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If you're a lover of Latakia blends, you need to give this one a try. 50% Latakia, over 30% Virginas, with smaller amounts of Turkish and Cigar Leaf make this a smoky and sweet choice that is both tasty and smooth. Your destination for Latakia enjoyment should be Latakia Junction.

BrandJohn Patton
Blended ByJohn Patton
Manufactured By4noggins
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Cigar Leaf, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

As you would think, the Latakia leads the way here providing ample smoky, woody, spicy notes. The other Orientals provide a sour woody note. The Virginias a fair amount of sweetness. The spice and earth of the cigar leaf is barely discernible in the background. I think the Lat is just slightly overdone. It hides some of the finer nuances of flavor from the other components. I suppose the point here though is to provide a Lat fix for those who desire it and in that it certainly succeeds.

Medium in body and flavor. Burns perfectly.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Mark Twain, Patriot

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: 4noggins

8 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (632)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I just finished a sample of this given to me quite a while ago. I did not mind this one. That is to say that it wasn't too bad and wasn't too good, but was smokable. I wished that I had more to taste as my sample was about five to six bowls worth. Of course, I just fulfilled that wish by ordering more today.

I have read the reviews and am surprised at the reviewers who bemoan the overuse of Latakia. I typically don't go for the Latakia heavy hitters and didn't find this to be one. Perhaps it is the other ingredients mellowing it out. The lat is no doubt there, but I don't have that heavy campfire mouth after finishing a bowl of this as I do with other lat heavy blends. The orientals are subdued in this blend as is the cigar; however, the latter is definitely noticeable.

I feel that this blend is not very memorable and perhaps my next go around will change that. I plan on revisiting this review, but these are my thoughts at this point in time.

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

John Patton - Latakia Junction.

The blends appearance is a bit hectic, there's ribbons, leafy pieces, and some chunky broken flakes. It contains many different colours, from golden to black, and the water content looks good.

If I'm honest I expected the smoke to be a lot more astringent, the smoke obviously has Latakia in pole position, but it's fairy relaxed in comparison to some of the harsh types. At first the Virginia tasted more like a Cavendish variety, there was more sweetness and hardly any sharp notes, but once the burn had settled some traditional Virginia notes peeked through. The Orientals gives some piquancy to the blend, and keep it from becoming a bore. I can't identify any Cigar Leaf, really, I get a slight cedar/woodiness, but that could be from any of the tobaccos. The same can be said for any Burley: if it's present it misses me! L.J. burns well, being cool and even, and the smoke's bite free.

The nicotine's medium, and the room-note's a bit too heavy.

Latakia Junction? Four stars.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Toscana

Age When Smoked: Two months

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4 people found this review helpful.

Stinkypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stinkypipe (155)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

What an interesting blend. I of course love Latakia so this was a no brainer. But adding a bit a cigar leaf was a wonderful idea. Opening presented plenty of lat and Virginia and what must be the cigar leaf. The aroma is of course smoky but honestly you can smell just a bit of cigar in there. Lights fairly well packs up easy and first couple puffs gave me that wonderful sweet wood smoky flavor. Once the bowl got too rolling I started getting an earthy and smoky sweet flavor and some cigar flavor. This is just a very interesting blend that is very very tasty. Great flavor to end of bowl. Don't get in a big hurry or you may get a bite. Burned down to a nice white ash at end of bowl. I will be buying more of this blend. The room aroma was pretty good with a definite smell of some cigar along with the Latakia smoky smell. This is a four star blend for sure!!

Pipe Used: Boswell bulldog

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: Pretty unique if anything perhaps Northwoods but different flavors..

2 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

If you like Latakia, this is for you. The Latakia in this blend is top notch and along with the VA and orientals, it offers a very sweet full taste. However, I felt the Latakia was a little over the top on this one. Too much of a good thing. In the pouch, it is a mix of brown and black flake and has the leathery, smokey aroma of Latakia. It comes somewhat dry but not too dry and it did light very easy. Right off the bat it produced the dark smokey flavor one would expect by the name but sweet and rich. It smoked down all the way to the bottom to a dark grey ash. The room note was very strong and distinct and would chase off all but English lovers. But at the halfway point, it was so heavy in Lat that I could taste nothing else and it grew fairly harsh. I think this would have been a great blend if the VA content had been upped a little bit and the Lat content reduced somewhat. I did enjoy the smoke enough that I have to recommend it to Latakia lovers, but as I think it could be improved upon, I don't give it the highly recommend rating.

2 people found this review helpful.

