Photography by @ewstaples on Instagram. That's me on top.
My buddy Eric bought a couple ounces each of virginia, latakia, black cavendish, burley, perique, and orientals, and something "fired," possibly Kentucky. First of all, it was really insightful for me to smell each of these elements on their own. Second, we had ourselves a little blending party!
I made myself about an ounce of a mixture with a significant base of virginia and burley. From there I added about a pinch each of all of the ingredients listed above, with latakia and perique having the smallest portions. I really wanted just a whisper of those. To top it off (quite literally), I used a little dropper to splash the mix with some really nice, small-batch rum called Parce. The resulting mixture smells like a smooth and creamy English. It's pretty moist right now, so once the flavors marry in the mason jar for a few days I'll take some out and air-dry it for a while to see how it smokes. Eric made himself a little mixture that was way heavier on the latakia side, far too much for my tastes, but perfect for him.
With all that said, we really don't know squat about blending, and this was a pretty unscientific experiment for my first time (I mean I measured in pinches instead of grams or ounces). If you know of any resources that would help to introduce us further into the world of blending (just for our own use, not for business), I'd love to hear them. Thanks!