Charles Fairmorn Lancer's Slices

This almost black flake tobacco combines the best grades of naturally sweet Virginia and smoky Latakia, matured together under pressure. A wonderfully smooth and mild yet full-bodied mixture. Very reminiscent of the old Bengal Slices.
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Brand Charles Fairmorn
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Blend Type Virginia/Latakia
Contents Latakia, Virginia
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging Bulk
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.67 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 22, 2011 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong
I buy this in bulk from an online retailer. A very dark rubbed out cake. Thick. Frequently find myself cracking the jar I keep it in to inhale the aroma. Mouth watering to the Latakia lover. Good value for the dollar.

This is a straightfwd Va and Latakia mixture, and Latakia is what you taste. You get a very direct earthy Latakia flavor. No doubt it is tempered a bit by the Virginia, but the sweetness never dominates, nor are there any of the undertones that one might find in a mixture containing addt'l Orientals. Behaves well in most pipes. No special effort req'd to keep lit & ran cool all the way down with consistent puffing.

Have been smoking for a year and give it 3 stars. Rate it up there with Penzance and Star of the East Flake as my favorite Latakia smokes. Lancer Slices is not as complex in my book, but has a robust edge the others lack. 3 stars.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 22, 2009 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong
Update 12-24-10 initial review was a bit harsh. Maybe I was smoking some Va. at the time and just didn't appreciate this blend. I have since revisited it and am far more impressed. It still isn't a four star, but will qualify IMHO as a strong two or a weak three. I will give it the three in recognition of my earlier

I had high hopes for this as I was a fan of the long gone Old Iron Sides. But as with most people who are looking fo replacements to their favorite blends, I was let down in a big way.

As a fan of latakia, I was prepared for the strong smokey essence of that leaf. This however carried with it the flavor of a casing that is not definable or pleasant. It coats the mouth and assaults the senses in a way that I found most objectionable.

Burn qualities are good. That is the best I can say for this blend. The four ounces that I have remaining in the cellar will probably be there when I pass on. Maybe by then someone will want to smoke it.
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