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Hearth & Home Marquee Fusilier's Ration


Hearth & Home Marquee Series' Fusilier's Ration is in a category all its own. This easy to prepare crumble cake begins with plenty of rich Cyprian Latakia and some of the most fragrant of all the Oriental varietals. Zesty, sweet yellow Virginia is added to brighten the flavor. Some mellow, unflavored black Cavendish is included to add body. The finishing touch is the subtle and complementary, old-fashioned top note. It accents the flavor and aroma while never being clearly noticeable.

Fusilier's Ration was created by Russ Ouellette as a tribute to one of his all-time favorite blends - Bengal Slices. Connoisseurs from all over have tried this "homage" blend, and have raved about the bright, smoky flavor, and the incense-like aroma. It burns cool, has lots of flavor and has a short, clean finish.
If you like Latakia blends that aren't too heavy, with a lively aroma, and won't leave your palate muddied, then you're sure to love Hearth & Home Marquee Series Fusilier's Ration.
“I'll start by saying that Fusilier's Ration was love at first light. The flakes are pressed pretty densely but break apart like a crumble cake. It packs well and usually two lights will get it going. The taste is very intriguing; very old timey to me."  -John F.

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Overall Rating 4.68 out of 5 Based on 38 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Hearth & Home Marquee Fusilier's Ration”

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5 out of 5
I’d buy again.
Gave this a go, liked it, will likely purchase again. FWIW: Check moisture before smoking for best experience. I let my batch dry for a couple hours (not very humid here) resulting in a smooth smoke to the bottom of the bowl.
5 out of 5
Excellent blend
As a lover of Latakia, Fusiliers Ration hits the spot. I can smoke it without any tongue bite and it smells and tastes great. It could be an all day smoke for me.
5 out of 5
love it
top 5 blend
5 out of 5
A delicious classic!
This tobacco has earned its rightful place in the pantheon of delicious blends. There are few others that surpass quality and incense-like aroma. Worth every penny, even at retail price!
5 out of 5
Best Ever
I honestly do not know what to say about this blend except that I've never had anything like it and it is the best I've ever had.
5 out of 5
A must have for fans of scotch whiskey!
A spectacular blend, very cool smoking with a sublime mouth feel and finish. I cannot recommend this strongly enough to anyone who enjoys a few fingers of scotch with their evening smoke. The Latakia adds subtle notes of sandalwood to the peaty goodness. I have found no better tobacco to pair with a fine Islay or Skye single malt. The only problem with FR is the absence of a bulk purchase option. I need a pound of this for my cellar asap!
5 out of 5
MY NEW FAVORITE.
This is my new favorite blend. I have heard it is a copy of Bengal Slices. I have never had Bengal Slices so I can't compare them but the top note on here is just perfectly balanced with the tobacco and makes it nice and smooth and the room note is amazing! I don't love licorice but I love this stuff!
5 out of 5
Very Tasty and Affordable
I haven't usually liked any Hearth and Home tobaccos I've tried enough to order more, but I really love Fusilier's Ration. It is a creamy and savory tasting English blend (rather than a sweeter tasting blend), which I prefer. The crumble cake form is extra appealing to me as well. I will always keep some of this on hand as I enjoy it quite often.
5 out of 5
I'm Hooked!
Since I have been smoking a pipe for over 65 years I have tried many varieties of tobacco. Still like the good burleys but when Bengal Slices came out I was hooked. And when they disappeared...i was shattered. I was excited when you came out with a new version of Bengal Slices...very good ...BUT...recently I ordered a can of Fusilier's Ration...and am HOOKED...again! My taster doesn't not completely recall Bengal...but even then, I think I might have switched to Fusilier's Ration had it been available in that day.
3 out of 5
First time with a cake tobacco - different.
