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This excellent plug tobacco comprises selected Virginia leaf from Africa and Brazil blended with burley leaf from Malawi. The tobaccos are lightly cased before drying and pressing and then are heated and stored for 2 weeks before cutting. The result is a full bodied yet fruity blend, sure to appeal to the experienced pipe smoker.

Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant

I have just completed my first bowl of the new Peterson's Perfect Plug and thought I'd offer my impressions to anyone who wants to read my blabber. When the tobacco first became available not long ago, I ordered four tins and recently popped the lid on one of them. Inside was a rock hard square brick of tobacco sealed in plastic. The color of the leaf was a mottled black/brown. I opened the plastic and took a whiff. I swear, the brick smelled exactly like Silly Putty (you know, the stuff that kids mess up the house with). The brick was somewhat easy to peel and after getting a couple of thin wafer like layers off of the mother ship I began hand breaking them up into small thin chunks (no easy task and quite time consuming). The leaf did contain some moisture content but not much. I loaded up the thin broken chunks into a favorite old briar and lit up... and lit up... and lit up... man, this tobacco is hard to keep lit.

The taste is very powerful Virginia/Burley with a bit of fruit like casing that was deep, dark and rich. The added flavoring, despite its depth (it never burned off), was not overpowering and never truly "sweet." I could tell this tobacco had been heavily stoved and pressed. Although somewhat similar in taste to G&H Dark Plug, this one is much more refined and didn't body slam my palate. It does carry a burst of nicotine from the start and the presentation of that wonderful drug is unrelenting throughout the bowl.

If you have some time on your hands (to prepare the leaf), and enjoy a deep and not too sweet Virginia/Burley that packs a nicotine punch, this may be a bell ringer. The amount of re-lights needed was annoying and I wish there was such a thing as a ready-rubbed version of this.

50 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias have a fair amount of dark fruit, are a bit earthy with some grass and citrus, and bolstered by the bold nutty, earthy, sweet burley. The fruit toppings remind me of dried fruit, citrus, and figs. There are cigar notes, too. Has a mild to medium nic-hit, closer to medium than to mild. The strength is right in between medium and strong. You'll need to be patient as you prepare it for smoking, and however you decide to cut the plug, you'll need to give this some dry time before lighting a match to it. Take the time, work with it, and you'll be rewarded with a creamy, smooth, amazingly deep, consistent flavor to the finish. It's slow burning, requires several relights, and there will be some moisture at the bottom of the bowl. Won't bite or get harsh. Has a pleasant after taste. Not quite an all day smoke.

44 people found this review helpful.

Stuffin McPipey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stuffin McPipey (9)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

It took a bit of learning with this one, but in the end this is so far the best tobacco I have experienced. First, the presentation in the tin was so wonderful, it looked like dessert. Once I unwrapped the little plug I was hit with fermenting plums and raisins. Basically it smelled exactly like I'd expect it to based on appearance. Next, shaving down the little slices with a fillet knife made me realize just how dense this plug is. The tobacco is literally packed so tight it felt like slicing through a block of cheddar cheese. I first tried it cubed, and for smoking purposes I recommend this method as it seems to make for a cooler and more lasting smoke than rubbing it out. However, I find rubbing it helps me gauge the moisture content more than cubing. So, maybe the answer is half and half. Either way, this stuff needs drying time in my opinion.

I pack it looser than I would say, Sherlock Holmes. The smoke is thick and creamy, like custard, and has no bite. The flavor is layered first by the nutty burley, then the sweetness grass flavor of quality Virginia.

I find that with this tobacco in particular, the pipe matters. I use the thinnest bowl I have: a 1910 peterson straight pipe. Since I like to smoke it cool (it burns cool to begin with), I can feel if it is getting too hot before it even happens; that's why I reach for the thinner walled pipe with this one.

21 people found this review helpful.

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

Peterson - Perfect Plug.

Delicious! It has a splendid aroma emanating from the unlit product, with a raisin/plum touch to it. Being a plug be prepared for a little extra time in filling the bowl, but it more than pays off!

The smoke has a really good Virginia and Burley taste to it, being well balanced with a very slight raisin note, also. Nicotine level is neither too much nor too little, medium. It gives a beautiful room note (IMO) that is very traditional and pleases all around. I don't smoke many plug blends but this is a belter!

Four stars.

Update: 14/01/17, after 3 years this is still my favourite plug blend, especially in a cob!

Pipe Used: Briar's, Meer's, Cob's.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

18 people found this review helpful.

H Gillman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
H Gillman (39)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

First encounter with a plug pipe tobacco. The processing in preparation is as enjoyable if not more enjoyable as the smoking thereof. Slices off of the plug require a sharp knife with even pressure to obtain a nice full flake. Over night in the plug can left this flake in perfect humidity for a smooth, cool and relaxing smoke. Report from the "war department" declare the aroma to be nice and tolerable.

Again, the process of getting to the smoke is therapeutic.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie 98B Squat Bulldog

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Jade Tobacconist Regina Saskatchewan

13 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Nice looking chocolate brownie in the tin with a deep, earthy aroma mixed with some fruitiness, similar to Irish Flake but less intrusive. This can be ripped apart and rubbed out or cut into small pieces. I had my best success with small cubes.

I found the topping started mild and then burned off rather quickly, unlike Irish or University Flakes. What was left was a flavor that was deeeeep! Cellar deep. Center of the earth deep. Very tobacco-y with hints of porterhouse steak. Although I couldn't really perceive the topping at that point, there was a slight fruity flavor, but it was very subdued. But a citrus quality bobbed and weaved on occasion. However, the main course was that deep, rich tobacco. This was a good tasting smoke that misses a 4th star by lacking the complexity that I prefer. Quite frankly, I liked this one but the plug made for a bit more effort than I like when smoking. I prefer the Flake, but by the slimmest of margins. Try this one if you enjoy more darkness than light in your blends.

13 people found this review helpful.

runamuck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
runamuck (5)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Plug looks just like the plug tobacco that "Jose Wale's" cuts a chaw off. Very dark a bit sticky and a deep rich depth of aroma that is followed through in its taste. No tongue bite, smooth cool smoke that anyone can enjoy. In my experience even aromatic only smokers enjoy this at least on occation. Keep it as a main stay or as a treat like a very nice bold burbon.

10 people found this review helpful.

orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (64)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Figured I'd check this whole plug-deal out a while ago, and picked a tin of PPP. Peterson rarely disappoints, so it seemed like a good choice to start out with.

Tin note is quite nice. There is some "fruitiness" here that reminds me of grape, but it doesn't strike me as artificial, rather it's more in the line of what dark stoved VA delivers. Overall it smells mostly sugary.

Preparation was a little tougher than I expected, so do take care to sharpen the knife before you start carving. After doing exactly that, I found it to be be manageable without too much difficulty. I cubed up the end piece, as that one proved to be too much of a challenge to slice as thin as I like.

The resulting flakes came out very dense, so fluff them up properly, or use a little less so there's ample room for it to expand, or you'll be disappointed (this is where the difficulties some have reported about keeping it lit comes from, I believe). To me it tasted best when fully rubbed out. It does strike me as "somewhat" of an aromatic when smoked - the fruitiness comes through in the taste, but again, doesn't strike me as if something artificial has been added. The room note is reminiscent of this, also, and not at all bad actually.

To me this is more mild-medium in strength, and has so far remained largely consistent in taste from bowl to bowl, improving quite a bit once it has had some time to breathe. The line from just right to too dry is however a little bit narrow. Other than that I can't find any major faults here. Not even the burley manages to get on my nerves here - it's been used right here and not only adds a rounded out body, but also a very nice earthy and slightly peppery tone. It doesn't say anything on the tin about it, but I'm thinking there's got to be some KY in here (or the Malawi leaf is grown or prepared in a similar way as genuine KY)... but I'll leave that for more finely tuned palates to discern.

All in all this is a very nice blend that is very tasty, cool and long-burning. I probably won't be adding it to the regular rotation, but I might come back to it once in a while.

Pipe Used: Northern Briars Rox Cut billiard.

Age When Smoked: >4 months

Purchased From: MySmokingShop

8 people found this review helpful.

Than Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Than (17)
Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I must be missing something, I fail to see anything great about this.

This was my first plug, the next one had better be different. I can understand that making plugs enhances a blend, so maybe it's the blend I don't like? I'm not a fan of the extra work needed to get from a delicious brownie looking square to a rewarding smoke. Maybe I'm lazy. Well, yes I'm kinda lazy.

I worked this plug everyway I could. Rubbing it thoroughly. Cutting a flake and folding a la MacBaren Navy Flake. Smoked it immediately, cut it and waited a week before smoking. No matter what I did, it acted like asbestos.

I couldn't get this to stay lit to save my life. I used matches, butane lighters (not jet, Bic), and Zippos. I almost tried to use an Oxy-acyteline torch, but I just smoked another blend instead.

On the rare chances I got it to stay lit for longer than a minute, I was underwhelmed. Lackluster burley and bland VA. I worked way too hard to smoke for this...

The one thing I did notice: it has a big dose of nicotine.

Just a rare tobacco I don't like.

Pipe Used: Many.

6 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (120)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Summary: A dark, full tobacco flavor lightly cased in citrus and licorice. More easily cut and smoked than most sources would have you believe.

The Plug comes in a plastic bag like a confection, inside of a tin and wrapped in frilly paper. Before removing it from the plastic, a tin note of a -- well, there's no euphemistic way to say this -- manure or old musty sewer scent rises, as one finds with some Gawith Hoggarth blends. The smoker feels momentary dismay. When the plastic comes off, this gives way to a light citrus essence with undertones of anise or something similar that is hard to pin down. Slicing the plug is easy: place it on a piece of cardboard, whip out your trusty pocketknife and place it 1/16" -- about the thickness of the cover of your favorite notebook -- and push down firmly until you hit bottom. Roll that flake in your hand, then fold it and give it a few quick rubs between your hands, then stuff the resulting wad in your pipe. Maybe put the dishes away or check your email, then come back and light up. For me, this needed no charring light, but took thirstily to the flame.

"Perfect Plug" bears a rich and dense flavor with increasing nicotine strength throughout the bowl. The light fruit flavor, more like bergamot or berries than an apple or orange, fades to the background and the taste of stoved tobacco mixed with strong Virginia emerges. Similar to Peterson "Irish Flake," the dark flavors meld to form a low note to which the topping serves as contrast and complement. As the bowl burns down to an ember and then to ash, this flavor matures into a full flavor like one might get from nuts, meat or a dark ale.

Probably this blend best serves experienced smokers not because of its nicotine hit, which is lower than Samuel Gawith "1792 Flake" but stronger than most Medium-to-Strong tobaccos, but because these flavors -- like many of the best tobaccos -- start simple and then internal harmonies emerge, first as individual notes and then as sliding combinations of those. It takes some experience tasting to notice these. As far as strength and the perceived difficulty of the plug, those are minor obstacles; one can smoke smaller bowls at first, and slicing it is no harder than making drip coffee.

Similar Blends: Peterson - Irish Flake, Murray Sons & Co, Ltd - Warrior Plug.

5 people found this review helpful.

KRL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KRL (8)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

An excellent tobacco. It looks like a piece of candy, smells like something from 1001 Arabian Nights. I have cut off two thin slices, rolled the flake, and loaded it into my pipe. The layers need to be enjoyed together as a whole. I let it dry for 3-4 hours, then lit it. It had a cool, Virginia taste to it, that matured until the end of the bowl into something like a dessert, however it was never overwhelming, more many and earthly in character. It smoked like a good quality cigar, yielding the properties of the pressed leafs gradually. The room note is quite pleasant, I had a nice Chianti while smoking, it's a real reward. For the second bowl I rubbed two thin slices of tobacco from the same batch, used a different pipe, it gave off its Virginia character even better, that matured over time. It burns slow, you need to take care of it, however it is indeed worth the patience. One of my favorites so far. I find it interesting, that there was a difference when I smoked it as a flake. Perfect indeed.

