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Notes: This blend was formerly known as "Sweet Latakia." This is the old tin description: Sweet Latakia“, an English blend with 50 per cent latakia. Virginia and Oriental grades give this blend a prominent sweet taste that initially force the latakia into the background. It is only after some time of smoking that the latakia gets the upper hand and start to dominate the flavor. This interplay of tastes is what makes this English blend so charming. Sweet, airy and spicy – these are the “Sweet Latakia"‘s governing attributes. It is an interesting blend for sworn fans of latakia and for those who want to become it.

BrandHU Tobacco
Blended ByHans Wiedemann
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected, Extremely Mild, Very Mild, Mild
Medium to Full
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2706)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian latakia comprises fifty percent of the blend. The creamy, buttery sweet, woody, earthy, mildly floral and spicy Orientals are supporting players. The tangy citrusy, grassy sweet Virginias also sport a little dark fruit and earth as a condiment. I’m not sure about the added sweetness, but it’s extremely mild, and doesn’t interfere with the tobaccos. The strength is medium while the taste is in the center of medium to full. The nic-hit is medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, but does have a rough edge at times. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent, smoky semi-sweet, deep and filling flavor from top to bottom. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke.


7 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Hans does it again, this time with Sweet Latakia. It's lightly aromatic and a purist would call it such, but I prefer not to as I think it falls more into the “cross-over” category. If you are thinking of Sillems Black, don't. Sillem's Black, a highly rated Latakia aromatic, has far more casing than Sweet Latakia, but there is no doubt in my mind that the sweetness in SL is derived from more than just the Virginia's. I prefer medium and medium/light Latakia blends so this wouldn't be a regular rotation smoke for me but as with all of the HU blends I have tried thus far, it's hard not to rate this as a four star blend. Well done!

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Latakia is the key player in this delicious blend from micro blender Hans Wiedemann. The sweetness is derived from the addition of a little sweetened Virginia and not from any major flavouring agent. I do not know if Syrian or Cyprian latakia is used but my guess is the latter because of the blend's smokiness. Together with Viginia and Oriental grades, this makes for a blend that is easy on the palate, smoky and sweetish and of light to medium body. Don't let this one get away! Rob

2 people found this review helpful.

pipey duck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipey duck (36)
Extremely Mild Mild Mild Unnoticeable

Airy applies it very well. There is no body here to speak of.There is a bit of a danish flavour in the back what makes it a "Sweet Latakia". The virginias and orientals are far too weak to weight the ncotinless latakia out. And so we have a extremly mild tobacco here which is the case really often when it comes to heavy latakia blends. Because latakia HAVE ALMOST NO NICOTINE. The strength catogery is mistakenly used here . Most smokers means strong in flavour and rate it in strength also high. Especially Port Latakia does not saturate. It is a common english taste with a little danish mixed in. Boring to me

Pipe Used: Parker 109

Age When Smoked: fresh/ 7years old

Purchased From: Gerd Jansen

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