BlackHouse, Fusilier's Ration; you've probably heard of them. They were Russ Oulette's tributes to Balkan Sobranie 759 and Bengal Slices, respectively, and both have proven tremendously popular. With WhiteKnight Russ adds a third tribute to his portfolio, this one inspired by his memories of Balkan Sobranie Original Smoking Mixture, as it was during the late 1970s. To that end, Russ has combined Cyprian Latakia, yellow Virginias, and Macedonian Orientals (including Yenidje), producing a smooth, fragrant, light-medium Latakia smoke.
I smoked the Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture in the 80's, and find this to be as close to, if not better, than that benchmark tobacco. All the right notes are present, with a melding of strength and smoothness. I've set a few tins aside for now, and... Read More the future. I recommend a meerschaum for your first bowl -it really lets you concentrate on the tobacco - and keeps any possible ghosting at bay. If you remember the good ol' BSOSM, this should bring a smile. Hearth and Home seems to be THE place to go for stunning recreations, and really balanced mixtures. Please try some, and write a review of your own ! Read Less
When i opened the tin it was quite dry so rehumidify it a little than i packed my pipe,little soft flame and .....sweet Mother Goddess Russ !!!bless you man..it was a taste which i might experienced it in another life ,stramgely familiar yet of cours... Read Moree new .I am quasi novice pipe smoker(pipe maker)this smoke was just fenomenal ,voluminous gentle noble ,i can just sang its prays on and on .I love it so much that to prevent the quick demise of the entire tin i made a dedicated small bowl pipe for it.I can only strongly recomand it to anyone novice or adepth too.By the way last month i recieved my Bronze Badge of the tobacco connoasseurs(those who tried 20 different tobaccos are ranked this way)Wishing you all a blessed happy New Year and lots of happy smokes
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Master blender Russ Ouellette reportedly made WhiteKnight as a tribute meant to be reminiscent of a historical variant of Balkan Sobranie. As I've never had that make (1970s version), all I can report of WhiteKnight is what I am familiar with. I cons... Read Moreider this to be a good Latakia mixture that leans more toward the smokey side of English and less to the more oriental forward Balkan mixtures. This may seem contrary to what it was meant to be, but I would expect much more from the orientals to call it a Balkan. The smoke is reminiscent of Dunhill's My Mixture 965 (which I've always enjoyed) and brings to mind my experiences with Syrian Latakia even though both are made using Cyprian Latakia today. Fans of Latakia should love this blend regardless. There is much to love here. It is a rather coarse cut that seems perfect for this mixture, any finer and I'd think that it would burn hotter and become harsh. As it is, this has a good steady burn rate and the flavors are consistent throughout. I have had the odd experience of this losing flavor though when smoked aggressively or when outside and stoked by the wind, so the slower you can manage the more flavor you're likely to get (which is usually good advice, but even more so here). It seems appropriate to mention that this bares little in common with Balkan Sobranie of today, so if that is a tobacco you enjoy, know that WhiteKnight is quite different: it lacks the silky ribbon that burns smooth, or the creamy and slightly sour oriental flavor (even with the Yenidje), or even the consistency of flavor apart from the smokiness. The Yenidje unique flavors are present, but seem less consistent than I'd like. But, again, it was not meant to be like today's Balkan Sobranie, so that's probably not a fair comparison. If you gravitate to English blends and love the campfire-like aroma and taste, this would be a good tobak for you to try. If you enjoy a more silky smooth woodsy smoke, this may not be the best Latakia mixture for you. I wish I had had the Balkan Sobranie of old, if it was even remotely like WhiteKnight, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it. Hope this helps. A side note: can we all agree that the new tin art with a third of the space taken up to tell us what we already know is not deterring anyone and only ruins the otherwise lovely tin art? Read Less
Not great, not bad. It has a nice mellow taste after the first quarter and gets a bit better as you get to the bottom. The only thing I disliked about it really was that it was a very fine almost dust like cut.
Got a tin of this along with BlackHouse. Not quite as strong as the BH, but full of flavor that seems to get better as the pipe burns. I'm betting this would be a great one after a few months of storing.
This is a fantastic blend. Flavor and notes have already been covered in depth by other reviewers. However, the drama extends beyond the flavor and aroma. You see, WhiteKnight is inexorably linked to Hearth & Home's other Marquee offering, BlackH... Read Moreouse. One might say WhiteKnight is the 'Yang' to BlackHouse's 'Yin'. Their profiles are complimentary to each other. In fact -- and here's a little secret -- you can even see the BlackHouse castle in the background of WhiteKnight's tin art! It is representative of the eternal struggle between light and dark. So, if you buy WhiteKnight, make sure to purchase it's dark brother, Blackhouse, too and witness the epic battle play out across your palate. Read Less
WhiteKnight is Russ Ouellette’s tribute blend to Balkan Sobranie Original Smoking Mixture. It’s an artfully composed blend of the same tobaccos that went into one of his most memorable and sorely missed tobaccos: bright Virginias, magnificent Macedo... Read Morenian Orientals, with an abundance of the "Queen of Tobaccos", Yenidje, and rich, smoky Latakia. There's an incense like aroma to WhiteKnight that is pleasant and tremendously fragrant and there's a clean, short, crispness to the finish that's unlike most Latakia blends. Very well done. Read Less
Since Dunhills Durbar is no longer available, I'm on a quest to find a replacement.
I was told by the folks at smokingpipes to try Cornell & Deihls rajah court, wow its really good. But now I tasted white knight, now I have decisions to make lol... Read More. For all the Durbar lovers, try this and tell me what you all think?. Thumbs up to Hearth & Home Read Less
The blend is claimed to be a reproduction of the now, out-of-reach, Balkan Sobranie. I don't know because I have never tasted that one. This blend tastes like a Balkan/Oriental and is a very good, robust English blend with its all components (Virgini... Read Moreas, Orientals/Turkish, Balkans + Latakia). It is smokey and woodsy but needs a few relights. There is a component in it that prevents an easy burning.
An update: I just opened a tin recently and realized that it was not as good as the previous ones. Chemical smell or the like as I was smoking plastic! Not the usual Balkan tobacco! Read Less
The blend is claimed to reproduce the old, now out-of-reach, Balkan Sobranie. I have not had a chance to smoke Balkan Sobranie but it seems that WhiteKnight is a very close reproduction. It tastes like a Balkan with spices and a sour but pleasant aft... Read Moreer taste. However, the only issue is that this blend doesn't seem to burn easily and needs a few relights. Read Less
I have only been piping a few weeks so take this with a grain of salt. My first non candy baccy was Dunhill Nightcap. This on kinda seems like a milder version. I do like nightcap so I guess I have found my replacement.
Another complex blend with many levels of flavor. The one thing that did stand out consistently for me was the Yenidje. The mild soda note from the Yenidje was there from the char light to the last puff. Very interesting note that I enjoyed, but coul... Read Mored see others wouldn’t. Additionally, there was the grassy Virginian, always lingering. A delightful smoke that I will most assuredly continue to enjoy. Read Less
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