Excellent for mid day/afternoon.
Tin note is reminiscent of cheese. Like a light Swiss, slightly smokey. Not a lat bomb by any means but you can tell it's there.
Cut of the tobacco packs well and burns even better. Decent little burn on the retro,... Read More but not crazy on the perique.
Will not make it into my daily rotation but it is a decent try non the less. Read Less
A lot of times I wonder if Perique and Turkish work well with each other. This blend definitely shows the Perique and Latakia. The Red VAs Vas aren't that sweet, and the Turkish is obvious on a retrohale or room note. This is more on the savory and s... Read Moremokey side to me. Middle of the road nothing wowing me. I'm no connoisseur. Pick some up and try it if it sounds up your alley. Read Less
Most of the reviews here are pretty spot on. Red Odessa is balanced, very flavorful, and best yet it’s available in budget friendly bulk. This could be an all day smoke for me. For some reason, RO is prone to go out often for me. I’ve solved this pro... Read Moreblem by rubbing it out a bit more than usual before drying. If I were forced to nit pick, I’d say up the Latakia! But really, it’s not necessary. This a great English tobacco, hands down. If you like this blend, be sure and try Stratfordshire if you’ve not. Read Less
Bulk blend. You want smokey....you got it. You want flavor....you got it. Very sweet tasting blend that can be an all day smoke. No bite even when pushed. This is a blend you will be buying by the pound once you give it a try. Now go ahead and treat ... Read Moreyourself to a blend of tobacco bliss!!! Read Less
This is a great tasting blend. It's full in flavor but has a moderate to lighter amount of nicotine so it makes a great all day smoke. The latakia is not too heavy in this one but does come through in the smoking nicely. The red va gives this one a l... Read Moreittle more character and complexity, it supports the spicy orientals in a nice way. They used good orientals that come through with spice and wood flavors. I bought two ounces to try and I like it enough I'll probably get a pound next time. If you like nightcap this makes an excellent counter point for daytime smokes. One of the better English blends I've tried and better than several tinned blends I've smoked. It's just one of those blends that achieves a near perfect balance and presents layers of bold flavor in the smoking. Read Less
I've been trying various C&D blends for over a year now and this is the one. They make a nice bulk english, and some terrific bulk "balkans" but this one takes the kake. I'm told that this blend gets about as close to the old Sobranie as one can.. ... Read MoreFor me- and I'm not quite old enough to have known Balkan Sobranie firsthand, though my father was well acquainted.. Red Odessa is as good as any premium blend I've ever had. I prefer it to Star of the North and Gaslight certainly for its complexity and favor it above Byzantium, Engine 99 even Super Balkan and Bayou Night for its mellow character (though those last two are also favorites).. I believe it must be that red Va (which seems to be missing from the above description).. Good red VA seems to round out the blend quite nicely imparting a terrific mellow character . It's a favorite in its class for me and I'd highly recommend to anyone with the "Balkan" bug. One note.. All C&D blends seem to lack humectant, and to be properly enjoyed, one should make sure they don't get bone dry, which can happen really quickly in a dry climate. A mason jar works well for me.. Read Less
I smoke several C&D tobaccos, but this is one of the best-spice and cool smoke, pleasant room note, and burns slowly, don't need to relight often-excellent all-day tobacco. It would be one of the favorites ...
I have enjoyed all C & D blends, but this one took several bowls to understand and to enjoy. Now it is always in reach. It has a soft approach to entice, maybe it's just me but it seems to slowly evolve into a soft ad pleasant smoke. Can be use a... Read Mores a all day smoke or use as a relaxing stimulant when needed. Just a great English tobacco. Enoy Read Less
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