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Rich, ripe red virginias are combined with top-grade Izmir leaf, pressed and aged in cakes, then sliced into flakes and tinned. The result is a wonderfully fragrant, natural blend with subdued sweetness, more "brut" than "demi-sec", delightful toasty flavors, and hints of nuttiness and roasted coffee. Satisfying and refreshing; a comforting smoke, with enough complexity to keep it interesting.

Notes: Embarcadero was released in July, 2007.

BrandG. L. Pease
Blended ByGregory Pease
Blend TypeOther
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging2oz Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Slow Triathlete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Slow Triathlete (48)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I popped open my tin of Embarcadero on its one year birthday. I had really wanted to try this sooner but it just got lost in the cellar. I am a fan of only two other Pease blends. Filmore and Barbary Coast. I'm not much of a Latakia fan so that knocks out most of his blends for me right off of the bat. This one, however, was much different.

Man, this blend has a great aroma in the tin. It's kind of a sweet and sour smell. I assume the sweet is from the Virginias and the sour comes from the Izmir mixed in there.

The cut on the blend is like nothing I have seen so far. It's kind of a ribbon cut but the ribbons are really long and pretty wide. It makes packing the pipe interesting. Not hard, but interesting.

My blend came a bit wet so I laid all of it out on a paper towel and dried it for about an hour and a half. Now it is at the perfect moisture level for me. The first light was very easy. Did a few false lights to really get it going and then I was off to the races.

For those who know me, I am usually a VaPer smoker. This different spice tobacco really appealed to me. It was similar to Perique but also very different. The Izmir plays in and out with the Virginias and never takes over. The Red Virginias are very flavorful in a way similar to Rattray's Hal O The Wynd.

I have smoked about half of the tin so far and I really, really like this blend. I will definitely be buying more to smoke.

6 people found this review helpful.

Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (63)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an excellent blend! Sometimes simple really is better—this blend has only two component parts, red Virginia and Izmir. Once again, the tin description does a better job than I can of describing this blend.

There is one rather glaring discrepancy in the tin description--Embarcadero is supposed to be in the form of a FLAKE; what I have looking back at me from the tin is a BROAD-CUT, BROKEN FLAKE! I recognize that errors in quality control sometimes occur, but this is a little upsetting—I would have preferred the tobacco in flake form. And if there is a change in the cut, then that change must be reflected in the label description too!

My tin had almost 3 years on it (012411) before opening and by this point in time the tobaccos have become pretty well integrated. There is some sweetness and complexity, but these are not features that override the taste of tobacco—and this blend is all about the taste of natural tobacco. There is the temptation to compare Embarcadero with Cairo, another GLPease Virginia/Oriental blend (with the addition of a bit of Perique), but in my estimation there is some distance between the two blends. Cairo is sweeter, more complex and just a bit more piquant.

Embarcadero is an exceptionally “clean” tasting tobacco blend that I believe makes for a very good “first pipe of the day”. This one deserves 4-stars!

NOTE: If you're looking for something a bit stronger and displaying a more exotic Oriental character, try "Low Country" Waccamaw

NOTE2: I do have a complaint about QUALITY CONTROL--for a PREMIUM blend, there are TOO MANY sticks and stems!! This SHOULD NOT happen!!!

Pipe Used: Paykoc Medium-Large Dublin Meerschaum

Similar Blends: Low Country Waccamaw is Embarcadero "on steroids".

4 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (88)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Every so often I'll run into a mixture that I absolutely love. However, it's infrequent that I smoke a blend that I initially think is "good," and months down the road find myself head over heels for it. For me Embarcadero is one such blend & it's positively worthy of at least a true two ounce try. I say this because it took me a bit of time to develop a palate for it.

Without a doubt Embarcadero is a wonderful tobacco. It's flavorful, nuanced, balanced and deceptively complex. The red Virginia is sweet, malty, a bit earthly and it's harmonized perfectly with the savory bitterness and slight astringency provided by the fragrant Izmir leaf. This tobacco is masterfully prepared and the broken flake cut provides an endless amount of complexities.

The most wonderful aspect of Embarcadero is the contrast in the flavors between the two leafs. The interplay is simply delightful. The Izmir distorts the Virginias, the Virginias respond correcting and at times over-correcting the balance. Altogether this sounds very simple but down the bowl these shifts in flavor back and forth between sweetness, bitterness, & rich earthiness happen in a multitude of varying degrees, creating a wide array of more finespun flavor nuances. Embarcadero also has a gentle spiciness that builds gradually adding another layer of enjoyment.

I wouldn't go so far as to call Embarcadero “pipe dependent,” but it's definitely worth experiencing it in more than one pipe. You will notice slight differences in how it tastes from pipe to pipe. I ran it through about five different pipes before settling on my one and only Dublin which features a gradually tapered conical bowl that is somewhat wider than average.

It pairs nicely with a dark porter style beer or a simple cold sparkling water. DGT seems to provide a bit more complexity but most important is that it tastes just as good to me as where I left off.

Ultimately this is an honest to goodness, unabashed top notch tobacco mixture

Highly Recommended

3 people found this review helpful.

agedtins Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
agedtins (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

I have just finished my 3rd tin of Embacadero and it has earned a 92 point score. As predomintaly a virginia/vaper smoker the Izmir leaf was a question mark. In fact if I did not know I was smoking virginia/izmir, I would have guessed I was smoking an excellent virginia with a bit of perique. This is a beautiful full bodied smoke. Mildly sweet, quite rich and complex. I have a dozen tins in the cellar and plan to add many more to my stash believing this will age nicely for years to come. I just finished a bowl after several single malts and prime aged fillet.....what a treat! Greg Pease sure makes some wonderful tobacco..... right up there with Filmore!

3 people found this review helpful.

WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (66)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

The first thing I noticed with this flake was its softness - it was tender to the touch, easily rubbed out. This is a mark of quality indicating a lack of glycerin or humeectants and sugar additives. If one looks in the bottom of the tin you do not find broken leaf, tobacco dust or other "drek", another sign of absolute quality.

The aroma on opening the tin is what I would expect from a Virginia/Turkish blend. The description on the label described my smoking experience to a 'T', another rare experience in tobaccodom and comment on the care taken to produce this flake. Embarcadero is "top shelf".

1 December 08 update: Smoked a bowl in a favorite canadian last night. This tobacco has a subtle sweetness and what I call the "high notes" (taste) of Turkish leaf. It is smooth, but agree with the reviews after mine that it can heat the bowl if puffed too vigorously. It does not bite. However I prefer a flake with some "deeper notes" - tates in the nutty range. Still, this will be in my rotation.

