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Haddo's Delight is a stout blend of several Virginia tobaccos with a generous measure of long-cut Perique. Unflavored Green River black Cavendish and a little air-cured white Burley ribbon provide fullness, body, and a bit of extra strength. Finally, an exclusive process darkens and marries the mixture, and gives the blend a subtle tin aroma of cocoa and dried fruit. The flavor is full on the palate, earthy, slightly sweet and intriguingly piquant, with overtones of figs and raisins. A wonderful blend for the Perique lover!

Notes: Haddo's Delight was introduced in August, 2000.

BrandG. L. Pease
Blended ByGregory Pease
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringBrandy, Plum
CutRibbon
Packaging2oz Tin, 8oz Tin, 16oz Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
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Mild
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Haddo House is the stately home of the Marquess of Aberdeen, designed in 1730 by William Adams, at Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is also the name of a lake and mountain in British Columbia. Finally, Oliver Haddo is the name of the necromancer in W. Somerset Maugham's novel THE MAGICIAN(1907), a character inspired by Maugham's acquaintance with the notorious British occultist, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947).

Just a bit of Magick! [note the spelling] is how G. L. Pease characterises this mélange, and whether it conjures up the gracious living of one of the loveliest houses in Scotland, or the transfigured beauty of the Canadian West, or merely the thelemic prestidigitations of an illusionist, you will agree that, when he gets around to choosing allusive titles, Mr Pease doesn't kid around.

We all know the great Virginia/Périque mixtures: Escudo, Three Nuns, Saint Bruno, possibly Dunhill's Elizabethan. HADDO's DELIGHT now joins them. It is very much final proof of G.L.'s mastery at taking up something old, and making it new and delightful.

The savoury sweetness of Virginia is the basis of this composition, yet the plain-spoken burley, subtly flavoured, never lets it grow wearing. Cavendish prevents bite, and puts velvet on the smokiness. But the greatness here is in the use of Périque: it gives the whole composition a heady liveliness, an air-borne edge, that makes the whole thing stimulating and fun. I put this in a Dunhill prince, sat in the balcony, and gave God thanks that, when he created the Manhattan skyline, he also created pipes and Périque.

Dare we now hope for a DIANE de ROUGY companion mixture?

13 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (41)
★☆☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable to Strong

Haddo's Delight has ignominiously ended my long-running streak of 4 star blends from Greg L. Pease. I gave it a last, college try this morning, then I unwound with a bowl of Sextant, which is a proper booze-laced GLP blend, IMO. Adding injury to insult, HD ghosted 4 of my pipes, bad, and it stunk up my clothes; and it's not even strong!

Popping a young tin quickly tells you most of what you need to know about smoking it as all else is obscured by the rising scent of plum brandy. No figs, and no "fruit" (fruit, schmoot...), just the plum brandy. Only after a period of acclimation could I barely discern the tobacco. The lot is deep, rich and pungent, all at once, but I'm hard pressed to say particularly and exactly what I smell (apart from the brandy...). If there's anything fermented in there (apart from the brandy...), I've missed it.

HD's rough, chunky ribbons have perfect, minimal water content in the tin, and they are easy to rough up, load and light. At first, given the strong tin note (and all the talk about it), I was surprised that the flavor (apart from the plum brandy...) took so long to arrive. Initially, there is - nothing. In view of the Perique, I would not puff hard, but the flavor picked up after the first 1/4. The Cavendish is almost tasteless vs. the Perique; ditto, the burly. The VAs finally arrive past 3/4, too little and too late, for my money. The Perique is another matter. It's first on the scene (after the plum brandy...), and it quickly snowballs. Fast, and/or strong puffers will get righteously "spiced", and how, and this may well be at the root of most of the complaints about HD's excessive "strength".

Revisiting the "strength" issue, I rate HD at just over "medium". If you think HD is strong, I recommend you be careful with many Pease blends, especially Triple Play and JackKnife Plug. OTOH, if you want something that is actually (quite) strong, with great, strong tastes, try Sillem's Commodore Flake.

All in all, if you really, really like Perique, and you love plum brandy, you might possibly like Haddo's Delight. And who knows, perhaps long aging can redeem this problematic blend. I'm not holding my breath.

Update: At 15 mos. the brandy is, IMO, the best part of the smoke, lending a nice aromatic quality to the initial "flavorless" period. After that, it's still just too much Perique, and not enough else, as before. While I like Perique, this "blend" is still lost on me.

Age When Smoked: 3 months to 15 months

10 people found this review helpful.

Colonel Panic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Colonel Panic (42)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Pouch Aroma: Ok, let me go on record saying that this stuff smells really ODD in the baggie. It's got a sweet note that reminds me of maple sugar, and right alongside - neither dominating nor being dominated - is the earthy, compost-y smell of Perique and rich orientals. At first it was almost unpleasant, but after burying my nose in the bag a few times methinks me likes it.

Appearance: This looks to be about 25% dark tobaccos, 20% golden-yellow, 20% red and the remainder is a tawny honey-gold with a greenish cast. This is a nice looking tobacco cut mostly short and coarse - 15mm x 2-3mm average. It looks perfect for a short, wide bowl so I packed it into my old Hardcastle bulldog which is a favored pipe for VA mixtures.

Packing and Lighting: This stuff packs easily - actually, I had to be careful not to pack too tightly due to its being just a little moister than I usually prefer. Still, the light hand triumphed and the first flame brought me mouthfuls of soft sweet smoke which had a peppery tingle when blown out of my nose and a very mild and sweet room note.

Exposition: After a very light tamp and relight (not really needed, just habit mostly) the pepperiness has mellowed just a bit, leaving a mild tobacco flavor to entertain me. It's not as full as something like GLP's Cairo but it's got a bit more physical presence, producing great billows of thick, light blue-grey smoke. It's a bit early to be sure, but I don't sense much potential here for biting and it would make a great social smoke for those who can't handle flavored tobaccos. The adorable young lady who works at the jewelry store across from my work says it smells great, and quite unlike any of my usual smokes. So far this is a keeper!

The Story: Word of advice - do NOT accidentally inhale this one! I smoked cigarettes for too many years but have managed to lose the inhaling habit. On occasion though, I do it subconsciously, mostly with milder tobaccos in what must be an attempt to get 'that old-time feeling' or sumpin'. Well, this stuff tastes mild, but underneath that velvet glove lies a fist of pure unobtainium! I had to set my pipe down and let Thin Lizzy finish "The Boys are Back in Town" before I could stand to relight . . . this stuff packs a teensy wallop!

The flavor is holding quite well; it's a bit gurgly but nothing too terrible, and after my involuntary rest period it has taken on a flavor reminiscent of popcorn of all things! Not in a bad way, it just has some of the same nutty, buttery flavor components underneath its nice sweet virginia taste. In classic VA fashion the flavor is intensifying toward mid-bowl though, and some of the sweetness is turning woodsy.

Denouement: Reaching the end of the bowl, I'm finding quite a bit more strength than I would have guessed initially. It reminds me of Two Friends' "Redwood" in this respect; mellow start, smooth but full-flavored mid-bowl, then BAM! upside the noggin with the nicotine stick.

Is gooood smoke, Kemo Sabe!

The ash is a dark salt-and-pepper and very fluffy and the bowl walls are left clean as a whistle. This tobacco has a nice mellow start, an interesting middle and a gloriously relaxing finish with nice smoke volume and room aroma throughout the entire smoke. The burning qualities are faster than normal but with no bite. Granted, it's not the most complex smoke I've had, but I get the feeling that a dedicated pipe would bring out many nuances in time. The last few shreds are blackened leaf scraps and the heel is dry with a nice coating of ash for future cake-building.

Pros: Mellow initially with a good progression of strength and flavor, great burning properties, nice smell for those around, lots of thick smoke and no bite. I'll buy some when I find out what it is!

Cons: It almost starts out too mellow and some may find it a tad powerful at the finish, but anyone who likes naturally sweet tobacco but doesn't care for the preparation and slow smoking properties of VA flakes should be able to overlook these 'problems'.

My second trial of this was in a family-era Sasieni 'Cromer', a group 2-3 billiard which smokes exquisitely well. The experience was almost identical to the first - I smoked it entirely at work and got a LOT of compliments on it and not a few queries as to what I was smoking. You can imagine my initial sheepishness when I had to say "Umm, I have no idea" before explaining the BPTT concept. I like this better in larger pipes though, as the little Sasieni was down to ash long before I was ready for it to be finished. . .

This one definitely gets an 85, for I can easily dance to it!

8 people found this review helpful.

idbowman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
idbowman (10)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Haddo's is another winner from the Greg Pease. One thing that intrigues me is just how much this blend changes as it has time to age. I've been lucky enough to try it fresh, aged 10 years, and a number of points in between. Regardless of the age, a few things seem consistent:

The tin note is a combination of tangy tobacco with a plum brandy topping. The combination of the topping and the perique give the tin note a little something reminiscent to chocolate covered raisins. The smoke and mouthfeel are also very consistent - heavy-bodied, quite a bit of smoke, and a fair bit of nicotine strength from the white burley and perique.

Otherwise, when it comes to describing the taste of the smoke, itself, I think it's necessary to break it down into a few different ages categories:

**1. Fresh --Fresh from the tin, Haddo's is loud, bold, and brash. The Virginia is still a little rough around the edges, but not too sharp as its nicely rounded by the cavendish. The topping is more apparent here then in older versions, and the plum/brandy taste is easily found in the first half of the bowl. I wouldn't go as far as to call it truly an "aromatic," but the younger the blend is, the closer it gets. Also of note is that the perique is very peppery at this stage, and goes a long way to clearing out the sinuses!

**2. Moderately aged (2-6 years) --The topping begins to fade into the background, but it is still detectable. With it being less dominant, you get a better sense of the VA and Burley leaf in the blend, and you taste those tobacco components more than in the fresh version. Here, something magical starts to happen between the topping and the leaf - the subdued flavor of the topping really complements the natural characteristics of the tobacco, and it's a match made in heaven. The perique at this point is still very peppery,but has begun to take on the characteristics of dark fruit.

I think this is really something special. The topping of dark fruit and sweet alcohol diminishes in its own right but goes a long to support the increasing natural sweetness and dark fruit qualities that result from the aging of the leaves in the blend. WHAT A TREAT!!!

**3. Well-Aged (7+ years) --The topping is barely detectable. In fact, in samples aged 9 and 10 years old I haven't been able to taste it all except, perhaps, in the very first lighting of the bowl. What remains is an excellent quality blend, tasting nothing but the sweetness of well aged Virginia with a bit of the burley to carry it along. The perique has now lost a lot of its peppery quality and instead lends its characteristic "dark fruit" qualities to the blend. With this much aged, it has very little in common with its fresh form, but is a top-tier VaPer in its own right.

So, to sum up, the older the blend gets the more sweetness is owed to the aged VA rather than the topping, and the more the perique offers "dark fruitiness" as opposed to peppery-ness.

For my money, Haddo's is best between 4 and 6 years old. It is at that point that you can still taste the plum brandy topping, but in a way that fully supports and complements all of the component tobaccos but doesn't stand out in the crowd. As a perique lover, this is where you find the best combination of pepper and fig/raisin, as well.

Bottom line: I call this a 3-star blend for the purposes of this site, but because age plays such a huge role, I would break it down as:

Fresh/Young: 2.5 Stars Moderately Aged: 4 Stars Well Aged: 3-3.5 Stars

Age When Smoked: Various

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6 people found this review helpful.

Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

Alright. Haddo's Delight is a tricky one!!!It has a very weird smell upon opening, which invades the nostrils and stays there for a while; it's definitely a bit strange. And rather strong. That smell is hard to explain, rather spicy, with a powerful note of damp earth after a light rain ( Hum, I guess Poetry is not among my many other talents...but this is an epistemological exercise). My wife says it smells like dried prunes, I wonder where she gets it...I can't, myself, detect the smell of cocoa and dried fruit as it says on the tin.

As for the tobacco itself, when I read stout, I expected mainly a dark tobacco. But it's not: rather brown, golden brown and shades of black. The cut is long and thin, no presence of ready-rubbed flakes: all loose cut, and it's a nice change! I recommend the tin to be dried out a bit before smoking, because this tobacco is a real man's smoke, if you see what I mean. If you're starting off your pipe smoker career, stay away from this blend, or you will repent! It might even make you sick to your stomach! This blend is for the experienced pipe smoker only, and you need to have measured yourself with the strong English blends to be able to deal with Haddo!

I selected my Stanwell Buffalo and Chacom Carrare for this blend, both medium sized bowls. Curiously, upon lighting, the Burley seems predominant at first, but it fades away after about 5 minutes to be replaced by the rest - VA, the more substantial Périque and I cannot really make out the unsweetened Black Cavendish, whose job is supposed to compensate and soothe the strong overall taste. And boy, this gets stronger and stronger as you go! Haddo's Delight has a tendency to leave a slightly sweaty bowl by the end (which must be provoked by the Burley, I suspect, and the fact that the tobacco is still rather damp). I think there might be more than just a "little air-cured white burley" in this mixture. Personally, I do not really enjoy Burley, but it's a minor factor.

I must say, I like this tobacco! Haddo's Delight is strong and satisfying. The nicotine is not lacking, you won't feel like having another pipe full shortly after. This is the kind of smoke enjoyable with a fine measure of Bourbon whiskey, Single malt or an old Cognac. Or smoke it when you need to extract yourself from an absolute boring day. Feeling tired? Smoke Haddo's, it will bring you back to life pretty darn quickly!

The only negative side is that Haddo's Delight leaves my tongue rather beaten up afterward. But it's a nice alternative to a traditional English Blend - the only blend about which I let my wife win because she tried to tolerate them but can not stand the smell of Latakia...

Don't let the weird smell stop you from trying this blend, it's worth it. Extremely different, it is a unique blend, like nothing I've smoked before. Definitely recommended, but in small doses.

Update

My first tin has been opened for 4 or 5 weeks now, the weird damp smell that tickles the nose has settled down a lot. I do detect now some discreet tones of coco, both in the tin and when I smoke it.

I started smoking this tobacco when it was too damp. I've learned from this mistake. Didn't know, it was my first attempt. Mind you, once dried out properly, it is still strong but the taste is different - the Burley barely sticks out anymore at first-, it's more on the good side of bitter-sweet black chocolate, the full victory of the magnificent Périque de Louisiane! Haddo's Delight smokes extremely well and the bowl is dry upon completion. The room note is rather strong, though - according to my ever attentive critique- but tolerable.

Haddo's Delight is a great tobacco, a masterpiece of blending. I am truly impressed by this one. Don't let first impressions dictate your relationship with this blend. I've been a pipe smoker since 1988 and this is the first time that my first impression proved wrong. For some reason, I refused to get rid of my three tins and kept trying. My instinct has not let me down! If you rely on that first impression,you might miss an absolute jewel! This blend needs time, patience and 5 or 6 pipe fulls before it reveals itself in its full glory. You need to be patient because it's like nothing else available on the market and redefines the smoker's conceptions of pipe tobaccos. That's what makes it so great. The folks at G.L. Pease really hit the Bull's eye with that blend!

So, I must change my verdict from recommended to highly recommended. It will never be an all day smoke for me, but it will always have a privileged place among my favorite blends.

5 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (94)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a review of Haddo's Delight with 9 years of age on it.

Charring light is lovely and a forward sweetness hits the tongue along with the undeniable bold perique pepperiness. A tangy wine like flavor is immediately noticeable and intertwines perfectly with the sweet round bottom note. The beginning bowl shares a somewhat similar flavor profile to Peterson's Irish Oak, however Haddo's is much more refined. There seems to be some sort of topping at play here, perhaps brandy/rum. Whatever it is, I do believe that it plays an important role in enhancing my enjoyment of this blend. It deftly softens the smoke, enhances the room note and adds a buoyancy to the chutney like sweetness naturally inherent in the infamous stewed leaf.

The flavors and strength build quite nicely down the bowl. By mid-bowl a slight bitterness comes forth and as the sweetness deepens a harmony is struck that both softens and elevates the spice kick like no other perique forward blend on the market with exception of perhaps Escudo. End bowl flavors are sharp yet symmetrical, intense, briny, complexly layered, voluminous and extremely satisfying.

This is a sweet, stout, spicy mixture. I would call it spirited and I am not just referring to the topping. However having sampled both fresh and aged versions, I can confidently say without any doubt that age dramatically tames the rowdy acerbity that I experienced in a fresh tin. I think a few years of age pushes Haddo's out of the "For Perique Lover's Only" realm and into that of the piper who enjoys a rich, strong smoke regardless of a mixture's components.

This is one of the few blends that has left me feeling pretty woozy. I enjoy it after a good meal and because I eat lightly during the day, I reserve this blend for the evening after dinner.

Obviously a few more tins for the cellar are required.

Pipe Used: Parker

Age When Smoked: 9

4 people found this review helpful.

Dylan Browne Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dylan Browne (2)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I know most people say that in order to get the most out of a particular blend one must smoke at least two tins or more and I have in no way done that... yet. I just couldn't wait to tell you all what I thought of this blend.

I have this habit of reading tobacco reviews a lot while I'm sitting online at work and at home, the wife gets a little annoyed by this I think but I really enjoy learning about tobacco. So I have been looking at different perspectives on this tobacco and as with any tobacco I suppose there are people who love it and people who loath it. I happen to love it after only one bowl no less! In my internet search I stumbled upon a review by someone who drew my attention to the fact that Oliver Haddo was a caricature of Aleister Crowley in a book called "The Magician" written by W. Somerset Maugham. And I would say that Mr. Crowley would probably be pleased by this blend because it really is Magick. Now on to the review.

Upon opening the tin I was greeted by a strong smell of some sort of alcohol, not quite sure what type, I'm thinking rum. What ever the smell was it smelled delicious. I loaded up my La Scala because it has a slightly bigger bowl using the method suggested by Rich Hacker where you trickle in tobacco and tap the side of the pipe to settle it and lightly press the tobacco with your finger and repeat till at the top. I filled it fairly loosely as per the suggestion of Puff. And off I went to to balcony. After the lighting had been done I settled into a wonderful smoke. The taste reminds me somewhat of Peterson's Special Reserve 2007 only much much better because Haddo's smoked with no bite whatsoever. It did burn a bit hot but that was, in all fairness, probably my fault because I was smoking it a bit fast because I liked it so much. I could definitely taste the perique which is a big plus as I am becoming more and more a fan. It had a pretty strong nicotine content, made me feel like I should have eaten before trying out this one. Never the less I really did enjoy this one more than I have enjoyed a blend in a while. This is only my second foray into Mr. Pease's blends and I am not sorry for it. My first was Maltese Falcon which I still enjoy very much.

This will be a part of my rotation for the foreseeable future. I plan on getting a few more tins to begin my cellar I can't wait to see how this changes with age. It can only get better and that makes me very happy. I give it four stars.

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (695)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The plum brandy offers pleasing dried fruity flavors of plum, figs, and raisins. The Virginias are very slightly grassy with needed earthiness and some sweetness. Maybe their fermentation causes the tangy rum/wine like notes that runs through the length of the smoke? That's hard for me to determine. The white burley provides a slight sharpness and strength. The unsweetened black cavendish is a little noticeable, and helps smooth out the mix. The cocoa notes are extremely mild, but I catch a hint of it here and there. There's a decent amount of plum and peppery perique that consistently perks up the experience from beginning to end, and is one of the main stars. Lots of nicotine here, so it's not an all day smoke. It may need a little dry time, but leave some moisture or risk losing some of what makes this a very complex tasting product with a mild aromatic feel. I'd add half a star if I could.

3 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (586)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This is one of those tobaccos that I knew from the first couple of puffs would become a favorite. The tin aroma reminded me of the brandy flavoring in Barbary Coast, which I enjoyed. It should be noted that I rated this as "mild to medium" in the flavoring category but to be truthful, the nose of it was mild to medium. This flavor came out in the smoke but was on the mild side.

The perique "feel" is strong, in that it definitely tickles the nose and the back of the throat, but the perique flavor is a simple enhancer. The virginias played the lead role to my taste and the perique and brandy (or rum or whatever) were vocal backseat drivers. Excellent body to this one and it was just a "fun" smoke, as long as I didn't overdo it, as the nicotine could be just a bit over the top in the large bowls I favor. The flavors did a lot of dancing and were brazen almost to the point of haughtiness. But it was all in fun. A complex smoke, this can also be smoked as a dessert blend to relax me after a tough day. As much as I enjoyed Barbary Coast, this variation on that theme struck me as superior, and I immediately bought a 16 oz tin. The only downside to this is that it willfully smote any attempts at DGT. It simply didn't like being extinguished and relit hours later. But that's ok - I don't often DGT.

Yes, this could be considered an aromatic by some people, and there's nothing wrong with that. Highly recommended as something different and... yes... fun!

3 people found this review helpful.

calavera Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
calavera (26)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Update 4/5/06: I somehow could not bring myself to throw away the rest of the tin, so I kept trying to smoke it. Vile, nasty stuff. Just kept getting worse and worse. Today, I poured the rest of the tin into the toilet and flushed it. Now I have an unopened tin dated Jan 7 2001 that I do not want. If anyone would like to trade for some Caravan, Odyssey or Samarra, drop me a line at birdhunter73@hotmail.com.

This was the first offering from the house of Pease that I tried. I acquired a can on the strength of the reviews here. I opened my can in Deadwood while on vacation.

Very nice appearance in the can, and the tin aroma was heavenly. Notes of fruit and spices with a nice sweetness. I could not wait to pack my pipe.

I have since packed this stuff in several pipes ranging from a full bent CAO meerschaum to a full bent GBD to an il Ceppo to a Kirsten. I nearly always have the same result. The bowl starts out delicate with a very nice sweet and (I hate to use this word as it is in the tin description, but it is the perfect word) piquant taste. I am loving it. Then I start to get this tickle at the back of my throat. I smoke Escudo and Kingfisher and do not have the same tickle, so I don't think that it is from perique in general. Then the flavour goes all to pieces. I smokes with a burnt, charred taste that I can't get past. I end up dumping the bowl.

One time, in the CAO the entire bowl was delicious, but only one time.

I smoked about half the tin, and am now going to throw away the other half. Very disappointing.

3 people found this review helpful.

emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Haddo?s is serious tobacco, the stuff of professionals. It attempts to reach the apex of blending perfection to such a degree that it is at once magnificent and overwhelming. Though I try not to be pedantic in my reviews, this one requires a breaking down of the elements.

Appearance: large, shaggy, course cut strands of rich, blackened Cavendish, sweet hearty Virginia and bold, tangy Perique. It is thickly cut and thoughtfully packed like a McClelland, but it is in a class by itself. Careful detail obviously went into marrying these tobaccos. Each of the leaves is blended perfectly to form a dazzling interplay of colors and aromas.

Tin aroma: Beautiful and bouquet like. Figs, stewed fruits, plums, prunes and coconuts create one of the most delectable and inviting aromas offered in a two-ounce can. I could revel in the tin aroma alone. It?s almost a shame to light this product.

Packing: Firm yet loose. It?s moist enough to pack easily yet dry enough to get started on the first light. There is just the right amount of firmness and sponginess.

Burn: Like a fine cigar, it has its moments of billowy, creamy smoke and other times when it seems to hit a knot and choke. I only needed two additional relights, but you never know when the draw is going to get a bit stubborn on you. The pipe tends to get a bit juicy as well, though it leaves the bowl virtually dry upon emptying.

Taste: Haddo?s reacts to the room and the pipe in which you are smoking it as well as to temperature and humidity. Each day (or is it by the hour?) it seems to behave differently. This is not predictable and one-dimensional by any means. This is not a blend for the neophyte. It takes a seasoned palate to appreciate Pease?s skill. The Cavendish cools and relaxes. The Virginias provide just the right amount of sweetness and the Perique is not a garnish, but rather, a main course. The Perique awakens a vivid, sweet/sour tanginess on the palate that enlivens the taste buds but can overwhelm if you don?t react well to that leaf.

Room note: Aromatic, chocolaty and pleasant, though it fails to leave a lasting impression. Entering the room five minutes later, the aroma dissipates with very little distinguishable traces.

Effect: This has a physical effect on me, probably due to the large amount of Perique in the blend. Sometimes it?s a buzz, other times it?s a queasy feeling. Be careful not to inhale a drop of the smoke or a spot of juice. It will close your throat and make you gag. Don?t smoke this while walking or operating a vehicle. Find a comfy sofa in which to relax and chill out for a while. Haddo?s is like a sinfully rich dessert. You want to eat more and more, but if you do, you?ll feel sluggish and regretful later.

Summary: Haddo?s is one of the truly great accomplishments in the art of connoisseur tobacco blending. Greg Pease is a skillful and imaginative perfectionist. Nevertheless, unless you have the stomach and physicality to endure Perique, be forewarned. HD is like a ten-course degustation at a French restaurant: a delectable, over the top sensory adventure that can quickly go from pleasurable to nauseous. I suppose this is the case with anything that aspires to reach the summit. It?s almost too much of a good thing.

Because this is such a complex beast, I must give Haddo?s two separate ratings:

Taste/presentation/aroma: Five of five stars Physical sensation: Two of five stars

3 people found this review helpful.

Duke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Duke (41)
★★★★
Medium Medium Full Pleasant

There’s a new bricks and mortar tobacconist in town and it carries a nice collection of tinned tobacco, or at least, its purveyor had sense enough not to mimic its competition. Anyhow it carries a reasonable selection of G.L. Pease tobaccos. So I gave Haddo’s Delight a whirl. I fancy most of its component tobaccos and its noted strength piqued my interest too. Is it a VaPer or not? For me it’s more than a VaPer, and yet I can’t effectively describe it.

