REAL CHOICES IN THIS ELECTION
The air around here is just crackling and popping
This evening is going to be too interesting.
Actually, I don't understand what all the fuss is about.
I already voted. Why do the rest of you get to do it too?
After all, I'm right. Punkt.
I am not Ohio.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT STINKER
There, now the we've got that out of the way, it's time to distract you with more gibbering about tobacco. It will help pass the time between now and the polls closing.
Yossi Izrael wrote "you have some C&D's "Black Dawg"? It's goooooooooooood", then asked whether I would "recommended Sam Gaw Balkan".
Almost all the Samuel Gawith products are very well made. I cannot remember a Samuel Gawith Balkan mixture, however - perhaps you mean Gawith Hoggarth's Balkan blend? Which smells terrific, and is a flavourful smoke. A very worthwhile product. But despite the name, it isn't really a Balkan. Not enough Oriental leaf.
Samuel Gawith's Squadron Leader has far more Oriental. Takes a bit of practice to pack it, because of the cut, but it's probably tops in it's category, and in any case one of the very few old-school Balkans still made in England by an English company.
If you meant Samuel Gawith's Balkan Flake, I have not tried it yet, but it has gotten some very good reviews, and Gawith's pressed tobaccos are uniformly excellent.
I question their nomenclature, however. Balkan can absolutely not mean Virginias and Latakia without Turkish. What makes a blend Balkan is the overdose of Turkish, supplemented by Latakia, supported by Virginia and other base tobaccos.
I look forward to trying their Balkan Flake once I've smoked through the various opened tins of tobacco currently floating around the house. Samuel Gawith has a line to some of the very best Latakia around.
Just sticking your nose into a tin of Commonwealth or Squadron Leader is a wonderful thing.
How much more so offending your neighbors by lighting up?
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