I just wanted to share this with other Smoking Pipe customers. I received an email Keith at customer service. He read my comments on this blend and made the gracious offer to take back my tins of this blend for a full refund since it has changed from... Read More Syrian to Cypress Latakia. Now if that is not outstanding customer service I don't know what is. I have always had the very best experience with Smoking Pipes and this is just one more reason why I always use them for any of my tobacco as well as pipes from time to time. Well done Smoking Pipes!! Read Less
This is the pure joy for Latakia lover. Packaging says it is a quality Syrian Latakia for blending purposes and can be enjoyed straight if desired. Well I must say it should be smoked straight! It is not that kind of heavy, and even much more lighter... Read More than I ever expected, has a delicious taste, burns very cool. I couldn't find any reason not to smoke it straight. I feel like I have to keep one tin in my stock for all times. Read Less
Looked on the back of my tins. This is Cyprus Latakia NOT Syrian. I guess Smoking Pipes is being straight forward telling you up front. The sticker is on the back and small saying pure Cypress Latakia. I guess Germany has run out of Syrian Latakia. T... Read Morehe tin note is about the same but once I smoked it straight I knew it was not Syrian. It just does not have that big sweet smoky flavor you get from Syrian Latakia. I am truly disappointed that I bought 7 tins for mixing but I guess you just can't get pure mixing Syrian Latakia any longer. Just wanted set the record straight. Read Less
Everything I have researched about this blend is that it is Syrian Latakia NOT Cypress Latakia. I am unsure why smoking pipes is saying it is Latakia from Cypress. Even McConnell says it's Syrian Latakia. My nose tells me it sure smells like Syprian ... Read MoreLatakia. I add to my Frog Morton to punch it up a little as well as a few blends I play around with to enhance my pleasure. I am a Latakia lover but only Syrian Latakia as the Cypress is too weak in the sweet wood smoke flavor I love. You should buy this with confidence that it should be Syrian Latakia. Read Less
But in the right setting, like New England autumn and winter, this is a most agreeable blend. It does not demand much attention, is not very strong, but is a fine accompaniment for contemplation on crisp, grey days alongside a cup of coffee. It provi... Read Moredes enough slight variations and body to satisfy and stay interesting in the background of one's thoughts. It required little to no drying, burns at an easy pace and leaves a fine ash.
For me, this blend works much, much better in a tall pipe than a low, wide one. The former seems to lend more concentration of flavor, whereas the latter dissipates most of the nuances.
I keep being drawn to this, and enjoying it, so I am upgrading from Recommended to Highly Recommended. Also, I notice that one of nice things about this blend is that unlike many Latakia blends, this one leaves a toasty nutty spice flavor on my tongue, rather than a heavy Latakia coating. Read Less
Upon opening, the fresh earthy Latakia scent off the tin hit my nostrils, but surprisingly it was sweet and did not kick in to my brain! It was just amazing to fill a noseful of smelling while enjoying the aromas.
It burns amazingly cool, knowing tha... Read Moret I went for a strong not-slow-at-all smoke (the bowl lasted for a quick 40 minutes)!
The Latakia aromas tend to dry your palate, yet the way it does it is so smooth that you actually enjoy this mild dryness since it allows the smoker to even have a better taste of the subtleties of the aromas.
It tastes earthy, strong but gentle, reminding me of an iron hand with velvet gloves. Evolves well through the bowl, loosing a small bit of taste by the end of it. Ashes go really thin and with practically zero residue in the stem and chamber.
A definitive amazing smoke for me, delivering the great earthiness of Latakia leaves with enough density to keep on wanting to puff one more time! Read Less
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