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A few years ago, when Russ was still pressing tobaccos himself, he made a new blend based on “Ten to Midnight” (A dark, full Balkan-style tobacco containing bright and matured Carolina and Virginias, Turkish and Orientals, and Latakia), but with some Perique and black cavendish added to it. The Cavendish is steamed green river Burley with no flavor in the steam press.
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2575)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias and matured Carolina form the base of the blend, though the role they fill is just above being a background player. They provide some grass, tart citrus, dark fruit with a light tanginess and a “barbecue” fermentation along with a touch of earth and wood. The deeply rich, smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia takes a light lead over the smoky, woody, earthy, spicy, floral, herbal, buttery and dry sour Turkish and Orientals. The spicy, raisiny, plumy perique competes with the spice from the Turkish, and its last two attributes offer some added nuances. The sugary black cavendish adds a light smoothness. The strength level is almost medium. The taste is medium. The nic-hit is just past the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite, and has no harsh or dull moments. This krumble kake is very easily broken apart to suit your packing preference. Well balanced and more nuanced than its brother blend, Ten to Midnight, it burns cool, clean and a little slow with a rich sweet and savory, mostly consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a pleasant, lingering rich after taste. Not quite an all day smoke, but close enough than an experienced smoker may consider it to be one.


15 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (553)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I was not a fan of this one and prefer 10 to midnight to it. 10TM is more the standard latakia bomb providing more a smooth thick smoke with campfire notes galore. The oriental fades into it and it delivers the taste one would want in a Balkan blend.

This, of course, is a play on 10TM as the description reads with Perique and some unflavored Cavendish thrown in. It seems to me that this would suit me just fine, but it doesn't. Even with the added elements, this one still comes off as mundane and boring. The flavor I am getting is spicy and sour likely a play between the perique and orientals. It still has a good bit of latakia, but with the addition of some elements, others must be subtracted and I would guess this has less of both the latakia and Virginia. It is sharp and edgy.

I don't think this could be a candidate for an all day smoke. I couldn't stand it in larger bowls as the flavor just got to me after a while and I would dump it. It wasn't not too bad in smaller pipes, but would still be far down a long list of others I would prefer.

7 people found this review helpful.

Ronv69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ronv69 (8)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I find this a very pleasant occasional smoke, cool smoking and rich almost chewy smoke. No flavoring that I notice. The Latakia is the most noticeable note, but it's somewhat subdued. The Orientals come through rather nicely.

Pipe Used: LHS Purex bullcap

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: In the family of Bengal Slices, but quite different. I can't really say what other blends are similar, other than 10 to Midnight.

1 person found this review helpful.

Big Blue Jazzman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Blue Jazzman (63)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I absolutely love this blend. Bought 8 0z. and it came in 3 good size bricks. Easy to prepare, just break some off and gently pack. Lights and burns with no fuss. The flavors are awesome and vary according to how you pack it in your pipe. And any way it is packed it burns slow and flavorful. Takes a while to smoke a big bowl if you are using a large pipe, so its great for when you want a pipe tobacco that lasts like a cigar. English flavors that will have you wanting more! Russ O is the Home Run King of fine pipe tobaccos and this one is a Grand Slam!

Pipe Used: Ascorti New Dear

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: P+C

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