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Don't let the latakia in the aroma fool you. This is a wellbalanced English blend with medium bodied Virginias serving to counter balance the distinctive spice of the latakia.

Blended ByBill Schindler
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Medium, Medium to Full, Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Freypiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Freypiper (3)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I find the other reviews interesting as my experience with this tobacco is quite different. The flavor profile is not terribly complex, but I found the overall smoke to be very delightful. The taste is a smoky creaminess with a hint of spice from the Latakia, and a natural sugar from the sweet Virginia. Like a lot of good smokes, the tobacco does change ever so slightly as you work your way down the bowl. What others might describe as "all over the place", I would say that it has its own unique complexity which slightly change as the the tobacco is smoked. I like that with tobacco. Perhaps I am weird!? But each bowl has been consistent from one to the other. I think this would be worth trying at the very least a couple of ounces. I know I will go back for more!

Pipe Used: Peterson Fermoy, Missouri Meershaum cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Rich's Cigar

Similar Blends: Balkan Blue, Bowswell's Northwoods.

1 person found this review helpful.

luvinthepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
luvinthepipe (29)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

This tobacco was new and filled with beautiful looking tobaccos, hope and promise. At Rich's tobacco shop, the young fellow who sold me my usual blend (changed somehow but that's another story) convinced me to buy a bag of this tobacco. It lit up nice and had full flavor but somehow, and I am not sure why, this blend seemed unbalanced, out of harmony, flavors competing with each other, arguing, full of bitterness and hate. Quality tobacco can almost have a personality. This one welcomes you with a smile but leaves you feeling like arguing with your wife. Very strange tobacco which has everything I should love in a tobacco, can't finish that sentence.

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Phonomet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phonomet (44)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have to agree with luvnthepipe's review. I had high hopes for this one. A couple ounces were thoughtfully gifted to me by a friend who knows I'd appreciate the Carpenters reference and the style of tobacco. The pouch note is so alluring and promising--sweet sour and smoky--but the flavors are all over the place. My hunch is that some good Virginias are present, but perhaps the latakia is substandard? I don't know. I'll finish the pouch but boy I wish it tasted like it smells.

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