Pipe Used: Szabó Rustic billiard, Real Briar bent

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Pipatorium in Budapest

5 people found this review helpful.

NobbyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NobbyR (79)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This dark brown block of tobacco, freckled with tan spots is pretty hard, and it takes a really sharp knife or a plug cutter to prepare it. Containing some Brazilian leaf among the African Virginias and Burley it has a slight cigar-like smell underneath an unobtrusive fruity scent, reminding me of plums or fruitcake.

I usually cut a slice of 2-3 mm from the plug, which I then cross cut into cubes of the same edge length. After that filling and lighting your pipe is very easy: just let the cubes trickle into you bowl and tamp gently. After the charring light I level out the ashes and get the tobacco burning evenly with usually a single true light. However, an occasional re-light might be required.

As long as you don't draw too eagerly on your pipe, 3P's will give you a cool and satisfying smoke. Just tamp down the ashes regularly to keep it glowing. The grassy, tangy notes from the Virginias, the spicy Brazilians, and the nutty Burley mix nicely with the fruity casing giving a taste that reminds me of dark chocolate. Smoking too hot will ruin this complexity. The bowl starts with a medium strength, getting bolder towards the end leaving some grey ash.

Due to the Brazilian leaf the room note has a slight cigar-like scent, but also some sweetness from the Virginias. It smells more like an English blend than an aromatic.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Lilje

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Local Tobacconist

5 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

After all the good reviews, I had to try this one. While it is a decent smoke, I don't see what all the fuss is about. While I did smoke the entire tin, I doubt I will ever buy this one again.

First, like a lot of plugs, this one is mottled to dark in color and very solid and tightly packed. Kind of reminded me of a hockey puck. It had the fermented aroma of many pressed and plug tobaccos, with raison or prune like scent. I could tell it was an aromatic but the flavoring is very subtle and other than a fruit like aroma, I could not tell what it is. This plug is so solid that I experimented between shaving some off with a knife and pealing some single leaf of the top and tearing it into small pieces. Both were easy to pack in the bowl but took several lights to get it lit. This was true even after letting it dry for awhile. The flavor was rich and full, I could taste the sweetness of the VA's and the fullness of the burley, but the strange fruit taste kept coming through. While I did enjoy smoking it, but to enjoy it, it had to be smoked very slow, I would rather it not have had the flavor added to it. I think the Va's and burley would have stood alone and provided a better smoke. I do enjoy aromatics, but this one interfered with the good tobacco taste instead of enhancing it. It burned slowly down with a steely grey ash and required frequent relighting to keep it lit which I found irritating after awhile. I never once was able to smoke it all the way down as the bottom layer of tobacco gained a lot of moisture and would not stay lit. I feel this was the result of the flavoring agent. The room note to me was more like a cigar instead of fragrant pipe tobacco and while not unpleasant, it was not anything I or others enjoyed the scent of.

Some really like this tobacco, I just thought it rather single layered and nothing to get excited about. I would not say it is bad, but there are many more that I would recommend over it so I can only give it two stars.

Pipe Used: briar, cob, meer

Age When Smoked: 1-6 montha

Purchased From:

5 people found this review helpful.

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

A perfect plug indeed. Beautifully presented plug of tobacco. Dark and chewy, the aroma has soft wafts of sweet tobacco and fig. It’s dense as can be. I cut against the grain using a a sharp blade. I cut it into small ribbons. I packed it loosely. The charring light gave a hint at the journey to come. The pipe flavor started light. The taste reminded me of a pistachio confectionary. As it progressed, the warmth of the flame melted the flavor of this blend into a beautiful chewy delectable smoke. The fruit topping accentuates the tobacco wonderfully. It is a very light topnote that tastes like its part of the tobacco, and not something artificially applied. Midway, it gives a nice nicotine hit thats a tad past medium in strength, but the flavor is full of refined, billowy wafts of perfection. I was really surprised how much I liked this pipe weed. It’s a bit of effort to prepare, but well worth it. I just ordered another tin. I like natural tobaccos, but I appreciate a good aromatic as well. This, and Irish Whiskey are the perfect synthesis of the two. Don’t let negative reviews deceive you. Try this blend!

4 people found this review helpful.

CherchezLaghost Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CherchezLaghost (52)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Disclaimer: ive only smoked one tin of this stuff. I mostly smoke a good deal more than that before reviewing but i figure it may never get to that point, and id like to offer my opinion on this blend anyway. 3P is a nifty ultra dense plug that is very moist and hard. I dont smoke all that many plugs, but i think this is the firmest ive run across. A sharp knife will do the deed, and the resulting flakes should be well crumbled and given ample drying time if you hope to have a go at smoking it. Once accomplished, this little number can be gravity loaded and coaxed to burn fairly well. The plug smells of deep fruit. This translates to the smoke, and while it isnt very sweet, there is a prominent fruit scent throughout. I think of it as a less potent and deeper variety of what is used in university flake, approaching Erinmore territory in flavor (but not intensity). The va to burley ratio is very nice, and long stoving has melded the two into a lovely whole. Overall it is absolutely respectable and well done, has ample nicotine, and on paper would be my ideal smoke. While ive enjoyed each bowl of it, i never really craved it. I couldnt tell you why, i guess there really is no accounting for taste. I think this is a unique, very well made plug, and can offer a recommendation easily, i just personally follow my longings when it comes to tobacco, and for whatever reason i just dont long for it as i do for my old standbys. Easily a 3 star offering and could be 4 for some.

Pipe Used: Cobs, meerschaums, briar

Age When Smoked: New to 1 year

Purchased From: Smokers Haven

4 people found this review helpful.

Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (66)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

There are two Peterson's blends that Peterson considers necessary to distinguish as "experienced smoker's blends": Irish Flake ("recommended for the experienced pipe smoker", the tin description says) and Peterson's Perfect Plug ("sure to appeal to the experienced pipe smoker").

Well, I easily understand why Irish Flake needs such disclaimer: after all, it's quite a high-octane stuff and may send the faint-hearted into a nice nicotine-induced psychedelic trip. The reasons for a similar disclaimer are less obvious to me in the case of Perfect Plug, which is not strong (or otherwise extreme) as much.

If Peterson really wanted to create something perfect I must admit they reached not too far from successfully accomplishing such a mission. The blend which combines a perfect balance of good Virginias and Burley with subtle natural flavour of dried fruits and a healthy dose of nicotine is indeed a triple win. I believe it will appeal to inexperienced smokers as well.

The only important skill they might need to fully enjoy the PPP is preparing the plug properly. Fortunately, cube-cutting and gravity-filling (which I found the best way to go) are incredibly easy to master. I need no relights when I prepare PPP this way.

Almost Perfect, indeed. Highly Recommended.

Actually, all three Peterson's pressed tobacco blends (Peterson's Perfect Plug, Irish Flake and University Flake) are nearly perfect and of superb quality. It's pity they don't produce more varieties.

Pipe Used: Peterson Rhodesian 999

Similar Blends: Peterson University Flake.

4 people found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (152)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is, in my opinion, the best Peterson tobacco. Now, Im partial to plugs I have to say, although it is a bit of effort to prepare. When i smoke all day and am on the run I take a ribbon or broken flake in a pouch (like Germain's Plumcake, or C&D's Opening Night, or GL Pease's Union Sq...etc) but often at home, I take the time to smoke plugs -- which I think carry a special quality of taste. Perfection Plug is very cool...and in that sense I can think of only Solani Aged Burley Flake being as cool as this. The taste is a touch smokey and the burley is high quality and dark and earthy. There is a bit of fermentation and the plug itself is almost black in color. It has that odd raison like smell to it when you unwrap it but the taste is 98% tobacco taste. Whatever else is in there is very very very mild. Overall, if you like plugs or want to try plugs, this is a good one. The Gawith Hogarth bulk flakes are sort of the gold standard for this type of pipe tobacco, but Peterson is now in the running I'd say. The nicotine hit is a tad over medium, but never harsh. It is a very cool long burning and rich smoke.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

I was sent a two bowl sample of this in the form of a very small rectangular cube. I sliced it in to very small flakes. About a half inch by a half inch and sliced the first few small flakes into cubes as the flakes would not easily rub out. I crammed them into a bowl in a rush out the door to work and had a very hard time lighting it. Once I got it going it went fine, but I found it rather boring as it got to the bottom of the small bowl.

The next bowl I did entirely different. I rubbed out the small flakes the night before and packed my Savinelli Trevi 320ks the night before smoking it so it would adequately dry. What a difference this made. The next day when I lit up it did so easily and I was immediately engrossed in a rich smoke pungent with dark fired Kentucky. Truth be told, I had a hard time finishing the bowl as I was feeling the effects of too much nicotine on an empty stomach.

The second time the bowl never got boring, but was just maybe a bit too strong for me. The person who sent this to me thought it may, perhaps, supplant Irish Flake as one of my favorites, but it did not do that. It did show me that Irish Flake was not the limit to how strong a Peterson blend could get.

And to the very strong blends, it is one of the tastier ones I have had. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes them strong and who can't get enough of Dark Fired Kentucky in their smoking diets. I may get a tin of this or two down the line to give it a fuller test, but for now I will leave it at three stars.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Trevi 320ks

4 people found this review helpful.

3pipeproblem Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
3pipeproblem (12)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Been a member here for some years and I greatly enjoy reading y'alls impressions. Time for me to step up my humble contributions.

3P is a great blend that I can imagine in permanent rotation. Lovely tobacco flavor with mild casing. Robust but not big-time like Irish Flake (though I love that as well). Good nic content.

My preparation is somewhat unorthodox but it worked well : peel off several thin layers and cut into tiny flakes/cubes with a pair of scissors, and rub out. Moisture content is somewhat high but burns well without extra drying.

Excellent blend which I forsee becoming an old friend : 3.5 stars

Pipe Used: Briars, corncob

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

1979 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
1979 (62)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Peterson - Peterson's Perfect Plug

A densely compressed tobacco brownie. I like to shave thin flakes from the end, then cube cut these.  As I do this, I notice the tobacco has kind of a waxy feel and this concerned me.  Also concerning were all the mentions of "fruity", "licorice", etc. that I found in prior reviews, in fact those almost put me off even trying this one. But these turned out to be of little to no consequence, as the waxiness doesnt translate into mouthfeel, and I found the toppings to be very mild at most.

This is some good stuff.  Dark and nutty and slightly raisiny in flavor, it reminds me of a heavier Irish Oak minus the perique spice.  The topping barely puts me in mind of Fox's Provost.  If you like either or both of those, you'd probably like this one too. Notes of earthy, cigarish and black coffee.  It has a definitely noticeable but not powerful hit of nicotine to a veteran piper.  Of course, it requires some preparation time first and then some drying time.  I recommend a slightly looser pack. Its not really moist but the longer you let it dry the better it will perform in the bowl.

3 people found this review helpful.

Tcolley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tcolley (2)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant

Appearance: I could eat it! Looks like nicely cellophaned piece of chocolate fudge. Dark and medium brown tobacco layers with golden flecks throughout.

Tin note:A lovely light-fruity and clean aroma with a delicate anise/licorice undertone.

Preparation and smoking: Straight out of the tin with no drying. Slice and Dice. About 1/16 inch cubes. Sprinkle it in with NO tamping; just level it off and light it up. Tamp the ash only to keep the ember going without putting any pressure on the underlying tobacco and you will be rewarded with a continuously cool burning, dry smoke with very few relights. It will burn to a grey ash with no dottle or tongue bite. Almost an hour of pure pleasure.

Taste: I am not good at describing taste but if you like the taste of Virginia and Burly you are going to love this. I would classify it as a med to strong blend. Smoke this in a thin-walled pipe and regulate your puffing (sipping really) rhythm to keep the pipe cool and you will be able to to appreciate the nuanced flavors and the complexity if this blend. I continuously sip this blend by taking small puffs or tastes as I call it and only stop to bring the pipe temp down (always keeping the pipe cool). Smoke too fast and hot and it will be a bitter experience.

