Rich, smoky Cyprian Latakia and a variety of wonderful Oriental tobaccos set the stage for this blend. Lemon and Red Virginias provide support, while adding a hint of sweetness. Finally, just a touch of air cured leaf is added for a slightly fuller body. Caravan is full and exotic; rich and spicy. G. L. Pease's classic Balkan style blend with a special touch.
Very nice. G. L Pease never let's you down. Another fine blend. From the wonderful smokey tin note to the complex, smokey, nutty, woodsy, herbal, floral pipe experience, this is a showcase of Oriental tobacco. Remember, Latakia is fire cured Oriental... Read More leaf. The spice from the Izmir (my guess on what type of Oriental leaf) and smokeness from the Latakia grab you and spin you off your feet almost simultaneously on light up. If I was smoking this in a blind taste I would have attribute the spice and fruitiness to Perique. Definitely a winner. Very similar to Westminster with a bit heavier mouth feel. Read Less
I cannot say enough about caravan. I’m super mad at myself for taking 25+ years to find it. For me the stuff is literally perfect. I like more oriental forward than latakia forward blends. Caravan is smooth rich creamy absolutely amazing Orientals ri... Read Moreght up front but not overbearing. There is not a bite in the bowl either. As a bonus it also comes in my favorite cut. It probably has the best room note of any tobacco I’ve ever smoked. A friend gave me a bowl and wanted me to try it. I did and then immediately ordered an 8 ounce tin. It has been about a week now and it is all I’ve smoked and if I’m being 100% honest it is most likely all I’m going to smoke going forward. I really can’t speak highly enough of it. It was like a revelation. Besides one, all other tobaccos just seem to pale in comparison now. It’s almost like if your favorite food was an IHOP T-bone your whole life and then one of your friends took you to Ruth Chris for a steak dinner. After a week of smoking this I’ve actually gone back through all my old reviews and lowered them pretty much one star across-the-board. I have tried well over 200 blends or so in my life and Caravan is really really honestly just leaps and bounds above anything else I’ve ever tried excluding one of the 3 daily smokes I’ve had over the past 25+ years. I have been chasing that one blend made by a now a defunct company for years but I still think caravan is better. I’ve only given one blend five stars and this is it. If you like Orientals please please give this stuff a try. If you don’t like it you are always more than welcome to mail it to me. Lol Read Less
I am afraid I am having to disagree with the more favorable reviews of this blend by Mr Pease. To my palate, Caravan remains harsh to the point of being unsmokeable. I have tried many a different bowl and day but the negative traits of this mixture r... Read Moreemain essentially the same. The flavour is harsh - perhaps the right metaphor is shrill - and the overall experience rather unpleasant. I hope to find better offerings among Mr Pease's impressive line up. This Caravan, I let pass. Read Less
Tin note of smoky, stewed sour fruit, and mildly spicy. The light brown, brown and black ribbon cut is not too moist. No drying or prep needed. Burns slow with a few relights. The strength is mild to medium and nic is mild. No flavoring detected. Tas... Read Morete is medium and consistent, with notes of smoked spices, leather, wood, mildly sweet fruit, mild toasted nuts, mild lemon, mild bitter dry earth and a slightly peppery retro. The Cyprian latakia fighting Orientals for the lead, each supported at times by Burley or Virginia. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is not my favorite. Read Less
Another GL Pease blend which is made in a classic British style. The burly softens this and seems to give the latakia a cool faint sweetness. There is no heavy charcoal taste here.
When I read the term "balkan", I think Balkan Sobranie Original mix... Read Moreture.
And this DOES remind me of the 1980s version I knew well.
I dry this tobacco and smoke with 9mm filters.
So, this is quite cool smoking. Read Less
Don't know if I'll ever get a taste for full English or Balkans, mainly because of great blends like this that shows there are other options to the heavy blends! I really enjoy rich blend of spicy and toasty notes to compliment the Latakia smokiness.... Read More Fun to smoke and tastes great. Read Less
One of my top three blends!!! Very high quality tobaccos wonderfuly harmonized! This is a lovely dancing between the latakia and orientals, and the subtle presence of virginias. You MUST try this one!!
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