I would suggest distributing the Latakia straight, and allow the tasters to blend it as they wish. Since it's not a competition of which tastes "best", the only matter to ponder is the degree to which it resembles Cyprian Latakia--in the opinion of the taster.We should also agree on a blend. Something like a 20% Latakia and 80% Flue cured etc.
Also, should be all use the same leaf or at least keep to oriental varieties?If you all want, I'll volunteer to be the receiving agent for the Latakia taste test. We'll have to figure out some ground rules such as the minimum quantity of "Latakia" to send. This would be based on the amount of participants but I would say at least enough for 2 bowls x # of participants. We should also agree on a blend. Something like a 20% Latakia and 80% Flue cured etc.