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Our oldest mixture, this combination of seven different tobaccos was originally blended by L. J. Peretti at the turn of the 20th century. Exceptionally mild and smooth, it can be smoked all day by itself or blended with other mixtures for a milder effect.

Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Cigar Leaf, Kentucky, Latakia, Maryland, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringMint, Other / Misc
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The mildly molasses sweet and nutty burley is the star, and is given a flavor push by a number of components in such proportion that it takes a while to distinguish them. I certainly notice a small amount of cigar leaf (Connecticut shade?), which is nicely supported by a smaller amount of Cyprian latakia, and a little Oriental/Turkish for a light smokey, spice hit. I can't detect the Maryland, and just barely notice the Kentucky. The Virginia is a minor player, too, but adds just a tad sweetness and a whisper of grass. The gold cavendish is slightly present with a sweet note or two. Elusive hints of peppermint and vinegar show up now and then, too. (The addition of peppermint was confirmed to me by retired Sutliff blender Carl McAllister, who reconfigured the blend a few years back for Peretti) The licorice is more noticeable. The nicotine level is just past being mild. The taste level is a step past the center of mild to medium. Burns exceptionally well and cool with no bite, and no moisture or harshness at the finish. Requires very few relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste. Possibly the mildest complex blend I have smoked. I also had fun picking out the subtle varieties of flavors. An all day smoke.

20 people found this review helpful.

oldmanpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldmanpipe (62)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Because I was the one who added this wonderful blend to the Peretti's roster reviewed here, I am honored to be the first to review it. It is somehwat a daunting task.

Because Peretti's has been around continuously since 1870, one has to accept two truths about Cuban mixture: 1.) It contains cigar leaf. And 2.) Being the store's first mixture, it pre-dates Castro--though not by long!

Those are safe assumptions. What is NOT safe or warranted is that the original character or intent of this blend has been altered by time and politics. This is the REAL THING.

Using cigar tobacco in pipe blends used to be a relatively common thing in America and Britain; it gives body to the smoke. Balkan Sobranie's Virginia # 10 and G.L. Pease's Robusto are the most eloquent examples of this. There are others that are brought-off with less finesse, but I shan't mention them.

This blend harkens back to the days when tobacco was all there was to lend flavor to a pipe mixture, and one will encounter a melange of flavors here. And pleasantly-so; there is no bite or ashy taste as you make your way down the bowl.

If I might compare the sublime with the less-than-sublime, Cuban Mixture is similar to Middleton's Walnut, though without the casing (cheap) and PEG. Guess which is the "sublime."

Three out of four stars...for the history lesson alone. You get extra points for savoring the flavor of a true American Original.

Update: 02/12/07

I reviewed this blend initially in the warmer months when my tastes turn invariably to Burleys. Virginia flakes are simply NOT my cup of tea. The ONLY exception was Limerick when it was first introduced. Don't know what happened to it...but now it is pure soap and no tobacco.

But I digress. Whilst rummaging through my stash last evening, I came across a well-aged and preserved quantity of this venerable blend.

As I have been smoking heavier Latakia mixtures since the frost has been on the pumpkin (not to mention my car and other things in the garage) I just wanted a smoke. Man, was I delighted I ran across this blend! It gets better, immeasurably better, with cellaring and neglect (if properly stored.)

For the tobacco snobs out there whe eschew Burley-based blends and believe if a tobacco is worth a tin it would have one...t'aint necessarily so! Cuban Mixture is as nuanced and flavorful as anything available it is an authentic taste of yesteyear. NOTHING hangs around for 137 years by accident.

For the experienced smoker ONLY....treat yourself!

14 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Long ago in a pipe world far away, the term “aromatic” didn’t mean what it does in our current time. Cuban Mixture is one of those blends and the recipe is more than one hundred years old. This is based on a jarred I stored in 2009. It greets the nose with a bit of tang. Although there is a kitchen sink’s worth of different tobaccos in this blend, Burley is the lead player. Peretti is known for their good Burley and here’s a great example. It is nutty and a touch earthy. There is a light sweetness from the lightly added Cavendish. I can taste the cigar leaf although it is in the background. I really don’t taste any mint and if it’s there, it isn’t mentioned on the LJ Peretti web page. It burns cool and is quite complex. I have had the best results with this blend in a cob. Given that this is now seven years old, it cellars quite well too. The somewhat mundane Virginia’s that I experienced with it new now add an additional touch of sweetness. It burns to a white ash right to the bottom of the bowl. Cuban Mixture is a great example of an old style aromatic that has stood the test of time.

