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Notes: This is one of the three new tobaccos known as the "Founders Collection" produced to honour Charles Peterson, Henry Kapp and Fredrick Kapp on Peterson's 150th anniversary in 2015.

It is a mixture of Virginia, burley and Oriental tobaccos pressed and cube-cut, then mixed further with black cavendish and flavored with rum and the aromas of mango and vanilla.

Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Oriental/Turkish
FlavoringMango, Rum, Vanilla
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable

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moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (110)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

The topping really jumps out when the tin is popped, mostly sweetened mango, with restrained vanilla, a splash of orange and apricot, maybe some pineapple, and a mere breath of rum, rather like a tropical “umbrella drink” at a Chinese restaurant. Eventually, the topping scent fades to allow the tobaccos to come up just enough for me to smell cocoa, wheat, and faint, roasted cashews, with fragrant, slightly earthy meadow grasses and flowers, all of it rather “savory”, like mild, middle-eastern kabobs. The tobacco is moist, cut/chopped into good sized cubes that are partly crumbled from processing, the lot ranging from golden, to mid browns, to black. I usually try any tobacco “as is” first, straight from the tin, and in this case it works well enough, though a little drying makes it better, IMO. Dried some, it takes readily to flame and burns down to some black dottle, with no other issues, apart from the usual cube “boil” at the light, if it’s not rubbed out. The smoke smells and tastes much like the tin note, top to bottom, except the tobacco is stronger than the topping when FC is smoked, and the tobacco itself develops quite nicely over the course of a bowl. There is a nice range of VAs, with sweet, well-aged, flue and air cured lemons, reds and browns. The Orientals are rich and savory, with spices that are more “exotic” than peppery. The Burley is nutty, round and full, and it’s just tannic enough for interest. The Cavendish smooths the blend and ties it together, and it significantly enriches the ample, creamy smoke. In a nutshell, FC is a well-melded, savory, sweet, sour, and subtly complex blend that’s delicious and deliciously fragrant, top to bottom Strength is more mild than medium. Tastes are toward full the way I smoke it. Room note is terrific. The aftertaste is a lingering “best of the smoke”, with no chemicals. While it’s not the sort of tobacco I’d smoke all day or every day, it is a first rate aromatic. Four Stars.

Pipe Used: various briars; 4-5 preferred

Purchased From: Liberty tobacco

Similar Blends: Compare/contrast to aro Solani 639 Tropical Mango Flake, also crossover Savinelli's Brunello Flake.

6 people found this review helpful.

WiseOne Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WiseOne (3)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Possibly the finest aromatic I have smoked and my current favourite. This burns nice and slowly, so don't rush it. No discernible tongue bite from moderate smoking. Smells great and tastes great too. Nicely rounded flavour of burley makes itself felt about halfway through. I smoke this in some Peterson Sherlock Holmes Series pipes (Milverton & Watson mainly) and I get over an hour from each bowl. It burns down to a reasonably fine ash and leaves virtually no moisture. Requires a few relights if not rubbed, which I never bother to do. The Virginia and Oriental tobacco remains nicely in the background adding flavour but are never overbearing.

Update - my second tin is not in the same league as the first one. Doesn't taste nearly as good, much simpler and lacking depth. Tins must be from different batches. Will buy a third one, but if it is the same as the second one my search for the perfect tobacco continues, if it exists. Second tin is two stars. Not offensive just desperately bland.

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1706)
Medium to Strong Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Peterson - Founders Choice.

I admit I have a tendency to sometimes whine that "I'm not an aromatic smoker" so I didn't know how I'd get along with this. I was rushing when I placed my order and selected this instead of Signature Flake by mistake! I couldn't be bothered with faffing around posting it back to get it swapped so I decided to hang on to it.

When I first opened the tin I was met by some rather chunky cubes of tobacco; these had to be rubbed down a touch. On the plus side they had the right amount of moisture to them though!

The aroma from the tin is a little different to the smoke. This, is fair with the different aromatics whereas the smoke is dominated by the fruit. It has a taste somewhat reminiscent of a fruit salad! To me, it seems a little pointless including so many different varieties of tobacco as the casing pretty much masks any of the separate characters from them. The most noticeable (for me) is the Burley; this is more due to it having a medium to strong nicotine amount than the flavour of it alone.

Providing it's been rubbed down a little it gives a good burn. If not, it isn't bad but it needs either vigorous puffs or regular re-lights.

This, to me, instantly conjures up the feeling of summer. I think it would suit many aromatic lovers, lay in the sun with a glass of punch!

I think this is definitely worth three stars.


Pipe Used: Levent Meerschaum Claw

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

4 people found this review helpful.

Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (87)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Nice Aromatic from Peterson. Lits and burns easily, no tongue bite, so far natural taste of aromatic tobacco. Recommended to try for all aromatic tobacco lovers.

Pipe Used: Vauen

Purchased From: Sample

2 people found this review helpful.

r Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
r (32)
Mild Very Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

What starts as a sugary and rummy smoke is quickly accompanied by a playful mango presence and a hint of sweet vanilla. The cube cut burns slow and a tad hot, producing a creamy and pleasant smoke. While I am tempted to claim the rather faint tobacco taste is its only defect, I cannot in good conscience do so, for the joyful flavors in this blend do not make me wish for more.

This is quite possibly the best Peterson aromatic blend currently in production.

Pipe Used: Peterson 106

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Hemingway (Palo Alto)

2 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

It smells good in the tin and in the room. It has a lot of quality ingredients. It packs well. It has just about everything I like. However, it burns really hot. Use this on a well caked pipe.

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oldrathbone Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldrathbone (3)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Garbage. Although this tobacco does have a hint of flavour it burns very poorly and when it does burn it tastes bitter and unenjoyable. It is a real burden to smoke and really not worth the effort.

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Gaius Baltar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gaius Baltar (25)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The cut in cube, is curious, I have tried rubbing and without rubbing and the result is the same. The humidity apparently seems correct but in various pipes has produced seals and forced me to different ignited. The smoke starts with all the flavors of black cavendish, vanilla and mango plus hidden moisture. I did not know how to taste the rum. The added flavors diminish while smoking, demonstrating the background of the Orientals and the burley. Creamy smoke, does not bite the tongue even when we smoke heavily against tamponade. It's very good. Very natural flavors and tobacco quality.

Note: The blend of 60% of Peterson - 1865 Mixture + 40% of Peterson - Founder's Choice looks something like Perfection by Samuel Gawith.

Pipe Used: Savinelli and Stanwell

Age When Smoked: New from new tin

Purchased From: Duaso tobacco shop from Barcelona

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