Now I’m no tobacconist or blender but I’ve smoked long enough to recognize certain traits of a blend, so I don’t suggest that I’m the equivalent of an oenophile of tobacco. It’s my opinion that Mr. Pease went whole hog on casing and topping the tobaccos, yet with great finesse and forethought. Everything just clicks in this creation. For example, I can’t say exactly what the unflavored Black Cavendish does for this blend, but it is a mighty fine smoke. In fact, I’ve been smoking this tobacco at anytime time of the day, it’s that versatile. The tin note has a scent of some spirit, say a fruit brandy. I presently have a sweetness remaining on my palate that I recognize as being influenced by the Perique, from my lunch smoke. With some VaPers I can get bored with the flavor by the sharp Virginian brightness and flimsy strength, but not Haddo. Maybe the Burley has some play there- Pease knows. By summer’s heat I can’t smoke English or Oriental blends, yet I still favor fullness of a smoke just minus the Latakia and Orientals. Did I tell you the stuff just smokes effortlessly? I’m quite tolerant of nicotine, so I don’t find it head jarring. This blend seems like it could have been in production for a hundred years, so keenly blended it has appeal to so many folks and maybe even generations.

Pipe Used: V&M Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

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Lyle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lyle (5)
★★★☆
Very Strong Strong Medium Pleasant

This review is based on smoking two 50g tins of this tobacco. One fresh and one aged for a year.

The tin aroma is fruity and boozy. A straight-forward smoke (unlike other GLP blends), but with a very noticeable nicotine content. There is a consistent "spicy" flavor, which may be from the Perique or from the strength of the blend.

I really liked this blend fresh, and was excited to return to it after aging it for a year. My expectations were sky high, and this fell a little short. However, this is an excellent and unique blend that I will continue to cellar and experience as it ages.

Age When Smoked: 1 Year

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fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (158)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I a writing this review after finishing a 2 oz tin. My first impression was that this was a little harsh and disappointing. I smoked it in the same Peterson 999 and then switched to a GBD pot, and I will say that I acquired a taste for it. I think this blend benefits from a dedicated pipe, and this may explain part of the improved experience. For me, it smoked better in the larger bowl, and I picked up more of the flavors.

There is a subtle quality to this blend despite a solid dose of perique and a little more nicotine than most things I smoke. You can pick up the sweet Virginias and a slight topping that is hard to identify. It almost seemed like banana. It was not much like the things I usually smoke, and it made a nice change for pace. I was sorry when the tin was done, but I did not order more.

This tobacco left a somewhat pleasant ghost in the two main pipes I used with it. I would pick up just a trace of the perique and the fruit in the next couple of bowls after it was gone.

Pipe Used: Peterson 999, GBD pot

Age When Smoked: fresh from the tin

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

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LSU Tiger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LSU Tiger (13)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I recieved a tin of Haddo's as a gift from a friend. Aged about three years, the smell of figs, plums, and rasins greeted me upon opening.

Packing was easy, a charring light, and off to the races. Flavor starts light, but increases as the smoke continues. The perique makes it presence known with a spicey sweetness throughout the bowl. I can't help but think of the taste of fruit cake or spice cake.

Ageing does wonders for this blend. I have a tin dated 2009 that should be a sublime.

While Haddo's isn't a daily smoke for me, I do keep it on hand at all times.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Where I have chosen to live even pipe cleaners are difficult to find, and good tobaccos almost impossible. But the reviews on this site had piqued my curiosity, and I wondered if the blend would be a hate-it or love-it tobacco like Erinmore Flake or Royal Yacht. It took a major effort and considerable patience to acquire a quantity of Haddo`s Delight.

On opening the tin the aroma reminded me strongly of Momoyama and Dunbar. There was the same winey and fruity redolence which I rather like. In the pipe HD showed impeccable manners. It is easy to fill, burns sweetly and consistently without gurgle or bite. The taste is consistent with the tin aroma, and I can best describe it as Dunbar Plus.

Until now Dunbar was my preferred virginia-perique mixture. HD is a trifle more intense, and I rather think I like the extra intensity. Strongly recommended, especially to those who have enjoyed Momoyama or Dunbar.

2 people found this review helpful.

bryantm3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bryantm3 (29)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It's hard to hate this stuff. When I first tried it in a meerschaum, I could've sworn to you that it had a brandy topping. However, I usually hate flavoured tobaccos, so I knew something was up. Asked my tobacconist, and he told me that it was the generous helping of perique that transformed the flavour. Ever since, I've liked it. The way that G.L. Pease can create such a rich flavoured blend without adding any junk is admirable, whether you like the flavour or not.

Now, how it smokes. First light always tastes funny, so give it a minute. The brandy notes start to come through and you have a rich warm tasting tobacco. Halfway down, the perique starts to seperate from the virginia a bit and create a spicy taste like Stratford, G.L. Pease's other vaper. Depending on how you pinch it out, the bottom of the bowl can either taste spicy or have a rich chocolate-coffee taste. If you want spicy, put some more strands of the darker coloured tobacco in the bottom? that's the perique. If you're like me and you like to have it fade into an aged virginia taste with coffee notes, pinch a bit more of the lighter coloured tobacco in the bottom. Smokes to a whitish grey ash. A great blend all around.

2 people found this review helpful.

Slimstem Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Slimstem (5)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

36 years ago about this time of year I returned home from the hospital after having my tonsils removed. I?d not had any solid foods in a few days and my wife had a tray of nuts in the shell in the center of the kitchen table. The walnuts looked especially good so I cracked and shelled three or four of them, chewed until almost liquefied and swallowed. When that mixture of walnuts, saliva, and tannic acid hit the tunnel of hamburger which was my throat at the time I became acquainted with the sensation known as 10 on the pain scale. So why do I mention this? Well everyone has different smell and taste receptors (thank goodness what a boring world if that were not true) and the tin note of ?Haddo?s Delight? is to me as the taste of walnuts to my tongue. Which is not a bad thing at all; I still enjoy walnuts now that my throat has healed quite well now. Ok, maybe it?s more like a baked confection with fruit and walnuts, but it?s the walnuts that yell the loudest for me. So, really nice tin note. First third of the bowl?s flavor is pretty true to the bouquet of the unlit tobacco. Second third, things progress to a deeper level with the Perique announcing its presence in a very nice way, the quality of Perique used in this blend is the best I?ve ever smoked. Home stretch, Virginias, burley, (and Cavendish which I usually steer clear of) meld into one of the most rewarding smokes I?ve ever experienced. The remaining fine white ash is a bit like the cremation of a very complex friend I?m glad I spent time with and one who will be resurrected on a regular basis. And the moral of the review and story is pain comes and goes, and there may not be any connection between past unpleasantries and future rewards. T'is best to live in the moment.

2 people found this review helpful.

al1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
al1 (58)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I did not think I cared for perique until I tried this blend. In most cases (mclelland in particular) it gets my eyes feeling like they are welling up with tears and the urge to sneeze comes on. Not in this case.

The blend stars off peppery but quickly settles down into a smooth taste. It retains the pepper overtone throughout the bowl but the stewed fruit flavors normally associated with the perique build towards mid bowl.

I can't say I'm thrilled with the way my clothes and surroundings smell after a smoke but it tastes very good.

The blend might not be my favorite but it is very solid and as another review mentioned "serviceable". The tobacco leaves a fine salt and pepper ash. Also burns pretty cool for perique. No bite here- but I have never found bite in any Pease blend.

I will use this mainly for a change of pace blend. I normally go for the G.L. Pease Caravan (which can not be praised enough), but this is a nice way to mix it up. I pretty much hate burley and if it was removed from the blend and replaced with some orientals this might be a 4 star.

If you like or love perique give this a try, just realize this should be classified as a perique blend as that is the predominant flavor. You won't find too much else here.

Good stuff, but then again I have not tried one of Greg's blends that was not at least a 3 star. Also worth mentioning as moist as the tobacco is out of the tin, it IS the perfect moisture for this blend. As always when smoking Greg's blends my pipe ends up dry with no dottle. This is part of the magic of his blends. They always smoke dry to the end, without any real effort- therefore greatly extending the lifespan of my tins and the pleasure of my smokes.

2 people found this review helpful.

topdogue Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
topdogue (11)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Reviewing tobacco mixtures can be a very challenging effort. HD is a very strong in the nicotine sense, so strong i can't smoke more than a half bowl before my head gets the swimmers. It has a very full feel in the mouth and fantastic flavour that builds until the very end. This one of Greg's finest achievements and does not fit into a tidy little niche, like a Burley mixture or a VAPER (that is truly dumb tobacco slang. My great grandmother had the vapers). It is in a class of its own and should not be compared to a Virgina-Perique mixture like Three Nuns or McClelland 2015. Comparing Haddo's to a Burley blend or a VA-Perique and being dissatisfied is like comparing a Ferrari F40 to a Silverado and concluding the Silverado is a much better vehicle because is has a much higher towing capacity. That is what makes tobacco reviewing a challenge. I have a very low tolerance for nicotine, but i am not going to downgrade this fine mixture because of that. Before i get dizzy, this is one the finest full flavoured mixtures i have smoked from the standpoint of burning cool and dry, and having a very complex, engaging flavour unlike any other mixture. Will I buy it again? Nope, too much nicotine. Do i think it is one of the best mixtures for those who tolerate nicotine and prefer a very full bodied and flavoured complex smoke, absolutely. Give it an honest 2 ounces to try, but don't compare it to something it is not. It is better!

2 people found this review helpful.

DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a classic, as so many other reviewers have pointed out --a benchmark for what a great tobacco blend can be. This is not really a VA/Per, as the burley and canvendish are as obvious as the virginias or perique. What Pease has managed to do is combine these leafs in such a way as to produce a 100 percent original flavor, something that doesn't even remind me of anything else. It's sweet, tangy, and rich with countless subtle undertones (chocolate, honey) that wax and wane as the bowl progresses. This blend is clearly topped with something, and I think it's also likely been stoved somewhere in the blending process (but that's just a guess). Three caveats here, for those who've not tried this one yet. First, make sure you allow it to age for at least one year before smoking. I've never come across a blend that is so dramatically affected by age, and you probably won't enjoy it if you open it too quickly. Second, this one can bite your tongue, so smoke it slowly. Third, there's a lot of nicotine in this blend, enough to make you sick if you rush it. HIGHLY recommended

2 people found this review helpful.

HoopleHead Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HoopleHead (11)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Update: Being your basic skinflint, I continue to try my tin of Haddo's Delight in various pipes. I have a very cheap tiny pipe I once got in a batch order from Finck's of San Antonio.. one of three that were just awful pipes until I drilled them out to draw easier... Tried the Haddo's in one of these and found a pretty good smoke! I'll dedicate this pipe to that blend and since it's so small I'm sure the tin will last 6 months or so :) I'll upgrade my rating to medium good. I guess the old addage is true that each pipe has it's favorite tobaccos! Just strange though that it's so awful in pipes I use to enjoy VA/Per's of all kinds. A strange world.

Original Review:

I?m a heavy smoker and do inhale lightly. I enjoy a good nicotine buzz occasionally, though I much prefer a delicious blend that makes me seek out the layers in taste and scent. Haddo?s gives me the buzz, but not much more. There is nothing refined in this blend that I can find. I do smoke a lot of perique blends, so that?s not the problem? there?s just something harsh and nasty about this one? sorry. Reminds me of a re-lit cigar.

I much prefer Greg?s Fillmore to this, though that is still not my favorite, overshadowed by Solani 633 and Russ Oullette?s Anniversary Kake. I also buy Louisiana Red and Sunza Bitches in bulk, but only hit a bowl of one of these every day or so.

I?ve tried the Haddo?s in several of my nicer perique-dedicated pipes with no change in harshness and I?ve tried various packing techniques (the cut is long, thin and very springy, making it difficult to settle to to bottom of the bowl without gouging it down with my finger).

If you?re used to perique-spiced Virginias, you might try this? many, many people seem to really like it, but it?s certainly not for me. The Solani 633 Virginia Flake with Perique is the perfect trip, burning beautifully and with all sorts of flavors popping up as well as mysterious scents hitting my nose...and I still get my nicotine buzz.

From Utopia, Texas? havagoodun.

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Puff Daddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puff Daddy (43)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I find this blend to be exactly as advertised - quality Virginias, Burley that you can both taste and sense, if that makes sense, a touch of perique that comes and goes, and the nutty sweetness of the Black Cavendish. Like many VA blends, I find that this can't be puffed too quickly. I need to sip this slowly, as while it doesn't exactly bite like aromatics do, it's definitely different than the English blends that I usually favor. For as full-bodied a taster as this is, the aroma is quite pleasant...spicy and rich. To me, this is an occasional smoke, not an every-day blend. Having said that, I know that a good number who love this kind of a blend will enjoy this a lot. It's a typical Greg Pease blending; subtle at times, and complex throughout. My 3 star rating isn't because this disappoints in delivering what it has been set out to do. Vaper lovers should eat this stuff for lunch! But, if I feel like a VA, I'll go to Montgomery more often that this. I find this stronger than even some of Greg's latakia blends, and if I feel like milder, this isn't it! This should age beautifully.

Update: A couple of months later, some more time to dry out, and this just seems to get better each time I try it. Definitely a real pleasing VaPer. I find it works best in a larger bowl. Those who love billows of smoke will love this one!

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Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

St. Augustine published his Retractations. Ludwig Wittgenstein change philosophical course mid-life. If such great minds could publicly demur on their own doctrinal and philosophical fineries, than it is the least I can do with a matter of personal appreciation.

Perversely, I purchased a tin of Haddo?s Delight by GL Pease earlier this year after having demoted it a star on TR. I thought that perhaps if I kept it several years, it might settle down and show its potential more than just its power. But then Fillmore came along and ruined the plan.

I wanted to compare Fillmore to Haddo?s to Telegraph Hill. Hence, against telos, I opened the Haddo?s reserved for aging. With ten months on the tinned contents, I was pleasantly surprised at just how mouthwatering (more on this later) this is. The missing complexity from my first tin appeared in my second and the team of ingredients worked together.

I have never smoked a blend providing such smoke volume from gentle puffing (Irish Oak is close). My mouth was coated with thick, chewy, and rich confection. Smooth and fairly cool, after a three vesta start, HD is just a wonderful concoction. The briar workhorse was no worse for the wear after burning HD (a pipe cleaner is handy while smoking HD) and the ash produced: Fluffy white.

Another surprise was my initial missing of the topping laced over HD. While the chocolate verve can be somewhat explained by the perique and air-cured leaf, an alcoholic rum raisin (?) aroma says ?Topped.? Of course, just as I have never encountered an opportunity I couldn't miss, I could be dead wrong on the "topping question": Does he or doesn't he?

My non-smoking wife and I took turns whiffing the freshly opened tin, as we have also together enjoyed Barbary Coast, Royal Jersey Perique, and aromatics Carole blends at Pipeworks & Wilke.

There is something unique about Pease?s non-latakia blends for me, in that all I have tried thus far make it necessary that I frequently expectorate during a bowlful. Those suffering from dry mouth might try HD as a jump start for the salivary function.

Haddo?s in comparison to Fillmore or Telegraph Hill: There is a family resemblance, sans fear of duplication. Haddo?s physically impacts me more than either TH or Fillmore, though I think Fillmore has more perique than both. Cumberland, which I assume has less perique than HD, Fillmore or TH, destroyed me 9 out of 10 times I have smoked it (Kentucky leaf?).

All have nice complexity and differ in richness (with TH flattening after mid-bowl and having more harsh qualities). It is hard to think of any widely known blender making so many yummy blends with perique as does Greg Pease.

2 people found this review helpful.

Kleophrades Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kleophrades (39)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Wow! What an interesting blend. It's like nothing I've ever had. The flavors are complex and kalaidoscopic, with no two bowlsful exactly the same. Like some other reviwers, Haddo's left me a bit nauseous after the first smoke, yet it was oddly compelling and I kept coming back for more; just be careful not to inhale.

On opening the tin you get a rich aroma of dried fruit -- apricot, fig, raisin, prune -- with a slightly acid tang and a hint of fermentation. It smells like a winter dessert and the port to go with it. The leaf is just a bit damp and benefits from a short period of drying; not too long, though, or some of the essence dissipates. I think it does best in a medium to large bowl, just like a big English blend. In fact, Haddo's has all the power and complexity of a really good English in a blend that is, at heart, a VA/PER.

Cavendish predominates at first lighting, but matters quickly become more complex. Going down the bowl, a fruity tang on the back of the tongue provides continuity as other flavors come and go: mostly Virginias of various stripes, some sweet, others acid. The burley is way in the background, and not especially nutty; the perique grows more pronounced as you smoke. The fruit fades away in the last third, at which point it's important to slow down or the smoke can turn bitter.

There have been times when Haddo's has been as good a smoke as I've ever had; others when I've wondered what I did wrong. But this is a one of the great ones, literally in a class by itself: there's nothing else like it so far as I know. Brilliant.

2 people found this review helpful.

tonyg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonyg (103)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My first bowlful of this tobacco in a small pipe dedicated to Virginias, was unimpressive. Not being terribly fond of perique and cavendish and with a downright aversion to to air cured burley, I wasn't all that surprised.

My second and subsequent experiences with this blend yielded remarkably different results. I lit up Haddo's Delight in a large bowl pipe with one match, tamped it down and let it sit for five minutes. Upon relighting, I was rewarded with one of the most wonderful smokes ever. This tobacco is beyond description. I would not be surprised to find that if others who have not found this blend to be among their favorites, woudld experiment a bit they too, will find an exceptional smoke.

Update 7/20/06 As is my custom, whenever I place an order, I order at least two tins of those tobaccos in my rotation, one to smoke immediately and the other(s) to cellar. Well, here I am smoking Haddo's from a three year old tin. I am truly at a loss of words to describe its characteristics except to say that is unlike any other VAPER I have ever smoked. I'm not giving up on my other blends as I enjoy them throught the day. But when it's time to sit back, have a cup of coffee (or somthing a bit stronger) and enjoy the pleasures of the pipe, Haddo's can't be beat.

One caveat...You really need to try this in a variety of pipes. While it smokes well in most, it is fantastic in the right pipe.

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Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Appearance: Somewhat random cut, consisting of about 60% reddish leaf, and 40% darker. I could not separate the perique from the cavendish by eye.

Aroma: A definite perique presence tingles the nostrils, adding a slightly sour note to the sweet and earthy aroma of the blend. There seems to be an additive, or special process here.

Packing: Packs easily into small and medium size pipes. With this much perique present, I did not try any large bowls. I like perique, but prefer moderate amounts.

Lighting: Lighting is about average for a va/perique blend, neither too slow to cach, nor too quick.

Initial flavor: Wow, it?s in you face. Big red virginia flavor, nutty cavendish background, and the raisin/fig taste of perique. There is something slightly sweet in the Cavendish, but it?s identity is elusive.

Mid-bowl: Everything settles down into a lovely melange with layers of taste. There is a substantial fullness to the smoke with just a touch of tingle. Puffing too fast increases the tingle, so slow puffing is definitely in order. Moisture is sometimes present, but not excessive.

Finish: Like many perique blends, this finishes a little bit stronger than the middle but not unpleasantly so. Ash is dark gray, and there is little or no dottle.

Summary: An excellent blend for the va/perique fanatics, and I will return to it periodically. It may be too rich for an all-day smoke, but one bowl satisfies your craving for quite a while. Wonderfully rewarding for evening relaxation.

Particularly liked: Richness and flavor.

Particularly disliked: For me, just a bit too much perique. YMMV

2 people found this review helpful.

ajaj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ajaj (69)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Update 1/2/06: Ok, no more updates. My past reviews were on tins about one year old. I have just finished a tin from August 2001, and it was like smoking a completely different tobacco. Can anyone say "chocolate"? The smell in the tin and the smoke was like smoking a bowl of Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate! I have never tasted a tobacco which went through such a transition. If I was blindfolded, I would swear that it was a chocolate or cocoa aromatic. The perique was much more tame, also. Would I recommend it? Yes. Do I like it more than the younger version? Not really, but then again, maybe it will take time to get used to. The transition was indeed really amazing.

Update 11/29/05: I'm raising my rating to three stars. I guess that the cavendish in Haddo's took some getting used to, but I'm enjoying Haddos more now. The second half of the bowl is still bad, but I find myself wanting to smoke more of this tobac. Aging has helped.

There are many reviews for Haddos and I agree with the reviewer below concerning love/hate relationship. Put me in the camp of not enjoying Haddos too much. The tobaccos are of high quality but I can't seem to enjoy the second half of the each bowl. The first half is pleasant; nice perique tickle with fruity undertones. Then, BAM, it turns into a horrible ash-tasting mess. I've tried it in different pipes and the results seem to be the same. Well, my VAPERs of choice remain C&D Bayou Morning and Bayou Morning Flake. I will try Haddos again after some aging and see what happens.

2 people found this review helpful.

DoctorMark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorMark (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Those of you that are familiar with the TV series "LOST" know that it is about several people trapped on an island after a plane crash. As I was watching the plight of the survivors one Wednesday evening I had an unusual thought: "What blends of tobacco would I need to have with me if I were "lost" on a relatively deserted island?"

Well, I easily came to the conclusion that if I didn't have Haddo's I would have to build a raft to float to the nearest tobacconist!

I hate to refer to Haddo's as an "aromatic", because, despite its rather sweet nose in the can, the flavor seems to come from a natural source rather than casing. I am one who is somewhat on the fence in regards to perique. When it works, it adds a note of spice to the blend. When it doesn't work it is somewhat distracting. It works very well in Haddo's.

The "delight" in this blend starts with the bright and colorful ribbon that is very easy to pack. I also find that it lights easily and burns very consistently. My favorite aspect of Haddo's is the variety of flavors that one savors as the tobacco burns in the pipe. A little more than halfway down the bowl I usually get a light vanilla taste with a very subtle flavor of dried fruit. This flavor is never too sweet or cloying, a complaint I tend to have with most so-called "aromatics".

At the bottom of the bowl the flavor evens out and becomes slightly more one-dimensional. The even burn, however, allows me to enjoy it down to the light dusty residue,

The moral of this story is that if one plans a long plane trip over water, one must remember to have several cans of this blend in reserve.....just in case!

2 people found this review helpful.

viktabak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
viktabak (4)
★★★★
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable

A very strong VA/Perique, with emphasis on the Perique. If you're a fan of that noble weed, this is a must-try. The tin aroma tends to put me off, as the rum topping, especially, makes it smell somewhat menacing. The smoke, though, is eminently enjoyable. Full of spice and complexity, without any tongue bite (at least for this smoker!)

Like many of the GLP offerings, this is ribbon-cut, and lights quite easily. The second half of the bowl is indeed rather strong and ashy, possibly because of the cut. This is not a blend that DGTs well, either. It still receives the highest recommendation, if only because that taste is unbeatable.

The rum topping, though mentioned in some of Greg's Usenet posts, isn't mentioned in the tin description. If I could take anything out of this blend, that would be it. I would add cigar leaf as well. It's a shame this isn't a C&D blend that can be easily modified!

Regardless of its faults, and those I mentioned I would rank as definite faults, this is my Holy Grail tobacco. Take away anything else from us poor pipe smokers, but don't take away my Haddo's!

2 people found this review helpful.

zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (134)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Pleasant

As Nightcap pleases the Latakia lover to no avail, so too Haddo's Delight is the equivalent for those favoring Perique. If you should find yourself wondering exactly what Perique may be, and why all the fuss, this is your most invaluable resource. I can't quite say I've ever found another blend in such generous proportion of Perique as this, which is welcomed beyond belief.

My initial reaction was unfavorable, but only because I had tasted Perique in limited quantities, and was not prepared for the full assault. To compare with other VA/Perique blends, I tried both Bayou Morning Flake from C&D and the popular Escudo. I enjoyed both, but they differ significantly from this offering...especially Escudo, which finds the straightforward and almost dry path.

Yes it is strong, and yes you should respect its capacity to put you in your place, but don't shy away. It lights and burns beautifully and won't bother you with inconsistencies. When the pipe is put away, the lingering aroma will remind you of the good times.

Enjoy.

2 people found this review helpful.

Baltimore Pipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Baltimore Pipester (1)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

This is truly a unique smoking experience. The best Virginia/Perique blend on the market. A wonderful blend of colors greets you upon opening the tin and the aroma is fantastic. Lots of raisin and stewed fruit flavor with a hint of cocoa and maybe a mild rum scent. I know Haddo's doesn't have a rum topping but the aroma is sure there. It packs best in medium to large bowls. I have been smoking this daily for the last month in everything from group 4 Dunhills to a G sized Becker to a Savinelli Autograph 5 with a 3" deep and an inch and a quarter wide tobacco chamber. This blend has smoked terrific in all of them. The flavor starts out light and sweet and gets progressively deeper and stronger down the bowl. Mid-way through the smoke the flavor really intensifies with the strongest Perique flavor kicking in at the last third of the bowl. The Virginia leaf is always present, wafting in and out with a superb sweetness. The Black Cavendish and Air-cured Leaf really smooth out the blend. I prefer to smoke this in the afternoon or evening with a nice cup of coffee or tea, but it could also be an all day smoke for the Perique lovers out there. It is that smooth and flavorful. It leaves the bowl dry all the way down and all that is left is a fine gray ash. No matter what sized bowl you smoke this in the end always comes too soon. Another grand slam from Greg Pease.

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raz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
raz (16)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Well!

Now this was a real experience, and an excellent, excellent one. Deep, strong, potent mixture of top-grade matured Virginias and that spicy Perique. The Black Cav in it does wonders to smooth out the taste, too.

