Billy Budd reminded me, briefly, of McClelland's Coyote Classic Full, which is one of my all-time favorites, but the resemblance was ephemeral, as the unique qualities of Billy Budd came to bear, such as Burley and Cigar Leaf which Coyote Classic doe... Read Mores not have. Conversely, Billy Budd does not contain Oriental/Turkish leaf that distinguishes Coyote Classic. Billy Budd has a rounded flavor, no sharp notes. It is Latakia forward, which is perhaps the quality that first invited my comparison with Coyote Classic, as well as the fact that the tobaccos used are premium in every respect, no inferior Burley leaf as a cost saver here. It was a little slow to stay lit, but once it was lit, it stayed lit to the bottom of a large bowl. The nicotine is, I would say, past medium bordering on strong. The Cigar Leaf is evident without giving the impression of a cigar. It is a cool smoke with no chance of a tongue bite. The room note is strong but not offensive, although some who are sensitive may disagree. It burns to a fine gray ash, with no dottle, and no moisture. Read Less
Wonderful Creamy Smoke. I love Latakia so some of my Favorite English blends are MM965,Nightcap,Gaslight and Pirate kake...Don't be afraid of the cigar leaf, I was a bit skeptical myself since I don't really care for cigars but the leaf only adds a... Read More mild spicyness almost like a Touch of Perique. The taste is very very good and nice and creamy...very Relaxing..."Matches860" gives a good review on YouTube also that got me interested to give it a try.... Overall it's probably taken over a few blends in my standard rotation for English style blends. Great Stuff. I will be buying more. Read Less
A cigar smoker then this blend is for you!!! A strong smoking tobacco, not for those faint at heart pipe smokers like mentioned in another review. This is definitely a night time tobacco. The nicotine in this blend will totally relax you, get up from... Read More your rocking chair slowly....lol. What's amazing, no tongue bite. I highly recommend Billy Budd. Read Less
Everyone's taste is subjective, I know, however, this one has my tastebuds a dancing' a buccaneer' s boogie. The Burley, Latakia and Cigar together will give you a broadside of strong, creamy goodness and Vitamin N... Give ye a go, be ye for high sea... Read Mores and adventure! Read Less
Herman Melville was not my cup of tea, but Billy Budd, the tobacco, is a nice blend. I admit, I am not much for cigars, so the idea of cigar leaf leaves me apprehensive, but fortune favors the bold. This is true here as well. The latakia is nice... Read More, and the burley and virginias balance nicely to deliver a quality smoke. The cigar leaf adds something to the experience that is hard to put a finger to, but it is pleasant. I tried to smoke C&D's Seersucker, and I had a devil of a time keeping it lit. I had to dry it out 20 minutes before smoking it or it wouldn't light. Billy Budd was different. Give it a try. It is worth experience. Read Less
Elegant blend, like a classic NightCap but with “Cuban perique” 😂
I really like this, even if Im not a Latakia lover, it’s a very balanced mixture, something curious to give to your palate.
Like all C&D, easy to light, easy to smoke.
You america... Read Morens know hoy to blend stuff! 😋 Read Less
This tobacco is perfect for the smoker who loves Samuel Gawith's Squadron Leader. Of course it is a wonderful smoke for Latakia lovers. While feeling cigar hint, there is no tongue bite and it is smooth and tasteful. It can be easily packed and burns... Read More cleanly without leaving moisture on the bottom of the tobacco chamber. Ash is also beautiful. Read Less
This blend the Latakia upfront. Which love. The cigar kicks in about mud way. The cigar league like that good old machine made English Coronas. Just adding a touch of sweetness. Good blend plenty of flavor. REDD
This is a bold, yet smooth smoke, creamy almost. Almost perfect to me, needs a tad bit more cigar leaf to top it off, But as is it is very good. Plan to buy 12 oz. of this and 4 oz. of cigar leaf to mix together, have high hopes for it. Smoked from a... Read More Kaywoodie "500" oom paul. tobacco was freash from smokingpipes.com Read Less
First bought this blend 6 months or so ago and thought so-so. Now, with some age on it ,it is great.! Mellowed out and the sharp edges came off. Ordered a pound and a half yesterday to throw in the cellar to age. If you love truely great burley, you... Read More can't go wrong...The weez Read Less
This is potent stuff. I forced my way through the first few bowls and now I'll periodically long for it and nothing else will do. Its unique for certain. Not sure it benefits much from aging. I have a 6-7 year old jar I pull from on rare occasion... Read More and I think a punch in the mouth is a punch in the mouth. Read Less
Bitter, tragic blend just like the Melville story. The bowl starts off innocently enough with a nice Burley/Cigar leaf taste which turns to bitter ash at the last third of the bowl. Billy Budd murders my taste buds and I sentence it to hang.
