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First up we have to admit GQ Tobaccos didn't create this, even though we wish we had! This is the second creation from UKTPC's (UK Pipe Tobacco Club) leader Robin Kimberley and it's another stunner!

Built on a foundation of mixed black cavendish, one part aromatic and the other a powerful British style based on dark fired. A little grassy Virginia, and some spicy and creamy Turkish Izmir. To finish it off, a good dose (13%) of perique has been added.

BrandGQ Tobaccos
Manufactured ByGlynn Quelch
Blend TypeOther
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cavendish, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutMixture
PackagingBulk
CountryUK
ProductionNo longer in production
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Strength
Medium to Strong
Flavoring
Extremely Mild
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant
3.6
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1469)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

GQ Tobacco's - Peak Park.

I can't argue with the description; it IS another stunner!

The smoke's flavour makes it obvious that a large amount of Perique has been added, it has a mind blowing spiciness to it. Because of this I find by sipping it slower than usual reduces any sharp sensation this could cause to my tongue!

Although there's a big flavour from the amount of Perique, that's not the only taste. This spicy edge seems to be brought back down to earth by the others involved. There is a kind of vanilla-esc sweetness from the Cav' and quite a big swoosh of grass from the Virginia. The final calming addition is the creaminess; this comes across in both the flavour and the texture of the smoke!

For the entire bowl this gives a superb burn; steady, even, cool, and independent.

This highlights just how worthwhile it can be to sometimes give the prominent manufacturers a miss and use the smaller boutique companies!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobacco's

2 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

A big thanks to StevieB for sending me this one. Sorry it took me so long to get to this, Steve. Got buried in the pile.

I can't make up my mind what my taste buds are doing when I smoke this one. They're either throwing a party or they're rioting. There are three things going on here in a major way: sweet, sour and spice. The interplay between those three is what makes this click. There are finer nuances of hay, wood, dark fruit, earth and a very light floral topping, but they seem to play a lesser role. The main focus is sweet, sour and spice. Burns cool. Has a nice strength to it. Just a wonderful smoke. Damn shame there won't be any more of this.

Medium to strong in body. Medium to full in taste. Flavoring is very mild. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: Almost a year.

Purchased From: acquired in trade

1 person found this review helpful.

Chillum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chillum (4)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As one of the lucky few who were selected to sample this blend before its general release. it was a suprise at how well rounded and balanced this blend is, considering its components.

This blend is not an aromatic by most conventional standards, it is a tale of four quarters: virginia,cavendish,turkish & perique; components often not seen together. The VA&CA work together well, offering a gentle sweetness which is interwoven with sour and spicey themes thanks to the PER&TUR! neither individual leaf jumps out at first but arouses the senses and tempts you for more.

There is a fair nic-kick, one doesnt often find perique in an Aro BUT sticking your nose into the pouch you are greeted with a welcoming,sweet/sour (the main theme of the blend) nose which translates both into the room note & the bowl.

as the bowl progresses you will find less sweetness as the perique makes itself known. there is no harshness in the mouth, the blend is very smooth, burns dry to the heel & satisfies immensely! i found the 'theme,' of this blend to be how the sweet & sourness of all the constituents bounce back between each other without overpowering either or.

Well Reccomended & big thanks to Rob Kimberly @ UKPTC (join now if your not a member!!) for letting me try this superb blend!

Age When Smoked: New

1 person found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (683)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

In the pouch, Peak Park smells more like an aromatic with a touch of dark fired, but in the pipe, it’s another story. The stronger scent of the Cavendish in the pouch gives way to the Perique and dark fired in the pipe. The Cavendish plays a much lesser role in providing some underlying sweetness. PP offers up a large volume of smoke, and I would tend to point to that rather than creaminess, but I think that could easily be argued. The heavy dose of Perique offers the pepper and the dark fired is woody and a little bit smoky. The Virginia’s are more straw (not in a bad way) than grass. During the first two bowls, I found myself chasing the sweet Cavendish a bit, which wasn’t the wisest choice. The spice component of this blend is very prominent and borders on a bite rather than just spice. But with the proper cadence, the flavor is bold and somewhat complex. Peak Park is a not a blend for new smokers IMHO and not a blend for lovers of straight aromatics. It is medium in strength at the beginning, but moves to strong rather quickly if not taken slowly (always a challenge for me). PP is a very tasty blend for sure, but the spice component is a little more than I would prefer.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I have now smoked all of the GQ blends (that I know of), and Peak Park was not really at the top of the list. I think the combination of Izmer and Perique in a blend is not a good one as they present, in combination, too much spice. The Virginia was grassy sweet and held off the Izmer/Perique combo somewhat, and the Cavendish added just enough body to make its presence know. Overall, a somewhat stout wooly bugger!

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