Lane Limited BS005 A traditional English blend of pure tobaccos. For the smoker who loves the taste of fine tobacco without the added flavorings.
How to buy Bulk Tobacco
The chart below gives you the prices for number of ounces. For example, if you buy 15 ounces, then you're charged as if you were buying a half pound. But if you buy 16 ounces, then your price goes down. So...the more you buy, the more you save.
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 replicated...at 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"...it 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!
...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...