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A yearly blend for Thanksgiving. A ribbon/cube cut blend pressed together into four ounce cakes.

BrandPeretti
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutKrumble Kake
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
3.6
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A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (73)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Just as Thanksgiving Day is the quintessential American holiday, Thanksgiving Day blend by L. J. Peretti is a quintessential American tobacco. It’s burley based with a Virginia backing and an aromatic addition that is very much like what you find on Three Star Blue, Heine’s Blend, and those few other truly vintage American aromatics that are becoming all-too rare. Think a much more polished, sophisticated version of Half & Half.

Peretti knows what they are doing when it comes to burley. They do burley well all the time. The chunky cube cut here is woody and full bodied. The sweetness of the aromatic top dressing actually helps to develop the chocolate essence that burley tobacco naturally is possessed of while, at the same time, helping to cut back or mellow out the characteristic bitterness. That aromatic topping is really a marvel. It’s not just a single, artificial flavoring. It’s complex and subtle. It’s like anise and a little bit of clove and cinnamon, but with an underlying powdery, perfumey softness.

The pale Virginia adds a little more strength and a little more natural sweetness, but never makes the blend burn hot. This is a slow, cool burn throughout. This is due to the cube cut burley, of course, but also in no small part to the oh so charming crumble cake that the blend is pressed into. I tended to break off a chunk and barely crumble it before loading it into the pipe. Easily an hour or more of pure pleasure.

5 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (88)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Thanksgiving Day is a classic American burley aromatic in the old style: dry, cool smoking, slow burning, with absolutely no goop and absolutely no bite.

As advertised, this blend comes in a rectangular, lightly pressed cake. Colors are mostly shades of dark and medium browns, with the voccasional lighter strand. The aroma is mildly smokey and sweet. But the somewhat subdued pouch note says little about the complexity of flavors lurking within.

The initial light brings a surprising floral, soapy taste to the forefront. Some describe this as being akin to talc. As the smoke progresses, there are additional flavors of dates, dried cherry, and subtle candied holiday fruits. I can understand why a previous reviewer compared this to a more subtle and much higher quality Half & Half. But rest assured that the candied fruit flavors here are very well done, subtle, and natural.

By mid-bowl there is a delicate cinnamon flavor that creeps in - I suspect Deer Tongue. Walnut, anise, and clove assert to balance the sweeter candied fruits. The initial floral taste and scent lingers through the bowl but becomes more subtle as the bowl progresses.

The bowl ends with a small burst of that dried, candied fruit sweetness, but it's a natural, well-done flavor with no chemical aftertaste.

This blend is very smooth, with absolutely no bite. It can be puffed away, but I recommend sipping this blend more slowly to really experience the subtleties of flavor. Thanksgiving Day burns the coolest of any burley I've smoked. It's bone dry in the pipe, leaving no residual moisture. Your pipe cleaner will come out white and dry.

Overall, this is an excellent blend: easy to smoke, yet complex and nuanced with a variety of flavors that are rare in today's aromatic blends. The burn is world-class. It's amazing that so few of these old school American blends are produced today. Instead we are overwhelmed with goopy black Cavendish mess in a multitude of artificial flavors. Thanksgiving Day is a world-class aromatic for those who truly enjoy tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (60)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Burley,Virginias and orientals with some kind of flavoring sometimes it tastes like anise other times it taste like cocoa, very high quality tobacco, lights easily, smokes great, the nicotine its a little on the strong side which I find great specially after dinner, it can be somewhat monochromatic not that theres anything wrong with that, If you're a burley smoker definetly this will make your list of must buys.

so would I buy it again...yes!

1 person found this review helpful.

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

"That special Peretti way..."

Others have said it--and it's true: those lovable curmudgeons at Peretti just have a way with the 'baccy. The longer you smoke this, the more you like it. I don't know what's in it, but it sure is tasty. Aromatic, yes, but in that olde school Peretti way, i.e, with, I bet, some herbal addition rather than some liquid topping.

Definite tobacco flavor with that "something extra." A hint of sweetness, too--but just a hint! Great for an autumn or cold spring day.

Cut is a crumbly mix of rough cuts, maybe some cubes and crush (a manly mix, really) and some ribbon.

