I like St. James flake (VaPer), I find hard to get it to the point of perfect smoking the flakes being almost to thin for a good cube cut so most of the time I end up rubbing it. However whenever it sings it is a wonderful smoke. Also, I need my stomach full before smoking this guy.
+1 for GL Pease Cairo. Its a Va/Oriental with a hint of Perique. Absolutely amazing smoke.
You may also want to try McClelland's Oriental Mixture No. 1. It is a Va/Oriental with touch of latakia. It is divine with 10 years of age on it, but I'm sure its still amazing fresh. Besides, McClelland's tins normally come with a few years of age anyway.
Well... I certainly have a ton of VaPers to choose from... little lacking in the Oriental department so some more recommendations there would be appreciated.
Edit: Looks like I'll most of the recommended blends that I wanted to try are on backorder at P&C. Guess I'll wait a week.
Dunhill London Blend is a good oriental, IMHO. And I recently tried Exotique from Smoker's Haven in Ohio and that was really good stuff!
And a VaPer left out that's available bulk or tinned is AJ's VaPer from H&H
OP: were you speaking of oriental blends that DO or DO NOT contain latakia? Either way, here's some stuff I've enjoyed in the past:
W/Lat: (McClelland) Bombay Court, Wilderness, Orient 996, (Smokers' Haven) Exotique Mixture, (Samuel Gawith) Squadron Leader.
Sans Lat: (McClelland) Drama Reserve, Yenidje Supreme.
It's a limited list, but a tasty one.
For a great VA/Per, you might consider trying "Captain Bob's Pot O' Gold Mixture" by C & D created by me and the late Craig Tarler of Cornell and Diehl. It is one of my own three-in-series of C&D created with the late Craig Tarler of C&D. If you go to www.tobaccorevirews.com and "Browse Tobaccos" you will see that it is rated "Highly Recommended". Order direct from C&D and tell them that Captain Bob made the recommendation. The other two are "Captain Bob's Blend" and "Captain Bob's Shipmates Blend". All are on www.tobaccoreviews.com. Never hesitate to request these blends from www.pipesandcigars.com. They have all "three" of the series available to them. Below is the "gifted" artwork from Craig Tarler featuring the artwork for the original "Captain Bob's Blend". If you try any of my blends it is important that you know that I do not receive any "royalties" from the sale of my three blends because that is the way I want it to be! It is my way of "giving-back" to the pipe community. You can verify that with Chris Tarler of C&D.