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Golden, Red and Orange Virginias blended to perfection with jet Black Cavendish, crowned with a wonderful aroma of honey and Calvados.

Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp & Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Honey
Packaging100g Tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
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MrPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MrPipe (1)
Mild Medium to Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

This is a very flavorful and tasty blend for lovers of aromatics. It's sweet and delicious, but it does burn a little hot. I get requests from others to smoke this blend, so clearly the room note is pleasing. I actually like it a lot, if only I could still find some to buy! But I guess that has something to do with the word "limited" and the "2006" part of the name...

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tramroad28 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tramroad28 (26)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This is a very nice, somewhat average, aromatic tobacco blend where the calvados lends just the right note at just the right time. Well done, Peterson!

I feel this blend would be a top choice for any non-aromatic smoker to begin with in order to develop their own tobacco palate sufficiently to pick out the nuances of flavor an aromatic delivers. A good starter aromatic blend for the virginia smokers, et al in other words. Nothing that they should not be able to handle and, in time, come to appreciate with some smoking experience. I did find that if the tobacco is pushed in smoking cadence then it may heat up slightly but hopefully those non-aro smokers will learn from any too fast puffing.

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rramstad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rramstad (115)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I don't like aromatics. I do like this tobacco. It burns really well, and the flavor is interesting, lots of high citrus notes. I don't get any chemical flavors at all. Very dry at the bottom of the pipe. I am tempted to buy some, which for me is high praise for an aromatic. I think it's the first time I've given an aromatic four stars...

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (130)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

I'm being honest here, I really, really want to like this stuff. It smells heavenly in the tin, the best-smelling tobacco I've whiffed. Tonight in my office I just had a hankerin' for an aromatic - which, by the way, I never, ever smoke - so I popped this tin that's been lying around for a year or so and...

...put it up for trade on a forum.

Sorry, I just can't handle aros. The taste is pure chemicals to me. For what it is, I am sure there are some big fans. It smells awesome, and there are some faint hints of that awesome odor in the taste, which keeps it from receiving only one star. But the chemical taste and bite are about as subtle as that time I wrecked my motorcyle and sent my body through a barbed wire fence, bouncing across a frozen pasture 9,000 feet up in the Colorado foothills (true story!). I was thankful I had a helmet on. Tonight I was not so lucky.

Lovers of aromatics will probably really like this, because it has some redeeming qualities. I think.

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Big Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Nick (74)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Last year on Christmas eve('08) My wife and I were at my mothers house in Los Altos, Ca. for the Christmas holiday. I managed to sneak away for a couple hours to the local Pipe Shop. While I was enjoying a complimentary pipe full of the house Rum blend and talking it up with the old timers, out of the corner of my eye, on the top shelf collecting dust I noticed two cans of, oh ya, Special Reserve Limited Edition 2006. I gave up on finding this stuff over a year ago and boom, there it was. I had to beg to buy one tin since the shop owner claimed it was his private stock, well, I got one and he kept one. Boy am I glad I did! I will probably never see another tin again, and what a shame that is. Calvados, that's what intrigued me, Calvados, a French apple liquor. The blend of three different Virginias and black Cavendish crowned with Honey and Calvados was simply marvelous! The aroma was fantastic! There is nothing else like it. Strictly for aromatic pipe smokers. No other Peterson even comes close to the unique flavor. I have no way of describing the flavor of the Calvados topping other than, sweet, uniquely flavorful and in total harmony with the tobacco.

I see no reason that this is not an every day offering from Peterson.

Hey yo, Peterson, you have a problem with making money?

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Holy Smokes! I didn't know reviewing tobacco could be so scientific. I'm afraid I just grab a pipe, pop the tin, stuff a wad of weed in the chamber, light 'er up and smoke away. The humidity and temp of the leaf depends on what time of year it is down here in Texas (hot and humid or less hot and humid). My taste buds pretty much tell me what I need to know after just a bowlful. I'm just lucky, I guess.

So, with the above caveat in mind; this Peterson's offering is, to me, an aromatic with some decent tobacco flavor tossed in with the sweetners. As you might expect, the leaf is of good quality and burned easily and mostly dry. There was some wet dottle near the bottom, and since I don't slobber when I smoke, I suspect it was the tobacco.

