Balkan Sobranie has been around for quite some time, dating back to the 1920's, and has definitely made a name for itself. Although, the original blend has gone through many changes over the years, so smoking some today will be different from years ago. But, this is my first time having it. So, there is no expectation from me here.
How Packaged: 1.76oz Tin
Tobacco Used: Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Bowls Smoked: 2
Date Purchased/Obtained: 08/01/15
Storage Method: Mason Jar
Pipe(s) Used: Simple $40 Pipe
Price Point: $34.99
Purchased: Sample from another BOTL
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Tin/Jar Note: Very appealing smokiness, but not overpowering, with notes of plum and tobacco.
Visual: Pretty normal looking ribbon cut tobaccos. Mostly dark Oriental & Latakia, with just a spattering of light Virginias.
Flavors: Heavy Latakia notes and a background of smokiness.
Smoking Experience: Not bad, but nothing great. It required a lot of maintenance and relights. Flavors were mostly enjoyable, but nothing I just loved.
Tobacco Strength: Medium
Room Note: Tolerable
Comparable Tobacco: Nothing notable.
Conclusion: Very smokable. I wouldn't run for it, but I'll smoke it anytime. There are just a lot of blends I would rather smoke.
Rating:2 Stars AKA "Only when it is Free" - Would smoke a bowl if it was free and had nothing else