This is very much an acquired taste. Overwhelming at first, It took me 3 or 4 tries, but once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. Rich and strong, nice Latakia and love the creamy texture the cigar leaf gives it. The room note is strong; I don't ... Read Moreknow if it's five dots-strong, but then I love the smell and taste. It has a really nice kick to it. I'd like a little thicker smoke from it, but that's very minor.
I recently started buying the 8 oz tins to add to my cellar. Read Less
The product description says it all i think. I gave it 3 stars only because im not sure if i have a real good taste for this style of tobacco right now, this may be a good one to cellar and come back to. I will say this, the tin note is a very heavy,... Read More smokey scent, the room note will linger for what seems to be days, it has a decent "stiff" flavor to it, it seemed a bit dry in the bag but if you like Latakia.....this buds for you! Read Less
Fabulous mouthfilling smoke, a fine blend of quality tobaccos as good if not better than tinned alternatives.
Enjoying mine right now in a "BJARNE" large old 9mm handmade, accompanied by a lovely mug of Peruvian organic free trade freshly ... Read Moreground coffee, it doesn't get much better than this, the retrohale is exquisite.
In a similar vein, you might like to try"HABANNA DAYDREAM",or some of the "JOHN PATTON" line of tobaccos, keep on creamy smoking, regards from, Adelaide, South Australia. Read Less
I bought an ounce of this blend just to try. Smoked it 3 times and every time I was tempted to throw it in the trash. I just gave in to the temptation. It's horrible to Handel, taste like salty smoke and has vile smell. Glad I didn't spend much $. I ... Read Moredefinitely pass and shall stick to my vaper :) Read Less
"Not for the faint of heart" writes one reviewer. I'm not buying that. It's namesake might have been courageous (unfortunate is surely an accurate word while rash might be better), but you need not be. Neophytes and old-hands alike can appr... Read Moreeciate what this blend has to offer. It's smoky with a nice full backing. It's got a lot of body and smokes well. I'd say that it's a nice transitional move from Virginias to Latakias or vice versa. Others might recommend Presbyterian or SmokingPipes' (Low Country) own Cooper, but I think this brings it more to the middle. Plus, the price makes this a no brainer. Excellent as bulk. Do not be concerned about getting a lower-quality offering here. Read Less
Superb blend. Creamy stout goodness. As already warned, not for the faint of heart or newcomers.
Buy bulk and cellar this stuff. You'll be glad you did.
Just tried some from jar dated 8-27-14.
You can't miss with this fantastic... Read More blend. Read Less
BB is my favorite blend. It's number 1. Period. I don't think I know anyone who would agree with me right away (except for an youtuber whose name I forgot now). But very few would say I'm crazy. It is a stout, full-bodied, great quality, highly satis... Read Morefying blend. Great taste and aroma (for the experienced smokers and those who prefer the strong blends). It is also the best by far among all the cigar blends. I used to get it tinned, but bulk is as good as. Five stars easily. Read Less
Being a long-time cigar smoker and someone who started back with a pipe a year or so ago I was always curious about this tobacco. I wish I hadn't waited so long to try it.
This is simply a very good and enjoyable smoke. The mixture of the latakia, v... Read Moreirginia, burley and cigar leaf suits me well. I will be buying more. Read Less
Certainly a blend for those who need an extra "kick" in an english blend. You can certainly taste and smell the cigar leaf that is out in this blend. It adds a lot of strong flavor, but does not overwhelm the other leaves in the bowl. Ho... Read Morewever, if smoked too often, it can leave the throat a bit sore and the head a bit dizzy. (At least for me) Read Less
I tried this not really expecting much.
I am really a Virginia tobacco smoker since the 70s, although I did smoke cigars for about 10 years. I realy like the combination of the Latikia, but with the addition of the cigar leaf... this is exceptional. ... Read MoreIf you are looking to try something with a pipe tobacco in a bit of a different direction - try this. I am very satisfied and this has become my mid-day favorite. Read Less
For those who are used to "classical" English blends, with the latakia-orientals dance in the forefront, this one will taste very different and maybe too heavy and lacking sweetness. Here there's more of a cigar/burley bitterness (in the go... Read Moreod sense), and it's high on nicotine. It's very good, full, rich, smoky. I don't smoke it very often because it is very strong, but I love it and it is one of my favorites! Read Less
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