I've only recently came over to the Dark Side, my early attempts at smoking latakia ended in nausea, so I'm surprised to have found that now my palate can appreciate it. However, when researching blends, I also wanted a stout full-bodied smoke and discovered that when many reviews describe something as strong they're really talking more about flavour or latakia content percentage.
I got some Sillem's London because it was supposed to be "strong" and I figured it would be because it has a bit of burley, but it actually is quite thin-bodied and unfulfilling, plus the overload of latakia was extremely spicy which fried my palate. I mixed it 50/50 with some Peacehaven and it transformed into a wonderful smoke, sweet 'n smokey.
It seems some Latakia is more herbaceous than campfirey. Any explanation for this?