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Notes: Gurkha products are known to be unique and Rare Breed fits in that same mold. A smooth, medium strength latakia blend with toasty red Virginia, a bit of white burley, exotic Turkish and a splash of perique for richer body and a hint of sweetness - a perfect late night bowl.

Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2552)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The toasted red Virginia has a light tangy dark fruitiness and earth, and is mostly a secondary player. The woody, dry, fairly buttery sweet and tart, sour Turkish is evident in every puff in a support role. The dry, mildly sharp and earthy white burley provides some body, though its not always obvious to the tongue. The spicy, raisiny perique lurks in the background. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia stands out a step more than the other components, and never drowns them out. The strength starts out in the center of mild to medium and gets closer to medium as you go along. The nic-hit is a shade past the mild level. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a lightly creamy, more smoky flavor, though it does seem to lose just a tad of its sweetness towards the finish as the dry, sour note from the Turkish becomes a touch more obvious. That particular interplay happens a few times during the experience. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant after taste. Can be an all day smoke. More of a two and a half star blend.


7 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1934)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Gurkha - Rare Breed.

A coarse cut mixture concealed in an oil stained paper wrapping! But, although the paper's stained the blend's still smokable. I note a very natural, rustic, aroma; it obviously has no toppings. It mostly includes medium and light brown pieces, blacks account for much less.

This is one of those blends which is full in flavour, yet smooth and mellifluous. The red Virginias give a slightly 'wet' fruitiness, and add a sumptuous quality to the smoke. The Turkish and Burley reduce some of the Va's sweetness with a dry, maybe bitter, caustic, 'rawness'. The Perique becomes more evident as a bowl gets smoked; at first it seems absent, but as the smoke progresses a touch of sharpness starts to come through. After smoking only this today I haven't been bitten once and have found the burn cool and steady.

Nicotine: below medium. Room-note: I like it, but it's quite full.

Rare Breed? It paired well with my morning coffee, and even better with my evening beer! So, maybe that means it's an 'all day smoke'?! Either way, I'll give it three stars:


Pipe Used: Commoy's Elegance

Age When Smoked: 16 Months

Purchased From: Ebay, Habano 757.

3 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (156)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I had a chance to sample some Rare Breed in my latest box from the TinSociety.

It's a combination of a variety of tobaccos in a decent ribbon cut. The smell is the bag/tin is good, but not great. The moisture level of my sample was perfect for packing and easy lighting.

The taste is ok. I can taste the orientals and catch glimpses of the perique spice. The smokiness of the latakia came and went through the bowls. It was not a really exciting tobacco, but a good smoke.

Can't see adding it to my rotation though... so it's about a 2.5 star.

Pipe Used: Radiator and Canadians

Age When Smoked: fresh from bag

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3 people found this review helpful.