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The Balkan is the perfect blend of Turkish and burley with a touch of latakia and perique to add a full smoked taste.

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByJohn Brandt
Manufactured ByWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packagingvarious bulk packages
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2970)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The woody, earthy, floral, spicy, sour, dry, sharp Turkish takes a little of the lead. The very nutty, slightly molasses and moderately cocoa sweet, earthy, woody burley offers a lot of support. The perique provides stewed raisins, figs and plums, and an obvious amount of spice that you will constantly notice more than its other attributes. That spice content almost equals the burley sweetness. The smoky, woody, earthy, musty, sweet Cyprian Latakia often rises above being the fourth star in the proceedings and is more than just a background player. Sometimes, it’s a side stream extra, and other times, a little more than that. The grassy, lightly woody, tangy dark fruity, tart and tangy citrusy Virginia is noticeable in a condimental role. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is a couple of steps short of that threshold. No chance of bite or harshness, but it does sport a light rough edge here and there as many blends in this genre will have. While not a true Balkan mixture, it is complex and nuanced as you will observe most of the subtleties in every puff. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a fairly consistent, rich, deep, sweet and spicy, mildly sour, savory flavor that also translates to the pleasant, mildly lingering, lightly tingly, camp fire after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not quite an all day smoke.


8 people found this review helpful.

jackgowild Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jackgowild (9)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

since its called BALKAN , I have to try it out. this one is decent , nothing really that special , a bit spicy and sharp tasting . would say its more on the generic side for WILKE . they have so many blends that I really like this one is on the back burner . good quality components , as with all there blends.

Pipe Used: paul perri

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: wilke webstie

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipeologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeologist (27)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Probably the worst tobacco I’ve ever smoked. Not by any stretch of the imagination can this be classified as a Balkan.A half pound bag taken from my stash last week and I’m still waiting for a modicum of satisfaction.Yes, it does have earthy,nutty overtones, but overall no complexity,whatsoever.Sad, because most of the other Wilkie tobaccos are highly enjoyable. The worst aspect of this offering is the burn time. Out, brief candle ! Perhaps ten minutes in a a full bowl.Overall, most unsatisfying.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Wilkie

2 people found this review helpful.

Big Blue Jazzman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Blue Jazzman (73)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Strong

Cannot recommend this Balkan. I could detect no Latakia in it at all. Hot burning,harsh and just flat out nasty. I am primarily an English smoker and have tried many Balkans over my 45 years of smoking a pipe. This one is the worst. Surprising coming from a company that has so many outstanding quality blends.

Pipe Used: New Dear Ascorti

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Wilke

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