What are the good Balkan Blends?

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pappymac

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I am sad to admit that after 42 years, I am just now discovering Balkan Blends.

I am also sad that the 1st Balkan Blend I tried was a tin of Seattle Pipe Club's Pike Place which I bought last year and just opened a week ago, only to find out it can no longer be produced and sold. I dug through my cellar and found a tin of Lane's Crown Achievement but it is a Balkan of a different family - it's good but it doesn't taste the same as Pike Place.
So. Here's my question: "What is/are the best Balkan Blends that are available."

 

fitzy

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I am sad to admit that after 42 years, I am just now discovering Balkan Blends.
WHAT???? Blasphemy. They are some of my absolute favorite blends.
Hearth & Home Blackhouse, Magnum Opus, Fusiliers Ration and White Knight

McClellands Yenidje Highlander

McClellands 3 Oaks Syrian (Sadly hard to get now as there is no more syrian)

Seattle pipe clubs Plum Pudding
All of those are outstanding to me with Plum Pudding being the bottom of the list but still great.

 

fitzy

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Can't wait to get my first tins of Exotique.
Also take a look at McClellands Balkan Beauty.

 

iamn8

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I'm not sure what this Exotique talk is about... sounds like a porn star name. Don't waste your time with garbage tobacco :)

 

iflipturtles

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Hearth and Home's BlackHouse is a great Balkan blend. It was blended to replace the legendary Balkan Sobranie 759.

 

pappymac

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Fitzy - I know so little about Balkans that I didn't know Seattle Plum Pudding was a Balkan and somewhere deep in my cellar I have a tin of it.

 

toobfreak

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I honestly don't think you can go too wrong with any balkan blend out there. Every one I've tried has been good to great. To be balkan implies a depth of personality and complexity.
Pappy I think you will love the Plum Pudding!

 

mso489

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I like C&D Super Balkan, full strength but nicely balanced, and I believe on sale from smokingpipes.com through March 2017, 15% off.

 

bentbob

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GH Balkan Flake is sublime - though there is no Balkan in it!
If you can get it, JF Germains 1820 is fantastic too, with a healthy does of Oriental, it's more complex than GH Balkan Flake.

 

kanse

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H&H Blackhouse and Peretti-Tashkent, although it's certainly arguable how Balkan the latter is.
Also, why is Pike Place absent from tobaccoreviews.
philobeddoe

Legends has no Syrian in it.

 

jackswilling

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For now Wilderness is available. Legends is classified as an English, but, you can never ever go wrong with Legends

 

judcole

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White Knight is my fave; it's close to the old BSOM I smoked in the early 1970s. Balkan Sasieni is also worth your while.