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Hearth & Home Marquee WhiteKnight


I guess that I've become known, to some degree, for my "tribute" blends, like BlackHouse and Fusilier's Ration. But there was one blend that was so venerable that, even though I wanted to, I resisted from trying to make a clone of it. That blend is Balkan Sobranie Original Smoking Mixture.  Of course, one concern is that there's a current incarnation of the blend, and like almost all tobaccos, it changes somewhat over time. The new version doesn't seem all that similar to what I smoked in the seventies, so when I finally felt that I missed the old version enough that I wanted to try to match it, the seventies version was my target

When I released Hearth & Home Marquee WhiteKnight, the customer feedback was very positive, so I feel that the effort was worth it. WhiteKnight utilizes the same types of tobaccos that went into B.S.O.S.M. - bright Virginias, magnificent Orientals, especially the "Queen of Tobaccos", Yenidje, and rich, smoky Latakia. There's an incense-like aroma to WhiteKnight that immediately recalls my old favorite, and there's a crispness to the flavor that's unlike most Latakia blends. It also has a short, clean finish that makes it a good choice to pair up with your favorite beverage.

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Overall Rating 4.65853658536585 out of 5 Based on 41 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Hearth & Home Marquee WhiteKnight”

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4 out of 5
Satisfying Smoke
My rating is as follows: one for the flavor, two for the burn, three for the room note, and four for the price. It goes well with Yeungling lager, but that's just me talking.
5 out of 5
I Need Help--
I first thought this was just an OK blend, but the I had never bought tinned tobacco before. After trying another bowl after the tin had been opened, I got a serious lesson in tobacco aging as the next two bowls were far nicer. A more distinctive and complex Latakia note without the alkali aftertaste I had experienced before with Dunhill's 965. BUT WAIT-- Since I also had a tin of Dunhill's My Mixture 965, being intrigued by its huge number of reviews that didn't wow me, AND a half an ounce of Lane BS-005... Yup: I decanted all three and blended them in a glass jar and let 'em sit a week. Well! Now we have an extremely complex smoke, very English in character and soothing to the soul. It is heavy in smoky Latakia taste with the fullness of the Western components and yet waaaay in the back sits the Oriental/Turkish leaves like a note of nutmeg. Wonderful! So: two tins each of 965 and WhiteKmight, one ounce of BS-005; throw into a glass jar, blend well (I used a kitchen fork) and ignore for as long as you can manage. Might even buy a largish tin, pack the blend tight and store in the basement a year to see how it compares to the young stuff. However, if you're not psychotic like me, the WhiteKnight will please.
5 out of 5
Yup, That's Good Stuff!
Great stuff, like Dunhill's My Blend, but without the overuse, IMHO of Burley. Nice balance.
5 out of 5
Fabutastic!!
I ordered this for my son for Christmas and he absolutely loved it!!! Thank you!
5 out of 5
Perfect recreation
A friend recommended that I try this as he knew my love of the old Balkin Sabrani (yes I spelled it wrong LOL) mixture. All I can say is that if you loved the original you will find this sublime! Well done!
5 out of 5
Dobrin Pamoukov
Everything was OK
4 out of 5
Campfire smoke
Great tobacco, very smoky and would be great to smoke around a Campfire. It can burn a little hot though and might start to taste ashy if smoked too long. Otherwise, highly recommended.
5 out of 5
It didn’t smell too good
It didn’t smell too good in the can, but, it smoked better.
5 out of 5
White Knight
White Knight is a fantastic blend. I first tried White Knight when I received a tin as a Birthday gift a while back. A very tasty Balken blend with almost a tangy hint. Highly recommend.
4 out of 5
Not quite Balkan Sonranie, but
Not quite Balkan Sonranie, but close
5 out of 5
White Knight
A very relaxing and mellow smoke.
3 out of 5
Good Puff ...
Good smoke , Spicy !
