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Bold cube-cut burley combined with spicy perique tamed by smooth black cavendish. As bold a mixture as Rasputin the man was.

BrandSt. Basil's Tobacco
Blend TypeOther
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Perique
FlavoringNone
CutCube
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium to Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2028)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The burley is more like small pieces than it is cube cut. It is earthy, nutty and very woody with some molasses, and forms the base of the blend. The perique is twenty percent of the blend, offering some spice and plum, along with a little raisin and fig notes, and often mildly dominates the other components. The unsweetened black cavendish provides a light smoothing sugar sweetness in the background to tame potential harshness, none of which exists in this blend. The strength and taste start at the medium threshold, and they gather a little strength by the half way point, so both are essentially medium to full by the time you’ve finished smoking. The nic-hit is medium. Won’t bite. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with some savory smoothness, and a rough edge or two. Has a slight inconsistency in the flavor here and there, though most aspects of the tobaccos are evident the majority of the time. Will burn to the last ember with no trouble. Requires very few relights, and leaves virtually no dampness in the bowl. The lightly sweet and more savory after taste lingers a bit, and the room note is a little strong for non-smokers. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable later in the day.

6 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (302)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The blend is mostly what I would call chopped ribbon with maybe 25% composed of what looks like half cubes of PS Cube Cut. It is fairly dark, and there are a few light colored tan ribbons in the mix and a (very) few bits of black fish flake. The black cavendish is unflavored, and the tin note is earth and silage - slightly sweet. It comes at a good level of hydration.

Smoked, this is a chewy mouthful. It is earthy and sweet. The burley and black cavendish provide some brown sugar, and the perique presents as dark fruit - more raisin than plum. Burning qualities are good, and it smokes without drama.

This is very good but it is probably not the best blend for a beginner. It is beefy all around - a med-strong in strength and on the medium end of med-full in flavor. It reminds me a little of OJK with a little less strength and no Virginia. They are from a similar blending book, and this is high praise.

This one is easy to recommend.

5 people found this review helpful.

PhantomWolf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PhantomWolf (36)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoked this blend for the first time just last night and after a day of English blends, it was a pleasant surprise. I love how the different tobaccos in this mix can be singled out at will. It feels airy and mysterious. I got the taste of gingersnaps with raisin and that lingering, musty, Earthy sweetness of the Perique in the background as a perfect base. The nicotine was welcome as I was in my cups. I would say this is a wonderfully complex, yet smooth and round smoke with no tongue-bite. It burnt well, requiring no re-lights and left my pipe clean and dry. This so far is one of my favorite recent finds. Not a daily, though easily a weekly and I will certainly keep a tin around and suggest it to any Burley-Perique fan I come across.

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Revisited

My stock has since dwindled as I wait for more St Basil's products to made available locally or online.

But on the tobacco: After drying out considerable in it's bag over the past several months, this smoke has morphed. Even dry it is a pleasure to burn. A tobacco lovers blend. Spicy, nutty, mysterious. Still no bite. Just plenty of rich, round flavour and a kick of nic. Smoking this after a slice of peach pie and ice cream was delicious and satisfying. Next time I visit my buddy out in eastern PA, I think I'll have to search out a tobacconist and fill a jar or two.

Pipe Used: Bjarne Viking Skagen, Virgin Acorn-Bent

Age When Smoked: Couldn't say. Open sample-tin.

Purchased From: Allegheny Smokeworks Pittsburgh, PA

2 people found this review helpful.