Opening the tin, raisins... tea... a bit musty... promising. Has a nice balance on the humidity scale (not too wet, not too dry). Packs pretty easily, didn't rub it out, no need to. Lights pretty well, takes a few to get going but burns exceedingly well all the way to the last 10-15% of the bowl (ah, the relights, trying to get the last wiffs out of this potent baccy). Leaves a fine-ish dry ash. Smokes quite dry, too.

Initial taste is a bit stingy, back-of-the-throat kind of thing. Then it opens up. Oh, wow, this is really super-excellent. It's a definite slow-pacer, not because it would burn exceedingly hot, but simply because you don't want to let the pipe down, you don't want the bowl to end. And because you'll enjoy it more, if you don't overdo it - this is strong enough to kill your palate and dry out your sinuses for the remainder of the day.

I'd compare it to cask strength whiskey in that respect, methinks. Overall a thick, fulfilling smoke. Eminently recommended.

This is simply unique, I'd say. And it is equally fine during the day or at night, outdoors or indoors. The taste develops bit-by-bit, and has enough variety to keep it supremely enjoyable all the way down to the bottom of the bowl. As I like to drink something on the side, I'd recommend something a bit darker -- eg. black lager, dark rhum, and why not a smoky whiskey.

Room-note got more than a few remarks at the House Bar. Some were all over it, some didn't like this at all. The potent composition of this was also commented on by a few nicotine-junkies after sampling. This is quite strong in that respect.

Personally, this one's an instant hit, and tops the current rotation (06/05). Now, where do I get this in Europe, can hardly affor to travel back/forth to Chitown just to buy this.

2 people found this review helpful.

kilted1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kilted1 (43)
★★★★
Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant

This tobacco is hands down my favorite tobacco blend ever! If I were told I could only have one tobacco for the rest of my life, Haddo?s Delight would be my first choice. Everything I desire in a full bodied blend is here, in abundance.

Appearance: This looks to be about 25% dark tobaccos, 20% golden-yellow, 20% red and the remainder is a golden colored. It is varied in cut yet mostly medium ribbon cut.

Tin aroma: This is probably the most complex mixture I have ever encountered. The deeply fermented Virginias and perique are evident, with rich earthy tones and under-currents of fig/raisin and cocoa. The unsweetened Cavendish and Burleys are just there under the surface. I smell an enticing mixture which immediately gets my mouth watering, there are tones in this mix that hit me in that spot rather like a good steak sauce (although it?s nothing LIKE steak sauce).

This tobacco is nearly perfect in moisture and I employed the ?Frank method? for packing each review smoke. I smoke this tobacco in any pipe that I?ve dedicated to Virginia mixtures. For this review I?ve chosen a large clean Edward?s Husky Canadian, a very ?neutral? pipe with nice thick walls and a long stem for all the best in flavor preservation.

Lighting usually is a single match affair, I find that the ?Frank method? usually eliminates the need for much of a ?lighting tamp?, though once in awhile if I pause or just let the pipe go out, I might have to re-light it. As expected, the initial flavor is very smoky with the familiar ?peppery? sensations one expects from perique. I am also greeted with very deep fruity tones from the Virginias and the Burley and Cavendish lend their nuttiness and fuller body in turns. There is a very slight sweetness to it probably from the Virginias and an additional note from the rum casing. There is no single way to describe Haddo?s, the complexity is immediately apparent and builds throughout.

Mid Bowl: Approaching mid-bowl, the fullness tends to build and the flavors mix and match very nicely. The layers of flavors build and build, each mouthful of smoke tasting slightly different from the last. As a former cigarette smoker, I?m not particularly bothered by the nicotine content here, and I often employ the ?French curve? method of inhaling slipstream smoke nasally. That is not to say this isn?t a very full tobacco, often relaxing me nearly to the point of sleep. Accompanied by some good ambient music and some good reading material, an enchanted evening ensues. I cannot help thinking that hobbits, wizards, dwarves and the odd Ranger would enjoy this mixture very much.

Home Stretch: As end of the bowl approaches, I?m absolutely in smoker?s heaven. The fullness and character of this blend really come into their own during this final stretch. The Virginias have deepened to a wine like goodness and the perique keeps it all honest. This is a heady blend indeed and care must be taken not to over do the puffing rate. If I can discipline myself enough and keep the puff rate down I can enjoy Haddo?s until it resigns itself to ash.

A truly astonishing blend from America?s premier tobacco blender

Supplemental Notes: This is absolutely my favorite tobacco anywhere at any price. I have trouble keeping enough on hand for aging and smoking. Rating for those interested in numbers **

2 people found this review helpful.

Elric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elric (34)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Haddo's is another GLP blend that took me a while to make friends with. I'm glad I stuck around because it's turned out to be an extraordinary example of why Greg is assumed to have help from the nether regions.

Upon opening the tin, you are greeted with a varigated mix of medium and dark ribbon. The tin aroma is very complex and accurately portends what this smoke is all about. This is real tobacco folks, but with a distinct fig/raisin note as the label suggests. Like many GLP blends, this one demands a bit of time to breathe before actual smoking may commence. Your patience is amply rewareded though.

After this obligatory pause, Haddo's packs easily and, after a couple of false starts, stays lit fairly well. Despite it's complexity, Haddo's is very much "in your face" in terms of presence. Nuances that are hinted at in other blends are much stronger here but still ebb and flow in true phantasmagorical fashion; to the point that this is certainly the most multi-faceted tobacco I've yet smoked (which isn't saying a whole lot ;^)

Towards the end of the bowl, Haddo's can get pretty intense flavor-wise. That said, it is still remarkably enjoyable. I credit (or blame) this blend for awakening my appreciation of perique. However, after pursuing Va/Per blends a bit, I've yet to find one that is as truly rewarding has Haddo's. Strongest possible recommendation!

2 people found this review helpful.

Esoxhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Esoxhunter (60)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

September 2004

Mr. Pease is a bonafide, died-in-the-wool Pipe Tobacco Stud! (With apologies, of course, to the original PipeStud of tobaccoreviews.com fame)

Have you seen this guy's photo on his website? I would have expected a bespectacled, intellectual-looking type pictured in a sterile setting surrounded by muliple varieties of blending and condiment tobaccos. Instead, ol' G.L. looks like he just walked off an automobile assembly line, or perhaps like he recently returned home from a week or two of deer hunting in the mountains: Styx's prototypical "Blue Collar Man."

But I don't care if Mr. Pease graduated from Harvard (he very well might have) or the School of Hard Knocks; anyone who could produce something like Haddo's Delight is a genius in my book. I thought there could be nothing better than Escudo for Virginai/Perique blends--and Escudo is terrific, to be sure--but Haddo's seems to me more well-developed and rounded. The Perique is not quite so intense as in Escudo, but it works so well with the other tobacoos. I note that others have observed a slight casing on this blend, but I'm not sure if its casing or simply an exceptional marriage of pure tobaaco.

Kudos to G.L for this tremendous effort. (And no, I don't work for G.L. Pease Tobacco Company or any other such, nor am I a paid spokesman. I just recognize top flight talent when I taste it!)

2 people found this review helpful.

chaplikc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chaplikc (135)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Very Full Pleasant

Haddos Delight is a blend that many people love and some dislike. I love it! This is one of my favorite blends. I do not say this lightly or in gest as I have tried many blends and genres of pipe tobacco. To those who have not tried this blend give it a try but be sure not to smoke on an empty stomache as the nicotine content is high and may overwhelm some. This is a very complex blend and should be smoked in a clean pipe and with a clean palate to appreciate the subtle textures and over tones that arise through the bowl. The flavor is complex and ranges from earthy-nutty to figs and raisens. I do not mean in an unatural way but in a way that good virginia and perique can bring. Some people think the perique content in this blend is to strong but I like it and think its combination with the virginias and unflavored cavendish is done very well. I never get bored of this smoke as it delicately shifts in its flavors and sometimes surprises me with overtones I was not expecting. If you do not like perique or like it in very small quantities you may not like this blend. I find this blend exceptional and save it for my favorite Walt Cannoy pipe!

2 people found this review helpful.

The Keeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Keeper (112)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

An homage to The Great Beast!?

My deep love and respect for the old wizard as not only a Magickal thinker but a fringe author and anti-hero left me no other choice but to try out this blend. So...is it a blend fit for 666? Let's see:

My first several smokes of Haddo?s were excruciating. The nicotine combined with the high Perique content left me disoriented with a very sore palate and throat. But there was something lurking just below the pain which was intensely inviting to me?a deep, rich taste not unlike plums that echoed in and out of the lovely blue tinted smoke. The aroma from the bagged/tinned blend is fantastic. The room note strikes me as mellow. Bite and relights are minimal.

In letting the blend age for even a couple of weeks, I?ve found the overall effect has mellowed. I?ve also learned to go slow with Haddo?s and pay attention to the puffing. If I don?t watch out, I still get the seared palate and dry heaves. I can?t restate some of the descriptions here with any more eloquence, so I won?t. Suffice to say it is exceedingly complex, spiced, earthy, and woodsy ? and becomes more so with every bowl. Does it still hit like a tornado? You bet. I smoked a bowl driving to the college which I periodically teach courses at. Needless to say attempting to focus on the lesson was a revisit to my college days on many levels. Insidiously, it actually takes about 15 minutes after the pipe finishes for me to start really feeling the nicotine effects.

Smoke Haddo?s Delight as you would eat your favorite heavily spiced food or drink your favorite hard liquor. And I concur with one reviewer?s statement: buy a sample or one tin to start unless you are sure you can handle the kick and the Perique. Only the strength (spice intensity and nicotine) keeps Haddo?s from being a regular for me. Otherwise consider the rich smoothness, complexity, and burning quality of the blend worth 4 stars if you like to be a bit overwhelmed by your tobacco.

The traits and effect of this tobacco make it a fitting tribute to the early 20th century era?s self proclaimed ?Wickedest Man Alive?.

Update: This has moved up into - easily - my top 5 blend favorites. It gets better with age: less severe and more flavorful.

2 people found this review helpful.

Nojoqui Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nojoqui (28)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my favorite G.L. Pease blend so far. It has everything I like. I all of the four(?) ingredients that supposidly make up this blend. As being from a family where pipe tobacco wars played prominance, this besides a few others, is definitely one of my favorites. Maybe a "new" all time favorite. Until Mr. Pease comes out with a better blend than this, I'll smoke this stuff regularly. Upon opening the tin, I thrown back into my old and ignorant days as a I was looking for something to "fight back" in the family tobacco wars. One smoked The Balkans, another the Cavendishes. I was ignorant and stupid enough to find myself puffing away on the likes of "Rum and Maple" and "Sir Walter Raleigh". But that was 30-40 years ago, and I soon made my mark with some of the Dunhill blends. When I opened my first can of "Haddo's", I was brought back to the old days of "Rum and Maple". Ugh! Sweet, sticky goop. It did taste good at the top. My pipes never seemed to have any cake at the bottom. Gee! Guess why? I've had no problem getting "Haddo's" started. Just got to let it dry out for a few minutes. Once going, I get the fig and raisin taste until about two thirds of the way down. Then, the Perique kicks in, so I have to take it slow and easy. A few pipe cleaners do the trick, but I still wonder if there is any casing agent hidden in that Black Cavendish. I usually find the Virginia overtaken by the Perique and the Cavendish. I think the Burley may be lingering, or it would be more powerful, though. The end result is fairly dark ash. I'm left with a wonderful aftertaste that makes me reluctant to brush my teeth! But, brush I must. There's always another bowl in my circulation. I can only say, "Mr. Pease, if you please!" This is a tobacco that needs to go down as one of the all time best tobaccos. Teach your children how to blend this Greg! One of the Best of the Best!

2 people found this review helpful.

Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (125)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The is a mixture ranging the full spectrum of brown comprised of short ribbon cuts, rubbed out Va. flake, dark brown pieces of black cavendish and bits of Perique. The aroma is as the manufacturer describes. I detect a cocoa or even a chocolatey essence, fermented apples and a faint figginess and the esters of some sort of exotic liquor. The blend is not too moist, but it is a tad fluffy to pack. I was aware that I should give the ribbon a firm pack, but was concerned about the chunks of Va. and cavendish plugging up the works. It took two charring lights and tamps and a finishing light and it was on its way. The initial taste sensation is of unsweetened black cavendish ala Cornell & Diehl Blockade Runner which I, on rare occasions, smoke straight and which can be relentlessly astringent. Almost immediately it settles down to reveal the sweetness of the Virginias riding lightly atop the black cavendish. And then the Perique emerges, but very judiciously. To my taste the black cavendish dominates with the Virginia and Perique offering subtlety, sweetness and nuance. I sense that the burley must be there to provide body to the blend, but I cannot taste burley. This a smooth smoke with not even a hint of a bite. The flavor is very full so that I want to take the smoke in small sips. I am aware of an expert blender putting this mixture together. All the elements are in harmony. There are no artificial flavors just a fabulous unsweetened black cavendish, lightly sweet Virginia and the spicey playfulness of Perique. And of course the burley must provide a certain element too subtle for the inexpert like myself to detect. A wonderful treatment of straight tobacco flavors. Highly recommended. Paddy.

2 people found this review helpful.

Grundie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grundie (26)
★★★★
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I noticed this tobacco caused quite a commotion on alt.smokers.pipes a while back when it was lauched, with generallt glowing reviews. Alas I could not try it as I live in Ireland where it is not sold, however I was able to obtain a tin via a trade and I am writing my review based on finishing off that tin.

The aroma of the tobacco is very fruity and flowery, its a very natural aroma, you can tell no nasty additives are in use here. The cut is quite rought, but packs very nicely indeed.

The smoke itself is very flavousome, the with the perique dominating, albeit with a fruityness laced with it. The first half of the bowl is quite smooth for a perique blend, in the second half the flavours seem to move up a notch and it becomes a much more intense smoke. If you like perique blends youu will like this, it stands out from the standard perique blends such as Escudo or Three Nuns by having delicate flavours added to it which gives the blend a whole new dimension. It also has a nictotine hit which gives it a bot of oomph. I really like this tobacco, I just wish it was sold in Europe.

2 people found this review helpful.

RobAtHome Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RobAtHome (25)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Here we go - Yet Another Haddo's Review. Much has been said and re-said about this tobacco, and I'm going to throw in my two cents.

Haddo's is not an all-day tobacco. Haddo's isn't, for most people, an everyday tobacco. Haddo's is, however, a special treat for when you want a smoke that's going to grab you by the lapels and give you a light shake.

First of all - you must like perique if you are to have any hope of enjoying this blend. It's heavy on the perique, more so than many other tobaccos that call themselves perique blends. Those who have problems smoking St. James Woods or Elizabethan Mixture are not going to like this. Giving a negative review of Haddo's because of the perique is like giving a negative review of the Bahamas because of "all that annoying ocean".

In the tin, Haddo's is unassuming. Good, rich tobacco aroma from mature and lightly stoved Virginias, and the classic "dried/stewed fruit" essence of perique. The cut is fine ribbon, mostly medium reddish-brown with darker flakes of black cavendish and perique.

Upon lighting, it's the Virginias you'll taste first. They are top-notch tobaccos, and provide a nice medium sweetness combined with stoved toasty flavors. The perique is a minor player at this point, providing fruit and a tiny bit of nose-tickling spice.

As the bowl smokes down, the perique comes more and more to the fore. By the time you reach the heel, Haddo's has reached a crescendo of spicy goodness. Your tongue will tingle, your ears will ring, and your head will spin lightly. Nicotine is not overwhelming, but you will know that you've just smoked some Good Stuff when you're done.

Room aroma is tolerable. Recommended for an end-of-night pipe. While it won't burn your tongue unless you smoke like a fiend, it does have a tendency to wear out your palate - kind of like a big Cabernet Sauvignon or strong Scotch or Bourbon.

2 people found this review helpful.

slingpenny Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
slingpenny (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

I have just one complaint of GLPease tobaccos, that they have spoiled me for almost anything else. Where formerly, lesser brands served nicely, that is no longer true. Greg seems to have mastered the art of blending for nearly every season, nearly every taste. He has also achieved what I had believed to be impossible. Blending a tobacco I have never grown tired of...Haddo?s Delight. Technically, the only drawback to Haddo?s would be one?s individual taste. If I didn?t love Perique, or if Va?s were not to my liking, it would not appeal. However, as all the above is true, Haddo?s simply combines these flavors ( as well as unflavored black cavendish) as perfectly as I have found. Light, tamp, light, and it?s going for as long as I care to puff. The flavor is rich and variable with no two bowls alike, and relights are a desirable diversion in themselves. DGT?ing does wonders, but is certainly not required for satisfaction. The end of each bowl is such a surprise, so abrupt, that I am often taken quite unaware. Good, straight from a fresh tin (or bag) aging only improves the richness. I?m sure if I were able to wait that long, the benefit of cellaring would begin to taper off. But i?ll never know. Word of warning, though not as strong as some of the Gawith Va?s, it packs a definite punch. The silkiness of the smoke making it easy to overdo, especially if one is unaccustomed to this nicotine level. Of course I highly recommend it, provided that this combination of ingredients is to your liking.

2 people found this review helpful.

Nimrod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nimrod (29)
★★☆☆
Overwhelming Very Mild Medium to Full Unnoticeable

Having smoked a few english blends I decided I really wanted to get to know Perique, so I went out and picked up a can of Haddo's. Perhaps I should have started with something a little more subdued. This stuff literally made me ill. Perhaps it was just the overpowering amount of nicotine, or perhaps it was something else. After the first bowl I set it aside and didn't touch it for a few months.

Recently I got the tin back out, lit up a bowl, and found it, well, interesting but I'm still not particularly fond of it. Perhaps I'm just not as into perique as I thought I would be, or perhaps there's something else wrong. Well, anyway, I suspect this blend is much like a fine Habanero pepper sauce; if you like such things then you'll like it and if you don't you won't. When I buy another perique blend I think I'll go for something a little more subdued.

After trying yet another bowl a few weeks later I noticed that the flavor is indeed much more complex than I originally thought, but there really is just something in this tobacco--and I don't think it's just nicotine though that may be part of it--that really doesn't agree with me. I found my stomach becoming upset after only a small bowl in my small clay pipe. This tobacco seems to have something against me personally and so I don't feel I can render a decent recommendation except that one should avoid it if it doesn't like them either.

2 people found this review helpful.

Sykes Wilford Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sykes Wilford (35)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Haddo's Delight by the estimable Greg Pease has become my standard everyday smoke for the past few months. The incredible complexity allows is to be smoked on so many different levels making it the perfect blend for any time and any occasion. I smoke more Haddo's Delight than everything else combined.

A generous portion of long-cut Perique gives the base of air cured light ribbon and dark fermented Virginias a spicy sweetness without the bitterness that sometimes results from heavy use of Perique.

The full richness of the Virginias combined with sweet, spicy and earthy tones from the Perique makes for a splendid mixture indeed. Balanced by small amounts of unsweetened Black Cavendish and a small dose of Burley, I simply can't imagine a better put together blend. There is a small top-note of some variety, which, though not adding sweetness, does seem to tie the whole thing together.

This tobacco is perhaps the most incredibly complex tobacco that I have ever had the honor to taste. Every bowl gets better; the first few bowls seem superficially unremarkable, however I pick up new nuance every time I smoke this exceptional blend. It is like a good book that requires multiple readings to divine the hidden and complex meaning.

One moment it seems like figs dominate and the next a nose tingling spiciness from the perique seems almost to overwhelm the blend. During one bowl the flavors act together in harmony and in the next the cacaphony of flavors seem to compete for the smoker's attentions. Furthermore, when one doesn't have the time to offer it the full attention it deserves, it still provides a remarkably rewarding smoke. Even the superficial flavors detected when not devoting full attention-- slight sweetness and spiciness-- are still fantastic.

If I could smoke only one blend, Haddo's Delight would be it. This is the blend against which I consider all others. A superlative effort from perhaps the foremost tobacco blender in the world.

2 people found this review helpful.

Old Nate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Nate (11)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

Thus far my experiences with Pease Virginia's have not been enjoyable. I've heard many good things about Haddos Delight both at the pipe shop and online, but this tobacco just doesn't come through for me. I believe Pease uses FAR TOO MUCH burley in his Virginia blends and I am not a fan of burley whatsoever. It leaves an acrid taste in my mouth when combined with the casing of haddos delight. So far I've yet to come across a Virginia or Vaper that really sings from the Pease house. And I believe this is unacceptable considering how much hype is surrounding GL Pease... Now if you're talking latakia, then yes, GLP is a master, but this is not latakia and its not a pleasant smoke.

From the get go you can tell it is strong and it settles into a hearty tobacco flavor that is more like a cigar (to me) than beautiful sweet Virginia. This stuff is also very strong, now this is coming from nic wimp but get the barf bag ready, because it hits me fast and hard. But, like I said I am weenie when it comes to nicotine. This could have something to do w the casing on this stuff as well. The idea of rum being added sounds okay, but I believe I simply don't care for it. I want a natural Virginia sweet taste that's some what grassy and fruity... With a nice little zing from perique, I don't get that here.

Final thoughts, if you're looking for a strong, full bodied smoke, cased rum like flavors, and ashy undertones then this might be what you want... Just not me.

Pipe Used: many

Age When Smoked: feesh

Purchased From: B&M

Similar Blends: Other Pease VAs.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (28)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I got this bc they were out of exhausted rooster. I thought the sounded interesting and I wanted to expand my experience with va/per blends. Having my first blend of such being deluxe navy rolls I believe I may have have spoiled my palate. I do like this tobacco, and would recommend it to a friend or other. My time with this blend has been an unexpected joy, and something of a let down at the same time. Overall it has been a learning experience that has broadened my view of the range of these blends.

In the tin it looks fairly normal. With exception of the varied colors, it could be a drugstore or house blend you get from any where. I am partial to the dunhill line, and the standard of presentation they maintain is significantly higher than a lot of other blenders. You can definitely see the Virginias in some shades of gold and mustard hues. Some cavendish in various finishes of black. Some flat, some shiny. The tin note to me is a full slap in the mouth of rum raisin ice cream. Has a strong reminiscence of liquor and maybe plums. Like a traditional Xmas pudding. (My wife is Irish, I've eaten the flaming treat a few times). The smell from the tin may be a bit of a shock to newer smokers, as it not much like tobacco is expected to smell.

This bland packs and lights like a drugstore blend. Easy as pie that is. The charring light is quite sweet to me. As well as the first third of the bowl. I generally type as I write and my pipe goes out on me. I'm smoking this now, and have just now noticed the sweetness dies down on the relight. I may double char this next time to see if it works better for my tastes. It is much better now to me. Hmm, took a good 12 pipes of this to notice that...

Having just hit the halfway point now, it is behaving much as it normally does. The slight gurgle has died down and the smoke is more of a dark sweet like extra dark chocolate with a touch of raisins. Slightly sour. Delicious however burning very cool with a silky mouth feel to the smoke.

Moving into the last quarter it is starting to pick up the pace. Slight nic buzz starting to hit me, so I would say it is a solid medium to full strength blend. It's leaving a pleasant taste on my lips and teeth. I think this goes well after dinner, but maybe not if I've had dessert.

It seems to have reached its end now. Bit of a sizzle as a drop of juice hits the cherry in the bottom of my peterson 01. Not worth the risk a bite so I'm going to let it go. That being said, very little dottle left. I think the sizzle may have killed the last of the bowl. I would recommend keeping a pipe cleaner nearby if you lean towards faster smoking, as I can gurgle in the pipe. The nic content may be a bit much for anyone sensitive to high nicotine content. Otherwise it is very good in its own right. I don't think I will buy more more after this tin is finished, as I would like to try more of the gl pease line. And I may let the remainder set awhile longer to see how it developed with a bit of time. Try this one if you're looking for a different experience from perique, it can surprise you. Happy puffing

Pipe Used: MM diplomat, Peterson 01

Age When Smoked: New, left to set a few weeks

Purchased From: Just for him

Similar Blends: Old Toby middle earth series from just for him..

1 person found this review helpful.

boc777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boc777 (18)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This has moved into my top 3 Va/Pers. This is an extremely satisfying and tasty smoke. I love the plum and spice in the tin aroma. It packs and lights perfectly. Just enough perique and not overbearing. I usually would not prefer this much flavoring in a tobacco, but with this one it works. This is in my permanent rotation and I love it in the morning when I can sneak it in. Packs a punch, but again its not too heavy handed. If you love Va/Pers and you are looking to expand your rotation, definitely give this one a try.

Age When Smoked: <1 yr

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

SecretAgentMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SecretAgentMan (27)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Full Pleasant

What moniker said below. I'll add that the room note is really very enjoyable, everyone liked it. But I kept tasting this constantly for four days after smoking it. I give it one star for my personal enjoyment. Others really, really like this tobacco; since it's GL Pease it's no doubt 4 stars for quality. But if you're not a fan of perique to the point of fantasizing about smoking it straight, I'd skip this one.

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Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (88)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Ah, Haddo's Delight.  A masterpiece. 

A truly unique tobacco and among my all-time favorites. 

Tin note is of liqueur topping, similar but lighter to that of Barbary Coast. A brandy note, with a touch of rum.  I find this a variation on a theme of toppings shared by Haddo's, Barbary Coast, and Cairo.  Beyond this initial note are the expected aromas of dried fruits: figs, dates, raisins. But in Haddo's the dried fruit flavors are more pronounced than the average plum-sided VaPer. After all, Haddo's Delight is not truly a VaPer, but rather a hybrid - I suggest it is the King of Hybrids. 

While Haddo's ages divinely, it is smokable right out of a fresh tin. Presentation is ribbon cut, so minimal dry time is needed: maybe 10-15 minutes prior to packing. Takes a match well and, once going, requires very few relights. 

