Ever since I took a chance on a tin of Samuel Gawith Skiff Mixture, I've been very much enjoying blends with prominent Oriental flavours. Even though I like latakia and it is technically classified as an Oriental, that's not what I'm referring to here. These blends can include latakia, but it takes a back seat to its less smokey counterparts, like Turkish, Drama, and Yenidje leaves. Some find Orientals tend to be sour and sharp, but I get tangy and sometimes even salty from them instead.
In addition to Skiff Mixture, I recently picked up some Rattray Red Rapparee, which features a strong Oriental component. And the Three Oaks Syrian I also got in the same order tends to give some nice tangy notes. Both are fabulous tobaccos and I highly recommend them. I know about McClelland's Grand Oriental series and plan to smoke my way through all eight of them. McC also has their Oriental #'s 1, 6, 8, 12 and 14 that I hope to eventually get to. I was hoping some of you guys might have experience with Oriental tobaccos and can recommend some of your favourites. Thanks.