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Bengal Slices


Back in the seventies, a singular blend came to market. It was a bright, Latakia-based crumble cake made with superior Orientals, sweet yellow Virginias and a bit of black Cavendish. It became a brand with a cult following - it was called Bengal Slices. Over the years, it went through a few iterations before disappearing into the ether.


In 2015, the Standard Tobacco Company of Pennsylvania acquired the trademark and approached our own blender, Russ Ouellette, to recreate the tobacco. Russ had already made an homage to Bengal Slices with his Fusilier's Ration. But, now armed with more detailed information about the original, Russ was able to fine-tune the blend and top note to recreate the crumble cake accurately. The result is a bright, sweet and smoky blend, delivered in the original crumble cake form. The flavor is lively, but with depth, and the aroma is quite unique, being one of the few Latakia blends that most bystanders find appealing. If you enjoy Latakia and Orientals but want something different, you have to try Bengal Slices.

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Overall Rating 4.43 out of 5 Based on 54 Ratings

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5 out of 5
Where have you been all my life......
Ok this is hands down one of the best smokes I had. Thank you Russ for re creating this fine tobacco I am in your debt. Wow is all i can say.
5 out of 5
Amazing!
Nice blend of smoke and taste. My absolute favorite blend so far.
5 out of 5
Unique!
This blend is unlike anything else. Fusiliers Ration is close but different. Bengal Slices is not an everyday smoke for me but it is an awesome smoke for those times you want something different and unique.
5 out of 5
Yes, Bengal Slices
First let me say that I love this tobacco. For me, it is the epitome of an english/oriental, and I will be buying more ! However, it is not a smoke for a beginner, and for me, it is not an all day smoke. I rubbed this out and filled a large bowl pipe with it and smoked it for WELL over an hour. This tobacco burns very slowly, i enjoyed every minute of it. A little bit goes a long way, so you need some time for this baby.
5 out of 5
Very good.
Keep an eye out for this. I wouldn’t mind seeing this on the shelf more often. This is very very good stuff.
5 out of 5
Bengal Slices Review
Very very tasty. Love the smokiness. Seems to burn quicker than some . Breaks up beautifully into bowl. AAAA...
5 out of 5
Hard to find but worth it!
Beautiful crumble cake with a pleasant tin note. Top note is not an issue unless you are sensitive to them...very subtle. Also the cavendish plays a back of the bus addition but it is there, which is a good thing in this blend. Latakia is the star but the orientals are right there as well. Very tasty blend as you slowly work it. Gets better throughout the bowl. Really interested in letting some of this age. I am in the camp that all tobaccos benefit with age. Some more then others but they all will improve with the blending of flavors, the rounding off of high notes and the such. Something with this blend leans me to a nice surprise in a year or so.
5 out of 5
Fantastic
I never had the pleasure of tasting the original Bengal Slices, though, after they were gone they were spoke of in hushed and reverent tones. The new Bengal slices rank very high on my list of what a latakia blend should taste like. Reminds me more of Germains Special Latakia Flake, a tobacco that hasn't been pronounced dead yet but hasn't been available, to me at least, in several years. The bengal slices are a bit sweeter, though the can I recently purchased never got to see a cellar and the last Germains tin I cracked had a good four years sealed and in the dark like some residents of the white house. I can't say exactly why you should like it, I love it. It burns slow and cool and the flavor is there from the start and just keeps getting better as it burns down. One of the few tobacco's I've bought in the last six months that has me trying to light a bowl of ashes.
4 out of 5
Delightfully surprised
I will keep this short and sweet - amazing blend! I only wish it could come in 8oz tins. I will be ordering several tins for my cellar, placed right next to my Penzance, as well as a few for immediate gratification.
4 out of 5
Give it a shot, it is delightful!
This is delicious!! I have never had the original but if it's anything like this stuff then I would've stocked up on it as well. After the first bowl I can't seem to get enough of it. I enjoy it at any time of the day and I'm coming back. Ill admit for not having high hopes, I was so happy to have been proven wrong. The topping isn't overwhelming but is delightfully present from start to finish. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. Salut!
