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.
Company: Hearth & Home
How Packaged: 1.76 oz. Tin
Tobacco Used: Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
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
Room Note: Tolerable
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