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Our Balkan blend is dominated by complex and exotic Oriental leaf, fragrant and lightly sweet. Cyprian Latakia and Dark Fired Kentucky components are in just the right measure to define, but not overwhelm, the ambiance of the smoke. A classic rich Balkan blend that is as storied as the neighborhood that bears its name. Fire up a "New York State-of Mind" with Hell's Kitchen.

BrandNew York Pipe Club
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByPipes & Cigars
Blend TypeEnglish
Contents Kentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging2oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild, Mild
Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Hell’s Kitchen, made for the NYC Pipe Club and named at that famous section of Manhattan’s west side. This is one of those blends that IMO really lives up to its description. Like many of Russ Ouellette’s blends, HK arrives a little of the dry side, (something I prefer) and is ready to pack. The scent of the tobacco tells me it is going to be an “Oriental forward” blend with a decent amount of Latakia, but not in the starring role. There is a little bit of sweetness to HK and I am not sure if it is manually added or not, but if it is, it is extremely mild. Hell’s Kitchen burns smoothly and builds a little bit in strength as the bowl progresses. This is another solid blend from Russ Ouellette.

Age When Smoked: 8 months

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dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (168)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Have had this one for several months. When I first received this tin and opened it the aroma was very pleasing as most oriental tobacco tends to be. I loaded up a clean pipe and fired up. Much to my displeasure it was not as good as it appeared in the can! I worked my way through the bowl and actually wished myself a dog so I could lick my ass to get the taste out of my mouth!!!! I then proceeded to move the tobacco into a mason jar, label it, seal it up and stash it in the tobacco cupboard. That was the last I had thought of ole Hells Kitchen until the other night! I decided to give it another shot, besides I had placed it in solitary confinement for at least 5 months. Upon opening the jar that great oriental smell was still there. I then loaded up a bowl full and fired it up. Hey! this is good! Damn good in fact! pleasant taste room note no bite or burn. Maybe it is just me but this tobacco seemed to have taken on a whole new personality while serving time. So as not to be fooled, I once again tried a bowl of the Kitchen last night. Spot on again, this is good tobacco! I will find a place in my regular rotation for sure. While first impressions are ever lasting, I have learned over the last 25 years of piping that many tobaccos need a little quite time in a jar to get it right

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