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Plum Pudding is an English Balkan blend like no other. Rare tobaccos, crafted and pressed carefully together. Many pipe smokers say it is their perfect tobacco. Nirvana, said one reviewer. Master Blender Joe Lankford created this treasure for the Seattle Pipe Club our perfect tobacco. Delicious, smoky, spicy and positively addictive. Truly an exquisite tobacco to share. Enjoy this original cake of six rare ingredients: Latakia joins with Turkish Orientals, Virginias, cavendish and perique. Crafting the most sought after small batch blends in America since 2007

Notes: New label design, same blend.

BrandSeattle Pipe Club
Blended ByJoe Lankford
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging2 or 8 ounce tins
ProductionCurrently available
Where to Buy
Cup O' Joes
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Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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SeoulSister Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SeoulSister (37)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

After drying Plum Pudding, I break up the kake into smaller chunks being careful to not turn it to dust. At first light I get a smoky sweetness right away. Through the bowl the underlying sweetness from the Cavendish actually makes my lips sticky, which is something that I like. It balances out the Latakia nicely. I haven’t been able to pick up any of the saltiness that others have experienced. Plum Pudding is a very rich, smooth smoke that builds in strength throughout the smoke. I find the flavor remains consistent. I definitely could see Plum Pudding in my regular rotation!

37 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (150)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

An outstanding blend! Spectacular tin note promising all kinds of goodness inside. And this blend delivers.

All English smokers owe it to themselves to taste this. And non-English smokers will more than likely appreciate it just as much. A lot going on here, with the nice added touch of Perique harmoniously blended in and a bit of sweetness from the Cavendish.

While a lover of Perique, I often find myself struggling with Perique-infused English blends. The combination of Latakia and Perique seems a very difficult one to pull off, with the two distinct flavors battling each other rather than creating something new and better than each in its own. The challenge to the blender: How to combine the Virginas, Latakia, Orientals, Perique, and sometimes Cavendish and/or burley in a manner that creates harmony rather than discordance among the constituate tobaccos?

Many blenders try, some succeed. Yet I often find myself, ironically, preferring the non-Perique version. Good examples are Pipeworks & Wilke No.5 vs No.13 (with Perique). I enjoy both, but find myself preferring the non-Perique version. Similarly, Frog Morton on the Bayou - a good blend. But I find myself going back to the original Frog more often and getting my Perique fix from traditional VaPers.

Plum Pudding, however, is an English blend with Perique that doesn't just get it right -- it's a masterpiece. Harmony, balance, thick creamy smoke, just the right amount of sweetness and deeper, earthy flavors. Slow, cool burn. The slowest burning, coolest blend I have ever smoked. Don't miss this one. My only complaint would be a relatively thin mouthfeel compared to other top-notch blends of this genre. But an enthusiastic four stars nonetheless.

Edit Oct 2016: after years of consideration, I will submit this blend as my second favorite tin note of all, behind only Wilke's High Hat and among a field of fierce contenders for the Tin Note Crown.

33 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woodsy, musty sweet, and is a team player with the Orientals and Virginia even though it is the lead component. The Virginias have a little grass and light citrus along with a bit of earth and some tangy, piquant dark fruit with a touch of “barbecue”. The spicy, raisin and figgy perique is a minor player that lurks in the background. The unsweetened black cavendish adds some smoothing brown sugar, and seems at times to hold the overall flavor together. A pinch or two of gold cavendish barely adds any toast. The nic-hit is just past the mild level. The amount of strength leans more toward medium than it does mild. The taste does reach the medium mark. It won't bite or get harsh, but does sport a slight rough edge here and there. The expert blending provides a consistent flavor from first draw to final puff. If you break it up a little, but leave it in small chunks or layers, you'll get more of what you're supposed to get in addition to a slow, cool burn, though you'll have a fair amount of relights. Regardless of how you prepare it, there won’t be much dampness in the bowl. The pleasant, smoky after taste will linger a little, and stronger room note lasts a little longer. I would not classify this as an all day smoke, but this is a blend you can repeat with ease.

32 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a superb full flavored blend that satisfies on all levels. Like C&D Pirate Kake and the Captain Earle blends, there's something gratifying about working with a firmly pressed Latakia mixture. In the realm of krumble kakes, Plum Pudding is about as densely pressed as they come. You have to really dig in and get your fingers dirty to properly prepare this for smoking. The tactile nature of the process is quite satisfying and the various crumbled bits and pieces created by the effort rewards the meticulous with an incredibly complex smoke, one that takes many twists and turns along the way and everything about it is absolutely beautiful.

From charring light to finish this blend is delicious. It starts off creamy, spicy and fragrant. It begins firing on all cylinders about a fourth of the way down the bowl. At this point it's smooth, rich, bold and flavorful, tangy, smoky, sweet and spicy. By mid bowl to end, the perique really comes into focus. The piquancy is quite a treat. Zesty and full, the smoke nips at the tongue in the most delightful way, heightening the experience of this remarkably flavorful & cool smoking-mixture. Frankly, Plum Pudding is a thrilling & luscious olfactory overload.

The only downside with this tobacco is that it can be a bit challenging to keep lit. I found that rubbing it out thoroughly, allowing it to dry for a spell and gravity filling it, while being sure to tamp lightly along the way really helped. Altogether it’s not a big deal. Plum Pudding is so good that it’s worth the effort. A must try for Latakia lovers.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Prince

21 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I have been smoking this on and off for the past year and a half and I find that it is the Krumble Kake that I keep going back to most often. I prefer it fully rubbed out and on the dry side. Although I like Penzance, IMHO Plum Pudding is simply better. It has a broader range of flavor and its easy to come by. The small amount of Cavendish lends just a slight sweetness to the blend along with some fullness. I find the Latakia, the Orientals and the Cavendish carry the day here with the Virginia'a and Perique in a distant support roll. I enjoy is best in a smaller bowl and sipped slowly to extract all of the wonderful flavors. Recommended.

Similar Blends: Nor' Easter by Watch City Cigar.

16 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Based on a sample of about one ounce. Crumble cake of mottled color, focusing on the dark. Nice snootful of latakia in the tin with a hint of perique and oriental. I appreciate Seoul Sister's review because for my first bowl I did just what she said not to do - I rubbed it out too much. And since I couldn't correct it, I went ahead and filled the pipe and smoked it. I got a lot of dust in my mouth, had to empty and refill the pipe to fix blockage and had a less than stellar smoke. I should have just tossed that bowl immediately but I hate throwing away good tobacco!

Overall, and based on my limited sample, this one promised more than it delivered. It was a decent smoke that I can certainly recommend, but it seemed fairly ordinary in a crowded field of this type of blend. The latakia was to the forefront but only slightly. The orientals took a backseat and the perique was there but only occasionally, at least in the taste. I got a very slight sweetness from the Cavendish but I got the impression that it was there more for added body and fullness. The taste was on the salty side and rather bitter. That's not a negative - GLP's Charing Cross has a strong bitter note and I enjoy that one immensely. But I would have preferred a stronger oriental component here.

2.5 stars rounded up to 3 but I could have just as easily rounded down to 2. Recommended but not destined for my cellar, nor did it justify an occasional tin. But certainly a worthy blend for those that prefer English-type blends over strong Balkans.

Pipe Used: meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 1 year

15 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I won't detail the frustration and experimentation I went through trying to figure out how to get the most from this smoke. I'll just say it smokes best, for me, bone dry and firmly stuffed. Not terribly complex, probably due to the marriage of the various components during the making of the cake. What I got was a smooth, smoky, spicy, sweet Latakia flavor. Quite good and appealing. Medium bodied and flavored. Consistent from the top of the bowl to the bottom. Enjoyable, but it didn't knock my socks off.

Pipe Used: Various cobs and briars.

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From:

14 people found this review helpful.

tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (111)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Well this stuff is right up my alley, just like a Peaty Scotch. I prefer to leave it a bit chunky not fully rubbing it out, gravity pack with a very gentle tamp. A bit more time to get it combusting fully and well worth it in my view. I really like pressed and flaked blends for their long smouldering burns, this one goes for a long time and never hot at least for me. The moisture content is perfect.

It's not a huge Latakia bomb and actually quite gentle on the palate with a nice full/round creaminess for me that's the pudding part. The Perique is there and melds-in just right.

This one does change a fair bit down through the bowl and for the better, deeper and more savoury, showing balance all the way down and does not stumble at all. Slowing down even more it really sings, combusting to a powder white ash with nothing left at all. Something extra is a gentle topping not sure what it is, kind of reminds me of black Cardamon, ever so slight and works well.

If you enjoy Boswell's Northwoods or Compton's York or their No. 10 you'll like this one too . . . a most comforting blend on a snowy evening.

11 people found this review helpful.

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

This one lives up to its reputation in my book. I received a fairly fresh tin a few months ago and finally got around to opening it. Not normally a back to back Latakia smoker, I did down a couple of bowls of this in a hurry. The Perique is far in the background, the orientals smooth out any roughness and what I really found to be a terrific addition was the cavendish that gave Plum Pudding a full body.

