A mostly bright flake natural mixture with Perique, Latakia and burley, spiked with pure Turkish high grade leaf.

Notes: This was an Atlas Blending Corp. mixture. Cornell and Diehl bought the rights of all their old recipes.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3047)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The burley is slightly molasses sweet, woody and nutty, and adds a light earthy quality with a cocoa note that plays over with the citrusy, mildly grassy Virginias, which are in a minor role. The buttery sweet and lightly sour, woody, mildly floral, earthy, dry Orientals and plumy perique both provide a mild spice hit, and all their attributes underscore the experience. The Orientals stand out a bit more, especially as you reach the half way point. The smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian latakia dominates a little without crowding out the other components. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is just past the center of mild to medium. Won't bite and has no dull or harsh moments. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a very consistent flavor with some complexity. Requires an average number of relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. Not quite an all day smoke, but both the new and experienced smoker will repeat it, and it's a good starter for the novice who's looking for a little fullness in a Balkan blend.


58 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The tobacco comes at a perfect state of humidity for me. The bag smells of latakia, and I am expecting a a latakia heavy blend just from the pouch note. Once in the bowl I taste an oriental forward blend with a pleasant but not overpowering latakia presence. The Virgina and perique make it slightly sweet and and complement the oriental sweet spiciness. The burley gives it body, and it provides some strength. It leaves a characteristic tingle from the orientals in my mouth as a I finish a bowl.

The blend is smooth and tasty. It really satisfies. It punches a lot of buttons for me, and it does it it with a certain elegance. You owe it to yourself to try this if you have any interest in blends of this sort. The price point is even good. Get some, and I claim you will be happy you did.

32 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Although this starts as a mild bodied blend it becomes medium bodied rather quickly. For that reason I rated the strength as medium. The first half of the bowl has the typical Balkan flavor profile of Orientals out front, closely followed by the Latakia, both riding on the base of Virginias. At this point the Burley and Perique are barely discerned. About the half way mark the Perique steps forward and adds it's spice to that of the Orientals. It's a quick transistion. Kinda like, "Wham, Bam, here I am!" I love the way it does that. At about the two thirds mark the Burley steps forward. The spiciness decreases and it starts tasting like a VaBur and stays this way to the end. During the VaBur stage the mouthpiece of the pipe tastes like it was dipped in a mild sugar water. I could also taste the sweetness on my lips. This blend will not overpower you, but it will impress you with it's complexity. Very enjoyable smoke.

Pipe Used: Nording bent apple, MM General

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Can't think of anything. Stands alone..

25 people found this review helpful.

balkan_boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
balkan_boy (49)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This blend although totally different as content, is surprisingly similar to Balkan Sasieni. There is no VA's, and the light metal taste of the Burley is present, but there's still some mildness and you can say "emptiness" in it. And it's not because of the lack of VA. Perique is noticeable here and there, gives just a little sharpness to it, so it's not blunt. The beauty here is in the choice of the orientals. Lat is not overpowering, leaving the orientals to play their part, and it's AWESOME. In most cases, Balkan blends are blunt and empty, lacking body. Adding a pinch of Perique, or more Latakia does the job somewhat, but ruins the oriental kick. Same with Virginias. Here in my opinion, it's balanced just right. The smoke is creamy, tasty, spicy, not blunt, not empty, and not too sharp and strong either. This is perfect for an everyday smoke. Burns OK, despite of the cut, burns cool, and no bite at all. This is mostly morning smoke, because it's mild, and has awesome aroma. Good nicotine kick, it wakes you up, enlightens your day, and prepares you for the day. If I was to name it, I would call it "Morning Balkan". I highly recommend this blend.

Pipe Used: All kinds

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Balkan Sasieni.

20 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (633)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This is a tasty American/English type blend incorporating everything but the kitchen sink as many C&D blends do. This one does stand on its own though as the proportion of orientals, to me, dominate the blend with the burley also a major player. As such, I suppose C&D has appropriately named this a Balkan blend even though most of said named blends do not have Burley at all.

