Ten Russians is a true delight for lovers of Latakia. Rich and full-bodied, Ten Russians is pressed to deliver a perfectly balanced blend to the true aficionado of full English tobaccos. Inspired by the true story of Captain Earle's rescue of ten Russians marooned in a sampan in the Sea of Japan.
I used to smoke Balkan Sabrani back in the early '70s when Syria could contribute her Latakia and last year started thursting for the old mix. This is the closest I've found to date. I gave up the smoking habit for forty yrs+. Wife and peers disappro... Read Moreved of it then, but now I don.t really care! Read Less
Smells like a barn stable; manure, musty, hay and wood... which in tobacco language means GOOD. There’s a lot of bready sweetness from the VA, the Orientals contribute a musty, verdant sourness with a spice that tingles the tongue, and the Latakia i... Read Mores heavily fired, which is more creosote and cedar essence rather than musty, woody creamy sweet. This isn’t a linear Pirate Kake kind of Lat bomb. As a matter of fact, with only 50% Latakia I wouldn't call this a Lat Bomb but rather a rich and bold English in the vein of the older and now extinct English mixtures. I really like this... but then I’m partial to Latakia and so I give most Latakia forward mixtures a star automatically. There's also a bit of burley and Perique in this too but in such small doses that it doesn't distract from the main components. It isn’t refined and contemplative, but rather raw or rustic, as are most C&D mixtures. It’s a good change of pace to Constellation, which I smoke every/all day. While I like the taste of sun-cured orientals, they clash with my PH and nip, which is why I absolutely love Constellation (no sun-cured). Nicotine level is 2 out of 5. Read Less
This is a really good blend if you are a latakia lover. I really enjoy the cake presentation and it crumbles up very easily. Not very moist and dries out to smoke really quickly in about an hour or two. I do detect the spice from the orientals but th... Read Moree latakia is certainly to the forefront here and everything else is only to offer support. The latakia itself is more of the smoky tasting type of Cyprian that reminds me of pine smoke and creosote more than oak smoke and herbs/spices and does not really have much sweetness. Honestly I prefer the sweeter varieties of latakia that have more of an oak/spice flavor but this is a very good blend. There is a good bit of nicotine here too but it is never too much for me, in fact I find it very relaxing at night. Works great for DGT also. Be warned though you will taste this for hours after smoking and it might possibly be a bit much for a newer english smoker. I can't quite make this a daily smoke but it will be welcome in my rotation. Very well done. I will likely reorder and cellar a bit of this. It will likely make a 5 star with a few years age. If you like a stout latakia forward blend that is not sweet you might really enjoy this. Read Less
Deeply rich and Smokey. Here’s the difference between Ten Russians and the other Capt Earle blends, This is less sweet. It’s earthy and woodsy. It’s not as complex as the others and that in itself is its own special niche. A simple smoke. It’s deep a... Read Morend Smokey and borderline bitter the way raw cocoa in a can is. You feel it in your chest. The nicotine is stronger than the other blends but calms down once the tin has been opened a while. I wouldn’t recommend this to a new pipe smoker. If you don’t respect the strength of this blend ten hairy thick armed Russians will pummel your ass. Read Less
Beautiful cake. Great tin note. Outstanding smoke. I have been a big fan of Planta Full English, now discontinued for the USA market after Mac Baren bought out Planta. Bastards! This is quite similar, sans the Java leaf. This has a wonderful bitter c... Read Morehocolate, coffee note. Sweet but not overly so, medium strength English. Since everyone has discovered Billy Budd it seems to be continually out of stock. This is a fine smoke. Not as sweet, or floral as Father Dempsey. More of a refined Old Professor with those dark flavors. This is the closest blend that I've found that matches Planta Full English.Nicely done! Read Less
Just so you're aware, unless you like VERY full english style blends, this may not be for you. This tobacco is no joke. I'm a Latakia hound, so for me, this blend is right up there with C&D's Pirate Kake and Da Vinci blends in terms of full Latak... Read Moreia flavor. I'm a professional smoker outside of my pipe hobby, so I don't get "nic hits", so I can't comment on that part, but the flavor and robustness of this blend isn't for the faint of heart.
