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Virginia/latakia blends: reccomendations please

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    geopiper

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    So far I've only had Sam Gawith Balkan Flake which has around 30% latakia. I liked it, but am looking for something with a little less latakia just to gauge my preference. I've read SG Navy Flake's latakia content is very low but I haven't seen a percentage.

    I've used SP.com's tobacco locator but am looking for recommendations on other virginia/latakia blends.

    thanks.

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    AS you've probably discovered, there aren't that many VA/Latakia only blends out there. You might try mixing Latakia with your favorite VAs.

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    Savenelli's English Mixture says that it has a little burley in the mix, but it's not noticeable in the least, and it is also very light-handed with the latakia. As a Virginia lover that doesn't tolerate very much latakia, this one is an all day smoke for me sometimes.

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    Isn't Cornell and Diehl's Yale Mix a VA/Lat? I only smoked it a few times (an ounce or so), but I recall it being perfectly inoffensive, if not something I ran out to buy more of.

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    D-9575 from Peretti has a whisper of latakia on a virginia/burley base. Super super yummy.

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    Thanks for the suggestions so far everyone.

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    Germain Latakia Flake if you can find it. MacBaren Latakia Flake. Both have some other ingredients, mostly Oriental, but not that noticeable. If you like Balkan Flake, you should enjoy these blends as well. Brebbia also has a Latakia Flake that is listed as Latakia/Virginia only but I've never tried it.

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    I've read SG Navy Flake's latakia content is very low but I haven't seen a percentage.

    I'm certainly no expert, but if I had to guess, I'd say maybe around 10-15%, maybe less. It's definitely there, but it's quite mellow.

    Thanks for starting this thread - I've been on the lookout for the same sort of blend, so I'm grateful to have the recommendations above.

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    SG Navy flake sounds like what you want to me. The Latakia presence to my palate was as low as I could imagine while still being able to actually taste it. And it was good.

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    I vaguely recall having read somewhere that SG Navy Flake has 8% latakia. I'm not at all sure about this. Anyway, percentage is just a number, what matters is how it shows in the flavors. I'm going to pop a tin of it one of these days. I'll try to remember to let you know my impressions.

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    I almost forgot, but C&D made a small batch called Straight-Up English that has VAs and Latakia, plus a touch of burley (no Orientals). It's sold out, but you might find it on the secondary market.

    GL Pease makes Laurel Heights, a VA blend with just a trace of Latakia.

    Right now I'm smoking a home blend of VAs to which I've added literally 3 little strands of Latakia and it's really interesting. I can just taste the Latakia, but the VAs take on a wholly different character -- kinda campfire smokey, but without really tasting like Latakia usually does. Blending your own might be the way to get exactly what you're looking for.

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    Burley and dark-fired, along with Latakia and Perique, get blended into English blends a lot. A two-tobacco blend of Virginia and Latakia may require some shopping around, but I feel they are out there. I just can't name blends. I'm a burley lover, so that's always fine with me, both as the base tobacco and as a condiment. As someone posted, you can always buy single Virginia leaf and Latakia blending tobacco and do your own mix, to your own preference for proportions.

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    Just ordered some SG Navy Flake. Looking forward to comparing tit to the Balkan Blend. Thanks for the info.

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    Samuel Gawith Winter Time is what you want. Still made but sold in Europe.

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