But I was expecting to taste some latakia. With a name like "Rose of Latakia," and the boasts of the finest quality Syrian latakia around written on the tin, one would expect to taste some latakia. Don't get me wrong, there's obviously a little bit in there, but this blend is quite light on the lat. I suppose I should have done my homework. I suppose I shouldn't have paid b&m prices. I suppose I should have chosen any number of other reputable English blends from the shop, because thats what I wanted. Halfway through the bowl and it's a nice blend. I'm sure it will grow on me after my self righteous annoyance fades. After all, I love Davidoff's English Mixture which is nothing at all what I expected from the name. There's some nice Virginia flavor as the driving force behind this, and some nice oriental and a pinch of latakia. But to anyone contemplating this blend: read the reviews on TR first. Its certainly not bad tobacco, but if you're looking for a special latakia blend this isn't going to deliver.