Additional smoking note: I do enjoy this tobacco in a larger and thicker walled pipe but for a newer person a thin walled pipe will give better temperature feedback. I feel that many reviewers do not like this type of tobacco because they haven't been properly instructed on the techniques that will best bring out the flavors of plug and flake type tobacco cuts.

Pipe Used: Smooth Digby Apple (Dunhill size 1-2)

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Old Dark Flake, Irish Flake.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipesmoking101 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesmoking101 (62)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I have 5 tins of this that have been sitting in my cellar for over 5.5 years, they remain sealed. My review here is based on a sample if this that I was sent of this tobacco (approx one third of a plug). My friend who sent me this had allowed the plug to dry a bit, which may explain why I experienced none of the difficulties reported by other here about keeping this stuff lit. My friend also advised that he feels this may be a good replacement for the recently discontinued Mick McQuaid Plug (of which I have a quantity stashed, along with Warrior Plug which was also recently discontinued), I'm not sure I agree entirely with his assertion on this matter, even though this was a pleasant smoke.

The flake itself is a mixture of browns & blacks, the plug is very attractive in appearance, but I like the look of plugs generally.

The note I got from this plug on the nose is a sweet, slightly fruity alcohol-type scent. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it was very pleasant. The tobacco is robust enough to be present on the nose also.

Sliced on my tobacco cutter, I managed to shave off several flakes, and I smoked this both as a folded & as a broken flake with some rubbed out.

As I mentioned, my sample was somewhat drier than I imagine it would be straight out the tin, but the flakes were still pliable, and the tobacco took & maintained a light easily for me.

The taste is of the good quality tobacco, synergising well with the fruity topping. The main taste I get from here is like a Brandy/Sweet liqueur taste, which is very pleasant indeed. The tobacco progresses in intensity towards the end of the bowl, but the casing doesn't all burn off, meaning the mingling remains good until the smoke is finished. I would imagine this would go well with a good Brandy.

It burned to a clean ash with no dottle every time.

The nicotine strength was medium & I found the room note to be pleasant.

As this was a sample, when I crack one of my fresh tins, I'll update/amend as needed.

All in all, a good solid tobacco. I like it, and am glad to have my aged tins available to enjoy in the future.

Is it is good as MMP as my friend suggested? I don't think so, MMP is a magical tobacco. This - whilst very good - lacks a little something, but I don't know what it is. Maybe it lacks the velvety smoothness, but due to the similarities between them, I will be able to use it, to some degree, to ensure my MMP & Warrior Plug supplies last longer by substituting this for it on a day-to-day basis, and saving the MMP & WP for special occasions.

I will definitely keep this around for future use.

Pipe Used: Parker Rusticated Billiard

Age When Smoked: Unknown (received as a sample)

Purchased From: Sample from a friend

Similar Blends: Mick McQuaid - Mick McQuaid Plug, Murray Sons & Co, Ltd - Warrior Plug.

3 people found this review helpful.

Old German puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old German puffer (106)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant

I opened a new tin of this today from my local B&M store. It had floated around at my pipe club and I had put it in my memory file that it was a different tobacco. Felt stupid with a senior moment. Opened up the tin to a very nice and dark tobacco brick. I was not in a mood to peal it off so I quickly broke off a chunk and tossed it into my coffee grinder. In 10 seconds I had the perfect cut tobbaco for my pipe. Filed it in a MPB GOLDEN GNOME Super Brebbia. First light was smooth and it took to the match very quickly. I tamp it down and relit. The smoke was on. It was a mild tobacco and paired it with Dumont coffee. Flavor was rustic. I got a lot of Virgina and a little spice. I had to relight only one time and the flavor stayed throughout the bowl. I did not get a heavy hit of nicotine and the coffee made for a nice smoke. My second bowl was slightly different as I peeled off and crumbled it into my bowl. This lighting was much harder and took more effort to keep lit and smoke. Flavor and taste was about the same. I think I will stick to the coffee grinder to prepare in the future. Never burned hot. Gave a good ash and my pipe stayed clean. Smoke time was slightly over an hour. I enjoyed it and think I need to go back to pipe club and thank a friend or two for correcting my senior moment.

Pipe Used: Brebbia Golden Gnome

Age When Smoked: New Tin

Purchased From: Amistads Pipe and Cigar

3 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (102)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Looking back, and being honest with myself, Peterson’s Perfect Plug was not an impulse purchase for me, despite I bought it locally after striking out on what I went to the shop for. The truth is, it had stuck in my mind at some point that 3P sports a “fruit topping”, and, based on my experience with Irish Flake, I somehow came to hope that 3P would be a less-fierce and less-oily IF that leaned toward Penzance. I know, right? Where do I get ideas like this?!?

Popping a fresh (to me) tin, I found 3P’s tin note to be somewhat muted, and it did not match my hopes and/or expectations, being rather funky and reminiscent of “clean” barnyards rather than floral or fruity, with incense. 3P smells fermented, all right, but more like it’s gone random and/or awry than anything done especially for analgesic effect. The plug is dark and quite dense, and it is moist in a way that suggests propylene glycol, albeit it actually dries quickly – like water - after it’s rubbed out. For my first bowl, I cut a thin flake off the end of the plug, and I tried to twist it to smoking condition, as is my wont with most flakes. Because the plug is so dense and moist, I wound up rubbing it out, then I stuffed it into my pipe and I lit it until it burned. I won’t bore you with the results of my first encounter. Succinctly, it turns out that I much prefer to thoroughly rub out and then dry 3P before smoking it. This makes it more like, say, Brown Irish X; not as strong, but that sort of Old-Timey, uncompromising, he-man type of smoke. And, despite 3P is nothing like what I sought out, and despite I don’t like the best of it as much as I like the best of Irish Flake, nonetheless I rate 3Ps 4 stars, overall. It’s deep and “dark” and funky and rich, and it stays itself from top to bottom. It’s strong and full, and – reputed VAs notwithstanding - I recommend it only to seasoned Burly smokers. Aftertaste is nothing more or less than the smoke trailing off. Room note is not for the faint of heart.

If the foregoing sounds like faint praise, it is rather meant to be somewhat cautionary, as IMO, the best of 3P is not very accessible, and it’s not really aimed at the Crowd, in the first place. OTOH, I would not have given it 4 stars unless I thought it has something special to offer experienced smokers.

Update, 10-14-15: I recently got into ½ a 3P plug that I had stashed in a jar for over 1 year. I’ve been smoking this cubed, in a pot, and I have to say, it’s especially nice this way! It’s fragrant and delicious, and a bowl lasts a while. But be careful, because it boils up like hot lava when it’s lit! As an unexpected bonus (I don’t know why), it now leaves my pipes smelling sweet! Now it has to go on my favorites list!

Pipe Used: various briars, all ghosted.

Age When Smoked: fresh tin, jarred for a month

Purchased From: Liberty Tobacco

Similar Blends: compare to G & H Brown Irish X; all of a sudden, it's been reminding me of JackKnife Plug.

3 people found this review helpful.

balkan_boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
balkan_boy (49)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This plug was a surprise to me.

Recently, I've exchanged tins of tobacco with a friend, and knowing his taste and Peterson tobacco, I didn't have any expectations. I couldn't be more wrong.

From the moment I opened the tin, I knew this would be a good thing. Smells good, the moisture was at perfect level, you could cut pieces, rub them and smoke 'em right away, and the taste is ... delicious. I loved it. Knowing that it's Burley, and I'm not a great fan of burleys, i was ready for a dull, metal - chemical note of a burley. A lot of tongue bite, a lot of artificial flavour.

Well, It's nothing like that. Everything about it is perfect. I enjoyed it in my car while driving, and immediately after that in my smoking dan in front of the computer with some tea. Boy, that was good. It's been a long time since I enjoyed a tobacco so much.

Highly recommend it!

Age When Smoked: 1 year

3 people found this review helpful.

beercritic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beercritic (33)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

In a word, sublime. Not complex, but full and splendid. Coming from cigars, I've only been piping a few months, but THIS stuff is wonderful. Course there are a lot of great tobaccos. I peel off individual leaves, then crumble them into the bowl. I enjoy the ritual/ordeal. Still on my first tin, 6 more arrived today. I hope to NEVER run out of this fine smoke. I did stove one tin to experiment.

Revisiting the stoved tin after 5 weeks (220F for 2 hours 20 minutes (remove plastic before cooking)), I'm finding it sweeter, fruiter & more complex. I've tried cutting flakes, then rubbing, dicing into tiny cubes, but I'm going back to peeling off the individual leaves, then crumbling. I think it's a surface area thing going on.

Stoved 7 more of these wonderful little bricks o' joy

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh.

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

A good, strong Virginia in plug cut. Do not try this if you are just getting started. It is indeed flavoursome, but a tough one. Very austere in its structure, no subtleties or exquisitness: just a strong, plain Virginia (far bolder and less sugary than Gawith's Full Virginia Flake), presented in tightly pressed chunks. Diffiult to break appart, but once done it can be a delight; cool, long lasting but beware. Sitting is advisable.

3 people found this review helpful.

J.R. Patton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J.R. Patton (106)
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I do love me some plugs. I first tried this years ago when first branching out from my exclusively aromatic diet. I wasn't ready for it's power or flavor profile just yet. But now that I've become a real pipe smoker, I decided to give it another fair shot. And needless to say, I found it much better and richer this go-around.

What you get in the tin is a highly compressed and cellophane wrapped 2 inch square of fairly uniformly dark brown tobacco. And when I say square I mean you could check 90° corners with this thing. Being so compressed, it is difficult to work with...patience my friend. Normally I use rugged tobacco scissors to cut a plug, but they wouldn't suffice here. Had to use a sharp razor knife very carefully. Cut some thin flakes, let the flakes dry an hour or two, then fully rub it out and dry some more as needed. This is the best way I've found to get 3P to burn satisfactorily and with no relights.

Taste is pretty full, with a smokey and very earthy character. The fermentation is evident and reveals a heavy presence of stoved VAs and dark fired burley. There is a topping here but I can't really place a distinct flavor on it, perhaps something almost floral. It hinders the tobacco flavors not a bit. No tongue bite at all, just cool, long-burning tobacco bliss. I can hardly wait to see how this plug evolves with age.

3P is an all-around pleasantly strong old-timey plug, and I'm glad to have given it a second chance. I don't know that it will be a mainstay in my rotation, though, because I lean more towards Irish Flake as my Peterson of choice. But I have cellared a few tins for the future. Give it a try...just be sure to dry it plenty, rub it plenty, pack it lightly (in a smaller pipe), and sip on it gently. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

Pipe Used: MM Great Dane, MM Belle Starr

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: G. L. Pease - JackKnife Plug (New World Collection).

2 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (137)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

First, there is a cellophane wrapper around this plug, so if you want to age this you need to remove it and then place it in a jar. Wrappers like this have pros and cons but it will slow the aging process. The tobacco is of good quality and old fashioned I get but it is far from complex. The VA's have some grass and citrus notes and the burley has some nutty, earthiness about it. The fruit toppings are citrus and slightly sweet. The nic is really closer to the med. level but the overall body is med. full. However, I find that the topping really mutes the overall flavor profile of the VA's. It is a nice smoke overall but not a favorite for me. The room note I found to be almost too strong. I smoke outside only and after finishing and going back out 20 minutes later it was still very prevalent. It will bite if it is pushed but there is no reason to push this one what you get with the first few puffs is all that is there.

Age When Smoked: 18 months

2 people found this review helpful.

