When I open the packaging I immediately smell the typical smell of Latakia and a slight sweetness. A tobacco that I smoke for the very first time, I smoke first in a meerschaum pipe to experience the real taste. I taste a slight sweetness, not exagge... Read Morerated. then the Latakia, Oriental / Turkish, Virginia flow neatly together. It is obvious! F & K's Sterling Balkan is a full bodied English mixture, nonetheless, with a hint of sweetness. A mixture to smoke daily with a non-disturbing room aroma. Read Less
I quite enjoy this, three ingredients played hand in hand together, no particular one outshines each other, quite balance here! I notice some fruit topping which reminds me an aromatic, no, not quite, only a minor topping here! The sweetness of the V... Read Moreirginia forms the tone, along with the smokiness of the jack black Cyprian-Latakia and the mustiness of the Orientals-Turkish is playing its key role, fragrant and in a good balance! Does it live up to the great Balkan blend? I don't have a clue honestly, I never tried that great masterpiece before, but this one is definitely a good puff! Read Less
Nice strong english smell in the bag with some sort of berry topping. The topping does not dominant this blend in any way. It is more complimentary. I found this blend to be mild in the flavor dept and med in the nicotine dept. Unfortunately it alway... Read Mores seemed to turn ashy and muddy half way through the bowl for me. Will finish my 1 oz, but will not purchase again. Read Less
I smoke mostly English/Balkan blends and picked up an ounce of this to try it out. It was a bit damp out of the bag, but it lit easily, burned well and stayed cool throughout the smoke. Nice flavor and a good room note, the Virginias add just enough ... Read Moresweetness to balance the Latakia and Orientals. Definitely one to cellar. Read Less
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