Ok, so I better start by saying that by writing this I am in no way encouraging people to smoke but for those that already do I will let you know what I think of these cigarettes.
First off I will start by saying that I have been smoking now for almost 15 years and whilst I probably should quit I find it really, really difficult so have no real plans to stop anytime soon. During my student days these were my smoke of choice and I still buy them on occasion if I fancy a treat but to be honest due to the cost which is around £6.50 for 20 I tend to smoke cheaper brands on a daily basis.
The reason I like Lucky Strikes are that I think they taste really good. The packet tells you that the tobacco is toasted to give it a better flavour and whilst the cigarettes are quite strong in theory they don't have that harshness that some others do. These days they have also got quite creative with their packaging and often their packs will open in an unusual way which is quite cool (although again, this is not a reason to start smoking kids!) especially when a mate asks to nab a fag and then spends an age trying to work out how to open the packet!
For those that are interested they contain 10mg Tar and 0.8mg nicotine which is pretty standard these days for a full strength cigarette although I'm sure years back they used to be stronger?!
All in all I would say that these are a cigarette either for the rich or for those occasions when you just feel like splashing out unless you can get them on the cheap from abroad that is!!!
Ah... Lucky Strike, affectionately known as "luckies". These little sticks of joy come in several formats, but only two seem particularly prominent in the UK:
Lucky Strike Red (Tar 10mg, Nicotine 0.8mg) - These are the original full strength filters and my preferred kind of luckies.
Lucky Strike Silver (Tar 7mg, Nicotine 0.6mg) - Lights, for those of you who live by the motto "less (carcinogens) is more".
These cigarettes became my brand of choice ever since I was first drawn towards buying a pack based on nothing more than their... er... strike-ing (sorry, that was awful) design. I've tried various different brands now and I can honestly say that nothing holds a light to Lucky Strike. Anyway, enough of waxing lyrical about them - a quick list of pros and cons should be enough to determine whether they are for you or not.
+ strong, flavoursome taste.
+ you feel like you have a touch more credibility smoking these babies than you do holding a pack of Mayfair...
+ a smooth smoke from the first puff to the last.
+ completely unique - no other cigarettes taste quite like them.
+ as far as I'm concerned, the best cigs money can buy.
- Expensive (unfortunately one of the most expensive brands you can buy).
- Not widely available in the UK.
- Perhaps burn quicker than other cigarettes (a lucky never seems to last as long as a Mayfair/Marlboro).
- Heavier smokers may find that the slightly dry taste of them means they aren't suitable for chaining throughout the day.
Regardless of the cons, I'd heartily (even if you heart wouldn't) recommend any smoker tries a lucky at least once - you don't know what you're missing out on.
***Please remember: smoking harms you and others around you. This article does not promote what is undoubtedly an unhealthy and expensive habit.
For the many years I was a student, sneakily puffing away on an illicit cigarette, my many cohorts and I dreamed of the Luckies. These were an extravagance only the richest and the people who lived in London could afford.
Since moving to London Lucky's have been my brand of choice when I'm feeling flush. They're toasted doncha know?
The Lucky Strike packaging never ceases to amaze me. Not only is it iconic in it's red, white and black but they were content with being just a simple 20-pack box. Their boxes are double compartments, with an ingenious trick where you open one side for on information, close, shake (You HAVE to shake it ;)) and then open the otherside to find the writing all jumbled around. Many a nephew and niece have been dumbfounded (and possibly, accidently encouraged to smoke, whoops) by this ingenious piece of trickery.
The cigarettes are the normal king sized smokes. They contain Tar 10mg, Nicotine 0.8mg, Carbon Monoxide 10mg. Which I don't know what it means, but it probably means not very nice to your lungs.
You don't just smoke a Lucky, you savour it. Even as a teen I could taste the quality of a Lucky Strike. They are incredibly strong but at the same time you can taste the "toasted" quality (NB. All tobacco is toasted though!). It's a nutty, light, almost nostalgic feel to it. Unlike the Marlboro's that the chavs used to smoke after getting a bit flush. Lucky Strikes have always been a bit wild and a bit indie. They are the cigarettes of the rich, the glam and the famous.
Well, cigarettes aren't cheap and these are certainly on the top end of the market. For around £5.75 (give or take a few bob) these aren't cheap and all your friends will want one. But, if you're going to destroy your lungs, you might as well destroy them with a decent cigarette that costs a bob or two as opposed to one of the cheaper brands.
When I smoke Lucky I feel Lucky (and a little but mucusy but that's beside the point)
After a hideous journey on the tubes of Paris with a suitcase that felt about as heavy as a cargo ship I was in desperate need of a cigarette! I dashed to the nearest tobacco shop from our hotel and mulled over which of these foriegn brands would do the trick, obviously having no idea I felt it was best to purchase the only recognizable brand on the shelf, Lucky Strike.
Now I'd never actually tried these before but an old boyfriend used to get them when he fancied a change so I thought they must be decent.
I got outside the shop and lit up immediately, the first drag was heaven.
The taste is strong yet not thick like a Marlboro Red, they satisfy your urge for a cigarette and keep you going for a while. Rather than leaving your mouth feeling as though you've been chewing tobacco for about a week they actually just leave a heavy enough aftertaste to keep you going until your next.
I was really impressed with these, I have to say my first encounter was pure serendipity and I've smoked them ever since.
