Cavendish cut burley, Turkish, Latakia and Perique, Odessa 968 is supposed to be similar to the old Balkan Sobranie White. I’ve never had that, so I can’t contest to that fact. But, I will see how it stacks up to what I have had.

Odessa 968

Company: Cornell & Diehl

How Packaged: 2 oz Tin

Style: Burley Based

Tobacco Used: Burley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique

Casing/Topping: None

Cut: Ribbon

Bowls Smoked: 2

Date Purchased/Obtained: 8/1/15

Storage Method: Mason Jar

Pipe(s) Used: Basic $40 Pipe

Price Point: $14.80

Purchased: Sample from another BOTL

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Tin/Jar Note: Smoke, fig/raisin and a little cocoa.

Visual: A dark brown collection of flat, ribbon cut tobacco.

Flavors: An English style tobacco, with lots of smokiness and some Oriental and Latakia spiciness.

Smoking Experience: It started out nice. The first half of the bowl is smokey, nutty and creamy. But at the halfway point it all goes out the window and becomes unsmokable.

Tobacco Strength: Medium

Body: Medium

Room Note: Tolerable

Comparable Tobacco: Supposedly Balkan Sobraine White

Conclusion: First half is tasty, but the second half is unsmokable. Each time. So, I would never go for this again. I know, that’s rough, but that is how this tobacco went for me. This isn't a 1, because if it was given to me I could enjoy the first half, and maybe I have a bad batch.

Rating: 2 Stars AKA "Only when it is Free" - Would smoke a bowl if it was free and had nothing else

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Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on September 30, 2015 at 11:51am

Wow, that bad?

Comment by 007MI6 on September 30, 2015 at 12:17pm

Yea, and right at about the half-bowl point each time. Interestingly enough, I checked out some reviews of this tobacco after I wrote this review, and found similar results at the same point. So, it doesn't seem to a one-off experience.


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