Rattray Highland Targe

The outstanding feature is the pronounced flavor of robust latakia. This tobacco has earned proper recognition by those smokers who have a particular liking for this type of leaf.


Brand Rattray
Blended By Kohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Scottish
Contents Black Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 100 grms tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.88 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 18, 2002 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Sometimes you want a lot of Latakia, sometimes you don't. Sometimes heavy, sometimes not. One of the pleasures to be found in this blend is that it can fill the spot where one wants the English flavor but not necessarily the strength of a more full English mixture. This is one blend I can go to when I feel just that way. The variation of colors from the lighter to darker brown strands to the flecks of black is visually appealing, and the smell is typical...well, English w/that sweet mustiness that translates to the smoke as well. Packs well, lights well, and delivers a flavor that is a little sharp at first yet slightly sweet with a nutty flavor that retains a little zest through most of the bowl. To me, the Latakia is shadowing the VAs, but steps out along the way to remind you that it is most certainly still there. Nice smokey flavors. Most of my pipes are bents and I find that moisture was not much, if any, problem when I smoke HT in the ones I have dedicated to English blends. I would suggest Grp. 4/5 or 4k/G size bowls but, hey, try it in whatever YOU think will work, it's your quarter. Slight bitterness nearing the finish of the smoke but I don't feel that's singular to any one blend. Burns down to a salt/pepper ash. My tin has some aging time on it, and I find that the blend seems to have more bottom to it and not the dominant midranges and high notes as I remember it from before. Maybe not an overly complex blend, but I find it to be a good smoke anytime and for some could be an all-dayer, but YMMV. Works for me.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 13, 2002 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable
A blend that promised a pronounced flavour of latakia. Someone got the wires crossed on this . Not much to go on but a slight almost floral quailty on a mild backgroud. Again a blend that is different from the usual . But not one I would want to go back to. A bit stringy.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 01, 2002 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The aroma promises lots of Latakia, but the flavor is softer than I expected. Perhaps Latakia doesn't work for me without Turkish. I know that I enjoy many blends that have Tukish and no Latakia, so maybe I just learned something about my tastes. Too bad though, this is a decent blend, but doesn't make it into he rotation.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 29, 2002 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
When I first opened the tin of this tobacco it smelled very sweet, almost like chocolate. The moisture was just about perfect, not too wet and not too dry, just right for me. It packed and lit very easy with only about a three second burst from my gas lighter. My first impression was so- so, not very strong and not very smoky for a latakia blend. The one thing I like to do while smoking is to sniff the bowl in fact I like to do this constantly. At the start this blends smell was fairly neutral with nothing really grabbing me, then about a third of the way down it started to smell like sweet ammonia, although this smell did not show up in the taste or the smoke coming from my mouth. After awhile the ammonia smell went away and the aroma was quite nice, more of a sweet smoky aroma. There was only a slight bite on my tongue. Near the bottom of the bowl the taste was a little like pepper and not at all pleasant. At this point I decided to let it go out and go write my review.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 11, 2001 Very Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
Pouch Aroma: Sweet and spicy, with grassy undertones. I can smell Latakia, Virginias and a fair amount of Orientals. If there's Perique in here, it's too subtle for me to smell; there is also a substantial sweetness here - perhaps some of that dark tobacco is a cavendish?

Appearance: This appears to be about 60% light- to medium-brown tobacco with some darker leaf (black cavendish?) and a small helping of Latakia. I think it's Syrian Latakia, judging by the light woody scent, but I'm no expert. The cut leans toward ribbon in the lighter tobaccos, then getting more broken as the leaf gets darker.

Packing and Lighting: Being ribbon-cut, this packed quite nicely in a little no-name black sandblast Dublin that is very well-rested. Unlit, this sample tastes lightly sweet with a spicy undertone.

It comes to a full light quite easily, barely needing the second match.

Exposition: This is a nice, smooth and mild English blend. It's a very light smoke that seems perfect for this, my first smoke of the day. The grassiness and sweetness predominates for the first few minutes, after which everything seems to settle in and unify into a smooth melange. I can detect no Burley or Perique.

The Story: This is a very mild and subtle tobacco that requires some thought to identify its components. I would say that this was quite expertly blended to be satisfying for the English-style smoker but acceptable to those who might not care for something like Dunhill's #965. It has a nice room aroma in which the sweet Virginias form a floor upon which the delicate Orientals dance with the lightly spicy Latakia.

The flavor is very mild, and I find that I must blow some of the smoke out of my nose in order to get the level of taste that I prefer. The smoke stays quite unified, undergoing only very slow changes as the fullness of the Virginias becomes apparent; the Latakia is remaining a very subtle influence and the sweetness only slowly gains that density that I find so pleasant in the middle third of a bowl of Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe.

This is quite a dry smoke even though it arrived in the mail slightly moister than I prefer. I'm glad now that I didn't dry it at all.

Denoument: After a short rest and relight the sweetness has thickened up (reminding me of a jar of Mint-Blossom honey I have in my cupboard) and a slightly musty character is coming to the fore when I blow smoke out of my nose. This is finishing quite nicely; all of the flavors from the beginning are still here, just intensified and slightly transmuted. No odd bitterness or ashiness have appeared, nor have any flavors really dropped out. The only major change I found was an intense woodiness for the last 5 minutes or so.

The burn has remained clean and easy - the only relight was after I let it go out intentionally. The ash is light grey and fine, and there were only a few blackened chunks left in the heel of my pipe.

Pros: A good mild tobacco, natural but with a sweet aroma. Very satisfying for those moments when you don't want to burn something with a lot of Latakia (thus scaring the locals) but you still want an English smoke. The flavor remains pretty consistent, and what changes do occur as you smoke happen slowly. A most excellent tobacco which I will probably buy once I know what it is 🙂

Cons: I have nothing against this tobacco. No bite, no nasty flavors at the finish, and if there's a humectant, it's applied with a very light hand.
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