When I first saw the name Plum Pudding, I was sure it was an aromatic. Strangest name for an English blend I've come across. It smokes evenly, burns well and does indeed leave a bit of a Latakia breath hanging around the mouth.

9 people found this review helpful.

MJG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MJG (16)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Leaf: A crumble cake of Cavendish, Virginia, Latakia, Perique and Oriental. Mottled dark browns with a good bit of dark Latakia scattered throughout.

Tin Aroma: Slightly sweet with a hint of dried fruit, which disappears behind a glorious nose full of smokey campfire goodness from the latakia. There is a very slight spiciness that may be the perique, or the 'little something extra' the label hints at.

Taste: The taste greatly mirrors the smell, an underlying sweetness, an almost dried dark fruit flavor, followed by a rich, creamy, smokey campfirey latakia hit, which really shines but doesn't overpower the other components. Towards the end I got a nice hint of the orientals hiding in there, with a little more sweetness coming out on the exhale. It is a very smooth and rich smoke, which only improves as you get further down the bowl. Very easy smoking and approachable, but still sufficiently complex, this could easily be an all day smoke for me, although the Nicotine can sneak up on you with a decent kick after a long bowl if you aren't careful.

Smokability: Rubbed out and dried a little, it packed well, lit easily and only required one relight. It burns slowly, and stays cool and dry. It is very friendly and won't bite unless you really tease it. My bowls burn down to a fine white ash, this stuff is very easy to clean up after.

Summary: This is a great blend, the tin note is very appetising, and fortunately everything you pick up with the nose reaches the mouth without anything being lost. The slow burning nature makes for nice long smokes, which only get better the longer they go on. Everything you look for in an English/Balkan is here, yet the flavor and experience remain unique for Plum Pudding. It is definitely it's own blend which is a great thing, well worth a try if you can get your hands on it. Full flavoured, rich, creamy and velvet smooth

6 people found this review helpful.

manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (43)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A delicious tobacco that I struggle to describe, perhaps because its attraction to me is its chameleon-like behavior within the same bowl and between bowls as well. If I tell myself that I'm smoking a nice oriental-forward blend, I am. If I say that it's a light latakia-forward English with some oriental thrown in, it is. And if I want it to be a rich unflavored cavendish/virginia with a dash of latakia, it presents itself as such. The composition is very nice -- great moisture level on arrival, nice kake chunks that easily break up into small flakes for easy loading and smoking, but not powder as is often the case with kakes. Lights well, volumes of smoke, VERY mellow on the mouth but rich and round in taste. An absolute winner, and a great bulk buy when available as it has kept its integrity in a full 24 ounce mason-type container for a year or so now. I'd have to stretch and lie to find anything meaningfully negative about this tobacco.

Pipe Used: various billiards and KS dublins

Age When Smoked: about a year

Purchased From: pipesandcigars

Similar Blends: Only thing similar would be blending the best characteristics of London Mixture, EMP, Red Rapparee, Skiff, Squadron Leader, all the Froggies and God knows what else.

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding.

At first, I didn't care whether or not 'Plum Pudding' indicated this was an aromatic, I just loved the name! So, because of my fairly vacuous reason for being endeared to it, I requested trading some with Gentleman Zombie. As accommodating as ever, he sent me a two ounce tin recently. I wanted to wait until I'd burned the Mississippi River he sent me before cracking this one open, and decided today would be the day; well, I blooming love it!

The first thing I find agreeable about the S.P.C. krumble kakes I've had, is unlike a lot of others, the tin contains a decent amount of tobacco that's smokeable straight away, it doesn't ALL need to be crumbled. This tin was also of a good moistness, so I filled and lit, asap!

I find the smoke very satisfying, that's satisfying without having many flavours that jump out; I'd expected a Lat-Bomb but that couldn't be farther from the truth. The Latakia offers only a semblance of piquancy; it seems to me, a mild Balkan taste. In that respect, it's similar to Mississippi River.

For a Balkan, I find it a bit bizarre the way I get actual sweetness from the Cavendish. The word Balkan normally conjures up thoughts of wood, smoke, and an occasional bitterness: instead, I get woodiness, smokiness, and a nice sweetness, with nothing harsh, nor bitter.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: nice.

This is one of the best blends I've filled with: satisfying, very cool burning, thick smoke, and the ultimate in luxury.

Franck, thank you so much buddy!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Chacom Robusto #193

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Traded with Gentleman Zombie

5 people found this review helpful.

puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (74)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Plum Pudding is the perfect example of how one person's feast is another's famine. Simply read a sampling of the reviews for proof of this and the fact that reviews are...entertainment at best. I will not linger for long and offer up uninspiring analysis. I love the stuff and thank Joe for dreaming it up. I discovered it a couple of years ago when like many I began a useless quest to replace Penzance. It's not that venerable tobacco and I don't care. It's rich, tasty and satisfying. Whatever the "something extra" is is yummy!

Yes, I know that Penzance is allegedly still produced but it's lack of availability and Loch Ness sighting status means it's off my radar.

Try some Plum Pudding, it's worth it. You might like it, you might not but that's all part of the fun of our hobby. One thing is certain, the speed with which it gets sold means there is at least one or two of us that enjoys the Pudd!

Pipe Used: Ashton Panel LX

Age When Smoked: varies

5 people found this review helpful.

Glorfindel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Glorfindel (80)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Ok folks,, forget Penzance, Plum Pudding is everything that Penzance is (or was) and so much better. In My opinion, the several types of tobacco in this blend are not meant to be "detected" individually, they marry together to create an incense-like sum greater than the parts. If you wish to search for individual notes of oriental, VA, Perique, latakia etc. please do so but I think that misses the point. The unique way these components work together and compliment each other creates a pipe tobacco that becomes like it's own new variety of taste and aroma.

Simply put, this will go down as one of the greatest English blends of ALL TIME, It is instant Zen without the years of soul-searching :)

Also, I must add that in reference to Penzance, G. F. Germain/Esoterica Tobaccos has demoted itself to irrelevance and insignificance by keeping a stranglehold on the the market for its products and not keeping production level with demand.

Essentially, Esoterica blends are a fiction, they don't exist anymore, no one has any for sale and I suggest they remove them from their websites - they all say the same thing,,, "Out of Stock"..... :(

Customers (like me) feel gouged and abused for our loyal fandom. Thus I suggest all you lovers of Penzance, never buy it again. Buy Plum Pudding instead and send the message you are tired of being gouged and abused by Esoterica's lack of concern for its customers.

Thank you to the folks at Seattle Pipe Club, you care about your customers and have created a modern classic masterpiece that will be hailed and praised and enjoyed for years to come...

Cheers All,,,,,, Glorfindel

Pipe Used: Butz-Choquin

Age When Smoked: New tin

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Penzance (which really doesn't exist anymore,,, LOL).

4 people found this review helpful.

J. Ward Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J. Ward (37)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is another blend that truly opened the door for me to English blends(or kicked it down, rather). When I first smoked this blend I didn’t know what to make of it, being only a few months into the pipe smoking pastime, but in retrospect I can definitely say that in the back of my mind I was experiencing complexity in a pipe tobacco for the first time.

Now, I’ve heard others express that this is a blend that hasn’t had a track record of being consistent in its production, varying slightly in flavor from batch to batch. Personally, I can say that I would agree, although I’ve never had a tin of Plum Pudding that I didn’t fully enjoy. So, let’s get on with it…

The tin note is a slightly musty, earthy latakia smell. The broken flake does take some work to break up, but don’t pulverize it(as others here have already written). Minimal drying time, and gravity packing, lightly tamping as you fill it, works best. I typically smoke this blend in a wide bowl. The charring light immediately gives me the latakia up front, smoky sweetness, and a somewhat(very slight) salty nature to it that becomes more noticeable as you go. It builds into a robust blend with lots of creamy, full flavored smoke; an earthy smokiness, sweet leather, incense(slightly floral in the first version I purchased last year), and, somehow, salty. I don’t detect any perique until the last quarter of the bowl, where it’s more of an earthy smoke with an almost imperceptible bit of spice.

This blend is good from beginning to end and is, without a doubt, one of my favorites. I absolutely love this blend. This falls into an English/Balkan category, for me, and some have compared it to MacBaren’s HH Latakia Flake(a blend that many enjoy, but I can’t just seem to find anything extraordinary in it). If you like Larry’s Blend(another favorite), this one is right up your alley.


Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Some have compared it to MacBaren's HH Latakia Flake.

4 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (492)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I received a sample of this at the past Chicago Show and wasn't expecting much after being disappointed by Mississippi River. I did, however enjoy Deception Pass and was telling the guys from Seattle Pipe club this and they insisted I tried Plum Pudding.

