With the return of another legendary tobacco blend, Bengal Slices are back and better than ever!
The origins of Bengal Slices begin in the 1950s with the development of the crumble cake cut style for pipe tobacco. Smokers' Haven developed their version of this new style and contracted British tobacconists known as the house of Sobranie to produce it. This blend, known as Krumble Kake, became a massive hit here in the United States.
In 1977, the house of Sobranie produced their own version, which they named Bengal Slices. This would last for a few years, lasting until Gallaher took over in 1980.
At that point, the original run of Bengal Slices was discontinued, lying dormant until 1991, when it was picked up by A & C Petersen. That Bengal Slices run lasted until 1999, when it was discontinued again.
Then, in 2015, the Standard Tobacco Company of Pennsylvania acquired the rights to the Bengal Slices name and trademark, along with War Horse and John Cotton's Blends.
Standard Tobacco was formed in 2014, when friends Dan, Roger, and Simon were reminiscing about old British blends, and Bengal Slices came up in conversation. They decided to look up how to acquire the rights to those discontinued blends, and were pleased to be able to make that possible, along with old recipes and plenty of other useful information to accurately and lovingly recreate the old tobaccos. Dan later gained the assistance of master-blender Russ Ouellette to make the tobaccos, and the new Bengal Slices tobacco was made.
Currently, there are two versions of Bengal Slices, the White and the Original. Both come in 1.75 ounce tins, with the original blend featuring Black Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental, and Virginia tobaccos.
White Bengal Slices feature many of the same tobaccos, with Latakia, Oriental, and Virginia, but no Black Cavendish.
Come take a look at a modern take on an old classic with Bengal Slices.