I recently went in to Straus Tobacconist and the fellow there told me try #412. He gave me a free sample as they were transitioning from the old blend to the new one. I have smoked the old one off and on over the years. I really like the new blend. After 15 plus years of going in the store I finally put 2 and 2 together and figured out that #412 is the address of the store...DUH. Great English blend for the new smoker or just a nice diversion from the every day.
Great English tobacco. You get sweetness and smoky Latakia, and definitely a little spice from the orientals. They use some great quality tobacco at Straus. I am way impressed! This one burns easily and to a nice fine ash. If you like English blends like Frog Morton series, you'll like this one and their #88 blend!
I'll give props to the Straus bulk blends. They are underrated. This tobacco dries well, easily stays lit, and smokes consistantly in any pipe. It's a good outdoor smoke. Smoked fast the latakia can take over and remind you that you really have a big smoke here. Puffed slowly it blends with virginia and fire cured cavendish for a smooth smoke full of varying flavors. #412 and Lane Limited BS005 are the same. The "step up" is Straus blend #88. Probably without the latakia dominance. This blend is way good Latakia. 5 stars.
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