As I understand the term Balkan it is an oriental forward blend. I do not know what Oriental(s) are used, but I would guess it to be of the sour variety and likely Izmir as C&D tends to use this one often. Although there is perique, latakia and Virginia in this blend, they are more minor players that may contribute to the overall taste, but do not jump out in any way on their own merits.

To me this is sour and nutty sweet. It is also very smooth and biteless. It is a well done blend that smoked well to the bottom every time for me. Although I enjoyed this one, I would not put this at the top of my list of these type blends from C&D. I tend to prefer sweeter and smokier over the sour type blends. In that respect, I would rather smoke Bailey's Front Porch, Epiphany, Habana Daydream, et. al. to super Balkan. With that said, I have about 8 ounces more of this in the cellar for later enjoyment, but I doubt I will be purchasing more of this one.

9 people found this review helpful.

cakeanddottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cakeanddottle (105)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

From the first bowl I knew this tobacco was for me. Medium bodied Lat blend with nic to match, and it produced the elusive sour note that I desire. Very dark tobacco, very dry, not an incredible jar note, but magic in the bowl. Dry, incense- like, sour, smoky. I'm thinking this is one spectacular bulk tobacco.

Then it dawns on you that despite the traditional impressions, this tobacco is anything but. There is no Va here. You read that right. Burley, Latakia, Perique and Turkish. I am guessing 4 out of 5 Lat blend smokers wouldn't guess that in a blind test. Amazing.

Once you know the Va is not Va, you kind of notice a Burley sweetness in the background. But I stress, this smokes like an excellent Balkan and is nothing like an American blend.

I love C&D's Red Odessa, a unique, genre busting tobacco. It's not a conventional Lat blend, but more like Three Friars with Latakia. I like Super Balkan even more. This is my bulk Lat blend, and I just ordered a pound. This is by far the best bulk Lat blend I've smoked, and it shames most tinned blends. In fact, this is the best Lat blend I've smoked from C&D that isn't wearing a GL Pease label. At $36/lb, about the same tinned if you look around, it's simply astonishing. I'll tell you right now I like this better than Larry's Blend.

###update 4/31/2012 Long term, this blend hasn't consistently reproduced the magic that had me so excited about it, and I have to lower my opinion of it. Occasionally I get spectacular smokes from this one, with luscious sour notes. More often than not, it's an undistinguished generic Lat blend. Still recommended but not one of my favorites.

8 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30171)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Super Balkan (C&D)

Allow me to begin by saying I am getting reacquainted with pipe smoking. I quit a three pack a day cigarette habit about 28 years ago. I recently decided that, at age 74, taking up a pipe would not appreciably reduce my life expectancy and may even improve it. One of the blends suggested by my local tobacconist is C&D's Super Balkan blend. I keep my tobacco's separated in cracker jars and I love opening this jar and inhaling the smoky aroma. It gave flashbacks of campfires past and hunting coats that I failed to have cleaned after the season ended. First, I tried it in a Kaywoodie. I did not like it. Then I tried it in a Peterson large pot with a P-lip stem and it was better, but not good enough. Finally I tried it in a Savinelli billiard dry (#128) and found it very nice indeed. The two early pipes gave me some bite I did not like, but the Savinelli is smooth and enjoyable from beginning to end. No bite. I recommend this tobacco and will make it part of my inventory.

8 people found this review helpful.

JinxJar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JinxJar (6)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

I won't bore everyone with blah blah tin note, blah blah hay, citrus, smokey, nutty. I will say it is THE BEST BALKAN, for the price, I've come into possession of. It burns great, smokes smooth, has zero bite, and has all kinds of flavor. I do not get the big nicotine hit most people claim from this blend. I find it extraordinary and would highly recommend this blend to anyone who likes English or Balkan blends.

Pipe Used: Medium Cob, Medium Meerschaum, Large Briar

Age When Smoked: 0-60 days

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

7 people found this review helpful.

