Taking its name from the highest award presented to Public Safety Officers in the United States, Medal of Valor, 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.
Once I discovered Medal of Valor, it didn't take long for it to become one of my go-to Latakia mixtures. I've mentioned before that it is extremely close to Peter Stokkebye's English Oriental Supreme and Kramer's Father Dempsey, but there is just som... Read Moreething about Lane's Medal of Valor that wins by a nose. Literally, while they each taste fantastic, Medal has the room note to match. From the beautiful tin-art to the fine white ash, when it's all said and done, Medal of Valor is exactly what I love in an English/Balkan blend. It's got a perfect ribbon cut, nice and springy! The velvety strands pack so nice. Lighting and puffing is so effortless. It's got the Latakia caliber Lat-fans look for. The orientals add a heady depth and character, incense-like and creamy. The Perique adds just enough spice to the already excellent Burley and Virginia base to help round out the complexity and complete the mixture. Fresh tins provide a fun merry-go-round of flavors, but aged this one melds together into pure mellow magic! Perfect enjoyment either way. Plus, as if it wasn't unbelievably cheap enough already, it's available in bulk too! Not only do I recommend Lane Limited: Medal of Valor, I can't recommend it enough. It is commendable. Highest honors indeed. Read Less
smoot, hints of sweetness, spice and smokiness very gently presented. A great way to introduce a new smoker to the world of English blends,or someone graduating up from over the counter blends. I find it a good blend for taste of Latakia on a hot da... Read Morey in the desert when I am normally in "Virginia" mode. If you are a Lat-Bomb fanatic you will find it possibly dull, but there are times smooth and light are a great choice! Read Less
I Loved this mixture the first time I bought it. The mixture is pleasant. Not a heavy latikia dose but a easy going complex mixture. However I may have just destroyed my palet with gaslight and nightcap being as It does not taste as I remember. Still... Read More it’s a affordable tin quality English blend. Read Less
I write these more for me than you to see how my tastes I evolve as a pipe smoker. New pipe smoker since March/April. I love this blend, especially the light peppery taste intermingled with the smooth flavors. Room note ok but not a wife favorite. T... Read Moreaste is exquisite. Tin note divine! Medium bodied mouth feel. Lights and burns well. I see other reviews that bulk may be drier but this is first time I am considering buying in bulk. Of note, I paid double the price at my local b&m! Read Less
If your into English blends give this a try! DO NOT compare this too the bulk Medal of Valor, not even close. Much better grade Latakia is used in the tin version and a much better cut of the tobacco. I recently received the bulk version of this ( no... Read Moret purchased from Smokingpipes ) for Father's Day. Arrived totally dry! I know English blends are much dryer then aromatics or tobacco's with cask/toppings, but this bulk version when rubbed between my fingers turned into powder. The bulk version arrived finely chopped, not the same cut as the tin version. I'm in the process of rehydrating my Medal of Valor bulk. Medal of Vaor ( tin ) makes a great afternoon or evening smoke. Read Less
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
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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