A Decent, If Unexciting, Smoke (Balkan Sasieni)


When I first heard about Balkan Sasieni, I was intrigued.  It was the favorite tobacco of many pipe smokers, and came highly recommended.  So I looked some upon smokingpipes.com, HERE, and ordered some for $7.04 U.S. per 50 gram tin.  I was a little concerned, as it seems the Balkan Sasieni has only one pony in this one horse show.  When you come across something that is their only product, it is either going to be a decent product or mass produced.  At $7.04 U.S. per tin, it is inexpensive enough that you can’t go wrong trying it, so I ordered some.

When it arrived, I was eager to try some and broke out a brand new Cob.  The tin note was exquisite, rich and dark, and mysterious.

The blend is made of a combination of choice Macedonia and Latakia leaves, ribbon cut, and blended with sweet red Virginias to make for a very unique blend.

I packed my pipe with three layer method and soon lit up.  The tobacco burned evenly, coolly, and cleanly, with absolutely no bite and rich clouds of smoke.  I sat and smoked the whole bowl, contemplating the subtleties of the tobacco.  Overall, I found that tobacco to be very decent, smooth and rich, if a little unexciting.

The tobacco burned to a fine ash, and left no dottle, no gurgling, and no wetness.  All in all I was very satisfied, even though the room note was only tolerable and smelled a little strong.

I doubt this tobacco will make a regular part of my rotation, but I do recommend it to those who want a good smoke.

That’s all I have to say about that.

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!

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