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Eldritch Pipes’ Goblin Mixture is a Scottish mixture of mature ted Virginia and Orientals with condimental Latakia. The Holiday Edition for 2021 is called “Holly Jolly Goblin.” For the holidays, the Orientals selected are the brightest mildest Balkan and Turkish varietals we could find, including Yenidje, Basma, and blonde Izmir. The entire batch has been matured together under heat.

If you enjoy unorthodox sipping mixtures, we think you will enjoy this.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Medium to Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2850)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The musty, leathery, smoky Cyprian Latakia offers plenty of earth, wood, floralness, some sweetness, and light spice as the lead component. The incense-like Balkan and Turkish Orientals provide a wealth of earth, wood, floralness, tart sourness, spice, some vegetation, herbs, smokiness, mild buttery sweetness along with a slight “unflavored soda” note. They are supporting players. The aged, fermented red Virginia produces plenty of tangy dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, mild sugar, light tart citrus, grass, and a bare hint of vinegar and spice. It’s in-between being a secondary supporter and a condiment. The strength and nic-hit are a step past the medium mark. The taste is a notch more potent. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, though it does have a few small rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with very consistent, rich sweet and sour, floral, spicy, savory campfire flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a tad stronger. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires few relights. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Three and a half stars.

-JimInks

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Bumble Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bumble (53)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

As a newer pipe smoker, I am mainly exploring the different blends (I favor aromatic blends, although I am dipping my toes into the non-aromatic blends now) to find what I like.

This is for the Dec 2021 batch...

Opening the bag, what I smelled was Virginia, just the Virginia and none of the Latakia...

The flavor I tasted was a wonderful blend of the Virginia's (I probably will be trying KBV Van Gough blend as I love Virginia only blends and if this was the Virginia used I know I will like it). I may have tasted a hint of Lakita, but unsure if that's just because I know it has some. Same with the Orientals, they were overwhelmed by the Virginia and could not really pick them out but you can tell they are there... If you are a fan of Virginia only blends, I think you would like this one!

It arrived semi-moist, absolutely no drying time was needed. Was able to light this without issue and a few relights. I did not have any tounge-bite with this blend.

Pipe Used: Rattray Goblin 99

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: kbven.com

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