The initial flavor is dominated by the topping, but this soon gives way to the most amazing VaBurPer flavors out there today. Rich, thick, creamy clouds of smoke as the bowl progresses with a delicious and copious Perique of the stewed fruit persuasion. The Virginias are soft and biteless, the burley provides a solid foundation to it all, and there is a hint of sweet, natural Cavendish making periodic appearances. 

Once deep into the first third of the bowl, approaching mid-bowl, the deep, dried fruit flavors assert with an amazing interplay of slightly sweeter stewed fruit. But the sweetness here is anything but cloying. It's a deep, rich, refined and natural sweetness, held in check by a touch of burley and an array of Virginias that simply could not be more smooth-smoking.  

After mid-bowl, an amazing transformation takes place: the plummy-side Perique flavors begin to yield to a more savory note. The dried fruits are still there in the background, but the peppery side of Perique shows its face.  This is the real treat for Perique lovers as this is the only blend I'm aware of that demonstrates both sides of glorious Perique tobacco - and shows each side in all its glory. 

To my palette, this blend is a symphony of flavors masterfully blended: balanced, nuanced, deep, contemplative, and simply unique even among celebrated tobacco blends. I simply cannot say enough good about this blend - and I'm not the only one: odes, websites, and many a pipe has been dedicated to it.  I can't give five stars, so I'm going with four. 

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Elkhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elkhunter (8)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a nice and stout,well mannered blend and will be regular in my rotation if not an everyday smoke.I have tried it in several pipes and it really worked well in some and didn't in others.

Have noticed that airing out for 1/2 hr. to forty five minutes lets each of the different tobaccos enhance and come out, so when smoking it you can taste the virginia, the burley and the black cavendish,perique in the blend.

If you like VA/VAPERS you gotta try this one.

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (227)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a nice blend as a change of pace. The topping is whiskey/rum , I believe, and it is done well. It gives the blend a nice scent and a sour fruity flavor along with the Perique. I really can't believe this doesn't contain Latakia, because to me , it is smokey. The burley stays in the background.

Just a quick comparison of Pease Blends: Haddo's Delight- whiskey topped , light smokey flavor, fruity (2), Chelsea Morning- Light latakia, fruity (4), Meridian- Medium Latakia, creamy bacon Oriental flavor (4), Lagonda-Medium Latakia- Campfire flavor, light Oriental (2), Quite Nights- Heavy Latakia- Campfire flavor with Creamy Orientals (4), Odyssey- Heavy Latakia- Campfire flavor dominates , light orientals(3), I would say all of these are 3 & 4 star blends, the numbers (#'s)after the blend indicate my personal preferences when compared to "only" these 6 blends

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Latakiafile Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Latakiafile (8)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

This Va/Per blend from Mr. Pease is fantastic. When I opened the tin I was greeted by something more than what i've come to expect from a Va/Per blend it was very close to Dunhill NightCap when I opened the tin so this was an unexpected suprise. Very smooth and satisfying the the Virginias came through first with the nuttiness of the burleys making themselves known followed by the Perique with the Black Cavendish smoothing things out. This is a VERY good offering from Mr. Pease, One which is now a member of my regular rotation and therefore higly recommended.

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Wiseguy1982 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wiseguy1982 (23)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Strong

I am so glad I decided to pull the trigger on this. I was looking for a new VaPer to try, looking for only the strongest blend around. I am glad my shot in the dark struck a bullseye!

Upon opening the tin, which was dated 10/01/2012, I was smashed in the nose by a sweet super ripe fruit aroma, which has to be the Perique. This blend is young as the tin date says, so I am very excited to have this, as I can gradually note the changes from aging.

After I got my bowl loaded, lit and tamped, my olfactory senses went into overdrive. The Perique seriously lays the smack down hard, which is exactly what I wanted.

I only smoked a tiny bowl just to get a rough idea of what this has to offer, so I will update this review once I have had more.

However, I do believe I may have found my Holy Grail, when it comes to VaPers.

Thanks for understanding.

10/26/2012 EDIT:

Alright, just had my second bowl.

This stuff is exceptional. I hate comparing tobaccos but this is very reminiscent of Irish Oak, just much heavier in the Perique department. That is perfectly fine by me, as I love the crap out of Irish Oak.

During the first half of the bowl your tastebuds are borderline assaulted by the spice heaven of the Perique, and then more towards the end the tobacco gets very rich and deep. I do detect wonderful notes of cocoa and raisins, not as much as figs as you would expect. I definitely think I have found the Holy Grail of VaPers in my eyes.

I do want to try Hal O the Wynd though, just to make sure.

Also, not that it really matters as I don't think many of us sniff the bowls too much after smoking...but it smells like black pepper.

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Hart Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hart (4)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

One of my first experiences with a Pease blend, along with Odyssey. Usually a smoker of latakia mixtures, but wanted to try something different, so I picked up a tin of this along with the Odyssey recently. This is definitely different, in a good way.

No experience with VaPer blends, so I can't speak to how it compares in that area, but this is definitely a great blend to mix things up a little for a latakia smoker like me. Tasted a lot of the flavors I've read in the reviews here, and in the tin description, raisins, stewed fruit, etc.

I read somewhere that it does indeed have a touch of rum, and this is detectable as well. I enjoy this flavor. Not overpowering, just a nice change of pace. That pleasant rum undertone is why I'm also drawn to Black Frigate on occasion.

Good burn, few relights, burned down to a fine white ash. Very pleased, and will get this again. Impressed with my first two Pease blends and will explore further. Along with Dunhill and C&D blends, these Pease blends seem to behave well for me.

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CGHurlburt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CGHurlburt (24)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I was so impressed with Chelsea Morning that I ordered four other blends from G.L.Pease in my last large tobacco order. I opened my tin of Haddo's Delight and was amazed at the aroma. This is truely something different. It's fruity and lively with a hint of rum? The look of the tobacco was a bit interesting as well. I saw a great deal of bright colored tobacco. Time to light up and see what we have here.

Taste: Very nice. It tastes as good as it smells. I really like this as a nice change of pace from many of my latakia rich blends I smoke. Being from Kentucky, I like the burley notes in this one. Makes me feel "home". I usually don't like burley as it tends to come across as too bitter and overpowering to my tastes. In this blend it is perfect. Dare I say, the first time I've ever loved burley in a blend.

Room Note: Pretty nice. Almost aromatic, but not quite.

Final Thoughts: This is a very cool burning mixture. I've tried this in my Dr.Grabow grand duke. This pipe is small and thin walled. It tends to get very hot if I am not careful. From start to finish, it barely got warm with this smoke. I look forward to trying this in some of my better quality pipes. Another thing worth noting with this blend is the nicotine hit. It's huge. Being an ex-cigarette smoker, I can handle it. Sometimes even welcome it. However, for those that do not handle large doses of the big "N" well, be warned. It is very strong. This blend will become a part of my rotation. Four Stars.

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derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (67)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Not really my cup of tea. I like my blends with more recognizable nuances. This is a whole different monster and its also kind of a "grandpa smoke". I don't like it.

Update: I picked this up again after a month and it's more tolerable now that the moisture level has waned. It does smoke nice. There is a load of perique in this guy, which is not for everybody, but the fruity notes work OK (is that the perique?). One could envision Bilbo Baggins puffing on this in his churchwarden, but I find it a bit too odd. Upgrade to two stars.

11/22/12 Update: I recently ran into and smoked a five year old tin of HD. My initial impressions were not so favorable, as you can see. Now, I can hardly say enough good things. It's WAAAAY different than before. Five years of aging on this perique laden beaut takes this blend to a different level. When fresh, the chaos is at volume ten. Now, I have the ability to "see" what is going on. It is full in taste, has the strength of an pit bull and is unlike anything else I have ever smoked...in a class of it's own. I know and have read that Pease designs his blends with aging in mind so buy his blends with years on them, if you can. Four stars.

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MrPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MrPiper (21)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

A very rich flavor. Volumous smoke and pleasant room note. . It's the most interesting Virginia / Perique out there and hands down worth a try.

The Perique is peppery from the beginning and the sweet virginias add everything else.

Many say it knocks them down from nicotine, but I suspect it's really more the perique doing the job. This blend is quite perique heavy. I don't find it to be all that powerful in terms of nicotine kick, but for those not used to heavy perique, you are going to feel a bit swimmy!

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William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (31)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I reluctantly sampled Haddo's on the advice of a fellow pipe-smoker. I didn't think that this tobacco would really have anything that interested me other than the Virginia and Perique component. My preconceptions were thrown for a loop when I tried it. It was much smoother and tastier than expected.

Yes, the Rum casing is a bit over the top, both in the tin note and in the smoke, but Haddo's is a very fine tobacco with a lot of flavor. The overpowering rum flavor dissipates after a few days and becomes a bit more tame, anyway. It's not an everyday smoke, but when I want something that's a little different, this is it.

1 person found this review helpful.

UrbanSandz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UrbanSandz (2)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Strong

The tin note on this comes across like Peach Schnapps, which, for me, is quite a turn off. Maybe Peach Schnapps isn't quite on the mark, but it does have an unmistakable alcohol aroma which I find very unnatural. For this reason alone I cannot recommend this blend.

The smoke itself is fine. It smokes evenly and I get good smoke output.

I think there are far better Vapers out there. My personal first choice would be the more natural aromas and flavors of Esoterica's Dunbar which seems to be a little easier to come by than some of Esoterica's other blends.

1 person found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (235)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I have to admit, when I tried this at first, I just did not like this blend. It tasted green and overbearing to me and as I did not want to slam Greg, I just resealed it and put it to the back of my opened tins chest. It has been many months now, and I mved into a new home recently and I found this blend and thought what the heck, I will give it another try. Oh what a difference a few months makes! I am finding I like it a lot now. I think this blend just needs more time to mature to become a nice blend.

In the tin, it is very peat like and tart smelling, composed of the spectrum of colors and in a ribbon/rough cut. It is very easy to load in the pipe and quite easy to lite. Once lit it burns nice and slow and emits a strong, sharp room note very typical of VaPers. When my wife complained about the aroma, I knew I was going to enjoy it this time. I love perique and this contains a great deal of it. The mixture of Virginias along with the perique make for a not so subtle, rich, creamy, spicy smoke. It has non of the haylike sweetness of a lot of VA based blends, it is deep and flavorful and very rich in taste right from the start, yet it produces no tongue bite at all. It smokes great with coffee or a beer and could easily be an all day blend for those that like strong tobaccos. It burns down to a dark grey ash with a little dottle at the bottom of the pipe. I have smoked 10 bowls of this in two days now and the more i smoke it the more I am liking it, in fact I just ordered another 8oz tin of it. So I have moved from unimpressed to recommending it now. For perique lovers, it is a must try.

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Cochon74 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cochon74 (21)
★★★☆
Very Strong Very Mild Very Full Strong

This blend presents me with a serious problem... I enjoy the flavor immensely, but find this stuff to be so damned strong!

The tin aroma is striking... it's got all the figgy, raisin-y goodness of Perique... on steroids. It smells so concentrated, almost like candy. Amarena cherries come to mind - which perhaps gives credence to the notion that there IS an alcoholic topping on this (the so-called "exclusive process"). But if this is a topping, then I really don't mind... it complimented the blend nicely without overshadowing the individual characters of the constituent tobaccoes.

This gives rise to what I truly enjoy about HD. This blend let's all of it's players be heard clearly and in harmony. Another Perique blend I enjoy, MacBaren Arcadian Perique, is so dense in its flavor. It's like the Wagner of tobacco... complex, blustery, great thick walls of texture. Haddo's is more like Bach - equally complex but in a more orderly, methodical way. The parts were all heard clearly and in good measure. I enjoy both, but in entirely different ways.

The downside for me is the wretched nicotine buzz I got after smoking this. I was thoroughly dizzy... much like when I smoke an entire, high-quality cigar. In fact, the pungent, rich flavors of this tobacco made me feel like I was smoking a cigar - not literally, but the overall experience was similar.

Sadly, I won't be indulging in HD regularly, I guess I'm a nicotine wimp. But I do like it. Anyone looking for a unique and challenging tobacco should try this.

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M.Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Toney (53)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Yes. It is good! This is an excellent tobacco blend that provides nothing but straight-up tobacco flavor with a good burning quality. Perique is dominant initially but later, the tobaccos meld into an enjoyable smoking experience.

This concoction provided plenty of Vitamin N...something I seek out in pipe tobaccos. Not really fond of the wimpy blends but indulge in them on occasion.

I'll be smoking this again some day. Sampled in a size two Dunhill Shell Briar.

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gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (50)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

=UPDATE #3= I must have had a bad batch. A friend of mine allowed me to sample a tin of this stuff he had. Upon opening the tin it smelt of the normal VaPER scents but also of cheese...not in a bad way and it was quite faint. It smoked with the same flavors that one could detect, plum, fig, hay, and cheese. It was delightful. Consequently, a different compadre that was smoking with us also had a tin...and his smelled the same as my friends. It does seem my tins did not share the same qualities as theirs.

=UPDATE #2= I have let this age now for over a year. This is now a spectacular VaPer Mix. WOW!!! Wonderful, tasty, subtle. I can taste the spiciness, but just a hint along with the sweet virginia's with a hint of hay. Wonderful!!! Excellent Tobacco...just late it age, would be my recommendation.

UPDATE I have let the tin sit and age for about 6 months. It's still wet a bit but much dryer than it was. This time I smoked it in a pipe that I use only for aromatics. The experience was quite different...sweet, tasty VaPer. I was impressed. The raisin smell came out in the taste, just hints.

I'll be sampling a few other Pease blends in the future, but will make sure to allow them to age a bit.

OLDI was truly disappointed that I didn't find something more appealing here. Reading reviews and descriptions of this tobacco I thought for sure I was going to love this.

I picked up a tin. Upon opening it the smell of raisins and sweetness filled my nose. I was excited. Lit up a bowl and nothing... flat... No taste, except, and sorry to use the term, smoke. I thought I was smoking cardboard with pieces of tire chips in it. I've tried it a few times with the same result. Maybe I got a bad tin of it. Maybe I need to let it sit.

In fact...that is what I'll do. I'm going to let this age and try again.

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Denevei Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Denevei (58)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

For the longest time I stayed away from tobaccos blended by the Dark Lord. I would never argue that he's not an expert of tobaccos, but his blends, most being latakia/oriental blends, didn't appeal to me. Then along came Cumberland, which I simply had to try. It was so good that I decided to re-examine his other offerings. For me, Haddo's Delight, a Virginia/perique, was the obvious place to start.

The blend is made of several Virginias and what Pease describes as a "generous measure" of perique, with unflavored black cavendish and white burley added to round out the flavor and add more strength. This is a beautiful tobacco to look at, with rich, deep golds, browns, and black. I popped open my tin of it as soon as I got to the car, and treated my nose to the rich aroma of fresh coffee and raisins. My daughters were in the car with me, and both remarked that, unlike most tobacos, the tin aroma of Haddo's Delight was pleasant, and both remarked on the smell of raisins. One mentioned Haroset, a fruity Jewish Passover treat. The moisture level of the tobacco is, to my smoking technique, just right. When you buy a Pease tobacco you pay for tobacco rather than added moisture.

Arriving home, I immediately loaded my first bowl of the blend, then set fire to it. The burst of flavor was wonderful, and very smooth. Tamped down, relit, and off I went, into what I can only describe as an extremely pleasant smoking experience. Often, perique blends hit my tongue like wolverines, but Haddo's Delight provides the deep and spicy richness of perique without the bite. The burley and cavendish bring some nice richness and body to the blend, but neither overwhelm the tang and taste of the perique. The Virginia provides a nice sweetness, but is tempered by the other tobaccos. The taste left in my mouth after finishing the smoke, though, is a pleasant sweetness, like a memory of a sunny afternoon. The word "complex" comes to mind to describe this blend; it's strong without being dizzying, full of flavor without being overpowering. Deeper into the bowl, especially the last third of it, the flavor and characteristics of the blend change subtly, taking on a bit more of an earthiness. But the tobacco is never unsettling, never bitter or rancid. There are more undertones than overtones, nuttiness, tang, sweet, fruity, rich.

I so enjoyed the first bowl of Haddo's Delight that I immediately loaded a second. It's very rare that I don't wait a couple of hours after a smoke to have another, but couldn't resist. I've interspersed bowls of it since, between bowls of favorite Virginias, Cumberland, and another Virginia/perique blend. Each time I come back to Haddo's I receive the same pleasant surprise, the same, well, delight.

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Pease Pilgrimage Reviews (a tasting journey through every GLPease blend) Tin date: May, 2010

Appearance: Mostly light- to medium-brown bits with a good amount of black chunks, presumably the Cavendish and Perique.

Tin Aroma: My first impression was of chocolate-covered cherries. Then the acidic tinge of some kind of topping, that chemically aroma that normally turns me off.

Flavor: Sometimes I taste the sea – the west coast…that cold, salty, briny air washing over the tidepools. I certainly taste the Perique, and feel it at the back of my throat although it's not nearly as strong as I had expected. The topping does affect the taste, at least for the first half of the bowl, and I don't really like it. The burley comes through much more than the tin description hints (“a little air- cured white burley ribbon…”). There seems to be enough in there to affect the flavor quite strongly, too much in fact for my taste as that ashy flavor seems to become too prominent at times.

During the second half of the bowl all the ingredients seem to meld and it becomes a much better smoke. The topping never really disappears but it becomes much less noticeable, and the richness from the Virginias and perique make for a very nice flavor. But I'm afraid it's too little too late. In every pipe, it takes a half-bowl to get to the good part, and even then it's just good, not great. Would love to try this blend exactly as it is but without the topping.

I am not an aromatic fan, and I just have to categorize this as an aromatic, at least as close as the Pease lineup gets to aromatic (after Barbary Coast that is). Can't really muster more than two stars for this one. No reason for me to buy more with all the other excellent blends out there, including many of Greg's.

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Smokey D Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smokey D (5)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is only my third review and my first review of a "cellard" tobacco! My initial remark would have to be how unusual this stuff smelled after breaking the seal. To me it was almost nauseating; I really had to set the stuff down and leave the room. The following day I consulted previous reviews to find this pungent aroma was normal. I was in love at first light. Perique as God intended it to be! This stuff was so complex I wonder if I am even qualified to comment on it. Very simply, full flavored and quite smooth, it was aromatic and satisfying in the nicotine department. I am going to "cellar" everything I get my hands on. I have smoked alot of different tobaccos from strong englishes to aromatic blends, including drug store blends. It has,for now; quenched my appetite for trying anything else. I will keep trying things for sure, but I don't think there is anything out there that could taste or satisfy any better. I recommend this to the experienced puffer, not that a rookie couldn't throughly enjoy it. Its like going from blended whiskey to a single malt. If you can wait at least a year after buying it, it will be a memorable experience,I promise! My final thought: THIS WEED ROCKS!!!!!!

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (155)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I have strongly desidered to taste Haddo's, believe me beloved Fellows of the TR Community!

Oh, dear Lord, Haddo's is really weird smelling in the tin. My first thought was that the weed has been literally soaked into a liquor (I know it's rhum, but regarding me it could even be cognac...).

Haddo's lights and burns easy. The liquor topping affects a bit heavily the first third of the bowl. The smoke starts mild, sweet and liqueurish. A VaB thing, at this stage I'm not able to detect any of the Perique which should be added in "generous" measure. Smooth, very smooth indeed. Reaching the second third, the topping has gradully disappeared, leaving room to strenght and body. At this stage I clearly feel the VaBPer combination, and should start slowing down my sipping speed to avoid a slightly ashy feeling. Notes of stewed fruits but not much pepper... The last third is where the smoke is going be masculine, still sweet but earthy, of ripe fruits, traces of smokiness a-la fired Kentucky... and here the pepper tingling my nose.

A nice trip, and very uncommon experience in evolution of strength, flavours and body. Haddo's delighting me.

Ehi, the driest smoke and ashes ever ! Plus: the only non-aromatic tobacco whose room aroma pleases my wife, and that's absolutely wonderful.

Well done, dear Greg.

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Pipedawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipedawg (16)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This blend has always amazed me. Here we have both Burley Cavendish, White Burley and Perique to fill out this Virginia blend, and then it's not stronger than any ol' average VaPer? I guess it's the casing that tames it. 'Cause down past midbowl the strength sneaks up on you. And when the blend has had time to breath, it gets more like...real strong Perique'ish (uhm)

I never get used to the stench upon opening this (as with many of Pease's), a very full Cognac-like flavour hits your nostrils, and either you love it or you instantly feel physically ill.

But the bacco by no means tastes like it smells, thank God, and it turns out to be a very decent VaPer blend.

I am a long time Perique lover, and set up against other VaPer's out there, it lands way above average. VaPer's doesn't have to be complex (like HH Acadian), nor can't they all be 'down to earth' perfection (like Orlik's Bulls Eye). But this actually goes into my top-five of all time greatest Virginia/Perique's.

Way better than average in almost every aspect. The heavy flavouring annoys me though, and makes it somewhat of an aromatic in my book. But then again, it would most definitely be in my top-three of all time aromatics ;) And the room note is one of the most pleasant I've ever come across containing this much Perique (I belive at least 10%)

Cut to the chase.. I recommend this blend to all VaPer lovers. Tastes above average, burns above average and all in all a good place to start if you plan on moving in on the exciting Perique territory.

If you read this far, you probably wonder why I call this a VaPer, when it's technically not. It's just that the complimentary ingredients of other baccos are just that - helpful but very discreet.

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MadMarv Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MadMarv (15)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I couldn't believe that I haven't reviewed this yet. It has been a standard in my rotation for the last five years, and I have loved it from the beginning. There are so many reviews, I will just cover some of the things I believe make this blend unique, and worth smoking.

The tin aroma can be a little overwhelming at first. Very strong and rich, overripe fig/raisin/plum scent that grabs you by the nose and shakes you. There's been debate about rum or brandy topping, I believe it's definitely rum. I do let the tin sit for a couple of weeks after opening to tame the smell.

The flavor carries over into the smoke, making this a light aromatic IMO. The perique is very noticeable, but not peppery to me, just fruity. Too much cavendish and burley to consider it a Va/Per, but not enough to dominate. The whole becomes a soft, rich melange of fruit, rum and sweet Va.

It's not as strong as people make it out to be, but if you're sensitive to perique it could turn your head. I like it in the morning, or as an after-lunch smoke. Think I'll have some now-

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Morgoth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Morgoth (22)
★☆☆☆
Medium Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

My experience is from a one year old, 2oz can...and I am baffled by the majority of experiences here.

The aroma/flavor is certainly not from Perique alone. A definite brandy flavoring is applied, most likely a casing, since my sample was soaked in this contemptible sauce. Drying and then re-hydrating the content tobacco did not abate the vile taste from this mixture. In my opinion, a waste of fine leaf...and I cannot fathom how anyone would enjoy this excrement in a pipe. I disbelieve that any significant amount of additional cellaring time will have any positive affect on this dung (and, regrettably, I have three more cans...heavy sigh).

I can only hope that I experienced a somewhat singular exception, and not the true evilly-sour feces-forward representation of this blend. I will, perhaps, try it again in a few more years...the memory of this blend needs to fade.

A companion infusion: mouthwash...a massive dose of mouthwash.

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Big Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Nick (72)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Haddo's, much like Barbary Coast is a blend that I really wanted to like. Fantastic aroma from the tin, regardless of what others have said there simply must be some sort of alcoholic beverage infusion here. That aroma can not be achieved from Perique alone. But unlike B.C. I have found a way to thoroughly enjoy Haddo's Delight. Unlike B.C., Haddo's takes to the match very nicely but my first few bowls were harsh and hot. I tried a Radice twin bore pipe, and still harsh and hot, but far from veil as one of our brothers has noted. Then I pulled out an old Peterson churchwarden and ah ya, I mean oooo ya, thats the ticket! It all came together, the sweet, the spicy, the pungent flavors, cocoa, figs, raisins, it all came together just as advertised. The harshness turned into fullness and the heat turned into flavor. Thanks to the Churchwarden.

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ProdigalWeb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ProdigalWeb (18)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

The reviews of this tobacco just go to prove that there is no accounting for human taste. They run the gamut from "absolutely vile," to "puzzling," to "weird," to someone who named their son after it. For me, this tobacco has a chance of becoming my favorite smoke. And, yes, it is weird when it comes to describing it.

The tin aroma is ambrosial, almost too much so. The perique is noticeable, but so is some kind of flavoring that I don't think anyone has nailed down yet. It's been called brandy and it's been called rum. Whatever it is, it's the main thing I notice when I light it up. But very quickly there is a pheromone of fruitiness. I would have thought that I wouldn't have cared for it, but I really like it. It's not sweet or overripe fruit, just enough to make the virginias really stand out. I think the cavendish contributes to the piquancy too. I don't know enough about how these flavors blend to say any more about it than that it works for me. I don't think it hurts that I've baptized a brand new Rubens Rhodesian from Radice with it, but it's just as good in older pipes.

Smoke this one slowly and contemplatively and you'll end up in nirvana.

1 person found this review helpful.

Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Haddo's reputation is such that one can't help being a little underwhelmed. Don't expect as much as some claim for this blend, and it might end up one of your favorites.

Further reflections, 10/05/10:

The topping or casing (I don't know which it is.) varies from tin to tin. Some tins have quite a bit of added flavoring, some very little. In general, the flavor is exactly that of a candy I enjoyed as a child: Brach's Milk Maid Royals Raspberry chews. The flavor stays with you until the last few puffs of the bowl. And the tin note can be somewhat nauseating.

I'm not a fan of aromatics, and this is the most heavily flavored tobacco I keep around. Except for the flavoring, it is a fairly full Virginia Perique blend.