3 people found this review helpful.

Yak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Yak (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant

I don't know how to describe this. But I take comfort in the fact that nobody else does either.

I think, on balance, that Weedmeister Pease should have named it Sheherezade.

For one reason, because the experience of it is as out-of-the-ordinary as the Sultan's encounter with her must have been. Because she's a figure from the Near East, where Izmir comes from. Because the diaphanous harem costume you visualise her in that (from the rest of the National Anthem that nobody learns) half reveals, half discloses is as close to an analogue with its flavor as weeks of pondering (and smoking) it can come up with.

Big deal, you say. Another tobacco. Big deal, the Sultan said. Another woman. But, in both cases, the range of expectations is transcended. It begins with Wow? ! How often does that happen ? And it isn't a tin-note assault on your senses Wow (like the patchouli oil the rest of the harem girls probably slathered themselves with) either. It's subtle. Intriguing.

Subtle, intriguing and . . . diaphanous. How else can you describe the flavor of Embarcadero ? It eludes being pinned down to similarity with anything you're used to from the world outside of fairy tales. It's comprised of Virginias and Izmir, but GLP's alchemy transforms them into shifting combinations (plural) that have no analogues in the world of experience with the Virginia and Oriental peasent girls from the village. Well, except that they do. And it's this back-and-forth, yes-but-no character that 's going (I suspect) to get to you. Smoke a tin of it with careful attention, and you're no closer to having a handle on its allure than when you set out. It may be a lifetime quest. Especially as a friend who is extremely well-versed in matters weedular estimates that, in light of its constituents, it will probably reach its full flavor potential after twenty years.

I began my acquaintance with Sheherezade properly. Princesses don't live in hovels, so George Dibos rolled back the odometers on two well-seasoned, classic billiards to zero for me. (NBB : heed Pipeline 's advice ! The Izmir in Embarcadero can really, really clash with the residues of some other tobaccos).

Suitably prepared, 1,001 nights await you. Each one a Revelation. (A term familiar to all from the Bible, where it is the English equivalent of the Greek apokalupsis : the removal of a veil).

3 people found this review helpful.

tonyg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonyg (103)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been looking forward to Embarcadaro since it was announced as I am quite partial towards GLP's products and especially his Virginia based blends.

Upon opening the tin, I was unimpressed by the aroma. Hey came to mind. Hey? Well, maybe my olfactory senses are going downhill, but that is what I sensed. Then I discovered the moisture level to be about as high as those cheap drug store blends I smoked until I learned what quality tobacco was all about.

This was not a good start. In all my years of smoking, I have never enjoyed a tobacco that did not have an inviting tin aroma, save one single exception. And to me, hey is not inviting. I really feared a scorched tongue as a result of the anticipated steam from burning such a moist tobacco. Never did I smoke a blend with both of those characteristics.

Had I an opportunity to sample this blend at a tobacco shop or at a pipe show I would have probably passed on to another blend without even giving this one a chance. With two strikes going against it, I packed an Ashton XXX chimney using whole flakes inserted lengthwise into the pipe and topping off with a bit of loose tobacco.

Remarkably, the tobacco lit easily with only two matches and burned cool down to the bottom of the bowl leaving only ash. The smoking process seemed to go on and on. I don't know if it was because of the tobacco itself or because I could not help but slowly savor the myriad of flavors.

While my first pipefull was quite enjoyable, what followed next was nothing short of magical. I dried out a few flakes and began anew. Everything about the process remained the same, except for the flavors which burst forth. The experience was positively overwhelming. I'm not even going to try to enumerate all of the flavors since I haven't even discovered them.

This is not a blend to smoke casually. It would be a waste of good money and good tobacco. I smoke this one as well as some other tobaccos only during the evening when I can relax and pay attention to the experience (usually) along with a cup or more of espresso.

So what makes this blend so good? Of course, there is in addition the quality tobacco one expects from GLP and the techniques he uses in production, the intrduction of the Izmir leaf. I find that the addition of most Turkish leaf today in many, but not all blends is more of a liability instead of an asset. Such was not the case twenty and more years ago when most blenders used either different Turkish leaves or in ways no longer done today.

Izmir is a leaf with which until today, I have been unfamiliar. I have no idea how it would smoke on its own. When blended with the Virginia's in Embarcadaro the results are truly amazing. Unlike a previous reviewer, I did not find substantial changes in the taste during the beginning, middle and end, but rather subtle changes from puff to puff.

I can't help but thinking of Wagner and how he introduces various lietmotifs in his music that continually evolve throughout the work. And then there is (genuine) Cajun food and great French Cuisine. The leitmotif in Embarcadaro is the spice that is both pronounced and yet subtle. Cajun food, when done well, will enable the diner to experience a different taste sensation with each bite due to the spices which are pronounced. French food on the other hand, provides a fine experience with its subtle use of spice. Embarcadaro gives us the best of both experiences.

Back to the moisture issue. I wrote to Greg and he provided a rather extensive reply. In short, it is his belief that the high moisture content is necessary for the flakes to hold together especially in transit and that he preferred the taste better. Well, I can't argue with the production or transit issues, but for me, drying this one out a bit adds immeasurably to the experience. To each his own, as they say.

I've been smoking a pipe for fifty years. On about a half dozen occasions, I come across a blend that is so extraordinary that it is destined to become a classic. Embarcadaro is added to that short list. I haven't been wrong yet, and I don't think I'm going to be wrong with this one.

Most highly recommended.

3 people found this review helpful.

O'Confrère Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
O'Confrère (31)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This puffed tin is from the spring of 2008.

A broken flake, reddish brown with darker brown strands mottled with the marvelously odd lightly greenish yellow of the Izmir. The colors darken as they mature in the tin.

Tin aroma: beautifully sweet, sour, lightly fermented, intriguing with teasingly subtle fruity elements: figs, dates, chocolate, citrus (orange flower water? Cointreau?), and, perhaps, cherry. Very distantly dessert-like. What is that? Like black forest cake... dough?

Moisture level upon opening 16-17%. Dries quickly to 13-14% and seems to profit from a bit of airing.

At the light an almost off-putting tannic spiciness dominates. As the smoke progresses the flavours modulate, becoming mellow, more complex as the tannic aspect subsides to an enjoyable level (becoming reminiscent of the tannins in espresso, a taste that recurs) giving way to toastiness and depth balanced by sweetness (subtle), spice (fascinating), and, at times, an herbal earthiness. Flavours emerge and withdraw, swirl and settle in a smoke rich with body and a satisfyingly smooth mouth-feel. A captivating caleidoscope always in slow movement ...

