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The Belmont varietal might be the most surprising. The aroma of the leaf reminded me of brined olives. There’s a butteriness and a bit of saltiness. The spice is bold, like Cayenne pepper. In this version, the creaminess is there with the pepper more noticeable on the finish, with the base blend adding some sweetness. Golden Triangle Belmont will give you a whole new concept of what Perique is.

Notes: The Golden Triangle Series of pipe tobaccos is a showcase for some very rare versions of St. James Perique. Mark Ryan, of L.A. Poche Perique Company decided one year to put up a barrel of Perique from each of the four growing regions of St. James' Golden Triangle, rather than mixing them together for processing. This experiment created four distinctly different versions of Perique. In the Golden Triangle Series, Russ Ouellette has created a base blend that is used in the four regional mixtures that allows you to be able to see the difference in the flavor of the singular Perique varietals. To round out the series, Mark has allowed us to offer a tin of straight St. James Perique (as opposed to the usual Acadian Perique), the first time that pure St. James has been offered to the public in many years.
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Perique, Virginia
Packaging1.75 oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium, Medium to Strong
None Detected
Medium, Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable to Strong
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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A base of mildly sweet nutty hay as with all in this series. This Perique is very interesting. Not much flavor-wise, but it has a very creamy character with a touch of salt. The description is pretty accurate here. You can smell the brined olive in the jar, but it doesn't translate into the flavor. The creaminess is buttery, but not butter flavored. It's almost devoid of flavor except for an extremely mild fruitiness which I sometimes wonder if it's not imagined. The spice is in no way imagined. I wouldn't say it was spicier than any of the others, but it has a warmth to it that warrants the description of "like Cayenne pepper". This would be great for adding spice to a blend without much changing the flavor. 3 solid stars on this one.

Medium in body and taste. No added flavoring. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

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4 people found this review helpful.

denholrl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
denholrl (18)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I smoked several bowls of this blend in several different pipes, then gave the rest away. As much as I respect Russ and his work and as much as I like many of his blends, this isn't one of them. For me, the flavor just wasn't pleasant. In terms of the "brined olives" description offered by's reviewer, I got, maybe, too much "brine." I tried to like this blend but it fought me every step of the way. Anyway, I'll bet Russ had fun creating this blend and the others in the Golden Triangle series (I haven't popped the other tins, yet.

Pipe Used: three different bowl shapes

Age When Smoked: new tin

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1 person found this review helpful.