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Wilke Continental packs a serious Cyprian Latakia punch with a strong Turkish presence over a small bed of choice Virginia for the discriminating smoker.

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByJohn Brandt
Manufactured ByWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium, Medium to Strong, Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium, Medium to Full, Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong, Strong
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Mijnnif Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mijnnif (68)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the closest thing I have tasted to what I remember Sobranie tasting like in the 70s . All the new Sobranie blends are quite different as I remember this blend this is very close. Bulk house blend from Wilkie. John says its one of their oldest house blends. Bag note is Latakia, woodsy and a bit spicy. This is a strong blend and its tricky to start. It starts very harsh if you puff hard at all. It needs to be gently puffed at the start. If you put your pipe down after the first 4 puffs and let it sit for a minute it will give you a wonderful surprise. It mellows right out. I call it a dragster getting started down the track all smoke heat and fire to start, but if you can get past the fist bit it straightens right out. It is rich and smooth and all the flavors come together perfectly. Clean ash at the finish. Highly recommended. All day smoke I buy 8 OZ at a time

Pipe Used: 1920s BBB Brier

Age When Smoked: fresh from the bag

Purchased From: Wilke pipe tobacco

Similar Blends: 1970s Sobranie.

2 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2917)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

The musty, salty, sweet Cyprian Latakia provides a wealth of smoke, wood, earth, floralness, and some sourness along with a little spice as the lead component. In an important, competitive support role is the very earthy, woody, floral, vegetative, herbal, moderately buttery sweet and tangy sour, spicy Turkish. The Turkish prevents this blend from being a full fledged Lat-bomb, though it’s very close to being one. Both varietals reduce the grassy, tart and tangy, bready, sugary, vegetative, mildly floral, slightly spicy Virginia to a condiment. The strength and nic-hit are strong. Has a full taste level. No chance of bite or harshness, but it does have a few rough edges. Deeply rich, it burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a very consistent zesty sweet and sour, spicy, floral, potently savory campfire flavor that extends to the pleasantly long lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a very pungent room note. Not an all day smoke. Four stars.

-JimInks

2 people found this review helpful.

Lawyertodd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lawyertodd (31)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

Wonderfully fragrant. Neither sweet (no burley) nor sour, with a very satisfying balance of VAs and Orientals, and the latakia is not lightly applied. I have left the tobacco in its plastic pouch for the time being, only because the leathery redolence permeates the air and it is absolutely intoxicating. After smoking English/Balkans for 50 years, this is the aroma that defines tobacco for me. Don't miss this one.

Pipe Used: Charatan

Age When Smoked: Newly arrived in the mail

Purchased From: Wilke (John Brandt)

1 person found this review helpful.