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 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
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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