5 out of 5
Cool and Smooth
This is a very well balanced blend and a go-to if I want something smooth and cool. The Balkan amount is just right for a mild spice without being overpowering. I do always have to relight it, but I'm okay with that given how great the taste is. It's easily in my top 5.
3 out of 5
Earthy
Smooth smoke, Earth tones reminded me of burning maple leaves in the fall. had a fairly strong after taste.
4 out of 5
Great smell, flavor, and taste. I hope you have lots of matches and patience though.
I had just ordered this last week and smoked my 1st bowl yesterday then another today. The blend is phenomenal in taste and smell. But, OMG is this hard to keep lit. I usually have no issues in that area with any tobacco. This blend was a serious issue. I first smoked it in my Rossi author and thought it was the conical bowl shape maybe getting a bit too snug at the bottom. But it happened tonight as well with my poker which has a very uniform shape from top to bottom. I even got tongue bite because I had to puff it regularly to keep it lit for only a few minutes at a time between relights. I'm going to try getting it a bit more moist before I smoke it again. Hopefully it helps because though this blend is wonderful in all other aspects it turned my "defrag" time into more of a chore than anything. Honestly the taste is why it got a four star in my book. The smoking mechanics of the blend alone would earn itself one star. But, I'll figure out how to make this work for me so won't give it a bad rating because it really is a fine blend outside of the problem with keeping it lit.
5 out of 5
Excellent Tobacco, order a tin now!
Being a relatively new pipe smoker I have never tried Balkan Sobranie so I can not compare this to the original. I can say that this is a masterpiece blend and my new favorite tobacco. I just placed an order for 2 more tins. If you haven't tried this do yourself a favor and order a tin, you wont regret it.
5 out of 5
Just like old times
Very good rendition of the old B.S. blend of old. Looks the same. Smells the same and smokes a little smoother. Not only that it's half the price. It's got all the same tobaccos in it that B.S. had except the Syrian Latakia. Don't fool yourself Cyprian Latakia is just as good.
5 out of 5
Kalidescope of Sensations
Impressions: Hay, sweet grass, lemon grass. * …hmm, what is it? * paprika * peppery room note, I see Old Spice, in the cream colored decanter with grey stopper, and schooners on the side * Earl Grey tea, didn’t I try to smoke tea one time in my youth? * Something very familiar, yet not in reach, like I smoked this in another lifetime. * smoke mellows toward the heel * Mother’s pie dough trimmings, she would lay out on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and bake briefly for us to snack on. A pleasurable smoke of sensory memory triggers.
5 out of 5
A Definite "Go To" Blend
This was my first English blend and first time smoking Latakia. I had heard so much about Balkan Sobranie that I thought this would be a good starting point and I was right. This is quality tobacco and I like shoving my nose in the tin as much as I do smoking it. I've smoked many English and oriental forward blends since but this one made an English smoker of me and I will always smoke it regularly. Fantastic job Russ, you are the man!
5 out of 5
Stands on its Own
White Knight is an attempt to replicate Balkan Sobranie Smoking Mixture, a long gone masterpiece. WK does a good job paying homage to its predecessor. It is an oriental forward English mixture that is very well balanced, with no rough edges. The cut of the tobacco is broader and rougher than the original, but the taste is lovely; a bit more flowery and less “dry” than Balkan Sobranie, but good in its own right. The strength is mild-medium, the taste is medium, there is no detected flavoring, and the room note is pleasant. Those of us who smoked Balkan Sobranie back in the day may give White Knight a B+ as a recreation, nevertheless I give it an A on its own as a fine pipe tobacco.
5 out of 5
This one converted me.