First found these in a shop in Cyprus (on holiday) when looking for a pack of Marlboro Reds...so cheap I couldn't refuse....I now alternate between Marlboro Reds and Luckies...and to be honest I prefer Lucky Strikes...it's that 'toasted' flavour!...I enjoy them not just because they satisfy the nicotine craving but because of the flavour too... Very expensive in Wales...but when I have the money to spare I always buy them...they don't seem to hurt the back of your throat as much as Marlboro's...and are much more distinctive when smoking with friends!....if you like that sort of image...lol. Could be my imagination but they don't seem to last quite as long as Marlboro Reds...they may smoke slightly quicker...despite that they're a good strength and I've yet to find a cigarette I enjoy smoking so much...saying that, I found that the village post office sells Marlboro Mediums...which is rare around here....so I'm trying those at the moment...and they're not bad either...doubtless I'll go back to Luckies by the end of the week though, talking about them makes me want one!
I occasionally smoke these when I feel like a change or when i'm feeling flashy. The box is almost guaranteed to intrigue any regular smoker, with lots of text to read and contemplate when you?re waiting for the bus or your lift. Also they have a nice simple but colourful and striking logo. You almost feel like you're a show off when you plonk a 20 deck of these down infront of your work colleagues or drinking pals. This isn't always a bad thing thought i suppose. A nice little crowd pleaser assuming you are with other smokers. I agree with the other opinions on this brand. The taste to me is strong but not too heavy and the smoke definitely billows out. The cigarette itself appeared slightly shorter (only by a few millimetres) than most other brands, but it has never bothered me as the taste and feel is consistent right up until the filter. The only bad points I can think of are that they are not widely available and that we are told they're 'Toasted' we're not told what this actually means. Does it mean they are lighter or contain less chemicals? It could be what gives them the slightly unique flavour. Finally make sure you're not smoking lots of these without any liquid refreshment as i've found that the smoke and dryness of them can get abit unpleasant. Overall a nice brand to treat yourself with but I couldn't smoke them as my main brand as they do not taste or look subtle enough for me.
Why is it that Lucky Strikes are so hard to find in Wales. I can only get them abroad or at an airport. Maybe I am just not looking in the right place but I have tried nearly every tobacconist in my area. I first had an encounter with Lucky Strikes a few years ago and really enjoyed the full rich flavour and satisfying smoke I got from them. I normally smoke Lambert and Butler or Mayfair but can't resist a Lucky Strike if I can get hold of one. I am going on holiday to Malta in a couple of months and you can be assured that I will be buying in bulk when I see them.
A long time ago Lucky Strike introduced themselves onto the market with a "striking" idea. Win cigarettes! The packet was designed (and still has it's original design which is fantastic) as a scratch card. When buying a packet of Lucky Strike you therefor had the chance to win anything from one to ten packets of cigarettes, by scratching the lucky circle. Great way to get people addicted to smoking and gambling. I adore the idea of holding a pack of cigarettes and being able to tell a whole story behind it. Why all the change, when sometimes the best idea is the first one. So from times to times I buy a pack of Lucky Strikes, just to have a fun anecdote to tell. People love stories and so do I. Not to forget. Lucky Strike also strikes your taste buds!
On a Saturday night, Istanbul is a fine, fine city in which to freewheel, to go a little crazy, to eat, drink, and smoke. And the only cigarette to smoke, if it's freewheeling you're after, is Lucky Strike. It's because of Istanbul that I wouldn't smoke any other cigarette. Why? Because in that city, cigarettes are dirt cheap. But they're even cheaper if you buy them from the geezers who line Istiklal Cadessi, the party street in the neighbourhood known as Taksim. They sell them out of suitcases at knock-off prices because they get them cheap from the sailors passing up the Bosphorous. The thing is, that somedays they get a load of Marlboro, somedays they get a load of B&H, others they get Player's Navy Cut. It all depends on the luck of the draw. Which means you may, or may not, get the smoke you want. The smoke I wanted was Lucky Strike, and I'd always aim to buy the from the suitcase guys. It was a gamble - perhaps I'd get the Luckies, or perhaps I'd get saddled with Egyptian Donkey Straw cigarettes. And so it went. But when I got lucky - when I got my Luckies, and smoked them proudly in the cobbled streets, the night whirling about me tasting of the sea air and the ancient wars fought on the land I stood, I felt lucky. Cigarettes aren't just about taste. And they aren't only about how quickly they do or don't kill you. Cigarettes are about who you think you are, and what you think that might mean. Most cigarettes don't really taste that different to each other - you can get used to having any old tarstick stuck in your gob. You choose Lucky Strike because their message is blunt but powerful: "It's toasted". They're a good smoke because they tell you you're lucky, that you're a toaster, that you're doing okay. And that's what smoking is all about. So I have to recommend these cigarettes for what they suggest, what they stand for
. They're strong, and Silk Cut smokers think you're insane for inhaling the thick blue curling smoke. But that's ok - ask yourself what Silk Cut means as a message cigarette.
I started smoking four years ago, and I decided to try as many brands as possible in order to decide which one I was going to get permanently. I tried a lot of brands and I came down to three or four brands that I really found to agree with my tastebuds. Lucky Strike filter cigarettes are a true american legend since they have been around since the previous century and it was Lucky Strikes (instead of Marlboro) that escorted the american soldiers during the two world wars. They started with non filter cigarettes (which are still on sale, and are the best non filter cigarettes you can get) and now they have launched their "lights" series. In my experience you either like Lucky Strikes or you do not. I have met a lot of people who like me will not divert from them, and I have also met a lot of people who could not stand their smell. They have a very strong and full bodied taste, which is accompanied by great percentages of tar and nicotine, which I find to be quite right. The tobacco is not too dry or too wet, so it does not hurt your throat, and the package looks great. The only problem that Lucky Strike smokers face is their price, which like all other tobacco products, is quite high, due to the fact that they are imported straight from America. Finally the tobacco is toasted before rolled into the cigarettes and that is what gives them their unique and individual taste.