The white knight hurts me

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thomasmartin

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Jul 13, 2015
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White Knight is one of my favourite balkan blends but it gives me a bad case of tongue bite almost each time. I do not have this problem with other strong/balkan/english blends such as Abingdon or Nightcap. It comes rather dry and I have already tried to moisten it a bit, but that does not improve things. Anyone has the same problem?

 

chasingembers

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Nov 12, 2014
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Try it in a cob. I stopped after 1 tin, left a chemical taste in my mouth, and like Balkan Supreme much better, but the cob should take some of the edge off. You may also have issues with the red Virginia in it. Have heard a couple of forum members say they can't smoke anything with red Virginia's.

 

robwoodall

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I had the same problem with White Knight and it's sister blend Black House. They both smoke best on the dry side for me, but I have to smoke them very slowly, and just accept a lot of re-lights. I never did get to where I could completely trust either one, so I finally just stopped trying.
I'm sure it's my fault (and probably yours, too) as they seem to be very popular blends. Other people don't seem to have too much trouble but they are definitely prone to biting me.

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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CD Super Balkan has not given me any bite. Likewise, Russ O.'s experimental M-61 Balkan.

 

perdurabo

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Jun 3, 2015
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Yea, it bites me too. Maybe the red V's, but I really believe it's the orientals.

 

phil67

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Dec 14, 2013
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Never really cared for White Knight as it seemed to have a rather odd and unpleasant taste that I didn't care for. As for any bite I've never encountered any.

 

jiminks

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ThomasMartin: Actually WK was designed to be a match of the 1970s Balkan Sobranie, not the version you and I smoked in the early 2000s. What we smoked was different in several ways: less latakia and very little red Virginia.
Try smoking it with a pipe that has a filter. That will help reduce bite potential. And smoke slowly.

 

chasingembers

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Never really cared for White Knight as it seemed to have a rather odd and unpleasant taste that I didn't care for. As for any bite I've never encountered any.
My experience exactly.

 

philobeddoe

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Oct 31, 2011
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I love Black House, I mean really love it, like it's one of my top three tobaccos all time kind of love and so I really wanted to love White Knight, but it just wasn't in the cards. I've never tried so hard to find a way to enjoy a tobacco as I did with WK. I must have smoked three tins, in ten different pipes, briar and meerschaum group 3, 4 and 5, blasted and smooth etc. but it always tasted just.....meh. I really enjoy the new version of Sobranie and hate that it's so difficult to find, I wish I could just stock up on White Knight, but it just didn't work for me.