Medal of Valor, taking it's name from the highest award presented to Public Safety Officers in the United States, this Lane Limited blend combines a heavy presence of specially selected Latakia, accompanied by loose and cross cut Virginias, Burley, and hints of Oriental and Perique.
I received this tobacco as a sample with my recent order. I decided to go ahead and give it try while with my husband and a friend. Not one of us could finish it. Each of us independently noticed a metallic note and a dry bitterness that was hard to ... Read Moreexplain. It was off putting to say the least. I threw the remainder of the sample away. I'm very glad I did not spend money on that. Read Less
Medal of Valor deserves a commendation of its own. I was pleasantly surprised by this blend. I am not a burley fan, but I have come to find that some blends have mastered the blending. MOV is a prime example of using burley to add to the body of th... Read Moree blend to offset the bite of a Virginia without overpowering the flavor of the Virginia.
The tin note (bag) was intoxicating. The room note is pleasant, and people often comment that smells nice. I usually smoke English blends, so this is noteworthy. Lane Limited has produced a mellow, yet full-flavored smoke with Medal of Valor. I purchased an ounce of this to try, and I bought four ounces before I finished the ounce. Read Less
Bag note of Latakia, some sweetness also detected. I thought the sweetness was a topping but after smoking I don’t think that is the case. Smoky Latakia dominates but is kept in check by some well used orientals. Medium body, smokes well dry. Low vit... Read Moreamin N content makes this a great morning smoke for those cool early mornings or late nights. Recommended Read Less
It starts off sweet and almost immediately after, the latakia kicks in strong but not overwhelming. The sweetness lingers in the background through the whole smoke. Just when you think it can't get more complex the faint sting of perique begins to ni... Read Morep at the tip of your tongue. This adventure of a tobacco continues well after this cool, dry, and spicy mix is completely ashed in the bottom of the bowl. The smokey sweetness lingers on the pallate. A great smoke that will be repeated I'm my time. Read Less
This is one of the finest English blends I've smoked (and I've smoked a lot) which was a huge surprise since I've never really thought much of Lane Limited tobaccos. I've not tried Medal of Honor but this one just tickles my fancy. It's a very well b... Read Morealanced blend with a subtle, sweetness and some sour (incense) notes. The Oriental tobaccos in it are some of the best I've tasted, which is a huge surprise, I actually prefer this to true English Latakia blends and given that this contains Burley, most people would not classify this as a "true" "English" blend, regardless of what genre this falls under, it's simply amazing. I've only had this one in bulk but it comes with a perfect moisture level and is ready to smoke from the get go. I can't really explain what makes this blend stand out from the sea of English/Balkan blends out there but there is something different about this one. My only complaint is I wish it had a little more nicotine but I'm a freak and I require a ridiculous amount the stuff but this one will suit most people's nicotine needs. This is one to buy by the pound! Absolutely essential! Read Less
If you like English and oriental blends, you will probably like this one. It is a little stronger than Frog Morton, and has a nice oriental component that I believe some reviewers mistook for a flavor of cumin. The latakia is not overpowering, neit... Read Moreher is it subtle. It's a really nice, mild English blend. I thgink the small amount of burley in it is what lightens it up.I can definitely recommend.it. Read Less
A previous reviewer hit on the same thing I noticed upon smoking my first bowl. There is a distinct but light 'perfume' taste to this tobacco. Others said it had a soapy taste which might be the case when you consider that many soaps contain a cert... Read Moreain amount of fragrance but I digress. I do like this tobacco but I like others much more that have essentially the same tobacco components. Will I buy more? Not sure really. Read Less
First thing that i notice is that there is a particular taste/sensation that comes from this blend which can be attributed to orientals perhaps, something that strikes as a fresh sensation in the mouth with a dry perfumed sweetness that is not associ... Read Moreated with the virginia amidst the Latakia flavour, something a little spicy that is not the perique also. This is for me at least, the very centre of this blend and its particularity as well. It is present during the whole experience.
As for the rest, you can find a good portion of Latakia as pivotal centre where moderate presence of virginia as an oblique sour sweet flavour plays, very subtle though, and burley as a dry and neutral appointment without the nuttyness associated, this lets the aforementioned characteristics circumvent the latakia, making it a rather dry smoke a little creamy with a perceptible touch of muskyness, in the tongue burley dominates and perique is barely perceived.
I would say it is a consistent English blend with emphasis on burley and delicate subnotes of orientals, as said before not creamy, rather dry, not sweet rather perfumed. Good for the price and must be judged accordingly. Read Less
Received the sample with another purchase. For an English blend, it has the characteristics that I appreciate. Smooth and creamy. A little smokey and mildly sweet but a nice pure tobacco leaf taste. However, there is a taste of toasted Cumin that... Read More is woven into this blend. I appreciated the unusual flavour, but didn't find it to be something I can smoke every day. Read Less
Wow! I had read about MoV prior to its introduction - something about its being essentially a reintroduction of a years-discontinued blend with a similar name & tin design - so I ordered a couple of ounces to try out. Heh. I've now burned thro... Read Moreugh 2 pounds of the stuff and am going to order another pound this week.
The blend reminds me very much of Lane's Crown Achievement, but with an addictive (to me anyway) difference. Periodically through the bowl, the smoker encounters little bursts of an almost vanilla/coconut-tasting sweetness . . . quite surprising in an otherwise straight-up English blend.
Honestly, I don't know whether it's the "specially selected Latakia" or some other component in the blend that's responsible for that unidentifiable, intriguing and completely alluring taste in Medal of Valor, but it's my all-day blend right now. Read Less
Do not know how to define it...
I just tested only through the gift p0uch coming and actually came quite dry, it is nonetheless extremely smooth and it is hardly possible to notice the present work. Maybe in the tin otherwise noted.
Another great one from Lane Limited, this time it is an English Blend. Smooth and suave, although not an over-the-top blend. It is comparable to other good bulk english blends such as Newminster's English Luxus and Sutliff's 965 Match, but with more ... Read More"finesse". What's missing from this blend is to have its own niche with its own pungent mark; and then it would be an awesome blend. It is an above regular blend but not an incredible blend. 4 1/2 stars because it is that good. Read Less
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