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Mild mellow and naturally aromatic since 1859. Virginia and latakia base with a touch of perique, black cavendish, and burley.

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByJohn Brandt
Manufactured ByWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging2oz., 4oz., 8oz., 16oz. Pouch, Bulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2780)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The smoky, woody, earthy, musty, incense-like, sweet Cyprian Latakia is the lead component as well as a team player. The toasty, nutty, earthy, woody burley is in an important support position. The unsweetened brown sugary black cavendish almost plays a secondary role as does the grassy, citrusy, lightly dark fruity Virginias. The plum is more noticeable than the spice from the perique, which continually lurks in the background. The strength barely reaches the medium level while the taste sits squarely on that mark. The nic-hit is just past the center of mild to medium. No chance of bite and has no rough edges or harshness. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with very consistent, well balanced mildly sweet and lightly savory flavor from start to finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl and requires an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, lightly lingering after taste, and can be all day smoke. The sweetness reminds me a little of Balkan Sobranie 759.

-JimInks

20 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (303)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

To think that this blend was created before the civil war is unreal, plus the fact that the recipe has survived for so long is reason enough to try some.. I had a sample and ordered the custom glass jar of it, the label is just so beautiful, really gorgeous in my man cave. SCP is one of those English blends i can smoke anywhere since it has some Black Cavendish that takes the edge off the latakia stink and adds some sweetness. Combined with the Virginia's gives the blend a Karo syrup sweetness (but not nearly as sweet, just a comparison) and keeps the blend from being too dry which is what usually keeps me from smoking blends like SMM or Standard Mixture Full, i prefer a red wine to a dry white for the same reason. Not strong in the nicotine department and mild enough to be an English Breakfast type blend or a closer to the end of day if you need a mild blend for that cause. We really need to commend John over at Wilke since he's taken over. He's added tons of vintage blends that he bought the recipe's for. He's taken an already wonderful business and not only expanded but brings customer service to a new level, as good as any of the best... Btw I just found out that Walter Kronkite smoked # 72 and General Douglas MacArthur smoked Wilke tobacco's!

Pipe Used: GBD & Radice

Age When Smoked: Freshly blended i believe

Purchased From: Wilke Tobacco

8 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30051)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I spoke with John Brandt over the phone to place an order to complete the varietals needed for blending my own Balkan & mentioned that I was never completely satisfied with anything I've tried in the past but was getting close to what I was after. Some have come close to the BSOM & some have turned out awful & none that I'd deem exceptional. So, he knew exactly what I was after & during our conversation he suggested trying the Crystal Palace & stated that he liked it really well & smoked it himself on a regular basis.

So, I placed an order for a sample pouch. I received it in the mail just yesterday & opened the pouch this afternoon & the aroma was sweet & smoky. Has anyone ever fired off a blend & right from the charring light knew they were going to like it? That was my first impression with Surbrug's Crystal Palace. The pouch aroma & sweetness transferred to the smoke the instant I fired it off. Then I thought, "Just think, it's going to get even better as it burns down & sure enough, it turned into a fine Balkan Flavor." It had a flavor reminiscent of the Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture with that elusive, alluring flavor & sweetness that could be tasted in each draw. The Cyprian Latakia is of high quality but is not overwhelming & plays well with the fruity Perique & sweetness from the Black Cavendish infusion.

The Virginia also adds some of its inherent sweetness to the mixture as well. The Burley only plays a supporting role & to me, was only slightly noticeable. Actually, if I didn't know what the blend consisted of other than the Latakia, I couldn't have guessed what they were because they all played so well together... like a professional orchestra. You can smoke this in a corn cob pipe, an old pipe, a new pipe... even a stove pipe & it will deliver a very good Balkan flavor. I've bought and tried quite a few tins & pouches through the years trying to find a good Balkan & now my search is over. I'm even considering halting my blending ambitions but probably will continue only maybe not as enthusiastically, for I'm doubtful that I could come up with anything any better than this but will keep experimenting.

