For C&D's Black Frigate, Latakia and Turkish are added to the Navy Cavendish which forms the base for Blockade Runner (Virginias soaked and aged in rum) to produce a true Royal Navy blend. Pressed and cut into an old fashioned crumble cake.
With an embracing smell out of the tin, you have a perfect moisture level to smoke right away. The taste from the tobaccos are amazing, topped off with a sweet taste from the rum added. This has been my go to daily smoke for a month
This stuff is wonderful! Just the right amount of sweet from the rum that I have read that C&D soak the tobacco in for seven days, a wonderful turkish nuttiness sweeps in and out of the smoke, and of course,the smoky latakia is there from beginning t... Read Moreo end in the background to frame everything. C&D definitely know their latakia blends, and this one is just another wonderful example! Read Less
Super smoke for lovers of Navy-styled blends. Someone on TRC described it as "Rummy and Yummy" and that's what it is.. the rum comes along very natural, not overly alcoholic, but fruity, spicy and slightly sour. Latakia isn't overpowering b... Read Moreut harmonizes excellently with the rum soaked Virginias, which in interplay with the rum give a smooth, mild sweetness to balace the spice and smoke from the Latakia. Turkish is a mild addition.
Lord have mercy... this is one of my most favorite smokes! Read Less
It delivers exactly what it promises. The tin note is strong and boozy. The mixture of Rum and Latakia is somewhat leathery. Took a chunk off and rubbed it out easily. Let it dry for at least 20 minutes. Latakia heavy with a hint of Turkish. Can ... Read Moredefinitely taste the complimentary booze. I would have expected a sweeter taste, which I feel it could use, but still very good. Read Less
Presentation: A mottled crumble cake with an arrangement of brights, browns and dark tobaccos with no uniform pattern. The same form factor as many of C&D crumble cakes. Pinch off less than you need as most of the time it expands out into a decen... Read Moret amount.
Palate: As one might assume of it being a lat bomb, it most certainly is not. The initial aroma is definitely oriental and latakia forward, but offers a unique experience. I have never smelled a blend this entrancing. The latakia is not super heavy but provides a nice smokiness, more an oiled leather, musk smoke than a toasty campfire. The Turkish and orientals allow the semi sour and dry, woody aromatic features to shine. What really sets this blend apart is the navy cavendish that offers such a smooth and creamy quality to bring the whole blend together. You'll definitely smell the rum on the blend and taste it, but it doesn't take away from the character, just adds a little class. It's tangy, rustic, sweet and smoky all in one. Not going to win any air freshener contests, but for some like me, I could stick my nose in this all day.
Performance: Like most crumble cakes I smoke, I like to leave some of the pieces in larger chunks and then top it with more rubbed out cake. I feel this provides an effortless smoke that prevents tobacco from reaching your mouth. Burns at a more than moderate pace and tamps down easily. Leaves most of the time no moisture and a lovely grey ash. Mild nicotine hit. Not quite an all day blend, but can be smoked more than once. This was the only blend I have smoked four bowls in a row. The flavor lingers on the roof of your mouth and your clothes and your hair and... well, you get the picture.
