Although I’ve only smoked a few bowls, my benchmark Latakia blend is Old Ironsides. Due to the availability of this blend I’m searching for another Latakia forward blend. I enjoy C&D’s Pirate Kake very much. The thing I don’t like about it is the mouth feel. It’s very dry. I’m finishing up a tin of Star of the East Flake from 09 which adds the mouth feel but the intensity of the Latakia is less. This might be due to the age of the tin. I’ve read that Latakia mellows over time. Where might I go from here? I’m considering: H&H Magnum Opus, Cerberus, Black House & Larry’s Blend. It seems there’re several from the Captain Earle’s series (Ten Russians, Stimulus Package, Earle’s Nightwatch and Diamond) might do. Any other thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.