Light aromatic with a whack or two of tobacco taste along with the honey. Not bad.

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Pipe of Good Hope Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe of Good Hope (6)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I have been dedicating the past few months of smoking to Peterson tobaccos. This is the 4th review I'm posting on Peterson after Luxury Blend, Old Dublin and Sherlock Holmes. Let me start out by saying this is truly a rewarding aromatic, probably the best of the Special Reserves to date and one of the best overall for Peterson.

When forming an opinion on a pipe tobacco, and before offering a review which could influence others, I pay attention to the what-where-when-how. I keep my tobacco at 70% humidity and 21 degrees C to promote further curing and mellowing. I put whatever I'm about to smoke out to dry at room temperature for about an hour. I smoke at least 1 tin or 50gr over time as basis of an opinion. I use different pipes which I clean before returning to this blend, I smoke in a peaceful environment away from drafts where I can relax and enjoy 3 or 4 pipes full at a time and fill the room with that smoke. I refrain from using silica filters and choose my accompanying drink, if any, carefully. I prefer a neutral drink with my pipe, mostly coffee ? neutral in the sense that it prepares my palate rather than work against the tobacco, which is the case for as an example, wine or acidic drinks. I light my pipe using a soft butane flame, not a match, to prevent sulphur contamination. My views are based on smoking 80gr of this tobacco over about 4 weeks.

Peterson Special Reserves are beautifully packaged and this example is no exception. The black tin with gold foil sachet holds the promise of something rare and precious. This raises expectations which could lead to tough judgments. The broken flakes are loose within the sachet with significant moisture. The cut is medium and after drying the tobacco it packed well, lit easily and burnt well. As is typical for cased tobaccos, it burnt into more of a charcoal cake than white soft ash. The blend burned hot and lends itself to relaxed smoking rather than a puff rush ? I got maximum smoking pleasure using big bowl pipes. The taste is pleasurable with little bitterness but with noticeable alkaline bite ? not uncommon for a Virginia rich blend as you all know.

I kept this tin for almost a year before opening it. Out of the packet the tobacco has a wonderful inviting aroma. Vanilla, honey, some plum and apricot, raisin and brandy (thanks to the calvados infusion). You can't help but to hastily fill your pipe to discover how this translates into smoking pleasure.

The smoke delivered top notes of vanilla, honey, red berry tea, tree fruit and nuttiness with a light floral core ? truly complex. As you progress through the bowl, base notes of light wood and natural tobacco develop with hints of black coffee. Nicotine content is light.

The overall experience is highly enjoyable and will satisfy most smokers who enjoy aromatics. I found it difficult to put this blend down and it simply worked well with all times of day and any mood. It also delivers an enjoyable ambient aroma and I was asked more than once what I had in my pipe. I highly recommend this to any smoker, novice or experienced, who enjoys aromatic tobacco and my only words of caution are that you have to smoke the blend slow and relaxed to minimise bite. Hein Garbers, South Africa

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Dov of the Galilee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dov of the Galilee (30)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This has been my favorite for quite some time and sadly it was a limited edition. The wonderfulness that greets you upon opening the can is just superb- my mouth waters just thinking about it! I contacted Peterson's in Ireland and they recommended these two as possible replacements: Sunset Breeze or Sweet Killarney. I haven't tried either yet to make the comparison.

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Mobious Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mobious (2)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

When I first open the tin, I was greeted with a pleasant nutty smell which seem to cling to everything it touched. Even my car had a lingering smell of this tobacco. I would say that this blend became a regular smoke for me but after two tins I started to notice the tongue bite and that the tobacco smokes rather hot. Otherwise, it is quite a decent blend

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Sharpish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sharpish (1)
Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable

I loved the nose on this blend. I'm relatively new to pipes, so I won't try and pretend that I know all of the characteristics of the component tobaccos, but I really enjoyed this weed. When opened, I smelled cherries and chocolate. This came through on the palate for me, with a hint of a cinnamon red-hot candy. It left next to nothing for a room note, but really enjoyed the smoke. It burned evenly all the way down.

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