Well, was I wrong. I not only liked this blend, I loved it. So it is a cake that is heavy in Latakia, but it is extremely well balanced and smooth. Smoky and exotic are words that come to mind. I actually think I can add another name of lat blends that I prefer over Penzance. The sample I had was a decent size, I think I got around 10 bowls out of it. Normally, I would not put four stars on something like this, but all 10 bowls were incredible.

This screams four stars to me, so I will leave it at that and will change if necessary after getting through a tin. This could be a while for me as I am just trying to clear out samples and open tins right now in an attempt to make my cellar more manageable.

This one is a winner. I highly recommend all lat lovers try this one out.

Purchased From: sample

Similar Blends: Balkan Blue (mountain).

4 people found this review helpful.

CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

I remember when this blend came out on the market, what a stir it caused. I bought one of those little overpriced tins as soon as I got the chance in fear this blend would disappear.........several years later its still here, and I see the majority of online retailers are now carrying it. I finally popped the can to see what the hype was about and boy was I disappointed, I'm not going to say this stuff is junk as I fear I might offend the majority of the world's pipe smokers but it is certainly over rated and over priced. Once I got passed the wet dog smell in the tin, I had a hard time keeping it lit, taste was nowhere near the "Nirvana" level and it certainly left me unsatisfied. I don't regret buying it as this isn't the first or last blend that I didn't think was that great, I respect the opinion and tastes of others so I recommend asking for a sample with your next tobacco order and see for yourself. One star from me on the smoking experience, 4 stars to Joe Lankford for making his dream blend a commercial success, even if I don't like it.

Pipe Used: Largo Oom Paul

Age When Smoked: Current production

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

thomasanswered Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thomasanswered (11)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I have longed for a creamy latakia, a salty, smokey, creamy sort of tobacco, a tobacco malt, if you will, to contrast the salty, leathery latakias I love so well. Here it is.

4 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (227)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I have been wanting to sample this blend for a good while now as Sillem's Black is one of my favorite smokes of all time and I have been searching for a rotation partner with similar qualities. I do enjoy Latakia blends that are sweeter than those of traditional English origins. This is where Sillem's Black fits the bill, and I was hoping to find another that was similar.

Mine was a 2 ounce sample tin that was tinned on 9-22-09. I have never seen a crumble cake as well put together as this one is. Actually, they should call it "brick cake" or something like that as it did not crumble in a fashion that I have experienced with other crumble cakes. I actually prefer the harder version that Plum Pudding presented as. The tin aroma was of Latakia and a mild smelling earthiness - like peat moss. The earthiness I attributed to the Perique. No sweetness in the tin note and very little in the taste department. For me, I would have preferred more sweetness to balance the dryness to the palate I always find with Latakia.

After preparing a portion of this brick for my pipe, the lighting was very easy. One char, a tamp, and a re-light was all it took to keep this glowing. My sample was not dry by any means, nor was it sticky. Actually, the tobacco is so compressed that it is hard to actually comment on its moisture level by appearance and feel alone. It must have been just right since I had one of the most effortless smokes ever. This just kept going even after putting the pipe down for a minute every now and then. I could not actually define any aromatic casing or top dressing while smoking. The sweetness was too mild in what I expected to find, and there was a salty component as well. I don't know what the "something extra" was since I could not detect its presence; unless it was meant to be the ever present taste of salt! A bit of gurgle, but nothing major with that.

I smoked this in a Hardcastle bent billiard. It burned very consistently and slowly. It did not burn hot nor was there any bite - even with fast puffing. I'm assuming the Perique added the mild saltiness which thankfully was not too overbearing. The biggest problem was the lack of flavor - or I should say "generic" flavor that was way too bland. The Latakia was subdued, but that is fine by me. Salt I'd rather taste on my food, not in my smoke.

This was but a mild Balkan. Nothing fancy nor special to rave about. I prefer Sillem's Black over Plum Pudding since the tobacco has a very nice sweetness added and no saltiness. Needless to say, Plum Pudding doesn't compare with Sillem's Black and my search for the Black's partner continues. Perhaps a good introduction for those not familiar with Latakia. I can not give it higher than 2 stars since it lacked that "something extra" for me.

4 people found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (133)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Opening the tin you get the direct smell of woodsy smokey goodness with hints of tang and spice that make your nose tickle. Very strong latakia and oriental content can you discerned just from the smell. The broken up cake or cake flakes, were a bit on the dry side for me, but that made it easy to rub out and load.

Lights easy and stays lit with firm tamping. Keeping this tobacco medium to tight in your pipe will help keep it lit.

I was extremely delighted by this tobacco. It has been awhile since I've delved into 'new to me' english blends/balkans. I find this one very refreshing. It is more flavorful, robust, less sweet, and deeper than it's brother Mississippi Rivier, which I also enjoy. The latakia and orientals take center stage will loads of smokey, woodsy, a bit of spice (not hot or peppery though)...just loads of flavor that all rest on a slight base of sweetness provided by the VAs and the cavendish. The perique isn't readily apparent, at least not to me, but it could help support by providing a bit of dark fruit flavors that seem to just lightly peek their heads from time to time. Produces large amounts of smoke that are very flavorful. I find this is a highly enjoyable smoke that I am returning to again and again. I am having a hard time finding a difference between the special reserve version, though I've only smoked a small bit of that. I'll have to crack a tin of it and do a comparison at some point.

Pipe Used: Poker (Dragon Briars)

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Peter Stokkebye - Proper English (No.52).

3 people found this review helpful.

r Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
r (32)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Lovers of English blends owe it to themselves to add this gem to their cellar. With stellar smoke production and playful spice, this Balkan will keep you entertained bowl after bowl.

Unlike its famous cousin Mississippi River, this kake will make you exercise your fingers. It's worth the extra work and the wait.

Purchased From: Seattle Pipe Club

3 people found this review helpful.

curttuck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
curttuck (12)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Plum Pudding is a complex, dark, rich, full bodied and mysterious blend. Smoky, spicy, leathery, salty, peppery umami flavors. A dark complexity similar to very high quality German dunkel. Notes of figs and raisins, soap, yeast, viola. Occasional floral notes in the nose. The tin note is incredible. Ketchupy, steak-saucy, incensey, exotic, fermented and musty. The first time I heard about the tobacco with the name "Plum Pudding", I was instantly intrigued. Since then it's become my overall favorite English tobacco blend. I like to pack a bowl of this at night and top it off with a small layer of Dunhill Nightcap. It reminds me of very complex incense made in ashrams in India: Ayruvedic, spiritually inspired combinations of elemental herbs, spices, woods, gums and resins. It has that kind of mystical, exotic and otherworldly taste and smell to it. I always hated cigarettes even though I tried to like them. But when I was a boy I went into an humidor and smelled some exotic and dark aromas unlike any I had experienced before. I wondered if there could be more to tobacco than the experience of a cigarette or cheap cigar or was it all kind of like that? Much time passed and I discovered that there was a much higher order of tobacco that did in fact bare little to no resemblance to cigarettes. This is the one that did it, the one that made me realize that it could be gourmet and a true art form. Plum Pudding is a kind of masterpiece for the senses.

Pipe Used: MM Corn Cob, Tom Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

Backwoods Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Backwoods Piper (70)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Please read the reviews for this carefully. This blend is simply AMAZING! One reviewer likend this blend the the old Dunhill blend Nightcap. I truly agree and think this tobacco a bit better. Absolutely hooked and can't get enough! Try it if you like a good Balkan/English blend.

Pipe Used: Briars dedicated to this tobacco style.

3 people found this review helpful.

toddsmith7378 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
toddsmith7378 (32)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I can see what the fuss was about.

This is kind of the "advanced" level of Frog Morton. I'm really thinking of this blend as a combination of some of my favorite's and the weird thing is, it actually works really, really well.

First, it has the subtle sweet full English characteristics found in the Frog Morton Series, or more modernly Boswell Northwoods. Probably a slight topping, but only mildly deeply sweet like you would taste in those. Then, it gets interesting.

It has characteristics of a superb heavy Balkan in the vein of Blackhouse or Balkan Sasieni, turkish. I taste that oriental turkish flavor I do so love in those as a significant player. But even then, there's more. The only blend that does this as well I've tasted to date is Magnum Opus. There's perique in here. Not a lot, and its just an added slight hint on the nostril, but it adds a complexity that just isn't there in a Frog Morton, or even Northwoods.

I'd say the only blend I've had that marry's this much stuff together into a masterpiece is Magnum Opus by H & H. Magnum Opus isn't sweet or as bottom heavy on the Latakia though. Hence, the Frog Morton comparison.

It really does live up to the hype for the connoisseur. It's really a tasty taster's tobacco. Probably not for everyone necessarily though. If you are an aromatic lover who is just interested in moving beyond straight flavored tobacco, this one might go under appreciated. I'm glad I worked my way up to it through the previously mentioned blends because I notice the nuances of all of them in this. I wouldn't have thought there'd be a way to taste all of them in one and it be so darn good, but it is true. It doesn't just work, it works really well. I don't think it replaces them, but it could. It very well could. If there was one tobacco, I think I simply have to have on hand, this is probably it.