The aftertaste is clean and yet complex with a hint of Cointreau or Grand Marnier and a number of flavours that one can't put one's 'finger' on.

Give this one a charring light and get this one going for a few draws, a tamp and a couple of draws more and put it aside for a few minutes. This seems to bring out a mellow depth of flavour making the smoke 'bigger' upon relight and allowing one to skip a large portion of the tannic phase.

In "Embarcadero - A Point of Departure" posted (2007) in his "The Briar & Leaf Chronicles" (http://www.glpease.com/BriarAndLeaf/?p=40) Greg Pease's description is, as one would expect, hard to top. Who knows this tobacco better?

There is much here that reminds me of smoking a cigar and it is more cigar-like than any pipe tobacco I can recall at the moment. See what you think. It is a unique blend.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Several, reserved for Va/Orientals w/out Latakia

Age When Smoked: 6 years old, tinned 2008

2 people found this review helpful.

Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This one was a great pleasure for me. It has all the fine sweet Va flavors enhanched with a wonderful addition of orientals. The orientals in this blend are spicy and oily sweet. With "just to fit my needs" proportions of this blend I've had the sweetness, spicy flavors of true tobacco tastes. I strongly recommend you to dry this weed before you pack. It will stay lit for a long time offering you a long lasting smoke, and will offer also the best flavors it can.

2 people found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Excellent Oriental mixture, rich and complex due to a great choice of Virginias. Sweet, spicy, everything you would expect from high a quality Oriental leaf, but I have missed the coffee and nuttiness hints from the tin description.

3 out of 4 stars just because I've found it a bit cloying at the end of the bowl, but this is probably too personal and might be reviewed in the future.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

The perfect companion on bird hunting trips in the Fall. In fact, I won't leave the house for that purpose now without a few things - our German Shorthaired Pointer, a great 16 gauge side by side, and a tin of Embarcadero. It tastes like Fall to me, with the deep, mellow undertones.

This blend did not stand out to me at all right away. Give it a tin before you form too much of an opinion about it.

And for what it's worth, this blend to me is the flavor inverse of another one of my seasonal favorites from Pease - my summer stand-by, Stratford. Stratford is hay- like, with all kinds of high notes; Embarcadero is like fallen leaves, with lots of red rather than Stratford's yellow.

Highly recommended for the Fall. Probably very good most other times of the year as well. Take some time to get to know it.

EDIT - I've been smoking through a recent tin of this and it just doesn't quite have the real standout qualities it did before. I've got a couple ounces aging in the cellar that I'll let sit for a while. It's still very good, and occasionally I'll have a great smoke with it, but its consistency isn't what it once was for me.

2 people found this review helpful.

Puff Daddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puff Daddy (43)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

One tin down, many more to come. In due respect to Mr. Webber who reviewed it below, his remarks are simply mystifying. I must agree that the initial notes of Embarcadero when you crack the tin, are not quite as luscious as I thought they'd be. Not to worry, though. I don't sniff pipe tobacco, I smoke it. I've smoked this in many different VA pipes - Eltangs, a Former, an S. Bang, a Chonowitsch, two Ruthenbergs, an Ashton Prince, even a 1964 Sixten Ivarsson that I rarely use. I've smoked this in numerous sized pipes, from a size 2 through 6. I'm impressed that this blend seems to perform about as well regardless of pipe size. Unlike many of Greg's blends, this one doesn't unfold in layers of complexity, to me. It's still complex in its own way, but it's puff by puff rather than in varying layers. I agree that it needs a good drying, at least a full hour; but even the first bowl - which was from a tin that had come in on the first shipment of it that very morning - was ready to enjoy after about an hour of drying.

I break this up some, and pack it rather gently. A bit of kindling on top is all that's needed, and I rarely needed to relight. And never did I scorch my tongue despite the moisture content, which I had honestly expected.

All in all, a very, very good blend that most likely will gain a lot from aging. The Virginias are simply wonderful, smooth and of obvious quality. They have almost a caramel character. And the Turkish Izmir...! Man, what a deft touch was utilized in determining the proper blend of them. No latakia here, which intrigued me. All the way through, I kept waiting for some of the glorious weed to kick in and make its presence known. It's like smoking a grand English blend after all of the latakia was removed!

Another round-tripper for Greg, imho. Like Westminster and Fillmore, it's exceptional now, and will only be better with a year or two of age to mellow it a bit and marry the tobaccos. I bought 5 tins, and will be getting more. A superb, smooth and extremely flavorful blend, this. My 4-star rating is really a 3-1/2 for now. The 4 stars represents what it will be in a year or even less. I have enough experience with Greg's blendings that I'm confident that by '08 or '09, Embarcadero will easily get an average 4-star rating. Yep...it is that good.

2 people found this review helpful.

ZuluCollector Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ZuluCollector (2)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I found this blend remarkably smooth - almost creamy - which surprised me given the blend's spicy top notes and lingering ginger and white peppercorn flavors.

I fired this up right from the tin with no time whatsoever for drying. The feel of the broken flake presentation led me to believe that I might have to re-light periodically through the bowl, but I had no trouble smoking through the bowl to a fine white ash.

This is quite a complex tobacco. It presents dimensions of flavor that I'm not really accustomed to. The Virginias present a base of sweetness upon which the Izmir leaf just dances. This is a magical experience. I can taste the caramels in the Virginias as the sugars heat and burn.

The flavors change pretty dramatically based on smoking rhythm. I found the best flavor with a slightly faster sip than I use with Marlin Flake or Old Gowrie. I like the peppery hit that the smoke presents.

I loaded my pipe with a simple fold of two flakes with a portion of a third rubbed out for kindling. I packed quite loose keeping the moisture content of the flake in mind.

The pipe I used is a 4-knuckle bamboo Todd Johnson peewit with a large group 4 or group 5 capacity, due to depth.

Altogether one of my best first-bowl experiences with a new tobacco.

Kudos to G.L. Pease for another superb blend.