Age When Smoked: 7 years

10 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

An old classic containing all kinds of interesting flavors (but Burley is the lead singer). I smoked a bowl of a sample I was sent last night and enjoyed the richness of the nutty Burley and I think the fullness was provided by some Cavendish. I tried a second bowl this morning mixed with a little Five Brothers added and the strength was finally (as Goldilocks would say), just right.

4 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (326)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

There are a lot of flavors here at first light, but it settles down. The nutty burley is the main attraction, but the the latakia and orientals are always present and add some complexity. There is not much of a Virginia note, and the cigar leaf adds a full earthy flavor. I am not detecting any topping. I know the description says "mint," but I am not tasting it.

My best description of this is probably Walnut's older brother who has been working out a little. The cigar leaf adds another layer. It is a similar taste to me with a little more fullness and the addition of the cigar leaf.

This is good and an especially satisfying smoke. For my money, I will buy Chestnut on sale and get most of the experience. This is easy to recommend and is something that is worth trying if you get a chance.

3 people found this review helpful.

cakeanddottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cakeanddottle (68)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the Burley that keeps drawing me back. I love the cut, and while it may burn faster than a cube cut, it stays lit and doesn't clog the airway the way a cube sometimes can.

The cigar here is not intense, but merely adds a little backbone to the smoke. This is still first and foremost a Burley, despite all the other leaf present. It's sweet and nutty, but the other leaf also makes it meaty and substantial. Nictotine? Well, it's no Old Joe Krantz, but it does the job. Speaking of C&D, Billy Budd does not hold a candle to Cuban Mixture. Cold and dark versus warm and golden, as was so eloquently detailed by another reviewer. That comparison is right on the money.

This is my go-to Burley.

Updated 11/21/2011

I have to take a star away. I've spent a lot of time getting to know C&D's catalog of Burleys and American blends, and frankly the Peretti stuff just doesn't hold up in comparison. I can't get past the scenting either. Some times I'll get a great smoke out of one of these Peretti Burleys, but more often than not I am overwhelmed by the floral, soapy scenting they all have. I'll stick to the C&D Burleys.

3 people found this review helpful.

Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke (13)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

*I've received a confirmation Email from LJ Peretti that There is NO Mint in Cuban Mixture.

The majority of my tobaccos are English so I wanted to change things up with some Burly blends and ordered some of this and after my first bowl

1) Depending on how you smoke the NIC hit is very nice and not overpowering.

2) The flavor was something I've never came close to smoking before. A lot of English tobaccos have something in the mix that I can identify within others, not this and I've had many Burly blends before.

3) it does seem old school from my imagination compared to other pipe tobaccos I've tried (simple but a lot going on) especially compared to other old English mixtures and old Burly mixtures it's very different and surprised me for being so.

It will definitely stay in rotation, it has a natural Nutty flavor.

Pipe Used: Cavicchi

Age When Smoked: New

2 people found this review helpful.

riobrew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
riobrew (31)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

There is a reason this tobacco is rated so high. It great, complex, and it's old school class act. Peretti use the highest quality tobacco expertly blended. I smoke this blend as a English blend in wide pot pipe. You can enjoy all the different tobaccos as they come forward thou out the smoking. It is a mild all day everyday enjoyable smoke. I've heard online that this simular to Wallnut blend. Never had Wallnut but it reads about right in line with what Wallnut was. I Will he buying another 8oz tin of this soon or maybe just get the 1lb tin and see if I can cellar some.

Pipe Used: Peterson Aran Pot and Meerschaum billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: L. J. Peretti

Similar Blends: From what I hear, Middleton's Wallnut..

1 person found this review helpful.

StogieBear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StogieBear (18)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The burley is prominent, with nutty, molasses sweet notes. But there are many other dimensions here. Pine, vanilla, baking spices, fruity and grassy Virginia notes. It comes at smoking moisture and burns very well. A delightful smoke.

