Balkan Blends

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mrpipster

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So I recently got a sample of Britts Balkan from 4noggins when I placed an order there.
When I first smoked it it sseemed to have a slight sweet taste but now that I have smoked a couple of bowls the slight sweetness is gone.
I really like the way this blend tastes but I would like to try other Balkans that have a sweet taste to them.
Anyone got an recomemdations?
 

Jussto

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Balkan Saseini, Balkan Sobranie, and McClelland Orientals #1 come to mind first, if you want even sweeter in not such a strict balkan blend, then try MacB's vintage Syrian.

Enjoy tasting!
 

Nate

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'Balkans' are usually hard to find the sweet flavor. They're usually meant to be more savory and smokey. I could be wrong, I know this but I haven't really had a sweet balkan. One of my faves is Balkan by Brebbia, one of the few blends left with Syrian latakia and it is the sweetest of the ones I have smoked. Give 'er a go! You may like it.
 

KevinP

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'Balkans' are usually hard to find the sweet flavor.
But have you tried the one the OP mentioned? Brit's Balkan? It's cased with vanilla. Some people say it's more of a light topping. but to me the vanilla is overwhelming. It's an aromatic and I don't see anything balkan about it.
 

Nate

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But have you tried the one the OP mentioned? Brit's Balkan? It's cased with vanilla. Some people say it's more of a light topping. but to me the vanilla is overwhelming. It's an aromatic and I don't see anything balkan about it.
I have not had that one, sounds unpleasant! :D I also had Erinmore's balkan and didn't care for it, not much 'balkan' about it either.
 

dmkerr

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'Balkans' are usually hard to find the sweet flavor. They're usually meant to be more savory and smokey.
I agree. Stokkebye's Balkan Supreme is probably the sweetest I've ever smoked, and I wouldn't exactly call it sweet.

I've never smoked Britt's Balkan but if it's cased with vanilla as KevinP says, then it's hardly a strict balkan.

Along with savory and smoky, I often find a slight bitter or sour taste from the preponderance of orientals. This adds to the overall character. GLP's Charing Cross is probably my favorite balkan, and it's far from sweet.
 

user2725

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But have you tried the one the OP mentioned? Brit's Balkan? It's cased with vanilla. Some people say it's more of a light topping. but to me the vanilla is overwhelming. It's an aromatic and I don't see anything balkan about it.
That reminds me of Boswell's Countryside, an english with a heavy sweet topping, a bit too much IMO, I was kinda disappointed with it, a bit biting which is unusual for a Boswell blend.
 
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