2 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (41)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Embarcadero was a surprise for me, moving quickly from off-the-radar to a comfortable spot on my Favorites List. For openers, it features the finest Izmir leaf I have smoked in over 40 years. The toothsome red VAs seem to be stoved, and they are a perfect pairing, and it's all processed and fermented just right. I know this because I can smell and taste the results, right from the match. The bloated, 7-year-old tin enjoyed for this review proved E ages very well, and I am buying more as you read this. The initial tin note was decidedly funky, soured peach schnapps over the sour Izmir moss and spices, over earthy, fermented VAs. There are undertones of fermented dates and apricots, as well, and it soon includes something like best-of-the-barnyard, lite. Original tin moisture is fine for smoking, or maybe dry it just a little. As others have mentioned, the "flakes" were actually re-cut into chunky "ribbons" before tinning. I like to loosely load a few of the ribbons vertically into a medium/small-ish pipe, since E is less complex from larger pipes. Wow! Again, it's been a very long time since I smoked Izmir like this, and, like I said, the earthy red VAs are the perfect underpinning for this Old School Turkish blend. Once the fragrant smoke billows up, it's hard not to sniff it all back in with each puff. Be warned, however, that despite the smoothness of the smoke, the spices are there, and your sinuses will be affected, depending on your tolerance for this spectacular weed. I find the taste and smell "envelope" to be fairly consistent, once a bowl is started, but it changes bowl to bowl, and there is also a "range" of tastes and scents that change delicately over the course of the smoke, from puff to puff, during each bowl. Complicated? Yes! And IMO, it never puts a foot wrong.

Complexity notwithstanding, Embarcadero is no-nonsense, and it is indeed an easy and "comfortable" smoke. In the beginning, middle and end it's simply a tasty, interesting blend of well selected, treated, matched and aged tobaccos, and I can't imagine it being any better. Strength is mild to medium; taste is medium (or full, depending on how you take to the Turkish leaf...); room note is... Turkish, albeit a most pleasant iteration of the genre. It's a little sweet and fairly sour, and the fragrance is (fragrances are)... singular, in an "up-dated, bygone" way, if that makes any sense. The enduring aftertaste is the best of the smoke, and if you are like me, you will have trouble not smoking it. I recommend Embarcadero to VA/Per and Turkish lovers, alike, and anyone who enjoys complex, natural VAs might give it a go. 4 Stars and a spot on my Favorites List, for sure. BTW, IMO, Embarcadero is an interesting counterpoint to GLP's Telegraph Hill.

Pipe Used: various Briars; small-to-medium preferred

Age When Smoked: 7 years

Purchased From: private party

Similar Blends: Compares/contrasts to Telegraph Hill.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (156)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I really wanted to like this blend: I like VA/Orientals in general; I particularly tend to like Red Va blends. And, in fact, I do like the taste of this; the Red Va is the main note and the others make it interesting. For whatever reason, however, for me the 'mouthfeel' of this blend is harsh and unyielding (no, not tongue burn or bite), despite trying several differently-shaped briars. Only a very well-used (perhaps even over-used) cob really tamed that harshness to the point where this was to a degree enjoyable.

If you like Red Va/Va/Orientals, give this a try; you may not experience that harshness and really enjoy the blend. However, I must rate it by how I experienced the totality.

Pipe Used: various briars and a cob

Age When Smoked: 2 years, 9 months

Purchased From: 4 Noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

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

A punch in the stomach. This is the second blend, after TEN RUSIANS that messed up my stomach. A nice blend for sure. I smoked it in the morning with my coffee, without having eaten something first…. PUNCH. I smoked it at noon before lunch……..PUNCH. I smoked it in the afternoon with my coffee………PUNCH. But I smoked it in the evening, after dinner, and it was pure pleasure. Very strong in nicotine, but also in taste. It contains Virginia and Oriental tobacco from Izmir. The red color of the Virginia is very clear once you open the tin. But even the room note is nice. If it was a little friendlier with my stomach, I would classify it in one of the top spots on my preferences.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Tin: Pease dates his tins on the bottom with a stamp labelled mmddyy. Mine is 101608. A cake that has been sliced, then broken into flakes, which are extremely soft and delicate. Mildly moist and soft. Very light scent of sweet clover hay and raisins. Mostly dark brown with a few flecks of dark tan Izmir oriental. Comes in a unique cardboard package, with double-eared flaps, the same shape as the tin.

Packing and Burning: It is the easiest flake to pack because it is so soft and supple; it was just stuffed into the pipe with moderate force. Takes a lot of puffing to keep it lit.

Taste & Aroma: I can understand many of the mentioned nuances, albeit to a subdued extent: sweet and sour, wine-like, cigaresque, nutty cacao. Perhaps mostly cigaresque, overall, contrasting darkly with the expectaions from the tin aroma. Smooth, soft, and biteless.

Nicotine: Strongly contrasting with the dainty tin aroma, far from being subtle, it is a whale; like nicotine had to be added, to give something with such a pleasant tin scent, so much strength.

Overall: I am going to have to pass on this, as far as giving it the highest rating. I am partly in agreeement with the overdone artisanal tobacco aura. The flapped package is a hassle. The nicotine versus tin aroma is like a wine drunk, when what you really expected was a champagne buzz. A strong 3.2 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

MDP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MDP (37)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

My 2 oz. tin had about six months on it before breaking the seal, and I smoked all but 5 grams over several months. This never really burned well for me an array of chamber width, depths and shapes.

When it did smolder, there were some sweet notes from the Virginia, and no tang associated sometimes with similar Virginia leaf. The Izmir provided a sour wine finish that was not pleasant. The description on the tin and my scorecard tally to a different number.

Embarcadero is neither here nor there in my estimation. It is not a captivating Virginia flake, nor satisfying when I crave the subtleties and intrigue of Oriental tobaccos.

So far, I'm groping in the Fog City Selection. Only Ashbury and Lombard remain, having thus tried Union Square, Fillmore, Telegraph Hill and Montgomery. Lombard is in the cellar still. Might have to seek a sample of Ashbury before committing my lovely hours to smoking a tin.

1 person found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (577)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

It's a rare occasion that I completely agree with a blenders tin description. This is one of those occasions.

Once I got over some initial disappointment regarding the "too subdued" oriental flavor, I discovered what a nice tasty red VA this blend is. The oriental stayed firmly in the tin and room aroma and steadfastly refused to come out and play with the taste buds other than a swish here and a breath there. This is one of those GLP blends that I first smoked in 2008 and found severely lacking but that has come of age since. I don't enjoy playing into those old sayings such as "Pease blends need to age before they should be smoked" but it was quite accurate with this one. The tin I just finished was from early 2008.

The additional cellar time really opened up the flavor of this. The red VA's were toasty and lightly sweet with a hint of nuttiness... er... ok, I'll stop writing and tell you to simply read the tin description. It perfectly describes my experience. I would have liked more oriental flavor but this one was quite good as a (mainly) straight virginia. Not a steady rotation-maker but definitely a good smoke, supremely preferable to Union Square and well worth the time. Recommended.

