First impressions: Nice Oriental forward smoke. The red virgina adds a good bit of sweetness and hay to the nutty Oriental. The Latakia is very subtle in some parts of the bowl, to the point where I can sometimes feel it more than you I can taste it.... Read More The perique adds a dark fruit note and some pepper, but as a condiment only. The blend is well balanced. It's best early in the morning. The complexity is most notable in those early smokes. However, later in the day, when busy and multi-tasking its a more subtle smoke. Read Less
I've smoked Odessa before and it was good, but Red Odessa is outstanding. Such a smooth smoke. Nothing harsh or rough about this blend. A real pleasure to smoke. Sure to become a standard in my smoking routine. Highly Recommended.
I've been trying various C&D blends for over a year now and this is the one. They make a nice bulk english, and some terrific bulk "balkans" but this one takes the kake. I'm told that this blend gets about as close to the old Sobranie as one can.. ... Read MoreFor me- and I'm not quite old enough to have known Balkan Sobranie firsthand, though my father was well acquainted.. Red Odessa is as good as any premium blend I've ever had. I prefer it to Star of the North and Gaslight certainly for its complexity and favor it above Byzantium, Engine 99 even Super Balkan and Bayou Night for its mellow character (though those last two are also favorites).. I believe it must be that red Va (which seems to be missing from the above description).. Good red VA seems to round out the blend quite nicely imparting a terrific mellow character . It's a favorite in its class for me and I'd highly recommend to anyone with the "Balkan" bug. One note.. All C&D blends seem to lack humectant, and to be properly enjoyed, one should make sure they don't get bone dry, which can happen really quickly in a dry climate. A mason jar works well for me.. Read Less
This is very much a Balkan style blend (Hence the name) but there is something more to it. It has sort of a sweet red apple scent coming from the bag and an absolutely outstanding flavor. A little sweeter than others with just a little kick of Lataki... Read Morea, but light. I love it and will likely order more. Read Less
Excellent for mid day/afternoon.
Tin note is reminiscent of cheese. Like a light Swiss, slightly smokey. Not a lat bomb by any means but you can tell it's there.
Cut of the tobacco packs well and burns even better. Decent little burn on the retro,... Read More but not crazy on the perique.
Will not make it into my daily rotation but it is a decent try non the less. Read Less
Most of the reviews here are pretty spot on. Red Odessa is balanced, very flavorful, and best yet it’s available in budget friendly bulk. This could be an all day smoke for me. For some reason, RO is prone to go out often for me. I’ve solved this pro... Read Moreblem by rubbing it out a bit more than usual before drying. If I were forced to nit pick, I’d say up the Latakia! But really, it’s not necessary. This a great English tobacco, hands down. If you like this blend, be sure and try Stratfordshire if you’ve not. Read Less
Bulk blend. You want smokey....you got it. You want flavor....you got it. Very sweet tasting blend that can be an all day smoke. No bite even when pushed. This is a blend you will be buying by the pound once you give it a try. Now go ahead and treat ... Read Moreyourself to a blend of tobacco bliss!!! Read Less
This is a great tasting blend. It's full in flavor but has a moderate to lighter amount of nicotine so it makes a great all day smoke. The latakia is not too heavy in this one but does come through in the smoking nicely. The red va gives this one a l... Read Moreittle more character and complexity, it supports the spicy orientals in a nice way. They used good orientals that come through with spice and wood flavors. I bought two ounces to try and I like it enough I'll probably get a pound next time. If you like nightcap this makes an excellent counter point for daytime smokes. One of the better English blends I've tried and better than several tinned blends I've smoked. It's just one of those blends that achieves a near perfect balance and presents layers of bold flavor in the smoking. Read Less
I smoke several C&D tobaccos, but this is one of the best-spice and cool smoke, pleasant room note, and burns slowly, don't need to relight often-excellent all-day tobacco. It would be one of the favorites ...
I have enjoyed all C & D blends, but this one took several bowls to understand and to enjoy. Now it is always in reach. It has a soft approach to entice, maybe it's just me but it seems to slowly evolve into a soft ad pleasant smoke. Can be use a... Read Mores a all day smoke or use as a relaxing stimulant when needed. Just a great English tobacco. Enoy Read Less
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