I just tried my first blend in which latakia had a strong presence, and I have to say, I loved it.
It was a blend that my local "tobacconist" (as they are referred to in The Ultimate Pipe Book) recommended when I told him what I was looking for, and I am really pleased with it. It is called HMS Victory, but as far as I know it's just a blend the local shop offers.
I wish I knew how to describe the taste... Spicy, smokey, excellent.
Just wanted to share my first experience with a latakia blend, and how excited I am to give some other latakias a go!