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Fine vintage Virginia, Turkish, and Latakia tobaccos. Corrupted for your pleasure.

Notes: Plague Bringer is the yearly Halloween Latakia mixture. Each year is a different blend under the mask. This year is something special. Nothing weird or odd. This is a Balkan mixture that draws on the design cues from Balkan Sobranie Original Smoking Mixture, the Dunhill of London methods, the McClelland Balkan mixtures, and Heavy Metal album covers.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionNo longer in production
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Medium to Strong
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Medium to Full
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Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The musty incense-like Cyprian Latakia provides plenty of earth, wood, smoke, some floralness, leather, and light spice as the lead component. The fragrant Orientals offer a wealth of earth, wood, floralness, some vegetation, moderate spice, sourness, and mild buttery sweetness in a supporting role. The aspects of the fermented red Virginia are tangy dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, some sugar, vegetation, and a little vinegar/barbecue. It’s almost a secondary supporter. The fermented bright Virginia produces a fair amount of tart and tangy citrus, grass, vegetation, bread, sugar, light earth and wood. It is not far behind the red Va. in terms of effect. There’s a little fire cured Virginia that brings you some tangy dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, sugar, some floralness, spice, mild smokiness, and a light barbecue note. It’s a condiment for the most part, but the barbecue elevates it a tad past that level. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the medium threshold. The taste level is rung past that mark as it just falls short of the center of medium to full. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. Sports a few small rough edges. Well balanced and complex, these vintage tobaccos burn cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a very consistent, deeply rich, zesty, fermented, sweet and sour, spicy, floral campfire flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note has a little pungency. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Four stars.


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