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.
F&K Lancero Slices
Company: Charles Fairmorn
How Packaged: Bulk
Tobacco Used: Virginia and Latakia
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
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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”