Spectre Spectre

Spectre is a pipe tobacco adaptation of the successful Spectre cigars, which were the first widely available cigars containing latakia. It's a rich blend of Virginias, Orientals and latakia spiced with a mixture of cigar leaf from around the world.
Notes: Although created by Russ Ouellette, this is not a Hearth & Home blend but a standalone product connected to Spectre cigars and AJ Fernandez Cigars.


Brand Spectre
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Cigar Leaf Based
Contents Cigar Leaf, Java Leaf, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 26, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Having enjoyed several boxes of Spectre cigars it was a given that I had to try this blend. There is only a passing resemblance to the cigar here which is to be expected. I find this to be just a bit disjointed, like the components just don't quite gel. I suspect it's the cigar leaf. Seems it doesn't want to play well with others. I think that's also the source of the harshness detected in the second half of the bowl. The first half, in spite of the disjointed feel, is not too bad. Altogether I can only half-heartedly recommend this one.

Medium in body. Medium to full in flavor. Ready to smoke out of the tin. Burns nicely.
Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman, MM Mark Twain
PurchasedFrom: pipesandcigars.com
Age When Smoked: 1 month
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 02, 2017 Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Nice aroma in the tin. good moisture content ready to go from the tin. Packed using the Frank method and stayed lit without relights. I found this tobacco quite strong and tending towards harsh - very unusual for a blend by Russ who generally hits a home run with his blends. This was also surprising as I tend to enjoy most of the A J Fernandez cigars I have smoked. None-the-less this blend caused me to experience coughing jags (and I do not inhale) to the point where I found the experience unpleasant and decided I had to make some further home blending if I was to smoke this any further. I tried adding some Sail Cavendish (from the yellow pouch) which only rescued this for me after I had mixed 1/2 Spectre and 1/2 Cavendish. At this ratio I no longer have coughing fits and although I can still taste the cigar component I can only give this blend a "slightly recommended" rating. An easier move to a blend with cigar leaf tobacco for your pipe would be Savenelli 1876 Special Tobaccos which does not have the tendency to harshness, does not induce coughing and still provides a nice cigar flavor in the background.
Pipe Used: ser jacopo billiard, mm cob, musico billiard
PurchasedFrom: pipes & cigars
Age When Smoked: new
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