Re: [Pipe smokers] Re: Blends: English vs Balkan vs. Oriental
- Thanks for your input, John.
From: JohnO <jkofferdahl@...>
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:30 PM
Subject: [Pipe smokers] Re: Blends: English vs Balkan vs. Oriental
I would slightly change your definitions, and use more general terms. I'd say an English blend may use Orientals but the latakia is the dominant flavor. And since 965 is considered an English blend then I'd also say that a Virginia or burley base isn't even necessary.
I would say that a Balkan can contain latakia but the overriding flavoring comes from the Orientals, which are balanced to dominate the latakia from a taste standpoint.
--- In email@example.com, "campbellajc" <campbellajc@...> wrote:
> You may remember I posted about a nice order I got of Altadis bulks. While smoking away, the age-old question of what's a "Balkan" as opposed to an "English" mixture went through my mind. My definitions would be as follows- I'd be interested to get the thoughts of others. (I added in "oriental",too.)
> Oriental blend: Virginia or Va/burley base. Little or no latakia. Varying amounts of orientals.
> English blend: Virginia or Va/burley base. Amount of latakia varies, but present. Orientals less of a presence than the latakia.
> Balkan blend: Virginia or Va/burley base. Amount of latakia and orientals vary, but neither predominates.
> I assume in all cases there are no toppings, etc - when you get those,you're in crossover territory - ie, Count Pulaski, some of MacBaren's latakia blends, etc.
> Interested in your thoughts.
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