|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Perique (150)||Mild||Mild to Medium||Mild||Very Pleasant|
A friend of mine brought this down to me from TN as a gift. Arrived very moist in the zip-lock bag, so after my trial bowl I let it sit for a few months. It remains on the damp side. Takes a light well at the start but can't seem to hold it - requires frequent relights, especially after the first third of the bowl (PG build up?). Good news is it burns cool with NO bite. Which is good, because you may have to puff it. This was smoked in a briar pipe - an inexpensive one due to concerns over cavendish 'goop', but a good smoker with no quirks or engineering problems.
I received immediate compliments on the room note with this one, described as "Christmasy" - and this from Mrs Perique who, at this point, is a connoisseur of room notes. I would say this genuinely tastes like the tin note, which I would describe as equal measure of its constituent tobaccos: sweet Cavenish, peppery Perique, and spicy oriental. It's that campfire taste from the Latakia combined with the sweet Cavenish that brings the sweet and sour, "Christmasy" aroma and, in this case, the taste is on par with the nose. There's just the right amount of Perique here to enhance that sweet and sour, which may be grand for some and bad news for others who are intolerant of Perique. My advice would be give it a try. You may find that, in this balance with Cavendish, the Perique is tolerable and you may appreciate it more as a condiment tobacco.
This blend is oriental forward in the first third with the Latakia asserting early on. This mellows mid-bowl as the Cavendish asserts, but without dominating or ruining the blend harmony. Latakia reasserts in the final third, along with a bit more Perique. (I find Perique tends to make a late appearance in mixed-style blends.)
No bite here, as stated above. Zero. So may be a good choice for cigarette guys and newer Aro smokers suffering with common, nasty blends. And no bite is a good thing, as the dampness means some puffing will be required if you absentmindedly lose your cadence and your ember begins to falter.
While not a great explorer of this style, I have been generally disappointed in the past. I was impressed with Battleground and can see why this is their top seller. While not an everyday smoke, I would think, there's something here for everyone: the aromatic smoker, the Latakia lover, the Perique enthusiast. Recommended for a change of pace. While this will not be a 'rotation' blend for me, I will be ordering more when my gift runs out. Really enjoyed this one.
EDIT: upgrading to four stars. This is a very interesting blend with an excellent balance of flavor and room note. Benefits enormously from some dry time. Rapidly becoming my go-to smoke for indoor smoking around guests. Family loves the room note and I enjoy the flavor more than the typical, one-dimensional aromatic. for lovers of aromatic English blends, ths is a must-try. I'm surprised it's not more commonly available. While I have since discovered better aromatic English blends, I will always be grateful to Battleground for opening the door for me to this style of tobacco.
Edit 2016: three years later and I can't believe there are so few reviews of this blend. This is my all-time favorite aromatic that balances out the need to smoke something pleasant around visiting family during the holidays with something that will still deliver me some tobacco flavor.
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