Finally tried a few bowls of this. Like many others, I've been curious to see how it stacks up (pun) to HH Vintage Syrian. Nice tin note reminiscent of many good English blends over the years, smoky and with a detectable oriental and bright Virginia presence. The smoking, however, is not at all close to HH Syrian. It has less of the full bodied flavor, that nice round and rich mouthfeel that HH Syrian has. What it does have is more of the astringency of Orientals and maybe the bright Va contributing to a Sharpish taste. The latakia is not as dominant as in the HH Syrian. To me, HH Syrian resembles an old English mixed with ODF. This one doesn't strike me that way. What it makes me think of is Squadron Leader mixed with C&D Byzantium and Smyrna. Not a bad tobac, but not overwhelming IMO. When my Vintage Syrian runs out, I'll be smoking more C&D Engine 99.
Thanks for this. Sounds like I need to explore more C&D. You've got me curious about both Engine 99 and Byzantium.
By all means, do explore them. IMO, Engine 99 and Byzantium have the English /Balkan genre covered. I don't need any others. 99 is a smooth meaty, latakia dominant blend snd Byzantium is a somewhat lighter, more oriental forward blend. And they're both sold in bulk.
Glad you gents found it helpful.
Last Edit: Jan 6, 2019 23:17:19 GMT -5 by slowroll