Mike & Russ: The Mind Meld Full Latakia

Russ Ouellette loves Oriental tobaccos, and Mike McNiel has access to some of the finest available, so it should be no surprise that they would get together to create a rich Latakia blend, noticeably influenced by exotic leaf. Mike & Russ - The Mind Meld Full Latakia contains a large dose of Cyprian Latakia which is supported by some of McClelland's finest matured Virginias and a combination of fragrant Orientals. The blend is smoky, tangy with floral undertones and a mellow sweetness. It's a cool blend with plenty of robust flavor and subtle nuances that change constantly through each bowl.


Brand Mike & Russ: The Mind Meld
Blended By Mike McNeil & Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By  
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 23, 2016 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Somehow I wound up with a single tin of this in my collections. I put it on my 2016 NASPC table but it didn't sell. Recently I was rummaging around for a full English that I had never smoked that could also be used in micro blending. So, I opened this tin of Mind Meld Full English and knew, immediately, that it was not such. It seemed very soft and sweet to the nose and both looked like and had an aroma like a McClelland tobacco. I lit it up and knew right away, yep, it was a McClelland blending. The upper third of the bowl passed with little problem but with little fanfare. The middle third smoked away in the same exact manner and I set the pipe down, shrugged and walked away thinking that I had a two star blend on my hands. That evening I relit the pipe and soon was much more satisfied with the smoke. The bottom third of this bowl was, easily, the star of the smoke with a beautiful and rich Oriental quality and, at the same time, pleasantly English. I began to include it in micro blending and it was satisfactory enough on it's own, although, it sweetened and softened everything I put it in - whether I wanted it to or not. All in all, I can recommend MMFE. However, I see this more as a blending tobacco than standing on its own merits and give it three stars.
Pipe Used: Michaek Parks stack Canadian
PurchasedFrom: pipes and cigars
Age When Smoked: current production
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