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The fullest of the range, Levant Mixture is a rich, luxurious blend of Balkan and New-World tobaccos, comprising generous portions of small leaf Turkish and Cyprian Latakia, ripe red Virginia leaf, and a little bright for a subtle sweetness. A blend of eminent distinction. - Gregory Pease

BrandDrucquer & Sons
Blended ByG.L. Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging3.5oz Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2315)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

The very richly smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is the star component. The buttery sweet, dry woody, mildly sour and spicy Turkish is an omnipresent supporting player. The ripe, tangy dark fruit sweet, earthy red Virginia is a secondary force and also provides a touch of spice and mild fermented “barbecue”. The gentle addition of the bright Virginia offers light sugar along with some citrus and grass for a little nuance. The nic-hit is just past the mild to medium threshold. The strength and taste levels are a step shy of being full, but they reach that level by the time you’re at the half way point. Won’t bite, and has no dull or harsh spots. Well blended with some obvious and not-so-obvious complexity, you’ll likely notice all the previously noted aspects in every puff. Burns at a slightly less than moderate pace, cool and clean with a smooth, very consistently deep campfire flavor from start to finish. Requires an average number of relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. The after taste and pungent room notes will linger. It’s not an all day smoke. While it is a fulsome smoking experience for latakia aficionados, it won’t bring you to your knees, and if it fits your personal preference, is repeatable. Three and a half stars.

-JimInks

15 people found this review helpful.

clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (103)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A delightful full English Blend. A complex blend that hits all the notes. Well balanced with a hint of sweetness. This is a great blend to have after dinner or nightcap. Glad to see this back in production. Highly Recommended!

Pipe Used: Wally Frank Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

9 people found this review helpful.

drew_sayles Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
drew_sayles (2)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

I have been smoking on and of for over ten years and just started expanding my latakia horizons. I have a couple of the Frog Morton blends, which I love, and have determined that I am a big fan of latakia. This is a relatively smooth but full bodied and tasty English latakia blend. It's described as an oriental forward English, but I primarily get the latakia with pockets of oriental flavor. Burns well for me with about 15 minutes of drying time. Mac Barens Vintage Syrian seems more oriental forward, and I do enjoy that blends as well but reach for Levant more often. It's my favorite latakia blend as of this moment.

Pipe Used: Ropp chubby billiard, Moonshine Dublin

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: SmokingPipes

Similar Blends: GL Pease Westminster.

6 people found this review helpful.

tommyboy1749 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tommyboy1749 (26)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

The re-issue of Drucquer and Sons Levant Mixture is a full English Mixture with a definite Balkan aspect. The tobacco is mostly Latakia black, the darker brown red Virginia and Oriental leaf in second place, and a smattering of yellow bright Virginias. The cut is fairly thin--somewhere between a standard ribbon and a shag cut, and takes to the flame with little effort and continues burning with scant attention. The initial flavor is Latakia and more Latakia, with the fruity red Virginias and sour Orientals laying low. The sharp sweetness of the bright Virginias peep out here and there. As the bowl progresses, the Latakia recedes a bit as the Orientals and red Virginias come into their own. The bright Virginias remain sequestered on the sidelines. A full Latakia mixture, but not quite a "bomb" or "dump." The flavor is very full and coats rather than fills the mouth. Levant is definitely an evening smoke insofar as anything that follows will still taste like Levant.

5 people found this review helpful.

Kashmir Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kashmir (21)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Druker's Levant Mixture, as resurrected by master blender GL Pease, is a throwback to the old gentleman's smoking lounges scattered throughout the Empire from the turn of the century to the late thirties of the last century. There is a heavy choice Oriental component and a powerful Latakia presence. Reminds me a bit of Magnum Opus, White Knight, Quiet Nights, Westminster, Abingdon. A rough shag cut, it packs and lights easily. First draws yield a sweet campfire BBQ feel of salted leather, buttermilk sour, with a distinct hint of loam soil, after a rain. This flavor profile proceeds to the end of the bowl and does not vary. Complexities abound for the discerning palate. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Ashton billiard

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Magnum Opus, White Knight, Quiet Nights, Westminster, Abingdon..

2 people found this review helpful.

Determinator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Determinator (92)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm overwhelmed! Taste is mild but this mixture is strong... room note is fairly pleasant. The Cyprian Latakia in Levant is more pronounced initially but doesn't steal the show & this "mixture" is perfectly balanced & provides plenty of Vitamin N... plus a great flavor with a slight sweetness that increases as the bowl progresses & morphs into an indescribably delicious Balkan flavor... almost like a fine aromatic but this mixture is all natural.

