A traditional English mixture heavy in latakia with burley and perique. A full bodied, all natural smoke. One of our original Atlas blends.

Notes: This was an Atlas Blending Corp. mixture. Cornell & Diehl bought the rights of all their old recipes.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByAtlas Blending Corp.
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Perique
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2901)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The musty Cyprian Latakia is smoky, earthy and woody with very little sweetness, and doesn't dominate the other ingredients, though it is the lead component. The burley is toasty, earthy and nutty with not much sweetness, and some bitterness. It's right behind the Latakia in terms of effect. The perique is peppery with very little raisin and plum in a support role, too. The very sour, woody, earthy, herbal, vegetative, floral, lightly spicy Turkish is an important secondary player, though that sourness is very distracting. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is almost medium. Won’t bite. Burns a tad fast and a little warm on the tongue. It's also a little rough and bitter with a small inconsistency in the overall flavor. A dry tasting smoke that leaves no virtually no moisture in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has an unattractive, lingering after taste, and stronger room note. One and half stars.


16 people found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Unnoticeable

A Comentary: This tobacco is called "Balkan" and is claimed to be a typical "English" Mixture. Therefore, is not! Both, Balkan and English Mixtures,are made with Virginia, Latakia and Oriental Tobaccos. In the English Mixtures, Latakia is overall, in the Balkan Mixtures, Orientals are overall. This mixture not, this is Burley based, without Virginia or Oriental. Is is more proximal to an American Mixture: Burley or Burley-Virginia, Latakia and Perique. The result, for me, is fully different. All the kinds of present tobaccos (Burley, Latakia and Perique) can be noted. Smoke flavour as Latakia, peppery as Perique and bitter as Burley. But the result is very different, when compared with classical Balkan and English Recipes. This final result, for me, between 3 to 4 Stars. Latakia and Perique Fans will enjoy this. Completing my review: This tobacco is slow burning, easy to fit and light, and burns totally, giving almost white ashes. I reviewed my score. 4 Stars.

Pipe Used: Two Brazilian Pipes, an Apple and an Billiard

Age When Smoked: Recently Purchased.

Purchased From: TabacosBR, Brazil

11 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I was looking for a change-of-pace smoke, but not overly expressive. This seems a good choice. An Americanized balkan blend with generous latakia and a warm undertone of turkish. The key for me is a balanced presentation that lights easily, burns cleanly. It's been compared to Nightcap, but this one has a cleaner aftertaste and a lighter smoke. I went through three bowls this AM, and there was no tongue bite. My sample was tinned and just about the appropriate level of moisture, with a faint spring to the leaf after packing. Not a burley, but certainly one that I would smoke again.

11 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a very nice blend. Not sure it should be called a Balkan, but it is a good smoke. I get equal amounts of flavor from each component. It's smoky, spicy, earthy and mildly sweet. Medium bodied and flavored. A pleasant smoking experience.

Pipe Used: MM Freehand, MM General

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

9 people found this review helpful.

bayro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bayro (30)
Strong Strong Very Full Strong

It's hard to get this blend be called "Balkan mixture". It has both Burley and Latakia and Perique, but it is an attempt to blend called US tobacco as Balkan, or English. Tobacco came in excellent condition, not too dry, not moist. Excellent as nic- bomb before bed, but I am latakia freak, and I have to admit that the presence of Latakia I barely felt. Perique is present, and Burley does not have the sweetness he should have. Well, this is an excellent tobacco, and I think he will get into my regular rotation, certainly as the last tobacco in the day! Yes, this is definitely tobacco with character!

Pipe Used: some old tanzanian meer pipes, DMP, Peterson

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smokingpipes

7 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (375)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Unnoticeable

I bought this a little over two years ago, 7-28-18, in bulk of 8 ounces, must have been a sale. I am sure I smoked a bowl or two but somehow it got pushed to the back of the shelf. There is a mild sweetness to the jar and probably to most people as myself this is not a Balkan as we have come to know. This has Burley, Latakia, and Perique. Where is the Turkish and Oriental? To me this is more of an American blend with the addition of the Burley. Be as it may, this is a blend with zero sweetness, pumps out smoke like a locomotive, which I like but I do not want to use the comparison of cigarette or cigar but it tends to be just a strong-tasting natural blend with probably light to medium nicotine. I still have a full jar of this so maybe there is a reason for that. This is okay but for now that is about as far as it goes. Just not my cup of tea. Kind of indifferent toward this one. A take it or leave blend.

Pipe Used: Various Briars

Age When Smoked: 2 years

4 people found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (125)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I like this more than when I first sampled it, which was before C&D started to implement its ribbon cut on most everything. It also arrives overly moist, which is a change for the good, as the flavors are preserved and you can always dry it out.

It is not a Balkan in the strict sense, like Balkan Sasieni. It's in the ballpark, though.

I agree with JimInks description in general but I come to a nearly opposite conclusion. Atlas Balkan is edgy and mouthfilling, and full of flavor, with a punch and a slant away from Latakia toward the Burley and Perique and toward what tastes like Turkish.