The aroma from the pouch is heavenly... almost an aromatic Balkan. I was simply amazed at how the varietals melded together right from the start to produce the flavor I'd been seeking in a good Balkan mixture. I then ordered a pound & this will definitely remain in my rotation as long as I'm above ground but maybe by the grace of God, I can take it with me.

Pipe Used: Large Cavicchi CCC, MM & Huber Dublin

Age When Smoked: Fresh Jar & Extra Pouches

Purchased From: Wilke Pipe Tobacco

Similar Blends: It's been many years but if memory serves me correctly, I'd say it's very close to the BSOM & Arango Balkan Supreme if the Arango were a little sweeter..

6 people found this review helpful.

suitou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
suitou (38)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoked this blend once in a smoking room at work. But at the time, it was just "delicious". So I went home, smoked it again, and am writing this review, with the impression that it is a tweaked version of the middle taste of Nos. 524, 400, and 72, elevated to a unique blend. From the time the tobacco is packed into the pipe to the ashes, the smoke is spicy and sweet, mellow but sometimes sour, earthy and nutty, and elusive and mutable. It is a quality English blend and reaches the line of a full-bodied blend, but is not an aversion to repeated smoking. And that's not to say it's a thin blend. After all, my impression is that it is delicious.

2020/12/17 - I increase the packing strength a bit and smoke with a harder pack. I usually pack Tobacco loosely most of the time to be aware of the airflow, but this time I changed the packing to better understand the aroma and taste of the blend. Now, with a harder pack, the change in aroma expression with each puff is a bit faster and more subtle, while with Retrohale, the creamier, milkier, mellow aroma is more pronounced. I had a better impression smoking this way.

Pipe Used: Sasieni Eight Dot Marlborough Lovat

Purchased From: Wilke Pipe Tobacco

Similar Blends: Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Wilke No. 524, Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Wilke No. 400.

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30051)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Full Pleasant

I spoke with John Brandt over the phone to place an order to complete the varietals needed for blending my own Balkan & mentioned that I was never completely satisfied with anything I've tried in the past but was getting close to what I was after. Some have come close to the BSOM & some have turned out awful & none that I'd deem exceptional. So, he knew exactly what I was after & during our conversation he suggested trying the Crystal Palace & stated that he liked it really well & smoked it himself on a regular basis.

So, I placed an order & purchased a small pouch of this from his Wilke Pipe Tobacco shop to sample. I received it in the mail just yesterday & opened the pouch this afternoon & the aroma was sweet & smoky. Has anyone ever fired off a blend & right from the charring light knew they were going to like it? That was my first impression with Surbrug's Crystal Palace. The pouch aroma & sweetness transferred to the smoke the instant I fired it off. Then I thought, "Just think, it's going to get even better as it burns down & sure enough, it turned into one of the best Balkan blends I've ever sampled." It had a flavor reminiscent of the Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture with that elusive, alluring flavor & sweetness that could be tasted in each draw. The Cyprian Latakia is of high quality but is not overwhelming & plays well with the fruity Perique & sweetness from the Black Cavendish infusion.

The Virginia also adds some of its inherent sweetness to the mixture as well. I didn't taste any Burley. Actually, if I didn't know what the blend consisted of other than the Latakia, I couldn't have guessed what they were because they all played so well together... like a professional orchestra.

You can smoke this in a corn cob pipe, an old pipe, a new pipe... even a stove pipe & it will deliver some of the best Balkan flavor you've ever smoked in your life. I've bought and tried quite a few tins & pouches through the years trying to find something that could rival the flavor of the BSOM & now my search is over. I'm even considering halting my blending ambitions but probably will continue only maybe not as enthusiastically for I'm doubtful I could come up with anything as good as this.

The aroma from the pouch is heavenly... almost an aromatic Balkan. I was simply amazed at how the varietals melded together right from the start to produce the flavor I've been seeking in a good Balkan mixture. I'll be ordering two eight ounce jars today & this will definitely remain in my rotation as long as I'm above ground but maybe by the grace of God, I can take it with me.