I normally do not smoke Latakia-based blends, as I prefer Virginias, VA-Pers, navy blends, or high-quality aeros like Pipeworks&Wilke. However, when I read what Russ was trying to do here, then did more research online about the original Sobranie, I simply had to give it a go. This was so pleasantly enjoyable, smooth, tasty and satisfying...even the room note was pleasant and homey (which is rare for any Latakia blend) I immediately ordered 5 more tins. This even surprised me! This is THEE go-to English/Balkan blend I reach for when I'm not in the mood for a VA or aero blend. Russ, please don't EVER stop producing this blend or let what happened to B.S.O.S.M. happen here. To smoke any other English, Balkan or Sobranie-wanna-be blend is simply a waste of time, money and piping pleasure. - Tony K, Buffalo, NY
4 out of 5
Thumbs up from a Novice
This is a very nice blend. I had a little tongue bite on light up and had to relight twice but I also am novice to the pipe. Overall I liked the flavor and it seemed to be mild to medium bodied. Im still trying other blends but this is one of the better ones so far.
5 out of 5
My Blend Choice for a Desert Island
I have a rotation of 5 blends, four of which are Latakia blends. If you ask me the proverbial "what would you take to the desert island" I would have to choose White Knight. I have been looking for this type of blend for years and some of the iconic blends that have been brought back have been disappointing.
5 out of 5
Another Winner for Russ!!!!
Just got this along with a tin of Fusilier's Ration. Like this stuff (WhiteKnight) even more than the Blackhouse, which I just love. I don't know how Russ keeps coming up with one winner after another. He's the "Secretariat" of pipe tobacco formulators. He is leaving everyone else in the dust.
4 out of 5
A Hearty Smoke
This starts off as a light smoke with subtle sweetness. As one gets further down the bowl, it becomes more of a full body smoky blend. There is no bite and so far has smoked to the bottom leaving nothing but white ash. If you like Latakia, this is a good blend to have on hand, just understanding the Latakia comes in more towards the end of the smoke.
4 out of 5
A winner! Soothing, satisfying and welcome any time of day...
Straight out of the tin White Knight is a winner. My first bowl was more felt than tasted. The term that best describes it is "soothing." It was very satisfying, completely inoffensive, creamy, rich and balanced. It smoked beautifully from start to finish with two relights (perhaps a little wet). The pre-light aroma is a lovely balance of campfire, leather, a faintly terpene mixture of apricot and stewed cherry, followed by a reasonably strong maple and vanilla (the orientals are difficult to pick out un-lit). The mixture is mildly sweet but not cloying (I find the related Black House to be a bit strong on the Cavendish pre-light, but it works pretty well once lit). I think this could be a bulk-buy for me, particularly because it's so friendly straight out of the tin. I could see it getting a bit too mellow as it cures and dries, whereas my other purchases, Black House and particularly Magnum Opus with it's heavier oriental component, should only improve with time.
5 out of 5
GREAT SMOKING TOBACCO
GREAT SMOKING TOBACCO
5 out of 5
Found My Every Day English Blend!
This blend has quickly become my favorite everyday smoke. I have smoked Rattray's Seven Reserve for the last twenty years. When I tried Russ' Magnum Opus at a Chicagoland Pipe & Tobacco Show, I was duely impressed. This enticed me to try WhiteKnight based on my fond memories of Balkan Sobranie Original Smoking Mixture. I found this blend to be different from that blend, of which I still have a small amount remaining. In this case, different is good. WhiteKnight is much closer to that elusive every day English blend then BSOSM every was. While I love both, I smoke this blend almost eveyr time I light up. I am not an all-day smoker, but I do light my pipe up almost every day. WhiteKnight sits on a smoking cabinet within arms reach. It has a musty tin smell, with all the typical English components. It smells almost like an Isle of Islay Scotch in the tin with that same peaty sweetness. When I light up, I get a pleasant, sweet taste combined with that smokhouse room note I love so much about English blends. My only complaint is that this blend comes only in a 1.76oz tin. If I could buy it in an old Balkan Sobranie style large 200 gram tin, I would do so. I have about 5 tins on hand now which I have cellared. Can't wait to see what this tastes like in 2020.
