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G. L. Pease - Sextant 2oz
Upon further review, the ruling on the field is reversed
Revisited Sextant this A.M. with the morning coffee. Stephen E nailed it above. The first half bowl was a perfect chorus of voices, a harmonious 'mp' (mezzo piano--- "moderately soft" volume) in the predawn. In the second half, the orientals swelled to 'mf' (mezzo forte---"moderately loud") to greet the sunrise; perhaps a bit too loud at that hour, but it will slide into the rotation for a later hour of the day. .

Cornell & Diehl - Rajah's Court 2oz
Yes!
First bowl from the fresh tin didn't impress. The 'Ginnies & Turks seemed too forward. Revisited it today. Oh my, what a couple weeks did for it. A near perfect marriage of elements, with a slight edge to the Latakia. Mellow, easy on the palette. Put me in memory of a long gone fave, Sullivan's OO blend from some 50 years ago (back in the day when your local brick & mortar tobacconist was one's sole guide through the plethora of leaves; when Balkan Sobranie was as common as Captain Black).

Cornell & Diehl - Da Vinci 2oz
Mis-labeled tin? Burley bomb.
I don't give negative reviews as a rule. Exception to the rule follows. Popped the tin. No hint of Latakia in the note (75%, eh?). Nary a whiff of Latakia in the initial bowl. Revisited it a couple weeks later. No change. What is this, Captain Black? A burley bomb. Maybe the wrong label made it on the tin?

Sutliff - Sutliff 1849 1.5oz
Dancing with the VaPers
Came down from Latakia Mountain a few years back to see how the rest of the world puffs. Made some some wonderful discoveries like this blend. This is the perfect blend of Virginia to Perique. I wasn't thrown into a hay baler, I didn't choke on the bayou. It was a smooth journey from char to bottom; a glorious symphony of both strains. A distinct peppery Perique on the retro, but a velvety inhale. All in all smooth as silk for such a rocky marriage.

Sutliff - 707 Sweet Virginia
On a budget?
Not a huge fan of flake, but this Virginia is a clean, smooth experience. Not overly sweet to my mind. Nice balance.

Low Country - Waccamaw 2oz
Me Again...Mr English maven
Huh. Had a bottle of Provance Esprit Rebelle Rosé to sip on. A Latakia heavy blend would never do between the sips. This blend is wonderful! Solid Virginia with a nice peppery retro-hale. Sips so nice. Stays nice in the saddle throughout the bowl. These Low Country folk got it nailed

Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 2oz
Dis is it
Latakia heaven on earth. Can't speak to heaven. God might be in the Va/Per or aromatic camp. As Devil's advocate, this is the best contemporary Latakia based English I've smoked barring my ancient faves: Sullivan's 00 & XX blends from 50 years ago.

Sutliff - Blend No.5 1.5oz
Mild, but tasty
...for an English blend. Qualifies as an all day smoke. Not a beast Latakia blend, but it satisfies a lat-bomb aficionado like me when I don't want thermo-nuclear latakia. From tin-note to end of bowl, it's a nice ride. If you're an Aro/VA/VAper looking to dabble on the English side of the divide, I'd recommend it as a cheap entry. If you're a Lat fan on a low budget (raises hand), it's worth a try.

Sutliff - 507C Virginia Slices
Pleasurable Virginie
First time I tried it, I did the fold & stuff. Meh. Went to the break it up technique, which worked much better for me. Low & slow, it smoked smooth with the classic VA profile you'd expect. Mind you I am not a expert in the Virginia realm, so YMMV; but I found it quite satisfying; my first & steadfast love being Lat-bomb English blends. Price point makes it a keeper for a change of pace.

Samuel Gawith - Commonwealth 50g
Full Strength Mixture?
Mmm, no; but it is an excellent 'middling' strength mixture, compared to, say, C&D's Pirate Kake. Still, it's a very satisfying blend. My only complaint, which applies to all SG tins, is they don't re-seal well. Love the aesthetic of the tins, the functionality leaves something to be desired.

Arango - Balkan Supreme
Smooth...Balanced
Going back in the time machine, this reminds me of my beloved Sullivan's 00, which disappeared from the world stage decades ago. Concur with the chorus of 4.5-5-0's. A perfect marriage of latakia based tabacs.

Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 50g
Satisfying medium English
I like how the Turks ride above the Latakia current with the undercurrent of the Virginies. Overall a satisfying middling English blend. Still search for the replacement of my ancient middling fave: Sullivan's 00.

Brigham - Aurora Borealis 50g
Alas, poor Yorick...
Had I known Brigham would go t*ts up, I would've bought a boxcar of this blend. :::sigh:::

Peterson - Hyde Park 50g
Stunned...
that my first review here would be for a Lakeland blend (I am devoted to Latakia blends---the heavier the better). It's quite easy, a delight on the palette. A wonderful contrast to the usual dense, deep campfire. This is divine. Floral to the nines; light, airy, easy, delightful; compared to Lat bombs I prefer. It's the perfect complement to a tongue jaded by an overload of heavy English/Balkan blends. Contra-intuitive as it would seem, I would recommend it heartily to my fellow deep Latakia brotherhood.

Low Country
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G. L. Pease
Chelsea Morning 2oz

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The Mallard 50g

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PS80 Norwegian Blend

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HH Latakia Flake 1.75oz

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Elizabethan Mixture 50g

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G. L. Pease
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