For some reason, I was drawn to this out of all the tins I recently received. The promise of Basma was enough to make it first picked for a bowl. I was a bit skeptical of the whole Basma thing at first. How can an unflavored leaf impart a vanilla type aroma/taste? You can learn more about Basma here. At any rate, I filled a pipe that I had been reluctant to dedicate to English blends (my Tinsky author) and went to town (see what I did there?). The charring light was strange. Flavors that I had never experienced before hit my palate and danced around like tiny tobacco sprites, sprinkling joy and wonder across my tongue. Calm down, Will... take it slow. I tamped down the fluff, lightly, and settled in for a bowl of amazing. The whole bowl thus far has been delightful. I'm still smoking it as I write, and it's becoming one of my favorite tobaccos. The taste is lightly sweet, with a smokey overtone. Almost a flavor of vanilla cream, but not in an overbearing way. It's just kind of in the background, waiting to periodically let you know it's there. The Latakia makes itself known, but again not in an overbearing way. The balance of this blend is top notch, and it has taken me by surprise. Some may have read my post not too long ago about Lat blends. If not, I'm sure it's around here somewhere. Essentially, I hated them at first. Now, I'm not sure how I ever could have turned these away. I will no doubt be ordering at least two more 100g tins with my next order, and orders thereafter will have at least one tin of this if my supply is low or not. I don't think it will ever be a daily smoke for me, even as much as I like it. This needs to be smoked sparingly, just so I don't get burned out on it. A few times a week, it will grace my bowl and make my day.