Pipe Used: Meer

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Magnum Opus, Frog Morton, Northwoods, Balkan Sasieni, Blackhouse.

2 people found this review helpful.

J.R. Patton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J.R. Patton (106)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

For some reason in my mind PP was associated with or similar to Mac Baren's Plum Cake. Its not, the similarities start and stop with the shared word "plum." It took me a year or so to get off the fence and give this one a try. So glad I did! This is a seriously good blend folks, maybe a new top 5 for me. I had my doubts, chief among them being the cavendishes...the component can easily make or break a blend for me.

The marriage of the perique and latakia is right up front, flavorful, balanced, smokey, peaty, and just perfectly sweet and fruity all at the same time. I get some orientals peeking out now and then, but the Cavendish is all but unnoticeable and serves mainly to level the blend and rein it in some. There's loads of flavor here, and it never burns harsh or wet. No hint of bite found. Definitely most sublime in a cob. I feel like this might be about the perfect fall/winter/holiday blend.

SPC has grabbed my attention here, and I feel the fool for having waited to try PP until now. My favorite SPCs have been Mississippi River and Potlatch...until now. This stuff is like Potlatch on steroids and in crumble cake form. Can't recommend this one enough. It may be a tad tamer than the usual Balkans, but the extraordinary balance is heavenly.

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

LivingFreeinTN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LivingFreeinTN (24)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Plum Pudding is a tasty Balkan. All of the components work perfectly together. Nothing overwhelms in this blend. Good smoky flavor from the Latakia, nice spice and perfect natural sweetness. It's brother blend, Mississippi River may get all the hype, but Plum Pudding is everything MR strives to be.

2 people found this review helpful.

JustinCarcerated Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustinCarcerated (99)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

Two ounce kake from bulk tobacco buy @ Pipes & Cigars, so cannot comment on tin note with sincerity It's fairly well compressed as far as 'cakes' go, more like Kajun Kake than Penzance in its handling.

Takes more than one light to get stoked, but once lit burns remarkably cool- which could be from the Cav. I will digress and state that the Better 1/2 got this blend off my wishlist on this site, but I'd forgot why I wanted to try it and therefore hit this Toby blind without preconceptions.

Having confessed this to you, I tasted no Cavendish that I could discern, although there was a certain tasty sweetness early bowls that I wished had lasted, cuz it really was yummy. Would have said no perique either, yet Froggy on da Bayou came to mind early on, so must have at least subliminally tasted it, maybe?

No bite, not Lat heavy - well-enough balanced to be an English without being bland or lacking distinction, Still, for me to rate it 4 stars I'd have to be burning through the two ounces like I was at a fire sale but

Recommended, would be a wise choice for newbs or smokers wanted to put their proverbial toes in the Latakia waters, as it's not overwhelming. Again too, my sample was from a bulk purchase, and not a tin.

Pipe Used: New Meer, new cob

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes&

2 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A fairly typical Latakia blend, with just enough orientals to give it a bit of complexity. If you think medium strength Latakia blends are boring and are searching for just the right combo of underlying orientals to make it interesting, you might want to try this. If you're satisfied with any of the many other similar blends, give it a pass.

Pipe Used: briars and meers

Age When Smoked: just arrived

Purchased From: smoking pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

speakeasy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
speakeasy (1)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I wanted to love this. I can't even say I liked this. Chemical nose. Room note is somewhat unpleasant. Taste is ok. There is depth and some natural sweetness. Just not for me.

Update 6/6/14 Contacted Pipes and Cigars about my experience and was promptly provided another opportunity to try this tobacco. First tin must have been bad. Fresh batch was very enjoyable. Spicy, Smokey and a touch sweet.

Pipe Used: Bent Billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (82)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Finally got my hands on an oz. of this pudding cake from the city of coffee and rain. Wow, what a unique smoke. Delicious, unique. I can see why this is so popular. If you haven't tried it imagine a cake of smooth cool smoky latakia with a touch of sweetness along with a touch of spice. I experienced it all within the small bowl and without a such much as a hint of bite. I'm a fan of Perique and it was in the back at first but made itself known by adding a touch of spice near the middle and last of the bowl. I like that. Grade A Pipe Club weed right here. Great job to the blender… Highly recommended.

Age When Smoked: Bulk blend.

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (191)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

With so many tobaccos involved, it's either hit or miss. I am happy to say that this mixture is a hit in all aspects.

A creamy and dry smoke with a smooth finish. I get a sweet, sour, salty, smoky and slightly fermented taste from a slow burning tobacco. A harmony of flavors with a canvas of Latakia on which the other tobaccos are added to create a masterpiece English mixture.

Congratulations to the Seattle Pipe Club and thank you for sharing this refreshing offering with us.

2 people found this review helpful.

Kerpap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kerpap (14)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

there is officially now only 1 tobacco: Plum Pudding. I am a fan of English tobacco. This is an incredible blend. everything about it is perfect. the name Plum Pudding describes it perfectly

Pipe Used: Peterson System standard XL305

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: God. or an angel. or a chorus of Angles..

2 people found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (136)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Smokes cool and complex all the way through. Sipping it, once you're into the bowl, allows the individual players to come out. For the first few minutes the casing is evident. It then fades way back, allowing the blending at work to shine. The Latakia is always evident, but not an attention hog. The Orientals are most evident on the retrohale, the Virginias on the palate during the draw. The Perique is somewhat evident in the second half, with no actor overwhelming. Very good blending, ditto on the tobaccos used. Burns clean and easy throughout. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Bjarne Billiard Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: >= 6 months

Purchased From: Gift from BOTL

2 people found this review helpful.

bob323 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob323 (46)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Dee-licious!!!...Up among the best ever...Too bad I can't afford this on a regular basis...Will buy a few ounces from time to time to cellar for special occasions.

Pipe Used: various for testing

Age When Smoked: fresh from Smokingpipes

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

This "krumble kake" comes in densely pressed pieces that sometimes are quite hard to break up. Rather than try to rub it out, I break it into small chunks and fill the bowl by gravity, topping off with finer, well-rubbed ribbons. Think of it more like a very dense flake in terms of how it behaves. Good for a breezy day.

The Latakia is the dominant flavor. The Orientals provide a floral scent. If I focus, I can taste the Perique. It has a flavor profile that reminds me of Penzance, not that it tastes like Penzance, just a close cousin or sibling. There is no sweetness at all. This is strictly a savory and smoky blend with a floral bouquet from the Orientals.

Not as much nicotine as the Mississippi River blend by SPC.

The big negative is that it burns very hot. That could just be the casing. Puff very slowly or you will have a scalded tongue!

Recommended only for Latakia-loving English blend smokers.

2 people found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Simply put, one of the best English mixtures I've ever tried. The main star is Cyprian Latakia, so wonderfully combined with sweet Virginias and Orientals and lightly spiced with Perique. So smoky, so smooth... You all really need to try this outstanding product.

2 people found this review helpful.

CPT/VSG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CPT/VSG (72)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

PP is a tobacco I thought I would like much more than I did.

The tin note does have a mild perique scent to it-- and it smells great. I love the pressed bricks which break up like a crumble cake. The down side to the brick, though, is moisture. Unless PP is allowed to dry out pretty thoroughly it will smoke wet, which in addition to giving it a bitey quality, depresses the flavor.

As to flavor, I struggled throughout the 2 oz. tin to find much. It improved with dryness as I smoked through the tin. Still, the blend just never jumped out at me with either big flavor or subtle nuance. My tin was dated April 2009, so perhaps aging would help. In all, I'd try a second tin in the future but PP just seemed somewhat off the mark to me.

2 people found this review helpful.

OSR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OSR (78)
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

Joe is one heck of a nice guy. This tobacco smokes ok and reminds me of Frog Morton. If you want to introduce an aromatic smoker to an english type blend then this may be a great cross-over. I prefer non-aromatic/non-cased mixtures with my latakia.

2 people found this review helpful.

JLong Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JLong (36)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Edit, 2-22-15: After 6 years, this is still one of my absolute favorites. Thick and spicy says it all.

This is a cool, slow burning balkan with no bite or harshness whatsoever. The spicy, sweet flavors begin to kick in about 3/4 bowl for me and last till the end. The after taste is even sweeter and last well into the following morning after an evening bowl. I like the plastic tin cap because it seals drum tight and no moisture is lost.

2 people found this review helpful.

JPC1114 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JPC1114 (2)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

To all of you that Never tried this English Krumble Cake Blend You are Missing out on a Great smoking tobacco. I just bought a 2 oz. tin and Love it! Ready to Buy the 8 Oz. Tin and store it for a few months. Wish they would sell it Bulk?

2 people found this review helpful.

Country Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Piper (12)
Medium Mild Very Full Pleasant

After reading the reviews on this tobacco I knew I had to try it. I have/had been a 965 fan for many years but as it became harder to get I knew I would have to change. I ordered a couple of tins and opened one the minute it arrived. What a great smoke! Somewhat difficult to prepare as it is a hard pressed baccy. Easy to light and a wonderful aroma. The latakia is not to heavy but perfectly balanced. Never over powering but excellent down to the very last. I cant indentify the " something extra " listed on the lable but whatever it is I am not complaining. One of the best English/Balkans I have ever had.