4 out of 5
Great Evening Smoke!
I bought this because of the 'lore' behind Bengal Slices and the popularity it had in a previous life and I wasn't disappointed! It has a great flavor and a little bit of spice that makes for a great smoke!
4 out of 5
A pleasant smoke
One of my favourite Latakia blends. I find the crumble cakes a little cumbersome but I enjoy the favour and the room note.
3 out of 5
Good but not great.
A quality tobacco but just didn't do it for me.
4 out of 5
Nice!
Definitely different! I am normally a smoker of very strong tobacco's. I have heard so much about this tobacco, and smoked so many of its off-spring I had to give it a shot. I was not disappointed. There are many subtle layers of flavor with this tobacco. I think I would have liked more latakia, however, I feel latakia is like bacon - it goes in everything, and there is never enough. I am adding more tins to the collection, so take that for what it's worth! Keep Smoking!
5 out of 5
What a treat!
So I bought a tin of Bengal Slices many months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Relatively young in my pipe smoking experience but Bengal Slices was enjoyed enough to become a member in the rotation. However, I enjoyed other favorites far more often, to the exclusion of Bengal Slices. In these past few weeks I've been back at it and these 7-8 months of jar age have done wonders for Bengal Slices. I can only hope that it is aging as well in the many tins I purchased. The tactile enjoyment of a crumble flake is a huge part of the appeal. That band aid smell in the jar i will never tire of. And finally an outstanding burn, aroma, and smoking experience. Enjoyable for most passer-bys as well. I even love the stench it leaves on your clothes. In all seriousness ladies and gentlemen this one is top shelf. The care that went into the experience in all its facets is evident. My suggestion, stock up.
2 out of 5
not much like Bengal Slices
Doesn't taste like Bengal Slices at all, but it is a decent tobacco nonetheless. If you're willing to pay this price because it's worth a little more to get that ol' Bengal Slices flavor, I believe you will be disappointed. However, if you are open to other good flavor, you'll find some enjoyment in this smoke.
3 out of 5
Glad I bought it.
The Cut makes it hard to light. I rubbed it out both times I have smoked it. Its not a bad blend has a nice room note wife liked it better then most and i normal don't smoke in the house.
5 out of 5
This is the one!
LOVE this tobbac, smoking my first bowl this morning and am already planning to buy bulk to cellar. This tobacco smokes cool and the flavor and smell are incredible.
5 out of 5
Put a Tiger in your Tank!
A wonderful and powerful blend...
2 out of 5
Too sweet
Just ok. Sorry Russ. The licorice/anise, topping turned me off completely. It made it one dimensional. Basically a lat bomb with licorice. 10 to midnight is better for this exact style. Lots of lat in that one also, just better balanced.
5 out of 5
Winner
So this one is a winner. I've heard the tales of the original but this one stands on its own. Jar note is s little weird. But smokes like s nice mild English. Not better than the Pease Maltese Falcon I received in the same order. But a regular to be in the cellar and rotation.
3 out of 5
Good but not my favorite.
It wasn't bad, but I'm more of a ribbon cut guy.
5 out of 5
Ahhh! Close to what I've heard of nirvana. Yummmmmmm.
This blend is simply delicious! Some sort of exotic Asian fruit juice? You got me. The tin didn't last me all of three days! That's a record. Hope it comes in an 8 ounce soon.
5 out of 5
Bengal Slices
The Bengal Sliced work well for me. They are more of a crumble cake which makes preparing a bowl easy. It lights easy and stays lit. The taste is bold yet smooth, buttery at times. I will be smoking this on a regular basis. Also will buy extra for the cellar.
5 out of 5
Bengal Slices:
I did enjoy this tobacco but I won’t call it all day go to tobacco. I would recommend a try and see because our taste do differ.
5 out of 5
Thank you for bring this brand back
I never thought I would see this blend again but here it is and its just as i remembered it! A wonderful tobacco with some great memories
3 out of 5
Not a Grand Slam
Ultimately, although the top note distinguishes Bengal Slices from most other English-type blends, ir dis not grab me as much as I expected it would.
5 out of 5
Brilliant!