Pipe Used: Many

Age When Smoked: New

1 person found this review helpful.

owingswd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
owingswd (7)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

I purchased this tobacco after reading the reviews and becoming intrigued. I have smoked a pipe off and on for more than 40 years, but I am new to L. J. Peretti tobaccos. I was looking for a burley, and they are famous for burley blends. Upon receipt, I pulled out a little of this tobacco and let it dry for 30 minutes, then packed it into a brand new billiard. I have never tasted anything remotely like this tobacco, and I have never used the words "complex" and "burley" in the same sentence before now. Amazing blend, and very complex. My hat is off to smokers who can pick out all the individual tobacco tastes in this--Burley, yes, Cigar leaf, yes, Oriental, yes, but beyond that, I'm lost. I do smoke Virginias and there is an tingle, a zip, here, kind of like seltzer water or club soda, (no, no, it's a GOOD thing) that may be from a Virginia. I've never experienced this taste before in any tobacco, and I find it extremely pleasant. I will cellar this tobacco and enjoy it for years. Highly recommended. (To allow me to save my review, this website requires me to rate a room note, but since I smoke alone and outside, I really can't tell. I rate it "unnoticeable", since I have to pick one option.)

Pipe Used: New Dunhill billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: L. J. Peretti Co.

1 person found this review helpful.

carbone3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
carbone3 (1)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Excellent blend. And yes it does contain cigar leaf from S.L. Willett, Pres. of LJ Peretti he was nice enough to email me the components of the blend.

Pipe Used: Briar

Purchased From: Lj Peretti

1 person found this review helpful.

Newbie2010 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Newbie2010 (18)
Medium Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I picked up an ounce of this last week to try it and I am definitely going to buy more. It packs well, burns well, and the flavor will definitely appeal to the cigar aficionados. It's fantastic. At the same time, I was told that Cuban Mixture DOES NOT contain any cigar leaf. It's the burley that takes center stage, and all the other tobaccos that make up this blend definitely create a party in your pipe. The flavor smacks of sweetness and depth of coffee, caramel and all the attributes one craves in a cigar. It's close, but remember, no cigar leaf, and it is oh so very satisfying.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (102)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Funny thing. Half-way through the bag I wasn't sure what all the fuss was about and I didn't think I had a party in my pipe. I took a break for about a month, fire-ed up a bowl and then POW!This stuff is excellent. During my break I was smoking several strong Orientals and a few aromatics. Maybe this set up a contrast for the taste of the Cuban mixture because when I returned to the Cuban I could really taste the subtleties of the tobaccos in the mix.

Of Note: Perretti calls this an "America Blend" as they do all their burley based blends. Although this mix has a lot of burley, Perretti does a fine job of not having the borley overwhelm the othe tabackys.

This is an excellent change of pace from English blends without being a virginia blend which I don't really prefer. Very interesting. Smooth, mellow and tasty.

1 person found this review helpful.

aadelma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aadelma (66)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Wow - there's a party in my pipe, and every type of tobacco was invited! From the first puff of the bowl to the last, I love every bit of it. It starts out with an explosion of natural sweetness from the cigar leaf and Va, then the various other tobaccos make their appearance. I detect burley, perique, and latakia in addition to the Va and cigar leaf. The cigar leaf may indeed be Cuban as this blend reminds me of Mr. Alfred's Own (but much more full) and Peretti pre-dates the embargo. It packs and burns very well. The aroma coming off the bowl is heavenly, but I think non- smokers will only find it tolerable at best. It is quite full, so only light puffing is required to achieve good flavor. That is a good thing as there is quite a bit of nicotine in this. Don't smoke it on an empty stomach or while operating heavy machinery! It burns well and completely down to a fine white ash. At $40/lb as of 6/2008, it is quite expensive, but I feel it is worth every penny. Vastly better than Robusto and more refined than Billy Budd, this is one of the finest mixtures I've ever had. If you enjoy smooth, full-flavored tobacco, you must try this.

1 person found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (121)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Summary: enjoyable melange of many types of leaf, with Cigar Leaf and Latakia taking center stage, supported by a gentle Burley mixture.

Cigar Leaf dominates most blends it encounters. In "Cuban Mixture," it pairs up with Cavendish to form a sweet flavor continuum reaching up through Maryland and Virginia leaf. This then picks up some texture from a small amount of Latakia, expands into the warmer space of Burley, and then complements the topping of multiple natural elements, similar to "Mixture 79" or Lakeland sauce. The Burley does not take the center stage but serves an entirely complementary role, allowing the Cigar Leaf to really shine from within a background of complementary tastes that avoid the somewhat jagged intrusion it normally creates in a pipe blend. Thoroughly enjoyable, this blend can be enjoyed without much thought, is mild and clean-burning enough to be a good all-day smoke, and showcases some of what can be done with the power of Cigar Leaf, even if it does require a kitchen sink style recipe.

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