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The Gauntleys Private Blends are custom tobaccos created in the Nottingham shop for specific customers. A selection of these will be released for general sale.

Notes: Private Blend No8 was first created for an internet customer who liked the sour and smoky tastes of Balkan/Oriental blends but found many of them to rich & powerful. Based on our Yataghan tobacco, with extra Sun/Flue cured Virginias and a small pinch of Latakia. With this being a light blend, dont expect a big bold smoke, although this does make a great introduction to the smoky classics on offer.

BrandGauntleys Of Nottingham
Blended ByGlynn Quelch / Gauntleys
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsKentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
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Mild to Medium
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StevieB (2076)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Gauntleys-Private Blend No.8. Quite unique!

The whole journey is more of a mellow deal when compared the usual affair found with heady Balkans.

The beginning note from the pouch is a good suggestion of what's about to follow. It's Balkan type aroma, but lighter than the norm'.

We have a good water content so it can be smoked right away.

My first impression lasts for the duration, a thought of 'great entry Balkan'. It would be the perfect blend to smoke if you want to try Balkans for the first time.

All the usual nuances are present but much lighter. Right from a smokiness in a subtle fashion and a delicate sour touch brought by the Orientals.

I get a little extra nuttiness compared to the usual Latakia containing blends. Quite a suprising addition.

Of all the tobaccos I get the least flavour from the Virginia. It's not completely absent but it's very light in comparison.

The nicotine is just below medium. It's not too light but towards the lower end of the spectrum.

This is a good smoke. For me though, I prefer some more smokiness from my Latakia blends!

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Gauntleys

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