Not Pease's best effort, but an interesting and enjoyable diversion. Three stars only because of the inconsistent levels of added flavoring, and the strongly aromatic nature of the blend will not appeal to all. But for some reason, I keep buying it, and I keep smoking it.

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VaPer Lock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
VaPer Lock (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Very Pleasant

What can one say that others haven't? There's much to love about Haddo's. The flavors changing as the bowl progresses, nutty, chocolate, fruity/hoppy with a ever-present sweetness on the sides of the tongue. All that combined with a nice dose of nicotine make this a favorite.

An staple in my tobacco stable.

1 person found this review helpful.

PipenGuitar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipenGuitar (15)
★★☆☆
Strong Very Mild Overwhelming Tolerable

Well, I can't seem to enjoy Perique. I respect this blend for its quality in that it burns well, smells just fine (both in the tin and whilst smoking it), and the flavor....EXCEPT for the peppery sensation of DOOM. If your a Perique lover, then this blend is for you.

1 person found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

Ahhhh, Haddo's! So unique, it's almost impossible to describe. The best I can come with it's a full bodied VaPer with a wonderful and very mild cocoa, plums and figs flavoring, but that description falls short. I could also compare it to Anniversary Kake as they are both cocoa-flavored VaPers, but Haddo's is much more than that. Not necessarily better, just more complex. Its only minor drawback is a mouth drying effect.

If you're into VaPers and you haven't tried this one, you're missing something big. I wish my grandfather would have lived long enough to do it.

1 person found this review helpful.

kg0mz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kg0mz (54)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This one baffles me. I have smoked it for going on two weeks, one bowl a day. Sunday I rubbed out several coins of Escudo. Escudo is bliss. On the heels of the Escudo, the HD tonight was near-revolting. I thought please make it stop! I cannot finish this. I just bought a pound of this stuff. What will I do with it? The perique rush was disturbing. Then came a wave of very bland cavendish blah, ugh. I thought, VA, burley where are you? And then mid-bowl the HD morphed, or did I? I cannot describe this wonderful, exotic experience in tobacco terms. Aberlour A'Bunadh? Woody, sherry, dried fruit. If Escudo was vaper bliss on Sunday, the HD was a slice of Speyside-like heaven tonight. It has been an hour, and I am still enjoying the finish. Your mileage may vary.

1 person found this review helpful.

matty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
matty (21)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Most of my pipes reak of haddo's , most of my cellar is filled with haddo's , most of my thoughts are about when I can smoke more haddo's and when I am smoking haddo's I am wondering if there is haddo's in the afterlife?

1 person found this review helpful.

SirLoirn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirLoirn (126)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin: Smells chocolate, red wine, ethanolic-brandy(supposdedly rum), light vinegar; not smoky or pungent at all. Supple to dry, not at all sticky. Brown to dark brown-black; not able to differentiate the colors any more specifically. Random cut varies from short and shaggy to long and stringy. Tin date on bottom: 121806, meaning tinned on Dec. 18, 2008.

Packing & Lighting: In a given blend, consistency of cut, and the intricate mixing of the resultant tobaccos, is indicative of quality, re Dunhill's SM. Lights with one match all the way to the bottom.

Taste & Aroma: Top Third: bland taste; vague woodsy aroma tempting one to inhale.

Middle: quite mellow woodsy taste and aroma.

Bottom Third: Light and mellow sweet nutty taste and aroma.

Never smoky or pungent at all.

Nicotine: Full

Room Note: Pleasantly sweet nutty

Overall: For all the hype, I was expecting a bullseye, but got a near miss. I agree with some, that the taste and aroma, becoming noticeable towards the bottom, indicate that burley and cavendish are the main players. Never smoky or pungent, I'm betting that HD does not have much Perique. Compare to McClelland's Blending Perique. HD does not seem to merit all the hype, and because of that , I give it 3.3 stars, recommended.

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wosbald Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wosbald (111)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

The tin aroma of this mix of fine and wide-cut ribbon is simultaneously pungent, earthy, and sweet.

The very large portion of perique, anesthetized and smoothed by the secret processing, defines the fundament of this blend, and the proprietary blending and processing allows the perique to fill this function without driving the flavor to extremes. And though a fleeting note of fine white burley, virginia, or black cavendish may briefly manifest, the integration and homogeneity of this blend precludes analysis. There is a slight aromatic signature of rum, primarily in the tin aroma, which tends to fade quickly with some time in the cellar. There is no fearing the loss of this aroma, as the contribution of the rum lies, primarily, in its conditioning effect upon the leaf.

An iconic blend, Haddo's Delight emotes the aura of smoking straight perique without the associated unpleasantries. Never stinting on the flavor, it, nonetheless, miraculously manages an all-day character. Aging further deepens its mellowness. This went well in a chamber of any gauge.

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ChicagoPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ChicagoPipe (45)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

Haddo's Delight is a stout and full mixture, as strong as some English blends. Perique is the main show instead of latakia in this blend. Warning, if you don't like the taste of Perique, don't smoke this tobacco.

The tin aroma is wonderful. The best I think I ever smelled in a tobacco. Figs and raisins with a backround of cocoa. I also read that Pease said he also has a touch of rum in this blend, and I agree. This VA, burley perique blend smokes smooth and cool with full flavor. Also has a very pleasant room note. Prior to trying Haddo's Delight, Bayou Night by C&D was my favorite perique tobacco.

Highly Recommended

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flaminbill' Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flaminbill' (57)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

Haddo's Delight seems to be quite the controversial tobacco. I am giving it four stars because when it is "on" it is "killer."

It isn't on all the time though. I believe Haddo's is very sensitive to moisture level in the tin. The first time I tried it, it knocked me out with the pleasant nose bite, strength, tin aroma and the faint taste of cocoa. I immediately purchased another half dozen tins and some bulk tins.

Upon opening subsequent tins, I thought that the blend did not taste the same. But 30 days or so after the initial opening, it would settle down considerably. I think it tastes best slightly on the dry side. Some reviewers complain that C&D and Pease tobaccos are inconsistently blended, so maybe that is an issue.

I am waiting to see how well this ages. It could turn out to be sublime with five or so years of age. I also look forward to trying it in some larger pipes.

1 person found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (300)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My first slight disappointment with Greg's tobaccos, and many other smokers' favorite (so I'll shock someone here). The smell of the unburnt tobacco is nice: if you let the tin open for a while, you can get some chocolatey notes under the sharp perique notes and the alcoholic topping (the intensity of which seems to vary slightly according to the tin: as a matter of fact, Greg has confessed that an ingredient of the top secret processing to produce this tobacco is rum!). When smoking, however, the rum is almost not perceivable: the taste is of a typical Virginia/Perique blend. The burley and cavendish contribution explicit themselves in a very subtle way, almost ghost-like. What puzzles me about the rave reviews of Haddo's is that I can't seem to get much taste out of it... I am not a fan of Va/perique mixtures, but some of them are really good and I love them a lot. This one, instead, has a blander taste which I find a bit lacking in the sweet notes department. Certainly this is too subtle a tobacco for my unsophisticated taste, but I prefer sweeter and simpler blends. It doesn't bite too much, but I find it to be rather strong nicotine-wise and gives me headaches: if you want a earthy and complex virginia/perique blend rich in citrusy sour notes, full with perique and with a toasty quality that reminds a bit of Tribute (which I like better), this might be a great choice for you anyway.

2012 Update: I raised my rating for this blend... The trick was simple: let it age A LOT. My current tin is 7 years old, and it has developed a wonderful complexity, a rich sweetness and a earthy/dried fruit aroma which makes for a memorable smoking experience. The Perique has become less evident, and it is much better integrated. A much more flavorful smoke than from fresh tins! If I have to be nitpicking, it STILL is a bit astringent/drying on the back of the palate (makes me thirsty, and I have to smoke it slowly and occasionally, otherwise I end up with a sore throat), but it is delicious. Like Barbary Coast's bigger and more flamboyant brother. Good stuff.

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loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

'My Great Grandmother had the vapers' -that kills me!

Ahem, This is one for the cellar. This will age very well, but, unfortunately I buy tobacco to smoke, not to invest. And this is an investment; for this kind of cash layout I expected much more.

But, I digress. There's not as much perique in here as some of the reviews below had me believe. The burley is top notch, adding lots of body and nuts. The unflavored green river black cavendish is, well, there too. I would miss it if it wasn't. But, the Virginias! Aye. I smoke lots of (mostly) virginias in various forms and this is probably the worst case of -releasing tobacco before it's time- that I've ever experienced. But what do I know? (yeah, not much).

My tin had a year of age on it when opened, and the VA element hadn't had a voice change yet. Tin stench (as my father called it--ha!) was wonderful, just like the light up, but, soon after it went rough. Bitter, even. I really gave this a chance. I've been through 8 oz.s over six months- a record in slowness for me, the constant smoker. Haddo's harshness improved with time and a little air circulation-moisture had no effect, thus the age=goodness conclusion.

I get paid for what I do, not what I'm going to do. (Most of the time;-) Call me practical, but I expect the same from my smokes. (This blend's got great potential, though).

p.s. If you love Haddo's, but not the burley in it, try Two Friends' Redwood.

Whew! I'm tired.

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wildebeest Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wildebeest (6)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I've become a huge fan of VAper's, of late, and so it was only a matter of time before I'd end up trying a tin of this legendary baccy from my favorite blender. In all my years of experience with this hobby, I've never found a tobacco more puzzling than this one. It is both wonderful and awful, and defies all my attempts to solidify an opinion. I was determined to make up my mind before posting a review, but maybe the bi-polarity of my impressions will give readers a richer picture than I could muster otherwise.

Upon first lighting this stuff, I inevitably want to abandon the bowl for something else. The cavendish (which I loathe) jumps right out at me, characteristically bitter, as if perfume has been sprayed directly onto my tongue. But I must say that I like this far better than any other cavendish-laden baccy I've ever had the displeasure of puffing upon. I think anyone with a fondness for cavendish should immediately pick up a few tins of this stuff, in order to broaden their horizons.

The presence of my least-favorite condiment will keep me from recommending this stuff highly. Still, this blend is an education. There are moments mid-bowl that lift, even me, to ecstatic heights; combinations of wonderment unlike any I've found elsewhere. So, two stars would be entirely unjust. But for now, three will have to do.

I won't give up on this blend. The tin I'm currently consuming is only about a year and a half old. Maybe after Haddo's and I have matured for a few more years we'll be able to get along more amiably. Until then, I'll stick with Fillmore and Cairo, which are both delicious in their youth.

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Ego Archive Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ego Archive (14)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Tin aroma- I really like the aroma from this I get a strong berry-wine scent from it on first open. While packing the bowl, I begin to get a hint of something like figs, but the tobacco feel is very nice, and packs fairly well for me. I am a little worried, as for how strong smelling this is I wonder if it will be too cloying of a taste?

First Light- It took a few tries to get this lit, but I was surprised by the taste once it was lit. The heavy fruit smell really sits in the background as a taste. Off the bat this is much less aromatic then I was imagining, much more of the tobacco flavors are on display, then I thought this would be providing.

Mid Bowl- this blend really starts to shine about mid bowl for me. I start to get some of the deeper, chocolaty tastes from it, I find that I really have to remember to slow down, as I'm enjoying the taste enough that I start to puff like crazy.

end- I ended up putting this down fo a little bit to let it cool down. This ended roughly as it was at midpoint. I like this, I could see it making it into my regular rotation; it's not one I couldn't live without, but I could see going through a tin every few months.

1 person found this review helpful.

speckchaser Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
speckchaser (22)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Mr. Pease should change this to SPECKCHASERS DELIGHT.A fine weed with a menagerie of flavors.The perique wafts in and out tingling and teasing the taste buds,while the virginia and burley anchor this blend.Black Cavendish I see it in the blend but have yet to really figure out its place,or how to describe it.All in all each blends well delivering a fantastic taste.

Burns well in a medium size bowl,larger bowls may have to be sopped slitely with a pipe cleaner.Lights easily with minimum relighting,alot of this I find depends on the cake in the bowl.

All else that I can say is highly recommended,fine taste.

1 person found this review helpful.

tacoeatingzebra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tacoeatingzebra (36)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I realize that I've given virtually every tobacco I've reviewed high ratings. Well, frankly, I know what I like and pursue that stuff with zeal.

Though more of a latakia lover, perique is another dear friend.

I bought a can of Haddo's back in August 2006 from my local tobacconist. It was stamped 6/20/06. I held off on smoking it until January.

Upon opening... whoah!!! What a fragrance... chocolate, rum, cherries... brings back memories of some tobacco my uncle smoked when I was a small child.

I can detect the black cavendish and here it is used sparingly, as it should be. I cannot, however, detect the burley. I can visually, but in the taste and aroma, I can't. I'm not a burley hater by any means, but I am typically indifferent.

The VAs and periques, though, are superb. This smoke along with Fillmore has the correct amount of perique. I'll always keep these two on hand for those times I need a dose of the Louisiana manna.

1 person found this review helpful.

zionhead1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zionhead1 (26)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Hi My Name is paul and ... (sniff, whimper) .. I am A HADDO's addict. I can taste this tobacco in my sleep!! Good thing I can't afford this all the time or I would be displaying a bad case of Tardive Dyskinesia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardive_dyskinesia). (See features) - Anyway, Bravo, Mr Pease!! I can't say enough about this blend. The sweet fig/fruit taste combined with the full meaty base and the nic drip is so very wonderful. It does not take a Doctor, Nuclear physicist, or a "Professor" to see this is one of the best of the best out there. I wish My finances could accomadate a full blown habit. I wish there was a fifth star to add

1 person found this review helpful.

Talonr1701 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Talonr1701 (119)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Well! Imagine my embarassment.... I post a message on a board Mr. Pease is bound to see advising this is one of my favorite works....and I didn't review it... Well it is.... I tried this at the suggestion of my pipe master who said " you seem to like virginia periques.....Well this blows them away.." Best virginias you can work into a blend....Steady, sweet- But the perique....How does one make this sooo spicy in one blend, and stewed figs in another? Stewed figs...mellowed by Green River cav.... Altogether? Its one of those things in life that WORKS. The flp side? I love Cornel and Diehl- and they put this to tin- so their rules apply....If your bath of Haddo's is 6 months or younger- It's not as good as it will be. Look for those older batches, or wait it out. Moisture is usually Dead on....4 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Ranger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ranger (58)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an outstanding blend of tobaccos. I first tried this when I began smoking pipes and it was too strong for me. Now, I can't put it down. It is the sweetest tobacco from Pease that I have tried, yet also one of the spiciest. It burns perfectly, smokes very cool, and may be my favorite va/per on the market.

1 person found this review helpful.

englishpuffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
englishpuffer (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

THIS IS A VERY FINE BLEND FROM PEASE AND ALSO MY FIRST VA/PER. THIS IS ALREADY A STAPLE IN MY ROTATION.THE TIN AROMA IS JUST EXACTLY AS DESCRIBED,THE FLAVOR IS FULL AND ABSOLUTELY SUPERB, THIS IS A BLEND THAT IF YOU LOVE VA/PER BLENDS YOU SHOULD SHOULD DEFINATELY TRY. YOU WILL BE SELLING YOURSELF SHORT IF YOU DON'T 4 STARS

1 person found this review helpful.

Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Haddo's delight is in my opinion the finest virginia/perique blend available. As pricey as it is, it's still worth the extra cost as the quality of leaf is superb. It burns clean and provides a long lasting smoking experience. When opened, the aroma of figs fills the air. In smoking, a naturally sweet note pleases throught the bowl. Four stars and then some.

1 person found this review helpful.

sonoma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sonoma (11)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I?ve only been smoking a pipe for four months at the time of this review, Doctor?s recommendation. He said if I must ingest nicotine, smoke without inhaling; absorb the nicotine through the soft tissues of the mouth. So, I returned to the method that started my addiction some thirty years ago. Back then, I quickly gave-up the pipe when I discovered that cigarettes provided immediate gratification, without frustration.

Currently, I?ve tested approximately 15 blends, most being English mixtures. Oh, I should mention that I started with the American aromatics readily available at most cigarette shops in the local strip malls. One day, while sampling the smells of various aromatics, I struck a conversation with a middle-aged clerk who offered his advice. He said ?remember two things when you start smoking a pipe.? First, "puff very slowly, once or twice a minute." Second, "don?t get discouraged with the first few aromatics; you?re only scratching the surface of what?s available, you may want to try English Blends." How accurate this experienced smoker?s advice was.

Since the aromatics were trying my patience, I did what most information seekers would do; I turned to the Internet and found tobaccoreview.com. Here, I discovered the experience and opinions of like-minded partakers, and I?ve been rewarded with numerous smoking pleasures ever since.

Without boring you further, let?s talk about Haddo?s Delight. This is my first Virginian/Perique blend, what a unique experience! I wasn?t that excited after the first bowl, but I tried Frank?s Method of packing on the second, and WOW. This baccy is quite the mood changer, certainly to find its way into my rotation. This perique has a musty, almost balsamic vinegary (I?m talking the quality balsamic) flavor and aroma. This isn?t the only nuance; I?m just relaying my first thoughts on this blend. Well, got go load another bowl and find out what else is in this mix. Highly Recommended!

1 person found this review helpful.

VAman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
VAman (26)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

my first tin of haddo's was uneventful and really not that enjoyable. the second, third, and tenth tins where execellant the differance was at least 6 months of aging, maaaaagic. after that it was all smiles and puffs.

1 person found this review helpful.

jackhackett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jackhackett (76)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

Ah, the new new grail. Zappier than I thought it would be considering the combination of components; all in all, Haddo's is good leaf blended by expert hands, but still is slightly out of balance for me; too much perique among other things, I think.

It's obvious that components used are of high quality, but the blend just doesn't live up to its magical namesake, turning from jekyll to hyde all too quickly and without redress. The flavors simply swirl more and more frenetically until I'm thrown from the horse.

But did I finish the tin? You betcha. There are third-world island nations that have a smaller GDP than the cost of one tin of this stuff.

Do what thou wilt, but if I'm going to spend this much money in the future for a GLP product, it'll be for Odyssey (which is also priced like cocaine for some reason but really, really delivers on its tin description).

1 person found this review helpful.

michaelbevilacqua Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
michaelbevilacqua (9)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I had to try Haddo's Delight after seeing it compaired with Reiner's Long Golden Flake Blend 71 as LGF is expensive and difficult to come by. Surprisingly, the comparison holds true, although there is quite a bit more Perique flavoring this blend. Oh and ah, is it strong!

Absolutely to be enjoyed outdoors by the firepit in the company of strong willed folk. I've set this blend to be my spiritual blend, one for the monthly sweat lodge where it's time to get back nature's rhythms. Highly recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (81)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I do tend to give very positive reviews or none at all, and my tastes do change. Up until a kind person gave me a 5 year old tin of this I did not like HD, finding it sharp and unbalanced. But I didn't give it a fair shake years ago.

Now it is my favorite morning smoke. Not strong to me but I regularly smoke Lakeland flakes and Nightcap etc., and compared to those HD is a "medium". A tobacco with a very broad appeal, obviously, with something for almost everyone.

1 person found this review helpful.

Collezionista Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Collezionista (59)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Spectacular stuff, perhaps even worthy of the hype? The first thing that strikes me about this tobacco is its incredibly alluring tin aroma. Red wine (later mellowing out to the scent of raisins) and dark chocolate come to mind. Upon lighting, the perique comes to fore, a tingling of the palate signaling its presence. While some are put off by the formidable Perique spice of this blend, I think it truely adds to the blend. Then again, I am a fan of the oft- maligned weed. I do not in any way think that it overpowers this blend. If one was over-senisitve to it, then perhaps it would dominate the experience. As it is, Mr. Pease has done a good job, as usual, with his use of Perique. In my opinion the real stars of this blend are the other tobaccos, especially the Virginas. I haven't really smoked enough of this yet to be able to detail the seemingly complex interactions of these tobaccos. Perhaps it is the "exclusive process that darkens and marries the mixture" that is making it difficult for me to pick this apart. Perhaps it is simply best if I leave such things be, and rather, enjoy this as the fantastic smoke that it is. In whatever way the parts may interact, the whole is an incredibly smooth and rich natural tobacco taste. Lively, never boring and packing an enjoyable nicotine punch, this is one of the best American blends I've tried - one against which subsequent blends will be measured. Again, highly recommended!

1 person found this review helpful.

thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This will be the strangest review I have ever written.I do not like Perique or Virginia based blends,and I fell in love with this upon 1st light!I think it was the tin aroma that first got me.It smells like a very fine yet very sour Port wine. It is one of the most intriguing aromas you will ever experience.There is a distinct earthiness and sour note to this blend.I could not stop smelling it in the tin. However once I actually lit the stuff I was in Heaven!I love very sour-sweet tastes and this is the pinnacle of that genre.If you would like an excellent overall description of the blend please refer to Embee's review.If you are an adventurous smoker of fine English or Non-Aromatic blends,give this a whirl!

1 person found this review helpful.

smokey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokey (120)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable

this is my favorite perique blend at the moment and one i would heartily recommend to anyone who enjoys the taste of this unique tobacco. i like the spicy note of this tobacco's taste, which sets it apart from the normal burley/virginia mix. the little bit of cavendish gives just the tiniest hint of sweetness that makes the rest of the mix really blossom. i have sampled every greg pease blend and have enjoyed them all immensely. IMHO, he is one of the premiere tobacco blenders in the world right now. if we could only get him to sell his blends in bulk........4 stars for haddo's delight.

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OTRFF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OTRFF (44)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have to say right off the bat that I love this stuff! I have tried it in many different pipes at different times of day and night etc. I found for myself that it works best in medium to large bowls (although it is fine in small ones as well). I tend to favor Virginia/Perique blends and I am not sure what the percentage of Perique is in this but it is very good if you like lots of it!! This blend lights well and stays lit, the room note is suprisingly pleasant! This is the first GLP blend that I have tried and I have to say that is is a winner. I have picked up a couple others by GLP and will give them careful consideration as well before reviewing. 4 1/2 out of 5 stars!!

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thedigger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedigger (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

VERY GOOD SMOKE!!! A very good, clean, well cured tobacco with spicy and fruity flavors swirling into the mix as it burns. AT FIRST, I was disappointed with the smell of this blend. While it was still a very good smell, I expected more of an aromatic blend from all the other reviews, noting things like figs and raisins (which were more of a slight presence than I anticipated). BUT THEN I smoked it; Holy Smokes! A very spicy taste with all the pleasure of pure and clean, well cured Virginia & Perique leaves. This has quickly become one of my favorite smokes. I now keep at least a pound of this on reserve. Very good tasting, very smooth, satisfying to a nicotine urge, and very unique. Highly recommended. I can smoke this one all day. This one reminds me of a good dark cigar.

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prestonmarkstone Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
prestonmarkstone (3)
★★★★
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I've recently returned to pipe smoking after a long hiatus, and one of the first blends I wanted to try again was Haddo's Delight. I remembered it being something of an acquired taste; it's unremarkable at first, but it grows on you quickly.

I was surprised to find, after smoking it for a few days, that Haddo's Delight is consistently pleasurable and pleasant. The blend consists of alternating blonde and dark ribbon with a bit of bright burley thrown in. It feels moist to the touch (a little too moist for my taste) and has a striking nutty-fruity tin aroma that makes me think of Christmas for some reason. It's mouth-watering without being cloying.

Upon first light, there's a definite tobacco-like flavor with a hint of something nutty; this settles down into a smooth smoke with a savory toasted flavor, reminiscent (to me) of pie crust. I found it difficult to smoke consistently; Haddo's Delight tends to burn a little hot. The flavor is exceedingly delicate, and smoking this blend in a clean pipe makes a huge difference.

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provguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
provguy (52)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Here we go, another GL Pease review. Well to tell you the truth I have tried this tobacco several times(I am on my 2nd tin)now and have always thought it was good but not my go to perique blend. Well, after trying it again yesterday, and by the way the present tin was opened about 3 months ago, and the baccy has no to very little topping noticeable on opening the tin, and it is not dry but certainly less moist than 3 months ago. My smoke yesterday was exceptional and I think this stuff is wonderful and will gradually become my go to perique blend, except it will have to share the spot with Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls and Dorchesterand St. James blend. 3 cheers to Pease and heres to trying a blend several times before making up ones mind.

PS I just opened a 2 year old tin and oh my G-D, this stuff is spectacular. I don't know what he does with his tobacco but I am mighty impressed. My only criticism is the tin it comes in. Especially when one is on the last 1/2 of the tin, it is very difficult to pack your pipe easily. And I have to say this happens often with Pease baccy's.

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Montague Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Montague (32)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Haddo?s Delight is blended by the micro-blender Gregory L. Pease. The blend itself is basically a Virginia and Perique mixture being very full in the latter of tobaccos.

This tobacco has an earthy fig aroma with the slightest pungent smell of fermenting baking yeast, an interesting odor but not overly enjoyable. Haddo?s Delight is comprised of a unique mixture of tobaccos, with the tobaccos being: White Burley, unflavored Black Cavendish, Virginia, and Perique. This creates an even mixture of black, brown, and light brown colors, all tinged with red.

The cut of Haddo?s Delight is a very long, rough ribbon cut. The initial moisture is relatively low, although further drying of the blend tends to lead to a slightly improved smoke.

Lighting occurs quickly and Haddo?s Delight burns quite rapidly to a clean, dark gray ash. The room note tends to irritate the nose with its peppery, earthy, coca-like aroma.

The taste of Haddo?s Delight can certainly be described as spicy since the blend has an unwelcome tendency to irritate both the nose and throat. This somewhat overbearing spicy characteristic is due to the over proportioned use of the Perique tobacco without a sufficient counterbalance to smooth out the blend. This tobacco blend also tends to nip the tongue. A high volume of thick, white smoke is made while smoking this blend.