Alper.e Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alper.e (12)
Mild Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Very nice tin aroma. dried figs or dried raisins (sultana). I can't taste any of aromas when smoked but pure sweet virginia taste is felt. Humidity is ok. it isvery easy to cut flakes from the plug. Very cool and dry smoke no bitter taste and no gurgling bowl also. Recommended for experienced pipe smokers

Pipe Used: Peterson's Sherlock Holmes Baker Street

Age When Smoked: from cellar, 2 yo newly opened

Purchased From: "KaDeWe" - Berlin, Germany

2 people found this review helpful.

LoneRider Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LoneRider (20)
Strong Medium Very Full Strong

My bad luck with plugs continues. The tin aroma was fine, if not a bit strong. The flavor while smoking it was fine. However, this is another nicotene bomb (never good for my sensitive stomach). It seems that whenever I buy a plug tobacco, this seems to be the case. Oh, well. Smoke and learn, I guess.

Pipe Used: Caminetto

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Halford Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Halford (4)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Great fun carving off flakes from the plug! I felt at home doing this as I've been a woodcarver and sculptor for many years. One does need a sturdy, large knife made razor sharp for best results. Caution advised for the inexperienced wielder of the blade.. Of the PPP experience, I kept remembering Erimore Flake throughout the days as the plug became smaller and then vanished. Beneath the fruity apricot note lay an undercurren t of raisin/figs. Altogether a great tobacco! But gosh, can't see myself doing all the cutting up procedures again. Hope they sell this as pre-made flake at some point. PPP rocks!

Pipe Used: Savinelli author

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: Erinmore Flake.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Solid hard plug. Not easy to break by hand. Need a sharp knife to cut it to slices, like flakes, and rubbed out to pack in the pipe. Earthy, nutty and dry fruity flavor. Burns very cool and relatively slow. Though nicotine is above average, it is smoother and natural than University Flake. Perfect for night smoke before bedtime.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

First attempt at a plug, and was pleasantly surprised. After reading the other reviews, I was bracing for a solid bout of having my head buried in the toilet bowl from the nicotine blast (after a nasty first experience with the burley-rich Royal Yacht on an empty stomach, I've learned to respect the N!), but my fears were soon alleviated after the first bowl.

Don't get me wrong, you WILL feel it, but if you've built up any sort of tolerance and, more importantly, take it slow and easy, you will be rewarded with the noticeable euphoric relaxation of a proper nic buzz.

The tin presentation is as others have noted: a dense block of dark brown, pressed tobacco sealed in plastic, nicely centered in a paper wrapping. Upon opening the plastic, I was met with a subdued aroma of tobacco (the dried figs and raisins, but not as sickly sweet as most) along with a very faint odor of fermentation, somewhat akin to a cigar, all brought together by what smelled to me like semisweet chocolate.

The preparation is fun, and what I was most looking forward to with my first plug. Yes, an adequately sharp blade is required if you choose to slice or cube this very densely packed block, as I did. Lacking that, I suppose you could defoliate the individual layers and tear then into strips with good result.

There is some moisture, but not too much as to seriously hinder lighting (I smoked this fresh, but would like to save some to age and see how that changes the experience). Now, keeping your bowl lit is another matter, as I had quite a lot of difficulty with that, but I attribute it to my inexperience with preparation and likely made the cubes too large. I imagine, as another reviewer mentioned, that slightly breaking up the cubes and mixing in more broken-up flakes as a sort of kindling would alleviate most of the issue.

The taste was at first monochromatic, like a straight Virginia, but darker and less sweet (again, semisweet chocolate comes to mind), but soon developed a richness and body that proved very satisfying, and a bit unlike anything I've tried before. I enjoyed this! I also noticed an aftertaste like green tea which was very nice.

After about 1/3 of the bowl, I noticed the mild sensation of my head swimming, and realized this was definitely an after-meal, sitting-down smoke. It is far from overpowering, but lightweights take heed! It sneaks up on you in this blend as opposed to hitting you over the head and being at the forefront like some others. It reminded me of drinking a Long Island Iced Tea, or more appropriately, a well-made, strong stout. You won't notice the kick until it's too late, if you don't respect the concoction and sip slowly!

Altogether very satisfying! I only knocked off a star on my recommendation rating due to the fact that the prep time and strength might put the impatient, new smoker off.

Pipe Used: Peterson Captain Pete xl21, Eriksen keystone

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'd like to start this review with saying there is a learning curve to making this blend an easy smoke. It comes in quite a perfect plug that does stay very nice. I prefer to spend some time and make a ribbon cut little bit at a time.

The strength of this cut was more than I imagined it being. I would up liking it very much, but not quite your average aromatic.

The taste and flavor had me quite pleased as it was a fruity flavor and taste, but at the same time natural. The wife note was also quite pleasing as it was a pipe smell, but at the same time fruity and pleasing.

After you put some love into packing your bowl, you can achieve a long cool, enjoyable smoke.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Bent Bulldog & Peterson System Bent

Purchased From: Local Shop (J & R Fielding Co.)

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Ok so my initial impression of this tobacco was that it was flavorless and and not so strong. That was a year ago! over the last year I have come back to this plug several times. As my taste buds matured the plug got better as far as taste goes. I quit smoking cigs about three months ago and put down my pipe for a month. After restarting the pipe I began to review all my tobaccos and man let me tell you that this plug is amazing. A little fruity but not as much as UniFlake and a lil spicy. It has a very full taste and lights well. If you are a cigarette smoker this blend isnt likely to do it for you because I believe cig smokers enjoy more pronounced flavors and struggle with complexity. If your first impression of this plug was not great just hold on to it and keep coming back to it.

2 people found this review helpful.

ElMog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ElMog (30)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant

The only plug avaiblable at my local B&M, i thought i'd give it a try. I was surprised by how dense the plug was. Cut a thin slice, rubbed it, let it dry for a few hours, the preparation is fun and somehow, all the effort and anticipation build up to a greater smoking expercience. Hard to light, hard to keep lit. I'd compare this mixture to coffee, or strong tea with milk. It is robust, slightly bitter, creamy, has some herbal/resinous undertones, and a somewhat sweet finish. I think i detect more burley than virginia in the taste. The topping, if there is one, mostly comes through the finish, giving the blend a sweetness similar to that of sugar added to coffee, that is, unnatural but pleasant. The room note probably wont offend and is rather sweet. Even if pushed, it wont bite. Depending on smoking cadence, i like how this blend can go from sweet/fruity to nutty/herbal, without ever becoming harsh. Leaves a lot of moisture in the pipe, even on subsequent smokes where i left the leaf to dry a little longer. Overall, very very satisfying, but quite a hassle.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Primo Fumo

Purchased From: Tabagie Giguère

1 person found this review helpful.

riobrew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
riobrew (27)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A truly lovely perfect plug. After having McQuaid and Warrior Plugs was looking for a replacement. This fits the bill. Dark, dense, Virginia and burley. I like to shave slivers, dry a bit and put in pipe. Rub some out for the top and Light. Medium to strong taste with lots of thick smoke. Great taste of Virginia and burley. Smoke slow and enjoy the adventures of This wonderful blend.

Pipe Used: Peterson Sherlock Army Mount Apple

Age When Smoked: New and couple months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: McQuaid plug and Warrior Plug..

1 person found this review helpful.

shikano53 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
shikano53 (2)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a great tobacco. Take the time to prepare it and it will reward you. It isn't harsh and if you smoke it gently, the taste of raisins and figs come through. I smoked it slowly and let the nic do it's thing. I thoroughly enjoyed my first tin and purchased another.

Pipe Used: Various

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This is definitely a favorite of mine and it has everything to do with the fact that is is a plug. I love the plug form as it creates a richness and depth that you will only find in this style tobacco blend. This one has a mild topping similar to Mick McQuad Plug but much lighter and serves to enhance the natural flavor of the tobaccos rather than to act as an aromatic, so in that regard it is much more like a casing than a topping. I like to slice it into thin flakes with my pocket knife and fully rub it out and let it dry for no more than 15 minutes. I like my plug tobaccos more on the moist side as opposed to most other cuts. Rich, creamy and very natural tasting. Not overly complex in structure but not boring either, there are many nuances to contemplate. This is a dumb reach for me as I am always in the mood for it or some other similar plug. Lets keep plug tobacco blends alive fellas, keep on smoking them! The nicotine is satisfying if your a nic freak like me, otherwise it might be a little bit on the strong side. I like to smoke it in a large bowled billiard and I can easily get an hour to an hour and a half out of it.


Pipe Used: Tsuge, Neerup

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Mick McQuaid Plug.

1 person found this review helpful.

WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (86)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Ok, before this excellent blend gets bashed too many times, let me fill you in on a secret. It's all in the preparation. First off, don't rub it out. Using a sharp implement, I use a very sharp medium sized pocket knife. Lay the cube on a flat surface. I start at the corners, making thin full slices from top to bottom. It's important to cut all the way through from top to bottom. If you only slice part way through the cube it affects the taste. Keep the slices as thin as possible. Stack the slices till you have enough to insert into the bowl. Leave room on top for a bit of kindling. I use some bland dry virginia flake for the kindling. Now using two lights and a final light tamp, give it a go. The word sublime comes to mind whenever I smoke this.

Pipe Used: Calabrese Apple

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (152)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I 've never tried a plug tobacco so this blend was a challenge to me..the description is clear...promises dark fruits and nuts.when you open the tin you get dark fruits earth and need time to manipulate the plug ,first to cut it into small cubes and then to rub it.some drying time is needed also.lights easier than i though burns cool and slow.the moisture level is ok while burning.the flavours are very pleasant between dark fruits and earth.a nuttyness with some citruses comes out too.biting doesn't exist .the room note is not something unique rather than flat.the nicotine level is medium.the moisture level at the end of the bowl is me it's a worthy blend but not an all day because of the nicotine level and the flavours wich are very rich to start your day...i prefer it after launch.

Age When Smoked: left it dry out 1 hour

1 person found this review helpful.

Swiss-smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Swiss-smoker (62)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A very dark brown, almost black, cube-shaped plug, sealed in cellophane and vacuum packed in a common round tobacco tin. Like all plugs, it’s a chore to get it ready for smoking. I have achieved best results when slicing medium thick flakes and then rubbed into a rough Ready Rubbed. After preparing, I let it air spread out for about two hours. Lighting is quite difficult, but once properly lit you are rewarded with a nice, cool, steady and very slow burn, terminating into dry white ash, and never leading to any kind of tongue bite.

In my perception this mixture lies somewhere in between an Aromatic and a strong Danish Mixture. It’s a deep digging, powerful mixture with a natural Virginia and Burley tobacco taste in its base. There is a fruity casing, though. I can detect citrus fruit, plum or raisin, and some indefinable flavours. A layer of sweet topping accompanies you throughout the bowl. It is about the highest acceptable level for me, in both aspects, fruit casing and sweet topping.

“3P’s”, as it’s called in short form, or “Peterson’s Perfect Plug” in its long form, is a recommendable, heavy, tasty mixture, no doubt, there is just too much unmerited fuss about it. However, I gather it would be even better without casing and topping. It was an interesting try, but I will not buy it again.

Age When Smoked: New, out of the tin.

Purchased From: Local tobacconist.

1 person found this review helpful.

Ed.-Alain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ed.-Alain (1)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I noticed a quality change in the leaves of this plug. Using terms of cigars the quality went down from wrapper to filler. It's a shame.

Pipe Used: any

Age When Smoked: can't say

Purchased From: Switzerland

1 person found this review helpful.

Ahmad Othman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ahmad Othman (46)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This tobacco is exceptional from other pressed tobaccos I have tried for numerous reasons.. 1. The packaging: It is nearly the only plug or flake I have seen in a round tin. Which is more convenient to be honest in case you like to keep your baccy i... n tin 2. Tin note: I fell in love with it.. A rich, deep fruity tin note 3. Cutting: As always, plugs are a bit of a challenge, but this one is quite easy to cut and pack 4. Main Attributes: Rich flavour, good body and aroma My only gripe with it so far is keeping it lit. Maybe, I am cutting it thick, so I will keep trying for thinner cuts. Otherwise, definitely one to keep in your rotation

One extra note: beware while cutting and packing this one.. It can change the experience dramatically.. The best way I have found is taking very very thin flakes from it ~2mm and pack it like you pack a flake. For me, it was fold and stuff

Pipe Used: Peterson System Ebony XL315

Age When Smoked: N/A but fresh from the tin

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Davidoff - Scottish Mixture.

