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 ( & that was when Balkan Sobranie was Balkan Sobranie).
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
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
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
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.
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