Balkan Sobranie Flake

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haparnold

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Aug 9, 2018
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Has anybody ever smoked this? I've seen plenty of ancient BS tins before, but never a tin of Balkan Sobranie Flake until I was at an antique store today. Heck, I didn't even know this existed until now.

Surely some of our old timers have come across this before.
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P.S. The tin was empty when I found it. Don't get too excited.
 

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cossackjack

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Yes, it was the first Latakia blend & first flake tobacco that I smoked in the early 70's, if I recall in a clay pipe, & later in a drugstore briar (poor college student). The first non-aromatic, non-OTC for me. I think that it was from Fader's in downtown Baltimore, MD.
I smoked it for about 1-1.5 years until unfortunately picking up the cigarette habit which was cheaper at $0.35-0.50/pack (except for Player's Rounds at $1.00/pack) & more convenient. Also, there were no other pipe smokers in my group of friends & acquaintances Too bad.
It was very, very good.
 

condorlover1

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I am sure he is absolutely correct about the date runs. All I can just tell you is that I saw it for sale in the early 80's in the local railway station tobacco kiosk. It would have been a top shelf tobacco like all Balkan Sobranie blends and way too rich for my pocket. I purchased a few tins of the regular Balkan Sobranie in the early to mid 80s which I never cared for and wound up giving them to Shaintiques 30 years later after finding them in my bedroom drawer after my Mother passed on.
 

Thepipehunter

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I have never heard of Balkan Sobranie Fake. I have seen their cigarettes but this is new. I imagine this would be an amazing blend.
 

loneredtree

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I purchased this flake in 1983 or so in Idaho Falls, Id. A friend had started a pipe shop there. I thought it was a Virginia mixture. I have two empty tins. The underside of the lid says that eleven fully matured tobaccos were combined. Wish I had kept the paper liner it would not doubt had some more information.

James B. Russell inc in NJ distributed it.

It was a very good smoke!
 

sablebrush52

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I smoked it, though I don't remember anything about it being distinctively different from the Mixture. Sobranie Ltd produced a number of blends. I loved their Chaliapin cigarettes. Those I remember very well. At $2 a box it represented an hour's wages for me, so I budgeted to be able to buy a pack every month to month and a half.
 
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judcole

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That's one I never encountered. I smoked both Original and 759. enjoying Original more, back when I was living in East Lansing and had access to Campbell's, which was one of those places that were fairly common then, but that most of us can only dream of now.
I never ventured into the world of flakes until about 15 years ago.
 

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