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Great Hiatus is a classic rich Latakia blend with a lot of Turkish leaf (Izmir and Smyrna), along with red and yellow Virginias. The flavor is deep and smoky, with a buttery smoothness, perfect for a late evening pipe.
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Gripsholm (41)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Scotty’s Great Hiatus arrived very dry and crispy. Added one drop of distilled water to my bulk ounce, and three days later, still very dry but the crispiness was slightly softened. I didn’t want to add too much moisture because, as I learned from past personal experience, it has a tendency to weaken the Latakia.

Pouch note is mildly sweet Orientals and smoky Latakia. Appearance is a ribbon cut tobacco, mostly medium and light brown with a lesser amount of black Latakia and some minimal amount of yellows.

Flavor profile of Scotty’s Great Hiatus is that of a medium bodied Balkan. I can taste smoky Latakia, buttery Smyrna and a certain quiet brightness which is probably the resultant effect of the Virginias, some other Orientals, or combination thereof. The subtle brightness has a taming effect on the richness of the smoky Latakia and buttery Smyrna. The tobacco flavors are all very well balanced and nothing really overpowers or dominates.

My only disappointment is the extreme dryness of this blend. It’s been said that really needs to do some type of quality control prior to shipping their bulk blends, I would tend to agree with that.

Pipe Used: Caked briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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