Nearing mid-bowl where the interplay of tobaccos meld, more flavor develops, improves & gets a little sweeter & tastier as the smoking session progresses. My advice... spend a few extra $$ for a trip back in time & try this mixture & see for yourself. It's worth it. There's something magical & special in this Levant Mixture like you might experience with other quality, aged Balkans. "Magical" meaning the whole is equal to more than the sum of its parts... an incredible blending achievement. Levant becomes a little stronger toward the end but doesn't bite or get harsh. This stuff can sneak up on you due to its mild smoking nature.

It really does seem to possess characteristics from days gone by that will take you back in time. This is not an English blend... strictly & totally Balkan & I think it might possibly be the finest Balkan blend available in this time period. I predict Levant will rise to number one & will become legendary... hence the reason I purchased plenty for the cellar. I think it's wise to have extras in your tobacco "portfolio."

Pipe Used: Cavicchi (CCC) Dublin, D. S. Huber Dublin

Age When Smoked: A few months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Similar Blends: I would compare it to a quality Balkan mixture. it's rather unique with an old fashioned flavor...

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28690)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My thoughts... whoever doesn't like this old timey Balkan flavor, it's a pity. This is one of the finest mixtures I've had the pleasure to sample and bought extra for the cellar, It has plenty of strength & a little sweetness. Excellent!

Pipe Used: Cavicchi, D. S. Huber, Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh Tin

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Nothing on this planet will provide you with this old time flavor..

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28690)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Doubtful that anything in this world will replace this as my favorite Balkan blend... & so far, my favorite, "reach for" go to blend. I'm overwhelmed! Taste is mild but this mixture is strong... room note is pleasant. The Cyprian Latakia in Levant is more pronounced initially but doesn't steal the show & this "mixture" is perfectly balanced & provides plenty of Vitamin N... plus a great flavor with a natural sweetness that increases as the bowl progresses & morphs into an indescribably delicious Balkan flavor... almost like a fine aromatic but this mixture is all natural.

Levant is probably the finest Balkan Mixture on our planet. For me, it was like smoking the Gallaher's BSOM for the first time many years ago... & this, from a fresh tin that already seemed aged. Nearing mid-bowl where the interplay of tobaccos meld, more flavor develops, improves & stays sweet & tasty to the end. My advice... spend a few extra $$ for a trip back in time & try this mixture & see for yourself. It's worth it. There is something magical & special in this Levant Mixture like you might experience with the BSOM. "Magical" meaning the whole is equal to more than the sum of its parts... an incredible blending achievement.

Levant becomes a little stronger toward the end but doesn't bite or get harsh. This stuff can sneak up on you due to its mild smoking nature. It really does seem to possess characteristics from days gone by that will take you back in time. This is not an English blend... strictly & totally Balkan & I think it might possibly be the finest Balkan blend available in this time period. I predict Levant will rise to number one & will become legendary... hence the reason I purchased plenty for the cellar. I think it's wise to have extras in your tobacco "portfolio."

Pipe Used: Cavicchi (CCC) Dublin, D. S. Huber Dublin

Age When Smoked: A few months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: I would compare the quality to the BSOM... it's a rather unique & old fashioned flavor...

1 person found this review helpful.

Gary White Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gary White (4)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Okay, I'm not too good at this but will try to give my impression of this tobacco. First, let me say that I just got back into smoking my pipes again after about a three year hiatus. I noted going through my old mason jars that I had smoked quite a few different blends including those put out by Dunhill and McClelland which I guess are defunct tobacco manufacturers at this time. I wanted to move away from my aromatics (Black Gold by Hiland Cigars) and really try the Balkan and English blends again. This go around I would sip the tobacco and really try hard to find out what the blend\mixture was like. I'm sorry that I do not have a palate like a lot the guys doing reviews but wanted to give my impressions on what I would call a fine tobacco. Levant has an exquisite taste that is in my mind reminiscent of something sweet. I also got a hay note that was not overpowering but was just there reminding me of a time of long ago at my Grandfather's farm. The pipe lit well and I am sure I could have smoked the whole bowl to the end without a relight but as stated I sipped the tobacco and even with that only had less than 5 relights which burned to a fine white ash with no dottle. Levant is extremely smooth IMHO and for certain doesn't bite. It left a pleasant aftertaste which I really enjoyed. It has a pleasant room note that I was surprised at. It had what I would call a mild to medium Vitamin N hit that surprised me based on some of the other reviews. All in all my impression of this pipe tobacco is that it is something you need to try and not pass up. The only negative is that this is not cheap tobacco; however, since beginning to smoke again I have limited myself to one bowl a day and I think I will get a lot of enjoyment smoking in this fashion. Oh, the tobacco was right on the money based on moisture content. It was just right. I am kind of proud of myself for getting this blend having thought that maybe this would be over my head. I bought two 100 gram tins and am glad I did.

Pipe Used: Il Duca Barone Morta DDD

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes. com

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