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The Tuarekh – a classic Balkan blend. Ample Cyprian latakia give the Tuarekh its fresh and spicy taste. The blend is enriched by spicy Oriental grades, orange Virginia from Tanzania and a touch of Louisiana Perique. The Tuarekh – a sharply defined, medium-strong Balkan blend, offering nicely balanced nuances in taste.

Notes: Contains 52% 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").

BrandHU Tobacco
Blended ByHans Wiedemann
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Full, Full
Room Note
Tolerable, Strong

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The smoky, woody, earthy, wine-like, lightly musty, leathery Syrian Latakia is the lead component. The smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia is not very noticeable by comparison, but both Latakias comprise half the blend without this being a lat-bomb. The woody, earthy, mildly floral and dry, herbal, vegetative, rather spicy, creamy buttery sweet and slightly sour Orientals play an important support role. The orange Virginia chips in with some tangy dark fruit, tart and tangy citrus, earth, wood, and a touch of grass. The spicy, raisiny, plumy Louisiana perique is far in the background, and its spice content adds to that of the Orientals. The strength level is medium while the taste steps just past that line. The nic-hit is a slot below the strength level. No chance of bite or harshness. Well balanced with complex nuances that you’ll notice in every puff, it burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very rich, deep consistent sweet and savory, spicy, campfire flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste, and lightly stronger room note. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke despite its inherent strength.


16 people found this review helpful.

Wilhelm Joharsányi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wilhelm Joharsányi (33)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Tuarekh is a worthy replacement for Dunhill‘s Standard and London Mixture, and is essentially a more flavorful and complex union between the two. HU Tobacco blends should definitely be judged on its own merits; However, I am almost exclusively a Dunhill smoker and with their planned exit this year, HU Tobacco has filled the void and exceeded all my expectations. This is a high quality, premium English blend just like the rest of the HU Tobacco catalog, and I am beginning to label them the ‘craft beers’ of pipe tobacco manufacturers.

At 52% Latakia, Tuarekh is not a Latakiafest and the first thing I noticed was its distinct spice from the Orientals and Perique, followed by the leathery Latakia, and a very slight hint of dried fruit from the Virginias. Tuarekh’s strength is quite potent and it isn’t an all-day smoke, at least for me it isn’t. I would recommend smoking it just before bed, since its inherent strength will certainly alter your palate for the rest of the day. And for the record, I don’t know what Tuarekh means, my guess is something Albanian but who cares, just smoke it.

Similar Blends: Dunhill‘s Standard Mixture and London Mixture.

7 people found this review helpful.

Pipeliner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeliner (13)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The Tuarekh is a classical english mixture.The blend contains 52% Latakia (syrian, but I´m not shure), a hint of Perique, Virginia and Turkish.The Tuarekh burns very well and absolutly dry. I feel no tongue bite or bitterness.The taste is full and creamy with a very nice smoky and salty touch. The taste is also a bit sweet but without any chemical touch and in the background I can taste a bit pepper notes and most of all a tingly sourness, a bit like champain. This note of the taste gives the Tuarekh it`s special character. A full english blend with no dull taste, but with a refreshing taste. This tobacco is not easy to discribe. Personally the Tuarekh reminds me to the Dunhill Early Morning Pipe made of Murray`s.People who had miss the older Early Morning Pipe should try the Tuarekh. HU Tobacco is really a specialist in natural tobaccos.In my mind especially in latakia blends.

6 people found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (118)
Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

Not being latakia smoker for many years I approached this one with caution . The tin note brought me back to the great latakia blends of yesteryear . The tobacco was a little moist and needed to be air dried for a while . Lighting it up was pure pleasure . It's hard to believe that this blend is over 50% latakia since it is nowhere near a bomb . The smoothness of the draw is amazing , simply silk all the way through the bowl . The perique is noticeable in the way it was in a true English blend , present but not in charge . Dried fruit , plumbs and even chocolate come to mind while smoking . It must be remembered that these are Empire tobaccos , both the latakia and the Virginia, and they do not compare exactly to the domestic Virginia or the Syrian latakia we are used ro finding in our Ebglish blends of old . Ideal for that after dinner smoke with a glass of port wine . No bite at all , just silky smooth and exotic . A master class in blending .

5 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Ppz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Ppz (3)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This one caught my attention straight up. Smells little bit sour in the begining, personally I love to cut the ribbons in 1/3rd of initial lenght, let to dry a bit for about 15 min, then fill up loosely and light. Smoky, earthy, wine and some sweetness, bold body, good nocitine hit for a mid day or evening smoke. Love its aftertaste, after puffs you can still fill the notes. Good aging potential as I was lucky enough to purchase 3 tins of the red label Foundation by Musico, opened one after six months of solitude. Ita has gone mellower and tastes a bit more sweet.

