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.
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.
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?!?
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".