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Hearth & Home Marquee BlackHouse

The second entry to the Hearth & Home Marquee series is the blend that drew attention to these tobaccos - BlackHouse.
In 2011, our master blender, Russ Ouellette, was asked to submit an entry in the Balkan Sobranie 759 Throwdown at the Chicagoland Pipe and Tobacciana Show. Based upon a 23 yearl old sample, Russ developed his blend in a relatively short amount of time and sent it in. When the judging was complete, BlackHouse had won, and people have made it one of our best sellers ever since.
Like Balkan Sobranie 759, BlackHouse contains a good amount of Latakia, bright, fragrant, Orientals, sweet Virginias and a touch of dark-fired Kentucky. To help simulate the effects of long-term aging, Russ included a bit of Perique and unflavored black Cavendish.
Try the blend that put the Hearth & Home Marquee Series on the map. Once you've tried BlackHouse, you'll never want to be without some in your cellar.

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Hearth & Home Marquee BlackHouse Shipping Constraints
1.76 OZ TIN In Stock $12.95 $9.99
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Overall Rating 4.71 out of 5 Based on 24 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Hearth & Home Marquee BlackHouse”

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5 out of 5
Truly An Award-Winning Blend!
From the first whiff as I opened the tin I was excited and anxious to fire it up! Excellent Latakia-based blend! Well-done Russ!
3 out of 5
I't just okay...
Blackhouse may be a bit more complex than Dunhill's Nightcap, but it's just too mild for me. I will stick with Dunhill Nightcap....
5 out of 5
Added to My Front-Line Rotation
Wow, I see what the hype is about. Dunhill 965 is my normal everyday smoke. Black house is a bit more complex and well balanced, and the sweet and smoky flavors stand out individually and complement each other wonderfully.
5 out of 5
Very good!...
I'm a fairly new piper, but I've smoked this and the White Knight and both are very good for my taste...
4 out of 5
Very Rich Blend
This blend is now in my regular rotation. I recommend it as an evening go to blend as it is very rich.
5 out of 5
BlackHouse
I'll keep this in the cellar from now on. Creamy, spicy, smokey, satisfying very balanced: good smoke.
4 out of 5
Too peppery
Better than the magnum opus but still not enjoying the peppery perique. I like to smoke with a burning and enjoy a cavendish, Kentucky and Virginia.
5 out of 5
Well done Russ!
This is what every Latakia blend I have every smoked I hoped would taste like. Campfire smoke, a light incense like flavour, very full mouthfeel of the smoke and a nice sweetness. Even the room note it left on the porch was nice. Most English smokes are just too smokey in the room for me, but this was great. I have no clue if this is a true clone recipe of BS 759 and I don't care. I believe this will be my go to Latakia blend from here on out. More tins for the cellar! Russ's blends are, without a doubt, some of the best blends available to pipe smokers today.
5 out of 5
One of the Best's
Tin note is of smokey cypress. The moisture was perfect and ready to smoke. Packs well, lights well, burns well. Smooth flavor, with no drama, every bowl and every light. Room note is pungent.
4 out of 5
Calling Latakia Lovers
This is a Latakia forward blend, reminding me a bit of C&D De Vinci (another heavy Latakia. Black House is full body, but I would not suggest it to be strong, perhaps more a medium robust smoke. The smoky flavor is found from the top to the bottom of the bowl. No Tongue bite, easy to pack, light, and kept lit with minimal effort.
3 out of 5
Very nice. Great cut and perfectly prepared for tinning.
Only one bowl fresh out of the tin so far. Beautiful aroma pre-light; campfire, bit of leather, cognac, sweet almost maple-like note and the twang of orientals. Found it burned faster than White Knight and definitely had more of a latakia heaviness. Quite a bit more nicotine punch than I was expecting (again with comparison to White Knight). Burned evenly down to the bottom, getting a little hotter as it progressed but not too bad. Reminds me a bit of McLelland Club Samovar fresh out of the tin (as Samovar is quiet moist unlike BH and as it mellows the orientals harmonize, the latakia gets creamy and the Virginia quiets down - very different than BH out of the tin). I'm very curious to see what BH is like after a 3-6 months of cellaring; Samovar didn't really do much for me until about 9 months, although the quality of the imputs, and the cut both seem to be higher with BH. Overall very enjoyable smoke, although I think I am too much of a lightweight; I prefer the medium english blend of White Knight (then again, that might change in 6 months). Looking forward to finding out.