Brilliant blend. I don't always smoke Balkans, but when I do, I smoke Bengal Slices.
3 out of 5
Meh.
An OK smoke, not bad, just not full, complex, or flavorful. Aging may help somewhat. I am not inclined to purchase this again.
5 out of 5
Bengal slices
Never had the original , but have heard a lot about it. Russ has done it again. Great tobacco with a top note that is not overpowering. I wish I could put my finger on the top note. I may be buying a few more tins to figure it out.
3 out of 5
Welcome to my rotation
Classic Latakia/English Blend with that mystery topping.
2 out of 5
Good flavor, bad cut.
Tin note: licorice, anise, slightly smokey. This is obviously a crumble cake that has been cut into very thick slices, looks like a thick flake, but certainly isn't. It's very dry - I have found this to be a theme with STCoP - so if not VERY careful it will crumble into dust. I will add moisture buttons and hopefully fix this. First Half: well balanced between Latakia and Orientals, but still nice and smokey from the Latakia. Mildly sweet aftertaste from Virginias and Cavendish. The licorice/anise flavor is more subtle than the tin note would suggest. Had some trouble getting and keeping it lit at first because I had to leave it chunkier than I would a normal crumble cake to avoid turning it to dust, and because of that I had to gravity fill instead of using my normal packing methods. After my first couple of tamps though, it started to burn easier and better. Second Half: Latakia takes full center stage, gets a little smokier, a little spicier. Back to having a harder time keeping it lit. Still has a nice subtle licorice/anise flavor, and slightly sweet aftertaste. Very smooth retrohale. All in all I enjoyed the flavor profile of this tobacco, but I did not like how difficult the cut made it to prep and smoke. I don't think I'll purchase again because of it.
5 out of 5
A throughly enjoyable smoke!
When I read about the Bengal Slices, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try them. But after admiring the aroma and excellent taste of the smoke, I’m hooked! Gave some to friend and he loves it too! Keep it coming and I’ll keep buying!
5 out of 5
Love it!
Outstanding blend. Smoky, sweet, and with a topping that remains through the bowl. Similar to fusilier's ration but a bit more outspoken, and doesn't nibble at your tongue. (Fusilier could get a bit unruly if pushed)
5 out of 5
loved this
Smoked this in my Nording; full bodied earthy flavor and smell; spicy.
5 out of 5
A Smooth Smoking Experience
I've never been a Latakia fan but found this to be quite enjoyable. Similar to Sillem's Black but better in my opinion with the Latakia just right for my taste. Nothing chemical/artificial/bite as with the black. Subtly sweet with fantastic room note. I can't comment as to this being an exact recreation of the original as I've never had the opportunity to smoke the original, however, this new incarnation certainly stands on its own in my book.
5 out of 5
Spicy Goodness
Upon first opening the tin, there is a note of ketchup mixed with vinegar, maybe. Not sure how to describe it, but that's all I can think of. Packing a bowl of this stuff is so easy. It crumbles down into the pipe and allows for a well packed smoke. The taste is just heavenly. Unlike many Virginia flakes or cakes, Bengal Slices has a nice bit of Latakia in it, yet not enough to put you off, even if you're not into Latakia. The retro-hale is like a flavor bomb! It honestly is one of the best tasting tobacco's out there. If you can get your hands on it, do it!
5 out of 5
All my other pipes are jealous
Bengal Slices, what can I say that others have not? These are a sublime experience. An all day smoke. I’ve never had the original, or Fusileer’s Rations, so I cannot compare. It’s a nice Latakia blend that seems more forward on Orientals. The crumble cake presentation is choice, though it can crumble up a bit fine if you play with it for too long. If you are reading this review and on the fence, go ahead and order two tins today.
5 out of 5
bengal slices
great tobacco loved it will buy again
5 out of 5
customer service is tops
I live in a rural area and had questions about delivery My email was answered quickly fully and put my mind at ease. My experience with P and C was excellent
5 out of 5
Perfect
ok, I have to amend my view. I only recently bought a tin and it's already gone. This is a perfect smoke. I love the creamy smokiness. I am bulk buying from now on.
