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Manyara - is a medium strength, yet full-bodied blend. Fire cured Virginias, bold burley, plenty of Louisiana perique, dark fired Kentucky as ready rubbed flake and ribbon cut, [plus] Orientals, as well as a touch of Brazil and a hint of latakia. This impressive ingredient list guarantees a complex taste, which varies between woodsy, spicy, leathery sweet, earthy, chocolaty and ethereal notes. The Manyara proves that Kentucky mixtures don't have to be monochromatic, and nor overly strong. A blend for friends of spicy, natural mixtures that also look for a nuanced taste.

Notes: Released at Lohmar Pipe Show 2018.

BrandHU Tobacco
Blended ByHans Wiedeman
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBrazilian Leaf, Burley, Kentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Full, Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2706)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The nutty, earthy, woody, lightly molasses sweet burley is the lead component with the cocoa/chocolate being the most conspicuous aspect. The fire-cured Virginias offer wood, earth, a little citrus, spice and grass, as well as a bit of dark fruit with a touch of fermentation as a supporting player. The very raisiny, plummy, spicy Louisiana perique also plays a support role. The woody, earthy, spicy, rather dry, mildly floral and nutty dark fired Kentucky is an obvious condiment. The same can be said to a lesser extent for the floral, woody, earthy, dry, slightly sweet Oriental. The smoky, woody, leathery Cyprian latakia is just noticeable, and I can’t say I really observe the Brazil to any degree. The strength level just reaches medium, while the taste is a little stronger. The nic-hit is a step or so past the center of mild to medium. No chance or bite or harshness, Burns cool and clean, and a slightly slow as some ready rubbed flake is in the mix with the ribbon cut. Has a complex, nuanced, sweet and lightly savory flavor all the way to the end. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, but does need a little more than an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, slightly lingering after taste. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran, and it’s certainly repeatable to varying extents during your smoking day. Three and a half stars out of four.


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DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (322)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Now this is something special... when I say "Dark Fired Kentucky" you think "overly strong" or "monochromatic ? This blend will prove you wrong!

The name "Manyara" refers to the Lake-Manyara-National-Park I suppose. Taking a look at it is interesting, a beautiful place! And the Manyara blend truly is a globetrotter with its roots in Africa. With its 7 different ingridients and several different cuts this is a melange of the flavors from across the world. The tin note is appealing: Smoky, earthy, woodsy, leathery, buttery and creamy... very complex if you dig into it, yet very smooth and full-bodied.

The combination of dark fired Kentucky with dark fired Virginias and cyprian Latakia makes for an one-of-a-kind smokiness. Very earthy, woodsy, slightly leathery and ethereal with rich spiciness. The Burley adding body, earth and a slight nutty aroma and paris perfectly with the dark fired leafs. I'm not an expert on Brazil leaf, but I suppose it also contributes on the exotic spice this blend has. The Perique and Orientals are minor additions to me but contribute both spice (Perique's signature "Pepper") and a slight ethereal edge that matches very well with the unique smokiness this blend offers. On the other side of the spectrum there is a rich creaminess and mild sweetness that outbalances this blend to perfection and makes for a mild on the tounge blend.

Albeit its rich, full-bodied taste and pleasing spiciness the blend is spot on "Medium-strength" and far, far away from being one-dimensional! It's pleasantly complex, with nice balance and depth to it. The Kentucky is the star all the way, but with the addition of dark fired Virginias and Latakia it comes along very nuanced and tasteful. The seasoning effects of the Brazil, Perique and Orientals not only add depth, but also an exotic spiciness to it.

I'm a lover of dark fired Kentucky blends such as Bold Kentucky and Old Dark Fired, JackKnife Plug, Irish Flake or Motzek's Dark Twist... yet they are quite strong in both nicotine and mouthfeel and rather monochromatic in taste (which doesn't have to be a bad thing!). So I only smoke a bowl after a good meal or when I'm in the mood for some stronger herbs, as a nightcap for example.. The Manyara fills the gap of a more mild Kentucky blend with pleasing complexity.

4-stars and a favorited blend I quickly grew to like a lot! If you're interested in pictures of the blend you may take a look here:

Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars, Morta

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