I find this tobacco hits all the right notes for me. There's a lot going on and yet flavors here are perfectly balanced. Campfire and floral notes seem to be most forward, but there's also this savory sweetness of lightly spiced prunes right there an... Read Mored it all just really works well for me. I almost knocked off a star because I was finding that it had a tendency to be rather harsh on the nasal cavity, but after smoking it through one of my favorite pipes (the Vauen Fuji 4242) using a 9mm filter, I was able to fully enjoy it. Burns well (a few lights along the way) and stays flavorful throughout, not losing any of it's qualities towards the end. Really good stuff. It's probably not an all day smoke but is extremely enjoyable nonetheless. Certainly a favorite for this pipe smoker. Read Less
I have smoked so many balkan blends most of them all start tasting the same. It is a nice smoke but, nothing really stands out that would put it in my top 10. Still quality and nice to have in the cellar but, I won't be reaching for it any time soon... Read More as there are others that are flat out amazing *cough* *cough* sasieni *cough* that are asily available and way better! Cheers! Read Less
This blend is absolutely SUBLIME. The best latakia mixture and flat out tobacco I have ever smoked. The Syrian latakia is so smooth, cool and herbal, while the orientals lend a light creaminess, and the kentucky and perique add some more depth and ea... Read Morerthiness. For me, lack of virginias is a good thing, as I've never gotten on with them. Smoking this blend is out of this world. Read Less
The tin note is extraordinary. Beneath the terpene of the latakia is a profound sweetness on the nose.
This is a one light tobacco that burns to the proverbial white ash. It is sweet, sour and salty all at the same time. It produces ample pillows of... Read More smoke.
For a balkan blend the perique is particularly in evidence and there must be a fair whack of it in the blend. It gives a lovely peppery character to the smoke. Read Less
I tend to measure these kinds of blends against what I consider to be the gold standard, Penzance. I found the Brebbia Balkan to be actually a bit smoother than Penzance but lacking that oriental zing that one finds in Penzance. However, I enjoyed th... Read Moreis blend immensely, finding it to be to my taste more of a classic English blend than a Balkan. But then my taste buds are a tad old! Anyway, I now have Brebbia Balkan in my tobacco rotation and happy to have it there. If you are looking for a mild to medium English blend smoke, I don't think you can do better than this Brebbia blend which, I believe, is actually made by Dan's and could, in fact, be Dan's Bill Bailey's. Whatever - I give it four stars. Read Less
This is a treasure. Of all the Balkan blends I love, this is at the top. I don't consider my palate very refined but I can taste the difference between, and prefer Syrian Latakia over Cyprian. The two most enjoyable blends that contain Syrian Latakia... Read More that are still available are Brebbia, and HH Vintage, so get them well you can. The two most stocked in my cellar are these two blends. Read Less
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