1 person found this review helpful.

Little Steven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Little Steven (66)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

Perfect is some claim but it ain't half good, this plug.

It's flavoursome. There's sweet hay, musty, yeasty bread. There's the occasional subdued background tease of indeterminate fruit. And a sporadic saltiness that is most pleasant.

Yet this blend lacks edge. I miss a little je ne sais quoi. It's as if the manufacturer has kept it deliberately a tad bland to please.

Pipe Used: Stanwell billard.

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the shop.

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop (nice chaps).

1 person found this review helpful.

jvnshr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jvnshr (23)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Smoking Peterson Peterson's Perfect Plug is like eating a fruit salad that has been prepared by your grandmother from fresh picked fruits from her own garden. Recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Doctor Grabow Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Doctor Grabow (6)
Medium Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant

This tobacco's body is light and the fruit flavoring is light as well. I love puffing it top dead center over my tongue until I can tease out the fruit flavor which also reminds me a bit of plastic. I know that doesn't sound good but it is and very interesting. The plug is very dense so even when you rub out slices, it seems to smoke a lot longer than you might be used to (an added benefit). The nicotine hit isn't as much as Irish Flake, but since the plug is so dense, it has the potential to give you a kick after a long time of smoking. There is no bite even if you smoke it for hours.

Pipe Used: Doctor Grabow Grand Duke

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Vladimir the Hun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vladimir the Hun (6)
Very Strong Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I found this tobacco to be an overall pleasant smoke. The tin note was pleasant with strong sweet smells of Virginia tobacco and is very nice. The smoke was pleasant and full bodied but I found a strong nicotine punch from this blend. The taste was extremely pleasant and the flavor was neither too strong nor not present at all, but I found the nicotine punch very strong but not altogether unpleasant.

1 person found this review helpful.

sagepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sagepipe (13)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Has a foul aftertaste like that of common house blends found in most pipe and cigar corner stores. This is my first plug tobacco and a fun experience up until the aftertaste.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This was my first shot at plug tobacco. The cutting takes some practice and a good knife. Something with some weight to it, so forget your pocket knife to start out with. I've smoked about half the plug so far, and I love this stuff. I believe it is a delicious, manly kinda smoke. Good with strong coffee or strong whisky.

The tin note is of tobacco, I haven't noticed the fruity flavor that has been described ny other reviewers on this site. It may be just sugar water, like the kind macbaren uses on some of its blends. The presentation is a little brick that kind of looks like a brownie. Has some color lining to it though, so you can see it has some different tobaccos in it.

The prep work is fun and takes some experimentation to get it right for you. I like it about the thickness of normal navy flake. I rub it out also, as my flakes rarely come off even enough to fold. You want to make sure that it is moist enough also. If it gets too dry, it will be very difficult to slice. I keep it in the same jar as my Irish oak, and it seems to do fine with no flavor blending.

It is very tasty, very full flavored and dark. It is earthy like soil and the woods after a good rain. The virginia come through with some sweetness here and there, which keeps it balanced a bit. Very savory kind of smoke when properly moist. It can smoke nice and cool, with very little bite. I find it may take a relight or two. It is pretty strong so I let it go out now and then during my smoke any way. It deepens in its dark characteristics when it's re tamped and lit again.

It is very strong as far as tobaccos go, so take it easy. It can make you need to sit down. I love it, but I would recommend this one with caution on merit of strength alone. Otherwise have at it if you have a good nicotine tolerance. I had noticed its classified as an aromatic on this site, and I'm not sure I agree. It does have a nice aroma to me, however I tend to rate aroma on the "wife" principle. It fails it that regard. Happy smoking.

Pipe Used: Peterson #606, Grabow lark group 1

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

Purchased From: Orange tobacco and more, orange ct

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Smokeybear86 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smokeybear86 (14)
Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin Note: This Plug not only resembles but also smells like sweet candied figs.

Initial Light: Lit well and evenly after 2-3 false lights had a hay-like taste at the beginning of the smoke.

Mid-Smoke: The smoke was really mild and easy to draw however not easy to keep lit as it had gone out 3 times on me. By the third time i decided to try some Delayed Gratification (DGT) and let it sit for 30min while I was having a meeting with John to Flush out Certain issues. Sadly upon my return i found that my meeting was more amusing then this smoke. Flavor just wasn't there i thought i tasted sweet Virginia for a min but i think insomnia was just kicking in from the boredom.

Bottom of the Bowl:Started to smoke a little wet, luckily i was using a pipe with a military mount and was able to remove the stem and blow out the juice. That solved the wetness issue but that same hay-like earthy taste was still there and showed no signs of leaving.

Room Note: After I came in from my meeting there was a sweet fruity smell from my pipe and it smelt rather good, however Im sure anything would smell good after that meeting (im sorry i had too).

Dottle: There was a clumpy like ash in the bowl not wet but clumpy as if not all the tobacco lit.

Smoking Duration: 1HR smoke time 30min DGT - This does not include the 30min i was struggling to cut this hefty block of tobacco into flakes and once again into cubes.

Overall: The tin note and the fact that it smoked smooth and mild while not leaving a bad taste in my mouth contributes to the score in a good way. However as good as it was to mindlessly smoke it, it was also mindlessly boring and didn't shock or impress me in any substantial way. With all the other choices out there i probably wont cellar this blend.


Either buy a really sharp knife, cleaver or Nah at it like a chunk of dark chocolate. Because the prep is going to take your patience or your finger.

Pipe Used: Peterson Belge Cutty

Age When Smoked: 1 year

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sibeen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sibeen (10)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Peterson's other 4 star, IF being the other.

I do love this stuff...both versions. I live in Australia where draconian anti smoking laws have basically driven out any manufacturer with any modicum of sense. Surprisingly, Peterson's persist, although I imagine it is through some wholesaler. So you can actually get Peterson's products - from around 5 or 6 stores in the country; but I also bring in some tins from overseas (4 nogs etc) and the plugs are a different size.

The one's I get from Australia are smaller, darker and denser. Both versions weigh in at 50g or thereabouts, so no one is shaving off profits or anything like that, but they are different. Saying that the smell and taste cannot be differentiated between the two versions. I actually sent an email to Peterson's asking whether they could explain the difference but never received a response. Like a marketing department could ever be bothered replying to a if.

I cannot praise this bac highly enough. OK, it can be a pain to shave it down, and the Aussie version (sic) is certainly a chore, it's like cutting through mulga; but what you receive in return is worth the effort.

The strength increases as you go down the bowl, but is never overwhelming. I can't detect any casing, and how this is rated as an aromatic is beyond me.

A pint of Guinness and thou...bliss :)

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Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A great classic virginia. Dark, spicy, yet sweet and smooth. The casing is very well done. This is one blend that will never bite. The casing adds a nice fig fruity note to the otherwise spicy, dark virginia blend. The only difficulty to this blend if finding the best way to break it down into a smokeable form. I would recommend getting a good sturdy, sharp knife and slicing it into thin, foldable flakes.

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Mike0831 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike0831 (10)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Full Very Pleasant

This is great tobacco. I think it's strong with a great room fragrance. I like the plug style because you have to do a little work for the reward. 2/1/14 - I bought another can I didn't notice before that the plug cube is wrapped in cellophane. Hmmm. That's a nice touch there. I've sliced it this time into very very thin slivers and smoked it in the same small bowled pipe. I really think this is great stuff. Can't say enough about it...,,

Pipe Used: Ser Jacopo Delecta

Age When Smoked: 2 yrs

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Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant

My mind has been turning to plugs recently, which I had yet to sample, and a little investigation led me to trying this one first. Amongst all the plugs on offer, which seem to be highly regarded amongst those who smoked it, this one seemed to be more consistently recommended so I plumped for a tin.

Opening the tin and looking up on the little block of tobacco was a little disconcerting at the size of it, I struggled to believe that 50g of tobacco could fit into it. Not paranoid or anything, I dug out my kitchen scales and stuck the plug on and was pleasantly surprised for it to come in at 60g, can't argue with that. The smell of it is a good heavy tobacco, perhaps with hints of plum and fig. I then got stuck in with a rarely used kitchen knife to shave off some, only thing is when I was warned I needed a sharp knife I didn't realise quite how sharp it needed to be. Nonetheless, one trip to the shop to pick up a sharpener later, I finally got stuck into a pipeful and initially found it very heavy going, this is a strong one in terms of nicotine so it's best to slow down the smoke if possible. the first few smokes were quite a struggle to be honest, it's not that I disliked it but struggled with the nic-hit. A couple of changes of pipes have also helped, two briars and an MM Legend later and I seem to prefer smoking this in a cob, that's just my personal experience though so feel free to ignore it. As the plug has gone down though, my appreciation and tolerance for this tobacco have gone up and there is now a nice flavour of figs and plums. The room note is not to bad either.

So there we go, my very first try of a plug and I'm impressed. It's definitely worth taking the time to smoke slowly and get to know. Here's to more plugs and more 3P's, I can't think of a more perfectly named tobacco.

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CriolloCorojo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CriolloCorojo (18)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Phenomenal Tobacco! I had nearly finished a full review when Internet Explorer crashed - Doh!!! I am using Firefox as I write this second review and hopefully won't have the same problem. I am going to write reviews in MS Word and cut and paste from now on. This review will be short because I do not have the patience to write it all up again.

To properly prepare and enjoy PPP, you need a sharp knife, some patience and a full belly. The burley is up front and the virginias are more in the background. These are high quality tobaccos. The virginias do not have that awful ketchup flavor that I loathe. I wouldn't put ketchup on something that I was going to eat if somebody was going to pay me, and quite frankly hate to be around the smell of it when somebody ruins their meat or fries by using this worst-of-all-condiments.

The tobacco stays lit when packed properly in a quality briar. It does not need much drying. Sit back, relax and enjoy a bowl if you are an experienced smoker who enjoys the taste of quality tobacco and can handle a nice dose of nicotine.

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MDP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MDP (39)
Strong Very Mild Full Strong

Living in sunny, temperate climes, the adherence to the doctrine of copious caffeine and dependence on bull moose helpings of nicotine are foreign to me. N. Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England's northern counties existing in cold, cloud, mist, and interminable winter are just the places for the artificial consciousness induced by Nicot's lady.

Additionally, the culinary staples of shepherd pie, mutton stew, potato, and those offal delicacies sustain not only the necessary metabolic thermals for 59F highs in August, but build up the constitutional frame for shunt loads of vitamin N such residents seem capable of handling. Case in point: Peterson Perfect Plug or 3P.

If you live in Florida and sip Mojitos as you lunch on conch and field greens, you are barking up the wrong coconut palm. Instead, go for the plate of boliche, congri and crusty pan Cubano, because you will need to be an immovable object against the coming unstoppable force of 3P. Otherwise, the onset of sweats and vomiting with the resulting loss of fluids and electrolytes could mean that 3P will be the last thing you ever smoke. Before death ensues, 3P will ease you into a sleep so soft and sudden that propofol seems like a sledgehammer to the cerebral cortex.

Pressed and aged in Guy Fox's gunpowder barrels and an aftertaste reminiscent of a choleric's grave dust are just two of the flavor highlights awaiting you with 3P. There is also the piquancy on the palate akin to a sting from the box jellyfish. Not all of the most deadly things come from Australia.

In flake form, 3P burns like concrete pier pillars, but in all truthful disclosure, 3P is as cool as the same. Sliced thin and rubbed up thoroughly provided the best performance, flavor intensity, and smoke density. Small pipe chambers recommended for those with intact nervous systems.

