Ken Byron Ventures Plateau of Leng

Heavy Latakia, Virginia, Balkan Orientals, and a touch of Madness.
Notes: This is a replacement for West’s Best Mountains of Madness. The previous version disappeared under mysterious and unsettling circumstances. This Balkanized version has assumed the life of the former blend which used Turkish varietals.


Brand Ken Byron Ventures
Series West's Best
Blended By Ken Byron
Manufactured By Ken Byron Ventures
Blend Type Balkan
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.80 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 20, 2021 Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Strong
Ribbon cut out of a mylar bag. Mostly black and dark brown tobaccos with 15-20% light ribbons. A tad moist, but didn't need time to dry. The note out of the bag is classic Balkan; smokey pines, vinegar, and earth. The first quarter of the bowl is owned by the latakia. It's smokey and tangy. It has enough oriental to cut back the brute smoke and add some vinegar, and sour to make it a pleasant experience. Halfway through the latakia cools off and you get less pine smoke and more earthy, herbal, and spice notes. Eventually the Virginia appeared for me, and provided some dark fruit and bread notes. The highlight is the tangy sour smokey start. Not all Balkans can get it right, but this does a good job of it. Required a few relights.

Pipe Used: Moretti Morta Rhodesian
PurchasedFrom: Ken Byron Ventures
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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