Smokies Smoke-Eaze is very clean tasting blend with just the right amount of Latakia. The Turkish in this blend takes point and the Latakia brings up the rear in admirable fashion; teamwork at its best. Considering the moisture level in this tobacco, I was surprised at how well it burns all the way to the bottom of the bowl and how hard I could push it without getting bit. I have yet to smoke this with others present, but I have smoked it in my basement lounge without the usual "You've been smoking Latakia, I noticed" comment from my wife or the "Did one of the dogs crap in the basement?" query from my son. Based upon this, I can assume the room note is tolerable, perhaps even pleasant. After trying many Balkan blends, I believe I may have found my favorite. SSE is pure tobacco pleasure without any extraneous flavorings or weird aftertaste. If you're a fan of Balkan blends, you owe it to yourself to try this one.
Pipe Used: Peterson Sherlock Holmes Original Meerschaum
I'm surprised this one doesn't have more reviews, as it's a very unique and enjoyable Balkan. In fact, it's one of the most distinctive blends of its sort on the market - I've never tried another blend this reminded me of! This is not a sweet blend, although it does have some "high" notes. Rather, it's a very savory, earthy mixture -- it's in the same vein as GLP's Charing Cross, only different. The description says it's basically lots of Turkish leaf with some latakia thrown in, and I can definitely say the flavor is entirely in keeping with its billing. The is a "Balkan" in the sense that the primary note is from the orientals, although I wouldn't be surprised if there's a base of burlies (then again, maybe not). In some ways it reminds me of a premium Turkish cigarette. I wouldn't call it "complex" -- I think "exotic" is a better word.
This is the only G-Burlier blend I've tried that didn't have a pronounced topping or casing, although it does have a little PG. The burning qualities are excellent, and this stuff doesn't have a bite in it.
I can't say I smoke this all the time, but there are days when nothing else will really do. Three stars, and some might be inclined to give it four. I definitely recommend it for Balkan hounds, if for no other reason than its uniqueness.
Smokies Smoke-Ease is only one of many fine blends offered by the Gatlin-Burlier smoke shop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This ribbon-cut blend smokes cool and dry right out of the bag. The Orientals and Latakia are balanced very well here; the influence of the Latakia is of mild/medium intensity while the Orientals provide the primary taste. The blend components are of high quality; no undesirable pieces (midribs, leaf veins) were encountered. Lighting the bowl is a pleasure with the medium-fine ribbon cut. The initial flavor for me was that of Latakia, followed shortly after by the Orientals. The taste of the Latakia seemed to diminish as I smoked down the bowl with the Orientals providing the bulk of flavor. The finish was about the same as the middle of the bowl. The nicotine strength is mild/medium. The Latakia adds smoothness and a little more complexity. The body of smoke is of moderate richness. I smoked it in a BBB Sovereign sandblast Dublin and a Missouri Meerschaum. If you are ever in Gatlinburg, you should visit the Gatlin-Burlier. The staff are very friendly and helpful and will spend considerable time with you. The manager gave me some homemade Pumpernickel bread.
Pipe Used: BBB Sovereign Dublin, Missouri Meerschaum
The Cyprian latakia is smoky and woodsy with a touch of sweetness, and is a moderate component. The Oriental/Turkish adds some dry wood and mild earth notes along with a pinch of spice that well compliments the latakia. They say there’s no topping here, but there’s a very light sweetness present that doesn’t come from the listed ingredients. I suspect there’s more here than admitted, mainly because the light strands of tobacco do not fit the given description, and has the taste of Virginia cavendish. Has a mild nic-hit. Won't bite or get harsh. It burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a mild to medium consistent taste/ Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a nice after taste. It could be an an all day smoke as it is not for those who want a heavy latakia English, except as a change of pace. Smoke-Eaze is an appropriate name for this mixture.
A good English style mixture with Turkish and Latakia tobaccos. Smokes well without relights after the initial charing light and one relight. Some Latakia, but not a heavy latakia blend.Smokes to the bottom with dry gray ash. I like the taste and smokability of this tobacco from Gatlin-Burlier. These folks, located in Gatlinburg, Tn. are very friendly to pipe smokers and they are willing to impart a lot of information about pipes and tobacco.
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