E. A. Carey Balkan Special

Specially formulated Balkan Sobranie replica, this is an opulent and intricate blend of Latakia, red Virginias and Orientals with a touch of air cured leaf, giving a smokey, spicy Latakia flavour.


Brand E. A. Carey
Blended By E.A. Carey
Manufactured By E.A. Carey
Blend Type Balkan
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ready Rubbed
Packaging 50 grams pouch
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 14, 2014 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
Carey's Balkan Special.

The blend itself consists of mostly very dark tobacco pieces, there's only a small proportion of lighter pieces in the mix. There is no problem with hydration, absolutely spot on! The aroma, to be fair, isn't what would lead me to think 'Lat Bomb', yes it's present but not a huge whack in the face of the smoky Lat'.

I get it lit up and straight away find the flavour reminiscent of the aroma, again the Latakia is present but it's not too selfish with taste, it gives a 'soft' smoky addition leaving room for the other tastes to come through. There is a good sour note from the Orientals with a noticeable grassy note from the Virginia's. This isn't a biter! No matter how vigorous I am it doesn't even nip me! The room note slightly resembles Squadron Leader however it is no where near as smoky smelling!

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: pleasant.

Four stars.
Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula 221
PurchasedFrom: Carey's
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 29, 2016 Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable
I'm missing something again here. The aroma of this mixture is delicious but, like others from this brand, the flavour doesn't transfer to the smoke.

So I've cellared what's left in the hope it will improve. I suspect it won't. It's simply that me and E. A. Careys products are not compatable.

Except for Flake No 7 which is the bees knees.

Update 28/8/2016.

I'm told that this type of tobacco will go rancid if cellared. So I gave it another chance.

The first half tasted of chemicals with a vague flavour of the Balkans. The second half was just nasty.

It's binned. Life's too short.
Pipe Used: A billiard.
PurchasedFrom: Careys excellent online service.
Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch.
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