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thomasmartin

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Jul 13, 2015
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Memories from my earlier pipe smokin days come back in little pieces now. I remember having smoked this blend before 2004. Back then it was reputed (or marketed) to be "the finest blend in the world". I remember a blend heavy on orientals, some latakia, no perique, rather light and not full bodied. I cannot recall that I was really impressed by this, if so, then I would surely know it. Is the actual production any good?

 

papipeguy

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Jul 31, 2010
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I find the new iteration of CA more like what I smoked in the 1970's than the later blend of the 1990's. I think Lane did a good job with this and it's worth a try.

 

dmcmtk

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Aug 23, 2013
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I would say yes, very good. Well worth trying, Lane did an excellent job with the new release.

 

dmcmtk

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Aug 23, 2013
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I would say English. If you like MM965, you will like Crown Achievement, I actually found a little more balanced and richer than 965.

 

mso489

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It's one of my tins of "good stuff" that I have yet to open. This is certainly an enticement and an encouragement. I'm always glad to learn I am holding some tasty leaf.

 

lestrout

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yo jp - a lot of pipers think of a Balkan, in terms of common current use here in NA, as an English (Latakia, VAs) with a noticeable amount of Orientals. Drilling down further, an "American English" would also have burley.
I don't know of any appellations applied in the inclusion of Perique. Then there's dark fired, Kentucky, Maryland and so forth.
Back to the OP, I hoarded a few pounds of CA when it was discontinued, and I believe it to be the 2nd generation version free of Perique. Regardless, a fresh tin of the reissue is much tastier than my hoard - a good thang, I guess. CA is more forward in Orientals than 965, being more like London, Aperitif and EMP in that regard. 965 has that delicious brown Cavendish, I would guess based on Virginia rather than the usual burley, which rounds it out.
hp

les

 

blendtobac

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When they made the new release, they went back to the original recipe. Sometime in the nineties, a bean-counter felt that Perique was too expensive so that rocket surgeon felt that black Cavendish would be a good substitute. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't Crown Achievement. When they wanted to resurrect it, they found the original recipe and followed it. I agree that the current version is much the same as I remember from the seventies.
Russ

 

pipebuddy

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Jul 24, 2015
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Not disagreeing, but trying to learn..... What distinguishes a Balkan from an English blend?
From what I think I figured out in that debate, a Balkan needs to have Latakia and (other) Orientals as the main players.
Now you guys have me intrigued about Crown Achievement.
@ Russ: that bean counter cannot possibly have been a pipe smoker if he thought that Black CA could make up for Périque. 8O

 

papipeguy

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Jul 31, 2010
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@ Russ: that bean counter cannot possibly have been a pipe smoker if he thought that Black CA could make up for Périque.
Very true. When RJR took over Lane many fine blends were either altered or outright discontinued. My favorite blend, Highland, was one of the casualties. It appears that Lane is now going through that old recipe book and slowly bringing some of those fine old blends back. Sadly, Leonard W. told me that my blend is not on the book.

 

jpmcwjr

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May 12, 2015
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Pipeguy-
After reading articles by Messrs. Ouillette, Tate, Pease et al, I am not inclined to label any tobacco as English, Balkan or Oriental! :)
How similar is CA to English Luxury?