Survey says very well worth the effort, $$$ and time.
Is it just like the original Sobranie Limited ??
Hard to say, as that blend degraded over time and became lesser with each version. It is very, very tasty, it is worth all the acquisition work, and it is good enough to say that today, I put up 5 newly blended pounds of it, or at least blended it and it is now "cooking" in the crock pot ...... The key, I think, is the "sprinkle," as in adding salt to a meal, of the DT to to the mixture. I used the following components:
McConnell's Latakia @ 35% by weight
McCrannie's Red Ribbon (the latest) @ 15%
SG's FVF (fully rubbed out BEFORE cooking) @ 15%
McClelland Oriental Blending Tobacco @ 15%
P&W Yenidje @ 15%
P&W Black Cavendish @ 5% (the original post seems to say .5% but it is a number issue and needs to be 5% to make 100%)
I did as instructed back in the start of April of 09 and then put it away in a Mason jar, a total of one pound. Of course, I then promptly forgot about it until FrJacon posted and then I went digging. So figure it got 10 months aging ..... Since reminded, I've been through about 20-25 bowls ..... The exact "formula" I used to make a pound was:
Latakia = 5.60 oz
Red Ribbon = 2.40 oz
FVF = 2.40 oz
Oriental = 2.40 oz
Yenidje = 2.40 oz
Black Cav = 0.80 oz
Deer Tongue = 3/4 teaspoon measured and sprinkled over the above
Blended, spritzed with 5 sprays of distilled water, then "stoved" in a crock pot for one hour, stirring every 10 minutes ........ Cooled and then jarred away. .....
I won't let this new batch go as long since I'm doing several pints and then quarts.