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Flavor  rated 5/5   Recommend It?  rated 4/5   Tin Aroma  rated 2/5  
Brand: Dan Tobacco
Blender: Dan Tobacco
Tin Description: This full strength blend consists of the best Virginia grades with various Oriental tobaccos, 10% dark fired Kentucky leaf and over 40% Latakia with a pinch of Perique.
Country of Origin: DE
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Kentucky, Virginia, Perique, Oriental
Cut: Ribbon
Packaging: 50g tin, 8oz bulk, 16oz bulk

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# 27/3/2012 User rated 4/5
Review by The German

Not a classic Balkan, but...

When I first met this blend, at Dan Tobacco's in-house store, I basically thought "what the f****?!?!"--I had never met any blend so Latakia-forward before; by now I know there are a few others of its kind.

The tin note, then, is rather smoky. To say the least. The leaf is dark to black, with a few bright spots from the VA included. It's a medium cut; no long ribbons nor wide squares, and stuffs easily and takes to the match readily.

The taste is salty and smoky, just what I expect of a Latakia bomb. Throughout the bowl, the Orientals add some gentle spice and the VA gives just a tad of sweetness... this is Man Stuff. And I feel slightly humbled by knowing a Lady Pipester who lists this as her favourite smoke.

At approx. 40 % Latakia, you should know what you are in for. This blend is not actually all that strong in nicotine; just very good Latakia with very good orientals and VA. What can I say? Not a Beginner's choice... but if you like a good Latakia hit, this is a good choice, especially if you also like the classic English and Balkan blends. I normally have nothing but ashes left in my pipes with no condensation; as far as smoking this blend goes it is as easy to handle as it gets.

And I do happen to love that Lat hit...

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Flavor -  rated 5/5
Recommend It? -  rated 4/5
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