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MATCH B.S.O.S.M Pipe Tobacco
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A legendary blend consisting of fragrant Macedonian Orientals including Yenidje, sweet Virginias and Latakia had been a favorite among American pipe connoisseurs. Using similar components, this match blend delivers a memorable and familiar experience.

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Overall Rating4.32 out of 5 Based on 25 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “MATCH B.S.O.S.M”

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5 out of 5
Welcome Back Old Friend
Just as I remember it when I started pipe smoking back in the mid 70s. Good stuff guys. Keep up the good work. BV
3 out of 5
A great smoke at a great price.
A great bulk smoke. High quality at a great price.
5 out of 5
I have yet to try
I have yet to try this "match", however the others I have tried met my expectations . This ( original) was my favorite English blend starting in the early 1970's. As sad I was to see it become unavailable, I am glad to see this option. I will update this as soon as I try it.
4 out of 5
Not a bad tobacco to
Not a bad tobacco to smoke and I wouldn't mind keeping some around
3 out of 5
a little too mild for
a little too mild for my taste, but not bad
5 out of 5
So you think you know Balkan blends huh?
I had to try this three times just to wrap my head around this blend. I read other reviews and since I didn't try the original they based it off of, well that didn't help much... Sooo here we go I have tried English blends, I have tried Balkan blends, and to qoute Socrates I admit I know nothing. This is the smoothest Balkan blend I have ever tried. The Orientals are upfront and are such a flavor, while the notorious latakia leaf just chills in the background. The smoke billows and dances, it is the calmest blend in this English family and an absolute favorite
5 out of 5
Great Balkan blend Rich and Luxurious
This stuff is just... AMAZING, if you like Balkan style blends. I bought a pound which filled two large mason jars. I will be ordering this ad infinitum...
5 out of 5
If you like orientals, this
If you like orientals, this is a must try. Excellent smoke, subtle smokey and sweet notes. Very smooth. This is definitely one to order, you won't be disappointed.
4 out of 5
Great affordable balkan.
I absolutely love this blend as it came labeled White Knight. This is an affordable balkan blend. It has all the right leaf in all the right places. It is a joy to savor in the evening while reading and goes well with whisky. However it is probably for the experienced pipe smoker and the room note may not be as guest friendly. Though you smoke for your enjoyment not for others. Stove your pipe and be happy.
5 out of 5
This has become my favorite
This has become my favorite Oriental, Latakia blend. The flavor is is amazing, smoke is creamy and the price point can't be beat. I originally ordered 2 oz to sample. I had to go back and order more. This blend will be a staple in my Tobacco rotation.
3 out of 5
A nice Latakia intro blend!
Even though this was significantly less of a latakia smoke compared to the Cornell & Diehl Byzantium I wrote a review about, it's still pretty strong with the anise flavor, which unfortunately, I simply cannot stand. This was just another experiment in my hard-headedness thinking since it was supposed to be a lot mellower with the latakia that it might be a little more tolerable for me, but it wasn't. If you *DO* like the flavor and taste of anise though, with a very mild sweetness in aftertatse from the other tobaccos in this blend, it will be a very enjoyable smoke for you as it did smoke cool in my Tom Sawyer MO Meerschaum and was dry enough that there was no bite to it. This would be a fantastic 'introduction' blend for those just starting to smoke a pipe and who may happen to like the taste/flavor of anise and pine needles as neither are a nuclear bombardment of those two flavors on the tongue like the Byzantium is, heh heh.
5 out of 5
One of the best English
One of the best English blends around. Very close to what i smoked nearly sixty years ago.
5 out of 5
A very refined and pleasant, wife approved, mixture.
I never had the original, so I'm reviewing this blend on its own merits. I bought two pounds of B.O.S.M.O aka Hearth and Home White Knight Bulk. I was pleasently surprised to see the H&H White Knight label on the bags, as it is my favorite latakia blend. It tastes identical to White Knight in the tins, and it is significantly less expensive. The bag note is leathery, sweet and smokey. It smells rich and complex, the way a great latakia blend should smell. The initial taste, after lighting the pipe, is strongly latakia that carries on for the equarter of the bowl. It then settles down into a very rich and complex spicy sweetness, that continues for the remainder of the bowl. It tastes like a very high quality tobacco blend, using the best leaf. I'm thrilled to be getting H&H White Knight for this amazing price, and I will continue to buy it for as long as it is available. I highly recommend this blend to any latakia lover you won't be disappointed! I bought my order while this blend was on Backorder, and patiently waited a couple of weeks for it to arrive, I can now see why it is frequently on Backorder status, it's just that good!
5 out of 5
Buttery Oriental blend perfect for an Autumn night...
This will be a delicious treat come Autumn. I foolishly purchased it in June in Las Vegas where it's already 105* and the bowl was overbearing but given cold weather this will be amazing! Floral orientals, beefy and buttery Latakia with some sweet Virginia. Not overpowering with power or nicotine but very very flavorful and blows the Dunhill blends away, very inexpensive for what you get. Buy a bunch and jar for the next six months, open at the end of September, beginning of October. Meant to be smoked on the drier side I believe. 5 stars!!!