While the handsome, dark brown plug looks more potent, its sister, Irish Flake, is stronger and more flavorful, as are SG 1792 Flake and G&H Dark Flake. Irish Flake is less potent than G&H or SG ropes and twists, the latter being stronger than SG 1792 Flake and G&H Dark Flake. Therefore gauge your qualifications to smoke 3P accordingly. 3P seems stronger than University Flake, Orlik's Dark Strong Kentucky and equal to G&H Birdseye. Haddo's Delight and Escudo will seem “light and playful” after a romp with 3P. How 3P compares to Jack Knife Plug remains to me unknown, for now (Edit: 3P is stronger than JKP).

I also don't know if the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English pipe men can really handle this devil's confection or if its is just a leg pull on the rest of us. Whatever is the case, 3P will tease your innards and gizzards enough. Sure, you might be a hurling champion of the world, but see if you can survive 3P before you beat your breast. If not, you might be in a whole other bout of hurling.

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salopst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
salopst (15)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Err, wow!

Maybe everything just came together, but my first bowl of PPP put me in a place that I am sorry I have now left. This was, for me, otherworldy.

Warm, rich, full, round-- like a lamb stew when it is a cold November in your soul. It was so good that I am sorely tempted to stop smoking and leave it at that.

I am a very, very happy man right now.

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Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (90)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

After a tin...several thoughts: 1.0) I cut this about like Irish Flake and then 'palm-mangled' it into submission, stuffing the mashed and shreddy mass into the bowl in three parts...followed by a very well rubbed topping for an easy light. 1.1) To all those sniveling about the harsh difficulties of cutting up the plug...oh, do come along! Quit your pathetic whining. If you don't like to cut plug...don't. Smoke something else. There's plenty of other blends out there. There! I feel better now. 2) To me, this is between IF and UF in the Peterson line. Light flavor (no, there's no cocoa flavor there, thank you...just a general 'light fruity' thing) so don't expect a heavy hitter...but better for me than the UF berry patch. 3) Moderate Vit. N level. Adjust your puffing accordingly, not hard to do. 4) This is a solid (no pun intended) entry from the big P, a fine addition to their line...provides Peterson fanboys a plug with which to play. 5) No - it's not like the bombs from the various Gawiths, but I don't think it tries to be. It seems more in keeping with what Peterson has always stood for (to me)...quality, moderation (except for the Nic hit of IF) and broad appeal. 6) It's not Stonehaven (darn it!). I was really hoping that it would be just exactly like Stonehaven...but easier to find and in plug form. Oh well. 7) Is it "perfect"? No. But then, nothing really is. Is it, "Peterson's Perfect Plug"? Well, I really think that this, being such a Peterson-esque blend and adding to their line in the way it does...for PETERSON...I'd say it was just about perfect. For me? Well, I just wish it was Stonehaven. Did I say that already?

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

This is a very good "after dinner" tobacco. It comes out of the tin with little aroma and just at the right moisture level. I prefer to use a small bowl Downie and using a sharp knife, I prefer to shave pieces off of the block creating very thin curled pieces. PPP smokes wonderfully, growing in strength as the bowl progresses. I don't quite get the fruitiness that others describe, but that doesn't detract from this fine quality weed. Recommended.

Update: I must be a little slow on the learning curve with this one as it took multiple tins before I could appreciate the nice fruitiness of this fine weed! Good stuff!

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meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I was suprised at how small the block was when I first opened the tin but once sliced and rubbed this tobacco expands nicely to fill your bowl.

A simple, bite free, no nonsense tobacco. The fruitiness here is more green than most; apples, kiwi, star fruit etc. Which is kind of interesting...kind of.

It just gets a little monochromatic and repetative after a while. There's better plugs about.

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (130)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Perfunctory Pontifications on Peterson's Perfect Plug:

Pry open the Package and Peruse a Plug in a Plastic Pouch. Pull open the Pouch and Participate in the Pleasant Perfume of Prunes and Produce Past its Prime, which Portends Potent but Pleasurable Paroxysms of Pleasure.

Peterson's Paleolithic Plug is so Petrified that it Pleads to be Pulverized Prior to Packing in your Pipe. This Perplexing Plug - as Pitch-black as a hockey Puck - Packs Prodigious Potential for Piping Pleasure but must be Properly Prepared with Pocket or Paring knife. Puny Pieces the Proportions of Peppercorns are still too Prodigious for this Potpourri of Pleasure (from my Perspective).

Once Packed, it is Particularly Prone to Punching like a Pugilist if Puffed too Powerfully. If it Punishes the Proboscis when Puffed Proactively, Pampering Peterson's Perfect Plug will Pacify and Please the Palate. Puffed Placidly, it Pleases with a Palpable Pungency and Pleasurable Piquancy. It will Positively Perk up the Piper who is Pooped and needs a Pick-me-up. There is no Paucity of Punch in this Pastiche but Plenty of Plaudits are due for the Plenitude of Panache.

While Puffing, the Perfume in the Parlor is Pungent and not Particularly Pleasing. Its Performance in the Pipe may be Problematic but Peterson's Plug Pays for any Problems by its Palliative Properties. No Parsimonious Plug, Peterson's Pushes the Piper Past Pedestrian Practices, into a Perspicacious Protocol that Pays off with Pandemonium in one's Piehole.

Pedestrian? No. Pusillanimous? Never. Palatable? Positively!

The Prudent Piper will Procure some Peterson's Perfect Plug Posthaste.

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aadelma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aadelma (66)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

A well-behaved quality smoke, but I found it very much lacking in flavor, though not stength. The plug slices well enough with a freshly sharpened knife, and rubs out to any desired consistency without much trouble, but I found it more like smoking hot air than tobacco. Recommended only to those who like extremely mild smokes.

Age When Smoked: 1 year

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DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (263)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant

This one had to grow on me - or I had to grow on it ;-) I bought this within the first month of my pipe-"career" and at first it was a bit too strong for me, nic-wise. I enjoyed it - but a half bowl per smoke was enough with the first few tries, due to it being to strong for me. But with every bowl (which was only about once a week back then) I start liking it more and more. It's not a powerhouse, but has some strenght to it, so beginners should take it slow and small bowls on this at first.

Now this is something really special to me. And is definetly one of my most favorite tobaccos, even tho I only smoke this occasionally! Once or twice a week I get that craving for a nice bowl of 3Ps.

The presentaion is outstanding imo. A classical Peterson tin , thinking man, simple green tin with a complex content! The Plug comes sealed in plastic so its a bit moist at first. At least 30-45 minutes of drying are working fine for me, preferably a bit more of drying time is even better.

The tin note and the plug itself smells like a lot of slightly sweet raisins, a bit spicy and a nice smell of tobacco. But raisins are the first thing I notice, and this is the smell (which is also found in the taste!) I love 3P's for. The Virginias and Burleys harmonize really well in this blend and are added only a very decent flavour to it that's not surpressing the tobacco taste, but enhancing it in a unique way.

I prefer taking my time and concentrate on this smoke, in order to really enjoy it. There is a comprehensible variety of flavours to be found, yet enough variety to keep me interested.

If you take your time, and celebrated the ceremony of preparing this lovely plug, you get rewarded with a nice creamy, a bit spicy smoke with a pleasant note of raisins, which is accompanied by whiffs of other dried fruits. Its a bit sweet, but mainly spicy, nutty and a whiff earthy to me. The sweetness from the VAs, as well as the (light handed applied) flavoring delivers a good contrast to the earthy-nutty and spicy notes this one comes with. Genuine tasting tobacco, thats highly enjoyable very memorable.

For me this is (like its name suggests) a PERFECT smoke, which I like to enjoy from time to time. Not every day - not even every week sometimes. But I wouldnt wanna miss it in my tobacco-bar, as this is a pleasure from start to end. The classy tin, the lovely tin scent, the preparation and handling of the plug - and of course the genuine, refined and suprisingly deep taste.

Highly recommended, and I'd go as far as saying this is a nominee for the "Pipe Tobacco Hall Of Fame"

Pipe Used: Various Briars / Clay Pipes

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MadMick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MadMick (4)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

For your info. Mick McQuaid now out of production ( read the listings foot notes). The Scandinavian Tobacco Group strike again. They make 3 P's, they also make best get STG's opinion in a seems they know what we like....better than we do.

Pipe Used: Peterson IMA 69

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Various. And never again.

Similar Blends: Any other sugar covered Danish pastry..

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Old at heart Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old at heart (9)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

A lot of work for what it is, i was expecting something filled with flavor and dense as all hell but ended up with a mild fruit taste.

I got more of a virginia note than i was expecting, overall i didnt like it because i didnt think it matched my expectations - light/airy/hay like rather than heavy/dense/fruit, i could see it as a stepping stone in to darker burly blends but thats about all i would recommend it as. Try mick mquid instead !

Pipe Used: petersons straight army

Age When Smoked: fresh from the tine

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Nelsoncrx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nelsoncrx (10)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I have to say, I don´t understand this tobacco. It says that the experienced pipe smoker will enjoy it; that must be it, I´m not experienced and didn´t enjoy it. I have smoked it right of the tin and it takes an awful long time to lit, it falls dull in the taste and I have to re-lit numerous times; its just not pleasant. Now, I have read that this tobacco gains more on the dry side, so after a few bowls with no success I´m going to let it dry some and age it for a few months (6-8), I will then come back to it and see what is all about, because so far I´m not impressed.

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crazy owl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crazy owl (72)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Tolerable

This is the first plug in our till recent times short suplied tobacconists.The first and maybe the last,the leaf is of reasonable quality but the casing,my God it remembers me the Mac Baren floral soap.After the lovely job of cutting the plug and a little air and sun,inside several Peterson fine briars,the only I can say is that is a grizzly offense against defenseless pipes.Obviously IMHO.We need real tobacco plugs instead of soapy bricks.

Pipe Used: unfortunate ones

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: local tobbaconist

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ing.poparadu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ing.poparadu (14)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Nice tobacco, but not quite an aromatic. You don't feel a strong taste, however it gives a very nice nicotine buzz. I personally recommend it in the morning, after breakfast.

Pipe Used: DK 84

Age When Smoked: fresh from tin

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L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (170)
Extremely Strong Very Mild Very Full Pleasant

This plug is lightly flavored, with natural fruity essences. The tobacco is very strong with a high nicotine content. A real shot, a punch in the stomach. The smell is fruity, the taste is very good, particular. This plug is not for beginners, but only for experienced smokers. Anyway a real great tobacco, to enjoy after dinner, on a full stomach. In the tradition of Peterson. In my personal rating (from 1 to 10) my score is more than 8 and three stars

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The plug is moderately difficult to cut up, and I would imagine difficult to rub out (I really don't rub out plugs or flakes). Not too difficult to light and easy to keep lit. While there may be a hint of dark fruit, it's barely there; what is present is lots of good if somewhat monochromatic dark tobacco. The taste is very full, and may give the illusion that the N is a bit stronger than it actually is. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is not too often.

Pipe Used: briars and a cob

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: jr cigars

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Christrom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Christrom (34)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I got a small sample of this from smoke-king. Mine was cut into beef jerky-like slices and not familiar with preparing plug using a knife, took to it with my bare hands and tore it asunder.

I won't go into detail here... I smoked it and it didn't have a big taste to it... just tasted 'nice'... I smoked some more to place the flavour, and some more and some more. Before I knew it I had finished the bowl.

It is not complex but made me want more of it. Charring took ages but was almost fun to get this stubborn bugger to light properly. I found that normal sipping gave off a little amount of smoke and flavour, very nice to tide you over, but then when I wanted a fuller hit I just relighted and then the tobacco hits you in the face.

The coolest smoke ever. No bite whatsoever. It is a bit cigary in the best way. Still feel I can't place the taste, or that it doesn't have much taste and I'm hoping it eludes me for a long time to come because I'm definitely buying more!!!