They do not list Turkish as an ingredient=. Similar to Petersons Balkan Delight but with even less Latakia taste and more "false Turkish" taste, which is possibly the type of Latakia used.

It does have a slight tendancy to be bitter and sour at times, but this is not something that bothers me. Depends what you like.

3 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (617)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

I wasn't too crazy about this one as it came off a little sour to my tastes. I think this may be due to the Turkish in the blend. Although it doesn't list it in the ingredients and is not really acknowledged in many of the reviews. Morleysson, or Bob Runowski, who is probably more familiar with the blend than most does acknowledge it. I will take his word, my tastes and to some extent, the usage of the term Balkan, which at least suggests an oriental/Turkish forward blend, to mean that it does have some element in it.

In the case of Atlas Balkan, I don't think it works too well with the burley element. I find the Latakia and Perique to be very light, moreso with the perique than the Latakia. but to me they fail to overcome the earthy, and somewhat bitter, burley and the Turkish. To me it just comes off as sour and dry tasting. The blend needs some sweetness. Whatever nutty sweetness the Burley delivers, and admittedly there is some, is just canceled out.

I bought 4 ounces of this, because I really thought I would enjoy it; I have given quite a bit away in samples as I found It did not really suit my tastes. To date, I have not been impressed with the usage of Turkish/oriental in the C&D blends. In most cases they are using Smyrna (or Izmir as they prefer to call it) and this is not one of the strains I tend to enjoy so much, so that could be influencing my take on the blend.

I am giving this one 2 stars as it does perform well, and to those who like this take on a burley, like most C&D blends, it is still a burley dominant blend. Although Burley is the dominant player, this one is not a nicotine powerhouse like one of the burley flakes, but it is still past medium in nicotine content.

3 people found this review helpful.

papapauly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
papapauly (24)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I truly love this blend. Latakia is balanced and the burley gives it a heaviness. As for the perique it is mellow and in the background which is where I personally prefer it. I like perique in a blend but I am not a fan of it dominating a blend. Here everything works together to give a rich smoke with pure strong tobacco flavor. This is the blend I reach for when I think nightcap is too heavy of a smoke. I don't know much about what makes a Balkan or an English as far as type of tobacco or amount used in a blend, what I do know is this is a great tobacco and I smoke it on a regular basis

Pipe Used: m/t full bent billiard briar, mm cobs

Age When Smoked: new from bulk

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2048)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Atlas Balkan.

The ribbons are fairly coarse, and perfectly hydrated. There's even a few small broken flake's in there. The best way I can think of to describe the pouch note is 'dusty'!

The smoke gives me loads more Burley-nuttiness than I expected to get from an English/Balkan. The Latakia is miles from unrecognizable; it's woody and smoky, but it's the nuttiest English/Balkan I've had!! The Perique dishes up a notable pluminess, and gives the smoke some life; it brightens the smoke without being too zesty. That's a few positives, and here's a few negatives: the burn's way too hot, it bites like hell, and just like the pouch-note, the smoke develops a dusty flavour.

The nicotine's medium, and the room-note isn't very nice.

This is quite a unique English/Balkan, but there's too many bad points for it to get any more than two stars.

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Frederick Tranter Pulteney 14L

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

AcworthAl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AcworthAl (38)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

This is an interesting blend, a very strong burley, with hints of Latakia and Perique. It does not, to me, taste like an English blend. This stuff is strong and not as smooth as other burley mixtures. I enjoyed it, so three stars

Pipe Used: Dunhil Cherrywood Cumberland

Age When Smoked: New

3 people found this review helpful.

Raines Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raines (52)
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

This is the first time I try a basic Perique tobacco, and I must say I am quite charmed even if it must be recognized that it has character (that's the goal!) At the opening of the bag, you can feel at full strength nostril Perique and Latakia: it is smoked, it smells good peat. In short, one likes or does not like the smell. For me it is already a quality omen Twisted Evil Personally, I like the rather dry tobacco. So I hastened to let it dry for a while. Not as a brown or Semois, but enough to not have nausea after 5 minutes. Some time later (I have not tested immediately after dried), so I tried it. Upon lighting, we feel peat. Where I regretted not having reread the review of Munch (subsequently confirmed by all the others), is at the strength of this tobacco. It is responsible nicotine the guy. Manurings first, I had trouble finishing the bowl. Fortunately, it's a small bowl that is smoked in 20/30 minutes! As this is not a very large bowl, I can not judge the length. I can just say that for the smoking time of my Church ', knows that tobacco let enjoy. He is very strong in flavor and relatively mild at the same time (this kind of paradox that makes me love English blends). I could easily adopt it as a daily tobacco, so my philosophy was not based on maximum tests of different tobaccos.

To summarize, I would say that tobacco is to test for any fan of English blends. That said, on condition of supporting the heavy load of nicotine that reaches the corner of squash and that hurts. Try with caution

3 people found this review helpful.

tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (112)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

A big let down, really. No where near what Nightcap was. "Was" being the operative word.

