I adore Latakia and smoke most of its heftier blends.
But, cilantro? Damn, pard. A little bit of that mown hay goes a long, long way with me.
I live in a Midwestern city with a high Hispanic population. We've got great Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurants but, sadly, every damned one of them goes top heavy with cilantro. Even our SE Asia joints queer the pho with cilantro.
Bring on the Lat but could I just have a pinch of that green stuff, please?
I like Latakia and cilantro as accent flavors not as principles. I like MacBaren's Latakia Flake, Nat Sherman 536, and even Nightcap, because though they have varying degrees of Latakia, they don't bank the whole blend on it. Like cilantro, it can set up the other flavors on hand and provide a contrast and emphasis. I feel the same way about Perique, and I think dark fired leaf can serve the same purpose. But for those who love a Lat bomb, I say have at it. T'would be a dull world if we all thought alike.