A full Balkan style blend with a generous measure of Cyprian Latakia, seasoned with fine red and lemon yellow Virginia tobaccos, and enhanced with rich Oriental leaf. Pease's Abingdon is bold and assertive, while retaining a stylish finesse.
This is admittedly my first dive into the Balkan blend, but I can say without a doubt this is one of the better tobaccos I have smoked. The flavor is assertive: smokey and savory are descriptors that come to mind. The room note is great as well. My w... Read Moreife complimented me on the pleasing aroma, and I rather liked the way the smoke made my jacket smell the next day. Two thumbs up, you would be remiss not to try this blend. Read Less
This is my second week of pipe-smoking, yes I am a beginner. This is the most flavorful blend that I have smoked so far out of several other blends. I will definitely be ordering some more of this. For beginning pipe smokers this is a blend for me th... Read Moreat is not too strong but full of flavor. I have found if I smoke it too fast it will tend to bite a little bit and hot. If I take my time and treated with respect and go easy with it I think you will find it absolutely amazing. So far this is the top of my list number one favorite pipe blend. Read Less
A very rich, dark and bold flavor profile; this is a moderately fired latakia with a good depth of dark stoved VA and oriental sweetness. The oriental is stoved, and so the brighter - sour, verdant and zesty notes are subdued, however the sweetness ... Read Moreis greater and it retains a slight butteriness. The entire profile of this is similar to that of the last 1/3 of a bowl of English; Smoky, dark, caramelized sweetness and butter. Nic is 2.5 out of 5 Read Less
This blend is to me an all day English blend. This is a totally balanced tobacco that will appeal to the latakia lover and the English purest. This blend is a ribbon cut and the moisture content was smoke ready out of the tin. To me the Virginia and ... Read Moreoriental tobacco takes front seat with the latakia not ruling the party. i hope this explanation helps in the pipe smoking endeavors. Read Less
This is a great blend. Latakia up front but not over whelming, then the Orientals take center stage, with a hint of Virginia sweetness. It has varying degrees of complexity and it stays interesting through the entire bowl.
This is why pipe smoking was invented. This is a delicious easy smoking English blend wonderful flavoring. It is on the mild side. There some sweetness, and smokiness with a smidge creaminess, but no tongue bite.
Abingdon is a rich, full-bodied, and bold Balkan mixture. It’s an assertive blend, yet subtle and sophisticated. Dark notes of leather and smoldering wood intertwine with softer undercurrents of earthy sweetness while the Orientals offer a fragrant h... Read Moreerbal quality to the blend. Abingdon is a robust mixture blended with finesse. A light hand is recommended when packing. Overall, a very well balanced, flavorful Balkan offering from G.L. Pease. Read Less
With so many great tobaccos becoming increasingly hard to find in stock (Esoterica, Sobranie, Germain's, etc.), it's nice to see G.L. Pease: Abingdon is still around and easy to purchase. I started smoking Abingdon some time in the early 00s I believ... Read Moree, I remember it was a relatively new blend then that I enjoyed from my first bowl. It became an instant favorite along with many of Pease's early blends (many of which, as Padre Piper would say “Ain't der no more”). Abingdon always stood out to me. It is similar to Balkan Sobranie and (then Butera's) Pelican, so it's a smooth, creamy, smokey, cool mixture that is excellent for a long slow mellow smoke session. The Latakia and Orientals are blended perfectly with some tasty Virginia to provide a ton of flavor. It tastes like the best leaf possible is used with never a compromise. It seems deceptively simple, but is actually probably a tricky blend to pull off unless you're the talented Mr. Pease. While there are similar tasting blends out there, most are high priced imports and rarely available. Abingdon is not only a fantastic English blend, but one that you can rely on finding easily and at a reasonable price. I'm glad to say this has a place in my rotation. Enjoy. Read Less
This blend reminds me of a line from 43rd Bengal Lancers: "May be too strong for Forsythe: late of the 'Blues'." This is a strong blend, and no mistake. The tin note is smoky, meaty, and makes no bones about it. I did not find any fruity presence wha... Read Moretever.
Mechanically, this blend was harder to smoke. It seemed either to go out easily or to burn hot without much prompting. That could be due to my inexperience and poor technique but I did try to vary my pipes and my packing style. It was flavourful (mostly campfire, smoked meat and roasted nuts) and kept the flavour consistently through the bowl. It had a medium-strong nic-kick. The room note is dark and nutty, but also smoky. The wife did not like it.
All in all, it reminded me of Dunhill's "Nightcap", the quintessential Latakia for many smokers. And to those smokers I would highly recommend this blend as an alternative to that waning apogee. To others, particularly lightweights, I would say be aware of the strength this blend. But make no mistake: this blend is, like all of Pease's work, of genuine quality.
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After a slow start Abingdon is becoming my favorite Lat blend ever. Why my first couple of bowls seemed dull remains a mystery but now that I'm half-way through the tin I really enjoy it. I'll order an 8oz. can next.
I had read about this blend many times. I love latakia, but for some reason, I have passed on this blend. Finally, a buddy brought some to try. The tin note was exquisite. The latakia and orientals seem to call to you. The moisture level was optimal ... Read Moreand the mechanics of packing and lighting went well. The charring light was indicative of the awesomeness to come. This was a great balanced latakia smoke. It burned a little fast, but the experience was near perfection from light to dottle. Read Less
Of all the Balkan Blends I have tried this is by far the best I have ever had! Worth ordering more in the future! Absolutely divine! The Latakia is definitely there, not over powering, smooth, Mellow bold, flavorful! Can't say enough about it, except... Read More GL Pease truly knows his stuff! He's a Master Artisan when it comes to tobacco! Read Less
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