its a nice smooth smoke with a bit of spiciness and a smooth nicotine hit. Slightly above a mid-range in strength. burns evenly and completely, where a lot of blends overdo it with the dark spicy tobacco this one gives just enough to make it interest... Read Moreing and gives a nice touch of the exotic. Most similar blends I've tried put the darker tobacco forward and they overwhelm the rest of the tobacco this one really gets it right, where others give you potpourri this one gives you smooth tobacco with something to contemplate over. If you feel let down by other similar blends, this one should give you an indication of what a good blend should be like. I believe it would blend well with some sweet natural virginia, because I think the only thing missing is a bit of sweetness. Read Less
Balance! Balance is a good adjective to use to describe this tobacco. Just enough Latakia to give it that smokiness. Nice sourness from the Oriental, and the Virginia as the foundation. Although I found the Perique lost in the mix a little unless you... Read More really drag hard. Still, the balance is terrific! And nicely mild as well. This could easily be considered an all day smoke. Read Less
Odessa is one of my favorite C&D blends for its complexity of flavor, consistency in burning, and for the quality of the components. Odessa has a similar flavor profile to Crowley's Best - another in my regular rotation, but the small amount of Peri... Read Moreque makes a big difference in the complexity. I think this was originally marketed as a replacement for Balkan Sobranie White (BSW). While the tin note is similar, this does not have the same flavor profile. BSW used Virginias as a base where this uses Burley, and that is the little that makes the difference! Instead of grassy or citrusy sweetness, the burley offers a molasses/nutty sweetness that marries well with the smokey/woody characteristics of the Cyprian Latakia and the woody sweetness of the Turkish, which has a slightly sour note on the finish that pairs nicely with these other blends. While certainly not the star of the show, the Perique delivers a peppery profile that - with the addition of the nutty Burley and the smoke and wood from the Latakia and Turkish, ends with a raisin/plum aftertaste. The nic-hit is mild to medium, and it burns clean - if somewhat fast - to the bottom of the bowl. It never bites and is never harsh on the tongue. You also can detect all of the flavors throughout the burn, which is a primary factor in making this one of my favorite smokes. This could easily be an all-day smoke for the qualities I mention above. I highly recommend this - as well as Crowley's Best - for lovers of Burly who also like Latakia and Orientals. Read Less
Finally, after four years since I began smoking pipe I found a decent tobacco. Tried about thirty different types of probably a dozen of tobacconists - nothing can compare. Not only because of quality but also due to its persistence, and surprising c... Read Moreonformation of charts and the smoking experience.
Excellent smoke for a guy with the modest income. Read Less
This is a great blend for folks who want to try an non-aromatic tobacco. I enjoy Balkan and English blends but this blend does not have any heavy condiment tastes associated with either. Will be ordering more in larger tins, if available. It can be t... Read Morehe tobacco blend to enjoy throughout the day.
Any old timers from N.J. remember Schulte's Pipe Shop in Maplewood, N.J.? They used to sell a blend called "Jolly Tar".That was an interesting blend.
Before old smoke shops close, if their blends were registered with the U.S. patent office, others could purchase the recipe, from their heirs. Hope Smoking pipes looks into this issue.
Know of another shop that will be, in the near future closing, He might have some good selling proprietary blends to offer. Of course the proprietary blends could be purchased without being registered, in my humble opinion, without going through the expense of registering it. Read Less
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