I bought this along with WhiteKnight and BlackHouse as possible replacements for the Balkan Sobranie I remember from the '70s. They were all good mellow smokes and I enjoyed them very much but they didn't seem to match my memories. I will probably buy them again after trying some of the other Latikia mixes. It was my first time with a cake tobacco and I wasn't quite sure how to use it. That may have affected my results.
5 out of 5
Top Ten Tobacco
This is one of the best tobaccos I've ever enjoyed. The latakia is mixed in so gently that it is present only for its flavor and doesn't take the conductor position. The orientals are present and add the color to the smoke. So nice! The added flavor which is obviously of the anise-licorice sort just rounds it up perfectly without disturbing the components qualities. It's just perfect.
5 out of 5
New favorite tobacco!
Enjoyable smoke! Delivered quickly too.
5 out of 5
Great service
Great service, quick shipment
5 out of 5
First Experience with Crumble Cake
Before I decided to try Fusillier's Ration, I read a lot of reviews. Then I ordered a two-ounce tin...based on what some others were saying about it. I haven't tried the original blend that this one pays homage to, but if its anything like Fusillier's Ration, I think I would enjoy it. I will probably be ordering a couple more tins. This stuff is very good. The aroma from the tin is wonderful. It is easy to prepare and burns very nicely
5 out of 5
A Great Nighttime Smoke
Years ago, my daughter brought some Bengal Slices for me in England, several tins, and I liked it. Then, I couldn't get it anymore. When the "new" Slices came out, I ordered some from P&C but noticed the Fusilier's Ration as comparable. Frankly, I liked it better: burned better, somewhat better flavor, and crumbled easier. Room note is fine. Plus, it cost less. I may just like the name so I can pretend I am a rifleman guarding the artillery as i puff on it. Regardless, FR is a tobacco I will repurchase and enjoy.
5 out of 5
OUTSTANDING
Fusiliers ration is outstanding in every way. I have tried it in a number of pipes i own but it always comes through; savory, complex and thoroughly enjoyable. I like it so much that i purchased as many tins as my tobacco cabinet can hold. Everyone's taste varies but it would be hard to find someone who did not like this blend.
5 out of 5
Hearth&Home's Fusilier'sRation
Being new to pipe smoking I found out quickly that i enjoy latakia blends so i tried Hearth & Home Marquee Fusilier's Ration and would recommend this tobacco to everyone who enjoys latakia as much as i do.
5 out of 5
If i had to choose only one for the rest of it
Of all the tobaccos that i buy and smoke, if i had to choose ONLY ONE FOR THE REST OF IT, this would be the one. For me it has it all from wonderful complex flavors to a nice easy burn. I am saddened that the new government , intrusive , liberty depriving , constitutionally illegal, regulations will cause this tobacco to no longer be available. I am hurt and depressed that big government can simply deprive me of one of the simple pleasures of life. I truly understand better now, what was meant when he said "give me liberty, or give me death"
5 out of 5
Original Bengal Slices was great this is Better!
I smoked a lot of the original Bengal slices through the 70's-80's. I had always added just a touch of unsweetened cavendish for a bit of something different. Fusilier's ration hits it just right, the old Bengal Slices was a great smoke this in my most humble opinion is a bit better, I seldom do this but right after the 1rst bowl ordered several more tins! This is a touch Balkan like in character with an English twist, that added touch of flavoring just runs the bases it hints at the sweetness Bengal lacked, more different nuances throughout the bowl, most excellent Baccy! Lee
5 out of 5
Five stars!
This is a very enjoyable smoke, and I will definitely be getting more in the future.
3 out of 5
A little to bitey for
A little to bitey for my taste
5 out of 5
Very good
Very good
5 out of 5
Reminiscent of Days Past
I too am decideing whether this is my new Favorite. My new alternative to Mississippi River and Frog on the Town. I espeacially love this blend while Revolutionary War Reenacting
5 out of 5
I paid promptly. They shipped
I paid promptly. They shipped correct item promptly. Can't ask for much more than that.
