Balkan Blends

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  1. Max Gunner

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    Just picked up a tin of Bill Bailey's Balkan blend last week. Haven't opened it yet though. Nightcap is on of my all time faves, though I confess I wasn't aware it was a "balkan."
     


  2. Capt

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    I will agree, I have smoked a fair amount of Nightcap, and I never considered it a Balkan blend.
     
  3. Jussto

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    Saseini Balkan is great, so are the Frog Mortons if you want something a little lighter (FMOTB being my favorite). Not entirely sure if it's a Balkan, but 3 Oaks Syrian is quite tasty too.
     
  4. jpberg

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    Carry a big grain of salt with you, so you're prepared for all the terms you hear from everybody that's got a pipe stuck in their gob.
    English, Balkan, American English, Scottish, blah blah blah. Learn the basic tobaccos, Virginias, Latakia, Perique, etc., and know what you like and don't like. The rest will fall into place, no matter what you call it.
     
  5. beaupipe

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    I'm under the impression that some of the long-time pipers have given up altogether on the divisive nomenclature related to the various blends containing Latakia. Is there enough Cavendish for it to be Scottish? Are there enough Orientals for it to be Balkan? Is the Virginia base full enough for it to be English? Is the Burley base and the light topping sufficiently present for it to be an American English?

    I'm in the yawn camp and favor "Latakia-blend." Let the chips fall where they may after that.
     
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  6. Mister Moo

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    Chasing smoke.... it's hopeless.

    McClelland Blue Mountain is very nice; Compton's of Galashiels Macedonian Mixture, however, is fish hook.
     
  7. AndyLowry

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    I think of boring ol' Squadron Leader as more Scots than Balkan-- similar to, say, boring ol' Red Rapparee. The Latakia needs to come up a bit to be Balkanish to me.

    Blue Mountain does kick some serious butt.
     
  8. Puff The Magic

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    SG Balkan Flake is a "Balkan" I believe :D

    Didn't much care for it last summer when I tried it but on a recent revisit, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Didn't run out and track down more but did feel either my tastes changed/developed or the leaf got better........ maybe both?!? :msty:

    So the more common/current df of "Balkan" is Orientals primarily with Latakia being a major player in the mix? I'm asking what everybody's take is on "what is a balkan".

    Ed
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  9. buistd

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    G&H Balkan Flake. Good hit of Latakia and a lovely leathery taste. Room note is a little on the malodorous side so maybe not one for indoor puffing in company!
     
  10. AndyLowry

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    Just to make the blend distinctions more fun, I think we need to divide Balkan into Serb and Croat. Original black'n'white Sobranie would be Serb, and 759 Croat. :)
     
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