補充一段相關的文章 出自]PipeSMOKE - Summer 98
In the last two decades of the 19th century, there was a quantum shift
in the taste of pipe tobacco blended for English gentlemen. Mixtures of
"Oriental," meaning Turkish, Macedonian, Greek, and Syrian tobaccos,
along with Virginia and Carolina tobaccos, became the rage among
upper-class pipesmokers. Rich and smoky, redolent with the exotic
aromas of the tobaccos smoked in the Middle East, Balkan Sobranie
Smoking Mixture was developed for the officer and diplomatic class
concentrated in the St. James district's clubs. Balkan referred to the
growing regions of the flavorful leaf, and suggested intrigue to the
English gentleman. Remember where WW I started, and look at Eric
Ambler's spy novels of the 1930's.
Several generations of the Redstone family blended this tobacco from a
secret formula, renowned worldwide. Then, in the early 1980's, Dr.
Isadore Redstone (an M.D. - "an indiscretion of my youth," he once told
TBTM) sold the trademarks to Gallaher, one of the English
conglomerates, which made it, albeit with a modified formula, for three
decades. When Gallaher ceased exporting Balkan Sobranie to the U.S. in
1995, Dr. Redstone got another company to produce the original formula
for export. While "Balkan Sobranie" is a trademark - the term refers to
the upper house of the bicameral legislature, or "Bulgarian Senate"
(sorry to kill the romance) - the regional term Balkan is not
copyrightable. To remedy this obstacle, Redstone partnered with Dan
Blumenthal, of James B. Russell, Inc., who owns the Sasieni trademark,
to revive the great old standby under the slightly altered "Balkan
Sasieni," in a package suggestive of the earlier iterations.
So what is there to Balkan Sasieni besides a name? The blend itself,
which is full of deep, dark, rich, complex, and suggestive flavor, is
beautifully finished and smooth, like a great cigar. Balkan Sasieni
manages to keep the sweetly tarry overtones of the Latakia in a perfect
balance with the dryly pungent Turkish and Macedonian leaf, punctuated
by the natural sweetness of the American tobaccos. This is an
extraordinarily satisfying mixture, at its best indoors where none of
the aroma is dissipated. Great for pipe dreams in a large curved pipe.