5 out of 5
Great Balkan blend
This is an amazing medium bodied Balkan-style blend, and I knew that I would enjoy this tobacco from the moment I cracked the tin. The tin note is a mixture of a woodsy campfire, and rich premium leather. The cut of the tobacco was a consistent short, yet thick ribbon that seems to pack well, and due to it being a little more on the dry side, it takes a light easy enough. At first light you are greeted by the smoky and leather like Latakia which to me seemed to be the strongest in the first third of the bowl. Now the Orientals were present throughout the entire smoke, however it just seemed that the Latakia was the star of the show for that first third. Other than that one observation, the tobacco stayed pretty consistent throughout the entire smoke with no singular tobacco stealing the show so to speak. As for the room note, I was told by those around me that it had a tolerable if not pleasant smell of a camp fire. The tobacco burned down to a fine white ash, although I did have to tend the pipe more frequently with this blend than I am use to. Overall, I was very pleased with WhiteKnight and will be purchasing more in the future. I would recommend this blend to anyone that enjoys the English/Balkan style blends.
2 out of 5
Difficult to smoke
I have a love-hate relationship with this blend. The flavor is awesome, and in my opinion it's one of the best tasting Balkan blends on the market. However, smoking it is another matter. It requires multiple relights and multiple relights, which makes smoking it more of a struggle and a chore than an enjoyment.
5 out of 5
Wow, love at first puff!
Deep rich and soooo satisfying, almost scared to try another one, I wouldn't want it to even think I would consider another. lol, I recommend this and will definitely be looking for more of that hearty robust relaxation station. Thank you :¬)
5 out of 5
Great tobacco - great service
I'm particular about my tobaccos and Balkan types are my favorites. This is a very good one. And...it came very quickly.
5 out of 5
Among the greatest tobacco ever offered to those who appreciate English blends.
I was a bit apprehensive about the Hearth & Home label given that it sounded hokey and less refined than Dunhill, C & D, or even McClelland. However, its not the name that proves the worth and legendary nature of pipe tobacco. These Marquee blends have shown the world that Russ and H & H are among our very best in the 21st Century. I’ve bought boxes of this delicious blend knowing that I will most certainly have a splendid return on my investment.
5 out of 5
"In your face England"
Wow ! this stuff smells and tastes like a brand new leather work boot !! The first tin i received was popped and the tobacco was dust.. customer service was awesome and i had a replacement tin 2 days later.. i'm glad i got it.. i smoke alot of squadron leader and was looking for a replacement because you can't get it for now (they moved production).. This is better !.. "In your face England"....lol.. Don't ever stop making this blend!
5 out of 5
New Favorite
Love the smooth smoke, great taste. Not the wife's favorite, but she's too picky anyway.
5 out of 5
Top-notch Tobacco
Top-notch Tobacco
5 out of 5
Worth it
Very hearty and delicious, definitely lived up to its reputation.
5 out of 5
Quality tobacco
Very good tobacco. I love trying new tobacco's and this one certainly passed the taste test. A good moderate English. As a frame of reference I like Mc 5110, Squadron Leader, BLWB, the Frog's, and especially Foxhound By Nording.
5 out of 5
On my short list of favorite English blends
White Knight is possibly the perfect English Blend. I can smoke bowl after bowl and never tire of it. I continue to buy White Knight because I want to smoke it more than the other blends in my cellar.
5 out of 5
A great smoke
what can I say about WK? Well it's a great smooth smoke, rich bold and tasty. Nice pieces of quality leaf. Russ really outdid himself with this blend. Sometimes it's on back order,that alone should tell you something.
5 out of 5
Best Tobacco I've smoked yet
I was on the search for the best and perfect English blend. This is by far my absolute favorite!
Customer Testimonials
I had heard this was a tribute to the original Balkan Sobranie. Since I have never had and never will have the original, I cannot compare the two. But this one was equally as good as Black House. Even my wife liked it. Would definitely buy more.
This blend is perfect. It's delicious straight from the tin. All day long, in any pipe, during any season.
Ok, this tobacco is great. Smooth, rich, bold yet very piper friendly. Great cut, some nice large pieces of leaf. Smells great in the tin but needs a little dry time to improve burn. I've never had balkan sobranie but I don't care. This stuff is dynamite. I've noticed it on backorder as of late, and when you smoke some you'll know why. Do yourself a big favor and order some now!!!
