McClellands made with the Syrian latakia seem to have a floral scent to them, not unlike cloves. Unfortunately, this scent and flavor seems to linger in a pipe. I only tried this three times, but each time I had real problems with overheating.