Peterson Balkan Delight

A traditional mixture comprising the finest of Virginia tobaccos plus a hint of Louisiana perique and a generous proportion of Cyprus Latakia. A delight for the seasoned pipe smoker.
Notes: Due to EU regulations, this is renamed and sold in those countries as "Balkan Mixture".


Brand Peterson
Blended By Peterson
Manufactured By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type Virginia/Latakia
Contents Latakia, Perique, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Medium to Full
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.16 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 01, 2023 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
“Balkan Blend”. The majority of pipe smokers, reading this, think of tobacco with a good portion of oriental, generously flavored with latakia and a little support from Virginia... Well, and maybe a little perique. But there are no orientals in this blend. In fact, Balkan Delight looks more like an English blend consisting of several varieties of Virginia, a fair amount of latakia and a pinch of perique. So, we are faced with an "impostor"? Let's see. By the way, Europe mercilessly erased the word "Delight" from the name of the blend a few years ago, and now it's just called “Balkan Mixture”. The composition, however, has not changed.

Appearance: the tin I got in my hands had a "Q1 2014" excise stamp, but the design of the label indicated that the tin had been packed somewhat earlier. Based on this, I would venture to say it was released in late 2013. A relatively small amount of light Virginia has taken on the color of very light roasted coffee. Overall, however, the blend color was closer to the color of bitter chocolate. The cut was a very neat short ribbon. The tobacco has dried out just a little over almost ten years in the tin, but didn't need to be moistened.

Flavor: tan leather and a fair amount of sour barley mash was the first thing I smelled from the tin. Almost immediately, unobtrusive notes of tar, wood, and baked fruit appeared in the overall aroma, but the first two notes didn't let up easily, holding somewhat apart. The allspice and fig notes of perique are in the background, being more of a sause for the base. When the tobacco had a little air, the leather and sour notes almost merged with the other notes, but were still clearly distinguishable.

Taste: soft and smooth, with no prominent notes. Initially, the dried fruit and spicy perique notes are barely perceptible, and it feels like there's only Virginia and latakia in the mix - the taste is dominated by woody tones with a slight sweetness, some smoke, a slight earthiness and a fair amount of grilled meat. But this feeling quickly passes, although the small amount of perique does not allow you to get a real spicy note, and the fruit notes mixed with Virginia are not so pronounced in the flavor. Interestingly, the perique notes are much more noticeable on the retrohale than on the inhale. Gradually, towards the middle of the pipe, the taste becomes even flatter, the notes of tobacco weave into one bouquet. Unlike Gregory Pease's Piccadilly with a similar composition, where the emphasis is on Virginia, here, no doubt, the latakia plays first fiddle, but does not stand out too much. Surprisingly, there is also a bit of sourness in the taste, as if a bit of oriental tobaccos had been added to the blend. The strength of the blend I would remark as medium, in a extra large pipe, it is probably capable of a slight nicotine hit. The tobacco slowly, evenly and coolly burns into a light gray ash of medium fraction, but no lumps, leaves no moisture in the pipe and is smoked whole. The tobacco flavor is the same in straight pipes and in bentas. The aftertaste is woody, slightly sweet, not persistent.

The smoke from tobacco has a distinct woody smell with a slight tang of tar. It's not very persistent, though it's quite plentiful.

What's the result? To me, the name "Irish Stout Mixture" would suit this recipe better. Overall, like most Peterson blends, the tobacco is quite ordinary. I can't say I'm particularly impressed with it, but it's pretty solid. It's easy to smoke, forgives the novice for overheating, sets off the whiskey flavor nicely, and is quite capable as an everyday tobacco. Two and half, I suppose.
Pipe Used: Peterson 69, 106, D20, POTY 2007
PurchasedFrom: Online
Age When Smoked: Autumn 2013
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 14, 2022 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
This blend made sense once I read Stan's review from 2014-01-10 who explained the name as "Balkan light". It tries to be that, I guess. Personally, I prefer a Balkan over a VaPer, so that forshadows my verdict.

A consistent burner, but not a full boddied smoke, light on the latakia with some tangy perique (not spicy, I did not notice any orientals).

Not my cup of tea, but it might well be if you enjoy VaPers.
Age When Smoked: A couple of years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 28, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Preparation & Burn: 7/10 Burns a bit hot. Cut is lousy. This used to be better ribbon. A bit dry too.

