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The Perique from South Vacherie has a distinct espresso character supported by herbal notes. The spice in this varietal is like white pepper – lively but subdued. This might be the most complex of the four versions. With the base tobaccos being relatively neutral, those characteristics are more noticeable in this entry to the Golden Triangle Series.

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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Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
None Detected
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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The base of Burley and Virginia is indeed somewhat neutral and doesn't infringe on the flavor of the Perique at all. I do get a mild nuttiness from the Burley and a touch of hay from the Virginia. There is a mild sweetness that seems to come from both. The Perique, as designed, is the star of the show. It does have a dark espresso/coffee like flavor. I can't detect any fruitiness or herbal notes. The spice is ample yet gentle giving no distress to the throat or nasal passages. I find this to be a pure pleasure to smoke and I think I may be getting a little addicted to it. Perfect moisture straight from the tin. No drying time needed. A wonderful smoke.

Medium in body and taste. No added flavorings. Burns very well, in fact, a bit quick without getting hot.

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

Age When Smoked: fresh

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7 people found this review helpful.

denholrl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
denholrl (18)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

Sweet and smooth with just a touch of pepper. A wonderful, easy-burning blend. Good, quality Burley. The perfect amount of perique. I'm loving this blend. Thanks Russ!

Pipe Used: Sasieni Four-Dot Natural 'Buckingham'

Age When Smoked: fresh

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5 people found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (151)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Well I bought into the advertising that the Golden Triangle offered something special in the way of rare or reserved tobacco. Honestly, my feelers are probably too pedestrian to detect the higher quality if it does exist. I opened the tin to the light smell of wet hay and wheatgerm, so akin to what I found in other Virginia's, but milder in note.

Moisture was just right and the cut was shredded quite thin with a mix of gold and light brown, making a lot of tiny "dust" bits at the bottom. Lit well and was pleasant to smoke without being harsh or nicotine heavy. The flavor was what I expected from the initial smelling. I am a huge fan of espresso and pull a shot of it every day, yet I wasn't able to detect any in here (though to be fair, that is the case whenever espresso is in a blend's description).

Maybe their is truth in advertising, as it did strike me as a quality smoke and could see why other reviewers rated it highly.

A pleasant enough experience, that might have the nuances hardened VaPer fans may be looking for. For me it was just another fine addition to the genre I am only a fair-weather fan of.

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2 people found this review helpful.