Conclusion: I recommend dedicating a pipe to this blend, as you may find that your other pipes could get a slight ghost. This blend is like no tobacco I have had. When you smell Virginia blends, you know what it is. When you smell an English blend, you know what it is. When you smell this blend, your nose runs wild. It's admirable and mysterious but isn't something to be afraid of. Some say that Black Frigate is intimidating, and at first it is, but once you light it up, you will start to understand why this blend is something that you should have tried sooner. I love smoking this on cold rainy days the most. Read Less
I had some decent hopes for this but after half of a tin I am beginning to feel like it just isn’t meant to be. It is a decent smoke, but it doesn’t do anything well to my tongue. Latakia is there but not enough. The Virginia and orientals pop out a ... Read Morebit, and the rum gives you that under tone for the entirety of the bowl. Nothing stands out though, and that is the issue for me. Read Less
I don't think this blend is "bad". It's a decent English blend ... but if you expect rum, this is aromaless. Blockade Runner can enjoy “Rum” more. This is an average English blend with a little rum hint and spice compared to BR. Recommended for smoke... Read Morers who expect exquisite (weak) aroma changes. /// By smoking this blend for a while, the blend was pushed from ☆ 3 to 4.5. I think the reason is that I finally understood blending. “Rum” hint and oriental sour form the main taste. Latakia's woody and musty aromas give the body of the blend an outline. Occasionally, a vanilla-like hint from Virginia is interesting. I seem to have misunderstood. A good blend. Read Less
打开2OZ的罐子，剥开三片圆纸片，真容显现，中等程度的发酵后颜色，一阵朗姆酒的气味袭来，这种气味比芳香类的更加耐人寻味，我从微软的蛋糕上切下一些碎片，加上留在罐子里的碎屑，装入斗钵……前段La草对鼻腔的刺激很强烈，似乎很提神，虽然是新开的草，但是对舌头的刺激却几乎没有，也许朗姆酒的因素很大，后段整体变得醇厚而微凉，并始终伴随着微甜的余韵……我幻想着自己即将登上黑色护卫舰远渡重洋……我担心闷热的船舱会不会让我的烟斗草发霉，于是我将少许朗姆酒倒入烟草，以防它变坏，让我数月的海上生活有足够的烟草，同时... Read More，我也忐忑，加了朗姆酒之后风味会如何变化……没有激烈的海上战争，却诞生了一种我很喜欢的烟斗草……期待8OZ早日上线 Read Less
This is a smooth smoke...it's a relaxing enjoyable blend...very refined, the flavors are not distinct, but create a unique complex flavor in their layering.
UPDATE: The more I smoke this blend the more I like it...raised my rating to 4.5. I wasn't i... Read Morenitially overwhelmed with joy but this grows on you...it's quite unique...now I crave it...Joy... Read Less
When I first smoked it,I didn't like it.Put it in a jar like a year ago.Well I just found the jar and am in the middle of a bowl.Its different and I like different.The only blend to get the rum heat on the back corners of your tongue right.Im smoking... Read More in a tapered bowl and I think that's a mistake.It was really shining in the wide top.No need to lie,I'm going now to order an 8oz.tin.Also I like that the latakia is not bitter,but sweet and woody.Try it. Read Less
When I first started smoking this blend, it was unique with many interesting characteristics that were difficult to tease out. I let it dry some and have now revisited. I added some 10 year Laphroaig with it to sip. Freakin Perfect. Its just a gr... Read Moreeat balance with the spicy orientals, and smokey latakia, and soft sweet virgina mixing seamlessly with the smokey peat boldness of laphroaig! Read Less
This is definately one of my top 5 blends and will probably never leave my rotation. Packs and stays lit well, and is very flavorful with little bite. Strong, with an AMAZING tin and room note. You can't go wrong with this one. It can be a great all ... Read Moreday blend, or a tasty treat. Read Less
Intoxicating tin note, acceptable moisture content for smoking straight from the tin, however I found drying overnight helped to further enhance the smoking experience. Wonderful room note and flavor. Just ordered an 8oz tin, but feel as if I should ... Read Morehave bought truckload! Read Less
This Frigate is heading Full Speed Ahead! Yes, it is a potent mixture with lots of Latakia and Turkish on top of rum soaked Cavendish. For me it is too much for regular enjoyment so I cut it with Newminster Superior Navy Flake. I will order it again
Do you like rum and latakia? then you will love this! I get the same delicious smoke from this little crumble cake every time and it's a very nice after dinner smoke. It's rich, smoky, sweet and very satisfying.
If you like stout English-style blends and Seattle Pipe Club's Plum Pudding you'll very likely enjoy this one. It's not as subtle as PP but I liked it from the first light of the first bowl. I've got to get me some more of this!
This stuff is absolutely amazing! Throughout the entire bowl there's this wonderful rum aroma not overpowering the tobacco but sitting in the background. The latakia gives this cake some thick leather to it combined with plum or raisin notes from the... Read More rum soaked Virginia's. This is probably the best example of what a Navy blend should be. Smokes extremely slow and a little uneven but without any complaints. I really wish Black Frigate would come in bigger sizes but that's all right. I will definitely be buying more. 👍👍 Read Less
As with all C&D tobacco this is a true joy to smoke. Rich flavor explodes in your mouth. Truly excellent with Barry's tea. You like a full flavored tobacco this is a must try. Latakia mixture with smooth nutty taste. Burns cool and to a complete ... Read Morewhite ash. Read Less
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