2 people found this review helpful.

Tilley4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tilley4 (10)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I've been eyeballing this one for a while and decided to pull the trigger when it showed up at my local pipe shop.

I'm certainly glad I did..

The Latakia and Orientals are front-and-center here.... spicy and smokey and a little bit sour and salty.... best when sipped....

I paired this with a Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse ale.... the earthiness of that beer paired with the spiciness of the tobacco was truly a treat...

I'm not a big smoker of Balkan tobacco but this one may have changed my mind.... very very enjoyable....

I highly recommend this and will continue to keep this in my regular rotation.....

Pipe Used: MM Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

Rick778 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rick778 (10)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Just finished my 2nd bowl. Initial impression is leather earthiness with a strong overture of spicy pepper. I picked up a hint of sweetness in the smell of the smoke, but none in the actual taste. Broke the flake up into small chunks and loose flake. Seemed to have a hard time keeping it lit with several relights. Overall, really enjoyed it. Will need to work on proper consistency for loading.

Pipe Used: Jobey Dansk #2

Age When Smoked: Purchased Feb 2018

Purchased From: 4 Noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

Kiwipiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kiwipiper (6)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Currently in my top 3, Smokey, spicey and sweet, it's easy to smoke and requite only a few relights.

Like mississippI river, Plum pudding smokes best not overly rubbed out, needs some dry time maybe a couple of hours, it seems dry straight out of the tin but I found it wasn't and made it impossible to finish the last 1/3 of a bowl.

1st half of the bowl is mostly latakia and Virginia, by the 2nd half the orientals start to come forth and by the end it gets a bit sweet and salty in a good way.

Not an all day smoke for myself i mostly smoke virginias, its a little rich for all day but it's a great after dinner treat.

Pipe Used: Ser jacopo Canadian and Savinelli billiard

Age When Smoked: Less then 1 year

Purchased From: 4noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

roadkill0000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
roadkill0000 (23)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Very Strong

This review is intended for my personal record of what I like, please dont take this particular review to heart.

for a latakia heavy blend, i liked it. Smooth, creamy, much more approachable. Not my favorite but not bad either. I will have to take notes on this again while im smoking it.

1 person found this review helpful.

pylet2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pylet2000 (33)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Update 9/6/2016: What a difference a few weeks makes. What I initially found super potent mellowed out substantially with increased time since opening. It's now within spitting distance of a McClelland for a few reasons, the key one being the permanently moist nature of it. I left a small amount broken apart to dry for 8 hours, and it was still as moist as the rest of the tin. So heavy humectant use aside, I found I liked this blend much more with lots of airing. The smooth mouth feel is still there, all the listed tobaccos can be noticed and are well blended, but the massive flavors when fresh simmer down to something much more familiar, and in my opinion, more enjoyable. Salty, leathery, smoky, and just a tinge sweet now and again. I stick with 3 stars, rather good and worth checking out for Latakia forward fans, but other blends strike a stronger 4 star nerve for me. I will likely buy another tin when I run out, but it's not an every day smoke in my rotation.

Original review below:

Initial impressions, I intend to update this review as I get through the tin.

Smells like a very nice Balkan in the tin, the kakes were nice and together with just a little bit of crumbling. Neat presentation, easy to rub out, leaning towards a bit moist. Does struggle a little to stay lit out of the tin, I did air out one bowl worth for about 30 minutes.

Many previous reviews of this don't really speak to how BIG the flavor is in my opinion. I like Balkan and English, this is decidedly a huge flavor in that arena. I can't quite decide if I think it's too much yet. There's a strong bitterness about 1/3 through the bowl, some may love that, so far I find it unpleasant in that sense. Perhaps the perique coming through.

I like the Latakia forward aspect, and many people have described a "creamy" mouth feel that I call a spot on assessment. The mouth feel is very interesting. No bite, very cool smoke.

Outside of the massive taste and noticeable bitterness, there is a saltiness to it that I like pretty well with the smoky / leathery aspect.

I think the most interesting thing about this blend beyond the creamy feel is the complexity. Each sip has something to say. There are very dominant characteristics, but somehow the subtleties aren't drowned out.

This is not everyone's cup of tea, and the room note is rather piquant. Initially 'recommended' 3 stars for its novel aspects, but only to those that really like big flavors.

Pipe Used: Savinelli, virgin cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh and dried to varying degrees

Purchased From: P&C

1 person found this review helpful.

Padre603 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Padre603 (6)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I hate plums!

This tobacco makes me think I should've moved to Seattle and joined this club's ranks, ages ago. Just to be one of the first to have tasted this remarkable treat.

I am a Latakia freak currently, and have fallen in love with a few strong, well behaved English's.

I ordered a tin of this as it's mention keeps popping up and I feel as though I'd missed something. Man, oh man, did I!

This is a wonderfully twisting ride of a sweet, full, and luxurious smoke. Lush, soothing, comfort filled mouth feel, that has a constant pleasant room note.

I have to agree with some other reviewers, the activity, the feel of rubbing this smoke out, breaking it down, getting it ready, the anticipation, and my outright giddy, munchies-like hunger waiting for it to dry was almost too much. A lot like Christmas Eve, sleeping away the time till it was just right, just ready to smoke, while visions of Plumb Pudding danced in my head. And pay dirt!

It loads a little different then my usual flakes and shags. Definitely manageable, however. It was easily lit and not a single relight was needed for a solid 45 minute roller-coaster pipe ride. Delightful.

There is a hint of topping that is not overpowering nor distracting for me. It is welcomed as it adds a certain extra something to the incredibly well balanced Latakia show. There is the Cavendish sweetness and a Perique spice that lurks towards the back, waiting to hit the jukebox for another free tune like Fonzy.

I tried it simply to satisfy my curiosity, but now I am awaiting a pound for the cellar. I try not to smoke too much of one thing. I really love the idea of a simple, solid rotation, but this stuff has taken over my senses as well as my brain.

1 person found this review helpful.

WhirlyBird Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WhirlyBird (1)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant

Returning to pipes after a decade and half of cigars, I read many reviews and made a number of purchases. This is my favorite tobacco so far to date. I prefer the latakia blends, but I smoke everything. I've found this blend most flavorful in my largest pipe, MM Freehand. The smoke is rich, and cool, and the pipe stays lit with only one or two re-lights. I do get a bit of saltiness, and the flavor is earthly and mellow. I don't have to sip it to get the flavor, and I like that.

Room note - I thought my wife would find PP too strong, but she likes it better than 'some of those sweet ones you smoke.' Who knew!?

Pipe Used: MM Freehand

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Planet Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Planet Scott (60)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Not much I can say that hasn't already been said about this great blend. Complex, but never overwhelming. So many things going on. If you are curious about this blend, just go and buy it. If you don't like it, I am sure someone will take what is left off your hands.

Regarding room note. I live alone, so I don't know how others perceive it. I enjoy it.

1 person found this review helpful.

CREED Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I like this as an all day smoke. It is good with the morning coffee all the way up to sunset! Plum Pudding has just the right amount of taste to keep me going. Give it a try, you just might start packing more bowls. Remember to prep it right, and this will burn nice for an enjoyable slow smoke. Most people will enjoy the smooth sweet/spice this has to offer!

Age When Smoked: Crack it when you get will be glad

Purchased From: on-line

Similar Blends: Mississippi River but more taste and strength..

1 person found this review helpful.

mnadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mnadz (66)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Very good tobacco with a great taste without being overwhelming. I am a big fan of Latakia, and this blend delivered. Burns well. No tongue bite. I let my wife rate the room note and she said this was a bit more strong vs. my other tobaccos that she finds tolerable to pleasant. If you're looking for taste, this should not disappoint. I did not rate highly recommended because I do think some other blends do a bit better job of combining taste, mellowness, and room note...i.e. Presbyterian.

1 person found this review helpful.

FenneckFox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FenneckFox (9)
Medium Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my favorite blend currently and I don't foresee that changing any time soon. It is absolutely delicious. A perfect blend of sweet, spicy, smoky, smooth, with a silky mouth feel. Comes in a wonderful krumble kake. I love breaking chunks off of the lightly pressed brownie, rubbing it out very delicately making sure not to turn it to break it up too fine. Sometimes I like it a little chunkier for a LONG burning and thoughtful smoke. Such a complex smoke and so relaxing. I find myself focusing on all of the flavors as they come and find it to be very meditative. It has the perfect amount of spice from the orientals and perique, a nice latakia flavor, not overpowering. There is definitely a sweetness to it, from the cav, I'm guessing. It is perfect harmony. If Beethoven blended tobacco's, I imagine this is what he would create. I am not a member of The Seattle Pipe Club, but I want to thank them, specifically Joe Lankford ( hope I got the spelling right) for improving my mental state. Yeah, it's that good.