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
Even though it isn't the "original", it's damn good!!!
While this is not exactly like the "Original" Balkan Sobranie Mixture, it is one of Russ' best tobacco blends, bar none. I love this blend. The Orientals were very "floral" and are definitely the star here. Not to say the Latakia isn't represented well, the Orientals are what make this "interpretation" a worthwhile smoke. Get it while you can!
4 out of 5
A Nice Change Of Pace
I ordered this blend as a way to try to understand what all the fuss is about regarding the original Balkan Sobranie. I tried the original back in my college days and thought it was way too strong(all the guys smoked the usual aromatics except this one kid who smoked B.S.) Anyway, my memory of what it was like has faded and I couldn't make a valid comparison. No surprise really. This blend came to me just a little dried-out sort of crunchy. It was easy to re-hydrate and I may hydrate it a little more. I have found that when the blend is dried out you actually get a lot more when sold by weight. I find it smokes really easily with some complexity of flavors. There is a kind of cedar-y note that is very nice. I am not finding this blend overly strong. In all I have to say I like it. Maybe the modern version of Balkan Sobranie will find its way to me and I can make a better comparison?!?!
4 out of 5
Very Good
I really enjoy this tobacco.
2 out of 5
Didn't do it for me.
I hadn't smoked the original since college in the early 70's. I have had a tin of the remake recently. The MATCH blend just didn't do it for me. Smoked half, tossed the rest.
2 out of 5
Close but not there yet
Although this is similar to the Original, I really don't remember it being as harsh as the match. This blend arrived extremely dry and had to be hydrated a bit. The flavor takes me back a few years (late 1960's and early 1970's) when I smoked the original but frankly it is not the same. Nice try though.
5 out of 5
Compares to the best.
Incidentally, I also compared it to White Knight, Balkan Salsieni and Fusiliers Ration; all great tobacco in their own right. I prefer the Match Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture. As far as Penzance, it is too expensive and almost impossible to find. Keep in mind mind that everyone has different tastes, but I don't think you can go wrong on this one. The only ones I would steer away is anyone who I 8s hooked on aromatics or a newbie not used to Latakia.
5 out of 5
Great Tobacco!!!
Love this stuff. Absolutely the best. Never tasted Balkan Sobranie but it could not possibly be any better. And this is a he'll of a lot cheaper and easier on the wallet
5 out of 5
Good smoke
As a novice pipe smoker, who has been trying various tobaccos, this was one of the ones I enjoyed.
5 out of 5
Tastes like I remember it did!
Great tabac!!!
5 out of 5
Lovely smoke!
I'm new to the world of pipe tobacco, so I've never tried the "original," but the Match BSOSM is a wonderful, mellow smoke and I can understand how it became a Classic.
Customer Testimonials
I grabbed a couple ounces of this on my last order and it is the the one that is almost gone, while the others sit largely untouched. The smell in the jar, the flavor of the smoke, and the room notes keep me coming back bowl after bowl! I've no experience with the original, so I can't compare, but I do know that this is a blend I will continue to buy as long as it is around.
RK of Frontenac, MN
Match b.s.o.s.m. Is everyway as good as the Balkan Sobranie in the tin but I don't have to wait a long time to get it and the price is more reasonable. Even so I still find White Knight the superior blend. Thanks for supplying both. Chris landry
CL of Dresher, PA
I've never had the original, haven't been piping long enough for that. What I can say though is this blend is wonderful! I'm thrilled with everything about it, the taste, the smell of the full smoke it produces, just everything! And the pouch smell, I wanted to jump in the bag and swim in it, yes, it's that good. If a pipe tobacco can be considered beautiful, this one surely is!! Thanks so much P&C!!!
CS of Orland, IN
This Match of the B.S.O.S.M. is VERY mild, more so than I thought. It is very smooth and very good! However, it should be said that I have never had the original Balkan Sobranie or the current remake, but compared to Hearth & Home's White Knight by Russ I find it lacking a certain quality. For my money, I will stick with WK, but if you order in bulk then maybe this MATCH is the way to go.
BW of Hixson, TN
If you like your Balkans, this is the one. The real deal. Every bit as good as the hard to find and expensive tin blend. Burns well, tastes great and very satisfying. Russ O is the best thing to happen to pipe smoking in the past 20 years.
TK of fairfield, OH
Most wonderful all day smoke. So very happy to have it in my rotation for as long as it is available. Gotta get some more of this stuff soon. Keep it coming and don't change the product at all. The tin has nothing on this offering. Keep it going just as it is.
EW of orland Park, IL
Wow!!! Russ really nailed this. A true Balkan blend. Delicate interplay of smoke, spice, and sweet. I've been looking for this for 5 years. Everything is harmonious all the way down to ashes. Exotic oriental, sweet virgina's, and just the right amount of latakia to be smoky but not overwhelming. This is my number 1 smoke. Not a lot of nic kick but very satisfying. I've have found my holy grail. Forget the tinned reissue version that's $35.00 for 50 grams, that dosen't come close. I waited forever to get that one and couldn't smoke 2 bowls of it. My other favs are White Knight, Great Hiatus, and Margate. Don't ever stop making this one!
ES of burbank, CA
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