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This varietal exhibits a flinty character, with a peppery sourness that you notice toward the back of the tongue. There’s also of bit of a coffee note on the retrohale. In combination with the base blend, these flavor notes become very noticeable. Golden Triangle Paulina gives you a flavor that's a real departure from what you expect from Perique.

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 Ouelette
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Perique, Virginia
Packaging1.75 oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A little nutty note from the Burley and a hay note from the Virginias form the base. A mild sweetness comes with it. This Perique is an odd one. There is an initial blast of pepper that stings the nose. It settles down after a few puffs and just becomes peppery. Nothing odd there, but then we get to the flavor. There isn't a lot. I get a light note that wafts in and out that reminds me of African peaberry coffee. It's very light and has just a hint of fruit to it. Other than that it has little else to offer except what I can only describe as a note that taste like clean dirt, if that makes any sense. Strange one there. I'm not enamored with the flavor of this one, but the blend does exactly what it is supposed to do and that is show you what Paulina taste like. 2.5 stars rounded up to 3.

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

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: fresh

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