Pipe Used: Various briars, cobs.

Age When Smoked: New and aged for a couple months.

Purchased From: PipesandCigars

Similar Blends: A kiss from an angel...haha..

1 person found this review helpful.

WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (108)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Is this yet another contender in the "trying to be Penzance" sweepstakes? I think so. To my palate, there are more similarities between the two blends than not. Plum Pudding's not a bad smoke, but it's also not as good as many make it out to be, and, it's no Penzance. Like another reviewer I also got a chemical-like scent or effect from this blend. This effect seems to have dissipated somewhat after sitting on my shelf for several months. The bottom line, for me, is I'd rather be smoking Penzance than Plum Pudding. Still, since Penzance is such a headache to track down, Plum Pudding would make a good substitute, but, then, so does Lancer's Slices.

Pipe Used: Molina bent

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From: Pipes&Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

Stutter818 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stutter818 (51)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I love love love this tobacco. It's rich, woodsy, slightly spicy, and slightly sweet, perfectly blended. It comes in a Kake form and even breaking off chunks and pieces to load your pipe, the consistency of flavours is still there. The room note to me, is lovely. It has a real distinguished quality smell of that makes any sense. Like good quality leather furniture! It comes in bulk which is what I smoked. I'm the biggest fan of this kind of tobacco flavour. It's also got a slightly creamy smoke. It gets a little spicier mid bowl. I prefer this one over Mississippi River only because it's slightly less spicy and slightly sweeter. However that blend is also amazing.

Pipe Used: Estate dunhill shell briar billiard

Age When Smoked: A month old

Purchased From: 4noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

wmf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wmf (14)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Rich, very light spice, faint molasses and date all blended into wonderful tobacco goodness. Has a very slight trace of licorice. My tin was mostly broken cake that lights and smokes like a dream when prepared into small chunks like some have mentioned here. Smokes just like it smells and tastes. Can smoke it all day every day but I reserve this for a break between my beloved Virginias. Buy the big tin.

Pipe Used: Radice medium short poker 1/16 bend

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (114)
Strong Mild Very Full Very Pleasant

I want to state up front that I found this blend to be fantastic and I knew it from the first puff. It is rare that I regret selling any tin of tobacco, but I once won an 8 oz tin in the St. Louis Pipe Club's silent auction for an amazing $13.00! I resold it last year at our NASPC show for $20.00 and then opened a newer 2 oz tin and discovered this blend's magic - live and learn, I guess.

Yes the crumble cake format is a little more difficult to work up to pipe loading, but the reward is well worth the effort. Rich, creamy, well rounded formulation; this blend is just a joy to handle and smoke. All of its components work in joyous harmony. When I smoke this blend I understand the image on the old Smoker's Haven tins showing a happy guy slumped back in his easy chair with smoke gently wafting up into the room. Yes, I'm saying that this blend is somewhat nirvana-like in its intoxication. I just wonder what that "little something extra" is in this blend.

I guess after all that you can easily see just how much I enjoy this blend and I heartily recommend Plumb Pudding to every English smoker. The only negative I experienced was just how quickly it disappeared from both my pipe bowl and from the tin but, hey, we can always open another tin can't we?

Once I lit my first bowl, this tobacco rocketed straight to four star status. Try it.

Pipe Used: Charatan Executive from the 1960's

Age When Smoked: 1 yr old

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: some other crumble cake Balkans, but really unique.

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Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (69)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is one of the more interesting English blends I've smoked. The tin note (just one ounce in a baggie) is nice but subtle. The "kake" was dryer than it looked and doesn't need much (if any) drying time.

For the first third of the bowl, the room note outshined the smoke. For the last two thirds, the smoke was delicious while the room note became more complex. The flavor is ever changing but incredibly harmonious; takes you to unexpected places without missing a beat. This one's perfect for "snorking." Soak it up.

This is really good stuff. Very high three stars, rounding up to four.

Similar Blends: Hearth & Home Fusilier's Ration.

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rtheen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rtheen (3)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco I found to smell of strong latakia upon first opening. I actually waited to smoke it due to strong room note I thought it would have. However, I found this blend to have a great full bodied flavor with some nice orientals lightly coming through. The room note was tolerable to the fiance which was a nice surprise. I find the smoke long and cool which is great. To me this tobacco smokes well slow but hot so I like a wide bowl to smoke out of, less of a success with my longer smaller bowls.

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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Der Pfeifenraucher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Der Pfeifenraucher (63)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I'm pretty new to pipe smoking and I feel that my palette is WAY too underdeveloped to begin to get into depth with this tobacco. For now I'll have to settle with saying that this is a smoky, savory type of tobacco with flavors and aromas that I can't yet adequately recognize or describe.

Plum Pudding is a very good smoke with a great tin smell, nic effect, and burn rate. I'll have to revisit this one once I get a few dozen different tins smoked so I have a better idea of how to evaluate all of the exquisite goodies going on in this blend.

Pipe Used: MM Hardwood

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: P and

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arfenhouse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
arfenhouse (6)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Mellow latiaka smokiness, subtle sweetness in middle, and a slight sour peppery finish. More sweetness and pepper towards the end of the bowl. I usually don't like much perique in english blends but maybe because of the cav it works out fine here.

Solid, no frills, well made english.

3.5/4 stars

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Briar and Ice Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briar and Ice (4)
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Plum Pudding

First, I would like to point out that the name by itself just sounds like figuratively the best smoke ever invented. Marketed as an English blend, but don't be fooled, this is easily the one of the weakest English blends I have ever tasted, by that I simply mean that the signature redolence of Latakia, often an accompaniment to English blends, is not overpowering here. You will enjoy this tobacco if you are not used to Latakia, it might not be your favorite, but there is enough going on elsewhere on the palette that this smoke will most likely be tolerable even for those who are not of the Latakian ilk.

I bought this in bulk, 8 oz to be exact, and despite its numerous containers it still manages to reek through the bag. The Perique and the Latakia attack your nose up front, which is a common feature of the aged and spicy Perique, which when accompanied by the leathery zest of the Latakia, is really quite an extraordinary smell.

Crumbling down to size, carefully packing the bowl, and minutes later a customary crisp has formed atop the bowl, and smoke is billowing out of the mouthpiece as I pull the pipe from my mouth between puffs. Beatifully subtle, there are so many flavors going on in this bowl, that to really break it down, one must close their eyes, puffing slowly and savoring the taste. The sweetness of the Virginias and the Cavendish serve as the basis of what I would call the "Plum" of this blend, strengthened all the further by the Addition of Turkish tobacco, which has a richer taste, and together these three build the fruitier part of the taste, this is much more pronounced in the opening puffs, because the crisp has not yet built up enough to reinforce the pungency of the other, stronger tobaccos, and the sweetness is what pours out to start. As the bowl continues, the Perique releases its development of the thick and smoky spice that forms the basis of the "Pudding" part of the bowl, with the even thicker Oriental still yet adding another layer, until the Latakia finally completes the thick and creamy, yet earthy soil of the pudding, and with the "Plum" side fading just slightly further into the background, the bowl reaches is peak for about 5 minutes when all of the flavors are working in near perfect balance. This is the harkening of a delicious tobacco. Going in I thought that a blend of this kind would be overwhelming, but it really is exquisite to experience all of the flavors adding slowly as the character of the smoke develops. Each step along the way is as delicious as the previous, and if all goes off without a hitch, Plum Pudding just really hits the spot like no other, not unlike a 6-course meal of fine, delicious tobacco.

Pipe Used: Werner Mummert Sanblasted De Stijl Poker

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: In a class of one, really..

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Joeray Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joeray (61)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a great English Blend, I very like it from the start I open the tin. After rubbed from the rumble cake form, it is easy to pack, I made it 3 layer pack into the bowl, make the first light and then smoke it. The smokes is so great, my respiratory, both on my nose and my mouth full of the spiciness and the peppery taste from the oriental and the perique, I really enjoy it. And sure for those who doesn't like a spicy or peppery taste I suggest don't try this blend. For those who ussually smokes VaPer or strong English this blend surely will not dissappointed, the spiciness and the peppery taste is very good and finished well with sweetness.

Pipe Used: Tsuge Kaga

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Scupbucket Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scupbucket (10)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Heard a lot about this blend on the YouTubes so after waiting for this to pop up in stock I nabbed a few ozs and took this for a test drive. Not too shabby at all! Smokey, spicey, peppery... like mentioned in other reviews the flavors really pop about halfway through the bowl. A bit of a high maintenance smoke though. Quite a few relights and burns a little wet... no bigs. The flavor outweighs the work. I noticed the latakia mellows a bit after being jarred for a few months. This stuff is amazing in a cob in the morning! Dig it!

