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A generous portion of fine, fragrant Syrian Latakia is combined with exotic Turkish leaf, Orange and rich Red stoved Virginias, and a touch of air-cured Kentucky White Burley. A hint of Cyprian Latakia completes this marvelous blend. Its symphony of flavors are reminiscent of the classic mixtures from the Golden Age of pipe tobaccos.

Notes: no longer produced

BrandFriedman & Pease
Blended ByFriedman & Pease
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging4oz Tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30047)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Mostly various shades of tan in color, basic ribbon cut and a hefty tin nose of musty orientals. As I have no idea what 16 years may have done to this blend, I can only speak to how it smokes now.

First of all, there is almost zero sweetness in this. What the stoved VA's may have brought to the party originally is all but absent here. The Syrian latakia is a very minor player as well, but noticeable and here it's less winey tasting and more lightly charred (burnt). The orientals are center stage and taking over the show with the burley likely being more prominent now than the the "touch" that was added. This is a spicy oriental as opposed to a wispy sour one. The spice is not heavy; this is still a very contemplative blend. It won't knock you about the head with flavor. But if you're willing to be patient, this one starts its chorale about 1/4 down the bowl, and sings lustfully. There is more than a hint of slightly burnt dry toast that is more oats than wheat. There is supposed to be a hint of Cyprian latakia in here as well but I can't trace it. It's not what I would call a smoky blend, nor does it contain any of the typical traits of a "Balkan" or whatever. Seems like something Rattrays might have blended back in the day. Really tasty stuff! Four stars all the way. I hope I can find more.

Age When Smoked: 16 years

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oldmanpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldmanpipe (62)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

"Kismet" was a Broadway show in the 1950s, a time nearly as unsettled in the Mideast as it is now. The difference is that America then had memories of mystery and hopes of romance. Not so now.

Kismet comes from the era of dreams and myth, treasured diversions from the realities of horror and bloodshed. Kismet is Alfred Drake's rich baritone, not Donald Rumsfeld's Socratic monologues.

Religion and politics are not good to discuss anywhere, but with a bowlful of Kismet one is transported by magic carpet to a world of "1,000 Arabian Nights." It is not full, not something to smoke in a hookah or a Calabash...but in a well-loved briar, with miles of otherwise boring Interstate ahead and just the right music low in the background.

The Latakia in Kismet is primarily Syrian, with its stronger presence and winey character. The Orientals are inscrutible as the sands and spicey as herbs brought from a thousand miles away. The Virginias are treasures from a new and glistening world.

Don't expect to be bowled-over by Kismet, for such is not its intent. Expect to be beguiled and enchanted...ah, there is the reward!

Four out of four stars.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

Seriously smoky, deep and rich Syrian Latakia is at the forefront of this blend, which makes each puff like heaven on earth. The Burley is top-shelf stuff all the way and lends strength to the flavor depth.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30047)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

My notes on this one reflect disappointment . I recall wanting a heavy Syrian mixture , but the blend was way too refined for my tastebuds and ended up delivering an uneventful smoke . It was a good tobacco , but nothing to excite me .

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