A fine Turkish, excellent for its vein. Not a big fan of Oriental blends, but this is serious stuff. I like Bill Bailey's one-two punch better, but Fader's is a serious blending house that so far, doesn't have a bum in the crowd.
This is a great way to be introduced to Fader's line of fine English tobaccos.This is a medium/full bodied Balkan mixture with the emphasis on sweet orientals taking center stage.I think the base tobaccos used in this blend have very McClellandesque qualities to them. Slightly tangy ,deliciously sweet, and robust-this was the best of my 5 blends I got in the mail. Worth trying . 3 of 4 stars.
One of the few mixtures that Fader's still blends in-house from base tobaccos, Istanbul is well worth a try. Blended specifically as a throwback to Oriental mixtures such as Balkan Sobranie and Sasieni, it is an overall success.
Istanbul is a blend of Cyprian Latakia, Orientals, Turkish, and mature Viriginia. The predominant flavors are those of the Turkish and Latakia, providing a smoky, resiny, pleasantly musty characteristic expected from a Balkan blend. The Virigina tobacco simply provides a solid base on which to hang these components.
For a store blend, this is actually stunningly good (at least in my opinion). I actually prefer this to Balkan Sasieni as it has more of the musty, leathery flavor I desire in a blend of this type, while Sasieni concentrates more on the heavy smokiness of Latakia. As it's a store bulk, it's also a very economical smoke.
All in all, Istanbul is an excellent value for the price, and a good solid tobacco no matter the cost.
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