Some of you might remember me talking about the situation w/ Dunhill/Peterson in Slovakia... I don't know the specifics, but the gist of it (as I know it, anyways) is that the bigwigs gave our region the middle finger = no blends from those two, reissue, rebrand or otherwise.
So imagine my surprise when I walk into my local tobacconist place last week and I see SLOVAK names on the tins. I couldn't believe my own eyes.
Turns out that M+M, the biggest Slovak distributor for all things smoking, struck a deal with Kohlhase & Kopp and had them make blends similar to the Peterson classics under their own brand, using various local names; mostly geographical in nature.
Feel like Irish Whiskey? Well, now we've got Carpathian Mix. University Flake got named after Kosice, the biggest city of the East. Old Dublin is Stary Presporok now (the historical name of the capital). Connoisseur's Choice became Grandpa's Choice... and so on and so forth.
What got me is that they really did all this only for the Slovak market AFAIK. These are not available in the Czech Republic. Of course, they stand to make some profit out of this, especially with less competition. But let's not kid ourselves, there aren't exactly millions to be made out of Slovak pipe smokers.
I thought I'd share this with you fellow patchers, because I have to say that this was an honest surprise after a long time, not to mention quite amusing. I think it's a nice gesture that our small, but solid marketshare was recognized here and we'll get to enjoy our longtime favorites as usual, albeit with a little twist.
Considering the EU’s position on tobacco, it really surprises me that this took place, but glad that it did..., it took effort on K&K for a small market, and I hope that they profit well from it.
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