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Made for The Pipe Smokers of Ireland Club, Hearth of Galway has almost 50 percent Cyprian Latakia with a good portion of Tennessee burley along with a touch of natural cavendish and black cavendish over a bed of Virginia. While this American English blend has plenty of Latakia, it is not a Lat-bomb as the other tobaccos are obvious to your palate in a pleasing manner.

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByJohn Brandt
Manufactured ByWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Latakia, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected, Extremely Mild
Medium to Full
Room Note
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3008)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

The musty, salty Cyprian Latakia provides a lot of smoke, wood, earth, floralness, some sweet and sour qualities along with a little spice. It is the lead component comprising forty percent of the blend. The Tennessee burley offers plenty of earth, wood, nuts, and a little sugar. It’s a couple of steps below a full support level. The aspects of the natural cavendish include nuts, earth, wood, grass, sugar, light tart and tangy citrus, and cognac. It sits in the third position. The grassy, tart and tangy, bready, sugary, vegetative, mildly floral, slightly spicy, acidic Virginia is a little more than a condiment. The same can be said for the toasty, sugary black cavendish. The strength is two steps over the medium mark. The taste is a rung past that. The nic-hit is medium. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. Has a few small rough edges. Well balanced, it burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent tangy fruity, sugary and sour, floral, mildly spicy, campfire flavor. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste and a tolerable room note. Despite its inherent depth, it can be all day smoke for the veteran piper, and repeatable for the less experienced.


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Stah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stah (133)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The appearance is a coarse ribbon cut. The blend was not aged, so all tobaccos retain their color, from lemon to almost black - and are very distinguishable. The description suggested that the latakia was about half here, and the appearance confirmed that fact. I'm wary of "latakia bombs," but that's not why I waited a month and a half to look at this tobacco.

Flavor. Overall, I can call the result overwhelming. I don't know what kind of Cyprus latakia and where the author took it, but considering the fact that, according to what I know, it's almost half in the recipe, I was expecting the most powerful latakia explosion. However, this did not happen. Light notes of tar, smoke and tanned leather harmonize with notes of hay, bread and, for some reason, cherries. Much less noticeable role is played by the aroma of hazelnut and the smell of earth from the burley. Complemented by a faint fruity acidity, a little thyme and a drop of honey.

Taste. The blend certainly lets you know who's in charge here - sweet-smoky latakia. However, its quantity and pressure are heavily subdued by the cavendish, which brings berry and wine notes to the base of the bouquet, spicing up the base with a drop of dark honey and a crumble of pungent pepper. Faintly perceptible notes of Virginia flavors - bread, hay, caramel and lemon - build up slightly as you smoke, intertwining with the ensemble of latakia and cavendish. Burley, to my pleasure, almost does not show itself, giving only a slight earthiness on the tongue and barely noticeable nutty flavor. Initially the tobacco has a slight roughness, but by the second third of the pipe this is gone, and you expect an extremely soft smoke. Nevertheless, I must admit that despite its softness and quite playful flavor, the blend should not be classified as a "dessert tobacco" at all. It is a full-bodied tobacco with a slightly above average strength which even in big pipes can remind you of what a nicotine hit is (much to my regret, because it is in big pipes that this blend reveals itself the best). The blend smokes cool, burning into a light gray dusty ash and leaving a drop or two of moisture in the pipe. The aftertaste of the tobacco is sweet and woody, with a slight hint of smokiness.

The smoke has the same flavor as the main notes of the tobacco, sweet and smoky, quite light, it fills the room with its aroma for a long time.

Bottom line: I'm delighted! I'm ready to smoke just this blend for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will absolutely be ordering it again. Burley in it does not annoy me, there is exactly as much of it as I think is acceptable to me. By the way, my wife, who, unexpectedly for women, smokes English blends and loves Islay whiskey, gave me a very good comparison. "It's like you're smoking Lagavulin!" - she said after trying Hearth of Galway, and the combination of this blend with the aforementioned whiskey was just perfect.

Pipe Used: Peterson 69, 106, D18

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Wilke Pipe Tobacco

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