Brand: House of Calabash
Blender: Steven Books
Tin Description:This is an American English style blend to provide something from an era not many tobacconists are aware of. Originally before the mid 1800s, English Style Blends were traditionally made with viginias, orientals, and turkishes. American English Blends were made with virginias, orientals, turkish’s, along with burley and perique. Latakia is noticably missing in both of these blends during those early times. England was such a world power on the seas that trade allowed for tremendous variety of tobacco varietals to be used in their mixtures from all over the world. When that began to wane, Latakia began to be introduced in England in greater quantities, and by the wealthy almost exclusively. It was used in the very famous and sought after Balkan Sobranie in the mid 1800s. It wasn’t until the 1870s when Latakia was introduced into the United States. My blend, includes Latakia but in a small quantities, providing an even mixture more closely resembling the early English and American English Style blends. It was originally designed to color meerschaums either in a coloring bowl or without. (Don’t worry, if you are a briar smoker it smokes equally great in your favorite briar). My approach is as an American English Style Blend where there is a small amount of Latakia which gives a slightly sharp taste, lightly sweetened with the burley’s, virginia’s and perique. It burns very well and is noticably softer than a full blown english blend. I found it to be delightful over all these years that my Reserve and Ancient Reserve both reflect that ongoing passion conceived from this original blend.
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Contents: Burley, Virginia, Latakia, Perique
Cut: Broken Flake