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A medium-full amount of Latakia (40%) smoothed out by a generous portion of unflavored stoved Virginia with matured red Virginia, Orientals, and a dash of perique.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium, Medium to Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Tolerable
3.5
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2456)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia is the lead component, comprising forty percent of the blend. The stoved Virginia provides a lot of sugary stewed fruit, wood, earth, and some tangy dark fruit as an important supporting player. By effect and not percentage, the mildly buttery sweet, fairly sour, dry, woody, earthy, floral, smoky, very spicy Orientals almost equals the stoved Virginia, and occasionally surpasses it by a razor’s edge. The tangy, dark fruity, earthy, woody, lightly sugary red Virginia helps the stoved Virginia in taming some of roughness of the Latakia and Orientals as well as adding some complexity. The raisiny, plummy, figgy perique has a stewed fruit quality to it. The spice from the perique gets a little crowded out by the Orientals. Overall, the perique minutely underscores the experience. The strength is a step past the medium mark, while the taste level is a rung beyond that. The nic-hit almost reaches the medium threshold. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a deeply rich, mostly consistent sweet, spicy and savory flavor that translates to the moderately lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not quite an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Three and a half stars.

-JimInks

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S8ntsfan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
S8ntsfan (20)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I'll make this simple, as I firmly believe "one's palate is one's palate", and you like what you like, and with almost 43 years of enjoying pipes and pipe tobacco, this a fine blend and I like it. No lengthy descriptions, or "reminds me of...", nope, just a damn good smoke in every aspect imho.

Pipe Used: MM Cob, Peterson and Neerup briars.

Age When Smoked: Fresh (just received it)

Purchased From: Ken Byron Ventures www.kbven.com

Similar Blends: N/A.

2 people found this review helpful.