J. Ward Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J. Ward (71)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

It's hard to believe that such a delicious blend has so few reviews. Super Balkan leads with nutty, cocoa sweet burleys that share center stage with sufficient smoky latakia, supported by pleasant notes of wood and earth that I'll assume are the orientals. I also detect a bit of sweet hay from the virginia, but it's easily missed. There's little perique but it's easily detectable with its characteristic plumminess and spice that's more noticeable with a good mouthful of smoke and a retrohale. This blend benefits wonderfully from age, becoming slightly sweeter. The cut is a very interesting mix of VA flake fragments and ribbon that packs and burns with ease. The smoke's mouth-feel is medium bodied, while the taste is on the edge of medium-full, and medium nic. Highly recommended. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Dr. Plumb Flat Grip billiard and cobs

Age When Smoked: 1 Year

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

6 people found this review helpful.

Leaf Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Leaf Packer (30)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

I seen this bulk blend on Smoking Pipes, for the life of me can't explain why I had not try before now.To me this a stunning tobacco form match to bottom of bowl. I never experience any tongue bite, hard to keep lite, just a cool honest smoke. I am kind of down to earth and this fits my need's perfectly.

This blend surprised me with it's appearance as well as flavor, rich smooth and all tobaccos are balanced so none take the lead, rather present themselves all at the same time some just linger long enough to identify. Not sure if this is a true Balkan , it does contain Va. I can't taste the Va., just read of it description of tobacco. English or Balkan makes no difference to me it is refreshing.

Update 3/21/16 I have found this blend is somewhat "fickle" . It smokes best in a large bowl and I find packing is also a trick. Gravity fed till top of bowl, one firm push, light and second light one good firm (tight). Stay lit a this point and allows smoker a tremendous amount of stress relief.

Pipe Used: Sasieni, Savinelli, Peterson

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Smoking pipes.com

Similar Blends: Kind of by it's self maybe Sutliff Balkan II.

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Super Balkan.

The appearance of my blend's much coarser than the one pictured here. Like the picture mine contains a lot of medium ribbons. But unlike the picture mine includes some bigger broken flakes. Being from bulk there's no issue where the moisture's concerned.

The smoke gives a lot of flavour but it isn't an overpowering Lat bomb. The Orientals lead, having a buttery flavour, bereft of much sourness, with the Latakia acting as more of a support. The Burley, Virginia and Perique aren't as demonstrative or obvious as the Orientals and Latakia. They form the foundation, and a tasty well rounded base, but aren't as prolific in the flavour. SB burns nicely; cool, slow, without bite.

Nicotine: just above medium. Room-note: not its best point!

Super Balkan? This has kept me 'ticking over' nicely, all day. Ergo, I highly recommend it:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Rattray's Celtic

Age When Smoked: One week

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

5 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (321)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Total Revision 2016-8-10 - I've had my little stash of Super Balkan cellared for almost 2 years and this has really become a great blend. Nice flavor, buttery, balkan, not overly sweet but smooth. My initial reaction , two years ago was that the Burley in this blend gave ME some harshness, as I'm very sensitive to Burley, but now, I don't find any harshness and not much, if any, spice. Mostly a creamy, flavorful blend, without much Perique spice.

I think reviewer, " Gentleman Zombie 2013-12-27" did an excellent job at describing a newer batch.

But now,the blend is very smooth and nice Oriental/latakia forward flavor. Will be buying more

Pipe Used: large egg cob/ Osark Maple

Age When Smoked: 2 months/ update 2 years

5 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (339)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

Super Balkan. Just the name got me excited. I am a certified Balkan fanboy. After several weeks of hell fire temps here in Michigan, it has finally cooled back into the low 60's at night which has really got me excited to getting back to the English/Balkans.

Pouch aroma musty Perique, nutty burley, and a touch of Latakia. There are quite a few Va flakes in here, that I broke up before starting the reviews.

Packs and lights well as long as you break up the remaining flakes.

