Germain’s Special Latakia Flake is an assertive English blend, with prime Orientals and superb Virginias poised to showcase the black smoky leaf. The main profile is smoky, sweet woodiness with a good amount of spice and some sour. This tobacco deserves the respect and praise it gets, being well balanced, unique and delightful to smoke. It doesn’t billow smokiness to the point of choking out the other flavours, like some Latakia flakes out there. There’s a delicacy to the blending that shows time and care has been taken to develop what is one of the best of its genre.