The first of Mac Baren's HH blends, Vintage Syrian is a smooth but powerful mixture of Syrian Latakia, Turkish Oriental, Virginias from three continents and dark fired Kentucky. This complex blend provides a smokey taste, rich in natural tobacco flavor.
My only regret with this tobacco was waiting so long to try it. The tobaccos used complement each other perfectly. One of the very few latakia blends I can enjoy in the summer. The tin aroma is really nice. The Syrian latakia is very tasty with a win... Read Moreelike smoky flavor that has just a hint of herbal and floral incense like note. I like to let it dry out before smoking to really get the best flavor. I have quite a few pounds of this in my cellar for future enjoyment. My favorite Balkan style blend Read Less
I absolutely love the delicate and complex flavour of the supremely aged Syrian Latakias for 1974 & 1983's bumper crops...these have a different flavour than in years where there weren't bumper crops, because they had to improvise to cure the lea... Read Moref, to the point of hanging leaf from the rafters of their homes....If it is too subtle for people, fine, but they miss out on so much. In the aged subtlety of the vintage Latakia, there are so many flavours and so much nuance, that you can find new things, even after smoking it for years. i am more than glad to buy all of this that those who are disappointed are going to leave on the shelf. Read Less
I don't know what the other reviewers are used to smoking if they can't taste Latakia in this blend. It's almost half Latakia!
The Syrian Latakia is different for sure in this blend, not what most are going to be used to since there's precious littl... Read Moree of it left in the world. Most blends use the stronger (fresh) and smokier Cyprian versions now. What is left in Mac Baren's warehouse has many years of age on it, so it has probably mellowed out quite a bit. It has a beautifully smokey and tangy red wine flavor to it.
If you want to taste this type of tobacco before it disappears, I highly recommend this blend. It's delicious and complex, probably one of the more sophisticated blends produced by Mac Baren (and I'm a fan of their tobacco in general).
I'm cellaring 2 lbs of this stuff, which is a LOT for my smoking pace. It's one of my all-time favorites.
If you just want the biggest, loudest Lat-bomb fireworks smoking explosion, sure, there are certainly more potent Latakia blends. This one is special and more subtle. Read Less
This is a delicately nuanced mixture. The Syrian is VERY tart, with a mild herbal and floral nuance. Unlike Cyprian, this doesn't scream smoky cedar essence, creosote and campfire. It's also far less sweeter than Cyprian. Also contrary to Cyprian... Read More Latakia, Syrian is quite high in nicotine. This is good, but not one that I'll smoke daily. Still have approximately a pound left and it should last me years. Nicotine is 3 out of 5. Read Less
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