5 out of 5
Very pleasant smoke
Very relaxing smoke with zero tongue bite. I could smoke this all day long.
5 out of 5
My New Best Friend
I am definitely a newbie here when it comes to pipe smoking but I have to say I LOVE this one. The Hearth and Home Blends are so far my favorite--I am a big fan of the Magnum Opus, and alternate between that and the Blackhouse. But the Blackhouse has become my new best friend! It smokes smooth and robust and has an incredible flavor. I am halfway through my second tin and about to order several more. I have only been pipe smoking for less than a month now but find I can smoke 4-5 bowls a day and totally enjoy each and every smoke. I cant get enough of it!
5 out of 5
BlackHouse
Mild and enjoyable. No tongue bite.
5 out of 5
Hearty From Hearth and Home
I would put BlackHouse right on top along with my other 10 best favorites!!!
5 out of 5
Smooth, Complex, Lovely!
2 years into this hobby, er, uh, addiction (let's be honest)... I still really love aros and after trying 40-50 tobaccos (did I mention I am a bit compulsive?), mostly aros, I got it in my head that I might enjoy a very MILD "English" so scanned a smattering of reviews here and elsewhere and ordered a bunch of them to try. I have two tupperware tubs. "Keep" and "Donate". Most of my recent purchases went straight into Donate but THIS ONE??? KEEP!!! I wouldn't call this a "beginner's tobacco" as it is very complex and things like Latakia can scare tyros away (it did me for the longest time, turns out I had no aversion to Lat just didn't like nasty ones). BUT... this is smooth and rich at the same time, very enjoyable and PERFECT for fall/winter.
5 out of 5
Genius
Hands down the best blend I have ever smoked. This coming from a primarily VA & Vaper guy. I will never figure out how Russ can take so many fine component tobaccos and make them work so seamlessly together as a whole. This blend defies categorization imo - to label it simply an English or balkan seems to detract from its personality entire. Superb smoking characteristics, both smooth and strong with not even a hint of bite. Simply put, with 34 tobaccos in my regular rotation, I find them now accumulating dust. My only complaint would be lack of availability in bulk. Well done, sir, very well done.
5 out of 5
Favorite English Blend
I ordered this one because I desired a full English blend, and that is exactly what I got! It has a very strong smokiness, and full room note and taste. The tin moisture is perfect for smoking, but not too dry. I need to order more of this, because it will be one of my standard rotation tobaccos from now on.
5 out of 5
Blackhouse
What can I say about this blend that hasn't been said already? The only thing I miss is when you could buy it in bulk.
5 out of 5
Relaxation in a Tin
This is a great Balkan tobacco that delivers all the flavor and none of the bite. It has a very smooth and even burn, and my wife likes the room note. I love it with brandy after a great meal.
5 out of 5
make more
I love this tobacco. My only complaint is that i cant have it all. Please Russ, keep this one in the front of production. Keep up the great work P and C Team. I am a forever customer.
5 out of 5
Surpassed all expectations
Great tobacco. Honestly, I had read the comments and was expecting something good, but Black House surpassed all expectations. As good as the Latakia is in this, the Virginias are the star of the show. Great balance as well. This is as good as anything else out there.
5 out of 5
Great. Reach for it all
Great. Reach for it all the time. No sourness and/or bite and excellent combustion.
5 out of 5
Always Good
Always shipped promptly, packaged well, and my complete order.
Customer Testimonials
Ok, so I'm still pretty new to the pipe game so bear with me a bit. But, still I know when I find something I like. I'min the process to find an aro that she who must be obayed likes, and looking for traditionals that I enjoy. I've tried the Dunhill London, Early Morning, and 965, all very nice. This blows them away, more robust flavor and very smooth. I could smoke this all day! In short, if you are reading this just buy some. If you decide you don't like it send it to me and I'll smoke it for you!
