Capt. Earle’s Ten Russians – Pipe Tobacco Reviews


By Bob Tate

Hermit Tobacco - Capt. Earle's Ten Russians

The tin aroma of this blend is sweet, smoky, earthy, and with a hint of tanginess. It smells very good. The moisture level is perfect for smoking right away with no drying time needed. This tobacco comes in cake form. Using a sharp knife, I shaved off some of the tobacco from the cake and rubbed it out. I loaded the pipe and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light:
Flavor: It is a heavy Latakia flavor with lots of woody, earthy, and smoky tones, with hints of sweetness and a very light hint of black coffee.
Aroma: It is a very heavy and strong Latakia aroma. I find it pleasing, but I know for a fact that it will be very unpleasant and offensive to most others. This blend will not win you any popularity contests with its room note.
I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for a nice relaxing smoke.

At the beginning, the flavor profile is pretty much the same as it was on the charring light. There are heavy notes of wood, earth, and smokiness; in that order. The most predominate is the woodiness which is very strong. It kind of reminds me of the flavor I get when I chew on a toothpick for too long, but this flavor is stronger and more flavorful. That is followed by a sort of musty earthiness that brings an image to my mind. That image is of wet leaves and moss slowly smoldering and putting off wisps of smoke. And then there is the smokiness. It is a lot lighter to me than most other Latakia blends, but it is there and reminds me of a nice camp fire. There is a nice backbone of sweetness that ties it all together and mellows it out a bit. Every once in awhile, I will get a very faint hint of the black coffee that I detected on the charring light, but it is very hard to detect. If you are not looking for it, you will probably not notice it.

Around the mid-bowl point I detected some very light hints of a BBQ flavor, but they didn’t last very long at all. AT this time the flavors that I have previously mentioned are still there, but they have mellowed out a lot and are not as strong as they were. This change in flavor stayed through to the end.

This is a very good, heavy Latakia blend. It smokes cool, dry, slow, and doesn’t bite. It does pack a little bit of a punch in the nicotine department. Just like the description says; this blend is rich and full bodied and I only need three words to sum it up; Latakia, Latakia, Latakia. If you do not like Latakia, stay far, far away from this blend. And even if you like Latakia and are a casual smoker of it, this still may not be for you. However, if you are like me and really like Latakia, and sometimes in very large quantities, you will probably love Ten Russians. If you really like Latakia, give this blend a try.
I Recommend it.

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Brand: Hermit Tobacco Works Co.
Blend: Capt. Earle’s Ten Russians
Description: Capt. Earle’s Ten Russians is a true delight for lovers of Latakia. Rich and full bodied, Ten Russians is pressed to deliver a perfectly balanced blend to the true aficionado of full English tobaccos. Inspired by the true story of Captain Earle’s rescue of ten Russians marooned in a sampan off the Sea of Japan.
Country: US
Cut: Cake
Tobaccos: Cavendish, Virginia, Latakia, Oriental
Strength: Medium-Full
Taste: Woody, Musty, Earthy, Smoky, Light Sweetness
Room Note: Strong/Unpleasant

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