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Lane BS005 Pipe Tobacco Pure English, sold by Oz

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Lane Limited BS005 A traditional English blend of pure tobaccos. For the smoker who loves the taste of fine tobacco without the added flavorings.

Flavor Profile

Lane Limited
Blend Type
Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Ready Rubbed
Strength i STRENGTH: the overall strength of the tobacco. This includes the strength of its taste and its nicotine content.
Flavoring i FLAVORING: primarily for aromatic blends, this refers to the "topping" but sometimes also to the "casing" added to the tobacco. This will account for detectable flavors like cherry or chocolate.
Taste i TASTE: although a wholly subjective measure, it is one of the most important in that it measures how tasty smokers find the blend. Like food, some dishes are tastier than others.
Room Note i ROOM NOTE: a measure of the ambient scent/smell a blend puts out for those around the smoker. Basically, how strong does it smell, and how pleasant do those around you find that smell. The stronger, generally the less pleasant. You can also call this the "wife rating."

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4 ounces = 1/4 pound
8 ounces = 1/2 pound
16 ounces = 1 pound
80 ounces = 5 pounds

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3 Reviews

  • 5
    BS005 - the BS stands for...

    Posted by DAC on Jun 12th 2019

    According to a story in P&T some years back, the BS005 formulation was found in a notebook in Herman Lane's own handwriting, dating from the early 1960s. When Scandinavian bought Lane, they found this in a safe, locked for decades, along with a lot of other blending notebooks of Herman Lane's from the same general period.

    Now, there's a lot of Sobranie-alikes out there. And as someone who loved the original, I figured there was no way this would ever be properly least, judging from the attempts. But while these efforts all originated in vintage tins or from memory, Herman Lane's BS005 isn't an attempt to "bring back Balkan Sobranie" was a contemporary effort to duplicate it when it was still in production, by a blender who knew what was needed to hit that mark.

    Original Balkan Sobranie always (to me, at least) had an aroma, when first opened, like the inside of a new tire, and this was part of my benchmarking of Sobranie clones. No tire, no Sobranie. But the first time I ever opened a bulk of BS005...well, there it was. And in flavor, in aroma, room note, what-have-you...this is as close as anyone's gotten as far as my picky criteria is concerned. The SOLE difference between this and the bona fide article is that BS005 has a touch of softness to it that was absent in Sobranie...which, frankly, isn't a bad thing, considering how in-yer-face Balkan Sobranie could be.

    So, while everyone keeps chasing that Balkan fata morgana, paying psychotic prices for cellared tins, getting waitlisted at every tobacconist's from Beijing to Mumbai for tiny runs of boutique blends, and the other usual histrionics, I'm buying this in quarter-pounds and woofin' it down. Herman did a masterful job of analyzing and replicating the Sobranie blend in its heyday, and it still delivers. But moreso, it delivers for less money and FAR less hassle!

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Jul 21st 2017


  • 4
    A Very Reasonable English...

    Posted by PeterD on Jul 17th 2017

    ...out of production for a while but this Lane English is quite good...perhaps not as refined as some others but has a good taste, aroma, and is a very "smoky" English...Good to see its return...