Haddo?s Delight, although containing a diverse blend of quality tobaccos, has some obvious flaws. To start, the heavy-handed use of Perique created a physical unpleasantness for the smoker. The tobacco blend is also far too young and needs a considerable amount of aging to help marry to blend. Lastly, the relatively high nicotine content of Haddo?s Delight tends to cause an unpleasant sickening sensation. Haddo?s Delight at first seems to be a unique and promising pipe blend, but fails in being a desirable smoke due to its overbearing nature and lack of smoothness.

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Bassopotamus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bassopotamus (4)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Haddo's is one of my absolute favorite tobaccos. It is full, with a subtle sweetness. I detect a hint of flavoring added (my gut feeling tells me that the "special process" involves liquor of some sort. I have devoted a pipe to this one. The only caution is that this tobacco benefits greatly from aging. My first tin from a local B&M was about 18 mos. old when opened, according to the date code. My second was only about 9 mos. The younger tobacco, while still excellent, was more aggressive, and a tad harsh, compared to the older tin, which was strong yet mellow. I think the perique settles down a bit with age. As a result, I have put up 15 tins to age and just open the oldest one when I run out.

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Devonshire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Devonshire (47)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

One of Mr. Pease's finest blends, Haddo's is excellent combination of virginia and perique. Upon opening the tin, I detected a salty spiciness that reminded my nose almost of soy sauce. The flavour and room note, however, contain no trace of the soy I originally imagined.

Some notes about this blend: This is one of those blends that certainly reveals itself over time. If possible, I highly advice dedicating a briar to this blend alone so that it can be enjoyed in all its facets. Also, this blend ages extremely well. Consider cellaring it. A final note: DGT (delayed gratification technique) does NOT work well on this blend. Smoke this in one sitting, do not relight hours later. You'll get a bitter/sour taste for your efforts.

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Lotharius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lotharius (1)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

oh haddo, haddo
you are to me

what no other man

could ever be

the stem in my mouth

a puff fills me with glee

haddo, oh haddo

my love - you see

...slurp of thick heady goodness....aaaaahhhhhh.... Haddo....

I'm a little drunk right now. But I still love Haddo best.

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CapnStuby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CapnStuby (32)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I'll eschew my normal review criteria, since Colonel Panic's able review hit all of the points I discovered about this tobacco. I only have a few points to add:

I found myself needing a 9mm charcoal filter to attenuate the harsh peppery assault on the back of my throat. Other than this, I found the smoke to be uncomplicated, but full and genuine. I'm going to cellar this one for a month or so and hope that the peppery effect lessens to the point where it blends more with the smoothness of the rest of the tobacco.

This is a fine blend, if a bit strong on the nicotine side.* I'm going to give this an occasional try and I expect it to age well and fulfill my hopes for what is a very well-blended creation.

Overall Recommendation: If you are a dedicated aromatic smoker, this might be good for an occasional smoke to remind you of what a solid non-aromatic is. If you're a big Virginia fan, this might hold something for you, too. I recommend getting it as part of a sampler and going ahead and seeing what this tobacco can really do for you as a pipe smoker. This seems to be something that can fill a niche for any level of pipe smoker.

*This tobacco will beat you like you owe it money if you do not smoke it well and if you inhale it. The nicotine wallop is as quick as lighting and as noticeable as a brick to the skull.

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JClark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JClark (26)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I agree with everything positive said above and will not try to add anything. I right this review for one reason only and that is because I feel I have some beneficial advise. I recommend that anyone who enjoyed the taste of Haddo's but was put off by the nicotine strength try it in a meerschaum pipe. Due to the porous nature of meerschaum it tends to filter more of the nicotine than briar. I too felt this was a little strong for regular smoking, however, when I tried it in a meer. my experience was much more pleasant. One of my favorite va/p smokes.

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Jaybee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaybee (76)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Let me begin by saying that I am totally devoted to GLP blends. Every one I've tried is good and most are excellent.

I adore this tobacco in the same way I adore spicy food; on occasion. The perique is strong, the nicotine is definitely in your face, and there are times that this fits the bill perfectly.

Like the other GLP blend I've tried, this is exactly what is promised and the promise is realized in this sublime tobacco. Absolutely wonderful.......

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BrittPark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrittPark (41)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

In the Tin: Very pretty ribbons of about half and half light tan and dark brown tobacco. Very pleasing but not overwhelming aroma of tobacco and fruity scents.

First smoke: Not a tremendous amount of taste in the first few puffs. After a few more puffs it settles down to a smooth but somewhat bitter taste. About half way through we are left with a satisfying Virginia taste with a bit of perique tang. Finish was nice and mellow. This is on the edge of being a keeper. Another bowl will tell.

Second smoke: Seems to settle into the mellow rich zone more quickly than my first smoke. It is sweet with rich full- bodied smoke and the aromatic tastes complement the tobacccoes rather than cover them.

I would recommend this for Virginia fans and aromatic finds looking for something off the beaten path.

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JB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JB (40)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Strong Full Very Strong

I have to go with hornsmoker on this review, Haddo's is the most overhyped VA blend in existance. I don't know that I can even call it a VA blend now that I think of it. There is a lot of Cavendish in this blend, along with Perique. I'm not a Cavendish fan...what can I say? I think many of Greg's blends are wonderful, but this one didn't do it for me. I'm anxiously awaiting his TRUE Virginia/Perique blend coming out this summer (2003). As for those of you who like the fig smell, get a fruitcake! ;-)

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

After recovering from the effects that escudo had on me, I was very hesitant to try another Virginia/Perique blend. This one , though was a very pleasant surprise. It smelled wonderful in the tin and developed a very complex taste as smoked down the bowl. It smoked down to a white ash with just a touch of dottle. I have discovered that I may be allergic to Perique because I felt as if I had a cold after smoking this blend . This was my experience after two tins over two months time, so for me this is an occassional change of pace smoke.

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Darwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darwin (101)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

When I first tried Haddo's, last summer, I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, based on what I'd heard. I thought it was a little strong and the perique was a little overpowering. I have come to appreciate this blend over time. I have let the blend age for 6-9 months and I have started enjoying stronger blends of late. Mid-bowl, Haddo's really has a wonderful flavor that is quite unlike anything that I have tried. I have also learned to smoke this blend slowly in smaller pipes late in the evening or after a meal. Haddo's can be the perfect blend when I'm looking for something different and full flavored. If you like perique, you owe it to yourself to give Haddo's Delight a try.

Addendum: I have grown to love Haddo's. I am now smoking it regularly and in larger pipes.

1 person found this review helpful.

dangpipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dangpipes (22)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A nice tobacco from the Pease line.

Notes: A wake-up call. A light tobacco with substance. Burley and Cavendish add a little body but the dominat flavors are the VA and Perique. A very good smoke for when you are in the mood for something pleasant.

Room comments: earthy.

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flint Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flint (30)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

When I first smoked this my palate swelled and I couldn,t see straight. I was really disappointed because I really wanted to like this. I smoked it right when I opened the tin I put it away for a week tried it again much better. The more I smoke this and the more it ages the better it gets. I have a Savinelli canadian and an apple shaped Karl Eric that love this stuff. My first mistake was trying it in a pipe not fully broken in. It is definately complex and flavorful. DO NOT smoke this on an empty stomach or else you will die. Took a little effort to get lit but once it does it's an engaging smoke. What else can I say that hasn't already been said. You must like perique or you won't like this at all. Not an all day smoke but definately in my line up. Wimps need not apply...

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Inquisitor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Inquisitor (155)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a tough tobacco to review. When I am in the mood for a cool, dark and strong Virginia/Perique smoke, Haddo's is one of the tobaccos that come to mind. But it is more than that. Haddo's has a flavor element that I haven't experienced elsewhere, and you have to be in the mood for it. I think this is why some think Haddo's is the greatest blend ever produced, while others just don't like it.

An issue for me is the lack of complexity in this blend. Greg Pease is a master of blends where each element works in concert to produce a miasma of flavors. Haddo's is pretty one-dimensional. Fortunately, it is a dimension that I like, and I have two tins aging while I somewhat slowly work my way through my open tin.

Stewed fruit flavors, nice back of the throat sharpness, considerable nicotine, non-tongue burning but a bit tongue-wearying from its strength and Perique content, it has a permanent position in my collection.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Fig Newtons? Pavlovian response? After reading the above review, I don't know what old Howie's been smoking, but I don't thing it was Haddo's Delight!

All joking aside, this is not bad stuff. In fact, I call it a dose of heaven on earth. I have had a love affair with Haddo's ever since it hit the market back in 2002 (I think that's when God gave Pease the ingredients for this manna). The bowl I just finished was from some 2004 vintage Haddo's and was it ever goooooood! If you have not tried this blend and enjoy complexity with strength, then you owe it to yourself to partake of this weed. It contains several varieties of strong and well aged Virginia leaf along with a nice helping of true St. James Parish Perique, white Burley and some Black Cavendish. It leaves a tobacco aftertaste in your mouth that is just this side of heaven. I prefer to smoke Haddo's in the evenings either just after a workout or just after dinner. This blend deserves attention and that's why it needs to be savored slowly (sipped rather than puffed). Truly one of the all-time great blends (IMO, of course).

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Mike Castello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Castello (49)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Haddo's is a delight! It deserves high praise for it's fine balance and overall smokability. Nicely cut, moist, it is easy to pack, lights without problem, and stays lit throughout the smoke. It has a little tendency to gurgle and tickle the nose, but it is oh so smooth. There is never a bite or hot tongue here. The taste is is in the burley's lows, but the virginias and perique produce balancing brighter tastes. The Cavandish mellows it all into a well rounded easy smoke. Definatly for those who like burley and for those who don't think burleys can deliver great taste. It will confirm the former's opinion, and change the latter's about the often maligned attributes of burley. This blend can be smoked often and the best part is that the further down the bowl you go the better the taste gets. What more can you ask for?

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howie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
howie (46)
★★★☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This review has been written as a portion of a three part review of Elizabethan Mixture, Haddo?s Delight, and Dorchester. For the best understanding of my thoughts on this, read all three together. I have recently completed tins of all three, with comparison in mind. 2/2002.

The nicely designed pop-top cans are more reliable than the coin-twist tins, I think. I didn?t quite connect with the ?fig? nose on this until I opened a package of Fig Newtons this morning and went running for the pipe rack in Pavlovian response.

I like the flavor in the first two thirds of the bowl very much, with middle third reminding me of Three Nuns, although that taste memory is several years old. Nice nose, and pleasant to smoke. Burning qualities are very good and the pipe does not require much attention. I found the bottom third of the bowl to be a bit ashy in a number of pipes and overwhelmingly strong. My wife had to wait for 15 minutes while I collected my head from various portions of the room after an early morning empty stomach smoke.

My tin was only a month old (dated on the bottom by the manufacturer..I like this), and I will be interested to see what an older tin is like. However the strength leaves this out of the realm of what I am looking for in a daily smoke.

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lustra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lustra (170)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Haddo's is a niche tobacco and as such is both irreplaceable and offputting. It is perfect as an evening smoke when you have the quiet and time to pay attention to the baroque complexity of the blend. It is too strong for an all-day tobacco and essentially wasted as a "utility," or work, smoke. I find it to be the most elegant tobacco I have ever smoked, delightfully cool, and wonderful in its architecture. Even given all that, though, it is for me an occasional smoke. When all the conditions are right, it's the perfect smoke. Otherwise, I prefer to keep this fine tobacco in the can, just as I hoard my Montecristos for the time when nothing else will do. I have not had trouble with Haddo's fullness, but I almost always smoke it in a Prince or a clay, and I always smoke it slowly, the better to taste it.

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Paul Tatum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul Tatum (86)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

When F&P Aleister disappeared , I was happy to see this one come along . It's certainly a different blend , but it satisfies the urge that only Aleister did at the time . The tin aroma smells for all the world to me like Godiva Liquer , but I am assured that no such thing is used in the tobacco . The smoking flavor is nothing like the tin aroma though . It's a full smoke with well rounded flavors , and a high nicotine punch . Highly recommended .

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MikeB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MikeB (15)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

This is my first GLP blend and what a great start! This is an incredible tobacco. There is not much I can say about this one other than I love it. A little dificult to get started but stayed lit for a while. First puff was sweet and soothing. After half the bowl, the thick and beautiful white smoke filled the room with a most pleasant aroma.

Everything about this blend is quality, right down to it appearance in the tin.

I can't wait for the second and third bowls of this stuff. Not to mention the rest of the blends.

Top notch tobacco.

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Padraig Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Padraig (10)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

This is a good tobacco from a great blender. After its introduction, it seems that volumes have been written about it, many of them in this database. Suffice it to say that it is a good everyday smoke.

My tin, purchased from http://www.tobaccomkt.com , came ready to smoke after about an hour's worth of air. It had a nice nicotine hit (and from me that's meaningful as I don't smoke cigarettes) and burns well. The flavor of the tobaccos is very nicely blended and not overpowering. Kudos to GLP for a nice addition.

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pokrsmokr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pokrsmokr (32)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Haddo's Delite. Nothing like some pressure when there is a big buzz on a new tobacco. Well, no doubt in my mind, Haddo's delivers. It has an earthy yet sweet and (as described on the tin label)a dried fruit and cocoa aroma. Very interesting tin aroma, to say the least. the tobacco was clearly a Pease tobacco, high quality leaf in varying shades, and slightly moist (which is a good thing for opened tins with the plastic lids). Upon lighting the tobacco I got a mixed flavor of sweet and spice, difficult to describe. As I continued smoking I realized how much it reminded me of Aleister, though more refined and less heady. It's strength kept increasing exponentially as I smoked. Like Aleister (hell, like all GLPease blends), there is alot going on in this tobacco, the burley and cavendish create a wonderful backdrop for the duelling of main characters: VA and perique. The marriage of all the ingredients kept me intrigued throughout the bowlful (ok, thourghout MANY bowlfuls), with various nuances bringing a smile to my face more than once. Haddo's certainly lived up to my expectations. I think it will be a wonderful blend for both aromatic smokers who want to attempt the more natural tobaccos as well as cigarette smokers who need that Nicotine punch. I can understand why haddo's has made such a splash, it is the kind of blend that when you finihs a bowl you are quite satisfied, yet eagerly anticipate the next one... Greg Pease scores again.

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Govangogh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Govangogh (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

All I heard for the longest time was Haddo's this and Haddo's that...Well I just had to see for myself what all the hype was about. I got in the car and drove about 40 miles to the nearest place that sold it and 5 seconds after it was mine, the tin was open. I will always remember that day, for it was the day I found my Holy Grail. The tin aroma was a little different than I had expected. It smelled sweet but very different, then I recognized the smell, it was not artificial, it was the smell of Perique, a smell that I know and love. This blend is a masterpiece. I never grow tired of it, at least not yet. It can take on different flavors depending on how it is smoked and in what size pipe it is smoked in. It starts off sweet but it is a natural flavor, somewhat earthy and a little like sugar. It usually takes two lights to get it going but then stays lit to the bottom. My first impression was "whats the big deal!" but then I found myself craving a second bowl shortly after. Soon I found that it was the only tobacco that I was smoking. I would try others but when smoking the others I was only thinkng about Haddo's. It took about three days for the full addiction to set in. I am always thinking...How could anyone not like this?. It is the only Perique blend that I've tried where the true taste of Perique comes through. I find during a bowl, that the taste is constantly changing and evolving and this is the reason it never gets boring. It starts off tasting one way and it ends up another but there is never anything not to like. The Virginias, the Burley and the Perique are in perfect proportion to enhance each other but the real genius is in the unflavored Black Cavendish, it adds an entire bottom end to the flavors already present and the sweetness of the mix comes from all the elements, not just the Cavendish. The complex flavors that make up the high end keep it from getting boring and the fullness of it's low end keeps it satisfying. I give this blend my highest rating. All the hype is not just hype....Arnold Smith

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natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (42)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Take a great VaPer with a good nic hit and add some type of slight topping and what do you get? Heaven. This is an awesome blend. It's a regular.

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (126)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

A blend that pleasantly tingles the palate. Full flavor, for sure. Into the bowl the Virginias and Perique can be clearly identified. The raisinesque top notes come out, particularly on the retrohale. I also get a flavor that is like cigar leaf coming through at times. Pleasant for me, as I'm also a gar guy. Further in the taste gets a bit sharp and edgy. Overall, a good, full-flavored experience. 3+.

Pipe Used: Italian Basket 35+ years old, Stanwell

Age When Smoked: Tin 19-JUN-2013

Purchased From: Corona Smoke Shop, Jackson, MI

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Dude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dude (9)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I have been sampling a tin of Haddos for the last 3 years. It rests in a mason jar currently.

First sample with no age was very young tobacco , which i think is representative of a lot of C&D produced blends. Strong tin note - fruit and grand marnier. Perique blast but other tobaccos are all mis matched so I let age.

After sampling over the last few years i can say the age improves Haddos.

But for me this bend consistently fades out after the mid bowl point where the taste becomes bland , flat and a little bitter.

I give two stars for the first half of the bowl and for the unique flavor it provides ( maybe a mix between Royal Yacht and Stonehaven? )

Age When Smoked: fresh tin to 3 yrs old

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Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (111)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Having read somewhere that Aleister Crowley smoked rum soaked but otherwise pure perique and given it a go with some intriguing results (herein my interest in Crowley ends), I thought I would give this offering that is named after a character inspired by him a go.

The tin aroma reminds me somewhat of fresh Carter Hall, a little sweet perhaps with hints of something from a tin of Quality Street, only a lot nicer. The colours of the tobacco are rich, as with all GL Pease's offerings, with a lot of rich earthy browns and some darker ribbons included. It was quite moist but this doesn't effect the lighting any but the length of some of the ribbons makes them clump up a little making the packing a little but not too tricky. The smoke itself is delightful as those sweet Carter Hall like flavours come through. As it progresses, the perique begins to rears it's head and, while not overwhelming, adds a dark but pleasurable addition to the smoke as the tobacco underneath begin to shine. There is a bit of roughness at the bottom of the bowl though, even when smoked gently which takes the shine off it a little. Also, I found this to be tremendously strong, certainly more than any other Pease tobacco that I've smoked. Thankfully, I've smoked this in a pipe with quite a small bowl so it does not become an issue.

This is a tremendously gorgeous pipe tobacco that I'd be happy to smoke more regularly save for the roughness and the strength, and possibly the price too. Maybe it improves with aging - sadly I am smoking it young as I don't have the wallet to cellar to any great length - but as it stands, this tobacco is pure concentrated evil and I swear the most miniscule ribbon could turn us all into hermit crabs. I cannot, in all good consciousness, give this four stars but it is so darned close but, in the meantime, I'd give it 3.75. The one thing about evil when it does it's job properly though, it's so darn tempting.

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin Belami Sablee 110

Age When Smoked: 3 Months

Purchased From: Gauntley's of Nottingham

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (203)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

The only way I can somewhat enjoy this blend is to sip it slowly. That goes against my nature and ruins the experience. Gets harsh and nasty if I smoke it like I usually do. Having said that, I can see where others may like it. Somewhat recommended.

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mdnyc71 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mdnyc71 (22)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I would describe this blend as thin and sharp. I tried it in multiple pipes and at different moisture levels. No matter what I did this blend always bit my tongue. I'll try aging the remainder of the tin and revisit at a later date.

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TheWoodwose Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheWoodwose (17)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

I have read that Pease blends improve significantly with age and maybe that is true with this one.

I have smoked 4 bowls of this and haven't particularly enjoyed any of them. I think this would be better smoked in the winter. I smoked a bowl of this when it was about 90 degrees outside and felt like I was about to pass out. It was very harsh and it left me with an upset stomach.

I like a little Perique (Irish Oak is one of my favorite tobaccos) but this one has been too much for me.

Maybe I am just not man enough for it. I will try and give an update in the fall/winter when it has had some time to age.

EDIT: 9/7/13

I just jarred most of what I had left of my 2oz. tin. I smoked another bowl (in the cool of the morning this time) and was again disappointed. It was characterized by burning in the back of the throat (I like spicy, this is just harsh) and an upset stomach. I couldn't even finish the bowl.

I can smell the raisins that people consistently comment on but it is overpowered (to my taste) by the perique. I had the opened tin in a container (to keep the smell from bothering my wife) with 9 pipes and two other opened tins of tobacco and when I open the container all I can smell is the friggin' Haddo's!

'Gonna let this joker chill for a year or two before I try again. Maybe I'll get some Irish Oak in the meantime.

UPDATE2: 04-2014

Okay, now that this tin has gotten some age one it I am rereviewing it. When I opened the jar I still got the familiar cloying scent from this. I was sure I was not going to enjoy it. I went outside with a bowl of this and some hot black coffee. Man, what a difference! The sweetness, with a slight pepperiness. That cloying aroma gives way to a very nice smoke.

I will say, I've had several bowls of this since reopening the jar and it seems to smoke completely different outside than it does indoors (my truck counts as indoors right?). It seems to loose that subtle sweetness and I think a nice cool breeze does wonders for the peppery Perique. If you are just getting into Va/Per's I would suggest going with something a bit more mild (like PS Bullseye Flake).

All in all (sorry for the long review) I give this 4 stars AS LONG AS: you let it get a bit of age; smoke it slow; enjoy on a nice cool/cold morning. That's a lot of conditions so I can't give this more than 3 stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Aran 05; T. Polinski Bent Bulldog

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Peter Stokebye's Luxury Bullseye Flake.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild Medium Pleasant

This was some ok stuff, but way too much perique for me. The pepper drowned out the other components, my nose was running a little and my stomach a little upset. Felt like I had to fight to finish the bowl. Ding Ding Ding...Haddo won the fight. But I'm not gonna do a rematch.

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GreyPilgrim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GreyPilgrim (1)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Very Mild Mild Tolerable to Strong

There's mot much Delightful about this. Strong nic, not much flavor or interesting aroma, but at least some perique spiciness. Reminds me of cigarettes...if you like 'em, you'll like this.

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CoolPilot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoolPilot (65)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Not bad, but not memorable either. Smells and tastes like some rum flavoured blends from C&D . The C&D AfterHours is better. Tobacco is too dry, difficult to keep lighted, and it releases moisture. Will not buy again.

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Buckeye Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buckeye Pipes (2)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Smells like chocolate covered raisins in the tin. Hard to keep lit even after drying time. Not really my thing. Will not add to regular rotation but will keep it on hand.

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MyPipeAndBook Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MyPipeAndBook (9)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

I read a lot of reviews about this Blend, so I finally bought a tin of it. When I opened the Tin....The first thing I noticed was the tobacco was very dry. Not happy! Anyways, I loaded it into a brand new unsmoked Radice pipe I was saving for the occasion. As I lit the pipe, I got nothing. Hmmm?? So I tamped it a bit and lit it again. Still nothing....Just like air! Well...I smoked the bowl down past the half way mark with little change so I dumped it out and that was that. Very disappointed with this Blend. Unless I got a bad tin? I will try and hydrate it a little and give it another shot but as it is now....It's tasteless.

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (56)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

Every good thing that has been said about this blend is true. A masterpice!!!!

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samcoffeeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
samcoffeeman (29)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

My first bowl review of Haddo's. At first I was unsure of this blend. At the beginning of the toke I was feeling a little too heavy on spicyness/pepperiness. Perhaps i just pulled too hard or fast on it. Also, had a slight issue with moisture coming up through the stem. Maybe needs to dry out a bit. This smoke really grew on me throughout the bowl. I see this is a sign of a real quality blend. In the middle it was very earthy. It almost tasted like I had broken up a cigar and dropped it in the bowl. Perhaps that was from the Burley element, which is my first experience. Towards the end the earthiness really mellowed out, easing slowly into a nice smooth flavor on the palate. I found myself wishing that the bowl was not finished, yearning for more. I did feel the nicotine hit, but was not overpowered by it as some were. My rating: Very enjoyable. May turn to 4 stars upon further review.

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (162)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A nice VaPer, with the added cav and burley not really evident to me as separate notes. The perique sensative may find that element a bit too strong, but a nice stout smoke all-in-all.

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Scottgun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scottgun (11)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

Should be called Haddo's Nicotine Punch in the Face. I enjoyed smoking it, but I can't finish a bowl before the room is spinning. While I'm not a tough guy when it comes to nicotice, I'm not a wimp either, and what makes this blend so insidious is that it sneaks up on you. One minute I'm enjoying (in all fairness) a tasty smoke, the next I'm lying on a bed for two hours sweating in a 65-degree house. You have been warned.

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JasonDicker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JasonDicker (22)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Full Pleasant

Unfortunately for me the eggnog/rum flavouring overshadows the VA's & Perique. I dont like aromatic tasting tobaccos, and this blend is probably Pease's closest thing to an aromatic, but the flavour is delightful, reminding me of one of my favourite blends from C&D, Exhausted Rooster! Too bad it's a bit overwhelming.. My tin was very young, so I'll leave it to age and then update my review, hoping the flavouring will mellow a bit to allow the other leaves to make their presense.

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musicman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
musicman (81)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend makes me feel like the last kid picked in dodge ball. I can taste the flavors, and I can absolutely understand how some people would find this taste to be nirvana, but I am just not sure it is for me. I feel like I am the uninvited nerd to the Haddo's Delight party.

When it comes to quality it is a well known fact that Mr. Pease produces some of the finest product to ever grace the briar. If Mr. Pease released a blend called Pigeon Crap I would buy a couple tins to cellar, just because I know if he makes it, quality it will be.