Ahhh, this is such a terrific, flavorful blend. The first half has wonderful flavors of charred steak, leather, toasty cedar and earthy, natural tobacco. It's complex and intriguing. It reminds me of Blackpoint with a burley addition. The Orientals bring a floral, slight spicy essence that match up perfectly to make this a full flavored, well rounded and balanced tobacco. Leaves a clean, refreshed palate. Nothing I don't love about Super Balkan!

Pipe Used: several

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

Similar Blends: Blackpoint.

4 people found this review helpful.

TCody Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TCody (15)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

When I received this tobacco, I was surprised by its harshness. It didn't live up to the high rating on this site.

After two years of sitting in a Mason jar, the Super Balkan became sublime in smoothness and taste. If you try this and aren't impressed, give it some age. You'll be glad you did.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: New and two years.

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Ted's British Imperial.

4 people found this review helpful.

tschenyinkoh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tschenyinkoh (51)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When smoking Super Balkan, I barely taste the Perique, on the contrary I just taste the burley, which give the deepness and nuttiness.

Fresh Super Balkan smokes very nicely but when the moisture decreases after three months, it smokes very harshly.

So I highly recommend you buy the 2oz tin version and store it carefully in order to keep the high moisture. It is different from SG's Commonwealth, which dry out thus become much more savory.

Age When Smoked: three monthes

Purchased From: 1 oz bulk from smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Hearth & Home - Cerberus (Marquee Series).

4 people found this review helpful.

papapauly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
papapauly (24)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I ordered this one in an effort to expand my latakia blends for the winter months. I generally enjoy C&D latakia blends so I figured this one was worth a shot-I'm very glad I did! Initially the appearance and aroma was promising, leathery, smokey, and rich scents were what I got first so I grabbed a briar and headed out to the porch. The first few minutes I was actually a bit disappointed, the richness I smelled when I opened the bag was not really showing up in the smoke, then about a third of the way through the bowl the flavors came through strong and were very well balanced. The latakia was there but was not overpowering which was what I was hoping for here (if I want serious latakia I will fill my pipe with pirate kake!) I found the smoke to be rich and woody enough to go well with a chilly winter afternoon and plan to add it to my tobacco cellar for many winters to come.

Pipe Used: briar

Age When Smoked: new from bulk

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: russ' yule log, C&D atlas balkan.

4 people found this review helpful.

caddad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
caddad (53)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Before I opened the tin I expected to get bowled over by latakia. Super Balkan had me expecting somthing very heavy and was supprised by the light color and aroma that greeted me. The pipe packed very nicely and at the light of the match I was soon in pipe smoker heaven! Wonderfull flavor and the latakia is held at a very usable level allowing the experiance of the other tobaccos to be enjoyed. My wife and daughter, both in the room and having no idea I was lighting a Balkan, did not utter one word of complaint and when I asked what they thought they acted as though they didn't even notice I was smoking. Very, very enjoyable blend. I can't even compare it to another blend I have smoked in the past. It is an 8 oz tin and I very well may not smoke anything else until it is all gone. Great job Craig!

4 people found this review helpful.

ScienceSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ScienceSmoker (60)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This review is of the bulk version of Super Balkan, not the tin... if that makes any difference. Sutliff's Match Balkan Sobranie has been my go-to Balkan blend for a while. I have about 200 grams of it left in a big jar and it's a major part of my rotation. But now, after trying C&D's Super Balkan... Sutliff better watch out... they may have to take second place. This stuff is outstanding.

It starts out like a nice, smooth Balkan. Then about halfway through the bowl, this amazing complex sweetness appears suddenly. There are lots of blends that change a bit halfway through the bowl, but never as dramatically as this one. I think it's the Perique and Oriental coming together, and it's great. This is a complex, super enjoyable blend.

