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The Virginia had a grass and hay taste with just a hint of sweet creaminess and dark fruit to provide a camp fire aroma.There was light unflavored soda note or two along with some dry wood from the yenidje. A two or three months ago one friend called me on the facebook messenger, and says me: "Hi, i have a some tins from The Balkan Sobranie...". But later he said, these tins are the Original Balkan Sobranie, and was propriety from a collector, who died and your daughter gave me.
As the tobacco rose on the initial light and one tamped it with the index finger and relit, all the wonderful, contradictory adjectives began to pertain. Balkan was definitely true to the old bromide that the worse the room smelled, the better the tobacco (don't the girls just love the smell of Cherry Blend). Sure, a truly faithful representation would cost a lot, but what a ready market in the curious, and in anyone else who wanted to smoke heaven to the extent his budget permitted. I welcome other reminiscences, additions, corrections; but, N.
Perhaps, despite the common wisdom, Balkan used it fresh. I've tried Balkan Sasieni, the current Balkan Sobranie, the current Best Blend from the current Smokers' Haven, and Balkan Sobranie throughout the '70s, '80s, 90's and '00s, as well as Margate (probably the currrent Best, as Germain now blends for Smokers' Haven, I've heard), Caravan, Penzance, Mc Clelland's Yenidje Highlander and Yenidje Supreme (which lacks latakia), and countless other English/Balkan/Oriental blends from the late-lamented Dunhills to those corner tobacconist bulk-bought or hand blended attempts to clone Balkan. Yenidje Highlander, though rather light and not very sweet or creamy, at least gives one a real taste of the Yenidje-latakia interplay.
I've heard that its inclusion is why Balkan was labelled a ? The high quality of the tobacco in Balkan might have been just as important as the types of tobacco in it.
Between 19 I smoked pound after pound of the real Balkan Sobranie Smoking Mixture. This was an open secret at the store by the '60s, and many's the two, four or eight ounce can of Our Best Blend we opened and found inside the Balkan Sobranie rice paper or card stock insert.
Joe made a similar agreement with GBD, and became the largest distributor of that pipe in the world.