I tried this originally because I'm a fan of Mississippi Mud, and I was sold with my first bowl. It has a good rich flavor, without any artificial or sugary burn, and is fills the room with a good, old-fashioned scent that even my non-smoking wife en... Read Morejoys. Read Less
This is a fantastic blend. If you enjoy strong, full-flavored blends that are heavy in spice tobaccos, this will surely satisfy. The lack of Virginias reduces the brightness and bite that sometimes occurs and keeps it cool and smoky throughout. I tru... Read Morely enjoy this tobacco, although it can be difficult to keep lit because of the thickness of the cut. I find drying it on a plate for a bit before packing helps with the burn.
The tin note is reminiscent of rich, dry stone fruits and peaty smokiness. The flavor is smooth and well-rounded. Definitely a keeper for the rotation. Also great for beefing up a favorite English (like Dunhill 965 or even Nightcap) when you want some extra kick in your pipe. Read Less
I find Byzantium most luxurious, rich, bold and flavorful.It is not sweet, fruity or tangy but instead rich,mild and satisfying. It is an excellent end of the day wind down smoke, not that it isn't excellent any time smoke.Best of all, it has yet to ... Read Moreburn my tongue. Read Less
This is a nice tobacco, I regard a well behaved tobacco as one that lights well, nice amount of smoke, doesn't bite and burns well. This hits the spot. I find the flavour like a mild English with a good flavour and when you just want a good solid smo... Read Moreke, this is a good go to blend. Read Less
With high proportion of good quality Latakia and Oriental tabaccos, the blend is pure and mellow. The Perique gives me a spicy feeling and a soil-like smell w... Read Morehen blow via nose. And there is a clear cheese flavour at times. I bought a bulk package, and the humidity is right, only need to dry it out for about 10 minutes. BTW, the temperature is a little bit of too high. Read Less
My first encounter with English blends was with Dunhill's blends, especially with nightcap, soon I developed a distaste for Dunhill's blends (all of them tasted similar to me), so I put away my English blends and decided to experience different blend... Read Mores but I still missed the good flavor of an English blend from time to time. That's how I found myself ordering a pound of this C&D blend, and I don't have regrets, the flavor is so deep and complex, it is not the same almondish flavor that Dunhill's blends have, but this is different, it has more sides to it. Makes a perfect blend to English blends lovers, although I have to warn you, it is a little bit strong, but I highly recommend it Read Less
This is easily one of my favorite English blends. The absence of Virginia allows the Latakia to take center stage and the Orientals are the perfect support. The Perique is flawlessly blended for the perfect amount of spice. I love it!
When this tobacco arrived, I opened the pouch and asked my wife to to take a sniff, she was shocked. It smells like horse manure mixed with tobacco, she said :)) I laughed and took a sniff myself and somehow I reluctantly agreed :)) Anyway, I filled... Read More my Dunhill pipe and lit it up. I must say the wonderful musty aroma of Latakia filled my mouth. I loved the smoky, woodsy yet buttery and slightly sweet taste of Byzantium. This tobacco has made it to my top 5 blends. I just crave a bowl of it everyday. It has medium to strong body and burns excellent. The delicious taste of this tobacco lingers in your mouth for sometime. So don't let the pouch note, deceive you, it is a great blend. Happy Smoking! Read Less
First time trying this blend. I like the taste of my tobacco to be complex. This one is not overly sweet but with an intensity of flavors. One that will make me say , wow now that is different, but in good way. The different levels of flavors, at d... Read Moreifferent stages of the bowl, makes for an enjoyable WOW factor. Maybe not for everyone, but for those looking for an intense, complex smoke, give this one a try. I'm definitely putting this as one my favorite, evening or morning smokes. Read Less
Byzantium was an ancient Greek colony in early antiquity that was later called Constantinople and much later Istanbul. Byzantium was colonized in 657 BC by the Greeks of Megara. When I smoke this tobacco, I notice a spicy mixture of an intriguing int... Read Moreerpretation of the classic Balkan. The Latakia, orientals and a perfect Perique makes Byzantium an attractive companion when I enter the fields and fields for archaeological metal detection. I can call these the better and spicy mixtures. Not recommended for novice pipe smokers, but for pipe smokers who appreciate a heavier and spicy mixture. Read Less
First: Reviews are subjective. One person's treasure may be another's trash. That being said, this is what I think of this blend. This is most likely the best tabacco that I have ever smoked and I have smoked a lot. This has become my number one. Wha... Read Moret a lovely mix. C & D made a winner with this blend . Read Less
A great 'craving' blend for me. More so than a regular smoke I mean. The Latakia is rich and upfront. The Oriental and Turkish play a diminished role in this one. A Lat-Lover's blend. My tin last me for nearly a year in a small jar. Now that it... Read More is about gone, I am certain to grab a couple more. I bet if you aged a tin of this it would just taste like smokey butter in 5-6 years. Read Less
Because I lack the sophisticated palate (so far) that others demonstrate, let me say simply this:
