Gawith Hoggarths Balkan Mixture is one of the most popular Balkan blends produced in the UK. Comprised of a mixture of flue and sun cured Virginia’s with a generous helping of Cypriot Latakia. Unlike most other Balkan blends, this is made with only the single Oriental, Latakia and makes no use of other Oriental/Turkish tobaccos. Even without these, the blend still have the spicy taste thank to the dark air cured Indian tobacco.
From the pouch this beautiful looking ribbon mixture, has a deep and smoky aroma. The ribbon cuts makes for easy packing and lighting. Of course it’s the smoking is where it matters and this blend doesn’t disappoint. The blend is very smooth and packed full of spicy, leathery, smoky and slightly salty flavours. Smokes cool thanks to the Dark Virginias and Latakia, and remains smooth even if smoked too hard.
Blend - Virginia & Latakia
Casings - None
Cut - Mixture
Origin - Kendal, England
Packaging - Loose
Strength - Medium
Added Flavours - None
Taste - Medium/Full
Overall - 3.1/4
Posted by Xoutreme on 30th Jul 2016
This is a smooth and very smokable blend all be it a little light. I added an extra 12gm of Cyprian Latakia to give it some humph for my own tastes. Highly recommended. Give it a go. You won't be disappointed.
Posted by Matthias on 19th Jul 2016
Received the tobacco today and had my first pipe in 8 years extremely cool smoke not overpowering and smooth. Highly recommended