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Latakia introduction...

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by Shane Arnett, Dec 26, 2011.

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  1. Shane Arnett

    Shane Arnett Member

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    Well... As a relatively new enthusiast, I have yet to approach the world of Lat blends, seeing as it seems to be referred to as smelling somewhat off-putting. I've only had experience with aros and I'm wondering what a good starter would be for a a Lat blend. I don't want to be put off from the start by something wildy strong or pungent. Any thoughts? Any Sutliff Private Stock blends that would be a good starter?... I really like their stuff.
     
  2. user0003

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    I go with the Frog Morton series from McC......
     
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  3. Shane Arnett

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    I was def thinking of that. Heard really good things about FMOTT. Best place/site to buy it?
     
  4. user0003

    user0003 Well-Known Member

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    I'm actually smoking Frog Morton now....Good one to start....
    Try Smokingpiepes.com
     
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  5. Nate

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    I'd give 'Man's Best Friend' a go. It is an older blend's (Barking Dog) match, and should have little bite and be a mellow flavor. 'Sunrise Smoke' is another of their lat blends, but I think it is a bit 'heavier' having lat and turkish. 'Bosphorus Cruise' is a decent one as well. Plus there are a lot of other companies' lat blends that are really good. G.L. Pease's 'Samarra' is pretty good.
     
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  6. Shane Arnett

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    Is there any hassle buying online? Like paypal or anything? (sorry I'm a bit new to buying online. My local Low Bob's and pipe shop has sufficed thus far haha)
     
  7. Shane Arnett

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    Man's Best Friend and their CD blend were at the top of my TAD list.. Ruffino gave them both pretty good reviews. Not sure if CD is really a lat blend though
     
  8. Nate

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    Naw, just have to pay shipping most times. P&C has free shipping for any orders over $100. Plus they accept PayPal and credit cards, so payment is pretty easy.
     
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  9. Nate

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    It is, but it has so much else going on. It is more of a robust mixture for flavor, but not just lat.
     
  10. Nate

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    Lol, Give SmokingPipes.com a go, not sure about the other link ;)
     
  11. Nate

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    Ha, they both work :)
     
  12. ArtisanArcher

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    +1 on Frog Morton if you haven't bought it yet. And don't let the smell scare ya, it almost did me my first time around, now I love the smell of English blends. :)

    +1 on Smokingpipes. Great service, nice products, they sent me a Christmas card. :D
     
  13. Mington

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    Frog Morton was my 1st Lat and I enjoy it to this day. It got me started in the Lat world (which I love).
     
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    Presbyterian is the blend that converted me to English blends. Since then, I've tried others such a Balkan Sasieni and Squadron Leader but Presby is still the best IMHO. Try Pembroke if you think you might like a splash of cognac in an English blend.
     
  15. Snake

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    I'd say Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe (EMP)
    is a great starter English blend. Quite light
    on the latakia (or is it orientals?), and not
    too offensive room note-wise.
     
  16. DanielO

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    C&D's Epiphany is light on the lat but tasty. Just sayin....
     
  17. IrishRover

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    My first bowl of Latakia was with Mac B - HH Vintage Syrian.. great stuff..
     
  18. jgstudios

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    I think the notion of lats being " off-putting" is misdirected. Some think only of the smell, and that is a bit over exaggerated. If you’re too used to the “pretty” smells of aero tobaccos, then this will be a bit in the other direction, but I wouldn’t say it stinks. It’s different like flowers vs. cedar wood smoke. They both smell good, but they are really different. I was also a bit nervous about the strength of it, but Frog Mortons was the ticket for me. I was blown away at how good it was, not strong, but like savoring a great steak vs. a tiramisu desert. I’ll take the steak any day. Lat blends are now my path forward. I think if it’s a quality tobacco that is blended with expertise then it’s going to be good. Of course it’s all subjective, some people will just not be inclined this way. That said, I also strongly recommend Frog Morton blends for a new enthusiast. My favorite now is Frog Morton On The Town. JG
     
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  19. Ol Brokedik

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    If you're wanting a very mild latakia you're looking for a blend containing latakia from Syria.

    If you're wanting something more in line with the smell and taste of campfires you're looking for a blend containing latakia from Cypress.

    Ol Brokedik.
     
  20. Shane Arnett

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    Well I went to a local pipe shop in Columbus and picked up some Mac B Scottish. Sorta random, but smells pleasant and hopefully smokes well. I'll let you guys know haha.
     
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