Review: Hearth & Home White Knight

Blended to pay homage to the iconic Balkan Sobraine blend of the '70's, Hearth & Home's White Knight is the cousin to their Blackhouse blend. Using Virginia, Latakia and Oriental tobaccos, White Knight create's a very unique and complex smoke, that while not an exact replica, it definitely has the Sobraine spirit.

White Knight
Company: Hearth & Home
How Packaged: 1.76 oz. Tin
Style: Balkan
Tobacco Used: Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Casing/Topping: None
Cut: Coarse Cut
Bowls Smoked: 2
Date Purchased/Obtained: 10/1/15
Storage Method: Mason Jar
Pipe(s) Used: Basic $40 Pipe
Price Point: $12.95
Purchased: Sample from another BOTL

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Tin/Jar Note: Smokey, spicy and a unique sweet & spicy note. Very fragrant as the Latakia and Orientals are both up front.
Visual: A pretty dry, coarsely cut mix of tobacco leaves. There is actually a lot more Virginia in this mix than I would expect from the smell.
Flavors: It's a fight between the smokey Latakia and the sweet/spicy Orientals. The Virginia is probably responsible for some of the sweetness too, but overall it's buried by the former.
Smoking Experience: Despite appearing dry, this tobacco burned quite well. It didn't get too hot and only needed that occasional relight. I did get a little gurgle on one bowl, but not bad.
Tobacco Strength: Medium
Body: Medium
Room Note: Tolerable
Comparable Tobacco:
Conclusion: This is a 3 or 4 for me. It's very good and has a great complexity, but there are others I like more. It's worth retail price, but I wouldn't say I'd have to keep it in the rotation.

Rating: 3.5 Stars AKA "When it is on Sale" – Wouldn't pay full retail but would purchase it on sale

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Comment by Shooter on March 26, 2016 at 2:35pm

Nice review Jerad, I might have to pick up a tin. When are the Dummies coming back?!


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Comment by 007MI6 on March 28, 2016 at 9:07am

Thanks Shooter!

We are working things out. Schedules became altered and we are working on a format that will work for us and not be dropped so often.

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