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A Newbie Reviews: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader

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  • Started 2 years ago by hmhaines
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  1. hmhaines

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    Considering I didn't know if Balkans/Lataki blends were my thing, I bought a fair number of the things to try. Fortunately, I quite like them and this is my favorite yet.

    Squadron Leader goes light on the Latakia, much heavier on the Virgina. I'm getting a mild smoke in the mouth, a tiny bit of bite that is likely from puffing too hard. Snork is leathery, a little spicy, and generally nice. Some hay floating around with the floral flavor of the Latakia, which is a nice backup player in the blend. It pulls forward toward the middle of the bowl, but is still not terribly strong. Love this blend, a wonderful smoke.

    "Following the path of least resistance is what makes the river crooked."
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    Sounds like one I would like. My current favorite English is London Mixture and one of the things I like most about it is that the Lat is used as a spice rather than the dominant flavor. Thanks for reminding me to get this "best seller" back up on the "must try" list.

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    Definitely get some. Perhaps a More refined palate will find more or less to desire, but it is worth a try either way!

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    Excellent take on SL. I really like the spice of the orientals. Its well represented both in bulk and tin in my cellar.

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    I definitely prefer Perique right now, but I have greatly enjoyed the oriental thus far. I wish SL came in bulk!

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    My current favorite English is London Mixture and one of the things I like most about it is that the Lat is used as a spice rather than the dominant flavor.

    Try a tin of Dunhill's The Aperitif, I think you'll like it even better than London Mixture. I was a My Mixture 965 fan, which is a "Scottish blend" and brown uncased cavendish, more oriental and less Lakakia than London. From there I tried Aperitif, which is quite similar but with less Latakia, and the overall result is a smoother blend. I thought it would underwhelm me, but to my surprise I like it better than MM965. You can still taste and smell the Latakia but it's more of a team-player than either a spice or a dominant.

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    Squadron Leader goes light on the Latakia, much heavier on the Virgina.

    This is a smart mixture. Virginia is an eternal taste; Latakia a too-strong taste that overwhelms itself. They refined the English to the point where it is pleasant. Compare to: Presbyterian, Early Morning Pipe.

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

    The Metal Mixtures
    Posted 2 years ago #

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