Pipe Used: David Jones lovat, cob

Age When Smoked: new/few months

Purchased From:

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A.E. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A.E. (22)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Plum Pudding is a very nice, smooth, smoky, English Blend. With the name "Plum Pudding", I expected some element of topping, but happily there is none. I'm quite firmly a Comptons of Galashiels Blends devotee, closely followed by Pipes and Cigars Marquee Magnum Opus and Black House. Plum Pudding reminds me of Marquee Black House - smoky and just spicy enough, yet clean and smooth. I'm a sipper, but Plum Pudding still burns fast and hot for me. In its favor, even though a bit hot, it offers no bite. I like it, and will let it age some before giving it a final assessment. For now, it deserves a solid 3 stars.

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Smoking Sam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoking Sam (20)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

The general listing says that this tobacco is not available in bulk, but it most assuredly is available in bulk from After having been on backorder for seven weeks, I finally received eight oz. bulk yesterday.

There were several blocks of krumble cake, but most of the tobacco was loose and perfectly fresh and moist. Eight oz. fills up a Mason jar perfectly.

My first impressions are that this is a high quality tobacco blend, with a complex mix of flavors. All of the bowls that I have smoked so far, have started off tasty and spicy from the very first light. About a third of the way down the bowl, I get a slightly salty taste and then the flavor profile explodes, and the Orientals make themselves known. Pleasant aftertaste.

Burn is incredibly good, with zero drying time. Ash is a fine white. No tongue or mouth burn whatsoever. The bowl does tend to get a little hot, due to my aggressive puffing. I find that when the tobacco does not relight, it is because there is no unburnt tobacco left in the bowl. Zero dottle. Pipe is virtually clean when the bowl is through.

In short, this is a tobacco worth waiting for, and sure to become a new favorite in my rotation. Four stars. Worthy of its praise, and highly recommended.

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pacman357 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pacman357 (15)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Sweet Grandmother's Spatula, that's good. Picked up a few ounces. Most of what I could say has already been said in praise of this amazing blend. I'll just add that my largest purchase of any one tobacco was 16 oz. I went and got 3 lbs of this. I am not close to that amount in another other blend.

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hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (93)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

This blend is among the best! It took me about two ounces before I fell in love with it. Perfectly blended, very spicy with just a note of sweetness. This is up there with Penzance, although they are very different blends in their own way. I'm smoking a 2 yr old 8oz tin so this may have something to do with it's brilliant flavor. All I can say is, if you like a spicy full flavored English blend than this should be right up your alley! This is not an aromatic.... It's not even a cross over blend. This wouldn't be a good blend to travel with because there is some maintenance involved with rubbing out the thick chunks of cake but in my opinion it's well worth it and serves its purpose as part of the ritual we pipe smokers like so much, even when preparing the smoke. Essential.

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Original Review- Very , creamy, sour, salty, flavorful and BITTER, all in a good way. I think you could smoke this all day long as long as you are not looking for sweetness. Very slow burning, and excellent on the relight. I'm not a big fan of "Krumple Kake "cuts but this does make for a slow burn. The blend has a very nice balance between the Orientals , Latakia, with the Latakia more out front and with no bite (some spice from the Perique?).

A word about the blends bitterness, it's not a bad thing, just diffrent, kind of like eating a 90% dark chocolate, very flavorful just not sweet, ( I'm in shock with some of the other reviewers that find this blend sweet, knowing the knowledge of many of these fine reviewers, I feel this may be due too my chemistry).

I do have other blends I like better. I prefer a little more sweetness.

updated 12/23/12- I've purchased another bulk batch, and now has about 3 month of cellar time (original review had about 9 months). I'm somewhat disappointed, this batch seems spicier and more muted in flavor than before. Not as creamy and not enough Latakia or Oriental for me, others may find this perfect. This may improve with more time but I'm reducing this to 3 stars

updated 12/16/2014 Well, my bulk now has about two years in the cellar and it is good. Very creamy and yes, some sweetness. I find this similar to "Old Dog". This one has the Perique and a little "Burley based Cavendish" that gives a bit of spice. As you get to the last 1/3 of the bowl the Burley Cavendish starts to get stronger and bitterer, not all in a bad way, but it does overtake the other tobaccos and things get "muddy" and darker. I think the spice could get hot if you pushed . This does seem to need a year of time before it's ready.

Agree with reviewers ,"TOBACO" , "DK"

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: 1 year

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Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (102)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

A pressed cake blend, the cavendish makes the smoke smooth and slightly sweet. The virginas and perique give it a nice spiciness that keeps it interesting. As for the "VitaminL"...

The latakia is pungently excellent throughout! For fellow latakia fans, I'd rate PP as a medium-latakia strength English blend. Smells great in the tin, tastes great smoking it, and PP smells great clouding up wherever you are when you are puffing away.

The best praise I can give Plum Pudding is that I really look forward to smoking it. I love latakia and this is the kind of English blend that makes me really enjoy pipe smoking.

Four stars amigos!

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zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (145)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

First, a complaint. Strangely, my tin was primarily composed of ribbons, but buried deep beneath that top layer was a single compressed brick. WTF? Is this a quality control issue? Did someone get lazy and simply decide to forgo bricking the remaining tobacco?

Well, aside from my initial anger here, not quite getting the advertised product, I actually do prefer its present state. In truth, the brick is only a pressed block of ribbon, anyhow, the same as many C&D crumble cakes, and seems mostly an aesthetic alternative that adds no particular dimension to the flavor. I just find it somewhat random to see a tin of tobacco in such confused disarray, from the good people at Habana Premium, of all places.

As for the taste, this is wonderful stuff. It's a solid English mix, with plenty of strength, a pronounced sweetness, owing perhaps to a topping of some kind, and it has a nice, spicy prominence no doubt characteristic of the Oriental component. What's not to like? The proportions are well balanced-- the sweet smokiness drives the blend, with dark leaf comprising roughly half the tin, the remainder, a dark, reddish brown assortment of Virginias and Orientals. There are no high notes here, but instead a deep meaty flavor, with a heightened strength most likely a product of the added Perique.

And yes, this is the rare, cased English, of which I have tried a couple, namely those in the Frog Morton Series, which I find too light in body, and Perfection, which, while stronger, had a strange aftertaste that didn't quite meld, in my opinion.

There are a handful of Cavendish laden Englishes out there, Black Mallory comes to mind, and of course, 965. But I'm terrible at placing the leaf--hell, I can't even begin to describe how 965 differs from Standard Mixture, though I'll admit to loving the both of them. For all I know, a cased Cavendish might be the source of Plum Pudding's sweetness, rather than a straight topping. Though I'm not an expert on these matters. I will say, however, if you want a sugary English with some decent body, this is your best bet.

Well done!

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M.Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Toney (59)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Sniffing the freshly opened tin reminded me of a sweaty horse blanket. After lighting up, similarities of Penzance came to mind. For reasons unknown, the tobaccos never seemed to meld into a sweet flavor I was expecting. The Latakia is always in the forefront and pretty much dominated the tastes in this blend.

This smoked very smooth & mild with good burning properties when properly dried. The cake crumbles easily and stays moist for a long time. If not dried out pretty good, it will burn slow, produce little smoke & will be hard to keep lit. I thought it became rather one dimensional and too bland after a few draws and remained the same throughout the entire bowl.

Not a great deal of flavor ever developed for me & nothing truly sensational ever surfaced. It does have some good smoking qualities & flavor but this wasn't a bell ringer for me. However, with its mild smoking charactertics & English atmosphere, I can understand how many would find this exceptional. I'll rate this about 2.7 stars. Sampled in a size two Dunhill.

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regulator3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
regulator3 (2)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was my first taste of an English/Balkin blend, I am trying to broaden my horizon as a smoker. When I opened the tin the scent of the tobacco about knocked my socks off. It was a very earthy smell and the fact it was pressed cake, I had never smoked a cake before so I wasn't sure, I used to smoke christmas cheer 2000 so i rubed it out like i would that. loaded it up in one of my bent apple shaped pipes and lit. I had a hard time keeping it lit it took me 4 char lights and then i got it going for about 5 minutes and then had to re-light and re-light. Altough i think the tobacco was moist hence the trouble keeping it burning it never gurgled in the pipe. The flavor was out of this world though. I enjoyed what i associated with a nutty kind of flavor like the after taste of a cashew, and that spicy sweetness you get from the virginia's, The people around me didn't seem to mind the smell of it burning, I think I am going to mason jar cellar this tobac for a while and then dry a little bit before i get carried away with it. Definately would reccomend this as an early morning with first cup of coffee kind of blend or maybe an after dinner kids are going to bed and i am about to head that way after my pipe kind of smoke.

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smoking-rob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking-rob (76)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I have just uploaded a picture of an opened tin of Plumpudding as this should show why it is called so. Nothing further to add to the reviews here but I will mention that I do not detect any aromatic flavouring of any kind.

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Thorre Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thorre (27)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable

Plum Pudding was my one of my first purchases of crumble cake. SPCP reminds me of C&D Bow Legged Bear. In look ,smell, and taste. It took me a while to get it to stay lit. Once I got the right crumbling technique, and moisture, it was no problem. The taste is incredible. Smooth, smokey and slightly sweet doesn't do this balkan blend justice. It may have a slight topping that gives it a slight aromatic flavor. I like the tin, because it forms a very good seal. In the tin Plum Pudding has a good, strong tobacco smell and colour. This is a must try.

