Planta Empire - Latakia

Plenty of Syrian Latakia and high-quality Virginias are matured along with a little Oriental leaf. Delightful zesty, smoky and strong. Reichlich Syrischer Latakia und beste Virginia-Grades werden mit etwas Orient-Tabak abgeschmeckt und in Ruhe gereift. Wundbar würzig-rauchig, kräftig.


Brand Planta
Blended By Planta
Manufactured By Planta
Blend Type Balkan
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 50g Tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Medium to Full
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 25, 2015 Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Presented in the same fashion as Empire Perique Flake, two rows of slightly thicker than average cut flakes laid side by side in the tin. Not too moist either. Pungent Latakia dominates the tin scent. Plenty of (Syrian?) Latakia supported by Virginia and Oriental gives this flake a well-integrated, slightly sweet taste, quite mellow actually but less bland than MB Latakia Flake. I detect the slightest hint of soapiness in the taste and it works well here. Very easy on the tongue, Lovely smoke!
Pipe Used: Dunhill
PurchasedFrom: Edler Tabak
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 21, 2017 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong
Not my cup of tea really.. the Latakia is somehow obtrusive to my palate, having a very musty aroma. The Orientals are quite noticeable. Very(!) smoky, sour and sweet, with vinegar-ish and pungent aroma. I can see people might like this, but there are way better Latakia blends out there and I haven't even smoked lots of them!
Pipe Used: Clay Pipe
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 19, 2019 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Planta's recent announcements of closing it's production brought Mac Baren to the plan of saving a traditional german tobacco producer. Both companies agreed to a friendly takeover and Planta's products are marketed under Mac Baren's flag in the future.

Due to those news I had to get a few tins of their Empire Latakia as well as their Empire Perique again as I remember those were solid quality blends. Presentation in the rather small tin is really nice; two stacks of dark flake slices inside a wax paper all wrapped in a plastic foil seems to keep the moisture and is like opening a birthday present.

Cold smell is spicy and a bit earthy. I rubbed it out (crumbled a bit) and smoked it right away without drying. Burns very slow but even with little condensate.

Taste is of spicy leathery Latakia from the first toke. Creamy over all with the VA contributing it's sweetness. Orients are adding character also. Bit mossy bit earthy but then comes back sweet like a cake. Great variety of tastes here that reminds me a bit of Dunhills London Mixture but a lot creamier and deeper.

Well matured flake tobacco with great share of beautiful Latakia. Good composition and a blend that hopefully won't have to fear a change in recipe.

[edit] this tobacco is no longer in production
Pipe Used: Various briars
PurchasedFrom: Local shop
Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin
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