Going to keep for another year and open the last one. IMHO it resembles Balkan Sassieni, even fuller in body and taste. Happy smokes you all, well met!

Pipe Used: Winslow crown 300 Stanwell viking & relief

Age When Smoked: fresh out of tin,6 months tin

Similar Blends: Balkan Sassieni..

4 people found this review helpful.

Käpt`n Cook Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Käpt`n Cook (17)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Hans called The Tuarekh a classical Balkan Blend. I think this term is overused and so I was a bit skeptical. After opening the tin, I smell a maskulin and smoky aroma. The Tuarekh looks very nice and makes appetite to smoke. The tobacco is easily to pack and burns very well. The taste starts quit good and gets always better. The sweet virginia tobaccos harmonizes very well with the latakia and the orient leaf. The taste is very airy and tangy, but not characterless.The Tuarekh contains 52% latakia, I can always taste it but it don´t overtones the other tobacco combonents. I feel the taste very athereal and in the background I taste contuned a light soure combonent. I think it is the perique, which is very well dosed.The complex flavor I will get addicted.The smoke has a special power and let me say I love it. Wether the Tuarekh is a balkan blend, I don´t know. But I personally know that this blend is a grandious spicy latakia blend with wonderfully sweet and soure undertones. People who looks after a high interesting blend, taste the Tuarekh.

4 people found this review helpful.

HeavyTrees Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyTrees (70)
Medium None Detected Very Full Strong

Received a generous sample from a good friend and by the cold smell I already knew this was a blend for me. Leather and sweet bread dough and spicy almost citric.

Dried out for some time and packed in a medium bowl this went easy and springy and got lit very easy burning slow and cool down to the bottom leaving only light gray ashes.

What a beautifully blended tobacco that keeps my taste buds busy from the first second - recognizing so many subtle flavor nuances. Latakia forward but not a tiny bit overwhelming or overcoming the other components. Many different dry fruit plum and apricot scents. A smooth sweetness is there, just enough to underline the smoke and provide a creamy roundup.

Great blend for the admirer of spicy Latakia blends. Offers a really nice balanced prism of tastes.

Pipe Used: Various Briar

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Got it as a sample

3 people found this review helpful.

Cypressandstar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cypressandstar (14)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Tuarekh is described as a mixture balkan but if this is so, then it flows away from the mainstream. While mixtures such as "Btitt's Balkan" from 4noggins or the"Balkan Mix" by Gawith Hoggart(lakeland flavour?) are still recognizable as balkan, tuarekh follows the path of exile in a sense:dnt get me wrong,I do not want to be ironic or to say that this mixture does not deserve attention. Masterfully blended,different and interesting as other mix from this blender,she strike me for the taste and ease of smoke. Tuarekh could be an allday mixture and I could bet,without any bite or other dangers for the troath.

3 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (345)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

A very classic Balkan, with a cut that's ribbon but quite a thick one, and so particularly cool burning.

The great: the Latakia is of fine quality, on a par with that used by GL Pease in the US. And it definitely is a flavorful Balkan, not the wimpy stuff someone (hello, Erinmore) tries to pass up as Balkan.

The slightly less than great: It's a very good blend, woodsy and smoky, clean-tasting and fragrant. But... it's a bit simple. Lots of flavor and great flavor too, but it can be a bit monochromatic, without the finesse and complexity of the best Balkans of old times or modern times (again, GL Pease). Probably this is due to the lack of the Syrian which was present in the original recipe. It still is definitely very much above most of the "industrially made stuff": and this is weird, since I see that it's made by K&K. K&K has some really fine Latakia blends (such as the McConnell ones), but none comes to the clarity of flavour this one has.

It would be nice to see how this one fares with some age on it, only I don't trust the air-tightness of this kind of tins.

1 person found this review helpful.

WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (197)
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

The sample aroma was a sharp creosote smell. Latakia. Tangy sour rich. Smells like a Balkan winner. Moisture is perfect as to be expected. This is from a new tin.

Latakia is obviously the main flavor but it’s a lot softer than the smell. Floral, smokey, herbal, but it’s soft. There’s a floral and sour taste too. At the beginning it was soft and the orientals were buttery and the Virginias were sweet. As the bowl progresses it becomes more smokey, vegetative, herbaceous. It’s heavy on the taste and a bit so too on the nicotine. Leaves what a feel to be a typical heavy English/Balkan aftertaste. A full flavored Balkan blend.

Age When Smoked: New

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