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Twelve top grades originating from classical growing areas in USA, Turkey and Greece, blended by hand. Enhanced with Syrian latakia and exquisite Louisiana perique.

BrandWellauer & Co
Blended ByPlanta
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected, Mild
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Holy Cow! Where did this one come from? I want more!

Wallauer's Best must certainly be. I really liked the flavoring added to this somewhat strong blend. It left my palate refreshed and feeling like it had some tobacco. The Latakia is very evident, but not overbearing. It stays lit well and burns dry and clean. It is also a little sweet, which at first, made me think some discreet topping had been added. By the time I got to the bottom of the bowl I abandoned that though. Yet, I got suspicious again during the second and third bowls. Very remarkable and very unique. This would would only be better with more nicotine content.

6 people found this review helpful.

smoking-rob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking-rob (78)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Oriental and Perique forward blend with Latakia and Virginia in supporting roles. It has a sweetish topflavour that at first reminded me somewhat of shoepolish but which grew on me eventually. Mostly square cut tobacco's, no ready rubbed or other pressed tobacco present. Very spicy with quite a lot of pepper from Perique, think of it as Presbyterian on steroids.

Pipe Used: Dunhill

Age When Smoked: two months after opening the tin

Purchased From: Edler Tabak

Similar Blends: Presbyterian.

3 people found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (201)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Balkan blends are unique and often adress to experienced pipe smokers.this one is no exception in my opinion!once the tin opens a natural aroma consisted of sour and smokey notes comes out.stuck your noise deeper and you might detect some citruses too.the blend moisture is perfect,packs and lights easy.a few relights are required.while smoking the flavours are very natural and complex.orientals are the main player being woodsy,sweet and earthy.virginias are citrusy and grassy.latakias are smooth coaly,smoky and sweet.then last but not least comes the perique wich is sour and plummy.a really nice addition wich makes this blend unique.sometimes some cigar notes pop up.the flavours are very well combined in a very natural and balanced way.burns quick and cool without chance of tongue bite to total ash without moisture and dumbness at the end of the bowl.the room note is not pleasant to others.the aftertaste is ok.generally this blend is a star that differs from the typical balkan blends.not an all day smoke

Age When Smoked: When opened

2 people found this review helpful.

Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (91)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very nice, relaxing, smooth smoke. No chance of bite, even puffed fast. Oriental - Virginia blend, Latakia playing support role, Perique noticeable just a bit. Perfect harmony in the pipe. Highly recommended.

Age When Smoked: 6 month

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1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

As I type this I am puffing a small pipe's worth of a 40 year old tin of Wellauer's Best. My god what a beautiful smoke this is. Sometimes the German eBay really comes up trumps. One of those Grandpa's three pipes, pouch and baccy deals. I feel very privileged to be smoking it. The tin is 3/4 full too! I was planning on making my first attempt at rehydrating old tobacco with this blend - I still might on a bowl or two's worth but despite its fragile dryness it smokes delightfully. I think a small pipe really helps.

It is a very smooth smoke with a wonderfully peppery taste from the Latakia that comes close to a bite without actually leaving anything more than a pleasant spiciness on the tongue. I would describe the flavour as being like a very smooth, deluxe version of Dunhill's Nightcap which is a pretty fine tobacco in its own right.

I have no idea if age affects the nicotine potency but I am certainly flying on this now. It gets better and better. Like smoking the equivalent of a 1000 dollar truffle.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Excellent!! Well, what can I say? Every human developes, and as the years go by, your likes of tobacco may also change. After having enough of aromatics and danish blends, I recently turned to english blends. I just so noticed it while smoking a bowl of Mc Connell's Scottish Blend. I suddenly really began to like the traditonal english taste. So I ordered a tin of Wellauer's Best. And I'm more than satisfied with it. It's the one I was looking for. It's an unmistakibly english one but not a 'grandfather' tobacco, so to say. It's rather spicy but fresh and maskuline. You open the tin and you are greeted by a strong adding of Latakia, which is thus not overwhelming. It's in great harmony with the natural Virginia sweetness and the spiciness of the Orientals and the Perique. A great smell! There is indeed some flavouring, but it is very discrete. Stuffing my pipe is no problem, though I had to get weaned to a coarse cut tobacco again at first. Its burning and smoking qualities are just excellent. It burns down very evenly and cool, no relighting is necessary. It never got too hot in my Ascot Selected and even though I pushed it a little bit, it never bit my tongue. Taste is very well balanced and very elegant. A fine mixture between the different tobaccos added to it. The Latakia is evident, increasing towards the middle of the bowl, but alwys in harmony with the Perique and the Virginia. It leaves a fine room note, somehow fresh and not overboarding. It is a little bit stronger, as being an english blend, but very calming and acceptable. It's one of the very few tobaccos that completely satisfied me. Somehow quite complex, but it might be great as an everyday smoke, as well.

Update 6th of November 2010

I must admit that I was a little too euphoric with this one. At first it did very fine with me, but while I commenced on my tin, it more and more brought out a very sweet tin aroma which wasn't noticable at first. I knew there had been some flavouring added but sadly, it seems to be stronger than I had discovered at first. Maybe the typical Planta treatment? I'm afraid I'll have to downgrade it to somewhat recommended.

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Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (120)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

This one is quite special. A peculiar marriage between an English Latakia mixture and a German flavoured mixture.

I am not an aromatic smoker but "Best" is flavoured discreetely as some of the Irish blends. This is a nice change of pace when I get those Latakia cravings and feels that the traditional English's are to heavy. There is plenty of Latakia here but it is skillfully blended and will not dominate the other leaf.

Fresh and delightful, as if made for a sunny day on the porch with a jug of iced tea with lemon. Them Germans surprise me sometimes, since I do not fancy most of their blends. Buy it at:

Recommended. Jakob kiilerich, Denmark.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Very similar to the English blend but the Latakia in this one is more subdued and soft. However, it comes through enough to almost be dominant. While the Latakia in this blend plays well with the VA, it somewhat drowns out the oriental, whick only pokes through from time to time. All in all, a pleasing light english blend.

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