Update. I bought some more, and have since come to the conclusion that this is just boring for me. It is a cool smoke but there is nothing in it that particularly makes me want to smoke more.

Pipe Used: Orlik 3/4

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smoke-king

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twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (54)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

My first try of this and I'm not sure how to rate it. The smells and taste I got was that of dried fruit, citrus, raison and figs. The plug was a rich dark colour of tobacco.

OK let me sum it up: as for a Latakia fan, not my favourite but not too bad. Seeing that there is sooooo many other 4 stars, I probably would not buy this again.

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (136)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Excellent blending delivers a very good smoking experience. A nutty sweet natural flavor is delivered, with a natural-tasting hint of fruit/citrus. Smokes well through the bowl. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Stanwell

Age When Smoked: Undated tin; bought 2 months ago

Purchased From: Corona Smoke Shop, Battle Creek, MI

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I must have gotten a tin with the seal broken. The plug was as hard as a brick. Shaved some off and smoked it anyway. It was pretty darn good considering. Trying to re-hydrate the rest. I'll update afterwards.

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John Frum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
John Frum (17)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the second plug I've tried, the first being Revor, which I love with four stars. 3P is a fine smoke for me, too, and I think am getting a taste for this form of tobacco. I don't mind the prep time, it adds interest. 3P is a different beast to Revor; it's denser, and can be shaved very fine for rubbing out. Needs drying for best results. Flavour-wise it differs from Revor as well, which I guess is the Burley in 3P. Very well-behaved, stays lit and smokes cool. About as strong as Revor. A lovely smoke, & it's hard to say which I prefer of these 2 plugs. Another four stars.

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

How did Pipestud manage to review 1000 tobaccos?! PPP is my 69th contribution to our database. Honestly, I have a dozen or so that I am content with... I don't really need another in my rotation. But I do like to try new things.

PPP smells great in the It is very easy to slice and rub out: just use a very sharp blade. It doesn't need much time to dry. Two matches is all I need.

PPP makes a good volume of smoke. The room note is just tolerable for nonsmokers. Pipe smokers probably think it smells great. The casing stays with you, but it is a very light casing. Smooth. No tongue bite. Nutty Burley, like a mild version of Irish Flake. I don't taste much Virginia. After all the buildup in the reviews, the nicotine dose is disappointingly moderate. I don't detect it at all until the last third of the bowl.

The plug itself is a thing of beauty. The blend might be heavenly for Burley lovers. I received mine as a gift. I won't be purchasing any more. I already have 3 great Virginia plugs in the cellar. This does not make the rotation, but is recommended for lovers of Burley.

PS: PPP overpowers the palate, and is suitable as the last pipe of the day, or the only pipe of the day. Its lingering aftertaste does not allow for following with milder blends.

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HillbillyBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HillbillyBriar (3)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Just great, straight-forward tobacco flavor. Earthy and delicious. Granted, there is nothing complex or earth-shattering about this blend; it is just darned good. I am usually not a fan of Peterson's tobaccos, but this is a quality blend through-and- through.

Love the plug presentation, too, as it allows me prepare the blend in whatever format I happen to be in the mood for. However, I usually cube cut it.

I know others detect a flavoring on this plug, but I do not taste it.

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Adam S Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adam S (6)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a tricky tobacco. I have a very diverse experience with 3p. It definitely needs some drying. If I smoke it right after opening, the taste is somehow harsh, and turns little bitter in the second half of bowl. So after experimenting for some time I found what works for me. I open the tin and move the tobacco into sealed jar. There I age it for about half year or more. After this time the tobacco is much drier. It has bigger space to "breathe". I cut about three four very thin flakes on the longer side of plug. I do not rub them. I use the fold and plug airpocket method. I found that the pipes with small chamber 16 to 19mm work the best. You can also cut the flakes you are about to smoke and let them dry for a day or two to speed things up, but the result is not the same. If the humidity is right the taste is perfect. It is fruity and full natural taste. You can also taste a little bit of almonds. No tongue bite, and also easy to light compared to other plugs. It has a strong vitamin N. I would say that this is not for beginners. It definitely needs special handling and patience, but the result is worth it! Have a glass of dry white wine together with 3p and enjoy!

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Grandad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grandad (8)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I absolutely love this stuff. Though disappointed when I opened the tin only to find a lump just bigger than a quarter the size of the tin, once its cut and rubbed out, it'll pretty much fill it out. Personally, I cut it into slices and then strips the size of a matchstick, let it dry a little then rubbed it out.

Since smoking this stuff I've been hankering for a cigar. I'm trying to be good but it's not working. I think 3P is the closest thing you can get to the taste of a cigar without paying the price for one.

The taste is strong but it's a good strong. And yeah, the nicotine will certainly make your head buzz for a while but it's great after a hard day! If you are smoking this somewhere where it's hot make sure you have a tall glass of Tequila and Jamaican ginger beer with plenty of ice. I think it'll complement its slight peppery taste quite well?!

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gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (133)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

It's good and sweet and baccy through and through. It will knock you for a loop if you don't have a full stomach.

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Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (60)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A good all purpose working man's plug. Not as fragrant or complex as Triple Play. Mix with XX Kendal black rope, a snifter of Cognac, and prepare yourself for a magic carpet ride.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Since this plug has finally appeared on my home market, what could I do but order a tin?

So I did, and got the sort of tin that normally contains highly-compressed flakes. This one contained a highly-compressed lump of plug in an additional plastic wrapper.

Right on opening, there is not much of a tin note. After having kept the block of pressed leaf in a mason jar for a week, there is a fruity note to this blend that I cannot properly define, but to me it smells like a very gently applied sauce of cherry and blackberry, just barely making it over the toasted Burley.

I use a dedicated, razor-sharp kitchen knife to cut all my plugs and ropes; with a plug, I cut down slices, which I then cut into cubes. With this blend, those light well and keep slowly glowing forever... I use my smallest bowls. Beautiful, toasty-sweet taste, some fruit in there, the room note isn't bad at all, and PPP will burn cool even in a storm.

I wish there were more punch in there, though. In the overall smoking experience, this blend is not too different from, say, Irish Flake, and that is a fold-and-twist preparation that maybe does not have the Zen qualities of cutting it up yourself, but is more practical on a bowl-to-bowl basis. Hence, great blend, yes, but I can't give the full four here.

I suggest accompanying PPP with a Highland Single Malt, or a very good Irish.

Pipe Used: Butz-Choquin Marseille Handcut

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

Purchased From: DanPipe

Similar Blends: DanTobacco Salty Dogs.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (110)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

What a fantastic plug. I love burley VA's so it was of no suprise that this tasted good. Love the rock hard plug that could be thrown at an enemy to make your escape. Between this and Jack knife and irish flake my day is covered (except my EMP first thing and a balken or va vaper somewhere).

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Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (115)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Although this is nice tasting, smooth/creamy/ slightly spicy /pleasingly frutiy without an overpowering topping (like some of the lakeland plugs), there's not enough going on to really light my pipe.

A Plug tobacco ought to have more character than this. Too toned down. There are more interesting Peterson tobaks, such as Irish Oak, University Flake, and Irish Flake, all of which have more to offer, without the pain of having to cut rub and dry.

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable


Whether its because I'm not used to plugs maybe incorrectly preparing them or whatever. (I cubed, I flaked, I rubbed out)

But I never took to this. I found it bitey, difficult and stubborn. But that again may have just been the inexperience with plugs. Comes in a very hard little block similar in appearance to tightly compacted jerk beef.

It comes in a cellophane wrapper inside the tin, and I must say looks just like a block of the old 'wink wink, nudge nudge'

Shame it doesn't smoke as well.....

2 stars, as a bit of age (3-5 years) and an improved plug technique by yours truly may see the grading improve.

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Tom Servo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Servo (58)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin aroma is Virginia and Burley, couched softly in jam and prune / fig scents. As well as notes (floral) that remind me of some scented Lakeland blends. Very pleasant, the tobaccos used seem by their scents to be of good quality, and they dominate the tin aroma even with the fruit casing.

Plug is an interesting format. Take a sharp pocket knife and carve strips from the edge. Rub or chop the strips. (Must admit this part got old pretty fast, need a sharp antique plug cutter.) I had a little trouble with initial lighting, but once it got going it needed very few relights.

I taste the sweet, cured grain of the Virginia. Dried fruit taste at first, fades into the rich tobaccos. Floral, slightly soapy, flavors reappear throughout the bowl, but so subtle, so subdued - I find it fascinating, and quite satisfying. The Nicotine level is pretty high so be careful. A bit stronger than I usually choose, still I can't help but love this stuff.

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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (61)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have tried all the regular peterson's and been mainly impressed - the only ones i was not keen on was "irish whisky"(more to do with its casing than the baccy) and "sweet killarny" which bit like a ferret.

Anyway 3P's;a very dense plug and moist to the touch(more damp).

First pipe;i tore off a layer or so and shredded in a bud grinder. My first impressions after getting it going was;very steamy and citrusy like pure lemon juice vapour - ;got up my nose like a fizzy drink and stung my eyes..

Tasted like lemon sherbert or bitter lemonade,,sometimes a hint of licorice,i would class it an aromatic at this point.

The baccy beneath the aromatic surface tasted between "university flake" and "dunhill light flake".

Hard work to slice,even with a stanley knife it was like cutting hide.

Room note was like lemon juiced pancake(atleast in my smoking vicinity)

I found this a chore to smoke and also difficult - it didn't want to burn and it faught me all the way down..(also on lighting it expands like popcorn and needs a good tamping)

I found it slightly spikey like it was wanting to bite,but not enough to stop me persevering.

Tried it sliced and in cube form to taste the properties of shape and the combination of the leaves together,,i have also stripped layers to see how that works;it makes no difference to taste because its mainly lemony,and the leaves are so mutually infused with eachother..

Leaving the plug out for half a day produced no improvement,,i like best;baccy that i can just open and smoke even if a bit moist,,and this was nothing special enough to justify fuffing about with(i had just been spoiled by my first plug of "kendall dark xx" which tasted like pure beef,,and i had also on getting bored of "3P's" some "revor plug")

I left "3P's" to dry out some more,,,;top of the bowl was prickly but gets smoother,but its just a "so what" experience..For a lighter smoke i would go for "erinmore flake" or "mixture" before this because i can get a reasonable smoke strait out of the tin.

Thinking that i wouldn't buy this again because it reminded me of "amberleaf" rollup,,;in a moments boredom i tore the whole block up into @ 1.5mm layers and cut them with scissors into 1/4" x 1.5" inch strips and left it open in the tin for 24 hours..


The citrus vapour factor has left the building,,,;and what remained was a mellow,slightly fruit fragrenced,mild and smooth smoke like a lighter bodied "university flake" or a fruitier version of "dunhill light flake"

I could now taste the baccy for what it was and compare its overal flavour to semolina or tapioca pudding..(quality at last,,;to be honest all peterson aromatics have required a full day of opening before smoke to get the best out of them)

So easy on the tongue now that i forgot i was smoking it almost,,,;my problem was in trying to preserve it in its plug form out of novelty factor instead of dealing with it.

I am also impressed with what the "scissor cut" did to the packing and smokability of this,,;its virtues were liberated.

Burns to a grey ash with a few semi-burnt coals at the bottom of the bowl(i saved these for putting on top of the next bowl because they made good lighting material).

Would i buy this again though?,,;that would depend entirely on what else was available on the shelf next to it or whether i was ordering on line,,,also whether i wanted to smoke it there and then. I would grab university flake over this anytime if on the same shelf,,;i wouldn't actively order this on line again though,i prefer university flake's fuller body and its ready for smoking out the tin. I would buy this over your average OTC brands and save it for later and smoke rollup in the meantime..

