A rich latakia blend pressed into thick and fragrant slices. This tobacco is strong in flavor and intensity. A main dish instead of an appetizer or dessert, the smoke will leave you satisfied. A fantastic tin to have on hand for any English lover, the smoke is thick and rewards your full attention.
Brand: Bengal Slices
Model: Bengal Slices
Tobacco Type: Black Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental, Virginia
Blend Type: English
Strength: 2 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Amount: 1.75 oz.
I tossed a tin into my last order on a whim. This blend is really smooth, and while you get a nice Latakia it's not the Lat bomb I expected. The anise topping does amazing things in this blend. Definitely one that will be in my rotation.
I want to thank Russ Ouellette for bringing this wonderful tobacco back for us. Much appreciated. If you don't know the story, look it up, it's fascinating. Bengal Slices truly is a unique tobacco. Much has been said about it's extraordinaire smooth and creamy nature and clean taste. The taste is so well blended it's practically in a league of its own. It has the richest Latakia, smokey and full flavored, but it's very mellow and toothless. It has flavorful orientals that add complexity rarely had in a blend (Yenidje?). And, then there's the top note...I don't really know if it's licorice or anise and I don't really care, as long as they never change it. It makes this smoke nice and cool without taking any of its flavors and complexity away. In fact, the Bengal Slices experience made me reevaluate what is five-star taste and strength and when exactly can it be said to have five-star room note? Taste and aroma are always so subjective anyway. But, this one blend (actually it's not a blend, but rather a sliced crumble cake) puts rating systems to the test and turns them upside down. Almost everyone I know says it has a great room note, something rarely bestowed on a Latakia forward tobacco. And, Bengal Slices proves that a tobacco doesn't have to taste like baked goods or candy to have unbelievable flavor; it's frequently given high marks for taste. This is not an uber-strong tobacco either, in fact, I find it mellow enough to smoke any time of day in spite of being Latakia heavy. Bengal Slices is just mesmerizing, defying similar blends as simply ho-hum. The closest I've had was another RO called Fusilier's Ration, and even it can't hold up next to Bengal Slices. The original slices were made ages ago by Sobranie...and although Balkan Sobranie has it's well-earned reputation, IMO Bengal Slices is better still.
For an English fan, the tobacco is fantastic. I enjoyed the Bengal Slices in the 80s. I’m glad Standard Tobacco of PA brought the blend back. The unsurpassed customer service and ease of doing business at TobaccoPipes.com rounded out a great experience. Five Stars gents. I’m glad you’re out there.
A pleasant smoke , I really enjoy the unique flavor of the blend.
Very good, enjoying greatly.
Far smoother than I expected. My first Latakia and Oriental blend.
Bengal Slices is different enough to separate itself from the pack of me-to blends with a unique top note unlike any other. I like it, but I like Tobacco Pipes offerings & customer service even better. Keep up the great work!
I must say, years ago I smoked far more English blends than I do these days. With my tastes changing to sweet Virginia flakes and even some aromatics, I didn't hold much hope that Bengal Slices could be as smooth as other reviews I read claimed. I am happy to say the reviews were true. This could easily become my favorite Latakia tobacco. If you've tried English tobaccos in the past and found them harsh and unbalanced, Bengal Slices has to be tried. This is absolutely the smoothest Latakia based cake I've ever enjoyed. The only down side, if you can even call it that, it does tend to ghost your bowl, so unless you smoke other similar blends, you may want to try a cob, or dedicate a pipe for this one. If I smoked this more often, I'd probably give it five stars, but it's more of a special occasion smoke for me, one to be recommended all the same to be sure.