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I smoked this blend when it was more like a broken rubbed out flake that was pressed into a cake,now ribbon cut and pressed made it in my opinion weaker it also burns faster to bad because as little as two years ago was a 5 star classic.
Excellent tobacco indeed. Not sure what Carlos is talking about down there, but C&D make this and they use nothing but high grade VAs. All palettes are different, but if you love latakia, try this. You can't go wrong.
If there was a acre of stones , I would turn each one over until I found Ten Russians, this is truly a latakia lover's tobacco. I read a lot of reviews and the word creamy is always used with latakia, with this blend I rather say chewy it is heavy an... Read Mored to be handled with care if with not use to high nicotine content, it will sit you down, not in a bad way but rather to enjoy . It may take me a while to get through 2.oz, Oh but what a time I'll have. Buy some and enjoy. Read Less
Wow where do I begin. Very seldom do I take time to type out a product review, so that alone should tell you just how excited I am about Captain Earles Ten Russians. It hits all my marks for a solid English tobacco. This mixture has a very enjoyable ... Read Moreand unique flavor along with plenty of vitamin N to back it up. With all that being said I wouldn't consider this an all day smoke but there are already countless other blends out there to fill that roll. This is the tobacco I'll be reaching for nightly to aid in winding down the day. Ten Russians truly is in a league of its own and I would certainly recommend trying some for yourself. Read Less
HOLY ....!!! Latakia lovers? More like Latakia addicts. This is a very strong Latakia blend. Full of flavor with a little bitternes to it. No bite, packs and burns well, needs your attention or you might have to relight. Its a great blend but pe... Read Morerhaps not for all day. Save it for after dinner. I'm puffing right now on my seasoned Mastro de Paja and think I'll start breaking in my new Johs that came in the mail with it. A great addition to my cellar.
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This is a Lat Bomb... more like Nightcap but not quite as strong. It is not even close to the BSOM. I liked it fairly well due to the strength & taste of the relatively sweet Cyprian Latakia which overwhelms this mixture. Not something I'd want to... Read More smoke on a daily basis but I enjoy a bowlful on occasion. Mostly before beddy-bye. Mix a little Syrian into the blend & you'd be close to a Nightcap mixture. However, it's a fairly good replacement for Nightcap as is. Read Less
Es el primer latakiado que pruebo, el olor en la lata es como troncos de madera quemandose en una fogata, bien ahumado. Al quemar no se siente ese olor fuerte, sino mas bien agradable, dulce y de gran cuerpo. La nicotina no es gran cosa. El olor en l... Read Morea habitacion se tolera. Es un gran tabaco y altamente recomendado. Read Less
I have trouble treating this tobacco with anything other than a mild indifference. Where I have nothing really negative to say about it, as far as the Capt Earl's line goes it was unremarkable in my opinion. First off, as with any Capt Earl's it burn... Read Mores clean and dry but is not crispy in the least. The interesting thing is that I tasted cigar in it despite the fact this blend harbors no cigar tobacco. The Latakia hides in the background seeming to give the orientals a bit of a dirty taste. Where the dirty taste can be enjoyable in some blend I personally don't feel that it works exceptionally well in this one. The taste and mouth feel is distinct but I feel the room note on this one would leave the air smelling if stale cigar smoke if allowed to linger. Read Less
Recently discovered this line of tobacco and glad I did. This is their strongest Latakia Blend and I loved it. Well balanced, easily crumbles, ready to smoke with minimum drying time. Latakia is front and center but, not overwhelming and the orien... Read Moretalist make a great blended balance. Highly recommended. Can’t wait to try the other blends. Read Less
Ten Russians is a Latakia Bomb blend. Tin aroma is sweet, smoky, and earthy with a hint of tanginess. Flavor profile is woody, earthy, smoky, and a light sweetness. If you don't like Latakia, stay far away from this blend.
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