Charing Cross from G. L. Pease is a traditional Balkan style blend of fine Virginia leaf, richly seasoned with smoky Cyprian Latakia, and spiced with the exquisite and exotic tobaccos of the orient. This is the one for Latakia lovers. Hints of roasted cocoa beans, orange zest, green pepper and campfires. This is the big one - fuller than Blackpoint, and a little less sweet.
This is one of my all time favorite blends. Always satisfying with it's rich, sharp and clear flavors, but some roundness. There is nothing thin about the flavor. It's balanced but with highs and lows. You could say it's a Lat bomb but on a different... Read More day, a different pipe you could say it's oriental forward. It seems to make a statement on all flavors; sour, bitter, savory, with pops of sweetness (a trick of Mr. Pease is the little birds eye shaped snips of Virginia flake-Union Square?) and on re-lights some hint of salt and a great oriental spiciness. I happen to like or love a lot of G.L.P. blends -Quiet Nights, Abingdon, Gas Light and Key Largo (once I figured out how to make it stop biting) in the love category and might go for a month before I get around to this blend (I like a large rotation), but every time I light up a bowl of this I wonder why I waited so long. Read Less
Being a fan of Blue Mountain, I do enjoy a good Balkan. Perhaps more than I enjoy anything else. The addition of Virgina leaf make this appear much lighter than Blue Mountain, but make no mistake, it is every bit as good. Almost. Very smokey, and spi... Read Morecy. I think if your looking for a really top notch Balkan, you won't go wrong with this. Read Less
Back when I was introduced to the YouTube Pipe Community, I saw multiple videos exclaiming how stout and strong Dunhill Nightcap was. When I finally tried it, while I thought it was decent, it seemed pretty middle of the road. Of course, I think my e... Read Morearly love affair with Billy Bud had something to do with it.
Anyways, I’m supposed to be talking about Charing Cross.
I bought an 8oz tin of this stuff and it struck me as an English blend for a man’s man. I cellared two jars of the stuff back in 2014 and just recently cracked one back open.
This reminds of GL Pease’s Odyssey but more oriental forward. Like makes your mouth tingle level of orientals.
I don’t enjoy Latakia like I did as a novice pipe smoker, but when the mood takes me, I load this up on my biggest stoutest pipe a float off to Neverland. Read Less
Tin note of tart fruit, smoky, and mildly sour. Tobacco is dark brown, black and a little tan. Cut is a mix of fat ribbon and course cut. Tobacco moisture is good, no prep or drying needed. Burns slow with a few relights. The strength is medium and n... Read Moreic is mild. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium to full and consistent, with complex notes of very spicy, very musty dry earth, herbal spice, very woody, sour citrus, smokey, floral, bread, tangy dark fruit, a sweet grassy background note, and a peppery retro. Oriental/Turkish is leading with Virginias supporting a little more than Latakia. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is great. Read Less
The fresh smoke character of the Latakia is the same here as Westminster.
Unlike Westminster this has an underlying malty sweetness which makes it unique. Made in the classic British style of vintage Dunhill, Sobranie and others, but not reminiscen... Read Moret of any particular classic mixture.
The latakia is very fresh, and a few years of age might soften that. Still tire easily of the dominant , heavy smoke character of the Latakia used in these blends. Tin age was 6 months. Read Less
Looks yummy in the jar and the Tin note is like smokey BBQ but the taste of this burning reminds me of standing down wind of my end of year Hop and construction lumber burn pile.
Smokey to the point of almost making me sick. Going to Jar this up an... Read Mored try again in a year or two cause currently I can't get past the first couple puffs. Read Less
This is one of the best English mixtures I have ever experienced The constituent tobaccos each play a part in the harmonious whole. It burns cool and relighting is average. My current favorite English blend. Recommended.
A typical English mixture. Basically a successful Latakia-forward blending. Sadly, far too faint. After lighting the pipe, all tobaccos in this blend start to deploy. Unfortunately they stop half way, making a good mixture weak and faint.
Nice bit of smokiness, mild Latikia, good cooling effect, perfect afternoon smoke.
Not strong at all, milder than BlackPoint, the flavor and strength develope as you smoke it, towards the end of the bowl.
As always, a great blend from Master Pease!... Read MoreRead Less
This my first GLP, product and very thankful I tried this blend, it has lead me to other GLP products for sure. I find this to be balanced, and very relaxing. Perfect on a rainy afternoon. Can't wait to take this smoke on my next fishing evening, wo... Read Moreuldn't give a dam if I caught narry a fish, enjoy a bowl today. Read Less
Charing Cross is an awesome blend that stablishes a great dialogue between those great Pease´s virginias and latakia, while orientals sing wonderful notes from the background. I find this one not stronger or bolder than Blackpoint, just different. I ... Read Morethink this is more balanced than BP. I love the lack of sweetness in Charing Cross!!!. A serious and great smoke!! Read Less
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