This blend is very good, but it just does not stun me like others. I can tell why others love it, but it just is not for me. There is a definite dark, raisin, dried fruit, spice cake type of flavor here, and a meerschaum really brings out the nuances.

Give it a shot, for you it may be utopia in a bowl. I will stick to my other Pease Favorites.

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SSG P Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SSG P (6)
★★★★
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Finally opened up the can of Haddo's that I'd been saving for a special occasion. What an experience! As soon as I popped the lid my nose was assaulted by raisin, rum, fig, & spice cake. I took it to the wife & aske for her opinion, she liked it A LOT. It lit nicely, & the first couple of puffs were dark & rich & very close to the tin aroma. Towards the bottom of the bowl it proved to be much stronger than I had originally suspected, for the second time in my life, a bowl of tobacco made me light headed & almost nauseous (not in a bad way, just.a true nix hit). Throughout the bowl, the wife enjoyed the room note, so much actually that she asked to try it out. Unfortunately she inhaled, I think she is still coughing. This tobacco burns clean & I was sorry to see that I'd reached the bottom of the bowl. I'll be immediately ordering a pound of this, on of the best tobacco's I've ever experienced.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (87)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Great stuff. You'll probably either love it or hate it. Give it some time though as the strong waft of overripe bannanas and flavour takes a little getting used to at first. I must admit that while i enjoy this straight, i mostly smoke it 50/50 with Union Square which is sublime. As always with GLP, the tobaccos are first class. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a competitor or a newb.

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vaporcrow Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vaporcrow (7)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Haddo definitely needs to be aged to get the best smoke from it. Upon opening the tin it smells awesome! Like a fig newton and even a slight chocolate covered rasin scent in there. But it is rather harsh at first smoke. Buy this blend in advance open, take a sniff, then shelve it for a few months. HUGE difference! One of my favite smokes lately. I just reviewed Haddo's delight on my new youtube video channel "Adventures in Pipe Smoking" Episode 4 check it out!

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tleek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tleek (51)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

This was one of my first blends, especially from a tin. It smells fruity, like raisins. You could also smell virginias. This blend has alot of perique in it, alot. The perique stands out the most, then the virginia, them the topping, which is noticeable. It not bad but its not great. Keep in mind however that i am not the biggest fan of the style.

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Kokinhenik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kokinhenik (39)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Well....sadly...Boring. I was disappointed with this one. I'll put it in the cellar and try again after it ages.

UPDATE 11/19: Wow, what a change with a little age. I Smoked several more bowls over the last week and really enjoyed them. This is how I like my VaPers, with a bit of perique but the main flavor is the virginia. I fully agree with DK (see below). He gives the best review of this blend. Bowl size matters on this one. The nic hit can be a whammy.

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Kyrob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kyrob (32)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Pleasant

Opening this six month old tin of Haddo's Delight revealed loose varied cut ribbons in different shades of brown, black, and orange. The tin aroma was of figs, raisins, and chocolate covered cherries. It had a good moisture level and was clean to the touch.

An unlit sip brought the raisin and fig taste to my palate. Overall the raisin and fig tastes seemed to dominate. I could also grasp the brandy flavor that other reviews I have read have mentioned. It was very full bodied with a wicked hit of nicotine. This blend burned to a dry gray ash, leaving a nice room note, and a short finish.

This blend may have been too complex for me to give an adequate review. I have been used to smoking more straightforward tobaccos of late, and I was not ready for what this blend had to offer. I enjoyed the nice sweet flavors I could detect, and the cool burning of this blend. I wouldn't smoke this blend on an empty stomach. I tried it once, and it left me feeling queasy. I think this would be a great after lunch smoke to carry one through to the end of the work day. I also think anyone who enjoys a full bodied, high nicotine blend with perique will enjoy this smoke. I have another tin in my cellar I'm going to let sit for a few years, and then tackle this one again.

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Holmlover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Holmlover (16)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

If John Wayne had liked perique, (maybe he did!) this would have been his goto smoke. When I am in a REAL perique mood, this is the tobacco that flls the bill. Good late day smoke when you need to be up late and on top of your game. Not a mild number by any stretch, but it does what one would expect from a name like it has.

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HokieGeek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HokieGeek (23)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Well, the tin note promised an interesting aromatic but it did not deliver. It was rather confusing, in fact, as it didn't seem to stick to particular flavor. At first it was peppery and but that didn't last and it moved to bland and then it was just "smoke". G.L. Pease said he blends all of his tobacco with aging in mind so I will age this one a bit and try again in a year or so. For now, a huge "meh".

Edit: I tried it again on 7/17/2012. This wasn't bad at all. It's not one of my favorites, but it certainly had a really pleasant sweetness along with some spice!

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Davie Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davie Jones (61)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A combinaison of tobaccos that does not seem to marry well. Too much perique for my liking.

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (48)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

whew! a bit strong on the cavendish and rum or brandy.. but otherwise a quality va/per.. and the first pease blend i actually sort of like.. recommended but it is more for someone who likes a strange cavendish heavy va/per.

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morphijuana Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
morphijuana (17)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable

I wanted to like this blend, it has so many qualities I normally enjoy in my baccys. I just couldn't do it though. I tried it a couple times when I first got it and it gave me tongue burn. I set it aside and thought I'd give it some time. Came back to it a month later and tried it a couple more times. While it didn't give me tongue burn the second go around, I just didn't enjoy the flavor or the burning quality. It reminded me of a strong cigar and I had to keep relighting it. Im going to set this one aside for a year or so and give it one last try, but as of now, not something I would highly recommend.

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CPT/VSG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CPT/VSG (70)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Haddo's Delight is a fine burley, cavendish, Virginia, perique combination. I recently finished an '06 tin and will order more. HD, if sufficiently dry, will have excellent burning characteristics, a fine room note, and an interesting fig/raisin flavor. Although I primarily smoke English and Balkan blends, HD is increasingly a favorite. Recommended.

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p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (52)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Like every Pease tobacco's, this is a high quality one. But, at the end..... it's unsmokable: raw, crude,inelegant, boorish. And Pease is a sort of illiterate blender. This cook uses quality and tastefull ingredients, but definitly he's inapt to assemble and amalgamate the ingredients. The result is......raw. Sorry Pease, you are discharged. You can smoke a Pease's blend a time a week.....and is very good. You smoke a Pease's blend two time a week.....and is goog. You smoke a Pease's blend a time in a day.....and is unpleasant. you smoke a Pease's blend all the day....and is nauseating. So.....if you are looking for an occasional good tobacco: try it. But if you are looking for a trusty partner....just flee from Pease!!!!

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Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild to Medium Full Strong

Too many flavours trown in this tin. Too much Per for my liking.

One of the weirdest tin aroma I have encountered.

I can't say I have enjoyed Haddo's delight.

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beeftip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beeftip (10)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Haddo's Delight is pleasant. There's plenty going on here. At one point or another, each of the component tobaccos make themselves known.

No bite. Easy to light and keep lit.

If straight Virginias and Vapers are "sippers", then Haddo's Delight is a "quaffer". Fill a bowl, light it and just smoke it. Don't worry too much about missing out on "subtleties" and "complexities" if your technique isn't just right. There is plenty of reward to be had by just smoking your damn pipe when filled with Haddo's Delight.

By the way, disregard the quick reviews that simply say "Vile" or "Disguting". They aren't helpful. I wish we there was a feedback system of sorts where we could rate the reviews in terms of helpfulness. Those reviews would get a big thumbs down. There is nothing vile or disgusting about Haddo's Delight.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

An unusual blend with an unusual topping. Even though I have to call the topping mild, it is unique and you will notice it! It may just be as simple a thing as rum or brandy (I'm not completely sure which) interacting with Perique, but it makes its presence known. I first purchased a young tin, and the topping was really out there. Next, I found a five-year-old tin on Ebay. This was milder. So much milder, that I decided to mix the two vintages. The resulting amalgam has a flavor I find tolerable. The tobaccos in Haddo's Delight are first rate. The topping is, well, there's the rub. To me, it's a little strange, not overwhelmingly strong, but strange. But then, my next tobacco to review is Murray's production Erinmore Mixture! I find the topping in Haddo's is tamed by certain pipes, like this unmarked handcarved billiard I am smoking it in right now, or a small-bowled pipe. I am duly impressed with the quality of the Virginias, and by the Perique (or Green River Cavendish) content. I can't smoke this all the time, so my 3.5 ounces of blended vintages should hold me for a while. Don't get me wrong, I almost went to four stars on this. The quality is there. That topping, or juice, just gives it somewhat of a freakish quality. I'm sure Haddo would agree.

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Kashmir Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kashmir (19)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Strong Very Full Pleasant

Hado's Delight form G.L. Pease. What can I say that hasn't been said already...I do about 3 bowls a day, that way it remains special. I alternate with Escudo sometimes, although the two are very different. Westminster is my mainstay these days, especially when driving. Hado's is really a supreme example of tobacco blending. A delightful bouquet of raisins and dried figs from the tin. Packs and lights easily. Can be smoked with one post-charing light. This is a sipping tobacco, not one for pulling hard on. The Louisiana Perique forces you to go slowly (...remember the "gentle art of pipe smoking"), but provides excellent overtones, especially in the second half of the bowl. The Virginias and unflavored Black Cavendish provide body and sweetness. This is REALLY a delightful and almost magical blend, for any time of the day, but especially as a break from whatever your main smoke of the day happens to be. Stocked up the basement for aging purposes. Cheers, and happy smoking!

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Bike Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bike Pipes (10)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Despite having many other pleasant experiences with GLPease tobaccos, this is not one of them. I'm not even sure what to call this kind of blend - it's got a bit of everything, yet nothing really shines. The cavendish in the tobacco lends almost no flavor to the smoke, and the usual sweetness of the virginias is all but absent. About the only tobaccos that really make their presence known are the perique and the burley. The perique is definitely on the nasal exhale, though without the virginia sweetness, it feels oddly naked. The burley does add a kick though as pretty every bowl I've had has left me "feeling it". I've finished about half the tin over a 4 month period and it really hasn't changed, tonight's bowl is pretty much the same as the first bowl I had when I cracked the lid open. I'll leave the rest to settle/age for another while longer and if it really doesn't get any better, well, I guess I'll have to mix it into the "melange" jar.

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Marshall Law Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marshall Law (50)
★☆☆☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Not my suit. I simply could not get along with the annoying, pervasive, brandy-flavored casing which blatantly does not go well, if at all, with the dominant, slightly harsh perique in this "blend". I am just not finding the "exquisite harmony and balance" others are extoling the virtues of in the majority of these Pease "blends". Every tin is a roll of the dice, leaving me a disappointed and disgruntled guinea pig. Bleh!

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Periquee° Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Periquee° (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Sensational. Strong, yet multifaceted, so is onvierte in a symphony of flavors. With two or three times you smoke, do not let it ever.

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Tripjoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tripjoker (64)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Haddos is just what it is advertised to be. A good honest smoke with a little topping that is very light. Great Va. here as well as plenty of perique. The cavendish helps to keep the peace among the components. I'm sure the burley is there, but you only feel it in the strength, not in the flavor much.

I have to say this is not one of my favorites. It's good and the remaining tins in my cellar will be smoked with pleasure. As far as buying more? Well, that will be determined later. I can recommend this to fellow pipers because I think it will please enough people with it's profile to be in the market place for a long time to come. Just sorry it isn't a bell ringer for me.

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ELF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ELF (40)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Haddo's Delight very nice tobacco...at first light you find this mixture quite spicy..After a couple of draws,once Bowl is fully-even burn;this mixture settles right down.The perique is in the background singing Harmony;through this fine piece of music. I find this mixture smokes best in a small-medium bowl/Do not get in a hurry,"Pease-Blends"tend to be very complex;don't try to seek them out,Let Them Find You AND Enjoy ! :+)

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Archangel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Archangel (22)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Definitively too much Périque. The tin aroma was overwhelmingly unpleasant.

This "delight" rubbed my wings the wrong way.

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Javierchu_cai Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Javierchu_cai (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

This tobacco is unique. Sweet for the natural winy and fruity cavendish, spicy for the perique and smooth because the balance mixture of virginia and burley.

One of the bests!!

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Tom S. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom S. (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Delightful all day smoke, it is consistent from start of the bowl to the end and from pipe to pipe.

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DaveS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DaveS (11)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This blend is an enigma to me. Smoked two tins, loved it, bought a pound, hated it. Can't figure this one out. Tins were flavorful, satisfying, and had a great unique taste. Pound was weak, burned very quickly, and had no flavor after a few puffs. Have smoked most Pease blends, and found them top notch. Guess I'll give whats left to the homeless.

Update 4-15-09 Opened my last 2oz tin, and found it again superb. Guess any blender can have a bad batch. Definately try this blend.

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Quick_nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Quick_nick (27)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Haddo's is a decent hybrid VaPer. I usually like VaPer's with a pinch of Latakia like Piccadilly or a little Izmir like Embarcadero. However Haddo's is nice a nd round and flavorful, lots of good natural tobacco flavor and the ingredients are impeccably blended like all of Pease blends.

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periqueguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
periqueguy (43)
★★☆☆
Medium Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Although I love and mostly smoke perique blends, I found that the flavoring in this blend was too overpowering and detracted from the tobacco's natural flavors.

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beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (100)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of those tobaccos that lately can do no right. So much has been written about it that new smokers seem to get upset when the face of God doesn't appear in the first puff of smoke. "Hey, I just smoked my first bowl of Haddo's and my underpants are dry as a twenty year old pouch. What a rip-off." I hear you.

Oh well.

I've been enjoying Haddo's for some time now and I find it a perfectly serviceable blend. The tobacco quality is excellent, after all. In the tin it's all butterscotchy but in the pipe it behaves like a mid-weight VaPer with a twist. It's neither impressively intense nor disappointingly bland. It's just good.

The way I see it, Haddo's doesn't have a thing to apologize for. It's the authors of all those hyperbolic 4-star reviews who should be held accountable. Haha.

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Hermit 78 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hermit 78 (33)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

This is a weird blend. There's virginia, burley, cavendish, a rum casing, and enough perique to kill a 12 foot gator. Tastes like chocolate, raisins, and pain.

I like perique, and smoke va/pers almost exclusively, but this is either very macho or totally ridiculous.

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butman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
butman (41)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

After a lot of encouragement I finally tried Haddo's. The blend turned out to be a positive experience. Love the perique, love the viginina, but there is a complexity to this smoke that just makes it enjoyable all the way down the bowl. It may also be that touch of Cavendish that adds the burley tingle to it.

I doesn't light as easily as some blends, but once lit it burns nice and clean. Recommended in the medium to larger bowls; it doesn't seem to develop if packed tightly into a small bowl. Now I don't smoke it regularly as it fuller flavored than I like so I experimented and found that 1/2 Haddo's and 1/2 Cumberland make for a really great smoke not as full as Haddo's and more interesting than plain Cumberland. The topping/casing is the same so it blends perfectly.

I have enjoyed it in Danish, English and meerschaum bowls with good success.

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z_evil_genius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
z_evil_genius (6)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I really tried to like Haddo's considering that it is so well rated. But it just turns out that I am more of a Latakia fan than a virginia fan. So I advise that most people take this with a grain of salt. Read my other reviews to see what my other tastes are. If you don't like Latakia, then you might like Haddo's, but for me it just doesn't work. I can't even describe the taste. It simply doesn't set well with me. So, if you really like Latakia, such as Penzance or My MixIure 965, then you might feel as I do, that Haddo's isn't your style. It isn't a bad tobacco, seems to burn to a white ash and is decent in most respects. I just don't like the flavor or aftertaste. I'm hoping my opinion will change by the end of the tin, but I doubt it.

[Edit] It's been a while, but after finishing the tin, I still feel the same about it. It just doesn't work for me, although my tastes have changed a bit from the strict Latakia blends I was smoking.

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traveler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
traveler (40)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable

I've tried tins of this twice?over a couple of years. It's the kind of blend I normally like, but it's been a basically unpleasant acquaintance. The problem, as has been noted by a couple of reviewers here, is that there is just too much Perique in Haddo's for me and despite its pleasant aroma, it is unbalanced and harsh on the throat.

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

A nice VA/perq, a bit too vinegary, too moist in the tin, but it has a nice malty balsamic taste that puts it in a league of its own. A nice natural earthy flavor.

EDIT: this ages well and gets less vinegary as time passes, the cavendish and rum pops out more too, hence I up it too four star.

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jankoez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jankoez (67)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am not impressed with this blend. OK, it is not bad, but I expected more from Perique. To me, taste is to flat without any thrill.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant

Upon opening this tin I was hit by a strong alcohol like smell and the pungent aroma of the perique. The tobacco was very moist, as I knew it would be, so I laid it out on a plate for a couple hours. Let me just say this mixture is delicious..I had three bowls in a row. It is definitely strong in the nicotine department, which is something I happen to like. Additionally, the perique content is high, something else I like. The components in this blend work so well together that I plan on stocking up as soon as possible. After drying, the tobacco stays lit well and produces a great volume of smoke. My wife said it smelled a little sweet and sour...good nose I think. The flavor was wonderful and no unpleasant aftertaste that you might find on a cased tobacco. The aroma was just excellent and this magical weed relaxed me almost immediately. I feel like this one was made for me...the top note, the copious amounts of perique, the balanced Vas...yum. A real winner..but be mindful, not for the faint of heart...its pretty strong stuff.

Addendum: (3 weeks later) This stuff is still good but after smoking more of it I have to downgrade it since it has lost the flavor of a more robust VAPER.

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Irishlefty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Irishlefty (19)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I first tried this about 6 months ago and waited to try it again before doing a review. I was expecting to like Haddo's based on review by some of the guys who seem to have some of the same favorites that I do but alas, I can't wrap my taste buds around this one.

My taste isn't sophisticated enough to tell you what it is that I don't like, I just know that it totally missed the mark for me.

As much as I love Odyssey and Charing Cross, I don't even like Haddo's Delight enough to finish the tin - I will give it to a friend of mine who does like it.

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Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Packer (56)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

With so many reviews already written I hesiate to describe my impression of Haddo's. "To each his own" While Virginia is for lovers.........and I love Virginias this one will have to grow on me. This is a quality blend of tobacco...but the blend is not nirvana for me. I find it a little much on the perique, and a little "wanting" in the Va's. The nicoteen is way up there, as my brow is a bit damp as I type this review. Full flavor, easy pack, light, and burn. Good enough that I have cellared some,but for now there are many more that I can't stay away from,ie. Stratford. For now I give it a

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BriarFire~ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarFire~ (24)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Unique and bold, this is one tasty treat.Tin aroma is boozy,taste will keep you interested,the burley to me stands out and it definitely gives it a smooth body,it produces great volumes of smoke,its very gentle on the mouth and tongue,I cant get it to bite.It gurgles a little towards the end but thats no big deal,A good all day smoke for sure.

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john doe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
john doe (41)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is harsh, strong stuff.

The tin I have was more than a year old when I opened it, so being "too fresh" doesn't explain it. This tobacco is harsh on the back of the throat, bites the tongue, and is too strong for my taste.

If you bought tobacco solely on tin aroma, HD would get four stars. But the flavor of the smoke on the tongue is actually very mild.

I may explore Barbary Coast and Grey Havens, which appear to be less potent cousins to this tobacco.

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parker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
parker (12)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

excellent blend,i would hesitate to call it a va-per as it is so different from any other va-per. complex and multi-layered taste.varies from batch to batch as to be expected from any hand blended product.i have had batches with a very spirity pouch aroma (brandy or rum) together with a chocolate-cocao note.my last batch smelt very chocolately with much less of the spirit aroma.cased?of course,like most other blends out there.matthew

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AKSmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AKSmoke (18)
★☆☆☆
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Haddo must delight in heartburn and nausea. GLPease has some really great blends, and this isn't one of them. The earthy, dried fruit tin aroma is admittedly intriguing. I've aged this several months and given it several honest attempts, but it honestly sickens me. Buy one tin at a time if you choose to give it a go.

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DLT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DLT (8)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Strong Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

I really wanted to like this one, having been a fan of the majority of GLP tobaccos.

For me, it is a melange that just doesn't work, and although there is a lot of flavor here, it simply tears the devil out of my tongue.

And this is from a guy who smokes heavy English and flake tobaccos.

Go figure...

UPDATE 8/8/09

I've stuck with this one, and figured out that the enjoyment of this tobacco depends upon the smoking technique. I was going at it too fast, and have found with more deliberate smoking, it is now one of my favorite tobaccos.

As I said earlier, go figure...

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Sir Walter Smiley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir Walter Smiley (24)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable

This is a fine tobacco with rich,robust flavor.It is slightly moist upon opening.Their is no need for drying or rubbing.Haddo burns fine ash and stays lite.It has good nicotine content.I have noticed others getting hung up on the name of this tobak.Haddo could be called Charles Manson Delight and I would still smoke it as a daily.

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deelee74 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
deelee74 (4)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I've been smoking a few of Greg Pease's blends for the past year. His Berbary Coast is one of my three favorite blends. I like Stratford and few others that I have tried. I love perique and these days Pease blends are the way to go for Perique. He seems to be a bit more liberal with it than other blenders who use it. I like that. This week I purchased some Haddo's and Westminster. While Westminster is just about the best english blend I've ever tried, Haddo's left me a little disappointed. But just a little. It's a great blend in its own right. What left me wanting was its similarity to Barbary Coast. To me, Haddo's seems to be not much more than Barbary Coast with its measures of burley and Vrginia tobaccos reversed. Both of them smell very similar in the tin and the taste isn't different enough for me to merit keeping both blends on hand in my cabinet. I prefer Burley to Virginia because of its nutty flavor. Its this nuttiness that Haddo's lacks that keeps it a notch below Barbary Coast for me. The perique level is obviously upped in Haddo's Delight. But Barbary Coast has a good measure of the condiment too. I would never advise anyone against trying Haddo's Delight. It is a delicious and complex tobacco, but I don't believe I'll buy more of it as long as Barbary Coast is still available.

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Mystic Rune Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mystic Rune (35)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It has all been said so my review is short. After reading so many reviews about what a Perique bomb this is, I was surprised how subtle the Perique presence was to me. After a few tins, I finally started tasting the most wonderful spectrum of flavors once my pipes became well seasoned with it and my tins got age on them. Pipes seasoned with Haddo's and aged tins really made the difference for me. At six months it's awesome, at a year sublime. I'm really looking forward to my eight ounce tins I've put away hitting the three year mark.

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The Punisher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Punisher (44)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Extra Strong

Too many tobaccos not really merging in together. The tin aroma is short of harassing my senses because it is simply overwhelming...with the aroma of Perique.

The long cut leaves are easy to pack and decently easy to light up.

After half a bowl, I was not certain that I liked it. I decided to let the tin dry out some time, to let the tobacco mellow down and attenuate.

After 4 pipefuls, Haddo's delight was not a delight to me, and I have been a pipe smoker for many years. Too much Perique...

Not a blend which would favor creativity or encourage a quiet, contemplative state.

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SMOKETSES Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SMOKETSES (208)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

THANKS: I WOULD LIKE TO THANK VERY MUCH THE REVIEWER PIPESTUD CAUSE AFTER READING HIS REVIEWS, THE LAST TWO YEARS, I LEARNED A LOT, REGARDING THE TOBACCOS TASTING If you ever say again, a bad word, I will put Haddo' s Delight in your mouth. It is the first time that I smoke such a spicy tobacco and I got excited. Haddo is a mix of Virginia?s various tobaccos, with a very strong dose of perique. Black Cavendish and little burley, provide plenitude, the body, and additional strength. Finally, the mix has a light perfume of cocoa and dry fruits. The flavor is complete in the palate, spicy but a bit bitter, in harmony with flavors of figs and grapes. A marvelous mix for the lover perique. It burns a lot, my throat.

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Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (111)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong Very Strong Extra Full Overwhelming

I love burely tobacco but this one just didnt make the grade. To strong even for me. Could not realy get to the Perique. To much Virgina in this blend

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student Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
student (21)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Extra Full Very Strong

I call this Haddo's revenge. It simply is not a good blend for my taste.I could only recommend this if it were one of the last 10 blends left on Earth.

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

This VAPER blend has a bit of a twist. I like smoking this one in an aromatic pipe because of the casing. There is quite a bit of chocolate flavor in this, also maybe fig or another fruit. The thing that really surprised me about this was how well these different flavors marry with the Perique. The sweet and spicy together is really a surprise, I understand Virginia tobaccos are by nature sweet but the artificial flavorings add a really interesting twist. The Cavendish and burley add some real body to make this a really full smoke. That makes this tobacco a must try for anyone who wants to add a bit of variety to their life. Please what ever you do let this one dry out for a few days it makes it much better.

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The_Rover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The_Rover (8)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Strong

Tin aroma is wonderful. Needs lots of drying out to smoke properly. Taste and smoke aroma are just kind of nasty. Leaves my throat feeling a little funny too. I did put most of my 8 ounce tin up for storage so we'll see in about 10 years how it does but right now I just can't see getting more.

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jlinge Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jlinge (17)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As a confirmed Latakia "English" blend nut, I was intrigued by reviews of this blend enough to try it. It has the fruity characteristics of an aromatic, but doesn't seem to result in the usual goo at the bottom of the bowl. The scent lingers on clothes or (in my case, moustache), but it's a pleasant diversion from my usual favorites (Old Lodge, Squadron Leader).

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final_id Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
final_id (35)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Very Strong

Packs a wallop! Generally, this Burley-based mixture is strong for me, but I can handle it once in a blue moon.

It's an excellent concoction that calls to mind midwinter spice foods, like a Christmas fruitcake (the good kind, not the kind you mail to your aunt this year and she mails back next year) or a mincemeat spice pie. But it's a lot less sweet than those foods. And it's got a "salty" undertone, too, which the manufacturer labels as "intriguingly piquant" but which I'd call nearly tangy. I swear there's some Oriental in this tobacco, but the tin label claims not.