Very dry smoke, burns to the bottom, leaving a dry, gray ash. Virtually no moisture when running the pipe cleaner through, post puff.

Oh, and I even like their humble, no-nonsense packaging: like a piece of high-quality construction paper run through the copier. No need for "bling": this be "the real thing."

1 person found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (97)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

A very good mild course cut pressed burley with plenty of flavor and a hint of sweet honey & subtle floral essence on the finish. Personally I think this is a fantastic smoke, but I could definitely see how it would leave the nicotine loving burley-phile wanting, as it is mild to medium at best in overall strength. In other words, if you prefer blends like Haunted Bookshop, OJK or Solani ABF, this might not be enough to float your boat.

It's sweet, mellow and easy going with no bitterness or bite, Thanksgiving Day is probably the closest thing to what OTC burley's used to be like back in the day when they were comprised of higher quality tobaccos. Sweetens nicely as the bowl progresses with excellent flavor clarity. It's not too rich or complex but it's still delicious all the way to bowl's end.

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

This is a curious blend offered by Peretti's during the holiday season. I say “curious” because despite the implied suggestion in the name that it is somehow limited or special, I find it to be very reminiscent of several other Peretti's Burleys. In some ways, that's a good thing. All of the Burley and Burley-based tobaccos I've had from the shop are of impeccable quality. I'm just not entirely sure how this qualifies as a “Thanksgiving Day.” I mean…where's the sage, the cranberry, the candied yam, the turkey?

Thanksgiving Day arrives as a lightly pressed 4 oz block in a bag with an orange wrapper. It breaks apart very easily into a rough and cube cut tobacco. It packs, lights, and burns very easily (much more easily than the straight cube cuts from the shop) and produces generous quantities of smoke. The flavor profile is both familiar and subtle. The Burley here starts off a little woody, but then settles down to more familiar nuttiness. The Burley flavor is supported by a light sweetness—molasses or Golden Syrup, perhaps, and maybe some 5100-ish Virginia Cavendish—and a faint herbal vanilla quality in the background. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a little deer tongue in the mix.

I find it to be a very subtle and relaxing tobacco, which is perhaps more the intention behind the name than recollection of a bloated belly and a bottle of Beaujolais. Or perhaps it is designed to recall Thanksgiving bloat and supply a little nicotine to cure the post-meal constipation and a little sweet-smelling smoke to mask the turkey gas.

Lovers of OTC Burleys like Kentucky Club (especially the Continental Blend) or Carter Hall will find something instantly recognizable in a blend like this. The tobacco quality is higher here, I think, but the gentle quality of the Burley-dominated smoke, the relatively high nicotine content, and the simple but enjoyable tastes all recall to me the pleasures of American OTCs.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (516)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I only have a small list of aromatics that I smoke on as a change of pace and this seasonal blend from Peretti's is one of them. I find that Peretti's really does burley well. Unlike many others, Peretti's burley has a really nice nutty flavor. It's lightly cased and not goopy. It comes in a soft 4oz. brick and packs with ease. I recommend buying a couple each fall. It really seems to go well with the season.

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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (104)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

I am truly surprised that this review is only one of two for this Thanksgiving Day blend!! This blend came to me in a 4oz "brick" wrapped in an orange label that had the blends name "Thanksgiving Day" on one side and had this description on the back: "The dark rich colour denotes maturity not strength. The tobacco will be found mild, mellow, of superb aroma and disctinctive flavor"

This tastes to me like Pipeworks and Wilke Nut Brown Burley with perhaps more aging and pressed as opposed to ready rubbed. A delightful burley mixture with that somethings baking in the oven aroma. $12 for 4 oz packages. Quite a tasty all day blend without latakia or an over the top casing. Very natural, dry to the touch and full of flavor.

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Punchy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Punchy (19)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Full Strong

Every year at this time I find myself craving this blend which doesn't seem to change much through the years. It is definitely an aromatic but in that special Peretti way. Upon lighting I notice immediately that talc flavor similar to many Lakeland offerings. This however does not dissuade me. As I continue down the bowl the quality tobaccos emerge and coalesce into a unique flavor that is quite captivating.

This is a special blend prepared in limited quantities only in the fall.

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