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canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (136)
Medium Very Mild Very Full Pleasant

Mmmmm. This intoxicating incense is filled with a spicy deep aroma of cloves + BBQ + Chinese Five Spice + caramelized charcoal bits. If that sounds like a lot of stuff, its because my sniffer isn't refined enough to isolate a single smell in this bouquet. I'm not too sure where the plum or pudding part fits into the Latakia masterpiece, but who cares... this stuff rocks.

When my Bengal Slices were out of stock, I tried a tin of Plum Pudding, as it was suppose to be similar. While Plum Pudding was a bit more bright in note than the more charcoal orientated Bengal Slices, I would say they are fairly interchangeable.

Packing a bowl of crumble cake is an messy task, but worth the effort as these little bits of smoldering peat burn forever. Almost an hour later, my mouth was numb from the clover bite, so successive bowls of this pudding is out of the question. I like to smoke a periodic bowl during the week, as this is not a daily smoker (if it was, I would likely never taste another blend again).

** Note - I marked the flavoring as very mild, since I am assuming all the many flavors are just a natural part of the tobacco blends used, but this felt like a drug-fueled aromatic, so it is hard for this novice to tell what is really going on here.

Plum Pudding takes the smoker beyond what (likely) most folks would consider a pipe tobacco, liken this to smoking cloves in lieu of a cigarette.

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Similar Blends: Bengal Slices.

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RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (5)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable to Strong

Beautiful flake and fantastic tin note. Too much work to get going. I have worked with this blend numerous times. Ton of relights. Decent smoke once it agreed but then I did not care for the follow through. One of the few blends I consistently had gurgle with. I am in the minority so you will likely have better results but I like my Lat's....and this is not one of them.

Pipe Used: meers. cobs. 2 briars.

Age When Smoked: 8 months

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Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (112)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Plum Pudding is a great name, but it could easily have been called Kitchen Sink. There has a bunch of good leaf in them thar tins! I really enjoy smoking this tobacco but I have found that it is one that you really have to concentrate on in order to fully appreciate it. The tin note is very subdued compared to what is inside. I can get Latakia and some figgy perique and the Virginias give it a grassy hay scent. Not strong at all, which surprises me each time I open my mason jar. The crumble cake comes in what look like slabs of beef jerky. I like crumble cakes and this one in particular I found that if you carefully cube it out, either by hand or with a knife. Rubbing it out can turn it to dust which ends up in your mouth and takes away the fun. When you pack this right, cube it up and gravity fill it. After a good first light, not really your typical charring light it loosens up, I then tamp it down good once to get that "soda through a straw" draw and then it burns to ash with no relights, repeated this a dozen times. Now the taste: Like I said earlier, this is one to contemplate. I get the orientals as the lead; spicy, woody and dry. Right behind that are the Virginia's and perique. The Virgina's and fruity, not sure if they are but they seem to be stoved that mellow and round them out. The perique is peppery and not very heavy but you know it is there throughout the bowl, especially on the "out through the nose" exhale. I am not really sure if this is a truism ( a word?) but in blends like this the Cavendish acts like a flavor glue that brings all of these great leaves together and harmonizes them, rounds the other flavors out and brings them together. It also adds body to the mouth feel. This to me is a 4 star smoke but I am only giving it 3 because I have found that if you don't sit and think about the flavors and really contemplate the smoking experience, it is missed and becomes a MM 965 like blend. You miss all of the beautiful nuances. I have smoked a few bowls of this while working in Excel and when milling out some lowers. It is still a great smoke but the real beauty is missed.

Pipe Used: briar's & Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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grimstuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
grimstuff (14)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

While the smoking experience isn't as good as the heavenly, complex dried fruit aroma, I did find this tobacco quite interesting and nuanced. Mouthfeel is one of the more notable aspects, leaving a creamy coating, bordering on sticky. It tends to smoke hot. Flavors include raisins over mushrooms, woody. Needed several relights--might need more drying time. Latakia was light, with peppery Perique on the exhale.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Capri Root Briar 111

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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The Sunday Evening Pipe Smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Sunday Evening Pipe Smoker (41)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

First impressions is that this is basically Penzance but with that typical Balkan 'bitter' undertone of crushed walnuts.

This is one of those rare blends that gets better as the bowl goes down. In fact, the last third is the best part, taking on a kind of chocolate brownie profile to it. Simply delicious.

Smokey and a subtle, deep, brownie like sweetness, counterbalanced by the other flavours.

Similar Blends: Penzance.

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point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Seems to be the same components in Mississippi River, but much balanced and layered. Cavendish round the edge out, but a little over IMO. Great krumble Kake presentation is a plus. the flavor is unique and interesting.

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pinko Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pinko (52)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A serviceable Balkan with added Perique, a trick found in Super Balkan and Bill Bailey’s before Plum Pudding was a twinkle in anyone’s eye. The Turkish, Virginia, and Latakia are well balanced and play together nicely, although it’s maybe a little light on the Turkish for my preference. Occasionally the Perique comes through with an odd flavor.

What starts out as distinct flavors becomes muddy as the bowl progresses, no surprise when all those different tobaccos are competing. It’s pleasant all the way down, but never as bright and tangy as the first half. I’d be in love if it could carry that clear taste throughout, but no luck.

It’s hard to recommend Plum Pudding, it’s taken me 3 years to work through 8 ounces of the stuff so it’s obviously not high up on my list. I prefer both G&H’s Balkan Mixture and Stokkebye/Arango’s Balkan Supreme, both of which can be had for half or two thirds the cost of the SPC offering.

Age When Smoked: fresh - 3 years

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Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (83)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Another of the bombers gifts.

Tin note is wild, spicy and smokey and a bit sweet with a little tangy whiff to it. The presentation is chunks/slice of very well pressed short ribbons. It doesn't take a huge amount of work to prep this as opposed to a flake. It does take a bit though. After which, it packs easily with a light tamp. Don't want to firm this up much or it will not smoke properly. It takes fire well, and doesn't really need much help to keep going. Burns nice and cool though.

It is very tasty. The Latakia is up front and is sweet, smokey and delicious. Not heavy, but very present. They mixture with the other ingredients plays very well together. The perique adds a nice little zip to the mix, and the cav kind of smooths the whole thing out. The VA is nice and sweet and I'm not getting much of a citrus note from it. You can really tell that a lot of thought went into making this.

It may not be a good blend for beginners to get into, as it is a nice full English/Scottish with perique. For most others though, it is definitely worth trying. I will be buying more to smoke and cellar.

Pipe Used: IMP meer

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

Purchased From: BoB gift

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natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a great full bodied "english" blend. It is not peppery, and some lat-per's are. It has a nice sweet note to it. Probably due to the cavendish. I found it needed no drying time. It smelled, smoked and tasted great right out of the bag.

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Black Sheep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Black Sheep (25)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a full tasting English that I cannot more enthusiastically recommend. As the previous reviewer noted, Plum Pudding benefits from a bit of drying; that said, once in the bowel and lit, this particularly blend of "Latakia, Orientals, Virginias, Perique and a little something extra" (Tin Label) makes for a deep, robust, and completely enjoyable smoke.

I found that Plum Pudding paired well with whisky; I often prefer scotch, and this case the smoky qualities of an Isle of Islay whisky accompanied the tobacco quite well. By itself, Plum Pudding is flavorful without allowing any one aspect of its blended components to overpower.

Pipe Used: Invicta Briar

Age When Smoked: New and again after twelve months

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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willdoug49 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
willdoug49 (3)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

hmmm This blend is a bit tricky for me. I loved Mississippi River and wanted to see what else SPC was offering. I'm new to the pipe smoking hobby so of course I might not be as experienced as the rest of you all. I enjoy the campfire smell and taste. I got what I was looking for in this blend. Sweet & smoky. I've used cobs and a briar churchwarden. I thought it was great in the cob. Slow burn, easily kept lit, all day sort of smoke. When I tried it out in the churchy it got a bit funky. I got a weird burnt bread/nut/chemical taste about 1/3 into the bowl. It was surprising. I definitely will keep it around for my cobs but not again in old churchy.

Pipe Used: cobs briar church

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: pipesandcigars

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CFAF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CFAF (9)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

An English flake that's just different. (Reference point: 10 Russians and Gaslight are more latakia dominated.) It's a bit of potpourri, but it comes together. The latakia and perique mix nicely delivering a cool spicy smoke. The latakia is not overwhelming as in some blends, and that's fine. (I love latakia bombs and this isn't one.) There is a nice topping of cavendish, and that may offend some English purists. I don't care. It's a good smoke, a nice change-up from straight heavy Englishes, which I like.

I've smoked this upon receipt, but also have several tins stowed away for aging. I look forward to revisiting this again.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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