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stevevb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stevevb (4)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Bought a tin of Haddo's close to a year ago on the recomendation of a trusted tobacconist. I enjoy virginias and virginias with perique, so I thought I was going to in for a treat. The tin aroma was great if a little fruity, and the tobacco was quite moister than I am used to. So I gave this a shot and was not very impressed , infact it sat in my tin area for close to a year with out any more smoked of it. About a week ago I picked this one up again for smoking, and what a difference. I don't know wether it was too moist or if it need to stew in the tin for a litte while longer, but it is now in my top five favorites, and have a few more tins on order.

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Flyboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flyboy (39)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Haddo`s Delight provides a smooth and safe flight into the upper flight levels of tobacco smoking. 1 of my top 5 Va/Per blends. As primarily a latakia fan, departure time is best on fall mornings with your favorite cup of java. Opening the tin is the start of the journey as the aroma is most unique compared to the way it smoked. Seemed to always be at the right moisture level and you can sit back and enjoy the billows of smoke this provides. Can take you outside the box if you let it. Have lbs of this on some deserted island. Now if I can only find that WAC chart!! WHEW...here it is! Enjoy the ride!!

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Backwoods Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Backwoods Piper (51)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When I popped the top to this tin the aroma made me think of a nicee hot rum toddy on a cool autumn evening. I also was very pleased with the eye appeal of this weed, dark and light browns to smokey reds and yellows.

Packing this blend was rather straight forward due to the types of cuts, broken flake to ribbon to almost curly cut(from my understanding this is a trademark of Pease Tobaccos). The light up was nice and rich. Flavors ranging from dark sun dried fruits to sweet rum. It has a nice degree of complexity for an aromatic and I like that in a tobacco. You can enjoy this weed around most people and not offend. Toward the next third of the bowl ahh the Perique chimes in nicely giving way to a subtle nutty sweetness. At this stage of the game my nic-addiction was definitely satisfied. The finish was quite deep and rich as well still carrying the overtones of perique with the satisfying nutty sweetness of Virginia. The knock out only left me with a pile of ash and a smile!

I definitely rate this tobacco among the top as far as aromatics go. I wouldn't smoke it all day but sure will put it in my after steak dinner line up. Dark Lord, War Lord who cares he makes some very satisfying tobacco blends. A little pricey but well worth it! Hats off to G.L. Pease.

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Buster Bluth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buster Bluth (51)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Haddo's is true enjoyment. The can bouquet, taste, and room note all hint at the same robust 'figs and raisins' flavor with a little Perique tartness. The perique never oversteps its bounds in this mixture. If that is the grail you seek, look no further.

For me, no evening is complete w/o Haddo's but it is not the most consistent product from the get go. I opened the 1st can and this stuff was wetter than Captain Black. 2nd can smoked was only slightly less wet. It's quality stuff, but needs air. I put in a tobacco jar with a loose fitting lid for a week.

Once the mositure issue is dealt with, this weed won't work in a little 3/4" size 4. A 6 is best IMHO. Lots of orange glow and lot of smoke afforded by a big pipe works best.

I won't write poetry about Haddo's, but I like it so much that there are 3 size 6 Cherrywood shaped sitters on my rack devoted to this blend to keep a wide, dry pipe in the rotation each night.

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Buddhamon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buddhamon (2)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Haddo's Delight is by all means a very nice blend. I thoroughly enjoyed it but it doesn't quite meet the glory of Odyssey. Still I must agree that this is a fine blend.

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SparkleMotion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SparkleMotion (9)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

Haddo's smells great out of the tin, VERY much like dried apricots and raisins. After trying Fillmore, however, I realised i don't like the artificial taste of Haddo's. I prefer a VA/PER that is more subtle and natural. With something like Fillmore in existence, I can't give this more than 2 stars in comparison. I'm not sure if that's entirely fair, considering this is not a straight VA/PER. But the bottom line is, Fillmore absolutely killed my enjoyment of this. Now, the best thing about Haddo's to me is the strong nicotine content.

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caddad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
caddad (53)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I enjoyed this blend. It was very good. I like burley and perique blends and this one is certainly very fine. My problem is simply that I was let down a little. I don?t know what I expected but after reading all of the reviews and articles about this blend I expected to be enraptured immediately to pipe smoking heaven and that didn?t happen. I almost wish I had smoked it first without reading about how awesome it was going to be. I much prefer Barbary Coast to this or maybe even Stratford.

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Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (140)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I gave this tobacco more chances than any blend I have ever tried. With so many positive reviews I kept trying to find a way to love this tobacco, but I could not. This is quality leaf to be sure, like the other Pease blends I have tried, but the flavor was flat and dull in every pipe I tried. I tried small bowls and large bowls, regular length and churchwardens, in briar, meerschaum and clay, all to no avail. I kept getting a flat, slightly sweet fruit and smokey flavor. I find Dorisco Mixture to be a far better Virginia/Perique blend.

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OPCguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OPCguy (46)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Haddo's Delight - I just polished off a few bowls of this stuff and it was a delight though nothing too special. High quality leaf to be sure it just didn't stand out as a knock it out of the park smoke I thought it was going to be...I did find this to get better as the bowl progressed...though following it, taste wise, was a challenge...it kept changing...maybe you need to keep a consistent puff with this one to bring the flavors together well...in any case it was a delight and I will polish the tin off no problem. I think I need to try Odyssey next =)

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Meerschaum Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Meerschaum Man (85)
★★☆☆
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Yes, this is a complex and flavorful blend. I know a lot of people like it and I give them consideration. It's not that I find it unpleasant or lacking in character, it's just that I am not the one to appreciate any blend with Cavendish in any of it's incantations. I spent the better part of a year trying to develop an appreciation with a 2 oz can without success. This is just not one of my blends. Too bad, 'cause I'd liked to have experienced it in the positive mannor that so many others have. In the final analysis, I would not discourage anyone from getting involved with this blend, I just would try to stay out of the issue.

Meerschaum Man Smoking a Gezer Flying Dragon

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riceworm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
riceworm (1)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

If nightcap is the king of pipe tobacco, then haddo's delight is the queen. She is mild, but never lack of emotions. She is sugar of spirit, mixed with exhilarant. My best lover, haddo's delight.

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rosczich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rosczich (9)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

as the variety of pros and cons of other reviewers show its a hate or like it tobacco.i like it very much after tasting it in a lot of different pipes. i find the weed smoke best in a smaller sized group 4 bowl. once lightened it goes down to the bowl burning well but increasing an larger amount of nicotine. so i need to smoke it in the evening. best thing is to do nothing else.(as i always do with all of my pipes and tobaccos).tastes a bit like cocoa and dried fruit.

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preppypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
preppypipe (57)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I'm a big fan of Va and perique blends.Three Nun's,State Express "roundels" and Solani's Va flake w/perique are three of my favorite all time tobaccos."Haddo's" will NOT be added to the list!I found this blend absolutely dull.The depth of flavor is completely absent unlike the blends I mentioned above.It irritates the hell outta the back of my throat and dries out my mouth!I've been hearing folks brag about this blend for years,for me anyway it was a rare dissapointment in the great line of GLP's tinned tobaccos.... Pass this one on by! prep

=== UPDATE 3/24/05 === I decided to smoke through the remainder of this tin and had much better results with it when smoked in XL bowls.Suprisingly,I found myself actually craving it and smoked through the remaining weed in no time at all.I'd suggest experimenting with this tobacco at length before passing judgements on it,it may suprise you as it did me... Upgrade! prep

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bigjonburley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigjonburley (64)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is the second blend that I have tried from GL Pease. I think Haddo's is a totally different smoking experience from other perique/Va blends. I believe that this must be impart to the presence of burley in the blend. Although many have said this to be a powerful smoke, I just didn't seem to find that to be the case. On the pallet, the burley seems to soften the spiciness of the perique and VA. Essences of figs and raisins do abound from this blend. Rich, nutty, textures, lent by the VA complement the forementioned flavors. The burley softens the mix oaty flavors. I love the way burley can be added to a VA blend in order to bring out different nuances of the stronger leaf. Although this is the second blend that I've tried from Pease, I must say that the quality of the leaf used is superior. Haddo's does have a bit of extra moisture that makes lighting a bit of a problem but, when dried you will not experience this. Although I can't see myself smoking this on a daily basis, I will keep a tin around for an occasional vacation from English blends.

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Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
★☆☆☆
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As the saying goes, "You can please some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time." It seems Mr. Pease has pleased most of the reviewers here but not all. I will dissent. With all of the euphoria about this blend, my expectations were high when I first tried it six months ago and again this past week. I wasn?t impressed either time and likened this experience to rave movie reviews given by friends only to be disappointed when I saw the movie that left me wondering what they saw in the movie that I didn?t. What I didn?t find in this tobacco is a taste I liked. I also found it pretty much one-dimensional. I did find too much strength, nicotine and perique that didn?t sit well with me. You can?t please all of the people all of the time and that is why blenders offer myriad blends to choose from and try. Finding the blend(s) you like is the adventure.

A cigarette is to be smoked. A cigar is to be enjoyed. A pipe is to be savored.

I rate this tobacco 5.5 out of 10.

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Briarabbit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briarabbit (116)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong

What the heck is all the hooplah about the G.L. Pease blends? And what is it about this G.L Pease calling himself the dark one? What is he, a Satanist? Haddo's is a welder,with a perique torch that burns the back of my throat and tongue.If you like perique, you might like this. IMO it's too expensive for what it tastes like. The tobaccos just do not seem to get along well the way it's blended. But if you like it smoke it. Too much Perique,poor Virginia grade,and use of unflavoured Green river leaf which has a high nicotene content and can be harsh. I tried to like this but cannot. I also got the Haddo headache somebody eles talked about.

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Ralph Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ralph (4)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco needs aging to be very good. Give it at least 1 year and you are in for a treat! I've smoked this young and did not like it. with age I cant get away from it! Considerable strength, but not the strongest I've had. It is a bit of a tongue biter, but careful technique will keep this at bay.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (87)
★☆☆☆
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

A friend of mine recommended that I try Haddo's about a year ago. Here we are and I am working on tin # 2. As noted in the thirty-plus other reviews, this one is for the perique lover. I enjoy perique in an understated sort of way; however, Haddo's is too much for me. I do like the kick this leaf has, but I feel that it is too heavy handed. Perhaps it would benefit from some time in the cellar, but as it stands I can't put it in the rotation. NB-I find the room note much more appealing than the tobacco itself. September/04-Of the original 4 tins I purchased in 2002, I smoked 2, traded one and gave the last one to a friend who passed it over to the local pipe club. Last time I attended, it was still there, 2/3 full and not very popular. Doesn't ring my bell, nor those of the pipers I encounter. Enthusiastically overrated.

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mainspring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mainspring (27)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

My first impression was the taste of "grape" on my tongue. I can even taste the sweetness on my gums! I taste an occasional chocolate tone just barely coming through and the perique is there as well. I love the flavor of Haddo's Delight. Alas, I need my beany cap to smoke it as I go flying from the nicotine! I wish I could smoke it more often.

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LoisKelly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LoisKelly (55)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

There once was a man who tried Haddo's,

Thinking "could this be just a fad, oh?"

He gave in to the hype,

And loaded his pipe,

And soon was found shooting his waddo.

I can endure the endless accolades heaped upon the GLP blends, and tolerate the continued deification of Mr. Pease, but this poetry has simply got to stop. Guys, save the weepy sap for the chick who's going to leave you for some big, dumb bruiser at the end of the bar, if you're lucky, or take half your money, if you're not. We're supposed to be men in here, fer crissakes. I don't compose haiku for my Ducati, and I certainly don't write odes to a tobacco.

Oh, yeah. The Haddo's. It's a terrific smoke that should be welcomed with open arms by lovers of Virginia/Perique blends. My love for Escudo, Three Nuns, et al, has diminished considerably over the years, but I can't imagine any fan of those not being thrilled with the GLP version. Packs a pretty good wallop, too. It's not my favorite Pease by a long shot, but I can understand its huge fan base.

Now go smoke some, and no more poetry, please. Addendum: While most of the Pease blends benefit from a little age, the Haddo's hasn't seemed to improve as much as I would like. I'll try again in another year. Addendum no. 2: Whoa, that went fast. Another year, another tin popped, another less than thrilling ride. 2005, anyone?

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Thatcher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thatcher (58)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Mild Medium to Full Unnoticeable

This is a beautiful tobacco with a wonderful tin aroma. This blend has been reviewed to death here and elsewhere, so I won?t try to improve upon or add much to that body of literature. All I can say is that this was my first foray into the land of VaPers, but I have found that I need Latakia in my mixtures to be really happy. I ended up blending some of my Haddo?s with Frog Morton and found that it really livened that up while the Frog took away some of the harshness (and nicotine punch) of the Haddo?s. But if you are a VA/Perique fan, I can't imagine it gets much better than Haddo's.

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pxi106 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pxi106 (17)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

I can't review this any better than has already been done--just wanted to add a word of warning: although this tobacco is smooth and nuanced like no other, it is also the pangalactic gargleblaster of tobaccos. The aftereffect is truly like being hit with a gold brick wrapped in a lemon.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Strong

Pleasant and mild at the beginning, with a bit of the nose tickles associated with Perique. A bit hard to get lit, may have something to do with the cut. Once lit, however, it provides a nice cool smoke without the bite that I normally associate with Perique blends. I am sure that the cavendish has something to do with mellowing it out a bit. It does gain some strength in the last third of the bowl, but not enough to be unpleasant. Burned clean all the way to the bottom ,and gave up without a fight, burning completely away to a dark grey ash. A couple of mothns worth of age really makes this blend shine. The Burley is more prominent, which is something I like, but the spiciness is still there. I hardily recommend cellaring large quantities of this, to while away the summer months with in years to come.

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cruelraoul Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cruelraoul (24)
★☆☆☆
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I am not sure what it is with this blend, but several individuals at my local tobacconist (and I) experience an artifact of smoking Haddo's Delight that we have termed the "Haddo's Headache". A rather unpleasant experience that is not really nauseating so much as a feeling that a nail is being driven into one's temple. That is, I believe such an analogy applies, though admittedly I have never had a nail driven into my being.

For those of you familiar with the poor construction worker, who a month or two ago, fell from a rooftop with a nail gun in hand, and not only suffered the fall, but about a half-dozen nails driven into his skull at chaotic angles (I believe he is miraculously doing OK) - the X-ray pictures (I am sure that they can be found on the Internet), seem to present the best imagery of my senses smoking HD. I found a link to a picture of the incident. http://www.libertyforum.org/showflat.php?Number=1458570

This tobacco turns my pipe into a nail gun, and HD is the nails. Each puff brings me closer to the edge of the abyss.

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Willy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Willy (75)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

OK, can we possibly stand for yet another take on Haddos. What the heck, I have a bit o' free time right now. I gotta go with the majority and say this is pretty good stuff, but I don't seem to be able to stay interested in it. I smoke a bowl here & there and may not touch it again for who knows how long. I would more readily pack a pipe with Esotericas like "Dorchester" or "Dunbar", Astleys #2 or even Dunhills "Elizabethan". Let us not forget Ashton (McC.)"Black Parrot", (McC.)"St. James Woods", (McC.) bulk #2015 or "Canvaback Decoy" from Bufflehead. Musn't fail to mention "Three Nuns" or "Escudo". I know there are variations in the components of these blends including the amount of Perique used and maybe no Burley or Cavendish, I'm only saying there are a lot of alternatives to be had (for those who may not yet know) if you don't like Haddos but you like Perique. I may keep a tin of HD around because it is kinda tasty. Sorta works for me.

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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This is a great blend from Mr. Pease. I love Va/P's any way, but this took the category to a new height. It has rich dark Va's and a goodly amount of Perique. What really makes this blend a soon to be classic, is the Green River Cav. This stuff is potent. It really adds a depth to the flavor while delivering a nicotene wallop for those of us who enjoy this sort of thing. I can see how this could be too much for a rookie, but it's right up my alley. The perique is intense, so you better really like the stuff or it'll do you in. All in all this will be a baccy I will keep on hand, although I smoke it only occasionally.

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CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

Ah, the revered Haddo?s Delight. I was anxious to try this, as I am with all Pease blends. No, I do not succumb to ?Tobacco Blender Worship? as has been mentioned before, but if a particular blender has a history of coming up with blends you enjoy, it is only right to become a follower.

Haddo?s was definitely enjoyable, but I would have liked to have had more taste. What was there was very nice. I just felt as if I had to go searching for it. It was a very good balance of Perique and Va though. I know this particular blend has a bit of a ?cult? following. I guess I?m not going to be joining the cult.

I am sure that some day I will try this again, but after a day of smoking it to the exclusion of all other blends, I don?t feel that it will become a favorite. I don?t dislike it, but it just left me wanting.

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Cooksmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cooksmoke (29)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

I suppose at this late date it would be needless protraction for me to weigh in on this now legendary tobacco. But nevertheless I must. How could one refrain from at least sampling this blend?

I found it to be more flavoured and than I thought it might be. The tin aroma was absolutely delicious. I found the tobacco light and smoke easily. Yet for some reason the blend of flavours was a bit of a disapointment after the tin aroma. I suppose it was my jaded tastes. Still it is a tasty enough blend for an occasional foray into the land of Pease.

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Joe Patterson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joe Patterson (48)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

I believe that Greg Pease knows quite a bit about tobacco and its burning and smoking properties. Further, I think that he has acquired a great market based on the number of reviewers and obvious fans of his blends. But for me, I?ve tasted nothing so far (this based on four samples of 4 different blends with about three bowls of each, thus totaling my wasted smoking experiences to a dirty dozen) that has gotten even the slightest amount of interest or noticeable taste! Yes, this blend has VA and P, I can?t taste the VA, but can tell that the P is there based on the amount of buzz I get from it. I can say this for this blend ? It?s fairly strong and it burns very clean. Flavor/Taste: NONE; Interest: NONE; Plan on buying this ever, ever, ever again: NOPE.

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Kerdy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kerdy (43)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I think this is a fine tobacco to smoke. I do not believe for me it is an everyday smoke, but I enjoyed it very much. My wife thought is was a nice smelling tobacco. It was a little stronger than I thought (that being the reason it isnt an everyday smoke) I will definatley smoke this again.

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Horse Bodotes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Horse Bodotes (19)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Has any other blend on tr.c received more reviews than Haddo's? Since it has been reviewed ad nauseum, I will try and keep my notes to a minimum:

While I do like this blend and smoke it on occasion, I don't understand the wildly over-the-top rave by many Haddophiles regarding this stuff. Haddo's is a very good V/P blend, although not usually my first choice in that genre (think 2015).

Positives are a good Virginia flavor, quality leaf and cut (as is always delivered by GLP) and a remarkable consitancy from batch to batch (a very underrated comodity, IMHO).

As many have noted, I do find that this blend is quite unforgiving if not smoked carefully; otherwise a charred tongue and a nicotine-induced buzz can result.

If you haven't tried Haddo's Delight yet (anyone?), by all means do; it is a quality smoke. But do try some of the other outstanding V/P blends as well.

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WxGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WxGuy (95)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Well, I am not sure the world needs another Haddo's Delight review, so I will be brief (for me).

Out of 46 reviewers, very few have mentioned the suggestion that this blend has a flavoring added, a fact that surprises me. Maybe it is that "exclusive process darkens and marries the mixture", but Haddo's has a fruitiness in the tin that I do not get from any other Va/P blend. Nor from straight perique. This sweet fruitiness is present in the taste as well, at least in the first 1/3 of the bowl. I found it off-putting at first, but have warmed up to it. It just starts too sweet to be natural tobaccos only. But that is just my HO. (Could it be the G.R. black Cav??)

I guess I have never gotten a bad nicotine rush from Haddo's, but I smoke it slow and cool. I like the perique level, up front and in your face.

There are other Va/P/+ blends that I prefer to consume more frequently (2015 among them), but Haddo's is definitely a must-have tobacco. Oh, yeah, it is pretty expensive too, even in the 8 oz bag.

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mailman 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mailman 5000 (60)
★☆☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Heres a novelty a va/perique mixture when every one else does it in a flake. I quite liked the spicey edge to this blend and an edge is what this one has, it can get a bit to spicey if you over puff. But this blends most memorable feature is that smell, my tin was over a year old when I opened it and what a nose raisins ,figs , and blossom. Unforgetable. But in the end I feel that flake is the best way to smoke Va/Perique as the thicker cut slows things down a bit.

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raynine Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
raynine (6)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Medium Tolerable

Maybe 20 years as a pipe smoker is not enough! Surely my ability to take nicotine has been stretched- but this was too much! I was nausiated by mid bowl and vomitting by the end. True the rainy taste was nice, but the intensity of strength was way too much. IF you are in anyway affected adversly with nicotine steer clear of this one! If you must give it a go- the a small bowl, after a good roast dinner- never on an empty stomach. I tried this a number of times over a month and realised it was just not my cup of tea. I was convinced by some advertising in P7T to give it a go. Please - if you haven't trried it- by 1 tin not a half dozen- check it out then see how you fare.

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BriarNorth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarNorth (49)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild Very Full Strong

You can't accuse GLPease of false advertising as Haddo delivers the stout dose of Perique just like the package says. If this blend were a conversation, Perique is definitely the loudmouth. I don't mind having the back of my throat tickled a bit, nor a touch of pepper on my pallette, but this stuff doesn't let up. I try to enjoy the other flavors, and Perique keeps interrupting. If you're a perique lover, ignore this review and buy this tobacco, as it is certainly very well crafted. I'll stick to Elizabethan Mixture where the Perique is more subdued. Incidentally, the Wife just put the kibosh on this one, so now I'll be finishing this tin in my other smoking room--the garage! And yes, I will have to follow this bowl up with some Nightcap (also garage-mode) just so I can taste some tobacco. Haddo's lingers.

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Gae Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gae (46)
★☆☆☆
Strong Very Strong Very Full Tolerable

"SORRY" Haddo's Delight (Did not delight me) Upon opening the tin I was hit with a very strange odour that reminded me of vinegar.(FOUL AT THAT)It took three light's to get it fired up & then the taste was like vinegar as well! After that passed my nose & throat started to really tickle by the 'very peppery'Perique I would imagine,at this stage I wanted to quit.(Plus now I was sneezing) "No tobacco has had this effect on me before".More than half way through the bowl,I was really asking myself "What all the fuss was about" My tongue felt as though it had an ounce of extremely hot pepper bored into it.All up I have now given tobacco more than a fair trial,by smoking at least five to six bowl's in various pipe's,& my opinion has not altered.I'm very disappointed after hearing so much about Haddo's Delight,but I can't lie.Hope your experience will be more positive.

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bildo14 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bildo14 (1)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Haddo's Delight is a terrific medium bodied smoke that, once dried out a little, stays lit and smokes cool.

I must appologise for my lack of verse in writing this review but as a fairly new pipe smoker, i'd trip over the lingo and land with my foot in my mouth.

Any way the Perique is great and the overtones of raisins and or figs is terrific in this smoke. Is now one of my favorites.

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pmonroeb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pmonroeb (92)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Heresy time again. I guess my throat is too sensitive to Perique tobacco because this tobacco tore up my throat so much that I could not finish the bowl each of the three times I tried this. I have never regularly smoked any blend that has a significant Perique component. I'm assuming this is what tore up my throat. Probably a good tobacco for those that like strong Virginia with equally strong Perique, but not for me.

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ruggiero Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruggiero (19)
★★☆☆
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

"Wow, and I thought Nightcap packed a punch!". As a newbie to this website, it was clear from reading many of the reviews that G.L. Pease blends are "where it's at". I therefore ordered (5) of Pease's varieties, and here I go with my comments on Haddo's after crawling over from my living room recliner to my PC. This stuff packs a wallop! It is flavorful and seems to change flavor throughout the smoke. Pretty complex. I am normally an English-Oriental smoker who prefers the Latakia blends, and may have improperly packed my bowl as this session required an unusual number of relights on my part. My manhood aside, I think this may have too much Perique (I never thought I'd say that!) and I'll likely keep my 50g can on hand only to break up the monotony of my rotation. Good stuff, but too strong for my tastes.

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KDudley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KDudley (4)
★★☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of those blends I'm sure is wonderful, but just can't quite handle the nicotine. The tin aroma is very alluring - sweet, earthy, spicy and endlessly complex. I've not gotten too far with tasting, and after four tries, have given up for the time being. I've tried well over a hundred tobaccos, and this is the only one that puts the room in motion within seconds. If you don't do well with very strong blends, I would not recommend Haddo's; if you can handle a good measure of strength, I'd recommend trying it based on the tin aroma alone. Fascinating.

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hornsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hornsmoker (7)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

People are probably going to send me hate mail for this review, but I do not like it and feel that it is the most over-hyped tobacco in existence. I must have some sort of drug in it that causes it fans to become obsessed...only the Dark Lord knows for sure!

The biggest problem I have with Haddo's, is the use of the unflavored green river black cavendish as a major component. This stuff just totally disagrees with my body chemistry - so much in fact that I couldn't even finish the first bowl. IMO, this is not an exceptionally strong tobacco, but it has a very high alkaloid content, thanks to this particularly nasty black cavendish. I've experienced it before in several C&D blends before and thought I was gonna die!

I would only recommend Haddo's if one is un-affected by this black cav component. I also think the blend is well concieved and artfully executed. Heck, if Greg had choosen to source his green river from another source, I might be one of the POD people too. As for the hype, Cairo is a much better tobacco and it's praise [while overshadowed] is well deserved.

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