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What Does Latakia Taste Like?

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    i get sweetness of va, peppery perique, and oriental. but i can't pick out latakia in english blends. i get it from tin note and smoke from the bowl, but nothing that tells me there is latakia from taste. what does latakia taste like?

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    Campfire smoke.

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    I think of campfires and old leather. mmmm old leather.

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    A fire scene

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    Barbecue

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    A delicious fragrant campfire

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    what does latakia taste like?
    It tastes like a campfire in the north wood while roasting your kill over the flames, with wolves howling somewhere in the distance. It tastes like riding alongside the cattle your driving home after a long time on the range. It tastes like standing atop a high mountain peak, the cold wind blowing in your hair and beard while an eagle soars above you. It tastes like facing down a grizzly bear with naught but a small hatchet and a knife. It tastes like being a man, son... like being a man.

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    is pease quiet night not the right choice to taste latakia? enjoying the blend a lot. nice and mellow. but not detecting any campfire in the mouth. plenty on the nose.

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    Anthony,

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    In my earlier days, I had a bit of difficulty differentiating between Latakia and Orientals, because most English/Balkan blends I smoke contain both. Over time, and esp. if you include some VA/Oriental blends in your rotation, you'll probably develop the ability to recognize Latakia on the tongue as well as in the nose.

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    from what i'm reading, oriental is somewhat sweet and somewhat peppery. it joins the blend and has incense like taste. can be detected in retrohale. and i'm getting that in both quite night and royalty. just not getting smokey, leather, earthy (somewhat getting earthy) from taste. but earthy might also be from oriental?

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    Heaven......

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    Latakia in the morning tastes like, like....VICTORY!

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    Latakia in the morning tastes like, like....VICTORY!

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    i like the smell of latakia in the morning. only if i can taste it, that would be ace.

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    is pease quiet night not the right choice to taste latakia? enjoying the blend a lot. nice and mellow. but not detecting any campfire in the mouth. plenty on the nose.

    I don't claim to be an expert at determining where the different flavors in a blend come from but I always thought that the latakia in Quiet Nights is more of the incense variety than campfire like in Plum Pudding, tar like in Gaslight, or leather like in Presbyterian.

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    IMHO, Quiet Nights is not a good choice for treating latakia. I find the latakia is this blend quite subdued. Buy a really latakia forward blend such as Pirate Kake if you want to taste latakia.

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    Or just get a sample of pure blending latakia.

    It tastes like magic happiness to me. I love the stuff.

    However, my wife is not a fan of the room note, at all.

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    Campfire, leather and tar. I always found those flavors most pronounced in the first quarter of the bowl and on relights. Don't care for it anymore though.

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    Incense, campfire. I'd go for blending Syrian Latakia if you can get some, it's delicious.

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    Latakia - The bacon of the tobacco world.

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    Latakia tastes like a day old cow-pie on the heel of a boot, which is why I avoid it.

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    They must have some damned high-quality livestock up there in Vegas.

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    Leather and tar is what I taste also. There was a brief moment where I picked up an incense note in Frog Morton on the Town but couldn’t recapture that flavor. If anyone has a suggestion for a good incense-like Latakia blend, I’m all ears. I liked it.

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    I tried to come up with something else. I'm reaching, maybe falling on my face. Tea and cedar.

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    @timt I get a nice incense vibe out of Samuel Gawith's Skiff Mixture, my most smoked tobacco by the way.

    For a fuller smoke mix it 50/50 with Commonwealth and let it sit a few weeks, one of the rare really good home blends (I'm not the inventor).

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    Latakia tastes like a day old cow-pie on the heel of a boot, which is why I avoid it.

    I think I'd prefer aged cowpie, fully dry. But not overly tempted.

    Latakia: nectar of the lesser gods. Latakia with great VA's and/or Orientals: nectar of the greater gods. Campfire, leather and creosote.

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    Interesting. A lot of people like to eat campfires, leather, incense and even tar apparently. I can see smelling some of those fragrances but tasting it? And if you really do, you like it? What restaurants do you all frequent?

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    Tastes like smokehouse brisket without the meat.

    It tastes like a campfire in the north wood while roasting your kill over the flames, with wolves howling somewhere in the distance. It tastes like riding alongside the cattle your driving home after a long time on the range. It tastes like standing atop a high mountain peak, the cold wind blowing in your hair and beard while an eagle soars above you. It tastes like facing down a grizzly bear with naught but a small hatchet and a knife. It tastes like being a man, son... like being a man.

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    Just dug a tin of WhiteKnight out of the cellar to try for the first time. Looking to identify the orientals from the latakia and get some of the incense vibe I'm looking for. Yeah, nope, all I taste is latakia. On to something else.

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    Just dug a tin of WhiteKnight out of the cellar to try for the first time. Looking to identify the orientals from the latakia and get some of the incense vibe I'm looking for. Yeah, nope, all I taste is latakia. On to something else.

    Interesting. I find the Orientals to be very prevalent in that blend.

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    I find the the Greek/Macedonian variety of orientals in White Knight be be at the forefront of the smoke and quite different from Turkish leaf in other Balkan blends. In White Knight I find that they add a crisp tart edge to the smoke that I thoroughly enjoy.

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    I appear to be one of the few unlucky souls that only tastes latakia once a certain amount is present. It tasted just like any other latakia blend to me. The only differences I detect is the level of bitterness. So far, the blend with the highest latakia presence I can tolerate is Epiphany. If it had more, I wouldn't smoke it.

    I'm still hopeful though and I'll keep revisiting, but really, I'm amazed at you guys that can detect other components when there's much latakia present.

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    I'd go for blending Syrian Latakia if you can get some,
    Good luck with that. There aren't even any blends being made it with it anymore. It's gone, and we'll likely never see it again. If the blenders can't get it, you surely can't get it. Unless you find someone willing to sell their bulk Syrian. But you'll paying a pretty hefty price. Get some Cyprian Latakia, which is what most blends are made with these days. That's the flavor you're likely going to encounter.

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    heard about syrian latakia warehouse burning down, and no longer allowed to make them due to limited supply of wood need to make them or something. and civil war, of course. i'll try pirate kake and some straight latakia. thanks all.

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