It's a good one and I'm a pretty big fan...most of the time I'll smoke it as a follow-on to a cigar on the patio during grilling and Party Time, but rarely in the house. Nice ratio of cigar to pipe tobacco...would recommend to anyone who is looking for something a little more than a standard English or Balkan blend.
I just tried it thanks to a tobacco trade with a good buddy back East (thank you MJTannen!). I really like it - although - I will probably smoke this one whenever I get the old Cigar Jones. What I like about this blend is that you can really taste the cigar leaf. It is very pungent and so I think most "wives" would run away in horror due to it's aromatic nature. Needless to say - it went great with a glass of Australian Shiraz red wine. And I can see pairing it with cognac, fine port or Harveys.
I practically had a revolt in my house after smoking barely a third of a bowl. I remember it being quite strong and since I am a tobacco lightweight, I don't think I will be smoking it until I build up a better tolerance.
After a heavy steak dinner with Cabernet Sauvignon. Billy Budd just is the perfect closure to a beautiful day. A cup of Wolf Extra Dark French Roast really hit the spot. This blend just sings after a manly meal of meat and potatoes.
Nathaniel: I think it is just the combo. Latakia is not a "strength" tobacco IMHO. The cigar leaf is a condiment and certainly not the same strength as smoking a cigar; so it must just be the mix. Your taste buds may just need some time to adjust to the sensation of the cigar leaf in the pipe tobacco.