Pure, straight, unadulterated Cyprian Latakia leaf — this C&D tobacco is, quite obviously, intended for blending purposes, whether it be making your own blend from scratch, or adding an extra kick to a particular off-the-shelf favorite.
I know you are supposed to mix it. I mixed mine 50/50. Latakia/latakia. My buddy (Awesome guy) brought this over to try. I filled up my biggest bowl (Missouri Meerschaum General) and smoked it. This was smooth, smokey, silky, and sultry. I am hard-... Read Morepressed to understand the need to mix it with other stuff, unless you are trying to make it last longer (best guess?). This was a great smoke. I am trying to figure what blends that good use some extra help to use it on... or maybe another straight indulgence. Read Less
Of all the pure blending Latakia I've smoked and blended with C&D sells the best on the market in my humble opinion. Perfect moisture content for blending, and will take on a little moisture when distilled water is added to moisturize a new blend... Read More, making sure it doesn't just fall to the bottom. The cut itself also contributes to that end, and is rather small but somehow just right. Cool smoking, supremely pungent and aromatic, and full bodied. Pound for pound the most aromatic Latakia I've smoked. I love blending with this stuff, and indeed have crafted several blends with it that I thoroughly enjoy. A little too potent to smoke regularly solo, but worth sampling to fully understand what it brings to the table. There's not much else to say here. High quality tobacco. Read Less
Latakia is found in almost every tobacco blend for good reason. It is simply delicious to smoke when mixed with Virginia’s. Latakia comes from the Middle East and is cured over a fire, giving it it’s Smokey deliciousness.
I bought some of this luxurious, creamy, smoky leaf with every intention of using it to add some oomph to lighter blends I thought desperately needed more Latakia. Then while sharing our purchases at the Relaxatorium one afternoon, my buddy Souldawg1... Read More75 loads up a Missouri Meerschaum General (huge bowl) and proceeds to smoke this stuff straight. I was gobsmacked. I thought he was crazy. I knew he liked Latakia blends, but my Gawd! I have smoked Lat-blends for 25 years and never thought to do such a thing. Then I tried it myself and I should have known he'd not steer me wrong. This was a great opportunity to see just what Latakia has to offer for blending. Without any other tobacco present, there is nothing there to question. If you taste something or experience something, it has got to be from the Latakia. I often wonder when smoking blends if something I'm tasting is the Latakia or from other orientals, so this was a great help to my learning palate. On it's own it is kind of one-dimensional, but man, what a dimension! This is obviously the Cyprian variety of Latakia, it's much mellower and smooth without aging than the Syrian. I've had both types and I know blends of old required the Syrian and all, but I think I actually prefer the Cypress variety more. Get some and see what Latakia truly is and does for a smoke. Here's a free recipe to try: 50% C&D Latakia/40% C&D Virginia Flake/10% C&D Izmir for a great full strength traditional English blend. If you like things more complex, try swapping C&D Bayou Morning in place of the Virginia Flake! You can thank me later. Read Less
This is the best latakia ive ever smoked. Its great as a mixer and if you so desire smoked by its self all though I love it by its self is great if put with Cornell & Diehl: Bright Virginia Ribbon in a little bit of McClelland: Blending Perique a... Read Morend if you want a sweeter note a tad bit of some black cavandish as well. Read Less
Got this today. Wouldn't try this alone in my pipe, but mixed it with some tobaccos that are less desirable, and would no longer smoke. Well, I'm here to tell you. It made the not so good into superb tasting, super quality tobacco. This latakia is so... Read More fragrant, and dominant that I can still smell it lingering on my outside patio. Very high quality. The ultimate mixer! Read Less
One of the best quality latakia in the market these days, is cost wise and perfect for blending as it has all the characteristics that define a good latakia.
Id say it is a very powerful latakia with lot of strength and aroma, comes a little moist bu... Read Moret that is something that couple of minutes will solve. Color is from deep black to caramel, smokey above pungent on the bag. Tends to become extremely dominant so it is very prudent to add very little to your mixes.
Robust and fragrant during smoke, gives lots of body and roundness.
Very recommended. Read Less
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