This is very heavy in latakia but also has a velvety smooth balanced quality and flavor to the smoke. All the components work well in the blend. I get the smooth rich latakia upfront when I draw on the pipe and taste the other tobaccos which each tak... Read Moree turns and many times share in different wonderful combinations the secondary spot in the flavor profile when it rolls off my tongue. The flavor reminds me a little of a marshmallow that has been well burnt over a campfire at times, without the sweetness of course and espresso and cream or maybe really dark chocolate at times. I enjoyed my first 2 oz enough to order more. I will probably be keeping this around it's one of the better english blends I've come across out of many I've tried. The nicotine level is not too overly powerful, but strong enough to be satisfying. One thing I like about this blend is it's good in the morning and still full enough for the last smoke of the day or after a good meal, it's really good about anytime for me, especially when it's cool outside. It smokes really consistent from one bowl to the next and I always get a satisfying smoke. Read Less
This is quite simply the best darn smoke I’ve ever had. It’s Latakia-forward (60%), very well balanced, richly flavored, smoky, creamy and musty sweet. It reminds me of Dunhill MM965, but better. Because burley replaces the sun-cured Orientals, it h... Read Moreas more of a toasted grain nuance rather than a verdant spice note. I've purchased pounds of this as I never tire of it and it's proven to be consistent. Constellation is the only one worth keeping in my large everyday tobacco jar. Nicotine's 2 on a 5 scale. Read Less
I’m quite enjoying this one. Smells strong of Latakia with some sweetness in the background. The smoke seems very balanced. Despite the strong Lat smell, the sweetness of the Va and Black cav come through first, followed by the Lat. Very mild and ple... Read Moreasant. Read Less
The dark smoky-leathery latakia shrouds the Cav and the Burley most, in the tin note, which is sparkling with interspersed bright virginia notes like stars in the night sky. Has the taste of an exotic and buttery english even without the Oriental lea... Read Moref, the latakia taste and smell is quite present and virginias contribute just enough sweetness to walk the fence between sweet and savory. Really interesting about this english is the presence of burley, producing a lot of smoke along with the Lat, but making it so completely mild it can be snorked or even french inhaled. (Not recommended, I was just impressed by how mild this mixture is) Read Less
The moisture is just perfect to smoke right out of the bag, and the different colours looking brilliant. Of course you smell the Latakia first, but Black Cavendish and Burley give it very complex cocoa- like smell to it. Lighting is very easy, one or... Read More two matches are enough. The taste is very complex smoky-choclate-nutty. It is a bold and strong blend, the smoke is very rich and satisfying. It reminds me somehow the old version of Dunhill 965. It burns very, very well and leaves just a bit of bright ash. Nearly no Moisture. Nicotine level is medium, it's not too strong. Recommend it to the serious english smoker, that are looking for a bold and satisfying late- evening Blend.For me it has replaced Star of the East from the 1st Place. Will buy more for sure. Read Less
Very flavourful without a huge heavy hit, it's actually a nice combination.
It's almost light, The emphasis on this is definitely centred around the Latakia, but the burley is also very present. I didn't really notice the virginia much, and the caven... Read Moredish failed to give heft to the blend.
But a very solid English that i personally could enjoy any time. Read Less
This blend is very tasty. Very Latakia forward with a powerful tin note. I am quite the fan of black Cavendish with lat because it adds a subtle sweetness to the rich smoky blend. Might be a new cost effective replacement to some smaller batchlat ble... Read Morends. The black Cavendish has some course bits which is annoying, but still deserves respect Read Less
UPDATE: Now that I'm more experienced with Latakia, I can honestly say there isn't enough of it here to keep my attention. It seems that the Black Cav is the predominant component, so there just isn't room for much flavor to come through. My original... Read More review is below.
Lots of depth, and lots of smoke. Strong Latakia presence offset by the Unsweetened Black Cavendish, along with Burley body and Virginia sweetness. I need to get back to this blend. Read Less
This is a full bodied English blend that reminds me somewhat of Balkan Sobranie 759. It is a slow, even burning bkend that is easy on the palatte while still providing the rich, dark muskyness of a very generous portion of Latakia. A great companion ... Read Morewith a book or a stroll under a starry night sky. Read Less
Purchased in 2017. Vacuum sealed most of it, smoked some back then. Recorded a 4 of 5 rating then... I up it a bit now. Very mellow smoke. No noticeable tongue bite. Tastes pretty much like the other reviews state. Enjoyed morning smoke with co... Read Moreffee. Very relaxing. Read Less
I wanted to like this one, but there is a distinctive metallic taste to the two ounces I tried. With so many other similar blends, this one just won't rate a second purchase.
I'm comparing it with Stokkebye's Proper English, which is about the same... Read More strength and latakia level, but without that metallic twang that I get only from Constellation. Read Less
Do you like Latakia, with your Latakia? Now Pirate Kake has about 75% Latakia. I like Pirate Kake. I think this has even more Latakia. I like Latakia and often smoke a straight bowl of it. This has a touch of Virginia and Burley, and frankly it was j... Read Moreust Latakia that I tasted. There's nothing wrong with that. I enjoyed this. It's a very sweet, smoky Latakia driven blend. Light to medium on nicotine.
I added a little Cigar Leaf and a bit more Burley on my next bowl and liked it even more.
This is not a balanced blend, to me. It's great for the Latakia, but I will be blending this to add some depth. Read Less
I was looking for something to change off from Westminster. Lo and behold, an 8 ounce bag of Constellation turned up, stashed away back in my closet.
It really hits the sweet spot--full bodied, but complex and so perfectly balanced with the Virginia... Read Mores and Latakia that it is never overpowering.
Burns really cool, too. Read Less
One of my absolute favorites. A lovely, hearty smoke with a wonderful aroma, I make sure to always have Constellation with me. Burns nice through the whole bowl. I agree with the previous review that after smoking them side by side, I much prefer Con... Read Morestellation to Star of the East. Had a nicer moisture content, smoked smoother, and just better flavor and aroma. I'll happily pack bowls of Constellation all day long. Give it a try! Read Less
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