The Khoisaan – a black, aromatic latakia blend. Smoky Cypriot latakia is blended with rich Louisiana perique and strong flavored, fire-cured Virginia from Tanzania.The result is an aromatic, full bodied blend; its woody and fruity overtones create a perfect foil. The Khoisaan – a complex blend for the experienced aficionado.
Notes: Contains 59% Cyprian latakia. Syrian was originally used until the stock ran out. (They changed the name of the series from "Foundation by Musicó" to "African Line")
The tingly spice from the earthy, woody, raisiny, plumy perique and fired cured earthy, woody, bready, tart and tangy citrusy Virginia hits you from the first puffs to the very last as it perfectly melded with an ample amount of smokey, woody, earthy, wine-like Syrian Latakia, which is the star component. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the medium mark The taste level is snitch stronger. The full bodied complexity of the blend never weakens. It’s an exceptionally well balanced spicy ribbon cut Balkan with a smooth creaminess that burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent flavor. Leaves very little moisture at the finish, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, lightly lingering after taste. Not an all day smoke, but if you are dedicated to this genre of tobaccos or new to English mixtures, you’ll enjoy the experience.
The proprietor of HU-Tobacco, Hans Wiedemann, has recently introduced a new line of tobacco's blended in co-operation with the Italian pipe maker Foundation by Musico. Being the big fan I am of his blends, I ordered them all and this is my review of "the Khoisaan". 75% of this blend is black (latakia and Perique), the remainder is made up of a lighter virginia ready rubbed and this is the fire-cured virginia. I have asked Hans about it and he confirmed this. It gives the blend a small amount of sweetness and fullness, as does the perique, among other attributes usually associated with this tobacco: pepperiness, fruitiness and sheer nicotine. I have noticed that the perique HU-Tobacco uses seems fairly mild and not too peppery. Latakia is the main player however and this blend is full of it. Being of the Syrian variety, it is more aromatic than smoky and with a "slimmer" body in comparison to Cyprian latakia. The Khoisaan is a medium-full tobacco, not too heavy and an excellent choice for latakia lovers. A shure/dark-fired winner :)
Hansen Wiedemann is one of the truly great blenders. Off VaPers for a bit, this is a great return. Smoky.woody etc all true, but I smell and taste something like cut cedarwood. It really is the quietest Lat bomb I know
I’ve smoked this blend in the past, but it is nothing like I remember it. Back then it tasted like a VaLat, creamy, smoky and sweet. Now this is totally different, in a good way.
I must also mention that this blend blooms as it sits in the jar.
So, first things first, the tin note. At the beginning, it had a low to medium tin note, sweet and sour. Now, after sitting in the jar for over three weeks, the latakia and perique notes have increased and it has an amazing smell.
Presents itself as well cut ribbon with lots of black leaves, actually being equal parts black and the rest being brown leaves. Moisture is just perfect to smoke right out of the tin, but I prefer this one a bit more on the dry side.
The taste also changes after sitting in the jar, it develops. The four tobaccos have been perfectly blended together, that you can taste each of them separately but also together, giving a rich raisin, spice, wood, fig sweetness altogether, smokiness and even some dried plums. Uban made a great description when he mentioned cedarwood. This is very accurate for this blend, has notes of pine and juniper as well. This has a good amount of latakia, but is not a lat bomb, it just perfectly blends together with the rest, giving a smoky sweet aroma.
Indeed full bodied, the tobaccos are of the best quality and there is an explosion of so many aromas. I would definitely drink this with a gin, perhaps The Botanist or Monkey 47. Might even go well with a Islay Scotch! Or a red wine.
As I said, this baby blooms after sitting for a while in the jar. After a week in the jar, the latakia bloomed and started to be felt from the first smoke along with perique and kentucky. It is smoky and quite spicy, even more full bodied than the first bowl I’ve had. After three weeks, you get the latakia doze you need. A delicacy! Smoky, woody, tangy, spicy!
Has a long aftertaste, with smokiness and pine.
