I love Balkan style tobacco, read some reviews and decide to get some. Just opening the tin made comfortable with my decision to purchase.
Creamy would be a good description for the whole bowl, sort'a like a comfort food I couldn't leave it alone. T... Read Morehe Lakeland is very noticeable, as is the Lakatia if your not a big fan or you don't crave Latakia don't buy.
I find this to be vey enjoyable, it is within my top five tobaccos. Read Less
I tied a tin of this a week or two ago. I enjoyed it quite a bit and smoked up the tin within a few days. Very typical of a Latakia/Oriental type English blend, subtle yet full bodied. Plus it has a slight hint of he "Lakeland Essense" whic... Read Moreh I really like a lot, Read Less
Delicious tin nose. Comes in a rather fine Ribbon Cut. Moisture in tin is too high, I had to let it dry over night before smoking. BALKAN MIXTURE is a light, mellow, fluffy, one-dimensional, flavoured English mixture. The name is misleading. A real B... Read Morealkan would be an obvious, Oriental forward English mixture, which is not the case here. It is a balanced mixture without a leader. This blend is not digging deep. All three tobaccos are too weak to deploy a full aroma. Ample sweetness, either from Latakia and Oriental (not from Virginia), or from some sweet toppings. Strange enough: like other reviewers, I constantly perceive an obtrusive Lakeland essence, no matter which pipe I use. This is a confirmation that there are artificial flavourings or toppings in this mixture. Not my pair of shoes. On top of this, this mixture is far too faint for me. I prefer heavier and more complex blends without flavouring. Read Less
I’m a big fan of almost everything G&H does but this one does not work for me. The Latakia is overpowering and l have to blend it with something else to tame down the Latakia. Your mileage may vary because it is a high quality tobacco like all G&... Read Moreamp;H. Read Less
I bought a tin of this and thought it was amazing and just came back to order more of this creamy delicious smoke only to find it out of stock. I’m certainly going to keep my eye out to order more. And more. And even more.
First bowl I went crazy because of the "soapy" taste. Was ready to toss. Decided to dedicate a pipe [ to eliminate ghosting] and tried it again and again. Here we go - I truly like it. Smooth, smokey, burns well and kind of haunts me. Shall... Read More keep it in rotation.
Seems like a quality pipe tobacco - yes. Read Less
Years ago I used to smoke Balkan Sobranie. I liked the dry taste but found it a bit harsh for a regular smoke. This, on the other hand is a lot cleaner. The Virginia really tempers the taste. Having grown up with a grandfather who, being English, l... Read Moreiked British blends, I learned to appreciate them. This was my first pipe of this mixture. The only thing that tended to bother me is that I had to keep relighting it. Next time I will let it dry a bit. One can taste the Latakia strongly but it is smooth. I find I rather like it.
My wife, on the other hand, has told me rather bluntly "That stuff is awful" so I have to smoke it when she is not around.
Theres Nicotine here ... theres a bright Virginia sweetness along with some stellar Oriental and Latakia .. a Real Balkan ! Burns super clean and crisp .. not muddied down to your typical English style norm . You can taste the components of the blen... Read Mored being it's so clean . It's worth it to try if ya like English style Blends . Just get ready for clean flavors and enjoy the complexity of the blend Read Less
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