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The famed 19th Century explorer Sir Basil Goodpuffer traveled to the isle of Zanzibar, drawn by the legend of the massive diamond called the Rose of Zanzibar. He began his quest at the Rose of Zanzibar Inn. He quickly found himself addicted to the local tobacco, a unique flake of Virginias, Turkish and Latakia unlike any other to be found throughout the world.

BrandTavern Tobacco Co.
Blended BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant, Tolerable
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

I finally got around to trying most of the old Tavern Tobacco blends that have been in my cellar for several years. I miss Tavern Tobacco as they did a good job with all of their offerings. Some were real standouts but Rose of Zanzibar was pretty much the same as most of the offerings of this type. Solid Latakia, solid Orientals and solid Virginia. Prep seemed the same as most others of this type and I just didn't find anything special about it, although it was solid.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (301)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

These are nicely prepared flakes ~1.5"x3"x1/16" of mainly darker tobaccos but a fine mix of VAs, Turkish and Latakia. Sugar crystals had formed on many of the flakes and they were quite pliable and easy to pack even without rubout. Overall from lighting to the last puff, this was an effortless smoke. The Latakia was not overpowering but finely developed in the taste and since I'm not a devotee, that was fine for me. However, it and the Turkish resulted in complaints on the aroma from the family but that's typical for any blend of this mix. I don't think I'd travel to Zanzibar to get this blend but it was a nice change of pace after meals.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A rare case in which the triad Virginia-Latakia-Oriental is presented in a flake format. You can immediately notice the hands of Samuel Gawith on this one: that tonka casing is unmistakable. It comes really damp in the tin, so it's better to leave it dry before packing it, which is a simple operation even if you don't rub it. I may have had too great expectations about this one,mostly because of the manufacturer, but when I smoked it it was nothing to get crazy about. The latakia is a mere surround, the other tobaccos are of good quality, with the Virginias in the front row. An interesting smoking experience, but far from my best ones.

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