This is another of the great Syrian blends that are now extinct. I bought a few ounces of each of them back when C&D still had them in stock, and this is one of the ones that stood out. I bought a pound of it, and I'm sorry to say that I'm nearing the end of my stash...and there's just no more available, and there probably never will be any ever again.
First, this is a blend for Syrian Latakia connoisseurs. The smoky oak flavor is abundantly evident (they used oak to fire-cure the tobacco), and provides that glorious aroma of fine aged leather. The Orientals and Virginias add just enough complexity and sweetness to make it a superbly interesting blend. Reportedly, Syrian Trawler also contains some Cyprian Latweed, but if so it's been added with just the lightest touch. The Latakia presence is unmistakably Syrian. The tobacco lights easily, and burns clean and dry.
There are no tobaccos like this any more. Greg Pease could certainly make a blend this good if he could get his hands on some Syrian Latweed, but the gods have conspired against that outcome. Too bad. For those who appreciate refined Syrian Latakia blends, Syrian Trawler is one of the classics.
Pipe Used: Mastro de Paja, Karl Eric, Dunhill Root Briar
This is a top quality smoke. I concur with the other reviewers that it could use some Virginnia doctoring to cut some of the Latakia overdose. I will hold off on my ministrations to this mixture until it has aged a wee bit. It may turn out to actually rate these four stars without the alteration.
Update: After following the Latakia rich Mt. Camp, this one tasted much closer to 965. It tasted very well balanced with just enough of each tobacco alternately making its' presence known. The Perique level (not listed as a component)was just right and I could even taste the Oriental leaf on occasion. Very nice smoke. It smokes clean and leaves a light gray ash. No gunk in the bottom, just a pipe cleaner midway to remove some of the particulates.
This is an interesting one. The description says "A touch of Cyprian Latakia is added to Syrian Latakia..." The overall Latakia portion is quite generous in this blend.
Syrian Trawler packs well and lights easily. When the flame hits the leaf, there is no doubt that you have a lot of Latakia in the bowl. Just a charring light, a quick relight and you're off.
As I mentioned earlier, the Latakia dominates heavily at first. Then things settle down a bit and the Turkish mixes in. The Virginia lends a very slight hint of its trademark flavor on rare occasion.
This isn't a complex tobacco. There is a bit of an underlying taste that makes me think of semi-sweet dark chocolate and clove now and again.
Overall, the blend lacks anything to make it something I would smoke regularly. Maybe, as another reviewer said, it could be mixed with a Virginia to help it hold your interest. Maybe a hint of Perique.
If you aren't liking it by the time you smoke the first third of the bowl, you might as well dump it out. It isn't going to change.
This is an odd bird to say the least. What McC is to VA's, Craig at C&D is to Latakia and in this case, Syrian Latakia. Now that the complements are out of the way, let me say that both of the aforementioned blenders need to make an appearance to make this blend better than good. Stated differently, I feel like this blend lacks a VA component that would really push it over the top (see McC here for the answer). A month or two with a few ounces of this blend and equal parts a tangy VA (think 25, 27, or even Blackwoods flake) mixed and allowed to marry -- now there's a blend with smooth Syrian and richness of VA all packed into one!
This one packs quite a bit of latakia wallop! While this blend was o.k., I did not feel it was exceptional. I like to smoke pirate cake for the occasional latakia overdose. This blend just did not have the smoothness of some other heavy latakia blends that i've had. While im not saying that it is a bad blend I will say that I probably wont smoke this often. I will say that this came packaged in the hardest brick i've ever seen, alot like pirate cake but even more dense!
My bag of this tobacco has been waiting quietly at the back of my " cellar" for a year or so. As I smoked the other syrian blends and sort of left this one presuming it was more of the same.
But this one has a that little extra my guess is that it is the sweet red virginia, that makes this one special, to me the best english or balkan blends have the sweet and sour quailty. this blend produced the finest sweetness yet encountered on tobacco road. Time to start down a new avenue the Virginas.
While this is a perfectly acceptable Engish bend, with lots of Latakia and Turkish, it is not exceptional. There is good flavor initially, but little complexity. The Va background seems lacking in body, probably will improve with cellaring.
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