5 out of 5
Familiar pleasant aroma
Sorry, I never got to try the original so I can't compare them. Opening the tin you get a nice smoky earthy scent. After the True light it stayed lit through the whole bowl, only had to take it now and then and take a couple quick puffs and it kept going. Didn't get any bite but I could taste the spices in my mouth.great taste and room note! I bought three tins, and will definitely get more to stock up..
5 out of 5
Bengal Slices
Excellent tobacco with a strong lat forward tilt. I love it!
5 out of 5
Bengal Slices
I love this tobacco!!!! It has a gorgeous aroma, in the pouch and when smoked. Initially, I did not really appreciate the taste, but it grows on you slowly. Burns great and slowly. Just how I like it!!!!! Also learned that I can get a better taste and aroma simply by inhaling the smoke through my nostrils. It also has no bite and is very smooth. Almost a perfect tobacco for me!!! I will definitely buy more from you. Thanks for acquiring this tobacco and offering it to us.
5 out of 5
I see why this was such a special blend for so many people..
This stuff is glorious. Dark, smokey, sweet and mysterious. It's definitely latakia-forward, but it's never over-powering. For those of us that love the incense-like character of Balkans, this is heaven. The top note is interesting. Initially, I thought it reminded me of Fernet Branca, but it has a very sublte-sweet, floral essence that beings everything together.
5 out of 5
Great tobacco! Good flavor.
Bengal Slices did not disappoint. Good flavor with a good smoky presence.
5 out of 5
Outstanding
I like Fusilier's Ration and was happy to hear this was released. I tried it and it's different enough from FR to warrant me buying both. Bengall Slices is an exceptional tobacco. Burns cool and long and to a fine ash. Creamy mouthfeel but definitely a fine English style blend. I will be buying more of this as well as Fusilier's Ration
5 out of 5
Bengal Slices of heaven.
I am generally a English blend kinda guy, but when I need a change of pace and I am looking to really make my pallet happy this blend is what I enjoy. Everyone should give Bengal slices a try. You will not be let down.
5 out of 5
Great old/new smoke!
Bengal Slices was one of many famous tobaccos that I had never gotten around to trying. Now I have and I can understand it's popularity. It's also the first tobacco I've tried in years that my wife likes the smell of. Count that a win/win!
2 out of 5
Was not impressed
This was not the quality of tobacco I was expecting. Very dry ant compressed.
5 out of 5
Bengal Slices
This blend is very enjoyable. The sweetness of the black cavendish keeps this one interesting and gives this a nice anise flavor. The Latakia remains at bay in this one and remains very subtle. Overall compares to HH fusilers ration but very different. This one is a must buy. Great new company created by pipe smokers for the pipe smoking community. Thank you Dan, Russ, Simon and the wonderful people at P&C.
5 out of 5
New Favorite
I've never had the original, but this new version is an excellent smoke. If you are a Balkan fan, definitely give Bengal Slices a try.
3 out of 5
Hmmm...
This to me smells just like sillem's black... luckily it smokes more latakia forward with more spice than sillem's black and the top note is just a touch down from that.. i get a honey / vanilla cavendish smell and taste with some latakia and oriental spice.. this is a good smoke but it's not for me.. it kind of leaves that lump in the back of your throat if your not a regular aromatic smoker, that's who should try this to cross over to english...
5 out of 5
Finally
The tin note was smokey and earthy from the Latakia. I was never lucky enough to smoke the original Bengal Slices, so I will not be able to attest as to weather or not it is a faithful reproduction. Bengal Slices like most of Russ Ouellette's blends was ready to smoke no drying necessary. On the charring light the smokiness of the Latakia was front and center. On the true light the spiciness of the Orientals joined the flavor profile. A quarter of the way into the bowl the tanginess of the Virginias came through. The sweetness of Cavendish was present through out the bowl. Bengal Slices burned cool and well once lit stayed lit to the bottom of the bowl. This is definitely Latakia forward blend, but the Latakia did overpower the flavor of other tobaccos. I can see this blend quickly becoming one of those hard to find blends. So when you find it stock up I know that I will.