Bottom line: Not much else I can say about this one... it's one of the best Balkan blends I've ever had,

Pipe Used: S&R Straight Grain #41

3 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (403)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

I bought this one because it had ‘Super’ in front of it. I am no expert on English vs Balkan and am not going down that rabbit hole but this one lacks the smoky sweet Latakia smell and taste so as the name says ‘Balkan’ it is. This smells really mild in the jar as I bought this in bulk. This will be the last time that I also mention that I have hardly any sense of smell and taste anymore, probably due to my age, heavy coffee drinker, broken nose twice, anyway I think you get the point. It smokes clean, almost cigarette(ish) which I assume is the main presence of the Turkish and Oriental tobaccos with Latakia lurking back in the dark. This is a good blend. I also started smoking it in a larger pipe bowl which seems to allow me to coax out the flavors a little better. If you are looking for a stout, no nonsense tobacco, give this one a try. 3 stars on my scale.

Pipe Used: BUTZ CHOQUIN, 1130

Age When Smoked: New

3 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (115)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is an awesome take on a Balkan blend. There is a solid base of earthy Bright Virginias, followed by non-dominating amount of smokey Cyprian Latakia. The Perique content is low but adds some spice to the blend. Now if the blend was finished here it would be a good English. But the inclusion of the spicy, sour Turkish Izmir and the chocolatey Burley is what makes this a complex and unique Balkan. The strength is medium, the room note is enjoyable, and it smokes well in every pipe. Another great bulk offering from C&D.

3 people found this review helpful.

SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (134)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This blend has a relatively small amount of latakia; it is a lighter type of blend in that sense. Aside from the small smoky notes, I taste grains/oats, hay and a touch of spice. This is very well balanced, and if I don't quite know what I want to light up, I tend to favor this mix. I like it for its versatility and condimental use of latakia. Quality tobacco leaf, too. See JimInks' review for a bit more detail; his review pretty much sums it up. Govern Yourself Accordingly!

Pipe Used: Becker, Parker

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

poppy43 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
poppy43 (11)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I have tried several blends from Cornell & Diehl of the English/Balken variety and haven't found a bad one yet so I took a chance and ordered 80z of their Super Balken. I wish I'd ordered a pound. This stuff is good, very good. The batch I got is kind of chunky so I fill the bowl tap the pipe to let it settle and tamp it lightly and keep doing this till the pipe is full. Room note is great, the wife never complains so that's good. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: trusty old Kaywoodie

Age When Smoked: freshsmokingpipes.com

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (218)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a good blend. It does remind me a lot of Balkan Sasieni, although to be fair it has been a few years since I have opened a tin of it. There are some differences to be sure but if I had to pick one I would lean toward my memory of Balkan Sasieni. That said, this is still a good mild to Med. bodied smoke. The lat is there and is smokey and has a slight musty note but it is not so much of a percentage of the blend that it completely takes over. The Orientals are creamy a little sweet and have that buttermilk like sourness that I love they are in competition with the lat for which is dominate and often take the lead. The burley is very earthy with a slight nuttiness about it and always trails right behind the late and the Orientals. The VA's have a grassy/hay like note, although I get no citrus note at all, which is odd but they are more in the background and the perique is barely noticeable with a little plum and pepper on occasion. This was enjoyable I would certainly recommend this to a smoker who has had a few blends under there belt and looking to try a Balkan style blend. I think for me personally there are blends that are fuller that keep my attention more so this is more a personal rating if you enjoy the mild side of things this is worth a try.

Age When Smoked: 6 months

2 people found this review helpful.

mark81253 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mark81253 (18)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

An excellent mixture in the perfect proportions. One of the most important ways I judge a tobacco is the feel and taste sensations I get when exhaling it out of my nose and this one is sensational. I get differing flavors especially from the orientals and a good spike of spice and pepper from the perique. It's like a different taste from each and every puff as all the different tobaccos take their turn to present themselves. I love the tangy "bite" and aftertaste I get on the tongue. This is becoming one of my favorite smokes. If you like this type of blend this one is sure to please.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

porshcigar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
porshcigar (44)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

A very good. Latakia blend but not an overbearing amount of Latakia. I like to smoke between heavier blends. This blend also re-hydrates well from 4 year old dry as a desert. A very pleasant smoke indeed. A great blend indeed worthy of 4 star rating. Lights well, smokes great to a fine grey ash.