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Pease Pilgrimage Reviews (a tasting journey through every GLPease blend) Tin date: 12/10/09

Appearance: The slicing of the flakes produces long, thin strips of tobacco which rub out easily. I like this cut because it has some of the density of a flake but is more easy to handle, like a pseudo-ribbon. The tobacco is darkish with lighter striations.

Aroma: The tin aroma is delicious, somewhat hay-like but sweeter in the nose, almost like a casing but I don't think so. I don't detect any toppings in the flavor, so I'm assuming the sweetness in the aroma comes mostly from the weed itself.

Pipe 1: Meer Billiard Pipe 2: Sav Chubby Author Pipe 3: Stanwell Vario Billiard

Flavor: Embarcadero has some similarities to the Pease vapers, insofar as the Virginias require a lot of coaxing to get the flavors to shine. Flavor profiles also have some similarities to the vapers, but certainly different due to the Izmir. I like this blend better than Stratford, Telegraph Hill and Fillmore, even though it starts off quite austere like those blends. It certainly likes to hide its secrets, so patience and concentration can make a world of difference in your enjoyment of this blend.

The first half of the bowl begins much like those blends just mentioned above, but some patience really brings out some richness during the second half. I actually found that I prefer this blend at a temperature a bit higher than sipping which brings out some deep flavors and toastiness from the Izmir.

It's also one of those blends where you ought to strive to find the right pipe. When you get the right combination, it's a solid tasty blend made for those who enjoy an interesting and slightly complex tobacco sans Latakia.

I like it! Three stars.

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ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (82)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I realy think Mr. Pease should tone down on the number of blends he makes . Surely this one was made just to have another blend down his long list I guess .This is run of the mill period .The tobacco is of good quality and it's not a bad blend , but why bother ... maybe so someone can come up with a flowery discription like the one listed for this blend .I'm getting a little burnt on all the hoorah about these " artisian " blenders when in fact they havent done anything better than whats been done except the flowery discriptions are more flowery. Anyway , it's a boring blend and if your wanting to get into red virginias ... look elsewhere . Nothing exciting here

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ProdigalWeb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ProdigalWeb (18)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Between this and Fillmore, I've found my basic couple of tobaccos. I love this stuff. Upon opening the tin, the aroma of ripe figs and raisins is quite wonderful. I notice the aroma of the oriental tobacco, but it doesn't mute the Virginias or take center stage. Upon lighting the pipe, the oriental leaf immediately subdues the sweetness of the Virginias, but that sweetness is still there. About half way through the bowl I get a hint of a flavor and aroma kind of like roasting chestnuts. Although the tobacco was a little moist for my taste when I first opened the tin, it still lights easily and burns cool all the way to the end of the bowl. I'm going to Columbus Wednesday and plan to buy many tins of this and Fillmore to cellar. I think these will both be spectacular with a little age on them.

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flaminbill' Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flaminbill' (57)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I like most Pease blends though some do not burn so well. Not a problem with Embarcadero:It stays lit, has an outstanding tin aroma and the taste is exquisite. Of the last 4 or 5 tins of Pease tobacco that I have purchased, this is easily my favorite over Lombard, Piccadilly, Cairo and Blackpoint (though Blackpoint shows a lot of promise).

Does it measure up to Haddos Delight, Cumberland, Montgomery and Stratford as my favorite blends in this genre? Only time will tell. But I believe this to be a very enjoyable and well-balanced blend in a variety of pipe styles and sizes. I can't ask for much more than that: Well done!

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jopado Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jopado (12)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

The tin I'm smoking from as we speak is about a year old and, as I recall, I realy didn't want a second pipe out of it when it was new. However, I now think I might put a few tins on the shelf for next year...or the year after. Tin aroma after a year is still somewhat cardboardie but I assume that's because of that silly little circle of cardboard with two overlapping flaps that make it difficult to get down to the tobacco. I wonder, though, does that packaging technique help to maintain the moisture level? It was perfect a year ago and it still is! Packs right, lites right, burns cool and tastes very smooth. My palate is not educated enough to go into detail on the flavors,(I enjoy every thing from Prince Albert to Plum Cake) but flavor is very.....pleasant. If your playing around with various Virginia's and might enjoy something with character, give it a go.

Update: 10/10/08 while reviewing the reviews I noticed that I was the only smoker that considered this blend to be 'mild'. The only thing I can figure is that I need to recalibrate my notion of strength. We all know that six million Frenchmen can't be wrong.

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Quick_nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Quick_nick (27)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I have yet to find a Pease blend I didn't like. Embarcadero is no exception. It's a very unique blend and does take some care to smoke but when smoked thoughtfully will reward you with a sweet, smoky, and spicy heaven that few can rival. Obviously tobacco reviews will vary and reviewers have their own tastes but it's hard for me to think there isn't something everyone should like. In the tin it has a very sweet grassy smell, but when you light up is when the bliss begins. This is not for me an everyday smoke rather one that needs to be visited once a week or so.

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tomobedlam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tomobedlam (13)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Very Full Pleasant

I recently moved away from the SF Bay Area, and after reading some of the reviews of this tobacco, I couldnt resist it, as I am a very big fan of Pease blends, and his Cumberland is at the top of my top ten I think. This tobacco is similar in some ways, it has the richness and complexity of the virginias, complimented by spicy orientals. It is a beautiful appearing tobacco in the tin as well. I smoked this stuff in my clay pipe and it is so full of various flavors and sensations that it is a truly contemplative smoke, if that means anything. I highly recommend this tobacco, try it for yourself, but give yourself some time and smoke it mindfully. If you want to absentmindedly puff away on something, smoke something else because this one deserves your attention.

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dallaspipehead Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dallaspipehead (12)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

That is an interesting title. At first, I didn't find this an interesting tobacco. I think that is the fault of the pipe I chose for its maiden voyage. I recently purchased a Peterson 120 and tried Virginia Gentleman out of it. Then I tried Montgomery. Then I tried Pegasus. Still unsure where I was going with this pipe, I contemplated the flavors that were most prominent in it thus far, and what tobaccos created them. Looking at the collection, I recollected the ingredients of this blend at thought it was well suited to the present variation scheme. I must have laid the perfect foundation for this flake to perform on. The red virginias got things off to a tasty start, with a mere suggestion of turkish at the beginning. The turkish and virginia were in harmony for the first third, after which, the turkish momentarily outshined the red Va. Simplistic, but it hints at the science behind the proper measuring of components and trade secrets closely guarded by the pros. I love the way this session is going. I've set it down to cool several times, and it tastes just as good or better with each re-light. The last third is subtle and woodsy. The flakes are invitingly moist and easy to crumble between my thumb and fingers, making the loading process easy on the fly. It burns hot for my style of puffing, so the ol' sip and set method works like a charm. I was just playing with my new 120, killing time while waiting for some deertoungue blends I intended to sample out of it. It looks like "Crooner" will be singing elsewhere. Very promising, indeed.

