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Balkan Blue

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    When I started smoking a pipe, a fellow pipe smoker that rode the morning commuter train with me, suggested Balkan Blue. I finally was able to find a tin and I absolutely loved it. I jarred about half the tin, and was content for a time smoking mostly the Frog Morton Cellar tins and Old Dog that I bought, and only dipping in to the Balkan Blue from time to time. It finally happened, last week, I finished my entire stash of Balkan Blue. I know that it is no longer available, so the question is, are there any out there which are close to Balkan Blue as a good substitute?

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    Pipestud has it every now and then

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    There was Grage #1 Balkan, by McClelland.
    Not sure how similar it was.

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    so the question is, are there any out there which are close to Balkan Blue as a good substitute?
    No. Not really. Personally, I put Balkan Blue in a class of it's own among Balkans. Although, there are other great Balkans out there. I would certainly recommend Hearth & Home's Black House. Black House and Balkan Blue are my favorites among the genre.

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    Try H&H Blackhouse or WhiteKnight and see if that satiates.

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    You may find a blend that satisfies you, but it won't be then same.

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    *1 for H&H White Knight.

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    I have one tin left. It is unique. Nothing compares, but that’s ok. Lots of other good blends. I’m going to wait a few years and open the last tin at the Chicago show and pass it around. That’s the fun of extinct blends, letting others enjoy.

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    I often see it on ebay but, as many know, prices typically aren't acceptable to most folks. They always sell though.

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    Im an avid latakia hater, but you might find SPC Plum Pudding to be an ok substitute.

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    but you might find SPC Plum Pudding to be an ok substitute

    Not even close in my humble opinion. But PP is good/great in its own right.

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    I've done my share of latakia bashing but perhaps I've been too hasty on my rejection of these blends. I've got a box somewhere in the basement, perhaps it's time to give them another shot. I Feel like I'm missing out. I'll start with the jar of Black Frigate on the mantel and work from there. It is that time of year I suppose.

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    Arango Balkan Supreme.

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    Arango Balkan Supreme.
    that's not even close...........

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    that's not even close...........

    Nothing is. All that's left is to find a new blend to enjoy.

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    I got a taste of this for the first time recently. There's nothing I've had that's like it. Sorry.

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    I did not intend it to be close. I suggested it because it is a pleasing Balkan and since BB is gone, where else do we turn but for other blends?

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    I smoked a bowl last night of both Balkan Blue, Presbyterian, and what is left of a jar Arango. None can come close to the buttery Orientals. What leaf is giving that smooth taste? And would it be possible to blend in with some of the other good Balkans?

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    Not even close in my humble opinion. But PP is good/great in its own right.

    When I first started buying "boutique" tins I didnt know what different varietals meant flavor-wise.
    PP and Blue Mountain were on that first order from sp.com.

    Its been several years since I was up close and personal with either, i just remember those two being more similar to each other than the other handful of blends I bought at that time.
    I dont doubt they arent super close in flavor profile, but just goes to show how I feel about latakia. Ruins everything.

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    I have a bunch of Blue Mountain tins squirreled away, which I believe is somewhat similar to Balkan Blue. One day I will like latakia again and give BM a try.

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    I have a bunch of Blue Mountain tins squirreled away, which I believe is somewhat similar to Balkan Blue. One day I will like latakia again and give BM a try.
    Blue Mountain is way better than Balkan Blue.

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    I found Cornell & Diehl's Mountain Camp to be similar. At least, I lumped them together in my mind, which doesn't exactly say much, but there you go. Plus, Mountain Camp has the advantage of being sold in bulk.

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    I have a bunch of Blue Mountain tins squirreled away, which I believe is somewhat similar to Balkan Blue.

    Actually, they're the same tobacco. It was released as Blue Mountain, but the people who grow Blue Mountain coffee in Jamaica either sent a cease and desist or threatened to sue, so they changed the name to Balkan Blue.

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    I think he was joshing, Russ. That being said, I preferred the original name, Blue Mountain. But I suppose it was the blend itself that really matters, not the name it was given. I'm sure I'd still enjoy Black House if it was called Pink Cottage.

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    BM or BB, a John Hanna 759 match blend ? I never found this to be anything special or his Wilderness & Legends mix. I always got a metallic taste out of them. OTOH I have never been a fan of MCC blends anywho.

    Russ O's Blackhouse is IMO the best 759 match.

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    Non-McClelland, from my drawer, I'd say Odyssey in terms of being a good stand-in.

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    I've never had Balkan Blue, but I have 4 tins cellared. I look forward to trying it some day.


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    None can come close to the buttery Orientals. What leaf is giving that smooth taste?

    This is the key IMHO. Obviously the Oriental leaf producers weren't affected by FDA, USDA, etc. I know it's not quite so simple, but I wonder where that particular supplied leaf is going to now that McClelland is no more.

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