Model: Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Match
Tobacco Type: Latakia, Orientals, Virginia
Blend Type: English
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
- 2 oz. Bag
- 8 oz. Bag
- 1 lb. Bag
- 5 lb. Bag
- Room Note:
I liked it a lot. Wasn’t disappointed.
Very good blend on its own. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys aa medium English.
It is a good medium bodied blend. Thank You Tobaccopipes.com.
This Match is based on the 1970s version, and not any later or current Sobranie productions. This is very similar to the ’70s Sobranie. The main differences are the Orientals are a shade spicier, there's a little less Latakia, and a little more creamy sweetness in the Match. It’s also missing the mild unflavored “soda” note from the Yenidje that the original had, though the woody, earthy, lightly buttery sweet and sour, floral Macedonia plays the very same background notes. The original was a slightly drier smoke. The yellow Virginia is lightly grassy and citrusy in both. red Virginia offers lightly tangy dark fruit, and a touch of earth and wood. The Cyprian Latakia has the usual smokey sweet, earthy, musty, woodsy flavor, and is balanced nicely by the other components. The original used Syrian Latakia. While it appears that there are numerous differences between the original and the Match, they are minor and more of an indicator of nuance variations rather than big discrepancies. I was actively looking for contrast and comparison, so the description of divergences makes them seem greater than they are. The strength and taste levels just hit the medium mark. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Like the original, it is well balanced and burns clean at a moderate pace with few relights, a cool, consistent, fairly smooth flavor, and leaves virtually no dampness in the bowl. Won't bite or get harsh. Has a pleasant after taste. Can be an all day smoke