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For the first time Peterson presents a Luxury-Roll-Cut-Flake-Tobacco as a limited edition, which is pressed and cut from hand by experts. Virginia and Kentucky tobaccos combined make for a natural mixture that lovers of pure pipe pleasure will appreciate.

BrandPeterson
Blended ByPeterson
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsKentucky, Virginia
FlavoringHoney
CutCurly Cut
Packaging100 grams tin
CountryIE
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild
Flavoring
Extremely Mild
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (301)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The first Limited Edition / Anniversary blend that isn't an aromatic and therefore appealed to me. My anticipation peaked when I saw it was a Virginia/Kentucky blend and as the icing on the cake a Curly Cut!

I suppose Mac Baren produces this tobacco for Peterson, as the Curlys are exactly the size and shape of the Mac Baren Roll Cake series. Inside the very classy tin (which isn't vaccum sealed, so jar it up as soon as you get it!) the curlys are of perfect moisture for my taste and have a verysimilar tin note to the Mac Baren Curlys (Roll Cakes). Rich aroma of bread is dominating, but it also clearly has a very mild honey topping or casing which isn't too distracting from the tobaccos themselves.

The delightful looking curlies all have small "bird-eyes" spun into them, which make for a bright contrast to the red-brown and darkbrown to black melange of (red?) Virginias and Kentucky. Once loaded into your pipe the typical, very bready (think wholerye and dark bread) aroma - that also characterizes the Mac Baren Roll Cakes - is dominating all the way. Quickly a tart, almost peppery spice joins in, which leads me to believe some of the Kentucky may be dark fired. The slight smokiness supports my assumption. The exceptionally mild honey topping is far, far in the background and only supports the caramel-y sweetness and mild hints of stoved fruits from the first class Virginias. Special Reserve 2018 also offers some nice, earthy and tart notes in the background that flatter the insanely rich bready aroma, as well as some hints of sweet nuts.

A wonderful composition it simply works! Lovers of Mac Barens Roll Cakes (Dark Twist, Stockton, Roll Cake Spun Cut, Club Blend) will also love this! It's somewhere between the sweeter Dark Twist and the spicy Stockton or Roll Cake Spun Cut. Delicious!

Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars, Morta

Similar Blends: Mac Baren Roll Cakes,, Mac Baren - Dark Twist Roll Cake, Mac Baren - Stockton, Mac Baren - Club Blend, Mac Baren - Roll Cake.

9 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1803)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Peterson - Special Reserve 2018.

Not much more to say after the great review by Deniz'! I'll try not to repeat him!

With certain blends, strong aromatics, straight Virginias, steadfast VaPers, I don't believe it takes long to be able to form enough of an opinion to be in a position to post a reliable review. Often I feel a review is of more use to others if posted before too much personal subjectivity has entered the scene. But when I bought this, about a month ago, and had smoked only a small amount, I thought this is a blend which requires a fair few smokes to form an opinion. After a good amount here's my view:

Aesthetically pleasing with a perfect amount of moisture. The coins look like a larger version of those in Cabbies Mixture but the tin doesn't include many ribbon like pieces which have broken away from the coins and can be used for a 'quick fill'. About 95% of Ltd. 2018 is in whole coins which need rubbing/folding. I loved my first bowl of it and that feeling hasn't waned.

It doesn't take much skill to initiate a burn and then, for the duration, it's a steady, consistent and even affair. The flavour's lovely. Running the show is a doughy/bready flavour, with a tangy spiciness in a support role. It isn't an overly fire cured tasting Kentucky. The Virginias give a touch of sweetness and a breeze of grass. The gentle honey topping is present but not overwhelming. I can smoke bowl after bowl, in rapid succession, and NEVER get bitten.

Nicotine: just above medium. Room-note: pleasant.

Well, after only a few bowls I ordered more to cellar and I believe that gives some credibility to my four star rating!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Various. Mr Brog whilst posting this

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

3 people found this review helpful.

lst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lst (5)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Received a tin of this delightful tobacco as a Christmas gift from my brother. It's now the 6th of Feb and I'm going to have to order more.

If that opening shot didn't make it clear: this is a fantastic tobacco. A mild, easy, pleasurable smoke from start to finish, with flavours of sweet Virginia and milder notes of nutty Burley. The honey is very mild, more noticeable to me in the tin note than when smoking.

I jarred it a couple of days after opening and over the course of the last month it's only gotten better. Like all Peterson limited editions, this one didn't come vacuum sealed, so getting it in a jar is a good idea (unless you're going to smoke even faster than I have!).

Doesn't bite, although as is typical with Virginia-forward blends the flavours will turn to hot air and ash if you puff on it like it'll cure cancer. Sip it slowly--or even slightly faster--and it'll please nicely. Definitely an all day smoke, although I've been particularly enjoying it first thing in the morning, with or without coffee.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: MM Legend, Ben Wade 2018 Christmas Pipe

Age When Smoked: New to one month

Purchased From: mysmokingshop.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Hans Bollen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hans Bollen (2)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A mild blend that goes very well with a cup of coffee in the morning. Limited editions are mostly aromatics but Peterson dared to do something different this time; a natural tobacco without toppings. If you get your hands on a tin you might need to moisten the tobacco first as the tins aren't sold airtight.

Age When Smoked: a few months old

Purchased From: Fink tobacconist, Bocholt, Germany

1 person found this review helpful.

Ernstlbert Hegersbacher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ernstlbert Hegersbacher (15)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

a very mellow and light blend with only some very subtle hints of honey flavouring. very suitable for lovers of english mixtures who want to smoke a light aromatic tobacco here and there. Also an excellent after lunch smoke.

very citrussy notes are developing during the second half of the bowl

the ribbon cut is very uniform and burns moderately cold and evenly when packed right, i personally use a 2-step cannonball method for packing this tobacco

Pipe Used: Chacom Maya Billard

Age When Smoked: about 4 months

Purchased From: Schwarzenbohler Otmar e.U.

1 person found this review helpful.

Vaughan J Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vaughan J (2)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Very Mild Unnoticeable

I must admit this is the only Peterson that I did not like. Very very dry in my opinion despite being brand new. Not much taste or flavour either

Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking king

Similar Blends: Peterson - Peterson's Perfect Plug.

1 person found this review helpful.