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Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Update: The McClelland Grand Oriental series is getting more of my attention. Embarcadero is a bit more sour than some like blends. I probably won't stock-up.

Original: Just when I thought I had to smoke blends with burley for cool, serene, all-day smoking, Embarcadero comes along!

Seriously, what is not to like here? The Virginia leaf is well-aged, sweet, succulent and heady. There are none of the grassy/hay notes of Bright VA?s. The Izmir is really an under-flavor adding a touch of spice and complexity, making this a Virginia blend, rather than a blend intended for those seeking a "big" Oriental leaf experience. This should also find acceptance by both "nic wimps" and "nic hounds."

This is cool, clean and easy to smoke with a 5 minute "dry time" before loading. E has a very nice aroma burning. I do not rub this out except for a little layer of "dust" on the top to get things going. I prefer this in a straight-sided chamber over tapered ones, as I find the intensity with a tapered bowl a bit too much for my preferences at bowl's end. One caveat, smoke this in a clean pipe, or a temporary, sour note can come through initially upon lighting (probably due to the Izmir). The room note after the smoke clears leaves something akin to that of a cigarette. I did not taste bitter notes as can be expected with some Oriental varietals.

I plan on trying McConnell's Oriental mixture, CAO's Patriot Flake and McClelland's No. 24 and making comparisons with E, if warranted, in the future. Also, something in the leaf processing reminds me of Telegraph Hill, though Embarcadero is much smoother and more rounded. This is really quite different from Butera's RV Blended Flake or the discontinued Ashton's Pebblecut, both being Virginia blends seasoned with Macedonian and perique.

As a side note, the description on the tin I purchased is different copy than the TR description, but materially the same. FYI

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (298)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

A tobacco that looks and smokes very similar to Fillmore. The difference is that it tastes slightly less spicy (of course much less citrusy, since Fillmore had Perique and Embarcadero has orientals), it is smoother and slightly lighter in nicotine (thus more tolerable to my taste).

Like Fillmore, it smokes dry, regular and with absolutely no bite. It is quite a "quiet" tobacco, with no particular highs but pleasant and refined. To me, like its brother, it is still a bit underwhelming and with some slightly troubling (but almost undetectable) bitter notes. I can see myself smoking it with pleasure, savoring its subtleties, but not craving for it. It will certainly appeal to those who like a Camel cigarette once in a while and seek something similar in a pipe tobacco but with more body, complexity and refinement.

Nice, but unspectacular: again, for me, orientals without Latakia do not strike a particular impression. Certainly better anyway IMHO than, let's say, Presbyterian Mixture (a similar blend that comes to my mind).

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RMBittner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RMBittner (66)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This one was a puzzle for me.

I loved the tactile presence of the flake; it's like velvet to the touch. And, in some ways, it's like velvet in the bowl as well -- very soft and smooth. Which is extraordinary to me in a blend based on red Virginia, which has always struck me as a harsher or rougher smoke in the past.

There were individual puffs that were revelatory. But, most times, the Orientals merged so well with the Virginias that they disappeared altogether. I didn't expect them to be showcased here -- I realize Embarcadero is not an Oriental blend, per se -- but I really expected them to at least be perceptible over the course of a bowl.

Maybe the emphasis on Orientals in the tin description raised my expectations too high; maybe I made it through an entire tin without finding the pipe that would help this blend really shine. Whatever the case, it was somewhat of a disappointment to me.

But, as a fan of Greg Pease's blends in general, I bought a lot of this when it was first released, so I may well come back and revise this review after making my way through another tin or two.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Embarcadero is, without question, the best Virginia blend Pease has put together (IMO, of course)

This tobacco will be easy to review. For those of you who have had the pleasure of smoking the famous McCranie's 1983 Crop Red Ribbon, simply think of it with Izmir leaf added. Thus, a bit more spice and less "lemon" in taste.

I find Embarcadero to be much better when totally dried out. Otherwise, it is a bugger to keep lit and does bite if you are one of those pipers (and I am), who craves a little strength with every puff.

For those who enjoy stronger Virginia blends, this one may be just a wee bit light, but for those who do not crave the heavy nicotine hit, this bowl of oatmeal will be just right.

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Ben Rich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ben Rich (34)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

More than anything else, Embarcadero reminds of well-aged GLP Fillmore. I get the same caramel taste, though not as "dark" and rich as well-aged Fillmore, and I get the same hint of spice, much like the perique lends Fillmore, but in this case it is coming from the Izmir. Come to think of it, what I am enjoying is pretty much exactly what the tin description says. Is this a good tobacco blend? Without a doubt; it is outstanding... even better, it is in fact a comforting smoke and one I have been enjoying immensely at the end of snake-bit day. My wife doesn't complain about the room note (like she does with some of my English or Balkan smokes) and I enjoy returning to a room where I've been smoking it so that I can smell it afresh. I'm going to buy a couple more tins of this for aging and revisit this blend, Lord willing, in a year's time. In the interim, I'll try to smoke up some of the massive amounts of SG BBF that I stockpiled a year ago.

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MarkT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MarkT (4)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

I was excited to finally receive this tobacco after much anticipation. It was well worth the wait. I have tried and wanted to like many Va-based blends, but usually found them lacking. Embarcadero is a notable exception. This is a wonderful tobacco - complex and bold, creamy, well behaved and easy to smoke - just a pleasure in every way. The Turkish complement to the Virginia base is inspired. I am usually an English/Balkan smoker but Embarcadero has finally given me a Va-based blend alternative that is well entrenched in my short list of favorite blends.

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Flyboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flyboy (39)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Finishing up my 1st tin of Embarcadero I can safely say I believe this to be a winner. The same Red Va`s in broken flake form that as seen in Fillmore are used with the addition of Turkish leaf. On take-off it starts slow but, the Va`s kick in and give it some punch. Once airborne, the Va`s seem to control with the Turkish trying to become a player but, with little success. This makes it somewhat unstable thru out the flight but, time spent together these tabaks will be as one and will IMHO be a real treat. Found fully rubbed out and dried thoroughly worked best for me. Enjoy the flight!!

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

Had my first bowl of this in my KW Sterling POY 07. It?s a pipe devoted to Virginias, so it seemed fitting.

