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 Is it just me? John Cotton's Smyrna vs Balkan Sobranie?

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PostSubject: Is it just me? John Cotton's Smyrna vs Balkan Sobranie?   Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:55 pm

Is it just me or is JC Smyrna really similar to the current production of Balkan Sobranie? There are some differences but they're minor. There just isn't that well fermented texture of the JC but the base notes feel the same to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Is it just me? John Cotton's Smyrna vs Balkan Sobranie?   Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:22 pm

That's not my experience. Balkan Sobranie is too grassy with less yenidje than it used to have. The old version was great and a regular smoke. The new stuff... amazingly mediocre to me. JC Smyrna is more Oriental forward (woody and spicier) as the name implies, and doesn't have much grassiness. I'd buy Smyrna, but not the new BS.
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PostSubject: Re: Is it just me? John Cotton's Smyrna vs Balkan Sobranie?   Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:11 am

JimInks wrote:
That's not my experience. Balkan Sobranie is too grassy with less yenidje than it used to have. The old version was great and a regular smoke. The new stuff... amazingly mediocre to me. JC Smyrna is more Oriental forward (woody and spicier) as the name implies, and doesn't have much grassiness. I'd buy Smyrna, but not the new BS.

I agree with that assessment. I feel they're in the same ball park, but i do like Smyrna more. Pretty happy about that since BS is hard to find. I hope it's offered in larger sizes than just the 1.75oz tin. Which works out to like 109 bucks a pound.
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PostSubject: Re: Is it just me? John Cotton's Smyrna vs Balkan Sobranie?   Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:09 pm

ZeroContent wrote:
JimInks wrote:
That's not my experience. Balkan Sobranie is too grassy with less yenidje than it used to have. The old version was great and a regular smoke. The new stuff... amazingly mediocre to me. JC Smyrna is more Oriental forward (woody and spicier) as the name implies, and doesn't have much grassiness. I'd buy Smyrna, but not the new BS.

I agree with that assessment. I feel they're in the same ball park, but i do like Smyrna more.  Pretty happy about that since BS is hard to find.  I hope it's offered in larger sizes than just the 1.75oz tin.  Which works out to like 109 bucks a pound.  

'Fraid you out of luck with that. It and the 759 used to be available in 4 oz tins back in the '70s but that stopped by the '80s. They make more $s this way and we all support making mucho $s. It's the Amurican way !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Is it just me? John Cotton's Smyrna vs Balkan Sobranie?   Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:45 pm

It's the JC i want in bigger. :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Is it just me? John Cotton's Smyrna vs Balkan Sobranie?   Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:55 pm

ZeroContent wrote:
JimInks wrote:
That's not my experience. Balkan Sobranie is too grassy with less yenidje than it used to have. The old version was great and a regular smoke. The new stuff... amazingly mediocre to me. JC Smyrna is more Oriental forward (woody and spicier) as the name implies, and doesn't have much grassiness. I'd buy Smyrna, but not the new BS.

I agree with that assessment. I feel they're in the same ball park, but i do like Smyrna more.  Pretty happy about that since BS is hard to find.  I hope it's offered in larger sizes than just the 1.75oz tin.  Which works out to like 109 bucks a pound.  

From what you wrote I thought you were speaking about the BS.

"..... since BS is hard to find.  I hope it's offered in larger sizes than just the 1.75oz tin.  Which works out to like 109 bucks a pound. " Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Is it just me? John Cotton's Smyrna vs Balkan Sobranie?   Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:57 pm

Sorry. Poor sentence order.
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PostSubject: Re: Is it just me? John Cotton's Smyrna vs Balkan Sobranie?   Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:45 pm

JimInks wrote:
That's not my experience. Balkan Sobranie is too grassy with less yenidje than it used to have. The old version was great and a regular smoke. The new stuff... amazingly mediocre to me. JC Smyrna is more Oriental forward (woody and spicier) as the name implies, and doesn't have much grassiness. I'd buy Smyrna, but not the new BS.

Dan here. I'm one of the guys behind the Standard Tobacco Co of Pennsylvania.

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