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This is the Billow way of making a Balkan mixture. We use premium Red Virginia with fragrant Turkish leaf and fine Cyprian Latakia. To make it different than any other Balkan mixture out there, we use a slight sprinkle of our very special Bourbon Black Cavendish to pair barrel tones to the smokiness to the Latakia. A unique experience in which you must indulge.

Notes: Introduced at the Chicagoland Pipe Show in May 2014

Blended ByTim Basbagill
Manufactured ByBillow
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Bourbon
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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King Weed (228)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

I really don't like to be the first to review a blend, as I respect the opinions of other smokers and kind of like to sense how the general sentiment is going. However, that's not the case here, so, here goes. I have been smoking more Balkan English blends of late and here is how I see Billow Balkan fitting in. If I were to review this blend as an English I would rate it as medium strength; but, if reviewed as a Balkan I would rate it as light. Now, light is not a word you hear very much when smokers discuss Balkan blends. So, is this bad? No. I enjoyed smoking this mixture and thought to myself - why not? It looks like an English mixture, smokes like an English mixture and satisfies like an English mixture should. True, compared to heavyweights like Balkan Sobranie 759, Smoker's Haven Exotique (older version) or even Brebbia Balkan; it comes up short. But, who cares. It smoked like a virginia/latakia/perique mixture should and the added black cavendish softened the smoke to a satisfying level. I enjoyed it and enjoyed using it in microblending - a very solid three stars.

Pipe Used: Scott Thile canted upright bulldog

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: acquired as a sample at the 2014 NASPC show

Similar Blends: a large number of medium English blends we've all smoked.

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