Now that it's a few months later ........... I don't know why but I occasionally went back to the bag of Becks o'l Bastard to assault my senses. It's a bit like when one gets something stinky on their finger. You KNOW it's going to stink but for some unknown reason, we have to sniff to find out just how stinky it is.Mr Beardsley wrote: ↑Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:18 pmFirst time I tried latakia I thought the taste and smell was wretched too. My first blend with it was Frog Morton Cellar, absolutely hated the lat but there was other parts of it that were enjoyable. So I waited a while and tried again, and again, and again with each experience improving until I finally got my head wrapped around it. Now it's become a component that I really enjoy but it definitely wasn't love at first sightLegion wrote: ↑Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:01 pmMy first impression was an aroma that was vaguely familiar, Plumcake maybe?
Then when I went back for another whiff, I got a different impression, like maybe an Amphora that I once smoked in my youth. I really can't pin it down.
It's interesting reading the differences of impressions & taste in reviews.
Latakia is a good example; some describe as 'woody & spicy' while I think it smells of asphalt, burning tyres & butt, lol.
As I wrote in another thread; I can't afford to waste a skerrick of tobacco so I didn't throw it out. I was reading that many who like a mild English blend, really dislike lat-bombs.
This got me thinking; Blending the B ol' Bastard 50/50 with straight virginia & adding a small amount of perique, I found that I actually like the watered down version. (As long as I don't smell it first. It still smelt fairly bad but not quite as offensive) It's not something that I could smoke all day but I do enjoy a small bowl every night.
As the amount dwindled, I blended in a little more virginia just to stretch it out.
It's almost gone now & as English blends can't be found at tobacconists here, I'm going to miss it.