Question: How different is American fire-cured leaf from Latakia in the smoking experience? I know how they are different in the finishing of the leaf, but can you really taste the difference? If you tried to pass off a blend with fire-cured leaf as an English blend, would most people notice? I wouldn't do that, but the smell is strikingly similar. I just stemmed and shredded some fire-cured Tennessee dark leaf from WLT and it smells to me exactly like some Latakia that I bought from a local cigar shop. The Tennessee needs some time to settle down, so I haven't tasted it yet, and maybe I have a simple palate that's easy to fool, but I don't think I would notice the difference unless the taste is quite different from the smell. If you love English blends, would you be disappointed to be stuck with American fire-cured?