Review by pipenovelist
This blend claims that it contains 70% Latakia, which seems a tad much to me, but I still figured that it was worth a shot. I ordered a sample from 4 noggins and gave it a shot when I first received it. This blend is a Krumble Kake, which required me to break off a chunk and sort of rub it out just like you would a flake. I dried my bowl for a half an hour before loading. When I broke the cake apart, my fingers and hands REEKED of Latakia and required two washes to get the smell out. Once dried, the blend was a little difficult to load, to light, and to keep lit. The first light screamed Latakia, and little else. The second light was more of the bitter, campfire, leathery Latakia taste, and would stay that way for the rest of the bowl. The blend says that it contains some Cavendish cut Burley and Izmir, but the Latakia is so pronounced that I couldn't taste either of these components. Also, even when dried, the blend burned kind of unevenly and wet, and as I said before, was rather hard to keep lit, requiring mutliple relights. The ash left in the bottom was grey and goopy, and it was a little hard to clean my pipe afterwards. I'm not sure if I didn't break it up finely enough or needed to give it more dry time, but this blend's burning characteristics along with it's one dimensional Latakia taste just didn't do it for me. If you need a strong Latakia fix and you need it now, Pirate Kake will be right up your alley. If you want a more balanced smoke, you should probably look elsewhere.