Overall rather bland and boring, not much depth nor anything which really made me pay attention. Maybe that was the general idea and for some folks, right up their alley. The olde Nightcap on the other hand forced my hand. Also, this dried my palate too much.

There are other blends from C&D which are more inspired than this one. This one certainly will not be in the rotation.

3 people found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Appearance and tin Aroma: A typical Balkan, you can see and smell the different components. A little fig note from the Perique is noticable too.

Packing and Lighting: Since it is a C&D product, the broad ribbons are at perfect moisture, as usual. 2-3 lights max.

Initial Flavor: Nothing spectacular, your typical high quality Balkan

Mid-Bowl: Plenty of flavor, gets into the zone easily. Perique asserts itself a little more.

Bottom of Bowl: Builds up to a medium to full intensity. The end is too spicy for this piper (thanks to the Perique!). Ash is mottled grey and dry.

Overall: There was nothing to write home about with this blend. Just a solid Balkan with high quality components. I've been spoiled by the Pease offerrings of late, so I prefer to spend a couple of dollars more for it rather than buy this again. I suppose if your on a tight budget, this may be a go to blend. As for me, I'll go elsewhere...

3 people found this review helpful.

cam91 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cam91 (23)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

The burley is deep, musty, and strong. The perique isn't very fruity. The latakia is very Smokey and not of the sweet variety displayed in Pirate Kake. This is one of the first tobaccos I tried. It sounded perfect to me, as I enjoy both latakia and burley. It is not what I expected and really packs a wallop in the nicotine department. There is no incense-like notes I expect from Balkan blends. This is distinctly earthy and savory and never lets up. In my opinion, this bares no resemblance in taste to English or Balkan blends- at least to what I have come to excpect. No, it is definitely not recommended. Smokey and farty, even more so than a cheap cigar.

Similar Blends: Nothing else I have tried..

2 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (325)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Pouch appearance of medium and light brown ribbons, the majority of the two the lighter burley. Smoky dark Latakia dots the remainder of this blend.

Aroma of the strong, sour Perique is most forward, with a touch of smokiness from the Latakia. The burley offers a slight toast and nuttiness, but is mostly drowned out by sour Perique.

A few exceptionally long strings of tobacco, almost shag cu,t appears randomly throughout the pouch. Loads very well, with just a touch of springiness.

Initial lighting is effortless, as with most C&D blends. The fact they ship on the dry side, they light easier and you get more mileage out of your purchase! As much as the Perique shows in the pre-lit aroma, its actually fairly tame in the smoke. It's always been hit or miss with me and C&D burleys, but this one is amazing. Notes of peppery and slight sour notes from the Perique, toasted notes of burley and dry smokiness from the Latakia. The spiciness increases as you get further down the bowl. No sweetness anywhere to be found, but I'm content with that! Solid 3.5 stars!!

Pipe Used: several

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

LaroldC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LaroldC (5)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This one is apt for the "all day smoke" category, I think. Not that it's so wonderful that you will crave it all day, but more that it's a mid-strength blend with enough flavor and smoothness that it won't burn out your palate. It goes well with coffee after dinner. If you took a road trip and could only bring one mixture with you, this one offers enough depth and character to hit the spot several times a day.

It smokes well, doesn't get gross near the end of the bowl. It has very notable Latakia and Turkish content, with a slight sweetness that doesn't overpower. A touch of Perique lends it a nice zest. It does have a hint of papery-ness that never gets too obtrusive, but the moisture content will affect that, so it is best smoked when generally humidified, but not moist. It is also not bad when fairly dry, so it travels well.

I like it, but I won't call it a standout. It's a nice, agreeable smoke with no real downside. Absolutely worthy of cellar stock or just to keep handy. Simply put, it's basically good stuff for Balkan fans. I prefer it to many other Turkish-forward blends of similar notoriety.

Pipe Used: Meerschaums, briars, cobs

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: SmokingPipes.com

Similar Blends: Dunhill - Durbar, Cornell & Diehl - Super Balkan, Hearth & Home White Knight, Arango - Balkan Supreme.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The colors range from tan to dark chocolate brown with typical flake cut. The scent from the sample bag I received is mild and characteristic of air cured tobacco - really quite pleasant. It burns well and leaves the bowl with little residue. This is a smoking experience that builds as it progresses, starting out not unlike sliding into an old pair of Lucchese - at once accustomed to familiar ways. It builds, not to any particular climax but more like meeting an old friend you've not been around for awhile. The latakia is quite smooth with sweet flavor that reminds me of smoked nuts. Smooth and easy I find it to be a most pleasant smoke. As yet another chapter in the chronicles of English blends I would not be opposed to having it around. There is no heavy presence I can detect so I dunno about the allusion to Nightcap, but I can certainly see why it's been around for awhile. This blend will please a broad range of tastes without being unduly assertive. Maybe, with a little syrian leaf........ Meerschaum Man smoking an old CAO Bacchus

1 person found this review helpful.