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Drexel VIII is a superior flake of flue-cured Virginia spiced with Perique, pressed into blocks, and then sliced.

BrandScandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)
Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group)
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging1.5 oz Pouch
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
3.0
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1422)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Drexel VIII.

Having been smoking Sutliff African Queen #500 this morning, which thoroughly disgusted me, I wanted something simple and no-messing to 'cleanse' myself with; this did the job perfectly!

I was expecting the pouch to contain long strips of flake but when I lifted the flap I found two neat stacks. They're about 5x3 centimetres and fairly thin. The colour's a medium brown with a high quantity of yellow mottles and the nose from the pouch is a straight forward uncased one.

I really like the flavour: there's lots of plummy, spicy Perique, with only a smidgen of Virginia freshness. The Perique easily domineers the smoke. In fact, the flavour of it becomes a lot stronger as the bowl's smoked. The burn can't be faulted, and the temperature's below medium. I get no tongue bite from this, whether I strain or sip.

The nicotine's medium, and the room-note's nice.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kinsale XL 12 P'Lip

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2027)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The base of the blend is the flue cured Virginia, which offers a fair amount of citrus, grass, and a couple drops of honey. In a support role is the raisiny, figgy, plummy, spicy perique. The nic-hit is a step past mild. The taste is a shade past mild to medium while the strength level sits squarely on that threshold. Won’t bite or get harsh even when pushed, though it does have a very slight acidic note. Burns cool, clean, and slightly slow with a very consistent flavor to the finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a few relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste. It does lack a little depth, but serves well as an all day smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

Seedun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Seedun (4)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

To my taste this is Orlik Golden Sliced. Has the same bergamot/lavender flavor and citrusy dry finish. Did not notice any perique flavor.

Quality of my pouch was good.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Lumberman

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Mosessupposes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mosessupposes (7)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

A very pleasant vaper at a reasonable price, probably because it's USA made by a large company. I don't taste much perique, but even so it's to my liking. Smokes cool with no bite. Recommended.

Pipe Used: Radford

Age When Smoked: Just purchased

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Many mild Virginias and vapers..

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truculentfrogs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
truculentfrogs (10)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

No pretense. As simple & straight forward as SWR, which despite no burley, it reminds me of . . .i.e. a tad rough (in a good way) and nic on low side of medium. Why no sticky seal is a bit of a mystery. That made 1st pouch immediately smokeable, but when I got around to the 2nd, a button disc used overnight was required. Attractively priced & worth trying. You risk no more than being underwhelmed, but will certainly find it smokeable. Makes an interesting flake parfait with 1/3 Heinrich Special Curly atop 2/3 VIII.

Pipe Used: briar, meer & cob

Age When Smoked: from pouch

Purchased From: SP

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

This is a pretty good VaPer. A little grass and citrus, some earth and a fair sweetness from the Virginias. Tart figs and plums with ample spice from the Perique. The fruitiness fades a little in the second half replaced by a little more earth. A satisfying smoke.

Mild to medium in body and taste. No added flavoring. Burns very well.

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

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (250)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Heard horror stories about how powerful Perique is, but also a bit intrigued about what this thing called a VA/Per is and wanting to move away from aros or codger blends? This might be the intro VA/Per to try. The VAs are mild and fairly balanced with perhaps a bit of a sweeter cure or a touch of sweet casing (but not overtly changing the flavor profile), the Perique is lightly applied, giving just a bit of spice. Those who prefer just enough VA in their Perique to hold it together would probably not care for it, but certainly worth a try for most others, although, like JimInks, I did notice a bit of acidity, especially in the last 1/3 of a bowl.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers

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