Disclaimer: I'm a new pipe smoker and not very well versed in the different tobaccos. I originally purchased a different H&H tobacco but it was on back order so I called in to change the order and BlackHouse was recommended by the rep at pipesandcigars.com. If you're new to pipe smoking, this might not be the right tobacco for you. I'm still trying to find what I do and don't like in a tobacco and right now, all I can say is BlackHouse is NOT the right tobacco for me. Just opening the tin I realized I had made a mistake. It is VERY smokey smelling (think about bbq'ing a brisket all day, this would be what your clothes smell like after) and I guess a spicy hint to it. Again, I'm still new to this so I apologize if I'm butchering the description, I just don't know how else to describe it. Either way, the smell is extremely strong and VERY powerful. Since you'll never know if you like it until you try it, I loaded up a bowl and took the dog for a walk. About 10 minutes in, I was done. Way too much of the smokiness for me and it just didn't taste that great in my opinion. About 45 minutes later I was still tasting it and it lingered on for a while longer. That said, I'm sure this is a great tobacco. Reviews here and other places seem great, I think it's just one of those "either you love it or you hate it" type things.
I ordered this about three months ago and just opened the tin. Now Im sorry I waited. A very rich and distinct flavor awaits you with a very smokey goodness that few bacys can compete with. If you like english, this is a must try. Thanks H&H!
Outstanding, 'nuff said.
Room note reminds me of a campfire. I like to pack a pipe of this and let it sit just for the scent. Burns smooth and clean.
This black house is the best blend for your buck out there. Smoky, sweet, burns well, what more can a guy ask for? I wish I could buy this by the bale.
You read about these legendary tobaccos that were better in the 60's or in the 80's or got discontinued. This is one of those; in 20 years, you can say you smoked it. If you're smart, you can buy 20 pounds and sell cans on the internet for $500 each (by then). Smooth, sublime and amazing.
Rich and flavorful English mixture, outstanding aroma
Didn't like it at first. But, after 2 weeks of letting it sit, I absolutely LOVE it!!!
Perhaps being a newb I don't know what I'm doing (still figuring out how to get the right pack in the pipe) but I'm barely getting any flavor and minimal smoke output from this tobacco. I'm used to a full flavor cigar.
Thanks very much H&H!! Nuff said.
Oh the smell of this...just opening the bag was fantastic! The smell in the bag is really reminiscent of a campfire. I really enjoyed smoking this. It has so many different flavors going on and you get a different experience almost every puff. It was a little dry when I got it so it burned a little hot, so I am going to leave it in the humidor for a little while to hydrate it a bit, but otherwise this stuff is perfect! It is definitely an outdoor smoke though unless you want your house to smell like woodsmoke. It isn't an unpleasant smell like some English blends, but it is very distinct.
This is def a full throttle English blend with a strong latakia and incense like room note with a spicy character. The sweetness/tang of the Virginias show up intermittingly and quickly fade. Becomes fuller towards the 2nd half. Still trying to figure out the best way of packing this blend. As with most of H&H blends this stuff arrived very much on the dry side. So much so that I may try to hydrate it a bit. Definitely a quality blend and recommended.
I just received my first order from P&C which included Town Topic, Golden Extra and a tin of Black House. Purchase was based on reviews; I like them all very much but the Black House is in a league all its own. At first light up, it immediately got my wife's attention. What is that, she says? We tried to identify the room note, mysterious, sultry, exotic aroma. I smoked three bowls of it in one evening. I plan to dedicate one of my Savinelli's to this wonderful blend. The taste is wonderful, no bite. It does burn a bit fast and the transportation to the past is over far too soon. Having never had the opportunity to try the classic 759, it must have been wonderful if this is an example of it. I plan to make this one of my favorites.
If a Blender has managed to create a better blend than this one, I've never smoked it. Black House is powerful, enjoyable, well-balanced, and it has just the right amount of tasty perique to make your mouth happy. This blend is as good as tobacco gets.
I am not good at reviews but I did like this one ALOT. I heard that it came really close to an old blend that is hard to find. Being that I will never be able to taste the other I will never know the comparison. Just the aroma of opening the bag alone gets 5 stars.
Very pronounced Latakia with a nice bite from perique. I love this blend. Strong flavor and a great burn.
This is one of my favorites! An excellent blend of fine tobaccos. BlackHouse is well balanced and very tasty. If you want to try an English blend with great flavor this in the one! Very distinct and also mellow enough to smoke all day.
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