5 out of 5
Can't decide if this is my favorite H&H blend or not! They're all fantastic!
Another fantastic blend from Russ that is a pleasure to smoke! Rich flavor and should be in your pipe right now!
4 out of 5
Please ignore my orignal review
I'm sorry to say that my original scathing review of this fine tobacco was not a result of the quality of Fusiler's Ration. The tobacco did taste horrible; I only finished 1/2 a bowl. But what I didn't know at the time was that the pipe I was using had gone sour. Regrettably, I can't delete my original review. I came back to this blend after I had realized what had happened, and found it to be very smooth and tasting modestly floral.
5 out of 5
Glad I finally Pulled the Trigger
I’d read the great reviews of Fusilier’s Ration but put off buying some for quite some time. Then I was at the CI Super Store with my brother and he asked me to recommend an ‘english’ blend (He’s a 1-Q guy). So I spotted FR on the shelf and recommended he try it. When we got home he popped the tin and we both gave it a try. I was impressed. A creamy English with an underlying sweetness, FR is flavorful and well balanced. There’s a hint of something that reminds me of Seattle Pipe Club’s Plum Pudding, and also something that has echoes of Frog Morton’s Cellar. But these are fleeting. The side stream aroma is delightful, and there is a somewhat floral topping that adds to the depth and complexity of the smoke. FR is not a Lat-Bomb, and it’s not a Nic-Bomb either. The Virginias in it are a great foundation and the cavendish is like a dollop of whipped cream. In a month and a half I’ve ordered it twice!
5 out of 5
Well Balanced and Mild
This is a well balanced, mild English Blend that doesn't loose it's taste yet is not overpowering. Some English blends can be Latakia heavy. This is not one of them. There just seems to be enough to let you know you're smoking "english". This would be a great all day tobacco and perfect for someone new to English blends. I like "rubbing out" my own tobacco so that was an added treat.
5 out of 5
Another good smoke
I love English blends and this is a really mellow but flavourful blend. Crumble cake that was perfect out of the tin. I will be buying this one again.
5 out of 5
Great Stuff!!!
I shoulda read the description a little more carefully as this is a crumble cake. I wouldn't have been exactly sure of what that would have been and probably have interpreted it as a solid cake that you would have to cut with a pen knife. I'm now glad I was so careless. It was easy to pack and it was right up there with Blackhouse and White Knight. I have smoked Penzance and all I can say is that all three beat Penzance in price and the taste is as good or better, keeping in mind that everyone has different tastes. Don't drive yourself crazy trying to purchase an overpriced pipe tobacco that seems to be always out of stock everywhere. These three are much better values.
5 out of 5
Amazing
I love this blend. Full on flavor and smooth as can be. If you rub the chunks out fine it stays lit as well as Dunhill ribbon cut. I love Lancer Slices as well but the slight topping on Fusiliers makes it unique.
5 out of 5
Suits my taste for winter
This is a nice Balkan blend and very much reminds me of Penzance. I will keep it in my rotation.
4 out of 5
Good Stuff
This is a quality tobacco with a great flavor profile. Smooth and mellow smoke that is both earthy and slightly sweet. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys Latakia blends that are on the sweeter side. This one reminded me of Frog Morton's Cellar, but not quite as aromatic as the casing isn't as pronounced. My only complaint with this one was the presentation inside the tin, it looked as though someone had just wadded the tobacco up inside of a paper ball and tossed it in the tin. I know that it doesn't affect the tobacco in any way, but the presentation is part of what makes smoking a pipe so fun.
4 out of 5
A Blend to Be Enjoyed by Many
Fusilier's ration is a very nice blend. It strikes a balance between the balkan style blend it was inspired by and the too seldom seen, lightly aromatic latakia blends. The key is balance. The light topping along with the fine tobaccos create a flavorful and enjoyable blend with notes of dark chocolate and red fruits. It's less aromatic and (IMO) cloying than Frog Morton's Cellar but it shares a similar flavor profile. Another blend I might compare it to is SPC's Plum Pudding, but FR's topping is more pronounced. It is a balanced blend that isn't as complex as other full balkans but makes for a fantastic multi-task smoke. Fusilier's Ration rubs out easily and burns well. Of the few Latakia blends with an added topping that I have tried, this is certainly the best and should be an inspiration for other tobaccos of the style.
