Peterson’s Balkan Delight is a smooth and gentle Latakia blend. Although it’s called Balkan Delight, there are no Oriental tobaccos present, at least they are not mentioned. This does not mean there’s no spice to this blend as the Perique gives a mild peppery quality to the flavour. The Latakia’s smoky woody taste is immediately present but is not overpowering and allows the sweetness of the Virginia through. The Perique takes the stage with the Latakia and combine to give a tranquil peppery bitterness and smoky flair that is wonderful to the palate.
The ribbon cut is almost effortless to pack into the bowl. It is shaded gold brown to chestnut with dark tobacco ribbons interspersed. Lighting is easy and keeping the tobacco alight is no problem. The aroma from the tin is of smoky pine and oak with sweetness and a mild pepper-acetic zest.