F&K Lancer Slices is a bulk pipe tobacco which is manufactured in Denmark and comes in a broken flake. Lancer Slides is different than most pipe tobaccos because it uses only two tobacco; Latakia and Virginia.

 

Fun Fact: It is rumored this blend is similar to Bengal Slices, which have been out of production for some time. I haven’t personally smoked Bengal Slices, but from what I have seen, about 50% of the people say Lancer Slides is a close approximation.

 

Review time!

F&K Lancero Slices

Company: Charles Fairmorn

How Packaged: Bulk

Style: V/Lat

Tobacco Used: Virginia and Latakia

Casing/Topping: None

Cut: Broken Flake

Bowls Smoked: Can’t put the stuff down

Date Purchased/Obtained: 4/19/15

Storage Method: Mason Jar

Pipe(s) Used: Drew Estate Tsuge and Sanwell Danish Star 63

Price Point: $4.45 per ounce

Purchased: Purchased from P&C’s

 

Quick Note: To view the Pipe Tobacco rating system used, click here.

 

Tin/Jar Note: Somewhat of a head fake. The Latakia is super strong in the jar but quite smooth once you get it lit. There are notes of vinegar and ketchup.

Visual: Dark long flakes of black Latakia with hints of golden Virginia.

Flavors: The Latakia was very smooth and enjoyable. There were notes of earth, coffee, and salty peanuts. There is a very woody quality to the Lancer Slices which is balanced with a mild sugar like sweetness. With heavy Latakia blends I find they can sometimes get a bitter taste about then, but with Lancer Slides this doesn’t happen. On the retrohale I get a jalapeno like flavor that I remember from the first time I smoked the Tantrum. It is heavenly.

Smoking Experience: I am new to smoking pipe tobacco and this is BY FAR the easiest blend I have smoked. Once you get it going it needs little work. The smoke might as well be velvet and just billows with each puff. Overall, it smoked very dry and didn’t bite.

Tobacco Strength: Mild +

Body: Medium +

Room Note: Decent.

Comparable Tobacco: I haven’t smoked a ton of Esoterica Penzance but I would say the Lancer Slices are comparable. I would say the biggest difference would be the price, availability, lack of floral notes in the Lancer Slides, and the “rough” edges to the Lancer Slices.

Conclusion: I have no idea how Lancer Slices is such an enjoyable blend, but only uses two tobaccos. The bit I smoked is pretty new and I can’t wait to see what happens after I age it for a couple of years. The trick will be not breaking into three ounces I have cellared before then. This is one of the most enjoyable pipe tobaccos I have smoked so far and would definitely recommend it. Plus, the price is really hard to beat.

Rating: 5/5 AKA “Stock Up”

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Comment by atllogix on May 6, 2015 at 7:29am
Im not much at all a pipe guy, I thought this was literally slicing up a lancero to smoke in a pipe so I just skipped reading it the first time I came across it.
Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on May 6, 2015 at 7:39am

Hahah. Nope not at all, although there are some pipe tobacco blends that use cigar leaf.

Comment by atllogix on May 6, 2015 at 7:43am
Broken or forgot about cigars that dried out are good for being placed in a pipe.
Comment by Doug on May 6, 2015 at 7:48am

I was drawn here by "seeing" lancero.  Then I realized my coffee intake has not been enough this morning.  As someone who needs to replace his pipe, this blend sounds intriguing.  Vinegar and ketchup are things I would never imagine to pick up on, let alone with pipe tobacco.  Then again, my experiences are still quite limited.  Great review!

Comment by Docwill on May 6, 2015 at 7:56am

Now if you can get your pudgy little fingers to distinguish between the c and d keys on your computer, we might have a pretty good review. Really though, ketchup and vinegar, that's a first for me,

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on May 6, 2015 at 8:23am

Doc - I made the change. I messed this up a lot for some reason. I will need to send you some, and you can see for yourself.

Comment by Docwill on May 6, 2015 at 8:41am

I do like Virginia and always some latakia, it really does sound like a good smoke.

Comment by Charlie on May 6, 2015 at 9:55am

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