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Notes: From P&W's website: I have had many requests for an Virginia based English blend with no latakia, so I'm re-introducing an old Wilke blend #531 (which happens to be Edwin Wilke's birthday). This is a fine blend of Virginia, burley and just the right amount of perique.

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByCarole Burns
Blend TypeOther
ContentsBurley, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging2 oz. bag, 4 oz. bag, 8 oz. bag 16 oz. bag
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Mild
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Very Mild, Mild
Room Note
Pleasant
2.5
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2059)
★★☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant

The grassy, citrusy Virginia forms the base of the blend. The burley is nutty, earthy, with just a little molasses and toast, and is the most obvious component. The perique provides a little spice and raisins in the background. Has a very mild nic-hit. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean and a little fast with a slightly inconsistent, but routine flavor that suffers from lack of depth in all departments. In the last quarter of the bowl, some of that flavor weakens, reducing it to the verge of being dull. Has a plain after taste. Leaves almost no dampness in the bowl, and requires few relights. Can be an all day smoke.

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Taste Buds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taste Buds (65)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

This tobacco arrives wet and needs drying before smoking. But once dried, this blend is a home run for those of us who like lighter fare. The perique is applied so sparingly, that you actually can enjoy the virginia and the burley that keeps it cool. You can taste the perique ever so lightly in the background, which is what I like. I'm reminded of Barcley Mixture, another Wilke blend of burley and virginia with a similar taste. Barclay was a cube cut blend without the perique, whereas 531 is crimp cut. The other blend that comes to mind is Prince Albert, but with a touch of perique. 531 is a basic blend suitable for all day puffing. There is a light sweetener which has been added, that I find very appealing. The little bit of perique in this blend adds more interest. This is perfect for those of us with significant others that we want to keep around. Light and satisfying taste and a pleasant room aroma. This is a blend that I will definitely order again.

Purchased From: Wilke

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