On opening the tin, a smell wafted out I was familiar with. The sweet spicy taste of Red Virginias, a Malty kind of smell, with a grassy spice that made me think of curry?

The flakes were quite damp, and barely holding together, so I grabbed a pipe full and left it to dry for about an hour. This put it at malleable, but not crisp. Tearing the strips in half and straight loading with kindling on top was the setup.

It must have been still damp on the inside, because it did take several relights to get it rolling. On first light a spicy blast hit. Not unpleasant, as the Virginias kept it manageable. I may attribute this to my packing too-So I move on.

Once it gets rolling, this takes a very interesting turn. I have it.

Ever have a Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale? It?s Malty, with tones of Citrus, Cinnamon, Ginger and Orange peal?.

I am smoking it. Slow cadence brings more sweet and citrus flavors, while stronger puffing brings the kind of spicy taste bud play I associate with cinnamon or Ginger. Very tasty and fun.

Mid-bowl now and the flavors are playing together more harmoniously. A unified flavor.

Smelling my own slip stream is a mildly sweet Virginia smoke?..Draw a few times to get the fire stoked?.There?s that spice?.Ready and waiting?.Let it calm down and more Malty and caramelized sweet?..

No bite. Let me tell you I have over smoked a lot today, and the tongue bite monster is ready to pounce?.Not here though?.

Overall I like this. It?s not a mowing the yard blend. It?s a sitting on your porch, or Zen Blend. It?s a trip or journey on its own. Like getting lost in a good book, you want to pay it attention.

It Finished clean, and you know it's over when you hit bottom. This and Fillmore would be my top two of the Fog City blends (Technically Westminster is a foggy city too, so top three- But in San Fran?.It?s the two)

Top marks to Greg for this blend.

Two last notes. I like this the best as is vs fully rubbed out. I get more flavor play that way- But hey thats just me. #2 A flake should be enjoyed. If yours comes a bit broken, don't cry in your pipe-just smoke it. It's about taste.

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Laudante Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Laudante (29)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Sour, harsh, boring and not easy to keep lit. I have nothing more to say, but I had to put this sentence in order to get to the 25 minimum words.

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fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (152)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't have much to add to the review DrumsAndBeer wrote except that I liked this from the first bowl. It is sweet and full with a savory edge. This one is a 3 tending to 4 on my scale. I am finding I like this more and more as I smoke through a sample.

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Tumbaki Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tumbaki (9)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

A great disappointment. In my HMO doesn't match up to reviews. Will not order more but happy to have tried. Nothing more to be said.

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teniscat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
teniscat (11)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Embarka is a pretty good broken flake, smokes slow, easy to pack and pretty darn tasty. Full Bodied in my thinking, not for the weak of heart, I wish they had left out the izmir leaf, not a great fan of that, or lightened up on the perique. But it is a tasty smoke. Recommended for vaper fans.

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derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (67)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I find this blend satisfying every time I smoke it. In the same family as a couple of C&D beauties: Sunday Picnic and Red Carpet, which are both stronger in nicotine. Not sure which of the three I like best but they are all quite good when in the right mood.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (75)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Very easy to smoke. Not a fussy tobac. Reminds me a bit of Dunhill standard mixture. Good not great.

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Walter Clark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Walter Clark (1)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Sweet at the start with the high frequency of the Virginian coming through mid-bowl. A pleasurable experience, the blend is flavorful and satisfying from beginning to end. Sweetness and fruit are not too strong and coffee notes remain throughout the burn.

I cellar-ed this product in January 2011 and at this writing have smoked half the tin in the past 90 days. It stored well and retained just enough moisture to hold a broader range of flavors during this period.

Even burning, seemingly well cured and smooth smoking. From the three others I have tried, I estimate that most of this brand's blends are not hurried to market or overly topped.

It was bought from a shop in Arizona, where the retail price of $15.00 was on the high end, but I will choose this particular brand and consider another blend first. Acceptable quality, the third product in G.L. Pease line that I have tasted.

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Wood Chuck Gardner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wood Chuck Gardner (6)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Unnoticeable

Another unique and complex witches brew by wunderkind Greg Pease.

Sweet dark and creamy rich virginias developes with deftly blended izmer. I'm thinking there might be a bit of cigar leaf here as well.

Folks, there is a complex myriad of flavors here far beyond my descriptive abilities. I believe every smoker will percieve this quite differently.

Setting : Wintry evening with a snifter of brandy watching Independence Day or really any good adventure film where the good guys win.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

A fellow smoker with more experience than me said Izmir can have some burning issues: it likes either the slow sip (smoulder) or a nuclear meltdown. Moderate smoking rates can cause it to burn unevenly. This was hard to believe at first, but I have found it to be true of this blend, and it also explains some things about my experiences with C&D Sunday Picnic, which just might contain the same Izmir! Given the choice between a slow sip and a nuclear meltdown, I choose the slow sip, and after a few bowls from a small sample I was sent, I think I have achieved this. I like it, and can't give it less than three stars, and would not argue with four, since it is quality weed. The care needed in smoking it and a certain "heady mouthfeel" (which is just a personal observation) mean I will not buy a lot of it. Still, nice, winey Virginias, exotic Izmir, the usual GLP quality, so: recommended!

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Pipe-arazzo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe-arazzo (71)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My 50th Review

I have not reviewed for a long time, in part because I was too busy, and in part because I just haven't been excited by anything lately, tobacco wise.

First, this is a nice, earthy, spicy, slightly sweet weed. Smells very sweet in the tin, almost aromatic. But in the pipe it is just a refined, natural taste. This is what I was hoping to get from Peterson's Irish Whiskey and other similar things I have smoked in the last year or two. Quite strong, really. After smoking this, Westminster (by the same blender) really seemed tame in the nicotine department.

Also, I found this much better in the presentation and mechanics department than Filmore. Maybe I just got a bum tin of Filmore; will try that one again later.

Don't know about the Izmir; didn't really taste anything I would describe as turkish. But the overall effect was nice, and I don't doubt that leaf added to this, however covertly in my case.

A solid smoke, well worth the try.

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mskywalker2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mskywalker2000 (11)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Not so sure about this one. Perhaps it's the 'Izmir leaf'? For lack of a better word, it tastes a bit bitter. Almost cigarette like. And it is on the wet side.

