Wednesday, August 20, 2008


The term Latakia dump refers to tobacco mixtures with a very large proportion of Latakia. Teenagers love such products and will gladly fill their cheap briars with them; something about the strong smoky reek is like a religious revelation to the young.
Certainly when I was still a boy such products appealed immensely to me.

[For a description of my favourite boyhood tobacco, go here: Balkan SobranieIt was quite literally the gilding of a youthfull age. And I am nothing if not self referential. ]

Samuel Gawith's
Full Strength Mixture
Fifty percent fine Virginia, fifty percent Latakia.

I like this tobacco much more than I do.

What that last sentence really means is that I like the idea, the aroma, and the feel of this tobacco more than I like actually smoking it. Such a blend requires a bit of attention, lest it become a tongue-burner. And because of the amount of flue-cured leaf, it can and should be enjoyed at a higher moisture level than most smokers of Oriental blends are wont to do. Treat it like a Virginia blend, however, and be pleasantly surprised. It is like having butter go across the tongue, or filling your mouth with tweed and leather. It has a creaminess that goes well with sherry.
It is good. It is quite good.
But I wanted to like it a lot more than I do.

The tin aroma is richly sooty, the appearance of the tobacco between dusk and black. Not a tobacco to keep in the regular rotation, but one to open up occasionally for a fine dark day.


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Anonymous said...

As previously referenced by Lipman's comment about Elelphant dung (the Swiss equivalent), yes?

Lipman, would you care to weigh in on this?

---Grant Patel

Spiros said...

Elephant Dung? Latakia Dumps?
At the risk of Lipman calling me a 12 year old again...

Anonymous said...

Smells like super beaver.

---Grant Patel

Anonymous said...

I am a twelve year old wombat.

---Grant Patel

Anonymous said...

I will not buy this tobacconist - it is scratched.

Give me a banana!

---Grant Patel

The back of the hill said...

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