I must be doing something wrong with this one. Can't pack it properly, can't get a good burn to save my life, can't maintain an ember in the bowl. The smoking session ends up feeling more like a project than a break. I do not have this problem with the other H&H blends I've tried. Go figure. I'll give Russ and team a lot of credit for their ambition here: attempting to recreate the 1970s Balkan Sobranie. While I'm too young to have smoked it, I have certainly heard all the hype. Whatever the case, I'm guessing it was better than this.
Smoking a bowl right now and have already gone through a lot. The tin note has a smokiness to it and a ketchup note in the background, akin to BBQ. The tobacco packs easy enough, though I recommend rub it out some more. It softens it up and allows a good burn, it stays cool. The flavor is a smoky flavor with the orientals in the background, but they give it that oily feel. This is a good tobacco, if you like blackhouse this provides a milder smoke as they are very similar.
Russ hit a home run with bases loaded with WhiteKnight. This is beyond outstanding and I would encourage anybody no matter your blend preference, to try WhiteKnight. Wonderful comforting tin note with just the right amount of Latakia to let you know you are in for a wonderful smoke. First light and you will be smiling from ear to ear. Do not wait another minute... and do yourself a true pipe smoking favor and order a tin of this most satisfying blend from Hearth & Home. Bravo Russ for your efforts on completing what is now my number 1 favorite of all time.
Never mind the Seventies, which are for youngsters. I started smoking Balkan Sobranie when I was in grad school in 1956. The Latakia was outstanding, but it was the Yenidje that really made it. Opening the tin was an olfactory experience in itself. WhiteKnight is the best replica in existence. It really takes me back to the old days on Harvard Square where I discovered Sobranie White. This is the kind of tobacco you can really wrap your mouth around and fill up your senses. Why did we have to wait so long to get a re-creation this good? We had to wait for a blending genius.
I will keep this short and simple. I have smoked everything from aro's to VA flakes, VaPer's, and English's but, WhiteKnight is possibly the best tobacco I have ever had! This coming from mainly an aro smoker.
I love it! The aroma that greets you when you open the tin is bold and delightful. Good stuff!
Milky, smoky, enticing!
Perfect balance. The first tobacco that I could and would smoke all day. Very complex.
Excellent blend. I've been looking for a tobacco that has a good taste and a slight cedar room note. I've found it.
Congratulations, P&C. Instant classic! This one definitely sets the bar as far as Balkan-style blends go. Beautiful balance. Bright. Big clouds of smoke. Will buy more soon, as I don't think this tin will last long. Thanks.
I love this blend. It has just the right amount of Latakia.
I recently had the good fortune to acquire two tins of the "new" Balkan Sobranie , and at $34.00 a tin that was a tough purchase. Some vendors are even charging $55.00 per tin. The new Sobranie is an excellent oriental blend and is worthy of the name Sobranie. However it's nothing like the 1970's blend of which I still have 8oz stored in a humidore. As good as the new Sobranie is White Knight is a most worthy contender to emulate Sobranie --it stands on its own. WK is still the best tobacco I've ever smoked regardless of blend type. Definitely try some.
Frankly, I'm a bit tired of everybody's SEARCH for the mythological perfect reissue of the original Balkan Sobranie. I've been smoking pipes seriously for about ten years, so I'm not obsessed with this longing for a tobacco that I never tasted. I've tried all the recent reissues and enjoyed almost all of them regardless of their accuracy. White Knight is an excellent tobacco, period. Balanced, not overloaded with Latakia (although I love Latakia), this blend is the perfect medium that makes it a great all day blend if you're inclined to do that. Expertly blended, bright and mellow, with complexity and great flavor. Highly recommended!
I'll make this short and sweet. White knight is the best tobacco I've ever smoked and I've been smoking a pipe for 51years. The only tobacco close is the original 1970's balkan sobranie which white knight emulates.
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