Orientals whats your thoughts on them?

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  1. Scottly

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    I have been thinking about trying them out. Looks like McClelland Classic Samsun would be a good place to start. I don't see a lot of talk on here about them so I thought I would ask.
    What are your thoughts on Oriental blends?
     
  2. nesta

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    I love them when they're well done. I recommend Rattray's Red Rapparee and Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe
     
  3. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Excellent martial artists! :D

    As far as the tobaccos, Samsun is indeed a good place to start. My oriental of choice (actually, a VaPerOr) is C&D's Oriental Silk. Red Rap is a close second, and it adds a smidge of latakia in place of the perique in Oriental Silk.

    The basis of most orientals is a soft, slightly sweet and floral (in a non-Lakeland sort of way) incense-type flavor and aroma. In my opinion, blends seem to have too little more often than too much. The McClellands generally have too little for my taste, while the C&D ups the ante.

    Oriental tobaccos make or break a balkan blend, IMHO.
     
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  4. Glenn

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    I have been diving into some oriental blends that don't have latakia lately. I have especially been enjoying va/per/or blends. C&D Oriental Silk and Sunday Picnic are both really good.
     
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    +1! RRR is my favourite!
     
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    Samsung is the only one I've tried and I love it. I'm not a VA fan, but it's present in this blend and mixed with the Ori, it gives me the sweetness of VA coupled with the nuyyiness of burley. The 3rd side of it is a unique, nu-explainable (at this time) taste/sensation, that I enjoy,
     
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  7. Slow Tri

    Slow Tri Is it Friday yet?

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    I just recently started to love them. Here are my favorites:

    Rattray's Red Raparree
    Presbyterian
    Stokkebye Balkan Supreme
     
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    Presbyterian Mixture is great, and I also like SG X Blend (unfortunately it's harder to find than most SG blends - it was a limited release of only 500 tins a few years ago). If you can get hold of it, Dunhill's Durbar Mixture is a fantastic Oriental-forward English blend, though it has a little more latakia in it than I think of when I think about "Oriental" blends
     
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  9. Scottly

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    Thanks for the input thus far. I want to avoid Latakia. I have not acquired the taste for it as of yet :D
     
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    Gotta love the nuyyiness of burley! :ohyh:
     
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    Hey...at least he didn't call it barley like I once did. heh
     
  12. yinyang

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    I love them....and have to be wary of them. In a true condiment type role, they shine like no other. (They beat perique and latakia in that regard, IMHO). But when they are front and center, they mess with me. F'rinstance, RRR is excellent, but I have almost puked on it...the 'sour incense' thing. I guess it's me, but a large bowl, huffed like a burley will do it. I try to keep the bowls small, and I sip 'em like a bitey VA...just in case.
     
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    I always recommend McClellands Oriental #14. I know you are not a Latakia fan, but I don't get a lot of Latakia out of this one. It's not a Holy Grail, but it is a solid introduction and a rock solid blend.
     
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    #6 would be good, no Latakia. I am a big fan of #14 but I love Latakia.
     
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    I haven't tried the McClelland orientals yet however; I have tried Mac Baren HH Vintage Syrian. I believe that has oriental in it..
    I loved the stuff..
     
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    Presby Mix, Dunhill EMP and Standard Mixture, SG Squadron Leader, Pease Cairo, and Stokkebye Balkan Supreme and English Oriental Supreme are all Oriental dominant. The Cairo has no Latakia in it - just Orientals and Virginias.
     
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    I feel the same way, only with Virginias...I like MacBaran Virginia No. 1, but the extra orientals in C&D's Virginia Gentleman give it the edge...
     
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    So, I have a typing impedimeny!!!;)
     
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