Hearth & Home Armada

The name implies stately strength, and this blend delivers. A unique combination of Virginias, including a rich flake, Turkish and Orientals, lots of Latakia and spiced up, but cooled down by a judicious splash of St. James Perique, this tobacco has an almost incense-like aroma, with a surprisingly fresh, clean aftertaste.

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Brand Hearth & Home
Series Signature Series
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By Pipes & Cigars
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Mixture
Packaging 1.5oz Tin, Bulk
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.20 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 15, 2005 Medium None Detected Full Tolerable
Armada is a creation of Russ Ouellette, a concocter of weed brews for a quarter century. He reached into many jars for this one. Having struggled with blending and balancing mixtures on my own, a balanced mix of (at least) five components seems improbably difficult, yet here is such a blend. I?m not sure what how a learned tobacconist would categorize this, but I?d call it a cajun english blend.

Appearances: the many ingredients are reflected in the flakes: long very light strands of orientals, short milk chocolate brown virginias(?), and about 25% of latakia. Many small particles settle to the bottom of the container; I?d recommend giving it a good shake prior to loading up. Drying is unnecessary, though I struggle more than average to keep it lit and I?m not sure why.

Taste comparisons: Dunhill London Mixture with perique, GLP?s Cairo with latakia. Although the choir sings together well, I?d say the virginia component is the least noticeable major ingredient, based on the dryness in the mouth. Very little sweetness here, to my taste. The perique in this blend is its signature tweak and is light enough for even a fussbudget mouth like mine. There is enough latakia for all but the hardcore, though it doesn?t seem dominant.

Pipe recommendation: go big. I originally smoked this in small bowls so as to make my sample last for several smokes for a fair review. Bad strategy. A big pipe will last an hour and a half and will reveal many nuances not otherwise noticed in a small one. It likes my full bent Peterson and especially my big meer.

Recommendations: if you like to tweak your blends with additional perique, this is definitely your cup of meat. If you are a purist of english blends, this might upset you. The perique, though expertly sneaked in, tends to distract me personally, yet without it, Armada would get lost in the crowd. I like a bit more sweetness in my latakia blends, so I doubt I would restock this. Yet I have to admire this blend for its variety and balance. Your call.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 16, 2011 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
A little strong , a little spicy/ bitey, a little harsh around the edges, good "N" hit, full latakia flavor with Orientals supporting . I've never been real good at identifying the quantity of Perique, except it's here. Not bad , nothing great, a little hard to smoke at a sip or it goes out ( similar to Frog Morton burn characteristics). I'll cellar my tin for a year and see what develops, it has got to take the heat away or I will keep it at 2 stars. Seems a little pricey at only 1.5 oz. in a GIGANTIC tin.

Updated 12/25/12- I've had this cellared for 15 months and some diffrence in the heat. Flavorfull, some hot spice, smokes at a sip ,but still has a bitter harshness too it, Powerful, not a sweet smoke. I tried this back to back against "Ambassador" ( no Perique)and Ambassador is smoother. This is 2 1/2 stars but I won't buy again.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 22, 2022 Mild None Detected Very Full Strong
I kind of assume that this is hearth and Holmes version of odyssey. I don't know, I don't love it as much as other Latakia blends. First off understand this.

I've gotten old now. I am not an all-day pipe smoker, because I value my tongue. So I usually try to limit it to two bowls a day. However this can change depending on the circumstances. Therefore I place great value on the time I can find to smoke. I'm not saying I don't want to waste my time on cheap tobacco. I'm just saying it's smart to only smoke the ones that you really enjoy. This one I didn't really enjoy. I guess it's just too much latakia. Or else it could be that hearth and home doesn't use the best Latakia. When it comes to wonderful latakia blends I've always stuck closely to GL peace, and dunhill. Armada is certainly a Latakia blend, but I don't find it as tasty as others. For me latakian doesn't need to be found in huge quantities in order to satisfy. I think it's much more important to surround it with other tobacco's that complement it well. This one will definitely sate your Latakia sweet tooth.

But I really don't think it's the best Latakia blend out there. I found black house (also by hearth and home) to be much better. And I think white knight is a wonderful fresh and tasty English blend. This one needs to be mixed with something.
Pipe Used: Cobs
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and cigars
Age When Smoked: 1-2
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