Raines Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raines (52)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

As every tobacco I've purchased at 4Noggins I had to dry it. I must tell that I like very dry tobaccos. Even dry this tobacco is rather hard to keep lit. Otherwise the taste is very good and sweet. The smoke is not too thick. Obviously if you don't like latakia smell, you won't appreciate it. I highly recommend it for whom like lataka or similar taste.

1 person found this review helpful.

Funn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Funn (16)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the only blend I've smoked w/cigar leaf where it's very very subtle. Normally blends w/cigar let me know instantly of it's presence. This mixes in so smoothly w/the latakia the blend is mild in strength. I can exhale this through my nose with very plesant results. This is creamy in a burley type of way without the burley. I can smoke this all day.a perfect marriage of everything. The latakia is there but it's not beating you over the head. Am enjoying this in a Great Dane Spool but have had it in a Peterson Billiard also & it passes the test admirably. It builds in strength as it's smoked but it's never over the top. Really a great tobacco. Good with morning tea or night time reflections. Give it a'll love it. IMHO

1 person found this review helpful.

Brunello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brunello (140)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This was my least favorite of the John Patton blends and the only one I didn’t reorder. Sure, the cigar leaf provides an interesting undertone but I kept thinking that Maduro leaf might have worked better (for my taste) with these ingredients, or maybe Sokhoum instead of cigar leaf. There is also a hint of soapiness when being lit, but this quickly subsides.

While I worked my way through my one ounce sample I also I happened to be smoking Peretti Omega and Mac Baren Vintage Syrian during this same time period, both of which I preferred. This just isn’t as compelling as the other Patton blends, which I do highly recommend exploring.

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Falliver Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Falliver (42)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Woods galore!

Though a bit on the dry side for my liking upon acquiring, letting it age with a humidifier made the packing easier, and burn better.

From previous Latakia blends, I prepared for a overly smoky tobacco, and though smoky, not overly so. The aroma is prevalently woody, as is the taste of this full bodied smoke: cedary and that of a burning Christmas fire is both on the palate and room note, some nuttiness of that of almonds, though I’m guessing there is much more to find for my yet untrained palate. Is there some dark bitter chocolate hiding in the background? A really pleasant and interesting smoke I highly recommend to try out, though I’m not yet sure just how much I like it myself.

It leaves a nice, dry, and white ash in the bowl that’s easily removed.

Pipe Used: Norrøna Lillehammer 1212

Age When Smoked: 6 weeks

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I like Latakia (as known) and Rich from 4noggins suggested to try this mixture, containing 50% Latakia, 30% Virginia and several other Oriental tobaccos, plus a taste of cigar, that adds a peculiar and sweet taste that I like. It is coarse cut, exactly as I like it, and it burns slowly. Its moisture is perfect, to light it up right away and enjoy it till the end. Its nicotine level is very good, as I don't burst from it and I can smoke it all the time. However, my opinion is that it does not contain as much Latakia as promised by the mixtures blender, John Patton. I will surely re-order it, and soon, as the 2oz sent to me for tasting are swiftly ending.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

After reading some reviews on the website, I ordered some of this tobacco. I really have enjoyed it. I believe it could be an all day smoke. I've smoked it on the way to work in the morning along with a big mug of coffee. When I get to work I'm ready to go. I've smoked 8 or 10 bowls of this so far and just ordered another 8 oz. for the future. Really enjoyed smoking it over the 4th of July while fishing in a country farm pond. Didn't catch many fish, but sure enjoyed the smokey campfire flavor of this tobacco. I'm just a novice smoker, but I'm really enjoying this Latakia blend. Pick up some soon and give it a try.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Wonderful blend, perfectly balanced, full, round, with a sweet mellowness that makes the smoke very nice. For lovers of the mixture, I recommend it absolutely.

Five stars!!!

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Strong Very Full Strong

Another outstanding blend from John Patton, creator of Spyglass, Moe's Confetti and other blends that I have ordered but have yet to sample.

This is a very full tasting Latakia blend. The Turkish and Virginia are there, and come to the fore about half way down. This one burns quite slowly, and rushing seems to spoil it, as there are so many flavour combinations in store for the careful smoker.

I would rank this with Nightcap and other Latakia-heavy blends, but others may disagree. It reminded me a little of Stokkebye's Balkan Supreme, but again, others may disagree.

I will certainly be buying more of this, and long may John Patton be around to give us these splendid mixtures.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I really like thus tobacco, from its flavor, to its strength, and for its delightful Latakia content.

The tobacco is very easy to get along with, is not fussy, and once the burn gets going, it is a mellow smoke indeed, with a pretty fair nicotine factor.

I am a regular Nightcap smoker, but this one, for me, at least, will become a regular smoke for me.

Darned good tobacco, at a reasonable price!

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