Our current batch of Latakia is a delightful product and is commonly used in a traditional Balkan blend. Latakia has a room note reminiscent of a centuries old cathedral. It has a prominent herbal extension. Latakia is fire cured for almost a full year over local hardwoods and aromatic shrubs of the Mediterranean. Because of the length of curing, much of the enzymes are broken apart.
Instead, this extensive curing process softens the aromas the Mediterranean herbs that have been impressed upon the tobacco over that curing process. These slight herbal tones are almost only a memory of their original pungent flavor. This is a beautiful, almost awe-inspiring scent. Latakia is always baled randomly, so the Basma-like leaves are squished upon delivery. They range in sizes up to 8 inches.