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The Balkans is due to the main components being black cavendish and latakia a dark, warm mixture. The spicy, flowery aroma is given by a generous addition of exotic Oriental tobaccos. A small share of various Virginias makes for a fine sweetness and complexity.

Blended ByKohlhase and kopp
Manufactured ByKohlhase and kopp
Blend TypeCavendish Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50 grams Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (210)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

It's not a bad blend just a little bit bland. It comes cut in fine ribbons with the right moisture to get going. Tin Aroma is smoky as the Latakia smell dominates.

It lights fairly easily and smokes well but I find there's a lot of (unflavoured) Black Cavendish here to make an interesting blend. Latakia is also present but I do not think I can sense the Orientals. Strength is on the mild side of medium as is nicotine and room aroma rather innocuous, as is the blend overall. A mild English blend which is not bad but not very interesting either.

-- Time in the jar seems to have done good for this blend. It tastes much better now. A Black Cavendish enhanced English. Three stars after jarring.

Similar Blends: Not as interesting or complex but has some similarities to Black Mallory and Robert Lewis' Tree Mixture. , --After a second reappraisal I feel that The Balkans is as exciting as either of these two tobaccos, lots of Cavendish blending nicely with the Latakia, a whiff of sour tasting Orientals and some sweet Virginia. Excellent. Very smooth and tasty. Needed time....

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Falliver Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Falliver (37)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Had I read Stefanos’ review earlier, I would have given it some time, as I don’t know for how long the tobacco had been in a glass jar to be bought as samples.

However, it is not a bad blend. Although on the sour side, it also rather sweet with a nutty aftertaste. Some Latakia is detectable as well, but I do not sense it as the main player in the blend. Compared to my later Balkan blends, this is rather mild, but suiting the season (I wish there was more snow).

Pipe Used: GL Lillehammer 64

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Sol Cigar Oslo

1 person found this review helpful.