Pipe Used: GBD Virgin Apple, Missouri Meerschaum, D. S. Huber

Age When Smoked: Fresh Pouch

Purchased From: Wilke Pipe Tobacco

Similar Blends: The Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture..

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30051)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

I spoke with John Brandt over the phone to place an order to complete the varietals needed for blending my own Balkan & mentioned that I was never completely satisfied with anything I've tried in the past but was getting close to what I was after. Some have come close to the BSOM & some have turned out awful & none that I'd deem exceptional. So, he knew exactly what I was after & during our conversation he suggested trying the Crystal Palace & stated that he liked it really well & smoked it himself on a regular basis. So, I placed an order & purchased a small pouch of this from his Wilke Pipe Tobacco shop to sample. I received it in the mail just yesterday & opened the pouch this afternoon & the aroma was sweet & smoky.

Has anyone ever fired off a blend & right from the charring light knew they were going to like it? That was my first impression with Surbrug's Crystal Palace. The pouch aroma & sweetness transferred to the smoke the instant I fired it off. Then I thought, "Just think, it's going to get even better as it burns down & sure enough, it turned into one of the best Balkan blends I've ever sampled." It had a flavor reminiscent of the Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture with that elusive, alluring flavor & sweetness that could be tasted in each draw. The Cyprian Latakia is of high quality but is not overwhelming & plays well with the fruity Perique & sweetness from the Black Cavendish infusion. The Virginia also adds some of its inherent sweetness to the mixture as well. I didn't taste any Burley. Actually, if I didn't know what the blend consisted of other than the Latakia, I couldn't have guessed what they were because they all played so well together... like a professional orchestra.

You can smoke this in a corn cob pipe, an old pipe, a new pipe... even a stove pipe & it will deliver some of the best Balkan flavor you've ever smoked in your life. I've bought and tried quite a few tins & pouches through the years trying to find something that could rival the flavor of the BSOM & now my search is over. I'm even considering halting my blending ambitions but probably will continue only maybe not as enthusiastically for I'm doubtful I could come up with anything as good as this. I simply was amazed at how the varietals melded together almost right from the start to produce the flavor I've been seeking in a good Balkan mixture. I'll be ordering two eight ounce jars today & this will definitely remain in my rotation as long as I'm above ground but maybe by the grace of God, I can take it with me.

Pipe Used: GBD Virgin Apple, Missouri Meerschaum, D. S. Huber

Age When Smoked: Fresh Pouch

Purchased From: Wilke Pipe Tobacco

Similar Blends: The Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture.

4 people found this review helpful.

O. D. Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
O. D. Jones (25)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Absolutely superb blend here. I was hooked from the first bowlful; I rarely reload a pipe right after smoking a bowl, but I did with my first pipe full of this. I usually prefer heavier blends, but the complexity of this mild "Amerenglish" has got this one in the permanent rotation. The unflavored Cavendish is a good rich base for the other varieties, with the latakia providing a marvelous Church incense note, and the Perique dancing in and out of the smoke with a little muskiness. Towards the end of the smoke, a little dark toast comes in from the Burley, and the whole experience is of an expertly blended tobacco. In fact, if I didn't know from the description what tobaccos are in this, I would be hard pressed to pick out the specifics... which to me is the definition of a good blend. Crystal Palace is a little fuller than mild, is fairly mild in terms of nicotine, and has an inoffensive room note. Usually only requires a relight or two at the bottom of the bowl, and does not gurgle or leave any moisture in the pipe. Wilke, LJ Peretti, and HU blends out of Germany (when I can get them) are ruining me for the standard, easily-available-from-most retailers blends. Impressive all around!

Pipe Used: Peterson 406 Spigot, Nording Bent Bulldog, Sav 315

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Wilke

Similar Blends: Seattle Pipe Works Potlatch, but I think the Wilke burns better and is made with finer tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.