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Cyprian Latakia, bright Orientals and flue-cured Virginias -- good for a late-day smoke.

BrandHearth & Home
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByScandanavian Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium to Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant
2.7
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SiriusAmory Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SiriusAmory (25)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

The aroma from the tin is like nearly every other English blend I've had before: briney, peaty, and smokey, much like a good Islay scotch. The tobacco was a little too moist upon opening the tin and needed to sit out for about 15 minutes before being ready to pack a bowl.

Heart of Darkness lights up easily, stays lit very well, and produces thick plumes of smoke. Strength starts just below the medium mark, but builds as you progress, settling at noticeably above medium by the end of the bowl.

At the start there are notes of earth and cinnamon, as well as an undertone of dark fruit and pepper. At the half way point, the pepper becomes the dominant flavor and the fruit goes away. Despite the smell, there is very little of the briney, saltiness from the Latakia.

I would not recommend this blend for a morning smoke, unless you're looking for something on the stronger side to jolt you awake. Heart of Darkness seems to fit in perfectly after a long day's work, to help the stress melt away. If you like the other blends in the Marquee Series, Heart of Darkness is definitely for you.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1884)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Hearth & Home - Heart of Darkness (Marquee Series).

Quite a well rubbed ribbon, apart from just a few twigs. It has an appearance which is even with browns and dark browns. The aroma is steadfastly English. The moisture looks impeccable.

The smoke tastes full, without being too cloying or heavy. Lots of Latakia, but not quite in bomb territory! The Latakia gives a savoury, smokiness, whilst the Orientals have an acetose, tart, sharp flavour; these take the supporting role. The Virginias are outweighed by these two, they require 'searching' for. Don't expect a paroxysm of grass, citrus, etc. There's a delicate sweetness, which I'd wager comes from the Va's, but nothing too preeminent. The burn from it's good, necessitating only a little maintenance, distributing a cool smoke. It doesn't bite.

Nicotine: above medium. Room-note: I quite like it.

Heart of Darkness? To my palate it's a good smoke. Three stars:

Recommended.

Pipe Used: Brebbia MPB 70th Anniversary

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Lager Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lager (18)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I can't believe that there is only one review on this? I got two tins of this on sale, one to smoke and one in the cellar. It's a medium body English with no real suprises. It is also more latakia foward as the orientals dance in and out. The Virginia is there as a bit a sweet tang but I mostly get lat from this blend. It is one of Russs blends but my question has always been this. On the tin it says Scandinavian Tobacco Company, Lane limited? Is it just a relabeled English blend that STG puts out or Russs recipe? No offense intended Russ, you're a master blender! Oh well, so much for the conspiracy theories. It's not a bad blend and I will see how the tin ages, but I probably won't buy again as there are so many better blends out there. Smoke in Peace- Lager

Pipe Used: Pete's, Savs

Age When Smoked: New to 2 months

Purchased From: Pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: Most English blends.

2 people found this review helpful.