4 out of 5
Well-Balanced and Satisfying
Not as savory as my vintage Balkan Sobranie or Lane BS-005, but well-balanced and with satisfying depth. There is a faint flinty note throughout as well as an almost imperceptible note of molasses and scorched brown sugar from the curing. For me this is an enjoyable smoke for the right time and place. I can see some enthusiasts giving it an even higher rating.
1 out of 5
A revolting combination of Listerine and Liquid Smoke
Before going into my opinon of this blend, let it be known that I have only been smoking a pipe for the last two months, and that this is my first Latikia blend. Upon opening the tin my first reaction was that this stuff stinks. I don't meen to say that it stinks of smoke, which I actually like in moderation, but rather this blend has a aroma comprised of smoke and medicine-like mint. As one would expect, this unappitizing combination transfers over to the taste while smoking. The best description for the taste is if you were to combine liquid smoke and Listerine. Like I said, I'm new to the pipe smoking eperience so maybe I should have tried a more tamer blend prior to Fusilier's Ration. Maybe if you absolutely love Latikia you'll love this blend too, but for me, I just couldn't finish the bowl due to the fowl flavoring of this blend.
5 out of 5
Great smokes!
I searched long for Fusilier's Rations and have discovered another favorite in White Knight. I will be glad when I can buy each in larger amounts against.
5 out of 5
Fusilier's Ration
I'll start by saying that Fusilier's Ration was love at first light. The flakes are pressed pretty densely but break apart like a crumble cake. It packs well and usually two lights will get it going. The taste is very intriguing; very old timey to me. The licorice is noticeable and tingly but not overbearing. I have not picked up the tonquin yet but I'm working on it. I find that a group 4 or 5 pipe will last over an hour and it is a delightful hour. Fusilier's Ration has moved to the top of my daily rotation. If you're looking for something that is traditionally British then this is the one to try.
Customer Testimonials
This is easily the best tobacco to come from Russ. I'm told it resembles Bengal Slices, but I've never had that. It's tough to get lit, but burns like a tire fire once properly ignited. The only fault is that it's only available in 50gm tins. 8oz tins or bulk would be great.
Since I have never had Bengal Slices I cannot compare them but this had some great flavor. I definitely want more.
What a great blend! The aroma is amazing, and the taste is even better.
Excellent medium strength blend. Packs nicely, minimal relighting, and burns to the bottom of the bowl. Spicy enough to be interesting but not overpowering. Love it! If you like the strength of Dunhill's MM965, you're going to like this as it's a bit tastier.
Oustanding blend; Full rich flavor, smooth and delightful. Smokey, sweet and spicy flavors and notes, each in their own perfect proportion. Not to be missed!
Very good blend, nice sweet balanced taste from the latakia and cavendish. a must try for anyone who likes a sweet full flavored tobacco.
I really like this blend, a lot! While it is smoky and earthy with Latakia, it has a subtle sweetness to it as well, perhaps the top dressing provides a bit of this. The orientals are top notch, adding the right amount of spice to keep it interesting. I'm sure the Black Cav mellows it all out a bit, but its hard for me to taste. My only disappointment is that it no longer comes in Krumble Kake form, nor is it "oily", both of which were traits of the original Fusilier's Ration (which I never had the pleasure of sampling). Now it comes in a ribbon cut format and is quite dry, ready for smoking right out of the tin. It burns cool and easily, only one good charring light is necessary. If you're a fan of lighter to medium English blends with a whole lot of flavor, give it a shot!!
Excellent. One of my new favorites!