Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable Excellent balkan blend. Pease Balkan blends come very close! An alluring flavor, there are many fleeting tertiary notes difficult to catch with one smoke, leaving me coming back to smoke bow after bowl of this mixture in all honesty. Both the latakia and the orientals in the Sobranie are superior, producing, in combination, that incense like note. It has that nice full flavor and aroma that English smokers will enjoy, and it does impart a subtle tangy floral aftertaste on the tongue. Life is too short and there are just too many other blends out there I can try. A blend of tobacco leaves from Macedonia and the Black Sea region mixed with Latakia from Northern Cyprus and the finest Virginia tobaccos establish the foundation of this Balkan Sasieni English type mixture.
An added plus is that it doesn't leave my pipe smelling like tar the way the Dunhill's do. . Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong I wanted to like this. Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong Many have commented on the value of this blend, nearly a third less than that of comparable Balkans, and Sasieni has scored high marks for its relative fullness, attributes that have made it quite popular. Pleasantly cool and creamy smoke.
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable A pleasantly well balanced English blend, well suited for all day consumption. Balkan Sasieni is the best tobacco news I've had in years! The the oriental leaf lacks the zest and the distinctive flavor found in the old Sobranie. There is a good deal of Latakia which works perfectly well with the Orientals but can become harsh and bitter-sweet if smoked too fast, but a Balkan should never be smoked fast to begin with. I can assure you of that. I must confess I never tried the Sobranie of old, so I can't comment on the first statement. It's the manufacturer's fault I think, as they started the comparison. Tobacco moisture content lighty damp to dry.
I hope to never run out of this. Nothing memorable about it, but as a fan of Balkan tobaccos, I enjoy each and everyone of them. Wanted to try Balkan Sobranie, and discovered it was no longer available. Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable Balkan Sasieni is an archetypical old school English blend; an excellent example of its genre. This is by far, the best pipe tobacco I have ever smoked. It's not a Latakia bomb but rather it focuses on the Oriental leaf which I believe is the Yenidje leaf. Beautiful soft white ash, very little if any dottle.
Purchased From: 4noggins Similar Blends: Oriental mixture. At least some of the Latakias must be Syrian, because for all of the depth and complexity of this blend, it is immensely smooth! I can smoke it and I can chew it which I do not do. It is actually mild enough for short inhale, which for me adds to the smoking experience and above all, the flavor. The oriental forward Balkan blends may not be quite the preference of those who lean toward smokes that are latakia bombs. An all day smoke for me. Lacks the complexity of other balkans I? Kind of light because there isn't much latakia, Macedonian leaf is present but not overwhelming. Although this all sounds a bit negative, it's really a rather 'neutral' review - it doesn't float my boat, but on the other hand it's an okay decent smoke at a good price and in a nice tin.
Posted by James on 7th Jun 2018 I love this tobacco, it is in my top 5. With Balkan Sobranie, I got an abundance of sweet, creamy smoke from each draw after the first few puffs. All I can say is what a pleasant surprise! Medium to Strong Strong Very Full Strong Note; I had reviewed this tobacco in 2010. I find it best to smoke slowly. It compares to some extent with Dunhill's Aperitif and 965 in that you will taste the lighter Orientals more than the Latakia. The blend contains 30% Semois, but good luck getting the contents of the blond portion from Vincent. Besides, how good could it be if it came in a pouch? The first strike is spice and peppery taste fill my mouth and touch my tongue.
This blend really seems to be one-sided. If you like English blends, particularly 965 my no. It is quite close to the original Sobranie, although like Balkan Sasieni it uses generic oriental rather than Yenidje. Balkan Sasieni pipe tobacco is a calm, loose cut English mixture. If you have a taste for Balkan blends, this will not disappoint. The flavor was a bit fuller, the taste had a tiny bit more zest. Peter Stokkebye Proper English is very, very similar arguably identical , and extremely affordable in bulk.
I am a pansy flower, aromatic guy, so this stuff just was not for me. Aroma reminds me of burnt rubber, used leather, slight Flora hardly noticeable. I find this to be somewhat like Early Morning Pipe, but with the addition of just the right amount of Latakia to make it perfect. I find the cut in the middle of ribbon and shag, maybe a thinner ribbon than most. Perhaps there's something in your soul it will speak to, but as for me, I won't be replacing it when my stash runs out. If you like Balkan blends you should give this one a try.
When I first started smoking pipes, I bought and restored estate pipes to build up my collection economically. And I thought it burned rather hot if puffed too rapidly. Immense flavor, with almost medium body - a big bowl will definitely get you going if that's what you're looking for. Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong Ok, so they say they recreated the original formula of Balkan Sobranie. The cut is easy to pack and light though it burns a little fast. My first impression was that this blend is soooo much lighter than I expected. It was an okay smoke, but I couldn't detect anything that makes this one stand out from any other Balkan style blend.
I tend to find a damn good or great one and stick with it. This is also very smooth, with nary a toungue-bite. As an added bonus, my wife likes the room aroma. Although they share some characteristics, they are quite different. The initial flavor was very smoky and rich, but with some initial sharpness and sweet tones that I consider a a warning sign for potential tongue-bite. It has much more going for it than Aperitif or Durbar. Thankfully, it was not as off-putting as my initial meeting with the leaves.