Last note:-This actually smoked its best when completely dried out,i had to be careful on packing to make sure i didn't turn it to dust,,,;but its ironic that its best smoking potential was when its form was at the complely opposite end of the spectrum, compared to how it was first originally sold...(Destroy to enjoy)

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Top D Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Top D (10)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

This was my first experience with a plug tobacco (other than chewing in the early 70's), but I entered this with a total commitment to make it work and give an honest review. This is truly a good tobac, but takes work. I cleaved off corners with a pocket knife on a cutting board until I had a couple pipes full... Let it set a while and loaded in a medium sized meerschaum. I absolutely can't say a bad thing about it. Just Sayin'.....

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

PPP is a high quality Burley mixture: natural, earthy, cool to smoke, with minimum tongue bite. The casing is barely noticeable. The only problem I've found is that the plug dries quickly once the tin is open, making it difficult to cut without reducing the leaves to dust. Compared to other plugs, this tobacco is fairly mild. Still, a very recommendable everyday smoke.

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

To me this is a MAJOR disappointment, I love my burley and VA's, I love flakes and plugs but as a Dublin born pipe smoker my 'homees' let me down. It is very similar to McQuaid's Plug, the definitive all-Ireland tobacco over many decades. McQuaid's is fruitier and 3P's is a less cassed version. I don't get much chocolate taste from the burley. Many smokers dislike the berry topping in University Flake and the lakeland hints in Irish Flake, this me thinks is Peterson's solution to address marketing feedback. A golden opportunity sadly wasted, a new plug from Peterson!...what went wrong! New products rarely work when they are developed to close loopholes.

Slightly fruity, good full strength baccy, good quality leafs, but surpassed on all fronts by it's flanking flakes, I shall be sticking to IR and UF and buy some McQuaid's Plug when I'm back in Dublin.

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Flugplatz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flugplatz (4)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This is not an English. There is no Latakia. Just virginia and burley. And boy, is it ever good! I would not recommend this to a beginner smoker. It is labor intensive and packing capabilities may not be up to snuff yet to produce a satisfactory/oralfactory smoking session.

I would however recommend it to anyone with knowledge of flakes and VA's because it takes time to appreciate it's depths of color and flavor.

I also recommend it to anyone who is in this hobby who likes to fidget with things. Cutting the pieces off of the cube is highly satisfying, especially when you know what's coming next. You get to determine your own widths, lengths and cubes. Cut it in the corners, along the grain, against the grain. Possibilities are endless. It's a lot of fun. Just have a very sharp pocket knife and get carving!

The flavor in a good VA pipe is so relaxing, the Vitamin N is a little higher than usual pipe weed, and the room note seems to be tolerable. It's something I like to smoke after a good meal.

Can't compare this to anything else really, it's just a good plug in and of itself.

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Loboatomy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Loboatomy (40)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant

Devilish to cut, even when compared to some other plugs, but I managed fine with a really sharp kitchen knife and a pair of shears. Sliced to tabac around 1/16 inch thick then cubed it with the scissors (this has become my default plug start cut). Packed nicely after about 15 minuted dry out. No trouble with lighting although because of the density of the cubes I may have givin it a more thorough charring light than usual.

Initially almost a mediciney taste comes through...not unpleasant, but like the aftertaste of Jagermeister or maybe Strega Licquer. Not at all unlike SG Bracken Flake to be honest, but none of the sachet overtones of the lakeland types. The tobacco sets into a nice mixed Virginia/burley smoke with some high notes and low notes poking in an out. Nose smoke is almost fruity in character and no bite (smoked in a small prince). The medicine flavor pokes it's head in and out (more like a spiced christmas fruitcake than medicine, actually...) presumably when chunks from my homeade cubecut ignited deeper in the bowl. At about the halfway point, the tobacco shifts into highway gear and starts tasting remarkably like Petersons Irish Flake does at the same point in the bowl. The virginias are continuing their chorale, but the burleys and whatever else are still singng strong. It is at this point that I usually have to put the bowl down for a while because of the nicotine. Mind you, I am no faint of heart, nicotine sensitive type person. I smoke pipes daily and smoked Marlboro Reds for 20 years and still occasionally chew a quid or two for kicks...and I have on several occasions had to put the bowl down and wait out the nic tremors...

Al in all a good smoke, I'd reccomend it to someone who likes the stronger natural/lightly flavored type of flake smokes. I'd say that it is most similar to some of The SG flakes, (Bracken and 1792 come to mind as similar yet distinct types of tobacco). NOT a beginner tobacco by a longshot. This wont be an everyday tobacco for me but it will certainly remain in my "touchstone" box and I'll probably get two or more cans sent over to cellar with my next online purchase just to hedge by bets against the inevitable tobacco prohibition to come...

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n9inchnails Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
n9inchnails (10)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I find that this similar to UF exept 3P is smoother, richer, stronger, tastier and all around just better. Although i still smoke UF more often as is more readily available but this makes for a great treat. This truly is the Perfect Plug

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dk-piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dk-piper (25)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

Peter Pan smokes this right before he takes off to No man's land.

Popeye smokes this before breakfast.

Hannibal Smith from the A-Team smokes this, when nobodys watchin.

Fidel Castro would like to smoke this.

I smoke this after a good a matter of smokin it right now :)

Your endeavours shall be rewarded. Very satisfying smoke.

BUT, just like UniversityFlake it can be a little harsh on my palate. at least for my taste. so i'm giving it solid 3 stars.

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (227)
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I was anxious to try Peterson's 3 P's and found no problem working with my first plug tobacco as the idea of a plug was very appealing to me. The very dense plug was not at all damp to the touch as some others have mentioned. There was very little in the way of tin aroma once I took the plug from its cellophane wrapping either (only a tad fruity). Cutting the plug was quite easy for me as I chose to cut a few thin slices in the direction of the plug's longer side with a Swiss Army pocket knife. I didn't let it dry more than 10 minutes before loading. Lighting was easy, requiring only 2 relights along the way. Along with a solid tobacco taste, there was a mild fruitiness that I found pleasant. PPP burned relatively slow and evenly without any detectable moisture. Smoked cool, dry, without bite, and even to the heel.

Although packing a punch, I feel it is slightly behind Irish Flake in strength and with a different flavor profile. It is not as harsh as Irish Flake. What flavor there is doesn't come into its own unless there is sufficient drying. Good for when you want a strong smoke. I have always favored flakes and really like the idea of a plug. I like IrF better since it has a better flavor profile and 3 Ps can be boring for the most part. Nevertheless recommended with 3 stars.

UPDATE: 9-20-13 If you want to elevate 3P's to a 4 star smoke it will take a bit of patience on your part. I have found that after opening the tin and cellophane wrapping, I close the tin leaving the plug in its opened but loosely taped cellophane wrapping for a year. When I want to smoke it, I tear off sheets of the tobacco rather than slicing into flakes. You get very thin leaf this way. Then I cube it and fill my pipe. The effect is like putting miniature leaves into the bowl (virtually no thickness) and light up. It needs lots of tamping due to the thin nature of the leaf which makes it fluff up after the first several lights. Now if you REALLY sip this (and not because of bite) the flavor comes to the forefront and makes for a very lovely smoke. A lot of prep here, but if you have the time and willing to really stick to a slow smoking cadence, 3P's has very few equals. It reminds me most of Mick McQuaid Plug. I need to follow the same ritual with that one as well.

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Big Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Nick (74)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I don't know if I can follow up after quantumboy's extraordinarily thesaurical review, but here it goes.

Peter Piper picked a peck of Peterson's Perfect Plug thus producing a profoundly pleased palate. A pyromaniacal pleasure!

Peace out pipe people!

Gotta p!

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Monopod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Monopod (24)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I bought this along with two more Peterson tobaccos to try. Two of them reviewed elsewhere were unpleasant and poles apart from this gem-in-a-tin, and this is the only Peterson that I shall be buying again.

I cursed the difficulty of managing plugs, but persevered until I perfected my technique, and was very glad that I did.

This plug is smooooth, tasty,with good manners in the pipe. Smoked well from top to dottle almost every time, although after 3 consecutive pipefuls I still got that metallic sore throat making "Continental-processed-tobacco-tingle."

This one, I am totally addicted to, along with one other from GHK. Isn't is a good job that we all like different things ?? What a shame that there isn't a more accurate way of rating pipe tobacco than we have here. Perhaps a " Value per 50grms " category ?? This is tops ..

I'm tired of swelling the Government coffers with hard-earned VAT for nothing. Most tobaccos are around the 5pence a gram mark now. Extortion, and I'm running short of patience wasting my 5 pences on unpleasant experiences.

Happily, this plug isn't one of them, and justifies the name on the tin, although absolute perfection would be to smoke a plug of this calibre without burn, tingle or bite.

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eamonclever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eamonclever (45)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

this is what pipesmoking is all about, work for your pleasure!First of all it smells great, fresh and fruity. It is easy to work on this chunk with the help of a pocket knife, cut down small thin strips. Rub it a bit but not too much. The aroma comes to you through the unlit pipe, give the baccy a little dry out moment, let´s say 15-20 minutes. First light - a bit nasty like all flakes do, but second light brings joy- good quantity of smoke, very good taste, quite similar to tin smell. Different to IF & UF in taste although some very nice hints of peated tobacco, better mixture for "weak" smokers, no meal beforehand requested, just pleasure even in large pipes. Burns down slowly even if the wind is trying to shorten your pleasure. I will keep some of it in my rucksack, even the price for it is a bit frightening, but the good boys are trying to suck our blood like leaches anyway. Nevertheless I recommend this to va lovers and all the gawith followers should also give this very well balanced product a try.That said I have my pocket knife ready again. Add on - I think after three tins - one of my favorite tobaccos, because smell in tin and taste of smoke are equal & that is simply that what I expect of a good blend - upgrade to 4 stars 12/20/2009

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kg0mz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kg0mz (54)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This plug looks and tastes somewhat like a Yachtsman plug, except for the clear Irish Flake lineage. The casing is very mild, not as pronounced as Mic McQuaid.

I usually slice and dice plugs, but this I'm rubbing and airing out. I don't know what has gotten into me. More time on my hands, I guess. Maybe this diminishes that fruit or berry flavor, maybe not, but it stays lit rubbed out. I've been smoking it in 999 fishtails.

There are times when I like being tested by the strength of Irish Flake. Other times I like this better. I am thinking this may be my favorite plug. It may be the perfect plug.

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (165)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Top drawer. Not as burley forward (nor a "berry like") as University Flake, nor near as potent as Irish Flake. But still an interesting combo of burley and Virginia with a spice note that may be the slight casing cooked in.

A nice fullish taste (not really sweet) and must have more Virginia percentage that the other two flake offerings of Peterson.

I don't really smoke much plugs, aside from some C&D Briar Fox or Wessex Gold Block (Brick?). Yes, it seems like you must use a sharp knife and cut slices down like a loaf of bread, but as thin as possible (even if you can't manage a whole slice cleanly). Rub them a little and plug into pipe and puff away. May take a couple of lights to get started, but once she gets going she goes. Slow burning of course.

Better in a small bowl I think. I've smoked a dozen bowls (about half the little block). My wife said it smelled like figs in the tin. Not really that wet of a smoke but I do use a pipe cleaner or two with it.

It gives the richness of Irish Flake or Highland Slices, but without the potential hit. Highly recommend for burley type flake smokers.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is rather powerful stuff for me; when I get hiccups the first time I smoke something, that is a clue. I like it, though. There is zero bite (except to the back of my throat and sinuses if I let any of the smoke past my palate) and the blend is simple and mellow despite its strength. I did not have any problems keeping it lit, but I rubbed and dried it out pretty thoroughly. The flavor is more rustic than exotic, which surprised me after having read the tin description. I hardly noticed the topping in the smoke, but it gives the plug a nice aroma. Note: I believe the proper way to prepare this is to slice a flake off the end as thin as possible with a sharp knife or razor and then dry and rub it out.

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