Kensington is a Balkan style blend with restraint from G. L. Pease. Bright and Red Virginia tobaccos are combined with richly flavored leaf from the orient, and Cyprian Latakia in perfect measure for a wonderfully balanced smoke.
The tin's description as a "Balkan style blend with restraint" is spot on, although I wonder if the descriptors "light," "mild," or "restrained" may put off pipers seeking a more full-bodied smoke. I recommend fighting that urge as Kensington has a... Read More subtle mixture of flavors that are worth exploring, particularly with a bit of aging. The slightly sweet and smoky Latakia dominates in the tin aroma and at first light, but the light touch in blending allows the Virginias to come through pretty quickly with a somewhat piquant and citrusy undertone. For me, this blend is like the distant Balkan cousin to Piccadilly, not as much in taste as in the treatment and balance of the elements. From a new tin, Kensington delivers a satisfying and consistent smoke, albeit a bit one- dimensional. Aging helps this blend, allowing the Virginias to round off the sharper edges of the younger blend. Pairs very well with Earl Grey tea or a Belgian White style beer. Highly recommended. Read Less
Bought this based off the Smoking Pipes series exploring Pease's blends. I recently returned to pipe smoking after smoking very sparingly over the past 18 months or so, and I find I enjoy blends that are more judicious in the Latakia than the bombs I... Read More preferred previously. This is a textbook example. The Latakia content in this blend doesn't seem particularly light or heavy. It's a perfect medium where it plays its role without showing up the other components. Overall, I find this blend more dry than sweet. I've never had a blend that better fits the Medium English label more perfectly. This blend can be enjoyed at any time of day except for when one wishes for a bit more nicotine. It's a beautiful thing when expert blending and quality ingredients come together like this. Highly recommended. Read Less
Kensington is a great blend, I'm glad I tried it. I would compare it to Pease's Westminster, which is 1 of 5 Pease blends in my rotation. In Kensington I taste a lighter than usual latakia portion and for that reason I'll keep some handy. Some days I... Read More need my English blends but it's too darn hot out, this blend seems to work for those occasions. Read Less
Delicious and smokey on the light up, the Cyprian Latakia and Oriental are very prominent but the bright and red Virginia quickly join in with a bready, zesty twang. I get a lot of Oriental spice on the edge of my tongue with this blend. The Orienta... Read Morel and Latakia kick up quite a strong smokey, spicey, woody, espresso note but never reach the smokey blast of a lat bomb. I'd call it a medium/full blend rather than light/medium. Read Less
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