Sliced flakes including this one generally annoy me. They create a mess, rolling them out and stuffing the pipe.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (234)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I would say this blend comes under the heading of all day blends. Why? Well, it is very mild, easy on the tongue, has a good flavor and aroma, and it can be smoked without sitting and giving it you all attention to get the little nuances out of it. It is what it is, a nice VA with touches of Oriental mingling through it. It smells like a sweet VA in the pouch and is composed of a semi rubbed out medium to dark brown leaf, and it was of the right moisture content to smoke out of the tin. It loaded easy after a little more rubbing out and it stayed lit almost all the way down in a lazy, slow, creamyness that is very enjoyable. It never has a high point nor does it have a low point, it stays coonsistant all through the smoke. It could not bite you if you wanted it too. At the very bottom it does taste a bit ashy, but that is at the very bottom and it smokes down to a powdery ash with no dottle left in the pipe. I liked this blend, wished it was just a little sweeter but it pleases with the smoothness of the smoke. The room note is all pipe, not one tht will gather people but not one to chase them away either. All in all, a good smoke and I would recommned trying it.

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hufflepuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hufflepuff (8)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

That is a very pleasant smoke. The tin note is of musty dates and figs. It comes relatively moist in the tin so some drying time is necessary before smoking. Properly dry, it smokes easily and emits a full yet mellow creaminess. Not sweet, not sour. The turkish adds a nice spiciness and melds with the viginias perfectly. This is a great blend but is very subtle in it's gifts. Don't expect to be dazzled by any one particular characteristic or you will miss the point of this blend. It took me awhile to "get it" so don't rush your opinion of it. Much like the tin description says it's meant to be subdued and satisfying but also comforting like a familiar old sweater. Good stuff. 3.5 Stars

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Gordy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gordy (16)
★☆☆☆
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Nothing special here. Just the Trademark taste of crap! I cant believe I fell for the GL Pease line. Have not found one variety I would buy twice!

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bryantm3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bryantm3 (29)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

Sweet and sour chicken is right. Out of the tin, the aroma is similar to SG's Bracken Flake, minus the chocolate/coffee smell. But when you light it, these two tobaccos, oriental and virginia, create a strange mixture that tastes like sweet and sour sauce at a chinese restaurant. Not my thing. It's blended very well, obviously there was a lot of work put into it, but it's quite disappointing to have the sweet virginias muted by the orientals. I love orientals, but they're better suited center stage, such as in Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe.

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PipenGuitar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipenGuitar (15)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my first GLPease tobacco. It was my tobacconist's favorite blend when I had inquired of his top choice. Once I smoked the first 1/3 of the bowl, I experienced a "bright" coffee/nutty aroma. Surprisingly more aromatic than I expected. Smoking through the rest of the bowl, it became more of a dark coffee aroma but not too strong. I will definitely try more GLPease blends.

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BriarChef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarChef (100)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

What more could you want to start the day than excellent sweet Virginia perfectly seasoned with tart and toasty Turkish? A bit dry on the mouth feel, but nothing an iced Assam tea with a tad of lemon can't cure.

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augustin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
augustin (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I like this tobacco very much and it has won a spot on my rotation. I bought it in the first place because I couldn't resist the wonderful smell of the tobacco from the tin, but the flavor is delicious. I bought 2oz. of this tobacco to try and I'll be going back to buy a few tins more.

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

I was reently gifted a tin of this by a friend of mine and opened it with great anticipation. The great part about pipesmoking is that after years of trying different blends you can read the label description and guess what it tastes like; only to find out you were totally wrong. This blend tastes nothing like what I would have expected. The Red virginia is stout and full and the turkish influence weaves in and out of the blend as to remind you that it has something to say about the matter. What surprised me, is that the blend is much less sweet than I would have expected given the red virginia. The flavor is very warm and full, with a slight smokiness. A bowl lasts a long time. Given the wonderful taste of this tobacco, a long time may not be long enough......

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Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (71)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I echo the positive comments of all below, and am loath to give it less than four stars, but feel I must. Taste and room note are great, it smokes well I love the taste (more of a Virginia with a little Oriental than a true VA/Oriental tobacco), and HIGHLY respect the creator. HOWEVER with every bowl smoke I wind out about halfway through with a sore throat which continues for some time. I can smoke other tobaccos all day with no problem, switch to this and boom. It is one of the most peculiar smoking experiences I have ever had and really am at loss as to why it happens. It is so good though that I continue to smoke it, thought it is far and away not an all dayer for me.

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

Sweet and sour chicken, anyone?

This is a striking, original mixture that makes you sit up and go, whoa, now that's something different. The sweet and sour taste is most unusual, and may be one of a kind.

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want sweet and sour chicken for every meal, and I find it hard to imagine making this a regular part of my rotation.

It's an interesting change of pace, and the quality is indisputable, but I probably won't be buying this one again any time soon.

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

I really like the recent flakes from Pease. After a little drying out, the burn is excellent and leaves very little grey ash at the bottom. For me, the taste is somewhat spicier that other Pease blends. Not overpowering, but a definate presence with the Virginias. I also found it to be stronger in nicotine than some have reviewed. It smokes best for me in a smaller to medium size bowl. Three stars for the quality, taste, burn and uniqueness of the blend. Not my favorite Pease by a long shot, but worth trying.

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mo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mo (79)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

My first Pease blend. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this very much. I was not expecting much and this surprised me, kudos. The reason I will not be awarding 4 stars is because I think of it as more of and occasional or change of pace blend. A very good one at that. I find the spice delicious and interesting.

Mo, South Africa

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DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

The virginias in this mix are impeccable, but I've learned that I simply can't tolerate Izmir. The flavor is sweet and the room note -- for a Va - is remarkable, and there's just enough nicotine to be noticed. It smokes cool, but bites more than I'm willing to accept for a Va (unlike Filmore, which seems to be mostly the same tobacco with perique instead of Izmir). I can understand why some people like this, but it just didn't ring my bell. As others have pointed out, though, there may be some serious aging potential here, so I've cellared some more tins.

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Pipers Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipers (19)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As the name states-Embark-on-A-Redo. this stuff is simply overdone and you will need to puff slowly as well. Quality leaf (that is Fillmore) but the Izmir comes across as a topping which i ,as a purist do not like.

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TeeBee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TeeBee (19)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Sorry, this not my cup of tea. I can see that it is high quality tobacco, but it is too dry and strong for me. Nice tin aroma though.

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webber4509 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
webber4509 (2)
★☆☆☆
Strong None Detected Overwhelming Overwhelming

The fog has settled in for the night. The S.S Pease is about to embark on her maiden voyage. The "Embarcadero" is hauntingly on fire. The ship leaves speedily into the curious unknown. It sinks. No treasures on board.

The fog has lifted. No survivors to report. The "Embarcadero" has vanished. God Rest Her Evil Soul.

Comfortable Jeans my A**.

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