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Balkan Sasieni

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by afiaowo, Oct 3, 2012.

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  1. afiaowo

    afiaowo Member

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    I’ve been working through a tin of Sasieni. The tin aroma, flavor and room note are all dominated by an incense flavor. I would like to call it spice but it reminds me more of incense.

    Does this come from the tobacco, the particular wood used to smoke the Latakia, or is it a topping?
     
  2. afiaowo

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    I called Villiger Stokkebye thinking that they were the distributor because of a review I found. Although Lane now distributes Sasieni, the gentleman was nice enough to answer my question.

    He believes that the flavor that I’m getting comes from the fact that the Latakia is smoked over camel’s dung.

    I’ve read that smoking over dung is traditional but didn’t know it was still being done.
     
  3. Buckshot

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    Oh my! :eek:
     
  4. N3M0

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    Mmmmm camel dung.

    It could be worse, you could be drinking that coffee that's made from beans that get pooped out by cats...just sayin ;)
     
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  5. Arkie

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    The blending houses claim the camel dung it is an old wives tale. According to what I've read, most of the Latakia is grown in Cyprus rather than Syria now. Syria might have camels but I doubt Cyprus has any. Latakia is likely cured over pine & hardwood smoke as the blending houses claim.
     
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  6. MainePipe

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    I think you mean bats....could be mistaken though
     
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  7. N3M0

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  8. MainePipe

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    Well, I'm proved wrong...

    couldve sworn ive some coffee that was made from coffee beans that bats had "processed"
     
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  9. afiaowo

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    With that comment I did more digging. I found this on the G.L. Pease webpage.

    Q: Is Latakia really cured over smoldering camel dung?
    A: The only smoldering dung is that used to fuel the myths about Latakia. I wouldn't really care if the myth were reality, since I really love the stuff, but, it's important to understand that a variety of herbs and hardwoods are used in the processing of Latakia, not camel dung. No matter how many times I say this, the myth will probably be promulgated until the Sun stops revolving about the Earth... (That's a joke, by the way, just in case it isn't obvious*.) For more information on the wonderful, smoky weed, read my article, "A Tale of Two Latakias."

    I'm beginning to wonder if I'm tasting herbs (no jokes guys!) more than the smoke.

    So much to learn!
     
  10. N3M0

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    I would totally believe there is a bat one as well.
     
  11. David Emond

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    wow this blend is really cheap at sp only 6.83 a tin.
     
  12. N3M0

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    Shhhh ;)
     
  13. Ol Brokedik

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    I like the smoke from camels dung. I like camel toes too.
     
  14. conroygc

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    That hilarious the Lane rep told you that urban legend. I'll bet they're laughing about that at the office right now.
     
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  15. afiaowo

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    To be fair, it was the Villiger rep. Sad I think.
     
  16. OldSouled65

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    If something smoked over camel dung was that intoxicating, I'd still probably smoke it. :puffy:
     
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  17. rlucas

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    It is cats. The name of the coffee (not sure on spelling) is Kope Luack. The wild cats eat the beans and the beans process as it goes through their digestive system. About $50.00 for a few ounces of bean.
     
  18. Bent

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    For some reason every time I smoke Balkan Sasieni (which love) I stink of campfire and Latakia more than with any other blend. It's not just a stink of smoke, it is a nice and pleasant "bouquet" that stays with me for a little while. If it's camel dung, I'll take it, though I don't think that's the case.
     
  19. Dondi

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    got that right! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak
     
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