Brand: Hearth & Home
Model: Marquee Series WhiteKnight
Tobacco Type: Latakia, Oriental, Virginia
Blend Type: English
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Size: 1.75 oz
I love Balkan blends and this is one of the better ones. The Blender certainly knows his tobacco and has come up with a Sobranie like taste. Slightly milder than Black House. This is a good all-day smoke.
I was looking for a nice smoking tobacco. I didn't mind paying the price because of all the great reviews. I can tell you without a doubt that it is the worst tasting crapbacco I've ever smoked. It tastes like I smoking a bar of soap. I don't get it.
Very similar to other Balkan type H&H Marquis brands so you know it is a decent smoke, however, Magnum Opus is still the best in MHO.
This is by far one of the best English/Oriental blends that I have ever tried. Tin note is similar to other Russ Ouellette's blends (I can think of John Cotton's 1&2). A very good blend burns cool down to the bottom of the bowl. It requires a number of relights.
Delicious and medium bodied with a great aroma. Dances on the taste buds. Never had the original Balkan Sobranie smoking mixture but if White Knight is what BS was then I can see why it's a legendary blend. Glad I got a few tins.
WhiteKnight is my favorite blend. I look forward to a bowl (or two or three) of this everyday. I keep several tins on hand so I never run out.
Yesterday brought a fresh tin of the re-release of BS, white label. No taste, flavor, no nothin'. Four puffs and then knocked it all out of my Peterson. I smoked clouds and clouds of BS, white in the 70s/80s. WhiteKinght nails it. The release of BS is a brave, but underwhelming effort.
The tin note didn't do it for me. It was on the dry side. But a guy can't get Balkan Sobranie, so, this is a must to try and keep in the cellar. It is an enjoyable smoke. Cool, smooth, smokey, just what you are thinking. And like I said, since you can't get BS, this is where you will turn.