2 people found this review helpful.

periqueguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
periqueguy (43)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

What a terrific tobacco. I was totally delighted with the taste, nico content, english/oriental flavor and impressed with the fact that I could taste each of the ingredients as they blended to perfection. Bravo Mr. Tarler!

2 people found this review helpful.

Brunello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brunello (166)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

After conducting a comparative “Balkanalia” of four bulk Balkans this last weekend, this came close enough to four stars that I’m going to go ahead and give it top marks. Yes, 4 out 5 times I prefer the flavor profile of Arango Balkan Supreme, but somebody else may prefer the flavor profile of C&D Super Balkan. The important thing here is that they are clearly quite distinctive from one another, and both are made from top-quality tobaccos. Arango is the darker richer style, C&D has the pinch of Perique, and offers high-toned incense, juniper, and pronounced sunflower seed. If this had been a blind tasting I probably would have guessed that Syrian Latakia was used. The only giveaway that it wasn’t is that the blend doesn’t taste old enough to have Syrian in it. In fact, I think this blend has potential for aging in the cellar. Since I divided my initial supply from 2020 into two jars, I’m going to wrap the untouched jar in Saran Wrap (just to be sure it remains airtight), and let it sit for another five years. Meanwhile, I might have to buy some more for some short-term cellaring.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30171)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is my favorite Balkan to date. My review will not be as eloquent as this blend deserves, but here goes... I like the extra kick the perique gives to the orientals' spiciness. A lot.

There you have it. My favorite Balkan. Try it and you'll see.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, MM hardwoods

Purchased From: 4noggins and P&C

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Singularis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Singularis (18)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Checked back to see any notes from myself and others and was shocked to see I'd never put a review here!

This has been a longtime favorite for me, but it's actually been a while since I've smoked this, as I've explored many other offerings over the last two years. I cellared back 2 oz in a mason jar, then let time do its magic on ole Super Balkan. I've loved this fresh, but I daresay it is richer, smoother, mellower, buttery, spicier, sweeter, but with a more muted smokey quality now that it has a little age on it. And it was good all the way to the bottom while puffing away on sunny, early spring walk here in upper Wisconsin!

I should be getting another pound to put away. This stuff is just so good. I'd have to rate higher than Arango Super Balkan: its simply a more balanced flavor, top to bottom, and may even age better. If I didn't know better, I would have thought I was smoking one of GL Pease's English offerings.

4 stars

Age When Smoked: 2+ years

Similar Blends: Arango - Balkan Supreme, G. L. Pease - Samarra (Original Mixtures).

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willie b Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
willie b (37)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

can't say much that hasn't already been said. one of the best in my 40 yrs. of smoking the pipe. I buy in bulk and its ready to smoke when I get it. perfect moisture and burns with no relights to a perfect white ash when packed light. the oriental is the front man with the latakia on bass and the sweet Virginia on guitar. The perique plays keyboard, and the burley does backup. just an awesome band all in sync. has its own style and a huge fan base.

Pipe Used: Peterson system

Age When Smoked: fresh and aged

Purchased From: tobacco pipes

Similar Blends: other Balkens and English blends..

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The Old Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Old Man (19)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I was pleasantly surprised by this nicely-balanced Balkan.

Super Balkan has less Latakia than Star of the East but with more pronounced Orientals. Little to no VA or Burley noted. The Perique is slightly noticeable.

A nice, subtle sharpness from the Orientals develops down the bowl. In fact, this blend is somewhat reminiscent of the Early Morning Pipe flavor profile and mildness, but Super Balkan has more Latakia than EMP, less VA and is sharper (in a good way!). Some light sweetness noted. Great burning cut. Nice white ash.

Super Balkan is a Super Blend!

Age When Smoked: Fresh Bulk

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