Taste: 11/20 Pretty rough. Used to be lovely, don't know what happened.

Mildness: 7/10 My idea of a good smoke is a relaxing, low nicotine session. Therefore, the milder the better. Not much nicotine here.

Total: 25/40
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 26, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
It’s not a bad blend, but I could do with a little less perique. The Latakia and perique are the main players. The Virginia’s are dark, and woody, almost unnoticeable to me, and I swear I can taste a faint amount of orientals. I don’t think I’ll be buying another tin, but I’d recommend it to Perique fans.
Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Country Gentleman
PurchasedFrom: Widmer’s Tobacco Shop in Secane PA
Age When Smoked: New to 2 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 01, 2020 Mild Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
As all have mentioned , name is mileading and as a new pipesmoker, i wanted to get my nose on thos orientals everybody was talking about. First sniff on tin: disaapointed (after trying the aromatics Peterson has). First sample smoke on pipe: more of a vaper i would say. The smoke production is satisfying, the smell is decent and not very strong and the taste gets awful after finished the bowl (maybe its just me but havent experienced this before with other tobaccos). The taste while smoking is a bit of sweet, i can definitly say i find its light and the nicotin doesn't hits very hard (well, it depend if you had any lunch 😁). I can say it is very spicy at the end , not like peppery or chily spice. It's more like medieval spice feeling...
Pipe Used: Unlabeled ebony poker
PurchasedFrom: Local tabacco shop
Age When Smoked: New out of tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 08, 2020 Medium Medium Medium Very Strong
Another tobacco, like Early Morning Pipe, which doesn’t make sense. Balkan isn’t an English blend nor is it a Balkan.

If you want an English, try Standard Mixture or My Mixture 965. A Balkan - well just search Balkan and you will find several reviews for real Balkans on this website.

The tin note is very smokey, and quite amazing. The first couple of puffs upon lighting are not bad but it soon becomes bad. Was very wet in the tin and needed to be dried for a long long time before it was smokable. Plus it had to sit in a jar for weeks. Then it became much better and smokeable. But still, it didn’t make sense. Like EMP the Perique in this blend is just weird.

If you want a Latakia blend, try MM 965 or Nightcap. If you want a Perique try Peterson de luxe navy rolls, or Elizabethan Blend. This blend is confused.

Not a good representation of what Dunhill/ Peterson can offer.

I would recommend avoiding it and Trying the other blends I have suggested, as these do what they say on the tin.

Sorry to be negative - I don’t want to be as I love Peterson. Just want you the reader to know what this blend is not.

Nicotine - low Room note - bonfire (but not a nice one) Strength - medium Flavour - confused and not particularly pleasant Balance - not balanced, strange and just odd.

I threw away the rest of the tin. Please do try the other blends I suggested instead
Age When Smoked: Fresh, also jarred and left To mature
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 03, 2016 Mild None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
This is an amazing blend, I must admit! I think it is quite the treat for such a robust blend. Goes good with a nice, robust coffee or espresso. More of a savoury blend.

Right off the bat for the tin note it is distinctly latakia. Aromas of burning wood smack your senses instantaneously with a sort of sweet backing to it. I cannot think of the specific wood for the tin aroma, but it is one that you'd notice from its intriguing aroma. The moisture level from the tin is fairly good. A tad moist, but not so much so to impede on enjoyment or cause any gurgling. Packing is fairly easy to work with. Charring light went over well!

Now with the first few drags, it was really mild flavour. I could get some nice notes of woodiness (I got some cedar/pine/coniferous wood), with a bit of pepperiness and a rather nice bouquet from the Va/Per side to it. Midway in with some retrohales, the wood and pepper notes seemed more and more prominent. Oral notes seemed to follow with the same path as with the initial draw, yet more prominent. Very nice blend! Flavours followed through evenly to the bottom of the bowl. Very minimal dottle left. Only had to give it a bit of a bit of a relight midway through, with which it seemed to contribute a little more.

EDIT: Just remembered to add this in. This isn't a GENUINE Balkan blend. There is a prominent lack of oriental tobaccos in this. Regardless, it is still a nice blend. Burns fairly hot and can get a bit bite-y so I advise using a churchwarden or long stemmed pipe to smoke this.

Five out of five for this blend. Keep it up Peterson!
PurchasedFrom: Local B&M (Cheap Smokes & Cigars)
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