Burns perfectly, I can light it once and smoke it for 20 minutes without going off or getting hot. Might need another match to light it a second time for best results though, but it’s a great burner.
The room note is quite mellow, not very smoky actually.
All in all, this is an amazing blend and goes on my favorites list.
This is a somewhat unusual mix of condimental tobaccos: fire-cured Virginia, Perique, Latakia, according to the description on tobacco reviews, but you see the tin also lists Dark Fired Kentucky. This is much stronger in the nose than a lot of other Latakia blends in terms of nicotine. The Latakia is the defining leaf of course but it is being muscled around by the other powerful players, they don't let it dominate, I like it!
Really not a lot more to say, the key points is that it is strong compared with most other Latakia blends, the Latakia is there but it doesn't dominate, or reach "tire fire" levels, and has quite a bit of spice and woodyness (is this the DFK talking to us or the fire-cured Virginia?). Strangely enough, Perique is something I do not taste so much of, but that's likely on me as I'm never able to pick it out in Lat blends. The other point of this blend is that it has a lot of body, bready, yet not sweet. 4 Stars.
The Khoisaan is a blend of the new HU Tobacco - serie called Foundation by musico. Foundation by musico is a higly recommended italian pipe manufacture. I smoked all the 6 blends of this tobacco series but I think the Khoisaan is the most unusual blend of all. The Khoisaan is a blend of black tobaccos. The blend contains no filler tobaccos, only spice tobaccos like latakia,perique and darkfired virginia. No bright virginia or orient or burley. I think you can`t find often such kind of tobacco blends. Immediately after light the tobacco, I can taste a strong and creamy taste. The blend contains 59% latakia and 16% perique a real base for a strong and characterfully taste. The taste brings really wooden tones in combination with the fruity tones of the perique. But the taste is not boring and only strong. No, the taste is wonderfully complex. Sometimes like the smell of a piece of oak wood the next time with more smoky tones. Than I taste the light sweetness of the darkfired virginia in combination with tarry notes. It`s really an experience for me and I love it. The nicotine level is not too high but The khoisaan is no light weight. The Khoisaan is a lovely discovery for me. Highly recommended for lovers of special spicy latakia blends.
I just finished my first half of the 100-gram tin I purchased a little more than 6 years ago, and I enjoyed it immensely.
To start, my tin is a "Foundation by Musico" tin meaning that it should contain Syrian Latakia rather than Cyprian. I think if this is the case, then my tin must have got one of the tail bits of Syrian mixed with some Cyprian latakia, because I can definitely sense the unmistakable taste of Cyprian Latakia in this blend and am really not able to distinguish any Syrian latakia flavor.
The Latakia, whatever variety it is, has a strong presence, but this is both tempered and emboldened by the inclusion of Kentucky and Perique. There are no Oriental varietals other than the Latakia to create any rough edges on this blend, so it really smokes smooth to my tastes. The Virginia is adding sweetness, but just enough to keep the palate from smoke overload, I believe; I am unable to differentiate what types of Virginia are at play here due the dominance of the other components, but trust that it is doing what it is intended to do, because the end result is so good.
Overall, this is one for the Latakia lovers who also want some strength to their bends. As Latakia has very little strength in the way of Nicotine, Kentucky and Perique are wise choices to accomplish this end. These two elements also give some variety in flavor keeping, what would otherwise be a one-note lat bomb, an interesting flavor shifter.
Great blend! I am looking forward to smoking the second half of the tin I jarred.
I have recently bought a tin of this, so it does not contain Syrian latakia. My experience of this blend is entirely different than the reviews for the older blending.
This blend strikes me as Kentucky-forward, yet heavily accented by the Perique. Tanzanian Virginias are particularly woody, so it could be the virtue of the leaf not the quantity in the blend. There is a consistent spiciness throughout the smoke thanks to the Perique. The Latakia supports the rich woody flavour of the Kentucky by accentuating its smokiness.
This is not an all day smoke, but certainly a treat. This is not your typical Balkan blend, and deserves a place in your cellar. A must smoke for lovers of Kentucky style tobacco. 3.5/4 rounded up to a 4.
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