Ken Byron Ventures Mind The Gap 2022

Merchant Service Pipes and KBV present, An exotic English mixture for bridging the gap into evening. In collaboration with Merchant Service Pipes, we present you with an exuberant mixture of Matured Virginias, Latakia, Basma, Yenidje, and a light touch of KBV Yana-2. This blend has a apricot/prune/anise casing.


Brand Ken Byron Ventures
Blended By Ken Byron
Manufactured By Ken Byron Ventures
Blend Type English
Contents Black Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor, Anisette, Apricot, Blackcurrant, Figs, Other / Misc
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.50 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 28, 2022 Medium Mild Medium Tolerable
The mildly musty sweet Cyprian Latakia provides plenty of smoke, earth, wood, some incense-like herbs, floralness, and light spice as the lead component. The blackened burley cavendish supplies a lot of sugar, nuts, earth, wood, and bread as a supporting player. The Virginias provide some fermented tart and tangy citrus, vegetation, bread, sugar, floralness, grass, mild tangy ripe dark fruit, earth, wood, with light spice. They are right behind the burley cavendish in terms of effect. The fragrant basma and yenidje produce a fair amount of earth, wood, vegetation, herbs, floralness, mild spice, some dry sourness, and light buttery sweetness. They are close to being equal to the Virginias. The apricot, absinthe, fig and blackcurrant toppings mildly tone down the tobaccos. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is a notch below that. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. Has a few small rough edges. Deeply rich and well balanced with some nuances, it burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a very consistent tangy sweet and tartly sour, floral, spicy campfire flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is tolerable. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Three and a half stars.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 08, 2023 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Visual inspection reveals tan, brown and black course cut ribbons. The pouch note is fruity. Moisture is a tad toward the dry side, not sticky. This is a well behaved tobacco, no biting, harshness, bitterness or pipe gurgle. For me the flavor is a very mild apricot with a faint detection of smoky Latakia. A very enjoyable smoke of which I'll be purchasing again as availability allows.
Pipe Used: Briar
PurchasedFrom: KBV
Age When Smoked: 4 months
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