I like many tobaccos, and I like variety. But when I smoked this for the first time, I KNEW that I had found "my" mixture. It’s as simple as... Read More that. The spice so superexceeds aromatics that they lost any hold on me, regardless of time of day. It’s playful in the morning, it’s hardy for after meals, and (generally speaking) gives me a kiss goodnight before I head to bed. It’s not for the coy or bashful, so if you want the general sense of playing keep-up, this is your blend. Read Less
Although indeed very smooth and absolutely no tongue bite, it was somewhat bland and boring experience smoking it. Like, if would eat a steak without salt and pepper. A bit of tang is definitely missing. This mix might be ok for Virginia haters, but ... Read Morethere are definitely better Balkan mixes on the market Read Less
Only ok at best, smoked hot, perique was definitely present giving an intensely peppery flavor throughout the whole smoke, some Latakia and Orientals coming through but not enough to enjoy. Definitely a dirty peppery flavor mixed with a bitter black ... Read Morecoffee, orange and juniper berry gin flavor, not getting much of the Orientals sour or the smokey, but they are there way in the background, smoked in billard and went slow, which I think is helpful, (!)definitely not as bad as previously noted but definitely requires patience and purpose, AH! but toward the middle and end, transformed into a big nicotine bang Balkan, nice and rich and sour! moving to yellow, but much more promising if time is taken! Go Slow! Read Less
I would describe this as dark, spicy, and smooth. Full body type of taste and I got a good nicotine hit off of this, too. Rich and relaxing, probably not my everyday type of smoke, but doesn't disappoint when I want an English style blend.
I hate to write negative reviews but here it is. This blend was absolutely aweful. I generally like Latakia but this stuff just didn’t do it, several different pipes and tried over the course of 4 months and every time I’d empty the bowl before even ... Read Moregetting half way through. It has a terrible burnt rubber taste and No other nuance, honestly I’m almost thinking that I got a portion that had something wrong with it. But I would not recommend over many other C/D lat blends. Read Less
The smell from the initial light straight through to where I just couldn't take anymore was reminiscent of a dumpster fire, which is really unfortunate because I thought the flavor during the smoke was quite nice. The aftertaste however was a very sp... Read Moreoiled dairy sort of sour. Everyone I was around at the time also couldn't stand it, one of my friends started gagging and they are not sensitive to smells normally.
I will shelve this for now. I will revisit it one day when it's nice outside and I'm feeling brave. I'll let you know how that goes. Read Less
Heavy in smoky Latakia, fragrant orientals, and peppery perique, Byzantium was a delicious Balkan experience for a cold late autumn evening. I like to imagine this was what the Russian soldiers smoked in the snowy nighttime woods at the beginning of ... Read MoreTolstoy’s “Hadji Murat”. Read Less
This is a decent English blend. I smoked up my sample without trouble. This blend just doesn't quite stand up to some of the others C&D have to offer.
By no means is this a bad tobacco, just didn't sing for me. I had to dry it a little.
The sweet, perfumy taste of the Orientals lasts all the way to the bottom of the bowl. It never gets overwhelmed by the Latakia in the second half, like it does in many English blends. Sweet aroma, easy smoke, tasty...it's hard to beat if you like th... Read Moree Oriental leaf. Read Less
I like C&D tobacco's, usually with my half pounder usual order of Winchester I usually get a couple oz's of something different. Byzantium is really good. Not hot on the tongue, a nice hint of Latakia, and goes great with a cup of coffee or iced ... Read Moretea. Read Less
While smoking this, I kept thinking of others. I believe the tobacco to be of good quality; however, it was just to much of this and zero of that, if ya catch my drift. No, it wont grow on me as a stand alone smoke... but I am gonna try blending th... Read Moreis as no more than 25% with a str8 Virginia. I will probably love it as a blender, and have to come back and upgrade my rating - 2.5 is as a standalone smoke. Read Less
This has a good dry hit, burns for a decent amount of time. Adequately fills the lungs and nostrils with smoke. Has a very smooth sensation on the tongue, plus a creates a nice "pastey" feeling that gets one licking their lips to enjoy more of the ta... Read Moreste. It is sweet at the point of salivation. In a sense, it tingles all the good levels in the blood and creates a great atmosphere for reflecting. Read Less
I ordered a pound of this,and I still have about 4 oz left. I find this blend a little overbearing.It does have a somewhat sweetness to it.I agree with others that this blend is more suited for after a large Dinner,later i the day.It burns well not t... Read Moreo hot and doesn't bite. Read Less
The absence of virginias, I think, is an appealing factor with this blend, which makes it fairly unique in comparison to most English style blends. Nothing inadequate, just different and quite good. I'll give it some time and if it improves even slig... Read Morehtly, I'm ordering more and adding it to my favorites. Read Less
Strong, deep, earhty, smoky, full body and extremely satisfying. The lack of Virginia and orientals makes it less subtle, sweet and complex, but, on the other hand, it is more dense, rich and all I need when I crave some serious tobacco.
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